Recreate Henry Cavill’s PC gaming setup with these parts and a healthy bank balance
Film and TV star Henry Cavill caused a stir with a five-minute video recapping his PC assembly adventures.
Putting together your own PC is not that much different from snapping together a building block toy – carefully follow the instructions, keep your fingers safe and everything should work out OK.
Still, as Cavill himself demonstrates, there’s more than likely going to be a bit of head scratching involved regardless of the financial outlay. If in doubt, it’s better to take a break and come back refreshed the next day.
Cavill blurred out branding information at the start of his do-it-yourself PC reel, but his Instagram video suggests that the “Superman” star is using an ASUS ROG Crosshair VIII Hero motherboard as a base ($599/P29,500), on top of which is placed an AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 12-Core chip ($499/P24,600) as the system’s Central Processing Unit. Temperature regulation for that is provided by a NZXT Kraken Z73 all-in-one liquid cooler ($279/P13,700).
Though the Ryzen 9 already contains a capable integrated graphics chip, like many enthusiast gamers Cavill has opted for a dedicated card, in this case the ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 Ti OC ($1,199/P59,100).
For storage, there are a pair of Samsung 970 Pro 1 terabyte NVMe M2 solid state drives ($349/P17,200 each), while operating memory comes from a pair of 16 gigabytes G-Skill TridentZ RGB DDR4-2133 sticks ($99/P4,800).
Powering the setup is a Seasonic 80 PLUS certified Prime Series power supply, perhaps the 650w, 750w, 850w or 1000w Prime TX, or the 1300w Prime Platinum ($299 /P14,700 to $529/P26,100); the whole thing is placed within a Fractal Design Define 7 case with a tempered glass side ($169/P8,300), hooked up to a ROG monitor display ($1,099/P54,200 for a 43-inch 4K screen), and controlled via one of Razer’s reprogrammable BlackWidow Elite backlit mechanical keyboards ($129/P6,300).
High precision mice can run from $49 (P2,400) to $149 (P7,300), with wired equivalents usually offering lower response times and lower price, while PC-compatible console gamepads go for $59 (P2,900) to $169 (P8,300), depending on specifications.
While it’s more than equal to the demands of “World of Warcraft: Shadowlands” (an opt-in beta began this week) and “Cyberpunk 2077” (Nov. 19, 2020), expect the current total cost of this powerful build to top out at around $4,500 (P222,000), sale deals notwithstanding. I’ll be sticking with my current build a while longer. RGA
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