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BoyScout Dec. 20, 2017

Update: The Live Stream is over. Thanks to all who joined in the fun. If you missed it, you can still watch the build in it's entirety on Twitch or a bit shorter version on YouTube.

Original Post:

Join us for our next live build on Twitch.tv today (December 20th) at 2 PM CST! We'll be building with MSI's top of the line Z370 Godlike Gaming motherboard in the brand new Fractal Design Define R6.

We'll be using multiple radiators in the case, starting with Fractal Design's Celsius S36 CPU Cooler and also trying out MSI's watercooled Seahawk GTX 1080 Ti video card.

And because we simply cannot resist adding more RGB, we'll also be checking out Corsair's Vengeance RGB memory and ML120 PRO RGB fans with the Lighting Node PRO controller.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-8700K 3.7GHz 6-Core Processor $359.99
CPU Cooler Fractal Design Celsius S36 87.6 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $119.99
Motherboard MSI Z370 GODLIKE GAMING EATX LGA1151 Motherboard $499.99
Memory Corsair Vengeance RGB 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $434.99
Storage Samsung 960 Pro 1TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $629.99
Storage Toshiba P300 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $69.99
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB SEA HAWK X Video Card $799.99
Case Fractal Design Define R6 Black TG ATX Mid Tower Case $149.99
Power Supply Corsair RMx 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $119.99
Case Fan Corsair ML120 PRO RGB (3 pack w/Lighting Node PRO) 47.3 CFM 120mm Fans $119.99
Other CableMod C-Series RMi & RMx Cable Kit (Black / White) $99.99
Total at time of filming $3404.89 (USD)

Thanks to MSI for providing the motherboard, Fractal Design for providing the case and Corsair for providing their ML120 PRO RGB fan kit to use in this build.

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SirHalpin 1 Build 3 points 1 month ago



Stereotypical_Whale 1 point 23 days ago

lol ive been waiting forever for the r6 to come out.

DPRutledge 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Awwwww. I wish we could see the team do a good budget build live.

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

It's been a while, so we're probably due to revisit a budget build for a livestream, but we did one earlier this year if you need a fix sooner. :)

DPRutledge 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

I enjoyed this one :-D

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Awesome -- thanks for watching!

sandris 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Finally! A december live build!

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

The ever elusive December live stream has now come and gone.. Hope you were able to catch it! :)

tragiktimes101 1 point 1 month ago

Alas, I missed it. Always next time, I suppose.

lucarioG 1 point 1 month ago

Im so excited to see a fully custom closed loop cooling system in one of these

cactusguy 1 point 12 days ago

I don't think custom applies to this build.

IncognitoGamer123 1 point 29 days ago

I saw someone review this case and personally It's not one I'd get. But Love the parts!

7nationarmy 1 point 27 days ago

Nice build!

Now my body is so ready for a Nano S refresh. I'd like to see better support for 2.5 slot cards, modular PSU shroud and TG. Fractal pls

402PrimeTime 1 Build 1 point 26 days ago

where can I pick this case up? cannot find anywhere on the web in U.S.

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 25 days ago

We expected them to be available at launch, so we asked Fractal and they assured us they are heading to retailers and should show up soon. When it pops up somewhere it should show up in our listings pretty quickly.

402PrimeTime 1 Build 1 point 24 days ago


Stereotypical_Whale 1 point 23 days ago

I've been waiting a long time for the r6.

CMDR_CEITIN 1 point 21 days ago

Nice build. Will probably build one like it in this case in the coming years.

Velcade 1 point 16 days ago

Love the case. I wish they would have offered a silver or white front for the white case.

That cooler is a beast.

SamaHD 1 point 9 days ago

sad because mobo is more expensive than motherboard

miknutty 1 point 2 days ago

This is amazing. Doing this exact build with a few mods. Thank you

B.D.85 0 points 1 month ago

Fractal is taking some odd steps in the case area. I think the Define S is the best option they have ever had, and the Nano as well. Not sure why they can't just improve the open design of those cases, maybe with a TG option, or a hard top with side vents like the EVOLV. I just find the open design the best option for everything. I personally dislike PSU shrouds very much, and the 10 extra HDD bays. Especially when mobo's are coming out with 4x m.2 slots.

For $150, this case seems no better than any older version they had before.

I do love their AIO's. It would be really cool to see them partner with a gpu manufacturer and release a hybrid. Then I could have all fractal fans, AIO's and their case for the OCD trifecta.

JackOfSpades789 4 points 1 month ago

The Define R6 is being marketed towards a different crowd, of which you don't seem to fall in to. For you, the Define S has all you need. For me, the R6 has many features I find desirable. Its all personal preference really.

B.D.85 -4 points 1 month ago

Exactly. Just my opinion is all. I just wish m.2's and ssd's would replace hdd's already. The market is ridiculous. But really, unless your hdd's stored up front or an optical bay, then you really don't need this case either. My define s could store plenty of hdd's, and I had an EVOLV that could do the same (I hated the evolv though). So I guess I just don't get the purpose of a case like this at all, for any crowd. At least they include a fan hub, which I hope is PWM, especially for the price.

JackOfSpades789 1 point 1 month ago

The fan hub is PWM, yes. I prefer cases with an abundance of HDD bays because I'm too cheap to shell out the cash for a proper NAS bay (included HDD bays vs. $500 4 bay NAS). I also still take advantage of optical media (not as much as I used to, but usually once or twice every few days).

B.D.85 1 point 1 month ago

I think only 3 are pwm, I dunno, fractals website is not very clear.

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

From the specs they provided, it looks like it can control 3 PWM fans (plus 6 case fans) based on a single PWM motherboard header. So yeah, sounds like for PWM control past the first 3, you'll need additional headers.

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