Description

This started because my apartment flooded and ruined my Lenovo desktop that was 5 years old. I never owned a nice gaming computer and I started pricing some on IBUYPOWER and Bestbuy. My wife and I agreed upon a budget so I wanted the most I could get out of that budget and decided to build one myself. I researched parts for a few weeks before I purchased any of my items.

I took me about 6 hours to put it all together, load the os and update the drivers. I was being overly cautious on everything. I originally bought a Raidmax power supply, but it turned out to be junk. I exchanged it for the one I have listed below. The cooling system and wire management were the two most time consuming parts of the project. On the cooling system I had a difficult time lining up the screws. The wire management I kept finding better ways to wire my components. This being my first build it was easier than I thought it would be and my brother is asking me to build him one already.

I haven't tested the system out fully yet so I can't give a adequate recommendation on any of the parts but I've been happy with it so far.

Let me know what you think.

Comments

  • 69 months ago
  • 3 points

I think that this build is pretty nice, with the exception of the PSU. I don't mean to offend, but that PSU is also junk. As overrated as 80+ is, it's still important to look for it, and most PSUs without any 80+ certification are simply junk. Why a large manufacturer like CM would make such a crap PSU still baffles me; just take it from me that everything in their Extreme Power lineup is garbage. You can look it up.

For that price, you can get a Seasonic G series or a Rosewill Capstone, some of the best budget 80+ gold units out there. A 550W unit will serve you just fine, if you want you can step it up to a 650W if you feel the need to future-proof. Trust me, even an bronze, cheap, entry-level unit like the CX600M will get you waaayyyyy farther than that CM piece of junk. Never skimp on power supplies.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the advice! I didn't do my research on the psu and that clearly shows. After the Raidmax fan stopped working I didn't want to wait around on a new psu to arrive so I went to Frys and this appeared to be my best option for my price range.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Why the additional LAN port?

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Thought it would be beneficial for a project I have down the road.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build dude! Just a quick question:

May be a bit hard to explain butt, how much pressure would you say that you need to click. I just prefer not pressing to hard because clicking sooner would be better. U NO?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Thoughts on motherboard? recommend?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

why does this case needs case fans? isn't it has good airflow?