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Kaby Lake Build - MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon / i5-7600K

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BoyScout Jan. 6, 2017

For the Kaby Lake / Z270 release, MSI sent us their new Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon and an i5-7600K. Watch as we build with it in Thermaltake's Core P3 open / wall mountable case.

A big thanks to MSI for providing the motherboard and processor as well as to Thermaltake for providing the case used in this build.

PCPartPicker part list

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor $249.99
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $96.99
Motherboard MSI Z270 GAMING PRO CARBON ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $174.99
Memory Team Dark 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $84.99
Storage Intel 600p Series 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $179.99
Storage Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $68.50
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 1070 8GB QUICK SILVER OC Video Card $449.99
Case Thermaltake Core P3 ATX Mid Tower Case $119.99
Power Supply SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $69.99
Other CableMod® WideBeam™ Magnetic LED Strip RGB - 30cm $19.99
Total at time of Filming $1515.41

If you 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 how Barry cleaned things up for the final look:

Comments Sorted by:

Jerome54 4 points 12 days ago

I think I found my CPU/MOBO/GPU combo for the next MSI giveaway!!! :-D

@Barry: great job on that spaghetti management!!! ;-)

edit: I actually prefer the mITX version from MSI.

ocburger26 3 points 11 days ago

Does Barry have OCD?

Enrico411 1 point 12 days ago

Great vids and build to start the new year!

Looking forward to more ;)

Gooberdad 7 Builds 1 point 12 days ago

Nice job. Get that CPU 82C temp figured out?

BoyScout staff submitter 6 Builds 2 points 12 days ago

Not yet -- I'll recheck the temps we recorded on Monday.

Gooberdad 7 Builds 1 point 12 days ago

Sweet. I'll bet it's something simple.

dominorider2431 1 Build 1 point 12 days ago

Love it

Mason54 11 Builds 1 point 12 days ago

Open air cases are the best! The P series looks really nice and thery come in black white, or for the P5, green

AJD8907 1 point 12 days ago

Trying to put together a build and not getting any memory come up in the compatibility filter, is this because it is such a new product?

Matthewtina2015 1 point 12 days ago

maybe you have a LGA1151 board that supports DDR3L. Sky lake supports DDR3L and DDR4 but afaik Kabylake only supports DDR4

AJD8907 1 point 11 days ago

Its a z270 board, and a DDR4 kit selected. Also using the same cpu

Matthewtina2015 1 point 11 days ago

List please?

Matthewtina2015 1 point 11 days ago

Hm... that's strange. Maybe ask one of the staff?

BoyScout staff submitter 6 Builds 1 point 11 days ago

Sorry about that -- was an error on the valid memory speeds for that motherboard. Should be fixed now.

illsigvo 1 point 9 days ago
Matthewtina2015 1 point 9 days ago

My bad, thank you

SpiffyJUNIOR 1 point 12 days ago

I wish a had a decent build... ;-;

GentlemanShark 1 Build 1 point 11 days ago

You can probably get that CPU up to close to 5ghz.

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 11 days ago

If it was cherry picked probably..

GentlemanShark 1 Build 1 point 11 days ago

I hope not, but we will see. I hope AHOC makes a video about it.

Skyrim 1 point 11 days ago

Great Job. Though the case had mob stuff to join. It would have taken me hours to finally finish it. Now its just a snap.

Jeuloth 1 Build 1 point 10 days ago

PLEASE! What is the thing that allows them to rotate their GPU 90 degrees... I want that badly. If someone could link me the part for the Pcie adapter/ and or the mounting device i would be eternally grateful

BoyScout staff submitter 6 Builds 2 points 10 days ago

This case includes brackets for mounting the GPU in the typical horizontal position or vertically as we did in the video. While it wasn't really planned, we've actually done two Thermaltake case builds with vertical mounts recently (this one and December's Feature build). Thermaltake sells a special PCI-Express Riser Extension Cable for taking advantage of this feature, but it won't do you any good on it's own if the case you select doesn't have a supporting bracket for vertical mounting.

SirMints 2 Builds 1 point 9 days ago

Do those riser extension cables increase chances of performance loss or bottlenecking of any kind? I tried to do some research into it but the internet is a place of a terrifying amount of opinions... It seems like results imply there's little/no impact? Is that right?

BoyScout staff submitter 6 Builds 2 points 9 days ago

As long as it's a shielded extension cable like the one we are using here, I wouldn't expect anything notable in performance changes.

Most of the concerns I've seen mentioned with risers/extension cables relate to poorly constructed or mishandled cables (harshly bent, etc) causing damage that makes the GPU act flaky and/or crash. In the two systems we've used these Thermaltake risers, we haven't seen any such issues, but we were also pretty careful to avoid tight bends or anything which might compromise the integrity of the cable.

surfinguru 1 point 10 days ago

Why not use velcro for cable management? Did that on my last build, much faster and cleaner IMO.

BoyScout staff submitter 6 Builds 1 point 10 days ago

We mostly use zip ties as a mixture of preference and practicality. Velcro can certainly get the job done and it's nice when cases have those nice built-in velcro straps to help with the main bulk of cables (see the Fractal Design Define Mini C build for a great example of how it can sometimes make things really easy). It's also handy if you're changing components relatively often.

The downsides of going with velcro are that it adds a bit of thickness and is a much more visible when you are done. The visibility being more of an issue or the front of the case, while the thickness becomes an issue (depending on the depth available) on the backside of many cases. Zip ties can do some much tighter cable pulls for tight spaces.

That said, use what you are comfortable with and works in your build! Hopefully Barry's cable management videos give you some good ideas for how you might route things, regardless of your tie preference. :)

Ashkanar 1 point 7 days ago

Some M.2-2280/Mobo combo's disable one of the 6Gb SATA ports, is that the case here? It doubt it will be an issue to most but useful to know.

BoyScout staff submitter 6 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

Correct, each of the M.2 slots on this board share bandwidth with a corresponding 6GB SATA port that will be disabled if the M.2 slot is populated. (You should get an informational warning about this situation when adding the motherboard to your part list.)

parham_aliev 1 point 2 days ago

I like computers which are not fully closed so it gives me an advantage since I can change parts easily.