The biggest issue with Win10 is that it forces updates unless you run Pro version and use a group policy to stop them. Not all updates are bad, but some have caused serious issue and I rather not be the first to get them.
Do not set a computer case on carpet, there are tons of inexpensive flat surfaces you can purchase from your local hardware store. Hell, I would sit in on a piece of cardboard if needed, just do not put it on carpet.
The R5 is better if you need mass storage and this is the primary reason I chose it, but for silence I think the Corsair is going to be a better choice. The point he makes about the bottom mounted RAD is accurate. The R5 is very noisy with the top open.
I do not see the point in physical books. I do get one from the library if it is my only choice, but usually I can borrow the ebook without having to go there. I am not against physical books, but I love my kindle and it is my preferred way to read.
I guess it is great that those of you who...
Case seems overly large for no reason, it has very few hard drive mounts for such a large case. It also seemed like there wasn't that many tie downs for cable management on the back.
That is really the only negative I can think of. Seems like a solid choice.
At no point did the OP say he didn't do the damage, in fact his last comment implies he did do that damage but didn't think it could have impacted the boards functionality.
It sucks yes, but he should have been more careful.
ASUS Tech support is lacking I agree, but if you damage the PCB...