Built this as a replacement for a six year old Republic of Gamers laptop. Manufacturers aren't supporting Windows 7 on most new hardware. Anytime I ask someone if they like Windows 8 or 10 the answer is always the same, "no." This should allow me to keep running a operating system I like rather than switching to one I don't as many have done. This system was built six months ago but the software install got delayed after a Windows certified family member told me to take it to BestBuy. Their attitude regarding my request for help never changed. Some really need to learn how karma works. The Windows install proved to be more challenging than any system I've ever built. After two days of attempting to code USB drivers into the ISO file I found the ASRock Windows 7 Patcher. After that it was easy
This CPU posted 7.6 in the Windows Experience Index before overclocking. Changing the speed from 3500 to 4600 did not effect the score much only increasing it to 7.8. Might be more gain with better tuning.
Had my temps climbing at idle after first installing this. Removed the pump and found a dime size area in the center where the Corsair thermal paste wasn't making contact. Cleaned all the paste off and added a pea size drop of Artic MX-4. Temperatures dropped from 80C and climbing to 45C at idle.
Always happy with the bang for your buck of ASRock motherboards. Wish they would improve their product support though. Finding the tools to get this system up and running was more difficult than it should have been. Never did find the "your not loading WIN 7 without it" patcher on their install disk. Nor on their motherboard download page. Found it on a thread where one of their reps posted a link.
These seem to be really good quality. Picked them over other brands due to height, price, performance, and compatibility. Can not find any Avexir on Newegg now which leads me to believe they may be out of business.
Impressive so far. Originally was going to install a Intel 600p M.2 SSD. Returned it due to NVMe install hurdles, high operating temps, and data that showed this drive would outperform it on most tasks.
Love this case. Unfortunately I overpaid for it. Cyber Monday price minus rebate was about half of what I spent.
One of the few components that survived from my original budget build. Voltages appear stable however it was making some noise a couple of days ago.
Better special effects than the SP120s. Probably even more impressive running on a Corsair Commander yet I still like the way the SP120s illuminate the fan blades better.
Better fit than any mouse I've ever used.
Very nice keyboard, especially for the price. The ones using higher quality switches might be more durable, but for the amount of typing I do this should work fine.