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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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$299.99
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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 390 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 Spectrum Wired Optical Mouse
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Noctua Ant​i-Vibratio​n Pads (wh​ite)
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Total: $1649.43

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

    I'm such an idiot, I keep forgetting that editing will remove your votes. Oh well.

    • 40 months ago
    • 1 point

    O_O

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    • 40 months ago
    • 2 points

    Welcome to the world of PC Part picker, I won't be your guide!

    • 39 months ago
    • 2 points

    You're the first person I've seen to even think about using a Thermalright for cooling! I like! Side note, you said "Thermaltake" in the description; which is probably a brain-fart, but I'd fix that ASAP. ;)

    Other than that, everything looks great! +1 from me, and best of luck!

    • 39 months ago
    • 1 point

    I always get confused with Thermaltake and Thermalright >:|

    Will editing my description delete all my votes?

    • 39 months ago
    • 1 point

    I oftentimes get the two confused as well. I'm not sure if editing affects voting :| hopefully somebody else can provide an answer to this.

    • 39 months ago
    • 1 point

    just found out that u can edit the same build without starting a new one , tho found out the hard way after deleting my first build !

    • 40 months ago
    • 1 point

    Cool, solid build! Quite similar to mine actually, you re welcome to check it! You got my +1! Best of luck

    • 40 months ago
    • 1 point

    I will check your build out! :)

    • 40 months ago
    • 1 point

    Good luck!

    • 40 months ago
    • 1 point

    go crazy

    • 40 months ago
    • 2 points

    ^ my nickname (not literally going crazy)

    • 40 months ago
    • 1 point

    Hello!

    • 40 months ago
    • 1 point

    Uh... hi...

    • 40 months ago
    • 1 point

    Good luck!!!!!!!

    • 40 months ago
    • 1 point

    Good Luck! (-:

    • 40 months ago
    • 1 point

    Hey, nice build! +1'd, check out mine too Good luck!

    • 40 months ago
    • 1 point

    Will do! :)

    • 39 months ago
    • 1 point

    Nice build, +1!

    • 39 months ago
    • 1 point

    great build man 1+

    and i didnt think about 390x with 8gb and its very neck to neck against 980ti about the price/perfomance

    also considered cpu cooler, at lower price you can get Noctua NH-U14S that up to 1500 rpm and lower noise

    good luck anyway ;)

    • 39 months ago
    • 1 point

    Looks like you want those peripherals too, most people leave these out but we smart

    • 39 months ago
    • 1 point

    Very unique! +1

    • 39 months ago
    • 1 point

    Exceptional build, interesting use of an AMD GPU

    Certainly has my +1

    • 39 months ago
    • 1 point

    Nice build! Although getting an i5 6600k vs i7 6700k the performance is near negligible if used for gaming. For applications that can use virtulazation better the i7 is the better choice. Is video editing

    • 39 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks for the feedback! It was a very tough decision, but I just had make do with this, can't edit it now. :)

    Also, don't forget to vote if you think it deserves it!

    • 39 months ago
    • 1 point

    I did :) But is it really true if you edit your post then you lose up votes? :O

    • 39 months ago
    • 1 point

    I don't know, I edited my build and it did.

    • 39 months ago
    • 1 point

    Awesome build! thanks for the up vote!

    • 39 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks! Don't forget to upvote me if you think it deserves it!

    • 39 months ago
    • 1 point

    Hey , I changed that 40g of thermal paste like u pointed out still left the CM devastator bundle cause why not !? go check it now if u want to , I like your build especially that R9 390 tho u went overkill on the Ram maybe , nonetheless great build +1 buddy !

    • 39 months ago
    • 1 point

    Good selections, good luck! Really like the Thermalright CPU cooler!

    • 39 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks! Don't forget to vote if you think it deserves it!

    • 39 months ago
    • 1 point

    Nice build! Personally I would save money and go for a cheaper SSD. But hey, it's the dream build right ;)

    • 39 months ago
    • 1 point

    A man can always dream. :) Don't forget to vote if it deserves it!

    • 39 months ago
    • 1 point

    Yep gave you the +1

    • 39 months ago
    • 1 point

    Lovely build and with money to spare! Might I suggest you add a mouse or keyboard to this list as well? Corsair, of course ;)

    • 39 months ago
    • 1 point

    Added a mouse already, and if I were to change this now, I lose my votes!

    • 39 months ago
    • 1 point

    Love that you put monitor in there too! Hardcore 1440p gaming ;) Best of luck!

    • 39 months ago
    • 2 points

    Thanks! I really wish I can beat that jipster guy...

    • 39 months ago
    • 1 point

    I see! With you good luck then!

    • 39 months ago
    • 1 point

    Well guys, thanks so much for voting for me, but I have lost all hope, congrats jipster and the random winner.

    • 39 months ago
    • 1 point

    Nice Noctua fans have been considering the F series for my build look nice. +1

    • 39 months ago
    • 1 point

    Nice. I think the RAM may be overkill, but it is all down to personal preference. +1

    • 39 months ago
    • 1 point

    Good Build! Like too see a system that it has a monitor like mine, only think i would change are the memory and ssd (because of its price/performance) to look for better monitor if you dont want to use a 980ti!

    Good Luck!

    • 39 months ago
    • 1 point

    Solid build!! You got a lot of +1s compared to mine... ;-) (including mine)

    • 39 months ago
    • 1 point

    +1 because Noctua is lit and you have tons of storage!

    Good luck!

    You tooooooooooooooooooootally shouldn't check out my msi guide :PPP

    • 39 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks! Already checked out your build before. :P

    Good luck! I have lost all hope on winning.

    • 39 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks!

    All hail Jipster... :( lol

    • 39 months ago
    • 1 point

    Love that full tower, wish I chose something like that over a H440 now XD

    Best of luck dude!

    • 39 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks! If you wanted a full tower, you could go for the Noctis 450, its similar to the H440 (on the inside), or you could go with my case. :P

    Gave you a +1. Good luck to you as well!

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    • 40 months ago
    • 1 point

    I will check it out!

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    • 39 months ago
    • 1 point

    Don't feel bad... I will check it out right now :)

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    • 39 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks! Don't forget to vote if you think it deserves it!

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    • 39 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks! Be sure to vote if it deserved it!

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    • 39 months ago
    • 1 point

    It's for gaming, drawing, programming, and proving my brothers that AMD is still a good brand. I will check out your build!

    EDIT: I've already checked out your build.

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