Little something about myself first, I'm from Singapore Not USA. Found this website and realizes it's a very good opportunity to showcase the rigs I built over time. Basically friends and customers come to me for help in building them a new rig, mostly gaming comps sometimes multimedia comps it really defers.
So today I bring to you MSI Krait inspired Rig. It will be a very nice monotonous black and white theme rig with liquid cooling for the processor to do some minor overclocking and a nice dual sli 960gtx for overwhelming grafic power.
So processor wise, As my client does not intend to do any high programming stuff which would require the hyper threading of i7, I decided on the i5-4690k, By far this is the best chip I have worked with since the release of the newer lga 1150 chipsets. It's a monster when it comes to overclocking and a beast at that price point.
Naturally the motherboard we will be using today would be the MSI Z97s Krait edition. I honestly fine that it isa very underrated motherboard, with so much potential in it, One of the key features would be the ability to SLI or Xfire any cards in the market effortlessly. It fits the bill and budget of my client and it has the sexy black and white look (personally prefer the sabertooth mark S, but hey budget)
rams we settled on the kingstons black as it is a very cheap dimms in Singapore.
Crucial MX200 is by far the best ssd in terms of performance to price ratio so we settled on 250gb on that.
Here comes the juicy part. DUAL 960GTX MSI. y didnt i go for a single gpu like a 970 or 980 or even r9 280x r9 290x. simple. Price to Performance. I was on a tight budget and my client DOES not intent to upgrade in the future. (meaning its a whole new rig coupel years down the road) yes 1 980gtx now and another down the road would be good. BUT he wants to run crysis 3 on ultra settings NOW. so yes 2 960gtx performs better or as good as a "980 ". Therefore we went with the decision to get 2 of it as it follows the black and white theme of the whole rig. "970 cost more than 2 960 in my country." "he wanted duo gpus" "i did advise on the single" "pls forgive me"
H440 White/Black. BEST COMPUTER CASING I WORKED WITH 2015 PERIOD. maybe the define r5 comes close or even all the case labs. BUT BY FAR THE BEST CASING I EVER WORKED WITH. -nuff said i made my point- p.s. its black and white (hint hint)
For the PSU. i look at it this way. 100 dollars for a bronze standard 750w power supply that is worth the money. or get a gold+ for 250 dollars. saving maybe 20 dollars a year on electricity. (client doesn't care about saving on electricity bills) so the choice was simple. not to mention he funded this whole rig himself.
Corsair h100I was decent. I would have went with the kraken h61 if they had stock in Singapore but sadly at this moment of time. Couldn't find a good price for it. (some shops sell really expensive)
windos 8.1 and a new lg ultra wide screen 25" screen.
End note. I build this computer out of good will and passion for building comps. I do charge and i do earn a bit but its in all due worthy for my work. Parts are all bought aftermarket from retailers not distributors and I don't own a company building comps.
Pls positive comments and constructive comments are gladly accepted. But if your out to to offend me, I bite.