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BoyScout May 24, 2016

The stream is over - thanks everyone for joining us!

Join us Thursday at 2pm Central time for our weekly live stream on Twitch, where we'll be putting together a system based on this month's Entry Level Gaming build guide.

You can read the details on our part selection by checking out the build guide and check below to see our final part choices after we locked in selections based on the parametric filters.

NCIX has kindly put together a bundle including most of the parts used in this build. The bundle should be available through the June 25 on both NCIX Canada and NCIX US.

Our thanks to Gigabyte for providing both the motherboard and GPU based on our selections for this build!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $110.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H110M-S2HP Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $61.38 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $30.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Toshiba 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $61.99 @ NCIX US
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 380X 4GB WINDFORCE 2X Video Card $223.98 @ Newegg
Case Corsair Carbide SPEC-M2 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $49.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Thermaltake Toughpower 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $73.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $623.21
Mail-in rebates -$10.00
Total $613.21

Comments Sorted by:

Skylord 4 points 35 months ago

BoyScout, are you actually a boyscout? I have wondered for such a long time but I have never asked haha

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 6 points 35 months ago

Well, I do like to be prepared.

Skylord 3 points 35 months ago

I am wanting to take that as a no?

I myself am an Eagle Scout working on getting a few palms right now :)

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 4 points 35 months ago

That's awesome, congrats on making Eagle (and keeping after even more badges!) To answer with less subtlety: yes, I was a Boy Scout and made it to Eagle as well.

Skylord 2 points 35 months ago

Thank you!

Congrats on your Eagle as well!

MarcEbrainz -4 points 35 months ago

No offence, like, really don't take this as any offence, (lol) but I always thought the Boy Scouts as something stupid. When I participated, (I never got to eagle, but got far enough :P) it never seemed that we would do the kind of adventure-stuff that was always implied when you say "I'm going to the boyscouts' trip". Also, there's always the "Pledge of Allegiance" and stuff along those lines and learning about the great presidents of America, but I don't agree with all of that they teach you, (including the religion I was taught in my "Pack". So, yeah, don't know why I felt the need to say that, but uhh...

On a lighter note, (heh heh) I was wondering if you guys could look at my part list (Marc's Build New), I think I'm going to put a computer together this summer, and I've fiddled with components in old Dell's and such but never was whiz. Could you guys give me some feedback?

auldae 1 Build 2 points 35 months ago

He don't need no stinkin' badges.

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Enrico411 3 points 35 months ago

This needs more RGB! ;)

190n 2 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Again with the livestreams during school.

Also Twitch is blocked :|

calebm041 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

download browsec off the chrome store its a proxy that unblocks everything.

190n 2 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

We're on Chromebooks and they're locked down such that we can't install any extensions (except uBlock Origin because me).

And it's still during school.

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 35 months ago

I know it's not the same, but it will be also available via VOD on Twitch after the stream and we typically upload it to YouTube a day or so after the stream.

Also, school is important, so please pay attention! :)

190n 2 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

LOL thanks

edit: Almost done with school too. Make sure to do a ton of livestreams over the summer :)

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 35 months ago

Fear not, we're working on it. There should be lots of good live streams this summer.

philip staff 10 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Unfortunately this is our set time for now.

190n 2 Builds 1 point 35 months ago


One more reason to look forward to the summer :)

rhali8 2 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Its starting in like 3 mins!

Eltech 20 Builds 1 point 35 months ago
My first time to actually watch you guys build a computer, live! So much fun! :)
rhali8 2 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Yay, I got to catch the stream. It was awesome! Great work guys! :)

Eltech 20 Builds 1 point 35 months ago
Thank you guys for the live twitch, my first time to make an account and try it out. Very fun and thank you for allowing us to watch it! I need to do this more often. Again, awesome build. Thanks for answering our questions and even asking us on what we thought. :)
anthonyxs 1 point 35 months ago

I got a quick question. I'm looking to upgrade my old pc to a intel i5 6500 but i'm having trouble figuring out what kind of video card to buy for my rig. Im looking to do only 1080p gaming and it must be under 250$ for the video car...... any advice?

ThoughtA staff 1 point 35 months ago

For feedback on part lists, please use our part list opinions wanted forum. (Blog posts aren't really the appropriate venue.)

anthonyxs 1 point 35 months ago


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sKypP3r 2 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Hi guys.

Am currently running MSI GTX 750 Ti and am thinking about upgrade to http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/amdradeongraphicscards/amdr9380series/r9-380p-4df5.html

Their site says that there's minimum PSU of 750W. I've got only 600W Corsair PSU. I see that you use 550W with your R9 380X and are you okay?

Do you think that XFX R9 380X will be okay with my Corsair CX600M?


lullabybunny 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

my partlist was very similar to this. Same case, and motherboard, but went with 1x8 crucial 2133, got the 380 4gb for $140, and got the i5 6400 for $179. also went with a 240GB SSD over the TB HDD, and went with the seasonic G 550w semi-modular. later got a second 1x8 gb, and has a TB hdd laying around the house.

cost nearly the same. my build cost me slightly more because I picked up the case locally (+$10) and I picked up a second ram chip a week later.

Legendly 1 point 32 months ago

Is This A Suitable Gaming PC For Battlefield and CSGO??

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jimlandiaman 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

The build guide's parametrics were set up to only include a few semi-modular selections. The Seasonic in question would definitely be an ideal unit for this build, it just didn't end up in the parametrics.

Where is the B2 only $48.99 (or are you not in the US)?

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BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

:) Not this time. The plan is for manirelli and maclamby to build today.

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