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FreeNAS Live Build / Q&A

philip July 27, 2016

Join us Thursday, July 28th at 2pm CST for a live FreeNAS build and Q&A. We'll be assembling a small rack-mount FreeNAS build for internal use.

This isn't a sponsored build, so we'll be treating it very informally. Feel free to hop in and chat or ask us any questions (related to the build or not).

For reference, here is the build we'll be assembling:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Integrated with Motherboard -
Motherboard ASRock C2550D4I Mini ITX Atom C2550 Motherboard $285.74 @ Amazon
Memory Crucial 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $89.99 @ Newegg
Storage A-Data Premier Pro SP600 64GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $29.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive $119.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive $119.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive $119.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive $119.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive $119.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $75.98 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1091.65
Mail-in rebates -$10.00
Total $1081.65
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-07-27 16:48 EDT-0400

Oculus Rift Unboxing

BoyScout July 12, 2016

[Update] The stream is over - thanks everyone for joining us!
If you missed it live, you can watch a replay on Twitch.

[Original] Join us Thursday, July 14th at 2pm CST on Twitch for an unboxing of the Oculus Rift.

We'll check out what's included and then hook it up to our recent MSI X99A Gaming Pro / Gaming X GTX GeForce 1080 build to play a few games.

$1000 Great Gaming Build

BoyScout June 24, 2016

In our latest video, we put together a PC based on this month's Great Gaming Build Guide, including a GeForce GTX 1070 video card!

You can read details on the part selection by checking out the build guide and check below to see our final part choices after we locked in selections based on the parametric filters.

[Update] We've posted a completed build to share some more pictures and a few benchmarks results for the build.

PCPartPicker part list:

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $197.99
Motherboard MSI B150M BAZOOKA Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $69.99
Memory Team Dark 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $61.99
Storage Sandisk Z400s 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $64.88
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $64.95
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Founders Edition Video Card $449.99
Case Thermaltake Core V21 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $58.99
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $74.99
Total at time of filming $1043.77

This month, two retailers have graciously offered up deals based on this guide. Our friends at NCIX and Newegg have put together some great deals to help make this build your own for a little less cash!

Note: Since the GeForce GTX 1070 has limited availability, these deals are based on our guide, but without the GPU unless otherwise noted. You can still get a great deal on the core components, then select your video card based on what might be available at the time you purchase.

First up, NCIX is offering a bundle based around the Gigabyte GA-B150M-DS3H motherboard. It's available from both NCIX Canada and NCIX US now through July 31st, 2016!

Next, Newegg has put together a SuperCombo based on the MSI B150M BAZOOKA. They are offering a version of the SuperCombo with and without the EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Founders Edition graphics card and these deals are available now through September 30, 2016! Newegg SuperCombo with GTX 1070 | Newegg SuperCombo without the GTX 1070

A big thanks to NCIX and Newegg for making these deals available!

Additionally, we want to give a special thanks to MSI for providing the MSI B150M BAZOOKA motherboard we selected to use for this build.

Fractal Design Gaming PC Giveaway

BoyScout June 13, 2016

Update 5: We have a winner! Please join us in congratulating Ben M. for winning the giveaway! And the most popular part list that he won? Barry's Node 804 Build! Well picked, Barry. And another huge thanks to Fractal Design for providing this awesome giveaway!

Earlier Updates:

Update 1: The entry period for the giveaway has ended. Fractal Design is tabulating the results and will announce the winner once they are confirmed. If you entered, be sure to watch your email!

Update 2: The first contacted winner failed to respond and so a second entrant was drawn. Be sure to double check your email (and spam/junk folder)! The second entrant only has until Sunday night at 10 PM Central Time to respond before a new winner will be drawn!

Update 3: As some have seen or deduced, the second drawn entrant didn't respond in time -- so another name has been drawn and has 48 hours to confirm. Be sure to check your email again!

Update 4: Another update, another name drawn. We're waiting to hear back on drawn entry #4 now. Recheck those email inboxes and spam folders!

Original Announcement: Philip, Ryan and Barry have picked parts for what they each believe is the best gaming PC under $1750 using a Fractal Design case. Which one do you think is the best?

We're letting you vote to decide, then our friends at Fractal Design are going to pick one lucky grand prize winner to receive the hardware to build their own version of the most popular system!

After you complete the required actions (including your vote!), there are optional bonus actions to gain additional entries, so be sure to check them out.

Click here to cast your vote and enter the giveaway
Open worldwide. Void where prohibited. See the giveaway page for terms and conditions.

Below you can find each part list to help make your informed decision, but don't take too long to decide -- entries close on June 28, 2016.

Philip's Define Nano S Build

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $249.99
CPU Cooler CRYORIG H5 Ultimate 76.0 CFM CPU Cooler $46.99
Motherboard Asus Z170I PRO GAMING Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard $159.99
Memory Kingston ValueRAM 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $116.99
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $300.79
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Superclocked Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card $649.99
Case Fractal Design Define Nano S Mini ITX Desktop Case $64.99
Power Supply SeaSonic 660W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $126.99
Total $1716.72

  Barry's Node 804 Build

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $338.99
CPU Cooler CRYORIG A40 83.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $104.45
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z170MX-Gaming 5 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $141.99
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $127.99
Storage Sandisk X400 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $127.99
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Superclocked Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card $649.99
Case Fractal Design Node 804 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $109.99
Power Supply EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.99
Case Accessory NZXT Hue+ LED Controller $59.99
Food Doritos Flavored Tortilla Chips, Party Size Nacho Cheese Food $3.06
Total $1744.43

  Ryan's Node 304 Part List

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $338.99
CPU Cooler Corsair H80i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $86.99
Motherboard Asus Z170I PRO GAMING Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard $159.99
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $52.99
Storage Samsung 850 EVO 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $167.99
Storage Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $82.99
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Founders Edition Video Card $699.99
Case Fractal Design Node 304 Mini ITX Tower Case $79.99
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA GS 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $74.99
Total $1744.91

A big thanks to Fractal Design for teaming up with us to do this giveaway!

Live Stream: MSI X99A and GTX 1080 VR Gaming Build

BoyScout June 11, 2016

[Update] The stream is over - thanks everyone for joining us! If you missed it live, you can watch a replay on Twitch or YouTube. We've also posted some bonus footage showing some overclocking benchmarks as well as configuration options for the motherboard.

**[Update 2] We've created a Completed Build with more pictures and benchmarks.

Join us Thursday, June 16 at 2pm Central time for our weekly live stream on Twitch. This week we have the new MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon motherboard and GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X 8GB video card to put together a high end VR gaming system.

We'll build the system and run it through some quick tests using the HTC Vive. Special thanks to MSI for providing the motherboard and GPU for this week's build!

PCPartPicker part list

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6850K 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor $628.00 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $99.99 @ Micro Center
Motherboard MSI X99A GAMING PRO CARBON ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard $329.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Avexir Blitz1.1 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $85.98 @ Newegg
Memory Avexir Blitz1.1 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $85.98 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 950 PRO 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $317.99 @ SuperBiiz
Storage Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $82.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GAMING X 8G Video Card $724.98 @ Newegg
Case Inwin 303 Black ATX Mid Tower Case $96.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair RMx 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $99.99 @ Newegg
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition 39.9 CFM 120mm Fan $15.95 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition (2-Pack) 39.9 CFM 120mm Fans $25.88 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Corsair Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition (2-Pack) 62.7 CFM 120mm Fans $21.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2616.59
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