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

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 5 days ago

Sure, it's quite capable of 4K -- You can take a look at the FireStrike Ultra and TimeSpy results to see how it compares to expected 4K gaming. It's mostly just a matter of how high you can push the settings in particular games and what frame rate you're looking to hit.

maclamby's Completed Build: NZXT VR-Ready Gaming PC Build

BoyScout staff 21 Builds 1 point 5 days ago

If you're concern is air flow in the S340, I wouldn't worry. It does a great job of moving air through the case. I think the H700i has enough improvements to warrant your attention over the H440 if you're looking at that size case. The extra cost on the H700i is certainly worth it if you want TG and your plan is already to add a dedicated RGB controller like the HUE. And it being integrated under CAM along with the fan control can be handy. So from that perspective, a HUE+ would run you $60 and a Grid V3 would cost you another $50, so it's not a bad deal if it works well with your build goals.

The P400S is a great case as well -- a bit different look, of course, but also very popular for good reasons. It's another (mostly) easy case to build in. You can check out the build we did in it recently as well.

So: (1) Yes, the improvements are worth your careful consideration to upgrade though it's a negative if you don't really want the CAM-powered RGB/Fan control.

(2) You're getting into an opinion aspect here.. So take this with a grain of salt. If my choices are S340 Elite/H440/H700i/P400S TG and cost didn't matter, I'd personally probably snag the H700i. But I'm a sucker for RGB and tempered glass.. If budget is getting to be tight (or I was trying to be more careful with the case budget at least), and I'm not needing the larger case size then the S340 Elite and P400S TG are pretty great bargains and a bit of a toss up on price. I might lean a bit towards the P400S? I dunno -- tougher choice, at least with my personal tastes.

(3) Ultimately you have to go with what fits your taste, as it's going to sit on your desk for the next few (or more) years. But you've narrowed it down to practically a "no bad choice" situation, so you should be fine. All these are solid cases to build in.

And (4) thanks for subscribing! :)

maclamby's Completed Build: NZXT VR-Ready Gaming PC Build

BoyScout staff 21 Builds 1 point 6 days ago

The S340 Elite is certainly a popular choice and for good reason. It's a solidly built case that we find pretty easy to build in. Given it's gone thru a number of revisions over the years, it's about got any particular negative quirks it ever had just about worked out at this point.

The H440 is notably larger case, so that mostly depends on your needs a bit, but also a popular choice from NZXT.

Where the S340/H440 represent two of NZXT's most popular older cases, the H100i is an ITX version of NZXT's newer H-series cases. The H700i is something of a reborn H440. You can check out our experience building in it here. The new H-series cases are a bit more expensive though, as NZXT includes a "smart device", which amounts to basically a HUE+GRID fan controller.

Unfortunately, I've not had first hand experience with the Panzer Max to be able to give much feedback on that option. Looks like an interesting case.

maclamby's Completed Build: NZXT VR-Ready Gaming PC Build

BoyScout staff 21 Builds 2 points 8 days ago

The S340 Elite includes an 120mm fan at the front and a second 120mm fan at the rear exhaust (though both are normal/black fans, not Aer/RGB). The GPU was $660 back in October 2016 (when we originally built this).

PCPartPicker Blog Post "Fractal Design Define R6 Live Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 14 days ago

The bottom of the case can technically accommodate a 240mm radiator for the CPU (down where we put the 120mm radiator for the GPU). Though you'll need to keep an eye on your PSU's length to avoid cables not fitting against the end of the radiator. You'll also need to make sure you're tubing can reach from the CPU to the bottom. I'm not sure off hand if Fractal's Celsius S24 (or any) 240mm AIO radiators could reach that far without a bit of testing. It might take a custom loop to make that work.

PCPartPicker Blog Post "Corsair Crystal 570X w/ H150i PRO RGB Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 14 days ago

So yeah.. we debated this a bit. We did it mostly for the visual effect, to create the "up and over" light pattern through the top glass; however it does also serve to push air across the VRMs. Clearly more intake air than we need, but the fairly open design of the case deals with the extra air intake well. (We'll be posting a completed build with benchmarks soon).

PCPartPicker Blog Post "Corsair Crystal 570X w/ H150i PRO RGB Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 19 days ago

We didn't modify the case at all -- which hole are you referring to?

PCPartPicker Blog Post "Corsair Crystal 570X w/ H150i PRO RGB Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 3 points 20 days ago

Okay, so apparently there is one.. We may have to snag one of these. Looks like it could majorly improve the look of the shroud.

PCPartPicker Blog Post "Corsair Crystal 570X w/ H150i PRO RGB Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 20 days ago

Not sure where you see $500, but the EVGA GTX 1080 SC2 runs about $580-$600 normally. We already had it on hand and selected it a while back to use in this build.

FYI, our price history graph shows it's been available within that price range (when it's actually available) over the past month or so. It does also show a few price spikes to $700 and $800, but those appear to be via third party sellers.

PCPartPicker Blog Post "Corsair Crystal 570X w/ H150i PRO RGB Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 20 days ago

It was purchased for a previous build and reused in this one. We felt that it wouldn't particularly make a lot of sense to list it at some crazy inflated (and unavailable) price, so we listed it at it's MSRP. And, to be fair, according to our price charts, it has been available sporadically off an on over the past month within about $10-$30 of that price.

PCPartPicker Blog Post "Corsair Crystal 570X w/ H150i PRO RGB Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 21 days ago

Ah, ok.. You have to play the angle game a bit. From straight on, you don't really see that, but from a front angle, sure. You have to tuck them somewhere, after all.. An extension or end cap (with holes for cables) to cover the unused area might be nice, but we'd have had to remove some portion of a longer shroud to fit the 360mm radiator anyway.

PCPartPicker Blog Post "Corsair Crystal 570X w/ H150i PRO RGB Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 5 points 21 days ago

They should work reasonably well. Corsair classifies the LL fans as static pressure, though they aren't as effective as the ML PRO series fans included with the H150i PRO.

Fan Airflow Static Pressure Noise
Corsair SP120 62.74 CFM 3.1 mmH2O 35 dBA
Corsair SP120 (RGB) 52 CFM 1.45 mmH2O 26 dBA
Corsair HD120 (RGB) 54.4 CFM 2.25 mmH2O 18-30 dBA
Corsair LL120 (RGB/Light Loop) 43,25 CFM 1.61 mmH2O 24.8 dBA
Corsair ML120 (RGB/Mag Lev) 47.3 CFM 1.78 mmH2O 25 dBA
Corsair ML120 PRO (Mag Lev) 12 - 75 CFM 0.2 - 4.2 mmH2O 16 - 37 dBA

So, yes.. An argument can be made that we made things worse for the eye candy, but it should certainly still be sufficient for the task.

PCPartPicker Blog Post "Corsair Crystal 570X w/ H150i PRO RGB Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 3 points 21 days ago

How so?

BoyScout's Completed Build: Corsair Carbide SPEC-04 / Entry Level Gaming Build

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 25 days ago

We don't delete posts based on content unless it violates our user code of conduct. We would have no reason to purge topics critical (or otherwise) of a product outside of that.

As for BIOS issues, for the most part, we've not run into many notable issues since the first couple months after Ryzen was released, though I'm sure YMMV board to board. That said, we almost always recommend updating BIOS/UEFI firmware on motherboards (Intel or AMD) before getting too far though. "Out of the box" can be pretty out of date depending on how long a motherboard sat on a retailer's shelf.

BoyScout's Completed Build: Corsair Carbide SPEC-04 / Entry Level Gaming Build

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 25 days ago

To be fair, this system was built about a month and a half before the Ryzen 3 1200 was available. ;)

BoyScout's Completed Build: ASUS ROG ZENITH EXTREME X399 Build

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 26 days ago

That's probably doable. Are you wanting to see anything in particular though? We typically leave the CPU at stock settings and the memory at the default XMP profile (unless otherwise noted).

Rinnux's Completed Build: Birthday Build

BoyScout staff 21 Builds 3 points 1 month ago

Another lovely application of RGB within the Meshify. :) Thanks for sharing!

BoyScout's Completed Build: Fractal Design Meshify C Build

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Oh, nice! The HD fans do look pretty sweet through the mesh -- thanks for sharing it back.

BoyScout's Completed Build: Fractal Design Define C TG / MSI X399 Build

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

I'll have to double check which mode the PSU is in, but after a couple months using the PC I haven't heard any notable noise from the PSU.

BoyScout's Completed Build: Fractal Design Define C TG / MSI X399 Build

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Sorry, I missed your question when you posted it originally. You've probably already moved on, but we did apply one of the built in overclock profiles to the memory and have been using the PC off and on for a couple months now for editing videos in Premiere without any instability. I'd need to check tomorrow on what speed we managed to set them to and get back to you.

BoyScout's Completed Build: Fractal Design Define C TG / MSI X399 Build

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Yes, the X399 Gaming Pro Carbon AC includes an internal PCIe (x1) dual band / 802.11 ac card.

PCPartPicker Blog Post "Fractal Design Define R6 Live Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

We expected them to be available at launch, so we asked Fractal and they assured us they are heading to retailers and should show up soon. When it pops up somewhere it should show up in our listings pretty quickly.

BoyScout's Completed Build: MSI X299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC / Intel i7-7800X Build

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

It came included with the motherboard.

BoyScout's Completed Build: Corsair Carbide SPEC-04 / Entry Level Gaming Build

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Merry Christmas!

It's really a pretty personal choice. Some people bank on them for great deals while others consider them a pain and never worth doing. In my experience, it depends on the rebate -- some are super easy, while others can be painful to deal with.

If you're including them to squeeze a budget price down, just remember that you typically have to pay the higher price up front and it can take weeks to get the rebate. The value is often sent as a gift or credit card for the amount of the rebate (read carefully to know for sure), so it's not really the same as being on sale.

Personally, I track items and try to budget by the full price (without rebate). If a rebate happens to apply, then I fill it out -- and when it shows up, it's like a nice bonus to figure out how to spend on another upgrade. :)

BoyScout's Completed Build: Great AMD Gaming Build (July 2017)

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

PUBG is a fast moving target right now, which is why we don't currently list benchmarks for it. Recent updates (and the move to 1.0) seems to have helped, but it's still settling so it's tough to give a solid recommendation as the game still feels highly under-optimized. That said, yes -- I'd expect this system should perform reasonably on high. With plenty of CPU power with the R5 1600 and plenty of GPU power with the GTX 1080, it should keep up just fine.

BoyScout's Completed Build: Corsair Carbide SPEC-04 / Entry Level Gaming Build

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

This motherboard worked great, but "good" is a term that's tough to match up without more details on what you're looking for (price, intended use, etc) from a motherboard in your system.

PCPartPicker Blog Post "Fractal Design Define R6 Live Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

From the specs they provided, it looks like it can control 3 PWM fans (plus 6 case fans) based on a single PWM motherboard header. So yeah, sounds like for PWM control past the first 3, you'll need additional headers.

PCPartPicker Blog Post "Fractal Design Define R6 Live Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

The ever elusive December live stream has now come and gone.. Hope you were able to catch it! :)

PCPartPicker Blog Post "Fractal Design Define R6 Live Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Awesome -- thanks for watching!

PCPartPicker Blog Post "Fractal Design Define R6 Live Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

It's been a while, so we're probably due to revisit a budget build for a livestream, but we did one earlier this year if you need a fix sooner. :)

BoyScout's Completed Build: ASUS STRIX X299-E Gaming / Inwin 805 Infinity Build

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

We used both of the PSU's EPS 8-Pin (4+4) cables. The first one connects to the 8-pin header as you indicated, and the second was used for the 4-pin CPU header, just using half of the connector.

BoyScout's Completed Build: Great AMD Gaming Build (July 2017)

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

We haven't built in the MasterBox Lite 5 / RGB yet, but that seems reasonable. The Prime B350 Plus only has 2 chassis fan headers, but the MB Lite 5 / RGB includes a 1 to 3 fan splitter according to it's specs (making it's 3 front fans only need a single header), so that should work perfectly for your 4 fans, with the 4th using the second chassis header. (your CPU cooler will plug into the separate CPU_Fan header).

BoyScout's Completed Build: Great AMD Gaming Build (July 2017)

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

We haven't tried pushing the 1600 very far with only the stock cooler, though searching around a bit, it certainly seems others have managed to get to the 3.7/3.8 range. Ideally you'd upgrade to a CLC, but if you'd prefer to stick to air, a better air cooler could also make things easier (more stable).

If you start overclocking with air cooling (stock cooler or otherwise), I'd recommend adding a second intake fan at the front of the case to force more fresh air in from the air flow channel that feeds from the front/bottom of the case.

Another option to consider is that Cooler Master sells the full mesh front panel insert that normally comes with the black version of this case. That will open you up to a marginally louder setup, but should certainly offer improved airflow.

BoyScout's Completed Build: Great AMD Gaming Build (July 2017)

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Glad you enjoyed it! The side window is just plastic on this model. There are a number of MasterBox 5 variants with TG, but unfortunately, I don't think any of them are available in a white paint finish like this one.

PCPartPicker Blog Post "NZXT H700i Live Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

The case comes with what NZXT calls a CAM-powered "smart device". It provides most of the functionality from RGB LED (Hue+) and Fan controller (Grid+ V3) combined into a single device and pre-installed into the case. The "smart" part mostly seems to refer to a new adaptive noise reduction feature for the case fans.

PCPartPicker Blog Post "BitFenix ENSO Live Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Our build videos and live streams are not paid or sponsored. There's no particular benefit for us to prop up any particular product over another, as we receive compensation through retailer affiliate referrals, generally independent of the brand or model a user decides to ultimately purchase.

The components we do receive as review or demo samples from manufacturers are offered with no agreement or implied expectation that we'll say (or avoid saying) anything in particular about their products.

While we hear (and can somewhat share given other reviews) the concerns on airflow in the ENSO, our pre-stream benchmarking showed typical temperatures for the CPU and GPU under load, certainly nothing alarming. When the comments started flowing in after announcing our live build, Barry went back and tested our setup further, trying to reproduce the front grill / air flow concerns and (as he noted in his pros/cons at the end of the video) didn't really see anything nearly so dramatic on the temps in our setup.

That said, our result doesn't mean another reviewer's findings are necessarily invalid. For example, it might be important that they tested with an air CPU cooler instead of a CLC. So we're not looking to disparage what others found, but our experience clearly varied a bit from theirs and as such both our positives and negatives on the case were focused elsewhere, mostly dealing around the actual build experience rather than just focusing in on its air flow design.

Forum Topic "Parametric filter"

BoyScout staff 21 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Unfortunately, there's not support for adding them via the mobile site at the moment (though there should be eventually). For now you'd have to switch to the desktop site to add a parametric filter.

Forum Topic "Saved parts list not updating on mobile"

BoyScout staff 21 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

I'm not able to reproduce any difference between desktop/mobile saved part lists, so can you give me more details on how you are seeing this happen? Are you saving over your previous saved part list or creating new ones? (If you make changes after saving the first time, you still have to save the part list again to update it for you changes).

Forum Topic "PCPartPicker mobile site broken on Chrome (Galaxy S8)?"

BoyScout staff 21 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Very odd -- can you explain a bit more what you mean by unavailable? Are you getting an error message? a blank page?

Forum Topic "Mobile app says change instead of add"

BoyScout staff 21 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Do you have an example part list where you see it show the wrong wording? It should say "Add" next to GPU until you add one. Once you've added one, it should read "Change". (this is the behavior I'm seeing on mobile right now)

Forum Topic "Print Option For Your Part List"

BoyScout staff 21 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

A proper print view is something that is still on our TODO list.

We actually print part lists quite often to use as checklists for our build videos. Until we have an official print view, one tip I can offer you is to view the part list from its permalink or (even better) saved part list link. It's a bit more compact and reasonable to print than what is on the System Build page. And if you use the Saved part list view, you even get the "title" for your build on the print out.

Forum Topic "Pcpartpicker app"

BoyScout staff 21 Builds 5 points 2 months ago

Thanks for the feedback -- it's definitely a popular request. And just to clarify what others have responded, we do have releasing an app on our roadmap. It's just not currently being worked on due to some higher priority efforts.

PCPartPicker Blog Post "BitFenix ENSO Live Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 5 points 3 months ago

We are pretty unlikely to avoid taking a look at a case just because another reviewer didn't like it. We've been playing with the case over the past week or so and certainly have developed our own list of pros and cons which the guys will attempt to cover while showing what it's like to build in the it.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

The airflow is pretty good, as solid front panels go. We've built in the case a couple times (Barry is currently using one as his main work PC right now) and not run into any notable thermal issues, but it can certainly vary with component selection. What are you looking at for a part list?

PCPartPicker Blog Post "ASUS STRIX X299-E Gaming / Inwin 805 Infinity Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

The linked part list (and total price) is correct.. looks like I managed to delete that line with the second memory kit when I was posting it here. I've added it back.

BoyScout's Completed Build: Fractal Design Focus G Build

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Interestingly enough, we didn't have any issues on this particular build. We had built several Ryzen systems by the time we built this one (about 2 months after Ryzen launched), most which had some sort of issue that required a BIOS update, etc to work around. If I recall correctly, this was the first that didn't really give us any issues that we needed to sort out.

That said, we generally recommend updating to the latest BIOS revision once you have everything put together and before you start installing the OS, etc. It can save you a lot of headaches if the board happened to ship with an older revision that had known issues.

And if you do have any issues getting your system up and running, you can always make a post in our Troubleshooting forum with your part list and a description of what you're seeing / what you've tried. There are lots of folks happy to help you figure out what might be going on!

BoyScout's Completed Build: ASUS ROG ZENITH EXTREME X399 Build

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

You can hear it at full and normal fan speed during its test boot in the build video, though granted that's with the side panel off. It's a bit quieter once it's closed up and the GPUs seemed to make most of the noise when we really pushed the system, since we set the case fans to the quieter speed and allowed the H115i to use its default cooling profile based on thermals (we didn't hook up Corsair Link).

Essentially, I'd say the case didn't sound particularly better or worse for noise relative to what we find with most glass side cases under load. No where near silent, but not overly loud.

ThoughtA's Build Guide: Entry Level AMD Gaming Build

BoyScout staff 21 Builds 4 points 3 months ago

Sorry to hear you're having trouble bringing the system up. I'd recommend you make a post in our Troubleshooting forum where more people are looking to help. Post a description of what's going on, what you've specifically tried and a link to your part list so hopefully you can get some help figuring out what's going on.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

You should be fine then -- the header on ASUS motherboards use a 4-pin [ 12V / G / R / B ] header, which is the same as the 4-pin strip I linked above. That board should also come with an extension which will make wiring it to the starting location you want easier.

PCPartPicker Blog Post "Cooler Master MasterCase H500P / ASRock Fatal1ty Z370 Live Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

We haven't run it through the benchmark suite yet, but given our previous Kaby Lake i7-7700K / 1080 Ti build managed around 174fps at 1440p on Epic, I think it looks pretty promising. ;)

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