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MSI Build Your Dream PC Guide - Just Do It

Thanks for the opportunity MSI! I've been considering which parts to pick in a $2000 PC build for quite some time now so this is a great opportunity to share with others. Below are the parts chosen, so I'll start from the top of the list down.

CPU: i7-6700k 4.00GHz Quad-Core Processor - Although this CPU is a bit pricey, it's worth it. Its performance is outstanding with 4.0 GHz and a max turbo frequency at 4.2 GHz, which could be overclocked further up to 4.5-4.8, although I'd highly discourage overclocking past 4.2 GHz without liquid cooling. The CPU is a quad core, great for games and programs that require more than dual core to run efficiently. The performance for this CPU is definitely worth the price if you're planning on having the best you could for a $2000 build.

CPU cooler: Corsair H110i GTX 104.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler - This cooler will fit perfectly in the CM Storm Stryker tower as it has space for a radiator. I chose a closed-loop liquid cooler because it's fairly simple to install, no risk of it leaking and damaging other components. Its cooling is also great for the i7-6700k as it is known for reaching high temperatures, so closed-loop liquid cooling is a great option in keeping the temperature low while overclocking.

Motherboard: MSI Z170A Gaming PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard - This board is one of the best due to the fact that it has DDR4 Boost technology which allows for optimal performance and stability. The board also has a nice on-board sound card. It also includes 3.1 USB ports which are 2x faster than the normal 3.0 USB ports (10 Gbps transfer rate). It's also optimized for multiple graphics card which is great for future upgrades as well as having a max of 65 GB RAM which also gives space for future upgrades.

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V series 32 GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3200 - For memory it was deciding between Corsair and G.Skill. I decided to go with the G.Skill due to the fact that it had many positive reviews, as does the Corsair, while remaining cheaper. Going with the 16 GB causes the price to go up by quite a lot, but it's worth it (I'll explain why in a bit). Deciding on which speed to choose was also another factor. I decided to go with 3200MHz because it's the highest that the motherboard I chose could run, which makes for great compatibility and taking full advantage of the board. Now as to why I chose 16 GB a stick was also because I wanted to take advantage of the compatibility of the board being able to take up to 64 GB which means I could add 2 more 16 GB sticks to increase the memory size if I wanted to in the future.

Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" SSD and Western DIgital Caviar BLue 1TB 2.4" HDD - When making a gaming computer, you always want the fastest speed possible and with this build, it's what we're going for. That's why I went with the SSD chosen because it's able to read at a speed of 540 MB/s making for a great start up time for OS and games. Samsung's SSD also has Enhanced RAPID mode which allows for 2x faster performance by utilizing unused memory. Of course not everything will fit on 250GB which means you only want to put your operating system on the SSD as well as frequently played games that require fast loading screens and startups. The WD HDD gives you the extra room for storage.

Video Card: Msi GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card - This is definitely a pricey part of the build but it is well worth it. The 980 Ti outperforms the Titan X in most of the benchmarks while only having half its memory(and $300 cheaper). The 980 Ti definitely has less memory than the Titan X but it's also significantly cheaper. Even then, saying it has less memory doesn't really affect the performance for gaming due to the fact that it has 6 GB. The 980 Ti is a better option for its price, and with the motherboard chosen an addition of another card is always applicable for SLI, with the upgrade of a PSU for the higher voltage requirement.

Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case - This is a great case with a lot of room, great cooling and cable management. It also comes in black for the same price, up to one's preference. The fan controls at the top of the case allow for maximum cooling when required (overclocking). The mesh front allows for frontal cooling. Personally I'd rotate the fans from the sides to the front, providing better cooling. The ventilation holes are covered by dust filters, which make it a lot easier to clean.

Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA P2 850W 80+ Platinum - The 10 year warranty is one of the reasons this power supply becomes really appealing. The PSU is fully modular, reducing clutters and improves the airflow. 850W is more than enough to run everything in the included build as well as another 980 Ti and 2 more memory sticks with overclocking. The platinum power supply is great because it has a 10 year warranty as well as lower electricity draw, which pretty much pays for itself if you use your computer a lot for gaming.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments!

Compatibility: No issues or incompatibilities found.

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CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4 GHz Quad-Core Processor
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Total: €569.55

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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

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Great build! +1

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thank you!

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    would be nice if it came with the os

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Definitely would be nice but the OS isn't that expensive and I had to stay under $2000 for the contest. I can definitely make another build under $2000 with OS and everything included if you'd like!

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Also, most people have a way of getting windows for free, or just don't use it.

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Pirating isn't my thing. But there are alternatives to windows so

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Don't get me wrong I was not trying to imply pirating. I just mean that some people get it for free from school, or already have an old windows disc.

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Ah my bad then! Yeah there are multiple ways and version of windows, so it really depends on preference of OS at that point.

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Really nice build! a lot of good parts for the price.

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thank you!

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    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Noice build.

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks man, +1 if you liked it!

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Where are you getting all these upvotes from lol? (Not calling you a cheater or anything)

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    what do I dislike about this build? hm.. pretty much nothing. you have made great picks and managed to stay under 2k. the only think i would change if this was my build, it would have been the case because I am deeply in love with the H440 for some reason xD but cases at a price range of 120-150 i believe only comes down to the person taste. Oh, also the cpu cooling since i am reluctant about liquid cooling, because you can't be guaranteed that they will never leak. Awesome build. gave you +1 in the morning, but didn't comment because i have been busy replying to comments

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Yeah the case is just preference. As for the closed loop liquid cooling, it'll never leak unless you somehow manage to poke a hole through it. And even then it'd start leaking before you even put it in the build. Anyway, thank you for your feedback!

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    cheers mate!

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Nice Build! The case looks nice +1

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Thanks!

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Finnaly a real good build (no perfect, but really good), this one is a solid candidate to win! +1 (y) :)

    • 48 months ago
    • 3 points

    Thanks! It could have been better, realized that after I started getting votes, kinda too late to change now though, still good though!

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    not kinda, it is definitely too late to change,. If you change you will lose all the votes, which i think kind sucks for people who wants to edit their build. I really wanted to update mine, but if I do all my votes will go to waste

    • 48 months ago
    • 3 points

    Yea exactly, but my build is pretty solid tho

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    it is awesome. I made few poor choices that I wish i could change them so it would stop people whining on my page. Nevertheless, wish you luck :)

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Haha you too!

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    You could always the parts you wanna change and just do giveaways for the ones you got and don't want.

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Nice build but personally I think the single 980ti will perform worse than dual 980's as in my guide. However there isn't much online about that so it is just speculation.

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    But if I buy another 980ti it'll outperform your dual 980s. Plus, a single 980ti can run any game without a problem. Having another 980ti would be for rendering. +1 if you like the build please!

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Great build! Definitely one of the best builds for the price! And nice job for being able to fit 32GBs of RAM in, whilst it's not necessary, c'mon it's a $2000 build. Good luck man! Feedback on my build would be appreciated if you want:)

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    I'll check it out, +1 if you liked mine!

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks man, and yes I did, as it was a great build;)

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Thanks!

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    I like this build. Not too far off from what I put together in my build. Yours is more powerful though in RAM, GPU, and PSU which obviously would suit what you want to do with this machine. You're more than welcome to check out mine but I certainly don't expect you to and won't spam like some seem to have tried. Best of luck to you!

    • 48 months ago
    • 3 points

    I'll check it out. Thank you for your feedback, if you liked the build, please +1!

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    You're welcome and I already did!

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    The other day i asked for feedback and stuff on my build and you did so, now I'm going to give feedback on this build.

    I see this build is a sort of gaming/work build, judging by you picks of the i7, and high RAM. The Power supply is kinda overkill, but I like it, you can expand your build, without having to buy another PSU. I say this is a nice build! i hope you win!

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Yeah, that's why I picked that PSU. +1 if you liked it!

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Shia Labeouf? Is that you?

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    definitely :) +1 if you like the build though!

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Already did mate

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Nice build. Definitely one of the best I have seen. Are some things overkill... Yes. But is a 2000 dollar gaming pc overkill... Yes.. You have my vote!

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Thanks man!

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    YOU CAN DO THIS.

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Thanks man :)

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    If it tells you anything, I found your build to be so good that I purchased all of it for myself a few days ago. (The last parts arrive by the middle of next week.) You have made a solid, solid rig here. I mean I tweaked a few things (dropped RAM to 16, increased the SSD and HDD size), but I didn't change anything of consequence. This is darned good work bud, I voted for you and hope you get picked.

    I may be a little under $2k the poorer, but I regret nothing! :-D

    P.S. I personally had problems placing an order through Micro Center, twice my transaction had validation issues and when that happened, my cart got wiped and I had to start over. Grr. Their system seemed to balk at one address for billing and a different one for shipping. Buying the case from NewEgg for almost the case price solved my problem.

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    That's really nice to hear! Thank you so much :) You should tell your friends about the build and link them too!

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    The i7k only uses up to 2133 ram, and thus getting 3200 would be a waste of money. http://ark.intel.com/products/88195/Intel-Core-i7-6700K-Processor-8M-Cache-up-to-4_20-GHz

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Also, some people have had many problems with that mobo. Check the reviews on newegg to see what I mean.

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Really? I'll look into it. The specs seem really nice though. Thanks for the heads up!

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    You're definitely right, but I'm making this build so that Im able to switch out parts in the future without having to buy an entirely different/complete build. It's not a waste of money, just an investment!

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    This is not true, using Intel XMP will boost it up to the rated memory value. I dont know why this thing about Skylake not using higher speed RAM has become so popular

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    I haven't done too much research about that. I'll look and see, thanks for the info though! +1 if you like the build!

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Why are these specs rated highly?

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    They're pretty good. Only things I'd fix is the RAM instead of being 2x16 I'd make it 4x8 and an M.2 would be nice too.

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    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Upvoted =) Really nice build! Good luck in the contest!

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    This is a pretty interesting build

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Thanks, +1 if you liked it!

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    dude, this build is almost exactly mine, I'm saying that it's cool not that you copied me or anything.

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Yeah I've has these parts on my parts list for over 2 months now, except with an asus hero board instead of msi. +1 if you like it

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    This is a pretty awesome build! I love the color scheme and everything. he storage ram everything is perfect. Could you maybe take a look at my builds? Youre have earned my vote!

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Thanks man, really appreciate it! I'll definitely check out your builds!

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    I see where prices were cut and where prices could have been cut for example

    Ram could have been cheaper for a slower speed An air cooler for a lot less would have work nicely in that case and even then i wouldn't have gotten the case (my personal preference don't like full towers) MSI's 980ti also come in a black and white variant which would have look well in this white case. Last the PSU is Overkill for one 980ti even with a high stable overclock on both the CPU and GPU (and even the ram lel)

    Money save could have deffiently went into utilizing the board m.2 slot for faster speeds or even bigger HDD storage

    Overall still nice build

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Thanks for feedback, +1 if you think it's worthy!

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Nice Build, yours is pretty similar to mine. I especially like the white storm stryker case. I'm surprised with the white case though that you didn't go with the white MSI 980Ti with the White mobo to go with it.

    • 48 months ago
    • 3 points

    Yeah I should have, I was actually thinking of going with the black version of this case. +1 if you like it!

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    It was exhausting but I upvoted every comment on your's here since it appeared that someone went on a downvoting spree and it isn't fair to you because they are butt hurt. Also +1 from me.

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks man! I really appreciate it!

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    No problem.

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    +1, nice build! Very nice choice in parts

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thank you!

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    A very high tech looking case, it's quites big +1!

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks, I really like it!

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    cool but i want to ask how much Tax and Combo you pay

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    0% tax probably due to different states. I'm not too sure. Haven't bought, this is for the event. +1 if you like?

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    thank you alot

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Np!

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Looks awesome

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thank you, +1 if you like it

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Nice build. :)

    +1

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Looks good +1

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Thanks!

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Dude you're rocking my case!! I love it! Haha seriously man this is an awesome build and I'm friggin in love with that case. Would you happen to have had any experience with that cooler? I've heard good things about it. Anyways check me if you get a chance. +1d

    https://pcpartpicker.com/guide/CpD48d/msi-build-your-dream-pc-guide-the-duality

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    The closed loop coolers are practically like air coolers during installation. All you gotta do is install the radiator really, only thing that's different. Anyway I appreciate your +1, share it with friends? Gonna check out your build right now!

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    pretty solid in the ways of performance. i feel that you could have gone with a cheaper PSU, and knocked down to 16 Gigs of RAM to add more storage, however this is definitely a multi-tasking beast. streaming, recording, game playing, there are plenty of resources here for it all. i like it

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks! I went with the more expensive PSU because I plan on adding another 980 Ti in the future as well as future upgrades.

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    ahh that makes sense. well good luck to you!

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thank you!

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    hawt

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks! +1 if you like it :)

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Great explanation. Good luck to you! :)

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Thanks! +1 if you liked it :)

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Love the build, the case isn't really my type tho. I'm more of a S340 or a H440 person :)

    +1 fo sho.

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    +1! These parts are almost exactly what I would have gone with had I decided to go with a 1151 socket instead of 2011-3. The 850 EVO with RAPID mode is incredibly fast my sequential read/write speed jumped from 515 and 499 MB/s respectively to 2779 and 2330 MB/s. I cant imagine what RAPID mode would be like on a PCI-e, M.2, or SATA E SSD.

    Any particular reason you went with the 980ti over the 390x? Not trying to spark a Nvidia vs AMD war, I'm just curious.

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Well I personally prefer Nvidia over AMD. I realize that AMD is good but in the past I've had problems with AMD components. I know it shouldn't be a reason as to why I shy away from a certain brand, but that's the only thing I've got against it. I still think AMD is great but I personally wouldn't go for their products.

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    To be honest I prefer Nvidia over AMD too, and was stuck between the EVGA 980ti Hybrid or Powercolor DEVIL 390x. Ultimatley I went with the DEVIL but my next build will probably be Intel and Nvidia only, not because I'm dissapointed with AMD's performance but their stuff just runs too hot for me.

    Also that is a very good reason to shy away from a brands parts.

    Anywho, good luck with the contest!

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks!

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Nice build man! Thanks for checking my build out! JUST DO IT!

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks! +1 if you like it!

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    The pro. Have not seen to many of those in these builds. Also the black version of the Ripjaw V. over all very nice build. +1

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks!

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Great build AaccD7! Love the case choice ALOT.....I still remember when i was searching for build i would love to do & when i spotted the CM Storm Styrker.......OOOOOmg!!!! I loved the design, it's, appeal, what its gives you for cooling options & Everything about but that the only down fall (for me at least) is if u wanted a push pull 240mm ( don't remember if a 280mm is fit-able or not) AIO config and wanted it on the outside top of the case you would have to mod the case. I could try it but don't feel comfortable doing it but some build that i seen picture of look amazing & one build i saw was modded but it did not even look like it was modded. The RAM wow 3200mghz i never understood the higher speed usage besides for helping in the video production area.

    Overall great build!!!

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks! +1 if you like it!

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Nice build +1

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Nice :PP

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    I hope you win the contest rooting for you +1

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks!

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    is it okay to piggy back off other peoples guides and post the link to your own?

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    No, but you can ask that person to check out your guide.

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Well then,
    Check this out :)

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    I agree with other comments, this build lack a M.2 drive. I dont like how you are justifying to pick 32GB of ram at 3200mhz. There is no near future where you are gonna need 64GB of ram for gaming.

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    "for gaming" If you actually read the guide it'd tell you that it's not solely for gaming. I agree, you don't need 64GB for gaming, and you probably won't for a very long time.

    • 47 months ago
    • 1 point

    Nicely done. Good luck.

    • 47 months ago
    • 1 point

    It's a nice build! But, I just wish (since you already have a killer machine) you'd let people who don't have the money to self-buy one have more of a chance at winning. O.o

    • 47 months ago
    • 2 points

    I actually ended up buying all the parts through amazon, a bit more expensive but I was able to choose to pay within 12 months rather than paying the entire thing at once. I totally understand where you're coming from and I'd agree but I think that'd put to waste the trouble I put all my friends through in voting for my build. Least I could do is at least go through with the random chance and do a giveaway as a way of appreciating everyone's support.

    • 47 months ago
    • 1 point

    Just glad you'd doing a giveaway with the parts. :)

    • 47 months ago
    • 1 point

    upvoted for case

    • 47 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks!

    • 47 months ago
    • 1 point

    No problem!

    • 47 months ago
    • 1 point

    NIce Build I up vote. Check mines too! tell me if i any thing about it

    • 47 months ago
    • 1 point

    Will do!

    • 47 months ago
    • 1 point

    That motherboard is just awful, the reviews are really bad and there are plenty of better and fair-priced mobos that actually get good reviews and has all the features you want. This motherboard is a bad gamble and it makes me have to double check the validity of other parts in this build due your choosing it.

    • 47 months ago
    • 1 point

    Great build, I hope to build something similar soon myself. a year or two down the line the option to add another 890ti and a further 32Gb of ram.

    • 47 months ago
    • 1 point

    Solid!

    I've had my eye on that Stryker case for a while. It's definitely in my top 3 (or 4) picks for my build.

    • 47 months ago
    • 1 point

    I went with the Trooper, the black version of it

    • 47 months ago
    • 1 point

    I don't know much about computers, but these build looks nice. Specially the case. Very elegant. I would have this in my office.

    • 48 months ago
    • 0 points

    This is visually unappealing

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    That is very true, black and red on the inside with a white case, but there is a black edition to the case. It was just a little more expensive than the white one so I decided to put the white one to not go over the 2k price limit. +1 if you like the specs though!

    • 48 months ago
    • 0 points

    Nice build! Had to give it a +1 after looking at it. This will give you some epic power. And about that memory, I´m down with the Idea of making the most out of your sticks, however, do you really need 32? Are you rendering movies and stuff, or just using it for gaming? You could use some money there for better SSD space or something?

    Would like your opinion on mine as well if you could spare the time for it - (http://pcpartpicker.com/guide/8NscCJ/msi-build-your-dream-pc-guide-creeping-death)

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Not just for gaming, I'm actually thinking of buying an M.2 if I do win. Thank you for your vote, I'll definitely check out your build!

    • 48 months ago
    • -3 points

    I really feel that my Grandma's PC Build has a much better GPU option:

    1.) The cost for two r9 390s is actually less than purchasing one GtX 980 ti and two r9 390s actually perform better: R9 390 X2 vs GTX 980 Ti

    2.) The r9 390 is actually a better purchase than the GTX970 because it performs better, and costs less: Youtube: R9 390 vs GTX970, GpuBoss: R9 390 vs GTX970

    3.) The performance difference between the r9 390 and r9 390X really isn’t worth the upgrade for the price: GpuBoss: R9 390 vs R9 390X

    4.) Not to mention the Titan X price and performance comparisons…. The Titan X costs about 400 dollars more than two 390s and doesn’t perform as well! GpuBoss: R9 390 X2 vs GTX TITAT X

    5.) 8gbs of ram…

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Ouch, is your grandma surfing her Internet Explorer fast enough? All jokes aside, true, 2 390s might outperformed 1 980ti but it's not like there's any game the 980ti can't run. If you're going for better performance, you'd be going for it because of rendering. You might as well just buy 2 980ti for the better performance (which is what I plan on doing). If you're going to be doing that, you're gonna be needing more than 8GB ram. As for your points 3-4 they do not relate to this post so I don't know why you included them. Anyway, thank you for your feedback!

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Na, it’s more like she wants to be able to play minesweeper with consistent frame rate. You might be surprised how demanding it can be—this is how she plays minesweeper, but set at x2 speed: Minesweeper.

    Anyways, it may be true that the 980 Ti can run just about any game that is currently available, but that won’t always be the case as games become more demanding and require more VRam in the future. Though, I’m a little confused at what you’re saying needs more than 8Gbs – the R9 390s have 8gbs of VRam whereas the 980 Ti only has 6gbs. As for points 3 and 4 I felt like did relate. I felt like 3 related because we’re talking about the 390 and someone might be wondering about the 390X. I also felt like 4 related due to the fact that you compared the 980 Ti with the Titan X within your post.

    Now, I have to agree that the render options for the NVidia GTX 980s may be a better bet if you use Blender. Since Blender doesn’t really support AMD GPUs, and users have to use work arounds. I’m not sure if there are other rendering programs that treat AMD GPUs the same way, but I’m mainly a Blender only user. With that being said, the “bugs” associated with AMD GPU rendering are quite minimal in my opinion, and I still prefer the 390s . Either way, thanks for the discussion.

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    8GB of ram on card, oops. My bad. Anyway, you're not wrong. I still prefer my Nvidia though, thanks for your feedback! +1 if you like the entirety of the build.

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    +1

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Thank you!

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    I actually need to correct the statement that Blender doesn’t support AMD GPUs. I guess I’ve been using the older versions for too long. From Blender versions 2.5 and up they have been supporting AMD GPUs! I can now flawlessly render 1000 sample images in less than a minute! Another good reason for you to click here check out my Grandma’s Build!

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Already did and +1'd first time I saw it, really nice

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Please don't use gpuboss, it is a horrible site and also way to go shameless trying to promote your guide.

    • 47 months ago
    • 1 point

    I believe GPUBoss and CPUBoss are useful resources to see the actual number based stats between two components. As for their reliability of GPUBoss, instead of just stating that its “horrible”, why don’t you check out some actual benchmarks and GPU comparisons of these cards… Duel R9 390s VS Dual GTX 970s VS GTX 980 Ti VS R9 390X VS GTX 980 VS GtX 970

    This video pretty much sums up your concerns, but there are many other video reviews as well that do the same thing...

    As for posting my guide -- I knew my Grandma's Build wasn't going to win, but I figured people might get a laugh if they checked it out after I referred to it within this discussion.

    • 47 months ago
    • 1 point

    I believe GPUBoss and CPUBoss are useful resources to see the actual number based stats between two components. As for their reliability of GPUBoss, instead of just stating that its “horrible”, why don’t you check out some actual benchmarks and GPU comparisons of these cards…

    GPUBoss uses on paper stats which don't mean crap when it comes to real world performance, lets compared the TDP and clock speeds of two cards that are on totally different architectures, that makes total sense... and iirc they used to use Passmark which was even worst since it heavily favors Nvidia gpu's, to the point where they had a R9 Fury being out done by a GTX 970.

    For the cpu part, its not as bad as the CPU part but you are much better off with real world tests/performance rather than synthetic which CPUboss uses and isn't a accurate representation of real world performance. The same would go for gpu's.

    why don’t you check out some actual benchmarks and GPU comparisons of these cards… Duel R9 390s VS Dual GTX 970s VS GTX 980 Ti VS R9 390X VS GTX 980 VS GtX 970

    ???

    This video pretty much sums up your concerns, but there are many other video reviews as well that do the same thing...

    ???My concern is why the Boss site, not your statement.

    • 47 months ago
    • 1 point

    Ah – I see. Well, I feel like the “paper stats” should be taken into account to some extent. Yes, the way the GPU performs in a real-world application may vary, and different games provide better support for different architectures. Though, I believe checking certain stats out may help one make some decent estimates on the performance of a card: core clock frequency, memory clock frequency, memory interface, memory capacity, and shader units (cuda or stream).

    For instance, depending on your 4k setup, you could be using from 497 million to 1.49 billion pixels per second, and if your thinking about gaming with future displays.. 8k displays are taking almost 1.99 billion pixels per second!

    Tweektown actually did a few vram comparisons, and keep in mind these are average VRam Consumptions. Far Cry 4 was using 5.77Gbs of VRam with AA applied at 4k, Battlefield 4 runs at about 7.56 Gbs/sec of VRam with AA applied at 8K, and GTA V runs at a 6.39Gbs/sec of VRam with AA applied at 4k.

    http://www.tweaktown.com/tweakipedia/90/much-vram-need-1080p-1440p-4k-aa-enabled/index.html

    Now this is just one obvious paper stat that should be considered depending on one’s display setup, but those others mentioned may have some relevancy as well. Gamersnexus.net did a decent explanation of the various paper stats:

    http://www.gamersnexus.net/guides/717-gpu-dictionary-understanding-gpu-video-card-specs

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    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Thanks!

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    • 48 months ago
    • 5 points

    32 GB of RAM is overkill for gaming but nice when you're video rendering, if you're running that in the background while doing other things, it's really nice. From personal experience, it's something that I currently need. 1.25 TB on the other hand isn't necessarily underkill. I have a 1TB HDD right now and barely past halfway full. Most of my data is either saved on cloud drives or other means of storage, but it's always nice to have more storage. Thank you for your feedback!

    • 48 months ago
    • -1 points

    Dear aaccd,

    I agree that any amount over 16 GB is overkill for anything but video editing. But, the storage idea offered by you is similar to what I plan to have in my personal computer(which has nothing to do with the contest). I plan on have a 500GB SSD and two 2TB HHD in raid one. This storage idea is for long term and won't be changing for many years to come. The SSD is for the programs/software that I will need to start fast. While pretty obiously the HHD wil be for the mass storage.

    Sincerely,

    Ashketchum61

    P.S: this is the link to my personal build not the contest one. http://pcpartpicker.com/guide/XQwrxr/personal-build Take a look and drop a review

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Will do! If you like my build, please +1

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Dear aaccd7,

    I truly did enjoy the build. You have a great grasp of what parts are important and what part one can reserve for latter. I have already given a up-vote.

    Sincerely,

    Ashketchum61

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks, really appreciate it!

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    • 48 months ago
    • 6 points

    Please stop spamming your guide link on other guides.

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    • 48 months ago
    • 6 points

    Do you realize you just requested feedback on your guide as a reply... to my request that someone else not do exactly the same thing? Please don't do that.

    • 48 months ago
    • 3 points

    Your comment literally has nothing to do with my guide. If you want me to check out your guild at least comment what you think about my build then ask me to check out yours or something.

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Slay.

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    If you like my build, please +1 If you've got questions/comments, I'd love to hear them!

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    I'm sorry. Well honestly if you want my opinion it is not a bad build. I'm just not all about a flashy case or an expensive cpu cooler. I usually don't overclock my rigs. I just went ahead and focuses on potential future power on my build. I made the case power supply and cpu cooler chealer so that I could fit a gtx 980 ti lightning

    • 48 months ago
    • 3 points

    I'll check out your build, +1 mine if you like it!

    • 48 months ago
    • 3 points

    Also I would have added a bigger HDD but I didn't want to get too close to the $2000 limit due to price fluctuation of the i7-6700k

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    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Your build is really nice, I liked it! +1

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    I have one with an even harder to achieve color scheme https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/guide/hRwrxr/msi-build-your-dream-pc-guide-atron

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Prettt nice tbh, excessive cooling though, although I think you're getting it for the looks, right?

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Yeah, no point in winning something that I wouldnt actually use if I happen to be so lucky

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Good luck! Don't give up, there's the random winner too! +1

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    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    It's beautiful and very roomy. +1 if you like the build!

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    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    I'll check it out, +1 my build since you liked it :)

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    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    I appreciate it!

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    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    If you liked the rest of the build along with the case please +1!

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    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Looks good, although I doubt you'll need 6 cores for gaming. I'd go with the i7-6700k and get a monitor or mouse/keyboard with the extra money!

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Good idea .

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    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Uh heard Intel XMP makes the ram functional, anyway, if you like the build, please +1! I'll definitely check out yours :)

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    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    When it comes down to cases, it's really preference. After doing some more research on cases, I found the fractal case, which is honestly quite beautiful. As for the 110, it'll fit in this case. Thank you for the feedback though! +1 if you liked it!

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    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks! Will do

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    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    I'll check out yours, but I won't give it a +1 if it's not worthy.

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    • 47 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks! Will do

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    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Oh I've been researching this for about 2 months now. It fits perfectly in place of the 240mm fan at the top and if I were to make the gpu liquid cooled too another one could fit at the bottom! Definitely a really nice case. I'll check out your build and comment :)

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    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    I went with 2x16 in case I wanted to upgrade for more later. Not sure though, we'll see!

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    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Your total is 3k though. Other than that, I'd probably get an M.2 and a better cooler tbh.

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Its only $2000 US.

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    It's supposed to be below $2000. If you like the build, please +1

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    What are your thoughts on my build?

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    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Thanks! Will do :)

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    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Read the rules here: https://www.facebook.com/172177528083/app/228910107186452

    You've added way too much stuff you don't need. Take out what isn't required and focus on better electronics inside!

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    I know the rules lol. Just because it isn't required, doesn't mean you shouldn't have it. The parts in this build are pretty solid, with a couple of things that could be improved such as including an M.2. Thank you for your feedback!

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Really nice. :')

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Thanks! +1 if you like it :)

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Ah sorry this somehow got lost in the comments didn't realize I didn't reply. Uh your build looks really nice except for the cooler. I'd go with a liquid cooler. Anyway, if you like my build, please +1!

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    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    PSU is overkill for the current build, I plan on adding another 980 Ti though. +1 if you liked it! Checking out yours right now.

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    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    I really need the RAM though. I'll check out your build right now :)

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    What will you need the ram for?

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    rendering while running other stuff at the same time eats up a lot of resources, including ram.

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    You really need? Or you really want? have you had a computer with that much ram and got bottlenecked because you were using it all? I understand you want this not only for gaming but for video editing as well just seems like you would get better performance out of the system as a whole to spend the money spent on ram somewhere else is all. Again I like your build its one of best and I am glad it looks like you will take it home!

    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Well considering I am using up 16GB of ram is a good indication I do need more in terms of ram necessity. In terms of need or want, I'm 100% sure everyone in this contest WANTS to win. Having a computer isn't a necessity to live. +1 if you liked it though!

    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    What are you doing busing 16gb ram?

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    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    I'm not making fake accounts lol. If I was I would have gotten disqualified like many others who tried doing that.

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    • 48 months ago
    • 4 points

    Cut it out and leave other users alone. All builds will be scrutinized and validated before a winner is selected.

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    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Well there isn't anything to catch anyway. A giveaway is a form of charity already. I voted for the charity one myself, but that doesn't mean I don't want to win. I'm in need of an upgrade, currently using a potato.

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    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thanks!

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    • 48 months ago
    • 2 points

    Rate my build, or criticize it. Don't comment your link without saying anything about my build or rating it.

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    • 47 months ago
    • 2 points

    Agreed. If you are able to talk to the mods jipster, this should be addressed. They added in that guide linking on anyone elses build is grounds for bans, so clickbaiting with stuff like this should be banned as well. I don't know if the MSI official terms and conditions has something against it but it wouldnt help if someone won anyways; they can just keep it. This just ruins the spirit of competition, it already wasn't about PC to begin with but this is getting ridiculous

    • 47 months ago
    • 2 points

    I'm sorry. Ill just delete the edit and keep it as it was then.

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    • 47 months ago
    • 3 points

    Yeah I get it

    • 47 months ago
    • 1 point

    Wow. Well there goes my upvote for him. The only thing I would give away if I won would be a R9 390 since I don't need 3 of them, it would be nice but totally ridiculous for me.

    • 47 months ago
    • 0 points

    If I do win the random one, I'm keeping the 980 Ti, the rest will probably be given away.

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    • 47 months ago
    • 1 point

    No

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    • 47 months ago
    • 1 point

    I don't think it's ban-able. Anyway you're definitely fine with your first place. This way though, the community gets to see at least 2 completed guides, with the possibility of mine containing 2 980 Tis. If we get 3 completed builds, I'd be even happier.

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    • 48 months ago
    • 1 point

    :)

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