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BoyScout June 20, 2017

Update: We've posted a completed build write-up with more pictures and benchmarks.

For the Intel X299 release, MSI sent us their new X299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC motherboard with custom cover plates as well as an Intel i7-7800X processor.

Custom Plates

To help keep the processor running cool, we used Fractal Design's recently released Celsius S36 CPU cooler.

Celsius S36 Close Up

Watch the video to see how the build came together and check below for some initial benchmark results. The MSI X299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC is available starting June 26, but can be pre-ordered now.

A big thanks to MSI for providing the motherboard, processor and video card as well as to Fractal Design for providing the CPU cooler used in this build.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-7800X 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor $389.00 @ B&H
CPU Cooler Fractal Design Celsius S36 87.6 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $119.98 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard MSI X299 GAMING PRO CARBON AC ATX LGA2066 Motherboard $359.00 @ B&H
Memory Corsair Vengeance LED 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $267.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 960 EVO 500GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $219.99 @ Amazon
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB DUKE OC Video Card $714.98 @ Newegg
Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Acrylic ATX Mid Tower Case $79.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair RMx 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $119.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $2290.92 (USD)
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total at time of filming $2270.92 (USD)

Build Preview

We will post a completed build write-up later this week with more benchmarks and photos, but here are a few quick benchmarks we ran just after building:

Benchmark 3DMark Score Graphics Score Physics Score CPU Score
TimeSpy v1.0 9422 9986 N/A 7140
FireStrike Ultra v1.1 7063 7047 17435 N/A
FireStrike Extreme 1.1 13060 14127 17531 N/A

Update: We've now posted our Completed Build write-up. Check it out to see more benchmarks (stock and overclocked) as well as additional photos.

Comments Sorted by:

WirelessCables 1 Build 9 points 22 months ago

Wow, MSI was super nice giving you a custom PCPP plate.

Can I borrow your PR team sometime?

BryanB380 8 points 22 months ago

Sweet looking build but this makes a Ryzen 5 CPU look even sweeter.

awesomenesssss94 4 points 22 months ago


annaheim -1 points 22 months ago

Won't have to spend this much for a Ryzen 5 build with little-to-almost-similar overall computing performance. Price difference can be pocketed/invested to higher tier hardware(GPU)

Lex_B 1 point 21 months ago

What? Titan Xp or Quadro P6000? :))

annaheim 2 points 20 months ago

Titan XPp

Enrico411 3 points 22 months ago

Great build and vid!

LatamirDigital 3 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

Intel pricing at it again :(. Love the build tho :D.

Can't wait for X399

StarBlazer457 2 points 22 months ago

Cheaper than I expected.

SirMints 3 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Looking forward to those benchmarks!

Thanks PCPP

ImperiousBattlestar 1 point 22 months ago

Looks ace, can't wait to see some more pictures and benchmarks.

Namnguyen 2 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

A first Intel-X build?!?!? Give a round of applause.

orthancstone 1 point 22 months ago

That's slick looking, very nice!

Specter-Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Surprised you didn't go with the tg edition of the case... nice build nonetheless, are those color plates going to be sold to the general community?

Ps... is there a giveaway coming up anytime soon?

Ashkanar 1 point 22 months ago

That Fractal Design Celsius AIO looks pretty smart, especially with the onboard fan hub. The build looked very easy in the video, as always :)

Anyansayo 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Now we really have some builds to look forward to with X299 and X399. I'd really like to see someone do an i9 7980XE build when it is available. I can't even imagine the benchmark scores.

AnthonyShaldenok 1 point 21 months ago

Is it possible to change the CPU to an i7-7700k and still have this PC run fine?

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

The X299 i7 CPUs use a different socket than the i7-7700K. If you are looking for something similar with the 7700K, you could check out MSI's Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon motherboard instead.

AnthonyShaldenok 1 point 21 months ago

Oh alright thanks

Ranatenor 1 point 21 months ago

Really ? 360$ motherboard for this ? What the hell was Intel thinking...

Hajiwaji 1 point 21 months ago

what cable did you use to connect the 4 pin on the motherboard?

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Sorry about that -- we probably should have shown that more clearly. There were two 8-pin EPS cables coming from the PSU. One connects as-is. But for the 4-pin header, you can "split" the connector (snap it apart at the mid-point) to allow you to just connect one of the two 4-pin connectors required.

Hajiwaji 1 point 21 months ago

is Corsair RMx 750W compatible? i think it has only one 8-pin eps

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

No, unfortunately it would not be since you are correct that it only has a single EPS connector. It's more typical to find in PSU's that are 850W and above.

rameshscm 1 point 21 months ago

Great & Excellent build. Visit Adaalo

Lex_B 1 point 21 months ago

Nice, you're wearing your anti-static wristband, good man! You also on an anti-static bench and flooring, too? Sprayed with staticide and steam cleaned?

On another note; this is a really nice build.

Namnguyen 2 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

could you do a build video on a X399 build featuring amd ryzen threadripper when it comes out.

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

We hope to have something for X399 once it launches.

iMoonTiger 1 point 21 months ago


BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

It comes with carbon (black), gold and silver plates. Those lovely pale blue ones were provided custom to us by MSI for our build. You could probably paint them pretty easily or 3D print your own.

iMoonTiger 1 point 20 months ago

That's so coooolllll

Samplebot 0 points 21 months ago

Wow that processor is overpriced.

jhsu2022 0 points 19 months ago

Why would you get the i7-7800x? The i7-7740x is cheaper, with a faster base frequency @4.3 ghz, and is able to be overclocked up to 4.5 ghz, maybe even higher!

Ryathor -2 points 20 months ago

Nobody wants to see these cancer intel cpu's. I was never an into amd until late, but intel has become obsolete in my opinion. Have no idea why anyone would waste the money on them.

IcedVanillaLatte -3 points 22 months ago

lol intel in 2017

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