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Justin L.

Justin L.

Joined on 01/01/11

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Downgraded from Z370 to H310

ASUS PRIME H310M-E LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel H310 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 uATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS PRIME H310M-E LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel H310 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 uATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Budget board that still ticks all the check boxes for needed motherboard features. HDMI out, USB 3, slot for M.2 drives, four SATA plugs. Bios is clean and easy to navigate. Board quality is good enough and the appearance is no nonsense for those who don’t need RGB. The bottom left corner of the board does have a small LED strip if you must have lights in your case.

Cons: The H310 chipset limits M.2 to a 2X path. With my nvme drive in a Z370 based system, performance went from 1800 sequential reads down to just under 900 on the H310. Boot and app loading times feel just as fast but this may matter to some. Also, the M.2 mounting on this board is cheap; instead of the normal posts with a screw fastener this has a strange plunger-clip style fastener.

Overall Review: Overall great board. Pairs nicely with an I5-8400 and 16GB of 2666mhz RAM.

DDR4

Crucial 4GB Single DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) 260-Pin SODIMM Memory - CT4G4SFS824A
Crucial 4GB Single DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) 260-Pin SODIMM Memory - CT4G4SFS824A

Pros: Posts on first boot and passes an hour of Prime95. No frills RAM.

Cons: none

Overall Review: Using in an Intel NUC. Flawless.

J5005 NUC

Intel NUC (Next Unit of Computing) BOXNUC7PJYH1 Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System
Intel NUC (Next Unit of Computing) BOXNUC7PJYH1 Black Mini / Booksize Barebone System

Pros: Bought this for a TV computer. Streams with ease and runs Kodi smoothly. Also using with a 1TB WD black 2.5" drive for a file server. Even on AC WiFi it does great. Small fan inside only kicks in when it's uncompressing ZIPs or installing programs and turns off while not under load.

Cons: Uses a laptop sized power brick.

Overall Review: Installed with 2X4GB of Crucial 2400, WD Black 1TB 2.5" HDD and Windows 10 Pro. Fantastic little box. Power and features that will last for years.

Cerberus

ASUS GeForce GTX 1050 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card CERBERUS-GTX1050-O2G
ASUS GeForce GTX 1050 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card CERBERUS-GTX1050-O2G

Pros: Nice looking card and the components are top grade. The heat sink isn’t heat piped but for a GTX 1050 it cools better than expected. Fans spin at 1k rpm and are quiet at idle. Max temps in the mid 60s while benchmarking. Overall great. $30 or $40 overpriced but in this GPU market this is expected. Recommended for “budget” Buyers.

Cons: Backplate is plastic...only for looks (but it looks sweet).

8700K cooler

CRYORIG H7 Tower Cooler For AMD/Intel CPU with 120mm PWM Fan
CRYORIG H7 Tower Cooler For AMD/Intel CPU with 120mm PWM Fan

Pros: Straight forward install process. Cryorig is known for this. The AM4 mounting bracket work okay with Asus Z370-I Strix... other coolers' backplate interferes with components on backside of board. 80C under prime/aida64 FPU stress testing.

Cons: Heavy; careful when moving the case around or shipping.

Put in Define Nano S

Fractal Design Dynamic GP-14 140mm Low Noise Hydraulic Bearing Black/White Computer Case Fan
Fractal Design Dynamic GP-14 140mm Low Noise Hydraulic Bearing Black/White Computer Case Fan

Pros: Matches the Fractal Design included intake fan. Room for two 140mm intake fans so this is the most cost effective fan. Silent.

Cons: Not the best bearing on the market. Silent, but likely will wear out after a couple years.