Will Judd

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Digital Foundry Will - MANTAMACHINE


To run games for work and pleasure, record footage from a test rig and allow all manner of peripherals to be tested for Digital Foundry / Eurogamer. I've spent a lot of time working on this PC, upgrading it steadily over the years, so I'm happy to share what it's become three years after its initial construction!

Build history

The ever-evolving MANTAMACHINE was so named because it was originally constructed to test an NZXT MANTA Mini-ITX case.

Since then, I've shifted to a larger Thermaltake View 31 RGB case, allowing a full-size MSI Gaming M3 Z270 board. This in turn means that an HDMI capture card and a second NVMe SSD can be fitted, which is handy for my work. The original EVGA GTX 1080 FTW has been replaced with a newer RTX 2080 and 16GB of Crucial 2400MHz RAM has been upgraded to 32GB of Crucial 3200MHz RAM. That means the bottleneck is most often the CPU, an Intel Core i5 6600K that has become the longest-serving component in the case. This has been overclocked to 4.7GHz to boost performance in CPU-heavy titles like CS:GO.

I'm currently running the computer with the 4K 144Hz Acer Predator X27 monitor I have on loan, but this will be replaced with my Acer Predator XB271HU 1440p 144Hz daily driver after the review period is up.

Color(s): Black Light Blue
RGB Lighting? Yes
Cooling: AIO Cooling
Theme: none
Size: ATX


This build participated in 1 contest.

Rank Contest Date
#1948 The builds.gg 10K Challenge ended


Category Brand / Part Info 
CPU Intel - Core i5-6600K
Cores: 4
Socket: LGA 1151
Motherboard MSI - GAMING M3
Chipset: Z270
Memory Support: DDR4
Size: ATX
Memory Crucial - Ballistix Sport LT
Capacity: 32 GB
Type: DDR4
Storage Samsung - 960 EVO
Capacity: 1 TB
Form Factor: M.2
Type: SSD
Storage Seagate - BarraCuda
Capacity: 8 TB
Form Factor: 3.5 Inch
Type: HDD
Storage Western Digital - WD Black
Capacity: 1 TB
Form Factor: M.2
Type: SSD
Graphics MSI - Gaming X Trio
Chip: RTX 2080
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
PSU EVGA - SuperNOVA 650 G3
Efficiency: 80+ Gold
Form Factor: ATX
Modularity: Fully-Modular
Case Thermaltake - View 31 RGB
Motherboard Support: ATX, E-ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
Side Panel: Tempered Glass
Type: Mid-Tower
Case Fans NZXT - AER RGB 2 - Twin Pack
Size: 140 mm
Cooling NZXT - Kraken X61
Compatibilty: AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2, LGA 1151, LGA 1155, LGA 1156
Type: AIO
Accessories Blue - Yeti USB Microphone
Accessories Microsoft - Xbox Elite Wireless Controller
Accessories Sennheiser - HD 598 Headphones - Ivory
Monitor ACER - Predator X27
Native Resolution: 3840 x 2160
Panel: IPS
Refresh Rate: 144 Hz
Monitor ACER - Predator XB271HU
Native Resolution: 2560 x 1440
Panel: TN
Refresh Rate: 144 Hz
Keyboard Razer - Huntsman Elite
Interface: Wired
Key Switch Type: Razer Green
Type: Full Size
Mouse Logitech - G PRO Wireless
Interface: Wireless
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