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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 to see our thoughts on the case and how the build came together.

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

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Stereotypical_Whale 4 points 1 month ago

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

RamiFede 1 point 19 days ago

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

Adrew24 1 Build 1 point 11 days ago

tbh, for 50 bucks this is pretty darn good.

Connor_The_Gamer 1 point 11 days ago

That would be cool if they made a TG upgrade, that would be epic.

riftking 1 point 12 hours ago

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

Connor_The_Gamer 1 point 7 hours ago

same, but it would be pretty strange be the crystal 460x and the carbide 400c are pretty much the same

TheRealJerimiahJohnson 1 Build 1 point 1 day ago

fractal is swedish. given their define s, I would say this is an odd step in a backwards direction. They were one of the first to give us a non optical bay atx case with such an open design, so it's weird to see a budget case with a front hdd bay, no rubber gromets, and an optical bay after they released the nano s. They could have easily gone the same direction here and simply made the window more durable. The define s is actually bigger than the define s too. So fractal does odd things, no doubt about it. If I could get a define s with the window on this case, it would be perfect. Maybe a glass window, no psu shroud, cuz those are for lazy cable hiders ;)

RamiFede 2 points 19 days ago

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

dtapemaster 1 point 13 days 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.

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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.

TheRealJerimiahJohnson 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Thank you for informing me about the choice the staff had to make for the build basics and just leaving the OS out. That makes sense, and I hope you understand I was not complaining. IMO, windows should be much cheaper considering when you buy an already built pc or laptop, it is just there. But that's an entirely different discussion ;)

So the team dark ram in your experience have been reliable? That is good to hear, especially for the cheapest option and more of a newer brand of RAM. I have never heard of them before seeing you guys use them.

I knew you guys got the case as a promotion. I do like it, I just don't understand Fractal's choices with it. It's pretty rare in 2017 that you see a build needing a disc drive. It would be nice to see windows push USB drives more for those who do not have the capabilities to download it to their own for a first build. Since you guys have it and got to play with it, can I ask if you were able to remove the Optical bay slot up top, or at least use it for HDD's? Also, why no rear fan even in your build? How do the stock LED Fractal fans stack up against the normal white Fractal fans?

I enjoy all your builds honestly. And now I have a better understanding of how things are done and why. I just wish pc part prices would stop rising every release :(

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.

Pawacorn 2 Builds 0 points 1 month ago

No cooler? ಠ_ಠ

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Pawacorn 2 Builds 3 points 1 month 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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