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I mainly designed this build with gaming in mind. I'm not a heavy multi-tasker, so the Pentium works fine for me. If you need a faster CPU, bump it up to an i3 4160. I chose the GTX 750 Ti mainly because it was on a pretty good sale, and it runs much cooler than the 260X, as well as being less power hungry. You can take out the optical drive, it's completely optional. I just included it because it makes installing Windows and drivers much easier. You can swap out the RAM to save a few bucks, I just chose the G.Skill because it was on sale, and I kept it in here because I can confirm it works. All of these parts fit inside the case quite comfortably, but the cable management space behind the back panel is limited, so you won't be able to route thick wires through there. Everything works perfectly, and this was my first build, so that's proof that it was pretty simple to assemble. Just a word of advice for other first time builders out there: Make sure you push down on the ram REALLY hard. For a while the system wouldn't POST because the RAM wasn't seated well. Sometimes it would beep to indicate that no RAM was detected, but sometimes it wouldn't, and it still wouldn't POST. The key is to make sure you hear a snap. After I did that it worked perfectly. (BTW the included temps might not be what you get since my rig is up against my fridge so... yeah)

UPDATE: I've overclocked my Pentium to 4.3 GHz @ 1.3 Volts and my 750 Ti to 125 MHz over stock core clock, and my GPU memory to 30 MHz over stock. I don't know if it makes much of a difference performance wise, but I wanted to get the most I could out of my parts.

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  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Hard to top for the price, well done!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Would you recommend the motherboard?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely. The bios is great, it looks good, it supports USB 3.0, it comes with some useful programs, and it has given me zero problems.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

This is my first build and I don't know much about computer parts.

Am I able to buy "G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin 2133 MHz (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-2133C10D-16GAB." I just want 16 GB of ram and I want the sticks to be blue because I like the color blue.

Here is the ram on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/G-SKILL-240-Pin-Desktop-Memory-F3-2133C10D-16GAB/dp/B00CMWRV56

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

As far as I know that should be fine, but the RAM won't run at it's full speed since this MoBo only supports 1600 MHz RAM. The RAM will work fine though, it'll just run at a lower speed than it can. RAM speed doesn't really affect gaming performance, so it's nothing to worry about.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Sorry for the 5 month late reply. Also, if I were to upgrade the graphics card what would I need to change in the build?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

It depends on what graphics card you were looking at using, honestly the only thing you'd have to change would be the power supply if you were looking at using something higher end than GTX 1060 or an RX 480, but either way I'd use a different power supply rated for 500 watts or more since this one costs $70 now, which is definitely more than it's worth. At this point in time, so much has changed on the market that you might be better off finding a newer build though, to get more for your money.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright thanks! Btw, I finished building the PC today and it runs really well! But it would have been nice to know that it needed a Network adapter XD

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh sorry I figured your motherboard had one built in, most do.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you overclock your pentium? If so, did you need a bios update?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't overclock, but I think that Asus and Gigabyte started allowing overclocking on their non Z or X series mobo's, so I think you can. However, if your going to overclock, I would consider buying a cheap cooler like the Hyper 212 Evo.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/2mhqqs

G3258 overclocks VERY well with the Hyper 212 EVO! Rock solid 4.0GHz and great temps. I never went farther, I'm completely happy where it's at.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello, I have the exact same power supply and the exact same graphics card, I am a very poor person and I want the cheapest build possible for light gaming. Do you think that perhaps a core i3 would be too much for a person who just wants to get into gaming the cheapest way possible ( I mean light gaming like LoL and stuff..) I currently own a 500GB HDD so I won't need buy one and I do not plan to buy a ODD as well, maybe in the future. So my question would probably be, can I pull off some decent gaming with a g3258 and 4gb of ram? I posted my question in a forum and named it "budget build" and got people suggesting core i7 with water cooling and fans and I was like wtf....

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

by the way, If i'm not mistaken I think you can OC the pentium g3258 on the stock cooler although only up to 3.8 GHz

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late response, but yeah, if your looking for bang-for-the-buck performance, and you don't plan on doing CPU intensive tasks like video editing (which the Pentium can do just slowly) then yeah, it's great. I can play games like Skyrim on Ultra and Titanfall on high at 1680 by 1050 and get very good FPS. For gaming, it's quite a good CPU. I will note though, that some very new games, like Far Cry 4, won't work on dual core processors without modifications to the launcher. So just keep that in mind. Unfortunately for people on a budget, Intel quad core cpu's cost much more than dual cores, and unless you want to pay $80 for a new motherboard, the more budget oriented AMD quad core CPU's aren't really an option. So yeah, to sum it up, the Pentium will work fine. I don't have it overclocked, but it still gets me very good performance while staying within my budget. One last thing. Make sure that your mobo supports Haswell Refresh LGA-1150 cpu's, if you haven't already. If it supports LGA-1150 but not Haswell, try updating the BIOS. Thanks for your interest! Btw, if you do want a quad-core cpu, this is probably the cheapest one you can get: http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i5-4430-Quad-Core-Desktop-Processor/dp/B00CO8T9VC

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Before you buy this motherboard, you must know that you will need to include a Wireless adapter if you're not going to be using an Ethernet cable for internet. I went with a "ASUS PCE‑AC56 Dual‑Band Network Adapter"