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$1500 Gaming PC Build

BoyScout Dec. 15, 2016

Our latest featured build video is based on our "Enthusiast Gaming" build guide. Check below for the complete part list and a special Newegg combo based on the components recommended in the guide and video!

A special thanks to our friends at MSI for providing the Z170A Tomahawk AC Motherboard for us to use in this video.

Want to see how Barry managed to get such a clean-looking final build? Check out our time lapse of his cable management process:

Be sure to also check out the Completed Build, which includes more pictures and some benchmarks.

PCPartPicker part list

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $229.99
CPU Cooler Deepcool CAPTAIN 240 EX 153.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $79.99
Motherboard MSI Z170A Tomahawk AC ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $124.99
Memory Avexir Core Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $69.99
Storage Plextor M8Pe 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $199.99
Storage Hitachi Ultrastar 7K3000 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $79.99
Video Card PNY GeForce GTX 1080 8GB XLR8 Video Card $609.99
Case Thermaltake View 27 ATX Mid Tower Case $69.99
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $74.99
Other Thermaltake CORE P5 PCI-Express 16X 3.0 Shielded Black Riser Flexible Extension Cable $29.99
Total at time of filming $1569.90

 

Newegg has put together a SuperCombo based on our "Enthusiast Gaming" build guide and this video. If you're considering building a system based around this guide, make sure to check it out!

Update: The original SuperCombo above is no longer available, but Newegg has kindly made an alternate SuperCombo that is even closer to our build video components. A big thanks to them for making this offer available!

Build Troubleshooting Live Stream

philip Dec. 15, 2016

Update: The stream is over. Thanks to everyone who joined us! If you missed the live broadcast, you can still watch the archive on Twitch.

Original Post:

You've just finished building your dream PC and it doesn't boot. What do you do next? How do you diagnose the problem? Are there faulty components? Join us 2pm CST Thursday, Dec. 15th on Twitch while we go through the process we went through to identify a hardware issue we recently ran into while building a system.

I'll be covering what the completed build symptoms were, what the process was to get it to boot, and then from there what was necessary to efficiently identify the faulty component. We'll finish up by repairing the faulty component and (hopefully) successfully booting the system.

Corsair Crystal 570X RGB Live Build

BoyScout Dec. 7, 2016

Update: The stream is over. Thanks to everyone who participated. If you weren't able to watch live, you can still watch the archive on Twitch.tv or YouTube.

After the stream, Barry went back to clean up the cables further. Check out the results below:

Original Post:
Join us live Thursday, December 8th at 2PM CST on Twitch. This week we're checking out another case from Corsair's new Crystal series: the 570X RGB. ...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6850K 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor $588.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $96.99 @ Jet
Motherboard MSI X99A GAMING PRO CARBON ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard $299.99 @ Jet
Memory Avexir Blitz1.1 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $114.97 @ Jet
Memory Avexir Blitz1.1 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $114.97 @ Jet
Storage Samsung 950 PRO 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $314.99 @ Jet
Storage Samsung 850 Pro Series 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $423.96 @ B&H
Storage Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $90.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Founders Edition Video Card (2-Way SLI) $699.99 @ Best Buy
Video Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Founders Edition Video Card (2-Way SLI) $699.99 @ Best Buy
Case Corsair Crystal 570X RGB ATX Mid Tower Case $179.99 @ Corsair
Power Supply Corsair 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $159.99 @ Amazon
Other CableMod C-Series ModFlex Full Cable Kit for Corsair RMi & RMx - Black / White $99.90
Total at time of filming $3885.61

Corsair Crystal 460X RGB Live Build

BoyScout Nov. 29, 2016

Update: The stream is over. Thanks to everyone who participated. If you weren't able to make it during the live stream, you can still watch the archive on Twitch.tv or YouTube.

You can also view the cable management time lapse to see how the final build came out:

Original Post: Join us this Friday, December 2nd at 2PM CST on Twitch to watch us build in Corsair's new Crystal 460X RGB Case, and get our first impressions.

Here's the part list:

PCPartPicker part list

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $219.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler be quiet! Dark Rock 3 67.8 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler $56.00 @ NCIX US
Motherboard Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $137.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $89.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 Pro Series 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $413.45 @ B&H
Storage Toshiba P300 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $88.99 @ Newegg
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 8GB G1 Gaming Video Card $399.99 @ B&H
Case Corsair Crystal 460X RGB ATX Mid Tower Case $139.99 @ Corsair
Power Supply Corsair 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $122.69 @ Amazon
Total $1669.07

NZXT S340 Elite Build and Giveaway

BoyScout Nov. 22, 2016

Update Jan 4, 2017: NZXT has now confirmed and announced the winner -- congratulations to Alejendro A. from New Jersey!

Update Jan 1, 2017: The entry period has ended. Thanks to everyone who entered! NZXT will validate entries and confirm the winner's eligibility. We'll update this post again once we get the winner's information.

Original Post:

NZXT sent us their new Kraken X62 CPU cooler, Aer RGB case fans, a Hue+ and some accessories to tie all that RGB goodness together inside their new S340 Elite case. We took one look at the case's front panel HDMI port and decided we needed to build the ultimate NZXT VR-Ready Gaming PC.

NZXT liked our idea as well -- so much that they are giving away the complete part list from our build! Head over to the giveaway page to enter for a chance to make this build your own!

Entry period for the NZXT giveaway is open through 12/31/2016. Open worldwide where not prohibited. Must be 13 years of age or older to enter. Check the giveaway page for complete details on the prize as well as the full terms and conditions for entry.

A huge thanks to NZXT for providing their components for this build and for putting together this fun giveaway!

PCPartPicker part list

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $299.99
CPU Cooler NZXT Kraken X62 Liquid CPU Cooler $159.99
Motherboard MSI Z170A KRAIT GAMING 3X ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $129.99
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $124.99
Storage Sandisk X400 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $144.99
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Xtreme Gaming Premium Pack Video Card $659.99
Case NZXT S340 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $99.99
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $89.99
Case Fan NZXT Aer RGB120 (3-pack) 61.4 CFM 120mm Fans $79.99
Case Accessory NZXT Hue+ LED Controller $59.99
Case Accessory NZXT Internal USB Hub $24.99
Total at time of filming $1874.89

 

The S340 Elite gives some great options for keeping your cables looking clean, even when it's loaded with accessories. Check out the time lapse video of Barry managing the cables after the system boot test was done:

Link: NZXT VR-Ready PC Giveaway

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