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This is my first time build, and I am myself a college student who rented apartment budgeting my own financials, spending, expenses, electricity bills, etc are many of my concern. But, gaming is one of my hobbies that I couldn’t resist. How could I intermediate this situation?

First what comes into my mind is how to build a PC with such a low wattage but good performance. So that is why I choose MSI GTX 970 4G which has a low wattage (140W) and Intel Pentium G3220 (around 30W idk).

Even though I read so many review that, “Will my Pentium CPU bottlenecks my GPU?”. Well I’m going to put an end to this that you don’t even need that. I had run Battlefield 4 using Ultra settings maxed up, I got 60fps solid. I know this video below wasn’t made by me but its performance roughly same like this due to the differences between G3258 and G3220 is only slightly higher core clock. Refer it to cpuboss.com

Meanwhile, ASUS motherboards have never cease to surprise me. With this build combination, I got about 6 seconds boot time. Obviously huh it is Samsung SSD.

Anyway, the case itself is quite hard to disassemble I need some force to remove the side from the main frame of the case. despite of being advertised as easy to assemble, mini, compact,etc.

The Accessory, Dell S2440L monitor was quite too sharp. I noticed that it has too many pixelation. Not recommended. Take note of this Dell.

Last but not least, the price might be different, but where I live (Indonesia) it cost around $1350 versus $950 (lowest merchants, USA). That is $400!! Quite a profit margin!!. I wouldn’t say no to this, but due to high currency conversion rate (IDR : USD = 12200 : 1) price of electronic goods always be soaring up high and so on.

This particular guide was meant for someone who is budget conscious but also performance craver / wattage cautious just like me. Hope you enjoy/like it.

Comments

  • 54 months ago
  • 6 points

Well as an AMD builder who mainly focuses on price/performance, it's nice to see a build with someone going for wattage/performance! I'm eyeing at the 970 for my future upgrade from my 150W R9 270, or see what AMD has to offer with the sooner R9 230 series. +1

  • 54 months ago
  • 3 points

Yes! wattage/performance is my main concern because here in Indonesia electricity is capped at Rp. 2500/kWh ~ $0.204/kWh. How about there in your place?

"R9 230 series" you mean R9 380X and others? I think you have plenty of time to wait for that man.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, the R9 300 series would be coming next year or so but I won't be upgrading soon anyways...man I see my friends all rushing to get the new GTX 980s, I see them working like hell to get the $$$ to buy it, but then I realize, why not have fun with what I already have? I had fun with my poop Intel Pentium with HD 4000 and now it's time for my R9 270!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I feel the same way, looking at my 770 2GB. Should I go out today and get a brand new 970/980? I decided against it, thinking I have no real reason to upgrade. Still rocking a 1080p monitor.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

In the future you could try to find a T-series i5 or i7 to keep the CPU TDP under 45w (Less than the G3220!) while having the full performance of an i7 or i5.

  • 54 months ago
  • 5 points

i like it. but dont use cpuboss, or any other boss site. there terribly inaccurate. also is that all it did on battlefield 4? jw because that is low for what the 970 can do on that game. ive seen more averages towards mid to high 70 fps ultra 1080p so there may be a bottleneck.

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

What is the site you suggest for comparing cpus and gpus then? What game(s) would you recommend for me to test my build? I would like to know. Thank you.

  • 54 months ago
  • 4 points

i just found and really like userbenchmark.com. seems very legit. and for games depends on what you got and what has the benchmarking tool available. i.e. tomb raider has one in the menu. but 3d mark and futuremark i believe are free to run. i also use uniqine haven and uniqine valley.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been using userbenchmark for comparisons for a long time. It's great.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Userbenchmark is great.

  • 54 months ago
  • 4 points

I would've sprung for just a 760 or 770, and gotten an I3... although you did say you were upgrading later. +1.

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Damn nice pictures. Also good build. Have you come across any stuttering? I have a Pentium G3258 and it stutters even when overclocked.

+1

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes as a same pentium user we can agree on this one. But not too often, probably once or twice every half an hour. I'm planning to upgrade into i5 4690K soon :)

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

It is unfortunate, but what would one expect especially in these games utilising 4 cores

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

This cpu + gpu combination is a bit unsettling to me, but if it works, it works. Great build.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

You sir deserve a thumbs up! Could you post system temps and some benchmarks please?

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! Extreme Preset Score X3724 Performance Preset Score P5225 Entry Preset Score E6726 I know these results aren't too well either. But trust me I'm playing Battlefield 4 with solid 60fps.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

That's really good for a 1000$ full rig. Awesome dude!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

No bottlenecking ?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

The bottleneck is primarily on 3DMark 11 Physics Test, where this build failed miserably. But during daily gaming, which most of the time the game does not utilise more than dual core processor, does not make any significant difference in terms of fps, but somehow an occasional, rather rare stutter.

We know in the meantime most of the game will support multi-core configurations but it's purely your own choice depends on your budget.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

While I believe the g3220 is a very capable cpu in gaming (not productivity applications), I believe you should have invested the extra money to go for a g3258 and overlock to 4.3-4.5ghz. I had my 3258 overlocked to 4.5, and the difference between 3.2 (stock clock) and 4.5 is phenomenal while gaming (even in battlefield 4, there was never any frame drops or stuttering). Even at stock clock, the g3258 beats the g3220. There is definitely going to be some bottleneck on your 970 (which is comparable to a 780) while using that g3220. I had bottleneck on my 3258 @3.2ghz while using a 760 (which went away when I overlocked to 4.0+), I could just imagine what kind of bottleneck you are getting.

Source: Used both cpus, g3220 in a gtx 750 build, and g3258 in a water-cooled h80i gtx 760 build.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

sorry, before I had planned to buy G3258 but since i live in second world country, (Indonesia) they dont sell it here if it is available it might cost twice as much.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Great job! I spec'd out a build for a friend a couple of weeks ago and this part list almost mirrors it.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Something about this is familiar...

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build but i highly recommend upgrading to at least a core i5 4690k since alot of newer games utilize all 4 cores in a cpu.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

the case is nice but small theres not much airflow in a case like that

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

that is true, planning to buy an overhead fan soon

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

that will knock some air into it

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

is stock CPU cooler very loud?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

nope. hear no sound.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

How does that ram work ? Its the cheapest right now and im looking at getting it :)

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

If you're going for low wattage, I'd reccomend the i5 4690s as a future upgrade - it's a low power version of the 4690.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Where do you buy the parts i'm in indonesia too

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

If you're going for a high-end GPU, might as well get a i5 Core instead. Both of your CPU and GPU don't really match (no offense), but still a good build btw.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

the pentium will soon not be sufficient and may bottleneck your gpu in some games if you upgrade that to an i5 or i7 this would be awesome.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Pentium+GTX 970=Huge ******* bottleneck

  • 52 months ago
  • -2 points

nice bottleneck with the 970 and pentium

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thing is there is no bottleneck like the user posted :)

Oh +1 for the nice build and no bottleneck even with the low powered intel pentium :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

ha. using the word "bottleneck" makes me laugh. -.-