Update: The stream is over. Thanks to everyone who participated. If you weren't able to make it during the live stream, you can still watch the archive on Twitch.tv.
Update: Due to unforeseen circumstances, we're moving the live stream from Thursday to Friday this week. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Here's the part list:
|CPU||Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor||$219.99 @ Newegg|
|CPU Cooler||be quiet! Dark Rock 3 67.8 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler||$56.00 @ NCIX US|
|Motherboard||Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard||$137.98 @ Newegg|
|Memory||G.Skill TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory||$89.99 @ Newegg|
|Storage||Samsung 850 Pro Series 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive||$413.45 @ B&H|
|Storage||Toshiba P300 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive||$88.99 @ Newegg|
|Video Card||Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 8GB G1 Gaming Video Card||$399.99 @ B&H|
|Case||Corsair Crystal 460X RGB ATX Mid Tower Case||$139.99 @ Corsair|
|Power Supply||Corsair 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply||$122.69 @ Amazon|
NZXT sent us their new Kraken X62 CPU cooler, Aer RGB case fans, a Hue+ and some accessories to tie all that RGB goodness together inside their new S340 Elite case. We took one look at the case's front panel HDMI port and decided we needed to build the ultimate NZXT VR-Ready Gaming PC.
Entry period for the NZXT giveaway is open through 12/31/2016. Open worldwide where not prohibited. Must be 13 years of age or older to enter. Check the giveaway page for complete details on the prize as well as the full terms and conditions for entry.
A huge thanks to NZXT for providing their components for this build and for putting together this fun giveaway!
|CPU||Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor||$299.99|
|CPU Cooler||NZXT Kraken X62 Liquid CPU Cooler||$159.99|
|Motherboard||MSI Z170A KRAIT GAMING 3X ATX LGA1151 Motherboard||$129.99|
|Memory||Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory||$124.99|
|Storage||Sandisk X400 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive||$144.99|
|Video Card||Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Xtreme Gaming Premium Pack Video Card||$659.99|
|Case||NZXT S340 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case||$99.99|
|Power Supply||EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply||$89.99|
|Case Fan||NZXT Aer RGB120 (3-pack) 61.4 CFM 120mm Fans||$79.99|
|Case Accessory||NZXT Hue+ LED Controller||$59.99|
|Case Accessory||NZXT Internal USB Hub||$24.99|
|Total at time of filming||$1874.89|
The S340 Elite gives some great options for keeping your cables looking clean, even when it's loaded with accessories. Check out the time lapse video of Barry managing the cables after the system boot test was done:
Looking to assemble a gaming PC on a budget? We've put together a build video based on this month's Entry Level Gaming Build Guide using Corsair's brand new Carbide 270R mid tower case.
A big thanks to Corsair for providing the case for use in this build.
|CPU||Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor||$104.99|
|Motherboard||ASRock B150M Pro4S Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard||$68.99|
|Memory||Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory||$50.98|
|Storage||PNY CS1311 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive||$64.99|
|Video Card||Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Mini Video Card||$138.99|
|Case||Corsair 270R ATX Mid Tower Case||$69.00|
|Power Supply||SeaSonic 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply||$62.99|
After the build boots up, there's still work to do -- watch our time lapse of Barry managing the cables.
Fractal Design announced their new Define C and Define Mini C cases today. They were kind enough to send us the windowed version of the Define Mini C to check out, so we decided to build an $850 Intel Core i5-6500 / GeForce GTX 1060 gaming system to put it through its paces.
PCPartPicker part list
|CPU||Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor||$194.88|
|CPU Cooler||CRYORIG C7 40.5 CFM CPU Cooler||$29.88|
|Motherboard||ASRock H170M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard||$70.98|
|Memory||Kingston FURY 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory||$43.88|
|Storage||Crucial MX300 525GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive||$124.99|
|Video Card||PNY GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB Video Card||$234.98|
|Case||Fractal Design Define Mini C with Window MicroATX Mid Tower Case||$79.99|
|Power Supply||Fractal Design Integra M 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply||$59.99|
|Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts|
|Total at time of filming||$839.57|
Be sure to check out our Completed Build write-up for some more pictures and benchmarks.
And don't forget to watch just how easy the cable management went in the Define Mini C, in our latest time lapse video:
A big thanks to Fractal Design for providing the case and power supply used in this build.
To help celebrate the 10th anniversary of Republic of Gamers, ASUS recently sent us hardware to showcase 4K gameplay as well as their Aura Sync RGB lighting using the new Rampage V Edition 10 and GeForce GTX 1080 8GB STRIX GPU. Check out the build video above, then follow the links below for additional bonus content, including some 4K game play benchmarks.
|CPU||Intel Core i7-6850K 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor|
|CPU Cooler||Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing RGB 360 40.6 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler|
|Motherboard||Asus Rampage V Edition 10 EATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard|
|Memory||Avexir ROG Impact 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2666 Memory|
|Memory||Avexir ROG Impact 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2666 Memory|
|Storage||OCZ RD400A 256GB PCI-E Solid State Drive|
|Storage||Western Digital WD Black 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive|
|Video Card||Asus GeForce GTX 1080 8GB STRIX Video Card|
|Case||Thermaltake Core V71 ATX Full Tower Case|
|Power Supply||SeaSonic PRIME 850W 80+ Titanium Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply|
|Monitor||Asus PG27AQ 27.0" 60Hz Monitor|
|Other||CableMod SE-Series Premium Cable Kit|
|Other||CableMod ModFlex™ SATA 3 Cable – RED|
|Other||CableMod ModFlex™ Power Cord|
|Other||CableMod ModFlex™ Cat 6 Ethernet Cable – 2m – RED|
|Other||CableMod WideBeam Magnetic RGB LED Strip* – 30cm x2|
|Other||CableMod WideBeam Magnetic RGB LED Strip* – 60cm x2|
A big thanks to ASUS, Thermaltake, Cablemod, Avexir, OCZ, SeaSonic, and Western Digital for providing all the components used in this build.