I must first apologize for the too-long break in updates and posts–rest assured, we haven’t stopped building gaming PCs that bring exceptional performance at amazing prices; we just haven’t had time to update. Expect to see a quick flurry of some of the builds to catch things up!
We were contacted early in the Winter by a customer who had a pretty unique request–he wanted a high end rig in order to run racing simulators (including 3x monitors for his amazing setup which looked pretty much like a cockpit of a car). This was the first time for such a unique request, so after a lot of research to determine what parts would fit his exact needs, we settled on the following components:
- NZXT H630 case
- XFX XTR 650W 80+ Gold Modular PSU
- MSI X99S SLI PLUS ATX Motherboard
- Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz six-core processor
- Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler
- 16GB (8GB x2) Crucial DDR4 PC4-2133 RAM
- MSI GTX 980 Gaming 4G Video Card
- Crucial M550 512GB SSD
- Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
- LG Internal DVD Burner
As we’ve stated many times in the past, we are very fond of NZXT cases. The quality always impresses, and there are many details included that other companies leave out to save pennies (or worse, don’t consider at all!). Our customer specifically stated that he didn’t want a flashy case. This would be sitting next to his driving rig, so the more understated, the better. The H630 features a matte black paint design and only subtle design queues which fit the bill perfectly. It was also great because it’s a very large case and could accommodate the high end components easily.
NZXT advertises the H630 as a silent case, and boy is it ever. Each panel is covered by thick sound dampening material.
It features high-quality fans and a modular drive cage which can be removed in sections depending on your needs.
Below you see we removed the bottom two drive cages in order to maximize airflow from the front intake fan leave plenty of room for the video card.
The case has front ventilation slits running along the edge of the case.
The front connectors run along the right side of the case, leaving the front with a nice, clean finish. Take note of the top button on the panel–we’ll discuss this feature later.
Power/reset buttons are on the top of the case.
To adequately power the components, we chose a fully modular gold certified PSU from XFX. It features a hybrid power setting that helps it work very efficiently and quietly.
To cool the six-core i7 processor, we selected the often copied but never duplicated Noctura DH-14. It remains the go-to solution for exceptional performance with unbelievably little noise.
For the video card, we went with MSI’s version of the just-released and incredibly hard to find GTX 980. Racing sim games across multiple monitors are notoriously graphics intensive, so we went as high-end as possible.
The customer didn’t require a lot of storage, so we went with a single 512GB solid state drive. The hard drive bays each have rubber grommets to dampen any sound from traditional HDDs. We also prewired the spot right below the SSD in order to allow easy upgrade of storage in the future.
Remember that button we discussed on the front connector panel? Well, depressing it activates one of the most ingenious features we’ve seen on any case yet. The rear I/O panel and card slots house tiny LED lights to allow the user to easily identify and connect their peripherals. Such a tiny thing that is a huge ease of life feature.
Here’s what they look like in the dark.
We also helped the customer select 3 27″ LCD panels with 1ms response time in order to complete his setup. After learning a lot about the correct configuration of 3 monitors on one video card (a first for us), everything was up and running. We left incredibly impressed with the racing setup; in fact, it was sorta boring jumping back into our real car after seeing it in action.
As always, we beat the initial budget–in fact, we saved so much that the customer was able to buy all 3 monitors and still come in under what he was looking to spend. This was a really remarkable build, and we thoroughly enjoyed it!
Interested in what Rocket Custom Computers can do for you? Contact us at [email protected] today and see how far your imagination can take you!