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I built this for a friend's brother (~12 y/o) who's starting to get into PC gaming and needed an adequate PC for it. This is his Christmas gift, and his parents told me they could spend up to $1200. However, his most played games are League of Legends and Minecraft, so I figured I'd make aesthetics one of the top priorities with a great case, and the Corsair Fans, rather than having price/performance be the only focus.

He chose out the case himself (out of several recommendations made by me), which turned out to be great to build in, and quite beautiful, despite it being really expensive for a Pentium build. Overall though, it runs what he needs it to run, and then some, and he seems content with it.

One of my goals was to get almost every part at a good individual price, and I would say I succeeded at that goal, all things considering.

Currently the GPU is at stock, and the G3258 is at 4.3 since it's more than enough for now, and I'll clock it higher later if need be. I'd be happy to answer any questions for you guys, and would love to hear any suggestions or comments!

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  • 62 months ago
  • 5 points

CPU: The little monster of a Dual Core is cheap, and powerful in single thread processes, which is perfect for gaming. I got this at Microcenter along with the Z97 Mobo for 100 AR.

CPU Cooler: Overkill, but looks fantastic, and was a lot cheaper than retail because I bought a refurbished unit off of Newegg. By the way, the refurbished unit is perfect so far. It comes with a 1 year warranty, as opposed to 3, but really, I couldn't even tell it was refurbished besides the sticker on the box that denoted it was.

RAM: $60 for 8 GB of DDR3 is pretty solid nowadays, and 1866 is just a little bonus.

SSD: 240GB for $80 after rebate, and the performance is pretty solid for a budget SSD.

HDD: Used a 10% off coupon at Newegg while this drive was at around $52, to get this down to 48, which isn't bad, as it usually hovers around 50.

Video Card: Blue was a must have here. Purchased it used at /r/hardwareswap for $240, and it's been running without issues for now. The Vapor-X is a very cool card (double meaning intended), and IMO looks great with the rest of the build.

Case: Almost too good of a case, considering the Pentium G3258, but it's fantastic. The only complaint I have was the fan controller was broken when I first got it, I had to use some extra wire for the power to connect properly. In addition, a few of the pins were bent. Besides that, build quality was solid, its great for managing cables, and looks really nice on top of that. I had a 10% off coupon, so I got it for 135 rather than 150.

PSU: Standard 550W from Corsair. 550W is probably pushing some limits with a 290, but it's been chugging away gracefully so far. $40 after a $20 rebate.

Monitor: I'm not sure if the right model is listed., but the monitor I got was a Grade B Refurbished 24' monitor from ArrowDirect for half off, amounting to about $65. It's 1980 x 1200, its not even LED backlit, and it's kinda huge, but it was cheap, and picture quality is great, so there's not much to complain about.

Fans: The ever so popular Corsair ringed fans, they've almost become a must have for color coordinated builds. I bought them open box off of eBay, much cheaper than they would've been retail. No complaints, everything was included, and they seem to run perfectly.

Misc: The Hue was purchased as Open Box on clearance from Micro Center, and the Nighthawk was part of a Black Friday sale.

I didn't want the main post to be too cluttered so I put it here.

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

When I saw the prices of the components I was bummed there wasn't a more detailed description on the part choices and how/where you got them from but then I saw this at the bottom I got super stoked and had to read it :D Thx for posting, I never really looked into r/hardwareswap before now, so pretty cool to find that (I already posted on there! thanks again) and great price on the vapor-x 290!

  • 62 months ago
  • 4 points

I died a little on the inside when I saw a dual-core in a >$850 build. I don't care how far you can OC it, considering that SOO many new games are (and will be) heavily threaded (watch_dogs, anyone?) that was a really poor choice in my opinion.

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

Yeah I understand choosing the Pentium in a build with a really tight budget. But I think he could have went with an i5 4460 or something like that here, 4690 even and still stayed in budget. It would be somewhat future-proof like that, but whatever, if he's only gaming he won't notice much of a difference now. Great build nonetheless :)

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, but is the kid playing watchdogs? most played games are LoL and Minecraft.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Your point would make sense if people never got tired of games they play a lot, and never like to try new games. However, unless this kid is the most boring person on the planet, that is most likely not the case.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Then he could upgrade. My european side agrees with you, my Native American side doesn't... Screw my ancestors...

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

I'd agree with the upgrade route. If/when the kid moves to more CPU heavy games, that can be a present on it's own (birthday). The pentium is a throw away item. If the build had been really balanced, upgrades would be a tougher choice and you would end up saying 'I spent $200 on this GPU 6 months ago FFS now I'm upgrading and spemnding another $300, what a waste of money'.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Eventually, he'll have Xeon E7, several 4k monitors, etc if he keeps upgrading.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

As far I can tell, the games that don't run well on the G3258 are the ones that are poorly optimized. I used the benchmarks on the Pentium from Tom's Hardware to base my decision, as it seems that the Pentium gives perfectly acceptable rates for most games, especially given its price, allowing me some money to spend on a flashy build, which lets be honest, is pretty important to most twelve year olds. It also shares the same chipset as other Haswell Refresh chips, so upgrading in the future would be a breeze, if the G3258 didn't have that attribute, I definitely wouldn't have chose it.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/pentium-g3258-overclocking-performance,3849-4.html

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

"Poorly Optimized", huh?

Often times, these new "poortly optimized" games are actually well optimized... if you meet the recommended system requirements. Watch_dogs is the poster child for this. If you meet the recommended system requirements (4gb vram and an 8 thread, reasonably fast cpu. Much like the ps4/ xbox one have) it runs well, but if you are trying to run it off of an i5 or other similar < 8 thread processor... you get issues.

With the new consoles, 8 thread optimization will become more and more common, hence why I think a 2 core 2 thread cpu like you have is a bad idea, and I would never buy it.

Then again, that's just me.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Or maybe Watch_Dogs was actually poorly optimized...

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

I wish there was a "favorites" for me to add builds to...

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Aww, thank you so much :)

It would indeed be neat to bookmark favorite completed builds, I know I've seen a few that I would like to keep saved somewhere.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

I actually kind of like it. The pentium is sooo powerful for the price. Aslong it's overclocked it's a fantastic little monster. And one day, He'll still be able to get his hands on a used i7 for 100-150 dollars and upgrade, because right now the preformance needed to game from the proccessor, isn't that demanding. - But it's nice looking for sure. +1

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a bunch!

That was actually my rationale as well, it's really convenient that its the same chipset as I7-4790k, and makes for a great upgrade path for sure.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

How's the Hue?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty great really, there isn't much to complain about, full RGB control at the front of your computer is super sweet. It didn't stick too well though, it kept falling off after a few hours, but I'll attribute that one to the fact that I bought it open box and some of the adhesive wasn't perfect. Some small strips of electrical tape fixed the problem pretty easily.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Yea the hue adhesive isn't amazing. I can speak from experience lol

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I was thinking about buying that for my build, and I just wanted to ask someone who owned it. Thanks for telling me!

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

One of the 5.25 inch drive bay covers on the front looks cracked in the second to last photo, but it must just be a smudge on the camera as it looks fine in all others

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

EWWWW DELL MONITOR

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry i cringe when ever i see the word dell

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Dell monitors are great, it's there PCs you need to watch out for.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah i guess thats true... I still cringe at the sight of dell tho

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

personal preferences

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

The build is aesthetically beautiful and I can tell a lot of work has gone into it. I think you did a great job in making a build that will be easily upgradeable later while still offering the performances he requires today. +1 thank you for posting this

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

HAHAHA THE BOTTLENECK IS REAL. WHY WOULD YOU EVEN CONSIDER GETTING THAT CPU???

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

What's up with the RAM? Are they in side by side slots?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah they are, for some reason when the motherboard wouldn't boot with them in dual chanel configuaration. I pretty much gave up and left it the way it is now, maybe I'll mess with it some more later.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great. Have you tested any demanding games with the build? If so how does the OC'd Pentium hold up?

Also you could rout the bottom SATA cable through the bottom left hand slot.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, haven't tested out any demanding games really, only Fire Strike so far. These were the benchmarks I based my decision on though.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

What mouse will the little guy be using?

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

He had a Razer Naga that he transferred over, definitely not something I would've recommend, but it works.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

That front 200mm fan is pulling air into the case, right? And the 2 120mm fans on the drive cage are blowing out, right? That means all those fans are canceling each other out.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe the front fan is blowing out as well, I'll double check

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I love this build!!.. ATM i got my g3258 and msi pc mate motherboard on its way. Soon i will be getting the same case (fell in love with it the moment i saw it when it came out) and also getting the h100i. Later this summer = i7-4790k and a 290 or 290x :D

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

This build is HILARIOUS!!!!!!!!! XD

  • 62 months ago
  • 0 points

I would've gone with an I3 if you we're gonna cheap out on the processor. The pentium is a OC monster for super budget builds, 1k I just feel you could've done better. I understand cheaping out on the i5 gives you a 100 more on a cpu, but you could've went amd for about the same price.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

[These[(http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/pentium-g3258-overclocking-performance,3849-4.html) are the benchmarks that I used to choose the processor, it seems that it holds up perfectly fine to an i3, or AMD's similar options when overclocked.

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