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My brother has been wanting his own PC, after me showing him what they can do. So, as a christmas present, me and my dad teamed up to build him a budget build. A lot of the stuff we got was on sale, or stuff that I had lying around (1.5tb HDD, keyboard+mouse). He doesn't play super demanding games (stuff like gmod and minecraft) so I figured a 750ti would be awesome for him. I screwed up with the motherboard, though, because apparently you can't OC Haswell processors on a b85. The Haswell BIOS update comes after the disabling of non-Z overclocking, unfortunately. But, we figured, he's probably going to be upgrading the processor pretty quickly anyways, so we just let him have it, and I'll have him buy himself a new CPU+mobo combo for his birthday or something. Although if anyone knows if I can just downgrade it and have it work, let me know! Also, I couldnt find the exact memory we used in PC parts picker, but thats pretty close. We got the 750ti off of Ebay, and the monitor on TigerDirect when it was on sale.

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  • 61 months ago
  • 4 points

I want to inform you that you most definitely can overclock on that board!!! I know people who have done it on the G3258. I've also seen reviews on that board on newegg and people have said that overclocking can be done on it. If it doesn't work on the one you purchased, you may need to update the bios

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Problem is, I would have to DOWNGRADE the bios. It was updated to the latest version, and it doesnt support overclocking. Talked to a couple people, and they all said to not downgrade it. Either way, its faster than what he was using (my mom's 2011 budget dell inspiron).

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Your an awesome bro! With regards to the CPU, he could easily pick up something like a core i3 4330 or a i5 4440 and get a significant boost in performance while keeping the same MOBO.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

That CPU is easily on par with the i3 when it's overclocked. The thing is an absolute monster for £50

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree, but OP can't overclock with that B85 board.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe the B85 can overclock with ASRock Non-Z OC

http://www.asrock.com/news/index.asp?id=1461

I might be wrong though!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats what I was thinking. It'd be easy enough to just put a new CPU in it. Hell, once he does upgrade, I could use that CPU for myself, because I'm going to be upgrading soon myself, and having an HTPC with hardware level h.264 decoding would be nice to have on an HTPC for use with steam game streaming.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I think asus lets you OC on b85 but I am not sure if asrock lets you.

http://www.techpowerup.com/202196/asus-enables-overclocking-on-h97-h87-b85-and-h81-series-motherboards.html

And the sticker on the front of case really seems to destroy the nice look of the case... just my opinion though

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Just update bios and you can OC then.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

didn't think of that lol

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

My brother put it on, he's 7. While I did cringe a bit when he put the stickers on, you gotta remember that when you were 7, you probably would have wanted stickers and stuff on your computer too.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

surprised no one mentioned it yet, but the fan on the CPU coolers is mounted the wrong way. Those fans don't blow but suck air. It now sucks air into the case instead of out.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 how can a person not have a smile on their face after seeing your bro. I just finished putting together a a pc for my aunt with this processor, it's a nice little processor

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Fun build. Too bad you can't overclock with the new bios update. I would say that if your own computer is decent enough, you could just do a hand-me-down swap if you ever get new parts for your computer. Just a suggestion! I also noticed you had used an HP monitor in the list, but have a vizio pictured. Couldn't find the vizio? Great price on the video card. How was building in the 200R?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

The vizio was just temporary, I didnt have a DVI cord on hand when we built it. I think I will actually be giving him the CPU and mobo on my machine, as I am about to be ordering my i5-4690k+new mobo. Mine isnt a ton faster (phenom II 955 x4 BE) but it can be overclocked, and is a bit better even when not overclocked. The only problem is its mATX instead of ATX, and has no USB3, so I might get him a new motherboard (probably AM2+) before I do so. The 200R was a pleasure to build in, as its big enough to get in there, and seems sturdy enough, but still very, very cheap.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

hows the card? i just got the exact same one.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not bad, especially if you can get it sub-$100. Reasonably fast too. I think that I probably would have gotten a larger one with better cooling if I had to do it again, but it'd be perfect for a small mATX or ITX system.