Overall Review: TLDR: Great rig for the price, minimalist gaming PC but passable, HORRIBLE cooling that has to be addressed
CPU - Ryzen 7 5000 Series 5800X (3.80 GHz)
- as advertised
GPU - ASUS NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
- as advertised
Mobo - ASUS G15DK (AM4)
- bare bones, no bells and whistles but does what it needs to do
- can slot another NVMe but would need to remove WiFi card (not an issue for me as I am wired)
- zero information available about this Mobo at ASUS or anywhere else on net closest I could find was ASUS PRIME B550M-K AM4
SSD - Western Digital NVMe 1TB - WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-1T00-1002 (SSD)
- Mid-Range - good enough for my needs, your mileage may vary
PSU - its bronze 80
- comes with modular cables that can be added to PSU (SATA, Molex and 6 pin power)
- has had no issues powering the rig so far
Keyboard/Mouse - basic
- will allow you to operate the computer - who is using these anyway?
Could be better:
RAM - Hynix 3200 DDR4
- (CL) 22, (tRCD) 22, (tRP) 22, (tRAS) 52, (tRC) 74
- you will most likely end up upgrading this as I will be
Case - ROG
- its OK to look at, nice little LED strip on front and inside with nice effect options
- GPU is supported in front by a bracket which is nice
- has no rack/mounting options for additional SSD/HDD
- has room at bottom of case to store HDD/SSD but they just kinda hang out down there
- no proper way to add additional fans (major con of this rig - see below)
- case cannot house beefy air cooler (ex. a Hyper 212 would not fit due to how thin the case is)
- cramped - doing anything in this case is difficult
- esoterically secured compartments (PSU, GPU and CPU/RAM all separated by metal "shields")
- power button placement is not ideal (front of case) and accidentally hit the button several times
Cooling - (you will DEFINITELY have to address this)
- out of the box, rig runs HOT
- Only one 92mm exhaust fan at back of case
- Air Cooled CPU (not an issue for me but heatsink is jank)
- no proper way to add additional fans to the case
Addressing Heat issue:
I added two 120mm fans, two 92mm fans and one 80mm fan which brought the temps into bearable ranges.
There is room at the front of case for a 120mm and 92mm intake fans - the 120 in front of GPU, the 92 in front of RAM/CPU. There would have been room for a second 120 in front of CPU but a plastic tab which secures the front of the case gets on the way. Removing the metal compartment "shields" may expand your fan options but the securing points of these compartments are not immediately obvious.
There is room for a 120mm and a 92mm fan on top of case (exhaust). You could put two 120mm fans at the top but this would require you covering part of the rear LED strip. A 92mm fan at top is needed if you do not want to cover the LED strip due to a plastic tab which secures the top of the case.
The rear of the case you can fit an 80mm fan (exhaust) below the GPU, in front of the expansion slot openings.
You could use 4pin fans and a fan hub and control the speed of the fans or use 3/4pin fans and a SATA/Molex to fan power adapter if you don't care to control the speed. You will need to zip tie/velcro the fans in place.
I suggest replacing the heatsink as I will be doing in the near future. You will need to use a low profile heatsink if going air cooled, or figure a way to mount the radiator if going liquid (which would limit options for intake.exhaust fans). I plan on using the Nocutua NH-C14S or NH-L12Sair cooler.
Had about a week now, runs great and overall pleased with my purchase so far. If you are looking for a minimalist gaming PC at a good price and overall acceptable components and are able/willing to address the cooling issues then this would suit you.
this mf is about to take off
Overall Review: meh
Pros: -Runs Fast
Cons: -Runs hot under load 84 Celsius (Added Fans)
-Bios Fan Tuning could be smoother (Fans get loud over 55%)
-Small Case (No room for expansion/customization)
Overall Review: I gave the product 4 eggs because for the price of the PC it could include a few extra fans. I purchased 3 cooler master fans $9.99 each which dropped the temperature from 84 Celsius under load to 66 Celsius which is more like it. Overall screaming fast rig does everything I want and more.
Pros: Great specs for a starter pc.
Nice slim case
Cons: My only issue would be that the build only comes with one output fan, i can run games like GTA on full settings perfectly but the CPU temp does go up a bit more than Id like.
Overall Review: Amazing PC in my opinion, this is my first ever pc and I dont regret it one bit, i purchased extra fans to install so after that i shouldnt have any worries. Definitely recommend!
Pros: Great value for the cost
Case looks great and setup was super easy
Runs basically anything you throw at it with ease whether it be 1080, 1440, or 4k
Cons: Has some downfalls where they cut corners to save cost
Case is small and is hard to get the panels off of, other than main panel.
Micro ATX mobo, only has 3 fan headers so if you need to add more fans (which is a MUST for this machine!!!) you'll have to get a fan hub/splitters, or run some fans off the PSU using Molex.
Machine runs hot due to poor cooling design. Dont let that dissuade your purchase though, as thats a cheap and easy fix.
RAM sticks in this machine are pretty garbage (they dont even have heat shrouds...) with timings of 21,21,54,74. Not a must upgrade immediately, but going to be one of my first upgrades for sure. Though i will say atleast it is dual channel!
Overall Review: A great purchase for this price point as, for the same price, you are only going to be getting an i7 processor from a lesser known brand like ABS. So to get a 3070 with a Ryzen 7 5000 series CPU for under $2k really is quite the feat nowadays. I bought this and have zero regrets!
Pros: It looks good and shows off like a pro. Carry handle is a nose touch.
Cons: The front part of case trying to get it off is a pain and nerve wrecking because you could break off some of the tabs, then your case is useless. No filters in case, one small fan to cool a high speed graphic card and strong cpu. Cant really take off top of case to mount any top fans.
Overall Review: Really cool design and if didnt want to upgrade then this is a nice pc. Just wish you could have more protection from dust and maybe be able to add more cooling if wanted to like bracket. All in all nice window case with the logo and some rgb is a a good looking view. Runs a bit warm on high end games but can handle it, just want to keep the parts for longer use and with it running high inside the parts might not last as long as like.
Pros: Fast, works well, good RGB, slim case, non-proprietary RTX card.
Cons: No HDD, sub-optimal heat dissipation design, small and loud case fans, has some bloatware on windows install.
Overall Review: Smaller than expected, slimline case. Everything in order. Runs perfect on boot.
Blazing power, will get the job done. Nice to finally have an RTX card.
Still testing temps but so far have never had an issue with anything thats high-intensity, and Im running a 4K 34" monitor.
Its loud, and the case fan performance is underwhelming. The design leaves room for a hot air bubble to form under the GPU, but so far the exhaust has done the job.
Will probably add dampening and another case fan or two if it becomes necessary. Also an extra HDD since the single NVME eventually wont be enough.
There is some mcafee bloatware on it that you'll have to remove. I tried to do a full restore but apparently its in the initial boot. Wasnt a problem to uninstall though.
Overall though, I am very happy with my purchase, have had it about two weeks.
Pros: Has 3070, basically the only way you can get one right now.
Cons: Was great day 1, while I installed my steam games. Day 2, attempting to play said steam games, not so much. Problems booting up, blue screening after 5 or 10 minutes of use over and over.
Overall Review: Would not recommend. It's a great price, and it's a nice feeling to own a 3070 briefly, before you realize all the other components besides the video card and processor are garbage.