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The Church Mouse

by Norm101

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3.6GHz

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Little, inexpensive build for a local church whose machine took an hour to load up Word. :)

Case is a good deal at $20. Though it is a little flimsy and has quite a few sharp points. Cut myself on a couple of them. I probably didn't need the second fan, but the case only had one exhaust and I figured it couldn't hurt. Only 92mm fans. Cable management was a real challenge with the case, but it didn't kill me.

I know the PSU isn't great, but I got it on sale for $20, so I couldn't beat the price.

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RyneSmith 7 Builds 5 points 23 months ago

Nice build for the budget!

Norm101 submitter 3 Builds 3 points 23 months ago

Thanks. :)

shapaza 2 Builds 4 points 23 months ago

Is the Corsair CX430 really not that great? I have a couple of budget builds in mind that use it. I thought Corsair made good PSUs

Norm101 submitter 3 Builds 4 points 23 months ago

Not all PSUs are made by those by whom they are branded. Some of the best Corsair PSUs are made by Seasonic. I don't know who actually manufactures the CX series. But there can be some significant differences based on series.

I think the price point makes a big difference here. This was $40 and I got a $20 rebate. To me, this made it very much worth it.

DjArtifact 3 points 23 months ago

There are better for the price, the cx is much lower quality compared to other Corsair PSUs.

Norm101 submitter 3 Builds 3 points 23 months ago

I agree, except with such a dramatic rebate, being 50% off.

Scaroza 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Can you list a better option for $20?

DjArtifact 4 points 23 months ago

Of course not, he got a great deal on it but the cx430 is usually not $20. At the typical price of the cx430 you could get a EVGA 500B.

Norm101 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

I don't know of any.

Scaroza 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

That's because there aren't any, at $20 this PSU is an absolute steal.

kulmnar 2 points 23 months ago

The CX series of power supplies is NOT guaranteed to provide their rated wattage at anything above 30 celcius...whereas the TX series are guaranteed to provide their rated wattage at up to 50 degrees celcius.

SEWComputers 4 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

They are fantastic for the price. Relatively silent, and provides clean power. It may not be the best one available, but honestly at that price point, you aren't looking for the best, are you?

Scaroza 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Good for the money but you should be spending a bit more and getting something like an XFX 450/550w. Having said that, for builds without a GPU such as this, a CX 430 is ample and will be far better than anything in a £250 pre-built.

Radio_Memories 6 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

I bought a Corsair CX430M modular power supply from Newegg a few months ago for $42.49 less a $20 rebate, so for $22.49, I got a good modular power supply for one of my lower end build, and 430 watts is more than enough to run everything.

I think the quality is great on this 430 watt power supply. It runs very quiet, and looks good too. The flat black cabling is a plus.

Nothing wrong with low end power supplies, as long as it comes from a well known manufacturer like Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, etc.

DjArtifact 4 points 23 months ago

took an hour to load up Word

Damn, I'm sure they're ecstatic about this PC then.

Norm101 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

They will be once I deliver it. I only finished it a few hours ago. They are going to be very excited. :)

LibanPC 2 points 23 months ago

what a awesome budget build

Norm101 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Thank you. Despite the challenges, it was a great fun.

timmyd 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

Now that's a great budget build! There's no way your church could have bought a system like that off the self for under $300. Kudo's to you!

Gooberdad 3 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

Shoot I like it!

Zeus 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago

Nice job with the cable management! Should put an ssd in there to really amaze the churchfolk

Norm101 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

Thanks. Their budget wouldn't support an SSD. That WOULD have blown their minds though.

DonutDefector 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

Wow! Nice under $300 build. I wonder if you could make a gaming PC based on this, that would be awesome.