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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 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.
(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.
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!