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MSI Build Your Dream PC Guide - "Poor Man's Dragon"

EDIT: Changed RAM and fixed some grammatical errors

EDIT 2: Sticking with AMD, not going to switch. In addition, got more parts fitted in.

First of all, thank you MSI and PCPartPicker for this amazing opportunity! I've always wanted to upgrade my very old computer (since 2012!), since it can only run games at 10-25 fps on medium quality (specifically, high end games that use Cryengine). Also, I'm broke, I have to live with this. This is also my very first build, so without anymore words, I give you my 'Dream Build'!

CPU: I decided to go for the Intel Core i7 6700k since the Core i5 6600k, from what I heard, bottlenecks some things. A hefty price, but well worth it!

CPU Cooler: I didn't want to water cool, let alone, AIO water cooling. So with that out the window, I went for the Thermaltake Silver Arrow IB-E, because I love how it looks and preforms. I might replace the fans with the Noctua NF-F12 industrialPPC so I can match my color scheme.

Motherboard: So out of the many MSI Z170A GAMING motherboards, I went for the KRAIT version. Even though I love black and red, black and white can do the job (MSI, please do a dark blue and black one), and its cheaper than the M7 version . I can deal with the vertical SATA ports. Overall, not too bad.

RAM: I went with the Corsair Dominator RAM because of the good reviews it has. I could've gone with the Kingston or G. Skill, but it isn't as good as Corsair. Also, 16GB is plenty for me.

SSD and HDD: I've heard Samsung makes good SSDs and Western Digital makes good HDD, and looking at the price of them, I would say its a bargain. But as a first timer, I don't know anything. I wanted only 128GB of SSD because I don't think I would need much space in there in the first place. 2TB of hard drive space is plenty, and I could afford it in my build, so why not?

GPU: I didn't want to go too hard on the graphics card. The 980TI is a bit too much. So I decided to go for the R9 390X, which is so much cheaper than the slightly downgraded TITAN card. With less money on the GPU, I can buy more! (see below)

Case: This case has grabbed my attention ever since I laid my eyes on it. I love the style, and the all round black will help fit my colors. It has a nice window, and it is a full tower case, meaning I can fit almost everything in my build. My secondary choice was the NZXT N450, but it wasn't as appealing as this case.

PSU: I didn't want an overkill power supply, plus I wasn't planning to overclock anyways (I might in the future). So I went with the EVGA SuperNOVA P2 750W. It's fully modular, so no need for messy cabling, and its cheap. I would've never had thought I would consider EVGA, I usually go for Corsair, but their pricing is a bit too much.

Case Fans: For replacing my stock CPU cooler fans or for additional fans in the case. I will replace the brown padding with white ones.

Monitor: Acer is a brand I've heard a lot of times. And this monitor is very appealing at a low price. It has everything I need, IPS panel and a 1440p display. Not much more I can say about it. It is a good monitor.

Mouse: One of the best mice out there with the best optical sensor on the market. Logitech has never failed me once, and I love their mice. Too bad I can't afford the RGB one, but its just color adjustment, and I can deal with the only blue LED.

So that is my build! I really don't think I will win, but a try is a try. These PC enthusiasts really want it all. So if I don't win, I will wait for the next opportunity. Also, if you want to know my current PC, google Gateway DX4200-9, add a GT 730 into it, and stare in horror. Anyways, good luck to all who has entered, and thank you reader for reading through it all.

If you have any suggestions, comment below. I can get pictures of my very old computer if enough people ask for it. Thank you all!

Compatibility: No issues or incompatibilities found.

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CPU Intel - Core i7-6700K 4 GHz Quad-Core Processor
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CPU Cooler Thermalright - SILVER ARROW IB-E 73.64 CFM CPU Cooler
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Motherboard MSI - Z170A KRAIT GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
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Memory Corsair - Dominator Platinum 16 GB (4 x 4 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory
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Storage Samsung - 850 Pro Series 128 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
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Storage Western Digital - Blue 2 TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive
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Video Card MSI - Radeon R9 390X 8 GB Video Card
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Case Cooler Master - Storm Trooper ATX Full Tower Case
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Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA P2 750 W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply
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Case Fan Noctua - NF-F12 industrialPPC-2000 PWM 71.69 CFM 120 mm Fan
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Case Fan Noctua - NF-F12 industrialPPC-2000 PWM 71.69 CFM 120 mm Fan
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Monitor Acer - G257HU smidpx 25.0" 2560x1440 60 Hz Monitor
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Mouse Logitech - G502 Proteus Core Wired Optical Mouse
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Noctua Ant​i-Vibratio​n Pads (wh​ite)
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Base Total: $1124.49
Mail-in Rebates: -$20.00
Total: $1104.49

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

    • 41 months ago
    • 1 point

    Really nice build. +1 from me, check out my build if you have time?

    • 41 months ago
    • 1 point

    I already did, I just edited my build so it can be AMD, +1'd it a few days ago. :P

    • 41 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks!

    • 41 months ago
    • 1 point

    Looks great AMD is always welcome! +1

    • 41 months ago
    • 1 point

    Really nice build and well written guide +1 gl eh

    • 41 months ago
    • 1 point

    Nice build! +1

    Check out my build?? :) :)

    • 41 months ago
    • 1 point

    Sure thing! :)

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    • 41 months ago
    • 1 point

    Will do! :) Also, I don't think i will ever win this, too much people want to win. So I'm just living on wire here.

    • 40 months ago
    • 1 point

    I don't think I'm going to win either, but you don't have a chance if you don't enter. I partially do these for fun as I like putting lists together on a budget for friends and family, This is one of the firsts lists for myself!

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    • 41 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks! :)

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