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Project - Age of Empires | Custom PC Build 

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PROJECT NAME

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Age of Empires is a series of historical real-time strategy video games, originally developed by Ensemble Studios and published by Xbox Game Studios. The first game was Age of Empires, released in 1997. Nine total games within the series have been released so far as of July 25th 2022.

Age of Empires focused on events in Europe, Africa and Asia, spanning from the Stone Age to the Iron Age; the expansion game explored the formation and expansion of the Roman Empire. The sequel, Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings, was set in the Middle Ages, while its expansion focused partially on the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire. The subsequent three games of Age of Empires III explored the early modern period, when Europe was colonizing the Americas and several Asian nations were on the decline. Another installment, Age of Empires Online, takes a different approach as a free-to-play online game utilizing Games for Windows Live. A spin-off game, Age of Mythology, was set in the same period as the original Age of Empires, but focused on mythological elements of Greek, Egyptian, and Norse mythology. The fourth main installment in the series, Age of Empires IV, was released on October 28, 2021

BUILD DETAILS

About the Age of Empires Custom Gaming PC Build by Silver Knight PCs located in Fayetteville, North Carolina

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CASE & CUSTOMIZATIONS

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POWER SUPPLY

Cooler Master MB500 Custom Wrapped with a custom Age of Empires Themed Castle Wrap featuring a siege on the back panel of a group of Mongols repelling an invading army. The front and top we wrapped to look like a castle, with LED lights blinking to look like boiling oil dripping down on defenders

  • Intel 12th Gen i5 12600KF 10 Core 16 Thread CPU

  • ASUS Z690-P Prime ATX Motherboard

  • ASRock Phantom D RX 5700 XT 8GB Graphics Card

  • Mushkin Redline RGB 3200mhz 8GBx2 (16GB)

  • 256GB NVME M.2 SSD

  • 1TB SATA HDD 7200RPM 128MB Cache

  • Arctic Freezer i35 aRGB

  • Corsair LL120 RGB Fans

  • EVGA 600W 80+ Bronze PSU

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ABOUT BUILD

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The Age of Empires build was focused on incorporating the game into the computer itself. We went with the MB500 from Cooler Master due to its front looking like a murder hole on a castle wall or gate. We used Corsairs LL series fans so that the case looked like it was dripping hot oil on its enemies through the murder whole and small sparks of fighting in and around the case. The RX 5700XT from ASRock gave us the LED effects we wanted and with the red coloring fit well into the rest of the build scheme. The i5 12600KF is arguably the best value gaming CPU on the market as of this writing and was a no brainer to pair with the 5700 XT so it can handle future upgrades with ease.

The wrap was the foremost decision on this case and was extremely challenging for our wrap artist, Andrew, necessitating a full disassembly and drilling out of rivets to effectively wrap, as well as creating a hard to translate look on the side panel side of the case. The artwork itself was difficult to get right, going through several revisions until the final version you see here, with stylized Mongol warriors about to sally out of the gate with archers shooting arrows through arrow slits above it. We wrapped the rest of the case to look like a castle with the Age of Empires II symbol for imperial age to tie together old and new in one rig.

We decided to go with one of Genghis Khan's most famous quotes "A Man's Greatest Joy is to Crush His Enemies" to imbody the fighting spirit this computer will carry to its matches in Age of Empires. 

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