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Lapis

by ApatheticRenegade

12
9 Comments

Details

Date Published

Oct. 20, 2016

Date Built

Oct. 9, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.3 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

64.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.143 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

3.8 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

71.0° C

Description

Third build's the charm. Another Pentium-based PC built for one of my friends. He requested a $600 rig that could be used for schoolwork and light gaming. Asked for a color scheme, and he said Black/Blue. When the PC was finally done, I asked him what he would name it. After a solid twenty minutes of contemplation, he decided to name it after his favorite Steven Universe character.

Lapis is used to watch YouTube videos, type essays, and play Minecraft and Grand Theft Auto V. Unlike my personal build or Z's build, this took three weeks to plan out, order, and build because his parents are rich, apparently. Lapis took only two hours and a half to build, which I am very proud of. Unfortunately, he ordered a Z97 Anniversary instead of the H97M I told him to, which sucked because Z97 is a great chipset, but it didn't fit in his Micro ATX case, which is why it took three weeks and not two.

The Pentium is overclocked to 4.3GHz. Minecraft, being a CPU-based game, gets 60fps with some added framerate dips, but aren't very bothersome. GTA 5 maintains 60fps with the high preset (1366x768). Both the CPU and GPU run really hot. The AMD card can't be helped, but we might look into an aftermarket cooler.

Planned Upgrades: 1080p monitor (Both are TVs, main one has a native resolution of 768p, smaller one 720p) ; upgrade to i3; aftermarket CPU cooler; another 8GB kit of ram; blue LED strips; more case fans, and a splitter for that matter

Thanks for reading!

Part Reviews

Motherboard

Exercise caution. XFast LAN is glitchy as all hell, but you still need to use it to use Ethernet. With some help of half an hour of Google, figured out how to keep it on this PC without it crapping all over the internet speed. If you use the Pentium on this board. Make sure that you download the BIOS that supports Pentium overclocking, or you're screwed. Also, buy a damn fan splitter. Thing only comes with one case fan header.

Memory

It's blue. It's good-looking budget RAM. And it works.

Video Card

It's expensive and runs damn hot, but it's still a good card for the price. I hope the impending GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti forces AMD to lower the price on this damn thing.

Case

Perfect budget case. Side panel window, front panel USB 3.0, and space for cables. Hard drive bay is also modular.

Power Supply

Again, these cables are a pain to work with. You better hope you have somewhere to hide the excess ketchup mustard fishnet-braided cables in.

Case Fan

Works good, but if you're getting these fans, buy more than one, because it doesn't bring a lot of air.

Mouse

You can change the backlight and change the DPI up to 7200. Not bad for $10, right? Well... the DPI changes with the color, so if you want to get the color to match with your theme and get the perfect DPI, you'll have to shuffle through it a few times.

Comments Sorted by:

FACUNDO 13 Builds 5 points 29 months ago

G3258 is one of the best CPUs in my opinion

Psycho29388 1 point 29 months ago

After a solid twenty minutes of contemplation, he decided to name it after his favorite Steven Universe character.

I don't even know who your friend is, but it looks like we've just become best friends :D

ajpinton 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Personally the Z97 was a better choice than the H97 (case compatibility aside), you cannot really overclock that G3258 on the H97 chipset. Google Intel's Microcode update that disabled overclocking the G3258 on anything other than the Z chipsets, they caught a lot of flack for making that microcode update. Still a solid build for the price. +1 for sure.

ApatheticRenegade submitter 5 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

uh, we overclocked it to 4.3 GHz

ajpinton 11 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Did you use baseclock? There is a chance you got really luck and got a mobo with an older BIOS update before Intel restricted OCing.

ApatheticRenegade submitter 5 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

We downgraded the BIOS through flashing.

flash123 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

did you overclock with a stock cooler !!

ApatheticRenegade submitter 5 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

yeah we did

flash123 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

get a aftermarket coooler asap

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