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OC Build Update $450 ($150 after Isis-Serve Promo)

by bsmlk



Date Published

July 11, 2014

Date Built

July 8, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

4.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

58.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.356 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.4 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

41.0° C


Updated from this first build

Added new CPU/mobo combo to overclock system to 4.5GHz. I mainly use the desktop for CAD modeling software and some gaming (League of Legends).

CPU: Found an awesome deal at the local Micro Center on the new Haswell-refresh "K" unlocked multiplier CPU. Currently running at 4.5 GHz air-cooled.

CPU Cooler: Finally installed the Zalman OPTIMA with the included thermal compound sample.

MOBO: Purchased CPU/MOBO combo at Micro Center for $100. First time overclocking the CPU through the BIOS.

Currently waiting on the new TP Link TL-WN722N, as the older TL-WN725N model is not compatible with my Comcast wireless gateway.

NOTE: Improved cable management with new build, as compared to my first desktop.

UPDATE: Added Asus DVD burner for $16

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xx116xx 3 Builds 8 points 53 months ago

You downgraded your CPU?

joelboning 1 Build 3 points 53 months ago

This. Why did you downgrade?

bsmlk submitter 6 Builds -2 points 53 months ago

I don't see it as a downgrade, but an upgrade for the ability to overclock the CPU to run faster. I swapped out the original CPU/mobo to try overclocking and to test the limits of my air-cooled system.

candy 2 Builds 4 points 53 months ago

Even if you overclock a lot, you won't be able to reach the performance of that i3

istealunderwear 9 Builds 4 points 53 months ago

When overclock the gaming preformance is pretty similar, but i terms of multi threaded stuff the i3 wins for sure.

LeOrange 0 points 53 months ago

Both i3's and Pentiums have 2 cores.

Cheeze101 5 points 53 months ago

But... But... The hyperthreading on i3??

nerdymosh 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

That Pacific has been able to peform at i5 levels from what i've heard!

candy 2 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

Do you mean processor?

From what I've heard it only performs that well in gaming when overclocked

nerdymosh 1 Build 2 points 53 months ago

Look at the review on Toms hardware

BlackMachDown 22 Builds 3 points 53 months ago

Plus 1 for Pentium ae bros!

Although I would have stayed with the i3, but hey whatever makes you happy!

bsmlk submitter 6 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

Thanks, yeah I wanted to swap out the i3 for the Pentium to transition to a newer lga1150 cpu when prices drop. I purchased the protection plan at Micro Center so I can squeeze every bit of performance from the overclock lol.

BlackMachDown 22 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

good deal!! I was impatient so I missed out on the combo deal...tonight I swap in my z97 board!

bsmlk submitter 6 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

Thanks! Yeah, I was devastated when I missed the first Newegg combo deal on July 4th, but I got lucky the day after with this current combo lol. Let me know how the OC using the stock cooler goes!

BlackMachDown 22 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

So far its going ok, since I'm learning as I go, I have a stable 4.0 GHZ overclock...working my way to a 4.5 and then I'll bring out the corsair h60i I have.

gugu96 19 Builds 2 points 53 months ago

3.2ghz cpu pushed at 4.7? man, we're back at the good old days of the celeron 300MHz overclocked at 450MHz!!

I'm not used to see OC on air-cooled system on this website. So many liquid-cooled rigs not even meant to be overclocked or so little.

bsmlk submitter 6 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

Yeah, so I tested 4.7 GHz with SuperPI to 32M digits, and I got a BSOD one minute into the test. I reverted back to 4.5 GHz and the test ran stable for about 7 minutes. I guess I got lucky with this specific CPU pushing it to 4.5 GHz!

medownyou 2 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

Overall a good build, I agree that you should have kept the i3 however particularly since you really gain much and it took some time to do also that protection plan costs something i assume. I am actually looking into making a build like this with a H60i water cooler. I wouldn't advise going over 1.3V on your overclock anytime btw (that's my general rule).

I am glad you used this as an opportunity to explore overclocking however :D you are on your way to becoming a true enthusiast ;)

jacobs4525 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

The i3 will do better, and use less power because you won't need to overclock it.

R0cker4 3 Builds 3 points 53 months ago

this possessor at 4.5ghz performs better than or slightly behind (within margin of error) any i3 cpu period even in multitreaded tasks its only behind by a few milliseconds at that speed and in gaming forget about it. Plus YOU SAVE SO MUCH MONEY THAT CAN BE PUT TO BETTER USE. it is shown only to be behind the i5 by 5-10 fps and in all gaming tests and there is room for error. heres the link. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/pentium-g3258-overclocking-performance,3849.html

jacobs4525 1 Build 0 points 53 months ago

Did you read the description? He already had an i3, then switched to the pentium.

R0cker4 3 Builds 2 points 53 months ago

if he refunded the cpu and the motherboard he saved some money there that particulat cpu is 99$ and he got a z97 motherboard for future upgrades and a respectable overclocking cpu that performs on par with that i3 cpu for the same price i call that smart and the money he saved from returning the motherboard is in his pocket i call that a good deal.

BanzaiWasabi 2 Builds 2 points 53 months ago

But what if he likes the challenge of overclocking? Then the i3 is useless.

Nice build IMO - I hope you like it :-)

pegotico 2 Builds 0 points 53 months ago

agree!! go back to the i3, you should have spent that money on a 120 SSD instead of the Pentium... better performance on your OS

JamzterS9 1 point 53 months ago

i thought the g3258 only runs at 1600 mhz ram

bsmlk submitter 6 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

Probably limited to 1600 mhz, but my current ram XMP settings are optimized for 1600 mhz (9-9-9-24 timing) in the BIOS. I don't see myself needing faster ram in exchange for higher latency clocks

razertech 1 point 53 months ago

Is the overclock stable? Can you get any higher?

bsmlk submitter 6 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

Yes the overclock is stable at 4.5 which I am happy with, for now lol. I set all the voltage increases to auto in the BIOS. According to CPU-Z, at 4.5 GHz, the max core voltage is 1.243 V. I will try to set it higher probably 100 Mhz at a time. I'll update the posting with my results.

razertech 1 point 53 months ago

Oh that's great! I'll wait for updates! :)

bsmlk submitter 6 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

So I increased the multiplier to 47 --> 4.7 GHz with a core voltage of 1.253 V. SuperPI 1.90 crunched 1 Million digits of PI in 8.359 sec. I'll reboot the BIOS and test out 49 lol

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