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The Ultimate MSI Z270 Gaming M7 Motherboard Build Guide

By: Steven Bassiri | Guides | Posted: Mar 8, 2017 12:47 am





I hope that this build guide has taken you through all the steps required to make full use of both the Z270 Gaming M7 and GTX 1080 Gaming X 8GB gaming products from MSI. Together, they produce a very powerful combo designed for excellent 4K gaming performance. They also look really great together inside a chic, well-groomed build.




You could have built this PC in a much more cost-effective fashion using the same motherboard and GPU but different CPU, memory, PSU, and storage. Our configuration allows for a second GPU, but if you are satisfied with one, you should go with a lower wattage (around 650-800W) PSU. If you aren't planning on overclocking the memory, DDR4 2133MHz kits are much less expensive than the 3200MHz kit we used. You can also go with a 7600K instead of the 7700K, but stick with Kaby Lake if you want to go with Optane in the future.



One good thing about MSI's inclusion of three M.2 slots and one U.2 port is that Optane is expected to release in the M.2 and U.2 form factors. You are covered as long as you don't fill up too many slots. Regarding storage, we didn't go as extreme as we could have. In fact, we could RAID M.2 drives, or even two Intel 750s through MSI's M.2 Genie.


The MSI Z270 Gaming M7 offers excellent feature options and an easy upgrade path, while MSI's GTX 1080 Gaming X offers solid 4K gaming performance. Together they lay the groundwork for a very extreme VR/4K focused build. We hope you enjoyed this guide.

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