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MSI Build Your Dream PC Guide - Red Baron

When I logged on and saw that MSI was having a PC building contest, I thought I would try my hand at building something. This is my first legitimate build, so I tried my best to take advantage of the resources available on the website. I would love to win this PC, so I would appreciate it if you would upvote this build, and comment anything you would change too!

  1. CPU - For the CPU, I decided to choose the Intel Core i7-5820K. This Intel processor clocks in at 3.3 GHz and has 6 cores. It seemed absolutely perfect for this build because it is powerful, trustworthy, and will not break the bank by adding it. Intel has always been a highly awarded company, and their products will definitely last long in a PC.

  2. CPU Cooler - For every high-powered CPU, there must be an equally powerful fan to cool it. The Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO seemed like it would get the job done without costing a fortune. I have seen this fan used in hundreds of builds all over this site, and the reviews on it were outstanding.

  3. Motherboard - While the contest regulations stated that the motherboard must be either an MSI Z170A or an MSI X99A, I didn't have much of a choice. I had never actually seen the MSI X99A GODLIKE motherboard before, but the specifications on it made it sounded absolutely astounding. This Extreme ATX motherboard is specifically made for gaming, and it can handle up to 128GB of RAM. It supports Crossfire and 4-way SLI, which is perfect because, as games evolve, this PC will also have to change to match the standards required by intense games.

  4. RAM - In terms of RAM, G. Skill has always been one of the most trusted brands. Their products are high-powered, long-lasting, and fairly cheap compared to similar brands. This is why I chose the G. Skill Ripjaws V for this build. 16GB seemed like enough for now, and because of the amazing power of the motherboard, I can always upgrade to 32, 64, or even 128GB!

  5. HDD - I decided to go with an HDD for this build instead of an SSD. The reason for this is simply the price. The Seagate Barracuda HDD with 2TB of space is around $70. A 2TB SSD would cost around $1000. While an SSD would be much faster, an HDD is cheaper and, with a budget of $2000, an SSD was out of the question.

  6. Graphics Card - Now, for the fun part. The graphics card is arguably the most required part of a gaming PC. Without a dedicated graphics card, you could run games like Pong or Pac-Man. With a graphics card, your possibilities are endless. I decided to go with the MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti. Considering the graphics card had to be an MSI NVIDIA 9XX product, this graphics card instantly caught my eye. When I saw how low the price was on this high-end card, I instantly clicked Add to Parts List. It's fast, tough, and the color scheme matches that of the motherboard and RAM.

  7. Case - NZXT is probably one of the most famous brands when it comes to computer cases. Their sleek, sexy designs are enough to catch the eye of any computer enthusiast. The case that caught my eye the most was the NZXT Phantom 530 in White. This Full ATX case is a bright, glossy white and has plenty of room inside to hold all of the parts of this build. The white provides a perfect contrast from the dark black and bright red of the motherboard, RAM, and graphics card.

  8. PSU - This computer would, most literally, be nothing without a power supply. I decided to go with the Corsair CX 750w Semi-Modular PSU. Corsair is a very trusted brand that produces top-of-the-line equipment, with one of those things being power supplies. 750w may be a little over-the-top for this build, but as I add on to this computer, this PSU will provide enough growing room for extra graphics cards, extra RAM, and anything else I wish to add.

  9. Optical Drive - Being a music-lover, an optical drive was a must-have for me. While most games are going digital on marketplaces like Steam and Origin, an optical drive was still something I knew I wanted from the start. I chose to go with the cheap, but durable, ASUS DRW. At just over $15, you can't go wrong with this drive.

  10. Fans - To cool a beast of a PC like this, I knew I would need multiple fans that could provide enough airflow to keep my PC at a safe temperature. I chose to go with 4 Corsair SP120 120mm fans. These fans are red, black, and white, so they match the color scheme perfectly. They also operate at 1650 RPM and have an extremely low noise level.

Well, that's it for this build. Hopefully you enjoyed it and, if you did, I would greatly appreciate it if you would vote for this build! THANK YOU!

Compatibility: See notes below.

Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3 GHz 6-Core Processor
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$569.00
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$569.00
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CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
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$64.90
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$64.90
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Motherboard MSI X99A GODLIKE GAMING EATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard
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Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory
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$135.00
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$135.00
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Storage Seagate Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
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$247.50
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$247.50
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Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6 GB Video Card
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Case NZXT Phantom 530 (Black) ATX Full Tower Case
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Power Supply Corsair CXM 750 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply
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$145.00
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$145.00
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Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer
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$37.40
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$37.40
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Case Fan Corsair SP120 57.24 CFM 120 mm Fan
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$37.40
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$37.40
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Case Fan Corsair SP120 57.24 CFM 120 mm Fan
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$37.40
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$37.40
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Case Fan Corsair SP120 57.24 CFM 120 mm Fan
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$37.40
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$37.40
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Case Fan Corsair SP120 57.24 CFM 120 mm Fan
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$37.40
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$37.40
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Total: $1348.40

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Compatibility Notes

  • Note:The MSI X99A GODLIKE GAMING EATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard has an additional 4-pin ATX power connector but the Corsair CXM 750 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply does not. This connector is used to supply additional 12V current to the motherboard. While the system will likely still run without it, higher current demands such as extreme overclocking or large video card current draws may require it.
  • 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

    Get a cheaper mobo and quad channel ram. Put the extra money into a better CPU cooler and SSDs.

    • 50 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thank you for the advice! I am looking into downgrading the mobo to the other allowed MSI model. With the extra money I was thinking of getting a Noctua CPU cooler, as well as a 250gb ssd. Maybe even a Thermaltake Chaser case. I've always loved the way those looked

    • 50 months ago
    • 1 point
    • 50 months ago
    • 1 point

    Nice build! I would recommend a lower model motherboard and with the saved money would should get a nice CPU cooler and at least a Samsung 850 EVO 250GB. Anyway, great job. +1

    I've entered the MSI Build Your Dream PC contest and I created my own guide. Could I get some feedback on the description, parts, and format please? I wanted to stick with a white with black accents color scheme. The PC will be using for mostly gaming and editing.

    https://pcpartpicker.com/guide/kXhPxr/msi-build-your-dream-pc-guide-white-aurora
    Thank you and have a nice day!

    • 50 months ago
    • 1 point

    When I get home, I am changing the mobo to the other eligible motherboard. I am going to add a noctua cpu cooler and change the case too. Thanks for the suggestion!

    • 50 months ago
    • 1 point

    Great thinking!

    hey, what do you think of my build?
    • 50 months ago
    • 1 point

    Your build is outstanding! I myself am 15 and I have never owned a computer except for a $300 Toshiba Satellite.

    • 50 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thank you! Maybe drop a +1?

    • 50 months ago
    • 1 point

    No problem bro. I just updated the description of my build to match the parts list I updated earlier.

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