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Built this PC after having a decent enough laptop, but wanted to play better games. The part list has parts cheaper because i managed to find some really good parts and components on gum tree or eBay.

Total cost was £878.60 but the ACTUAL cost of buying everything online (at retail price) was taking me over £1000!

:)

I chose to go with an all black and white build, as it suited my room. i do not have a monitor, as im using this in my living room, connected directly to my 48" Samsung LED TV.

i also took apart the graphics card and painted the back-plate white, as i felt that the plain black one didn't stand out as much. also, as you can see from the pictures, i decided to order some white extension sleeves, so that it would look even more appealing.

feel free to give me a better name than king krait lol. first thing that came to mind.

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a very clean, smooth white build! Although I probably would have gone with a different PSU with what you're running, what you did with your backplate is very creative! +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

PSU is not a good idea considering the quality of the rest of your parts

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

awesome build, would upgrade the PSU later on because corsair CS and CX series PSUs are not the most reliable...

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers for the PSU advice. I actually got it in a bundle with the guy selling the CPU and the HDD. Got all 3 for £180.

Any advice on which PSU to get in the future?

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

I wouldn't wait at all. It's not alone the power supply is poor quality but you're also putting a lot of stress with it in a build like that. Not only could it fail, but it could also harm other components. You absolutely nailed the build, so you don't want this.

EVGA 750w B2 only 65$ on Amazon right now. [b]Power Supply:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-110b20750vr]EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply[/url] ($64.99 @ Amazon) [b]Total:[/b] $64.99 [i]Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available[/i] [i]Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-04 12:33 EST-0500[/i]

This even higher quality EVGA GQ 650w for 70 dollars: [b]Power Supply:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-210gq0650]EVGA 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply[/url] ($69.99 @ Amazon) [b]Total:[/b] $69.99 [i]Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available[/i] [i]Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-04 12:34 EST-0500[/i]

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for all the info. I'll look into changing the PSU. Just to be clear, is the wattage the problem? Or the make/brand?

I'm in the UK, so the prices you've provided aren't the same here, so ill look around, but I wanted to know the exact reason the PSU is no good.

If it's the wattage, could I upgrade to the cx600m or the evga 600b?

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

In this case, It's both wattage and quality. The CX600 uses weak capacitors and is not built to with-stand power usage of a gaming system. If you go to Corsair's site they even say the CX is not meant for gaming builds. The EVGA 600B is also quite wack when it comes to this, the price should indicate that. An experienced PC-builder will tell you that power supply's simply can't be cheaped out on. There are only a handful of good/recommended power supplies below 80 quids. So this is a suggestion for UK:

[b]Power Supply:[/b] [url=http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-220g20650y1]EVGA SuperNOVA G2 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply[/url] (£74.99 @ Amazon UK) [b]Total:[/b] £74.99 [i]Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available[/i] [i]Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-05 12:40 GMT+0000[/i]

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

so im looking to get the SuperNOVA NEX750B @ £67. is this ok?

i also added an extra GTX 980 to my list to ensure that the website give me an estimated wattage if i ever decide to SLI (futureproofing). was around 561w.

would you recommend this PSU?

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

NO. Perhaps look into this PSU Tier list: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/id-2547993/psu-tier-list.html

For SLI GTX 980, take a look into tier 1 or tier 2 at most. So whatever you do, pick one from tier 2 or higher And atleast 850 watts or more for SLI GTX 980 by the way. It's important and necessary as It's about the amount of amps on the 12v rail.

You want SLI GTX 980, so why you trying to get like a cheap as possible power supply? You want superb, over the moon, quality PSU and nothing else.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Change the PSU.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

great build. BAD PSU. It's not horrible, in that it isn't a power-supply shaped explosion waiting to happen, but the CX's react badly to temps over 40C ambient, and tend to heat fail

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

definitely looking into changing the PSU, as it seems their is resounding agreement against it. im just wondering (and suprised) why its so high up the PC Part pickers most popular list, with 4.5 stars?

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Reason: Popularity. Corsair has managed to become an incredibly popular brand and you could say they abuse this power to make cheap-as-possible power supplies and then selling them because everyone buys them anyway. These are the people who usually don't do research and just assume that, because It's popular, It's good and reliable. Perhaps It's a trend to buy one. However a trending items isn't always good, you could base this on far more things that have trended in the past not necessarily related at all to computers.

I'm not saying Corsair is bad, they have good parts but these cost far more than these Corsair CX power supplies. They're just smart enough to list the CX as ''Good for office use, and for nothing else''. They imply themselves that this PSU isn't for systems that have good amount of power draw like a gaming system, yet too many don't notice. Not even a bunch of enthusiasts. Power supply is too often the weakness of many PC builders and still is today.

In some countries, the Corsair CX 430 is good value for an entry-level system. You know, a light one like i3+GTX 950.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you buy your gpu second hand,I'm looking into buying used but worried it might be faulty,have any tip when buying used graphic cards @mramji

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I found my gpu on gumtree, from someone selling it. i went round and it turned out that it was new, and that he (like many people) just has a business. it came in the box with all paperwork. he just took a little bit more off the price s the box was open. it was just to check that the GPU was working corectly.

could've got a new, unopened, box for £300, but i trusted the guy, who gave me his contact and also had other various parts for sale.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

PSU changed to the EVGA 850w G2.

but something has now gone wrong. my pc wont boot windows 10 from the SSD. it was working completely fine up til now.

just comes up with the error message to reboot and select proper boot device...

the SSD is clearly recognised, and i can see it through the BIOS. ive even disconnected the HDD to ensure that its only booting from the SSD, and also made sure that its in the right slot as well as the 1st boot priority, even tried to manual override boot from the bios, and still nothing.

posting this on the forum also, but any help would be appreciated.

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