Description

First let me say that I am a gaming grandma on SS, I wanted a machine I could upgrade for the fun of it. I spent most of money on the GPU. But I had to stick to my budget, so bought according to cost, quality or bundle price. I bought it all from NewEgg to make my life simple and all of it came in excellent shape and all working as it should. The greatest piece of the whole rig is the case. I have always had HP machines, with no room for much of anything, this case is a dream case, plus it looks beautiful. I have to learn how to really oc. I set my cpu up to 4.2ghz in the Asrock bios area and let the system figure out the rest for now. It shows as running 4.2ghz on Core Temp. I have never seen it over 52c in any game, I got to 52c using a load test. But as I said I'm just learning and I mainly have to learn how to use all the data I have saved. If someone can tell me how to get the 3DMark Benchmark Results shown here Extreme, Performance and Entry Preset Score, I'll run them. I have run the free version of Valley Benchmark, Heaven Benchmark and Cinebench its fun. Also before anyone mentions it, I had another 500g hd which I put in this machine from my old machine.

Comments

  • 63 months ago
  • 6 points

A gaming grandma, huh. Awesome.

Love the build, Phanteks is awesome.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes I agree, but it was part of a combo with a nice rebate and the R9 290 needed 750. What the hell I have plenty for the future. Thank you for your comment.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Do you think the g3258 bottlenecks that 290? But I like the build! I wish you were my grandma +1

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Be my Grandma please? :)

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

The build looks great!

Unforunately, the same can't really be said for the partslist at the moment. No matter though, you did clarify in your description that you plan/want to upgrade, and I don't doubt that you'll get good parts for it down the line.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

The 1000w is probably above what you could ever, ever use with a single R9 290, but hey! Now you don't need to worry about anything power-related no matter what, so it's not that bad.

My only real gripe is that I worry that your cpu will bottleneck your gpu (bottlenecking is when a component holds another component back-in this case it is when a cpu can't keep up with the gpu,so you don't make use of the graphics card's full potential).

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably a little bit of a bottleneck with that CPU, but not much, and upgrading to an i3/i5 would probably eliminate it. +1 overall.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

warning: bottlenecked GPU. shouldve gone with a r9 280 with an fx 6300. its only a slight bottleneck. not too bad though, other than that, looks pretty good

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

How's performance with the 290/Pentium pair?

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

I wish I could give you a very educated answer. But I'm new to alot of this. I play an old MMO (8 years)Final Fantasy XI, which is locked at 30 fps but I have never seen it so beautiful and sharp. I got 5 new games from AMD for buying the gpu, I have tried Company of Heroes 2, Hitman, Laura Croft and Sid Meier's new one, they all felt fantastic. I have run 3D Mark, Valley Benchmark, Cinebench (threading is alot to be desired compared to higher end cpu's) the scores with 3D Mark looked good, but i'm still learning what all of it means.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Could you please run Firestrike (free demo on Steam) and see what your score is? It'll take about ten minutes. If you don't, it's no problem. I'm just very curious.

Thank you!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Score6952 with AMD Radeon R9 290(1x) and Intel Pentium G3258

Graphics Score 9433

Physics Score 4291

Combined Score 3406

high end gaming i7 4770k, GTX Titan was 9131 my machine G3258, r9 290 was 6952 better than 78% of all results

Hope this helps, is this bad or good or in the middle? As I said i'm new at this. This is not the Steam version, its a download from 3d

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Oddly enough, I got better graphics and physics scores but you probably get better gaming performance because you have a better combined. I don't know how that's happening though. You can see the numbers here.

Thanks for your input!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you encounter any problems with the RAM and the hyper 212 evo cooler? I have heard the cooler blocks high profile RAM such as this corsair vengeance kit, but yours seems to fit fine. Did you have to adjust the fan position?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I had no problem, I used the two ram slots which put it the furthest away from fan, the 2nd and 4th (counting left to right). I put the Hyper 212 on outside the case, put the board in then put the ram in. I would not be able to use all 4 slots.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

OK, thanks. I probably was just hearing that you can't have 4 sticks in.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the motherboard as I'm thinking of getting the same one nice build! +1

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Since the day I built this machine I have had no problems, easy build, easy setup/software, and with my cpu...I have tried everything from old Gothic 3 to Crysis 3. I don't regret anything.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

OK thank you

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build gaming grandma! :D Wish there was Phanteks here where I am from.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Dual Core and a 290 bottleneck? Oh and BTW what games does a grandmother plays that Requires a 290?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

To tell you the truth I not sure what a bottleneck is, but I have had no problem playing Skyrim, Crysis 3 and a host of others. I have fun with this little cpu, I run at 4.4ghz full time and it stays cool and I don't notice any problems. It is a cpu you can play with, I guess because it only cost me $59 and if I blow it up so be it, but it seems to be a little workhorse. I have an i5 Devils Canyon coming soon (this week). I always intended to upgrade the cpu, but I almost hate to give up on the little guy, may have to build another computer just for it.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Bottleneck is when the CPU Cant keep up with the GPU and run worse than its optimal capabillity

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

love it!

did you upgrade the cpu or stays with it? I am building another ultra budget for someone..but this time i used intel chip

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

What a pricy PSU. I think there is a problem with Amazon lol ! Makes this build quite expensive.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Was part of a package deal with the cooler at Newegg back when I built the original pc. It now has a i5 4690k, H240-X CPU Liquid Cooling and a few more fans.

Also, I didn't change cpu because of a problem with original G3258, I still love that cpu, it is a tough nut and fun to play with.

  • 63 months ago
  • -3 points

It's a nice build, but for $30-50 less, you could have gotten a gtx 970, which outperforms in games, benchmarks, and and price-to-performace.

Otherwise, +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

more like 100$$ more

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

What?? At the moment the cheapest 970 is £50 more! I personally would have gone with a 285, which is newer and will bottleneck less/if at all. Plus it is £50 cheaper!

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