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My 1st Build - Budget 1080p Ultra Settings Gaming PC

by Boosted-C5



CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

993 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.008 GHz


1st time ever building a PC or even seeing a CPU, MOBO, or GPU. And everything went smoothly with no issues or troubleshooting required. Very satisfying experience. (NOTE: Image taken during initial start-up and before I cleaned up the wiring)

-i5-4570 and the GTX 760 are the perfect combo for 1080p gaming at ultra-max settings. Skyrim w/ multiple mods and every single graphical option maxed is pegged at 60 fps in any situation/in-game location running FRAPS. You don't need anything more right now if you're only gaming on one monitor/screen in 1080p.

-ASUS MOBO is very nice. One area worth spending a little more since a lot of the cheaper options are very hit or miss with a lot of DOA boards.

-Rosewill Modular power supply worked great for cramped quarters and minimizing wires.

-Rosewill Ranger-M case was very cramped, but no issues since I only included one hard drive and no optical drive. NOTE: Hard drives must be installed AFTER installation of Motherboard. Case looks nice, and stock cooling is plenty for this rig. Runs cool and quiet. 4 Stars instead of 5 due to basically no cable management to speak of, but I knew that going in. Not an issue for a light build like this with only 1 drive of any kind. Just a few zip-ties here and there for a nice path from the front fan directly to the MOBO and GPU.

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candy 2 Builds 3 points 62 months ago

That PSU will die and take your rig with it

elferguson 3 points 62 months ago

Well u have a point. 450 watts for the build is low. A 500 or even 600 watt would be better. But overall a nice build :)

candy 2 Builds 5 points 62 months ago

On top of it it's rose will

It wouldn't matter if this was an office PC, but if you're going to be playing games its just not going to last very long

Eventful 3 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

I'm slightly confused. You say Rosewill is a bad PSU company, yet you use it in your own build?

Seems like all I ever see in someones build is a comment on the power supply. Even on my build, I have a top of the line PSU but just because someone hasn't heard of the brand, they jump on it.

I personally don't condone using cheap power supplies either, but I do have friends that use them with no problems.

candy 2 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

I didn't research this PSU in particular, but 450w for this sort of build is cutting it close (as Akut says) despite the PSU.

The one I used in my build was a hive series PSU, which gets good reviews and was rosewills higher end PSUs

MrRamborex 1 Build -2 points 62 months ago

Its not a bad PSU, its more of the fact that hes going to burn up. The estimated wattage for the build 344, plus you have to take into effect the wattage of the machine in full use, a 450 wat PSU wont be able to handle it.

Akut 1 Build 4 points 62 months ago

Lets see....

760 - 170W (185 tops) i5 4570 84W Mobo, HDD, lights, random stuff, 100W tops (giving A LOT of breathing room here)

I don't know whats the issue is. Max TPD is only 370W max. Yes, a 450W is pushing it, but it is Gold Rated.

Quit hating on the guy because of a PSU. And to all the haters who have the same brand and are on this particular forum trolling his ***...

Anyone else here remember their first build? How many first-time mistakes did you make? I know I made a S#!t-ton.

Boosted-C5 submitter 1 Build 3 points 62 months ago

The PSU is Gold rated and was recommended to me based on my specs by someone who has built a few gaming PCs and has a 5 star rating on NewEgg with over 200 reviews. It SEEMED to be a safe bet, so I went with it.

As for wattage, the PC is very bare-bones, and assuming 100% system load we're only looking at ~375 watts.

BUT this is all new to me, so I am definitely all ears. But before I tear everything out and buy a new PSU I need some explanation on WHY some of you think its a poor quality PSU and/or the wattage is too low.

Anyone have any experience with this particular supply? Also, is there some sort of rule of thumb for what the difference should be between the PSU's wattage rating and the PC's needs at 100% system load? Again this is all new to me. I figured a cushion of 75 watts was enough considering I'm not doing anything to actually push the PC to 100%.

Also, if I do end up having to replace it with a higher wattage unit, are the modular cable ends pretty much universal? Would they plug right into another brand PSU so I would only have to rewire for the MOBO and CPU?

Thanks in advance guys and gals.

Akut 1 Build 1 point 62 months ago

All the cables on a PSU are the same, no matter the brand (as long as it's a standard PSU) Ensure the MOBO wire has the same number of pins as your psu (I know a while back there was 20-pin and 24-pin)

The only reason you'd need to upgrade to a better PSU is if you SLI the 760, or start adding in a crazy amount of PCI/USB/SATA Drives and stuff.

A friend of mine owns a RossWell PSU, and it's been going strong for 2+ years.

As for the overall stability, I woulda went with http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-gs600 . Thats playing it safe.

Boosted-C5 submitter 1 Build 1 point 62 months ago

Thanks for the response Akut.

I am not going to be adding anything to this PC. I just wanted to build something small and simple to play current games at max settings. My goal as far as lifespan is concerned is for this to last me 2 years, and then build an all-out no expense spared rig at the end of 2015/beginning of 2016. At which point I'll take the GPU out of this PC and either use it as just a web browser/MS Office machine or give it to my parents to do the same.

Akut 1 Build 1 point 62 months ago

By 2016, you might need a bit more "oomph", as 1440p will probably start to become standardized. At least waiting till then, you get Haswell-E, DDR4, hopefully a price drop on current SSDs, and possibly an AMD architecture that can fight against Intel on the High-End, dropping current prices of the top-dogs in the i7 world.

As for removing the GPU, you NEED something in there. The FX 6300 dosen't have any sort of iGPU, and as you may have noticed, there is no display port of any kind coming out of the MOBO. Even just getting a 50$ cheapo GPU will do.

Too bad this system is already built, as I woulda recommended going for the FM2 platform over the AM3+, and getting an appropriate CPU.

Boosted-C5 submitter 1 Build 1 point 62 months ago

Akut, you must have been looking at another build just now and accidentally mixed it up with mine. I've got an Intel i5-4570 with HD 4600 integrated graphics, not the AMD FX-6300. So I should be good to remove the GPU in a few years, correct??? The Asus Mobo has plenty of display ports.

Akut 1 Build 1 point 62 months ago

Yep, as I saw a 6300. Sorry bout that. Yeah, you're good to go :P

GTXAMD 2 points 62 months ago

Just saying a 550/600 watt psu can run a gtx 780 and a i7 4770k. LinusTechTips said that himself. Other than that +1 for your build but more pics please.

linsyschopman 1 point 62 months ago

it's not about the wattage, it's about the PSU just being crap in general.

Akut 1 Build 1 point 62 months ago

Check your 12v rail(s) to ensure you're getting enough wattage to the card. As long as the Rail is sufficient, and is within the power supply's rating (bronze, silver, gold, plat), there is no wrong reason to go with it, other than the name stamped on the side of the PSU.

Yes, some brands have been known to have very ****** power supplies, but Rosswell isn't a horrible brand, as the world sets it out to be.

450W is.... OK. (no way!) Yes way. The 760 draws 170W (maybe a tad more for the boost, and more if it's OC) so a 450W PSU, even at Bronze rating, can provide sufficient power for this computer, just don't expect it to last for years.

Bladedrummer 4 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

Maybe take a few more pics showing off the finished product. Congrats on your first build.

billy1234 1 point 60 months ago

i cant see in the picture, the same mobo just arrived from newegg, its saying channel A on for the DIMM slots are the 2 closer to the cpu fan? to do dual channel on this mobo do you put the ram in staggered like a normal mobo? i cant see from picture. thanks.

ahura500 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

So after 21 months ? Does your PSU die?

Boosted-C5 submitter 1 Build 2 points 40 months ago

Nope. I haven't had a single issue. Actually ended up just upgrading a bit and adding a 500GB Samsung EVO SSD since I got it on sale over Black Friday.

JurgaBurga 0 points 62 months ago

Please get a better PSU. Other than that, good build.

Electrospeed 0 points 62 months ago

Don't listen to any of these weirdos, your PSU is fine, in fact, it's a pretty high quality PSU. If it runs, then it runs, and you don't need more wattage.

DC4326 2 Builds 0 points 62 months ago

You really need a better PSU man, as candy said, your PSU will die along with your rig.

Retroman -1 points 62 months ago

Upgrade the PSU asap and upload some more pics :) no +/- from me, not bad but not great either

ravagexx -3 points 62 months ago

only 1 pic? instant -1 from me