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Guest Gamer

by Abaj10

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17 Comments

Details

Date Published

Nov. 6, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

3.8GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

36.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

72.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.02GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.15GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

75.0° C

Description

I'll start off with a warning: If you use the Silverstone case, get your own standoffs, 4 of the 6 I used were stripped, it resulted in a huge pain in the neck. Also a modular PSU would be nice, but not completely needed.

Other than that, I like this build. No I didn't buy the PNY GTX 470, I've got an EVGA that I scored on Craigslist for $40. I'll get the benchmarks inputted later. I wasn't interested in OCing the G3258, so I didn't get an Asus Motherboard. I know I shouldn't have gotten the Sentey PSU, but I needed the 600watts for the GTX 470, I might change it later, and it was about $30.

I'll grab a CM Storm keyboard/mouse bundle, too. I had the others laying around.

Anyway, if you have any questions, ask below! I'l be glad to answer them to the best of my capability.

Changed to a HD7770/R7 250x and a CX430.

Part Reviews

CPU

Best $62 processor I've ever been close to. I have OCed it to 3.8 on the stock cooler now. I had to flash the Asrock BiOS, pain in the neck. (see Motherboard review)

Motherboard

Eghhhhhhh. Not again, I'll tell you that. This motherboard has 3 SATA ports now. the plastic housing on the 2nd SATA3 has left the building. Flashed the Bios, tried to use the Windows .exe from ASRock, not happening. Finally ballsed up and threw it on a FAT32 USBdrive, flashed it. Doesn't boot. Tries again. Nope. Finally realized what had happened. Went into the UEFI, unplugged my mouse, plugged it in again, went to boot devices changed it from my hatachi drive to my ancient Maxtor. Boots right up.

Memory

Even after my BiOS update, the ram's max clock is 1400mhz. Oh well.

Video Card

Warm card, now I have a HD7770/R7 250x. 2gb Asus. Gave the 470 to a friend who has a FX-4130. He's happy, I'm happy.

Case

LIke I said, use different standoffs. Other than that solid MicroATX case for the price.

Operating System

The God OS, for now. Let's see about Windows 10.

Wireless Network Adapter

Spotty at best, shuts down when too warm (happened a few times sitting next to the 470 while gaming) but it's cheap.

Monitor

It's a screen, it shows me my games and school. I want 1080p at least next time.

Comments Sorted by:

Zirthh 3 points 37 months ago

Why the name? is it for guests who are very intrudent and use your main computer? lol thats what i thought like a guest bedroom except a computer

Abaj10 submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

I got all of my friends to move to PC gaming, so I build this one to make my PC room into a micro LAN party room. My main build needs to be updated soon, i7 920, Radeon HD 5870, 6GBs of ram, but these to PCs preform so similarly that I don't feel bad making my friends use the new build.

AdamTheMan26 2 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

Nice little budget system! What is this computer going to be primarily used for?

Abaj10 submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Thanks! It's a secondary PC for my friends to use while we are LAN partying at my house.

smashmaster731 1 point 37 months ago

How well does it run games? I like how you kept it under 500 dollars.

Mayday9158 1 point 37 months ago

It cant run too well considering he's using a 5 year old card

Abaj10 submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

I'll be updating the description with all the benchmarks, sorry for the wait.

Eschaton 6 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

No OCability built into the latest bios for this board? Thought there would be...

Abaj10 submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

You are right, there is an OC genie in the UEFI, I haven't tested it yet, but if I end up OCing I'll update the description.

Eschaton 6 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

Oh, OK. Thanks for letting me know.

Zackerydato 1 point 37 months ago

Did you have to update the motherboard BIOS, or did it work right out of the box... and good solid build for the price :D +1

DragonForge 1 point 34 months ago

I know I'm super late, but could you please post some benchmarks with this card playing some games? I will be thinking about to use one, but I would like to know it's power if I do. Thankyou (If you're still active) =P

abitehaile 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

What type of standoffs did you use?

Abaj10 submitter 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

I used the standoffs that came with the case. Actually I only used hardware that came with the case, and it was mostly trash.

DouvleX 1 point 23 months ago

Unless you're playing minesweeper with your friends upgrade that GPU

Abaj10 submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

It did what it needed to, play games at 1050p, and heat my room, so I was pretty happy with it. Although I won't pick up another any time soon, the card worked great for $40. It's not as hard to find a good deal on a 750ti now though.

DouvleX 1 point 23 months ago

To be honest I cant see anyone having a somewhat OK experience with such a bad card. The least you could've bought was a R7 260X but as long as it works for you thats fine. I would recommend a GTX 950 or R7 370 instead of a 750ti but its your choice.