Description

Initially built this computer about a year ago (Black Friday 2013) , hence some of the high prices, however just upgraded it this past black Friday (2014) so I decided I would post here to see how I did... ?

Recent upgrades/not parts from original build include the Liquid Cooler, extra case fan, new thermal paste and the mouse, which I bought a couple months back because the one I had stopped working. ALSO just ordered a R9280 due to major problems with my gtx 660. The PSU is ugly but works wonderfully. HDD is a little slow, but nothing worth complaining about. Love the RAM. And mobo offers everything I need.

Solid benchmarks, despite GPU problems, on med to high setting in games like Tomb Raider, Batman Origins , Dragon Age Inquisition and Borderlands Pre-sequel.

Affordable as I was in high school without a job when I first built it. So how'd I do as a highschooler?

Comments

  • 62 months ago
  • 5 points

I'd replace that PSU ASAP. They have been known to explode and take out other parts. Other wise nice build, and good job on the wires!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I mean.. he did already have the PSU for about a whole year and apparently nothing happened so maybe he got the luck of the draw?

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

This makes no sense. Just because it hasn't exploded doesn't make it a miraculously good power supply.

The ZX-500 was the latest Gutless Wonder to be reviewed by OklahomaWolf, and also made the Lemon List on johnnylucky, so there are no if, ands or buts here; this is an atrocious joke of a power supply. The 500W version cannot deliver 500W properly so I would bet that the 700W version of the same platform would not deliver 700W.

Also if OP is planning to replace the GTX 660 with the R9 280, which has quite a bit higher power draw, he should probably replace the PSU before putting in the card to avoid the catastrophic demise of his computer.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Now that you mention it I was playing Inquisition for few hours and my computer rebooted out of the blue.... didnt think much of it at the time but that was obviously a problem with the PSU. Prior to that, I had had no problems with Coolmax, but when researching I somehow overlooked all the bad reviews. Thanks for the heads up! And any recommendations for an upgrade with 600-700W?

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Almost anything by SeaSonic is good, and the EVGA SuperNova G2 750w is a really good unit from what I've heard.

Link to the EVGA: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-220g20750xr

Other than that, not a bad build! After your GPU upgrade, you'll have a system better than my current rig (i5-4430, HD 7870, and 8GB of RAM), which can max out most anything :)

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Seasonic SSR-650M: The G Series is a very good budget Gold unit. The platform is obviously not top-notch Seasonic like KM3 or XP3 but is DC-DC. No problems with this one, and you will find no problems with its price tag either.

Rosewill Capstone 650M: The Capstones are pretty good. They're based off of Super Flower's Golden Green platform.

EVGA G2 750: Now here's the big one. EVGA's G2 750 and 850 are pretty much untouchable. Gold, fully modular, and Super Flower's Leadex platform makes these two THE dynamic duo of 2014 for price-performance in the PSU market. Only a little bit more expensive than the G or Capstone-M usually are. If you can spare $120 but do not want to spend upwards of $140, definitely do buy this one.

EVGA B2 750: If you want to save a bit of money, this is a good choice, and along with the B2 850 are the only good Bronze units that EVGA has. The 500B/600B cut a lot of corners (they aren't Gutless Wonders though), and the B1 750W is a pretty bad PSU. The B2 750 is also SF Golden Green, but just at Bronze instead of Gold efficiency. In terms of overall quality and longevity, the B2 750 is far superior to the likes of the CX600M and CX750M from Corsair.

XFX XTR 650W: This is based off of the SSR-650RM (all XFX units are Seasonic-based), and is pretty much identical except that it is fully modular. Pretty good, but not Leadex good and is usually the same price as the G2 750, making the G2 the better buy.

Corsair AX 760: This might be a bit out of your budget, but Platinum is quite nice. Is based off of Seasonic's XP2 760W. Impeccable performance in voltage regulation and ripple.

Seasonic SS-660XP2 and SS-760XP2: Seasonic's smaller Platinum PSUs. As with 99% of Seasonic's other products, XP2's performance is outstanding. If you can, definitely opt for these or Corsair's AX760/860.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy crap! I had no idea, thanks for the heads up... I will look into it.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Tick Tock Tick Tock Tick Tock.. BOOOOM 986 DOLLARS WORTH OF PARTS GO DOWN WITH THE COOLMAX CURSE!

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

i love seeing terrorist computer's on this site

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I have that cheap monitor on the left. I have it hooked up to an old dell with 2 gigs of ram. I just use it to play spotify and youtube videos with a Radeon 6450.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah atm im not using dual monitors, but i replaced the one in that pic with one of those 21 inch stock dell monitors matches my main monitor way better along with being wide screen.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

That's cool, see if your video card could do 3 monitor setup. It's beautiful with 24 inch LG TVs. If you ever get that much money of course.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

You could've gotten cheaper ram for a better cpu or gpu. Wd blue hdd performs better than red and costs less. Get an ssd

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah i know i should have put some of that ram money towards a better cpu like fx8350 and i did just upgrade my GPU, but can someone explain the benefit of getting an SSD? I mean i know they are alot faster and stable than HDDs and can make your pc boot up in seconds, but isnt that only if your OS is installed on them? In which case i already installed on the Red HDD and feel like i will screw up my all my files and data my uninstalling the OS and reinstalling on another drive..not to mention they are expensive

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Why the PSU and VideoCard for a near $1000 PC?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Too all those who care, I just upgraded my PSU to and got anAntec HCG 620m! No more potential coolmax curse :)

My build as it is now!