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BoyScout's Completed Build: BitFenix Nova TG Build

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 1 point 1 hour ago

You can watch the cable management video to see what Barry did with it. Overall, it only offers rather basic options to work with. Most notable is that there's not a lot of tie down points in the back, so you're left to mostly secure the cables to themselves. That said, since the Nova TG's back panel is punched out, giving pretty ample space, it worked fine, even with our thick 24 pin PSU cable. So, while it's doesn't really offer great cable management options, it was relatively easy to deal with.

BoyScout's Completed Build: ASUS PRIME X370-PRO / Radeon RX 580 Gaming PC

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 1 point 6 days ago

Sorry -- completely missed your question, but also not sure what you are asking. The fans are oriented to intake fresh air from the top of the case and push it across the radiator into the case interior.

BoyScout's Completed Build: ASUS PRIME X370-PRO / Radeon RX 580 Gaming PC

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 1 point 6 days ago

The main advice would be to make sure you are running the latest BIOS. We saw a lot of issues in the early months of Ryzen motherboards, but our more recent builds we've done haven't had any issue getting to 3000 MHz if the BIOS is current.

BoyScout's Completed Build: BitFenix Nova TG Build

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 1 point 6 days ago

Necessity is a pretty strong word. While you don't have to argue the benefits of the OS and multiplayer games with large level loads being installed onto an SSD, it's not preferable to having sufficient space for your build's needs. Especially since SSDs/HDDs are about the simplest of "do it later"/additive upgrades you can plan when budget dollars are strained.

So if you can get away with holding off on the HDD until later and manage with a small SSD for now, then great. Otherwise, I'd recommend having the sufficiently sized HDD and adding an SSD later.

BoyScout's Completed Build: BitFenix Nova TG Build

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 1 point 6 days ago

Thanks for the complement -- glad you enjoyed the results!

BoyScout's Completed Build: BitFenix Nova TG Build

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 1 point 6 days ago

Storage can be a pretty personal choice which changes based on needs, so if a small SSD works well enough instead of getting a larger HDD, then I wouldn't argue. It's also an easy upgrade down the road (either way).

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

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 1 point 6 days ago

We didn't have any issues. What kind of trouble do you mean?

Blog Post "BitFenix Nova TG / Ryzen 3 Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 2 points 7 days ago

Sorry about that -- they've been posted now.

BoyScout's Completed Build: Fractal Design Meshify C Build

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

Yeah, the WINDFORCE OC version has a solid side logo, so no LED. I believe the G1 Gaming version has an RGB LED, which we also considered for this build but weren't able to get it at the time.

BoyScout's Completed Build: Fractal Design Meshify C Build

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 2 points 8 days ago

You pull the bottom filter out (it slides out from the front) then just push the front filter out from behind the bottom edge of the case.

Blog Post "BitFenix Nova TG / Ryzen 3 Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 3 points 8 days ago

Yep. It didn't work out to have it ready for launch week, but definitely have something in the works. :)

BoyScout's Completed Build: Fractal Design Meshify C Build

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 1 point 10 days ago

Mmm.. That's a tough call -- both are great cases with their own style.

While the Meshify C can fit two 140mm fans up top, it only has clearance for a 240mm radiator up there. So if you went with the Corsair 115i, you'd need to mount it in the front of the case.

BoyScout's Completed Build: Fractal Design Meshify C Build

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 2 points 10 days ago

Great idea -- I think most RGB fans would pop through that side glass panel nicely.

BoyScout's Completed Build: Fractal Design Meshify C Build

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 2 points 11 days ago

That's understandable if you prefer a more clear-though view. It's not as dark as other's we have built in, but it's got a good tinting to it. Good to be aware of to perhaps plan more LED lighting to illuminate components you want to show off on the interior.. The flip side is that the tinting can help hide things as well that perhaps you don't want to see or to soften LED hot spots.

Thanks for the feedback!

BoyScout's Completed Build: Fractal Design Meshify C Build

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 2 points 11 days ago

The tinted window can definitely be handy for hiding things in shadows, while lighting up focus areas. Glad you found the build helpful and good luck with your build!

BoyScout's Completed Build: Fractal Design Meshify C Build

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 2 points 11 days ago

Hmm. We didn't look at adding a strip in this build, but I imagine it just depends on the lighting effect you'd be wanting to achieve. I think you could get an LED strip behind the front panel radiator mounts if you wanted to light up the mesh, but not sure how it would look from the side panel. A short strip placed just inside the top of the case could possibly offer a downward fill-glow. This feels like a good challenge to explore.

BoyScout's Completed Build: Fractal Design Meshify C Build

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 1 point 11 days ago

Definitely -- there's actually a foam filter behind the metal mesh. The front mesh section (which is inset into the front panel plastic bezel) can easily pop out for quick dusting/cleaning. You can see a picture of it on the case's part page. (shown in a couple of the last images)

Blog Post "$1250 AMD Ryzen 5 1600 / GeForce GTX 1080 Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 1 point 11 days ago

No problem -- good luck with your build!

BoyScout's Completed Build: Fractal Design Meshify C Build

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 2 points 11 days ago

Thanks for the feedback -- and yes.. that case. :)

BoyScout's Completed Build: Fractal Design Meshify C Build

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 2 points 11 days ago

Possibly. It would be interesting to track the different settings that change between the two presets to better narrow down what is going on there, but it happens pretty regularly with BF1 and Wildlands (both relatively CPU intensive games). When certain settings are lowered, it seems to be shift some aspect of the load onto the CPU. You can see similar results in our X299 and Ryzen 5 builds from last month.

Thanks for the feedback -- and glad you enjoyed checking out the new case!

BoyScout's Completed Build: Fractal Design Meshify C Build

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 3 points 11 days ago

We haven't heard anything beyond the Define C and Meshify, but we can hope right along with you!

BoyScout's Completed Build: Fractal Design Meshify C Build

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 1 point 11 days ago

Yep! It released about a week ago: Define Mini C TG

BoyScout's Completed Build: Fractal Design Meshify C Build

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 5 points 12 days ago

Correct, it was just released today. And yes, definitely lots of good airflow with the open front design.

Glad you enjoyed the build!

Blog Post "$1250 AMD Ryzen 5 1600 / GeForce GTX 1080 Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 1 point 12 days ago

If you don't have a grounded anti-static mat setup, you could use an inexpensive alligator clip style wrist strap attached/clipped onto a metal portion of the case you are building in.

Don't plug in your power supply until the PC is built and you are ready to turn it on/test it.

Blog Post "$1250 AMD Ryzen 5 1600 / GeForce GTX 1080 Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 1 point 14 days ago

The ones we use on set are connected to the antistatic mat which is grounded via a resistive circuit to an electrical ground.

BoyScout's Completed Build: Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t Build

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 2 points 17 days ago

Thanks -- glad you liked the build! The logo didn't particularly bother us, but now that you mention it, that would be neat if there was a more subdued logo that perhaps tied in better with the case's sleek styling.

We didn't think to show this on the stream, but if it really bothered you, the "tilting" front panel can be removed to reveal an otherwise nice mesh front panel. I don't have a picture handy, but if you take a look at the MasterCase 5 Maker upgrade kit, you can see what the mesh cover basically looks like behind the tilting cover.

BoyScout's Completed Build: Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t Build

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 1 point 17 days ago

It really looks great.. and the alternate cover plates (including being able to 3D print your own) are a nice touch. Thanks for the feedback and glad you enjoyed it!

BoyScout's Completed Build: Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t Build

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 1 point 17 days ago

Thanks -- and thanks for the feedback! Yeah, Red/Black themes certainly come up a lot just based on popularity and what's being released to check out, but we agree that it came together in an impressive way with this build.

BoyScout's Completed Build: Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t Build

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 1 point 17 days ago

Thanks! That would be the preferred reaction to wanting the case. :)

BoyScout's Completed Build: Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t Build

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 1 point 17 days ago

ThoughtA kept staring longingly at it while it the entire time it was sitting on my desk being benched.. So you may have to beat him to it.

BoyScout's Completed Build: Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t Build

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 1 point 17 days ago

Well then, thanks again! :) Glad you enjoyed checking it out!

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

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 1 point 19 days ago

Glad you enjoyed it -- thanks for the feedback!

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

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 1 point 19 days ago

With AM4 motherboards right now, I'd always recommend updating to the latest BIOS, as there have been a lot of helpful updates/fixes in the months since they were released.

That said, I'm not sure off-hand what would prevent you from being able to install a video card driver. I'd recommend posting your question, along with what you've already tried and your part list, to our Troubleshooting Forum. Perhaps someone might be able to offer up ideas for you to try.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 1 point 20 days ago

The table is just part of the description section for the Completed Build. If you still mean the table itself, there's a user-created formatting guide that explains it (and lots of other options) pretty well; but basically you just need a header row, followed by a column justification definition and then each row of data you want to add:

Header 1 | Header 2 | Header 3
:---|:--:|---:
Entry 1-1 Left | Entry 1-2 Centered | Entry 1-3 Right
Entry 2-1 | Entry 2-2 | Entry 2-3
Header 1 Header 2 Header 3
Entry 1-1 Left Entry 1-2 Centered Entry 1-3 Right
Entry 2-1 Entry 2-2 Entry 2-3

Hope that helps!

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

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 1 point 20 days ago

We didn't play with the GPU settings via PrecisionX, but we could probably have bumped the power or temp target, given the temps we were seeing in the low to mid 70s. Unless noted (such as with XMP), we typically leave the CPU and GPU at stock levels for our benchmarking to provide a reasonable baseline expectation.

Blog Post "MSI X299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC / Intel i7-7800X Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 1 point 20 days ago

We hope to have something for X399 once it launches.

Blog Post "MSI X299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC / Intel i7-7800X Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 1 point 20 days ago

It comes with carbon (black), gold and silver plates. Those lovely pale blue ones were provided custom to us by MSI for our build. You could probably paint them pretty easily or 3D print your own.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 2 points 21 days ago

Thanks, glad you enjoyed it. Sure, anyone can add a table -- just add a "|" between columns and start each row on a new line. Check out the markup we create for you to post a part list from the System Build page to see a good example.

BoyScout's Completed Build: Fractal Design Focus G Build

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 1 point 21 days ago

Our temps were a bit higher than similar R5 1600 builds we did later, but for the most part it performed within our expectations. That said, if you think it looks suspect, I'd not argue against changing it out.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 1 point 21 days ago

Good catch -- no, the actual core clock is 1.721GHz. Looking at the result data, 2.0GHz was the effective boost rate under test. I'll update the table.

Blog Post "Corsair Carbide SPEC-04 Live Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 1 point 24 days ago

It looks like the MSI 1080 Gaming Z is 279mm long. The case can handle GPUs up to 370mm, so you would be okay there. (FYI, if you create your part list using our system builder, it will warn you on GPU length compatibility issues.)

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

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 2 points 24 days ago

Your comment made me double-check. It looks like that was an error on my part when I transcribed the results. 73C was the under load temperature for the GPU, not CPU and it inadvertently got listed twice. The Max CPU temp was actually 68C. I've updated the results above.

Blog Post "$1250 AMD Ryzen 5 1600 / GeForce GTX 1080 Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 1 point 24 days ago

Ah, now I think I understand what you mean. And yes, the fan cover does come pretty close to the clearance needed for the screwdriver. We considered leaving the cover off until after we had it mounted, but it turned out to fit fine as-is with only a slight angle to the screwdriver.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 2 points 25 days ago

The 7700K is nothing to be too disappointed over. :)

Blog Post "$1250 AMD Ryzen 5 1600 / GeForce GTX 1080 Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 2 points 25 days ago

How do you mean? It went on pretty easily. Just aligns with the posts from the back plate and is secured with the four attached screws.

As for why B350, it saves us budget dollars but keeps some overclocking options on the table so long as you are not needing the other higher end features of X370 (such as SLI).

Blog Post "$1250 AMD Ryzen 5 1600 / GeForce GTX 1080 Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 2 points 25 days ago

Yeah, we caught it on a bit of a deal a short while back, but it looks like from the price history it drops down to around that price from time to time.

Blog Post "$1250 AMD Ryzen 5 1600 / GeForce GTX 1080 Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 1 point 26 days ago

Indeed -- thankfully it's relatively simple to adjust it to match whatever direction best fits the build!

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

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 3 points 26 days ago

Glad you liked it! And thanks for the very kind words.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 1 point 26 days ago

This particular motherboard doesn't come with on-board WIFI, so if you need wireless you'd just need to add a compatible PCI or USB wireless adapter.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 18 Builds 1 point 26 days ago

Thanks!

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