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I built this PC for my brother as a housewarming/wedding gift. My budget was $1,400 USD. Took about 3-4 months of part watching to complete the part list. We were able to catch some items really cheap and got screwed on others due to poor timing. Oh well, lessons learned.

Overall, I'm pleased with the quality of the build for the price, and he's really excited to have his first PC and enjoyed picking out parts. I locked the prices for what I paid so if you want to build something similar the price will fluctuate. [Build price does not include taxes or shipping]

The build went smooth and we didn't run into any issues. It started up on first boot because we followed all of Gaben's Commandments of Assembly. He enjoyed learning about each component and how it would contribute to the system's overall performance. This will be a well loved machine that will hopefully help heat the only corner of his house that gets none lol.

The only con to this entire build is the mobo. It has white LEDs above each active DIMM slot. They are incredibly bright and cannot be disabled through software. The only solution is to apply small dots of tape over them. This seems like a HUGE oversight by MSI. For a company that prides itself on the aesthetic their components provide, this seems like big design failure.

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Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! I'm in the middle of an almost identical build. Only difference is I chose the 510 elite case. Does the Kraken interfere with any of the RAM slots?

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Awesome, I can't wait to see what you come up with! No, the Kraken does not interfere with the RAM at all. There's actually about 3/4 of an inch between the coolant hose and the nearest RAM card. The angle of the pics makes it look like a tight fit, but I didn't run into any issues mounting it. GLHF!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Should have gone with AMD

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I agree. An Air Missile Defense system would improve the overall security of this machine. However, after performing several risk assessments prior to building, we determined that the likelihood of an airstrike is low to unlikely. Thank you for the concern and good luck on your first build!