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Kaby Lake Build - Gigabyte Z270X Gaming 7 / i7-7700K

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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 15 points 7 days ago

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

Nice work too :)

TheIbbyTron 1 point 7 days ago


ShriyansM 1 point 7 days ago

Do you speak for the trees?

Pie901 1 point 1 day ago

I am the horax and I shall SPEAK FOR THE TREES!!!

BoyScout staff submitter 6 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

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

Z3DM4N 5 Builds 2 points 5 days ago


RaspberryPiFan 10 Builds 0 points 7 days ago

Not everything needs to be a giveaway.

FreeWayPineapple 1 Build 10 points 7 days ago


WirelessCables 3 points 7 days 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...

redmercury9 1 Build 3 points 7 days ago

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

BoyScout staff submitter 6 Builds 3 points 7 days 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 6 days ago

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

ziggurat666 3 Builds 2 points 7 days 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.

GoodGamingPC 21 Builds 2 points 7 days ago

Worth it for the bios logo alone :)

syg101 1 Build 2 points 5 days ago

but can it run crysis?

Omnislash89 5 Builds 2 points 13 hours 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.

Matthewtina2015 1 point 7 days ago


Gooberdad 7 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

Good job. Makes that case look magical.

Specter-Builds 1 point 7 days ago

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

felohany 1 point 7 days ago

why did the build got removed from the complete builds

BoyScout staff submitter 6 Builds 1 point 6 days ago

It should be back up now. Sorry about that.

felohany 1 point 6 days ago

server error?

BoyScout staff submitter 6 Builds 1 point 6 days ago

More likely an accidental button press. :)

WirelessCables 1 point 3 days ago

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

* Staff members proceed to stare at floor *
BoyScout staff submitter 6 Builds 1 point 3 days ago

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

TheGumeroo 1 point 6 days 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 6 Builds 1 point 6 days 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 6 days ago

ok thanks I just it figured out :)

Jinx83 1 point 5 days 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 14 hours 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 point 3 hours ago

good point maybe I should move mine

alfa42 1 point 4 days 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 point 2 days ago

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

Mrwolfx541 1 point 2 days 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 1 day 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/

KniHowChowCow 1 point 10 hours 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


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