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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.

Comments Sorted by:

Wolklung 21 points 27 months ago

I really think I speak for everyone here when I say "I think you need to give this build away".

Nice work too :)

ShriyansM 5 points 27 months ago

Do you speak for the trees?

Sgtkeebler 1 point 25 months ago

I do

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BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 4 points 27 months ago

Sorry, no giveaways are currently planned. Glad you enjoyed the build though!

Z3DM4N 6 Builds 2 points 27 months ago


GeneralLee2-0 1 point 26 months ago

Bummer... Too bad. Right now I have a laptop with an i3-2357m, and intel HD-3000! 13 FPS on war Thunder ground forces! Lol.

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TheIbbyTron 1 point 27 months ago


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FreeWayPineapple 1 Build 18 points 27 months ago


syg101 3 Builds 8 points 27 months ago

but can it run crysis?

WirelessCables 1 Build 4 points 27 months ago

I really like the look of their Aorus boards! So clean*!

*When the DIMM and PCIe LEDs are off. And that weird blue strip above the 24 pin connector...

Bantha-cain 1 point 27 months ago

Me too! But why isn't it available as an option through PartsPicker?

WirelessCables 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

It is.

I'm confused. =-)

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Which board aren't you seeing?

Bantha-cain 1 point 26 months ago

Aorus? http://www.aorus.com/Product/Type/M/List

My fault. I didn't realize Gigabyte made this line. :)

ziggurat666 7 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

That board is gorgeous... good gracious... Gigabyte has been stepping up the looks over the last year and good for them. I always liked their boards but could never fit them into the OCD builds.

Zelda_ 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Agreed. I avoided Gigabyte and MSI for the very fact that the majority of their components had a major colour scheme already.

like seriously MSI, you don't need RGB on a GPU that is half red

GoodGamingPC 23 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

Worth it for the bios logo alone :)

redmercury9 1 Build 2 points 27 months ago

what do you do with all the completed builds you guys do?

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 3 points 27 months ago

It varies. Some systems (or at least parts) end up getting used around our office for assorted needs and projects. Some parts (especially CPUs) might get re-boxed to use in future builds where appropriate. And on occasion, some parts are on loan from a manufacturer and must be returned.

redmercury9 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

aw, so the company people DOESNT get computer bonuses? lol well either way, looks great!

Omnislash89 6 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

The sheer advancement in ease of installation/modification for cases and case accessories since the IVB days really makes me want to build a new system.

KniHowChowCow 2 points 27 months ago

For the same price you can literally get an entire gaming setup


4k Monitor Mouse Keyboard Headset Chair Desk RGB Lighting in and out of case A power supply that won't blow up


AVPX1 2 points 27 months ago

KniHowChowChow - Thanks!! Great parts list. I'm building my first desktop and this list provided a great place to start.

KniHowChowCow 2 points 27 months ago

That parts list was just something I pulled together, and is kind of overkill! The logitech peripherals are great. I have a cheaper mouse but the headset and keyboard are pretty damn good. The headset is insanely comfortable.

Whats your budget for your whole setup? I can whip up a top price/performance ratio list based on it.

AVPX1 1 point 27 months ago

Thanks Kni. I created a parts list but I may have went a little overboard. https://pcpartpicker.com/user/AVPX1/saved/rhkHxr FYI... I listed the ROG MAXIMUS VIII HERO ALPHA MOBO because I need WIFI and want Bluetooth.

By the way, I've learned a lot the past few days thanks to your post. :)

I'd like to be around $1700 but really want a GTX1080.

KniHowChowCow 2 points 27 months ago

1700? Coming right up

KniHowChowCow 2 points 27 months ago

Check out the price to to performance air and water lists on my profile. That should be ideal. The z270e has wifi and bluetooth.



Please note that I have my filters set up to automatically include tax based on my state sales tax of 4.5% on amazon and jet.

AVPX1 1 point 27 months ago

Thanks KniHow, This is a big help and I can now see where fat can be cut off from my parts list and build a realistic PC.

Much appreciated. :)

mr.clo711 2 points 26 months ago

What screwdriver is being used in this video?

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 3 points 26 months ago

That's a Williams WRS-1 Magnetic Ratcheting screwdriver. It is much loved around the office.

mr.clo711 1 point 26 months ago

Thanks for the reply! I needed one like this

xTHExRADxREXx 1 Build 0 points 26 months ago

the one that is doing the screwing LOL

Matthewtina2015 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago


Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Good job. Makes that case look magical.

Specter-Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Giveaway, Giveaway, Giveaway!! I love the build, nice work!

felohany 1 point 27 months ago

why did the build got removed from the complete builds

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

It should be back up now. Sorry about that.

felohany 1 point 27 months ago

server error?

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

More likely an accidental button press. :)

WirelessCables 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Um... Out of curiosity, how often does this happen?.. =D

* Staff members proceed to stare at floor *
BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

Perhaps we need a sign: [ 3 ] days since our last accident.

TheGumeroo 1 point 27 months ago

Hey all, I need some help and I can't figure out how to use the forums. I'm an animator and I do character modeling on the side. I have never built a PC and have been looking toward gaming setups for the power I want. I'm mainly concerned about render power. It would mean the world if I could get some build Ideas. My budget is 2500$ to 3000$. I'm a big gamer but it's not my main concern & of course I want it to look good. I see builds using two video cards and even two CPUs but I don't know how necessary that would be. I like the visual style of this build. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

This would best be answered in the forums rather than on a blog post. Head over to the Create a Part List For Me forum, read the posting guidelines topic, then click the "Start a New Topic" button to post your question. Thanks!

TheGumeroo 1 point 27 months ago

ok thanks I just it figured out :)

Jinx83 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

my only question is why did you put the the drive in the m2 by the cpu why not the one farther away from the heat ?

SilverWolf149 1 point 27 months ago

The heat from the cpu is contained by the aio cooler. If it was farther down, it would get hit with the heat coming off the gpu.

Jinx83 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

good point maybe I should move mine

alfa42 1 point 27 months ago

Damn. I really like the black & white board from Gigabyte, but that Creative Core 3D thing is a drawback when I don't game and switch the O.S. to linux for work.

Jinx83 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

get the k7 version its the pretty much the same version w/o the core 3d sound

Mrwolfx541 1 point 27 months ago

Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor

ASRock H110M-HDS Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard

Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Video Card

DIYPC Ranger-R5-B ATX Mid Tower Case

EVGA 430W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply is this good pc?

darthfutuza 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

I'd get a bigger power supply. But what are you using this for? This also probably belongs in its own thread here: http://pcpartpicker.com/forums/forum/2-part-list-opinions-wanted/

Mrwolfx541 1 point 27 months ago


GentlemanShark 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Where's your storage? I'd get a better GPU as well.

anonvx 1 point 27 months ago

In my opinion blower gpu's are better than dual fan, because they expel hot air from the case.

GentlemanShark 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

At the expense of a hotter GPU that will typically be louder and not boost as long.

anonvx 1 point 26 months ago

louder maybe, hotter only a couple degrees according to linustechtips.

ziethriel 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Wait, I thought the i7-7700k could only use memory up to DDR4-2133/2400

GentlemanShark 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Nah, you can overclock the IMC, some RAM already is configured to do that when put in XMP mode, but can still fail to reach that OC if the IMC can't handle it. However, this can happen in inverse where the memory can't support that speed, but the IMC has a larger overhead.

Dusk359 1 point 27 months ago

This is a great video! I'm actually putting together a similar build, but I noticed the M8Pe drive actually disables 2 SATA connections. Is there a benefit to the M8Pe over a standard SSD other than space?

Egyptian 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

I bought the same motherboard and had problems with CPU temps and the bottom two SATA ports not working at all, did yours have any problems?

Dusk359 2 points 26 months ago

Do you have an M2 drive installed on the mobo? Apparently that disables two SATA ports.

Egyptian 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

No I do not.

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

For CPU temps, what were you seeing? Were you running the latest BIOS?

I doubt we ever actually tested the secondary drive on this build beyond seeing it in the BIOS (we typically only install the OS and any needed games/benchmarks onto the primary drive during our testing).

But as Dusk359 already mentioned, two ports will get disabled with the M.2 drive present. You might just try to other ports to see if that's what you've run into. Each port is also configurable to be enabled/disabled in the BIOS ("SATA and RST Configuration" under the Peripherals section), so you might make sure everything is enabled appropriately.

Egyptian 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Hi thanks for the reply. I ended up sending it back due to the dead SATA ports.

I was seeing 41-49c idle on a i7-6700k, coming from 31c idle on an Asus z170-A board. Probably too much voltage. It was not fixed with the newest Bios, which I flashed before trying any other troubleshooting. Not sure why.

The SATA ports were enabled in the bios, this was one of the first things I checked, and I was not using any of the m.2 ports or anything that would disable them. Both the SATA 1 and 2 were dead, the south-most ports on the board.

Probably not a super common issue, I was just curious if you had any issues, so thanks again for the reply!

DasBassDropz 1 point 26 months ago

can there be time lapse builds

GentlemanShark 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Can anyone clarify this for me? I thought Aorus was a prebuilt line that did mainly laptops, but now they do motherboards that are sold under Gigabyte, but with Aorus branding? I didn't believe that Gigabyte owned them because Gigabyte had their own laptop line up with no Aorus marks. However, is this like Dell and Alienware where Dell has laptops, but so does Alienware even though they are both owned by Dell?

MikeBert 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

https://pcpartpicker.com/user/MikeBert/saved/mBLbvK Here's a better build, with a Wi-Fi adapter included, for $30 less. I didn't want to use the ASUS O8G-GAMING, because it's worse than the MSI GTX 1080 GAMING Z, but there is only a, roughly, $30 or $40 price difference, so, with the MSI GTX 1080 GAMING Z, this would still be a better build than the one you have made. Do not buy into stuff that is sponsored on the main page guys; it's not always the best.

EDIT: I would argue that you don't need 3 TB of storage or 500 GB of SSD storage and that you only need a 2 TB (Max) HDD and a 250 or 256 GB SSD, but i'll keep them here since you have them

Afarzan 1 point 26 months ago

hey i built this computer and it turns on for a few seconds and then powers off.. any help? i already reconnected the power supply cords. if i connect the gtx1080 to a 8pin connector it doesnt turn on but even when i take out the gtx 1080 it shuts off!! it runs for about 20 seconds nd then shuts off and turns back on. please help!

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Sorry to hear you're having issues with your build. I'd recommend posting your question in our Troubleshooting forum to get some help diagnosing the problem.

itzsooty 1 point 26 months ago

I hope the saying, "no question is a stupid question", applies to what I am about to ask, why was the case fan controller not used and the included one was for the aio? I am going to be getting this case and a aio cooler, Corsair H100i v2, and I do not believe it comes with a included fan controller like the Thermaltake does. Am I going to be able to just use the fan controller built into the case or the headers on my mobo, Asus MAXIMUS IX HERO, for the aio fans? I will have five fans total, three 240mm case fans, and the two 120's on the aio.

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

The H110i v2 will have a cable that goes from the CPU block to the motherboard fan/pump header, and a splitter for the two radiator fans to connect to the CPU block. (Example from another recent build where we used the H110i v2).

dominorider2431 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

When are you guys gonna do another build?

iGematriA 1 point 26 months ago

Nice build Boyscout! Really similar to mine except I don't have Corsair PSU, TT AIO Cooler and GTX 1080.

My build is i7 7700k, Corsair H100i v2, Gigabyte Aorus Z270X Gaming 5, EVGA Geforce GTX 1070 FTW, Corsair Vengeance 2x8GB 3200 MHz, EVGA Supernova 750W G2, Intel 600P 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD.

Missing 1 more HDD to add to build, will buy soon :) Loving it so far, Aorus Z270X Gaming series board looks very nice

Megarocket16 1 point 26 months ago

What about Ryzzzzzeeeeennnnnn...

WarpathDC 1 point 25 months ago

If you are gaming, i'd stick with Kaby lake as their single performance still trumps Ryzen, even though Kaby Lake isn't a huge jump at all from Skylake. If you are a streamer or someone who needs more multi core performance then Ryzen is a good chip, so I hear at least.

Megarocket16 1 point 25 months ago

Guess we'll wait for Ryzen 5 and 3 before you can say Kaby lake trumps Ryzen in gaming overall.

mastermike311 1 point 25 months ago

The x370 version of this Gigabyte motherboard has an extra RGB header next to the CPU. The specs say, "1 x CPU cooler LED strip/RGB LED strip extension cable header." Anyone know of a CPU cooler that can actually use this header? I have been looking around and it seems like most of the coolers like the Corsair and NZXT AIOs connect the LEDs through USB.

Here is a link to the specs: http://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/GA-AX370-GAMING-5-rev-10#sp

WarpathDC 1 point 25 months ago

I actually just built this exact same combo, waiting until next week for my 1080ti to come in (impatiently)..

This MOBO is well designed and has given me no problems re: reliability EXCEPT it gives way too much voltage to the i7-7700k. Make sure you flash the bios to F4 on the gigabyte website to drop the vcore (still too high but much better). The bios is pretty crappy IMO, I regret not going with my ASUS I originally held at Microcenter until their DIY guy recommended these new Aorus boards highly. Download the App Center from the website and their are a good bit of apps on there, most importantly EZ Tune which allows you to adjust the power, frequency etc of the CPU and Memory, which you are really limited to do in the bios options. The XMP profile for the RAM is one click, it OC's RAM great. I recommend the G.Skill Trident Z DDR4 3200 with this board.

I am about to tweak my cpu in EZ Tune. If any of you mates have done it already on this chip, let me know, i'd love to get where you found your sweet spots for stock and/or OC on the 7700k.


WarpathDC 1 point 24 months ago

update, DO NOT download the gigabyte app center or any of the their apps, they are complete @#$%. The mobo works great, stick to adjusting ANYTHING from the bios only, including rgb and fans.

trice23 1 point 25 months ago

i just want to ask regarding my curent pc and im asking if what 1060 graphics card i will get for this set up and if i can sli the 1060 graphics with this set up i only have a budget for 1060.

cpu i7 7700k cpu cooler corsair H100i MotherBoard ASUS Z170 Pro gaming Aura graphics card ???? Ram 2x 8GB Corsair Vengeance hdd 2TB SEAGATE SSD 240GB Corsair powersupply 850W corsair case corsair spec alpha

birdieman1288 1 point 25 months ago

Is this a pull configuration with the thermaltake water 3.0 ?

ronhend 1 point 25 months ago

I really like this build and plan on building one for myself. Since it has been a few months and technology has advance a little, I have a couple of questions. 1. Would increasing the memory to 32 gb help much? 2. Would using the newer 1080 it card be better?

I've only done 1 build about 8 years ago and am just getting into gaming, so yes I a newbie.

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

At the moment, 16GB is a pretty decent sweet spot for higher end gaming systems. So unless you'll be doing something memory intensive that calls for more, I'd recommend using those budget dollars elsewhere for now.

The GTX 1080 Ti is looking great so far. But it is also causing a notable price shift for the GTX 1080s. So it comes back to your intended usage (frame rate, resolution goals, etc) versus your budget. What monitor will you be using with the system?

ronhend 1 point 25 months ago

I just completed this build last week. So far it is running well and really fast. I did double the ram, 4x8. Really love the case with the lighting strips. Amazing how fast this machine booths up compared to my previous computers. I haven't gamed with it yet but I'm sure it's going to be great.

These build videos are a great help for folks like me with limited experience, keep up the good work.

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Congrats on your new rig -- and glad to hear we were helpful to you along the way!

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