Description

I've upgraded this machine from an i5-6500 and it was definitely worth it. I'm doing Java development and the extra cores are very helpful. Desktop interactivity has also increased - things just feel snappier.

The temperatures are a bit higher and therefore the build is not as quiet as before, but I'll look into it.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Quiet and powerful CPU cooler. Not that easy to set up since you might end up un-screwing the wrong screw, but not very difficult either.

Comments

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build! Very clean. Just curious which linux distribution do you use?

How do you like the Cooler Master Silencio 550 case? Was it nice to build in?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I am using openSUSE Tumbleweed with good results. It's a rolling release so I get the latest releases really quick, and it's pretty stable at the same time due to the testing they do before pushing out a release.

The case was nice but not prefect. It helps with the sound reduction and it has just enough space to fit the cooler. The wire management works OK, with the note that the space behind the motherboard tends to get quite cramped. There's not a lot of space there and the side is padded with foam.

Another not-so-nice thing is that (for whatever reason) only 6 of the 9 standoffs align with the more recent motherboards I've used ( a MSI H170A PC MATE and this one ) so I feel a bit reluctant when pushing in e.g. the 20-pin ATX power connector.

But other than that I am quite happy with the motherboard as well.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you tried the latest Fedora release with this system? Been hearing rave reviews about Fedora 28.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, my distro hopping days are over :-) I'm with openSUSE Tumbleweed since I get all of the latest updates in a safe manner.