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Shawn N.

Shawn N.

Joined on 04/30/09

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Most Favorable Review

Best deal in town!!

AMD Ryzen 5 1st Gen - RYZEN 5 1600 Summit Ridge (Zen) 6-Core 3.2 GHz (3.6 GHz Turbo) Socket AM4 65W YD1600BBAEBOX Desktop Processor
AMD Ryzen 5 1st Gen - RYZEN 5 1600 Summit Ridge (Zen) 6-Core 3.2 GHz (3.6 GHz Turbo) Socket AM4 65W YD1600BBAEBOX Desktop Processor

Pros: Fast and efficient Amazing price. Stock cooler is great which saves you about $30 minimum.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: This CPU comes with a much better cooler than the Ryzen 5 2600. The heatsink is almost 2x the size...

Most Critical Review

Meh

BitFenix Recon Fan Controller
BitFenix Recon Fan Controller

Pros: It works It provides power to fans Looks nice

Cons: Cables are a mess Software you can install is not good Too many wires and they are too long The thermal indicators do not have a good system for attaching to devices

Overall Review: I used this thing for quite some time and I like the way it looks but I had so much trouble managing these cables. The software you can use is useless. I ended up taking it out of my case to clean up cables. I am still trying to figure out why the cables are so long for this unit. The tape that comes with it for attaching the thermal indicators is garbage.

Not great

TP-Link TL-WA801ND 300 Mbps Wireless N Access Point
TP-Link TL-WA801ND 300 Mbps Wireless N Access Point

Pros: Power over ethernet Inexpensive

Cons: For some reason this thing drops connections alot. I was not able to get the wifi SSID to clone so I ended up having 3 different SSID's in my house. Its not dual band.

Overall Review: I would not recommend this product based on my experience with it. It may work better with actual power plugged rather than PoE but that is kinda the whole selling point for an access point. The main reason I purchased this was the price and it is a very good price but it's just not good enough for my needs. It is too late to return it so it just sits there now...that's too bad cause I like TP-Link products.

Solid board

ASRock X370M PRO4 AM4 AMD Promontory X370 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
ASRock X370M PRO4 AM4 AMD Promontory X370 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Nice heat sinks 4 DIMM Slots Looks nice I like the BIOS

Cons: The memory support is lacking for the Team Group RAM I bought. I tried a ton of settings to get it to reach 3000 or 2933 but I had to run them at stock.

Overall Review: This is a great board but make sure you check the RAM compatibility list. I ended up using different RAM since I was not getting the proper speeds on my other sticks. Other than that, I recommend this board for sure. I think ASRock is a great brand.

RGB

Cooler Master i71C RGB for Intel CPU Air Cooler, Anodized Black Aluminum Fins, Copper Insert, MF120 RGB Fan, RGB Lighting for Intel LGA1200/1151
Cooler Master i71C RGB for Intel CPU Air Cooler, Anodized Black Aluminum Fins, Copper Insert, MF120 RGB Fan, RGB Lighting for Intel LGA1200/1151

Pros: RGB Works with other cooler master RGB products. Quiet Inexpensive

Cons: None

Overall Review: This cooler looks great and works with my other CM RGB fans and controller. The cooling performance is nothing to write home about but I wanted something prettier than the stock intel cooler that is low profile and has RGB. This does exactly that. I am only cooling a Pentium chip with this. This cooler is meant for the low end chips in my opinion. If you have i3 or higher, I would by a bigger cooler. For a $15 cooler, I couldn't be happier.

Great board

MSI B350M BAZOOKA AM4 AMD B350 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
MSI B350M BAZOOKA AM4 AMD B350 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Looks great Nice heatsinks Great header placement 4 DIMM slots Great price

Cons: The back lighting is a bit weird. I can only change the color of one LED.

Overall Review: This refurb was near perfect. I would buy this again.