Joined on 02/25/21
Great PC for the current market... but you get what you pay for.
Pros: - Great PC and quality parts (besides RGB) - Got on sale so it was worth the price. - Runs 1440p flawlessly and 4k with only a small amount of FPS drop. - RAM is great and set to XMP from the start. - CPU rocks, if it is a little hot out of the box. - GPU in great condition, feels brand new. - Motherboard is of good quality. -PSU has just enough overhead to go a little further.
Cons: - Runs WAY hot. - RGB seemed cheap, RGB hub broke almost instantly. - There was a strange error on first start-up but it was fixed easily. - USB on case was not attached to motherboard, had to do that myself. Easy fix but weird? - Support seemed... a little tough to reach. - No bluetooth. - Probably have to spend another hundred or two to get this perfect, which sucks because when you buy a pre-built, you kind of want it to come... perfect. You know?
Overall Review: Beyond all the RGB issues discussed below, the computer itself is great and was great quality... especially if you're an advanced enough user to install your own better cooler. The (dual channel, thank goodness) RAM is set to XMP from the get go and the 3070 is running 4k games for me great. There is a lot to love about this PC. It comes well shipped and quickly so, as well. I got mine in quite literally two days, it felt like prime speed and quality. It was packaged well and all of the parts were carefully placed, and the cable management was done well too. The issues came when I tried to run the PC. As soon as I turned it on there was some sort of critical error when I booted up. Tried turning it off and on again... Happened again. I reinstalled windows so I could start from scratch and that solved the issue. One thing that happened when I did this though is that I lost the RGB pre-installed on the machine. Without that, I couldn't use the remote to control the RGB. I tried contacting support to see if they could send me the software but I got a response in spanish. That's fine. I speak spanish. But it didn't seem like I could get a response from a real person, it seemed automated, even if I sent the message twice, and again after I got a "response". I installed my games and kept playing (RGB doesn't effect frames, thankfully) and things were going going great, except that the PC ran EXTREMELY hot. I know the 5000 series can get a little spicy but 95 degrees celcius genuinely did not feel safe. This comes with the stock AMD Wraith CPU fan which is clearly not an efficient way to cool this CPU. I bought an AIO cooler (~$100) and installed it. This lead to a fiasco where there was WAY too much thermal paste on the CPU and that made the CPU "fuse" to the heatsink and it got pulled out in one BIG piece, even through the lock. It scared the hell out of me. My girlfriend and I applied heat to the heatsink, careful to avoid the CPU and that was enough to seperate the two without damaging anything. Then, after all of that the mounting brackets were not a part of the pre-build so I had to order some online (~$8), and installed those with the new AIO cooler. That immediately solved the heating issue (dropped about 35 degrees celcius at max loads) but at this point the RGB just turned off entirely on my fans. I tried other RGB headers on the motherboard for the included hub and there was no response. At this point I noticed that two USB ports weren't working on the case, but I just plugged that into the motherboard, no hassle at all. Fixed the issue, just weird it was unplugged. Eventually I tried jiggling the cable on the hub itself and that produced... results? It was strange. Flashing and dim and dull RGBs popped on and off, and just didn't come back on when I turned it off and on again. I might just get a whole new set of RGB fans for ~$40. OH... and I forgot to mention. There is no bluetooth on this PC so I bought an adapter for ~$12. I think with the way the market is for GPU's if you can get this PC on sale like I did, it's a great price for a user advanced enough to do a little tinkering. Maybe not a beginner's computer. But for me? I'm happy. I don't need fancy RGB immediately and any other settings I might want came already set for me. I expect this kind of stuff when ordering pre-builts and so should you. If the market was in a way for me to get my own 3070, all of this probably could have been avoided. A suggestion for the manufacturers? I might also want a Wifi6 network adapter instead of the Wifi5 one installed. It's fine, but we are moving forward and it would be a good feature for advertisement.