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The Red Emperor

by TSD45

115
80 Comments

Details

Date Published

Sept. 26, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.5GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

970MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.7GHz

Description

FYI: I'll put a tl;dr down the bottom of the description if you can't be bothered to read this. I've also changed the name since I ended up not liking "Little Red Dragon".

I am re uploading my build since I recently got a DSLR camera and I thought it would be good to show you some proper photos of my build and I have also wrapped my SSD's in carbon fibre.

So I started this build completely afresh. Originally I had an AMD A10 6800K and a 750 Ti in some random $30 case. At the time, I thought it was amazing...until I found the PCPartPicker community.

Once I saw all these great PC's and all these awesome parts, I just knew I had to get my own decent gaming PC. Although you could have considered my old one to be a gaming PC, it couldn't run much. So my first upgrade was my case and I have to say that I love the S340. It's elegant, simple, looks great and it has great cable management, which are all big deciding factors in a case.

My next upgrade was to get my SSD's and my graphics card. As soon as I got the SSD's, I was blown away by the speed improvements over a hard drive. While these may not be the best SSD's on the market, they're pretty darn good from the price. I got my graphics card when I still had the A10 CPU, so I said goodbye to the 750 Ti and hello to bottle necking! Yes, it bottlenecked terribly. My favourite game used to be Watch_Dogs and it bottlenecked so bad with the A10 and the R9 380. I only found out until the day I got my i5 that I had accidentally MSAA x16 on the whole time. Insert facepalm here

My final upgrade would be the power supply, i5, RAM and motherboard. This cost over $700 AUD, which is pretty pricey, but it was definitely worth it. The new PSU was so much better than my old crappy VS450 and the cables were so much better! Like, they were actually all black and had decent sleeving on them (for stock PSU cables). When I got the i5, I knew it was going to be good. It was so sick to see that I was getting over 60FPS on Doom at max settings. And I could finally play GTA V too, which I was quite happy about

Overall, I am very satisfied with my build. Although the graphics card isn't the best out there, I find that it performs well under stress and it suits my own needs perfectly. In the future, I plan to get a 1060 or a 1070 and get some individually sleeved red PSU cables. I'm also going to most likely upgrade to an H100i or maybe even a custom loop! I'll post it out if I do the loop.

tl;dr: I really like this build. Although the graphics card isn't the best, I find it suits my needs. Everything works how I expected it to and so far I have been quite pleased with the PC's performance.

If you've read up to here, thanks! Leave your opinion in the comments, I would love to hear feedback on the PC. Also, what do you think my photos are like so far (I'm just learning how to use a DSLR)?

Comments Sorted by:

quzar469 1 Build 20 points 12 months ago

Nice to see a featured build that's not over 9000 dollars

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lisa_simpson 13 points 12 months ago

The Emperor's New PC

manojsankar 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

lol

LonghornAlamo2040 7 points 12 months ago

Heck yes for black and red!!!

Epicness937 0 points 12 months ago

same :D:D:D

Gooberdad 7 Builds 6 points 12 months ago

Congrats on the feature. Great looking build.

Thumbs up.

LaputaCake 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

Looks good. As for the graphics card it isn't bad and still performs nicely at 1080p. As for your DSLR the pictures look good and as paskowitz said underexpose your photos and try get away with a lower ISO. Another thing would be to get a 50mm prime next and a good flash. What camera have you got?

TSD45 submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

I've currently got the Canon Rebel T5i/EOS 700D. I do want to get a 50mm lens it's just they're very expensive in Australia but I know that they give great depth of field shots! Thats why I'm aiming for one.

CheapPCMaker 2 points 12 months ago

Nice skins on the SSDs

Russkie69 3 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

Amazing looking build and great quality pictures to complement it! I really like balance in the theme between the red and black those corsair fans look so good as well as the carbon fiber vinyl wrapped ssds. I think the H7 would have been a better choice for the Cpu cooler, but read that you're planning to upgrade to H100i or a custom loop in the future.

TSD45 submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Yeah, maybe the H7 would've been a better choice. I don't think it was actually available in any stores at the time plus the CPU cooler I have now was like $35 so it was pretty cheap.

FACUNDO 13 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

Nice gaming rig and setup. +1 Congrats

svtcobra91 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

Your pictures look great. Awesome build too.

TearingKiwi 2 points 12 months ago

Very clean and good looking build. Love the carbon fiber skins and congrats on the feature

ballisticism 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

SSD's look amazing... How did you find building in the S340? Your pics look pretty good as well, better than any I could've done :) RIP pc prices in aus +1

TSD45 submitter 1 Build 3 points 12 months ago

Thanks! The build in the S340 was amazing. While cable management is good, it can be a bit of a squeeze at times. I love that it has SSD mounts at the front, it gives you an opportunity to make them look really cool.

ballisticism 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

That was one of the things I liked about that case. Thanks for the advice.

TSeel 2 points 12 months ago

If and when I do a new build, I might go for a NZXT case.

The all seem pretty good.

Games4Days 1 point 12 months ago

I have the NZXT S340 Case too I want to do a build with it and seen this Build and wanted to try to do this one how good is this build on GTA 5 and other new games that will come at?like how many FPS does it get for 1080P.would love to know before building and this setup build is awesome :)

TSD45 submitter 1 Build 3 points 12 months ago

Hi, sorry for the late response. For GTA V, this build is great. It gets 60FPS at very high settings (without MSAA or FXAA and stuff like that tho). I would recommend getting a 1060 over the R9 380 though as it is only a little bit more money and it outperforms a 980.

Games4Days 1 point 12 months ago

okay thanks!! :)

greyswindir 1 point 12 months ago

I have the same chip and motherboard as you. Have you overclocked the 6600K yet? I want to know what types of voltage your pulling using that MSI M5 mobo and 6600K. Nice build man.

Campo92 1 point 12 months ago

How did you get those cool designs on those ssd's

TSD45 submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

I bought some carbon fibre vinyl wrap from amazon, cut some out to fit the SSD's and stuck it on.

Nauticale 1 point 12 months ago

For research purposes could you please provide a link? Thanks!

TheGamingBible 1 point 12 months ago

Featured.

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GoodGamingPC 23 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Beautiful build, great pics :)

TSD45 submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks!

Monitor 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago
edzmctbg 1 point 12 months ago

Awesome kylo wallpaper man! Where did you get those?

TSD45 submitter 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

Hi, here's the Kylo wallpaper: https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/134727416038817792/196496030278090753/kyloren1920x1080.png

It's in 1080p but I think there is an ultra wide version too

Bee66 9 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Very clean build,

Another similar corsair sp fan for the cpu heatsink tower would make this build a tad bit more awesome =)

TSD45 submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Yeah, I've been thinking about that, however, id rather save the money for an AIO cooler instead.

Stereotypical_Whale 1 point 12 months ago

what would really look cool is if you got an h60 or something and an sp120 on the front pushing air out the back so you can see the fan.

Storm-cooled 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Congrats on the feature! Next step for you should be some red sleeved extensions. Would look beast. Also, you may want to try painting the top of the 212 evo. Would clean up the looks a bit.

Storm-cooled 1 Build 3 points 12 months ago

Oh, and btw, I wouldn't go for the fully sleeved replacement cables. Too overpriced IMO. Something simpler like extensions are universal, and do the same thing. Also, cheap!

TSD45 submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Yeah, I will definitely be getting extensions in the future. I've thought about painting it and I don't really really know if it's worth it. As bee66 said I could get red corsair SP140's and put them on it if I wanted a cleaner look.

Storm-cooled 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

I thought of an even better alternative to painting- vinyl wrap! 3M makes some pretty BA stuff that you can get in matte black, matte red, and carbon fiber. I used it in my build, and had great experience, and it seems like you did, too. The matte black and red stuff will wrap right over the heatpipes (the carbon is a bit stiff), as long as you hit it with some heat from a hairdryer.

As far as the fans go- I would use the af series for the T4 (derp, called it the 212 earlier). There is so little restriction that an SP series would be... wasteful.

TSD45 submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

I think I might have a bit of trouble putting carbon wrap on the CPU heatsink. I'm not sure how I would wrap it with the top of the heat pipes in the way. I could try it, unless there is some sort of easy way I can wrap it?

Storm-cooled 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

Just grab a hairdryer, put it on high heat and stretch it over the top. The wrap will conform to the heatpipes.

This guy on OC.net already did it:

http://www.overclock.net/t/922583/guide-to-carbon-fiber-wrap-gallery/120

Nauticale 1 point 12 months ago

I think that is a sound suggestion!

paskowitz 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Very nice build. Just a suggestion for your new DSLR. IMO it is much better to under expose an image and then up the brightness, contrast, curves, etc in a program like GIMP (free). Shots 6-8 are well exposed and look natural, while some other look blown out. Also keep in mind your light source. It looks like you have some pretty harsh light coming in. Natural light on a cloudy day is actually the best time to take "natural looking" photos. Hope that helps!

TSD45 submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Thank you for your helpful response! I did see that they were a bit overexposed, but I realised too late. My light source in that room is actually a big window and it was a very bright day at the time, which is why it looked like it did at times. I'll definitely try out your advice in future though, it seems like you like you know what you're doing!

THEIsaacPigg27 1 point 12 months ago

Whats the monitor?

TSD45 submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

The monitor is the BenQ RL2455HM 24" monitor.

Zveir 9 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Today the S340 Elite came out.

RIP.

Russkie69 3 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

What's nice is that it has tempered glass, and that matte black color that's really about it honestly. The S340 Elite is somewhat a disappointment because still lacks a dust filter at the top of the case, rubber anti vibration padding for the hard drive case, and the reservoir mount still gets in the way of push-pull congif at the $100 price range and at that point is not so much of a budget case like the original S340.

TSD45 submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

I literally just found out. Overpriced IMO but still cool.

ImperiousBattlestar 1 point 12 months ago

Great pictures and colour scheme. Always love red and black builds. +1 :) What peripherals are you using? I'm from Australia as well

TSD45 submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks! Glad to see a fellow Aussie. I'm using the Razer DeathStalker 2013 Essential for my keyboard and the Razer DeathAdder 2013 as my mouse. And I've got a Razer mousepad too. The keyboard has no backlighting though and the mouse can only light up green. In future, I'm thinking of getting an extended mousepad, a Corsair Strafe RGB keyboard and a SteelSeries Rival 300 mouse. If you have the money, I would definitely get those or whichever ones you want. I would recommend getting a keyboard with RGB lighting too.

ImperiousBattlestar 1 point 12 months ago

This is what I'm going to use As you can see, I'm not a fan of RGB keyboards and they are a considerable amount more than the non-RGB versions

TSD45 submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Damn, that's one expensive set of peripherals. It's a great combo though, I reckon you'll be really happy with all of that stuff!

ImperiousBattlestar 1 point 12 months ago

Yeah, I agree. At least the aluminium K70 will last longer than the plastic STRAFE.

Connor_The_Gamer 1 point 12 months ago

I love the vinyl touches on the SSDs. Reminds me of one of TechSource's builds...

TSD45 submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

That's actually where I got the idea from. The SSD's are OCZ Trion 100's, so they are blue and white, which doesn't fit my colour scheme at all.

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Epicness937 1 point 12 months ago

i think you should add a few red and black cable extensions

TSD45 submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Yeah I'm thinking about doing that soon in the future. I will just get all red extension cables though as I really like the look of them.

manojsankar 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

+1 for the name.

2Bored4U 1 point 12 months ago

Sick. Wanna carbon-fiber my ssd now...

AugieK01 1 point 10 months ago

how many ports are there for case fans on this mobo?

TSD45 submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Hi, there are 3 or 4 system fan ports and there are 2 CPU fan headers on the motherboard. If you're looking to get this motherboard, I would highly recommend it.

AugieK01 1 point 10 months ago

Thnx `

mingodamango 1 point 5 months ago

Does the motherboard work well with the CPU? I'm trying to pair this motherboard with an i5 7600k but I don't know if it works because of the BIOS

Phoenixfireflame 1 point 4 months ago

I think this is quite an awesome build. Your use of the DSLR is alright.Did you do a custom spray paint on the case?

TSD45 submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Thanks. No, I didn't custom spray paint the case. There was one point where I was considering doing so but then I realised that there was no real point to it other than some mild aesthetic improvement. If you're thinking about painting the case, make sure you buy the right paint, otherwise it just doesn't look good.

Phoenixfireflame 1 point 3 months ago

Thank you so much

lolololololololololol 1 point 3 months ago

At this time, it is $666.14 USD lol

TheGamingBible 0 points 12 months ago

Cough the new s340 elite

Cruzaz 3 Builds -9 points 12 months ago

Why would you take pics of bad cable management

TSD45 submitter 1 Build 5 points 12 months ago

So first of all, what constitutes it as bad? The opinion of someone who has no part in the build process of this PC? No, I didn't think so. Secondly, the whole point of showcasing your completed build on PCPartPicker is exactly that, showcasing it. It also says in the comment guidelines "to keep your comment polite and constructive, especially if commenting on part choices and possible alternatives." You've followed neither of those rules and gone out and given me a straight up criticism. The least you could do is actually make your comment useful so I could do something about whatever problem you may think I have.

twest 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

I'm curious why you included pictures #12, #16, and #17. I believe that the album wouldn't be missing anything without those particular pictures, so I'm interested to hear why you included them.

Cruzaz 3 Builds -2 points 12 months ago

Ok next time route the cables better by putting the more difficult ones in first then thoughtfully route each one instead of stuffing them together in one place

Jackson_Tyler96 3 Builds 3 points 12 months ago

Why do you have to be so negative when it costs zero dollars to change that ****** attitude

Give some constructive criticism. Say something that is valuable and constructive to OP.

Vreaker12 3 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

I thought the cable management on the visible panel side is pretty good. The other end is covered by solid panel so guess it's not that critical :)

TSD45 submitter 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

Yeah, all that really matters to me in terms of cable management is not seeing all those cables everywhere in the side with the window. As long as the side panel fits over the cables on the back, I'm happy!

Vreaker12 3 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

Understandable. I could totally picture myself doing the same thing. You mentioned some plans down the road on custom sleeved cables so that might be a good time to redo the cable management. Sleeved cables are nice and they provide nice incentive to do a bang up job in making sure the cables are part of your presentation :)

Pics are dope. What lens did you use for those pics?

TSD45 submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Yeah. I'm a student so unfortunately I don't have lots of money right now and I can't seem to be able to find any full PSU sleeved cables that are compatible with my power supply. Also, thanks for noticing my pictures! I put a lot of effort into them. I use the Canon Rebel T5i/EOS 700D and I just used the standard 18-55mm lens which gave surprisingly good results.

Tooth 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

His cables are alot more cleaned up than looking at your build. You should bite your lip!!

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