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Fractal Design Define Mini C Gaming PC Build

BoyScout Nov. 2, 2016

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

Type Item Price
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.

ASUS ROG 10th Anniversary Build

BoyScout Oct. 25, 2016

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.

 
PCPartPicker part list

Type Item
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

 

Additional Content

 

A big thanks to ASUS, Thermaltake, Cablemod, Avexir, OCZ, SeaSonic, and Western Digital for providing all the components used in this build.

$1300 Gaming PC Build

BoyScout Oct. 3, 2016

This week's build video is based on our "Excellent Gaming" build guide. Be sure to check below for the complete part list and deals based on the components used in this video!

We also have a time lapse video showing how the cable management was finished up:

Be sure to check out the Completed Build write-up as well, which includes more pictures and some benchmarks.

A special thanks to Gigabyte for providing their GeForce GTX 1070 8GB G1 Gaming Video Card and to Corsair for providing their Carbide 400C Case and H100i v2 Liquid CPU Cooler for us to use in this build.

PCPartPicker part list

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $227.99
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $96.99
Motherboard ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $118.89
Memory GeIL EVO POTENZA 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $62.99
Storage Kingston SSDNow UV400 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $109.99
Storage Toshiba P300 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $99.98
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 8GB G1 Gaming Video Card $428.89
Case Corsair Carbide 400C White ATX Mid Tower Case $99.99
Power Supply SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $78.98
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total at time of filming $1324.69

 

Our friends at NCIX and Newegg have put together some bundles around the parts used in this video and the "Excellent Gaming" build guide. If you're considering building this system, be sure to check them out!

ASUS ROG Giveaway

BoyScout Sept. 28, 2016

Update 14-Oct: The entry period has ended. ASUS is working on selecting and verifying a winner. As soon as they can confirm the winners, we'll update again!

Update 2 @12:10PM CST: ASUS has selected two winners, Babel775 and Gabe H. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who entered!

Original Announcement:

Our friends at ASUS have put together a fun giveaway including an ASUS ROG motherboard and graphics card.

Check out the prizes below then head over to the giveaway page to enter!

First Prize:

Second Prize:

Entry period begins September 28th, 2016 and ends on October 13th, 2016 at 8PM PST. Must be 18 years or older and a legal resident of the United States or Canada. Be sure to check full eligibility requirements, terms and conditions on the giveaway page.

A big thanks to ASUS, CableMod, Thermaltake and OCZ for making this giveaway possible!

Pick Your Favorite MSI Components Giveaway

BoyScout Aug. 31, 2016

Update, Sept 13 @7:55AM: The entry period is closed -- thanks to everyone who entered! We'll post another update once MSI has drawn and validated the winning entries.

Update, Sept 13 @3:00PM: We are pleased to announce the two winners of the MSI Pick Your Favorites Giveaway!

The first winner is m00f:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $324.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler $88.33 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI Z170A GAMING M9 ACK ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $384.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill Aegis 64GB (4 x 16GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $254.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 Pro Series 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive $418.99 @ Newegg
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Founders Edition Video Card $699.89 @ OutletPC
Case Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case $109.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply SeaSonic 1050W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $207.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2490.16

 

and the second winner is: MilkandNerd

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $324.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler NZXT Kraken X61 106.1 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $114.99 @ B&H
Motherboard MSI Z170A GAMING M5 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $172.88 @ OutletPC
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury Black 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $65.99 @ B&H
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $156.99 @ Amazon
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GAMING X 8G Video Card (2-Way SLI) $719.88 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GAMING X 8G Video Card (2-Way SLI) $719.88 @ OutletPC
Case NZXT S340 (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case $66.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $109.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $2462.58
Mail-in rebates -$10.00
Total $2452.58

 

Congratulations to the winners and thanks again to everyone for participating. A big thanks again goes to MSI for making this fun giveaway happen!

 

Original Post:

MSI is giving away two PCPartPicker part lists based around their motherboards and video cards, valued up to $2500 (US). What parts will you pick?

How it works: Create your part list with a CPU, CPU Cooler, Motherboard, Memory, Storage, Video Card, Case, and Power Supply. The Motherboard and Video Card must be MSI components. Then head over to the giveaway page, fill out the required form with your email address and the PCPartPicker part list permalink to enter.

Entries open September 1, 2016 and close on September 12, 2016. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Two winners will be randomly selected from the entries and announced via social media by MSI after the contest closes. All parts should be currently available (with prices) on PCPartPicker. Sorry, no custom parts! The giveaway is open internationally, but the part list should be made using the US version of PCPartPicker.

Be sure to check the entry page for full the terms and conditions.

A big thanks to our friends at MSI for putting together and hosting this awesome giveaway!

Enter Here: Pick Your Favorite MSI Components Giveaway

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