Computers, DIY and System Recommendations

Videoguys DIY 12 – Proposed

We’ve been getting a lot of calls lately asking when we are going to update our DIY build. It’s been two years since our DIY11 build and I have to admit, we’ve fallen behind. So last night I’m going through my YouTube feed and I see a link to an interesting video posted by Newegg  (I’ve embedded the video at the end of this article). We get all the parts for our Videoguys DIY builds from Newegg and videos like this are fantastic way to learn how to build a gaming rig. The same skills and knowledge apply to building a DIY workstation.

I decided to use the build from the video as the starting point for our Videoguys DIY12 build. As you guys know, we are a big fan of ASUS motherboards for our DIY builds. While the GIGABYTE Z270X mobo used in the video is fine, I wanted to use the equivalent ASUS motherboard. SO I did some research on the ASUS website about their Z270 series motherboards. I zeroed in on the ROG STRIX series.

So I’m poking around Newegg, putting my parts list together and I find this incredible pre-pack bundle with a $70 savings! All you need to add is Windows Pro 10 and the Pioneer Blu-ray burner.

Caution! The ASUS Z270 motherboards do not currently support Thunderbolt, which is a big concern for me. But the bundle deal from Newegg is so good I had to post this. Hopefully in the near future ASUS will introduce a Thunderbolt compatible Z270 motherboard. For now you’ll just have to settle for USB-C which delivers 10Gbps thoughput (vs 40Gbps for Thunderbolt 3 or 20Gbps for Thunderbolt 2). Learn more about the difference between Thunderbolt3 and USB-C here.

Videoguys DIY 12 (Proposed) Newegg PN
Motherboard ASUS ROG STRIX Z270E $199.99 N82E16813132928
CPU Intel Core i7-7700K Kaby Lake Quad-Core $339.99 N82E16819117726
RAM G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin   DDR4 3200 $159.99 N82E16820232476
GPU GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1080 $479.99 N82E16814125880
Boot Drive Intel SSD 600p Series (512GB) $174.99 N82E16820167412
Case Phanteks Enthoo Mini XL PH-ES414M_BK Aluminum mATX Tower $149.99 N82E16811854014
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 750 B1 110-B1-0750-VR 80+ BRONZE 750W $79.99 N82E16817438025
Cooler Corsair Hydro Series H100i V2 $112.99 N82E16835181103
Blu-ray Pioneer BDR-209 $75.00
OS Win 10Pro 64-Bit $139.99 N82E16832588491
Total: $1,912.91



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By Gary, May 11, 2017