In keeping with the laid-back Christmas feel, today KitGuru is bringing you a new build video for you all to sit back, watch in comfort and relax while it’s cold outside. Just like your Christmas turkey, I have stuffed this system full of high-end hardware and added a small splash of RGB lighting to keep the Christmas spirit alive.
Watch via our Vimeo channel (below) or over on YouTube at 2160p HERE
Recently a friend of mine asked me to build him a new gaming system which normally wouldn’t be a problem. However, in the current climate with the extortionate graphics card prices, it took me a while to put together a spec that was affordable and also available. After a few days with various stock informer Discord notifications being sent, I finally settled on an RTX 3080 Ti (not the best value for money, but needs must and all that) that was in stock so I grabbed it at almost £1490 (ouch).
With approximately £2500 to spend on the whole system (which would normally sound like a very healthy budget), we set about picking the rest of the parts for this system. The RTX 3080 Ti took up a big share of the budget, but I managed to get what I think is a pretty decent spec gaming system and should hopefully give him a few enjoyable years of gaming with solid graphics performance.
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X
- Motherboard: MSI B550-A Pro
- Memory: 32GB kit (2 x 16GB Modules) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3600
- Graphics: EVGA Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti FTW3 Ultra
- 1st Storage Device: 1TB Crucial P5 M.2 NVME
- 2nd Storage Device: 2TB Crucial MX500 SATA III SSD
- CPU Cooler: Arctic Liquid Freezer II 280mm
- Power Supply: Corsair RM750 80+ Gold
- Case: Corsair 4000D Airflow Black
Luckily my friend isn’t too fussy with how his systems look, but there were a couple of requests regarding aesthetics. A black case had to be used and RGB should be kept to a minimum, so pretty simple overall. I think I managed to fulfil those requests as you can see the build turned out to look quite stealthy, with its mostly black interior and just the graphics card adding a splash of colour from the RGB lighting effects.
There are a couple of things worth mentioning about the build. I didn’t get the chance to review the Corsair 4000D case series when it was launched, Leo had the pleasure of that but I have to say that now I have built a couple of systems in the 4000D it feels like a great budget case. I am also glad that Corsair chose to use plain black fans in the 4000D as the look worked perfectly with the theme of this build.
KitGuru says: Overall I was very pleased with how this build turned out, minimal RGB lighting and the stealthy black interior is pleasing to the eye. I think I did pretty well with the spec for the budget available in the current market. What do you guys think of this £2500 build?