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2nd Build G3258/z97 Microcenter Combo AKA BANE

by mikedeeze924



Date Published

July 30, 2014

Date Built

July 23, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

4.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.033 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.4 GHz


Won a bit of money at the casino and was already planning on building a secondary rig for hauling to LAN or having guests over.

When I first heard of the new intel pentium-K g3258 I knew I wanted to check it out, and when I found out Microcenter was selling the CPU/MoBo combo for $100, I went out and bought the package the next day.


Dual-Core unlocked CPU for $60? No-brainer


I wanted to have liquid cooler but without breaking the bank and the H60 has done a good job keeping things cool so far.


Package deal at microcenter with the G3258. Easy to OC with. I wish it would have been microATX but it's whatever.


Liked the look of the Fury, also matches the MoBo.


IMO probably the best HDD out there for the price. Load times aren't bad but definitely looking to upgrade to an SSD soon.

Video Card

I was worried about bottlenecking on higher end GPU's, plus this was more of a budget build. Been really happy with the performance of the 750ti. The card is a miniature powerhouse.


Originally wanted the Corsair 250D but the combo deal at micro came with the MSI z97 MATE which is an ATX MoBo so I went with the Spec-03. Really nice case it looks beautiful. Also dat face...BANE!!

Power Supply

Definitely kicking myself for not getting the CX430M but oh well. These prices are also without mail in rebate which was about $50 so the price was around $500

I already had the Razer Keyboard (Lycosa) and mouse (Lachesis), as well as the Dell and Envision monitors.

Also got a copy of Windows 8.1 from a friend.

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istealunderwear 9 Builds 3 points 56 months ago

I've been looking for a build like this how does it preform? Because I probably building a MINI itx version of it.

mikedeeze924 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

I've been really impressed with the price to performance ratio. Playing games like WoW, Diablo, and a couple steam games on med-high settings at 60fps at 1200p. Really blown away.

MasterOfPC 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Because I probably will be building a Mini ITX version of it.*

Every1LoveEvery1 1 Build 2 points 56 months ago

Nice little build! how do you like the spec 03? always see it at this price point but usually pick other cases

mikedeeze924 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

I definitely liked this case. I only had one gripe with the case. Only issue I had was that my 6-pin CPU connector was not able to fit into the hole up in the top left corner. So I had to route my 6-pin across the motherboard which, imo, looks pretty terrible.

salazar75 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

You could have put it in the motherboard hole before you screwed down the motherboard. I've seen people do that before when there isn't enough space above the motherboard to pass it through

mikedeeze924 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

I have seen forum posts of people that have used the flat-cable psu's like the Corsair RM450 and that worked out for them nicely. I think it's an issue wight the Corsair CM450 I'm using because of the bulky 6-pin cable. I might try to re-route it when I get some free time soon.

BlackMachDown 23 Builds 2 points 56 months ago

+1 for g3258 bros and casino winnings build

mikedeeze924 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 56 months ago
vikingXcore 4 Builds 2 points 56 months ago

how well does this build run? Everything seems really solid, although kinda curious about not picking 1600 which is like the current standard. I'm sure you run Diablo like a beast though!

mikedeeze924 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

Runs the games I play really well, I'm really happy with the build. Also yea I actually ordered 1333 on accident I meant to get the 1600 but it seems to be okay.

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ProEngPC 8 Builds 2 points 56 months ago

Just curious, how much voltage did you need to get 4.5 GHz? How stable is it at that frequency (will it do 12 hours of Prime95 Blend?)

mikedeeze924 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

4.5GHZ @ 1.275V. I haven't ran prime95 but I've played wow, d3, and bf4 for a while with no issues. I'll be doing some stress testing soon.

Norm101 3 Builds 2 points 56 months ago

I just picked up the time deal a couple of days ago from MC. Still awaiting some parts to finish the build, but I'm pretty excited to see it OC. Nice build.

mikedeeze924 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

Thanks! Good luck with you build, reply with the link when you upload your build so I can check it out!

EcoMCG 1 Build 2 points 56 months ago

Is that a good CPU compared to the Athlon 760k? I have seen a lot of people use the CPU in their builds..

And how much FPS do you get in certain games?

mikedeeze924 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

I'm not really sure I've never used the Athlon, but it does seem popular.

I get 60+ in diablo 3 on high and pretty much always 50+ in WoW. I'm going to be testing out BF4 soon.

EcoMCG 1 Build 2 points 56 months ago

Ok man, please do an update on BF4

mikedeeze924 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

Just played a game of conquest. On high settings at 1200p, FPS hovered around 45-50 fps. Dropped to medium settings and hovered around 60 FPS.

herobrine2589 2 points 56 months ago

Great build, but for performance sake, how many 120mm fans can I have max?

mikedeeze924 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

2 120mm(included)/140mm in the front. 2 120mm up top. 1 120mm on the bottom. 1 120mm exhaust(included).

anandd 2 points 56 months ago

i tried to build with same MOBO , my rig is not booting up..any suggestions pls

rhali8 2 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Very nice overclock! I think you spent a bit too much on the H60 - a 212 evo could perform almost as good as that for $20 - $30 less. Also, you could have gotten the toshiba 1TB HDD for about $10 cheaper - that leaves you about $40 - $50 to buy an SSD - overall a great build, +1 from me!