UPDATE 1: hi its me moof I've owned this build for a bit now and I just wanted to say a few things. First and probably the most important is that one of the antennas for the wifi card broke in transporting it to my mother's house for thanksgiving. I tried it with one cable and it didn't work so I tried repairing the cable but it would frequently disconnect me for a very short time and I would have to manually reconnect. Luckily I had the asrock antenna from the old moof mini in my mom's basement and it worked without a hitch. I'm thinking about adding one of the nf-a15s from my other nh-d15 but haven't gotten around to it. I've removed the DRD+RW from the parts list as I'm probably never going to put it in this system. I added my keyboard to the parts list. I also accounted for the custom keycaps I have in the price so that's why its so high, I changed my mouse from a g400s to a g402. This isn't really important its just because the g402 is a bit smaller and I have small girl hands but in case you saw this build before and think you're going crazy: you might be but that's not why. I also uploaded a picture of my setup that I take to my mom's when I visit her just because I have a nice ikea desk there as opposed to the folding table in my apartment (a lot of people get upset when they see all my expensive equipment on a folding table for some reason (they're really good for what they are)) Other than that, my only regret is getting a mid tower because its hard to lug back and forth from my apartment to my mom's when I visit and I can't (practically) take it with me to events like MagFest or PAX however I submitted this list before I planned on moving out of my mom's and started going to lots of events so I couldn't have predicted that.
hey gamers its me moof and I was one of the winners of the "Pick Your Favorite MSI Components Giveaway"
First off, as cheesy as it sounds, I wanna thank everyone msi and pcpartpicker, especially Mark from msi who was the rep I emailed back and forth and made winning something big a lot smoother than I thought it would go, and philip from pcpp who was basically doing everything by himself when I joined this site back at the end of 2013; none of us would be here today without him!
So, right off the bat, the keen-eyed among you may notice from the parts list and the description that the PSU and GPU are different from that of those in my contest parts list. The GPU is because msi didn't have a founders edition on hand and mark asked me if it would be ok if they sent me this one and I said sure. I'm not entirely sure about the PSU, though but its not a huge difference; the two PSUs are practically identical and I'm not sure what makes the snow silent version different.
Warning about the next part: I have no idea how to do these new product review things I see on the site xd
6700k: No complaints yet, It's running at 4.5GHz no problem
NH-D15: This is the best cooler I've ever used and its my second one. It's one of the few coolers that comes with really good fans. I don't like AIO liquid coolers because they are made of cheap parts and often times a hassle to install. There is also a new NH-D15S that's a bit smaller but size wasn't an issue here.
Z170A Gaming M9: This motherboard is not one I would recommend, even in a high end z170 build like this. For that I would look more to the M7, but I had a $2500 budget to fill! even at $370 this motherboard has less USB ports than I would like for its price and form factor but that may be a chipset limitation. The cabled for the antennas for the included wifi card are what I would classify as a "medium" length, and not in a good way. They are too long to not look ugly if you are going to attach the antennas magnetically to your case, but too short to have the antennas anywhere else besides there if you need a boost in signal. However, the wifi card is great, probably mostly due to that its onboard and not through usb and killer's included software allows you to do a lot of stuff like packet prioritization or find the best access point: stuff that seems standard now but coming from x79 is like living in the future. msi's bundled software is ok. I decided to just download the installer and have it give me everything and see what I got, but really all I ended up using was afterburner and the aforementioned killer networking stuff. Another note is that it also installed google chrome and drive, and norton antivirus so I had to uninstall that. Other than that, this board also features 2 pciex16 slots that are reinforced with something to help prevent GPU sag, which is very nice! The layout of the board is what you would expect from an ATX board at this point, too, nothing crazy like fan headers on the back of the board.
G.Skill Aegis 64GB: When picking out RAM, there are very few specs that matter outside of price and capacity, and sometimes brand or speed. At the time of this build, this kit was around $250, less than what I paid for HALF of this in DDR3 when I built my first "moof machine". This is 64 gigs of RAM from G.Skill, one of the most trusted names in RAM. You go into the bios, you turn on XMP, it works.
850 PRO 1TB: This is a bit like the RAM. I paid about $800 for the 840 evo as my second SSD (my first was a kingston 480gb i also still have that I bought to see if this whole SSD thing was worth it). Now here today the PRO model 1 generation later is half that price. I don't use mechanical drives any more in my personal builds. My 3 1TB drives are sitting in ziploc bags on a shelf in my basement and they have been since I moved. Before that they were sitting on the same shelf in the same ziploc baggies in a different basement since I bought that Kingston SSD. Samsung's Magician software is also really good. There are a few things that windows doesn't have enabled/disabled by default because hard drives still exist so you can just click a button and it changes all that in the registry for you, and a lot more like making sure your drive is genuine and built in benchmarks to see if your ssd's speed is decaying (I am not sure if this works because I've written over 40 TB to my 840 evo and it still tells me I'm fine(I also don't notice any loss in speed though)), firmware updates, a tool to COMPLETELY wipe your drive, and checking if your drives are encrypted including some vague instructions on how to do so.
1080: It's a 1080. I did this list before Titan XP came out and I'm not entirely sure how or how much that would have influenced my build. This is my 3rd card of this design after my 780ti and 980ti. I'm pretty sure after msi dominating with this cooler for 2 generations now the other companies have stepped up their game, most notably EVGA and gigabyte, but I can't be 100% on that. In the end, the cooler doesn't influence as much on the card as a lot of people think if you have a standard atx tower. If you have a mITX build or a case with an odd mobo orientation like a lot on inwin or silverstone cases and some mATX cases, you should look into what type of cooler is made to go into them.
Define R4: When this case first came out, I didn't think much of it. It looks like most mid towers, and has the standard mobo orientation I've come to hate in favor of a rotated one. So why did I pick it in my dream build? Because this case (and yes it took me about 2 years to realize this) isn't about its looks. This case has sound dampening foam EVERYWHERE and is built like a tank. The side panel window (that I didn't want but had to get because the regular version was out of stock when I made my list) is large enough to display parts like a GPU and motherboard and cooler, but conveniently cuts off at the drive bays so you can hide your awful cable management job (always been my week suit). I know the define r5 is "newer" and "better" or whatever, but I've been hearing about this case for 2 years and the define r4 to me is almost a symbol of this 2nd pc gaming golden age, even if the cover for the front intakes and the 5.25 bays doesn't go on both ways.
SeaSonic 1050w plat: I have the 1000w version of this PSU and this one is the same but has 50 more watts! cool! Like I said earlier I intended to receive the "snow silent" version of this, but I don't care enough to hound someone down about it, send this one back, wait, get the new one, install it, ugh. If they send me like a no-name 400w non-modular supply then it might be a different story. xd
DVDRW: I don't have this asus-branded one but I checked the specs and they're the same. It writes DVDs and I don't and don't plan to ever own any Blu-Rays so this is fine. I also have yet to install this and may never have a reason to.
Windows 10: When I got an email from ups saying "hey ur packige will b their tmrw between 7am and 11pm" I was at my mom's house. So I burned a win7 iso onto a usb and packed it up. When I plugged it in it gave me an error. I looked the error up on my surface and it basically said that because win7 came out before usb media was used to install (windows at least), if you write the data to the installation media too fast it will get corrupted. I'm not sure how true this is but it sounded legit so my dad gave me a copy of windows 10 enterprise (not on here) and now I just use it.
NF-A14 industrial: I bought a bunch of these fans for my tj11 for a few reasons 1.) they're noctua 2.) they're noctua but they're black 3.) they're noctua but they're black but they use the same vibration mounts so they can be kinda brown is i end up using a noctua cooler 4.) the vibration mounts are easily removable and replaceable 5.) they're waterproof up to a certain degree. The last one doesn't really matter so much any more but everything else does, especially with the NH-D15.
vh236h: i've had this thing forever. I used to play on a crappy acer monitor with godknowswhat response rate and then I remember reading this was (at the time) what monitor they used at mlg lans so I bought it. It's not my primary monitor anymore, but I still use it as a 2nd monitory for spreadsheets, voip, note-taking, etc while I'm playing/watching games.
vg248qe: I still think this is one of the best monitors you can buy. The 2411z is a little nicer, but this one is a close 2nd. it's only 1080p, but 4k and 1440p aren't there for fast-paced gaming yet. This monitor has a 1ms response time and a 2ms input lag. Going up to a 1440p or 4k panel you're looking at 3-5 ms of input lag and a 1-4ms response time on the "gaming" panels. This might be fine for some people but not for me.
g400s: I bought this mouse for $40 when radioshack was going out of business and have used it ever since. I've tried other newer mice too like the g502 but I still prefer this.
598se: I try to buy as much black stuff as possible. In theory, if something is dark its not drawing attention to your eye. I always wanted a pair of 598s but I didn't want my headphones to match my noctua fans, so I waited and my German ancestors answered.
z623w: I got these as a graduation gift when I graduated high school and never used them.
Building was painless besides the GPU. The r4, as many probably know, has another pcie slot that's vertical. The dip in the case to fit the cover ever so slightly covers the screwholes for the other pcie slots so my dainty woman hands kept dropping the screw in (i think one time the screw even fell in the gpu fan) and even if I could get the screw in I would either knock it out or be in such an awkward angle that it would be impossible to screw in. My dad did it for me.
After this I plugged it in and turned it on and went into the bios to check the settings. I've never been a fan of msi's bios but it looks better from when I last saw it (z97) so thats nice. After getting win10 installed against my will nothing has gone wrong yet besides "what if I download the xtu profile with the highest score?" (spoiler alert: my pc crashed!!!!!)
I played arma 3 downsampled from 4k (not dsr) at max settings besides blur which I turned off and I was getting 45 fps before it crashed because it didn't like how I got out of the helicopter I guess so I'll try and benchmark that and DOOM 2016 later because those are the two demanding games I have installed.
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edit1: hey everyone look this idiot forgot to upload the pictures! xDDD