Description

Got this motherboard/CPU/RAM last year while waiting for the new Ryzen APU. Just wanted a budget system to play WoW when I didn't have access to my main gaming rig. Kind of regretted getting that CPU, it runs quite hot. The stock AMD cooler doesn't do a good job. The Hyper D92 made a big difference, keeping the chip cooler by 10 to 15 degrees. That computer case was a PITA to work with, won't buy one of those again.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Quite pleased with this cooler, does a great job, easy to install, but fins are sharp as hell and cut myself, be warned.

Case

Very nice looking micro ATX case, but comes at a price. The glossy black plastic scratch just looking at it. Wiped it with a lint free cloth and it scratched. It's made cheaply and cable mgmt is not user friendly. I ended up putting all the cables in a bundle on top of the DVD drive and made a 24 PIN extension cable to exact length needed, as well as the SATA power for the HDD sitting at the bottom. The case came with plastic arms to attach to 3.5" HDD to allow for easy sliding in/out. the pin that goes into the screw hole broke on 2 of the arms. I gave up and put the drive at the bottom. Important to point out that if you do install the 3.5" HDD with the plastic arms, you are forced to have the connectors facing you, instead of facing the back for a cleaner cable setup. Two of the plastic feet fell and don't feel very secure after putting them back on. On a positive note, the front 120mm fan seems to provide a good airflow.

Comments

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

hahaha You can dip your PITA in some Hummus... Very nice! IMO, you should get a B350 motherboard ASAP so you can overclock and get more features.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 just for the pig-tailed SATA data cables! :D

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice pc !looks great

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

I looked at the pictures before reading your text/reviews and I thought "that case will scratch in no time". Cheap plastic with glossy finish looks good 'till you touch it!

I was wondering where the heck were the cables since the psu isn't modular at all! nice job with the cables and rig.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice blue theme you got going on there. What are the temps under daily load on the a12 with the stock cooler?

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks. With the stock cooler, it hovered around 60 degrees C. Running a stress test would bring temp close to 80 and then it would reboot by itself. With the Hyper D92, temp wouldn't get past 60 while stressing the CPU.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Ouch! That sounds dreadful :(. Glad you got an aftermarket cooler!

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

I love me a good Razen build lol

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

lol... fixed.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Great part selection.

And DAT CABLE MANAGEMENT.

+1