Retired. Extremely. Deadly. - Built December 16, 2017
Introduction: Thank you for checking out my build! I worked really hard on it, and I hope you like it. So every year for the past three years I've built a computer (first mine, then a friends, and most recently my brothers). This will be my final build on this four year experience for a long while, thus why I'm calling it the "R.E.D. Build" (Because I'm taking a little break from PC building and because it actually is red). This will be my personal PC that I plan to use as mainly a gaming PC and for any schoolwork. I plan on selling my old PC to a friend because it still runs pretty well, and he wants to start playing PC games.
Parts: It really wasn't hard choosing the parts (originally)... I knew Intel was going to release a new cpu, and I definitely wanted to get my hands on the i5-8600k, but after thinking about it, I decided to go with the i7-7700k because it ended up being cheaper. (The site I originally wanted to buy it from, B&H, were out of stock, and weren't planning to get more until January. I wanted to buy it specifically from them because I live in California, and they didn't charge me a sales tax when I went to the checkout, which was, originally, really nice). The i7-7700k also came with an MSI Gaming M5 motherboard as a combo which was saving me extra money. From there, I knew I wanted an MSI GTX 1070 8 gb because I knew it would be able to handle whatever I threw at it. On to the case. I originally wanted the NZXT Noctis 450, but then I saw a video on Youtube with the Deepcool Genome ROG Certified case, and I instantly fell in love and had to have it. The ram was easy for my aesthetic needs and I knew that G. Skill's RGB Trident Zs would look perfect in my build. I plan on filling up the other two slots when the price of ram goes down. For the SSD, I chose Samsung's 850 - EVO series 250 gb, and I'm extremely happy I have an SSD in a build finally (I've never built a PC with an SSD before). I have my operating system on it, and the speeds for loading it blew my mind. The power supply was easy, since I trust EVGA, and 650 watts should be more than enough for my build since I don't plan to do any extreme overclocking, it was all I needed. I did buy all the parts on black Friday for (somewhat) cheaper prices, but I didn't build it until after my semester for college was over because finals were coming up and I knew I wouldn't focus on school if I had the PC built. The Prices shown are the exact prices I paid after tax and with promotions on parts that applied to them.
Final Thoughts: Overall, I'm extremely happy with the build and how it turned out. One of my good friends who is getting into PC gaming came over and helped me build it, which was really fun for both of us. The build wasn't entirely easy though... Cable management was annoying, especially since some cables weren't long enough to completely hide (and I still plan to go over it again). Also, the graphics card extender that came with the case worked at first but then broke. It kept saying my monitor had "no input" every time I started it up. Of course, checking that was the last thing I did (because I was hoping it wouldn't be that) so that took a long time to diagnose. On top of that, my OS wasn't recognizing my hard drive. That wasn't that hard of a fix, but still annoying. I'm still very happy with the overall results of the build, and it runs like a champ now that everything is working. I play mostly CSGO, but I also like to play PUBG, Arma 3, Squad, and GTA V. Thank you for checking out my build.
(If you want me to post different colors for the case, lemme know in the comments! I got the remote and other rgb drivers working after I took the pictures. Also, I'll work on the cable management for my desk. I need to clean out my room lol)
This CPU is a BEAST. There isn't too much to say that other people haven't said about this cpu, but it handles everything I throw at it and then some. Great cpu for gaming (even though you probably can surpass with an i5), and now I even do some light streaming which it seems to be handling very well.
I love MSI so this may be biased, but this a great looking motherboard with an easy to understand bios (especially since I'm new to overclocking), and the little rgb looks cool under my gpu. Everything's working perfectly so far so no complaints.
Amazing looking ram, and they work. Wish the program to change the colors was a bit easier, but it wasn't insanely hard to learn so I can't complain too much there.
I'm so happy I have an SSD in my build now. The loading times for windows and the two games I have in it are night and day when compared to a HDD. I'm making sure that SSDs are in my builds from now on. Can't go without it :)
I love MSI, so this may be biased, but this graphics card is AMAZING. Not only does it have that menacing red and black look, but it runs any game I throw at it perfectly.
Looks absolutely amazing and fulfills my red and black aesthetic needs for my build. RGB is super nice, and the spiral reservoir for the included 360 mm liquid cooling system is extremely nice to show off at the front. My temps are doing fine in the case, with idle at around 30 Celsius, and around 65 Celsius under load.
The holes for the mount for the pci-e extender were stripped, so it was harder to mount my gpu vertically. Even when I did mount my gpu vertically after some tough angling, I found out after diagnosing for my pc for a long time that my pci-e extender wasn't working properly. I wish I could have vertically mounted my gpu, but my pci-e extender came dead. I heard their customer support is really good and that they'd most likely replace it, but I don't want to go through all that work to vertically mount my gpu... Just know that that it might come dead or alive (from what I've read online other people experienced the same problem).
Overall, it's an amazing looking case and was really easy to build in. I'm glad I can have this showing off the rest of my build in my room.