Description

FYI: I'll put a tl;dr down the bottom of the description if you can't be bothered to read this. I've also changed the name since I ended up not liking "Little Red Dragon".

I am re uploading my build since I recently got a DSLR camera and I thought it would be good to show you some proper photos of my build and I have also wrapped my SSD's in carbon fibre.

So I started this build completely afresh. Originally I had an AMD A10 6800K and a 750 Ti in some random $30 case. At the time, I thought it was amazing...until I found the PCPartPicker community.

Once I saw all these great PC's and all these awesome parts, I just knew I had to get my own decent gaming PC. Although you could have considered my old one to be a gaming PC, it couldn't run much. So my first upgrade was my case and I have to say that I love the S340. It's elegant, simple, looks great and it has great cable management, which are all big deciding factors in a case.

My next upgrade was to get my SSD's and my graphics card. As soon as I got the SSD's, I was blown away by the speed improvements over a hard drive. While these may not be the best SSD's on the market, they're pretty darn good from the price. I got my graphics card when I still had the A10 CPU, so I said goodbye to the 750 Ti and hello to bottle necking! Yes, it bottlenecked terribly. My favourite game used to be Watch_Dogs and it bottlenecked so bad with the A10 and the R9 380. I only found out until the day I got my i5 that I had accidentally MSAA x16 on the whole time. Insert facepalm here

My final upgrade would be the power supply, i5, RAM and motherboard. This cost over $700 AUD, which is pretty pricey, but it was definitely worth it. The new PSU was so much better than my old crappy VS450 and the cables were so much better! Like, they were actually all black and had decent sleeving on them (for stock PSU cables). When I got the i5, I knew it was going to be good. It was so sick to see that I was getting over 60FPS on Doom at max settings. And I could finally play GTA V too, which I was quite happy about

Overall, I am very satisfied with my build. Although the graphics card isn't the best out there, I find that it performs well under stress and it suits my own needs perfectly. In the future, I plan to get a 1060 or a 1070 and get some individually sleeved red PSU cables. I'm also going to most likely upgrade to an H100i or maybe even a custom loop! I'll post it out if I do the loop.

tl;dr: I really like this build. Although the graphics card isn't the best, I find it suits my needs. Everything works how I expected it to and so far I have been quite pleased with the PC's performance.

If you've read up to here, thanks! Leave your opinion in the comments, I would love to hear feedback on the PC. Also, what do you think my photos are like so far (I'm just learning how to use a DSLR)?

Comments

  • 32 months ago
  • 21 points

Nice to see a featured build that's not over 9000 dollars

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  • 32 months ago
  • 15 points

The Emperor's New PC

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

lol

  • 32 months ago
  • 7 points

Heck yes for black and red!!!

  • 32 months ago
  • 0 points

same :D:D:D

  • 32 months ago
  • 6 points

Congrats on the feature. Great looking build.

Thumbs up.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks good. As for the graphics card it isn't bad and still performs nicely at 1080p. As for your DSLR the pictures look good and as paskowitz said underexpose your photos and try get away with a lower ISO. Another thing would be to get a 50mm prime next and a good flash. What camera have you got?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I've currently got the Canon Rebel T5i/EOS 700D. I do want to get a 50mm lens it's just they're very expensive in Australia but I know that they give great depth of field shots! Thats why I'm aiming for one.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice skins on the SSDs

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing looking build and great quality pictures to complement it! I really like balance in the theme between the red and black those corsair fans look so good as well as the carbon fiber vinyl wrapped ssds. I think the H7 would have been a better choice for the Cpu cooler, but read that you're planning to upgrade to H100i or a custom loop in the future.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, maybe the H7 would've been a better choice. I don't think it was actually available in any stores at the time plus the CPU cooler I have now was like $35 so it was pretty cheap.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice gaming rig and setup. +1 Congrats

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Your pictures look great. Awesome build too.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Very clean and good looking build. Love the carbon fiber skins and congrats on the feature

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

SSD's look amazing... How did you find building in the S340? Your pics look pretty good as well, better than any I could've done :) RIP pc prices in aus +1

  • 32 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks! The build in the S340 was amazing. While cable management is good, it can be a bit of a squeeze at times. I love that it has SSD mounts at the front, it gives you an opportunity to make them look really cool.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

That was one of the things I liked about that case. Thanks for the advice.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

If and when I do a new build, I might go for a NZXT case.

The all seem pretty good.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the NZXT S340 Case too I want to do a build with it and seen this Build and wanted to try to do this one how good is this build on GTA 5 and other new games that will come at?like how many FPS does it get for 1080P.would love to know before building and this setup build is awesome :)

  • 32 months ago
  • 3 points

Hi, sorry for the late response. For GTA V, this build is great. It gets 60FPS at very high settings (without MSAA or FXAA and stuff like that tho). I would recommend getting a 1060 over the R9 380 though as it is only a little bit more money and it outperforms a 980.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

okay thanks!! :)

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the same chip and motherboard as you. Have you overclocked the 6600K yet? I want to know what types of voltage your pulling using that MSI M5 mobo and 6600K. Nice build man.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get those cool designs on those ssd's

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought some carbon fibre vinyl wrap from amazon, cut some out to fit the SSD's and stuck it on.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

For research purposes could you please provide a link? Thanks!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Featured.

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build, great pics :)

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome kylo wallpaper man! Where did you get those?

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi, here's the Kylo wallpaper: https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/134727416038817792/196496030278090753/kyloren1920x1080.png

It's in 1080p but I think there is an ultra wide version too

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Very clean build,

Another similar corsair sp fan for the cpu heatsink tower would make this build a tad bit more awesome =)

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I've been thinking about that, however, id rather save the money for an AIO cooler instead.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

what would really look cool is if you got an h60 or something and an sp120 on the front pushing air out the back so you can see the fan.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Congrats on the feature! Next step for you should be some red sleeved extensions. Would look beast. Also, you may want to try painting the top of the 212 evo. Would clean up the looks a bit.

  • 32 months ago
  • 3 points

Oh, and btw, I wouldn't go for the fully sleeved replacement cables. Too overpriced IMO. Something simpler like extensions are universal, and do the same thing. Also, cheap!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I will definitely be getting extensions in the future. I've thought about painting it and I don't really really know if it's worth it. As bee66 said I could get red corsair SP140's and put them on it if I wanted a cleaner look.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought of an even better alternative to painting- vinyl wrap! 3M makes some pretty BA stuff that you can get in matte black, matte red, and carbon fiber. I used it in my build, and had great experience, and it seems like you did, too. The matte black and red stuff will wrap right over the heatpipes (the carbon is a bit stiff), as long as you hit it with some heat from a hairdryer.

As far as the fans go- I would use the af series for the T4 (derp, called it the 212 earlier). There is so little restriction that an SP series would be... wasteful.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I think I might have a bit of trouble putting carbon wrap on the CPU heatsink. I'm not sure how I would wrap it with the top of the heat pipes in the way. I could try it, unless there is some sort of easy way I can wrap it?

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Just grab a hairdryer, put it on high heat and stretch it over the top. The wrap will conform to the heatpipes.

This guy on OC.net already did it:

http://www.overclock.net/t/922583/guide-to-carbon-fiber-wrap-gallery/120

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I think that is a sound suggestion!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build. Just a suggestion for your new DSLR. IMO it is much better to under expose an image and then up the brightness, contrast, curves, etc in a program like GIMP (free). Shots 6-8 are well exposed and look natural, while some other look blown out. Also keep in mind your light source. It looks like you have some pretty harsh light coming in. Natural light on a cloudy day is actually the best time to take "natural looking" photos. Hope that helps!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for your helpful response! I did see that they were a bit overexposed, but I realised too late. My light source in that room is actually a big window and it was a very bright day at the time, which is why it looked like it did at times. I'll definitely try out your advice in future though, it seems like you like you know what you're doing!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Whats the monitor?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

The monitor is the BenQ RL2455HM 24" monitor.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Today the S340 Elite came out.

RIP.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

What's nice is that it has tempered glass, and that matte black color that's really about it honestly. The S340 Elite is somewhat a disappointment because still lacks a dust filter at the top of the case, rubber anti vibration padding for the hard drive case, and the reservoir mount still gets in the way of push-pull congif at the $100 price range and at that point is not so much of a budget case like the original S340.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I literally just found out. Overpriced IMO but still cool.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Great pictures and colour scheme. Always love red and black builds. +1 :) What peripherals are you using? I'm from Australia as well

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Glad to see a fellow Aussie. I'm using the Razer DeathStalker 2013 Essential for my keyboard and the Razer DeathAdder 2013 as my mouse. And I've got a Razer mousepad too. The keyboard has no backlighting though and the mouse can only light up green. In future, I'm thinking of getting an extended mousepad, a Corsair Strafe RGB keyboard and a SteelSeries Rival 300 mouse. If you have the money, I would definitely get those or whichever ones you want. I would recommend getting a keyboard with RGB lighting too.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

This is what I'm going to use As you can see, I'm not a fan of RGB keyboards and they are a considerable amount more than the non-RGB versions

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn, that's one expensive set of peripherals. It's a great combo though, I reckon you'll be really happy with all of that stuff!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I agree. At least the aluminium K70 will last longer than the plastic STRAFE.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

i think you should add a few red and black cable extensions

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I'm thinking about doing that soon in the future. I will just get all red extension cables though as I really like the look of them.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the name.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Sick. Wanna carbon-fiber my ssd now...

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

how many ports are there for case fans on this mobo?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, there are 3 or 4 system fan ports and there are 2 CPU fan headers on the motherboard. If you're looking to get this motherboard, I would highly recommend it.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thnx `

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the motherboard work well with the CPU? I'm trying to pair this motherboard with an i5 7600k but I don't know if it works because of the BIOS

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I think this is quite an awesome build. Your use of the DSLR is alright.Did you do a custom spray paint on the case?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. No, I didn't custom spray paint the case. There was one point where I was considering doing so but then I realised that there was no real point to it other than some mild aesthetic improvement. If you're thinking about painting the case, make sure you buy the right paint, otherwise it just doesn't look good.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

At this time, it is $666.14 USD lol

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

maybe have some moody night time shots

  • 32 months ago
  • 0 points

Cough the new s340 elite

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

That's actually where I got the idea from. The SSD's are OCZ Trion 100's, so they are blue and white, which doesn't fit my colour scheme at all.

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