Description

Edit: Upgraded the **** out of this thing. Below description doesn't apply much. Down the road I'll crossfire my GPU, upgrade the PSU and get a third monitor but that won't be for a while. This does just fine as is.

[Original Description]

Built for gaming on a budget. Probably spent no more than $750.00

Works amazing for anything that doesn't need more than a dual core.

Do not recommend any new builds with a G3258 unless you don't plan on playing any new games. Far Cry 4 and Dragon Age: Inquisition being the main problems. Anything besides those two games I can play maxed out (that I've played).

I will be upgrading to an i5 asap.

Edit: Posted picture of the guts. Updated clock speed, stock voltage, stock cooler.

Edit: Who needs an i5? I can't stop upgrading... please send the federal reserve.

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Comments

  • 59 months ago
  • 4 points

Hey, you know what? You started with a Pentium on a budget build... now you have a z97 LGA-1150 board. You did the right thing. You have an amazing upgrade path. Get that i5 4690k in there ASAP.

PS: You can manually put the prices you paid in a Parts List then update this build with the corrected prices. I like this build. It's a great starting point.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll have to dig out the receipts and do that. Almost got the i5 this weekend... just couldn't pull the trigger.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, the rest of your build is strong enough to take advantage of the i5-4690k. But I'd suggest an aftermarket cooler first. Now if you play games like The Elder Scrolls Online, a dual core is plenty as this game hammers 1-2 cores pretty hard. The Pentium will be fine in these cases. But for more demanding games that are multi-core optimized, the i5-4690k or i7-4790k is the way to go for gaming.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

What other games do you play? +1

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I mostly play DOTA 2 and CS:GO. No problems there.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

What games could you play?

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Honestly anything, the new Dragon Age in particular is the only thing that gives me problems.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

the price and overclockability of the g3258 is very tempting, the downside is its dual core. for those games and most newer games you need at least 4 cores. microcenter runs great deals on cpus. 4690k here you come!

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Intel really needs a middle man between the Pentium and the i5-4690k. They need to make a Hyperthreading i3 like a 4370k or a 4390k.

Still a dual core but it would fit perfectly in budget builds and AMD would be forced to upgrade their CPU's due to the i3k series literally wiping the FX6300 off the map for budget builds.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

i5 4460 is a good bet.

Some i3s do have hyperthreading.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, I know most i3's hyperthread. What I meant was that they need to make a "K" series i3. So there is something in between a Pentium and an i5.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Aah, ok.

Well...

But yeah. Would be nice to see if Broadwell has one in its lineup.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, yeah, you can overclock a non-unlocked Intel chip... but, it is really, really hard to get a good, stable, overclock that is as high as a K chip.

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

idk if you're still checking comments, but i just wanted to ask: how is that power supply treating you? im getting a similar parts, a r9 290 and a i5 4460 with the same power supply. have you ever crashed or been black screened or is it running perfectly fine with your PS?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

If you didn't already buy - power supply works great. I haven't overclocked anything though.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Umm... bottleneck detected.

You better upgrade to that i5 fast :P

Also could we please have a look inside?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll post a picture when I get home today!

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree, not planning to until I find an amazing deal. The problem is I live 25 minutes from Microcenter lol.

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