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MSI Build Your Dream PC Guide - Icarus SLI 980ti

The idea with this guide was to create a gaming PC without making any compromises in performance while staying within the budget of $2000. This means that I prioritized raw power over quality of life components.

I went with reference 980ti's because the (relatively) low price allows me to fit two within the budget, which provides a much bigger performance boost than a single factory overclocked card would. I honestly would have preferred Fury X's since they tend to outperform 980ti's in multiple GPU scenarios I couldn't fit two in without compromising somewhere else.

The i5-6600k is more than enough for gaming and with an overclock can be pushed even further. A 5820k or 6700k wouldn't provide enough of a performance increase in games to warrant their much higher prices.

A good air cooler is better than a mediocre AIO cooler, which is why I went with the Noctua NH-D14, which perfectly in my budget.

I went with the cheapest motherboard I could to save cost, since this build is about maxing out performance for your money and a more expensive mobo would provide a negligible increase if any (you may be able to overclock slightly better).

16GB of RAM is arguable overkill, but some games are already coming close to maxing out 8 and people definitely can go over if they're doing other stuff in the background. For another $30 it's a no-brainer.

Samsung very reliable SSD's and I went with the biggest one I could within budget. It's big enough for your OS and a few AAA games.

750w is the perfect wattage for this build and this one is reliable, well reviewed, and cost effective.

Finally I went with a well sized case that looks good and will provide plenty of airflow for this build.

If you have any extra money I'd add some fans (I recommend Noctua) and more storage. A better CPU cooler would be nice but not really necessary.

Compatibility: No issues or incompatibilities found.

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CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor
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CPU Cooler Noctua NH-D14 64.95 CFM CPU Cooler
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Motherboard MSI Z170A SLI PLUS ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
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Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory
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Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
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Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6 GB Video Card
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Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6 GB Video Card
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Case Fractal Design Define R5 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case
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Power Supply Corsair RM 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply
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Total: $643.00

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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

    • 50 months ago
    • 1 point

    This build has issues. The psu is not good quality and not up to running the build properly. Only a 250gb ssd and nothing else? Not enough storage at all.

    • 50 months ago
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    Haha, thanks for the comment. Those things are cheap and can be added later if needed.

    • 50 months ago
    • 1 point

    What? Adding a psu later is not easy and it is the ONE part that should be done correctly from the start.

    • 50 months ago
    • 1 point

    This one is fine, two 980ti's only have a tdp of 500w. It will just have a lower lifespan, which is fine.

    • 50 months ago
    • 1 point

    Those are factory overclocked cards.

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