A build for a friend that took way too long to complete.
When building in the TU150 (and other ITX cases), make sure you plan out your build, especially with larger coolers like the NH-D15(s). I initially installed the cooler without plugging in the 8-pin EPS connector and ended up needing to take off the cooler to fix the issue. As a person who primarily builds PCs with ATX and mATX motherboards, I was not expecting the CPU cooler header to be in the top left corner, also next to the 8-pin EPS connector. The difficult placement of fan headers all around forced me to just use a fan hub to power all of the fans (plugged into one of the system fan headers). Furthermore, the LED strip was much too long and could not bend, meaning that I only used it below the GPU. In a smaller case like this, the combo set of 2x400mm strips would have been more suitable. Cable management was incredibly difficult, thanks to the stiff extension cables I selected. However, I could not be more pleased with the end result. Even though I've built nearly 8-10 PCs at this point, this was definitely one of the most rewarding and fun builds- but was also the longest- simply finishing the build without installing windows/drivers took nearly 3 hours.
Great CPU for the price! I would recommend it to a friend over a 9900K. Even though the 9900K is 6% better at 1080p, the difference is basically unnoticeable at 1440p.
Wonderful cooler! Just make sure you're reading the manual before installing so you don't waste time. It came with the extra fan clips necessary to convert it into a NH-D15 with better memory compatibility.
This is a great motherboard- 6+2 phase VS the 4+2 phase on the Strix X570-I gaming. The only downside is the difficult placement of headers, which is hard to avoid on boards of this size. Watch out for the CPU fan header which is located in the top left corner of the motherboard. IMPORTANT NOTE: The advertising of 2 system fan headers is misleading- the second one is already occupied by the chipset fan, so you will likely need to purchase a splitter or fan hub.
Wonderful memory and works as intended. I will edit this review once I confirm that it is Micron Rev E. Hopefully I can overclock it to 3600mhz CL14.
Very overpriced SSD. If you're spending this much for a SATA SSD, you're doing something wrong. You can get an NVMe drive for the same price, or another SATA SSD with DRAM such as the L5 Lite 3D, TCSUNBOW X3, WD Blue 3D, or MX500 for nearly $30-40 less. The only reason I selected this drive was to match the black aesthetic of my build.
Wonderful GPU. Good cooler, nice RGB. Would recommend to a friend.
It's a large ITX case with a handle. Cable management could be improved on a case of this size. The side panels are incredibly weak in terms of adhering to the case and if your cables aren't tied down (there aren't very many cable tie-down points), they will not close. You need extensions or longer replacement PSU cables in order to use the top cable management section of the case.
It's a power supply with full protections and decent quality for the price.
Wow! These fans at 3000 RPM make the same amount of noise as my ML120s at 1400 RPM. I cannot recommend these more. The reason these were selected over the traditional Chromax NF-F12 Chromax was because of availability at the time. It ended up being only $3 more per fan after adding the replacement vibration pads, which I think is completely worth it.
Wonderful Noctua fans that look great and perform well for the price. I used them to replace the stock ones on the NH-D15S.
Very good monitor. There's a reason it's so highly rated by RTINGS.com and Hardware Unboxed on Youtube.
They're replacement pads for your standard 120mm Noctua fans. They look great and are well worth $6.
Magnets are incredibly weak on these heatsink covers. Any shift in the case will move them off of the heatsink, which was very disappointing. They do look great though!
Good fan hub for the price, and is powered by SATA power. This is a product I would recommend to a friend.
Very stiff cables but quality control has a lot to be desired. One of the 6-pin power connectors would not plug into the 6-pin cable from the PSU. Fortunately, Antec provided two of these.