Joined on 09/01/15
Overall nice small case
Pros: - Included 150W power supply - USB 3.0 ports - 2 slots for 2.5" hdd - Ryzen 5 2400G fits with the standard cooler ( need to take out the shroud)
Cons: - For this format power supply should be external like Antek ISK 110 - There are only one sata power cable even though there are 2 hdd slots - Space could have been used much more efficiently if here were no slots for slim cdrom - for the amount of power the power supply delivers, it should be in external power supply
Overall Review: It's a quality case and I would recommend it, however I really wanted Antec ISK 110, but max power the system would use is 120W, so this is the next best thing. There's lots of vesa mounting options for affixing this case to the back of monitors, but it looks a little to big and too heavy for that.
Cheap but not worth It
Pros: If you bought it on sale, the cheapest hard drive you can possibly buy.
Cons: DOA. For all intents and purposes a brick. Once I opened the package, the drive label and drive itself looked all scratched-up, which didn't instill any faith about the remanufacturing process. My suspicion was soon confirmed when I connected the drive -- after three short beeps nothing happened, neither OS nor BIOS recognized the drive.
Overall Review: I found this printed on the label. -- Made in Thailand, JUL-2011. This is not brand new or slightly used product. This drive is 4 years old and in all likelihood was made just before the flood and caught it sometime during shipping.
Awesome cheap IPS monitor
Pros: Better in every way than 1080P 23" Samsung TN monitor I bought in 2011
Cons: - Body is a bit flimsy - Uses 19V power brick instead of regular 3 prong cable - Comes with an obsolete and useless VGA cable and no HDMI cable - The existence of VGA port is questionable at best, display port would have been much better - 19V brick power supply is *just* long enough
Overall Review: I have an adjustable monitor mount for 2x screens that's been working pretty well for 7 years until my right monitor died. I bought this one as a replacement. Body is a bit flimsy and when I need to do vertical adjustments I was afraid I"m going to break the screen because of how much it would bend before the adjustment arm on the mount would move, on the upside, I had to really adjust the piston on the stand because this monitor is so much lighter than the previous one. Right now the screen sits next to the surviving samsung left to it, and I can't express how much better the image quality of this screen is, I think I have to buy another one, because this situation is really annoying.
This card is fast.
Pros: I mostly use this card for raspberry pi and this card blows everything I had before out of the water. Writing raw disk images from computer to the card at speed 18MB/s At Random reads, Raspberry Pi 2 B boots significantly faster then on previous Class 10 no-name cards. I think I have previously wrongly attributed the slowness of Raspberry Pis to the CPU rather than inappropriate memory cards I have used before.
Cons: None so far.
Good motherboard with some weird installation issues.
Pros: Well-featured motherboard with dual VRMs and 6 SATA ports. I planned to run AMD FX 8320 but ended up with 8320E. I haven't done any overclocking, I left the computer on for several days and haven't had any problems.
Cons: I had some issues installing Debian Testing on this board, I ended up installing through UEFI, had to disable IOMMU in bios or mouse and keyboard wouldn't work during OS install. Another issue I had with the motherboard is VIA VL805 USB 3 controller chip, and I suspect it's the same issue other people reporting in Windows -- system freezes when trying to send bulk data over USB3 or system randomly freezes. I experienced this issue on Linux Kernel 4.0.1 but it was fixed in version 4.0.2.
Overall Review: My old desktop computer suddenly died on me, I needed a development machine where I could run serveral VMs at once and my motivation was to get most performance for a buck . I ended up getting AMD FX-8320E, GA-970A-UD3P and 16GB Fury 1833MHz for ~$350CAD whenever the part I wanted went on sale. I contemplated an alternative i5-based systems with ASUS motherboard, which would have cost at least $200 CAD more. After working with the system for little over a month I can say it performs very well and I'm glad that I went with AMD-based system. I had to jump through some hoops during the install, but for the price I got it the features and quality of the hardware I got it I'd say it was worth it. But for the people who don't want to jump through the hoops during the installation, I suggest avoiding boars with VL805.