Description

This is my second build. I enjoyed my first build way to much, that after I parted with my first build, I ordered the parts for my next that same weekend. My first build was a good quality entry level build; however this time I wanted to focus on building for the cheapest price while still maintaining a good gaming experience.


CPU: I wasn't going for much fluff with this build so 4 cores I figured was enough. It works just fine, but I think it may be a bottleneck. My benchmarks seem to suffer compared to my last build while gaming is still holding strong as I'll discuss later. Overall good CPU but not much oomph

Motherboard: I really didn't enjoy working with this board. First off, pcpartpicker SAID that the board had a usb 3.0 header and I have no compatability issues, yet it does not have it. I only saved $5 by picking this board over one I was farmiliar with and I had to spend that $5 on an adapter to be able to use the front usb. Also this board does not have a UEFI bios which I would have liked. Also struggled trying to get into the bios, turns out I had to hold the key until it pops up. The board functions no problem, but if there is a better option within 10 bucks, pick the better option its not worth the savings.

Memory: What can I say? 8 Gb of memory for under $40 with a heat spreader, nothing wrong with that. I do think the gold clashes with the color scheme.

HDD: Good price. Nothing wrong

GPU: Looks good. Didn't spend that much time testing games graphics this time. It does run 30fps at 1080p on high settings and up. Switching to 720p made no difference in fps whatsoever. It does get pretty darn hot at 70C during benchmarks, but sits at 60C during games. The fan does not get too unbearable but a little loud. All around though, a very good entry level card for a tight budget.

Case: Nice to work with. Hard drive mounting scheme was pleasant - for a budget case. It took some wiggling but not the worst. I think it can fit four 3.5" drives and one 2.5" drive totaling 5 drives. Cable management was pretty good. I was even able to run my cables through the back panel, which can be a tight fit with this size of case. I have the rest of the cables tucked in the expansion bays. Aesthetics are great. I didn't think I'd enjoy the mesh front that sticks out but it looks good and I like the removable fan filter.

PSU: Corsair CX, decent budget power supply for a great price, used it before will use it again


The build was frustrating this time around, but I'd attribute most of that to the motherboard which I plan on avoiding in the future. Overall the build was a good test of the low end of budget gaming.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

This board does NOT have a usb 3.0 header. Functions fine, but I did not enjoy building with it. Pick another motherboard if you have the option

Comments

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

+1, reason being that my name is Maxwell.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Haven't seen the 4300 used in a while, any reason for it over the 6300? If you can, upgrade the PSU to either a CXM or anything from EVGA. The CX series has a notorious rep for long term reliability, I myself owning one of those in the past. :(

Other than, pretty robust build. +1

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I too would replace the PSU with a quality unit. Not a CXM though. They are the same as the CX just modular.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice looking build! Out of curiosity why did you not go with an 860k?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I only looked into ITX boards with the 860k and those had needed bios updates, so I gave up that search. If I had broadened my search I definitely would have made that change. Thanks I'll keep it in mind for next time

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

You should have bumped up to micro ATX. It really isn't that much bigger!

Not a bad looking build though!

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Doh! Forgot about that. Whoops

Anyways, thanks!

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  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

This is actually his second build, but the gesture is still the same

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