What’s gunmetal grey, has rainbow guts, and is packed with enough graphical power to tranquilize an elephant? Why, Tocata’s brand new high-end PC, of course! Don’t worry about figuring out how graphical power relates to tranquilizers, just worry about figuring out what’s in the CLG Fortnite player’s new rig. Hint: It’s a lot of really cool stuff.
Kevin “Tocata” Lane is a Fortnite streamer, competitor, and YouTuber for CLG, one of the oldest and most pedigreed esports orgs on the planet (and also an organization Newegg sponsors!). He already has a beefy gaming rig at home, but Newegg and CLG teamed up to give him a new build—one to use more for content creation, rather than gaming.
Running a game on the new rig will be easy enough, especially if that game is as lightweight as Fortnite. Editing and processing huge video files complete with HD audio, webcam, and 60+ fps game footage? That takes a lot of CPU and GPU power. Mid-range components can struggle to produce good results in under an hour or two, so someone like Tocata needed something, well, more.
The Goods: ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GPU and Ryzen 9 3950X CPU
Whenever someone has the budget and the need for a top-end Ryzen CPU, it’s easy to recommend. It’s not a cheap component, so if you don’t have the budget for it, put your money elsewhere (like on a lower-end Ryzen, perhaps). So what’s the case for a Ryzen 9? It’s a little complicated. Ryzen CPUs are great at gaming, so if you want to just game on your PC, you can get one. But most experts will tell you that Intel’s best works better for gaming than AMD’s best, even if only by a little. In truth, there isn’t a lot that AMD’s top chip and Intel’s top chip can’t do, but you can fine-tune your purchase if you’d like. AMD’s Ryzen 9 is better for multitasking, due to its high core and thread count. Processing videos takes a lot of oomph, and with those cores, the Ryzen can dedicate all of that oomph to processing a video while leaving room for you to do whatever else you’d like.
The GPU, on the other hand, was a no-brainer. If you want the best of the best graphical capabilities, you go with a 2080 Ti from Nvidia. Tocata chose the ASUS ROG Strix variant due to ROG’s stellar reputation for longevity, reliability, and power, but any 2080 Ti is going to blow other consumer graphics cards out of the water in terms of performance in either gaming or processing. It’s got about double the multi-rendering performance of the 1080 Ti and 30 percent faster total effective speed. UserBenchmark also places its FPS anywhere from 17 percent to 50 percent higher, depending on the game in question. In other words, this card came in to match the legacy set by the 1080 Ti and effectively replaced it in every category. With this, Tocata will be able to process and create all of his videos as rapidly as possible, and if he chooses to game on it, it’ll be easy for him.
The Rest of the Build
The other pieces of Tocata’s new PC are just as impressive, but they aren’t as big of a deal as top-end Ryzen and RTX components. The gunmetal Phanteks P600s case ties the whole project together with its clean, dark exterior. With no RGBs on the outside of the case, it contains all of the bright RGBs within the case and blends it all together perfectly. With the RAM, motherboard, CPU cooler, and GPU all having RGB (not to mention several bright fans), that was very important for the overall look of the build.
Here’s a list of the other components:
- Motherboard: ASUS ROG Strix X570-E
- AIO Liquid Cooler: Corsair H115i Platinum
- RAM: Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB
- PSU: Corsair RM1000X
- Storage: Samsung 970 EVO Plus
- Case: Phanteks P600s
Q&A with Tocata about his new PC
While Tocata was in Newegg Studios for his build, we had a chance to ask him a few questions about his PC building history and his plan for the new rig.
Had you ever built a PC before this?
Tocata: So I’ve built a couple PCs, two to be exact, but I’ve never done one solo. I have a general sense of how to build a PC, but I’m not an expert, so hopefully you’re going to help me out.
Tell me about the first PC you ever built.
The first PC I built had a 970 graphics card and a pretty simple processor. This would have been right after I made money from one of my Fortnite tournaments, so I had the money to get my build going. I kind of just went through YouTube for hours trying to find a decent build. It wasn’t too bad, but I was most stressed about accidentally frying something, but now I don’t think that’s as much of an issue. Other than that, it was a pretty straightforward build.
You’re both a competitor and a content creator, but which one of those do you think you prioritize, competing or creating?
It’s hard to tell which one I am. I actually feel like I’m pretty equal as both. My days are split between scrimming in private servers for practice and playing public matches with a focus on creating content. It’s very difficult, but I do try to balance then as evenly as possible, and I enjoy it a lot.
You compete for a North American org, but your content creation is almost entirely in Spanish. Why go that direction?
Most of my personal audience is from Spanish-speaking regions, but I do try to do some content in English. I have an overall mission of connecting those two communities. Hopefully most people know that about me by now, but it is pretty unique.
What went into becoming a professional streamer and gamer?
Competitive gaming and content creation is a very competitive industry. A lot of people want to do it full-time. To succeed, like to get a full-time job in the industry, you have to be unique and stand out. To use an example, there were some casters that were at the Fortnite World Cup, which was a crazy tournament worth $50 million. The way they got that opportunity was just getting on Twitch to very little viewers and just casting random matches. They did it consistently and because they wanted to, and they uploaded to multiple platforms. Because no one else was doing it, they were noticed and picked up for the biggest tournament the game has.
What are you hoping to gain from a PC like this?
I edit all my own videos and do my own post-production. Having a rig that’s able to render either 3D models or just regular videos as quickly as possible is my goal. Also, with that 2080 Ti I’ll be able to run any game I want, so if I do end up gaming on it, I can do whatever.