This was my first PC build ever. I researched the parts for months and saved up until I could buy it all. The name was inspired by the amount of MSI components. Their logo is a dragon, so I named my machine dragon, just in old Norse language.
My main use is Video Editing, Audio Engineering, 3D Design, and other Creative Work. I just had an old laptop before and was much in need of an upgrade for a couple years now. My old specs compared to this is actually a hilarious comparison.
I had an HP Pavilion DV7. Here are the specs:
Intel Core i5-2410M 2.3GHz 2-core/4-thread CPU
Radeon HD 7400M Series (1GB) GPU
Hitachi 700GB HDD 6GB 1333MHz DDR3 RAM
The rest doesn't really matter and I didn't feel like searching through my laptop to find all the details. Suffice it to say that it couldn't edit 1080p video footage, let alone 4K, which is what I work with.
A comparison render in Blender is this:
Low Quality Settings @ 1080p on the DV7: 1+hrs (CPU Cycles Render because the GPU was not good)
High Quality Settings @ 1080p on the Dreki: 1.3 minutes (GPU Cycles Render)
Same Settings on the Dreki: 5.5 minutes (CPU Cycles Render) That blew my mind. I did not realize how terrible my laptop was.
UserBenchmark Rating was good too:
UserBenchmarks: Game 98%, Desk 87%, Work 97%
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700 - 87.7%
GPU: Nvidia GTX 1070 - 103.6%
SSD: WD Blue 3D SATA M.2 500GB - 105.8%
HDD: WD Blue 2TB (2015) - 86.9%
RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x16GB - 106.1%
MBD: MSI B450 GAMING PRO CARBON AC (MS-7B85)
I am no computer expert, so I haven't done any overclocking. But I am satisfied with the performance, so I am not super anxious to try that out. Overall, the whole system works well. I should eventually get a third party cooler to keep temps even lower, but it is fine for now.
I am very pleased with this build and am excited about future upgrades with it.
The screenshots are of different windows during a High Quality Cycles Render and while idle.
Great CPU! I am just using the stock cooler, but it still performs really good. My main use is video editing, and it gets the job done quickly.
This RAM is really good! I have it running at the 3200MHz that was advertised and it is all running smoothly. My system is very quick to respond and function. I love Corsair.
My last PC did not have an SSD. I am seeing the benefits regularly. My bootup times are less than 20 seconds where they used to be over 2 minutes. I like WD a lot which is why I chose this drive over a Samsung or Crucial budget drive. Just a good and reliable brand.
WD is my go to. I considered the Seagate Barracuda, but have friends who have used a lot of Seagate drives and they've regularly failed on them. I have never had a WD drive fail on me or any of my friends. It stores files and that's what it is supposed to do.
I found this lightly used on EBay. Still had the packaging and port covers. Performance is amazing! I render 3D animations in Blender and the speed increase over my CPU or my old laptop is ridiculous. Highly recommend this GPU.
This was one of the first parts I settled on. I wanted a cheap priced case with high priced quality... like pretty much everyone would. This filled in all the check boxes. It is a great case with great features and is easy to build in. I would recommend this for any budget. Cable management was easy in my opinion. But I have never built a PC before. It feels solid a durable. Highly recommend!
Solid, well-constructed, modular. It is a great PSU. I couldn't recommend it more! Corsair quality is very impressive.
Good fans. Seem pretty quiet to me, but system noise doesn't really bother me anyways. Price is fantastic.
Really solid keyboard. I have not used mechanical before, so I am still getting used to the bigger keys, but I like the feel. I frequently hit double keys, but that is just because I used slim profile laptop keys for years.
Great mouse. Comfortable in the hand. I like that you can cycle through different colors for the LED. Price is good too.