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BitFenix Portal / MSI Z270 / GTX 1080 Ti mITX Live Build

BoyScout April 25, 2017

Update The stream is over. Thanks to everyone who joined us! If you missed the stream live, you can watch the archive on Twitch and we'll upload a summary archive on YouTube next week.

We have one more small form factor (SFF) gaming PC left to build ahead of our trip to DreamHack's BYOC LAN party.

This time we'll use an i7-7700K and a GTX 1080 Ti with MSI's Z270I Gaming Pro Carbon motherboard all squeezed inside the new BitFenix Portal. Join us on Twitch.tv this Thursday, April 27th at 2PM CDT to see it come together!

If you can't watch live, check back and we'll update this post with a link to the archive on Twitch (same day) and YouTube (the following week).

A special thanks to BitFenix for providing the case and MSI for providing the motherboard for this build.

PCPartPicker part list

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $339.99
CPU Cooler Deepcool CAPTAIN 120EX WHITE 76.5 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $79.99
Motherboard MSI Z270I GAMING PRO CARBON AC Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard $169.99
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $123.99
Storage Corsair Force MP500 480GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $254.99
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Gaming OC 11G Video Card $699.99
Case BitFenix Portal (White/Windowed) Mini ITX Tower Case $139.99
Power Supply Corsair SF 600W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular SFX Power Supply $119.99
Total at time of filming $1928.92 (USD)

ASRock Z270 SuperCarrier Build

BoyScout April 24, 2017

ASRock offered us their new Z270 SuperCarrier, so we decided to put together a high-end Kaby Lake system to show it off. Watch the build video to see how it came together and check below for the Cable Management Time Lapse video to see how Barry cleaned things up after the build.

We've also posted a Completed Build write-up with more pictures and benchmarks.

A big thanks to ASRock for providing the motherboard and NZXT for providing the CPU cooler used in this build.

PCPartPicker part list

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $329.99
CPU Cooler NZXT Kraken X52 Liquid CPU Cooler $139.99
Motherboard ASRock Z270 SuperCarrier ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $364.99
Memory Team Dark 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $109.99
Memory Team Dark 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $109.99
Storage Samsung 960 EVO 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $249.99
Storage Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $81.99
Video Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Founders Edition Video Card (2-Way SLI) $549.99
Video Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Founders Edition Video Card (2-Way SLI) $549.99
Case Anidees AI Crystal (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $139.99
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G3 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $109.99
Other ZOTAC SLI HB Bridge 2 Slot Designed for ZOTAC Geforce GTX 10 Series Graphics Cards $39.99
Total at time of filming $2776.88

Inwin 901 Mini ITX Live Build

BoyScout April 20, 2017

Update: The live stream is over. Thanks to everyone who joined the fun! If you missed it, you can watch the archive on Twitch.tv. (The YouTube archive should be available early next week.)

Inwin sent us their 901 Mini-ITX case and Classic Series 750W PSU to help keep our series of Dreamhack Small Form Factor (SFF) builds going! Join us as we build it live via Twitch.tv on Friday, April 21 at 2PM CDT.

PCPartPicker part list

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $345.99
CPU Cooler CRYORIG C1 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler $64.99
Motherboard Asus ROG STRIX Z270i GAMING Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard $169.99
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $124.99
Storage Western Digital Black 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $199.99
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB SC2 Gaming iCX Video Card $569.99
Case Inwin 901 Mini ITX Tower Case $159.99
Power Supply Inwin Classic 750W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $145.99
Case Fan Corsair HD120 RGB 3-Pack w/Controller 54.4 CFM 120mm Fans $89.99
Other CableMod Basic Cable Extension Kit - 8+6 Pin Series - White $34.95
Total $1906.86

$1600 Gaming PC Build - ASRock X370 Fatal1ty Gaming K4 / Ryzen 7 1700

BoyScout March 31, 2017

Our latest build video is a $1600 (USD) Gaming PC based on our "Enthusiast" Gaming / AMD Ryzen Build Guide. A special thanks to ASRock for providing the motherboard and Corsair for providing the case used in this build.

PCPartPicker part list

Type Item Price
CPU AMD RYZEN 7 1700 3.0GHz 8-Core Processor $329.99
Motherboard ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Gaming K4 ATX AM4 Motherboard $149.99
Memory Avexir Blitz1.1 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $129.99
Storage Western Digital Blue 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $264.99
Video Card PNY GeForce GTX 1080 8GB XLR8 Video Card $502.97
Case Corsair Crystal 460X RGB ATX Mid Tower Case $129.99
Power Supply Thermaltake Toughpower 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.99
Total at time of filming $1587.91

Looking to build something similar? Check out the original Build Guide

Want to see some benchmarks and pictures of the final build? Take a look at the Completed Build.

Curious how the cables were cleaned up? Watch Barry work his magic:

Asus CROSSHAIR VI HERO / AMD Ryzen 7 1800X Live Build

BoyScout March 23, 2017

Update: The live stream is over. Thanks to everyone who joined the fun! If you missed it, you can watch the archive on Twitch.tv.

Update 2: The archive is now also available on YouTube. Additionally, we've posted a cable management video which is linked below.

Join us on Twitch, Thursday, March 23 at 2PM CDT for our next live build. Asus sent us their latest X370 motherboard and two STRIX RX 480s to help us put together an AMD Ryzen system using the top of the line R7 CPU.

We'll be building in the new BitFenix Shogun case. We also picked up the new TridentZ RGB memory from G.Skill, which when combined with Asus Aura support on the motherboard, GPUs, and case will give us complete synchronized control of the lighting across the entire system.

A big thanks to Asus for providing the motherboard and video cards to help make this build possible.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD RYZEN 7 1800X 3.6GHz 8-Core Processor $498.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Corsair H110i 113.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $114.00 @ Newegg
Motherboard Asus CROSSHAIR VI HERO ATX AM4 Motherboard $248.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill TridentZ RGB 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $299.99 @ Newegg
Storage Corsair Force MP500 480GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $254.99 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung 850 Pro Series 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $465.00 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung 850 Pro Series 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $465.00 @ Amazon
Video Card Asus Radeon RX 480 8GB ROG STRIX Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) $244.99 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card Asus Radeon RX 480 8GB ROG STRIX Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) $244.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case BitFenix Shogun ATX Mid Tower Case $128.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G3 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $119.99 @ Jet
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $3095.92
Mail-in rebates -$10.00
Total at time of filming $3085.92

In case you miss it, the full live stream will be archived on Twitch shortly after the broadcast and will also be made available in summary form on our YouTube channel the following week.

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