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Hey guys, put together this build for my little brother. He expressed an interest in getting into Photoshop digital painting and photo manipulation, as well as some 1080p gaming. My step mother will be using it for Lightroom and photo storage which is why I went with the 3TB Reds in RAID 1.
This will be his first custom built PC I hope he likes it.
Best bang for you buck Intel processor in my opinion. It overclocks very well. Got it to a respective 4.1GHz. It has headroom to go further, but as this is not for myself I want to be sure it stays stable for a long time. Temperatures are really good this this chip as well. Hardly ever getting above 60C with an AIO cooler.
I won this in a case modding competition, otherwise I bet I would have never bought one. But this thing is actually bad ***. The performance is definitely up there with the H100i's and NZXT AIO 240 coolers. The mounting design is unique but very easy to install. The units seems well made. The fans are a little loud for me but they are manageable with software pwm control.
This is my first build using MSI boards. The board definitely has a nice aesthetic with not to much red and a good use of red LEDs along the audio trace and the a few other parts of the board.
Overclocking was pretty strait forward. Just needed to get used to MSI UEFI. I would prefer if the fan headers for the cpu were next to each other with another system fan header where the CPU2 fan header is. But that is hardly a con, more of a preference.
What can I say, its RAM. Good price, good speed, god bless less play.
I've never had an issue with Samsungs 850 series. Its a great SSD, and the price keeps dropping on these suckers!
I use RED drives in my server environment for the low energy, low heat aspect. They are great for tight spaces like under a PSU shroud. Designed specifically for RAID NAS.
Man GPUs are running high these days. So much market inflation its not even funny. This is a great value card in its range. Destroys most games with ultra settings at 1080 and 1440.
Corsairs version of the NZXT S340. Great case design. Cable management was a little more difficult in this case. Especially when using cable extensions.