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Kaby Lake Build - MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon / i5-7600K

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BoyScout Jan. 6, 2017

For the Kaby Lake / Z270 release, MSI sent us their new Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon and an i5-7600K. Watch as we build with it in Thermaltake's Core P3 open / wall mountable case.

A big thanks to MSI for providing the motherboard and processor as well as to Thermaltake for providing the case used in this build.

PCPartPicker part list

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor $249.99
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $96.99
Motherboard MSI Z270 GAMING PRO CARBON ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $174.99
Memory Team Dark 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $84.99
Storage Intel 600p Series 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $179.99
Storage Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $68.50
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 1070 8GB QUICK SILVER OC Video Card $449.99
Case Thermaltake Core P3 ATX Mid Tower Case $119.99
Power Supply SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $69.99
Other CableMod® WideBeam™ Magnetic LED Strip RGB - 30cm $19.99
Total at time of Filming $1515.41

If you want to see more pictures and some benchmarks, check out the completed build. And don't forget to check out the cable management time lapse video to see how Barry cleaned things up for the final look:

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Jerome54 4 points 1 month ago

I think I found my CPU/MOBO/GPU combo for the next MSI giveaway!!! :-D

@Barry: great job on that spaghetti management!!! ;-)

edit: I actually prefer the mITX version from MSI.

ocburger26 3 points 1 month ago

Does Barry have OCD?

SpiffyJUNIOR 2 points 1 month ago

I wish a had a decent build... ;-;

Enrico411 1 point 1 month ago

Great vids and build to start the new year!

Looking forward to more ;)

Gooberdad 7 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Nice job. Get that CPU 82C temp figured out?

BoyScout staff submitter 6 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Not yet -- I'll recheck the temps we recorded on Monday.

Gooberdad 7 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Sweet. I'll bet it's something simple.

dominorider2431 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Love it

Mason54 11 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Open air cases are the best! The P series looks really nice and thery come in black white, or for the P5, green

AJD8907 1 point 1 month ago

Trying to put together a build and not getting any memory come up in the compatibility filter, is this because it is such a new product?

Matthewtina2015 1 point 1 month ago

maybe you have a LGA1151 board that supports DDR3L. Sky lake supports DDR3L and DDR4 but afaik Kabylake only supports DDR4

AJD8907 1 point 1 month ago

Its a z270 board, and a DDR4 kit selected. Also using the same cpu

Matthewtina2015 1 point 1 month ago

List please?

BoyScout staff submitter 6 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Sorry about that -- was an error on the valid memory speeds for that motherboard. Should be fixed now.

Matthewtina2015 1 point 1 month ago

Hm... that's strange. Maybe ask one of the staff?

illsigvo 1 point 1 month ago
Matthewtina2015 1 point 1 month ago

My bad, thank you

GentlemanShark 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

You can probably get that CPU up to close to 5ghz.

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

If it was cherry picked probably..

GentlemanShark 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

I hope not, but we will see. I hope AHOC makes a video about it.

Skyrim 1 point 1 month ago

Great Job. Though the case had mob stuff to join. It would have taken me hours to finally finish it. Now its just a snap.

Jeuloth 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

PLEASE! What is the thing that allows them to rotate their GPU 90 degrees... I want that badly. If someone could link me the part for the Pcie adapter/ and or the mounting device i would be eternally grateful

BoyScout staff submitter 6 Builds 3 points 1 month ago

This case includes brackets for mounting the GPU in the typical horizontal position or vertically as we did in the video. While it wasn't really planned, we've actually done two Thermaltake case builds with vertical mounts recently (this one and December's Feature build). Thermaltake sells a special PCI-Express Riser Extension Cable for taking advantage of this feature, but it won't do you any good on it's own if the case you select doesn't have a supporting bracket for vertical mounting.

SirMints 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Do those riser extension cables increase chances of performance loss or bottlenecking of any kind? I tried to do some research into it but the internet is a place of a terrifying amount of opinions... It seems like results imply there's little/no impact? Is that right?

BoyScout staff submitter 6 Builds 3 points 1 month ago

As long as it's a shielded extension cable like the one we are using here, I wouldn't expect anything notable in performance changes.

Most of the concerns I've seen mentioned with risers/extension cables relate to poorly constructed or mishandled cables (harshly bent, etc) causing damage that makes the GPU act flaky and/or crash. In the two systems we've used these Thermaltake risers, we haven't seen any such issues, but we were also pretty careful to avoid tight bends or anything which might compromise the integrity of the cable.

surfinguru 1 point 1 month ago

Why not use velcro for cable management? Did that on my last build, much faster and cleaner IMO.

BoyScout staff submitter 6 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

We mostly use zip ties as a mixture of preference and practicality. Velcro can certainly get the job done and it's nice when cases have those nice built-in velcro straps to help with the main bulk of cables (see the Fractal Design Define Mini C build for a great example of how it can sometimes make things really easy). It's also handy if you're changing components relatively often.

The downsides of going with velcro are that it adds a bit of thickness and is a much more visible when you are done. The visibility being more of an issue or the front of the case, while the thickness becomes an issue (depending on the depth available) on the backside of many cases. Zip ties can do some much tighter cable pulls for tight spaces.

That said, use what you are comfortable with and works in your build! Hopefully Barry's cable management videos give you some good ideas for how you might route things, regardless of your tie preference. :)

Ashkanar 1 point 1 month ago

Some M.2-2280/Mobo combo's disable one of the 6Gb SATA ports, is that the case here? It doubt it will be an issue to most but useful to know.

BoyScout staff submitter 6 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Correct, each of the M.2 slots on this board share bandwidth with a corresponding 6GB SATA port that will be disabled if the M.2 slot is populated. (You should get an informational warning about this situation when adding the motherboard to your part list.)

parham_aliev 1 point 1 month ago

I like computers which are not fully closed so it gives me an advantage since I can change parts easily.

apt64 4 Builds 1 point 27 days ago

I am running the i5-7600K + GTX1080 Founders in the ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 K6. Abso-freaking-lutely love it.

RoyalCastlewood 1 point 27 days ago

I chose this as my first build. The only problem I seem to be having is that the monitor does not consistently get a signal. (HDMI to Graphics Card)

Most of the time when I turn on the computer, the monitor says no signal, but sometimes the monitor and the computer will work together without any issues.

Could this be a compatibility problem? The monitor I chose was an Acer H236HL.

BoyScout staff submitter 6 Builds 2 points 25 days ago

Congrats on your first build! Though sorry to hear it's having issues. That does seem pretty odd. We did most of the bench tests on this system via HDMI without issue. Did you build it with or without the riser?

You might look for advice in the troubleshooting forum, as it could really be any number of things and that would be a better place to get help. (PM me the thread if you do and I'll chime in if I can be of help).

RoyalCastlewood 2 points 25 days ago

BoyScout,

Thanks for your message! I saw what you said about the riser, which I included in the build, and decided to give it an inspection. Seeing that there were more than one slot to plug in the riser on the mother board, I plugged the riser in the second one from the top. After doing this, the machine had 3 consistent boots, which has not happened up until this point.

Thank you so much for your help, and I will be in touch through the trouble shooting forum if I run across any other issues!

Cheers, RoyalCastlewood

BoyScout staff submitter 6 Builds 2 points 24 days ago

Oh, interesting. Thanks for the update -- glad to hear everything is working now!

jipster69 4 Builds 2 points 20 days ago

Win ;-)

Connor_The_Gamer 1 point 22 days ago

wow you managed to pull off a cheap build with rx 480 crossfire. dang man

jeremiahweed 2 points 20 days ago

TY bro

xTHExRADxREXx 1 point 13 days ago

it needs some of that rgb tendy stuf like the g-skill tridentz RGB ram

dirtydellmedic 1 point 12 days ago

Noob question, but how are you installing the operating system?

BoyScout staff submitter 6 Builds 2 points 12 days ago

We installed it using a USB key. You can buy Windows 10 on USB, or just buy a license and create the bootable USB key yourself if you have a spare 4 or 8GB key laying around.

We created a guide on YouTube a while back you can use to see how it's done. It covers installing a media center setup as well, but the first part covers installing Windows 10 via USB.

dirtydellmedic 1 point 11 days ago

cool, thanks!

96766 1 point 9 days ago

Will dust hurt any components since this is a open case?