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Fractal Design Gaming PC Giveaway

BoyScout June 13, 2016

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.

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

Charity:Water Completion Report #6

philip June 7, 2016

Our sixth Charity:Water completion report arrived! Thanks to your support, we were able to fund 7 water projects serving 1,817 people in India.

Here is an interactive map showing the GPS coordinates of all the completed projects we've sponsored to date:

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zqE0c_J1hY48.k8n9g4q57yGw

You can also find our previous completion reports below:

PCPartPicker is supported through affiliate commissions from participating retailers. We are committed to donate a portion of our earnings to charity, because I feel it's the right thing to do - to give back. When you purchase components through retailer links on PCPartPicker you're not only supporting this site, You're helping provide clean water and sanitation to people in need. 100% of donations to Charity:water go directly to the field. (Their administrative costs are funded separately.)

This isn't a gimmick or just for some tax deduction. We do this because it is important to us. We began this when the company started, and we will continue it as long as our company exists.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a part of this and helping make this happen!

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Live Gaming Performance with Overwatch

BoyScout May 31, 2016

The stream is over - thanks everyone for joining us! You can watch a replay of the stream on [Twitch]: Part 1 / Part 2.

Join us Thursday, June 2nd on Twitch at 2pm CDT for some Overwatch game play with live FCAT and performance monitoring.

We'll be using some of our recent builds to test frame rates and temperatures across a variety of processor and GPU options. We'll start off with our $600 i3 / R9 380X / Entry Level Gaming PC, move up to our recent $1250 i5 / GTX 980 PC, and then finish things up on to the $2200 i7 / R9 Fury X PC.

As with our previous live performance benchmark stream, there will likely be a few other graphic cards thrown in upon request (if available).

$1200 Content Creator Build

BoyScout May 26, 2016

For our latest build video, we've put together a budget-conscious content creator system.

This machine is perfect for builders looking to take a more professional approach to rendering and editing by utilizing the power and reliability of a Xeon processor, Quadro GPU, and ECC memory.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Xeon E3-1270 V5 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor $319.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-X150M-PRO ECC Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $133.30 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Kingston ValueRAM 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $44.99 @ Newegg
Memory Kingston ValueRAM 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $44.99 @ Newegg
Storage Sandisk Z400s 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $63.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $82.99 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card PNY Quadro K1200 4GB Video Card $257.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Silverstone PS09B MicroATX Mid Tower Case $38.99 @ Directron
Power Supply Rosewill HIVE 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $64.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1052.22
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-05-26 22:59 EDT-0400

A special thanks to Gigabyte for providing their GA-X150M-PRO ECC motherboard for this build. Additionally, Newegg has created some combo deals around this motherboard and other parts used in this build.

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