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Brian J.

Brian J.

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Most Favorable Review

Great entry level build mobo

GIGABYTE B550M DS3H AC AM4 AMD B550 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE B550M DS3H AC AM4 AMD B550 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Affordable considering the specs (x4 DIMMs, x2 NVMe slots, x2 PCIe slots) Easy to setup Graphic BIOS is easy to navigate and set up Built-in Wifi is nice

Cons: More fan headers would be nice Small form factor (mATX) is a little cramped, especially with two PCIe slots

Overall Review: Great motherboard for a beginner DIY build. Breadboxed mine upon arrival and it cleared power up fine. This is the second Gigabyte mobo I own and I've been very pleased with the performance.

Most Critical Review

Decent gaming MOBO

GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO WIFI AM4 AMD B450 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE B450 AORUS PRO WIFI AM4 AMD B450 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Easy install, lots of upgrade options with plenty of room. Onboard RGB LEDs are a nice touch. BIOS easy to configure.

Cons: First board showed up DOA. Cost me an extra two weeks to RMA, on top of waiting nearly 4 weeks for the processor. Taking off two Eggs for the bad board.

Overall Review: Overall a good gaming board, Gigabyte could stand to do a little better QC for shipping product.

10/19/2021

Great entry level processor

AMD Ryzen 5 4500 - Ryzen 5 4000 Series 6-Core Socket AM4 65W Desktop Processor - 100-100000644BOX
AMD Ryzen 5 4500 - Ryzen 5 4000 Series 6-Core Socket AM4 65W Desktop Processor - 100-100000644BOX

Pros: Easy install Includes cooler

Cons: nothing

Overall Review: Great processor for most users. I don't OC, but it does everything I ask of it. This one does include AMD's wraith cooler, which is virtually noiseless.

Quiet fans, bright LEDs

Corsair AF Series AF120 LED (2018) CO-9050080-WW 120 mm Red LED Case Fan, Single Pack.
Corsair AF Series AF120 LED (2018) CO-9050080-WW 120 mm Red LED Case Fan, Single Pack.

Pros: Good airflow, but quiet operation. Red LEDs are very bright and show through the front mesh nicely.

Cons: nothing

Overall Review: Overall, good value.

Nice case, easy to install

Cougar MX330-X Mid Tower Case with USB 3.0
Cougar MX330-X Mid Tower Case with USB 3.0

Pros: Roomy, lots of airflow Separator between PSU/HDDs and mobo area Optical drive slot

Cons: Punchouts for two additional USB ports on the front of the tower aren't utilized. Front Panel Header cables are a little short

Overall Review: Overall, it's a nice beginner case, especially if you don't want glass on the side. Installation of the mobo and parts was fairly easy, although the rear fan was too close to the I/O ports and I had to remove the fan to install the mobo, then reinstall the case fan. Tight fit. Additionally, the front panel header cables are barely long enough to reach the ports on the bottom of the motherboard, but I ended up having to order an extension cable for the FP Audio. Seems like if they added 6" it would be so much better. At least, that's what she said.

Great Performance at a Good Price

MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 ATX Video Card GTX 1050 Ti GAMING X 4G
MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 ATX Video Card GTX 1050 Ti GAMING X 4G

Pros: Easy setup and install Displaying 3440x1440 on an ultrawide monitor that looks beautiful.

Cons: None

Overall Review: Some reviewers reported DOA cards because the fans don't spin constantly. It's by design, since it doesn't get too hot unless it's under demand. The fans turning off conserve power and reduce noise. Stress it out, and they kick on.