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Asus CROSSHAIR VI HERO / AMD Ryzen 7 1800X Live Build

BoyScout March 23, 2017

Join us on Twitch, Thursday, March 23 at 2PM CDT for our next live build. Asus sent us their latest X370 motherboard and two STRIX RX 480s to help us put together an AMD Ryzen system using the top of the line R7 CPU.

We'll be building in the new BitFenix Shogun case. We also picked up the new TridentZ RGB memory from G.Skill, which when combined with Asus Aura support on the motherboard, GPUs, and case will give use completed synchronized control of the lighting across the entire system.

A big thanks to Asus for providing the motherboard and video cards to help make this build possible.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD RYZEN 7 1800X 3.6GHz 8-Core Processor $498.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Corsair H110i 113.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $114.00 @ Newegg
Motherboard Asus CROSSHAIR VI HERO ATX AM4 Motherboard $248.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill TridentZ RGB 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $299.99 @ Newegg
Storage Corsair Force MP500 480GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $254.99 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung 850 Pro Series 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $465.00 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung 850 Pro Series 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $465.00 @ Amazon
Video Card Asus Radeon RX 480 8GB ROG STRIX Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) $244.99 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card Asus Radeon RX 480 8GB ROG STRIX Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) $244.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case BitFenix Shogun ATX Mid Tower Case $128.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G3 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $119.99 @ Jet
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $3095.92
Mail-in rebates -$10.00
Total at time of filming $3085.92

In case you miss it, the full live stream will be archived on Twitch shortly after the broadcast and will also be made available in summary form on our YouTube channel the following week.

$1250 Gaming PC Build - ASUS STRIX B250F Gaming / i5-7500

BoyScout Feb. 24, 2017

For this month's featured build guide video, we started with our Great Gaming Build Guide, but added a few tweaks.

We wanted a motherboard with RGB LED support to allow us to easily add a software controllable strip along the LED light channel in the DUKASE V2. The ASUS Strix B250F with Aura support fit the bill. We also wanted to upgrade the CPU Cooler to something a bit nicer than the stock cooler to improve the overall look of the build through the case's large side window.

Check the part list below to see our final selections and watch the video to see how it came together.

A special thanks to ASUS for providing the motherboard and graphics card used in this build.

To see how Barry got the cables under control, be sure to check out the cable management time lapse video:

To see some benchmarks and see some final build pictures, check out the Completed Build write up.

PCPartPicker part list

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-7500 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $201.89
CPU Cooler CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler $34.99
Motherboard Asus STRIX B250F GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $129.99
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $96.99
Storage PNY CS1311 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $119.99
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $69.99
Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Video Card $429.99
Case Deepcool DUKASE WHV2 ATX Mid Tower Case $49.99
Power Supply EVGA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $73.50
Other CableMod® WideBeam™ Magnetic LED Strip RGB $19.99
Total at time of filming $1227.31

ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming-ITX/ac Mini ITX Live Stream Build

BoyScout Feb. 21, 2017

Join us this Thursday, February 23 at 2PM CST on Twitch for our next live stream. We'll be assembling a portable gaming PC this time around, using ASRock's new mini-ITX motherboard and Lian-Li's PC-TU200B case.

Update: The Live stream is over. Thanks to everyone who joined us. The archive is currently available on Twitch and should be uploaded to YouTube in a couple of days.

Update 2: The YouTube archive and Completed Build (with more benchmark results) are now available.

PCPartPicker part list

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor $238.75 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-L9i 33.8 CFM CPU Cooler $37.88 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard $159.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $115.99 @ Amazon
Storage Intel 600p Series 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $179.99 @ Newegg
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Founders Edition Video Card $439.75 @ OutletPC
Case Lian-Li PC-TU200B Mini ITX Tower Case $149.99 @ B&H
Power Supply Fractal Design Integra M 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $76.13 @ Jet
Case Fan Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-3000 PWM 158.5 CFM 140mm Fan $25.88 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1424.35

Kaby Lake Build - Gigabyte Z270X Gaming 7 / i7-7700K

BoyScout Jan. 11, 2017

Gigabyte sent us their new Aorus Z270 Gaming 7 motherboard and an i7-7700K to build a high end Kaby Lake gaming PC.

A big thanks to Gigabyte for providing the motherboard, processor and video card used in this build. And thanks to Thermaltake for providing the CPU cooler!

PCPartPicker part list

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $349.99
CPU Cooler Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing RGB 360 40.6 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $169.99
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z270X-Gaming 7 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $339.99
Memory Corsair Vengeance LED 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $109.99
Storage Plextor M8Pe 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $249.99
Storage Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $91.99
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 8GB G1 Gaming Video Card $619.99
Case Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Glass ATX Mid Tower Case $179.99
Power Supply Corsair 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $139.99
Other 5-meter RGBW LED Strip Light Kit $22.99
Total at time of filming $2274.90

 

Want to see more pictures and some benchmarks? Check out the completed build. And don't forget to check out the cable management time lapse video to see Barry make the wires presentable and add 3 meters of RGB lighting.

Kaby Lake Build - MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon / i5-7600K

BoyScout Jan. 6, 2017

For the Kaby Lake / Z270 release, MSI sent us their new Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon and an i5-7600K. Watch as we build with it in Thermaltake's Core P3 open / wall mountable case.

A big thanks to MSI for providing the motherboard and processor as well as to Thermaltake for providing the case used in this build.

PCPartPicker part list

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor $249.99
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $96.99
Motherboard MSI Z270 GAMING PRO CARBON ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $174.99
Memory Team Dark 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $84.99
Storage Intel 600p Series 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $179.99
Storage Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $68.50
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 1070 8GB QUICK SILVER OC Video Card $449.99
Case Thermaltake Core P3 ATX Mid Tower Case $119.99
Power Supply SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $69.99
Other CableMod® WideBeam™ Magnetic LED Strip RGB - 30cm $19.99
Total at time of Filming $1515.41

If you want to see more pictures and some benchmarks, check out the completed build. And don't forget to check out the cable management time lapse video to see how Barry cleaned things up for the final look:

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