"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present. "
- Sun Dials and Roses of Yesterday (1902) by Alice Morse Earle
- Even Master Oogway said this too.
To briefly explain, this was a clean, free of charge computer. Her husband purchased the monitor since he wanted to give her a very nice monitor. She deserves a speedy new computer and it was time to upgrade her office computer. The build alone costed $534.30 total.
The purpose for her computer is to work on Turbo Tax, Quicken, Microsoft Office and manage her photos. Her husband, oldtimer321, is her personal I.T. which he transferred all the software she needed.
YouTube Video: Building a G4560 + GTX 1050 Computer (Step by Step).
Photo numbers 1-9 is the final result. Photo numbers 10-250 is the building process and extra photos. To clarify photo #4, I was given a beautiful thank you card with two cute chipmunks in ballet outfits. :)
|UserBenchmark Performance Results||Gaming||Desktop||Workstation|
|Details||Jet Ski, 36%||Gunboat, 57%||Workstation, 32%|
|Crystal Disk Mark 5||Read [MB/s]||Write [MB/s]|
|All||5, 1GiB||C: 6% (30/465 GiB)|
|3DMark Benchmark||Score||Graphics Test 1||Graphics Test 2||Physics Test||Combined Test||Details|
|Firestrike 1.1||5,797||31.94 FPS||28.77 FPS||19.28 FPS||11.62 FPS||Firestrike Result|
|Sky Diver 1.0||15,347||102.9 FPS||103.46 FPS||✕||60.61 FPS||Sky Diver Result|
|Time Spy 1.0||1,925||12.38 FPS||10.57 FPS||✕||✕||Time Spy Result|
|Valley Benchmark||FPS||Score||Min. FPS||Max FPS||Mode||Preset||Quality|
|DirectX 11||59.9||2,507||23.4||110.5||1920x1080 2xAA fullscreen||Custom||High|
|Heaven Benchmark||FPS||Score||Min. FPS||Max FPS||Mode||Preset||Quality||Tessellation|
|DirectX 11||59.7||1,503||8.5||123.6||1920x1080 2xAA fullscreen||Custom||High||Off|
What an exciting experience to work on this processor. The very first hyper threaded Pentium has finally been invented. Oh how I have dreamt for this day to become a reality, and I’m certain others had as well. It’s a friendly tight budget Pentium that is very close in performance of Skylake’s i3-6100. I beg anyone who is interested of this processor to try to find a $65 or below price range.
Though lately, knowing how hiked the G4560 prices are in the U.S.A. these days... Check out the G4600. The G4560 can be around $80 and even more. :(
I can assure that this processor is a champ for gaming in a tight budget. I have tested enough Haswell i3 processors in the past and I saw it perform very well, even for demanding games. I know this particular build is not going to be gaming; however, I was able to test at least Resident Evil 7 and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands. You can check them out on my Youtube channel to see how they performed (Playlist: Intel Pentium G4560 + GTX 1050). Regardless, I think this Pentium will do great for its intended purpose.
You might be wondering how in the world did I get this video card for such a low price? Staples’ coupons combined with rebates. I only had until the last day of February 28th to use my coupons and rebate. It may not be a requirement for such simple tasks, but what the heck why not?
Yes, I could have let the integrated graphics do its job; however, since she is working on photos than a dedicated graphics card can help the processor. It may not be a dramatic difference, but it keeps the CPU from being the primary display video output. I don’t regret the decision to give her a dedicated GPU, but it's not a requirement either for others who do wonder.
No gaming intention as mentioned earlier. I did benchmark on what I could out of curiosity. For a 2017 gamer perspective which was a mix of Low and Medium graphics at 1920x1080 resolution. It can easily play High/Ultra @ 720p with old and most new games.
Of course, if I hear any major problems about this case from her, I’d be more than happy to relocate the components to a new case. I haven’t heard any concerns so far.
The positives about the case is the appearance is lovely. Can install a Fan controller if preferable. Has a front foam filter and a mesh PSU filter. Could install a 120mm or 240mm liquid cooler. Storage may be slim, but you can find some 5.25” storage convertors easily, or add in a media card reader. The max amount of case fans is five, but would suggest low RPM fans if you’re going to purchase this case. Did I already mention it looks cool?
I know the extensions were not required, especially with a windowless case. I don’t have any great reasons except having the white extensions do make it look lovely and cool internally. I did have too many left-over cable extensions to be honest. It is beautiful from the inside and out after all! Of course, this is only my opinion.
You ask on how I made the video? I used my Nikon D5100 because my current video recorder isn’t high quality resolution nor is it able to record crystal clear. I’m sorry that I couldn’t use my vocal cords because at the time I didn’t have a microphone. Hopefully my next video build will be better in this aspect as I’ve purchased a microphone. If my video wasn’t too good, please let me know on what I can do to improve though keep in mind that I’m not going to spend a lot of money for video equipment at the moment, but if anyone has a reasonable budget to have clear, crisp video recordings at 1080p or higher than please let me know.
Anyways, I truly enjoyed the process of building this computer. I know my friend was brought with much joy and is loving her new computer to this day. She is amazed how fast it is. How I was informed was being given a cute card from her with a lovely hand-written note. The card had two chipmunks holding hands with ballet outfits. Again, thank you my friend for everything you have done for my family and I. You deserve this gift. Literally, no strings attached.
Off-topic: oldtimer321 has a build too that I worked around February, though part purchases were a month's time. This was the same for his wife, as I had to collect her parts at February which was right after finishing oldtimer321's build.
Thank you for reading my description. Please feel free to leave any comments, questions, and constructive criticism. I’ll correct any mistakes, typos, or if I forgot to mention something.