I’d like to review over Xidax for their “ultimate” custom gaming PCs. Most pre-built sites like this don’t provide 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.
Unfortunately, at the time of this post’s update for 2020, it’s not possible to get a build that is around the $500 mark.
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 get it down to about $656 which includes everything being built and ready to go right from the get go.
In the past, Xidax’s system for knowing which parts are in your PC was a scrambled mess.
With their most recent updates they’ve put together a system that walks you through each step and piece of hardware one by one that way you are able to understand exactly what is going into your system.
The overall design of their system makes it easy to use and look at. However, when you’re trying to get a PC for around $500 like this, you aren’t going to be able to use any of the other features to keep the PC below the $500 mark.
Before you see and edit everything in the rig you first pick whether you want an AMD based build or an Intel based build. Intel is the cheaper side and that’s what I’ve gone with for this first desktop.
With that aside, let’s get right into the components.
Here is a list of parts that a “$656” X-2 gaming PC includes:
Case: Xidax computer case
Motherboard: MSI B460M PRO-VDH WIFI
Processor: Intel Core i3 10100 4-Core 4.3GHz
Memory: Xidax Extreme DDR4 3200MHz Memory – 8GB (2x4GB)
Graphics: CPU Integrated Graphics (uh oh.)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB – 7200RPM 3.5″ HDD
Power Supply: SEASONIC S12III 500W BRONZE
CD Drive: None
Operating System: Windows 10
Now wait a second here…
I thought that the price as configured was going to be $656…?
Oh, they also charge $40+ for standard shipping. If you want faster shipping then be prepared to pay upwards of $100+ for shipping. They don’t tell you that until you’re just about ready to buy. 🙂
This Blows My Mind
Alright, so for $698 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 dedicated 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 $540? 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-4 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 around $1,500:
Now this isn’t looking all that bad…
I changed out the video card, power supply, processor and total RAM with the X-4. Went from a RTX 3060 Ti to a RTX 2060 for the video card, 500W gold rated power from a 450W bronze rated power supply, an 3700X from a 3800XT, a 1TB M.2 drive and 16GB total RAM from 8GB total.
If you’re paying anywhere near $1,000 then something that is lower performance power compared to something like the 2060 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 possibly have a 2070 instead of a 2060 all the while still being able to keep the 3700X.
Another thing… They only provide free shipping on the more expensive builds if you choose the free shipping freebie option while you are configuring your build.
I was caught off guard with this because after choosing the last part and seeing the total I figured that free shipping would be a given. That’s how most other pre-built gaming PC companies do it…
But that doesn’t come with. In this case, I either got to pick free shipping, a free GPU overclock or a free mouse pad.
In my opinion, it’s a little absurd that free shipping is even an option at that point. They already charge a decent mark up for the hardware itself and shipping costs $100’s more if you don’t pick it as your freebie.
Also… how is a free overclock of your video card or a mouse pad of equal value here?
Thing is, it’s not. Your basically forced into choosing free shipping if you want to save the most money.
As for the rest of the experience, you’ll be able to add in custom lighting and different accessories/peripherals to the build as well but they seem highly overpriced. If I were you, I’d get peripherals and accessories separately at other storefronts to save some more cash.
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.
As I said earlier, I despise most 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! 😀