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Heart of the build is Intel G3258 running at 4.4GHz, cooled by the legendary Hyper 212 Evo. Motherboard was bought for quite a low price (15€), with damaged pins. Fixed it and works like charm since. 250GB S60 SSD is used as a boot drive with the Windows 10 installed, and WD Blue 500GB as storage/games drive. Everything is packed inside the (in my opinion) beautiful Raidmax Scorpio V case and is powered by the Raidmax 735W PSU with more than enough juice to power the overclocked Pentium and the GTX 660 which is a great match for it while still delivering some great performance! Only thing left is to buy Kingston HyperX Fury memory (right now it works with a single 4GB stick of ValueRAM). Case has custom RGB strips installed, currently working only as blue.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

How does the Pentium hold up in multi-threaded games?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly, very good as far as I can tell. Only "new new" game I ran on it so far is FC4 and at 1080 high settings it pulls 60 with no problem. BF3 on high is constantnly over 90fps, with average around 100-120 (my guess from just looking at the fraps OSD). Downloading GTA V and Witcher 3: Wild Hunt these days so I will see how it goes :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I know for a fact with GTA 5 you are going to have to do some MAJOR tweaking to get it to run smooth without frame chopping. Rockstar had an update awhile back ago that killed performance for the g3258

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  • 47 months ago
  • -1 points

Piracy is not allowed on our site.

  • 47 months ago
  • 0 points

Huge sorry.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

GtaV with the Pentium causes serious stuttering and terrain loading problems, I have done some testing and took out bottlenecks by adding a 970 and an SSD. Even with those, it had serious terrain loading problems and frame stuttering.

  • 47 months ago
  • 0 points

i like the athlon x4 860k better

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

It doesn't really matter, the reasons to consider the pentium is the better single core performance. The upper hand for the athlon is the fact that it is quad core, which only matters if he plays cpu intensive games. Other than that, they balance eachother out

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah they do.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

It's only a matter of personal preference in my case, been using Intel for last 6 years so I didn't want to change.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah i dont like amd either but they do make some great budget CPUs

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Pentium beats the Athlon easily but in games that require multi cores it sucks there, The thing that i love about the g3258 the upgrade path is alot easier, buy a good overclocing mother board (anything in Z97 series) and when u have money just buy and new pc like the i5 4690K or anyother , that what i think, It opens up upgrading

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

What type of games are playable and at what settings

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty much anything if you don't really need the "ultra" preset. Everything I've tried in last two days runs over 60fps (hey, including Minecraft) ;)

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Never neglect Minecraft

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Exactly!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

How stable is the 4.4 GHz? I've been running the CPU at 3.8 without issues. You can check my build out if you are interested. It's pretty similar to yours! I saw this and was surprised.

I haven't tried any games other than StarCraft 2 and Heroes and Diablo 3. All run very well at 3.8 GHz on max settings.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, yeah, they are very similar! 4.4GHz is rock solid (after 18h in prime95 small FFT's) at 1.355V. I don't want to go any higher than that because I would need to increase voltage to around 1.375 for 4.5GHz on my CPU which is little bit too high for my tastes (one of those bad samples I guess). And it runs perfectly fine and relatively cold like this, so I will stick to 4.4GHz with no plan to change :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

TBH dude, dont go over 1.3 V, anything above that has diminishing results, so if ur interested in keeping this cpu alive for a long time , dont go above 1.3V, Although if ur plan is to keep this cpu temporary untill u can afford a better one like the Devil's Canyon, it's ok, Anyway Nice build

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build man! +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!!

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Maybe you couldve gone with the R7 260X or the 750 Ti?

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Both are less powerful than this version of 660. Actually this and "superclocked" are the fastest ones, on par with 660Ti. Also, I bought it for lower price compared to Evga 750Ti FTW.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Fair enough....I know my friend said something about his 660 being better than a 750 Ti when overclocked

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Even without OC it's a better GPU... And as I said, the one I use has performance of 660Ti, which is "two steps" above 750Ti.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gpu-hierarchy,4388.html

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Might want to replace PSU soon, raidmax isn't known for reliablity.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know, many people say that, and yet even more people are happy with this model (or generally Raidmax Thunder V2 series). If I notice anything weird it will be replaced before it's too late.

  • 47 months ago
  • 0 points

I've always read horror stories of Raidmax PSU's but it seems like it'd be better to make sure everything will be okay and buy a 750 G2 than the worry about it.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Well, they say the same thing about the Corsair 430 CX, but mine is pumping electricity to my system with NO problems whatsoever :)

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

And it's almost triple the price. Since I'm not really stressing this one at all, whole system pulls maybe 380-400W from the wall MAX, I'm not really worried.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you thinking of upgrading or staying with the 660? I'm upgrading my PC with pretty much the same specs, but it has a i3 3220 and a HD7850 1GB, pretty much the same deal as your PC but with a AMD GPU.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I will update someday for sure, but probably near the end of 2016...

  • 47 months ago
  • 0 points

Yes, the power supply was a poor choice. When it comes to power supplies, Amazon and Newegg reviews should always be ignored; those people don't know power supplies. Professional electrical engineers who review power supplies encounter crappy ones all the time, and Raidmax are some of the worst. I don't usually tell people this because it can be harsh to tell them their nice new build has a sucky power supply, but it kind of does. It most likely would either blow or shut off from protections if it draws even 500W.

Now, does it work? Yes, obviously we can see that. Your build will not draw much of any power, most likely a maximum of 250W, so while at that rated wattage it apparently can handle the load fine, if you had a higher-power computer things would be rough. But I just really stress the fact that the power supply is a vital component, and it's important to do research on them outside of the silly user reviews. I don't expect it to last long, it likely uses some poor quality capacitors. When capacitors start to leak, voltage regulation can become out-of-whack and damage your components, if under or over voltage protections don't kick in.

All power supplies should have working protections, but too many companies leave out important ones or set the limits so high that they damage hardware or blow before the protections kick in and shut the unit off for protection. So, you can replace it, or see how it handles over time. My guess is that it'll only be some months before you encounter an issue.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Since he is on a great budget, he should have gone with the corsair cx430. It's reliable, its enough, and its cheap! I absolutely agree with you dude. I would never trust my computer components with a raidmax psu

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't call CX 430 too reliable, though out of the CX bunch it is better than the higher-wattage CXs. Also, I'm unsure which one you're talking about. There is the CX 430 and the CX 430. The second one is the revised CX, the V2. The capacitors in both CXs are not known for reliability.

For his budget, I think an XFX Pro 550W would have been smart.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

None of them are available in my country, I don't live in USA or Canada... I perfectly understand what you are saying, but as I already stated in one of earlier comments (so did you), this system doesn't draw much power so I don't worry about that too m uch, honestly. Only PSU in this price range that was available to me was Cooler Master B500V2 (non modular, rainbow spaghetti cables), and some which are even cheaper and obviously much worse (brands like Blueberry and such).

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

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