Description

This is my first ever PC build. I'm mainly using it for gaming, recording video, editing/rendering video and audio, and producing.

My budget was about $1000, and the main thing I wanted from it aside from what it could do was that it had to be quiet (no windows or LEDs here).

It runs almost everything I throw at it at maximum settings, native resolutions, with the exception of less optimized titles (Arma II, anybody?).

The reason I went with the 1 x 8GB RAM is because it came bundled with my mobo for free. If need be I can just buy another stick of the 8GB, although the system runs fine with this config, the only practical application I could see to justify having 16GB of RAM would maybe be for rendering video, although I don't think there'd be much real-world difference.

The cable management is pretty sloppy, I'll admit. Once I get a CPU cooler (which is a low priority for me right now) I'll probably hook up the fan controller, freeing up some clutter over the mobo in terms of wires.

The SSD drive works fantastic - my computer boots in less than 10 seconds, and as of now, I can't foresee any problems with having it only be a 64GB drive. I've filled it to about half capacity less than a week after building it, but I don't think I'll need to fill it with anything else.

The other thing I was worried about when I was building this was the PSU - after purchasing it, I began to hear people saying that 430W wasn't enough to power this thing. But PCPartPicker clocked in my system at 311 volts, and I used another website to calculate it, and although I don't have as much headroom as I would like, it's still a solid choice.

Overall, I'm extremely happy with this machine, I spent a lot of time going over other people's builds and choosing parts to fit my needs, and in the end I worked for about a month to be able to afford all the parts.

Changes I might make in the future are obviously getting rid of the stock heatsink in exchange for an after-market CPU cooler, replacing the stock Fractal case fans in favor of some Corsair or Noctua silent fans, and moving my HDD to somewhere with more airflow (it can get warm, which is concerning for me).

Comments

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

Pull the slack of the cables behind the tray. That way you won't have as much cable in the case. For example look at your PCI cables, you could pull those a bit tighter and neaten things up.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Once I get a new CPU cooler it'll give me an excuse to spend a while to actually get this case looking neat (unplugging all wires and getting them so they don't overlap, etc).

Thanks for the feedback though

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem, you routed your cables properly though. You just didn't pull the slack of the cables to tighten them up.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Since your getting a new cooler it seem like you might overclock. That psu is not going to be enough for any overclocking, so be sure to upgrade beforehand. Also the Hyper 212 evo is a great budget cooler. Not bad though, I would personally get another stick of RAM for dual channel. After all, the first one was free anyway right?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

You don't think it'll be enough? I have ~100 watts of headroom, maybe a bit less. Although I certainly don't want to risk it.

In either case, that was the CPU cooler I was looking at, and the one I'll get, as long as it's quiet.

My thoughts on the RAM exactly. I was a bit bummed to find out that it was only 1 stick of 8, but since it was free, I'll upgrade to 16GB for dual channel... Although I'm not sure what performance differences I'll see. 16GB of RAM seems like overkill to me.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Your psu isn't going to just blow up if it doesn't have the wattage you need. Normally they just shut off, however it is possible for them to blow up if they are very low quality.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes 16gb is definitely overkill for gaming, but it might help with video editing etc. Its the dual channel that will help. But keep in mind its not a huge increase, I only mentioned it because you already got 1 stick free and dual channel is faster. But ya, I definitely wouldn't risk it with that psu. Overclocked parts can draw alot of power at load.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought that same mobo. Same thing happened to me on the memory. Ended up buying another stick for dual channel.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you gotten any noticeable boosts to render speeds or any other RAM-intensive tasks? If it made a difference for you I'll definitely put another stick on my to-do list.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

To be honest I ordered the extra RAM as soon as I noticed I only had the one stick. So I only ran for a couple days before I put in the extra RAM.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

The cx430 is a good psu, but it's not a great one. It uses cheaper chinese caps. If you weren't overclocking you'd be ok, but if you overclock your cpu and gpu, you would be cutting it too close for comfort. For a system like this, I would recommend at least 500W from seasonic, xfx, the corsair ax/tx/hx series or PCPC.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I'll probably buy a new PSU and CPU cooler together. Thanks for the input though, I'll probably go with the Corsair as I like their products and they're not too expensive.