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Blog Post "Asus CROSSHAIR VI HERO / AMD Ryzen 7 1800X Live Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 3 points 8 hours ago

But when you see the Aura/RGB LED glow around the SSD mounts it's tough to not add 2 SSDs to this case.. That said, you could probably put something less expensive in there. Those are drives we use for video editing so we had them on hand. :)

Blog Post "Asus CROSSHAIR VI HERO / AMD Ryzen 7 1800X Live Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 4 points 8 hours ago

My fault -- sorry about that.. I'll do better. :) Things just finally came together to stream today, so we decided to go with it.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 14 hours ago

No problem. Are you talking about their PSU cable sets? If so, then sure -- CableMod sells kits for Corsair's RMi series PSUs. We used a set with the RM1000i in our Corsair Crystal 570X RGB build if you want to see an example.

Blog Post "ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming-ITX/ac Mini ITX Live Stream Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 14 hours ago

It's not the FE that was the driving force, rather the blower/reference cooling design to help with the limited airflow options of the ITX case. And while the NF-A14 case fan we're using moves a lot of air, we wanted a reference card design to ensure the GPU wasn't adding its heat into the case when it could be pushing it out the back.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

Sorry to hear it's giving you trouble. Are you using the riser card like we did in the video or are you plugging the GPU in directly to the motherboard?

If you are using the riser, you might (very carefully as the riser cable is easily damaged if over-bent) try removing it and swapping out the PCI-E bracket that allows you to connect the GPU directly to the motherboard and see if the issue goes away. If the problem persists (or you were already directly connected), I'd recommend posting to the Troubleshooting forum to get more ideas for what might be happening.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

What part do you still need help with? Are you asking about configuring the fan/pump speed in the BIOS/Gigabyte software or where to connect the pump/fans on the motherboard?

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

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

For this build video, we decided to start with the Great Gaming Build Guide, which comes in around $1000 USD. Then we added the extra personal touches and upgrades we wanted until we hit our goal for this build (which was $1300). So it's not perfectly tunes to value/dollar, as we made some choices like your mentioned based on aesthetics.

If you're trying to squeeze a better price/performance out of this build, you'll likely make some changes (the same $1250 USD could be used with our Excellent Gaming Build Guide, for example). It comes down to the balance of where you are willing to spend your money.

And of course, you'll want to also keep in mind a budget for your operating system and accessories (mouse, keyboard, monitor) if you are building from scratch.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 3 days ago

It would still work fine with the stock cooler. And yes, the Cryorig H7 was mostly added to complement the look of the build since it has a window on the case. It's also a fair bit quieter than the stock cooler if that's a concern for your build.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 3 days ago

At the moment, 16GB is a pretty decent sweet spot for higher end gaming systems. So unless you'll be doing something memory intensive that calls for more, I'd recommend using those budget dollars elsewhere for now.

The GTX 1080 Ti is looking great so far. But it is also causing a notable price shift for the GTX 1080s. So it comes back to your intended usage (frame rate, resolution goals, etc) versus your budget. What monitor will you be using with the system?

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

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 7 days ago

Thanks -- glad you enjoyed it.

And yes, we have several new build videos in the works as well as a couple more live streams planned. Stay tuned!

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

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

Lots of possibilities. The case has a fair bit of room for expansion, so it mostly depends on how your needs change over time.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 8 days ago

Sorry, I missed your reply. I'd recommend you head over to our Troubleshooting forum and post your question to get more help.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 2 points 8 days ago

Glad to hear the video was helpful and congrats on your first solo build!

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

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 10 days ago

Sure -- the DUKASE V2 has two 5.25" bays, so you could easily add an optical drive to this build if that's something you'd want.

Forum Topic "Is boyscout still around?"

BoyScout staff 7 Builds 2 points 11 days ago

Always good to be missed. :) Fear not, I'm around!

Forum Topic "Is boyscout still around?"

BoyScout staff 7 Builds 3 points 11 days ago

Ah.. whew! Thought it might be something bad. Just another Sunday.

Forum Topic "Is boyscout still around?"

BoyScout staff 7 Builds 2 points 11 days ago

uh oh.. why -- did I break something?

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

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 14 days ago

It's mostly for something nicer to look at through the large case window. Considering the assorted RGB/lighting upgrades, the stock cooler didn't feel right. You can get a bit more insight into the part selection rationale by reading the completed build write-up if you'd like.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 14 days ago

I'm not sure if I understand exactly what you're asking, but the build guide we based this on uses a parametric selection of Kaby Lake motherboards that shouldn't need a firmware update just to use the i5-7500. That said, most boards generally have a few UEFI/BIOS updates shortly after they release, so it is probably worth checking on after you get your system built.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 2 points 16 days ago

It varies. Some are put to work around the office for assorted tasks as-is or with minor changes. On occasion, some parts are on loan and must be sent back to the manufacturer. But most are disassembled after a few weeks of testing and the parts (depending on what they are) usually get absorbed into other projects or future videos/content.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 16 days ago

It connected to a resistive circuit that you can kind of make out attached to our anti-static mat (left side of the table when watching the videos), then that is wired to an electrical ground.

Forum Topic "A suggestion/request for the staff..."

BoyScout staff 7 Builds 1 point 19 days ago

Thanks for the feedback. We've talked about doing something like this before. While it's not out of the realm of possibilities, it's not something we're currently working to put together.

Blog Post "ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming-ITX/ac Mini ITX Live Stream Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 21 days ago

It just went live tonight.

Blog Post "ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming-ITX/ac Mini ITX Live Stream Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 2 points 27 days ago

We're pretty happy with the case.. though maybe we'll snatch borrow a GTX 1080 out of one of our other builds before taking it to the BYOC... We'll see how the benchmarks come out. ;)

Blog Post "ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming-ITX/ac Mini ITX Live Stream Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 27 days ago

Yeah. Hopefully you'll enjoy it! I kind of regret not taking advantage of when it used to be held in Austin a few years back to at least check it out first hand.

Blog Post "ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming-ITX/ac Mini ITX Live Stream Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 3 points 27 days ago

True.. which makes it rather amazing that we've not all been caught taking a post-lunch nap when the cameras start rolling.

Blog Post "ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming-ITX/ac Mini ITX Live Stream Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 3 points 27 days ago

Well, you know.. 2PM is more of an early afternoon snack time than lunch. ;)

Blog Post "ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming-ITX/ac Mini ITX Live Stream Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 27 days ago

No one heading to GDC from PCPP. Always looks like a great event though.

Blog Post "ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming-ITX/ac Mini ITX Live Stream Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

I believe it actually was proposed when we were brainstorming this build, but I don't recall why we moved off of it. Could be we had trouble finding either the case or GPU in stock at the time we ordered the components.

Blog Post "ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming-ITX/ac Mini ITX Live Stream Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Stay tuned -- with DreamHack Austin only a couple months away, we're planning a few SFF/"portable LAN" builds to get ready.

Blog Post "ASRock Fatal1ty Z270 Gaming-ITX/ac Mini ITX Live Stream Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 3 points 1 month ago

GT 730s! Where are they?

Safe and sound where they belong, last I checked.

maclamby's Completed Build: Dorito - Fractal Design Node 804 Gaming PC

BoyScout staff 7 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

It might be doable, but could be pretty tight depending on the clearance from the motherboard/RAM at the top. Another option if you need to allow more GPU length space and don't need all the drive bays, would be mount the radiator in the second chamber (removing some drive cages), mounting it to the top of front on that side. [ Example using a different, but similar sized CLC in the Node 804 -- look at picture #8. ]

maclamby's Completed Build: Dorito - Fractal Design Node 804 Gaming PC

BoyScout staff 7 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Most slim/slot load drives should fit. The compatibility check should be able to help you pick a valid option if you've already added the case to your system.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

The H110i v2 will have a cable that goes from the CPU block to the motherboard fan/pump header, and a splitter for the two radiator fans to connect to the CPU block. (Example from another recent build where we used the H110i v2).

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

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Sorry to hear you're having issues with your build. I'd recommend posting your question in our Troubleshooting forum to get some help diagnosing the problem.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Yes -- all the RGB lighting zones can be turned off.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

That's a Williams WRS-1 Magnetic Ratcheting screwdriver. It is much loved around the office.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

We installed it using a USB key. You can buy Windows 10 on USB, or just buy a license and create the bootable USB key yourself if you have a spare 4 or 8GB key laying around.

We created a guide on YouTube a while back you can use to see how it's done. It covers installing a media center setup as well, but the first part covers installing Windows 10 via USB.

Blog Post "Corsair Crystal 570X RGB Live Build"

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Not sure which one we used exactly, but it was likely a Silverstone of Noctua splitter we had on hand from a previous build.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

For CPU temps, what were you seeing? Were you running the latest BIOS?

I doubt we ever actually tested the secondary drive on this build beyond seeing it in the BIOS (we typically only install the OS and any needed games/benchmarks onto the primary drive during our testing).

But as Dusk359 already mentioned, two ports will get disabled with the M.2 drive present. You might just try to other ports to see if that's what you've run into. Each port is also configurable to be enabled/disabled in the BIOS ("SATA and RST Configuration" under the Peripherals section), so you might make sure everything is enabled appropriately.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

If you are just looking for the same brand/design, newegg does sell their "knight armor" style Team Dark memory with a red accent instead.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

The case fan hub has a connector that plugs into one of the System/Chassis headers. It's acting as a splitter for the assorted case fans to just be controlled by a single fan header. For example, with our board, we used SYS_FAN3 @5:14.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Which board aren't you seeing?

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

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Sorry -- missed your question here. Yes, we're using CPU_FAN to control the radiator fans and CPU_OPT to control the pump via the UEFI/BIOS and "Smart Fan" software Gigabyte offers. It also manages the case fans which we connected (via the Phanteks case hub) to SYS_FAN3. (All the fan headers on the board support PWM or Voltage mode, btw.)

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

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

No, you'd have to add your own adapter for WIFI with this motherboard.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Oh, interesting. Thanks for the update -- glad to hear everything is working now!

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

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Congrats on your first build! Though sorry to hear it's having issues. That does seem pretty odd. We did most of the bench tests on this system via HDMI without issue. Did you build it with or without the riser?

You might look for advice in the troubleshooting forum, as it could really be any number of things and that would be a better place to get help. (PM me the thread if you do and I'll chime in if I can be of help).

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

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

are the Thermalake hub/controllers on the backside for managing the cooler?

Kind of -- the Thermaltake hub is splitting fan control from the motherboard header (@5:48 and @8:17 in the build video), giving the motherboard control over the radiator fans' speed. The buttons you see on the hub only control the RGB LED color / pattern.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Howdy xavier -- welcome to the site!

The case we used in this build already includes 3 fans pre-installed. There are two at the front of the case, pulling air in and pushing it across the motherboard (and GPU). There's another at the back of the case, exhausting air out of the back.

The radiator for the Thermaltake closed loop water cooler ("CLC") for the CPU is mounted at the top of the case, and adds three more fans exhausting air out the top of the case.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 7 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

(1)/(3)/(6) For "swapping-out" compatibility questions, the easiest thing to do for most of these questions is take our part list and edit it to see what's compatible. Also, for feedback on your specific build, I'd recommend heading over to the forums where you can get a good variety of ideas and thoughts.

(2) We chose the Plextor so we could showcase NVME performance. Depending on the specific model we are comparing against, the Plextor M8Pe should be about 4 times faster than the 850-EVO on reads and 2-3 times faster on writes. It's not likely to perform quite as good as the 860's that are just starting to show up at retailers, but given the current prices, it's a pretty good value for the performance boost at the moment.

(4) That's a pretty subjective thing to answer, but the black/white + RGB nature of the Gigabyte/Aorus Z270X Gaming 7 motherboard gives you a lot of leeway. It would definitely complement a white case nicely as well.

(5) If you're looking at other models, you'd need to double check what's included, but I believe the assorted variants of the Enthoo Evolv ATX come with 3 fans (two mounted in the front, on in the back). That's pretty decent coverage, especially with a radiator/AIO cooler added in the mix. Of course, if you want to replace the existing fans with LED fans, then that would work as well.

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