Date Joined: 08/26/16
Pros: - Inexpensive
Overall Review: This was a cheap ($62) way to try out the M.2 PCIe form factor. I had Windows 10 installed on a SATA III SSD before, and moving to this was a modest improvement in load time. I've read that larger capacity M.2s are faster than small ones, so maybe a larger M.2 would provide even quicker load times, but that is unknown for me at this point. Overall I'm happy and would gladly buy this again for an OS. I was surprised how small it was, even though the physical size is right in the title (22mm x 80mm). Perhaps I'm not quite accustomed to the metric system yet.
Pros: -That mechanical click!
-The red is subtly nice, not overly flamboyant
Cons: -No cons
Overall Review: The sound is fantastic. The feel is fantastic. I like everything about this keyboard. The USB slot is a nice feature. 5/5 eggs, I would buy it again.
Pros: -It works well
Overall Review: I used this power supply for my first build, so unfortunately I don't have much to compare it to. But it seems to work well, and it's quiet. It has enough power for the i5 7500 CPU, 8GB RAM, and the Geforce GTX750Ti video card I used. 5/5 eggs, I would definitely buy it again.
Pros: -Looks great!
-Lots of room for cables
Overall Review: This is a great looking computer case. I used it for my first build, and I couldn't be happier with the form and function of the Cuboid case. The red LEDs look nice, and the windows show off any goodies you have inside. It fit a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo with room to spare. It also fit a Geforce GTX 750 Ti nicely. The SD card reader is a nice feature. The fans seem a little cheap as others have mentioned, but it's a $50 case. Overall it has everything I wanted for a reasonable price. 5/5 eggs, I would buy it again.
Pros: -Looks GREAT!
-Seems to work well
Cons: -Instructions are pretty vague
Overall Review: This was used in my first PC build, and to be honest it was more for looks than for any perceived extra cooling need. But it does keep everything nice and cool in the case too. The processor is a stock i5 7500 so not trying to keep an overclocked CPU cool. But with a mail in rebate it was a cheap enough aesthetic upgrade I could justify.
As a side note, the box has a sticker that indicated it was compatible with the 1151 Intel socket. Well it is, but the instructions (as of February 2017) omit any mention of the 1151 socket. The installation was very similar to the 1150 socket, which the instructions are BARELY adequate for. As a first time computer builder, this was a little frustrating. However there are a lot of helpful Youtube videos and other online instructions available.
Other than the lousy instructions, this is a great product that looks nice. 5/5 eggs, I would buy it again.
Pros: -Seems very fast
Overall Review: I'm very happy with this processor. I used it in my first computer build, so I don't really have much else to compare it to. But everything powered up and worked the first time I turned on the computer. This CPU is more than enough for me as a mechanical engineering student (CAD program and various other simulators). The other equipment used in the build was:
Asrock Z270M Extreme 4 motherboard (no issues, the motherboard worked immediately with this CPU)
Team Elite 2x4GB RAM
Geforce GTX 750 Ti (second hand, used)
Adata 480GB SSD
DIYPC Cuboid case
EVGA 80+ bronze power supply
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
5/5 eggs, I would buy it again.
Pros: -It's Windows 10
Overall Review: I didn't have any issues with the Windows key. Everything installed correctly the first time. 5/5 eggs, and I would buy it again.
Pros: -Works well
-Seems plenty fast
Overall Review: I used this in my first computer build. Because of this, I have nothing else to compare it to unfortunately. But it seems fast, and it worked the first time when I powered up the computer. The motherboard is an Asrock Z270M Extreme 4 and didn't have any issues recognizing this memory. 5/5 eggs. I would buy this product again.
Cons: -No cons yet
Overall Review: I used this in my first computer build for the OS, programs, and file storage. I'm new at building computers, so I have nothing else to compare it to unfortunately. However it is much faster than a mechanical hard disk for boot times. The case is plastic and cheap feeling, and I contemplated giving it 4/5 eggs for that, but it might be a positive thing for someone trying to keep weight down in a laptop. And just because it looks/feels cheap doesn't necessarily mean it is a bad drive. So 5/5 eggs for now. I would buy this product again.
Pros: -First of all, it works great
-Secondly, it looks nice with the red heat sink in my case.
Cons: -No issues to report
Overall Review: I used this part in my first computer build, and I was learning as I went. So I really don't know much about what makes a good WiFi card and what doesn't (as far as download/upload speed), but this one connected right away after I downloaded the driver software from the included CD. It's fast enough for watching videos and general internet surfing. I had no issues with either the brand or the component. I can recommend this part for general use, but I don't know about gaming or heavy streaming of data. I use a wireless N connection at my house, and the router is upstairs and the computer is downstairs with no issues.
Pros: -Motherboard looks nice inside the case
-It had everything I needed
-The UEFI is easy to use
-Plugged everything in and it worked
Cons: -No cons at this time
Overall Review: This was my first attempt at building a computer, and to be honest I was learning as I went. So I don't know a whole lot about this stuff, but this motherboard had everything I needed. It did not require any updates to work with the processor I ordered (i5-7500). The fit & finish were as expected. Nothing disappointing about my experience with this brand or board.