First, i should've built this a long time ago. I've been scheming and plotting each individual part for over a year while I've been building up my savings. Every time I think I'm done and it's finalized a new product, prices or knowledge drops and I gotta adjust.
Originally was going to go with 2400g; decided to pay the extra premium for the newer, faster and more optimized version. Running at stock clock settings and adjusting for a slightly more aggressive fan curve in the BIOS. I've got to say, its heads and shoulders above what I was using before.I downloaded RyzenMaster, but I have no idea how to use it so overclocking is going to be a slow process. I plan to eventually swap the 3400g for a 2700x.
It's cheap. The VRM's and SOC are just what I need. Having 4 RAM slots is nice. The onboard mini-LED's to notify what stage the boot up is at gives some nice peace of mind, especially when doing the initial first test boot. Since I'm new to all this, it's hard for me to tell if I'm doing something wrong or missing a step, or if it's the mobo's own shortcomings that make it hard to update the BIOS version.
It's DDR4. It's 3200. It was $66 on MicroCenter; which was oddly cheaper than its 2400 counterpart. I'm not complaining, I'm not going to question it. Thank you XMP settings.
As someone who used to live on a hard drive for nearly 10 years, booting up faster than you can say it feels so satisfying. It's fast. I love it.
Bought this used off of amazon. I guess I got lucky because the only thing missing from the package were the instructions. Yes, I know ODD's are phasing out, but I still keep it for the option of maybe putting in something like a blueray player. Besides that it just checked all the boxes: tinted glass side panel, front & top ventilation, power supply shroud to hide the birds nest, cable grommets and plenty of mounting options for a ridiculous amount of storage.
Had to get bronze cuz I spent my budget on the finer things in the rest of my build. Next paycheck I'm returning it to get Gold.