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Kenneth H.

Kenneth H.

Joined on 10/02/14

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Solid, quiet, great power supply.

Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB 850W Smart Zero Fan SLI/CrossFire Ready Continuous Power ATX12V v2.4 / EPS v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Power Supply PS-TPG-0850FPCGUS-R
Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB 850W Smart Zero Fan SLI/CrossFire Ready Continuous Power ATX12V v2.4 / EPS v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Power Supply PS-TPG-0850FPCGUS-R

Pros: The Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB 850W Smart Zero Fan power supply is well built, modular, and 80-PLUS Gold certified (I would never go with less than Gold, personally). I currently use it with a Ryzen 1700/Gigabyte Gaming-3 motherboard/MSI R9 390 video/16GB PC2400 system. After removing the box/packaging, you can immediately feel that it has a very solid heft to it as you lift it from its black protective cloth sleeve. This isn't a cheap, cost-cutting power supply. Other things that I liked about it are the smart fan, the ability to turn off RGB if you choose, and the fact that it runs fairly quiet. I have had no issues with it performing properly, and don't expect any.

Cons: The cables are modular, but they are not braided. This personally doesn't bother me as I have a case with cable management that hides the cables, but depending on your case and your preferences you should be aware that the cables are flat and not braided. Other than that, I can find nothing I don't like about this power supply.

Overall Review: I would recommend this power supply to anyone looking for a solid performing, modular power supply.

A big case for your big aspirations.

Corsair, Carbide Series Air 540 Silver Edition High Airflow ATX Cube Case, CC-9011034-WLED
Corsair, Carbide Series Air 540 Silver Edition High Airflow ATX Cube Case, CC-9011034-WLED

Pros: This is a solidly built, high quality case that can handle whatever you need to throw in it. Oversized CPU coolers and massive video cards are no problem. Lots of SSD mounts in the back, and hot-swap SATA bays in the front. Tool-less, simple configuration. No issues with build quality. Panels line up as they should and everything fits together without gaps or issues. The clever cable management system separates the clutter from the components and gives the system a very clean look when viewed through the clear plastic window. The included fans provide a great air flow path through the front (dust-filtered) and out the back, and the fans themselves are large and spin slow, so they are not overly noisy. It's very easy to work around in when assembling a system - no case cuts on your hands or sharp metal anywhere. Just a (subjectively) beautiful case to showcase a powerful PC.

Cons: It's large. It looks awesome so you will want to put it on top of the desk and off of the floor where lesser computers dwell. If you have a significant other, they may not share your good taste and may not agree with this.

Overall Review: Definitely recommend this to people who like cube-style cases, large cases, and good air flow.

The best processor I have ever owned.

AMD Ryzen 7 1st Gen - RYZEN 7 1700 Summit Ridge (Zen) 8-Core 3.0 GHz (3.7 GHz Turbo) Socket AM4 65W YD1700BBAEBOX Desktop Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 1st Gen - RYZEN 7 1700 Summit Ridge (Zen) 8-Core 3.0 GHz (3.7 GHz Turbo) Socket AM4 65W YD1700BBAEBOX Desktop Processor

Pros: The Ryzen is AMD at their best, at the very top of their game. For a very reasonable price, you get 8 cores, 16 threads, and lots of overclocking room - a fair amount even with the stock Wraith cooler. I expected the CPU to be fast, but it honestly exceeded my expectations on speed, fan volume, and cost value. Cannot recommend highly enough, and hope to see refinements and improvements to the Ryzen line for years to come. Welcome back AMD!

Cons: Not a thing.

Overall Review: Highly recommended as it represents an incredible value, and it just an awesome processor.

Easy to install, working as advertised, hassle-free RAM.

G.SKILL Flare X (for AMD) 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) AMD X370 / B350 / A320 Memory (Desktop Memory) Model F4-2400C15D-16GFX
G.SKILL Flare X (for AMD) 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) AMD X370 / B350 / A320 Memory (Desktop Memory) Model F4-2400C15D-16GFX

Pros: The RAM just works right out of the box, with my GigaByte GA-AB350-Gaming 3 motherboard and Ryzen 1700. No fiddling with settings, crashing, or other problems. RAM is recognized and runs at 2400 spec, and I was easily able to get it to 2666 with clock adjustments alone (no voltage adjusting). I might try for higher at some point, but for now I am very happy with the RAM.

Cons: No cons to speak of.

Overall Review: I would recommend this RAM to someone who wants to just get their system up an running without any hassle. If you are looking to overclock, your mileage may vary but I would definitely expect 2666 with little effort.