So here is my MSI based gaming machine for under $2000, minus the red. MSI may love their black/red branding, but I'll stick to silver/white and black. Lucky for me they have plenty of other options when it comes to building an overclocking ready monster.
Before I begin, a special thanks to MSI and PCPP for hopefully making this build a future reality.
CPU: i7-6700K - I had considered the 5930K or 5960X, but at a $500-$1000 price point I'd never be able to complete a build at under a 2K price point.
MOTHERBOARD: MSI Z170A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM EDITION - If I didn't dislike red I would have a lot of options here, as the M5, M7, M9 ACK are all great boards. But If I want to avoid the red I have basically two choices, the KRAIT GAMING or the top of the line, and that makes for an easy choice if I'm going to ge running the 6700K and plan on overclocking.
CPU COOLER: Corsair H110i GT - The choice was between this and the NZXT Kraken X61, i went with the slightly cheaper option to make a little more room in the budget for a better PSU(not to mention my MX-4 thermal compound.why? IT WORKS! )
MEMORY(RAM): G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200(silver) - I decided to leave two ram slots open for future upgrading. But 16GB is more than enough for any game right now, and a solid amount when I need to do some intensive audio work.
STORAGE: Samsung 950 PRO 256GB M.2-2280 SSD - While I'm sure I'll want to upgrade this at some point, 256GB should be enough to hold the OS as well as a few games and applications that will noticeably benefit[and that I actually use]. If I find I need more, I'll add more then, SSD prices are still dropping no need to front load the build here. I didn't bother with a traditional HDD in this build mainly because I have more 2 and 3TB 7200rpm hard drives than I could ever use already laying around [no idea where they all came from but I think they may have started breeding].
VIDEO CARD: MSI GTX 980Ti 6GD5T ARMOR2X OC edition - While an SLI or Crossfire setup was extremely enticing, It simply didn't make since in the direction this build was going. And a second card can be added when the games decide a single 980 Ti is no longer cutting it. while the choice chips and enhanced cooling in the seahawk and lightning editions assist in achieving a better overclock, the frame rate gains from the change in OC potential are less than note worthy. And even less so when you consider the premium price attached to those models that could be put towards a better PSU that will be able to handle the SLI setup when it is eventually added.
CASE: Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Full Tower(white) - With space for the 280mm radiator of the Corsair H110i GT, excellent cord management, dust filters, a clean look, two 140mm fans, a 200mm fan, and a price that doesn't break the bank I'm not sure what more I could have asked for.
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA P2 850W 80+ Platinum Fully-Modular PSU - those slight budget based options mentioned earlier, this is why... without those choices I'd have had to go with the Cooler Master V750 80+ Gold or worse, while not a terrible choice it really doesn't hold up to the rest of the build, It isn't the best choice for overclocking and would have really been pushing it when it came time to upgrade to SLI. The P2 850 platinum will handle whatever I can throw at it and never break a sweat.
If you liked the build throw me an up vote, If not leave me a comment telling me what I screwed up[It wont be the first time, or the last. I mean this is the 3rd revision of this guide already, but its feeling pretty good now].