Not a fan boy of any company, but I have been using AMD since the first FX series, then switched to Ryzen because of slow boot and restart problems with FX. Maybe it was because of the cheap Biostar board or the Ryzen 3500, but still had the same problems even with Ryzen. Yes bios and everything updated.
Anyways my cheap I3 9100F build have been running flawlessly, so decided to give Intel a more serious try.
MSI Z490 A PRO
Also Intel is still priced way over US MSRP, but not as much as AMD.
moved the gpu, more pvc cable management, and finished the back cover. Can't do much more till the pci-e riser get in
gave up on the pvc for now.. way too difficult to mod anything with all the cables running inside the pvc. Maybe paint next?
new gpu cooler
The Scythe Choten cooler for the GPU was doing okay... around low to mid 60s, but there's always room for improvement!
Was a toss up between the Ninja or the Mugen. Decided on the Ninja since it would fit and had an extra fan. Also decided to put a little more effort into the mounting system. Looks just a little less sketchy home made now....not counting the poopy amateur wood support for the massive cooler.
Did some testing, about 10 degrees drop in cooling and just a few extra frames in Haven bench mark. At least I know I'll be ready for the summer heat.