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JAMIE K.

JAMIE K.

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So far so good

CoolerMaster MasterLiquid PL360 FLUX Close-Loop AIO CPU Liquid Cooler, Dual Chamber Pump, Ceramic Bearing Impeller, Enlarged Copper Base, ARGB PL-Flux 120mm Fans for AMD Ryzen/Intel 1700/1200/115X
CoolerMaster MasterLiquid PL360 FLUX Close-Loop AIO CPU Liquid Cooler, Dual Chamber Pump, Ceramic Bearing Impeller, Enlarged Copper Base, ARGB PL-Flux 120mm Fans for AMD Ryzen/Intel 1700/1200/115X

Pros: -Pretty easy to install. -Instructional video on their website/youtube -Quiet

Cons: -So far, none. I hope it lasts for what it's rated. I went with this brand because I've had good luck with them before. :)

Overall Review: Prior to this I've had ZERO experience with liquid cooling. I have many years of PC experience, but never used liquid cooling. I'll say it was easy to install. The LEDs make for a LOT more wires with the controller and all. I don't care about the lights, but since my case does have a controller I thought I'd just plug into that and it did work. So I never bothered to use the controller that comes with this. As far as temps go, it works well. I can't compare it to any other liquid coolers since I don't have any experience with any, but I can say that so far it's maybe a little better than my be quiet! dark rock 4 on my i7-12700KF. My reason for purchase is I was unable to get to my first ram slot with the massive Dark Rock 4, not because of temps. Also I didn't use the paste that comes with it, I had some MX-4 leftover from before so I used it. I assumed it's probably rated a little higher.

So far so good. :)

G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model F4-3200C16D-32GVK
G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Desktop Memory Model F4-3200C16D-32GVK

Pros: Compatibility. This is a number 1 seller for a reason

Cons: None

Overall Review: I now have 4 sticks of this. No issues! I had Ripjaws DDR3 ram in my old computer. Used it for about 8 years never had an issue. That's why I bought it again this time around.

Very nice case overall

Antec Dark League DF700 FLUX, Mid Tower ATX Gaming Case, FLUX Platform, 5 x 120mm Fans Included, ARGB & PWM Fan Controller, Tempered Glass Side Panel, Three-Dimensional Wave-Shaped Mesh Front
Antec Dark League DF700 FLUX, Mid Tower ATX Gaming Case, FLUX Platform, 5 x 120mm Fans Included, ARGB & PWM Fan Controller, Tempered Glass Side Panel, Three-Dimensional Wave-Shaped Mesh Front

Pros: -Installation of everything is super easy -I connected the LED controller to my motherboard and it works very well. I do not want a bunch of LED controllers and everything has to be lit up these days for some crazy reason. I plugged my Coolermaster PL360 into it as well instead of using Coolermaster's controller. It worked! So I don't need multiple softwares running and all that extra wiring and parts -For the most part temps are great. As good as my old Antec 900? No, definitely not. My GPU was cooler with the old case. But I went with this because I needed something that could use liquid cooling so I could get more ram sticks in. (Air cooler is MASSIVE)

Cons: -My biggest complaint, I actually contacted Antec about so maybe they'll do something about it. One of the main reasons I chose this case is because it can hold 3 3.5" hard drives. If you use the two on the bottom, it works out great, but if you need that third spot on the top it's POSSIBLE but a bit of a pain. I saw another complaint saying it's tight because of the wiring. While that's true, it's a pretty mild inconvenience in my opinion. I had a different problem. Once my drive was installed it sat so flat against the case I couldn't get my SATA power connector on the drive. I fixed it by putting the two lower screws thru the case first, then a washer, then the drive so it would push the drive outwards a tiny bit. Was tricky to do but worked very well. -The screens; It's a good idea, but without rearranging all the fans, the top screen would be useless. Why would I want to filter the air coming out? And I don't' want to be blowing CPU heat INTO the case. I left it as is for now, but I feel that's somewhat stupid.

Overall Review: Not my first Antec case. I loved my Antec 900 and that's why I looked for another one this time around.

It's a beast for sure

be quiet! Dark Rock 4 CPU Cooler with Silent Wings, 200W TDP, High Performance - Silent Wings 135mm PWM LGA 1700 Compatible
be quiet! Dark Rock 4 CPU Cooler with Silent Wings, 200W TDP, High Performance - Silent Wings 135mm PWM LGA 1700 Compatible

Pros: -Absolutely fantastic and keeping cpu temps where they should be! -Quiet

Cons: -Size. This thing is so tall, I used to have a fan on the side panel of my case (I have an older Antec Nine Hundred), but it won't fit with the cooler in there. Not even close. There's about 1/4 inch between the top of this cooler and the side panel of my case. -The fan is so big, it's bigger than the cooler, the only reason I'd say this is a con is you can't use the first RAM slot because the fan is there. I may try turning it a 1/4 turn and have it blow upwards in stead of towards the back to see if that will allow more space (I have an exhaust fan on the top of my case and that's how my old Cooler Master N520 was for years). I believe I saw a picture someone else posted on here showing that you can move the fan higher to give space to the RAM slot. Which brings me to my next thing... -The spring clips that hold the fan on. In a way this is nice because you can move the fan up and down as needed for space, however they're quite difficult to put on because the way this thing is assembled, it has to be mounted into the board first then put the fan on after. My old N520 had 2 fans and they mounted with screws so you didn't have to put them on after it was inside the case.

Overall Review: Overall, I do really like it. It was a bit of a pain to install because of having to put the fan on after it's mounted, and I hope if I decide to add more RAM later on that it is possible. If someone thinks you need a liquid cooler for the 12th gen, that's wrong. This thing is very quiet as the name suggests and keeps my temps very very in check. I use it with a i7-12700KF. I ordered and contacted be quiet! for the LGA 1700 bracket. I don't know if they are going to start including that with it soon, but they probably should because it's the new thing, then people don't have to wait for 2 packages.

Overall a good quality ASRock board

ASRock Z690 PG Riptide LGA 1700 Intel Z690 SATA 6Gb/s DDR4 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASRock Z690 PG Riptide LGA 1700 Intel Z690 SATA 6Gb/s DDR4 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: -I really like the ASRock UEFI interface, it's one reason I wanted another ASRock board this time around. -Lots of SATA and M.2 ports for drive expansion -Lots of front USB connections -JUST enough fan ports for my build

Cons: -Could use more rear USB ports. I won't have a shortage as I have a USB hub, but otherwise, I probably would. -My BIGGEST problem with this board is the Optiocal S/PDIF output. Every computer I've had that has had this port was able to output 5.1 or even 7.1 digital audio to my Pioneer receiver. Whether this be continuous for any sound that's playing, or a game that supports it, or even a movie. With this board I have tried everything, but there is simply no way to enable more than 2 channel audio through the optical out. SO WHY IS IT EVEN THERE?! It is VERY deceiving. I tried on Windows 10 first, then I upgraded to 11 and still no luck. I tried drivers from the CD, ASRock website, and even other random drivers that worked but nothing would give me the option to enable it. Here's the weird thing... If I go to windows sound settings and do the DTS and Dolby Digital test, both works. My Pioneer receiver shows me it's being sent 5.1 digital signal or DTS. But outside of this test, there is no way to actually enable this. I contacted ASRock about it, they said it doesn't support it. I find it interesting that it's not supported yet the test works fine. I don't know if this can be added later with a driver or firmware update.

Overall Review: As I said it's pretty deceiving to have an optical out that does no more than 2 channels. That is the reason I chose this board. I needed an LGA 1700, I loved my old ASRock z97x Killer so I wanted another ASRock, the price was good on this and it has the optical so it was my winner. I've just ordered a Sound BlasterX AE-5 Plus so that I can have proper sound, not emulated, so I'm excited for that.

Very good card

TP-Link AC1200 PCIe WiFi Card (Archer T4E) - 2.4G/5G Dual Band Wireless PCI Express Adapter, Low Profile, Long Range Beamforming, Heat Sink Technology, Supports Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP
TP-Link AC1200 PCIe WiFi Card (Archer T4E) - 2.4G/5G Dual Band Wireless PCI Express Adapter, Low Profile, Long Range Beamforming, Heat Sink Technology, Supports Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP

Pros: Very easy to install. Comes with 2 different mounting brackets in case you have a low profile case. Data throughput seems excellent.

Cons: Standard antennas. Because this is for a desktop, one side of the antennas are always right up against metal. If you're connecting to an access point which has a weaker signal, you may have issues. If it's only a few rooms away this is great. It's a great product, but it would be much better with high gain antennas. My old Rosewill card worked a little bit better on the 2.4ghz side, but I bought this because I needed a dual band adapter for 5ghz. If your computer sits down low, like on the floor, it may be weaker or unusable on already weak signals. Don't get me wrong, it's a great WiFi card but it would be much better with high gain antennas.

Overall Review: I'd recommend this. Standard household it should work totally fine. If your access point's signal is weak where this will be located you may want something external or purchase a set of high gain dual band antennas to go with this.