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So I built this PC for my son (he paid for all of it). I am very, very happy with the way it turned out.

I'm actually quite pleasantly surprised with the performance of the Hyper TX3 as well. Granted, not an unlocked SKU, but still seeing sub 30 degree temps while idle, and staying around 55 under load.

1080p/1440p gaming is a breeze, and at this price point, you really can't beat the 960 with 4 GB of vRAM. The case is incredible in terms of ease of build and cable management. I would HIGHLY recommend anyone that is looking for the best performance, under $1K, consider building this machine. (Perhaps with an SSD, that's all I would've done differently if it were my build)

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  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

It looks good. A nice setup for the price range.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

good build, i'm thinking of going for a i5 6500 and a gtx 960 combo as well.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I would highly recommend it. I used the i5 6600K and this same GPU in my own rig (you can see it in my completed builds) and I am very, very happy with it. I would look to Amazon when buying the 960, because there is some weird stuff going on over there. I managed to find the 4GB, SSC edition from EVGA for $189. About a $20 discount, and it is the exact same card I used in my build that I paid $205 for.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, sorry the desc. said $209! Sorry for the confusion!

(BTW: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-100384nt4goc2l)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

This rig is dying for an SSD, it would make the overall build more solid!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes but it is a budget build. So for the price range that they were trying to do here it is not that bad.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

For 40 bucks, a kingston 120gb SSD is always a great option. Would recommend the upgrade.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes but that is really small capacity. I would say 250 minimum.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

If you are talking about the V300, it is terrible. The new drives have crappy flash that slows down as it is filled, and has a higher failure rate.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

It's also dying for a better PSU.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

what is wrong with the psu in this build? I am working on my first trying to get ideas of some does and don'ts.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

http://www.legitreviews.com/nzxt-hale82-v2-550w-white-psu-review_128393/4

A sleeve-bearing fan. Probably won't hold up too well with time. Group regulation, the old and cheap method that hurts performance with unbalanced loads. The reviewer didn't crossload test, and it's better to be safe and avoid it in case if any rail's voltages go crazy. In fact, the 700w version's 12v rail (powers CPU, GPU, more) went slightly below spec in crossload 2. The secondary capacitors are Su'scon, who is known for, well, sucking. The power supply also has a short list of protections in comparison to that of good power supplies. The 700w model, which should be very similar to this 550w since it's the same platform, doesn't even offer overtemperature protection, and neither does this one. Remember the sleeve bearing fan I mentioned? The fan goes out, and the thing kills itself because it can't shut off.

Just modified an old comment of mine. A little dramatic, but it still works I guess.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

My son had $750 to spend, and this was obviously the best price to performance for his needs. He doesn't require an SSD, because he isn't hung up on read/write speed, and loading times like we enthusiasts are. Not saying that an SSD won't end up being tossed in here in the future, but for what he was looking for, this is perfection.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Should run top titles but not at full hd graphics

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it will. 960 runs almost anything at 1920x1080 at 60 fps

Source: I had one.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah true further titles in the future if they advance maybe knocking a down a few frames but today's games it will run just fine with good picture.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Also... Nice build!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

For reference (my son is into earlier shooters, CS:Source, CS:GO, COD 4, COD MW2, etc.) and at the highest settings, he is seeing 75-150 fps. It performs really, really well. We also threw a couple newer titles on it just for gigs, and it handled those no problem as well. Fallout 4, highest settings, ~80 fps. GTA V, highest settings, ~50-75 fps. He is using an old Acer, 1080p, 60 hZ monitor, and it is perfect for what he was looking for.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Hm maybe that I'm using a tv may affect me but those are nice frames

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Build looks great! I was going to comment about the PSU being bad quality but then saw that it is the V2 version, which is still not "great" but not as terrible as I thought it was.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, you can beat the 960 at that price point because I do believe the XFX R9 380x is 209.99, and performs better. Other than that, solid part choices! +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought the same thing, but found the 4GB EVGA 960 on Amazon for $189. That's why we chose it. Should've put that in the description of the build. It was odd, because there were two listings on Amazon for the EVGA 4GB 960, one of them was $204.99 and the other $189. Exact same card at about a $20 discount.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

That makes for one happy son, well done :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

what monitor?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

He is using an Acer 1080p monitor he had with his old computer. Not great, but not terrible either.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe try this AMD alternative: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wg7myc

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Why in the world would I want to use an AMD alternative? A.) It's already built. B.) AMD is releasing new products (finally) later this year. IF I was going to build an AMD rig, it certainly wouldn't be now...

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for commenting, won't happen again. It was just meant for people that want to do your build, sorry for suggesting.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

btw I admire your lighting and case choice, I bet your son is very happy with his pc

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

He is VERY happy with it actually :)

We are planning on adding an LED kit, because the blue LEDs were just some junk ones I had laying around. Going to grad a kit with 2 strips and a remote control and everything. I will add pictures once it is all setup.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

is the motherboard working all right ??

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

Motherboard is working flawlessly. The size of it was weird, and required me to move around standoffs from the normal ATX configuration, but aside from that it works as expected.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

are you sure about the 1440p? cause i have a 980 ti and even with that its still a bit rough on 1440p.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Plays 1440p just fine. Getting about 35-60 fps depending on the title.. That's this card's sweet spot really. You're not going to get any 4K out of it, but it plays 1440p without issues

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Does anyone know if I ould i replace the case with a deepcool tesseract?

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