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BoyScout May 23, 2017

Update: The live stream is over. Thanks to everyone who watched and participated. If you missed it, you can watch the archive of the stream on Twitch or YouTube to see our thoughts on the case and how the build came together. You can also check out our Completed Build write-up for benchmarks and more photos.

Original Post:
Fractal Design announced the Focus G Mid Tower and Focus G Mini Micro-ATX mid tower cases today.

Join us at 2PM CDT on Twitch.tv as we take a look at the Focus G and build a Ryzen 5 1600 system using MSI's B350 Tomahawk motherboard.

A big thanks to Fractal Design for providing the case and MSI for providing the motherboard to use in this build.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor $217.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI - B350 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard $107.89 @ OutletPC
Memory Team - Dark 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $112.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial - MX300 525GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $149.88 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $69.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB QUICK SILVER OC Video Card $384.99 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design - Focus G (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $49.99 (USD - MSRP)
Power Supply SeaSonic - G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $69.39 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1182.91
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total at time of filming $1162.91

Comments Sorted by:

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 3 points 23 months ago

tbh I think that case isn't as clever or innovative as it should be.

RamiFede 1 point 22 months ago

tbh, I think that North America taste and choices are very different to Scandinavia, and Europeans in general

Adrew24 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

tbh, for 50 bucks this is pretty darn good.

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riftking 1 point 22 months ago

I'm hoping for a TG window replacement for the Carbide 400c :(( Dont think itll ever happen though

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RamiFede 1 point 22 months ago

I love Fractal Design cases, and Phanteks, too. But Fractal Design are the best

dtapemaster 1 point 22 months ago

Does anyone know about the compatibility of this RAM with the Ryzen CPUs, as I was thinking about using them but wasnt sure about how they played with the Ryzen CPUs.

castlefox 1 point 21 months ago

Looks cool. Thanks for doing this. It is close to what I am thinking about doing.

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

Glad you found it helpful -- good luck with your build!

Holdthemayo 1 point 19 months ago

I just recently purchased this case and cannot for the life of me figure out how to screw one of the front fans in the posterior portion of the case. I am using the same 4 long screws but it seems as if though I'm missing nuts to tighten then end of the screws? Any help is greatly appreciated!

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

It looks like the front fans on the Focus G are attached to machined holes, but the rear fan mount is designed for a more typical self-tapping fan screws. If you were to buy an additional fan for mounting at the rear of the case, it would typically come with these (or a similar vibration-reducing alternative) for mounting.

A quick search of online stores mostly found 30 or 50 packs of these screws for $5-8. You might check if you can find a smaller quantity pack (since you only need 4) or something at a local electronics or hardware store, because at $5 you might consider just spending that same money (or slightly more) to get a third fan for back there.

Holdthemayo 1 point 19 months ago

Thanks for the reply! I'll probably just buy a third fan, it'll help out more in the long run.

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BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 5 points 23 months ago

This is the first time I am seeing/heard of this case.

The case was just announced and released today. Fractal Design was kind enough to send it to us in advance so we could plan and do this build as part of their launch week.

I still don't understand PCPP's infatuation with Team Dark RAM though... every. time. why?

It shows up a lot via parametrics as the cheapest option; though in this case we used it because we had actually used them before and knew they'd match up perfectly with the Quick Silver 1070.

Also, add $100 for the OS.

We intentionally don't include the OS with our builds. To be honest, we got complaints whether we did or did not, so it seems reasonable to pick one way and stick with it. We decided to stick with the more baseline price of the hardware, leaving the OS (as well as accessories) out of our video and guide part lists.

Glad you enjoyed the build and thanks for the feedback.

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BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

So the team dark ram in your experience have been reliable?

Yep, we've had consistently positive experiences with Team Dark memory we've used so far.

I do like it, I just don't understand Fractal's choices with it.

Fair enough -- hopefully our livestream let you take a good look at it so you could judge its suitability for your own build planning, either way!

were [you] able to remove the Optical bay slot up top, or at least use it for HDD's?

It's not removable. You could use it for HDDs with an adapter, but no built in support.

why no rear fan even in your build?

In our pre-build testing, there was reasonable air flow and the temps looked good, so we didn't feel a need to add one. We'll see if that holds up with our post-build benchmarking. If our opinion on that changes, we'll be sure to note it when we post the completed build write-up.

How do the stock LED Fractal fans stack up against the normal white Fractal fans?

We didn't do any comparison testing, but they seem on par with the normal fans. It's a good question though -- I'll see if we can take a closer look after we run our benchmarks.

Pawacorn 5 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

No cooler? ಠ_ಠ

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Pawacorn 5 Builds 4 points 23 months ago

Honestly, I'd just go with an i5 7600k

Why? The R5 1600 is a better choice all-around with 12 threads of massive overhead, a better value, and the stock AMD cooler is a nice bonus considering you can get a decent overclock with it.

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