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Javier M.

Javier M.

Joined on 06/03/20

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Buy this you won't regret it

Vetroo V5 CPU Air Cooler w/ 5 Heat Pipes 120mm PWM Processor 150W TDP Cooler for Intel LGA 1700/1200/115X AMD AM5/AM4 w/Addressable RGB Lights Sync
Vetroo V5 CPU Air Cooler w/ 5 Heat Pipes 120mm PWM Processor 150W TDP Cooler for Intel LGA 1700/1200/115X AMD AM5/AM4 w/Addressable RGB Lights Sync

Pros: Excellent product for the price

Cons: None, really

Overall Review: I found out about this cooler from Gamers Nexus. I have been buying Cooler Master fans and I was looking into the Cooler Master tower cooler but then the episode when Gamers Nexus reviewed the Vetroo appeared on my YouTube feed. I had two RGB fans from my 240mm Cooler Master AIO that I replaced with Cooler Master Halo ARGB's. So i installed those into the Vetroo as it includes four brackets in case you want to install another fan in addition to the one it has included. I am sure the included fan is great as that is what the GN guys tested it with, but with the two fans I have an amazing airflow with front intake fans and a rear exhaust. I installed intake/exhaust on the cooler itself. I thought this thing could not compete against my other system with a 240mm AIO but boy was I wrong. It can't quite compare but I could easily overclock the 3600X to its max clock at 1.225V and run Cinebench to really push the CPU to the max and I can't break 65C, when it does, it will go immediately down. Granted I have a case with excellent airflow as well but I think the design allows for this front-to-rear airflow to work wonders for cooling. This is a great product at a great price.

Amazing budget card, don't fall for the bad reviews

MSI Ventus GeForce RTX 3050 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 Video Card RTX 3050 Ventus 2X 8G OC
MSI Ventus GeForce RTX 3050 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 Video Card RTX 3050 Ventus 2X 8G OC

Pros: Great performance for the price

Cons: Price is still not original launch retail price, and some may think it's still too expensive for what it is

Overall Review: Don't be swayed from buying a 3050 card from the negative reviews out there. This is a great card. My other system has an AMD Radeon RX 580 with 8GB of VRAM which is what I consider optimum for today's gaming just like 16GB is the optimum for RAM. So the 3050 falls in price with the AMD 6500, but that card has 4GB of VRAM. Then I compared it with the 6600 but the 3050 has DLSS which is a feature that modern games are supporting so I wanted to try it out. I can't complain. I was surprised of the performance of the RX 580 and it's all due to the 8GB of VRAM. The 3050 gives even higher framerates given it's a newer card also with 8GB of VRAM. And it does so much quieter than the 580. So this is a great entry-level card with really good performance and this particular variant is really low on noise. I pushed it to the max with Unigine Heaven and 3DMark and it kept its cool. I am playing Red Dead Redemption 2 right now and it holds 60 fps without problems at 1080p Medium settings with DLSS on. So it plays great and looks fantastic. Definitely this card will replace the RX 580 when GPU prices drop a bit closer to original launch retail price and I can upgrade to a 3060 Ti to start exploring 1440p. But for 1080p this card is a really good option.

Excellent case, one very minor flaw

be quiet! Pure Base 500DX Black, ATX Computer Case, ARGB, Mid Tower, Tempered Glass Window
be quiet! Pure Base 500DX Black, ATX Computer Case, ARGB, Mid Tower, Tempered Glass Window

Pros: Excellent air flow Great value with three included fans Front panel RGB connector prevents cable issues Included hook and loop for wire routing Aesthetics Lives up to the name, noise is really low

Cons: Glass removal and installation is tricky Included fans are not RGB/ARGB

Overall Review: I bought this case for building my son's PC and sometimes through the build I wished I had bought this for myself. I really like this case. The airflow is excellent and it doesn't take much noise from the fans to cool. Because the included fans are 140mm they need less RPM to provide the same airflow as a more common 120mm fan. Also the design is for them to be low on noise and this case really lives up to its brand name, it is much quieter than I expected. The design is perfect for a tower cooler instead of an AIO to keep the airflow moving through the case. As most reviewers, I changed the default location of the top fan to the front and the cooling on the system is phenomenal at low noise. Most of the noise comes from the GPU fan when it kicks in so if you get a GPU that can handle your graphics load without going to high utilization you can have an extremely quiet system. The front cover is great in that it has a connector so you don't have to be careful with breaking wires on the front RGB strip which is kind of genius in my opinion. The entire case is designed with sound dampening and maximum airflow and it really shows. The rear wiring was also great to route thanks to the included velcro hook and loops. I actually prefer to use those instead of zip ties to avoid damaging any wire so if needed more tie points I used my separately purchased hook and loop. Also I liked from this case almost everything is thumbscrews so you can disassemble and re-assemble very easily. I was very pleasantly surprised with this case and definitely I made a good choice. Only drawback is the glass. It mounts on four rubber grommets secured with thumbscrews and if you are not careful the glass can drop down. I had to use one thumb pressing on the top middle to make sure the glass stayed on the grommets and then used the other hand to secure/loosen the thumbscrews when installing or removing. Yes, that is the only flaw I can find on this case.

You get what you pay for. Side note: good customer service from Newegg

ASUS ROG STRIX B550-F GAMING AM4 AMD B550 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard
ASUS ROG STRIX B550-F GAMING AM4 AMD B550 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: BIOS flashback feature Aesthetics RGB logo stays lit to indicate the Power Supply has power M.2 covers with thermal pads Efficient power delivery that may yield lower temperatures No need for I/O faceplate installation

Cons: Potential VRM clearance for top mounted 240mm or 360mm AIOs Top PWM fan header connectors may be too close to AIO top-mounted fans ASUS AURA RGB control software is buggy Need to install add-ons to Armory Crate after installation for full features No top ARGB header

Overall Review: I originally bought a Phantom Gaming 4 but returned it and in the middle of shipping transit I decided to upgrade it to the ROG Strix. The main reason was the BIOS flashback feature as I had an AMD 5600X for it. It seems it was a newer stock item so it already had the updated BIOS. I still tried the BIOS flashback feature to upgrade to the newest BIOS and liked it. Overall it's a great motherboard. I only put 4 stars because of two things. One it lacks an ARGB header on the top of the motherboard so all routing has to go to the bottom and daisy chain from there. Another is not really the motherboard but ASUS AURA RGB software. It kept reverting to red, which is the default color. After a quick online search I found you have to change an XML file on the Aura folder to Read-Only as a workaround. I don't like that I had to do that as if I want to change I want to remove the Read-Only attribute, change to the new setting, and then set again to Read-Only. On the plus side, I liked their fan control software as it detected the fans and set the AIO pump automatically to 100%, versus the Asrock software on the Phantom Gaming 4 (I have another one on a different system which is why I initially bought another and then decided to try a different model). However, you need to do an additional download of the AI software suite after you install the Armory Crate for the ASUS Fan control software to be available. A cool feature is the "eye" logo on the board that stays on even after you turn off the computer. This feature lets you know if you have the Power Supply switch on or off, that is, if the motherboard is still receiving power or not. Also I noticed that as I did some troubleshooting and swapped components around my two computers, the same hardware stayed way cooler, around 10-15 degrees less on the ASUS ROG versus the Asrock Phantom. I also liked some other nice touches that are bit more high-end on the ROG like the thermal pads and covers on the M.2 slots, but of course the ROG is a more expensive board so you expect more high-end features. One final comment is that the VRM covers on the top of the motherboard conflicted a bit with the screws of the 240mm AIO I installed so I had to fiddle around that. The AIO fans went into the top PWM headers so I also have very little clearance for the wires to avoid hitting the fans. You could say this is an issue with the case height but on the Asrock this was not the case as the headers were located differently and I had the same AIO.