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Keith H.

Keith H.

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Just works in my x570

CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model CMK32GX4M2E3200C16
CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) Intel XMP 2.0 Desktop Memory Model CMK32GX4M2E3200C16

Pros: Put it in my X570 and the optimized settings work without any issues at all.Update: put in a 2nd pair - XMP profile still works perfectly with all 4 installed.

Cons: None

Overall Review: This is my second build with Corsair Vengeance RAM modules - and they are just solid.

So happy I spent more money

ASUS AMD AM4 ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Hero ATX Motherboard with PCIe 4.0, 2.5Gbps LAN, Dual M.2, SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.2 Gen 2
ASUS AMD AM4 ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Hero ATX Motherboard with PCIe 4.0, 2.5Gbps LAN, Dual M.2, SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.2 Gen 2

Pros: Very happy with this board - it has lots of options that make troubleshooting so much easier. In my case, when I put my Ryzen 5800x CPU into the system, it wouldn't POST. But it had a nice LED to give a code that provided a hint it might be related. An Internet search with that code suggested to just put on the latest BIOS (which I probably would have tried anyway). This board *also* has the brilliant feature to allow the BIOS to be updated without need to boot the system - I just put the latest BIOS on a USB key, and held a button on the back of the board. It booted - flashing the LED on the light I held down as it updated the BIOS (which took a few minutes). Then when it reboot with the latest BIOS, it could POST and has worked brilliantly. It's built solidly - zero complaints there. The heat shield over the M2 slot seems to be doing fine cooling my gen4 Corsair MP600 (I removed the heatsink that Corsair sent - this is cooling just fine).

Cons: None

Overall Review: Another solid ASUS board. I will likely only ever build boards in the future with this level of debugging and troubleshooting support.

12/31/2020

Simple and effective

Graphics Card GPU Brace Support Video Card Sag Holder/Holster Bracket for Computer Cases, Universal VGA Graphics Card Holder,Anodized Aerospace Aluminum (Black)
Graphics Card GPU Brace Support Video Card Sag Holder/Holster Bracket for Computer Cases, Universal VGA Graphics Card Holder,Anodized Aerospace Aluminum (Black)

Pros: After having GPU sag cause issues in a prior build, and not wanting to try to setup a vertical video card again (cooling was a pain causing the GPU fans to spin a lot more in one of my prior builds), I wanted something small and stable to just give support to the GPU. This works great. It's heavier than I expected - it's solid metal. And screws on tight.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Would highly recommend this - I hate GPU sag. It's cheap, hard to see, and when I do notice it, it looks fine in my build.

12/31/2020

Just works - and is quiet

be quiet! Dark Power Pro 11 850W ATX 12V 80 Plus Platinum Modular Power Supply – Silent Wings 3 Fan
be quiet! Dark Power Pro 11 850W ATX 12V 80 Plus Platinum Modular Power Supply – Silent Wings 3 Fan

Pros: It's not unlike other modular power supplies: it just works. Voltages seem to be regulated just fine, and doesn't seem to have any issues at all providing the necessary power. It's also very quiet. Which is great.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: be quiet gear is so quiet and solidly built, I'll likely continue to buy from them in the future.

12/31/2020

Solid AIO that cools well and is quiet

be quiet! PURE LOOP 280mm All-In-One Water Cooling System, CPU Cooler, Pure Wings 2 x 140mm PWM Fans LGA 1700 Compatible
be quiet! PURE LOOP 280mm All-In-One Water Cooling System, CPU Cooler, Pure Wings 2 x 140mm PWM Fans LGA 1700 Compatible

Pros: Does great keeping my 5800x very cool - even under load. The fans are very quiet - it all just works.

Cons: The plastic shield over the CPU cover that has it light up "be quiet" broke somehow so now it falls off easily - which means without the plastic cover, there are quite a few very bright white LEDs blasting light through my glass side window. Now I wish they just removed the LEDs to begin with - it wasn't *that* great anyway.

Overall Review: Would still use be quiet in the future - other than the dumb LED lights, it's very well built and very quiet.

12/31/2020

Super-solid case that's very quiet

be quiet! Silent Base 601 Window - Midi Tower - Black
be quiet! Silent Base 601 Window - Midi Tower - Black

Pros: Built like a tank - this is one solid case. The fans are reasonably quiet - so far the best I've had (they make fans that are apparently even more quiet, but I can barely hear these) Spacious and easy to work in More than enough tie-offs for good cable management.

Cons: I didn't over-clock by much, and air-flow is OK - but I also put 2 fans at the front to pull in as much air as possible. There's not a lot of space for air to come in so you'll definitely want to put fans at the front to pull air in. The air flow design made it practically in-feasible to mount an AIO at the top of the case. That was fine - I just put it at the front. But it's something to be aware of.

Overall Review: I usually purchase cases from Corsair, but now I'm a big fan of be quiet. I started using their fans and coolers, and finally tried their cases. Now I'm going to be a repeat customer.

12/31/2020