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This is my first ever build and a HUGE upgrade over my current computer which is 8 years old (Dell Celeron 2130). I know your sitting there laughing now having just read that. I feel like I have just walked down the streets of King's Landing with people behind me shouting, SHAME....SHAME....lol. My son and I built it together which was great way for us to have a memory we can look back on and was worth every penny I put into this. The rig will be mainly for online gaming and FPS games along with some small photo and video editing. He also wants to get into graphic designing and this build will serve him well as he learns. I wanted to keep it around $600 but went over with some extras that I felt were worth it. We liked the red and black look so we decided to try and keep the theme throughout the entire build. I know there was some better or cheaper parts but they didn't fit into the theme. My son came up with the name for the build and extra points to you if you get the reference name. I plan to upgrade a few items in the future with some sleeving for the cables to make them look better and grommets for the case to hide them better

CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor- When I told a friend of mine I'd love to build my own computer one day he offered this CPU to me at his cost which was half the price of retail. I couldn't pass it up so I went ahead. I don't plan on OC anytime but at least if I change my mind down the road I can.

CPU Cooler: CRYORIG M9i 48.4 CFM CPU Cooler- I wanted a cooler that was reasonably priced and went with the theme. I really wanted the Cooler Master RR V8 GT but I will wait for the price to come down. This cooler will do for now especially given that I don't need to OC the CPU.

Motherboard: MSIZ170A Gaming M5 LGA1151 Motherboard- Originally I has a H170 but found a great deal on the M5 as an open box item and I went for it. No issues with it and I can OC in the future if I feel the itch.

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory- Again going with the theme here and it was a good price point.

Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive - Originally I wanted to do both 120GB SSD and HDD but decided to get a better SSD with more capacity for now. This should be able to handle everything for a year or so and I can always add in a HDD for file storage down the road.

Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 380 4GB Video Card- Again sticking with the build theme and didn't hurt that it's MSI to go with the MOBO. Originally I had picked the GTX 960 2GB but priced dropped on the 380 at just the right time so I upgraded. I also ordered a custom backplate from a 3rd party to add to this to make it stand out even more. (Now I know how my wife feels when she buys all these extras that I think aren't needed...lol)

Case : Corsair SPEC-02 ATX Mid Tower Case - I tried to stay under $50 bucks for a case as a way to keep balance with the budget. It worked out that the Corsair also had red fan lights in the front to match the theme.

Power Supply: Rosewill 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply- Nothing special here. I wanted something that had solid reviews and didn't break my bank but wasn't cheap. The one constant thing I have read from people on this sight is don't cheap your PSU. I think with this one I achieve the best for what I need. Of course it would have been great if I could have got it in red/black..lol

Keyboard: Redragon Karura K502 Wired Gaming Keyboard- Here I go again splurging. My son found this on amazon and thought the keyboard and mouse would go great with the build theme. The keyboard got overall good reviews and at this price point if something does happen I won't feel too bad about it. It does have a 18mo warranty at least

Mouse: Redragon Centrophorus M601 Wired Optical Mouse- Matches the keyboard and overall theme and got good reviews on websites and youtube. I looked at MSI mice but the reviews weren't that great and the prices were higher than what I wanted to spend. My son and I aren't hardcore gamers so I didn't feel the need to pay Razer level money.

Custom: MSI custom dragon backplate- As stated above, a nice fluff piece to make the GPU standout in the case.

Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 7 points

+1 for being an awesome dad.

My two favorite builds were done when both my boys were around 9 months old and strapped to my back. My oldest is almost three and plays in my office all the time, hovering over me as I'm building computers. Points to everything!

Well done and great build!!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks.loved every minute of it.

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

Really good gaming machine I like your style plus MSI 1+ for father and son

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

TY

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 Build for father/son. Im warning you that mouse lasts about one month and then dies...

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Well if it goes down at least i didn't spend much on it..lol

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I have had and used that mouse for about a year now, and never had even one single issue, pretty amazing for the price.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmmm lol mine died after a month so I bought a logitech g300s

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

This is really awesome! :-)

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

TY

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Money well spent indeed and yay for kings landing SHAME :'D

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

TY

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

I have this same case and I love it, just wish there were wiring holes near the top....

+1 for using my case

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

I really liked the case. I just wish it had grommets for the cables

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep. How hard could it be for a manufacturer to do that?

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

$777

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for being a cool dad and using a CRYORIG cooler

Loving this build, budget friendly and good performer, glad you got some time to make some memories with your son :) have fun with the new build

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, the cryorig is working very well and super quiet. He hasn't gotten off it since we set it up..lol

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 best price best performance. Well balance build. good job dad!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

TY

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Descent And Gr8 Build For Just $777 I Would Have Opt For Evga(Nvidia) Rather Than MSi(AMD)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Originally I had a GTX960 but it was only a 2gb. I was able to get the 4gb R9 for the same price so I figured why not. Im sure prices will go way down in the next 6months with cards and black friday should be very good time to upgrade.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Great job. Love seeing you had your son involved in building the pc. Dig'n the red and black. Enjoy your new build.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

TY

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 nice build and theming :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Great deal on the CPU.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

I did the same painting job. Red grill and PCI covers

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

seems fun

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey buddy! I was wondering about your operating system. Did you already have windows? Cause I'm building my own rig very soon and that question is kinda goin through my head. Thanks!

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks like a rather neat pc. Well done !

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Good Lord I need a friend like yours.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

What's the frame rates you get with the graphics card and what settings?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the psu doing? I wanna use it, but I'm not familiar with rosewill products

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

love it the look the purpose all of it also i like the price

  • 43 months ago
  • 0 points

OK-- this is a great build-- and you're an awesome father-- but there are some things wrong with this build:

Power Supply isn't 80+ certified Instead of cheaping out on the PSU, get a more reliable 80+ Bronze at the very least.

AMD GPUs have much less performance capability due to Nvidia patents and co-developing Instead of the r9 380, I would recommend getting a 4gb GTX 960 for just about the same price. (Remember to overclock the card!) Also that backplate is useless. You don't even see it.

WAAAYY too much money was spent on the motherboard. I mean like-- way too much. Your balancing of prices is absolutely horrid! Your motherboard is the second most expensive thing in this build. That should be your CPU (and maybe SSD)!

250GB of storage is way too little-- especially for a young child Instead of that 250gb SSD, I'd recommend to get a 1TB WD Blue HDD for about $50. After that's done, you can purchase a Corsair H60 for about $60-- or a Corsair h110i v2 if you want to spend about $40 more-- and then overclock the CPU to a solid 3.9 to 4.2 Ghz clock speed (with an h110i v2 it can be up to 4.7 Ghz, which may not sound like much, but it can give you a boost of almost 25fps in open world games like GTA V, Fallout 4, and Minecraft.

And that case isn't very well reviewed. You can spend about $20 more to get a better reputation case: the NZXT s340

Now these aren't rude comments, just feedback for your next PC build.

  • 43 months ago
  • 5 points

The psu isn't too bad could do with an upgrade for the next build but will be fine for this build. If you'd read the description you'd know that the CPU was given to him for half price and the gpu is absolutely fine and does beat the gtx 960 in places. Also if you'd read the description you'd know that the poster is getting another hdd when he has the money to spend on it... These aren't rude comments just feedback for your next comment...

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

TY

  • 43 months ago
  • 4 points

What? I hope you meant to comment on a different build. Most of what you said is non-sense. That psu is 80+ gold. That case has a side window so you can see the back-plate. 250gb isn't enough space? It's relative. Plus, I'd rather have a larger SSD and be able to add a regular drive for storage later, instead of wishing I had a larger SSD. He even said " This should be able to handle everything for a year or so and I can always add in a HDD for file storage down the road." You also have ZERO build guides or more importantly completed builds. O and your profile was created last night, wow.

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks creedman7

  • 43 months ago
  • -1 points

lol ok

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

I Vote 4 U

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

TY

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

I appreciate the comments.

From what I saw the PSU was at tier 3 which isn't great but isn't horrid and it does have the gold certification. From everything I researched the R9 380 outperformed the GTX 960. He's not going to be trying to game in 1440 or 4K. I think the price on my parts list is off I got the mobo for 99.00 on open box which was the same price as the original H170 that I had selected. I certainly plan to buy a 1TB HDD for more storage here in the very near future. The 250GB was simply enough to get things started and even have a few games to enjoy.

Like you said this was a first build and he andI will certainly learn the goods and bads from this. Its only been running a couple of days so we will see how it runs with time.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

I apologize for the 60 day late reply.

Hi! It's me again. I admit my fault about the PSU. It is perfectly fine. However, the 4GB GTX 960 does perform better than an r9 380. If it goes over that 2GB limit on the original card, frame rates drop significantly.

Now you have overclocked the CPU and GPU reasonably, right?

Also, since you have an ATX build, you should invest in the 212 EVO soon, as that will have much cooler and (depending on the silicon lottery) higher clocks than the M9i, thus squeezing out more performance for the CPU.

And where did you get that 6600k for $110? That is a steal!

I'd recommend investing in a better, fully mechanical keyboard (the mouse is perfectly fine) with Cherry MX Red switches-- real Cherry MX Red switches. Of course, it will be at a hefty price, but it will last for years. Cheers!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the reply. I'm actually upgrading to a gtx 1060 or rx480 just haven't decided yet and waiting for the craze to die down as will prices. I got my CPU from a friend that works for Intel. Yeah I will wait for black Friday for some deals on new keyboard and mouse. It has worked well for now but you can tell the feel of cheap with the keyboard

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

You should probably get a 1060 if you plan to game at 1440p, or an RX 470 if you just want 1080p.