The Hoplite - Intel - Black
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The Hoplite - 13th Gen Intel - Built for Victory!
The successor to our original Hoplite model, the new Hoplite model features significant enhancements to deliver even more value.
We kicked off this model with the Intel Core i5-13400. Tom's Hardware recently named this CPU the Overall Best CPU for gaming. The addition of 4 efficiency cores over the previous generation improves performance in heavily-thread applications, and of course you keep your 6 performance cores with boost clock speeds up to 4.6GHz. This CPU is built on Intel's 13th Generation "Raptor Lake" architecture and also benefits from a moderate efficiency increase over previous versions. We keep it cool with a Thermalright Assassin X Refined SE ARGB tower cooler that delivers waaaay more than enough cooling power to keep it boosting as much as possible for all your extended gaming sessions.
For our Graphics Card in this one, we've given you a couple different options - all of them represent outstanding price/performance. The Intel ARC A750, Radeon RX 6650 XT, and GeForce RTX 3060 are all more than enough horsepower to get the job done. If you plan to use a lot of ray tracing and AI acceleration, the RTX 3060 is the way to go. If you purely play eSports and want the fastest clock speeds of the bunch, the RX 6650 XT is your winner. And if you're someone who just wants the lowest cost per frame, the ARC A750 is the pick. Whichever way you decide to go, rest assured there are no wrong answers here!
We've platformed the new Hoplite on an ASUS TUF Gaming B760M-PLUS WiFi D4 motherboard. For starters, this thing is, as you would expect - very "TUF." The heat sinks for the VRM are seriously robust, and it delivers 12+1 phase DrMos power stages as well. Plenty of I/O onboard, along with 2.5G ethernet and onboard WiFi 6E and Bluetooth. Thunderbolt support is here as well, and USB 3.2 Type-C. All the connectivity that matters, and not a corner cut on the chokes, capacitors, or PCB quality. Another typically excellent entry in the TUF Gaming line from ASUS, this one definitely doesn't disappoint.
Speaking of typically excellent, we use a 1TB Kingston NV2 PCIe Gen 4.0 M.2-2280 NVMe Solid State Drive with 1TB of storage space for this system. Mechanical hard drives have average read/write speeds of 80-160 Mb/s. That's a disaster if you're wanting to actually play games without constant bottlenecking. Mechanical hard drives are still great - for mass storage of pictures, movies, music files, and documents. But they just don't have the speeds you need for gaming. We only use drives that deliver read/write speeds up to 3500/2800 Mb/s. If you're still running on an old hard drive or SATA based SSD, you're going to love the difference!
For system memory (RAM) we give you the choice of 16GB or 32GB of Kingston Fury Renegade RGB DDR4-3600. Kingston has long been a premium name in memory, and for good reason. Ultra-low failure rates, rigorous quality control, and stylish aesthetics are all a standard part of the deal with Kingston. Why compromise?
With all the upgrades for the new Hoplite, we wanted to upgrade the case as well. While we loved the old one, we tested LOTS of new options and ultimately we couldn't help but opt for the Fractal Design Pop Mini Air. We love building in Fractal cases because they're always laid out well, and the construction quality never lacks. The honeycomb-patterned front mesh on this case makes a bold statement, and also allows for massive airflow from the three 120mm Aspect 12 RGB fans. These fans come with high quality rifle bearings and deliver elite cooling performance.
For the power supply, we opt for a 650-watt 80+ gold rated unit. This is plenty of overhead to ensure there is always available power on tap for CPU and GPU boosting.
As always, your Alexander PC comes with well-managed wiring and cabling, and your choice of colorway for sleeved cable extensions because stock cables are a crime.
All Alexander PCs come 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 i5-13400
CPU Cooler - Thermalright Assassin X Refined SE ARGB black
Motherboard - ASUS TUF Gaming B760M-PLUS WiFi D4
GPU - Intel ARC A750 -or- Radeon RX 6650 XT -or- GeForce RTX 3060 Ti
RAM - 16GB - OR - 32GB Kingston FURY Renegade RGB DDR4-3600 CL16 black
SSD - 1TB -OR- 2TB Kingston NV2 PCIe M.2-2280 NVMe SSD
Operating System - Windows 11 Professional
Power Supply Unit - 650-watt 80+ gold rated, fully modular
Chassis - Fractal Design Pop Mini Air black
Extras - sleeved cable extensions in client's color choice from available library
Core parts list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/VqZgVw - Extras not shown