Joined on 03/01/04
Just The Elements
Pros: This drive doesn't come with any bloatware, which was the number one thing I was looking for. There is a trial for Western Digital's back-up software on it, that you can promptly delete and never see again. Just plug this into your computer, and start saving whatever you want on it, just like a thumb-drive. It's quite thin and light, and while I haven't been abusive to it, it seems it can handle traveling.
Cons: Once you plug it into a computer, it will start spinning, and it won't stop spinning until you unplug it, even if Windows has safely removed it. If you're using a laptop like I am, this will suck battery power from it for no reason if you leave it in after dismounting it, so just be careful and unplug it when you're done with it.
Overall Review: I just wanted a hard drive that I could centralize all of my computer science school work into one location, instead of having it across 2 laptops and a desktop. I also wanted it to just work like a thumb-drive. Plug it in and go. This hard drive does all of that for me, so I'm pretty happy with it.
Pros: The fan looks cool. It pushes a ton of air and it's also very quiet. I can't even hear the thing. Doesn't vibrate that much at all either, which is good because...
Cons: Mounting this thing with the screws is a nightmare. The screwholes are not threaded out of the factory, so as you're screwing in a screw, you are threading it at the same time. This of course can lead to a screw getting stuck before it's fully in, which happend to me, and now there's no way to remove said screw without breaking the frame. Luckily I used one of the rubber washers to off set how much the screw was sticking out, and this thing doesn't vibrate at all, so fortunately it doesn't really matter. Also, since you are threading the screwholes while screwing in a screw, you have to apply a significant amount of torque, which makes the outter frame bend far beyond what is comfortable from the inner frame.
Overall Review: If they took the time to pre-thread the screwholes at the factory so screws don't get stuck or the outter frame doesn't break, this would have been a perfect fan.
Best Compact Cooler for ITX Builds
Pros: Extremely high build quality. Very compact. Excellent mounting system thought out. Uses screws for mounting. Performs extremely well and silently. Mirror finish polish on CPU contact point to maximize surface area contact with CPU.
Cons: Noctua wouldn't know color coordination if it came and bit their faces off.
Overall Review: Terrible form, but the best function. Noctua makes the best CPU heatsinks, period. They just won't have matching colors with anything in the universe.
Great AM4 Cooler, Noctua is the Best
Pros: Extremely well made. CPU contact point polished to a mirror finish to maximize surface area contact. Great instruction manual for installation. Tools include. Cools very well and quietly.
Cons: Noctua's awful aesthetic. Clearly they don't care about form as much as they do about function. I wouldn't let them choose the colors of anything.
Overall Review: While it won't match with ANYTHING on ANY computer except other Noctua fans, that's not really the reason why I bought this. This thing peforms, and Noctua clearly cares about the performance of their product a whole heck of a lot. I declare that if you want the best air cooling for a CPU, you have to buy a Noctua heat sink.
The AM4 Board to Get
Pros: Chock full of features, ASUS went all out on this board. RGB! Am, I right? Lots of connectors and tools to manage lighting a case if you really need it. Very shiny itself. Supreme FX audio. Lots of compatibility with CPU heatsinks. You will drown in the amount of USB ports this thing has. Looks great. LED read outs and diagnostics. Simple start button, which is way nicer than jumping it yourself. Q connector included. Water cooling support is great.
Cons: Doesn't have the BIOS utility that allows you to update the BIOS in Windows like Intel boards do. Kind of sad, but updating the BIOS is still fairly easy. Missing wireless. It's a separate buy, which is great if you have no intent on using it, but I would just always like to have it their like the ROG Intel boards do. Memory no go fast, but it's really not that big of a deal. 3D Print mounts are kind of pointless.
Overall Review: This was my first AMD build ever, and I have to say, it wasn't that different from all the Intel builds I've done, except I got a 8 CPU for half the price, which is pretty sweet. The quality I usually get from ASUS ROG Intel boards is there. Update the BIOS when you get it, as that'll add stability, and update the BIOS often, as Ryzen still have some bugs to work out. Worth the ever dime though, especially since I have a lot more dimes in my pocket now.
Pros: Can handle and game you want to run at 1080P. Solid amount of VRAM for 1080P gaming. EVGA's Precision X software is the best overclocking software for graphics cards. Great price.
Cons: 4K and Ultrawide are not your friends.
Overall Review: I've built 3 gaming computers recently for 1080P gaming all with this card. I have to say it's performed extremely well. You'll be hard pressed to find a better card at this price.