Maximum PC - - R&D -

WE CAN’T ES­CAPE THE FACT that the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is re­ally ex­pen­sive. We’ve opted for a third-party of­fer­ing, with the over­clocked, triple-cooler card from Asus pro­vid­ing the rea­son for this ma­chine’s ex­is­tence. To make sure it’s kept fed with data, the rest of the build is pricey as well. To be fair, though, you wouldn’t want to slide a $1,400 graph­ics card into a bar­gain-base­ment bud­get rig.

For the heavy lift­ing, we’ve turned to In­tel’s cur­rent top-end CPU, the Core i7-8086K. At least, it was top-end un­til In­tel re­leased its new pro­ces­sors as we were writ­ing this, but as the 9000-se­ries fam­ily hasn’t been fully un­leashed yet, we’ll stick with what we know is a strong gam­ing pro­ces­sor. Ca­pa­ble of tur­bo­ing up to 5GHz on more thread-shy ti­tles, and of­fer­ing six phys­i­cal cores (that’s 12 threads, thanks to Hy­per-Thread­ing) to more mod­ern ti­tles, this pro­ces­sor can han­dle the most cut­ting-edge of games with ease.

Pro­ces­sor and graph­ics card sorted, the next big de­ci­sion is what motherboard to use, and here we’ve elected to use the Asus ROG Max­imus X For­mula to pro­vide the back­bone for the ma­chine. This is a top-end board, with plenty of qual­ity fea­tures, in­clud­ing de­cent au­dio, in­te­grated Wi-Fi, and RGB Ar­mor to keep the build look­ing sleek, as well as col­or­ful. The solid steel back­plate means there’s no flex­ing when you’re build­ing, ei­ther.

32GB of RAM and a 1TB M.2 SSD mean that we’re not hang­ing around wait­ing for our next game to load, and also en­sure that we have a speedy ex­pe­ri­ence in Win­dows and more se­ri­ous ti­tles as well. Fin­ish­ing off the spec­i­fi­ca­tion, we have a Raijintek Or­cus 240 AIO cooler that we’ve been keen to try for a while, a qual­ity Be Quiet! 850W PSU, and for the case we’ve turned to the Cor­sair Ob­sid­ian 500D, which is a strik­ing-look­ing chas­sis for any high-end build. Oh, and don’t for­get a copy of Win­dows 10 while you’re at it.

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