Description

This has been an ongoing upgrade for my home PC. It started out in a five-year-old HP Pavillion with the 1TB HDD. The ADATA SSD and PSU were given to me from my brother's old PC. I upgraded the MOBO, CPU, and Memory last month. ALL CONSTRUCTIVE comments are welcome. ;)

This is a general use PC. It's mostly for school, but I do some light gaming on it as well. I Could run Paragon (RIP) on medium to low settings at around 50-70fps, but that is a seldom occasion.

Update 6/30/2018 I swapped out my 2x4GB @2400 memory for a 1x8GB @3000... contrary to my expectation, I did see a small increase in overall performance.

Update 1/3/2019 Got my hands on the Meshify C TG dark and a NVMe SSD for great prices during the holidays, so I've once again put off getting a dedicated GPU. But the Case is well worth it. The cable management room in the back, compared to my old BitFenix case, is fantastic! I also decided to OC the memory to 3200MHz with the same CAS latency 15. So it's got that going for it as well.

Update 3/7/2019 Upgraded to 2x8GB RAM @3000MHz. Overclocked to 3200MHz easily. Playing LOL, I'm "seeing" around 50-95fps. (I only have a 60Hz monitor)

Update 9/6/2019 Swapped out my wraith stealth for the GameMax Gamma 500 RGB!! One problem.. I don't have an RGB header on my motherboard. Any suggestions for MOBO upgrade would be helpful.

Final Update 11/8/2019 Got a nice deal on a R9 Fury. Probably time to sell, so minus the HDD & WIFI card It's all up for grabs. Best of luck to the one who gets it.

Part Reviews

CPU

For not having to buy a dedicated GPU, this isn't bad, but support and things could be much better.

CPU Cooler

I swapped this in for my wraith stealth. Idle temps seem to be about the same, but under a sustained load of at least 20 minutes benchmarking, I saw a drop of 6 degrees C. It it's actually the slightest bit louder than the stealth, but it's not all that noticeable. I think that is significant enough for those who are looking for a style neutral cooler with a little bit of RGBling.

I would love to test out the RGB, but I don't seem to have a 5V header for it on my MOBO. I will update review if that changes.

Case

Ample room for cable management and drive storage. and the build quality is much higher than what I've seen with other manufacturers.

Wireless Network Adapter

I'm not sure if it's a problem with my motherboard or the wifi adapter, but nearly every time I turn off the computer and turn it back on, I have to reset the adapter in Device Manager... It's really annoying..........

Speakers

It'll let you hear things... save yourself $15.

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Comments

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

what are you using this pc mainly for and what GPU

  • 21 months ago
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This is really just a general home PC. As I updated in the description, I do play a couple of games, but nothing competitive. So the iGPU is fantastic pricewise.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Why did you choose to get a B350 motherboard instead of an X370 motherboard, based off the fact that I am seeing most people are getting the B350?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

The B350 offers all the connectivity I needed and then some. If I had extra money to throw into the wind, I probably would have gone with an X370. Both chipsets support OC, so the price savings are more than worth it if your going with a ryzen 5 or lower. Even in my case, the 2400G isn't the strongest chip on the market.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

You say your B350 has all the connectivity you need, but does with built-it Wi-Fi and Bluetooth? Plus, what B350 motherboard do you have or what B350 motherboard would you strongly recommend?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Ive got the gigabyte ab350 gaming 3 and it doesn't come with wifi or bluetooth. However, for around $30US, I added one. That put the price of the board in the same ballpark as a coupe of lower X370s... maybe... If you are looking for a solid b350, I would recommend the one I'm using, but I don't know your use case.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, Thanx. :)

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