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Blog Post "BitFenix Portal / MSI Z270 / GTX 1080 Ti mITX Live Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 1 hour ago

The MP500 is an NVME drive, so it can perform quite a bit faster than SATA based SSDs.

Blog Post "BitFenix Portal / MSI Z270 / GTX 1080 Ti mITX Live Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 2 hours ago

Sure -- we are near the north wall of the north east section of the BYOC area. That probably doesn't narrow it down very well though.. The easiest thing to do might be to message one of us on Discord and see who is around when you have time to stop by.

Blog Post "ASRock Z270 SuperCarrier Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 2 hours ago

Thanks for the feedback and glad you enjoyed it!

BoyScout's Completed Build: $1250 "Great Gaming" Build (February 2017 Featured Guide)

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 2 hours ago

We usually don't have sleep enabled during our testing, so it didn't come up. I believe that system is still built though. Can try to see if ours does it. Are you running the latest BIOS/motherboard drivers/etc?

BoyScout's Completed Build: Gigabyte Aorus Z270X Gaming 7 Build

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 1 day ago

Which fans will you be using? The ThermalTake Riing fans used here don't link up to the on board RGBW header, but use their included controller.

BoyScout's Completed Build: ASRock Z270 SuperCarrier Build

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 1 day ago

Shouldn't be a problem.

Blog Post "BitFenix Portal / MSI Z270 / GTX 1080 Ti mITX Live Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 1 day ago

It hasn't happened yet.. still 1.5 hours away. But we will definitely update the post with links to the archive once they are available for folks who aren't able to watch live.

Blog Post "ASRock Z270 SuperCarrier Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

I would personally treat them pretty equally, given similar speeds and timings, leaning towards the option that best aesthetically matched my system and met my price target.

Blog Post "BitFenix Portal / MSI Z270 / GTX 1080 Ti mITX Live Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

Nice rig! And definitely feel free to come up to say howdy!

Blog Post "BitFenix Portal / MSI Z270 / GTX 1080 Ti mITX Live Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 2 points 3 days ago

Thanks -- hope you enjoy it!

Blog Post "BitFenix Portal / MSI Z270 / GTX 1080 Ti mITX Live Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 3 points 3 days ago

This one has the window up top as well.. it's really quite nice. The case has not disappointed us so far.

Blog Post "BitFenix Portal / MSI Z270 / GTX 1080 Ti mITX Live Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 4 points 3 days ago

My understanding is the only safe place to sit relative to a Portal Turret is behind it..

Oh, you mean at Dreamhack Austin? We're actually trying to figure that out for certain. We thought were near an entrance to the BYOC area, but that may not be the case. We'll try to post an update with where to find us in case anyone wants to meet up.

BoyScout's Completed Build: ASRock Z270 SuperCarrier Build

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 3 days ago

Yes, the SuperCarrier motherboard supports 4-way SLI.

BoyScout's Completed Build: ASRock Z270 SuperCarrier Build

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 3 days ago

That's correct. Just something you have to keep in mind as you populate the M.2 ports that you will lose (disable) a corresponding SATA port. For example, in our build, we used the upper M.2 slot (M.2_3), which disables SATA3_3.

Blog Post "ASRock Z270 SuperCarrier Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 4 points 3 days ago

Thanks for the feedback. Shouldn't be too much longer before we revisit our budget gaming PC guide for an updated video guide.

Blog Post "ASRock Z270 SuperCarrier Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 2 points 3 days ago

Thanks -- and good luck with your build!

Blog Post "ASRock Z270 SuperCarrier Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 3 days ago

We've had pretty good experiences with the Team Group brand of memory across a number of builds now.

BoyScout's Completed Build: ASRock Z270 SuperCarrier Build

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 3 days ago

Glad you liked it! We were pretty happy with how it came together.

BoyScout's Completed Build: ASRock Z270 SuperCarrier Build

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 3 days ago

Thanks for the compliment -- and glad you enjoyed the build!

BoyScout's Completed Build: ASRock Z270 SuperCarrier Build

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 4 days ago

Thanks -- glad you liked it!

Blog Post "ASRock Z270 SuperCarrier Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 4 days ago

Thanks -- hope you enjoyed watching it!

Blog Post "ASRock Z270 SuperCarrier Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 4 days ago

The case hub has a speed control (Off/Low/High) switch up top near the power and front panel USB, etc. You can see it if you look carefully in the final build shots showing the top of the case near the end of the video (or in the completed build images).

Blog Post "ASRock Z270 SuperCarrier Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 2 points 4 days ago

:D

BoyScout's Completed Build: $1600 "Enthusiast Ryzen Gaming" Build (April 2017 Featured Guide)

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

It varies. Some get put to work around our office. Most get pulled apart for parts to use in future builds (or generally re-purposed in other projects). We usually keep them assembled for a month or so after they are built to answer questions that might come up.

BoyScout's Completed Build: $1600 "Enthusiast Ryzen Gaming" Build (April 2017 Featured Guide)

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

If your part list is the same except for the M.2, you should be fine. We're only at ~340W max under load (before overclocking) with this build. That's still a good amount of headroom even if you do decide to do some overclocking. I'd have a hard time justifying going beyond 550-600W unless you perhaps plan to add multiple GPUs later.

Blog Post "$1600 Gaming PC Build - ASRock X370 Fatal1ty Gaming K4 / Ryzen 7 1700"

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 10 days ago

Yep, we're working on getting them entered today. Prices should start showing up soon.

BoyScout's Completed Build: MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon Build

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 21 days ago

This particular case can be purchased with an optional riser / extension card (to connect the GPU to the PCI Express port) and mounting bracket for a vertical configuration.

BoyScout's Completed Build: MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon Build

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 2 points 21 days ago

That's an interesting idea. Don't imagine it would hurt if you could find something the right size.. it might be effective.

That said, this system has been sitting out since we built it back in January. The occasional puff of air from a compressed air can has kept it pretty presentable.

BoyScout's Completed Build: Fractal Design Define Mini C Gaming PC

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 22 days ago

If I were to guess, I'd think more than likely it won't have been updated. It just depends on how quickly they've sold thru their inventory over the past couple months. If you have an older compatible CPU around, you'll be able to update the BIOS anyway, but if not you might want to try to call the retailer to ask if they can verify the BIOS version of what they have in stock.

Alternatively, you could perhaps go with the Kaby Lake version of the motherboard instead -- the ASRock H270M Pro4. It's about $10-$15 more, but you know it will work (plus the general bonus of the newer chipset).

Blog Post "$1250 Gaming PC Build - ASUS STRIX B250F Gaming / i5-7500"

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 22 days ago

If you're looking to save a few dollars, it can certainly be left off and you can just use the stock Intel cooler that comes included. But for the price, it's a good value. While we mostly wanted it to improve the look of the build through the window, it will also typically run a bit more quietly than the stock cooler.

Blog Post "Kaby Lake Build - MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon / i5-7600K"

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 22 days ago

Yep. The case, motherboard, CPU Cooler and PSU include the screws you'll need. You shouldn't need anything beyond what the components include.

Blog Post "$1600 Gaming PC Build - ASRock X370 Fatal1ty Gaming K4 / Ryzen 7 1700"

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 23 days ago

Not a problem -- thanks for the feedback!

Blog Post "$1250 Gaming PC Build - ASUS STRIX B250F Gaming / i5-7500"

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 24 days ago

It's easier than that -- if you like the Phanteks P400S, I'd recommend just customizing the current guide and replace the case: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/G9JHbj

Most of the filters have stayed pretty similar over the past 3 months, so not much has changed beyond the motherboard and CPU. We cycle through difference cases with each update to show people new options -- but we fully understand that the case (more than most) is very subject to the taste of each builder.

Note that the Motherboard, Memory, Storage, GPU and PSU are all parametric selections and filters on the guide that show the cheapest option based on the filters we selected. You'll want to expand those to see the alternatives to narrow down your final choices.

The basics are the same, but there will be some details that change based on where you place things, etc. We actually did a livestream build in the P400S a while back -- so you could probably take cues from both videos as you plan and work on yours.

On the blocked drive bays warning, you should be fine. That message is a bit confusing (sorry about that) but it actually just blocks some of the front side mounting for additional (optional) drive bays. The included 4 drive mounts (2 x 3.5 and 2 x 2.5) are on the back side and below the shroud and will be unaffected by the GPU length.

Blog Post "$1250 Gaming PC Build - ASUS STRIX B250F Gaming / i5-7500"

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 25 days ago

Sorry about that! It looks like we noticed that as well when we updated the guide that this build was originally based on last week. It looks like we now list the Black version of the DUKASE V2. So that's certainly an option with no change in upgrade options, but it does change the look of things a bit.

You can also take a look through the history of the Great Gaming build guide to get ideas of similarly priced cases we've recommended in the past for this build budget (revision history links are on the left side of any Build Guide page).

This build doesn't include any wireless adapter, but you could edit the part list and add one yourself. The compatibility checker should keep you on track for that. If you run into any questions, feel free to ask either on the guide you decide to follow or perhaps in our forums! Lots of folks here that are happy to help you make that first build go smoothly.

Blog Post "$1600 Gaming PC Build - ASRock X370 Fatal1ty Gaming K4 / Ryzen 7 1700"

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 2 points 25 days ago

The 1700 can be overclocked, though with the stock cooler you'll just not want to get too aggressive.

Blog Post "$1600 Gaming PC Build - ASRock X370 Fatal1ty Gaming K4 / Ryzen 7 1700"

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 2 points 25 days ago

Sure. We liked the idea of a single SSD covering storage needs at that price point, but storage needs and preferences can certainly vary. As for the GPU, with limited availability on the GTX 1080 Ti's at the moment, we chose to stick with the GTX 1080 for this build. If you are interested, you can read a bit more on our thought process behind the part selection in the Guide.

BoyScout's Completed Build: $1600 "Enthusiast Ryzen Gaming" Build (April 2017 Featured Guide)

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 2 points 25 days ago

Thanks -- glad you enjoyed it!

BoyScout's Completed Build: $1600 "Enthusiast Ryzen Gaming" Build (April 2017 Featured Guide)

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 25 days ago

The work of our designer, Phil Coffman. He always manages to take great pictures for our builds!

BoyScout's Completed Build: $1600 "Enthusiast Ryzen Gaming" Build (April 2017 Featured Guide)

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 25 days ago

Thanks -- glad you enjoyed it!

BoyScout's Completed Build: $1600 "Enthusiast Ryzen Gaming" Build (April 2017 Featured Guide)

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 25 days ago

Correct. We opted to not add an extra fan -- our previous experience with the case saw a lot of fresh air is moved across the system thanks to the front fans, though we did use a vertical CPU cooler in that system. I certainly wouldn't argue against adding one if you prefer, but so far the temps look good.

BoyScout's Completed Build: $1600 "Enthusiast Ryzen Gaming" Build (April 2017 Featured Guide)

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 25 days ago

I have some notes around here with our summary of thoughts I'll try to find and post, but Ryan and Barry went through the case pretty thoroughly in our "First Impressions" live stream a while back. It certainly has some quirks (which are mostly addressed in the 570X), but overall it's still pretty nice to build in.

BoyScout's Completed Build: $1600 "Enthusiast Ryzen Gaming" Build (April 2017 Featured Guide)

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 25 days ago

Ha -- I hear ya. Though the Ryzen branding on the left side of the motherboard helps a bit. :)

Blog Post "Kaby Lake Build - Gigabyte Z270X Gaming 7 / i7-7700K"

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 25 days ago

Congrats on your new rig -- and glad to hear we were helpful to you along the way!

BoyScout's Completed Build: Fractal Design Define Mini C Gaming PC

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 25 days ago

If you want to stick to Skylake, I'd probably recommend you bump up to a B150 or H170 board. To see Skylake recommendations you would need to look at versions of our Guides from before January 2017 (check the history on the left side of the Guide pages).

I think the only place we've suggested some options for H110 boards any time recently was for our older (non-gaming) Home Office PC Guide. Prices and availability likely shifted a bit as the new boards released, but you can check for ideas on B150 boards in our older Entry Level and Great Gaming Guides. You can check out some ideas for H170 boards in our older Modest Gaming Guide. And of course, you can also check the current version of those guides for Kaby Lake board recommendations if you're not tied into Skylake for any particular reason.

Blog Post "$1600 Gaming PC Build - ASRock X370 Fatal1ty Gaming K4 / Ryzen 7 1700"

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 2 points 26 days ago

The 3 front fans move a lot of fresh air into the case, so we haven't seen any issues without an exhaust fan in our testing on the system so far.

Blog Post "$1600 Gaming PC Build - ASRock X370 Fatal1ty Gaming K4 / Ryzen 7 1700"

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 26 days ago

Availability has been pretty limited, but we hope to do one soon!

BoyScout's Completed Build: Fractal Design Define Mini C Gaming PC

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 2 points 26 days ago

You are correct -- this system would work perfectly fine with a good 450 or 500W unit if that keeps things in the right budget for what you are planning. ( I think the max draw for this build was only in the 300W range.) Of course, double check the wattage calculator on your part list as well.

So then why did we choose 550W? There were lots of decent options in that range that kept us within our $850 budget requirements for this build. So dropping to 450-500W wouldn't have significantly changed the price but could reduce future upgrade options unnecessarily. (Imagine upgrading to a higher end video card or adding additional storage over time -- slowly increasing the power needs).

Hope that helps -- good luck with your build!

BoyScout's Completed Build: $1600 "Enthusiast Ryzen Gaming" Build (April 2017 Featured Guide)

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 28 days ago

There's a lot of fresh air coming in with those 3 front fans, so we weren't particularly worried (and the temps seem pretty stable). Could definitely stick an additional fan at the back if you were concerned though.

BoyScout's Completed Build: $1600 "Enthusiast Ryzen Gaming" Build (April 2017 Featured Guide)

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 3 points 28 days ago

Glad you like it, but as a staff build, it won't be featured. Thanks for taking a look and offering the kind words though!

BoyScout's Completed Build: Gigabyte Aorus Z270X Gaming 7 Build

BoyScout staff submitter 9 Builds 1 point 29 days ago

ah, ok. On that motherboard (MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon) MSI recommends (in the manual) using the two top x16 slots. To accommodate that, we used nVidia's 2-Slot bridge. Since the cards are side-by-side, you'll want to try to stick with a reference cooler design so the air is exhausted out the back of the case instead of onto the second card.

One other thing to note: Different brands sometime measure the "slot" spacing differently, so if you spot a different brand HB bridge that you happen to like better, be sure to double check how they measure it.

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