New Desktop - upgrading from Phenom x4 Original budget was $1000, total is closer to 850 with a few rebates making it fall at price listed with taxes.

Notes: I may migrate my plex server (still undecided) to this machine.

General Desktop usage. Light gaming from time to time.

3dmark 1080p default (FireStrike) First run with one busted fan got me 3500. **Since replacing GPU fans and paste, then OC to max stable hit 4250. for about 25$ to fix and clean the gpu I wont be replacing it any time soon as it still works for what I do.

CPU - was able to stay stable with 4-4.1 ghz with stock fan with some added voltage. Not running that 24/7 so good to know and the profile is saved for when needed.

Part Reviews


Love this processor so far and at the time got a good price. Scales up well and lots of head room for more use later. Great for budget builds and OC's well if needed though I don't plan on doing that for home use and light gaming.


So far so good! Feature rich board. BIOS is easy to work with and updates easily. Love the Aura setup for lighting. XMP profiles worked after turning on with no issues.


I splurged on this ram and it was worth it for overall compatibility for the ASUS Prime X470-PRO. Runs at speed advertised (haven't tried OC) and I am happy with the performance! Solid product so far and looks good.


Good speed and got this for 100$ (shipping took a while but I wasn't in a rush). Waiting to hear about possibly firmware but overall performance is well above my older SSD's. Installed win10 very quickly. Boot up is under 7 seconds. I will have to time it again. Happy to say I never used sleep mode before but I am now a fan as wake up time is quick.


Not much to say.. it is storage got it cheap to store media etc. Performs well with R/W.


Love this case. Lots of room for cable management! A little quirky learning how to disassemble at first with the psu shroud and planning the wire routes but simple enough. My board wouldn't allow the 140mm fan to be mounted directly over the cpu in the rear so it is offset a tad but made it work. I may add a 120mm on the top front for more exhaust "up" later. Not really an issue. Very clean.

Case Fan

Absolutely love these fan! so quiet even at full speed with PWM. They ramp when needed and perform very well! HIGHLY recommend!


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