Total build cost was $1000.00 and I’m from Australia so keep this in mind as regional warranties and pricing is applicable.

Components were purchased from MSY Ultimo and Umart West Ryde.

I built this for a friend who hadn’t upgraded for many years and I wanted to do something special for him while keeping costs to a minimum but using quality components that also offer possible upgrade potential in the future.

CPU: Intel Pentium Processor G3258

I’ve wanted to complete a build with this CPU for ages and my friend was on a tight budget and this offer great performance and value. I reached 4.2GHz with stock cooler and after running Prime95 for 3.5 hours it only reached 85 Celsius and passed the Intel burn test easily. I ran a heap of other stress tests and it was great. I believe I could have raised the overclock higher but 4.2GHz is good.

Motherboard: ASRock H97M Pro4

I like this motherboard and it was easy to build with and I had no problems updating the bios, overclocking the CPU and working with the various fan/performance profiles it includes. It also had plenty of fan headers, more than others in the price range.

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws-X 8G Kit (4Gx2) DDR3 1600 F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

The CPU only supports 1333MHz RAM and I was unable to find cheaper ram with less MHz and I figured that since this was the cheapest ram with reasonable latency it was fine for this build. I didn’t bother playing with timings as all my testing with auto settings was sufficient.

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM

Great warranty, reliable brand with energy saving features so not much else to say.

Storage: SanDisk SSD SDSSDP-128G

I aligned the drive, optimised everything and it’s fast.

GPU: Asus R9270-DC2OC-2GD5

This GPU is fantastic and I was impressed how quiet, easy and stable the overclocking process was. I was able to raise the overclock as high and higher than the 270X cards. The current version overclocking software for this card is excellent. I was able to play BF3, Tomb Raider and other modern games on high with 2X AA. Includes a 3 year warranty!

Case: Coolermaster NSE-400-KWN2

Easy build and nice layout, the fan filters are well made and it comes with two quiet 120mm fans that perform well. This case doesn’t include the blue LED fans so I bought one just to make the case look a bit nicer.

Case Fan: Coolermaster Xtraflo 120mm

Because MSY didn’t have the cases I was originally reviewing I had to buy a LED case fan to make the case pretty as the other Coolermaster NSE-400 case includes two LED case fans.

Headset: Logitech G230 Gaming Headset

Comfortable, well designed, nice colours with great acoustics so was pleased with this headset.

PSU: Coolermaster GM Series RS650-AMAAB1 650Watt 80 Bronze

PSU includes a 5 year warranty, is modular and includes good cabling and the fit was perfect in the case. 80 plus bronze certified and was cheap with upgrade potential so was happy. I monitored the voltages while stressing the system and everything was within tolerance.

Optical Drive – Asus DRW-DRW-24B3ST

The optical drive is fast, cheap, made by Asus and has energy savings features.

Mouse Pad: Func F Series 10 L

Cheap, probably better than others in its class and it’s a nice size that should last a few years and will enhance the experience with a quality mouse.

Wireless Network Card: D-Link DWA-566 Dual Band

PCI express is easy to install and this model offers dual band. The software was simple to install and the purchase represents good value for money with dual band functionality.

Keyboard: Logitech G105 Keyboard

I own this keyboard and have been happy with the backlit keys and overall typing experience. Logitech is tried and tested and the keyboard includes 3 blue backlight levels and is practical for gaming/typing in the dark. I felt the keyboard legs could have been higher and offered a better angle for typing as I find it a bit flat.

Mouse: Logitech G105

Fast, good size for people with larger hands and works great with a hard surface mouse pad.

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  • 57 months ago
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First of all I want to say you have a nice build there,

I have 1 question though, did you choose the Pentium so that you can upgrade to a i5, i7 of a Xeon?? As I think off that budget it may have been logical to pick up a fx 6300

Apart from that amazing build :)

  • 57 months ago
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I chose the Pentium over the FX based on price, upgrade potential using existing motherboard and general performance for what my friend required. The computer will be used for moderate gaming, office work, web surfing and watching videos. He may also so do some photo editing so I think it's a well balanced build. I was so impressed how well the new Tomb Raider game played and I also played COD Ghosts and BF3 with ease so the GPU will do some of the heavy lifting. The FX-6300 would have cost about $145 and I wanted to include an SSD so it was also about compromise I suppose. I would have bought used parts but couldn't find anything suitable.

  • 57 months ago
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Nah that is ok, I hope you mate is having a amazing time with his new PC

  • 57 months ago
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Ignore the 'supports 1333 mhz RAM' because that is rubbish ive seen it on lots of things and I dont know why its there

  • 57 months ago
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Well it wouldn't boot with the ram at 1600mhz or using XMP so I'm not sure what to say but in my case it would only run at 1333mhz.

  • 55 months ago
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i have recently built kinda same pc...i just want to know whether this G3258 can bottleneck the graphics card??

My Specs: Processor: Intel Pentium G3258 @4.3Ghz MB: Gigabyte b85m-d3h Ram: Kingston HyperX Fury 8GB(1x8GB) Psu: Corsair vs550W Graphics Card: Sapphire r9 270 2GB DDR5 Dual-X

  • 55 months ago
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From my experience with the build I completed it was fine. It ran all current games with the GPU just fine. Your build looks well balanced. I look forward to seeing it when it's done. Just ask if you need help. I personally prefer dual RAM, maybe read into this...

  • 55 months ago
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Well...thanks for replying...but games are lagging like hell...maybe i should try to format the OS??

  • 55 months ago
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Is the RAM single or dual channel? Does the mobo support single channel RAM? Could you be running the games using settings that are too high as in ultra or max?

  • 55 months ago
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yeah ram is seated in correct channel...ultra settings are very much normal for this graphics card...

  • 55 months ago
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Is the RAM seated in the correct channel?