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"MSI Build Your Dream PC Guide"- "The Real Slim Shady"

This is my submission for the MSI Build Your Dream PC Guide contest. So it would be nice to win so a +1 would be much appreciated. Also anyone could slap a build guide together and call it a day, but I at least tried and put some reasoning behind each part. One more thing, the build requirements never specified what this machine is oriented to, but MSI being a gaming company I made It gaming oriented. Enough cheese here's my reasoning for each part. Cheers!

CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K This being a "Gaming" build I had to go with the best (in the budget at least...) X99 has the extra 2 cores, but skylake has a higher clock speed. Plus almost all single core benchmarks Skylake was superior, not the mention it also has hyperthreading. ( But it doesn't help this thing $414 right now -_-)

CPU Cooler: Deepcool CAPTAIN 360 This Sexy CPU cooler not only has a 360mm rad, but a nice red and black theme which matched the theme perfectly. At 30 idle OC and 28 idle and 61 OC load and 54 load, the temps are decent for the price of this CPU Cooler.

Motherboard: MSI Z170A Gaming M7 This board is straight up awesome in terms of ascetics. Has plenty of SATA, fan headers, etc. I also love when there is a cover over the IO. It was in budget so I grabbed it. BUT and this is a HUGE BUT ( almost as big as Kim's XD) this board has very mixed reviews, many say that the OC abilities and the BIOS isn't the best... I'm not saying they're the worst though. OC isn't a problem because the CPU cooler can OC as much as a custom loop, so it's not being pushed to it's limits.

RAM: G.SKill Trident Z Being fast, red and black, and in the budget this RAM kit was a no-brainer. Not to mention these things are SEXY. (I know I should be ashamed for using all 4 ram slots but, I always thought when all 4 are filled it always looked better. plus 16 gbs is overkill for gaming...)

SSD: Kingston Savage 240GB There are defiantly cheaper options out there but, the color scheme is unmatchable. They are plenty fast and 480 GB is plenty for the OS and some games. Also If your wondering why i went with 2 separate SSDs over one is because, RAID 0.

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB How original... but plenty fast for a mass storage option. Also if almost 1.5 TB or storage isn't enough for you pick up a 2 TB red for like $35 more.

Graphics Card: MSI GeForce GTX 980 TI This card will tear through any game even at 1440p. I was thinking about going sli with a weaker card (970 or even 980?) but sli may look good on paper but playing is a whole new ballgame. I'm not saying it will suck, because you will rarely see bad scaling ( especially with only 2 cards). I just know it is always better to get a single stronger card rather than 2 weaker.

Case: NZXT H440 (Black/Red) Another "How Original" but there is a reason this is probably the most popular case ever. Working in this thing is a dream and the cooling is... dare I say, "A Breeze" lol.

Power Supply: Corsair RM 750w A bit pricey for this build but plenty overkill, considering this build only uses 480w. Being fully modular helps with cable management, and 80+ Gold Helps cut down your electric bill.

All in all, I actually had fun making this build, and researching each part. I really hope you think this build is worth a +1 because I should be doing homework but I think this is more important lol jk Cheers Mate ( ?° ?? ?°) if you read this far...

Compatibility: No issues or incompatibilities found.

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CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4 GHz Quad-Core Processor
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Total: $336.91

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    • 50 months ago
    • 1 point

    Looks good! However I think that with that budget you can get a higher tier PSU, I think the RM series is considered Tier 2 by now. Maybe check out Corsair's AX series or EVGA's G2 or P2. Also maybe 4x4 16 GB RAM is not the best idea. It's more expensive than just 2x8, and you're getting less upgradeablity. Check out my build maybe?

    • 50 months ago
    • 1 point

    well with pc parts always fluctuating, I'm already at $1915 i don't want it to go past $2000 i want a nice gap. Anyways thanks for the feed back! and +1 on your build

    • 50 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks for the +1! Appreciate that. Yeah I was just trying to voice my opinion, it looks good overall.

    • 50 months ago
    • 1 point

    Just a heads up, I think you may have named your submission wrong. I think it's supposed to be "MSI Build Your Dream PC Guide – 'Your build name'."

    • 50 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks for the head up man i didn't even realize...

    • 50 months ago
    • 1 point

    Also If your wondering why i went with 2 separate SSDs over one is because, RAID 0.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-raid-benchmark,3485-10.html

    RAID0 does not improve performance for SSD's used as system/application drives. The increased access latency introduced by the added overhead of the RAID configuration winds up negating any bandwidth benefits, which are largely negligible anyway since most of the bottleneck actually lands on access time, not bandwidth, for these workloads.

    +1 for an otherwise great looking build.

    • 50 months ago
    • 1 point

    Get those kingston ssd's outta here lol. +1

    • 50 months ago
    • 1 point

    lol thanks for the +1 but i just like how well they match the red and black color scheme. especially with the noctis 450 having the ssd mounts above the power supply.

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