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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.

Live Stream: $600 Entry Level Gaming Build

BoyScout May 24, 2016

The stream is over - thanks everyone for joining us!

Join us Thursday at 2pm Central time for our weekly live stream on Twitch, where we'll be putting together a system based on this month's Entry Level Gaming build guide.

You can read the details on our part selection by checking out the build guide and check below to see our final part choices after we locked in selections based on the parametric filters.

NCIX has kindly put together a bundle including most of the parts used in this build. The bundle should be available through the June 25 on both NCIX Canada and NCIX US.

Our thanks to Gigabyte for providing both the motherboard and GPU based on our selections for this build!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $110.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H110M-S2HP Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $61.38 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $30.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $61.99 @ NCIX US
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 380X 4GB WINDFORCE 2X Video Card $223.98 @ Newegg
Case Corsair Carbide SPEC-M2 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $49.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Thermaltake Toughpower 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $73.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $623.21
Mail-in rebates -$10.00
Total $613.21

Charity:Water Completion Report #5

philip May 12, 2016

Our fifth Charity:Water completion report arrived! Thanks to your support, we were able to fund 7 water projects serving 7,361 people in Malawi, Africa.

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. It is my commitment that we donate a portion of our earnings to charity. When you purchase components through retailer links on PCPartPicker, you're not only supporting this site - you're also helping provide clean water and sanitation to people in need. Seriously, thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for being a part of this and helping us make this happen!

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Asus Q&A Live Stream

philip May 9, 2016

The stream is over - thanks everyone for joining us!

Join us on Twitch at Tuesday, May 10th at 2pm CDT for a live stream with JJ from Asus! Topics to cover include future X99 CPUs and Asus' next generation of X99 motherboards.

Feel free to post your questions for JJ below, or in the chat during the stream.

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