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Initial thoughts:

Madame Rouge will be used for everything I do on a computer- VM's, development work, weather forecast modeling, (I was also in the Air Force/Air National Guard as a Weather Forecaster) and yes WQHD gaming.

This build came about because back in September I got a killer deal on a 21:9 WQHD monitor ($585, and no it wasn't stolen) and I didn't have a computer that could utilize it. I have a Broadwell based XPS 13 Ultrabook and while it can get the 3440x1440 resolution, it can't do much more than that especially gaming- even the graphic intensive 'Zombie Bowl-o-Rama' couldn't open. :-P

I'll try to keep the parts section as brief as I can, but knowing me, it might not happen.

PROCESSOR - i7 6700K I waited for quite a while before purchasing this, as it was WAY overpriced from Intel's MSRP especially around the Holidays. I chose this because I wanted the processor power for my Weather Modeling Software, VM's, and gaming, which I plan on getting back into. Since this is the first time I ever OC'd a processor I stayed with MSI's Game Boost which is 4.4GHz, at least until I get comfortable with messing with multipliers, etc.

CPU COOLER - DeepCool Captain 240 To be honest, I don't see a lot of builds on here using this cooler and that kind of concerned me. After using it for a while I can say that it's pretty decent. Idle temp for my CPU is 28, and that's with an OC to 4.4 GHz. I haven't yet run a stress test of it, but for now it gets the job done nicely. I have to admit though that the Steampunk look is kind of cool, and it matches my build theme rather well. An upgrade path would be to attempt liquid cooling, and that might be something to try once I get more research on it.

MOTHERBOARD - MSI Z170A G45 Gaming This is not the motherboard I initially wanted to go with, but when I was looking on Amazon and saw it on sale for $95, (originally $179 at the time I bought it) I couldn't pass it up. Overall I'm really happy with this mobo. I like the header/connector placements, plenty of room for AIO brackets/hardware, and the general aesthetics. It does have a couple of quirks however: A funky m.2 configuration when used in conjunction with the SATA ports/PCI-E slots (see manual for details); Only two of the three PCI-E slots are 'reinforced'.

MEMORY - G.SKILL Ripjaw (2400) DDR4 I did some research regarding RAM compatibility with the motherboard and this was on the list, plus it was a steal for $115 for 32GB of RAM. Yes, it's probably overkill, but having the headroom for work-related development/VM's as well as keeping up my skills in Weather guessing will be nice.

STORAGE - Samsung 950 Pro 256GB M.2 & WD Black Series 1TB HDD After reading about the MVNE M.2 drives, and getting a little sale on it, I decided to see for myself just how nice they are. Overall I'm very happy with its performance. I honestly didn't need the WD 1TB drive, as I have a 12TB RAID 5 server for all of my storage needs, but it does give me some wiggle room for storing VM's etc. PROTIP Ignore your OCD tendencies when trying to get the M.2 Samsung label (which faces upside down on the mobo) to face in the right direction- It doesn't work. :-P

GPU - MSI Nvidia GTX 980Ti Probably the hardest purchasing decision of the entire build for me. I haven't had a desktop in over 12 years, with the last one being a P4-based Dell 'Dementia' (:-P) with an ATI Radeon X700 GPU, so spending $600+ on a GPU was a hard pill to swallow. I thought about getting a GTX 970 and waiting for Pascal to come out later this year, but having the extra horsepower of the 980Ti matches well with the 21:9 WQHD monitor I've got, so I went with my buddy's adage: "Buy once, cry once".

CASE - NZXT Noctis 450 Not having a desktop for over a decade, I forgot that there are SO many cases on the market to choose from! With the Noctis 450, I liked the layout as well as it reminding me of the F-117 Stealth Fighters from my active duty USAF days. It's 'blingy' without being excessive, cable management is pretty good, the PWM fan hub is a blessing, and I like the PSU shroud with the red-lit logo.

PSU - EVGA G2 750 Watt 80+ Gold A friend of mine recommended that I look at Seasonic or EVGA PSU's and the ratings/reviews of this one convinced me that it's the one for me.

WIFI CARD - ASUS PCE 68 AC1900 Unfortunately, I can't have a wired connection. I wasn't going to get this one initially but since I have the ASUS RT AC 68U WiFi router it pairs nicely.

PSU EXTENSIONS I'm really impressed with quality of these custom sleeved extensions. I could almost repel down the side of my work building they're that solid. Yes, they're expensive and not necessary, but they add a touch of personalization to mark the system as mine. I had to route the PCI-E extensions in the opposite direction due to the way they were curved- Trying to reshape them in the direction of the case cutout doesn't work since the inside wires are shorter in order to maintain their curve. Still, I like the look.

MONITOR - Samsung S34E790C What can I say? It's 21:9 3440x1440 goodness. No, it's not the bada$$ 100Hz Acer Predator X34, but for a 60Hz WQHD monitor it's pretty darn awesome. Media looks great, the subtle curve makes me feel immersed in the action. I've not had a lot of time to try gaming on it yet, but once I finish a build for my Dad for his B-Day, that will change.

There you have it, my long-winded synopsis of my desktop that I'm REALLY happy with. If you've read this far, thanks for stopping by!

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Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

How did you like the NZXT case? I'm thinking about getting one in the future. My main question is, how much room in the back plate is there for cable management? And was it easy to cable manage with the case? Nice build.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like this case, but there is some room behind the motherboard tray, but I'll be honest- if you get the mainframe customs cable extensions, you're going to have to be creative, because the connectors and actual sleeves are thick. I'd show a picture, but even with doing a good job on the smaller cables, it's kind of messy

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks fricken amazing :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :-)

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice, very clean and great choices! +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! :-)

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Where'd you get those custom PSU cables? Amazing build btw! :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much! :-)

I got them from Mainframe Customs. Rather expensive, but I think that they're worth it.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Where did you get that mini desk for your pc? I have been looking for something like that to free up some of my desk area and yours look perfect!! nice red and black theme too!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I got it from Amazon for $35. Link incoming...

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B004494A1S/ref=yo_ii_img?ie=UTF8&psc=1

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

oh that looks sweet, pc on the top, printer and subwoofer on the bottom, thanks!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

You're welcome. It's perfect for my pc and server, and it matches my computer desk

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I really like this build, but why didn't you get a higher wattage power supply for possible SLI in the future?

Edit: Also what the F*#k is that disgusting mouse!?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol! I'm just now revamping my gear, and the mouse is one of the things I'm going to change in the near future. I've had it for over 6 years now.

I know that the PSU is overkill, but I got the 750 Watt PSU because it was on sale, plus I had originally intended to get a pair of GTX 970's.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Really nice build. Looks really good too! I'm always jealous of the deals you guys in the US get on parts.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :-)

I never thought about how much things cost in different places until I actually lived overseas. (Spain, and Germany) It's quite shocking.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

+2 - gave +1 upvote here and +1 to your father gift! Just a question do the samsung 950 m.2 ssd have rapid technology just like the samsung 850 evo/pro even the lower samsung ssd? Rapid can be enabled through the samsung magician which boost my samsung evo 850 250gb and out performed the samsung 950 pro m.2 ssd 512gb. This is due to the use of ram as a cache for your ssd. Once activated it takes 1gb maximum at default setting. I have a picture of the benchmark in my build(last 2 pictures)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :-)

I'm not sure about Rapid. I'll have to look into it when I get home from work later tonight.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Any issues with that monitor? Ghosting? Backlight Bleed?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

No ghosting or backlight bleed at all. The only issue that I had was getting the calibration done the way that I want- It doesn't come out of the box set up how I like a monitor to look. ymmv.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice and clean looking PC, The One you built for your dad is very nice also.

  • 46 months ago
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Thank you! :-)

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

You commented on my build about cable combs. I was going to reorder some red/white/black cables much like yours. Where did you get those cables? It doesn't appear they have combs but they're separated nicely. Awesome build.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :-)

I got these from mainframe customs, but they're expensive for just a set of extensions: 24-Pin, 8-pin, and two eight-pin PCIE extensions cost me $120. :-O

I know that they're expensive, but the quality is really awesome. Mainframe shapes them so that they don't really need combs at all, however I do have some anyway.

https://mainframecustom.com/

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow. That is insanely expensive, but they look awesome. Thanks!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful build! I like how your cables are shaped but find it interesting and weird that you didnt route the GPU 8pins down directly into the PSU shroud. Any reason for that? Well done nonetheless!!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :-)

I couldn't route them through the GPU cutout- They were shipped to me with the end pieces facing the wrong direction. :-P

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahhh, are the cables shaped custom to whatever case you say and shipped after that in a really stiff form?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I do believe that the company got them confused with the 8-pin power cable, which has the orientation that they shipped to me.

As for shape, the material is really stiff. They're shaped before being shipped out. Honestly, if I could get the tool to extract the pins from the connector I would have it placed in the right direction.

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

This is an absolutely amazing build. You should be very proud. Personally, I would have gone with 2-8GB sticks of ram instead of 4-4GB sticks just so I can upgrade later. But that's just me and my love for ram. Great job and game hard! +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! :-) I actually got 32GB of RAM (4- 8GB sticks) for my VM's and dev work, but I'm thinking about getting some upgraded case fans, painting the case grills, and possibly a custom water cooled loop for my next project. :-)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy crap this is beautiful.

I also found my new favorite AIO.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

It's pretty cool, that's for sure. Just wait until I post the latest build I'm working on. I'm using the white version of it. :-)

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Noooo I wanted to be the first to use the white version ;)

Get it posted ASAP. I can't wait to see it :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm almost ready to post it. I'm an odd one that won't post until everything is complete. :-p

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I've heard that the CPU cooler pulses, as in the red inner circle lights up and pulses. Is this true? I'm thinking about getting this cooler

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, the LED pulses in the center of the cooler. It's difficult to tell from this picture, but it pulses white light in the white version.

http://i.imgur.com/pLpzmTB.jpg

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh ok, is it annoying or pretty subtle?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

It's subtle, which I like. I'm not into a whole bunch of LED glow, and this is just the right amount.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build... +1

How is the CPU water cooler working out for u? Any leakage since u build it? and are the fans okay?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :-)

The cooler is working really well; idle temps hover around 27-30, depending upon the room temps. I've only done one stress test max load and it maxed out at 73°C, while the GPU maxed out at 79°C. No leakage yet whatsoever, but I'm considering changing out the case fans, because it seems kind of noisy to me. I don't hear the radiator fans, but I might change them too because of aesthetics.

I'm really happy with this build. I just need to get a good flight controller so I can start playing Elite Dangerous which will look AMAZING on my monitor. :-P

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I came here because I was looking at the monitor and it said you used it in your completed build. Looked at the 1700 price and thought there was no way you got that monitor, that CPU, and that GPU all in the same build for 1700. I was right, for some reason you put the monitor at 0 bucks.

This build actually costs around 2500 with monitor included.

  • 45 months ago
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I bought the monitor a long time before I even thought of gathering parts for a PC build, so I did not include it in the cost of the build.

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  • 47 months ago
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Lol thanks! It took me a lot of overtime hours to pay for it, and I'm so damned happy with it. :)

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :-)

Sadly, no there isn't a Razer Noctis 450. There are only two Noctis 450's: The red/black like mine, and the white/black w/blue lighting. At one time there was a limited edition version, but of course that sold out.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, that's correct. It's funny: I just posted my build while ordering the last of the parts for the build I'm doing for my Dad for his B-Day. I'm going to build him a Mini-ITX using the White/Black NZXT Manta. :-)

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Will do. :-)

Of course I'm going to submit the build to PCPP, so there'll be more thoughts & pics of the process. :-)