The Centurion - updated November 2022 for 13th Gen Intel
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The Centurion (Intel) is designed especially for gaming. And for gaming, you want Intel's 13th Generation "Raptor Lake" processors. Groundbreaking is the right word for the performance level with these new Intel CPUs, and we're seeing a significant jump in performance over the previous generation in both gaming performance and content creation applications. Perhaps it's the record high clock speeds of 5.8 GHz, or perhaps it's because of the larger L2 and L3 caches - we're better it's a little of both!
With such a staggering amount of performance from our CPU, we needed to find the perfect GPU to pair it with to deliver the gaming performance it deserves. It was impossible to look away from the NVIDIA based GeForce RTX 3060 Ti's and 3070's. These GPUs deliver great gaming performance across a wide variety of game titles and engines - everything from eSports, FPS shooters, and AAA cinematic titles with ray tracing - they'll deliver everything you need. And with the surrounding ecosystem of supporting software which NVIDIA does much better than the competition - such as Reflex, DLSS, and Broadcast - you'll have the tools you need to simply get every ounce of potential out of them without needing a degree in Aerospace Engineering.
With our CPU and GPU settled, we need to start thinking about how to optimize temps for consistent performance. Any good cooling solution starts with making sure you've got a cooler capable of keeping the CPU boosting even under heavy gaming loads. Our 13th Gen i5-13600K is definitely a hot date, and with a tdp of 125-watts it demands a high performance cooler. So we're going with the ARCTIC Freezer 34 eSports DUO for this one as our standard choice. This is a battle-tested and proven cooler rated up to 210 watts, so we've left plenty of overhead here - no sense cutting it close on something so critical. And if you want to take things to the next level and add some all-in-one liquid cooling, we offer the Lian Li Galahad AIO 240 RGB UniFan Edition for this one. A massive cold plate provides entire-IHS coverage for the CPU, and a high quality pump and well-machined cooling fins ensure efficient heat removal.
Next we looked to the motherboard. The quickest way to ensure your system deteriorates quickly is to cut corners on the motherboard. The quality of the power solution, cooling system, capacitors, and VRM truly matter more and more the longer you play on a system. We chose ASUS' TUF Gaming Z790-PLUS WiFi for this one. 16+1 power stages (rated 60A), military grade components, and high quality capacitors, chokes, and heat sinks are all good reasons for this one. Also factoring in are onboard WiFi 6E, Bluetooth v5.3, USB 3.2 Type-C and PCIe 5.0 - all the connectivity that matters for now, and for later.
When it comes to storage, not all "SSDs" are created equal. Far from it. SATA based SSDs are outdated and usually provide read/write speeds somewhere between 200-550 Mb/s. Mechanical hard drives have average read/write speeds of 80-160 Mb/s. Compare these figures to our Kingston KC3000 M.2 NVMe SSDs that throw down with a minimum rating of 7000 Mb/s sequential read and 6000 Mb/s sequential write speeds. If you're still running on an old hard drive or SATA based SSD, you're going to love the difference these drives make in your system. Load times? What load times? Or maybe game, stream, and record simultaneously without saturating your drive bandwidth.
We stick with Kingston for our memory choice on this one as well. The Kingston Fury Renegade RGB DDR4-3600 CL16 memory is the perfect choice to handle your high-fps gaming. This is some of the best memory we've ever tested and consistently outperforms competitors at the same speed. 16GB is enough if you're just gaming, but we offer a 32GB option if you want to add a bit more for the future.
We've chosen a Lian Li Lancool 215 for the case on this one. With two monster 200mm front fans, this is an absolute banger of a case for airflow. It also delivers on the programmable RGB lighting so it doesn't just perform - it looks great doing it!
If cutting corners on the motherboard is the best way to ensure premature system failure, a cheap power supply is next in line as a surefire way to ensure excessive wear and tear on things. A steady supply of smooth, efficient power flowing through a high quality board is the only recipe for cooking up a system that will perform at its peak longer. So we juice this one with a fully modular, 80+ gold-rated, retail version unit to ensure we're providing quality that's up to our extremely high standards. Every part we choose is carefully considered with our clients' long-term experiences in mind, and the power supply is no exception!
The Centurion comes with Windows 11 Professional installed and fully updated. We also install and update all necessary drivers prior to shipping your PC.
All Alexander PCs systems arrive:
* Fully assembled, with Windows installed, activated and updated
* Memory overclocked
* BIOS and drivers updated and optimized
* Ready to unbox, plug in, install your games and play!
Full System Specs
CPU - Intel Core i5-13600K
CPU Cooler - ARCTIC Freezer 34 eSports DUO -or- Lian Li Galahad AIO 240 RGB UniFan Edition
Motherboard - ASUS TUF Gaming Z790-PLUS WiFi D4
GPU - GeForce RTX 3060 Ti -or- 3070 (choose from dropdown menu)
RAM - 16GB - or- 32GB Kingston Fury Renegade RGB DDR4-3600 CL16
SSD - 1TB Kingston KC3000 PCIe Gen 4 M.2-2280 NVMe SSD
Operating System - Windows 11 Professional
Power Supply Unit - 750-watt 80-plus gold rated, fully modular (ASUS, EVGA, Corsair, or Seasonic only)
Chassis - Lian Li Lancool 215
Extras - sleeved cable extensions in client's color choice from available library
Warranty: Lifetime Parts and Service
Core parts list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/mscfjZ