I decided to finally build a G3258 rig with the intent of pushing it as far as I can get it. I purchased all of the parts, less the PSU and CPU cooler, used or refurbished to keep prices down. I did not really spend too much time managing the cables in this build, as you cannot see inside. Let me know what you guys think and if you have any pointers about getting a higher OC out of this CPU.
As of right now, I have not really pushed it too far just yet. The CPU is stable at 4ghz with the stock voltage and RAM running at 1866mhz. This is where I started as my stable base. The rig survived prime95 for 4hrs at this speed with temps of 63c on core 1 and 58c on core 2. I was able to get the CPU up to 4.4ghz at 1.35v for a 30min test, but I did not like the temps as they were pushing over 70c. I will keep playing with it to see if I can improve here. I know surviving 24hrs of prime95 is the gold standard, but I don’t have time for that right now. I will be on leave from work for a few weeks in the near future and that is when I plan on doing the 24hr tests.
I will be benchmarking the computer over the next few days and I will update this posting if I get a chance.
Quick explanation on parts
The G3258 was an obvious choice. I got it pretty cheap, all things considered. So far it is working like a champ.
I picked up a Hyper T4 so I would not have to use the stock cooler.
The MoBo I think I got close to a steal on ebay. The seller did not cover the socket in shipping, but thankfully no damage to be noted, and it came with an IO shield.
The case was purchased refurbished on Newegg. It is the use 2.0 variant.
The PSU was just a budget find. The EVGA430 misses the 80+ rating it claims to have, just barley. Even though it misses the mark, it gets really good reviews from the PSU testing community due to the price per quality. Normally you would not expect much from a $30 PSU.
Parts without prices
The RAM kit I used is not the one I originally intended to use. I have a Corsair Vengeance 4gb stick I was going to use, but a friend had a 16gb kit that was not compatible with his system so he gave it to me. Since I did not purchase this RAM kit, I did not add the price. The 4gb Corsair Vengeance I picked up was $20
I just added an old R7 250 I had from a few years back so I could do some gaming benchmarks. I do not plan on leaving the GPU in the PC, so I did not add the price to the build. If I was to add a GPU, I would pick up something like the RX460. The GPU's official model number is R7250X1GB however it is a 2gb card and the PC sees it as a HD7770 leading me to believe it was packaged and sold wrong.
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I have not purchased Windows for the PC as I plan on installing Linux when I am done testing it. Right now I am using Win10 in evaluation mode, no bootleg software/keys here.
Linksys Wireless G card: I have had this thing so long, I don't even remember what it cost originally. I may pick up a cheap wireless N card to put in this PC soon.
The only actual issue I had with the entire build is OCing the CPU. All of the UEFI settings on this mobo are controlled by drop down list you use your mouse to navigate, except the CPU controls; those need you to use +/- keys for some reason. It took me about 2 hours to figure this out. Of course, after I flashed the BIOS to see if that was the issue... (You live you learn I suppose)
For the price you cannot complain, it is a dual core that can be overclocked to beat an i3 and keep up with an i7 in single/dual threaded workloads.
AMD mounting solution only allow it to be mounted parallel with the PCIe slots which is really annoying. The AMD mounting solution can be both a pro and a con as it is locked in one direction but does not need any additional hardware. You can just use AMD's stock mounting system.
Intel mounting solution allows it to be mounted either way, though the fan does touch the retention arm.
For the price it preforms really well.
Really good board all and all for the price. My only major complaint is the CPU OC settings require you to use the +/- keys where all the other settings are drop downs.
This is a decent budget case from NZXT but they left out a few things that really hurts the case. It lacks 2.5 drive mounts and is hard to mount a front rad due to how far away the mount points are from the CPU socket. The case also lacks support for any fan filters which for NZXT is strange.
Thankfully you can mount a rad on the top and rear of the case if needed, but to reach the front you will need long hoses.
For $30-$40 this is a good mid tower that will hold most anything hardware wise.
Considering this is a $30 PSU it is a dang good one, it does miss the 80+ rating it clames to have but otherwise is good for the price. Most PSU reviewers give this PSU a best in price rating, so far it has not disappointed. I would completely advise getting this CPU if your budget is under $40 over most of the competition.
Jonnyguru gave this PSU a 8.5/10 http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story6&reid=431