https://pcpartpicker.com/guide/RtkcCJ/edit/#view=GcgG3C I had to resubmit this because I tagged it improperly.
This build was designed for maximum cost efficiency alongside an easy upgrade path, with a bit of color coordination. I chose storage, RAM, and PSU solutions based on an easy upgrade path.
With a 1TB SSD and a 2TB HDD, the user won't need to be upgrading their internal storage anytime soon (I prefer NAS anyway). The SSD also matches the color scheme. The SSD isn't the greatest, but it is certainly better than any HDD and for most people, the difference between this and something very high end like a 750 series SSD would not be noticeable.
32GB of RAM is a bit excessive, but it should last the user for a very long time, and hopefully won't be a bottleneck when considering future upgrades. It matches the color scheme nicely with a hint of red.
An 860W Platinum certified PSU is more than enough to handle a second 980 Ti in the future, and as components become more power efficient it should continue to last just fine. It also matched the color scheme.
The processor was chosen based on cost effectiveness. An i7-6700k is great, but it's more than $150 more than the i5-6600k. It was an easy choice to save money without losing much performance.
A 980 Ti was a no brainer for a $2000 pricepoint. I was considering SLI, but that would take up 70% of the budget, leaving only $600 for all other components. That's not quite enough.
The motherboard was also a no brainer. To qualify for the giveaway, I needed the best MSI Z170 Gaming board I can fit in. MSI's red/black color scheme is easy to follow with other components.
The case was chosen because it's my personal favorite. There's lots of room for cable management, more/better watercooling, and it is the red & black one, matching the color scheme.
Lastly, I chose the cooler because it's from a reputable brand, mostly matches the color scheme, and is overall a good AIO unit.
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Was not disappointed.
Ah. Free. Free is good.
1 question: Why did you buy an aftermarket cooler for a locked processor? Especially that ACA 11 Pro, it doesn't seem that much better than stock Intel cooling. I may have missed it in the desc. Nice build, have fun with it, +1
I too have a Dell S2330MX. Beware, it lasted me only about a year before the colors began to bleed.
So far so good, +1
Windows 7 works fine and Windows 8 has more compatibility issues.
Well, hopefully that will change soon! I don't know much about your preference, but It's 100% worth it to buy 2 GTX 760. In SLI, they out-perform the 780 and even the Titan in some cases.
Like I said, hardly any time to use the computer ler alone clean it up. It is a priorty though.thanks for the feedback.
On the same page as you there. Once I get an after market cooler I'm gonna try my hand at it.
Just curious, how is Intel Graphics on Haswell performing while you're in the market for a GPU?
Also Nice build!
It's really not that bad. As I've mentioned the color is really popping/looking unusually brown because I used flash. I will post pics with it in better lighting for a more realistic representation.
Even if it's criticism, I appreciate it :). I'm new to building computers so anything I'm doing wrong is something I like when people point out so I can do my best to fix it. Thanks!
Believe it or not, a 30$ logitech MK320 (IMO) the perfect KB/Mouse combo. It feels lightweight and easy on typing, and not much to complain on the mouse. Unless you really need to type really fast and comfortably then you don't need a budget of over 30$ on a keyboard.
But if you really have the money and like it, I see no reason why not to in that case.
Well if you're looking for 8 years of future proofing and you have the money I see no reason not to spend it, however the 4930K will have no noticeable difference and will save you some money.
Looks great. I don't know why but I think liquid cooling (even closed loop) can draw attention away from bad cable management and make the build look nicer. Enjoy the build!
Hopefully those picks will come in the afternoon. Today is my one day off so I'm gonna cram every ounce of effort in while I still can.
I appreciate the feedback!
Like I said, I'll be using the stock cooler because for now it will work fine until I get my h60 and overclock the CPU. But I've heard a lot of good stuff about the Hyper 212 EVO, and depending on my budget in the future I might buy it.
I really do appreciate all these different recommendations. Wouldn't have been able to choose any of this stuff, let alone build it, without them!
Good point, but that guy has a point. I do have management to do inside the case, maybe I can add pictures later without flash to show how it really looks.
Like I said, Work and school have kept me busy from managing cables, but It's my first priority today on my day off!
Thanks for the feedback!
Thanks! I was going to choose the 280x but it is more expensive to those damn bitcoin/litecoin miners. Also, I am admittedly a slight nvidia fanboy but I would choose AMD if it was more efficient for the money.. Sadly it wasn't in this case :(
Might have accidentally hit report instead of reply... oops!.. Hello from /gc/!
Edit: Definitely don't care too much for looks but it is something that I can work on. I guarantee the motherboard isn't as brown as it looks, it just looks that way due to the flash on my camera.
The colors are off because I used my flash on all the pics. Also I still have yet to do adequate cable management, I've just been way to caught up with work and school to enjoy this build for more than 30 minutes straight, let alone work on the inside.
EDIT: Double posted and deleted the other