Date Joined: 09/10/16
Pros: While ryzen may be a better value this cpu still hits a sweet spot for people who want the highest single core performance, but don't want a quad core. The biggest reason I went with this cpu however is that i needed full support for AVX 256 which unfortunately is weaker on Ryzen due to how the architecture was designed.
Cons: Price vs competition
Overall Review: I would only selectively recommend this product because in most cases going with an AMD Ryzen chip is a better value. This CPU just happened to be the best option for my specific needs.
Pros: I bought this case feeling a little apprehensive because I had never bought a DIYPC case before, and hadn't heard much about them. But in the end I was very pleasantly surprised. I picked up the case for $49.98 with a $15 rebate making the final price incredibly low for what I got. The build quality and feature set is what I would expect on a case around $60-$70. the side panels have very little flex to them despite both of them having large windows. This is because of support bars running along the inside of the panels to give them extra strength. Another great feature is the removable 5.25" drive bay. Even my Corsair 750D doesn't have that feature! Take out 4 screws and you can remove the 5.25" bay entirely if you aren't using it. for a mATX case at this price point it also has a fairly good amount of drive bays (2 2.5" and 2 3.5" removable trays for easy install). The 2.5" bay also has a nice system where the entire bay is on a hinge that swings out with the removal of a screw. This makes it much easier to install the drives after installing a power supply. There is a pretty good amount of points for zip ties for cable management, and the cable management experience overall was pretty good for a case this size. The accessories pack that comes with the case was also much nicer than expected. Not only were all the required screws included, it also came with about 20 black zip ties, and a short screwdriver that I used for the entire build process.
Cons: -The drive bays do have removable trays, but the trays require the drives to be attached with screws in so they aren't truly tool-less
- A thumbscrew rather than a normal screw securing the 2.5" drive bay hinge mechanism would have been nice
- Oddly there are no bent out handles on the side panels. They are flush with the case entirely which can make them a bit difficult to remove
Overall Review: I would absolutely recommend this case to anyone wanting to do an mATX build.
Pros: Fantastic card for the money, performance basically on par with a gtx 970, faster in some titles, for 170$. Best performance per dollar of any card on the market right now. I got this card for my HTPC so that I could play games on my tv without dragging my dual gtx 1080 rig out to the living room, and it does a great job. Plays pretty much any game you can think of at 1080p high-max settings. That's fantastic considering it's a $170 card!
Cons: Most of the time it's fairly quiet, but sometimes the fan becomes audible under heavy load. Not loud enough to be annoying, but it could be improved.