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Rob N.

Rob N.

Joined on 11/06/03

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Most Favorable Review

Overall, good for those who don't know that much about computers.

CyberpowerPC Gaming Desktop Gamer Xtreme C768LQ Intel Core i7 10th Gen 10700K (3.80GHz) 16GB DDR4 1TB HDD 500 GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Windows 10 Home 64-bit
CyberpowerPC Gaming Desktop Gamer Xtreme C768LQ Intel Core i7 10th Gen 10700K (3.80GHz) 16GB DDR4 1TB HDD 500 GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Windows 10 Home 64-bit

Pros: Breakdown: Intel i7-10700K (8c16t) 16M Cache, @3.8-5.1GHz UHD Graphics 630 iGPU Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML120L RGB V2 Liquid CPU Cooler MSI MAG B460M MORTAR WIFI (MS-7C82) Micro ATX LGA1200 Motherboard (with custom bios you cannot update) GeIL EVO Potenza 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 PC4-24000 3000MHz (GPB48GB3000C16AS) Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3080 10 GB GAMING OC (GV-N3080GAMING OC-10GD) Western Digital Blue SN550 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME SSD (WDS500G2B0C) Seagate Barracuda 1TB SATA 3.5" 7200 RPM 64MB Cache (ST1000DM010) Deepcool MATREXX 55 ADD-RGB ATX Mid Tower Case Apevia Prestige 800W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply

Cons: By loading the custom bios on the motherboard from Oct 2020, they limit the ability to fix issues of the motherboard components after that date such as the Realtek RTL8125B 2.5GbE ethernet which keeps negotiating connections at 100Mbps instead of the 1Gbps or even the 2.5Gbps or the additional features added such as the Resizable Bar which was added by MSI in the April 2021 bios release. And CyberpowerPC is definitely not known for their bios updates after. As a matter of fact, if you do get CyberpowerPC to answer you about a bios update, they will refer you to the manufacturer (in this case, MSI) who will tell you that they cannot help you because the CyberpowerPC custom bios does not see or allow the MSI bios to be loaded.

Overall Review: The components are pretty good except for the CyberpowerPC customizations which make it difficult for people who actually know what they are doing with their components such as the motherboard.

Most Critical Review

This board has potential, but falls a little short.

ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX 95W Socket AM3+ AMD 760G + SB710 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX 95W Socket AM3+ AMD 760G + SB710 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: This motherboard does come with quite a few whistles.

Cons: System sounds great with the bells and whistles, but the board just does not seem to handle the AMD FX-8150 very well at stock. Didn't get to play with it very long before it died. After getting information from the shop about the motherboard, I contacted ASRock who told me to get with the dealer. So, I will be getting with Newegg now.

Overall Review: I was able to get the Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit installed and the basics such as World of Warcraft. I ran everything stock to include the AMD FX-8150 because all I had was the stock cpu cooler, and this system ran hot. AMD states the cpu can function at the maximum temp of 61C. It idled at 50C, so I turned it off when not in use. After the 3rd day of playing just World of Warcraft using this board, 16 GB Corsair Vengeance, Seagate Momentus XT, XFX Radeon HD 6870, and Thermaltake TR2-600, I started noticing problems with DirectX 11. Thought it was the video card, as it started out just exiting. SO, I played the game on DirectX 9. Then the system started rebooting. Temps were in the mid 50s and not hitting the 61C that AMD says the FX-8150 can play at. Getting home on the 4th day was the gem as the system rebooted while playing again. Then the system would not power back up. Brought it to a certified repair shop and watched them test each component to find out that the motherboard died.

Overall, a nice case

DIYPC Shadow-H01-W  White Dual USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case with Build-in 6 x Red Fans (2 x 120mm LED Fan x Top, 2 x 120mm LED Fan x Front, 1 x 140mm Fan x Side, 1 x 120mm Fan x rear
DIYPC Shadow-H01-W White Dual USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case with Build-in 6 x Red Fans (2 x 120mm LED Fan x Top, 2 x 120mm LED Fan x Front, 1 x 140mm Fan x Side, 1 x 120mm Fan x rear

Pros: Overall, this case is a pretty nifty looking case. With the black and white contrast, large power button, matching fan controller knob to the power button, the amount of fans, and the positioning of the hardware. It was all real easy to run the cables hiding them on along the backside of the motherboard tray.

Cons: They have two fans at the top of the case with a plastic hood covering them. Unfortunately, they mount the motherboard so close to the top of the case that you cannot install a radiator up there. If you want to do water cooling, you will have to go with a 120mm and attach it to the rear fan, the intake between the 5-14" and 3/12" bays (which might be a tight fit) or outside the case. So, the Corsair H100i series will not fit without modding.