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I built this PC primarily to play games like Diablo 3, Elite: Dangerous, and Star Citizen. My goal was to keep the cost low, to have a clean build in a small-ish case, and to improve performance by overclocking the G3258 Pentium Anniversary edition now, while have some upgradability later.

I originally was going to use a Corsair Graphite 380T with a mini-ITX board, and picked up one 8 GB RAM module, rather than a pair so that I could add another 8 GB later. When I decided to switch to a micro-ATX build and case, I ended up with four slots, rather than too, so would have been better off with 2x4 GB.

The case is great for cable management, and I really like the looks of it and the excellent airflow properties. I did have to squeeze the power cable for the Radeon R9 270X in a bit - it is touching the window, which I expect I'll pay for in the future. Maybe I'll get lucky and won't.

I can't say how happy I am with the G3258. At stock speeds it's playing D3 like a champ, which I expected it to. I wasn't sure about ED though, since the recommended (though vague) specs are for a quad-core CPU. I have had no problems running at stock speeds.

The fans are nice and quiet, and the Seidon 120V has way more cooling capacity than the processor needs at stock clock. At 3.2 GHz idle temps hover around 30 C, and 35 C under load.

I've spent a fair bit of time working on overclocking this build, as it is my first time overclocking. It's been a time consuming process, and by now I probably should have just spent a bit more on a better CPU. I was going carefully, since it is my first time with this process. I just finished a 24 hour stress test at 4.4 GHz, and expect that I can get a bit more performance out of the rig. I had about an 11 hour test before hitting an error at 4.5 GHz and decided to dial back the speed a bit to get stable before pushing forward.

At 4.4 GHz, temps average 63 C or so under load according to RealTemp.

Update 3/19/2015 Unfortunately the CPU cooler pump stopped working about a month ago. I contacted CoolerMaster support and am undergoing the RMA process. Support has been helpful and good to work with. They're experiencing warehouse delays which are frustrating, but otherwise I am happy with the support I'm getting. I'll update when I get a replacement, as it sounds like the Seidon 120V isn't stocked and I'll get a Nepton 120XL instead.

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  • 63 months ago
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+1 for such an amazing overclock! You really got lucky on the chip lottery

  • 63 months ago
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Thanks, though I don't know if I got lucky or if this model is just that good overall. Many other people report overclocks like this. It's one of the reasons I picked up this chip. The price, the OC potential (and the fun that I expected to come along with it) sold me.

  • 63 months ago
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I got 4.4 on mine as well, although I sit around 70 degrees with a Hyper212 Evo. I'm hoping that if I pick up a better mobo, I might be able to squeeze a little more out of it.

  • 63 months ago
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yes you got lucky. I can only push to 4.2Ghz with 68C under the load

  • 63 months ago
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nice build +1

  • 63 months ago
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Nice build!

My new build is very similar to yours with a similar mindset, so I need to ask: how is Elite Dangerous faring with the G3258?

  • 63 months ago
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Thanks!

ED is running very nicely. I haven't tried it since getting the stable overclock, but it was running very smoothly. Very occasionally it pauses when coming out of FTL into super cruise, but otherwise it is very nice. I'll set up some monitoring next time I play and post quantitative results. But lacking numbers I can say I am very happy with how it looks and is running.

Also, I really like the Thrustmaster HOTAS X setup. There's a pretty good mapping you can find on the forums and save yourself a lot of work setting it up yourself. I grabbed it and put it here. [REMOVED]

  • 63 months ago
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  • 63 months ago
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Ok - trying that link one more time! HOTAS X Setup

And I measured ED and it was running at 60 FPS consistently. CPU wasn't 100%, had a bit of room on it, and temp stayed around 45C.

Let me know if there are any other bit of info you're interested in, as I saved of my MSI Afterburner's data.

  • 63 months ago
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Good to hear! I'm a little interested in ED so good to see that the G3258 can cope.

Out of interest, how many volts are you putting through the CPU to get stable at 4.4Ghz? I needed 1.351v to keep it stable at that level, so I've dropped it back down to 4.3Ghz with 1.31v.

  • 63 months ago
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I have my core multiplier at 44, and the uncore multiplier at 40.

VRIN = 2.070 Vcore = 1.270 Vring = 1.111

Here's a great guide for Haswell OCs. It's aimed at Core processors, rather than the pentium, but the concepts are applicable.

  • 63 months ago
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It's beautiful! +1

  • 62 months ago
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hi very nice. I have the same case..i saw you have a second exhaust fan. I am thinking the same. Does it make any worthwhile investment to add that second fan?

  • 62 months ago
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Hi - thanks for the comment!

I don't remember now if I had the extra fan or it came with the case, but the motherboard supported it. So it didn't cost me anything to add. As you can see, I have four fans including the CPU cooler radiator. I am very happy with the airflow as I have it now. I get good intake from the front and bottom and exhaust from the top and to a lesser extent back.

I also have the fans pretty low, and the cooling is good. If you had fewer fans I am sure you could achieve the same result with a bit higher RPM, and of course the trade off is sound level.

My take is this - these fans are pretty cheap compared to everything else. I think three fans would be ok, or two if you spin 'em up. For the extra couple dollars, adding one is nice to keep everything quiet.

  • 62 months ago
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thanks. I am wondering that too what kind of stock fan that came with the case. 3 stock fans come with the case

  • 61 months ago
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Nice to hear this runs ED nicely, I am building something very similar, similar mobo and same cpu, just gonna use a GTX960 I think. I have ED running on my 7770/i7 Dell but want to build a project pc and try over clocking etc.

Damn those prices are cheap though, that cooler is £50 over here!

Great build dude :)