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ERIC W.

ERIC W.

Joined on 10/22/05

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another winner from lian li

LIAN LI GALAHAD AIO240 RGB BLACK, Dual 120mm Addressable RGB Fans AIO CPU Liquid Cooler
LIAN LI GALAHAD AIO240 RGB BLACK, Dual 120mm Addressable RGB Fans AIO CPU Liquid Cooler

Pros: - high quality rgb, lots of options - great cooling performance - great build quality as usual from Lian Li - pretty good fans

Cons: - not exactly a con but it can be a bit noisy at full load, but for the amount of cooling it's pulling i'm not complaining

Overall Review: took a chance on this as it launched the day I was ordering my new pc parts. being a Lian Li fan I felt confident that it would not let me down, but i'm surprised at just how good this thing is. It might just be the #1 AIO on the market currently.

seasonic is simply the best

Seasonic FOCUS PX-750, 750W 80+ Platinum Full-Modular, Fan Control in Fanless, Silent, and Cooling Mode, 10 Year Warranty, Perfect Power Supply for Gaming and Various Application, SSR-750PX.
Seasonic FOCUS PX-750, 750W 80+ Platinum Full-Modular, Fan Control in Fanless, Silent, and Cooling Mode, 10 Year Warranty, Perfect Power Supply for Gaming and Various Application, SSR-750PX.

Pros: - seasonic is simply the king of power supplys, the only thing better than this line is the seasonic prime - unrivaled build quality, great power efficiency

Cons: - literally no cons, even the price is quite good for what you are getting here

Overall Review: If you have never had a Seasonic PSU before do yourself a favor and give it a try. Check out jonnyguru for some of the best in-depth psu testing and see how Seasonic is unrivaled with nearly perfect 10's across the board.

best ram on the market?

Patriot Viper Steel 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 4400 (PC4 35200) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model PVS416G440C9K
Patriot Viper Steel 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 4400 (PC4 35200) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model PVS416G440C9K

Pros: - this is like a secret weapon, simply the best samsung b-die kit on the market while also being the best priced - hits 3800 at 14-14-13 at 1.5v without a problem and was willing to go even tighter with some tweaking

Cons: - the heatshields are pretty useless really. it shouldn't be a problem unless your case has very bad airflow, you might want to consider a small fan if you are going to really push it

Overall Review: the price to performance ratio of this ram is pretty unbelievable, there is really no point in getting anything else.

decent for the price

MSI MAG Z490 TOMAHAWK LGA 1200 Intel Z490 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard
MSI MAG Z490 TOMAHAWK LGA 1200 Intel Z490 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: - good features for this price, the dual LAN is a nice touch - does well with memory OC, had no problem loading my 4400-19cl xmp profile - leds are a nice touch although they aren't very bright and are quite simple - VRM is good for this pricepoint - m.2 cover has a thermal pad on it for ssd cooling

Cons: -no post codes except for the very simplistic "ez-debug" -no bios reset/reboot/power buttons. only has the jumper to reset bios (or remove battery) -actually had to reset bios out of the box to get it to post -initially I had an old GPU without UEFI support and it would power cycle and never post. kind of odd, took a while to troubleshoot that one. -the default SA voltage of 1.4v is a little questionable, manually lowered to 1.3v and it seems to be fine. perhaps 10th gen is fine with 1.4v, but it seems excessive for a default.

Overall Review: overall it's a pretty good board for the price, can't complain too much although if I could go back in time I would spend a little extra and get the unify instead.

great case as usual from lian li

LIAN LI LANCOOL II MESH PERFORMANCE BLACK Tempered Glass ATX Case -Black Color -LANCOOL II  MESH PERFORMANCE-X
LIAN LI LANCOOL II MESH PERFORMANCE BLACK Tempered Glass ATX Case -Black Color -LANCOOL II MESH PERFORMANCE-X

Pros: - great build quality as usual from Lian Li - great air flow due to mesh and dual 140mm pwm fans - lots of options for radiator mounting - fan controller hub with manual speed slider is a nice touch - tempered glass on both sides -mesh psu bay allows for additional airflow/mounting options -the mesh is a nice diameter that filters dust without impeding airflow, although a small amount of dust will find it's way in eventually.

Cons: - there's a small gap at the bottom of the front panel that dust can get in through, but since it's in a place that you can't see a piece of black duct tape solves the problem. - the included fans aren't the highest quality or the quietest, but that's always the case with included case fans, and at this price i'm not complaining. - the doors are held closed by some pretty strong magnets, I put a bit of padded tape to dampen them as it will slam shut if you aren't careful.

Overall Review: I've been using Lian Li cases in my builds for the better part of 20 years, they have always been great quality but this one is by far the best case I've ever used. This and Phanteks P500A are the best airflow oriented cases out atm in my opinion, but the Lian Li has a few extra features going for it.