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Gaming build for a friend V2

by Blackspikes



Date Published

Oct. 29, 2017

Date Built

Oct. 28, 2017

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So after almost 2 years of using his first gaming build, my friend decided it was time to invest in a long term option. I actually did not get to physically help build it, but I helped walk him through it over facebook video chat. He actually did an awesome job assembling and has some nice cable management as well :) Next step is to start overclocking and getting that RGB LED strip installed.

Part Reviews


So first of all, yes we overpaid for this, we had the motherboard already and he wanted to build ASAP so he paid the extra 20 or so dollars to get it here soon. Can't wait to start overclocking, seems like a great overclocking chip.

CPU Cooler

This was a last minute change and I think we both agree is looks amazing with this build. Looks better and performs better than out last choice (Cryorig H7) and although it is a little bit louder than the H7, he is used to the stock FX-6300 cooler and his first reaction was "Damn this is so quiet". Assembly wasn't too bad, he has never installed a CPU Cooler of any type and he put everything on in about 15min using this awesome step by step tutorial.


This is my third MSI board and all of them have been great to work with, and the included manual is always super helpful and easy to understand. On the cheaper end of z370 motherboards, has some nice features including an M.2 slot that he can populate late on if he wants. Nothing else too major of note, just a solid board.


This was the cheapest DDR4-3200 RAM. With good reviews and a color that kinda matches the theme, this was a no-brainer.


A budget SSD that will speed up boot times and game load times, just wish prices were not so insane :/


Both of these hard drives were taken from his old build. Will be used for extra games, video files, and anything else he needs.

Video Card

Got this from Newegg's Ebay store for only $20 over MSRP. Its possible with the 1070ti launch that these might go down in price a little bit, but just like with the CPU, we wanted to get all the parts in for this weeked so he was willing to pay a little bit extra. We went with this GPU because it beats the 1070 in many games and has the added bonus of using waaaay cheaper FreeSync monitors.


This was an awesome case in basically every way. First of all it looks amazing, it is the combination of the two big fads right now (Tempered glass and RGB) but no one can deny that it looks stunning. Cable management is also great, plenty of routing holes as well as lots of space on the other side of the case. SSD mounts are easy to use, and the PSU shroud looks great. Highly highly recommend this case.

Power Supply

80+ Bronze is nice, but the fact that this is semi-modular is amazing. Cable management is sooooo much easy when you can just get rid of any cables you don't need. The connectors are idiot proof (you can't plug the VGA cable into the CPU2 port on the main unit). The one complaint is that CPU Power cable is just a little short. He was able to rout it the way he wanted to, but only barely. Having the cable be an extra inch or two would save some time and effort.

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darkxm 1 point 11 months ago

awesome! +1

The_420_Dark_God 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Nice Build

There are so many other options though /s

anyway, here's your +1

Blackspikes submitter 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

There really were so many options :p We changed from the 1070, to 980ti to vega 56, changed the cpu cooler the day he bought all the parts.

NiallMaw 1 point 11 months ago

I had such a similar build to this lol except I used the 1070 and a slightly different case but very similar love it! https://pcpartpicker.com/list/HNQCNN

Sqüaaa123 1 point 11 months ago

This freaked me out because my planned build is almost exactly the same too.

The_420_Dark_God 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I was being sarcastic about the black/red theme, but you did it right

Blackspikes submitter 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Was really mostly by accident actually, just worked out nicely. The case was $10 cheaper for that color, the ram was the cheapest for the speed, and of course the vega 56 doesn't come in any other color currently. We changed that motherboard the day he bought parts just because of the color, and we changed the CPU cooler because of its better cooling performance over the H7 and the colors were a nice bonus.

Pornstarrunner 1 point 9 months ago

I have a similar build with the same mobo and cpu but I can NOT get it to post. Any thoughts?

Rraghav 1 point 6 months ago

Hi, I've quick question. I'm kind of new into building CPUs. The mobo has onboard WiFi or not?

Ryzenshine 1 point 3 months ago

No, the mobo does not have onboard wifi. Like any mobo it has onboard ethernet but if you want wifi you'd need USB or PCIe card adapters for wireless networking.