Description

This is my personal PC. I use it for gaming and streaming. I did run into some problems while building it, but fortunately, knowing some prior troubleshooting learned from the previous build for my friend, see here, I managed to get it to boot up and work perfectly.

The end goal was at least 60 frames in any high or ultra settings on any AAA game. I mentioned on my friend's build that all my school friends are PC gamers. It took me 9-10 months to get all the money for it (most of it was mainly waiting for my birthday, which led to a huge payout due to good grades), but now I finally have a rig to top them all, and I spent less than their pre-built rigs. Muahahaha...

My previous computer was a $200 Dell laptop with an Intel Celeron CPU in it. The more "not-so-demanding" games that could run on my laptop, albeit not well (15 frames at best), ran like an absolute DREAM on this new rig. Fallout 4 gets a steady 60FPS on Ultra settings, though I do have to turn down the AA if I want to maintain it in more complex areas. The next goals are Overwatch and Grand Theft Auto V so I can play alongside my friends.

If it wasn't obvious, red is my favorite color. I wanted to name my PC something with "red" in the title. I got edgy ideas like "bloodshot" or "red mist", eventually I broadened my horizons and named her Scarlet.

The PC took nine hours to build over the course of two days. Originally, I bought an NZXT Sentry Mix 2 fan controller, but unfortunately, it came with faulty molex connectors. Scarlet originally only booted up for 1 second then immediately shut off. It took two hours to find out that the fan controller's faulty connector was the problem. I don't know if I plan on buying another one to put in this build or just get it when I make another rig for myself. (I have a MK2 version planned, but that'll come later. Way later.)

I owned both of the monitors prior to building this.

This build is going to last me until I move out of my parents' house, and I couldn't be more proud of myself dedicating time to plan, money to save, and learning how to build and to overclock. I'm so happy to finally have ascended from console gaming and now until the end of time I'll be playing all my video games on PC. This is going to be the only build for myself for a while, but I do have another rig I need to build for another school friend, so stay tuned for that.

Photos were taken with an iPhone 5S camera.

As of 1/25/2017, the Deepcool CAPTAIN 120 EX has been replaced by a Thermaltake Frio Silent 12 after the 120EX's pump died.

Thanks for reading!

Part Reviews

CPU

It handles 4K video on YouTube with no problems, and multitasks perfectly well. Overclocked it to 4.0 GHz for now. It was given to me for free by my uncle, who didn't need it after upgrading to an i7-4790K.

CPU Cooler

I was only going to get the CAPTAIN 120 until I found out they released the EX version. Managed to snag this baby for $65 rather than its asking price of $80. This cooler is quite beautiful. The "breathing" red LED is a nice touch, and makes it look like Scarlet is actually breathing and alive. However, it's a 4/5 from me because installation was difficult. You need to tighten the standoffs all the way for this to stay in place. I had to use pliers to get this snugly fit. Not the best hour of my life. (The photo shown of the cooler mounted is missing a screw, I know. It's not like that anymore.)

UPDATE 1/19/2017: The pump on this liquid cooler died. I'm looking into getting a replacement, but I'm bumping the rating down to 2/5 because the cooler only lasted four months.

Motherboard

Bought this baby open box at Fry's for $115. USB 3.0 headers, Killer Ethernet, Audio Boost, OC Genie, onboard-CPU temp display, 3 case fan headers, and a beautiful black and red color scheme. It's perfect.

Memory

It works. Had to boot up the PC with only one stick of RAM though. Not sure if that's the RAM's problem or MoBo's problem, but now it works with both sticks. Also, unpopular opinion, but the Vengeance Pro's look is better than the Vengeance LPX's look.

Storage

I use this as a boot drive and installed Fallout 4 on it, GTA V will be installed on it too. Good budget SSD that matched my color scheme.

Storage

Got this for free from my dad. 3TB of storage. Hell yes.

Video Card

The most important piece of Scarlet. I love this card aesthetics-wise and performance-wise. The fans are absolutely silent and only spin near 60° C. Under load with the fans on I haven't seen the temps rise past 64° C. It has the performance of a GTX 980 for half the price. Would highly recommend.

Case

Beautiful case that allows a lot of space for cable management. Build quality is immaculate and it's perfect for black and red builds. Word of advice to anyone who wants this case: there's a chance you can't mount a fan on the bottom of the case if your PSU is too big.

Power Supply

Fully-modular all black cabling with 80+ Gold efficiency. PC looks a lot cleaner than my friend's build because I only have to use the cables that are necessary.

Case Fan

They work and shine red LEDs without being too bright or too dark. Excellent.

Case Fan

They work and shine red LEDs without being too bright or too dark. Excellent.

Keyboard

This bundle matches perfectly with Scarlet and is affordable for any gamer looking to start PC gaming. You can't see the letters unless the backlight is on, however.

Headphones

Again, sticking with the color scheme. This headset's mic is adequate enough for gaming, but I wouldn't recommend doing voiceovers with this. The sound quality of the mic is decent at best. The red cable is also sleeved and is long enough for me to walk to the fridge while still wearing it. (Oh, I should probably mention I'm literally right next to the kitchen, so don't think the cable is 50 ft or anything.) I could do with a stereo to USB adapter, but apparently that only comes with the G430 version. I have to buy the adapter separately.

Comments

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a really clean and aesthetically pleasing set up! I love the red carbon fiber touch-up (totally biased XD ) and the utilization of the desk for cable management. I'm familiar with most of the parts in your rig except for the AiO cooler. You picked out solid parts, but my only concern is the Seagate HDD since I've heard and read that they're unreliable, don't last long and have a high percentage of failure. Hopefully your HDD doesn't crap out on you.

I hope your rig serves you faithfully for a long time :)

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

It's an exceptional cooler from the reviews I've read and is a good budget option if one wants liquid cooling but doesn't want to shell out money for a Corsair or NZXT one. It isn't listed on PCPartPicker yet. Also, as for the Seagate HDD, I've read the failure rate is 10% on 3TB Barracuda drives, which is the highest out of any Western Digital or other Seagate drive. While it does concern me as well, I'm willing to take my chances with 10%. Thank you!

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

RED!

I like it. Thumbs up.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

I almost though you put the carbon fiber on the window lol

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

oh my god, you're right. it does look like that. whoops lmao

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the amount of pictures and how in depth you went with the parts! Great build bro!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Any reason you changed the stock pressure fan on the rad out for a case fan? (Apart from the pretty shiny, that is)

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

ah... nope. pretty shiny was about it.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Love this! Great build bro

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

"This is my personal pc" wtf is a personal personal computer

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

a computer that is double personal, of course

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Sweet Rig I love the Red!!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you!

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Love this build. It reminds me a lot of mine, which doesn't have a name yet, but that doesn't mean it never will! The 1060 is a dream, and you should already be able to run Overwatch at 60+fps no problem. I usually get 80fps on ultra at 1080p, but if your monitors are higher res than that, you might have some trouble. The great thing about the 1060 is it's the absolute king of 1080p, but any higher than that and you need a better card to run AAA games at high settings. Great job though man, I adore this color scheme, and MSI is my favorite brand of computer parts.

Edit: Instantly after posting this, I saw that you've already got great framerates on overwatch and gta5, so kudos to you, that's great! My praise still stands, however!

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Where did you get the desk?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

no idea, actually. it was just something we bought several years ago and no one was using it

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build. Just a word of advice your PSU was made to face with the fan downward to intake as much air as possible. This makes for better performance, I highly suggest you flip your PSU over.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I'll be sure to do that sooner or later. I'm super tired from building and managing the cables, so I'll be sure to do it soon.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi! My parts are near the same as you have! I was wondering can I get away with buying a 550w power supply instead of your 650w?

Using the

MSI Z97 Motherboard

Intel i5 4690k

MSI GeForce GTX 1060

Do I need 650w? Or is my 550w going to work? Would appreciate if you could help me on that! Also sick build I love the Black and red theme. That's what I've got planned out with my parts. I'm 14 so this is my first build I'm making myself. Good luck with PC gaming!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

550W is enough to run those specs, I'm sure. I only got 650W because it was only a few bucks more and leaves me safe if I were to do any extreme overclocking. Thanks, and good luck to you as well!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

do the 2 GPU fans spin together at 60c? or only 1

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Both fans spin together at 60C. Below 60C, the fans don't spin at all.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

what is the idle GPU temp while fans don't spin?and is ur country cold or hot?

  • 33 months ago
  • 0 points

On idle, my GPU can vary from 38C to 41C. I live in the west coast of the US, where it's 65F (18C) on average because it's winter here.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Do u still have the liquid cooling or no?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

replaced it with a Thermaltake Frio Silent 12. the temps are about 4-5 degrees Celsius hotter.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

what fps you get for games you play?nice knife btw

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

GTA V, Very High: 82fps average

Overwatch, Ultra: 156fps average

Fallout 4, Ultra: 71fps average

oh, and thank you!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice rig for under $1000. Really liked your carbon fiber idea.

+1

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

How does it stand on todays specs?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

still consistent and tackles all the games that i currently play on a daily basis

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Just out of curiosity, on your build who is that in the desktop wallpaper? It looks so familiar but I cannot remember the name of the Anime (or the character).

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Akame from Akame ga Kill.

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