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i built this to replace my old htpc and to have a go at pc gaming before deciding if i should get a ps4 or not. this is running ubuntu 14.04 and will be used for browsing,streaming,light gaming and storing my blu-ray/dvd collection. i only over clocked the g3258 to 4ghz and didn't try any higher because i was worried about the heat in a small case, I've ordered a larger case fan so will try to go higher when it arrives. below ive listed the reasoning behind my choices and would like to apologise for the poor photos (only have a camera on my phone), i will try to take some better ones once the new fan arrives.

cpu; i bought this for the value and upgradeability. i currently dont need more than a dual-core and if i do its an easy upgrade to i3/i5/i7. £50.49

mobo; was the cheapest mitx lga1150. £47

memory; came from old htpc. £0

storage; came from old htpc. £0

gpu; went with nvidia because there drivers are better on linux and the 750ti because my tv is only 720p it should give me enough performance to try pc gaming. £103.99

case; i wanted it to have a small form factor and to take standard size parts. £24.99

psu; came from old htpc. £0

this build was easy to put together (even with the elites lack of cable management) and only cost me a total of £216.47.

future upgrades; i will be geting a ssd at some point and maybe an aftermarket cpu cooler. the cpu/gpu/memory will be upgraded if/when i decide i need better.

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  • 62 months ago
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ya, i'd get a cpu cooler and swap out the RAM. you should be set for a while after that. All though, do take note some games will not be able to run on a dual core. An i3 would be able to run those, but at that point, i'd bite the bullet for an i5.

Pentiums are great little monsters though, aren't they?!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

4590 should fit him well, go ahead and get a 1x8 stick

  • 62 months ago
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ya any i5 would do him well. Hell he could wait til broadwell and get one then since it utilizes the LGA1150 socket and his mobo would probably need a BIOS update!

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

been looking at the Zalman CNPS8900 Quiet for the cooler and will be getting something next pay day.

havent really tested the pentium yet (only played in kega fusion so far) but i am getting the metro bundle come pay.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah zalman has some really cool looking quality cpu coolers that's a great idea.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the practicality of this build. No need to build a beast to watch movies and play some light games! I also like the frugality of harvesting parts from older machines to suit your needs. +1

  • 62 months ago
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cheers, i tried to keep the budget low since i dont know how much gaming i will actually do on it and splashing out on a i5+gtx970 could of ended up just being a waste of several hundred pounds just to watch films.

  • 62 months ago
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what about a wifi card, do you wire ur computer all the way to ur router?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

my router is less than a meter away so no need for a wifi card

  • 62 months ago
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Hello, I am interested in overclocking with this motherboard, however have heard Intel are cracking down on the practice on non z boards. When did you purchase the board and did you update the bios? Thanks

  • 62 months ago
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got the board about a month ago, didn't need to update the bios and it is very easy to overclock with. i also heard intel might crack down on the non z boards but im not sure why they would. why would any body pay £180+ for a k processor then cheap out on a h81 that might not cope with the power draw, they wouldn't. they might consider a h87/h97 but for a few quid more they could get a z87/z97 designed for overclocking which i would assume they would pay since they are spending that much on a cpu and would want the best compatibility for it.

  • 62 months ago
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I think it's more people being able to oc with their cheap g3258 processor on a cheap motherboard. I don't think we'll be seeing a cheap processor with an unlocked multiplier from Intel for a long time

  • 62 months ago
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i am working on the assumption intel is allowing these non z overclocking boards specifically for the cheap processor with an unlocked multiplier g3258. if not why didnt they stop them 6 months ago? what i wrote was why i think it wont dent the sale of z boards, but the cheap boards will help the sales of the g3258 hence no reason to stop it.

  • 62 months ago
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I think it was more the manufacturers finding a loophole in the chipset and going against Intel regulations. i don't think it affects sales of their k series processors as their much higher end but I would have gone with an i3 if this wasn't an option