Date Joined: 04/07/20
Pros: Cheap but fast: the 7.2k rpm allows for reasonably fast read speeds. Not as fast as SSDs but pretty dang good. I keep my games on here but keep my launchers on a separate m.2 ssd
2tb: I did a reasonable amount of comparing to similarly priced SSDs and in conjunction with my previous point, it was worth sacrificing the speed for the extra space. A similarly priced Samsung SATA SSD would have only gotten me 500gb
Cons: The product just came in a bubble wrapped package. No boxing, no provided SATA cables, just bubble wrap and the drive
Overall Review: If you really just need a large amount of storage but you would also like things to load reasonably quick, get this
Pros: Reasonably color accurate out of the box, helps when I am color correcting
144hz refresh rate with little artifact or tearing
1ms response time
Built in speakers
Cons: Provided stand is very wobbly and takes up a lot of desk space. Stand also gives screen a slight down facing angle.
144hz refresh rate only works with Display port. HDMI is locked to 120hz max
Overall Review: I would recommend this monitor if you need one for gaming or video production on a tight budget. The color science is accurate enough where you can color grade reasonably well without breaking the bank. I was concerned that 24" was going to be too small considering how a lot of video editing forums recommended a 27" screen, but 24" is more than enough for me personally to get the job done. the 1ms response times means you can easily react to opponents. My only gripe is the built in speakers which aren't the best but better than nothing if you don't have anything.
Pros: Future proof for now as the board supports Ryzens current processors and upcoming ones
Built In Wi-Fi, I noticed while I was part shopping that none of these YouTube budget builds include a way to get online and assume you have an ethernet connection available. The savings of a cheap B450 board are nearly (but not entirely) mitigated when factoring in a PCIe Network Card. More computer savvy friends of mine do not recommend usb ones.
Built in sound card supports up to 24 bit 192 khz audio (really good)
I/O shield is actually built in so you just have to plop it into your case
Right angled USB 3.0 socket on the right side
Cons: No NVME screws were provided for my M.2 SSD. According to a buddy of mine who builds computers more frequently, this is an MSI thing.
Debug lights don't tell you anything, my computer wouldn't POST initially and I was tearing my hair out and panicking over why the CPU Debug light. It turned out that one of my RAM sticks was defective. While I am glad I figured it out, it was no thanks to the debug light or manual
Depending on your case, the top left mounting screw may be a particular pain without a magnetic screwdriver
Overall Review: Yes I would recommend this board for the price I paid ($200), The X series of mobos tends to be AMD's higher end chipset and in my opinion it is worth the 50 or so dollars extra in comparison to the cost of a B450+networking card. I will admit however that this build was my first build so paying extra for the built in wifi was worth it as it was one less thing for me to figure out while building.
Pros: - Basement Level, making cable management for beginners easy
- 2x USB 3.0
- 2x Front mounted fans with a mesh front panel for solid airflow across the CPU and GPU
- Enough room to fit 3 additional fans on top and in the back
- Tempered glass so you can constantly admire your handiwork
- Can fit 2 HDD drives and 3 2.5 SATA ssd drives plus whatever m.2 drives your mobo can fit
Cons: - Initial wire management was atrocious, before I began building, I had to straighten out all the case wires for the USB 3.0, RGB, case fans, and power buttons.
- RGB fans, this one is more of a personal gripe as i'm not the biggest fan of RGB in general. Extra wires to worry about for a first time builder
- No exhaust fan included, you could remove one of the front fans and mount it in the back, but that third fan in the back would be ideal.
- Front emblem falls off easily and frequently but since that area is solid plastic in front of the hard drives, it doesn't get too hot so a thin piece of two sided tape would keep it on
- Basement level, I know I also put this as a pro but it can be a con since the only way you can mount the power supply is downwards and the case only stands an inch at most off the ground
Overall Review: I would definitely recommend this case, the cons are really more objective things to consider that really don't affect me. The basement level is great for first time builders like myself as it makes cable management easy. The main part where all the components such as the mobo, cpu, ram, etc go is spacious allowing for good airflow