Hey thanks! I do love the white S340 case. That's what made me go white with the motherboard and RAM... also because I figured I wouldn't want to stick with one color like an all-red or all-blue build
Haha everyone here loves cables!
I don't think I'd want to do extensions... there are already a ton of bunched up cables in the back/bottom of the case. Maybe at some point I'll do a white set of these, but $50 isn't exactly cheap just for cables :/
C'mon don't sell yourself short :)
Haha yep, when I took the pictures the stupid RGB program had crashed (I think it's still in beta...) so I was snapping them while it cycled.
As for cable color, I just honestly don't care that much. Wanted the black and white build so it would look good with any light color, so as long as the components are all black or white that's all I'm really going for.
Overall the mobo + RAM price was the same I was looking at with boards $20-30 cheaper, since this one can do 3200 on the common (relatively) cheap Corsair RAM. It's nice to have that money going to a few extra features on the mobo rather than, I dunno, a tiny bit tighter timings on expensive RAM.
Oh and it's cool that this one (Gaming 5) is the same as Gigabyte's top-of-the-line flagship (Gaming K7) except for the BCLK chip, and that isn't as important on CPUs as OC-friendly as Ryzens.
The naming convention is super super confusing though. It goes Gaming K5 << Gaming 5 << Gaming K7. The K5 is significantly cheaper than this "5" and doesn't have the dual BIOS, debug, reset CMOS switches this one does. Then from 5->K7 is just the BCLK modifier like I said. Also this is the only white one of the three, it's different from their Intel color schemes I think?
It's been pretty good! It was a bit hard to start up at first. Kept throwing a memory error (actually the number shown wasn't in the manual, but there's a second set of 4 lights which showed it was a RAM issue). I re-seated the RAM multiple times before it started successfully, then when it did there was some lag on the post time.
The lag on startup is a consistent gripe I see on X370 boards, it went away most likely because I flashed to the F5 BIOS.