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Matt G.

Matt G.

Joined on 03/31/08

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Solid Pre-built

ABS Gladiator Gaming PC - Ryzen 5 5600X - EVGA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti FTW3 Ultra Gaming 8GB - G.Skill TridentZ RGB 16GB DDR4 3200MHz - 1TB Intel M.2 NVMe SSD
ABS Gladiator Gaming PC - Ryzen 5 5600X - EVGA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti FTW3 Ultra Gaming 8GB - G.Skill TridentZ RGB 16GB DDR4 3200MHz - 1TB Intel M.2 NVMe SSD

Pros: - No guessing at manufacturers or parts on this build, everything is as listed - Price is reasonable for the hardware - Hardware isn't quite top-tier but is still high-end - Plug & play (mostly)

Cons: - Cpu cooler is not sufficient and must be replaced ASAP to preserve the longevity of the system (it also blocks a RAM slot for future upgrades)

Overall Review: I needed to replace a custom built system from 2012 which was wearing its age on its sleeve. In our current chip shortage due to high demand on CPU/GPUs that has been going on since COVID sent us all home which likely won't yield until mid-2022 at the earliest, I elected to get a pre-built system rather than building my own. Despite keeping track of stock arrivals/drops and entering the Newegg Shuffle daily for quite a while, I was unsuccessful at being able to purchase a GPU I wanted so pre-built seemed a logical route when my patience waned. In looking at pre-builts, it seemed rare for all included parts to be specified leaving buyers often with cheaper parts that weren't stated. This build, however, tells you everything (that matters) included and that along with its price point sold me. As another review here stated, there's only a few hundred difference in the parts cost to build this same thing yourself. As others have said, the CPU temperatures while gaming were a travesty, so I immediately ordered a Noctua NH-U12S SE-AM4 to replace it and allow for additional RAM to fit in the slot blocked by the included cooler. (If you replace the cooler, unscrew the existing plastic bracket from the motherboard to get it out - trying to pry it out otherwise is a fool's errand) After getting some additional RAM, a new CPU cooler, and a backup SSD for extra storage, this rig is a dream. (For any like me that are new to NVMe drives, the included 1TB is installed under a faceplate below the GPU and the bottom-most PCIe slot on the motherboard, so don't panic when you see nothing visible initially.)

10/20/2021