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The focus of this build was more cost than performance. This build will be perfect for the basics such as web browsing, videos, and gaming to a degree. I have much more testing to perform but this is what I have so far. Uningine Valley on ultra with AA off at 1440x900 produced an average fps of 42. Running basic Cinebench gpu was at 104 fps. I still need to do a full stress test of Prime95 and Intel burn test to make sure the 4.3 is perfectly stable at 1.325v.

I purchased Battlefield 4 strictly for testing on the Intel Pentium 4. So many people have stated this cpu just cannot handle a multi threaded game such as BF4 so I wanted to see for myself. Doing a trial run on ultra seemed perfectly fine at 1440x900. During the initial cutscene everything was smooth as could be. Getting into gameplay there was a little bit of lag. I need to actually learn how to play BF4 and really play it. I will be testing on a 1080p 60hz tv.

cpu: Best bang for your buck in my opinion.

mb: Purchased mainly because it came with an 8gb stick of Kingston Fury 1866(will be using for another build).

memory: Leftover ram, hence no cost.

storage: The pictures originally show two different 3.5 hdd that I was planning to use as they were older drives gifted to me to help keep cost down. Could not get windows to load with them. Standard WD drive used instead.

gpu: Bought for the price/peformance mark. A week after I purchased it was down to $66. I did sell the two free games it came with for $20 essentially lowering the price of the card to $52.99, but that's definitely not the norm.

case: Bought in a combo pack with other items. It's a good $20 ish case, but I would not go out of my way to purchase again.

psu: Good for the cost.

optical drive: yep

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  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

its a lion

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Ultra...on that CPU and GPU...a little bit unbelievable but were you using Mantle? If so, give me more hope for my setup...

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Ultra, high 30s to low 40s FPS, 1440x900 resolution. If anyone would like, I'm more than happy to post a screenshot from Uningine Valley showing the final numbers.

Regarding the cpu and gaming, this will be a continued argument where one side states the Intel Pentium G3258 cannot run games. The other side, those of us that have purchased the cpu and tested them at length, knows the performance it brings to the table. This is my third G3258 build and I just can't get enough of this cpu. It's performance to dollar is unmatched for single threaded performance. There are a handful of games out that truly need the performance of a 4+ core cpu, but so far everything I've tested with my G3258 builds handle gaming fine. A previous G3258 build overclocked to 4.0ghz paired with an AMD 7850 2gb GDDR5 card was running Mafia 2 at 60fps with everything maxed.

I'm sure people will say it's untrue and that it's a weak cpu. That's fine. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Having multiple builds and testing them first hand, I confidently say it's an unbelievable budget cpu that I will be using as often as I can moving forward. I was planning to do a youtube video showing performance, but I've never done a video so I'll need to learn how!

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

I'll be honest with you, I think that Pentium is very powerful for its price. But I think the reason why people are arguing it being an insufficient CPU for gaming is because probably as time goes by, there will be more background running software while you play which affects you CPU since it has only one extra core for background tasks. For me with the Octo Core FX 8320, background apps isn't really a problem.

But remember, when you want your Pentium to run at full potential, always clear out the malwares and check your 'ms config' to configure as least as possible in the number of background apps running.

Well both my FX 8320 and your Pentium G3258 have ups and downs. Yours has slightly better single core performance while mine is a beefer at multicore performance. I'm glad you're fond of it :)

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for the comment! I recently looked at a comparison between the G3258 and FX-8320 and just as you said, single threaded performance goes to G3258. Multi/other, FX. And yes, background apps tend to ruin performance if people are not paying attention. For those that frequent this site I think it's less of an issue. But for those that shop from a big box store I see how easy it would for a sales consultant to say something like, "6-8 core is much better than 2 core!!!".

I personally run an Intel I5-3570k in my main rig and I do not see too much difference in the tasks I do now compared to the G3258. So why did I buy a 3570k? I'm in college currently for programming. It was an investment. Also, my gpu is a Nvidia gtx 770. But! If money is the main concern, the G3258 is where it's at in my opinion!