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Built the desktop for my nephew. First time ever building a computer and I was a little nervous. I don't know why because it was actually really easy and actually had fun. It took me about 2 hours because I was being really meticulous and double and triple checking everything. I tried my best to do wire management, I couldn't figure out how to cleanly route the 8-pin motherboard power plug.

Now I need to convince my fiance that I need a new computer so I can build myself one.

Comments

  • 76 months ago
  • 3 points

I like your fruits and veggies,

Good build too haha

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

hahaha, got to eat your fruits and veggies!

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build and are you gonna include an SSD in this build down the road?

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably not, I think the hard drive works fine for my nephew right now. Actually the system starts up fairly fast.

Although when I build my computer in the near future i will be including a SSD for the OS and a regular hard drive for everything else.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Dat power supply.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there something wrong with it?

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

No, the problem has nothing to do with how many Watts it is, although I probably would have gone with around 600 for this, they have to do with Corsair CX. For some reason, everyone has started hating CX because they're not top notch PSU, but I don't think it's that bad for $57.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I noticed that too... they're definitely not the best, but they're very acceptable for builds like this.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

cx powersupplies are becoming a similar circlejerk to having more than 8GB ram

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Similar, no doubt.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Corsair cx uses cheaper Chinese caps that are rated for much lower temps. They are good for sub 600 builds. But when your CPU/GPU/motherboard are almost that price by themselves it just makes sense to get a much better PSU like a seasonic, xfx, PC PC or corsair tx/hx/ax .

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, but it was a $57 power supply. I'd like to see you do better for that much.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

The point I'm trying to make is that if you are spending that much, you shouldn't being trying to cheap out on the power supply to make a budget. That being said, the xfx 550 watt and ocz mod stream 500 and ocz fatal1ty 550 watt are all much better quality psus and cheaper. The reason people get railed for using the corsair CX line is it is overpriced for what it is. There are much better psus in each price range isand if you spend a little more you'll get something top of the line like seasonic.

It's shortsighted to choose really good parts and cheap out on the power supply. Just because you can't benchmark a power supply doesn't mean you should just go for a cheaper one. The power supply is the most important part of a system, so it makes sense to do some research besides useless consumer reviews on them. The corsair CX uses cheaper Chinese caps and the current versions are based on an older cwt design. It would be like if Intel took its old sandy bridge i3 and relabeled it as an haswell i3 and marketed it to ill informed consumers. It's a good power supply if you aren't spending that much. But if you're spending a lot, it's just smarter to invest in a quality PSU and picking any of the ones I mentioned would be much better.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

There is nothing wrong with the power supply, people tend to get more watts like 600 or 750+ for some reason (even when all they needed were 500), i think it should work out for the build perfectly. I like the build but i would have went with different parts.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

ok cool, yeah it seemed like 500 watts was plenty.

different parts? in regards too?

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I would have went with the 3570K i think it is cheaper then the 4570 and if you ever wanted to get the thing overclocked, you could.. Hmm the motherboard brand isn't to my liking.. i had friends get bad really terrible service from these guys and finally i would have went with windows 8 but its all preference ;))

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

People tend to get 600+ watts for builds like this because the TDP counter in this site means Thermal Design Power, not power needed. So while the counter says TDP: 350, this means that 350 or so watts of energy need to be dissipated by the cooling systems. TDP does not equate to watts needed, and watts needed to power the system will often be higher than the TDP. While TDP is accurate to some degree, the tests companies use to calculate TDP involve running realistic uses of applications, not high intensity gaming like we often do on this site. Most people on this site will buy a 600W power supply for a build like this (and they should), but they don't know why they should.

In case what I said didn't make sense, Wikipedia Article.

TL;DR: The reason we buy 600+ watt PSU's for builds like this is to be safe.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Makes sense. At least PSU's are inexpensive. with so many out there, what is a sub 100$ 600 watt or so PSU that is good to get?

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like the Seasonic G and M12II series. This one is pretty good, but this one is better, and it's the PSU I have. All Japanese Caps, 80 Plus Gold, and no audible coil whine.

If you ever want to do some research on your own, here are a couple sources I use to critique PSU's if I can't get my hands on one:

EggXpert Tiered PSU List

RealHardTech

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea i totally understand

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Please read this ewood420........ You should move your graphic card up to the top red slot to get the full performance from it. Go back to NEWEGG and view the back side of the motherboard and you will see the difference. I'll bet the manual mentions this too. But even more importantly I hope you built this with your nephew as I did mine. It wasn't my first build but we had a blast. By the way.... good luck with your fiancé (congrats on that too).

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

good point I was wondering about that.. I'll do that next time i head over there.. thanks for the head up! +1

Yes I built it with him. We did have a blast... It was very rewarding at the end to see it complete and to see how excited he was to actually have a computer that can play his games.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

One last comment..... above the motherboard in the top corner of the case there is a rectangular opening where you can put the 8-pin through and then plug it in to the motherboard. Sometimes you need to separate the 8-pin into two 4-pins to push it through the opening. This is usually pretty tight going but it is much better than running this wire over the graphic card.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Good idea. I'll try that! +2

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Love that build. What brand of tomatoes are those? I was thinking of going with corsair ones but G.Skills usually makes better produce. Oh well

Matt.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

great clean build, as for your 8 pin cable was there not a top hole in the back to pull it thought up there otherwise a hand tip is to get those 3M sticky strips and use them to around.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

How much fps in games?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

What CPU cooler did you use?