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".
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.
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.