Description

My 9 yr old gaming pc finally couldn't be upgraded to keep up anymore. So I built this beauty over the last six months, yes I know I way overpaid for the hdd, **** happens lol. I used my original pc as a guide for parts since it's been running problem free for so long, coolermaster,amd athlon, and wd. I also don't personally like messing with oc'ing so I wanted out of the box good clock. A friend gave me a pc when he was moving so that's where I got the power supply and drives and, my parents got me the case for xmas, definitely helped with the cost. The first mobo I bought was a biostar hifi atx that had power but didn't work, even with an A6 fm2 chip, so that sucked. Then after I got the gigabyte mobo, the first hdd I tried worked for all of 5 min and then choked and i had to buy a new one. This pc has definitely been a pain lol but so worth it once I loaded up my games :) I can game for hours and it won't go over 26c ambient temp. BTW I've replaced and upgraded over the years but, this is my first complete build. This is my everything pc, but mostly for listening to music and gaming. I play sims, heavily moded elder scolls, all of them, HOMM 3,4,5,6, sacred 2 older but beautiful with these graphics, WOW, and soon to be adding many more. Note: the mobo is pretty great, wish I could've gotten a better pic, atx, 7.1 sound, lots of slots and rev.1 is compatible with all current fm2/+ cpu/apu o.o.t.b.

Part Reviews

CPU

Love it, best budget athlon cpu, runs my games and my music at the same time while downloading updates in the background

CPU Cooler

Works, easy install, not too big and didn't block my ram.

Memory

It's ram, it works and looks nice.

Video Card

Really quiet, hasn't gotten hot yet, works with no issues so far and it has a backplate :)

Case

Great beginner case, room for some decent cable management, plenty of screws and fans, screwless drive bays, my only complaint is that the back expansion slot covers aren't replaceable once taken out.

Power Supply

Works great, I like semi vs fully modular, I'm weird I know...just one complaint, no freaking molex connectors! Which sux

Wireless Network Adapter

Works great, like that it can receive AND project a wifi signal, if you download the utility on the drive disc.

Case Fan

Noisy, the plastic cracks easy when screwing them down, but they're purple! It's saving grace

Fan Controller

This is multi purpose which is nice, I wanted a card reader and this just happened to be the right price point. It makes cable management interesting though.

Keyboard

Awesome keyboard and it has a pink lighting option for my pink build! Rare to find. My one big issue, that I should've noticed before I bought it was that there's no music controls, sux. But that's my fault.

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

The only thing I would be worried about is that Raidmax PSU. Raidmax is not a reputable PSU vendor, and over all their PSU's are a bit.....sketch. I would upgrade that first chance to a better unit from a company like Seasonic, XFX, EVGA (but not the NEX series), or Corsair (but not the CX series). Overall though, not a bad build.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Corsair CX PSUs aren't bad. They are mediocre.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Corsair CX PSU's are tier 4 for a reason, there is really no reason to buy them. If you cheap out on a PSU early you will regret it later

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point
I suggest reading a few PSU review articles, like johnnyguru.com is one. I seen many tier lists over the years and the issue tends to be different per list. It can be misunderstood and is too generalized to each, indivdual PSU. Therefor it can misconcept "the supposely lower tiers" or it basically does not offer much info nor explain about a PSU. The CXM series is alright for the non-overclocking mid-gaming rig.
  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

As Eltech said, the tier list isn't accurate. Johnny Guru's review of the CX series PSUs state that they are goodish for their price, particularly the CX 430 and the CX 500. They are good for mid range builds, but for a high end build you will want something better.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point
Indeed. :)
  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

There is nothing all too wrong with the CX series, but for the price there can be some better alternatives. They would be fine for PC with just the iGPU, or a lower powered discreet card (like the 750ti, or 950), but probably not the best choice for a build with a 380X. Anyways, I think even a CX series would still be better by a long shot than the Raidmax that OP has right now.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I definitely will this summer, been looking at corsair. Thanx

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build with a unique aesthetic +1

Just food for thought, I would recommend either overclocking or setting the boost clock as the static clock. I personally run 4.4Ghz @ 1.45V with the CPU changing voltage depending on the workload. I have also had luck running 4.0Ghz @ 1.26V. Both 100% stable and the 4.0Ghz static that I had luck with is 0.1V lower than the stock voltage, lowering temps and saving electricity along the way as well allowing the PC to run quieter.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanx, I appreciate the voltage to ghz setting cuz that's what I've been worried about getting wrong and possibly frying something lol

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Not how I would spend $600, but it's a very respectable do-whatya-gotta-do PC. +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanx, appreciate it

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a swanky looking case. +1.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanx, a Lil glitter spray paint and sticky gems go a long way lol

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. I don't think I've seen pink cases before.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Originally I wanted purple but I could only find 2 and they were ugly as sin. Found this and a few other pink ones on amazon but definitely a dig-around to find color

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Seems like it would take a lot of searching.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

pink sata cables? nice. lol

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanx :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Which version of the sims series do you play?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

1,2,3 :)

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup :)