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I had originally built this computer in a masterbox 5, but it looked boring.
EDIT: I was asked to add the build log video (sorry for the terrible quality of the music, I don't know what happened. I'd suggest you mute it and play whatever you like instead).
Also, I was told to give "specs on temps or noise". Both the CPU and GPU stay in the low to mid 30s on idle @22°C ambient. They stay in the 40s under regular loads (browsing the web, watching videos, editing documents, etc.). However, when gaming or editing videos, I have to open the lid, which is pretty much what it was made for. When stressed seperately (100% usage), the CPU and GPU both reach the low to mid 70s. As for noise, it's rather quiet for daily usage thanks to the plastic mounts for the fans and the lack of HDD; I'd say the PSU is the loudest in that case. When gaming, there's nothing between the user and the graphics card, so it does get louder, but I'm always wearing closed-back headphones, so it doesn't really bother me.
Excellent chip for the price.
• Outperforms Intel's Kaby Lake offering at this pricepoint (i5 7500: similar single-core performance when OC, 40% faster multi-threaded performance even at stock settings).
• For about 20€ / 20$ more than a 1400, it has better binning (never seen a 1400 reach 4GHz), double the cache, and a cooler with enough thermal headroom for a 4GHz overclock. Mine overclocks to 3.8GHz with a mere +0.012V offset, and stays remarkably cool (mid 70s under long-term heavy load with tool case lid open).
Bought it for a little under 100€ (early adopter tax), I'm very satisfied overall. Not an expert in motherboards, so I'll just speak from my experience.
I bought it because its bigger sister, the GA-AB350, was said to be a decent overclocker. I got my 1500x to reach 3.8GHz with a mere +0.012V offset, so I don't know how well it would do with a more aggressive OC or more cores, but it seems to handle this well. 4 stars instead of 5 because:
• I would have liked to have a choice between offset mode and standard voltage control.
• Although that's subjective, these bright red DIMM and PCIe slots don't look very nice.
• An extra fan header would have been nice. 2 headers (excluding CPU header) is enough for my tool case, but a tad unsufficient for a mid ATX or mid mATX case.
Wonderful value. These sticks managed a stable 2800MHz (stock timings) overclock @1.3V, and yielded a 3.5% increase in my 1500x's cinebench R15 score. They scored 100% in userbenchmark's memory test, despite being one of the cheapest options on the market.
Highly recommended if you're on a budget.
525GB for 150€ is a steal, especially since the performance is quite decent (no slow sequential write speed or terrible 4K performance like some other budget drives). The m.2 form factor is extremely convenient for small custom cases like mine. Not having to deal with any 2.5 or 3.5" drives really was a time-saver.
It was on sale (~60€), but I still should have spent a bit more on my PSU.
Pros: • It's (semi-)modular. When you're building a system without any 2.5" or 3.5" drives in a rather small custom case, not having to deal with useless sata cables is a must. • Despite being one of the cheapest PSUs to offer some kind of modularity at this wattage, it doesn't seem to use completely terrible materials. Tier 3 or 4 depending on the lists, so it's not the most stable, but it shouldn't explode.
Cons: • How much would it cost to paint these cables black ? Really, the ketchup and mustard colour scheme should have disappeared a long time ago. I'm seriously considering black plastidip. • The noise ! It's unbearable ! No, really, maybe I should have added some kind of rubber padding instead of mounting it directly to a metal surface, but it's by far the noisiest component of my build when idling.
Seasonic's fully modular 620W SS-620GM2 is often found at similar prices. Just close your eyes and click "buy".
Best version of windows so far. It looks great, it's intuitive, and it has very few bugs. Much better than 8 and 8.1, feels as good as XP or 7 back when these were still a thing.
4 stars instead of 5 because it's still poorly optimised. I've replaced it with Ubuntu on my (admittedly weak) N3700 e403sa, and everything got snappier. I have to deal with poor palm rejection, occasional complete failure of the trackpad's drivers, and the nw-manager needs to be restarted from time to time, but it still feels much more usable.
Well, it does its job, and it's 15€. What else to say ? I would have bought a faster one, but my bandwidth is terrible anyway, so it wouldn't have helped much. 4 stars instead of 5 because I've had to restart a few times, and it's a bit annoying.