Description

My first build. I had a xion mid tower that I like and wanted to keep. So, aside from 2 case fans I gutted it. I was obviously on a budget. I'm not a gamer, use my pc for multimedia, surfing, office stuff. I wanted an intel cpu but not enough budget for an i7 so opted for the 3570. I don't overclock but bought the asus z77-a mobo because it was 100$ and gives me some ability to change my mind later. Seems like a good basic board but only comes with 2 Sata cables(in case anyone out there considers one) the ssd was purchased for my os and mostly because I didn't have to extend the budget a lot for the extra boot speed. As a first time builder cable management was a challenge. I tried numerous configurations trying to allow for airflow and general cleanliness(ate up a ton of zip ties trying to get something functional and reasonable looking). Thanks to everyone out there who's posted tech tidbits and especially those that have posted simple ways to partition ssd and hdd so they work the way you want them to( I'm sure I loaded windows half a dozen times before I got it right) Great experience, enjoyed building it, enjoyed the months of reading trying to figure my head from my a$$. Especially enjoyed pushing the power button and watching it flash up without a hitch:) I haven't been running it long enough to rate components but it seems to run well and is light speed compared to my 5 year old dual core set up.

Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Good job on the cables, especially considering this case leaves you pretty much no options. CX430 is just fine for this build, I'm sure you won't have any issues. I've run plenty of them on various systems and they're champs.

Cheers!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Top mounted psu is not something I like, it just doesn't feel right to me. Other than that, your build is pretty good and should hold out for a while, if you don't start gaming on it. If you start gaming, get a gpu. +1

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Case looks like it's 2005

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

The case probably is a 2005 or somewhere in there. A friend built my original in 2006 and then updated it about 5 years ago. The case flows air well enough and I still like it so I'll keep running it for awhile yet.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

You would've gotten better performance with a 4300/6300 and a 7770 at this price point.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya. I debated for a long time on whether or not to go amd or intel. Bottom line for the extra hundred bucks I opted for the workhorse. My last amd lasted about 2 years. My last intel setup went a good 5 before I scrapped it. Performance wise, with what I do, I doubt I'd notice a lot of difference between the two. Personal preference

  • 70 months ago
  • -1 points

Where do I start? The OS is good...hdd and sdd are good. The ram is really good. The processor is great and the MOBO isn't to bad. But, the one thing about this, is you can NEVER skimp out on the power supply. If your power supply fails because you cheaped out on it, it will kill everything else you've got. Then you've got to start over. Just a fact.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

There is nothing wrong with that psu for this build. He can't overclock and he doesn't have a gpu. Yes I know Corsair uses cheap Chinese caps on it but it will be fine for this build. It isn't like he got a RadiMax.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

You've got a point, but also, if he does ever upgrade for anything, he will probably need to upgrade the PSU. But yeah, your'e right, he won't need much for now.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Nothing wrong with corsair in itself, its just not very powerful but is fine for what hes using it for thats for sure.

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