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David N.

David N.

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Most Favorable Review

Very good MOBO

ASUS P5K-VM LGA 775 Intel G33 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P5K-VM LGA 775 Intel G33 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: The size makes it much easier to manipulate, manual is informative and gives direct answers to critical questions. the BIOS has a lot of information/feedback on what options do. Easy to install.

Cons: When using the X16 slot and using a large video card the first PCI slot becomes unusable due to the card taking up both slots. Nothing major due to the MOBO already having everything you need to connect things up right on the board.

Overall Review: This was one of the smallest MOBO's ive ever owned. Yet for its size it offers just about as much as a regular board. For gaming and GFX this board seems to be one of the better ones out there. If you need a server type, this board isnt for you. The 4 SATA connectors are not RAID. Just fyi.

Most Critical Review

Easy to configure, decent gaming card.

Creative Sound Blaster Z PCIe 116dB SNR Gaming Sound Card with 600 ohm Headphone Amp and Beamforming Microphone
Creative Sound Blaster Z PCIe 116dB SNR Gaming Sound Card with 600 ohm Headphone Amp and Beamforming Microphone

Pros: Good sound, lots of control over options.

Cons: Not too many, some games fight the processor i think esp the fallout series. Fallout 4 has a nasty tendency to switch left and right channels on you loading through zones but thats the only one that ive had issues with.

Overall Review: Ehh i would recommend it however, the headphone jack up and quit me today. Only thing i can figure is that the amp behind the jack wiped out. Im still testing things, luckily the other stereo output still works (never used, always have headphones). Idk either way this is a good card, could be static got to it.

Not a bad AIO cooler at all, makes a good difference on CPU temps.

MSI MAG Core Liquid C240 EVA e-PROJECT AIO Liquid CPU Cooler, 240mm Radiator, Dual 120mm PWN Fans, ARGB lighting controled by software, AM5 Compatible
MSI MAG Core Liquid C240 EVA e-PROJECT AIO Liquid CPU Cooler, 240mm Radiator, Dual 120mm PWN Fans, ARGB lighting controled by software, AM5 Compatible

Pros: This is my first "real" AIO cooler install, apology's for any green or noob mistakes. Im also 50, and cant feel tiny screws as well and no longer have steady hands for such small parts. Fun getting old...bleh. I bought a machine from a big box store, and it had an MSI single fan AIO cooler mounted on the back, functioning as the CPU cooler and a rear system fan. It had horrible performance, running reg videos on youtube it maxed out at 91c. (oof). I took the chance, and bought this one. This cooler is easy to install, it comes with quite a bit of hardware for all sorts of applications for your cpu's. Hooking up the RGB lights was simple, same with the fan/pump power cords. Mounting the er...main part to the cpu was a bit of a challenge but not near as rough as say one of your usual gigantic air coolers with 2 140mm fans and all that. It runs pretty quiet, and the average temp on my machine is 40c. Under a heavy load, i do still hit the mid 70s but that could be because I do not fully understand this tech, or possibly a setting i missed. Software wise, well MSI DRAGON center is what I use. A bit confusing at first but you get the hang of it pretty quick. The internet seems to have a large debate on which software is better but I honestly cant see a huge difference.

Cons: Cons: Okay, im old school here. I wanted a manual. A paper, manual to reference things. However, modern times save some money and you can use the Qrcode to download a pdf to your phone/tablet and its efficient, i guess. I cant seem to get the CPU fans that sit on the cooler to exceed 2k rpm. I know these fans can go quite a bit higher but that is probably not a issue with this equipment, its me not understanding all the features on my motherboard and or some sort of voltage/current limitation. This isnt a real con against the product, but..AMD has some odd ideas when it comes to mounting a cooler. INTEL uses 4 screw, nice and easy. Your set. AMD uses two little hooks, that are all black that you cant see worth a flip, cant hardly feel and feel like you need to pray to the tech *censored* of our world just to get em to fit right. ..or maybe pay a shop to do it since everyone is younger than me. /cough Once its on you dont want to take it off again to make sure that thermal paste is perfect. Once its on, its there for a while. The heck was AMD thinking? Last one, well the actual coolant. I work on old cars now and then and i know, radiators are not perfect. Sealed or not, there will be some air in this device eventually. I cant find any information on how to bleed the system, and add more fluid or water (whatever it uses). I couldnt even find a screw to remove to check or..anything like that. The manual didnt mention it so do we even have an option on that? I know eventually this thing will gurgle with air bubbles, how do we maintain this device? (note: this is for all AIO coolers not just this one. trying to be clear with that.)

Overall Review: I would recommend this to people getting into the AIO cooler line of pc's. It was easy to install, once i figured out the actual cpu mount part. I did a few airflow tests with some torn napkins like the old 80s streamer days for fans and noted it had a lot of airflow. Since its my first real one, I ran through all sorts of youtube videos about how to mount the hardware. I mounted mine up at the top of my case, pulling air from the case and blowing it over the radiator, out the top of the pc. I still need to add in another case fan to the rear of my build but, im pretty happy with things.

Very efficient motherboard.

ASUS Prime Z370-A LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z370 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS Prime Z370-A LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z370 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Rather easy to set up, manual was decent and I had no problems figuring out where to connect up wires from my PSU and case. This was my first UEFI BIOS motherboard. I have to say its loaded with options and a heck of a lot easier to navigate and use than the old generation. Fan speed control right from the start, energy savings or just go full power. Im blown away by it. Great job!

Cons: My hands shake a lot now that im older, so connecting some of the fans and things took a bit more time than usual. Only con I can think of at the moment. I just used some ole metal forcip type tool to carefully slip a few of the connectors onto the MB. Nothing bad at all.

Overall Review: Id recommend this MB to anyone who wants a serious upgrade to their gaming rig, depending on what you need of course. It was very easy to mount in the case, pretty easy to connect all the wires. Even my super huge cpu cooler had no issues, however its better to install your ram first, then any cpu fans, just to make sure you have the room. ****** id like to update this. After nearly 3 years of use, (knock on wood) ive had zero problems with this board. it DOES have the needed/required TPM 2.0 on board, for windows 11, but its not clearly labeled. Then again im not sure ive done a bios update since ive owned the thing. I realize its an old board now but, its still strong.

10/14/2021

Good fee and lights however it didnt even last a year.

Rosewill NEON K85 RGB Wired Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Kailh Blue Switches, 10 RGB LED Backlight Effects with Additional Luminescence, 104 Keys, NKRO, Anti-Ghosting, Multimedia Control Keys
Rosewill NEON K85 RGB Wired Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Kailh Blue Switches, 10 RGB LED Backlight Effects with Additional Luminescence, 104 Keys, NKRO, Anti-Ghosting, Multimedia Control Keys

Pros: wonderful lights, good feel, easy to program the led's from software.

Cons: The product only lasted 9 months. My pc gave me a weird error not 10 min ago informing me of a USB over current and it cut power to the keyboard. (smart mb let me tell ya, saved me from smoking an entire board/system) I did s a few more tests and even the bios/startup system notices its pulling too much current. All i was doing is typing. So from a long term used pov, no..dont get this keyboard its not designed for heavy, gamer use at all. You cant even plug it in and disable the led's with a safety switch or such. Back to ordering a new, old school keyboard.

Overall Review: Its a decent keyboard with a good feel but do not expect it to last very long. Mine failed after 9 months of use as a gamer.

Lightweight, and good sounding.

Philips Performance SHP9500 Over-Ear Open-Air Headphones - EXCLUSIVE - Black
Philips Performance SHP9500 Over-Ear Open-Air Headphones - EXCLUSIVE - Black

Pros: Pretty light for what they can do, decent bass/response and the open design keeps you from becoming uncomfortable during prolonged use.

Cons: none so far, everything seems fine.

Overall Review: Great gaming headphones or for music. The open air feature allows your ears to "breathe" so to speak.