Description

So here's my very first custom build so please go steady! I know off the bat i could of bought more cost effective parts and the power supply is a weak spot especially when it comes to overclocking.

I wanted a reasonably priced overclock able rig that would run most games at High at 1080p namely Fallout 4 :), (not bothered about 4k), and spend under £1000.

The build was done on a Sunday afternoon with pretty much no drama. Due to the Spec 01's bad design the CPU power cable was an effort to route through and over the top of the motherboard and cable management in general was a task with the case. Going down the line into the future the case will probably be upgraded to a a nice NZXT number. I also didn't buy a spare SATA cable and the Gaming 5 motherboard only came with two, so my 1TB WD Blue is currently not plugged in but that's not an issue at the moment as using the SSD to boot from.

The longest most tedious task was windows updates and then updating to 10 and then sorting out any driver issues. My only issue left is my Motherboard startup screen seems to stick on the windows loading screen for some reason which i'm yet to figure out.

All in all a thoroughly enjoyable experience, (both the researching of parts and actually building) and now time to just enjoy my build.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great CPU which does everything i need it to. Haven't even scraped the surface of its OC'ing capabilities yet.

Motherboard

Fantastic motherboard all round. Has lots of connectivity, supports SLI for future upgrades, isn't an astronomical price and also looks great.

Memory

Its RAM, its cheap and it works, also it came in red which suited my build.

Storage

No problems so far, fast transfer speeds, excellent boot time.

Storage

Noisier than expected but decent transfer speeds.

Video Card

Very pleased with performance. Running Fallout 4 on Ultra with steady 45-50 fps. Running Dirt Rally on Ultra at around 55 FPS. Cities Skylines on Ultra 55 FPS. Had no issues whatsoever and don't think I've heard the fans kick in once. Also looks amazing, love the back plate.

Case

Good budget case though in retrospect i wish i'd paid a little more and gone for the NXT S340. From the start it was a pain with the location of the cutout for the CPU power which i eventually overcame. Also cable routing in general inst fantastic. Would of been nice to see dedicated SSD bays, also i wish the window started a bit higher at the bottom so the PSU and its cables weren't so visible. Other than that after lots of fiddling i still think it looks great and it has lots of space for plenty of fans. Will definitely be the first thing i look to change though.

Optical Drive

Used only a handful of times and worked as expected of a £9 drive.

Wireless Network Adapter

Dead easy to install, and had no issues with network speeds even if my home Broadband is abysmal!

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

How well does the GPU run? I've ordered this exact one and am just waiting for it to be delivered! +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Um, that power supply? :O It's a Tier Four, just to let you know. It could very well destroy your system. Be on the lookout. You can spring for around $30-$40 more and get a Tier ONE!

Do not overclock with that PSU!

This is an amazing Tier One PSU for . . . okay, $50 more. But it's Tier One and 80+ Platinum!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

i have the same PSU and its fine there have been absolutely no problems with it but just don't OC. It should really be a teir 3.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

No, the cx430 should be tier 3, the rest are not nearly as good as it. The 750 is quite bad.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I've overclocked using Corsair PSUs before and it's been good. I managed to OC the 4690k to 4.6 Ghz with temps around the high 70s but completely stable! Might be able to push it even further with water-cooling but I'm satisfied with the results. Let me know your overclocking benchmarks!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes but the CX series is well known to fail.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Note taken! I won't be over locking anytime soon as I won't to see what can be achieved as stock. Plus I'll see if the wife fancys buying me a better PSU for Xmas :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Great! Lemme know if you wanna see the Tier List.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Would love to!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

For a first effort it looks good. You are right that some parts could be swapped out to be more efficient, but money is already spent so not much point in dwelling on what GPU you could have gotten.

That PSU... Tomshardware did not knock it too hard in their review, but... I would still think about something better.

(http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/power-supply-review-80-plus-bronze,3587-12.html)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers mate! Still need to do some tidying with the cable management admittedly. You live and learn picking parts.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Would recommend a higher quality PSU +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 0 points

I've heard that the r9 380 out performs the 960 card, so I guess you should look at benchmarks and performance

  • 46 months ago
  • 0 points

4gb 960...why?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

why not?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

It was on offer, and only cost £20 more than the 2GB plus it will perform better on more RAM hungry games such as GTA etc.