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Jason M.

Jason M.

Joined on 01/02/10

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Sensational Motherboard

MSI MPG B550 GAMING CARBON WIFI AM4 AMD B550 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
MSI MPG B550 GAMING CARBON WIFI AM4 AMD B550 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: - It just works and works well. Running a Ryzen 5 3600, CORSAIR Dominator RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3600, MSI GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER, 1 x M.2 (boot drive), 2 x 1TB 2.5'' SSD; everything worked great on first boot. Simple to maneuver through the BIOS to enable the XMP profile and get the full 3600MHz from the RAM. - Tasteful amount of RGB on the motherboard. - Room for expansion (addressable RGB, fans, more SDDs, etc). - WIFI 6! Having this build on WIFI was a must for me. I used the antennas that came with the MoBo and it's working great. Router is about 20ft away on the other side of three walls and the signal is rock solid.

Cons: - The purchase comes with one SATA III 90-degree to 180-degree cable which wasn't workable in my build due to the choice in case (Fractal Meshify C https://www.newegg.com/fractal-design-meshify-c-white-tg-atx-mid-tower/p/N82E16811352087). I guess it would have been better for me to have two straight SATA III cables, but it's not a big deal.

Overall Review: The board was super easy to build on. Each of the pins were straight and everything felt very durable during assembly. I especially appreciate the layout of the SYS_FAN ports as they make it very convenient to connect each of the fans. Just a fantastic board to this point.

Solid Case, Not Quite Perfect

Fractal Design Meshify C White - White Steel / Tempered Glass ATX Mid Tower High-Airflow Compact Clear Tempered Glass Computer Case
Fractal Design Meshify C White - White Steel / Tempered Glass ATX Mid Tower High-Airflow Compact Clear Tempered Glass Computer Case

Pros: - Easy to work in; quick access panels make part swapping fast and easy. - Excellent cable flow-throughs that can help make cable management easier. - Plenty of options for fan placement. - Good airflow; able to stay whisper quiet.

Cons: - Depending on your power supply and whether or not you want cable extensions, cable management might be an issue.

Overall Review: I bought this case for my first full PC build. Parts: MSI MPG Gaming Carbon WIFI, Ryzen 5 3600, MSI Core Frozr L, MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Super (Twin Frozr), 2x8GB Corsair Dominator 3600, Corsair CX650M, 1x512GB M.2 boot drive, 2x1TB SSDs, 2x140mm Fractal X2 GP-12, and Phanteks cable extensions. For the majority of the build, this case is fantastic to work in. The quality feels like a steal for the price and there are some aspects of the case that I absolutely love. For example, the 2070 Super is a big, heavy card and I was worried about it sagging. Maybe it's a combination of the board (MSI boasts PCIe Steel Armor on the top slot; they say it adds strength and stability. I'd have to say they're not lying) and the case, but the card doesn't sag or, if it does, it's minimal. The two slots in the case that allow the card to mount in for stability are fairly snug. Thus, the card is not able to wiggle much when installed and even without the mounting brace, the card stays quite level. Another great feature are the dust screens. The top screen is held in magnetically and is easy to set and remove if you want to add, adjust, or remove fans from up top. The lower dust screen removes from the front so you don't have to move the case to get after it. The filter behind the mesh in the front of the case is another story. I want to say here, before I list my quibbles with the case, that overall, I think the case is really quite good. I'll have more to say about that at the end, but I don't want the impression to be that I think it's highly flawed. There are just trade-offs you should consider. The wiring for the power, reset, front-side audio and 2 USB 3.0 ports pass from the front cover into the main body of the case. Thus, any time you un-clip the front, you're limited by that wiring - i.e., you can't just take the front of the case off and set it aside. An improvement might be to have those features moved back onto the actual case and off of the removable front panel. Then you could remove the front panel and set it aside. This would be a huge bonus because, while taking the front panel off is easy, separating the pieces of the front panel to clean, remove, or change the filter, is not at all easy - especially when you can't remove the front panel away from the case (unless you want to disconnect the cables from the motherboard, undo the wire ties, and feed the cables out of the case, of course). Even mounting fans in the front of the case (where I dropped the 2x140mm Fractals) isn't as easy as it could be. Next, I might caution you if you are interested in cable extensions. The power supply I chose is semi-modular, the 8-pin and 24-pin power cables are hard installed. Adding cable extensions means that you'll almost certainly need the entire basement to store extra cables; thus, you won't be able to leave the hard drive tray installed in the case. The second downside here is that, because the basement is full of cables, it's unsightly to remove the forward tray from the basement and install a 3x120mm arrangement of fans. You can do it, but you'll be left looking into a cavity just behind the bottom fan that's stuffed full of cables. I had originally ordered the EVGA 240 CLC AIO cooler for the CPU. I knew that the GPU was going to be too long to install the radiator in the front of the case, but I thought I'd have clearance to install it in the top of the case. This was not so. Perhaps the heatsinks on the MSI board are just taller than average, but the cooler misses clearance by about 1cm of height. Thankfully I could return it and switch to the air cooler. Overall, the case is very good. I'd still recommend it to others if they were comfortable with the limitations. The build of the case is very high quality and I'm quite happy with how the PC turned out.

Remarkable Card

MSI GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card RTX 2070 Super GAMING X
MSI GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card RTX 2070 Super GAMING X

Pros: - Exceptional performance in game. I've been tossing recent AAA titles at it; this card chews threw them in ultra settings. Phenomenal. - Quality build. I expected the fan shroud to be somewhat flimsy; instead, it's quite sturdy. - Whisper quiet. Can't hear the card in the case (Fractal Meshify C https://www.newegg.com/fractal-design-meshify-c-white-tg-atx-mid-tower/p/N82E16811352087).

Cons: - I have no complaints.

Overall Review: I was using an MSI laptop with a 2Gb GTX 1050 prior to this build. While it's not super capable, I did come to really appreciate MSI products with that little devil. So, when the time came to upgrade, I build the new desktop around this graphics card. Zero regrets. It's a fantastic card, looks great in the case, and the performance is *chef's kiss*. Highly recommended.

Sweet!

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: I know next to nothing about computers. I was told that when you buy a hard drive you have to format it and horror story after horror story. Well, if you don't know much like me and just want a HD that works, you've found it. I just threw the thing into the case in SATA 1, threw in my operating system disc and blammo... I'm writing this review. It was very easy.

Cons: I guess it's not the biggest HD out there (only 320 GB), but I knew that going in. Other than that, no complaints.

Overall Review: I don't know what else to say. Right now my HD is just sitting there, content and happy with it's life of saving and organizing my files so I have them at my fingertips.

Smooth as butter...

ASUS P5QPL-AM LGA 775 Intel G41 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P5QPL-AM LGA 775 Intel G41 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Intel GMA x4500 provides very good on-board video. Great RAM support for my needs. ASUS driver disc has some real treats. PC Probe II is one of them. It moniters your computers vitals. For instance, my CPU is running at 28C, MB at 32C. It moniters CPU voltage, RAM voltage and a host of other things, all of which you can set parameters at which PC Probe II will alert you that something is going a little haywire. So far, my CPU has maxed out at 31C, but 98% of the time it's at 28C. Another thing is the "Turbo Key". It turns the case power on button into a turbo key. I have not used this feature yet as I haven't had a need for turbo mode, but it's cool that it's there. I did not know what BIOS was about 2 months ago, so taking that into account, ASUS BIOS was EASY to navigate and set up fan speeds, boot orders, and any number of other things. This mobo was a lot of bang for my buck. Very happy.

Cons: It didn't install itself. Seriously. I had to take it out of the package and intall the thing on my own, which was easy. All the more reason it should self-install. Look into this ASUS. Other than that, none.

Overall Review: I installed the motherboard on my HP a6603w - a "Black Friday" deal - because it's motherboard (foxconn) pooped out. My first inclination was to e-mail HP tech support. I described my dilemma and they promptly (about 2 weeks later) e-mailed me back. I had inquired about purchasing the exact motherboard my computer came with, since I initially had no idea what this stuff was. HP does not ship motherboards, but would be glad to change the mobo for me, at a cost of $199 - $314, depending on possible complications. I declined and did some reading. I matched the ASUS mobo with my hardware that is already installed: WestDig 320 GB (3.0g/sec) Samsung 2G PC2-6400 RAM Intel Core 2 Duo E2220 2.4GHz (65W) UNKNOWN 250W power supply UNKNOWN DVD/CD-R drive Everything works together great. I've installed Windows 7 and I haven't had issue one with this setup. I'm also happy as could be that I spent less than $70 to fix everything and I've forced myself to learn alot. Thanks newegg.