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BoyScout Dec. 15, 2016

Our latest featured build video is based on our "Enthusiast Gaming" build guide. Check below for the complete part list and a special Newegg combo based on the components recommended in the guide and video!

A special thanks to our friends at MSI for providing the Z170A Tomahawk AC Motherboard for us to use in this video.

Want to see how Barry managed to get such a clean-looking final build? Check out our time lapse of his cable management process:

Be sure to also check out the Completed Build, which includes more pictures and some benchmarks.

PCPartPicker part list

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $229.99
CPU Cooler Deepcool CAPTAIN 240 EX 153.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $79.99
Motherboard MSI Z170A Tomahawk AC ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $124.99
Memory Avexir Core Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $69.99
Storage Plextor M8Pe 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $199.99
Storage Hitachi Ultrastar 7K3000 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $79.99
Video Card PNY GeForce GTX 1080 8GB XLR8 Video Card $609.99
Case Thermaltake View 27 ATX Mid Tower Case $69.99
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $74.99
Other Thermaltake CORE P5 PCI-Express 16X 3.0 Shielded Black Riser Flexible Extension Cable $29.99
Total at time of filming $1569.90

 

Newegg has put together a SuperCombo based on our "Enthusiast Gaming" build guide and this video. If you're considering building a system based around this guide, make sure to check it out!

Update: The original SuperCombo above is no longer available, but Newegg has kindly made an alternate SuperCombo that is even closer to our build video components. A big thanks to them for making this offer available!

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GentlemanShark 1 Build 9 points 2 months ago

I got you this time Jipster! Oh, and cool blog post I guess :P

jipster69 4 Builds 9 points 2 months ago

Well played Sir...

lets see if you can stay on top ;-)

WirelessCables 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

LETS SEE IF YOU CAN STAY ON TOP ;-)

Muahahahahahahahahahaha...
Yahtadi 1 point 2 months ago

Wkwkwkwkwkwkw thats how we laught

souleet MSI 3 points 2 months ago

MSI Pick Your Holiday Dream PC Giveaway coming soon.

STAY TUNED>>>>

jipster69 4 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

HORY SHET! That MoBo would look beautiful in Boreas

AwesomeBuilderXE1901 3 Builds 3 points 2 months ago

Yep it would. But Boreas is AMD ..... hahaha!

jipster69 4 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

That is easily remedied...

WirelessCables 1 Build 3 points 2 months ago

Boreas : But I get cold in the winter...

Jipster : But that Tomahawk AC motherboard would look so good...

Boreas : ...

Bores : Fine.

Jipster : I can get better overclocks anyway, with a lower TDP

AMD Representative : [To engineering team] SEE? THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU IDIOTS DON'T RELEASE ZEN ON TIME! YOU'RE FIRED!!!

AwesomeBuilderXE1901 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Uhh... I don't think AMD would fire it's most talented engineers. Also, Zen is ready, AMD's top brass isn't releasing it now for some reason.

WirelessCables 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Uhh... I don't think AMD would fire it's most talented engineers.

I know. =D Just a joke.

Also, Zen is ready, AMD's top brass isn't releasing it now for some reason.

Still a joke

SK6Blue 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

most likely trying to raise the stock production clock.... 3.4 simply wont cut it(at least for gamers) unless its priced even lower than the optimisticly low guesses we have seen. an 8 core 16 thread barely beating the 4 core 8 thread intel chip in highly multi thread based tasks means its likely to lose heavily in applications that dont make good use of multi threading.

BigAll 5 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Strikethroughs do nothing to hide your shame.

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KniHowChowCow 2 points 2 months ago

This is just my opinion based on hours and hours of reviews and benchmarks done across multiple sites.

  1. Grab an air cooled i7 6700k instead of a water cooled 6600k. Reason: The base clock of the i7 allows slightly weaker motherboards to be able to get to the 4.4 ghz pretty darn easily. Also if you plan on ever doing any sort of content creation such as streaming or editing youtube videos it will come in handy if you ever want to dip into that sort of thing. There are pros and cons of going with air over water but the main reason is price to performance. The cryorg H7 is an amazing cooler that will keep the i7 6700k well below 80 C Whilst overclocked and costs half as much as the 240mm rad. I do recommend that if you're trying to do a much higher OC say 4.6 4.7 you would do better with a water cooling solution but at that point you would have to upgrade your motherboard as well to handle the overclock.

  2. Cut down on the storage. I really cant see a reason for such an insane amount of storage and it is severly eating into the overall budget of this build. If you are a gamer and you are using over 1 TB of storage then I think you need to drastically cut down on your high definition video downloads. In addition the brands of storage do not fill me with confidence. Pretty much just common sense here.

  3. Increase the power supply. For the gtx 1080 and being able to make the most out of the turbo boost 3.0 I would go for the minimum of the EVGA G2 650W, getting the 750 watt version if I would like headroom for adding SLI later.

  4. For the savings on the storage you can get a significantly better model of 1080 going with the Asus ROG Strix Look up some benchmarks. That card is amazing.

Here is the link for my 1500 dollar build. One of the other nice things about this selection of parts is the fact that all of the lighting in this build comes with it. The mobo gpu and case all work in unison with Asus' Aura software.

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/HpKMM8

Edit: added link and blah blan

WirelessCables 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

Grab an air cooled i7 6700k instead of a water cooled 6600k. Reason: The base clock of the i7 allows slightly weaker motherboards to be able to get to the 4.4 ghz pretty darn easily.

What do you mean by 'weaker'? Most motherboards overclock pretty similarly.

I really cant see a reason for such an insane amount of storage and it is severly eating into the overall budget of this build. If you are a gamer and you are using over 1 TB of storage then I think you need to drastically cut down on your high definition video downloads.

Popular games can eat up huge amounts of storage. For example, Forza Horizon 3 eats up almost 60GB of space. DiRT Rally can take up almost 28GB. Now, think about how many games some people have in their Steam library. That's how gamers eat up 1TB of storage. (Note : Not from personal experience, just speculation - I have a tiny Steam library.)

KniHowChowCow 1 point 2 months ago

By weaker I mean worse power distribution. You can increase the motherboard budget by the savings you get from going from 67k to 66k and get similar performance. It would just be easier to push the cpu to 4.6 7 8 with a better mobo.

That is still 15-20 AAA games on one terabyte. I dont think anyone regularly plays that many games. I would remove some! I have used a 320 GB hard drive for the past 3 years with no issues gaming.

WirelessCables 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

That is still 15-20 AAA games on one terabyte. I dont think anyone regularly plays that many games. I would remove some! I have used a 320 GB hard drive for the past 3 years with no issues gaming.

I'm in the same place you are. I have a 256GB SSD as my only storage (Here come the comments. =) drive, and have not filled it up yet. However, some have 20 or more games - maybe not played every day, but a few times a month. Maybe they don't want to lose all of their progress in a game.

BigAll 5 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

What about my dvd backups? (8gb each) (blu rays can be 25-50gb each) and anything that has to do with content creation? You can eat 1tb without too much trouble, it just depends on what you are doing.

KniHowChowCow 1 point 1 month ago

Then in that case you would need to get a different case and use the dvd blu ray read/writer you obviously already have for your content creation storage.

BigAll 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Blu ray drive? I don't need to read from them, that's what the backups are for :P

The only reason you'd need a blu ray drive for content creation is if you wanted to store old projects on disks, even then you can just use a usb disk drive for that.

Doctor_Mudshark 1 point 1 month ago

This build has a 550 Watt PSU for a ~400 Watt system. That's more than enough headroom for overclocking both CPU and GPU, although the difference in price here isn't enough to justify skimping. If you want to spend another 20 bucks for a bit more headroom, that's fine, but it's really not necessary. I wouldn't recommend SLI to anyone at this point, but if you really feel the need for that kind of expansion, 750 Watts is probably best (that puts our system TDP at around 580 Watts, so 750 still gives enough headroom for overclocking, while 650 might be cutting it close).

thenoob1818 1 point 1 month ago

Question about your build. It says some drive bays aren't usable is that okay? Also can I add a DVD drive to this build or no?

KniHowChowCow 1 point 1 month ago

Its talking about those optional SSD mounts you can see in the case picture with the side view window. There are mounts in the cable management space in the back window and underneath in the PSU shroud so you're fine.

Also no, you'll have to use an external drive. I personally think Optical drives are really outdated, and I haven't really found a case with optical drive slots that I like. Ask around, I'm sure someone will give you a good recommendation..the Corsair 100R is alright I guess.

dado82rm 2 points 2 months ago

Hi, First of all let me say "Very Nice Build" i love it. I have a Question about the Video Card, i love the fact that it can be attached that way so you can see it very nicely, but, isn't it in that position having any issue cooling it's self with the fan facing the glass? it looks like there is a very small room for air to go directly to the Video Card, have you noticed heating increase compared if it was regularly attached directly to the MB?

PeterBeater 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

I actually based my build off this guide, swapping out a couple of the components. if you want to check it out, link below. pcpartpicker

jsoutherland89 3 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

I'd say you succeeded!

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philip staff 10 Builds 4 points 2 months ago

Keep it polite or don't comment on this site.

felohany 1 point 2 months ago

Are u guys ever gonna make a build with hybrid graphics ?

ansonsays 1 point 2 months ago

I'm using this build as a base for my own. Can someone tell me what that black riser flexible cable is for?

BoyScout staff submitter 6 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

It's used to mount the GPU vertically, allowing the front of the card to be viewed in the window. The case has mounting options for both vertical installation (as we did in the video) and the more traditional horizontal location (directly on the motherboard).

EnerMax 1 point 2 months ago

nice

DeltaForceGM01 1 point 1 month ago

this build would of been cheaper or had more storage if u picked a sata ssd

cooldaze 1 point 1 month ago

I'm concerned about power consumption in any computer I build. For a PC in "light-use" mode (just doing normal web surfing, spreadsheet and non-gaming stuff, etc) can anyone tell me how much difference in power draw there would be between a Gold-certified 550W power supply and a Gold-certified 750W power supply? Is it actually 200W, or is the "idle state" power draw of the two PSUs about the same?

Anthonymohr206 1 point 1 month ago

Thats why those boards are all sold out now on suggested links

UncleTwoCent 1 point 1 month ago

Nooooo another ThermalFake build

imakepcsdealwithit 1 point 1 month ago

Well dangit. Being young and not having a job sucks. Which I could afford this ;-;

PumpkinPaladin 1 point 24 days ago

this is the most crap £1500 i have ever seen, i dont me to be a **** or anything but it sucks. take out the 3tb hard drive and put an i7 in there

Imperialde 1 point 11 days ago

Wow coolest thing! cool blog post!)

maxmaxmaxmaxmax 1 point 10 days ago

if you get a gtx 1080 then you might as well get an intel core i7

TheGamingBible -4 points 2 months ago

Stop with these red and black (or randomly coloured) builds!

Rkk1945 2 points 2 months ago

Atleast it was red and black with white accents. I do agree that black and red is a very common theme but adding in the white accents makes it stand out a bit from the rest.

LOG0UT 1 point 1 month ago

Most parts come in Red and Black. Try building a blue and black with stock parts.

Rkk1945 1 point 28 days ago

I mean this is my partlist here and a picture with the system off. It does have blue LEDs that surround the windows of the case also. Planning on getting some either black and blue or white and blue cable kit at some point also.

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