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MSI Build Your Dream PC Guide - Gaming Underwater (Full Custom Loop)

Welcome to PandamanPete's entry for MSI's Build Your Dream PC contest!


First off, I'd like to give a huge shout-out to both MSI and PCPartPicker for putting on this amazing contest. It's an incredible opportunity for a few people to win great setups and feel the enjoyment of building a fully decked out desktop PC.

With all that said and done, let's jump into our guide.


The Components:

Processor

Intel Core i7-6700K

This CPU is the newest, best, bleeding-edge CPU you can get your hands on. Combined with a Z170 chipset and MSI's bios, this chip can be overclocked to 5 Ghz!


Motherboard

MSI Z170A KRAIT GAMING

MSI's gaming line of motherboards has been known to house some of the best overclocks of all time, in fact I think they still hold the record for overclocking a pentium G3258 to 6.8 Ghz. I chose this particular motherboard because of its sleek design and black and white detailing to match the primarily black system.


Memory

G.Skill NT Series 2x8GB

This memory is nothing special, but performs excellently for its price. G.Skill is known for making very reliable memory, and this is no exception.


Storage

Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB

Samsung's been in the SSD business longer than almost anyone else, and it shows. The 850 EVO is an incredibly solid drive (no pun intended), and will be sure to last for years to come.


Graphics Card

MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti

The 980 Ti has ruled the GPU market for months, easily beating out all other cards except the Titan X, and even still it beats it in many gaming scenarios. When popped inside a custom loop, temps will be low, noise will be almost nonexistent, and proper overclocking will be incredibly stable.


Case

Corsair Carbide 400C

Corsair's newest mid-tower case is an amazing chassis. From the full window on a hinge to the sleek PSU cover, this case comes in at an amazing price of only $99.99.


Power Supply

Corsair RM850

This high quality, fully modular power supply is the perfect fit for this build. The extra wattage allows for some extreme overclocking capabilities, especially while liquid cooled, and could even support a second 980 ti if desired.


Why liquid cool?


Unprecedented Performance

Liquid cooling is the best way to cool a system (other than phase change cooling - something that should only be done by professionals), and can result in obscene performance as a result.


Overclocking

Overclocking can be an incredible way to get more performance out of your components, but often cannot be cooled adequitely through typical air cooled systems. Liquid cooling enables you to overclock both higher and safer.


Complete Silence

(Okay not quite)

By sending the heat through water, thermals are dissipated through radiators, and fans can run at a much lower RPM, meaning quieter operation.


Looks

Alright, let's be honest. The real reason to liquid cool is because it turns your PC into a work of art. If you're going to have a $2,000 rig, it might as well look flashy!

Compatibility: No issues or incompatibilities found.

Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU Intel - Core i7-6700K 4 GHz Quad-Core Processor
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$297.99
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$297.99
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CPU Cooler EK-Suprema​cy EVO - A​cetal
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$72.49
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Motherboard MSI - Z170A KRAIT GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
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Memory G.Skill - NT Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2133 Memory
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$55.99
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$55.99
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Storage Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 250 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
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$119.89
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$119.89
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Video Card MSI - GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6 GB Video Card
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Case Corsair - 400QC ATX Mid Tower Case
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$89.99
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$69.99
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Power Supply Corsair - RM 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply
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Case Fan Corsair - Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition (2-Pack) 37.85 CFM 120 mm Fans
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$34.99
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$34.99
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Custom

EK-FC Tita​n X Backpl​ate - Blac​k
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$34.99
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EK-ACF Fit​ting 10/13​mm - Black
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$6.49
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EK-ACF Fit​ting 10/13​mm - Black
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$6.49
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EK-ACF Fit​ting 10/13​mm - Black
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$6.49
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EK-ACF Fit​ting 10/13​mm - Black
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EK-ACF Fit​ting 10/13​mm - Black
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$6.49
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EK-ACF Fit​ting 10/13​mm - Black
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$6.49
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EK-XRES 10​0 DDC 3.2 ​PWM Elite ​(incl. pum​p)
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$147.99
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TUBE Primo​Chill Prim​oFlex™ Adv​anced LRT™​ 12,7 / 9,​5mm - Onyx​ Black RET​AIL 3m
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$24.39
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EK-CoolStr​eam PE 240​ (Dual)
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$61.99
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Custom

EK-FC Tita​n X - Acet​al
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$113.99
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Base Total: $1093.63
Mail-in Rebates: -$20.00
Total: $1073.63

Part List Promos / Discounts

  1. $20.00 mail-in rebate

Compatibility Notes

  • Note:Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

Part List Price History

    Comments

    • 40 months ago
    • 2 points

    Nice build Pandaman. I have question about your cooling. (Admitedly, I'm a noob). Does this system cool the CPU and GPU?

    • 40 months ago
    • 1 point

    It does, the loop sends water through the GPU block and the CPU block, cooling both

    • 40 months ago
    • 2 points

    It says you have an incompatibility, but it seems to be incorrect. I would check it out if i were you :P. +1 for giving the largest liquid cooling rationale i have seen xD.

    Take a look at my build too if you get the chance :)

    • 40 months ago
    • 1 point

    It's because it doesn't recognize the water block lol It wants me to add a "real" CPU cooler

    • 40 months ago
    • 1 point

    Oh wow lol that's hilarious.

    • 40 months ago
    • 1 point

    Nice idea of including a custom WC loop. I was thinking about it but SLI seemed a better option at the time. +1

    Check out my build here :https://pcpartpicker.com/guide/6RCmP6/msi-build-your-dream-pc-guide-black-and-white-red-isnt-me

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