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#41 11 years ago
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#42 11 years ago

Looks like a pretty good build. Just a little nitpick, but I'd personally go with a little more expensive/nicer PSU more in the 600-700 w range with dual 12+v rails. Nice processor!




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#43 11 years ago

Very cool build. Nice mobo too, good choice.




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#44 11 years ago

Shintsu;3908211Looks like a pretty good build. Just a little nitpick, but I'd personally go with a little more expensive/nicer PSU more in the 600-700 w range with dual 12+v rails. Nice processor![/quote]Is it really necessary? I've looked and going up to even 600 kicks the price up a bit.

[quote=EpicLoad;3909099]Very cool build. Nice mobo too, good choice.

The mobo is my area of least expertise so I can thank my friend for that one. Now I just have to order the parts which I'll probaly do sometime next week. Thanks a lot, you guys have been a great help.




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#45 11 years ago
Afterburner;3909390Is it really necessary? I've looked and going up to even 600 kicks the price up a bit.

Not really unless you do SLI. I would suggest getting a better brand than Rosewill though. Something around 500 watts should do. Check the +12v amperage to see that it meets your video card's minimum requirements.

Here's a list of good PSU's. Look in Tier 3 for good ones that won't break the bank.

Here's a list that someone put together with the max +12v amperage on all PSUs as it's not always easy info to come by.




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#46 11 years ago

I'd say build your own PC, you'll either end up with higher quality for the money you paid or with less money spent. You don't really have to know a lot to put a PC together, read a couple of guides - the only remotely tricky thing is applying the right amount of thermal paste to the CPU, everything else is just plugging things into slots and connecting the cables.

As for Oblivion, my pc is an AMD 3200+ venice with ATI1900 card and 1gb of RAM. This is enough to run Oblivion maxed out with only the slightest of stutters every once in a while.




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#47 11 years ago

Oblivious;3909405Not really unless you do SLI. I would suggest getting a better brand than Rosewill though. Something around 500 watts should do. Check the +12v amperage to see that it meets your video card's minimum requirements.

Here's a list of good PSU's. Look in Tier 3 for good ones that won't break the bank.

Here's a list that someone put together with the max +12v amperage on all PSUs as it's not always easy info to come by.

I disagree, have you ever actually used a Rosewill? I've had a Rosewill RD500-2DB for half a year now and it's never given me any problems, and I'm running an E6600 and a 7900GS Overclocked GC, about 5 case fans, 2 DVD drives, and 3 HDDs. I love Rosewill, I even have a 52in1 Card Reader and a PCIe 3.0GB SATA II HDD Controller from them.




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#48 11 years ago

With many PSs it's a matter of what you use it for. Personally, I would not trust a PS with no more than 16A on either 12v rail and only 65% efficiency, those are crap numbers for a gaming rig. Also, 6 months is nothing to gage a good PS by. I also have issues with Rosewill's support and tech knowledge in general, or lack thereof. I have only bought one item from them being a KB as they were a new and unfamiliar brand when I made the purchase so I didn't want to spend too much not knowing about them ($10). It's key layout is nice and well positioned/shaped but there are a couple problems with it. It will not work with a PS2 adapter like it's supposed to, not even with the supplied or downloaded PS2 driver. Many have had issues as well with the L Ctrl key having weak contact. Sometimes you have to tap it twice, I experience this myself. These problems when discussed with Rosewill were issues they were oblivious to. They said they would try to contact the R&D team about the PS2 not working (after I talked them into it) but they never did. Without it I can't even boot into the BIOS or safemode. I actually have to plug in an old PS2 KB I bought used to do that. As always, you get what you pay for and if you're paying for an entire gaming rig, it's best to use a PS brand with good solid numbers and long term reputation behind it. There's SO many gamers out there that select the best they can possible afford with all the data flow parts, then think they're OK cutting costs on the PS. It just doesn't make sense to me.




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#49 11 years ago

Well, It could be the fact that I don't need a very high end PSU since I'm not running anything like an 8800 Ultra or Quad Core processor. And why should you be able to judge a company as a whole based upon a part of their inventory. And a lot of companies have crappy tech support, that's because tech support is made for people who have no idea what they are doing on a computer. Sometimes companies can't answer questions posed by more knowledgeable people.




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#50 11 years ago

You don't need an 8800 Ultra or quad core CPU to require a good, stable, efficient PS. In fact, a PS' strain is very relative to it's spec and the system it's placed in. Even if you match PS spec with system spec well you need to account for the types of games you play and how long your sessions are. And I'm not judging Rosewill just on a part of their inventory but how they handled, or rather didn't handle it, aside from their PS spec as mentioned. A reputable company would have recalled those KBs rather than pretending it was an "introductory discount" on a new product, as they tried to BS me with. I also beg to differ with you on tech support, a reliable brand name WILL have knowledgeable AND responsible tech support and it makes a huge difference for the little extra you pay. Whatever else you pay extra is the quality of the build and superior specs, which also make a big difference. Antec, PC Power & Cooling, etc, THESE are manufacturers that actually care about the products they build and the customers that buy them and they have the reputation to back it up. Bottom line, barring any exceptions where competively speced PSs very greatly in price, you don't really pay "extra" for a better one, as you get what you pay for. You may get lucky with the cheaper one you bought, but most whom build a gaming rig would rather not rely on luck, at least not those whom have had enough experience to know what happens when a cheap one craps out along with their "tech" support.