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Zachary V.

Zachary V.

Joined on 03/23/11

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Most Favorable Review

Decent Case for size and price point.

Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L Micro ATX Tower w/ Magnetic Design Dust Filter, Transparent Acrylic Side Panel, Adjustable I/O & Fully Ventilated for Airflow, MCB-Q300L-KANN-S00
Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L Micro ATX Tower w/ Magnetic Design Dust Filter, Transparent Acrylic Side Panel, Adjustable I/O & Fully Ventilated for Airflow, MCB-Q300L-KANN-S00

Pros: - Decent build quality - Good amount of space in back for Cable Management - Nice looking case - Detachable filters are a nice touch at this price point

Cons: - Power supply bracket unnecessary - Needs to be a little wider/or taller for top mounted 140mm fans - Front I/O cables need to be longer - Bottom filter attachment is kinda bad

Overall Review: So I used this for a quick bedroom pc build. There's plenty of room to build in, and the back had a surprising amount of room for cable management. I'm use to having to kinda force the back panel onto these smaller cases to get everything to fit. There are some small pit falls. The front I/O cables need to be longer for better cable management. They also got in the way of the front mounted fan I put in. The top 8 pin connector on the motherboard interferes with mounting a 140mm fan on top. I could also see installing a 280mm rad being annoying on either top or front. Bottom filter attachements kinda suck. They are these little rubber plugs that just push in. They don't stay too well so just heads up. I listed it under cons but it's more of a neutral thing. The weird power supply offset bracket seems kinda unnecessary. Also the side mounted I/O was a little awkward for me due to where the pc is sitting. Overall it's a decent case for the size, and just the cable management space in the back would make me buy it again. If you're building a budget system or a first system I'd definitely recommend it.

Most Critical Review

Great Monitor, Easy to use Features, but Dead Pixels

MSI Optix MAG321CQR 32" WQHD Non-Glare Super Narrow Bezel 1ms 2560 x 1440 Resolution 144Hz Refresh Rate FreeSync Technology Height Adjustable Curved Monitor
MSI Optix MAG321CQR 32" WQHD Non-Glare Super Narrow Bezel 1ms 2560 x 1440 Resolution 144Hz Refresh Rate FreeSync Technology Height Adjustable Curved Monitor

Pros: I am overall really happy with this monitor. I'm coming off of a 24" HP that was included with a desktop and the difference is amazing. Joystick is easy to use to navigate the menu, and definitely preferred to a bunch of buttons along the bottom. Being able to quickly switch presets is a nice feature. Running an RTX 2060 over DP with no problems. Between the refresh rate, and now being able to use Freesync with Nvidia GPU's everything is nice and smooth. RGB on the back is easily controlled through Mystic Light. I can't really see the RGB on the back because of how my set up is so I just turned it off. This monitor is really big so if it's going in a confined space on your desk or setup just make sure you have room first.

Cons: I do have dead pixels unfortunately. 1 Near the center top, and a small cluster to the far top right. With the amount I paid I do expect better. At the same time they are out of the way enough that I had to really go looking, and didn't even notice at first. May still RMA, will have to see how much it bothers me now that I know they are there. The stand mount on the back of the monitor kinda gets in the way of a vesa mount. Risers are included, but I feel like this could easily be fixed with a small design change.

Overall Review: This would be getting 5 stars if I didn't have the dead pixels. Assuming I'm just an odd one out I'd still recommend this monitor however.

Great Motherboard, Easy Install, Nice Design.

MSI MPG Z390 GAMING PRO CARBON AC LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z390 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard
MSI MPG Z390 GAMING PRO CARBON AC LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel Z390 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: First MSI motherboard I've used and I've been really pleased with it so far. Install was easy and smooth with no problems. Having the Display ports on the I/O was nice as a troubleshooting measure as I had some issues with my video card during boot up. Bios is well layed out and easy to navigate. Has handled OC of both my 8700K to 5.0 and Ram to 3200 just fine. Love the built in WiFi feature, been a nice upgrade over the little usb wireless stick I was using. M.2 shield works great, just wish it had a second one for the other slot. Aesthetics wise the board looks really nice. RGB is bright and add a nice touch without being too much. Wish the Dragon lighted up also.

Cons: Wish there were customization options for the RGB through Mystic Light. Getting at the 4 and 8 pin connectors was kinda hard with the board installed. I'd definitely plug them in before mounting the board.

Overall Review: Would definitely recommend this Motherboard for anyone looking for a good cheaper Z390.