PLEASE NOTE THAT ON THE CINEBENCH OPENGL TEST IMAGE, MY RX460 APPEARS AS 67EF:CF
I had a budget of £500 and spent £515 due to PCPartPicker's prices not updating quickly enough and online stores changing their prices.
I am extremely pleased with the performance, especially considering the cost. I do not intend to overclock, so if you are copying this build and have intentions of overclocking, you should get a different motherboard.
In Cinebench R15, the highest score I got was 686cb with the lowest being 681cb. This is similar/better than an i7-3770. This is a 4x increase to my old system which got 138cb. So you can probably imagine that I'm happy with that. The OpenGL (GPU) test in Cinebench also returned good scores (72-75fps)
In Unigene Heaven at ultra-settings at 1080p, I was getting above 30fps most of the time.
I tested the CPU load temperatures by running Cinebench and monitoring the temperatures in Open Hardware Monitor. I tested the GPU load temperatures by running Furmark.
For some reason, the motherboard doesn't seem to like to run the RAM at the full 2400MHz, so I have to run it at 2133MHz, but I will look into that in the future.
The included case fan can be noisy, if the case is on a wooden desk, as the case's feet are solid plastic which transmit vibrations quite a lot. The system is almost silent when on carpet, which doesn't cause a problem with the PSU being fan-side-down as the case's feet keep the fan far enough away from the carpet.
Not had any problems with the HDD, but will eventually make use of the M.2 slot on the motherboard to add an SSD.
Other upgrades I will make in the future (once I have more money):
Add another stick of RAM to make it 16gb
CPU AIO Water cooler
Sleeved cable extensions (to get rid of the ketchup and mustard cables).
Very pleased with the performance of both the CPU itself and the included Wraith Stealth cooler. In Cinebench CPU benchmark I was getting around 681-686cb, which is better than the equivalent i5-7400 and better than a i7-3770. Also, despite the cooler being AMD brand, they have really improved their design over the previous included coolers, I have no complaints about temps or noise. If you plan on overclocking, make sure you have a motherboard that supports it (I don't plan on overclocking, but my friend does and got a motherboard that doesn't support overclocking. I am one happy customer with this product.
Very good motherboard especially considering the price. It doesn't support CPU overclocking so keep that in mind when buying. Only issue is that it doesn't seem to like my 2400MHz RAM running at 2400MHz and instead runs it at 2133MHz. I also like how the PCIe x1 slot is above the PCIe x16 slot, unlike other motherboards that I have had previously, as if you want to use two cards, one of which being a dual slot graphics card, then the x1 slot isn't blocked.
The BIOS is also very nice, user friendly and has all the features you'd expect of a modern motherboard.
There's not much to say about RAM, except I've not had any performance issues, except for my motherboard doesn't want to run this RAM at its full 2400MHz, instead only 2133MHz. I quite like the aesthetics of this stick, and will be buying another in the future to bump my system's RAM up to 16gb.
Quite low noise and fast. Copied all 200gb across from a USB2.0 external hard drive in around an hour. Also I have pretty fast boot times and have no problems with programs taking a while to load.
For the price, very good. Idle temps around 40°C and synthetic load temps around 70°c. I have had no noise issues, and quite like the aesthetic of the cooler, shame I can't see it very easily when it's in my system. The black PCB also matches my motherboard, so I'm also happy in that regard of aesthetics. You can see benchmark results in the images of my completed build.
Great aesthetic, and overall build quality especially considering the price.
The right side panel is a little shallow, which made hiding excess cable length a little tricky. It's also a shame that the motherboard tray doesn't continue between the 3 1/2" HDD cage and the 5 14" bays, as cable-hiding would have been easier if it did. Also, there's no room for a 240mm radiator anywhere in the case, you're stuck to the 120mm exhaust slot.
Noise can be an issue if you:
Don't swap the screws holding the included exhaust fan in place with rubber fan mounts
Put the system on a hard surface, as the solid plastic feet transmit vibrations from fans/hdds quite a lot.
But overall I'm quite pleased with the case.
Doesn't seem to be any noise issues, works as it should considering the price. No complaints here.
I rarely use WiFi with my system, as I have a CAT6 connection from the room where my modem, router and switch is, to the room where my system is. I bought this card as I sometimes have to use that connection for something else, like a Raspberry Pi, or if I want to move it to another room that doesn't have a CAT6 connection. I cannot get my full 200mb/s broadband speed, with this only being a 150mb/s card, but sometimes I'll only get around 50mb/s when I am connected over WiFi. So performance varies a bit, but I can complain too much about such a cheap card.
Very quiet compared to the exhaust fan included with my Corsair 100R. As my only intake fan, it seems to push a sufficient amount of air to keep my CPU and GPU at reasonable temperatures despite the load.