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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:

Comments Sorted by:

Jerome54 4 points 27 months 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 27 months ago

Does Barry have OCD?

Enrico411 1 point 27 months ago

Great vids and build to start the new year!

Looking forward to more ;)

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

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

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

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

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

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

dominorider2431 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Love it

AJD8907 1 point 27 months 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 2 Builds 1 point 27 months 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 27 months ago

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

Matthewtina2015 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

List please?

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

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

Matthewtina2015 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

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

illsigvo 1 point 27 months ago
Matthewtina2015 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

My bad, thank you

SpiffyJUNIOR 1 point 27 months ago

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

GentlemanShark 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

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

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

If it was cherry picked probably..

GentlemanShark 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

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

Skyrim 1 point 27 months 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 27 months 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 21 Builds 3 points 27 months 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 3 Builds 1 point 27 months 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 21 Builds 3 points 27 months 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 27 months ago

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

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 27 months 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 27 months 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 21 Builds 1 point 27 months 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 27 months 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 months ago

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

RoyalCastlewood 1 point 27 months 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 21 Builds 1 point 27 months 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 1 point 27 months ago


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 21 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

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

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jeremiahweed 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

TY bro

xTHExRADxREXx 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

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

dirtydellmedic 1 point 26 months ago

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

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 26 months 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 26 months ago

cool, thanks!

96766 1 point 26 months ago

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

garagified 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

planning to build using i5 7600k in msi z270 krait mobo . i can go beyond 2400mhz ddr4 ram? i can put 3000 3200 mhz? is it already overclocking or normal set up... new to this after 10 years.

NevilleDevil 1 point 26 months ago

You should, but just to be certain, check the specifications on your motherboard. That should be able to tell you what speeds are supported.

garagified 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

thanks. im just confuse.

as per i5 7600k processor ram supports DDR4-2133/2400, DDR3L-1333/1600 @ 1.35V and for motherboard ram supports 4 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR4 3866(O.C.)/3733(O.C.)/3600(O.C.)/3466(O.C.)/3400(O.C.)/3333(O.C.)/3300(O.C.)/3200(O.C.)/3000(O.C.)/2800(O.C.)/2666(O.C.)/2400(O.C.)/2133 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory. Asus TUF mobo.

i want to put 2800 or 3200 ddr4 ram. is it ok? just for confirmation for experts there..

NevilleDevil 1 point 26 months ago

Your motherboard supports up to 3866 DDR4 ram.

You're good with 3200 or 2800 ddr4

garagified 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

thank you for reply.. can i make combo for my ram. i have installed 2 x 2400mhz ddr4. if i will add 2800 x2 or 3200 x2 is it ok?

NevilleDevil 1 point 25 months ago

Keep sticks at the same speed.

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96766 1 point 25 months ago

So I have all these parts but I got a evga gtx 1080 sc instead.. It would randomly turn off on me sometimes and for some reason it won't even turn back on now... Can somebody please help me? I've had this for over a month now

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Sorry to hear it's giving you trouble. Are you using the riser card like we did in the video or are you plugging the GPU in directly to the motherboard?

If you are using the riser, you might (very carefully as the riser cable is easily damaged if over-bent) try removing it and swapping out the PCI-E bracket that allows you to connect the GPU directly to the motherboard and see if the issue goes away. If the problem persists (or you were already directly connected), I'd recommend posting to the Troubleshooting forum to get more ideas for what might be happening.

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ZainNuk 1 point 24 months ago

Are all the screws included? (The ones for getting everything together) I need a quick answer, please :D

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Yep. The case, motherboard, CPU Cooler and PSU include the screws you'll need. You shouldn't need anything beyond what the components include.

Yugiminouine 1 point 21 months ago

Did you had this problem after installing this cpu on this motherboard, this will be my first build i want it to work properly : '' Please note: Kaby Lake processors will require you to update the BIOS of motherboards built prior to the Z270 standard. ::

will this work?

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

What is your part list? This build had a Kaby Lake CPU (i5-7600K) and motherboard (Z270 platform), so there was no issue. If you're seeing that warning on your partlist, it sounds like you have a Z170 (or older) board selected.

Mason54 25 Builds 0 points 27 months ago

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

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