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My friend's been rocking a pretty low end i3 Skylake laptop as her main machine for quite a while. It's always been a dream of hers to own a powerful machine for playing games with her boyfriend, but her wage has just never allowed her to really afford something substantial enough. I caught wind of this, and proposed renovating an old LGA 755 machine with a Q6600 and giving her my GTX 960 as a gift, but when we got to the budgeting stage, she was able to bring 250 to the table. I knew a Zen G would be far more substantial.

Zero problems with setup. It started right up into my Ubuntu live USB on first boot, and ran like a dream. We're hoping to replace the power supply at some point, but I trust the VRMs should be able to bare the torture from the Thunder's dirty power for a short time.

Part Reviews

CPU

Y'know, it's not until you experience the 2200G firsthand that it really starts to show how genuinely fast it is. You have to realize here that I'm coming from using a lot of old Haswell i5 and lower spec'd systems, all quad or dual cores running windows 10 on mostly HDDs. The only modern CPU I've used is the 2600x in my own system.

I can't believe it but this 70 buck monster outclasses almost half my inventory. I'd imagine the 2200G is all you would ever need in an office system, because it just RIPS through standard desktop tasks. I've been so burned and disillusioned with the idea that the quad core systems just aren't enough for so long that this CPU has changed the way I look at what modern budget systems really can do.

Motherboard

Chunky VRMs, plenty of USB IO, and a manual with no frills. The BIOS feels a bit antiquated compared to the MSI and Asus stuff I'm used to, but it's not really a big deal when It's likely to get used only once or twice a year. I didn't install any of the software that came with it because this PC doesn't used RGB so I have no scathing criticism to give there.

My second retracted star is for the amount of fan headers. TWO

ONCE CPU HEADER, ONE SYSTEM HEADER

ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE

Memory

Nice surface area to use my fingers to click them in, and the XMP profile loaded right in! I hate to say those dreaded stereotypical words, but this RAM really is just RAM.

Storage

I was really worried, but this is pretty fast for a cacheless drive. I'd happily use this for secondary storage on my main rig, and it's nippy enough to match the speed and budget of lower-end machines.

Case

This case was a really hard sell for me. Look at the images of this thing's internals and it seriously just looks like a prebuilt case. And to be honest, it feels just like one too. If you're really into cable management puzzles, this one will be a treat. Good enough airflow for me, but the front fan doesn't feel like it has a lot of static pressure. I could imagine anything over 125 watts of combined TDP might see some problems in this case under heavy loads. I also wouldn't recommend non-modular power supplies in here, especially if you plan on filling the top 5.25" bay, as it's a prime spot for stuffing extra cable slack.

It's good enough, but I think you really need to see what Rosewill has before going with this one.

Power Supply

I joke that my non-80+ Thermaltake supply is a fire hazard, but this one scares me.

On the surface, it's a pretty good deal, over 700 watts and that 80+ bronze stamp of approval, but within the details lies a very dangerous power supply. I'm talking about dirty power, or that wonky 735 watt number. The motherboard's VRMs have to work overtime to "round off" the power being fed into it, meaning your system longevity goes down. I'd avoid this and any other supply that doesn't have a wattage that's a multiple of 50.

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Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

+1 for custom Radeon logo.

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

Nice.

You are in your right mind to replace that power supply. Corsair CX450M is good enough for a PC like this.

  • 23 days ago
  • 1 point

The bomb has been planted.