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The Best Mid-Range PC I Would Build: September 2014

Devin Connors | 2 Sep 2014 18:00
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September PC build 640

Page 1: Introduction
Page 2: CPU and Motherboard
Page 3: Memory and GPU
Page 4: Case and Power Supply
Page 5: SSD, Storage, Optical Drive, and Final Thoughts

Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 850W

$144.99 on Newegg


EVGA's SuperNOVA 850 is one of the best 800W-900W power supplies on the market today. JonnyGuru gave the unit a 9.9 out of 10, for Pete's sake, so this is a pretty open-and-shut case. I'll admit that an 850W power supply for the hardware I've chosen is on the high end of the spectrum, but it's better to be cautious (when operating outside of a strict budget) when choosing a power source. And if I ever decide to add a second 280X, or upgrade to an AMD R9 380X (or whatever it will be called) down the line? The extra power will be welcome.

The feature list is impressive, including an 80PLUS Gold rating, three-way PSU fan controller (Eco, Off, and On), and six PCI Express connectors (2x 6-pin, 4x 6+2-pin) for the SLI and Crossfire crowd(s). The SuperNOVA is also 100 percent modular - including the 24-pin and 4+4-pin power connectors - which means you have total control over how much cabling will live in your case. This single 12V configuration might turn some enthusiasts off, but it will do nicely for a mid-range PC like mine.

As for the price? $145 is a big high, sure, but the power supply is the one component you never want to compromise on. If the PSU goes, so could the rest of your hardware.

Case: NZXT H440

$119.99 on Newegg


Like Puff Daddy/P.Diddy/Diddy Dirty Money/Sean Combs/Deep Throat before me, I am a fan of white in my PC cases. I'm also a fan of restrained design, and the NZXT H440 checks both of those boxes.

Four included fans (three 120mm in the front, 140mm in the back) keep the oxygen flowing, and there's room for two more up top. And for the liquid-cooling geeks, the H440 you house a radiator up to 360mm. Cable routing is ample, as are the I/O ports on the front - 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, audio.

And... well just look at the case. Not to go all Jeremy Clarkson here, but the H440 is just plain beautiful, like the Mercs that man holds so dearly. I think the only other company with comparable design philosophy is Fractal Design, but the I prefer the inside organization of the H440 (and its closed-off PSU bay) over the latter's current offerings. If and when I build another PC (probably around Intel's forthcoming Broadwell platform), this is the case I am buying.

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