My first in a long time... the last PC I built ran Win 98 with a PII, 256kb RAM and a whopping 10GB HDD!
How do you like the CPU?
It's more than adequate for my purposes so far. I almost went with the Pentium G3258 that could be OC'd to be faster than this, but, while that might be better for gaming, the hyperthreading of the i3's (and i7's) make them superior for multitasking which was more important for me.
Moreover, I can easily switch in an i5 or more likely an i7 later down the road when it fits into my budget.
By multitasking could you provide a scenario? I went with the G3258 anyway because its cheaper
Running multiple programs simultaneously eg: Firefox/Chrome, Word, Excel, Acrobat, iTunes, Outlook, and Powerpoint and of course Norton 360 doing it's thing in the background. The Pentium will be able to do it, but might get bogged down. Where the Pentium (if you're OCing it) beats the i3 is in games with heavy duty graphics where the graphics card will get bottle-necked by the slower processor.
But all these programs won't be using the cpu all at once will they? I was thinking more along the lines of using win-zip or handbrake in the background.
Where I think a dual-core will slow down is opening many new tabs at once on chrome. My university has i7-4790's aio's, I'll compare to that when I sugessfully get my pentium g3258 up and running. My brother has an i3 4030u laptop, not a fair comparison due to the much slower clockspeed but will also compare to that
The hyperthreaded quad-core is definitely going to destroy any dual-core in that aspect. What motherboard are you running with the Pentium?
How's the psu? Is 500w enough
Just saw this. I upped it to 650W and it is more than enough.