The B-series motherboards are a mainstream platform and that's what the x93-boost is built on. It's solid. Super solid. We highly recommend it. However, for those of us who just want that bit more, there are the enthusiast grade X570 (AMD) or Z490 (Intel) chipsets. Nicer power management, in the case of the X570 direct PCIe 4 lanes, and support for higher RAM speeds. Also, we've gone for the Republic of Gamers STRIX enthusiast level boards so the quality is right up there.
The x93-boost with the B550 is the setup we'd recommend to friends because it's solid and it's great value but THIS is the setup we'd use if we were building our own gaming PC.
The x93-overboost is extra in name and extra in nature, that's why we tickled things up a bit by giving you the choice of a Ryzen 5 5600X processor or the Intel 10600K. Performance for the dollar, this is the sweet spot. The 10600K is at the top of Tom's Hardware's best Gaming CPUs of 2020 list - for now, until the new AMD5000 series have come along...
The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X specs are 6 cores, 12 threads, 3.7GHz with a 4.6GHz boost clock. Heavy. On paper, the older 10600K has this thing licked, but the AMD Zen 3 architecture means that this is actually the more powerful option.
*Please note - selecting an AMD 5000 series processor will result in a longer lead time.
The Intel 10600K is one of our favourite bang-for-buck processors. At 6 cores and 12 threads, it matches the 5600X but for sheer grunt how does 4.1GHz with a 5.1GHz boost clock sound? For outright gaming performance, this thing is a beast. The 10600K doesn't have a bundled cooler, so we include the Coolermaster H212X as standard on the Intel build.
The rest is the same as the x93-boost. We've still got the nice, hefty 850W power supply making this system nVidia 30-series ready with a little headroom.
We build this all into a Cougar MX350 Mid-Tower case with a tempered glass side panel which really shows off that gorgeous STRIX mobo and a smoked front panel with twin RGB fans behind.
Windows 10 Home comes pre-installed. Activated. With a proper license. Because nothing sus.
Full build specs:
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 6-core, 12 thread 3.7GHz processor (4.6GHz boost clock)
Intel Core i5 10600K 6 Core, 12 thread 4.1GHz processor (5.1GHz boost clock)
ASUS Republic of Gamers STRIX X570-F or Z490-F Motherboard
Corsair Vengeance 16GB Dual Channel RAM (2 x 8GB)
Western Digital 500GB NVMe Solid State Drive
Western Digital 1TB 7200rpm Hard Disk Drive
ASUS TUF Gaming GeForce GTX1660 Super
Cougar 850W 80+ Bronze Modular Power Supply
Cougar MX350 Mid-Tower Case with 2x 120mm RGB fans
Cougar HPB120 3x 120mm RGB fans with Control Box
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Wi-Fi networking included
Free shipping Australia wide.
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The x93-overboost is already an upgrade of the x93-boost but that doesn't mean you can't have more. More is always better and greed is good... right? Why not pick out one (or a few!) of our option packages to overboost your overboost?
Photo and video editing? Just like to hang on to stuff? Is the cloud a conspiracy? Then you need some more storage! We've built two options for the x93-boost. The first is to upgrade to a 1TB Samsung 970 EVO Pro NVMe and that's a great option, it's a solid, reliable, fast drive. If you opt for the AMD platform, one if its benefits is that it supports PCIe version 4.0. So that means we can go for a gen 4 NVMe. Say hello to the AORUS Gen4 1TB. Think transfer speeds and load times so fast you'll actually drink less coffee. Because you just won't have the time. So we're looking after your health as well.
Both options also come with a 2TB Western Digital Black HDD.
Our hardware choices are selected carefully so they all work in beautiful balance but the one place overkill is totally OK is in the graphics department. There's nothing like a few extra frames.... Serious gaming performance needs a serious graphics card. For 1440p or 1080p triples, you definitely want to tick one of these boxes - for 4K, you want the 30 series.
The new nVidia Ampere graphics cards are some of the most anticipated hardware releases we can remember in all our years of PC building. We've done some initial testing on the RTX3080 and it's a bona fide game-changer. The 3070? Still better than a 2080Ti. Can it run Crysis? Oh yeh. Microsoft Flight Simulator? It's gorgeous on one of these things. In the words of the great philosopher Bueller, "It is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up."
*Please note - availability of 30 series cards will result in a longer than normal lead time.
16GB is a lot of RAM. 32GB is better. It's even better when it's Corsair Vengeance PRO.. It even has RGB bits on the spine of the heatsink. Pretty
Improving the cooling of your system is necessary if you want to make it look... cool. More importantly cooling helps maximise its potential. The ASUS motherboards come with tuning utilities that will automatically boost the performance of your machine if its not overheating, so adding some cooling is a great way to get that bit more performance. With these packages we'll pre-tune the setup for you to ensure you're getting a great result.Upgrade to exceptional thermal management with a water cooler. Not the type you stand around in the office, the type that keeps your hot bits chilly. But then you would stand around this thing in your office because it looks so damn noice. But it's not just about the looks. Water moves more heat than air can. That's why your car has water in it. The Corsair H100i Pro XT with 240mm radiator is one of the best coolers out there. Period.
RGB fans and details are cool. Tempered glass side panels for clear vision of all that beastly hardware goodness are sweet. But they're not for everyone.
If you have 'unwanted oversight' or you need to be just a bit incognito about what you're showing off, we offer you a stealth option. We'll take the same hardware and build it into a super high-quality Corsair Carbide 275Q Silent case. A beautiful, under-the-radar black box. It's the perfect way to keep your accountant or minister for war and finance off your tail.