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Building My New Gaming PC Rig

February 7, 2020

– Hey guys, this is Austin. Today we’re going to be building myself a brand new gaming PC rig. It has been quite a
while since I’ve actually built a system that’s
going to be for my own personal gaming exploits,
and it seems like a good excuse to do
another PC build tutorial. To better hone my Fortnite skills, Dave, we’ve got some pretty high-end hardware. Most of that is thanks to Intel who were awesome enough to sponsor this video. First of all, we have
the 32GB Optane module. We’re actually going to be doing something kind of cool with this a little bit later with our Steam drive,
but we also have this; the holy grail of gaming CPUs, the Core i7 8086. What separates this from
a standard Core i7 is while it’s still going to have that same six-core design, it’s going
to be clocked even higher. The boost clock on this guy is 5GHz and that’s out of the box. As a K-series processor, we can overclock it even farther, although 5GHz is pretty fast. For the case, I’m using the NZXT H700i. This is a very large case;
it actually does support EATX motherboards, as I almost
cut myself with the knife. That would’ve been bad. But one of the main
reasons why I wanted to go with this is because
this is my new build that I actually wanna use for a while and I wanna be able to
have plenty of expansion. With my setup currently as-is at home, space really isn’t an
issue, so it should be no problem to be able to fit this guy underneath the desk. Before we get too far into the build, one of the first things I wanna do is start swapping out some fans. This case actually does have quite a few. It has three 120-millimeter fans up front. The problem is is that they’re not RGB, and of course we need RGB. The next step of the
build is the motherboard, so we are using the ASUS PRIME Z370-A. ASUS generally makes
some pretty solid boards, in fact they make some of
the best boards period. And on top of that, we’re also trying to unify everything around Aura Sync. Whether we’ll actually
get everything onboard is another story, but
this should do the job. One of the nice things about going with a Z370 board like this is that we’re going to be able to support not only our M.2 SSD, we
can also take advantage of Optane at the same time. We’re going to be using
Optane in a little bit of a different method than usual. Typically speaking, you
would pair this with a standard mechanical hard drive, you would run Windows,
absolutely everything on it, and the advantage is that
this is going to give you a much, much faster
response time on things that you’re going to be using
on a regular basis. Think about Windows, your main programs. Anything that the system sees that you’re constantly using, it will keep stored in the Optane cache. But for this video, we’re
actually going to be taking advantage of this
for a Steam library. Inside this very plain
box, we have what is a pretty plain-looking hard drive. But this, my friends, is
something kind of special. This is a full 14-terabyte
Toshiba hard drive. Not only is this basically
the biggest hard drive that you can get your hands on today, but this paired with
Optane means that we’re going to have 14 terabytes of some very, very fast storage. If we really wanted to go
crazy, we could’ve picked up 14 terabytes-worth of SSDs, but that’s going to be ridiculous and it’s also going to
be really expensive. And yeah, that 14TB
hard drive isn’t cheap, but at $550 plus the
cost of an Optane module which is really reasonably priced, we’re going to be getting
a lot of the speed, but in a much, much simpler and much less expensive package. Installing Optane memory is going to be very straightforward. We just need to line it up and then, if we use a single screw,
we can hold it into place. The only thing you need to keep in mind is whether or not your
motherboard actually does support Optane memory. What are you doing? Oh, okay, okay. In addition to being
useful when you’re building your own PC, Optane is
available in pre-built systems such as desktops and
laptops, some of which I’ve already taken a look at very recently. For the rest of our system storage, we’re going to be using
a Samsung 970 PRO SSD. This is not going to
be strictly necessary. Technically we could run everything off of the 14TB Optane setup,
but what’s not to like about a little bit of extra
overkill in our lives? Now comes the sad part;
cutting the factory seal on one of the very few 8086’s that are left in the wild. It’s going to a good place. Try to be very, very gentle with this. With the 8086 onboard,
it’s just a matter of lining it up with our processor, not using the super cool Asus tool, and we should be good to go. We also have some memory, by the way, in case anyone cares. We’ve got 16 gigs of G.SKILL Sniper X, which should give us plenty of speed, especially considering this is actually rated up to 3400MHz. Progress. We have our motherboard inside the system. We also do have our cooler. Because we do have such a high-end CPU, we did opt for a 240-millimeter
all-in-one cooler, so this is going to be
the Corsair H100i Pro with extra RGB because Ken thought RGB would be a good idea for this system. On top of that, we also do have our 14TB hard drive installed. It’s going to be tucked around back, so it’s gonna be right here. But the important thing is is that you don’t wanna look at that, you wanna look at the
cool stuff like this; the GTX 1080 Ti, which was graciously
donated for three days by a good friend of ours
who shall not be named. He wanted to be anonymous. This is the ROG Poseidon Platinum Edition of the 1080 Ti. What’s interesting about this card is it actually has built-in cooling for not only water, but also liquid. Wait, did I just say
water and liquid? (laughs) Because this is a hybrid
card that can be used with liquid or air cooling, it should be pretty easy
to integrate in the build. With that, we have what is basically the completed build. All that’s left to do now is tidy up the cable management, put
the case back together, and see if this actually is going to work. My favorite part of any PC build. After a night of Windows updates and cable management,
the next step is to get Intel Optane memory up and running. The first thing we need
to do is make sure that everything is set up in the BIOS. Not only do we have our 14TB drive showing up here, but
importantly we also have Intel Rapid Storage Technology turned on. Then you just need to install the Intel Optane utility,
and after a quick restart, we’re going to be able to
see that not only is our Optane module showing
up, but we also have our SATA drive, which in this
case is the 14TB guy. So now if I just hit Enable, (laughs) this is so unnecessary. They did not have to make the
(laughs) animation so cool. We now have an Intel Optane volume with 13,039 gigabytes. Windows just sees it as a single drive, which is one of the advantages of Optane, so you don’t need to do any kind of switching back and forth. It’s going to be able to do
everything in the background. If we just go ahead and
create a new volume, should be able to … Just mount it there. Okay, we’re formatted. If I open up our drives, there we go. We’ve got our Optane drive, which looks like it’s
gonna be totally fine. Right now I’m just copying
over a single Steam game which is going to be PUBG, but one of the advantages
of having 14 terabytes for our Steam drive is
we can install, what, like 175 75-gigabyte games. That’s like all the games. And with that, my new
PC build is complete, unless you count Jay’s graphics card, which I should probably give him back. But luckily for us, there’s going to be a new graphics card soon, so maybe stay tuned for that. Give me a little bit of time to download 14 terabytes of games. I can do a part two to this video, right?

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  1. Hey anybody pc whiz, does the H700i support the ROG ZENITH EXTREME motherboard (it's the Ryzen Threadripper motherboard)

  2. I made a $800 gaming PC with this hdd

    Ryzen 3 1200-$60
    RX 570 8gb used-$99
    8gb ddr4 Corsair vengeance ram-35
    240gb crucial bx500-$32
    Aerocool cylon PC case-$49
    EVGA 450W 80+ bronze psu-$32
    Asrock b450m pro 4-$79
    14tb Toshiba hdd-$410

    All parts bought on Amazon

  3. I see you guys making all that crazy PC stuff and i feel sad cause i still use a Intel Celeron on my PC 🙁

    (It runs Fortnite at 8 fps ;-;)

  4. Is potable really worth it? Just curious because it seems like a pretty good deal if I can get ssd like speeds form a hard drive.

  5. I was wondering if possible if you might would sell the old PC parts. I only need parts for 1080p I have PayPal. I hope you had a good new year.

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