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Here's my first little build, I tried to fit all of the things I needed to do inside of my $700 budget and this is what I came up with. It's primarily used for gaming, the only problem I had with this is that it was really hard to slip the connectors into the I/O shield. It currently needs a name so please leave a suggestion in the comments.

Intel Core i5-4430: Quad core processor clocked at 3.0GHz for just $99.99.

Asus H81I-PLUS: It had all of the features I needed by a brand I like.

Patriot Viper 3: A single stick to leave room for upgrades.

Western Digital BLACK SERIES: Hard drive, store OS.

PNY GeForce GTX 770: I found it for $279.99 on TigerDirect and I took it.

Cooler master Elite 130: Found it for $34.99 at Microcenter.

Corsair CX600M: I needed a reliable 80+ Bronze power supply with modular cables.

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro: $10, can't pass it up.

AF120: Gotta' make it look nice.

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Comments

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! What was it like building in the 130?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Building in the 130 wasn't much of a challenge, a bit tedious when you have to install the I/O shield but overall, it went very smoothly.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Great component selection!

Positives

1) You actually understand that you don't need an OC'd i7 with a liquid cooling to not bottleneck mid-life graphics card upgrade! Too many $1000 builds here use GTX 760's with Corsair H105 liquid CPU coolers. Talk about putting $1000 rims on a $1000 car!

2) Your 600W PSU is enough, even though it's not made by a top PSU manufacturer.

3) PNY is a solid NVidia manufacturer.

Areas to improve

4) Seasonic is worth the extra money. But I almost didn't mention this since you got a 600W PSU and Corsair is no Raidmax.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the comment Jane, originally I wanted to get a SeaSonic power supply like this one http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-m12ii620bronze but since I bought most of my parts locally, I had to settle on the CX600M.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

The CX600 is a tier 4 or 3 power supply can't remember. So It's not good.. I'd actually say you should've gotten another one.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

The CX is a tier 3 power supply. It's not all that bad, it's fine to recommend CX500M and CX600M for budget builds, CWT =/= Raidmax.

You got it at a great price, but I would have personally gotten a Capstone or G series 550W for $80. That is, if you care about Haswell Sleep compatibility (the CX600 is probably not Haswell certified because it's not DC-DC) and efficiency as well as the quality of the power supply.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I've seen the horrors of CX430-500-600 upclose and personal it's not pretty. A cx600 once fried a 770 and a i7 completely, And I've seen a cx430 burst into flames, not even under very high load. Reason being it has only 85C rated caps... Compared to high quality 105c caps that high quality psu uses..

It's not a great power supply, you can get much better power supply for 10-30 dollars more. And Yes It is worth it. Anything that uses a high end grapiccards and generally anything over 270 and 760 shouldn't be using a cx power supply. Except the 750 it's actually decent.

Read this, it might change the way you feel about it: http://www.overclock.net/t/1431436/why-you-should-not-buy-a-corsair-cx

The cx power supplys is fine for office/low power/load pcs but anything that can draw a bit of power is not a good idea.

and NEVER overclock with a cx power supply. Never ever... It's blow them up.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't want to get agro or anything defending my point of view, but you should probably do some more reading on JonnyGuru. TPU is good also, but most of the time they lack variety and models.

This is a budget build. And the CX600M is a budget PSU. It's not Raidmax, but it's not Super Flower either. The majority of the time, it'll get the job done, but there are a lot of people who think that CX is doable for overclocking. It most definitely isn't. It's not DC-DC either, so a lot of people get the misconception that the CX600 can deliver 600W on its 12V rail. It can't. It's a lowly CWT Bronze platform.

That's why I recommended that he have gone with a Seasonic G or Rosewill Capstone. Both Seasonic's budget gold platform and Super Flower's in the Capstone are in a totally different category than the CX. This is why I hate many of Corsair's products. They use their brand name to sell really ****** PSUs and SSDs. If ignorant buyers would look up from the Corsair logo to examine the other options, they would realize that a SSR-550RM simultaneously destroys the CX600M, CS550M and RM550 in terms of price-performance, performance and reliability.

Feel free to correct me, but I really don't think that PNY will go anywhere in terms of overclocking. Not to mention that he has one drive with a i5-4430. This is mITX, and unless the user has a custom loop or at least a AIO he/she shouldn't be experimenting with overclocking in a small form factor regardless.

Still, there's no reason to generalize about Corsair power supplies. CX caters to the budget crowd, and as long as they aren't stressed too much, they'll do just fine. You have to remember that even though the 85°C bulk cap in the CX600M is pretty anemic in terms of uF and °C, it's still a Jap cap. Just because some PSUs use 105°C caps doesn't mean they're of high quality; it's the Taiwanese vs. Japanese cap argument again, and the japanese caps are always better. So a Teapo 105°C might not be all that much better than a 85°C from Panasonic.

An alternate option would have been the Antec HCG-M 520 and 620 and the XFX Core Edition 550W (now the TS550), but those are the respectively the M12II and S12II platforms from Seasonic; good caps but very dated design and not exactly stellar in terms of performance. Caps don't mean everything.

Moral of the story: don't buy Corsair CX for overclocking, and don't buy them if your estimated wattage is over 400W.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

how did you get the OS for 10$?

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

I know as a college student my college offers windows 8.1, windows 7, Office 2013, office 2010 and a lot of other software for free to all students.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

those prices are just beautiful....

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, It took me a while to find prices like that, I gradually got the parts sale by sale over a process of 2 months.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

You can defininetly tell! Great work +1

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

No-frills Battlebox?

I mean, that's all it is right?

Good build!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

No-one else has mentioned it but you said that is your first build? If so I will give +1 for cable management. My first build is pretty much same and a mess. All that space you have from front fan to MB so jealous. I initially had an optical drive but removed it (who uses OD now?) and shoved all my cables in that drive space. These semi modular PSUs lure you in thinking its gonna be easy but you still end up using all sockets. Damn you am now gonna have to go back into mine again to tidy it up more.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

:P

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it just me or the PSU is upside-down ? :/

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

If I remember correct instructions SUGGEST for air cooled CPU then PSU fan facing out of case to drag clean air in and for liquid cooled psu fan facing in box to help with airflow inside. I tried both and can't say I noticed a difference. It's nice touch by coolermaster though have the reversible design and can help with cabling especially with big graphics cards.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

yes!! the PSU and the cpu heatsink are now fighting for air as both are intaking, it should only be this way if using a water cooler.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I see... that makes sense. :)

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Very good prices. The only thing I would of changed like others said is the PSU, and also get dual channel memory instead of a single 8GB stick. 2x4GB ram would be faster and it's also cheaper.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

for $700 dollars this is incredible! most people would end up spending around $1000 for these compnents

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Snap on the motherboard :-P nice build. +1

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

GTX 770 on a 700 dollar budget. O_o +1

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

from where did u get these things ? prices so good to be true

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I went price hunting for around 2 months and it treated me well.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you get the CPU used? I've never seen an i5 that low...

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I got it brand new, I pricematched it from frys.com at Staples for $99.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice choice for the card! 279 is a hell of a price for a 770. Nice build

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

where did u get dat gpu?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Tigerdirect.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

oh.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there a place for the HDD other than the botton front of the case ? another place for the SSD ? what a bout a double-faned water cooler ?

  • 73 months ago
  • 0 points

Nice Build :D You could name it: "The Rectified Rhombus" ...Then again it's not a rhombus but it just sounds cool xD

  • 73 months ago
  • 0 points

Ohh... my... glob!!! YOU SIR ARE AMAZING! Seriously, to get all of this in such a budget, I commend you. If I could, I would give you +3240757!

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