Thanks! I appreciate the new directions to take a look at.
Thanks for the explanation. I'm not sure about 15V DC, but it is a pretty straight forward process to increase the base voltage of the system to 24 V, although I'm not sure how that will impact the solar panels and charging, since the ones I've been looking at are about 18V. Looks like I will need to do some more research on this.
Thanks. Extra years of warranty (at least, from someone as established as Seasonic) could definitely be a benefit. I'll have to look into the hybrid fan switch to see if that's worth it or not.
Thanks! I don't particularly need full modularity versus the semi-modular, so that benefit is negligible.
That's unfortunate. A lot of the spacing looks like it was intended for mobile, but on desktop it ends up having a LOT of wasted vertical space everywhere. The site could really use a vertical compression and some maximum values added so that it can't stretch spaces beyond a certain amount.
Eh, I appreciate the work it takes to roll out new site designs, but unfortunately this one seems like a miss to me. I'm not seeing anything new that I particularly like, and a lot of stuff (mainly to due with spacing and empty space everywhere) that I don't like.
I would just like to point out that this isn't a magazine or a museum - I use it as a tool to help me build computers, and I value functionality far more than aesthetics. I realize that having lots of white space and gaps is something encouraged by graphic design people - and for good reason in art projects. But the aesthetics shouldn't get in the way of it being a useful tool.
From someone who wanders the web mainly for the purpose of finding information, I value information density. The more empty space, the less information I feel like I am getting. It almost always means less information that is directly available. Both cases discourage me from spending as much time on that site.
Basically, everything takes up far too much vertical space. Those five bars take up about 2/5 of my screen when I load the page, and that means that my whole point of visiting the site (using the parts picker) takes extra actions to get to. It also means that every time I click a link that takes me back to the main pars picking page, I have to scroll down again to see the whole list.
The most obvious offender is the white space between the section header (purple bar) and the link/compatibility box. That white space could be reduced by 90% of its current value and still be just as useful as a separation.
The second (and probably biggest) offender is the purple section header itself. "System Builder" does not need anywhere close to that much empty space above and below it. Reducing the vertical space by 40% or so would relieve that excess space and correspondingly allow more space for the actual system builder part.
The remaining bars all have varying degrees of excess space, and could stand to lose 10-20% of their space. The exception being the compatibility/wattage section itself. That specific bar is about the right amount of space. Reducing the other bars (including the link/sharing box) to have the same amount of empty space as the compatibility/wattage box would be great.
Within the list itself, a fairly minor beneficial space adjustment would be around the "add a part" buttons. Reducing the vertical separation above and below them by about 50% would help keep the list a bit more dense, and thus have more information visible to the end user. Individually it is a minor change, but it would add up quite a bit over the entire list.
The green colour is just a bit too bright for me, it is a little hard on the eyes. Darkening it just a bit would be great.
If you are going to do a site redesign, how about having a dark theme option? I would love to have something with a really dark gray or black background instead of the white/very light gray it is currently. Much easier on the eyes.
For what it is worth, I use PCPP on desktop and laptop, and these comments apply even moreso on the laptop than the desktop. Scrolling on a touchpad is even more of pain than it is with a mouse. I've used it a few times on mobile, but honestly, I don't like using the web on the mobile at all. Not because of your page, just that I don't like dealing with the web on a postage stamp sized screen.
Looks like an interesting alternative build. It is worth noting, however, that your build uses a GeForce GTX 1060. That might work for this build, but for those looking for inspiration with professional graphics builds, that card may not be suitable. Many AutoDesk products, for instance, will ignore gaming GPUs and force software rendering for high quality renders if a workstation card isn't present.
Personally, I'd stay stick with the longer write-up. All those extra impressions and comments are really useful for avoid future problems. Especially since there's not a lot of entry-level Pro graphic setups. Thanks for including them!
Huh. That's unfortunate. Maybe I'll hold off on ordering for a week or two to give them a bit more time to work on the bios, then. And look at alternatives.
OK. That's good to know. Thanks for the info!
As someone hoping to use the same Flare X RAM with the Asus B350, I was wondering if you've tried the 0.609 BIOS? According to ASUS the main improvement is listed as "Improve memory stability."
Apparently it was released about 4 days after you published this. :)
Very nice looking build!
I was just wondering with the B350, does the D15 SEAM4 interfere with any of the PCIE slots or the m.2? I'm about to build a very similar rig but I was planning on using an m.2 drive for the OS.
OK. Thanks for the info! I was planning on getting the D15 SE AM4, but I'll take a look at the D15S.
In terms of the Positive pressure versus negative, I have heard there are some performance trade-offs there, namely that positive pressure may have a bit more resistance to airflow. That being said, that's just what a few people with more experience than me have said, I haven't tested it. Even if it is the case, though, that is something that can be overcome with fans that have higher static pressure, which I think those industrial Noctuas are pretty good for.
On the other hand, I have a case with a negative pressure setup, and I find it incredibly annoying how much dust builds up in all the cracks. With a positive pressure system, you control where the air can get into the system. This makes it easy to filter, and gives you just one or two points that will need to be dusted on a regular basis. If dust is an issue where you are, I'd personally recommend a positive pressure setup.
Personally, aside from the dust issue, I don't find a whole lot of difference between the two.
Very nice build! I'm planning on building something very similar to this (albeit a bit lower scale), and I had a couple questions:
1) How well does the D15 fit with the RAM? Officially the D15 has 30mm clearance, and that RAM is 44mm I think, so I was wondering how well it fits in practice. Did you have to raise the second fan up a ways?
2) How much space do you have between the RX 480 and the D15? It looks like it is pretty close, but is there still a decent gap there?
If you aren't in a rush, I'd highly recommend waiting until after March 2nd. Regardless of whether you end up going with a Ryzen CPU, it looks like Intel will be dropping prices on a lot of things in order to remain competitive.