Here is the next giveaway, this time courtesy of the United States Federal Reserve System.
As promised, here is the first giveaway of swag I received at RSA Conference.
The following post is an almost verbatim copy/paste of this Build Guide on pcpartpicker.com : http://pcpartpicker.com/guide/gkbtt6/msi-build-your-dream-pc-guide-red-nib
Thanks to MSI and PCPP for this awesome contest! These sorts of contests are the best for our community of gamers as it will likely bring people who can’t otherwise afford to join us or, simply, have no previous knowledge of computers.
If I win this, I’ll be keeping the new PC for myself and giving away the parts from my current build (i7-4770/gtx660 mITX) to friends and family. I’ve been gaming all my life and work in the IT field as general as it sounds. I’ve been known as the “Nerds in Black” and MSI’s gaming line has a color scheme of red/black, hence the name, Red NiB (blog is at theNiB.org although I haven’t updated it in ages).
Now, on to the hardware:
Do I need the insane amount of power behind this processor? Absolutely not, however, this is a dream build, so why not go balls out on the processor. As the heart of this beast, if I get the best of the best (of the best, sir!) right now, then it’ll be futureproof for a minimum of two, maybe three years.
I don’t plan on overclocking or doing anything too crazy with this build other than basic gaming, so this CPU cooler will be more than enough for my needs. In fact, I could probably get away with the included OEM retail fan just like I have on my current build, but I figure with the added room of an ATX sized build, there’s no reason why I shouldn’t get a closed loop CPU Cooler.
MSI Z710A Gaming M5 – https://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-z170agamingm5
Ideally, I would’ve gone with the Gaming M8/M9 (https://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-z170agamingm9ack) or even the Gaming Titanium Edition (https://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-z170axpowergamingtitaniumedition) but due to the budget constraint of $2000 for the entire build, a minor downgrade on the motherboard is not a huge deal
Kingston HyperX Black 16GB – https://pcpartpicker.com/part/kingston-memory-hx421c14fbk216
This is pretty self-explanatory. I’ve had no issues with Kingston brand memory in the past, 16GB is a pretty standard benchmark for gaming and still leaves me with 2 slots open for future upgradeability.
Kingston HyperX 3k 480GB – https://pcpartpicker.com/part/kingston-internal-hard-drive-sh103s3b480g
I currently have a HyperX 3k 120GB SSD in the build I use every day. With the decreasing ratio of GB/$, this is more than enough for everyday gaming. I didn’t include a TB media/spinning drive just because I can easily transplant the one that I already have from my existing system.
MSI GeForce 980 TI 6GB – https://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-gtx980tigaming6g
As this is a gaming PC, I wanted to throw the best of the best again for my graphics card. Both computing power and graphics power is maximized in this build to ensure future-proofing. Also, with this card, I would easily be able to use this for the next two to three years.
be quiet! Silent Base 600 – https://pcpartpicker.com/part/be-quiet-case-bgw05
I actually already own a “be quiet! Silent Base 800” (https://pcpartpicker.com/part/be-quiet-case-bgw02) ready to go for my next build, so I just chose their budget model in order to satisfy the Rules of the giveaway.
SeaSonic 650W 80+ Gold – https://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-ss650km
Same reasoning as the case. I already have a “be quiet! Dark Power Pro 10 850W 80+ Platinum” PSU (https://pcpartpicker.com/part/be-quiet-power-supply-bn603) ready to drop into whatever was going to be my next build. I also chose a PSU at random, but one that would also make sense for this build if I were planning on using all parts of the build to finish a full computer.
Because I already own or have spare parts from previous/future builds on my workbench, I maximized this build for power (aka, the CPU and GPU). The rest of the build is so that I can satisfy the T&C of the giveaway. Arguably, I should have a better motherboard, but that was not the focus of my build. If one were to buy all the parts in my build, there would be no issues with it running perfectly fine for the average or even enthusiast gamer.
I would appreciate any and all feedback on my build. And would greatly appreciate if you liked and commented on the build at pcpartpicker so that I can have a higher chance of winning the contest! If not, I won’t hold it against you, but you know…karma? If you go ahead and enter as well, post a comment here or PM me, I’ll be happy to look it over, give my opinion, and like/comment on your post too!
The link to my entry to comment/upvote is as follows: http://pcpartpicker.com/guide/gkbtt6/msi-build-your-dream-pc-guide-red-nib
Free stuff? Why not!
PS, my referral link is as here, so if you use it, I get a bonus entry!
Hi guys, I’m currently working on a much longer post, much like my first major post in this blog (about the 1+ One) that will also act as my entry into this contest: http://gvwy.io/2bct530
The grand prize is a $2000 gaming PC that is customized by you.
TL;DR Whatever PC you build up is what you win. To follow the update on it, take a look at my current build
I’m hoping to finish the write up by this Friday, but it’ll definitely be up by 2/15/2016 as that is the contest end date.
I’m sure you’ve all been wondering for my lack of posts the last few weeks and the reason is that coming up on this holiday week, I had a higher than normal stress level due to school, exams, and a personal matter. However, now that things have settled and I have time to post, it is with great pleasure that I can recommend quite a few contest that I have happened upon through my personal research and/or browsing.
This is the time of awesome deals (black Friday) and with sales tactics becoming more and more aggressive, many online retailers have already started to offer the deals that we would have to wait until Friday to take advantage of turning this shopping season into what is most easily called “Black (Shopping) Week” where we get so many more chances to stock up on gifts. At the bottom of this post will be a list of contests I think are worth your time entering (requires facebook) and that I’ve personally entered so I know that they won’t spam you. Keep in mind that I’m not getting any form of compensation for recommending these giveaways, I’m just spreading the word as I feel that little effort involved is totally worth throwing your name in the pot for a chance to win!
Hopefully, I’ll be able to start updating this blog on a more regular/scheduled basis in the near future, however we will have to see as there is another exam season coming up before Christmas break. Feel free to contact me if you guys have any suggestions on any topics or future content I should look into.
As promised earlier, here are the contest links:
“Double Nexus” Giveaway: https://deals.androidauthority.com/giveaways/the-double-nexus-giveaway?gid=1305794
“Any Phone” Giveaway: https://deals.androidauthority.com/giveaways/the-amazing-choose-your-own-android-giveaway?gid=1305794
“Dropbox” Giveaway: https://deals.androidauthority.com/giveaways/the-mega-dropbox-pro-giveaway?gid=1305794
The only thing I get out of recommending these contests are a referral bonus entry, however, if you’d like a direct link, just delete/remove everything from “?gid=” on in the above links.
Good luck and stay techy y’all,
The Nerds in Black