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Roberto C.

Roberto C.

Joined on 05/23/13

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Most Favorable Review

No issues booting with a 5600, but one catch

ASRock B550M STEEL LEGEND AM4 AMD B550 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
ASRock B550M STEEL LEGEND AM4 AMD B550 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: -probably the best budget board for the 5000 series at the moment -I don't know much about individual motherboard components, but at a glance the parts all seem like quality -Asrock, as a brand, has improved themselves over the years. To be honest, in 2011 I wouldn't have touched any of their products with a ten-foot pole. But now, I can't help but recommend this board to anyone putting together a budget build.

Cons: -The only con to this board I found was during the installation process. To install an M.2 SSD, you need to unscrew two screws from the back of the motherboard in addition to the two on the front to remove the heatsink completely before you install. If you try to remove the heatsink without getting those two screws in the back, you may end up damaging your board. At first, I thought it might just be a really sticky thermal pad, but thankfully I googled this issue and learned about those other screws before attempting to yank the thing off. The manual is completely unclear about this, and unless you notice the back screws before installing anything else, you would probably also gloss over them like I did.

Overall Review: -Yes, I'd recommend this product. It runs as advertised, and will suit any budget build perfectly. I love that a board at this price range still comes with an M.2 heatsink and shielding for the IO. BUT, removing the M.2 heatsink turned out to be a much greater headache than it could have been, with my board almost becoming damaged by my attempts to pull it off without knowing about the two screws under the motherboard I also need to remove. The manual should be clearer about those, and it should also be mentioned somewhere on the box to prevent someone carelessly damaging the board while trying to install an M.2 SSD.

Most Critical Review

A significant downgrade

COWIN E8 [Upgraded] Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones w/ Bluetooth, Microphone, Hi-Fi Deep Bass, and 20 Hour Playtime
COWIN E8 [Upgraded] Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones w/ Bluetooth, Microphone, Hi-Fi Deep Bass, and 20 Hour Playtime

Pros: -Noise-canceling works as advertised -Relatively comfortable (perhaps a bit bulky for some) -Great price point

Cons: -Sound quality leaves much to be desired -Noise-canceling comes with an audible pitch sound in the background -Connecting/disconnecting to new devices could be easier

Overall Review: I purchased these on a budget, as a means of replacing a pair of Bose Quiet Comfort II's which were a gift. And sadly, paying half the price of what those sell at retail seems to have come with a similar halving in performance. It might just be that those headphones spoiled me, but I expected a bit more from these headphones, if only for all the hype and even Newegg giving them their seal of approval. Now that's not to say they aren't good; as a budget option, I'm sure they match up well against the competition. But if you're an audiophile, or someone who's been spoiled by better headphones in the past, these likely won't impress.

Probably a great monitor, if it survives delivery

GIGABYTE M32QC 32" (31.5" Viewable) QHD 2560 x 1440 (2K) 165Hz / OC 170Hz HDMI, DisplayPort, USB, Audio FreeSync Premium (AMD Adaptive Sync) Curved Gaming Monitor
GIGABYTE M32QC 32" (31.5" Viewable) QHD 2560 x 1440 (2K) 165Hz / OC 170Hz HDMI, DisplayPort, USB, Audio FreeSync Premium (AMD Adaptive Sync) Curved Gaming Monitor

Pros: - When it's not utterly destroyed in the delivery process, I hear it's great for gaming at 1440p. - Note that this review isn't for the monitor itself, but the horrible condition it arrived in (and by horrible, I mean driven-over, if you couldn't tell by the picture). I blame both Newegg and UPS for this cracked egg of a product.

Cons: - In their rush to compete with an unnamed website's insane delivery windows (not allowed to use their name in this review, for some reason), Newegg has clearly sacrificed a lot in the way of competent shipping. Back when it was a 3-day shipping standard, I never received a broken part. But with next-day delivery now having taken over, suddenly all the expected QC that would have prevented this travesty from arriving at my doorstep has been thrown out the window (like my monitor, apparently). - I put in for a replacement the second I saw this box, but waited days to find out that I was getting a refund instead, due to stock issues. Said refund has yet to arrive to my account, and the only positive from the RMA experience was the support agent I had the pleasure of connecting to (twice with the same guy, somehow). Otherwise there would be just one egg on this review.

Overall Review: -Sure, by all accounts, the monitor is apparently great according to every review I've come across. I would just recommend you get it from a seller who actually cares about their product arriving in one piece.

Great Case, no issues for a budget mATX build

Fractal Design Define Mini C Black Silent Compact Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case
Fractal Design Define Mini C Black Silent Compact Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case

Pros: - Comes with everything you need in terms of screws and zip ties. Plenty of room for future storage expansion. - Case is well made. No sharp nor flimsy edges. - Hyper 212 black edition fits snug in this case; any similarly-sized cpu cooler should also fit right in - PSU shroud and filters in all the right places. Magnetic filter for top, in case you want to throw in more fans, or just open up the case a bit. - For a ryzen 5600 and an rx 6600, my temps have been stellar with just the included case fans and a hyper 212 - Padding around the case does make it more quiet, though replacing the top panel with the filter will obviously bring the noise level up a bit.

Cons: -The one con I can come up with is where the case expects you to put Sata SSDs. There are 3 slots behind the motherboard on a removable metal plate. The issue is that I feel like I'm bending cables too much to connect the SSDs to the mobo. Also worried that the sata and power cables will brush against the mobo itself, which isn't ideal, but is understandable for the form factor of the case.

Overall Review: Fully recommend this case for anyone setting up a quiet mATX budget gaming (or office) build. Though if you're going higher than a 5600 or the Intel equivalent, or throwing in anything beyond an rx 6600 or gtx 3060, you might want more fans than what come with the case, to keep temps reasonable.

Budget air cooler that runs quiet

be quiet! Pure Rock 2, CPU cooler, 150W TDP, incl. Pure Wings 2 120mm PWM fan, HDT technology LGA 1700 Compatible
be quiet! Pure Rock 2, CPU cooler, 150W TDP, incl. Pure Wings 2 120mm PWM fan, HDT technology LGA 1700 Compatible

Pros: -As the name suggests, it's pretty quiet -Keeping idle temps at around 37 degrees avg; below 60 during intense gaming

Cons: -Perhaps some performance was sacrificed for the low noise level

Overall Review: For whatever reason, this cooler hasn't been reviewed yet, so here goes. Performance-wise, I think it matches up with the Hyper 212 (though I can't really confirm this). Noise levels are low, and that's to be expected from this brand. And as you can see from the figures above, it's not like this has really impacted performance. And what I failed to mention above is that I've actually overclocked my 3100 and stuck it and the rest of my system in a Pure Base 500--a quiet case for sure; but not one known for its stellar thermal performance. All in all; I'm impressed, and would totally recommend this product to those looking for a quiet, budget air-cooler.

Extremely quiet

be quiet! Pure Base 500 Black ATX Mid Tower Silent Computer Case
be quiet! Pure Base 500 Black ATX Mid Tower Silent Computer Case

Pros: -Sound dampening -Spacious -Includes velcrow strips for cable management and also came with zipties

Cons: -Choked-off front end -Top optional filter is not extremely useful in keeping temps low

Overall Review: Building in this thing was a dream. It has more than enough space for an ATX board and a fairly lengthy GPU. It comes with the said optional filter, has a psu shroud that is also ventilated, and plenty of removable components if you feel you need more space. And, it's probably the quietest case I've ever built in. be quiet! kept true to their namesake with this one. Literally, the loudest component in my system is the hard drive, even with a non-pure wings fan thrown into it. Speaking of, the included fans are of high quality, and do an adequate enough job of keeping my Ryzen 3100 system cool. I do recommend buying an extra fan to mount, however; as the front of the case simply doesn't receive enough airflow.