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BoyScout Oct. 3, 2016

This week's build video is based on our "Excellent Gaming" build guide. Be sure to check below for the complete part list and deals based on the components used in this video!

We also have a time lapse video showing how the cable management was finished up:

Be sure to check out the Completed Build write-up as well, which includes more pictures and some benchmarks.

A special thanks to Gigabyte for providing their GeForce GTX 1070 8GB G1 Gaming Video Card and to Corsair for providing their Carbide 400C Case and H100i v2 Liquid CPU Cooler for us to use in this build.

PCPartPicker part list

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $227.99
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $96.99
Motherboard ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $118.89
Memory GeIL EVO POTENZA 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $62.99
Storage Kingston SSDNow UV400 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $109.99
Storage Toshiba P300 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $99.98
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 8GB G1 Gaming Video Card $428.89
Case Corsair Carbide 400C White ATX Mid Tower Case $99.99
Power Supply SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $78.98
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total at time of filming $1324.69

 

Our friends at NCIX and Newegg have put together some bundles around the parts used in this video and the "Excellent Gaming" build guide. If you're considering building this system, be sure to check them out!

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rhali8 2 Builds 6 points 9 months ago

Another awesome build! Great choices on the parts too. Nice work guys :)

Archristol 1 Build 4 points 9 months ago

Hey guys! Just now saw this build and thought that for its price point, it's very similar to my build albeit mine has a bit more higher quality?

Please check it out here!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $227.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i GTX 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $103.99 @ Best Buy
Motherboard Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $149.99 @ B&H
Memory Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $112.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Samsung 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $72.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.49 @ OutletPC
Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Dual Series Video Card $414.88 @ OutletPC
Case Corsair Carbide 400C ATX Mid Tower Case $99.99 @ Best Buy
Power Supply Corsair 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $129.79 @ B&H
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF120 White 52.2 CFM 120mm Fan $12.89 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF120 White 52.2 CFM 120mm Fan $12.89 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1407.68
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total $1387.68
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-10-05 19:25 EDT-0400
EngageDynamo 3 points 9 months ago

Spent way too much on ram and power supply.

Archristol 1 Build 0 points 9 months ago

Really? Idk, I used 8gb before and it was barely sufficient. And like I mentioned, I like quality. Those look badass too so it doesn't hurt aesthetics. As for the power supply... I don't think it's ever a waste if one is willing to upgrade. Which I am... I might use SLI in the future so it really doesn't hurt. 750w is not overkill imo...

Oh, and just realized this is not a comment on my completed build thread. For what I bought this for, you could say that this has even more value than the featured build. So your comment kinda bolstered my build if anything.

EngageDynamo 3 points 9 months ago

I never said anything about the ram count. I'm saying that buying Dominator Platinum in a build under $3000 is stupid because you can add something somewhere else. 750w is more than enough for 1070 SLI.

Archristol 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

Welp, to each their own, I suppose. I'm happy spending the extra $20 on my Dominators and comforted by the thought that I probably won't need to buy another PSU in at least 5 to 8 years. Aiming for that VR and 8k porno. Lul.

GentlemanShark 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Most GPUs use less power, not more

Tyreathian 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

How high of a PSU wattage should you aim for when considering the estimated wattage?

GentlemanShark 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

500 is more than enough

Matthewtina2015 1 Build 3 points 9 months ago

a good 500 though

GentlemanShark 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Aye, with a nice 12v

Matthewtina2015 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

yes

What do you think of the new CXM series? CX450M, CX550M, and CX650M

GentlemanShark 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

Grey label units seem to be THE budget unit (Sub $60?) to get. Semi-modular, quiet, and doesn't piss off Johnny. So it seems like a good buy in my book. It beats out the tried and true Seasonic S12II.

Faizan -1 points 9 months ago

I would not recommend the CX series. I've heard many issues with them and I don't think they are reliable.

As for how much wattage to go with when considering what's shown, I'd say at least 100 or more watts over. The reason for this is to have good headroom for overclocking, if you ever consider it. Either way, it never hurts to have more than enough wattage; if anything, the PSU doesn't have to push as many watts, therefore working less, therefore lasting longer.

If you need a recommendation, lemme know how much you're looking to spend on a PSU. If not, I'd highly recommend the EVGA G2 or P2 series PSUs. They are Tier 1 or Tier 2 PSUs and are highly reliable, not to mention a phenomenally great price.

Hope that helped! :)

AwesomeBuilderXE1901 3 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Corsair Logo OCD.

Gr8 build though!

Antatious 1 point 9 months ago

Awesome! I literally just bought some parts based off this build before this video was posted. Still piecing together the rest of the build. Great timing, though. Thanks.

Emfren 1 point 9 months ago

The NCIX Canada Bundle had only 8GB RAM...yuck. I'd otherwise snatch this up. Would prefer a white tower as well.

Emfren 1 point 9 months ago

Could 64GB of RAM work for this build? Thinking of grabbing the Canadian Bundle but it only comes with 8GB RAM, would need to grab more. What's the most the Canadian Bundle could handle?

BoyScout staff submitter 14 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

The motherboard included in the can handle 64GB (4 DIMM slots x 16GB), but if use the 8GB (2x4GB) kit that the bundle comes with you'll be limited to just adding another 32GB (2x16GB) for a total of 40GB.

Killerbm07 1 point 9 months ago

Noice Build

Connor_The_Gamer 1 point 9 months ago

is it just me or am i the only one that noticed the corsair logo on the cpu cooler was upside-down?

BoyScout staff submitter 14 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Fear not.. the cooler is not declaring a signal of distress. :) We ended up placing it that direction so the tubes would line up cleaner and sit lower in the case.

Connor_The_Gamer 1 point 9 months ago

ohh... okay. that makes total sense (not sarcasm). thx for letting me know! :-D

Jayjakejim5718 1 point 9 months ago

You always have the smart choice of storage. Not just 1TB of HDD, but also 2TB or 3TB!!

JasonLavender 1 point 9 months ago

It is hard to tell from the video. Is the motherboard red or orange? Thanks.

BoyScout staff submitter 14 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

The motherboard accents are red. If it helps, you can get a closer look on some of the complete build images.

Jaime.g 1 point 9 months ago

I like how these builds are low on cost and yet keep up with good performance. Yet I feel the need to build something on the edge like this that I had in mind; http://pcpartpicker.com/guide/LbxFf7/selic , only problem is money which I need. I just wanna try this build out to maximize my needs and wants to their limits, and test its performance as well.

Jaime.g 1 point 9 months ago

I actually had to update that really quick I forgot a few key components I meant to put in their earlier here is the updated link http://pcpartpicker.com/guide/DmJ7YJ/selic

JoniSaints 1 point 9 months ago
WaterTriber 1 point 9 months ago

Is the h100i loud?

BigJohnnyTwoToes 1 point 9 months ago

This build served as my initial guide for my first build, however since i will also be using mine for video/music editing and producing + streaming (in addition to gaming), i made a few upgrades. I also wanted to "future proof" it a little bit more. I upgraded to the i7 6700k, a larger power supply, DDR4 3200 memory, a Sli x CrossFire compatible board, and the aftermarket Asus ROG Strix GTX1070 OC. I also got smaller storage because I dont need that much. I think for less than $100 more, this is a pretty sweet build that is worth the upgrades (if you plan to do more than gaming):

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/list/DHjrGf Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/list/DHjrGf/by_merchant/

CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($324.95 @ Amazon) CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($96.99 @ Amazon) Motherboard: Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($154.99 @ NCIX US) Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($78.99 @ Newegg) Storage: A-Data Premier SP550 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($62.99 @ Amazon) Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon) Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Video Card ($434.98 @ Newegg) Case: Corsair Carbide 400C White ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Newegg) Power Supply: SeaSonic G-750 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($94.99 @ Newegg) Total: $1398.86 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-10-18 11:53 EDT-0400

elijahjustin 1 point 8 months ago

Can this build handle league of legends or overwatch streaming? Great build btw!!

zisrael151@gmail.com 1 point 8 months ago

there is a much better power supply out there i believe it's called the rosewill quark it is a 550w 80+ platinum power supply for about 70 dollars.

ImZianoxi 1 point 8 months ago

for 100 more you could get a 1080 and a i7 6700k

Derpricorn 1 point 8 months ago

In New Zealand this build is over $2000 :(

Dhveteran1117 1 point 7 months ago

Threw in an acer gsync monitor and a gigabyte wifi pci card.

Looking forward to buidling this next month when I get back to the US

TabGamer 0 points 9 months ago

You could save some money if you get the Cooler Master HYPE 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU cooler. Sure, you'd only save $40, but to me it's awesome!

GentlemanShark 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Worse cooling though.

TabGamer -1 points 9 months ago

Really? What would you recommend that 1,146 people don't? Sorry, sounds like I'm mad.

GentlemanShark 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

I recommend the H110i that he included lol. It outperforms the evo, no debate about that. If you want a cheaper air cooler, I'd get the Cryorig H7 which is smaller and higher performance.

TabGamer 0 points 9 months ago

Hmm. I'll look into it. Thanks, bro/broette! Lol

TheGamingBible -4 points 9 months ago

I'm sick of these Black and Red builds! On the next video, could you please do Black and White build?

rhali8 2 Builds 4 points 9 months ago

No. Shuts door

TheGamingBible 1 point 9 months ago

Fight me

rhali8 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

3pm behind the playground. ;)

BoyScout staff submitter 14 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Technically, this one was black/red/white. :)

That said, I think you'll like something we have lined up for later this month.

TheGamingBible 1 point 9 months ago

That said, I think you'll like something we have lined up for later this month.

Ok, ok, I guess I'll wait around for that then...

SirMints 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

I'm pretty sure, they're not focused on aesthetics when putting together these Build Guides... This is a clear and concise order of operations that any new builder should totally appreciate with the parts provided to keep costs down.

BoyScout staff submitter 14 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

While you are correct that we try to structure our videos towards being instructive to newer builders, we do try to keep aesthetics in mind whenever possible and appropriate. It's all part of the balancing act (against price and performance) which is impacted by the target budget and purpose of the build. If you're interested, you can usually find our rationale behind the part selection in the corresponding build guide or completed build write-up.

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WirelessCables 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

There are a lot of vowels in the PSU name too.

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BoyScout staff submitter 14 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

This build was based on our "Excellent" gaming guide that normally targets ~$1250 USD. We nudged a few parts here and there to end up at $1300 USD, but we also have the "Enthusiast" gaming build guide which targets ~$1500 USD and might be something to look at for ideas you could combine with this build to get you closer to the $1450 mark.

Lots of little ways to spend the extra budget if you want. Bigger storage, for example, if that's something you might need. The major change that you see in our guide at the next price point though is the GTX 1080 instead of the 1070. You might need to adjust a few other components to free up the extra $30-40 (on top of the $150) you'd need for that change, though.

Also, don't forget this part list doesn't include Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor and OS.. more places you can spend those extra dollars if needed. :)

Good luck with your build!

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rhali8 2 Builds 5 points 9 months ago

No. Shuts door

Matthewtina2015 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

tear

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GentlemanShark 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

I got something for you bb.

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