Some of these parts were re-purposed from a previous build I did earlier this year. Overall the price is accurate, however, I spent $602.11 on the remainder of the parts.
I built this for a friend of mine so he can stop gaming on his potato Macbook with integrated graphics. You know it's time to move on when you have to restart your computer before you play League of Legends and run Skype simultaneously. His potato was dragging our group down! I had to do something.
I went with the CPU/GPU combo that I did mainly because it gives him room to upgrade his GPU later down the road without worrying about his CPU. He's a PC noob, so simplification is ideal.
A 950 is a huge upgrade to his Intel HD 4000 graphics. I overclocked the card to get a bit more performance out of it, as I wasn't satisfied with the lows the card was hitting. It is otherwise incredibly stable, especially with its temps.
I bought this power supply without realizing it's 10mm over the case limit. While I was waiting for it to arrive I did initial testing using a basic 80+ 500w PSU by EVGA. The FSP PSU definitely still fits, there's just not much room to spare between that and the HDD cage. With fat cables though you probably wouldn't be able to work with it. Flat cables work fine.
I'm pretty happy with how it turned out and it looks pretty nice.
Thumbs up if you get the reference in my title!
Easy install. Surprisingly good performance for the cost. Cryorig is currently my favorite CPU manufacturer for their simple instillations and generously included large tubes of thermal paste.
I have this on an i5-6500 and even under a full load stress test in AIDA64, the fan didn't even reach 700rpm and the CPU was cozy in the low 50s. Stable.
Great value for $20.
I've been craving low end gaming motherboards and here is a great option!
This board has nice LED features, I liked the Bios enough (and it has OC'ing options!), aesthetically simple, but with enough flash to set it apart from standard mATX boards in this price range for the 1151 platform. It's exactly what I was looking for.
The only grief I have with this board was how difficult it was to plug in the motherboard power. The amount of force I had to use was way beyond my comfort level.
I was pretty concerned seeing a low FPS of 8 in my stock Heaven benchmark. However, after testing how far I could overclock the card, it improved significantly.
I have it OC'd to a core 1622mhz / memory to 7028mhz. This improved the minimum FPS to 22, with only slight improvements on the average FPS. Much better! I tried pushing it a little further, but it started to artifact in the benchmark so I set it back to this setting.
Heaven settings set to: High, 2xAA. Moderate Tesselation turned on after OC'ing.
Cable management can definitely be improved a bit more, otherwise it's a decent little case!
The HDD cage could definitely be moved a bit more to the right to allow for better clearance with power supplies. This case says it cannot support PSU's exceeding 160mm, however I have a 170mm PSU in this case and it fits fine. It's important to note however that a non-modular PSU with fat cables at that size will probably make your life very hard. I do not recommend doing that. Flat cables are a much better choice in general for this case. If you don't plan to use the HDD cage, you won't have any issues.
I had a minor annoyance with the 5.25 bay clip, as it would not auto lock my fan controller. I ended up having to remove the clip and screw the controller in instead.
The case itself is very lightweight; typical of the SPEC line. I've built in the SPEC-03 before, so it was pretty familiar territory and I knew what I was getting myself into.
Corsair, why you no CPU power hole?
I decided to take a chance on this power supply, as I hadn't heard of them until two weeks ago. There are a few things that I liked before I hit the purchase button.
- It's 80+ gold and a Tier 1 on Tom's Hardware's PSU tier list 2.0
- Fully modular flat cables
- It comes with different sticker designs for the side of the power supply. the standard one in blue that is already on it, as well as green and red designs. I haven't seen any PSU at this price point or even the $200+ price point that gives you that option!
One thing I didn't like: The design of the Sata/Molex cables.... just... why?