Description

After 3 years of using a MacPro booted into Windows 7 through Bootcamp I was ready to build my first PC (hence the slightly-flashy case!). After some research and initially thinking of a cheaper build using an AMD CPU I went down this route with the i5-4670k to allow for a little bit more future flexibility and over-clocking options.

It's been a fantastic learning experience and most importantly I've realised certain aspects to building a PC that my research totally missed - space for cable management (not enough in the LEXA!), and the limit on SATA devices imposed by PSU and Motherboard connections.

Stock cooler and 430W PSU as I'm not intending to start overclocking yet.

It's a PC built for general use with a very large toe dipped into gaming waters. As far as my general use goes the first update to the build will be to at least double the memory, if not adding an additional 16GB. And for gaming the 7850 has been a great choice to start with, running most games at a native 1080p with settings on High or Ultra.

Additional notes: I've added all the drives that I already had but have installed in the case and it was a Pioneer DVR121LBK that I purchased and not the Samsung listed. All parts were purchases from Scan as I wasn't quite so price-sensitive and much preferred everything being delivered at once. Other than cable management I had no build problems (even for a first time), and although it didn't boot on first attempt at power-up re-plugging both the main motherboard power connection and the front panel connections resolved whatever wasn't connected correctly.

PS. Machine was completed early December 2013, totally loved it since. Long live the Master Race!

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

430w for all that? Wow

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  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

cheaped out on you PSU.... never cheap out on your PSU.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Corsair is one of the more reliable brands of "cheaper" power supplies. if you doesn't need much in your system, you really can't beat what the CX/Builder series offers.

  • 71 months ago
  • 0 points

Sorry for the misinterpretation, but for the amount of equipment it would have been nice to go with a larger supply is what i meant. You could have let go one hard drive for a much more powerful/efficient PSU. I'm sure once you start overcloking or going into crossfire you'll buy one... but right now there's no reason to, so for that matter +1.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

ah, in that case i agree. a 500W CX-series PSU is only about $10-$15 more and would easily have offered more flexibility. and besides; the price breakdown option suggests up to 375W would be the maximum power draw of everything within the system, assuming everything is accounted for at each component's advertised power draw.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool setup, for 4 HDDs 430W is cutting is close... If it were me i would either monitor my PC and see how many watts its actually using or just go for something safer like 500 or 650 watts, nice choice in everything else, with the CPU you got i would recommend trying an 220 EVO if you don't want to invest a lot and try a small overclock, the EVO is only about 30$ and just do proper research and overclocking wont really increase the wattage usage by a lot, it mostly changes the voltage.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

master race?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

No, Captain Chunk!

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