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The goal for this build was a gaming build that wouldn't break the bank. Since our last couple builds have been on the more expensive end ($3600 and $10000), we decided to keep things a bit more practical this time around. Our budget limit for this build was $1200, but due to the timing of purchases it ended up just under $1100.

NZXT kindly sent us the new H440 to test out, and we found it to be an outstanding case. More on that, and the rest of the build below...

The part list and pricing at the time of this post:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $199.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H81.Amp-UP ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $75.66 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $89.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $78.94 @ Amazon
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card $359.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case NZXT H440 ATX Mid Tower Case $119.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $71.30 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) $89.99 @ NCIX US
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $1070.85
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-04 15:42 EST-0500

NZXT provided the H440. We already had the CPU, RAM, HDD, and video card on hand.

We made the conscious decision not to overclock the CPU on this build. Our goal was to keep it simple and clean, yet still plenty powerful. By spending just $100 more, you can replace the motherboard with a Z87 variant, the CPU with an unlocked K version, and an aftermarket cooler.

We also wanted to ensure the build had plenty of storage space - which is why we opted for a platter-based drive instead of an SSD. It's possible to find less expensive 1TB drives right now, but we chose this particular drive as we had it on hand from previous benchmark runs.

Full build

The NZXT H440 deviates from traditional cases by eschewing the 5.25" external bay. We'll be installing the OS by either using an an external drive or via a USB flash drive.

Front Open

The power supply is covered by a shroud which significantly cleans up the cable management. As you'll see later, the NZXT logo lights up when the rear panel lighting is turned on.

Fans

With the front panel and dust filter removed, you can see that the case has three 120-mm fans in front and one 140-mm fan in rear - plenty of positive pressure cooling for our components.

Top Cable Management

Middle Cable Management

Bottom Cable Management

Cable management has never been easier than with this case. Motherboard cutouts on the bottom of the power supply shroud provide convenient routing options for USB, HD-Audio, and front panel connections. I love the fact that the HD-audio connector does not include a dongle for AC97 - further keeping things simple and tidy.

Angled Tray

An interesting design element is the angled motherboard tray. Does it improve cable management? Hard to say, but I think it is a nice touch.

Back

Here's the back view showing the cable management. The space under the power supply shroud provides plenty of space for routing unruly cables. The 8-pin CPU power connector from the power supply was a bit shorter than I would have liked, but it was still possible to route it somewhat cleanly.

Rear Panel Lighting

With the flip of a switch on the rear of the case, the rear I/O panel and the NZXT logo will light up.

Motherboard Lighting Full Lighting At Night

Not to be left out, the Gigabyte H81-Amp UP motherboard also lights up green - something I must admit caught me by surprise the first time I powered it up.

We'll be following up this build by documenting the OS installation (without using a 5.25" bay), as well as recording application and game benchmarks using our thermal benchmarking. Stay tuned!

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GMC_TheLegend [1 Build] 10 points 6 months ago

How about a $500 budget gaming PC next?

 
 
philip [Staff,Submitter] [8 Builds] 12 points 6 months ago

We have a March build lined up, but we're still nailing down the final budget. It's definitely going to be in the $700-$1200 range though. We can possibly look into a $500-$600 build for April.

 
 
andrewjw 9 points 6 months ago

A $500 build would be an interesting range to give Kaveri a good test. I would be interested to see how an APU/iGPU affects thermal benchmarking.

 
 
SangeetKhatri [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Rather than spending 180 bucks on the Kaveri APU, the better option would be to use the AMD Athlon II x4 750K with the R9 250x for the same price. That would offer way better gaming performance, considering that the Kaveri's A10 performance lies somewhere between the 7730 DDR3 and the 7750 DDR3.

Hence the 250X which is equivalent to the 7770 GDDR5 would be much better in performance than the APU using DDR3 RAM.

 
 
andrewjw 1 point 6 months ago

Oh, I was thinking with the A8-7600, which would be most interesting in thermal benchmarking because of its TDP adjustment.

Yeah, I agree about that, I'd been thinking a little lower on the budget than the $500.

 
 
SangeetKhatri [1 Build] -3 points 6 months ago

Anyways, just started planning a $500 build and it turned out better than expected. For $500, you can have 8GB RAM, R7 260X 2GB DDR5, AMD Quad Core CPU, 1TB HDD, Cooler Master N200 case (which is awesome) with a Corsair CX430 PSU. This is quite good for the price.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2UgQZ

 
 
avinash.patwari -3 points 6 months ago

Slightly modified it. What you think..?

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/avinash.patwari/saved/3PpY

 
 
SangeetKhatri [1 Build] 3 points 6 months ago

No! It is not good because :

  1. It is well above $500, it costs $600 before Mail-In-Rebates which is a lot more.

  2. The Motherboard will simply not be able to handle a 125W CPU, so stay far away from that board..

 
 
avinash.patwari 1 point 6 months ago

Can you modify this and suggest me? Also I was thinking about

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/avinash.patwari/saved/3PpY

What is your thought

 
 
SangeetKhatri [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Well.. your build is not well balanced.

  1. The CPU is nice but the GPU is way too low end to push the CPU to the maximum possible, hence a lot of CPU power would be useless for gaming.

  2. The Motherboard that you are getting is not recommended for FX CPU. Nothing less than a 970 chipset board is recommended for FX series CPU from AMD.

  3. I would rather spend the money in getting a better Motherboard rather than getting a CPU Cooler.

This is the build which I feel is the most balanced for a $500 build and should be very powerful for gaming.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor $116.97 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $42.98 @ Newegg
Memory A-Data XPG V2 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $68.99 @ Newegg
Storage Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.00 @ Amazon
Video Card PNY GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card $169.99 @ Microcenter
Case Rosewill RANGER-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case $24.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $19.99 @ Microcenter
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $492.91
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-23 05:25 EST-0500

This is of course my opinion. Other's opinion may vary.

 
 
Zero_Shinji [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/31b12 <-- Don't know if you're still interested in the $500 Kalveri build still. This is with the A10-7700K. I chose not to pick a GPU to let you decide but considering the GPU on the APU has a higher core clock than the R7 240 and 250X(recommended R7 +250), it will just slow it down more and causes instability with higher memory bandwidth. Mantle isn't doing too hot either but there's room for fix.

 
 
AsPalacesBurn 3 points 6 months ago

I am planning to build my first PC this month. I would love to see a $700-$800 build.

 
 
josephp617 0 points 6 months ago

I would too!

 
 
jrud9182 4 points 6 months ago

I second this motion.

 
 
immaman1992 [1 Build] 2 points 5 months ago

I would suggest to PcPartPicker a solid $450-$650 range section and a $651-$1000 range section. In my opinion I believe there's too many highly priced builds on this site. Some solid lower-mid end builds would make a lot of people happy, and would also be interesting to see a variety.

 
 
ToasterNukeTV -2 points 6 months ago

In the video you said Windows 81. LOL.

 
 
Coroff -3 points 6 months ago

My birthday is in April, maybe I can get my parents to buy me the parts -^

 
 
bahehs [1 Build] 0 points 6 months ago

Yes, I would like to see one as well!

 
 
bsdev820 [1 Build] 5 points 6 months ago

Very cool. A white light would look cleaner and go with the case better in my opinion but I am unsure as to where the green light is coming from... the video card? Thanks for the video and the build, these quality builds are nice to see and interesting!

 
 
Ehouse1021 3 points 6 months ago

The green light is from the motherboard I believe, I saw somewhere that it lights up if I remember correctly.

 
 
Novapilot28 5 points 6 months ago

1k for a mid-range build :/

 
 
maxeytheman 4 points 6 months ago

Three titans? That is overkilling the overkill.

 
 
purpleninjax2 2 points 6 months ago

Sweet, something to do for the next while. Thanks guys!

 
 
Eschaton [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago

Absolute props for fitting total quality, aesthetics, and performance into such a respectable cost.

 
 
BloodAnimus [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago

I'm considering taking a $90 wallet hit to ditch my brand new case for the NZXT H440 because it just looks like some real thought was put into making the case as professional as possible.

 
 
smatdude13 [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Man, you guys always know how to put together a BEAST computer and stick to a budget(Minus the three way titan Sli one) And even then, your build still looks amazing!

 
 
babbott10 1 point 6 months ago

So glad I happened upon this in my research. This is exactly the kind of build I'm looking for on my budget. Thanks!

 
 
fnapoli [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

Great build, great video! I love this case more and more. Looking forward to the next build!

 
 
somedude56 1 point 6 months ago

Great build except it will be kind of embarrassing to have a window and a stock cpu cooler. The cpu cooler is the #1 thing to show off lol.

 
 
thegreg1516 1 point 6 months ago

Would the motherboard be easily replace by the https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gah81mhd3 as the current motherboard is not available in the uk (new to building pcs so I have no clue)

 
 
sdaasawyer 1 point 6 months ago

I didn't see any thermal paste being used on the CPU?

 
 
philip [Staff,Submitter] [8 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Ah, right. I forgot to show it on the video, but the stock cooler comes with thermal paste pre-applied.

 
 
SimplyGoon 1 point 6 months ago

If i had a Budget of $1500 what would you recommend replacing and with what?

 
 
DanBrasslett14 1 point 6 months ago

So will this build be able to do, say, BF4 on at least high?

 
 
SpacemanSpliff 1 point 6 months ago

Nice build, I really like the newer line of cases from NZXT, short of the price. But they certainly have nice features and great lines. But for someone fortunate enough to be close to a MicroCenter it's possible to stretch an $1100 budget into much more performance though... Personally, I'd like to see more of the build examples aimed at a better balance of aesthetics and performance. After all there are users out there that care more about the power of their build than the looks, and many that like the best balance of both.

For example, what I would do for an $1,100 gaming rig... http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2QxaE

 
 
theboys 1 point 6 months ago

Nice build

 
 
AverageFail 1 point 6 months ago

How did you guys manage to get your hands on a Msi Gtx 770 lightning? They're out of stock EVERYWHERE I look.

 
 
philip [Staff,Submitter] [8 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

We bought it back when they first came out - which was quite a while ago.

 
 
GMAN-DV8 1 point 6 months ago

Really enojoyed this build it was pretty interesting. The nzxt h440 surprised me. Can't wait for more builds.

 
 
DanBrasslett14 1 point 6 months ago

So will this run Battlefield 4 on at least high settings, or would I need to upgrade more?

 
 
Unholygeek226 1 point 6 months ago

Out of sheer curiosity, Why would you pick the GTX 770 2gb edition instead of the 4gb edition? It just seems wrong not to get the Gigabyte GTX 770 4gb edition for like, 30-50 dollars more.

 
 
philip [Staff,Submitter] [8 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

We had the 2GB version on hand, but not the 4GB version.

 
 
YUDoDis 1 point 6 months ago

Would this PC be good for games like gmod tf2 CSS and other games like that?

 
 
philip [Staff,Submitter] [8 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

Yes.

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tonyzzzzz 1 point 6 months ago

hi there Philip,

I'm looking at making a similar desktop, rather for everyday use as I'm a University student, but with these specs:

-Intel Core i7 4770 3.4GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) Quad Core CPU from pc case gear for $355 -Gigabyte Motherboard- I cannot find your one in Australia is there a similar one I can use or purchase for a relatively low price thats supports i7 which is gigabyte? this is the website im looking from buying just wanted you opinion on the best one http://www.jw.com.au/motherboards-c-169_28?filter_id=6 -seagate 1tb for $79 from jw computers or Seagate 2TB 7200rpm 3.5", SATA3 Internal HDD from jw computers for $113 which one do you think would be better? -for ram memeory im going with crossair for $115 from pc gear -for the power unit im looking at buying it online from nzxt and the HALE82 v2 700W for $100 or if you give me a suggestion for something cheaper would be greatly appreciated. -for the graphics card im going with the ASUS Geforce G210 1GB, 589Mhz, 1GB DDR3, D-Sub/DVI-I/HDMI, PCIe2.0 from jw for $39

I just need help on finding a suitable optical drive and sound card don't want it to be two expensive but want it to be relaibale and work. also i wanted to ask what your opinion is about kingston ram ive always had that with no problem im thinking of going with that. finally i want to go with i7 becuase its more newer however do you see any difference with i 7.

i dont want to spend more than 700 bucks and with your help hopefully i can whip up a stomr with this sytem. thanks for the ehlp and susgesstions philip.

btw you inspired me to make my own as well :)

 
 
LaputaCake [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

What about uk versions

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alexparij 1 point 6 months ago

Can someone tell me if there is an AMD chip set equivalent of this motherboard?

 
 
bic213 1 point 6 months ago

I'm planning on building a PC with very similar hardware and for the price of $1000, the popular website "logicalincrements.com" is suggesting that a $150 motherboard should be used. I personally don't want to pay more if I can get away with it, but would it affect its performance after a few years?

 
 
itsyourboy 1 point 6 months ago

How about a strong $1300-$2000 build sometime? :P

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BenGajus 1 point 6 months ago

Hi Philip,

This article is great along with the comments and your responses. Your delivery is very patient and informative. This website rocks!

 
 
Fajita 1 point 6 months ago

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Fajita/saved/3jlS

Hey guys, what do you reckon of this build, just want to know opinions or potential problems, or even part suggestions :). I am planning on building it as my first build.

 
 
xPCgamer79x 1 point 3 months ago

I think that it is a great build. I just want to point out that you should buy a better CPU cooler if you want to achieve a high overclock. Looks good!

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philip [Staff,Submitter] [8 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

How so? If you look at the part list, you'll notice I'm accounting for the full cost of every item of the build in the total (and it comes in under $1100).

 
 
messex 1 point 6 months ago

I've never done this before, is this wildly inefficient? http://pcpartpicker.com/b/Noa

 
 
thesniper0565 1 point 5 months ago

can u run watercooling instead?

 
 
DynMp 1 point 4 months ago

Going to use something very similar to this for my wife, thanks a lot I love the feel and look of it, my build is 100% black so this would be interesting beside mine. Keep up the great job guys, love looking at these.

 
 
Diox 1 point 4 months ago

That's a good build, but I think my idea for a 1100 dollar build is a little better.

 
 
eannahobbs 1 point 4 months ago

im from ireland will all the shipping cost more and are all the parts avalible

 
 
Jobforabutcher 1 point 3 months ago

After seeing this build I decided to give it a go.

I used all the components listed except the case (went with the corsair 400r) the gtx 770, I went with a gtx 760 sc. Keeping in mind that I wanted a non over clocking build, single GPU, and good audio.

Parts added: 120GB SSD, Optical drive, hyper 212 evo Why i added the hyper 212 evo was the for cooler operating temps and less noise

Overall I'm very satisfied with this build. Unigines valley benchmark I hit an average of 47(pretty sure that's what it is) everything dimed (guitar player our term for max lol)

Prime95 cpu doesn't go over 60c

 
 
chare375 [1 Build] 1 point 1 month ago

When can we expect the thermal benchmarking? I wish to see had the case cooling preforms with a stock CPU cooler and GTX 770 or R9 280 graphics card inside.

 
 
epicpcgamer [1 Build] 0 points 6 months ago

ITS UNDER 9000!!!!! Seriously, this is an awesome build. The cable management blows me away.

 
 
1x16 0 points 6 months ago

Whould it be possible to add a disk drive to this build even though the case would not be able to house one.

 
 
philip [Staff,Submitter] [8 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

This case will not support an internal optical drive. You would have to use an external optical drive instead.

 
 
kaychanz 0 points 6 months ago

Why no overclock? Is the price of an OC build (+$100) not worth it?

 
 
philip [Staff,Submitter] [8 Builds] 5 points 6 months ago

Like I mentioned in the description, we wanted to keep it simple. Not overclocking allowed us to keep the stock cooler, which for first time builders is significantly easier to install.

 
 
kaychanz 1 point 6 months ago

I see. is an extra 100 dollars or so for an OC build worth it value-to-peroformance wise? im def considering a very similiar build to this one in the near future

 
 
fnapoli [1 Build] 3 points 6 months ago

I think it's worth it. You'll end up with a quieter, cooler system overall. You'll have a faster CPU out the gate, or you can do what I am, and enjoy the speed you have right now and then, when the computer starts to feel sluggish, OC and hopefully notice the improved clocks.

 
 
Skandranonsg [8 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

You'll probably see some good performance boosts, but nothing overly spectacular. Just take a look at an old Core 2 Quad Q6600. Hums along pretty nicely at 3.0, but if you crank it up to 4.5+ you'll get a capable system that can handle modern games.

 
 
sabybe01 [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

I'm picking out parts for my first build, and I've chosen the 4670k. Is it okay to use the stock cooler until such a time as I'm feeling confident enough to try OC?

EDIT: actually, you seem to know what youre talking about, so could you check out the list for me? http://pcpartpicker.com/user/sabybe01/saved/4jJH

 
 
mcegg101 0 points 6 months ago

1k is mid end?

 
 
CoolBeans_ 0 points 6 months ago

This build is really unbalanced

 
 
philip [Staff,Submitter] [8 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

In what way?

 
 
CoolBeans_ 0 points 6 months ago

You could get a much better build for the same or less money, an H81 motherboard and 4570 paired with a 770

 
 
karijuana 0 points 6 months ago

Only reason I would not buy the H440 is for the lack of external drive bays. Guess you gotta sacrifice something for the silence. Still love it though.

 
 
CoolXXE 0 points 6 months ago

Could You guys build that for me

 
 
BobNoxiousUSA [1 Build] 0 points 6 months ago

dang, my bad... didnt see you included all the prices for the stuff you had. nice. (and great site you have here).

 
 
lmaonade200 -1 points 6 months ago

Although the term "mid-ranged" is relative, I honestly think you're misusing it pretty badly.

My friends Athlon X4 and GTX 550 Ti is mid ranged, my other friends i5 3570k and GTX 650 Ti is mid ranged, possibly higher.

A GTX 770 is not a mid ranged graphics card, if a person were to pay 350 bucks for a computer component, it sure as hell should be a high end piece of hardware.

Other than my personal nit-pick though, great job, love the pics

 
 
philip [Staff,Submitter] [8 Builds] 4 points 6 months ago

I understand where you're coming from.

To explain a bit on why I called it that: I see a LOT of builds go though the site. Most are in the $500 - $1500 range. I figured at $1100, that falls roughly in the middle of that range - hence the mid-range term.

At the end of the day though, it's all subjective - there are no standard definitions for price ranges.

 
 
lmaonade200 -1 points 6 months ago

I totally get where you're coming from, it's just a personal issue of mine and really just a subjective view, I usually view mid ranged as around 700-800 dollar budget builds. That's just me though

and again, great job, love that cable management pic near the end :)

 
 
sirideain 1 point 6 months ago

At the same time you can hardly consider it to be 'high-end' when compared to a 290x or Titan. This sort of budget marks a good mid point between the extremes.

 
 
Jay0126 -1 points 6 months ago

I am not knocking you're build however, there is not a single part I would have used on an 1,100.00 build like this, starting with the case to every single part you chose for a "High End Build!" I think most people who build computers would have to agree that if you're going to spend 1,100.00 for a high end build such as you're showcasing here, for 225.00 more a "real High End Build," could have been accomplished! I won't go into detail on the parts I would have chosen, there are so many that would have beaten this build, HANDS DOWN... Google computer parts for a "High End Build." A good place to start for novices or even veterans who have built hundreds or thousands of builds would have to agree that Youtube is a great place to get ideals for a "High End Build," they're many, many more sites and forums to do ones research for their hard earned money to be spent on "High End Builds!" People do you're research before you spend you're money for a "High End Build," and you'll discover so many different parts that will beat this one HANDS DOWN! Also, my two cents worth on closing my comment with this build, you're suggesting using 8.1 for an OS is beyond me, as far as I'm concerned it has to be one of the worst OS Microsoft has ever developed and sold to the people, it's Metro Interface is great for phones and tablets, however, for a desktop PC it SUCKS!! I guess that is why Microsoft is rushing to push out OS 9, which to my understanding will be released late this year or early next year. I have used Microsoft's OS 7 64 bit Ultimate or Professional since it's release, building at least close to a thousand computers and I have yet to hear a single complaint on that OS, which I may add will be supported until 2020! Furthermore, on closing folks beware XP will no longer be supported as of April 8th, 2014! XP is the longest running OS, 13 years, that Microsoft has offered. I really don't mean to knock your Build Sir, however, they're so many different parts to chose from to build an awesome "High End Build" and to last, and for you to enjoy for many, many years to come! Before you dish out you're hard earned money investing in a "High End Build Computer!" Do You're research people...!

 
 
philip [Staff,Submitter] [8 Builds] 3 points 6 months ago

If you show me any build, then give me an extra $220, of course I'll pick out better parts. You need not lecture me on high end builds. I created this site, and run this site. The builds we film vary in price point and components used to provide a variety of systems. I'm sure there are builds with parts and operating systems that you may not agree with. But please understand the context of the build before you comment - for instance, criticizing the case choice... when it was provided to us for free for the sake of this build. Other components we had on hand already.

 
 
Hipcheck 1 point 6 months ago

I really don't understand comments like this to be honest with you Jay. If you have better alternatives I'd love to see what you're talking about. "Just google it" is lazy and kind of a sure fire sign to not take your comment seriously.

Your Windows 8.1 argument is an emotional appeal. You don't like the UI. If you're talking about a gaming build, why does the OS UI matter? 8.1 can outperform Win 7 in games in fact... http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/11/24/battlefield_4_windows_7_vs_81_performance_review#.Uw0aj3hlCM8

 
 
OrionFOTL -2 points 6 months ago

A bit weird selection of a power supply.

 
 
philip [Staff,Submitter] [8 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

How so?

 
 
OrionFOTL 3 points 6 months ago

Sorry, I mean it's not weird - I'd just prefer to have something nicer than lower-midrange S12II; its a little expensive due to its power.

I guess I'd choose this Rosewill Capstone 550-M: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-power-supply-capstone550m only 30W less on +12V, but the construction is a tier or "1.5 tier" higher (the internal platform is Super Flower Golden Green - it can also be bought under Super Flower's brand with the same name, model SF-550P14XE).

 
 
philip [Staff,Submitter] [8 Builds] 3 points 6 months ago

Ah, ok - I understand what you're getting at. The Rosewill Capstone is no doubt a great PSU, and is definitely a viable alternative. Originally I had planned on getting the 520W variation of the Seasonic S12II. However the availability at the time we ordered was limited, so I bumped up to a 620W version instead. That made it more expensive and more wattage than we needed, but it fit our time constraints (I had to order next-day shipping to get it here in time for filming... thank goodness for Prime $3.99 next day upgrades.) We've run a lot of Seasonic power supplies here, and so far we've had great experiences.

 
 
OrionFOTL 1 point 6 months ago

Perhaps XFX Core 550W could have been an option? It uses S12II platform too, just with a bit more power (and curiously, a lower price!).
Well though, it's still mostly on par with CWT DSAII (as seen in Corsair CX (except CX750 - it's CWT PUQ), Enermax NAXN ADV, Thermaltake Smart SE, LEPA W, certain LEPA Bs, Sharkoon WPM, Cooler Master GM (modified) and some other lines). Group voltage regulation leads to somewhat elevated ripple on these constructions.

Your build looks sweet, by the way. I wasn't aware NZXT has such pretty cases!

 
 
sketch24 [6 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago

There are probably better PSUs for the price like the xfx and rosewill you mentioned, but I had to cringe a little when you said the seasonic is only on par with the CWT based corsair series as if the corsair cx series should be a standard. I agree that even if it were seasonic, it would be a bad idea to go with brand loyalty alone, but I would take a lower level seasonic s12ii over a corsair cx any day. The seasonic might be lacking in features like modularity, but the s12II line still has great build quality and decent components. I might not put either in a such an expensive system, but if I had to choose, I would choose a seasonic based model over a CWT based one for sheer reliability and performance.

 
 
jayrundle 1 point 6 months ago

Can you post a link for a video of when you completed hardware installation and performed first boot up through final OS install?

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philip [Staff,Submitter] [8 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Finally finished the OS install video - you can find it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLfypHr4ooI

 
 
OrionFOTL 1 point 6 months ago

The electrical performance is really on par, though - the +12V ripple is within 25-35 milivolts on both constructions, voltage regulation is similar (curiously, S12II in XFX has some problems with it on Johnnyguru, but it's a single case) and crossload is also without difference (not exceptionally good in both cases, as you'd expect from a group regulated design).

We're speaking about the performance of particular platforms, of course - not just "XFX or Corsair", but exactly "Seasonic S12II vs CWT DSAII", because these are the platforms used in these models. It's also convenient that these platforms are used in a wide range of power supplies, because you can just find tests for any model using the platform - for example many Thermaltakes, LEPAs and others in case of CWT DSAII, as seen in my previous post.

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