Dive into Kaby Lake-X with this Core i7-7740X and MSI X299 SLI bundle for $500

Are you thinking about a building a system around Kaby Lake-X? If so, start with our write-up that details everything you need to know about Intel's enthusiast CPU family and accompanying X299 chipset. Then if you decide that Kaby Lake-X is for you, check out this deal at Newegg a CPU and motherboard bundle.

Newegg is offering Intel's Core i7-7740X Kaby Lake-X processor and MSI's X299 SLI Plus motherboard for $500 (after $10 mail-in-rebate) when purchased together. These same parts go for $610 if purchased separately.

The Core i7-7740X is a lower tier Kaby Lake-X CPU and one of two that has four cores and eight threads (Core i5-7640X is the other). It is clocked at 4.3GHz with a 4.5GHz Turbo clock and has 8MB of L3 cache. 

This is primarily aimed at enthusiasts who want to jump on Intel's X299 platform without spending an arm and a leg, at least initially. That means there are some concessions that go beyond the core count—this chip supports dual-channel memory instead of quad-channel memory, and only offers 16 PCIe 3.0 lanes.

The Core i7-7740X offers one of the more affordable upgrade paths to an X299 setup, especially with this bundle deal. Then down the line you could always upgrade to something faster, including a Skylake-X CPU.

As for the motherboard, MSI's X299 SLI Plus is pretyy loaded. It features reinforced PCIe slots for graphics cards, dual M.2 slots, U.2 support, dual LAN ports, onboard audio with a built-in amplifier, and six fan headers to help keep things cool.

You can grab this combo deal here. Rebate instructions can be found here (PDF).

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Paul Lilly

Paul has been playing PC games and raking his knuckles on computer hardware since the Commodore 64. He does not have any tattoos, but thinks it would be cool to get one that reads LOAD"*",8,1. In his off time, he rides motorcycles and wrestles alligators (only one of those is true).