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Sub $400 Budget Gaming Build - Romulus - (My First Build)

by Sirpz



Date Published

Jan. 12, 2016

Date Built

Jan. 9, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.02 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.4 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

78.0° C


Hey everyone, I'm a 15 year old guy who has been into the idea of game/software development since about 3rd grade, and I started learning different programming languages at around 7th grade. I've had my ASUS ROG G750JW since 8th grade and it has served me well, as much as I originally wanted a desktop in the first place, it kept up with modern games. About a year ago I really got into hardware, I am almost completely 'self taught' by watching Linus tech tips videos and similar creators almost religiously. I really wanted the upgradeability of a desktop PC as my trusty laptop was starting to not be able to handle current games at a stable 40-60 fps. So earlier this year I got really dedicated to wanted to build a PC, I'm too young to get a job, and I don't have many resources around me to make money, so come Christmas time I managed to convince my parents to let me get parts for my new computer. Just a few days ago I built it, but it wasn't running, I was tinkering around with it, and I was ready to RMA the parts back to newegg, I managed to get it working, after assembling it twice and disassembling it. Since I haven't got my wireless adapter yet, I haven't been able to run much, however I intend to update this completed build ASAP once I do. Heres my reviews for the parts (Subject to change as I use them more)

Update I somehow managed to get the deepcool gammaxx 400 on my processor, even though I almost bent my mobo, it decreased my idle temps like 13 degrees C, its HUGE though, almost doesnt fit in my case by like 2mm (it came with the motherboard)

It was my first build so there was a slight learning curve, when I first built it, it took me like 4 hours since my cable management was horrendous, and I put in my GPU before some of my case connectors, along with an hour trying to figure out that dreaded heatsink, second time I built it, I had it done in about 30 minutes. I intend to slowly upgrade these parts, especially when I get a job over the summer.

(Sorry about the low quality pics, I can get better ones if requested)

Part Reviews


Pretty good, great for budget systems, runs things well as long as you turn down some settings on some more CPU intensive stuff

Thermal Compound

****. didn't bother using it since it came out really watery and clumpy


Decent motherboard, good for a budget but I wouldn't really recommend, its a little confusing to find your way around it, unfortunatly does not have 3.0 headers.


RAM is RAM, although I recommend going with HyperX Fury 1x8gb, thats my only regret with my system


Don't buy it. it's done its job for this long, but thats probably a record, it makes horrendous grinding noises often, the only perk is it was cheap.

Video Card

The card is decent, but I'm giving it 1 star for how ****** PNY's customer service is, AND the fact it has a ******* mini HDMI port. plus you have to push up on the port for the monitor to display since of some problem with sag.


Extremely cheap case, sucks to build in, cable management is a joke, theres no top dust filter, the front panel feels like you break it off every time you need to take it off, don't buy unless you really can't afford to spend an extra $10-$20

Power Supply

For the love of all that is holy, do not buy. I bought it to last me for like 6 months til I could get a replacement. never buy a PSU that's not 80+ and under $15. Every day I turned on my computer I felt like I was playing Russian Roulette. The box it came in literally fell apart when I opened 1 flap, it wasn't in any type of secure packaging, and oh god don't even get me started on the one massive clump of ketchup and mustard cables spewing out of it

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EagleByte 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

Dang, man. Looks like you just waited a bunch of money, based on your reviews. Feel bad for you.

RedModjo_ 1 point 39 months ago

Not bad, what does it run and at what settings? solid build m8!

Sirpz submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Eh, I've been running benchmarks, here are the scores:

PassMark: 1963.7 3D-Mark -Fire Strike: 3804 -Sky Diver: 10646 -Ice Storm: 78303

for some reason it can't run fallout 4, even though the specs say it should be able to, I'm troubleshooting the issue. However it seems to be able to run most games fairly well. Skyrim at high settings (even though it should be able to run it at ultra) Otherwise, I think you should be able to run most games, with the exception of battlefront, and fallout 4 (for now)

Sirpz submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Edit I can run fallout 4 at ultra with 80fps and 60 heavily modded. the problem was fallout 4 was capping my framerate at 30fps for some reason, I only tried to play it again like a week ago and noticed that

ThePedro8161 1 Build 2 points 27 months ago

I've looked into the 750ti a bit, and all I've seen for fallout 4 ultra benchmarks is 30fps. I'm not sure 80 is correct, let alone 60 for heavily modded.

Sirpz submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

that was on 720p

ThePedro8161 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Ah, that makes more sense.

Blue51 1 point 39 months ago

I would recommend removing the power supply right now that psychology is terrible

Extrodius 5 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

"should have gone with the EVGA SSC 750ti" too bad im pretty sure that doesn't exist :p

Extrodius 5 Builds -2 points 38 months ago

You just linked me the 750 ti SC. That is not the same as SSC

rakib3367 1 Build 3 points 31 months ago


Sirpz submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

It does

TeraBuilds 1 point 29 months ago

What is the boot time of your pc? I'm just curious

Sirpz submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

From turn on to login, 3 seconds at most, from being usable after login, maybe like 15-20 seconds, I don't know that exact time because I typically do something else in that time, it could be like 10 seconds

Dododogdodo 1 point 24 months ago

That's awesome because we are the same age and i'm in the exact same situation! This is a great build and its super solid for this price point. Nice!

Kingvincent -1 points 38 months ago

This is not a bad build. Although the only thing i kinda don't like is the cpu. Its not because that i hate AMD but if you are focusing on building a gaming pc, then i prefer the Intel Pentium G3258. Im not a computer genius but i think i have some tips to help you. This cpu is so good that when you overclock it to around 4.2-4.7 ghz, it can outrun an intel core i3 and even take on an Intel core i5 for lower than half the price. Besides the cpu, everything else is really, really good. Nice job on this computer, i might actually make this build someday.

Sirpz submitter 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

Yes, I know the advantages of the pentium, however I thought the quad-core is better for games (since most games are more optimized for quad core now), and I have heard stories saying how both are great, but I do appreciate the feedback, but If you build this, change the GPU (PNY sucks, get an EVGA superclocked 750ti) and change the PSU like I will asap. its cheap as hell

ThePedro8161 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Games mostly run single/dual core, so quad core doesn't help much. I'd recommend the Pentium.

Sirpz submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Yea, I recently upgraded to an i5 6600k, the x4 860k did me pretty well

ThePedro8161 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Definitely a good upgrade

PC_tryhard 2 points 35 months ago

g3258 is good, but I love the 860k much more. You might get a better overclock and maybe 5 or so better FPS, but you can't record, or do basically any multitasking. Some people only run one program at once, but I, personally am the kind of guy who reccords my crappy aim on bo2, and runs 15 chrome tabs at the same time. It depends on preference. Also, some of the newer games just straight up require quad core processors, so it's worth the extra 5 bucks

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Sirpz submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Nope, my good friend actually bought me an EVGA 650w Gold psu for my bday, I wanted to get that outta there asap

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