Good Laptop, needed configuration3/29/2021 2:53:16 PM

Pros: At first glance, this laptop was exactly what I needed, and has certainly proved to be such. The ability to customize it was great, and I knew I was getting what I ordered. It has reasonable battery life (being a gaming laptop, I don't expect exceptional battery life, but the battery life it has is quite good for what it is), great screen resolution, a casing that is very tough (I dropped it on concrete on accident and only managed to bend part of the casing, nothing was broken), as well as a reasonably ergonomic keyboard that doesn't take too much getting used to.

Cons: A little bit after receiving this laptop, I began to have screen flickering issues that seemed to not go away no matter how I tweaked graphics settings. Although they weren't breaking issues (I could still for the most part do what I needed or wanted to do on the laptop without interruption), but they were certainly annoying. I finally managed to fix the issue by going into device manager and disabling the CPU's inbuilt GPU to force the external GPU to be used instead. Although this most definitely fixed the issue completely, I'm somewhat irked that this was something that wasn't set before shipping. Less technically inclined users may find it difficult and even deal-breaking to encounter this issue, since the solution is a bit more esoteric than just adjusting graphics settings.

Overall Review: I recommend this laptop as a good all-around gaming and work laptop, I currently use it mostly for University work, but I know I could install a couple games if I wanted and play when I'm not at my desktop, which is currently my main gaming machine. Aside from the mentioned issues, the laptop itself has been very promising, especially with how tough the case is (I lost my last laptop to dropping it on concrete, and I was heavily relieved to find that this one held up a lot better. No, I don't plan to make a habit of dropping laptops on concrete), as well as the customizability before you buy.

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Functional and responsive monitor for a good price1/3/2020 1:22:59 PM

Pros: - A nice big screen, it's spoiled me with regards to screen size. - No lag has been seen yet, which is great. - The resolution is plenty for an average consumer. - Settings to change how the monitor performs, which are actually quite intuitive. Read below :)

Cons: - The headphone jack doesn't seem to want to go above a certain volume, I assume this has something to do with it being through DisplayPort but I'm not fully certain. At least some more amplification would be cool, as I haven't gotten the jack on my case to function yet.

Overall Review: As some other reviewers have stated, this monitor will display a couple logos on startup. However, there is actually a simple setting on the monitor to change this, labeled quick boot. If quick boot is enabled, no logos are shown, and the monitor enters its usable state faster. There is a button on the bottom right that is used to navigate the menu, basically a sort of joystick. I was also able to boost the audio volume a small amount. This monitor is a great budget option, and handles gaming and other tasks quite well. It's also got good color quality. My build, using this monitor (first time I've built a PC): CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 8c 16t GPU: MSI Radeon RX 580 8GB Armor OC MB: MSI X570-A Pro Storage: HP EX950 M.2 2280 2TB SSD Seagate IronWolf 4TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache HDD RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4 3200 PSU: Corsiar RMx Series 850W CPU Cooler: CM Hyper 212 EVO

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Functional & low cost motherboard12/31/2019 6:03:42 PM

Pros: - Contains all the I/O you'll ever need for a personal system. - AMD! MSI! It is awesome to see my two favorite brands in one place. Go red team(s)! - Plenty of expansion capability, both with PCIe and SATA ports. Probably more than I'll ever need for my personal system.

Cons: - I've been experiencing some occasional game crashes, and even Windows BSOD, though I'm not even sure if the motherboard is to blame. While it's most likely, I still haven't gotten around to a BIOS update (which might fix it, the newest BIOS says better PCIe compatibility, which might be the issue here). Also to note is that the crashes are infrequent at worst, and basically nonexistent when I'm not playing games.

Overall Review: This is MSI's pro series motherboard, which appears to be their highest-end consumer motherboard option. At the price it's available for, it's definitely a great buy, especially with how reliable MSI has been for me so far. The only thing it could do better is allow the BIOS to be flashed with larger USB drives, the reason my attempts so far have failed appears to be because I need to use a sub-8GB drive to get it to work. I haven't tried partitioning my USB drive yet, though, so that may change things. My setup, using this motherboard (first time I've built a system): CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 8c 16t GPU: MSI Radeon RX 580 8GB Armor OC Storage: HP EX950 M.2 2280 2TB SSD Seagate IronWolf 4TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache HDD RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4 3200 PSU: Corsiar RMx Series 850W CPU Cooler: CM Hyper 212 EVO

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Dear Valued Customer, Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the MSI motherboard! If you ever require technical assistance or warranty support, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Standard Time. Thanks for choosing MSI! Best Regards, MSI Review Team
Good budget GPU for mid-range systems12/31/2019 5:41:42 PM

Pros: - Plays all games with good to great graphics settings. - Reasonably quiet, what noise it does make is only during gaming, and is easily ignored. - Stickers!!! Comes with a whole pad of stickers, the only part of my system that came with more than one sticker. - Made by MSI.

Cons: - Shroud is black and white. Would look better as black and red, like MSI usually is, but hey, function over form. - The whole card sags a bit, though I remedied most of this problem by routing the power cable above the card and giving it a little tension. - I'm not sure this has anything to do with the card itself, but I have been experiencing games occasionally crashing, or Windows BSOD, though less frequently. I still haven't gone through more than a few solutions as of right now.

Overall Review: If you're not looking for top of the line graphics, or you don't want to spend many hundreds of dollars on a graphics card, then this card is perfect. It works quite well for its price, and in a personal system, is honestly the most you need for more casual gaming. As a future game dev, I know that I'll need to upgrade in the future, but this is more than adequate for the time being. My setup, using this graphics card (first time I've built a system): CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 8c 16t MB: MSI X570-A Pro Storage: HP EX950 M.2 2280 2TB SSD Seagate IronWolf 4TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache HDD RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4 3200 PSU: Corsiar RMx Series 850W CPU Cooler: CM Hyper 212 EVO

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Dear Valued Customer, Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the MSI graphics card! If you ever require technical assistance or warranty support, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Standard Time. Thanks for choosing MSI! Best Regards, MSI Review Team
Nice-looking and intuitively made case12/31/2019 5:23:02 PM

Pros: - Great looking front panel makes the case look superb on my desk. I got red (totally not to match AMD and MSI). - A LOT of space for internal components. I had no space worries while assembling my system. - Very neatly hides cables behind the shrouds and such, with very versatile cable routing holes. - Comes with two fans already mounted to the case, all black. - Top I/O is adequate, however some may need more than two USB ports. Easily fixed with a USB terminal, though, which can easily be placed right on top of the case. - Lots of heft, which makes it feel really durable. However, the glass panel doesn't appear well-secured enough to contribute to this. I don't intend on dropping it though, so no worries here. - Good airflow. - Plenty of space for stickers on the front of the case.

Cons: - Only comes with space for two 3.5 inch drives, but most people don't need that many anyways, so this is only a minor concern.

Overall Review: This case is a great all-around case for anyone building a personal system. It's big, though, so make sure you have desk/floor space for it. Aside from how big it is, it's also very high quality construction, with matte black metal making up a large part of it aside from the tempered glass side panel and the plastic front. The plastic is good quality as well, however. My setup, using this case (first time I've built a system): CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 8c 16t GPU: MSI Radeon RX 580 8GB Armor OC MB: MSI X570-A Pro Storage: HP EX950 M.2 2280 2TB SSD Seagate IronWolf 4TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache HDD RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4 3200 PSU: Corsiar RMx Series 850W CPU Cooler: CM Hyper 212 EVO

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Good air cooler, with expansion capability12/31/2019 4:41:13 PM

Pros: - An effective cooler, doesn't seem to struggle at all to keep my CPU cool. - While it only ships with one fan (Which is plenty for me), there is space for a second fan in case you need it, in a push-pull configuration. - Comes with small thermal paste tube. - Apparently fits many different sockets from both AMD and Intel.

Cons: - A little big in terms of how much space out from your CPU you need, make sure you have a case that can fit it. Luckily I didn't need to worry about this.

Overall Review: If you're looking for something a little beefier than the stock cooler that came with your CPU, then this is great value for a cooler that will keep temps under control easily. And being reasonably cheap, any mid-range system will do just fine to have this on the parts list, without worrying about upgrades. My system, using this cooler (First time I've built a PC): CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 8c 16t GPU: MSI Radeon RX 580 8GB Armor OC MB: MSI X570-A Pro Storage: HP EX950 M.2 2280 2TB SSD Seagate IronWolf 4TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache HDD RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4 3200 PSU: Corsiar RMx Series 850W

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Reliable PSU with well-managed cables12/31/2019 4:28:13 PM

Pros: - 850W capacity, plenty for any mid-level PC to run at optimal power efficiency. - Fully modular cables, making cable management a breeze. I got all black cables, another bonus. - Comes with literally twice as many cables as you'll actually need in a normal PC, meaning plenty of expansion capability. Also comes with a floppy drive adapter (People still use those???). - In addition to above, also comes with a nice carry bag to put all those cables in. Perfect for storage. - Comes with a very high-quality metal engraved decal for your system.

Cons: - Logo is upside down if you mount it with the fan facing down. This isn't really even a con, though, just a nitpick.

Overall Review: For mid-range PC builds, I would highly recommend this PSU, especially with it's Gold rating, as it provides plenty of room for expansion. The multitude of spare cables also mean you won't have to worry about them when buying new parts. My setup, using this PSU (first time I've built a system): CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 8c 16t GPU: MSI Radeon RX 580 8GB Armor OC MB: MSI X570-A Pro Storage: HP EX950 M.2 2280 2TB SSD Seagate IronWolf 4TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache HDD RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4 3200 CPU Cooler: CM Hyper 212 EVO

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