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Richard B.

Richard B.

Joined on 01/23/15

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Product Reviews
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Most Favorable Review

Nice Case, Just one 3.5in drive and not perfect

Fractal Design Torrent Compact RGB Black TG Light Tempered Glass High-Airflow ATX Computer Case
Fractal Design Torrent Compact RGB Black TG Light Tempered Glass High-Airflow ATX Computer Case

Pros: Nice, case. I loved the 2 big fans and with RGB

Cons: When buying I didn't even check how many 3.5 in drives and was a bit surprised to see just 1. Its at the top too so you can hear it as the loudest part of the build. Others talk about cable management which isn't great. I'd be fine if it had a metal back panel. The worst thing is the big fins in the front hide the fans so if you're not head on to the case you can't even see them.

Overall Review: Good product, does the job. I wish I got something different.

Cooler sucks, Wish I got a 12700k

Intel Core i7-12700 - Core i7 12th Gen Alder Lake 12-Core (8P+4E) 2.1 GHz LGA 1700 65W Intel UHD Graphics 770 Desktop Processor - BX8071512700
Intel Core i7-12700 - Core i7 12th Gen Alder Lake 12-Core (8P+4E) 2.1 GHz LGA 1700 65W Intel UHD Graphics 770 Desktop Processor - BX8071512700

Pros: Great CPU in general

Cons: The 12700 is $50 cheaper than the 12700k and also comes with a cooler so I thought it was an easy place to save some money. The cooler fan runs noisier than I expected when the computer is doing work so looks like I'm going to have to buy a cooler anyway.

Overall Review: Get a 12700k instead

Great Price, performs well

MSI Radeon RX 560 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card RX 560 AERO ITX 2G OC
MSI Radeon RX 560 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card RX 560 AERO ITX 2G OC

Pros: Great price for a 560 card. 4k performance is great.

Cons: 2GB memory - but its $40 cheaper than the 4GB model so makes this a bargain. 4GB sounds better, but lots of 1050 cards are 2GB and people are happy with that. I wish the fan stopped when non-gaming. It sits at 19% speed and is quiet, but off would be better. I think this could be customizable, but that takes effort.

Overall Review: Make sure you upgrade drivers. My monitor would go asleep and not wake up. After driver upgrade it worked fine. Also 4K video was stuttering before upgrade.

Wifi is great, Software is basic, not so great as an access point.

Linksys EA8300 Max-Stream AC2200 Tri-Band MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router
Linksys EA8300 Max-Stream AC2200 Tri-Band MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router

Pros: Wifi is steady, reliable and quick.

Cons: I wanted to use this as an access point, the only real way is to set it as a bridge, where you lose all features like QoS and Parental Controls. Looks cute in the photo, is actually quite large and chunky.

12/20/2017