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Blog Post "MSI Build Your Dream PC Guide Contest"

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 2 points 39 months ago

Must be 18 years or older to enter

....my 18th birthday is literally three months away...

sigh

Edison528's Completed Build: My 1st Build (Operation Carbon)

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Little late on the reply, but hey, better late than never, right?

I suppose I should say that at this point in the game, I don't really want a 970, but rather whatever its Pascal-based successor is (assuming decent pricing). Ideally, I'd pick up a 980 Ti and call it good, but since I don't have the money for something like that, and only have a 1080p monitor, it doesn't really seem like a smart buy imo.

Edison528's Completed Build: My 1st Build (Operation Carbon)

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 2 points 40 months ago

Gorgeous build, my friend. It's kind of funny, you have my keyboard, my mouse, the PSU I'm planning on upgrading to, the GPU I'm planning to upgrade to, and the same model of SSD that I have in my build, lol.

manirelli's Build Guide: A10-7870K / GD09B HTPC

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Can't speak for Qaudforce, but I believe this may be the one he meant: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-wireless-network-card-gcwb867di

Looks like it has all the same features, and is cheaper to boot.

Sirious_Toast's Completed Build: My Precious

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 2 points 47 months ago

...bind them.

Sorry, I had to finish it :) In all seriousness, though, a very nice build. Similar to what I plan on doing when I upgrade my PC down the road.

amt2953's Completed Build: My First Build

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Ahh, okay. Hope you enjoy your new rig!

amt2953's Completed Build: My First Build

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Sorry for the late reply, been busy lately.

iirc, the 4160 is a Haswell Refresh CPU, so it's preferred to run it on an H97 or Z97 board as opposed to H87 or Z87 ones. I may be wrong on this, though.

cipher021's Completed Build: Back from Retirement

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

A nice build, congrats on your return to PC building! Really, the only thing that I can nitpick is the single stick of RAM (which makes sense if you're thinking about upgrading that down the road). I was going to say the lack of SSD, but then I saw you did have one right before I hit save, so kudos there :) Also, thanks for the good info on the headphones/amps, that's a big help for my future upgrades down the road!

amt2953's Completed Build: My First Build

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 2 points 48 months ago

Not a bad build, especially for the price, though you could have gotten marginally better performance from your CPU by going with an i3-4160 (3.6GHz vs 3.4 GHz for ~$6 more). Of course, you would have needed a Z97 or H97 mobo then. In any case, you've done a pretty good job of making a solid build for a good price. I especially like that case :) Also, what OS are you running on this, out of curiosity?

wangtann's Completed Build: First Budget (???) Gaming Build

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 2 points 48 months ago

It's a free start menu replacement for Windows. It's actually really nice, I'm still trying to consider if I might keep using it even once Windows 10 comes out.

http://www.classicshell.net/

Rjohn300's Completed Build: 768p gaming pc/HTPC (modified LGA 775 motherboard) xeon e5450

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

An interesting build, to be sure :) I wish I could pull something like this off, but none of the LGA775 mobos in the house are standardized (thanks, Dell). Still a nice reboot of some older parts, though!

CaptainSiscold's Saved Part List: Artech Storm: ThunderStrike

CaptainSiscold submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Thanks! I'm still quite some time away from competing anything close to this, but I'm probably going to upgrade the PSU, GPU, case, and maybe a few other things as soon as funding will allow. CPU and the like we'll be several years down the road, maybe when the 6th or 7th gen Intel processors come out.

CaptainSiscold's Completed Build: Arctic Storm: Challenger

CaptainSiscold submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Thanks man! I've actually improved on the cable management since I posted this, I just haven't gotten around to actually taking pictures of it yet :P I'm hoping by next spring to have redone some/most of this build, depending on how my budget looks. All of my friends are starting to look into building their own computers, so I need to keep my title of having the most powerful rig!

AntAir267's Completed Build: Odinson

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Sorry for the late reply, first off, busy as all get-out this weekend, lol. I would say its worth the money as long as you understand that it's not quite 100% on the software side yet. Most of the problems are avoidable, provided you set things up right. Those that seem to be more or less unavoidable should be fixed in the coming weeks.

I guess, to sum up: get it if you want fantastic hardware and an improving software experience, and are willing to do some troubleshooting to make sure everything stays working.

P.S.: Here's a link to the unofficial setup guides on the Corsair forums: http://forum.corsair.com/v3/showthread.php?t=138472

AntAir267's Completed Build: Odinson

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Yeah, for most any typical usage scenario, you'll be perfectly fine with the Seagate drives. And if you back up a lot (as you obviously know), you can be back up and running very quickly.

AntAir267's Completed Build: Odinson

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

I've had it since around December. I've been very pleased with it hardware-wise, though the software could use some work. Word is that there's a firmware update coming out in the next week or two that should fix most of the issues people have been having. I've been checking the Corsair forums for info on the software/firmware updates, since that'll be the first place to have any info

AntAir267's Completed Build: Odinson

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 2 points 49 months ago

I give +1 not just for good part selection (though I personally am wary of Seagate's 3TB drives based on the Backblaze study put out a while back), but for that awesome K70 RGB :P

Typed from my K70 RGB w/ MX Brown switches

mbk1220's Completed Build: My first great wonder PC build

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

LOL, good to know I'm not the only one... I agree, if it were included in beginner videos, it would have saved me hours of messing with drivers and stuff. Maybe someday I'll start doing videos like that. It might be fun :P

mbk1220's Completed Build: My first great wonder PC build

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

Like my PC, but better, lol. You've done very well on the part selection imo, with the only "con" being the OEM Windows 8.1 license making it a bit more of a hassle to reinstall Windows should you even need to, but that's a fairly minor quibble that you shouldn't have to worry about for quite some time :) +1 from me.

manirelli's Build Guide: Entry Level Gaming Build

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 2 points 49 months ago

Or, you know, you can pick up a 500GB Samsung 850 EVO for $180 on one of their price drops, which is what I did :D

(Note I have it paired with a 2TB Hitachi HDD and my old 120GB 840 EVO, so I have some fallback storage if my main SSD gets too full.)

ImDaBaron's Completed Build: Dethputer Reborn

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

I agree, JonnyGuru's reviews for the various G2 models were very good. The 850W model I'm looking at got 9.9/10, and this particular unit was very close to that, iirc.

mjfgosox's Completed Build: First Build (M1)

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 3 points 49 months ago

Deserves a +1 just for the bargain value :)

jaredheuer's Completed Build: First Build

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

I like it even more now :) The unified theme really helps keep everything cohesive.

jaredheuer's Completed Build: First Build

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Wow, yeah, those temps are way better than mine :( When I play Half-Life 2 for about that amount of time, my card hits ~80-83 degrees C at stock speeds, and peaks at 85 degrees C with a modest overclock. Looks like it's just my card. Anyway, I look forward to seeing the pics!

jaredheuer's Completed Build: First Build

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

I agree, more pics would be welcome :) On a side note, how is that card's cooler? I have an XFX card (HD 7870), and my cooler is not all that great, so I was wondering if it was a trait of the cards themselves, or if I just have a bad card.

PCBuilder928's Completed Build: Low-cost Good looking Work/Light Gaming Desktop.

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 3 points 50 months ago

A nice, low-cost PC for basic use. The only things I might have done was go for a 7200rpm HDD and faster RAM, since APU's like fast RAM, but overall a solid build for what its designed for.

TheRealBlaha's Completed Build: My first ever gaming computer!

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

haha, nice!

TheRealBlaha's Completed Build: My first ever gaming computer!

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Was drawn in by the strange part match on the home page, lol

"i5-4690, a nice CPU...wait, SLI'd GTX 480's??? Whut?"

Anyways, I like the build, though I personally find the lack of storage space concerning. Then again, I have a 120GB SSD and a 2TB HDD, and my SSD only has 10GB of free space, with about 300GB free on my HDD xD

+1 from me

marclen's Completed Build: Yet another budget build.

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Hmm, maybe, I hadn't considered that. I'll look into it, thanks for the tip! I wonder if any of those brackets for mounting AIO water coolers on GPU's would work on mine...

marclen's Completed Build: Yet another budget build.

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Oh, good, so its not just my XFX 7870 that overheats like crazy...

I'm actually surprised the case fan thing helped you. I have two 120mm fans on the side of my case, but they seem to have very little effect on the card's temps. I regularly hit 85 degrees C after an extended gaming session, and that's with a very aggressive fan profile. I do have a small overclock on it, but not much, so yeah, I'm at a loss as to why I can't keep the temps down on it...

Anyways, for the price, I can't really complain about anything, other than the fact that there are a few RAM sticks out there that would have let you shave another $10-15 or so off the price. Buy hey, if that's the only thing I can find, its a +1 in my book :)

gbch's Completed Build: Illogical Increment

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Almost like my planned upgrades for my build :) I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

gbch's Completed Build: Illogical Increment

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Not bad, especially for the price. Just think: a year ago, getting a GTX 780 for that price would have been impossible :) +1 from me.

TheRatchetSuperior's Completed Build: The Patriot

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Hmm, that may change things up a bit for me, then. Decisions, decisions, lol. Thanks for the fast response, and enjoy your new PC!

GeneralSnoopy's Completed Build: Absolute Monster

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

Ahh, okay, that explains it. Thanks!

sto1vall's Completed Build: First Build-Definately went over budget.

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

No problem, enjoy your new rig!

TheRatchetSuperior's Completed Build: The Patriot

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

I like :) I was only a year older than you when I built my PC, so kudos to you, my friend! On the parts themselves: how is the H80i working out for you? I'm looking at rebuilding my PC, and I'm trying to decide between the H80i, H100i, and the Noctua NH-U14.

Oh, and +1 for Corsair peripherals and that beautiful Phantom case :)

skarklaw's Completed Build: Made My Son a Minecraft Box

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

+1 for being awesome and making your son a computer that beats or equals mine in every respect except storage space, lol. I think a rebuild might be in order... #someday

sto1vall's Completed Build: First Build-Definately went over budget.

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

A pretty nice build for the price, given what it's designed to do. I feel like you could have saved some money on the RAM by going with one of G.Skill's sets, but to each their own. +1 from me :)

GeneralSnoopy's Completed Build: Absolute Monster

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

+1 for Corsair peripherals and a very nice-looking build :) I've got a K70 RGB and that same mouse. Which reminds me, how did you get the M65 RGB for that low of a price?

Trekhawk's Completed Build: Simplicity

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Great, thanks for your help! Guess it comes down to the Phantom 410 or one of Corsair's cases :)

Trekhawk's Completed Build: Simplicity

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

+1 Very nice cable management, good specs, and it looks pretty good, too! On a side note, what do you think of the case? I've been thinking about getting an NZXT case, probably the Phantom 410, and was curious what you thought of yours.

killer_penguin's Completed Build: 1st build - mid range gaming

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

No problem :) Enjoy your new PC!

PsionicFrost's Completed Build: Nightstalker

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Hmm, not a bad overclock. A friend of mine has an 8350, and I think he got his to 4.4, as well. Thanks for the info!

PsionicFrost's Completed Build: Nightstalker

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

I'm assuming you went for an open-bench style of rig? If so, that is actually quite interesting, I haven't seen many rigs like that here.

As for the parts themselves, I like pretty much everything shown here, though I personally don't feel that liquid coolers are worth it for under $80 (personal opinion). I'm also curious, is there any particular reason that you went with single channel RAM? Also, if you overclock the CPU, I'd be interested in knowing how well that motherboard works out for you (I've been eyeing it for several future builds :)

killer_penguin's Completed Build: 1st build - mid range gaming

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

I like :) The only thing that I would suggest: The CX-series Corsair PSU's aren't all that great at higher wattages. Something like this would be a better option (assuming that's within your price range, I can't seem to find GBP pricings for it). For what you have, though, the CX600M is still good. I use a CX500M myself, and I have a much more power-hungry GPU :)

Mannimedia's Completed Build: Octane Box 2

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

huuurrrrrrrrrrrrrrr...........

HOLY. CRAP.

'Nuff said.

Doctorgear63's Completed Build: Little Boy

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 3 points 52 months ago

I got halfway through your description and already knew you were getting a +1 :) Fantastic job! Your Firestrike score is more than double mine....(4719 with an HD 7870 and i5-4430)

kevin_xd1996's Completed Build: AntiMatter v1.0

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

Yeah, I don't have any personal experience with them, so I can't bad-mouth them much :P Almost any SSD is going to be more reliable than a mechanical drive, anyways.

kevin_xd1996's Completed Build: AntiMatter v1.0

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

Not a bad build! About all I'd question is the Kingston SSD (I would have gone Samsung if you had the money, Sandisk if on a budget) and maybe the case. Other than that, nice rig! It beats out my own rig by just a hair. (Intel i5-4430, XFX HD 7870)

tmacgee's Completed Build: Gaming PC Build

CaptainSiscold 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Very nice build! This is a lot like what I'm looking at turning my PC into, except with just one SSD an a 2TB mechanical drive. Personally, I would have gone with an EVGA SuperNova G2 750/850W PSU, since its about the same price, but yours isn't a bad choice by any means. Kudos to you, my friend!

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