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Martin D.

Martin D.

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Sweet Jeebus it's beautiul

ASUS ROG Strix Z590-A Gaming WiFi 6 LGA 1200 (Intel 11th/10th Gen) ATX White Scheme Gaming Motherboard (14+2 Power Stages, DDR4 5333, WiFi 6, Intel 2.5Gb LAN, Thunderbolt 4 Support, 3 x M.2/NVMe SSD)
ASUS ROG Strix Z590-A Gaming WiFi 6 LGA 1200 (Intel 11th/10th Gen) ATX White Scheme Gaming Motherboard (14+2 Power Stages, DDR4 5333, WiFi 6, Intel 2.5Gb LAN, Thunderbolt 4 Support, 3 x M.2/NVMe SSD)

Pros: SO MUCH ALUMINUM FOR THE HEATSINKS! Honestly I was like a kid at Christmas when I pulled this beauty out of the static sleeve. The pictures on the product page don't do this thing justice at all. Beautiful design on the board, the heatsinks, the pass-through screw holes for the mounting screw locations that overlap the heatsinks for the M.2 slots; everything is designed PERFECTLY. The WiFi antenna is sleek as well, and way more aesthetically pleasing than my previous tower's unit that had to little floppy antennas sticking out the back of the case. The built-in RGB LED on the board WILL link up with Corsair controlled hardware, and does pair up with the iCue settings as long as you set it to "Smart" in the Aura Sync software, which is VERY easy to do.

Cons: Absolutely ZERO qualms with the product. The only thing that's KIND OF a con is that the M.2 Gen 4 slot doesn't work with my Gen of CPU, but that's more on me for not spending a little more for an 11th Gen than it is on the board.

Overall Review: First ASUS board I've purchased and I'm pretty sure that they've earned me as a customer for life. Seriously cannot say enough about how beautiful this unit it, and the BIOS interface is extremely user friendly also. If this has all the specs you're looking for and checks all your boxes, you will NOT be disappointed with the result.

10/31/2021

Perfection

CORSAIR Vengeance RGB Pro 32GB (4 x 8GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model CMW32GX4M4D3600C18
CORSAIR Vengeance RGB Pro 32GB (4 x 8GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model CMW32GX4M4D3600C18

Pros: Fast Pretty RGB color control through the iCue software

Cons: Runs at the 3600 frequency only when utilized with the proper CPU/Motherboard combination. This isn't so much a con for the RAM, but more something you need to look at more in depth than I did when I was adding everything to the build list. Check the functionality of the RAM when paired with certain CPU generations so that you don't make the mistake I did and buy a CPU that won't run the RAM at the peak frequency.

Overall Review: Fast, beautiful, does the job perfectly.

10/31/2021

Easy install, looks great!

Corsair LL Series CO-9050092-WW LL120 RGB, 120mm Dual Light Loop RGB LED PWM Fan, 3 Fan Pack with Lighting Node PRO, White
Corsair LL Series CO-9050092-WW LL120 RGB, 120mm Dual Light Loop RGB LED PWM Fan, 3 Fan Pack with Lighting Node PRO, White

Pros: 1. Easy to install and set up with the Corsair RGB control unit. I bought the Corsair iCue 360mm AIO CPU Cooler as well, so I did not need to use the small RGB control unit that came with the pack of fans, but I'm certain it would work just the same as the larger one that came with. 2. Cable management with these is quite simple as you're able to mount the controller with 3M double sided adhesive strips pretty much wherever you want them in the case. 3. There are directional arrows on the fans showing you which was the blades rotate as well as the airflow direction so you know if you're installing them as an intake or exhaust fan. Personally I set mine up as exhaust since I have the AIO Cooler fans pulling air in through the radiator. 4. I had to smaller 240mm unit in my last PC and when I would game the room would be easily 10 or 15 degrees hotter than the rest of the upstairs area if I had the door pulled to, but now I barely notice a difference except for directly beside the tower, but that's mainly due to the front panel being designed to be the main discharge point. That's not to say that the 240mm unit is inefficient as that's more of a commentary on the Mid-Tower case I had not providing adequate ventilation to prevent heat buildup, but having three exhaust fans instead of a single at the rear is a way better setup.

Cons: None that I could tell you. They do the job and are easy to set up and use.

Overall Review: Highly recommend and I put as many Corsair items as I could on this build. Great brand, great fans.

10/31/2021

Plenty of space, cable management is good (on the motherboard side)

Cougar DarkBlader-G Full Tower RGB Gaming Case
Cougar DarkBlader-G Full Tower RGB Gaming Case

Pros: 1. The case comes with a full instruction manual on how to remove the top, sides, and front cover for ease of installation on initial setup. 2. Tempered glass side panels are awesome and come with a plastic protector so that once you're done handling it during the setup process you can peel it all away and leave yourself a crystal clear viewing window. 3. RGB controller is easy to set up, and I'm running my system with an ASUS ROG Strix Z590A motherboard that has addressable RGB headers, and the case's RGB controller WILL cooperate with the settings on my Corsair iCue hardware. I used the AURA Sync software and set it to "Smart" control for the motherboard RGB lights, and it extended those settings to the case RGB components as well. It isn't perfectly sync'd with the iCue if you have the Corsair hardware set to run on "unicorn vomit", but it will link up with it when you have it set to correspond to a temperature setpoint. 4. If you are more picky about your cable management than I am on the rear side (still visible through the glass pane on the back), there is a hinged door near the front side that you can leave in place that will allow you to tuck away your cabling so that it doesn't cause you any eyesore on the rear side of the case, but I left mine out because I'm lazy. It's a good option to have though. FYI the hinges are half barrel so you can easily lift and remove the small door to allow access to the screws for the front panel when you're doing the initial setup, which is quite helpful.

Cons: There was a very minor bit of surface corrosion on the RGB controller, but it hasn't affected anything. RGB functions perfectly fine, but I'm using the Corsair controller for the fan control and AIO unit fans as well, so the only thing it's operating is the case RGB and I do not know if it would have any effect on other RGB devices if they were plugged in.

Overall Review: Overall I don't really have any complaints about the unit. It came with a TON of extra hardware for the install, I took my time with the setup to make it as clean as possible on the front side and it turned out beautifully as far as I'm concerned.

10/31/2021

Easy install, easy to set up, what's not to love?

CORSAIR iCUE H150i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler LGA 1700 Compatible - White
CORSAIR iCUE H150i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler LGA 1700 Compatible - White

Pros: 1. Installation is as simple as mounting it and following the directions that come with the unit. 2. Runs on the iCue software which is very easy to figure out. 3. Cools the CPU quite well, running games at max spec in 2k I'm not seeing temperatures over 40C on the coolant (the CPU itself will fluctuate as it operates, but the coolant temp always holds very steady). 4. The white coloring plus the RGB function combined with the dark case (Cougar DarkBlader G Full Tower) really helps the components stand out. 5. The hub controller is easy to mount up just about wherever you want it as long as there's space, and setting up the cables wasn't difficult.

Cons: Really don't have anything bad to say about it. This is the second Capellix unit I've bought and installed and I honestly don't think it could be any easier, and the functionality is fantastic.

Overall Review: I highly recommend these AIO units whether you're getting this 360mm one or one of the others. Easy to install Easy to set up the RGB control Great performance for the price. Overall a solid 10/10 from me.

10/31/2021