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MSI Build Your Dream PC Guide- "The Duality"

Of course I must first thank MSI for the opportunity to build in the form of glorious battle- I mean contest. This was loads of fun for me, and dreaming a system that I could possibly win made it that much more real, and my choices that much more realistic. I did not add things that I already have such as certain peripherals, or an OS (I have a home copy purchase of Windows already). I added only what I have dreamed of. May I present to you "Duality".

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $399.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Nepton 120XL 76.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $119.98 @ NCIX US
Thermal Compound Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5g Thermal Paste $4.58 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI Z170A KRAIT GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $141.46 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury Black 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $91.40 @ Mac Mall
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $84.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive $93.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card $624.99 @ Amazon
Case Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case $149.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply Rosewill 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $69.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive LG UH12NS30 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer $39.88 @ OutletPC
Wireless Network Adapter TRENDnet TEW-805UB 802.11a/b/g/n/ac USB 3.0 Wi-Fi Adapter $22.90 @ Amazon
Case Fan Corsair Air Series White 2 pack 52.2 CFM 120mm Fan $16.78 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1910.72
Mail-in rebates -$50.00
Total $1860.72
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-06 05:51 EST-0500
Motherboard- MSI Z170A KRAIT GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard

So let's start with the board sha'll we? This PC is built upon the solid foundation that is the MSI Z170A Krait Gaming Motherboard, sporting an eye catching black and white design with spacious real estate reserved for maximum airflow between slots. With 3 PCIe 16x slots, this dual colored board offers 3-way Crossfire, and 2-way SLI capabilities that have the capacity for surreal gaming when armed with the right GPU(s). With 8 USB 3.1 ports, the Krait has ample room for peripheral devices capable of transmitting at the highest speeds to date (10 Gbp/s!). The 6 SATA 3.0 slots simply beg for generous storage capacity and if that isn't tempting enough it also supplies a SATA express slot for lightning fast read and write speeds for SSDs.

CPU- Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor

Okay folks Don't pinch your pennies here. This is where it starts getting serious. This Rig is powered by the Intel Core i7-6700k Skylake. clocking at 4.0 GHz and is arguably the best 6th generation processor on the market. A perfect fit for the MSI Z170A KRAIT Gaming Motherboard, the Skylake comes packing 4 cores capable of 8 threads each for high speed, high performance simultaneous processing with some of the highest bench numbers of its generation. It is guaranteed that one will have to try- and hard- to smoke this puppy. In addition to it's obvious ability to support hardcore gaming, this i7 is versatile, also allowing for the user to focus on other tasks such as photo and video editing, running virtual machines, and audio mixing.

CPU Cooler- Cooler Master Nepton 120XL Liquid Cooler

To keep things cool I chose the Cooler Master Nepton 120XL Liquid Cooler for both quietness an efficiency. While most higher end fans cause issue with covering RAM slots or reducing air flow, this is a non-issue with the Nepton. This water cooler uses FEP tubing that allows for unimpeded water flow and silencio fans that deliver high air pressure, while also reducing noise. Fine micro channels help to equally dissipate heat. For the Skylake's high performance activity, this system is a perfect means to keep it cool.

Graphics Card- MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980TI OC

Remember when I said the CPU was serious? Well this is REALLY serious. This is what the Gamers drool over. This is what I'm currently drooling over. The MSI GTX 980 Ti is arguably second only to the Titan X. Capable of 4-way SLI this graphics card provides a core clock of 1102, dual fans and up to a 4096 x 2160 resolution. I have a serious passion for pixels, and high frame rate. This provides both in abundance. It adds, DVI, HDMI, and 3 Display Ports to the system in order to add high quality monitors for extra displays while gaming or working multiple projects (which is most assuredly possible with the i7 powering the system). The 980 is indeed the card of choice for both longevity and optimal gaming performance.

Case- Cooler Master Storm Stryker

In real life, I don't put much on a case. But this is a dream, and I absolutely ADORE the aesthetic prowess of the Cooler Master Storm Stryker. At first glance, there is an almost regal air to its design and sentinel like appearance. Harmonzing well with the Krait motherboard and other components, the ivory full size case boasts a special focus on system air flow, with 4 fans already implemented and the ability to add two more. However what really stands out to me here is the hot swappable 2.5 SSD port. How absolutely AWESOME is that!? I mean really! I think I may have fallen in love...

Storage- Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive, Seagate 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive

Speed, speed, speed. The most sought after commodity in computer systems, and with its meddling "moving parts" storage is the worst at it... until now (or a few years ago when they came out with SSDs). The Samsung 850 EVO 250 GB SSD is the quickest, and one of the most affordable ways to see the most readily visible change in your speed. I chose this to load on the OS and those programs I want to boot fast- and I mean Barry Allen/Wally West fast- mere seconds fast. The 2 TB Seagate, while it does have the moving parts of the classic HDD, is a hybrid, with 64 MB's of cache, calling for much faster data retrieval for the bulk of your media files and programs. With both of these storage systems in place, the impressive speeds will be duly noted.

RAM- Kingston HyperX Fury Black 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory

Let's be honest, RAM is RAM. It's the area your running programs are copied to and lets you quickly access information in those running programs. The more RAM you have the faster the access. But seriously, past 16 GB, you're not going to notice much difference. I chose 16 GB of Hyper X Fury Black DDR4 RAM, the latest generation of double data rate and by far the fastest. Of course given that the awesome Krait requires this type of RAM it was a given that I'd choose it here. But in addition to DDR4's ground breaking clock of 2400 mhz the HyperX sticks also come outfitted in obsidian heat sinks that match the system aesthetic design and help to improve cooling in this system's already frosty environment, keeping things moving with maximum efficiency.

Power Supply- Rosewill 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply

The Rosewill Photon 850 is a true powerhouse, capable of running this system and some while providing modular cable management. Certified Gold, this power supply is tested to be at least 90% power efficient and provides adequate cooling with a eerily silent cooling fan. More, and likely to many gamers, most importantly, it comes ready to handle Crossfire and/or SLI support and the increased wattage from that second video card. With a robust Active Power Factor Correction, your system is protected from all but the most cataclysmic of power outages.

All the Rest

You need a drive, you need paste, you need fans and unless your computer is right next to your switch, modem or wireless access point, you need wireless. You do NOT need to spend all your money on these things. It's unnecessary.

Summary

This is indeed a dream system within a reasonable price point. Aside from the stunning black and white design of its innards and stalwart style of its case, it is replete with power worthy of the current steppe of technology. While a gaming rig, the processor allows it to perform any task necessary for the home office and more, and still has the capacity to be improved upon. Perhaps more storage, with a RAID system, or a second GTX 980 to SLI (more than enough RAM though), the "Duality" is certainly a system of dreams.

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 Cooler Master Nepton 120XL 76 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler
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Thermal Compound Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5 g Thermal Paste
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Motherboard MSI Z170A KRAIT GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
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Memory Kingston HyperX Fury Black 16 GB (4 x 4 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory
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Storage Seagate 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive
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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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Case Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case
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Power Supply Rosewill 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply
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Optical Drive LG UH12NS30 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer
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Wireless Network Adapter TRENDnet TEW-805UB USB 3.0 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter
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Case Fan Corsair Air Series White 2 pack 52.19 CFM 120 mm Fan
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Base Total: €701.12
Shipping: €6.99
Total: €708.11
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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

    • 49 months ago
    • 2 points

    Fantastic build for the price! Impressive!

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks! I tried!

    • 49 months ago
    • 2 points

    Nice build man! Love the B&W!

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks man! I usually dont' care much for aesthetics, but in this case it's friggin' beautiful!

    • 49 months ago
    • 2 points

    Beautiful...sooo sleek and chic!

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks! I love the look myself!

    • 49 months ago
    • 2 points

    Really nice build! +1 from me :)

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Awesome I really appreciate it!

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Np!

    • 49 months ago
    • 2 points

    Very nice! Only thing I would change is the case to an NZXT Noctis 450, and the thermal paste to something better (Read this).

    Here is a +1 XD

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Oh, hmm... very good point on the paste. But why the Case!? OMG I LOVE my case so much! Like IN love with it! XD

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    I love the storm stryker too, but then I saw the Noctis 450 and fainted :D

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    I'm not gonna lie... the Noctis also looks friggin' sweet.

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    ;)

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Oh shoot, I feel those fans though x.x.

    • 49 months ago
    • 2 points

    Hi Sceritz,

    Nice build but I would recommend a few changes.

    1) Artic Silver 5 thermal paste is outdated and no longer high end paste which performs that good. I would recommend Gelid gc-extreme, arctic mx-4, or Prolimatech pk-3 are all good choices.

    2) I would get a 2 x 8GB memory kit which is around $20 cheaper, additionally you would still have 2 open slots for future expansion.

    3) You can get a 3TB HDD for 10$ cheaper which I would recommend over a "hybrid" drive. The performance increases are not worth it IMO expecially if the OS is not going to be installed on it.

    4) With the money saved replace that USB wifi adapter with upgrading the motherboard to one with WIFI OR add an internal pcie wifi card to the system.

    Change those things and you will have my +1 :)

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Well it's my understanding that you can't change after inputting the build, but I haven't found that the 2x GB has been cheaper since like DDR2 shrug maybe its the type of sticks I'm looking for. I know I"m paying a little more for the speed and heatsinks, but I understand what you mean.

    I haven't had the opportunity to actually use the Hybrids. Based on what they are SUPPOSED to do, I thought they'd run better. Perhaps not. Looks like I have some more reviews to read/watch.

    I'm not gonna lie. PCPP was being annoying and it was late when i was picking my peripherals and I needed up just grabbing one with the wifi standards I wanted. I definitely would prefer PCI to that thing xD. I appreciate the real feedback!

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    I have seen multiple people change there builds after made it will just say a new revision number on the side as long as its under $2000 your good to go

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Votes will drop though (not that I have many anyways xD) . I'm likely going to turn this build into a real project anyways (except starting with a more affordable graphics card) to work on over the next year, so I'll take your words into strong consideration.

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    ah your right didnt even think of votes :( that would suck if it was last day of contest and you went over budget would lose contest or all your votes.

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    It's all good, I'm not much thinking I'll win, but this has definitely pulled me back into the computer building community. It's gonna be a few dollars a month put to the side for computer parts again for new systems.

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Sweet build and great price!

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Awesome man, thanks so much!

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Good build, money spent in all of the right places.

    • 49 months ago
    • 2 points

    Thank you thank you, efficiency is definitely key!

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    GG

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Eh? LOL

    • 49 months ago
    • 2 points

    GG Good Game Good Going

    Basically nice job! +1

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    In gamer terms "GG" is good game, but also means "Game over" "Done" xD I'm just messing Thanks!

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Lol nice! I figured and no problem! =)

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Nice!

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks alot!

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    This is a nice build and nice explanation behind the choices made. Best of luck to you and a vote from me.

    • 49 months ago
    • 2 points

    Thanks a lot and same to you!

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Going with some storm trooper build hu xD Its a pretty sweet build. Not as ballsy as my price but I wish the best of luck to you. To the people who couldn't advertise MSI the best as the 2 on top I hope that small fraction of a precent finds its way to one of us lol

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    solid build +1, and thanks for the feedback on my guide :)

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Finally, something that's isn't red and black. Looks good! :) +1

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    haha, thanks man! I love the Black and White

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Well rounded build with room for upgrades, nice work!

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    The USB wifi adaptor got my +1:)

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Dear Sceritz, Overall your build is please to the eye and the budget. There are however a few things I am curious about. First, why that particular PSU? If the estimated wattage for your build is under 500 then a 600-650W would have been perfectly fine. Second, I did some research into your solution for WI-FI. Many of the review for that particular solution say that it is "absolute crap, every time i turn off my computer when i turn it back on it won't automatically connect to the network instead i have to troubleshoot the thing and also unplug and replug it back in, it also feels like it was made very very cheaply the plastic housing feels loose, please choose something better than this piece of garbage.". That is only from the PCPartPicker page. you may have had a different experience altogether. One other thing. Why liquid cooling? A good air cooler would provide just about the same stats and be have the cost. All in all its a beautiful build and I would love to see more like this in the future.

    Sincerely,

    Ashketchum61

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    I gotta agree with you on the wifi thing. It's crap. I was looking for a good one at a good price and at the time PCPP was not giving me the results I was looking for. It was close to the end of my build and it was late so I rushed it.

    As for the PSU, upgrades my friend. I have a rule to always be about 100watts over my CPU, then would if I SLI in the future, and add more HDD's or do some RAID? 850's pretty high, but safe to me.

    I did liquid cooling because I've never had the opportunity to try it yet. Thanks for the review!

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Yeah if you ever added another gpu youd be over 700W

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    I like that you went with a black and white build over the accustomed "red and black"

    Considering MSi has black and white parts makes this even better! +1 ;p

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    It was a little rough to stick with the color scheme. I almost gave up a couple of times xD.

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Nice! I went for a black/ red build because I don't want to go through the trouble of painting my Gaming 980 to Black/ White. I must say though, white/ black builds look really sleek!

    BTW, that case is pretty heavy... Still good looking though.

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    It LOOKS heavy, but I think it looks awesome also... thanks!

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Love the color matching and it has an optical drive +1

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Well You likely need to load your drivers and such intially xD thanks!

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    "Duality" - is that a Slipknot reference? :P

    I'm truly digging the black/white aesthetic, and that you managed to create such a powerhouse for that kind of price. +1 from me. Best of luck!

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Not directly but it came to mind... thanks!

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    That is a nice case and now I want a cookies and cream ice cream.

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    That's what I said!

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Ever seen that case being used in a while! 1+

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    This is the first time I've seen it! I love it!

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Looks good, I like the white and black. You'd have to toss some sleeved lines in there to finish it off.

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Not a bad idea, thanks!

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Nice job! Just an idea, drop the wifi card and upgrade your motherboard to an MSI Z170A GAMING M5, it's better. +1

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Nice one! Although you do have some extra budget that you could have used to the 240mm or 280mm nepton if you wanted :)

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Just noted that after, and learned some things about coolers that I didn't know Thanks a lot!

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks guys for all the comments. Likely won't win, but this was fun anyways. It's definitely driven me back into the building game. I've been neglecting for the sorrow of not being able to spend much on it, but I'm starting to save TODAY for some future builds. :P Thanks!

    • 49 months ago
    • 2 points

    Well, there's always a chance to win from the random draw :D

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Great build. Maybe throw in a fan controller just because why not.

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    True that!

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Good luck! I see you were smart enough to account for price changes lol

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    I was most worried about that heh

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Very nice choice dude

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks man!

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Love the krait mobo, this would make a gorgeous build :D

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks I really appreciate it!

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Now that is a definitive dream build for games! Amazing work! Easy +1 from me :D

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Hmm I like the build. But worry about the Krait edition mobo. I currently own a Z97S Krait and realize the line has shortcoming with overclocking stability. However I like everything else. I also recently changed from the Storm Stryker. A wonderful and rather large case for gaming. The black/white build is clean and really pretty.

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Nice colour scheme, beats red and black.

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Not bad, thanks for linking Sceritz

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    I'm digging the black and white good luck in the contest!

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Solid parts! Goodluck :)

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point
    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Nice build. The only problem I have with it is that the CPU cooler is pretty expensive. but otherwise, Its a good build. Good Luck

             Smoke Weed Every Day,
                    Galeer
    
    • 49 months ago
    • 2 points

    Yes, in hindsight I hate that cooler more and more. Going to change it

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    very nice build you got here +1 from me. Would you take a look at mine?

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks for giving me an up vote. :) also I like the white and black scheme.

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    No problem and thanks!

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    I really dig the black/white color scheme. Components seem well balanced for the budget.

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    • 49 months ago
    • 2 points

    The Storm Strkyer is friggin' BEAUTIFUL. I love this case so much. Thanks a lot!

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    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Awesome thanks! I LOVE the link it's like cookies and cream!

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    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    And I just left Chic-Fil-A where they literally have those... >.<

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Lol wtf xD. Now reading this I want one too xD

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    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks a lot, it's blindingly beautiful!

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