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Live Stream: MSI X99A and GTX 1080 VR Gaming Build

BoyScout

June 11, 2016

[Update] The stream is over - thanks everyone for joining us! If you missed it live, you can watch a replay on Twitch or YouTube. We've also posted some bonus footage showing some overclocking benchmarks as well as configuration options for the motherboard.

**[Update 2] We've created a Completed Build with more pictures and benchmarks.

Join us Thursday, June 16 at 2pm Central time for our weekly live stream on Twitch. This week we have the new MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon motherboard and GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X 8GB video card to put together a high end VR gaming system.

We'll build the system and run it through some quick tests using the HTC Vive. Special thanks to MSI for providing the motherboard and GPU for this week's build!

PCPartPicker part list

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6850K 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor $628.00 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $99.99 @ Micro Center
Motherboard MSI X99A GAMING PRO CARBON ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard $329.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Avexir Blitz1.1 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $85.98 @ Newegg
Memory Avexir Blitz1.1 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $85.98 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 950 PRO 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $317.99 @ SuperBiiz
Storage Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $82.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GAMING X 8G Video Card $724.98 @ Newegg
Case Inwin 303 Black ATX Mid Tower Case $96.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair RMx 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $99.99 @ Newegg
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition 39.9 CFM 120mm Fan $15.95 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition (2-Pack) 39.9 CFM 120mm Fans $25.88 @ OutletPC
Case Fan Corsair Air Series SP120 High Performance Edition (2-Pack) 62.7 CFM 120mm Fans $21.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $2616.59

Comments

  • 41 months ago
  • 3 points

This is going to be a sexy looking build!! Looking forward to it!!

  • 41 months ago
  • 3 points

Damn that is going to be a sexy build. Maybe I could "borrow" it.

  • 41 months ago
  • 4 points

Borrowing would be hard. For me it's either don't own it or own it entirely. :D

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks to be an awesome build. can't wait

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I might actually get to watch a live build for once. School is out and I have a morning exam

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Love to watch it but this is at 12:30 am IST

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Love to watch it but this is at 12:30 am IST

classified location=India

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh dear....

But India's a large country . You'll never figure out exactly where I live

Hehehehehehehehe

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm hopefully going to be tuning in too! Can't wait!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Im curious to see how much of a difference the 1080 will make.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

This is great to find some thing special.. Can't wait

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Begins plan to watch Stream

  • Step 1 : Sneak iPad beside bed
  • Step 2 : Set alarm for 12:30 pm
  • Step 3 : Wake up and watch stream with headphones
  • Step 4 : Run through the hallways saying "That build is dope-***!"
  • Step 5 : Go back to sleep
  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

lol same 10/10

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Eh , I doubt they'd care , they're very heavy sleepers :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Mclaren P1 on the motherboard box...sweet!!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

why is the card 700 bucks? That isn't a reference card, so I don't understand

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

This was posted on my birthday, now it has to be a gift to me /s.....

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

happy birthday and I want it too xD

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Are pictures of this still coming?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Which pictures were you looking for? We posted footage of the final build with and without it's side panel and a couple close ups in the Bonus video (watch at the very end).

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks - I think Ryan mentioned in the Twitch stream there would be pictures of the finished build with the side-panel. The bonus vid is what I was after though :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Per request, you can see a completed build with even more images and some extra benchmark results here:

http://pcpartpicker.com/b/MFccCJ

Enjoy!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I've decided to build my first computer and decided to build this one. I'm kind of a noob, so sorry for some dumb questions.

I'm hooking this up to my tv. Does the tower have to stay standing straight up or can it lay flat, with the glass screen up like a ps4 or Xbox? Since it's going on my tv entertainment stand I'm pressed for space.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Another question, if I buy every part you guys have listed, is that all I need or is there anything else like cables or wires that I need to get as well?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm looking to build a vr flight simulator. I think this build will work well for me. The only thing I would like to change is the gpu. Would I be able to change it to a sea hawk closed loop? Would I be able to put the radiator where the rear exhaust fan is? Should I put it somewhere else? I don't plan on over clocking too much, maybe in the future. I just want it to be quiet and as maintenence free as possible.

This build looks amazing by the way. It has inspired me to build vs buy. Thank you for the help!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

My apologies,

Is there room to add a second 1060? I ask because I would like to have a three monitor setup for both the flight sim, and video editing.

Again, thanks in advance for the help.

  • 40 months ago
  • 0 points

Waay overkill for just VR I hope people don't use this as a reference.

  • 38 months ago
  • 0 points

Overkill for today's computing needs yes. How about three or five years down the road? If I can avoid it, I would rather not have to change anything in the coming years until I have to. I know computers and future proof are not things that go together, but it doesn't hurt to try. Still, your advice would be appreciated.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

they should make one that looks like that but for z170s xD

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

link?

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

so true

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Quite old, but...

Please don't compare a 1993 Craigslist Honda Civic to a high-end X99 motherboard, no matter how RGB / ugly it might be. =-)

But, the Z170 version is kinda ricey, I'll give you that.

Unless it has a colored PCB. That would be different.

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

'that carbon fiber sticker doe'.

FTFY

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

That's the plan.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

my question is if I can have it xD

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad you're enjoying it -- with assorted summer vacations sneaking up on the PCPP staff, we're a bit behind on getting it edited and posted to YouTube. Hopefully should have it up there tomorrow along with some bonus content Ryan shot to show off the motherboard configuration and some overclocking.

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks -- it was a bit of an experiment to see how it might work, but glad you enjoyed it! If it turns out to be a popular option, we'll look at doing it more often.

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  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

If you don't mind me asking, who usually edits the videos, I'm guessing you or is it someone else?

It varies. I edited the last few we've posted. It's usually maclamby or myself in the editing room's hot seat these days, though Philip still hops in there from time to time when needed. :)

Perhaps you could put a link to the unedited live stream in the video description so that people could easily watch it if they so desired to.

Yep. Since this was the first time we were trying the highlight version, I had the same thought. You can find a link to the full version in the YouTube description as well as by using the Twitch link in the post above.

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