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My first ever build. Girls can build computers too! I've been looking into building a PC for several months and finally took the plunge. I'm very happy overall with how it turned out. Now I'm learning the process of overclocking her. She was built with both productivity and gaming in mind. She'll do well for me over the next few years.

CPU I went with the i5 6600K because I didn't see a real need for the i7. The price difference was significant enough for me to stick with the i5 and it's done really well for me. Currently have it overclocked to 4.4ghz.

CPU Cooler I was originally going to go for the standard Hyper 212 Evo but changed my mind at the last minute. I do not regret my decision whatsoever. Aesthetically, it's so much easier on the eyes, especially in my S340. At idle I'm averaging 30c with no issues and it's fairly quiet. I don't have any experience with other coolers but it sounds good and looks good so I'm happy with it.

Motherboard I went with the MSI Z170A Gaming M5 motherboard for a couple reasons - it's red and it has a lot of features for the price. I did my research and was a little concerned based on some reviews on Newegg with a lot of DOAs but I took a chance because I didn't find anything else that really appealed to me. I didn't have any issues and still don't after a month of use. Good motherboard overall.

Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16gb - not much to say. Solid 16gb that's probably overkill but oh well.

Storage Typical Stuff - Samsung Evo 250GB for my OS, main applications, and a few games and the WD Caviar Blue 1TB for everything else

GPU Went with the MSI Radeon R9 390 8GB because of the price and performance ratio. Doesn't dissappoint. Currently working on overclocking. I've had a couple screen crashes but that's probably due to instability of my overclock. Satisfied with my purchase.

Case Went with the NZXT S340 Black/Red to complete the house the Lady in Red. Such a great case. Cable management was easy and the window shows her off nicely. I bought some cablemod led strips to illuminate her features.

PSU EVGA 650WGS is a good power supply unit. In hindsight I may have gone for 750 but 650 is plenty for my uses.

Seriously so happy the build was completed with no issues. She'll be running strong for years to come. Anybody with an R9 390 - let me know what you got for your OC...I don't care to OC to the max but I want to get as much performance out as possible without going overboard.

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

I like the red and black theme +1

  • 45 months ago
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Thanks!

  • 45 months ago
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I love the build great job! I'll say that 390 is pretty dang beefy compared to my 380.

  • 45 months ago
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Flawless.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice clean build!!!

  • 45 months ago
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Thanks!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build and +1 for the colour scheme

  • 45 months ago
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Thanks! Love the Black/Red

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi , I have the same CPU and motherboard . Can you please tell me what MSI utilities you used , if any . Theres a lot available and some look interesting . Thanks

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I didn't use very many. CPU-Z and Intel Extreme Tuning and AIDA64 to overclock along with Valley Benchmark and such to test.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Stephen Lynch - Down To The Old Pub Instead

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I am sorry...

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Great cable management. Nice custom cables as well!

  • 45 months ago
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Thank you!

  • 45 months ago
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This build looks great. My wife has been saying that she wants to make her own build look better and I think I can show her this one to demonstrate how well it can be done.

Good work!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Tons of fun. She should definitely work on it!

  • 45 months ago
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Nice looking build! Love the color scheme and the organization!

I wish I had gone with the MSI Gaming 5 motherboard as well. I didn't plan any color scheme until too late! I have the MSI R9 290, G Skill Ripjaws, and red LED fans... and the black and blue Asrock Extreme4 motherboard. Oh well.

Where did you get your cables?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I got the Silverstone Tek extenstion cables from Amazon.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, lovely colors. with OC what are CPU temps under load?

  • 45 months ago
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My max temp was 56c under load running Aida64

  • 45 months ago
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that's good, i am also getting same with 4.4GHz OC

  • 45 months ago
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Very balanced build and a solid part choice, I wouldn't have changed anything myself. I'm enjoying the Cryorig cooler, +1

  • 45 months ago
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Love the cooler!

  • 45 months ago
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How did the mono work ?

  • 45 months ago
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Sorry, not sure what you mean by mono.

  • 45 months ago
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How is PSU holding out on you? Have this exact PSU and looking to get 390 for a more upgraded gaming/streaming build soon

  • 45 months ago
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Haven't had any issues. And if you're looking for new GPU I'd take a look at the new NVIDIA cards that were just released or wait to see what AMD will offer. At least that will help bring down the price of the 390 if you still decide to go with that card. Good luck on your build!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow i am literally building a PC with the same case,cpu cooler,case fans,motherboard,same ssd,

only my cpu is 6700k,and gtx 1080. I can look at your PC setup all day and i can imagine what mine will looks like :D

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build. I love the red/black theme. That's another reason why I like MSI. Nice components. +1

  • 39 months ago
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Great build. Always love red & black themed builds. +1. How long are the CableMod LED Strips you used? :)

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  • 45 months ago
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Kinda looks like it.

If you hold the card level while you tighten down the mounting screws you might be able to fix that OP. Probably not a big deal but aesthetically having it pulled up makes it look a little better.

  • 45 months ago
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Yeah I tried that when I first saw the droop. Didn't work. It hurts my eyes too but I still haven't found a way to fix it.

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  • 45 months ago
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Didn't work when trying to hold the card level. If you have any other advice, I'm open to it. It's the only thing that pains me about my build :)

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  • 45 months ago
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Silverstone Tek actually. But cable mod LEDs :)