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Blog Post "Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t Live Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 11 Builds 1 point 6 days ago

Correct -- we had it pre-loaded on the drive so we could run a benchmark as part of the livestream. Since it takes a fair amount of time to install, update and then install software we set it up during our pre-stream testing of the components.

We do have a video you can watch to get help on how to install Windows from a USB key.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 11 Builds 2 points 8 days ago

The core case chassis is metal. The front panel (with its hexagonal pattern fan filter), PSU shroud, bottom fan filters, drive mounts, feet, etc are all plastic.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 11 Builds 2 points 11 days ago

It looks like the Avexir Blitz memory seems to have limited availability at the moment. Avexir makes a number of similar modules (ROG Impact, Core, Gaming series, etc) that might work as good alternatives if you like the look of these.

Blog Post "Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t Live Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 11 Builds 1 point 12 days ago

Sorry about that. We probably could have made that more clear. The red (as well as blue/white/black/green) variant like we used in this build is one of their special edition "Elite" models, that you have to order direct from EVGA. You can see more details on the EVGA store page.

Blog Post "Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t Live Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 11 Builds 2 points 19 days ago

Thanks for the feedback, but I'm not sure I follow -- that is the Elite version. EVGA was kind enough to send us the red version of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 Elite Gaming to use in this build.

Blog Post "Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t Live Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 11 Builds 2 points 29 days ago

Yeah, we haven't done a build with an Kaby Lake i3 yet, but we don't have one planned at the moment. Our entry level build guide moved to the Pentium. And the i3-7350K price point (with required cooler for overclocking) can quickly put you up against the i5-7500 with 4 cores and a decent turbo clock (using a stock or budget cooler). Might be an interesting experiment to hit with some real-world benchmarks though.

Blog Post "Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t Live Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 11 Builds 2 points 29 days ago

We love the Kraken around here, no doubt. But we also love trying out new options, so we enjoyed getting to check out the Maker 8 and will be interested to see how far we can push it. Hopefully these videos give you some insights into using different options to help you make a better informed selection for your own setup!

Blog Post "Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t Live Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 days ago

Yeah, it's pretty impressive in size.. and it's not going to fit in every case out there, for sure. But as with the case, we were pretty happy with how it looks and the ease of installation. Performance-wise, it performed well (and notably quiet so far) with some simple overclocks, but we'll be doing some more testing next week to see how far we can push it.

Blog Post "Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t Live Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 11 Builds 1 point 29 days ago

Since the MasterAir Maker 8 is air cooled, it's not likely to outperform most quality CLCs. But it's clearly targeted at providing a top notch air-based solution. They mentioned in the stream, but in some quick pre-stream testing we were able to get a stable 5GHz overclock; however, the temps were getting uncomfortably high (upper 90s). The 4.6GHz overclock we demonstrated in the stream was doing nicely , though with temps peaking around 75C.

We'll do some more testing and share our findings in the completed build write-up next week.

Blog Post "Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t Live Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 11 Builds 0 points 29 days ago

Thanks -- glad you enjoyed it!

Blog Post "Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t Live Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 11 Builds 3 points 1 month ago

The Elite model comes in 5 different color variants, so if you look carefully, there's actually a small red triangle on there to indicate the version we have.. :)

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

BoyScout staff submitter 11 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks -- glad you enjoyed the build.

I'm not aware of a simple way (the case doesn't have any built in support for vertical mounts).. It would likely require some modding to add an appropriate cut-out and create a custom bracket to support a riser.

Blog Post "Fractal Design Focus G Live Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 11 Builds 3 points 1 month 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.

Blog Post "Cooler Master MasterCase Maker 5t Live Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 11 Builds 0 points 1 month ago

Ah, yes -- same time as usual. Thanks for pointing out that was missing -- I've updated the post.

Blog Post "Fractal Design Focus G Live Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 11 Builds 4 points 1 month 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.

Blog Post "ASRock Z270 SuperCarrier Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 11 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Indeed. They really matched up beautifully.

Forum Topic "Car Media Server - Suggestions wanted"

BoyScout staff 11 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

The tablets work pretty good.. we picked up a couple of the Amazon Fire Kid tablets+64GB memory card and headphones. We've been pretty happy with the result for car trips, but I'll be interested to hear how the Plex server idea works out for you.

The heat thing is what it is.. If you have vents nearby, that should help. My little system never exceeded about 35 watts and ran fine for most of its life, save one summer road trip.. It was a 100 F+ degree day and I'd packed a bit too much luggage around it, so the heat finally took a toll and forced it to shut down. Some fresh air got it going again, but I realized the trunk mounting had.. limitations. If I ever get back to a new car pc project, I hope to install it near an A/C duct I can divert fresh cool air from (and of course, isolate if the heater is on).

Forum Topic "Car Media Server - Suggestions wanted"

BoyScout staff 11 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Sounds like a fun project. You had me at "PC in my car".

But where to start... Two screens plugged into the PC is a challenge, mostly because dedicating audio to each screen is not something Windows likes to do easily. A secondary dedicate audio device (USB or PCI) could probably make it work and some software solutions like one I used a while back called Centrafuse have some support for multi-screen/zone setups, though I'm not sure it will support more than 2 media sources. (I never tried more than one, so I don't have experience trying those features).

Since you have the Pi 3, you could pick up a second one and Touch screen + enclosure that could easily give each boy an independent system. Another option is just to pick up a couple of inexpensive Android tablets. It's also not unreasonable to consider that once you have two tablets/Pi systems, that the media could just be stored locally to the device. Plus tablets (and the Pis to an extent) allow for apps and other forms of entertainment.

But anyway, for serving up media, you will likely need a local router in the car to manage the traffic between devices. There's some intel driver tricks supported on some WIFI PCIe cards that lets you do WIFI direct connections, but I have no idea how well it works. Instead, I'd probably recommend trying a portable battery / usb powered travel wifi router. That one actually supports media storage and streaming, but you could also use it with a PC as the media server like you mentioned.

Some challenges to keep in mind related to running a PC in your car: #1 will be heat (how to keep cool for those long stretches of driving). You'll also want to think about reliable power for the system (ideally turning itself off when the car shuts down, etc). That A10-7850k you mentioned can be a bit power hungry CPU for a mobile environment, so make sure you can cover the appropriate wattage of the system if it's going to be transcoding media to the viewers.

Good luck with your project!

BoyScout's Completed Build: ASRock Z270 SuperCarrier Build

BoyScout staff submitter 11 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

The specs for the AI Crystal list support for 240, 280 and 360mm radiators up top, so any of those should fit. Though as with our build, you may be limited on the orientation if you keep the existing front or rear fans in their stock positions.

Also, an interesting side effect of the 140mm top mounts is that unless the fans/radiator use flat screws (most are rounded), the magnetic filter on top will likely not sit perfectly flush. The magnetic strips are essentially positioned along the 140mm mounting holes. If you look at the two pictures we took of the top of the case, you can see the screw mount locations and how even with the 240mm radiator, the end screws cause a little bump unless we put the filter on slightly forward from where you'd expect it to sit.

Blog Post "Corsair Carbide SPEC-04 Live Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 11 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

No problem and welcome to the site! As someone just getting started, be sure to poke around in our forums as well. Lots of friendly people around who are happy to help if you have questions!

Blog Post "Corsair Carbide SPEC-04 Live Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 11 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Yeah, we're excited to see it come together!

And I'm pretty happy behind the camera.. but maybe one of these days. :)

Blog Post "Corsair Carbide SPEC-04 Live Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 11 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Yes, it's still an available rebate via Corsair for purchased made at Newegg (at least at the time of this posting) -- but it ends today (May 11).

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

BoyScout staff submitter 11 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

We didn't notice any issues, but we don't typically test the mic during benchmarks. You might post your issue in our troubleshooting forum and see if anyone has any suggestions for adjusting settings to see if it's just a configuration/software issue.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 11 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Ah, gotcha. I'm not aware of any safe way to simply "split" the RGB header, so you'd likely need the RGB fan controller that CoolerMaster talks about in the marketing for those fans to control their lighting (for more than a single fan) -- though I'm unsure that will allow any way to sync it with the on-board RGB as I haven't seen the controller yet. If you are just using a single fan and LED strips, you should be able to pass thru from the strips to the fan using an extension (the CableMod WideBeam RGB LEDs include an extension connector, for example).

Blog Post "Corsair Carbide SPEC-04 Live Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 11 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Sorry, we don't have a 1050 Ti build in the works at this point.

Blog Post "Corsair Carbide SPEC-04 Live Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 11 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

As I mentioned above, we selected it because we had it on hand from a previous build. You can certainly tweak the part list to get a bit better $/GB and sneak another $15-25 out of the budget.

Blog Post "Corsair Carbide SPEC-04 Live Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 11 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Definitely -- we'll be back with more on that build in the coming weeks.

Blog Post "Corsair Carbide SPEC-04 Live Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 11 Builds 3 points 1 month ago

Unless you have a specific need for an optical drive, they aren't considered a necessity as they once were. Most games (and software in general) are distributed digitally now. There are two 5.25" bays, so you could certainly add one to this case though if you have older software you would need to install from a disc (or if you like to watch DVDs/BluRays on your PC).

A Windows 10 license would be needed unless you plan to run Linux (or SteamOS, etc), and it can be purchased on a USB thumb drive or as a digital download (to use a 4GB or larger USB thumb drive you already have).

We don't typically include accessories (mouse/keyboard/monitor) or operating systems in the part lists for our guides. There's a lot of personal preference to those aspects of a complete setup, so we stick to demonstrating the core components of the PC itself.

Blog Post "Corsair Carbide SPEC-04 Live Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 11 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

No blue on this one. They have 3 variants for the front: Red, Yellow and Gray.

Blog Post "Corsair Carbide SPEC-04 Live Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 11 Builds 4 points 1 month ago

Certainly an option, though we typically recommend an SSD for performance if it fits in your budget. It's a pretty noticeable improvement to the system in general as well as for multi-player game load times.

That said, the drive we are using here is one we selected because we already had on hand rather than optimizing for a more affordable option. You can find 240GB SSDs for a bit cheaper as we show in our Entry Level build guide.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 11 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Performance when we used it at Dreamhack was great. We're a bit behind on doing so, but we'll post some benchmarks with a completed build soon.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 11 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

It's in the works. We built this the afternoon before Dreamhack and just haven't had a chance to get it setup for photos and run the rest of the benchmarks since we got back. (Dreamhack takes it's toll!) We'll get it up soon and I'll update the post above.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 11 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Nice. Maybe that should be a built-in option on YouTube. :)

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

BoyScout staff submitter 11 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

As noted elsewhere in the thread, it's a new case that you'll likely see in a lot of content from different people. For the other parts, we ordered those weeks ahead of the stream, as I'm sure TechSource did ahead of their video, so any overlap is coincidental on both parties.

The only time lapses we do at this time are for our cable management videos. For our main build videos, our goal is to treat it more like a tutorial to help builders (both new and seasoned) see the components up close and how they are put together. Thanks for the feedback!

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

BoyScout staff submitter 11 Builds 3 points 1 month ago

I like to be prepared.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 11 Builds 4 points 1 month ago

Manufacturers (such as BitFenix in this case) provide new products at or near their launch to many outlets to help promote that new product with reviews and build videos, so that's why the case would show up a fair amount right now.

We planned our build weeks in advance, as I'm sure others did in order to get the complete part list together in time to film. We also did 4 ITX builds over the past month getting ready for DreamHack. In the world of mITX, you are often selecting from more limited options compared to mATX and ATX, so you're likely to see some reasonable amount of overlap in part selection (especially if you are trying to match a particular aesthetic).

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

BoyScout staff submitter 11 Builds 1 point 1 month 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 11 Builds 1 point 1 month 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 11 Builds 1 point 1 month 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 11 Builds 1 point 1 month 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 11 Builds 1 point 1 month 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 11 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Shouldn't be a problem.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 11 Builds 1 point 1 month 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 11 Builds 1 point 2 months 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 11 Builds 1 point 2 months 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 11 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Thanks -- hope you enjoy it!

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

BoyScout staff submitter 11 Builds 4 points 2 months 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 11 Builds 6 points 2 months 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 11 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Yes, the SuperCarrier motherboard supports 4-way SLI.

BoyScout's Completed Build: ASRock Z270 SuperCarrier Build

BoyScout staff submitter 11 Builds 1 point 2 months 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.

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