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About six months ago we wrote a build guide for Supermicro that detailed our building of a $700 Intel based gaming rig, and then they requested we hold a giveaway of that system. Luckily for you, Supermicro came back again and asked us to take their mini-ITX Z370 motherboard we had in our possession and build a high-end gaming rig that would cost you over $2,000, and then give it away for free. Of course, in this case we had to bring other vendors on board to help sponsor the giveaway, and the total cost of the system we will build is over our target, at a whopping $2,300. One lucky winner will receive the beastly gaming system, so if you haven't already, head over to our Facebook page and follow the instructions to get in the random drawing!
It took us a few months to put together the give away, and at the time Intel sent us a boxed 8th Gen Core Processor i7-8086K, which is still their fastest 6-core 12-thread CPU, even with the 9th generation of CPUs, since Intel has not announced any 6-core 12-thread 9th generation CPUs. The CPU has a 5GHz boost, and for now maintains slightly better minimum FPS in certain games than even the 9900K. Once we knew the CPU and motherboard combination, we reached out to Kingston for RAM. One thing Kingston always does it ask exactly what model motherboard and CPU we are using, they are sticklers for compatibility, which is awesome for sourcing RAM that will work. When I found out they were sending two 16GB sticks, I was a bit worried about compatibility, but once I put the system together I was not only relieved to find it they work perfectly, but the RAM even defaults to 2666MHz, which is its rated speed.
Always use your motherboard's qualified vendors list for DRAM, or the list of motherboards on the RAM vendor's site (if they have one). The winner of this machine gets 32GB of DDR4 worth over $300. Kingston also sent over a 1TB (960GB) SATA based SSD, which leaves both x4 PCI-E 3.0 NVMe M.2 slots on the motherboard open for future upgrades. Down the road, if you wanted to, you could add in a faster NVMe based SSD, and use the 1TB SSD for game storage. Next up we went to Zotac and they sent over a mini GTX 1070 Ti, which would match our small build. Once we knew the power requirements we asked Corsair for a case and a PSU. They sent over a 750W fully modular PSU and a case designed for a 280mm AIO which supports up to micro-ATX motherboards, so we have the cooling capacity to overclock the system. Corsair then upped the ante and decided to send in a lot of RGB accessories such as a wireless headset, keyboard, mouse, and even an RGB mouse pad to make things full circle.
CPU: Intel 8th Gen Core Processor i7-8086K (BX80864I78086K) $439.99
Motherboard: Supermicro C7Z370-CG-IW $214.44
RAM: 2x Kinston ValueRAM 16GB 2666MHz (kvr26n19d8/16) $148.33 x2 $296.66
GPU: Zotac GTX 1070 Ti (zt-p10710g-10p) $419.99
SSD: Kingston UV500 960GB SATA SSD (suv500b/960g) $200
PSU: Corsair RM750x (CP-9020179-NA) $99.99
Case: Corsair Crystal 280X (CC-9011135-WW) $169.99
Cooler: Corsair H100i V2 Extreme (CW-9060025-WW) $95
Mouse: Corsair Glaive RGB Gaming Mouse (ch-9302011-na) $69.99
Mouse Pad: MM800 RGB Polaris (CH-9440020-na) $59.99
Keyboard: Corsair Gaming K70 LUX RGB (CH-9101010-NA) $138.10
Headset: Corsair HS70 Wireless Gaming Headset (CA-9011179-NA) $99.99
Total: Around $2,300
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