Description

Hey All, This is my first build. Just wanted something affordable for a bit of gaming and multi tasking. My motherboard is not the Krait Edition, it's actually the "MSI 970A G43 Plus" but it doesn't show up on pcpartspicker. Other than that everything else is accurate. I got some decent rebates on stuff and ended up with a free bluray drive because a friend only needed it to install windows and let me have it afterwards. Went with the FX 6300 because of price and over-clockability. Currently have it OC'd to 4400Mhz for daily, but can get it up to 4900Mhz stable at about 55c under full load. Got a good deal on the GTX 950 OC'd version that runs about as good as a 960, Good price/performance ratio and pairs well with the FX 6300. I went with just a 240gb SSD because I don't keep much stored, just what I currently play. If it gets too full i can easily add another HDD. Runs great so far no issues with it. I get almost 200FPS in LOL on max settings, runs Rainbow Six Siege on Ultra with no lag, and it runs The Division on High with no issues at all. I'm very happy with what I got for under $600 with OS. Let me know what you guys think, I'll add more photos later

Part Reviews

CPU

Awesome CPU for the Price, best performance you can get under $100 and very over-clockable. Stock cooler and thermal is garbage, was hitting 70c before overclocking.

CPU Cooler

Great cooler, Had a little trouble installing took about 40 lbs of pressure to get both screws threaded thought i was going to destroy the Mobo or CPU but it works great after getting it on, cut my temps in half. Cooler is large barely fits in my case so make sure to measure

Storage

Solid SSD for cheap no issues, 10 second boot times :)

Video Card

Awesome GPU easy to install, looks good, runs great

Case

Good case, has decent cable management, side window is a bit too small and way too dark, glass is very tinted, had to buy a lighting kit to see anything in there.

Power Supply

Works, has a 3 year warranty $20

Case Fan

Nice looking fan, the fan blade design make the light look like lightning bolts, like the halo rings too, Could be brighter

Case Fan

Great fans, very quiet, very bright

Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Great looking build and I like the part choices :) wish I had MSi in NZ!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice and well-balanced build. I think a couple of the components like the cooling could have been improved significantly with different parts, but I'm guessing you were pretty determined on having a blue theme. Have you considered adding a cold-cathode UV light?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Congrats on your first build. It all goes downhill from here!
My only advice to you is not to push that board too hard in volts (970A G43 Plus) because it has an underbuilt VRM section and also does not have VRM cooling. A casual 4.4GHz at low volts should be just fine for 24/7 use though. Enjoy

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly, I'm not worried about the PSU here. The CX430 performs much better than the rest of the line and will be fine in a system like this which would use like 250w overclocked.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point
Yes, I have no arguments there. I defended some CX budget builds before. I just don't see myself overclocking an FX processor as much as OP did. It's a budget mid-gaming capable PSU but to some extent it does not mean let's go overclock like no tomorrow either. This is just personal preference. OP has it working, as long OP is content than alright with me.
  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Overclocking will be fine. He will not be pulling that much additional power from it. I would not hesitate to overclock that CPU on it. He won;t even be remotely close to 430w even when overclocked.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point
OK. :)
Who said to hesitate? Not I.
  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, looks great. The PSU is fine with parts you used.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree with tiny_voices. That PSU will be just fine. I think the PSU at http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=239 is the same one, and it is pretty solid.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point
I already know. I read johnyguru's reviews of the CX430w. No worries there. I never complained of its quality. Purpose wise for OC is just different view on my end. No need in convincing me. ;)