The Killer Spectrum

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The Killer Spectrum

How the Killer Spectrum Was Born

I was wondering what to ask for Christmas and couldn't think of anything. I thought long and hard and then it came to me, computer parts. My old system was getting slow and wasn't reliable. A new system would cost too much to ask for for Christmas. I decided to upgrade my system. Many of the parts in my system were good parts, there were just some that could definitely use an upgrade. I decided to ask for these items.

-AMD Ryzen 7 1700X

I like AMD Ryzen processors and found this one on sale for $150 at the MicroCenter. It was a great deal so I looked at the specs. It had eight cores and sixteen threads. It seemed to have good specs. I looked up reviews on this processor and it seemed really great so I decided to ask for it.

-AMD Wraith Max

This was a decent cooler. I don't need top of the line right now. I plan to upgrade it in a few years so I can overclock but for now, I'll just use the processor at its stock speeds.

-ARCTIX MX-2 Thermal Paste

This thermal paste had great performance and is pretty cheap. My other option for the MX series would be the MX-4. The MX-4 was runnier and harder to apply, so I decided on the MX-2 instead.


This motherboard is awesome. It supports 2-Way SLI and 3-Way CrossFire. It also is a full ATX board. It supports Aura Sync so I can sync up all my RGB components. I found it on sale at the MicroCenter for $139.99 after bundle savings.

-G.Skill Trident Z RGB 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 3200

I was actually not expecting this memory. I asked for G.Skill Aegis 8 GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3000 memory. I was surprised to see this under the tree. I love this RAM. It has an addressable strip on the top of the memory. It is super high performance. I love the heat spreader design also.

-2x Magideal SATA Cables (Purple)

These SATA cables fit my purple and black theme. They weren't too expensive also. I needed two of them for my SSD and HDD.

-Deepcool (3-in-1) RF120 Case Fans

These case fans look nice. I was actually not expecting this either. I was expecting one Cougar Vortex RGB fan. Instead, I got these. They are a great deal. They look nice and perform nice.

-NZXT H500 Mid-Tower

This was a big surprise for me. I never asked for a new case at all. When I was done opening presents (at least thought I was done) my dad said he had to go get something. He brought back a giant present for me. I opened it up and it was a new case with a side panel window!
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Color(s): Black Red
RGB Lighting? Yes
Theme: Color
Cooling: Air Cooling
Size: ATX
Type: General Build


This build participated in 2 contests.


$ 251.00
AMD - Ryzen 7 (1700X)
Socket: AM4
Cores: 8
$ 320.20
ASUS - ROG Strix Gaming (X470-F)
Chipset: X470
CPU Socket: AM4
Size: ATX
$ 81.99
G.Skill - Trident Z (3600MHz) (Black/RGB)
Type: DDR4
Capacity: 32 GB
$ 77.43
MSI - Low Profile
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: GT 710
$ 99.00
Samsung - 850 EVO
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: M.2 (M)
Capacity: 250 GB
$ 59.99
Seagate - Barracuda (ST1000LM048)
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 1 TB
$ 199.98
EVGA - SuperNOVA 750 G3
Wattage: 750
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Gold
$ 99.99
NZXT - H500, Black
Type: Mid-Tower
Side Panel: Tempered Glass
Case Fan
$ 79.99
DeepCool - RF120
Size: 120 mm
Case Fan
$ 79.99
DeepCool - RF120
Size: 120 mm
Case Fan
$ 79.99
DeepCool - RF120
Size: 120 mm
$ 50.00
Estimated total value of this build:
$ 1,347.60
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