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

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

So the values were definitely off. Turns out when I ran the original test, I used an out of date version of HWMonitor (1.29) that didn't support Kaby Lake correctly.

After retesting this morning using the updated version, it's actually peaking out around 54C and idle is actually reading at 28 rather than 35. I've updated the Details section to reflect the corrected data.

Sorry for the confusion!

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

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

The case has an optional vertical GPU mount you use with an extension cable.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

Sorry about that -- was an error on the valid memory speeds for that motherboard. Should be fixed now.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

I'd be a fan if does. :)

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

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Not yet -- I'll recheck the temps we recorded on Monday.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

7600K, indeed.

The M.2 shield came with the motherboard. Definitely a nice touch.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

It's definitely about the look, especially if you use it as intended and mount to a wall. Dust is certainly something to keep in mind when you chose an open design case. You'll probably want to keep a can of compressed air nearby. :)

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

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Sadly, no -- it doesn't appear so.

Not quite the same (due to colors), but if you really want the shield you could go with an M.2 drive like the Plextor M8Pe we used in a recent build that is available with a heat sink shield. The ITX version of the Gaming Pro Carbon puts the M.2 SSD on the back of the motherboard though, so if you're just after the thermal improvements it could work.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

Hmm.. well, to be fair, we did water-cool our CPU. That makes it kinda different, right?

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

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Yes, it has a thermal pad under the heat shield intended to help keep the SSD temps cooler.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Interesting.. it may be right then. I'll still recheck the log files and probably re-run the stress test just to be safe when I'm back in the office on Monday before updating the result here again.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

The shield came included with the motherboard. Pretty handy for hiding an otherwise unsightly M.2 SSD.

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

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

You are right, that temp seems pretty high. Doesn't seem right -- I'm going to remove that value for now and re-check the results

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

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

The LEDs are all RGB.. I'll see if we can get a couple more pictures that show it in one of it's more colorful modes.

Blog Post "MSI Pick Your Dream Holiday PC Giveaway"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 6 points 27 months ago

While I understand your sentiment (and putting aside the possible legal issues with your suggestion), a major point of working with partners to put these promotions together is to bring new users to the site as well as our content channels (ie, YouTube/Twitch). While we love that it creates an opportunity for our existing users to possibly win some cool stuff, it would be self-defeating as a promotional effort to limit it to preexisting users.

Blog Post "MSI Pick Your Dream Holiday PC Giveaway"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

Whew -- glad you're okay! :) And congrats again!

Blog Post "MSI Pick Your Dream Holiday PC Giveaway"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

Very cool -- congrats again!

Blog Post "MSI Pick Your Dream Holiday PC Giveaway"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 3 points 27 months ago

Awesome -- congrats, again!

Blog Post "MSI Pick Your Dream Holiday PC Giveaway"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

There are three winners, so it takes a bit of time to get them all verified and confirmed. Once that's done, we'll announce them.

Blog Post "MSI Pick Your Dream Holiday PC Giveaway"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

We'll update the post at the top once the winners are confirmed.

Blog Post "MSI Pick Your Dream Holiday PC Giveaway"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

Yep, all those places should get the announcement once MSI is able to verify and confirm the winners. :)

Blog Post "MSI Pick Your Dream Holiday PC Giveaway"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

As soon as we know.. It takes a bit of time for MSI to verify then confirm the winners before we can announce them.

Blog Post "MSI Pick Your Dream Holiday PC Giveaway"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

As soon as we know. :) Takes a bit of time for MSI to verify and confirm the winners before we can announce.

Blog Post "MSI Pick Your Dream Holiday PC Giveaway"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

I'm not sure about directly on Facebook, but if you follow the link provided above, it should just tell you that the promotion has ended.

Regardless, MSI will work on verifying and confirming the winners shortly. We'll update the top of this post with the winner's information once confirmed.

Blog Post "MSI Pick Your Dream Holiday PC Giveaway"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

They are working on it. Might take a bit of time with the holiday. We'll update the top of the post once the winners are confirmed.

Blog Post "MSI Pick Your Dream Holiday PC Giveaway"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Sorry, no thermal compound unless it's included with the CPU cooler you select. :)

Blog Post "MSI Pick Your Dream Holiday PC Giveaway"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

After the entry period ends and once the winners are confirmed, this post will be updated at the top. Since the winners have 48 hours to respond before a new entrant is drawn, it's difficult to say exactly when that will be.

Blog Post "MSI Pick Your Dream Holiday PC Giveaway"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

You don't need to do anything special for tax, just build using the US site and make sure the final total (not the base total) at the bottom of the part list is under $3000.

Blog Post "MSI Pick Your Dream Holiday PC Giveaway"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Yes, that's normal. If you return to the page, it should tell you that you already have an entry.

Blog Post "MSI Pick Your Dream Holiday PC Giveaway"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 28 months ago

oh my. Well, good luck! :)

Blog Post "MSI Pick Your Dream Holiday PC Giveaway"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

"Unable to verify" is more of a "proceed at your own risk" note. It's fine for purposes of the giveaway. Looks like it could be a tight fit.. but my real question is where are you planning to stick all those Noctua's?

Blog Post "MSI Pick Your Dream Holiday PC Giveaway"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

The prize is only the components from the winner's submitted part list. The winner will need to provide their own OS.

Blog Post "MSI Pick Your Dream Holiday PC Giveaway"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

It's technically listed on the site, but it's considered a case accessory, so it's not an allowed component type this time, sorry!

Blog Post "MSI Pick Your Dream Holiday PC Giveaway"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Not a problem. If a part loses availability after submitting, it won't disqualify the entry. If it's a typical component, it will likely be available again within a day or so. However, if it's not generally available (discontinued, shortage, etc) to allow fulfillment of the prize, in the past MSI has simply offered to work out a substitute component with the winner.

Blog Post "MSI Pick Your Dream Holiday PC Giveaway"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Yes, per the rules, if the part list was under $3000 when submitted, there will be some allowance given (within reason) for price fluctuations.

Blog Post "MSI Pick Your Dream Holiday PC Giveaway"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

You should be fine then -- since it was below $3000 when you submitted, it won't be disqualified.

Blog Post "MSI Pick Your Dream Holiday PC Giveaway"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

No problem -- good luck!

Blog Post "NZXT S340 Elite Build and Giveaway"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

No, signing up for a Twitch account is free .

Blog Post "MSI Pick Your Dream Holiday PC Giveaway"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 3 points 28 months ago

That's fine.

Blog Post "MSI Pick Your Dream Holiday PC Giveaway"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Per the rules, an allowance (within reason) for prices shifting after you submit will be made.

Blog Post "MSI Pick Your Dream Holiday PC Giveaway"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

So long as the final total at the bottom of the System Build (not the base total) is under $3000 without custom prices, etc, then you should be fine.

Blog Post "MSI Pick Your Dream Holiday PC Giveaway"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Just use the default tax options, but use the US site. Both statements are referring to the same thing -- the final Total at the bottom of the system build (rather than the "Base price" a few lines above it)

Blog Post "MSI Pick Your Dream Holiday PC Giveaway"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

I'm not sure how that would work, but should you win you can certainly discuss it with MSI before accepting. They will contact the winners directly to verify eligibility and get shipping information, etc.

Blog Post "MSI Pick Your Dream Holiday PC Giveaway"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

If you try to enter again, it will tell you that you've already entered. Woobox identifies and prevents duplicate entries. That said, I imagine it uses a cookie to remember you're already entered on the local browser, so the second browser just isn't aware of your prior successful entry.

Blog Post "MSI Pick Your Dream Holiday PC Giveaway"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Yep, you should be okay. It looks like it fits fine using front mounting position: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/mtxYcf

Blog Post "MSI Pick Your Dream Holiday PC Giveaway"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

If the price history shows the price was under $3000 when you submitted it, then you are okay. The rules give an allowance for some shifting of the price (within reason).

Blog Post "MSI Pick Your Dream Holiday PC Giveaway"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

That giveaway used Gleam, which did send an email on entry. I don't believe that this one (Woobox) did when I tested it, though. Either way, if you got the confirmation page saying you have an entry, you should be fine.

Blog Post "MSI Pick Your Dream Holiday PC Giveaway"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 2 points 28 months ago

You're fine as it was under $3000 when you entered. We can see that on the part list price history and the rules give an allowance for minor price fluctuations after the entry is submitted.

Blog Post "MSI Pick Your Dream Holiday PC Giveaway"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Correct, as rhali8 mentioned, you should just use the US site/link for your entry to verify prices (and part availability).

Blog Post "MSI Pick Your Dream Holiday PC Giveaway"

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 0 points 28 months ago

Yep, that's fine.

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