Description

This is the first ever PC I've built from scratch. This was built for one of my friends. My own PC will be built soon after the time of posting this, but for now I'll talk about my friend's build. My friend group at school is mainly PC gamers and they're mainly the reason why I'm transitioning from PS4 to PC.

The friend I built this for, we'll call him Z, was also transitioning into PC gaming, but from Xbox. Z owned a computer at the time, but it was an All-In-One from HP that ran Overwatch on 20 frames at the lowest possible settings. You gotta love Integrated Graphics. Since I told him about myself saving up and collecting parts to build my own gaming PC, he asked me for help on a machine that could handle Overwatch, Fallout 4, and Grand Theft Auto V. And thus, we got to working on Günther.

(I don't know why the hell he wanted it named Günther, but it's his PC, so I didn't bother.)

We started planning in May and we picked out the parts together. Since neither of us are adults with a job or functioning debit card, we had to rely on Z's parents supplying money and we bought the parts on Amazon through gift cards. He paid for one part a week, starting with the GPU and working his way down to less expensive parts.

The PC took five hours to build over the course of two days, not counting the time of setup and installation of drivers. We ran into a problem after the PC wouldn't turn on and it eventually lead to us disconnecting all the cables from the motherboard and reconnecting them all over again. The fact that the PSU cables were not modular made it even more difficult. Eventually, we found that the problem was the 24-pin connector, which wasn't plugged in all the way. We could've gotten a noise complaint from how loud we were screaming when the PC actually turned on. We felt like mad scientists who managed to reanimate a corpse.

The build isn't at all perfect. I'm only proud that I put together a rig that actually worked after eight plus hours of frustrating troubleshooting. I was left too tired to manage the cables or do any handywork. Besides, Z wanted a PC that worked and that could handle his games at 60 frames with ultra settings. I managed to deliver.

Special thanks to Z! He was my guinea pig for what it'll be like building PCs in the future. He sat with me through eight plus hours of building, installing, and troubleshooting, and now he has Labor Day Weekend to binge video games. Hoorah.

Part Reviews

CPU

It can handle 1080p YouTube videos like a dream and we managed to overclock it to 4.2 GHz with stable temps under the stock cooler. Perfect CPU for a budget build of any kind.

Motherboard

You get what you pay for, and at $50, you pay for a MoBo with cut corners. No USB 3.0 headers and only one case fan header. You have the bare essentials and not much else. It is a really good board for overclocking the G3258, though.

Memory

Works as advertised. You really can't write an elaborate judgment on RAM. It either works or it doesn't. Perfect budget RAM alongside Crucial sticks.

Storage

Had no problems with it. Installation was fairly easy and Z has 993 GB at his leisure.

Video Card

Ran Overwatch at 60-80 frames on Ultra settings. Settings were tweaked in-game and framerates took some dips below 60 on Epic settings (probably due to setting AA all the way up), but Ultra was satisfying enough for Z.

Case

A good case for $30. Build quality is pretty impressive for the price point, but you'll run into some problems if you're putting a non-modular PSU inside of it. There is absolutely no room for the cables to be routed behind the motherboard unless they're super thin. We got this case because the PC was to be put under Z's desk. There was no point in a side panel window.

Power Supply

Functionality wise, this PSU is perfect. The non-modular cables are why I have a love-hate relationship with it. They are an absolute pain to work with. The clips also used to lock the pins in their sockets hurt your thumbs if it is needed to be removed. YMMV if this is a good or bad thing, but in my case, it sucked.

Case Fan

Works as advertised. Z's house is pretty noisy, so I don't think he'll complain about fan noise if there's any.

Monitor

Perfect fit on Z's desk. We bought this monitor refurbished and it came to us without any problems.

Comments

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice first build man, good overclock especially with that motherboard

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

It's alive
Sorry, just had to! Also, I know that feeling, it was the same when I first booted the first pc I've built from scratch (also for a friend, weird). I think the pc was well budgeted, you could've cut a corner on the gpu going for a rx 470 but it probably wasn't available yet when you built it. All in all it's a good build, you might run into some problems with certain games that don't like less than 4 cpu cores (try gta V), but for what your friend spent the performance will be amazing. Just add an SSD whenever he can afford it, and a decent cpu cooler and your friend will be set until he can afford a much better cpu.

Good job on planning and building.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the advice! The plan was build the initial PC first and upgrade it later. I intend on helping him get a Cooler Master air cooler and perhaps a 240GB SSD. As for the dual-core issue, it can actually run GTA V at an average of 44 frames on Ultra with the overclock. We'll be keeping it at High settings or so to maintain a steady 60.

Thanks!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Please don't get the overrated hyper 212 Eco. The performance isn't bad by any means, but there are better coolers for the price, like the Cryorig H7.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

A CYRORIG C7 seems good, actually. Thanks!

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Hahaha xD Günther

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

I would try to hit around 4.5-4.6 You can do this easily on something like an arctic freezer 7 for around 20 dollars. The g3258 From my experience only did good around that range with an r9 270.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe we'll push it farther with a better cooler. I do want the PC to last him a while, you feel? But with a better cooler maybe we could get it to 4.5 or 4.6. As for now, 4.2 seems good enough.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Yea haha I did hit around 4.5 with the stock cooler.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Super awesome build! Just had a question if it's okay. How much pocket money did you get each month and how long did you have to save?Im actually in the same situation as yours.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

I'd say we had $50-70 every week, actually. We got the GPU out of the way first to get the rest of the parts easier. The GPU was bought with all of the money Z had on hand, some money from Z's brother, and some from his parents. This took about 3 months in total to get all the money, because there were some weeks that we skipped out.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow that's pretty good! I get like $20/month so it will take quite some time to build my PC. I'll try to bargain with my parents and request them to give like 35-40% of the money

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

"But mom, I need a rx 480 for school" Worth a shot, go get em tiger

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Lmao

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm somewhat of a noob and I know a bit about computers and i've recently picked out parts for my first PC with a budget of around 500 dollars and I was wondering if I could get some feedback on it. Thanks! http://pcpartpicker.com/list/TV9zf8

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

First off, spend less on the case. A budget build doesn't need a $72 case, there are cheaper ones with side panel windows. Secondly, if you get a cheaper motherboard and case, you can get an RX 470 on the build too. All in all, it does seem like a good build. AMD CPUs run hot though, but it should be fine with that cooler you picked as long as the CPU isn't overclocked too high.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay thank you so much

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I think this would suit you better. The only problem with this build is the GPU. I'm waiting for the RX 470's price to drop to like $170-180. Do you have any place where I can contact you?(Skype, Steam, Discord, etc. ) http://pcpartpicker.com/list/2qDRvV

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Bottlenecking the G3258.....

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I think with that OC you won't have any kind of bottleneck with the GPU, holy crap! 4,2 ghz on a pentium :o

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

We did get help from youtube! The CPU did bottleneck games because it's Dual-Core, but it overclocks super well and you don't need an aftermarket cooler unless you're going to extreme speeds. With the overclock, it runs super well alongside the RX 480.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

does this bottleneck the cpu?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

what part are you referring to?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it possible to use a 2.5" SSD drive here? I have a crappy pc so I thought of building one (I have no previous experience with this, so I'm just gonna steal someone's design and try to build it. . . youtube tutorials on building pcs i guess).

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

It is possible to mount an SSD in this case. I saw a bracket for it, but we didn't use it because Z didn't buy an SSD. Also, if you're looking for designs to "steal", I recommend TechSource's budget builds. He builds super cheap gaming PCs, then uploads benchmarks for you to look at and guides on how to build them!

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, ApatheticRenegade. I found this really nice gaming build from July, and it will only be $520 or so, since i already have an SSD.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

You're welcome! Have fun!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Just out of curiosity, what is the gaming performance on this pc without overclocking? Also, would I be able to fit a more powerful CPU on this, i.e. the Intel i5 4590 CPU?, and would it make a difference in game performance?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

1) Without the overclock, the PC could still handle Overwatch at 60fps Ultra. Adding the overclock allowed the game to get 60fps on Epic settings (it was at 50-55 without it). 2) Yes, you would be able to. As long as the CPU has the same socket (LGA1150), which the 4590 does, it would work. It would make a difference because of a higher base clock speed and it has 4 cores as opposed to the Pentium's 2. However, the 4590 is not an unlocked (K) CPU like the Pentium G3258 is, so it cannot be overclocked.

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  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you overclock on Windows 10? I thought it blocked the Pentium's overclocking? Anyway enough about that - I love your description ( screw the build itself).

jk

Love how you fit an rx 480 with the Pentium...

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think the OS affects what the motherboard's BIOS is like. Also, thanks!

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh, just wanted to know thanks also

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Just a question, how does this desktop connect to a monitor? I'm thinking of copying this build because I really like the specs for the price, but the monitor I'm looking at doesn't have HDMI ports.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

there's a high chance both the graphics card and monitor have a DVI port. might just need a DVI cable.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a nice build! I have a question: Did the case come with extras (standoffs, fan/drive screws, etc.)? I ordered the case and I want to know in advance in case I need to order the extras separately.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

The case did come with standoffs and all the necessary screws, though the standoffs need to be applied by you yourself. They are not pre-applied like most cases usually have them.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the reply! I'm off to make a server from some LGA 775 parts lying around.