Description

Another build that I sold for a small profit on Craigslist (sold for $625 after over a month on craigslist, if you're considering doing something like this try making lower-end builds). Overall liked these parts. Ik that the CPU is probably overkill for this GPU, but most gamers who buy pre-builts don't know much about parts except for the CPU and RAM, so the CPU is basically just a selling point (Woah! An i5! That must be ultra-powerful!). If this was a personal build I probably would've gotten an i3-6100, i3-4170 (but it is last-gen...), or fx-6300. It has a pretty good wiring job, if I dare say so myself ;)

Also, the GPU is white. Just saying.

Part Reviews

CPU

Performs pretty well. If you do any amount of rendering, video editing, or really anything non-gaming on your PC that's still hardware intensive, I'd have to recommend an fx-8350 or 8370, or an overclocked 8320, as AMD has far superior multi-core performance. But for pure gaming, it's pretty damn good.

Motherboard

Love Gigabyte. So cheap, yet so good.

Memory

Nothing special. Every stick of ram I've bought to date is from Team, all worked fine without trouble, this one included

Storage

Don't even really need to review this one

Video Card

IT'S A WHITE GPU! BUY IT ALREADY!

Case

It is a low-end case, but as low-end cases go, it's not bad. It looks decent, but: 1) no LEDs apart from the fan (no power or HDD LEDs) 2) Fan is molex-only, so no motherboard speed control 3) HDD installation isn't really described well, and there's only one bolt to hold it in place when I did figure it out (although there is another non-bolt thing helping to keep it in place) 4) No USB 3.0 (but I don't have any USB 3 devices anyways, but maybe you do). Overall decent, but yeah, don't expect anything exceptional

Power Supply

Just a classic PSU. Nothing special. Wish the cables were side-by-side instead of in a bundle; it's ugly and hard to fit the side panel back on, but it's not enough to knock off a star.

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Comments

  • 52 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for the sexiest 960 ever

  • 52 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for the only comment not about a power supply

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

That gpu would look so good with SLI and a backplate

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah...too bad this $500 pc doesn't have sli

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

I agree with nayrnayr1, please get another PSU! Check out the Tier List if you need help finding one. But yes, that PSU, although low-end ones have worked for you, has a pretty damn high chance of frying your components.

New PSU. Please.

  • 52 months ago
  • 3 points

The tier list has a ton of flaws in it and isn't even accurate at this point and the CX isn't going to fry any PC, it is just a mediocre unit that is usually overpriced.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Mate Idk if you've looked into this at all, but it's known to screw up peoples' PCs.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

I have and have found literally zero cases of the CX causing damage to a PC.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Same Here

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kj8-wNmYJvM While rare, it does happen. They Cx are not awful PSUs by any means (except 750) but there is always something better for the same or slightly more money, making the CX pointless to buy.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I heard of psu's going on before but that video didn't mention if it damaged the parts.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed. It is rare, although it would be in your favor to scrounge up a few more bucks and go for at least a Tier Two. Just a piece of advice.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

The tier lis means nothing about psu's, you can easily poke numerous holes in it.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Could have put in a case fan or two...

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed. I want to see the temps.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Didn't post temps, but I did run stress tests on CPU and GPU. CPU was 50-60 somewhere, I think. I'm sure it was under 70, at least (this is Intel Burn Test on Very High for 20-30 minutes until temps stabilized. For GPU, it was 70-80 somewhere when running FurMark for 20-30 minutes, which is safe (I believe anything under 95 or so is ok for it)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Not too bad.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a pretty big GPU, interesting that it has 0% sag.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Gigabyte Ultra Durable motherboards...you know what they say ;)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey so I am new to building pc's and I am unsure about some of the details on parts. So I have a few questions. First, would it be better to get a 2x4 configuration with the memory? Second, (I realize this may be a really stupid question, but I just want to be safe) does the case really have to be compatible with anything, or are cases pretty universal? And lastly, I would be willing to bump the total budget to around $600, are there any areas that could be impoved within that budget?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

1) no, its actually better to get 1x8gb, because then you have more slots open if you want to upgrade in the future 2) The case doesn't really have to be compatible with anything. Make sure that its a mid tower ATX, and it should work. If you're using a non-stock CPU cooler though, make sure it will fit in the case. Also make sure pcpartpicker says its compatible 3) if you're bumping to $600, I'd recommend getting a cheap R9 290 for your GPU, they're significantly more powerful and currently cost in the low $200s

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

look at my first build, it's almost the same as yours.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I want to get the same CPU and mobo did u have any problems so far and did u have to update the bios for the mobo?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I sold this PC on craigslist, as I said in the description, so i don't have it anymore, but I think it's still working fine. I did not need to update the BIOS.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

If you dont mind helping me I have the same case and can't seem to fit the HDD so can you help

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, I'm a bit late to reply, but I can help you if you're still having issues.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello. Thank you for replying but I ended up betting it in the optical drive place.

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed.

  • 52 months ago
  • 0 points

Every PSU I've used to date is low-end, even the one in my own PC, and they all work very well, so imo it's not worth an extra $20

  • 52 months ago
  • 3 points

they all work very well, so imo it's not worth an extra $20

Its worth, they feed clean power to parts, have less ripple which is important for overclocking, last longer, usually are quieter,and perform better.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed. I tried explaining the same thing.

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

well, I sold this one, as I said in the description...if it breaks after a few years it's not my problem anymore. And so far, my low-end PSU in my own PC (a rosewill hive 550) has been working flawlessly for a year

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

True.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you guys say that the EVGA 430 watt 80+ one (I don't think it has a real name other than that) is any better?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Link me to it?