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MSI X299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC / Intel i7-7800X Build

BoyScout June 20, 2017

For the Intel X299 release, MSI sent us their new X299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC motherboard with custom cover plates as well as an Intel i7-7800X processor.

Custom Plates

To help keep the processor running cool, we used Fractal Design's recently released Celsius S36 CPU cooler.

Celsius S36 Close Up

Watch the video to see how the build came together and check below for some initial benchmark results. The MSI X299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC is available starting June 26, but can be pre-ordered now.

A big thanks to MSI for providing the motherboard, processor and video card as well as to Fractal Design for providing the CPU cooler used in this build.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-7800X 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor $389.00 @ B&H
CPU Cooler Fractal Design Celsius S36 87.6 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $119.98 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard MSI X299 GAMING PRO CARBON AC ATX LGA2066 Motherboard $359.00 @ B&H
Memory Corsair Vengeance LED 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $267.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 960 EVO 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $219.99 @ Amazon
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB DUKE OC Video Card $714.98 @ Newegg
Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Acrylic ATX Mid Tower Case $79.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair RMx 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $119.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $2290.92 (USD)
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total at time of filming $2270.92 (USD)

Build Preview

We will post a completed build write-up later this week with more benchmarks and photos, but here are a few quick benchmarks we ran just after building:

Benchmark 3DMark Score Graphics Score Physics Score CPU Score
TimeSpy v1.0 9422 9986 N/A 7140
FireStrike Ultra v1.1 7063 7047 17435 N/A
FireStrike Extreme 1.1 13060 14127 17531 N/A

Update: We've now posted our Completed Build write-up. Check it out to see more benchmarks (stock and overclocked) as well as additional photos.

$1,300 Ryzen 7 Gaming PC Build Video

BoyScout June 12, 2017

ASUS recently sent us their PRIME X370-PRO motherboard, so we added in the popular Ryzen 7 1700 processor and the ASUS ROG STRIX OC edition of the Radeon RX 580 to build a $1300 (USD) gaming PC. Deepcool sent us the white version of their CAPTAIN 240 EX CPU cooler to coordinate nicely with the motherboard design and we picked up the Raidmax Sigma and 16 GB of white Corsair Vengeance LPX memory to complete our black and white theme.

Be sure to check out the Completed Build with benchmarks and photos as well as the cable management video (see below).

A big thanks to ASUS for providing the motherboard and Deepcool for providing the CPU cooler we used in this build.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 7 1700 3.0GHz 8-Core Processor $299.44 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Deepcool - CAPTAIN 240EX WHITE 153.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $80.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard Asus - PRIME X370-PRO ATX AM4 Motherboard $141.98 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $126.89 @ OutletPC
Storage OCZ - TRION 150 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $148.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Toshiba - 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $62.88 @ OutletPC
Video Card Asus - Radeon RX 580 8GB ROG STRIX Video Card $280.98 @ Directron
Case Raidmax - Sigma-TWS ATX Mid Tower Case $87.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $69.89 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1314.92
Mail-in rebates -$15.00
Total at time of Filming $1299.92

Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t Live Build

BoyScout May 24, 2017

Update: The live stream is over. Thanks to everyone who joined in and participated. If you missed it, be sure to check out the archive on Twitch. We'll update this post next week with a link to the Completed Build write-up, including more benchmark results and pictures.

Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t / MasterAir Maker 8 / EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 Elite / G.Skill Trident Z RGB

Original Post:

Join us on Twitch.tv this Friday, May 26th @2PM CDT for our next live build. We'll be using an i7-7700K with ASRock's Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming K6 motherboard and EVGA's GTX 1080 Ti SC2 Elite Gaming graphics card, all inside the MasterCase Maker 5t.

A special thanks to Cooler Master for providing the case and CPU cooler, as well as to EVGA for providing the graphics card and ASRock for providing the motherboard. Check out the full part list below.

PCPartPicker part list

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $329.75
CPU Cooler Cooler Master MasterAir Maker 8 66.0 CFM CPU Cooler $109.99
Motherboard ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming K6 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $147.98
Memory G.Skill Trident Z RGB 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $297.99
Storage Samsung 960 EVO 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $230.09
Storage Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $81.99
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB SC2 ELITE GAMING Video Card $769.99
Case Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t ATX Mid Tower Case $249.99
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G3 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $99.99
Total at time of filming $2317.76

Fractal Design Focus G Live Build

BoyScout May 23, 2017

Update: The live stream is over. Thanks to everyone who watched and participated. If you missed it, you can watch the archive of the stream to see our thoughts on the case and how the build came together.

Original Post:
Fractal Design announced the Focus G Mid Tower and Focus G Mini Micro-ATX mid tower cases today.

Join us at 2PM CDT on Twitch.tv as we take a look at the Focus G and build a Ryzen 5 1600 system using MSI's B350 Tomahawk motherboard.

A big thanks to Fractal Design for providing the case and MSI for providing the motherboard to use in this build.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor $217.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI - B350 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard $107.89 @ OutletPC
Memory Team - Dark 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $112.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial - MX300 525GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $149.88 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $69.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB QUICK SILVER OC Video Card $384.99 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design - Focus G (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $49.99 (USD - MSRP)
Power Supply SeaSonic - G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $69.39 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1182.91
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total at time of filming $1162.91

Corsair Carbide SPEC-04 Live Build

BoyScout May 8, 2017

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

Join us live via Twitch.tv on Tuesday, May 9th at 2PM CDT, as we build a $650 Gaming PC in Corsair's new Carbide Series SPEC-04 Mid-Tower case. See below for the complete part list.

Corsair also sent their new Glaive RGB Gaming Mouse, so we'll be taking a look at it as well after the system is up and running.

A big thanks to Corsair for providing the case (and mouse) for this build.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Pentium G4560 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor $59.48 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler CRYORIG - M9i 48.4 CFM CPU Cooler $19.88 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte - GA-B250M-Gaming 3 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $69.98 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $66.88 @ OutletPC
Storage Sandisk - Z400s 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $102.85 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ Jet
Video Card MSI - Radeon RX 570 4GB GAMING X Video Card $189.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Corsair - SPEC-04 (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case $49.99 @ Corsair
Power Supply Corsair - CXM 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $29.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $679.03
Mail-in rebates -$40.00
Total $639.03
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-05-08 17:53 EDT-0400
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