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First built in August 2019, upgraded in February 2020. I had the good fortune of having all parts working right out of the box. As you can see, it's not particularly flashy and it doesn't have any extravagant lighting. Which is good because I intend this for office work, music composition, and gaming.

Here are a few comments about updates and modifications to my components:

MOTHERBOARD: I was able to flash the BIOS prior to installing my CPU with the BIOS flashback feature. I later updated my BIOS to version 1.0.0.3 ABBA using the M-Flash feature, and then again to version 1.0.0.4 B. Each time the BIOS update resulted in modest performance improvements.

MEMORY: Enabling XMP in BIOS brought its speed up to the advertised speed of 3200mhz.

VIDEO CARD: This model is a budget-oriented 5700, but it was still able to easily tolerate a mild overclock of +10% power limit and +100MHz to its boost clock. With its light cooler, I wouldn't recommend experimenting with power play mods or BIOS flashing to a 5700 XT BIOS.

CASE: To improve the cooling, I replaced the stock fans with more powerful ML120's, then put the stock fans into the side panel. The addition of fans into the side panel reduced my GPU temperature by about 10 degrees, which makes me curious why more cases don't feature the option of mounting side fans. I also removed the hard drive cage, which required removing the front panel and removing the screws holding the drive cage in place.

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  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Good Job Man, I plan on getting the R5 3600, so may I ask. How's it serving you?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Quite well, and about as expected. I tested it with Cinebench R20 and it's very slightly below the score of other 3600's, but I suspect that's because I don't have air conditioning in the room and the weather was quite hot.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx Man!