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Pentium Anniversary Edition gaming build *Updated 7/18/2014*

by BlackMachDown

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Details

Date Published

July 2, 2014

Date Built

June 28, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

4.0GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

900MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.6GHz

Description

So I won some money at the casino and had a few parts laying around so why not build a new computer. I was going to buy an i3 but saw that micro center had the anniversary chip out and for sale so why the hell not.

CPU: So far its snappy but I wouldn't use it for anything heavy duty like video encoding. Facebook, email, office etc it works really well. Where it shines is in games like sc2, titanfall etc. Games that don't require a lot of threads or cores. Plus it over clocks very well!

MB: so far ASRock has not unlocked the over clocking options on this board so I might buy a z97 and use the pentium as a stop gap for an i5. Other than that I like it.

Storage: par for the course I had these laying around so I just threw them in the build.

Memory: had it laying around.

Video card: I had an r9 270 on a previous build...this one is just as good!

Case: Not really my favorite case after building in a nzxt or cooler master. I'll probably move this build into a corsair case.

PSU: modular and had a ton of positive ratings on the part sites.

WiFi adapter: 300mbps works well for gaming and streaming.

IF anyone is curious...the parts that i had already ive listed the prices below ram: 69.99 ssd: 69.99 hd: 54.99 case: 30.00 (rebate) wifi adapter: 19.99

which brings my total to: 561.85... not the cheapest build but i think worth it.

UPDATE:

Got the new ASRock z97M PRO4 installed. Had to update the BIOS to overclock the Chip. I'm a n00b to this but the update does have some predetermined settings. So far with my chip i have a stable 4.0 Overclock going. With that I get a solid 60fps on titanfall at 1080p with maxed settings and no AA. BF4 I run high settings at 60 FPS. So far I am impressed. Just need to read some more on messing with the OC so I can get higher clock speeds

UPDATE 7/18/2014

Switched over to a corsair 350d and added some blue cables since the new case has a window!

Comments Sorted by:

PotatoRotato 1 Build 10 points 10 months ago

Sweet build for the price. Let me know how far you can OC that CPU :)

BlackMachDown submitter 11 Builds 3 points 10 months ago

I will!

I also have a corsair h60 I can throw on there if need be

Jwood013 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

You should put the H60 in there now. It won't hurt anything.

Great build too! I love the parts and your cable management is fantastic!

BlackMachDown submitter 11 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks! I'll try on air first...a couple of sites have guys reaching 4.7 ghz on the stock cooler :eek:

nehemiahawesome1 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

ikr most people do 4.5

godofchuck 1 Build 7 points 10 months ago

Do yourself a favor and overclock the balls off that pentium.

BlackMachDown submitter 11 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

Oh I will, and the r7 too..

srs922 1 Build 4 points 10 months ago

For more "WOW!" information on that CPU I highly suggest you watch this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evXpqpNhu_Y

kylepatrickswan 3 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

Might want to return that mobo when you can and pick up Z97 board as you say in the description.

kylepatrickswan 3 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

btw, sooo lucky you're close enough to a Micro Center :(

pegotico 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

nice cable management +1

Nightwing324 2 points 10 months ago

Will this play Skyrim, and ESO, and if so what graphics settings?

lordkennedy99 1 point 6 months ago

The Pentium is powerful enough to play BF4 on Ultra 1080p at a solid 60 fps (with the 780 Ti [as you can see here in a comparison of the 4790K and the G3258: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUlS5Q7tEJI ]), so the processor is definitely capable. The GPU can for sure handle both games as well. You can see gameplay (of BF4 Ultra) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1amIBOs_6A

TL;DR: Yes

Gpanos 1 Build 2 points 4 months ago

Nice build !! I recently built a similar one, with a B85 Asus I oc to 4.2Ghz. What voltage do you use for the 4.0Ghz? Have you changed the cache clock/voltage?

jacwa1001405 2 points 2 months ago

+1 because you play SC2

BlackMachDown submitter 11 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks!

Gearzyy 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Ive been wanting to see a build with this CPU! How is it working out for you? +1

Ryio5 1 point 10 months ago

Definitely get a Z97 board! You could probably get it to 5GHz.

MainManMilez 5 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

I thought the "H" chipsets didn't support overclocking?

boofheadfred -3 points 10 months ago

They don't. :)

BlackMachDown submitter 11 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

Asus, MSI, and gigabyte have press releases saying that their h97 and b97 chipsets can oc the new pentium chip and the devils canyon chips. I jumped the gun and thought ASRock's would too, but they just went ahead and are releasing a special MB instead. BTW my z97 board is ordered, I'll update when its installed and oc'ed

MainManMilez 5 Builds -1 points 10 months ago

So why is he talking about overclocking? He'll need a new board before he can really put that H60 to use.

boofheadfred 1 point 10 months ago

"MB: so far ASRock has not unlocked the over clocking options on this board so I might buy a z97 and use the pentium as a stop gap for an i5. Other than that I like it." - the desc.

Learn to read :)

700mAdOg700 1 point 10 months ago

Hope you have a good time with your rig. Cant wait till I save up enough to build my gaming rig.

PCMan416 1 point 10 months ago

Nice budget build! How many FPS do you get on Minecraft @ Max Settings?

BlackMachDown submitter 11 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

not sure yet, waiting for my z97 board to come in on monday

PCMan416 1 point 10 months ago

ok, that's cool

daniel_43 1 point 10 months ago

is it smooth on ultra gaming???? i want to build the same CPU but the mobo I want use asrock h97-itx/ac

BlackMachDown submitter 11 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

see the youtube link above... averages 70 fps in bf4!

daniel_43 1 point 10 months ago

pls comment my gaming build..i dint know if my rig can run ultra gaming :( http://pcpartpicker.com/user/daniel_43/saved/RK848d

ReDnAx1991 7 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

You sure there isn't a bios update for the Motherboard? I would look into that if I were you, if you didn't do that already of course.

For those who don't know what we are talking about, the CPU is unlocked and because of this CPU Motherboard manufacturers are making H and B motherboards able to overclock.

Love this build, great job on the cabble management! I also have bought that CPU but it is more like a trophy for me just sitting in its box on my bookshelf as I also owned a PC with the very first Pentium I processor :P I just bought it for funsies :P +1!

BlackMachDown submitter 11 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

I checked there isn't :(...im kind of upset because their h97 and z97 board look identical ! i bet it is but has to sort of lock out for OC

BlackMachDown submitter 11 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Just so everyone knows Microcenter is having a killer sale on the g3258 CPU and an ATX MSI Z97 board for $99.00....making this build even better/cheaper!

JamzterS9 1 point 10 months ago

On intel website it says the G3258 supports upto DDR3-1333

BULLSEYE 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Nice build, have a few questions (planning to buy this CPU): 1. with your current graphic's card how much fps do you get on 1080p ultra quality on the games you are playing? 2. Did you overclock it? if so, to how much? how is the temperature while overclocked on load? Thanks

Lord_Havershot 1 point 10 months ago

My friend recently bought this processor, It can run Battlefield 4 on ultra
1080p, It has trouble keeping it a solid 60fps. But neverless, It's an Athlon destroyer

BULLSEYE 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

alright thanks

TooGood 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

IF you OC the ever-loving crap out of that processor, you can actually get some pretty great results. As in go toe-to-toe with the X4-760K (IIRC) and even pull better frames. It's pretty interesting.

BlackMachDown submitter 11 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Everything I have seen indicates that this at stock clocks smokes an OC 750k.

TooGood 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

There we go, that's the one.

InvincibleFlash1008 1 point 9 months ago

Nice rig especially for its price :)

BlackMachDown submitter 11 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Thank You!

friedfacekkk 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

+1

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froggeraj 1 point 8 months ago

What fps do you get in minecraft and feed the beast?

TheMongrel 1 point 8 months ago

Great cable management, Would Bang 8/10

Neovizard 1 point 8 months ago

Neat cable management.

ShamarHoltz 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

A lot of love for this build :) from everyone here too..._^

Nice dude. I'm thinking bout getting a g3258 to go with my 7770, but I can't decide between a FX 6300 or the g3258. The pentium is a bit more expensive with a board

Ksongs 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

If the pentium is going to cost more I'd go with the fx 6300. The pentium is a great CPU but in cpu intensive programs or games it's going to be a lot slower than an i3 or 6300 even when overclocked. If you live near a microcenter they have a bundle the pentium with a z97 board for $100.

ShamarHoltz 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

can you send me a link for that combo? I can't seem to find it on the site

brandonhu 1 point 3 months ago

I got that combo, and I can vouch for it's reliability, and OC Genie is great.

DavisTheWalrus 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

if you plan to keep this computer id upgrade to a low end i5 for a quad core because that dual core isnt gonna cut it within the next few years

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brandonhu 1 point 3 months ago

How did manual OCing the PAE work? I just can't manually OC my PAE on my Z97 PC Mate no matter what I do. Ugh.

BlackMachDown submitter 11 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Just a quick update....this computer is no more! Her guts have been violently ripped out and transplanted in a new body. She is no longer my main PC she has become my new server. Stay tuned for three new builds from me!

HeatFinFan 1 point 1 month ago

You had no problems with the 1600 memory ram? I thought the CPU only supported DDR3-1333

BlackMachDown submitter 11 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

The ram just runs at 1333

HeatFinFan 1 point 1 month ago

So it's pointless to to put 1600 RAM memory for this CPU?.. I was planning on buying the 3258CPU with a Gigabyte b85 (supports 1333/1600) memory and 1600 Memory sticks.. Would it just read its slowest speed instead?

BlackMachDown submitter 11 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Not really that 1600 mhz ram will still work when you upgrade the cpu to another cpu. Yeah it will just run at 1333 mhz

HeatFinFan 1 point 1 month ago

Alright, thanks man.

pyrogab29 1 point 14 days ago

Hi, nice build you got there! What frame rates are you getting for games ?

BlackMachDown submitter 11 Builds 1 point 10 days ago

I was getting 60 fps on high if I bump to ultra around 30-45 fps, my wife is now rocking a similar build and she is happy when she plays sc2 and hearthstone and mine craft

Qbuo 0 points 1 month ago

Might wanna get an aftermarket CPU cooler like the 212 evo for a better OC.

BlackMachDown submitter 11 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Stock cooler is surprisingly adequate for the chip. Besides its now a home server so no more overclocks!