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Red Robin (First time builder)

by McKnickKnock



Date Published

May 22, 2015

Date Built

May 21, 2015

CPU Clock Rate


GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate



For a long time now I've wanted to delve into PC Gaming. I'm someone (one of the many, I'm sure) who is guilty of going overboard on Steam and Humble Bundle sales and not having the opportunity to play all of the games I acquired. So when push came to shove and I desperately wanted to try out all these games gathering virtual dust, I found my ole laptop simply couldn't cut it. So I scoured the web, being inspired by YouTubers such as Austin Evans and LinusTechTips and compiled a build I thought would work. Now I am a college student and money was a large concern (I must have set aside at least half a semester to ensure that I was financially capable of building the machine I wanted) and I set out with an initial budget of $500 (*NOTE: This was for the hardware of the PC only, as a university student I'm provided with resources for the OS and other software and I will cover the peripherals I used later) After acquiring and assembling everything, I'd say I made a pretty great investment. I don't expect the top tier performance out of this build (I'm not playing Crysis on this or anything like that) but so far I have been impressed with how it has handled games such as Skyrim (Ultra Settings, 1080p) and MOBAs such as Smite (peaked at over 90 fps and didn't dip below 75) I'll take it through a couple more demanding titles just to benchmark it later. I told my brother that I'd be building a PC this summer and so for my birthday he gave me a gaming keyboard and mouse which I've been very impressed with so far. It is a comfort knowing that I could upgrade and overclock this PC later when I feel more comfortable doing so.

Part Reviews


So far I've been pretty content with this CPU. In my build I haven't needed to overclock (with the addition of my graphics card and lack of an aftermarket cooler making this decision pretty easy for me) but it is a comfort knowing that I can later when I feel more comfortable doing so.

Video Card

This graphics card has impressed me very much, as a first time builder I can say that it has provided me with a great value and taken a lot of stress off my shoulders. Plus it looks pretty sleek in my case, and that's always a good thing!


I kinda have mixed feelings about this case. On one hand, I love the look of it. It matches my setup perfectly, with the red LED fan and case lights matching my keyboard and mouse to the tee, I'm more than proud displaying it on my desk. However, before I bought this I'd seen plenty of reviews warning first time builders against it, informing them of the wiring nightmare that it can be. Being of that demographic, I can definitely stand behind that, wiring was most definitely the most difficult part of this build. On top of that, the hardware that is provided with the case only includes a single extra brass standoff when in reality you need two extra if you don't wanna endure a massive headache to mount a micro ATX MB. The fan can be kinda loud sometimes but its worth it. Overall it is a great looking case, something I'm glad to keep on my dorm room desk and show off but it is a hassle to make it work.

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DanielMLG 2 points 35 months ago

What are the names of the keyboard, mouse, and monitor you use?

McKnickKnock submitter 1 Build 2 points 35 months ago

The keyboard and mouse are Redragon Lite S101 and the monitor is just a Dynex TV, same that I use for Xbox gaming.

DanielMLG 2 points 35 months ago

Ok, Thanks

runner3600 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

same mouse as you, same brand of keyboard.

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HTTPRO 3 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Hey, I'm just wondering does your motherboard have a 1.2 Volt maximum for overclocking? I see this in b85s and h81s motherboard, I was wandering if h97 also has that 1.2 Volt locked.

pyrogab29 1 point 35 months ago

What frames are you getting for games? I plan to get a similar build

runner3600 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

this is actually alot like my build when i first made it.

Bellishot 1 point 34 months ago

I plan to use the same motherboard in my very first build, just wondering if there were any problems you have encountered with it?

Stupidmouth 2 Builds 0 points 35 months ago

Whats the deal with that cpu? I see it used in quite a few budget gaming builds - is it a cheap alternative to intel iX processors? How does it stack up playing games?

conductoshark 2 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

yeah, the g3258 is a great budget cpu - it's unlocked so you can overclock to your heart's delight

reoper6 1 point 35 months ago

I have the g3258 and I will tell you what, in this price bracket it is absolutely amazing. I got mine to 4.6ghz on air with a hyper(t4) and with a 270x as a gpu I have seen the max usage at any given time playing easier moba style games at around 59% when running skyrim it hits about 80-90% load and I have never seen it run above 49c (except when using prime 95). I highly recommend this for any budget build that you want a great upgrade path to the i7.

ikkuranus 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

It's great for MMORPGs which typically use 2 large threads. Even before it is overclocked the top end amd chips can't even come close to what this thing does for those type of games. The only time it really should struggle is if you want to play 64player fps games or tasks that adequately use more then 2 cores.

maggotshero 10 Builds 0 points 35 months ago

Its one of the best overclockers on the market, you can get it up to 4.5-4.8 with a relatively cheap cooler, but its also losing the battle because more and more games are needing four or more cores, but for casual gaming its still a good choice.

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