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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

$1750 Fractal Design Node 804 Build

BoyScout Aug. 26, 2016

In our latest video, the staff learn the results from our recent giveaway with Fractal Design, and then build the winning system).

A big thanks goes to Fractal Design for hosting the giveaway and providing the case for this build. Another special thanks goes to EVGA who was able to help us get a hold of the GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Superclocked Gaming ACX 3.0 video card.

After you watch the build, be sure to check out Barry's Completed Build write-up, which includes some benchmarks and extra pictures.

As a special bonus, we've also posted a time lapse video of Barry doing the cable management on the build. Enjoy!

PCPartPicker part list

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor $338.99
CPU Cooler CRYORIG A40 83.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $104.45
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z170MX-Gaming 5 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $141.99
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $127.99
Storage Sandisk X400 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $127.99
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Superclocked Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card $649.99
Case Fractal Design Node 804 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $109.99
Power Supply EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.99
Case Accessory NZXT Hue+ LED Controller $59.99
Food Doritos Flavored Tortilla Chips, Party Size Nacho Cheese Food $3.06
Total at time of filming $1744.43

$850 Gaming PC Build

BoyScout Aug. 5, 2016

In our latest video, we assemble a PC based on our Modest Gaming Build Guide, featuring an Radeon RX 480 video card. You can read details on the part selection by checking out the build guide, then check below to see our final part choices after we locked in selections based on the parametric filters.

Update: We've added a Completed Build with more pictures and a few benchmarks.

PCPartPicker part list:

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $199.99
Motherboard ASRock H110M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $53.99
Memory Kingston FURY 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $35.99
Storage OCZ TRION 150 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $65.99
Storage Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $68.99
Video Card XFX Radeon RX 480 8GB Black Edition Video Card $269.99
Case Silverstone PS07B MicroATX Mini Tower Case $71.99
Power Supply Thermaltake Toughpower 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.99
Other SilverStone Sleeved 1-to-2 PWM Fan Splitter Cable (CPF01) $4.99
Total at time of filming $851.91

Our friends at NCIX and Newegg have created some great deals to help make this build your own for a little less cash!

Newegg has put together a SuperCombo based on the same ASRock H110M-DGS motherboard and XFX Radeon RX 480 used in the build video. They swapped out the HDD for a Seagate model and the PSU for a Cooler Master 550W, but otherwise kept the parts shown in the video. The bundle trims the price of the build by $25 compared to what we were able to get at the time of building.

NCIX is offering a bundle for both our US and Canadian users. The bundle, while still following the guide, offers a few changes from the components used in the video by selecting the Gigabyte GA-H110M-A motherboard, 650W Cooler Master PSU and an Intel SSD. After the bundle discount, the total price is within a few dollars of the build shown in the video. For more details, check out the bundles at NCIX Canada and NCIX US.

A big thanks to NCIX and Newegg for making these deals available!

FreeNAS Live Build / Q&A

philip July 27, 2016

Update: The live stream is over. Thanks for everyone who tuned in to watch. If you missed it, you can watch the archive on Twitch.

Another Update: The video is now also available on YouTube with a time index so you can skip to your favorite questions.


Join us Thursday, July 28th at 2pm CST on Twitch for a live FreeNAS build and Q&A. We'll be assembling a small rack-mount FreeNAS build for internal use.

This isn't a sponsored build, so we'll be treating it very informally. Feel free to hop in and chat or ask us any questions (related to the build or not).

For reference, here is the build we'll be assembling:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Integrated with Motherboard -
Motherboard ASRock C2550D4I Mini ITX Atom C2550 Motherboard $285.74 @ Amazon
Memory Crucial 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $89.99 @ Newegg
Storage A-Data Premier Pro SP600 64GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $29.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive $119.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive $119.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive $119.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive $119.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive $119.99 @ Newegg
Case Rosewill RSV-R4000 - 4U Rackmount Server Case $79.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $75.98 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1123.60
Mail-in rebates -$10.00
Total $1124.59
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-07-27 16:48 EDT-0400

Oculus Rift Unboxing

BoyScout July 12, 2016

[Update] The stream is over - thanks everyone for joining us!
If you missed it live, you can watch a replay on Twitch.

[Original] Join us Thursday, July 14th at 2pm CST on Twitch for an unboxing of the Oculus Rift.

We'll check out what's included and then hook it up to our recent MSI X99A Gaming Pro / Gaming X GTX GeForce 1080 build to play a few games.

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