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Nathan D.

Nathan D.

Joined on 09/22/12

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Most Favorable Review

They never fail

WD Black 2TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD2003FZEX
WD Black 2TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD2003FZEX

Pros: This is the third drive of the FZEX 2TB drives I have along with a 1TB FZEX. I've never lost a Western Digital drive in my 15+ years of buying and using my own dedicated hardware. -Fast -Relatively quiet -Insanely reliable -5 year warranty

Cons: None. Time have proven that Western Digital Blacks are the most reliable drives.

Overall Review: The best.

Most Critical Review

Worthless(RE-Edited)

AMD RYZEN 5 2400G Quad-Core 3.6 GHz (3.9 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM4 65W YD2400C5FBBOX Desktop Processor - Retail
AMD RYZEN 5 2400G Quad-Core 3.6 GHz (3.9 GHz Max Boost) Socket AM4 65W YD2400C5FBBOX Desktop Processor - Retail

Pros: PIECE OF TRASH. Never buying another AMD and i've been a fanboy since the K7s. I've edited this review twice now. It *WAS* running stable after a driver update but now spontaneously this thing is black screening again.

Cons: *After a few minutes in any game it crashes. I rebuilt system twice and went through the 'might fix it' solutions found online. Nothing worked and AMD has NOT addressed this very well documented problem with this chip. Wish I had known ahead of time or I wouldn't have ordered it. Only guaranteed working solution is to use a dedicated GPU which defeats purpose of this APU. *These are the old cons. This little asterisk *WAS* the positive edit talking about this thing once I got it stable but one week later this thing started black screen crashing again. I've burned out one PSU trying to troubleshoot which was RMA'd.

Overall Review: This problem is WELL DOCUMENTED by users with no response by AMD. No solution is alike indicating a severe problem hence AMD's silence. I will never buy another AMD product new. Already planning to get a used GPU for this but now will replace chip eventually with a USED processor as well.

Works great

ASRock B450M-HDV R4.0 AM4 AMD Promontory B450 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
ASRock B450M-HDV R4.0 AM4 AMD Promontory B450 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Great motherboard. Stable so far with a 2400g. Booted up flawlessly and XMP took my RAM to it's rated speed with a couple of keystrokes.

Cons: No power button. I have to use a screwdriver to hit the jumper until I get a case. May seem like a non-issue but it is. Also concerned about lack of VRM heatsyncs as I plan to drop a 2700x in here in the coming months.

Overall Review: Plan to slowly upgrade this build with a high end GPU then upgrade to a 2700x.

Works great

OLOy 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Desktop Memory Model MD4MU081G83016D
OLOy 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) Desktop Memory Model MD4MU081G83016D

Pros: Been running for a few hours now so at least not DOA, no errors or OS crashes yet. Plugged and played with my B450 motherboard and XMP'd flawlessly to 3000mhz. I like the white heatsyncs.

Cons: None yet. Was worried since it's an unknown company but no problems yet.

Overall Review: Will update if problems arise.

Good, not great

Thermaltake Core V71 Extreme Full Tower Chassis, Compatible With Extreme Liquid Cooling Builds (CA-1B6-00F1WN-00)
Thermaltake Core V71 Extreme Full Tower Chassis, Compatible With Extreme Liquid Cooling Builds (CA-1B6-00F1WN-00)

Pros: I bought this case due to it being inexpensive and the number of hard disk bays it has. -Plenty of hard drive bays -Extremely roomy inside, there will likely never be a GPU or CPU HSF too big for this case -Plenty of room for water cooling

Cons: Forced cable management. The cable ports on the hard drives face the back side of the case instead of the front side where the window is and you would normally open it. This makes adding a hard drive to your system an extreme pain in the behind. Headache inducing, in fact. It's a large case so you need to move it, take both side off, and then deal with cables. Also, due to the size of the case, you will DEFINITELY need Molex -> SATA power cables considering both of my Corsair PSUs aren't able to fully reach the hard drive bays. Of the 6 SATA power connections my PSUs have, only 4 were able to reach.

Overall Review: If you consider your PC a "showpiece" and like a pretty looking PC, this is a VERY GOOD case. If you consider a case to be a piece of equipment with a high drive bay count then I would consider purchasing with caution, it isn't as easy to work in as the more expensive Fractal cases.

QNIX QX2710 LED Evolution II Multi TRUE10 Matte 27-Inch 2560x1440 AH-VA Panel DVI HDMI Monitor
QNIX QX2710 LED Evolution II Multi TRUE10 Matte 27-Inch 2560x1440 AH-VA Panel DVI HDMI Monitor

Pros: Got to my door in 3 days. Picture looks amazing compared to my ~5 year old 24" 1080p monitor. Not a single dead pixel either, was very concerned but in the end it's flawless.

Cons: None other than it'll be another month before I can start gaming on it. No noticeable light bleed worth mentioning.

Overall Review: I won't be overclocking this but it seemed like a nice feature. Will probably buy 2 more at some point for Eyefinity when DDR4 is properly supported and I do a build.