I’d like to review over Xidax for their “ultimate” custom gaming PCs. Most pre-built sites like this don’t really have good value, but we’ll see if Xidax does!
I’ll be looking into different budget points for custom PCs that they have, if the parts are of quality measure and if it’s actually worth getting for the price.
With that, let’s get to the review.
Does A Xidax $500 PC Deliver?
For the first part of reviewing Xidax (xidax.com) I’d like to get into whether or not a $500 pre-built PC from them would be worth it for the power you get per dollar spent.
The pre-built X-2 desktop is what I wanted to look at as it is the lowest price PC they have to offer on the site. I could only get it down to about $595 which includes everything being built and ready to go right from the get go.
I have to say, one thing that bothered me going into the system was that the site doesn’t tell me straight forward what parts I have exactly in it. Sure it tells me I have a WD hard drive, but I have to go into edit and get to the different hard drives to see how much storage it actually has in it. It’d be nice not to have to have that extra step in the customizing process.
I also have to zoom out on my screen because the top portion gets too much in the way, honestly the whole process seems crowded. My laptop screen is 1440×600 so I shouldn’t have to zoom anything out just to see more of the screen. Maybe that’s just me and it isn’t a big deal but I’ve never crowded on a website like this.
With that aside, let’s just get right into the components.
Here is a list of parts that a “$595” X-2 gaming PC includes:
Case: Xidax computer case
Motherboard: MSI A78M-E35 FM2+ Motherboard
Processor: AMD A4-6300 Processor
Graphics: AMD Integrated Graphics (uh oh.)
Power Supply: Corsair CX500
CD Drive: 24X ASUS DVD-RW Combo
Operating System: Windows 10
Now wait a second here…
I thought that the price as configured was going to be $595…?
Oh, they also charge $120 for shipping, they don’t tell you that until you’re just about ready to buy. 🙂
This Blows My Mind
Alright, so for $715 you can get a PC sent to you that can play World of Warcraft on medium/low and it’ll also be able to play 1080p video.
Integrated graphics means that the graphics is coming from the processor, this “gaming” PC doesn’t even have a graphics card!
For about the same price you could have a full gaming rig capable of playing all of the latest games, a keyboard, mouse, monitor AND a headset.
The only difference is that you’d have to build it yourself which really isn’t that hard at all if you take the time to learn how it’s done. It’s really just a lot of plug n’ play.
I’ve got to give it to these guys though… their branding is pretty cool.
But for $715? To play games that are more than 10 years old and some indie games?
Come on now, that’s not a real gaming PC! This is why I always preach to build one rather than getting a pre-built.
But maybe that’s just for the lower priced PCs…
Let’s take a look at a more expensive configuration, let’s see if Xidax PCs can at least sorta deliver on a quality gaming experience for those that have a higher budget range.
I sure hope that they can… I can tell you right now though, please DO NOT buy a lower priced – entry level rig from here. You’d be leaving WAY too much money on the table for how much power you could really have with that much money.
OK, Can They Deliver With A $1,500 PC?
Now for the true test…
If they can deliver a quality experience with those that have a $1,500 budget then I might be able to actually recommend this company for you.
I know it sounds like I’m being pretty rough and unfair, but man I despise pre-built PCs. I have yet to find a company that provides a quality shopping experience, a fair price and a good gaming experience all at the same time.
It looked as if I could customize their X-5 gaming desktop to meet my budget point of $1,500 as it started at about $1,000. Figured I could edit a few things and get a good PC going.
Here’s a rig that I configured for almost $1,500:
Now this isn’t looking all that bad… especially with a free GPU overclock!
The only thing I changed about the build was the graphics card. It had a R7 250 listed and for about $310 more I could have the 970 instead.
If you’re paying anywhere near $1,000 then something like a R7 250 isn’t going to cut it at all. If you’re spending a lot of money then you’d best be getting as much power as you can get out of it.
Keep in mind that with a $1,500 budget you could definitely build one yourself that’s even better. You’d be able to have a 980 instead of a 970 and an i7 would still be an even better pick.
BUT – for those that are either too afraid to build their own or if they want some really cool custom features with their build then I’d definitely say to opt for these PCs.
The case seems to be pretty high quality, you’re able to pick from a bunch of different colors and you can even customize the inner lighting. I really like that feature. 🙂
Also just check out these custom graphics, they’re pretty cool:
If you wanted to, you could add custom graphics like those above. There are plenty more options too, though it’s quite expensive to get done. From looking at the photos, they look like they are extremely high quality.
Xidax can definitely deliver on the customization and they can deliver enough for those that are looking to spend more than $1,000 on a pre-built PC. Oh, and that $120 shipping expense didn’t pop up either.
As I said earlier, I despise pre-built PCs. There is never enough value when looking at the power per dollar spent.
But with Xidax pre-builts, I would trust them to put together a mean PC. I suppose it would be nice to just take the PC out of the box, plug it in and start gaming right away.
Personally, I really dig the process of building one myself. When I first got into PC gaming I had absolutely no idea how to put one together but after following a few videos and researching, I pulled the plug and just bought the parts I needed.
I don’t regret at all putting a PC together myself. It’s such a fun learning experience and it’s such a great feeling to watch your PC come to life after putting all of the pieces together. 😀
My Final Verdict
All in all, if you really just don’t want to learn how to put your own build together and if you’re looking to spend more than $1,000 on a gaming PC then you’ll probably want to look into a Xidax PC.
I really dig the customization options and from the looks of the team behind the company, the PC would be put together with quality in mind the whole time.
So, are you going to be looking into a Xidax pre-built?
Or are you going to put your own build together?
If you are going to put your own build together then be sure to check out the different guides I have available on the site here, highlight “PC Builds” in the top navigation and choose your budget point!
Building them is so much fun, trust me… you wouldn’t regret the experience of putting your own build together. 😉
Let me know what you’re going to do in the comments below! 😀