For 2017 I wanted a 7th gen Intel machine that could handle today's games but remain under $1500.
The Corsair 500R is much more case than I need. It should be able to handle years of upgrades and whatever I throw at it. Although cable management was a mess, after using a few of the included zip-ties, it cleaned up nice. I'll post more photos later.
Solid motherboard for gaming. I'm not overclocking, and not worried about SLI, so this was a perfect mid-range choice for me.
Easy setup, installation of drivers, BIOS is user-friendly
Updating drivers is easy with MSI Live Update
Comes with so many MSI "utilities" that you don't know which to use. There were at least 3 different ways to overclock your CPU
The included Live Update tool tries to install Chrome, Google Toolbar, and Norton Security.
Updating BIOS through Live Update did not work. You have to flash the bios using a USB drive. That's not a problem, but the utility has a button to update the bios within Windows that did not work for me.
Ram is locked at 2133 Mhz by default, must be overclocked to reach full speed.
The Corsair 500R is much more case than I need. It should be able to handle years of upgrades and whatever I throw at it. Although cable management was a mess, after using a few of the included zip-ties, it cleaned up nice.
Includes 4 LED fans, pre-connected to the front panel fan controller. Since I wasn't overclocking, this was enough for my cooling needs.
Tons of space inside. 4x5.25" external bays. 6x3.5"internal bays, with removable trays to clear space for cooling. The top includes space for 2x120mm fans, which I didn't use but adds options for serious cooling. Plently of cable-routing holes and tie-offs.
The case bulges out on the sides, I guess to accommodate the large 200mm fan on the left side, and cables on the right.
Even with the extra space on the right side, cable management was ugly. The internal drive bays are mounted so that SATA and power cables must run on the right side, which is very tight on space. It does help the case look tidy, but I echo other reviewers that having to remove both side panels to swap out drives is a hassle.
Overall, it's a solid case with plenty of room for expansion.