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UPDATED AGAIN: First Gaming Build

by TyrellP

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65 Comments

Details

Date Published

April 29, 2015

Date Built

April 20, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.4GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.0GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.0GHz

Description

BattleField 4 Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzmpf18N1z8 Grand Theft Auto: V Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_n6ZkDUpl3M

Hello everyone! Welcome to my first build. This wouldn't have been possible without PCPartPicker user Psyckosama, he's helped me a lot with picking my components.

I've been wanting to build a competent rig that could pull medium settings in any game, boy oh boy was I wrong, I'm actually pulling 60-120 FPS on maximum settings in most games, more about that later..

I finally got a job a month ago, applied for a credit card, got approved and figured my limit would be $500 (I'm 18 and in school so I wasn't expecting a high limit) and was thinking I'd save my first paycheck and add that and have a $700 budget.. well the card came, looked online and seen that my limit was $1000! This changed everything, I went to the computer store on April 20th and told them the build I wanted based on what Psyckosama helped me with.

CPU: The Intel Pentium G3258, yes it's a dual core but not just any dual core but it was designed for overclocking, it's able to keep up with quad cores in games. No it doesn't have the best performance when recording but I don't plan on doing much of it anyways, I've overclocked it to 4.4 GHz and was actually able to get 4.8GHz but wanted to stay within a range that my motherboard deemed safe with my stock cooler.

Motherboard: The Asrock Z97 Anniversary, it features everything I need, I'm not an enthusiast so I don't need a ton of bells and whistles but it allows me to upgrade to an i5 or an i7 which was a huge determining factor in picking the Intel platform over AMD counterparts, and features the easiest overclocking setup ever! you press P when you start your computer, and use the arrows keys to pick what clock speed you want, press enter, computer restarts and BAM, your overclocked.

Memory: 8GB of Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz ram in dual channel mode. What can I say, does everything I need it to and it's pretty quick. I did make a mistake though, when I installed the ram I didn't put it in dual channel mode but I quickly figured that out, and fixed it.

Storage: WD Caviar Blue 1TB, I was thinking about going with an SSD and buying a 1TB Drive a week or two later but I decided to just get the harddrive first because the games I like to play take a lottttt of space.

Video Card: The Club 3D R9 280! This card is sweet, any game I've thrown at it has run flawlessly aside from Arma 3, it's the only game I got an average of 35-30 FPS on max settings.

Case: The Thermaltake Versa H22 is sweet! It's very inexpensive, comes with a fan and has a window panel so I can see everything. I plan on buying a few Red LED strips next week to give it all a red glow.

Power Supply: 750W Semi modular power supply, gives me ample power.

Building process: This build took me 4 hours to put together, it was probably one of the most satisfying feelings knowing you've built something yourself without anyone's help and able to perform as well as it can, the only part that was kind of freaky was pushing the retention arm down on the CPU, the squeaking noises it made were nerve, I also made sure that the gold triangle matched up with the motherboard 4-5 times lol.

So what's the performance like?

BF4: Min: 40 Avg: 58 Max: 80 Settings: Ultra GTA IV: (Waiting to get GTAV!) Min: 60 Avg: 75 Max: 80 Settings: Max (With ICEhancer, LCPDFR and Multiple car mods I get 40-60) Planetside 2: Min: 32 Avg: 50 Max: 60 Settings: Ultra (I have Vsync off but it never goes over 60) Warframe: Min: 60 Avg: 60 Max: 60 Settings: (Haven't played with Vsync off) Warface: Min: 100 Avg: 115 Max: 130 Settings: Max TERA: Min: 60 Avg: 60 Max: 60 Settings: Max (Haven't played it with Vsync off) SMITE: Min: 160 Avg: 180 Max: 190 Settings: Max League of Legends: Min: 100 Avg: 150 Max: 320 Settings: Max ARMA III: Min: 29 Avg: 34 Max: 45 Settings: Ultra GTA V: Min: 30 Avg: 50 Max: 65 Settings: Mix between high and normal

UPDATE: Added LEDs inside the case and one intake fan behind the Thermaltake logo on the front which gives it a red hue and got a gaming mouse, next week I'll get an SSD

UPDATE 2: Bought a 120 GB Kingston SSD, the speed is unreal! Went from a 2:26 boot time to 16 seconds.

Part Reviews

CPU

The Intel Pentium G3258, yes it's a dual core but not just any dual core but it was designed for overclocking, it's able to keep up with quad cores in games. No it doesn't have the best performance when recording but I don't plan on doing much of it anyways, I've overclocked it to 4.4 GHz and was actually able to get 4.8GHz but wanted to stay within a range that my motherboard deemed safe with my stock cooler.

Motherboard

The Asrock Z97 Anniversary, it features everything I need, I'm not an enthusiast so I don't need a ton of bells and whistles but it allows me to upgrade to an i5 or an i7 which was a huge determining factor in picking the Intel platform over AMD counterparts, and features the easiest overclocking setup ever! you press P when you start your computer, and use the arrows keys to pick what clock speed you want, press enter, computer restarts and BAM, your overclocked

Memory

8GB of Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz ram in dual channel mode. What can I say, does everything I need it to and it's pretty quick. I did make a mistake though, when I installed the ram I didn't put it in dual channel mode but I quickly figured that out, and fixed it.

Storage

WD Caviar Blue 1TB, I was thinking about going with an SSD and buying a 1TB Drive a week or two later but I decided to just get the harddrive first because the games I like to play take a lottttt of space

Video Card

The Club 3D R9 280! This card is sweet, any game I've thrown at it has run flawlessly aside from Arma 3, it's the only game I got an average of 35-30 FPS on max settings.

Case

The Thermaltake Versa H22 is sweet! It's very inexpensive, comes with a fan and has a window panel so I can see everything. I plan on buying a few Red LED strips next week to give it all a red glow.

Power Supply

750W Semi modular power supply, gives me ample power.

Comments Sorted by:

TheGazelle36 4 points 29 months ago

Please tell me you didn't pay $300 on that graphics card...

TyrellP submitter 1 Build 2 points 29 months ago

Absolutely not, $209 lol

Lizardkiller472 1 point 29 months ago

ik right

JustinL 0 points 29 months ago

This. A r9 280 should be well under $200.

Survivor301 2 points 29 months ago

If you paid $300 for that GPU you got completely ripped off. You could have gotten a 970 for that price.

TheGazelle36 1 point 29 months ago

SO TRUE!

TyrellP submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

I didn't pay $300, it says $199 in the part list

TheGazelle36 2 points 29 months ago

From my view it say $299

TyrellP submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

That's strange, yeah it came to $209 after tax

TheGazelle36 1 point 29 months ago

Lol anyways for $209 you got a nice bang for the buck

Survivor301 1 point 29 months ago

Oh okay. Just coming up different on my screen I guess. Nice build though

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TyrellP submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Haha no way man, I paid $209

dsargent7 1 Build 3 points 29 months ago

Your prices are listed in blue, which means you didn't input custom prices. Your price might look different to you if you're in a different location, in which case, that might be why you didn't feel the need to input custom prices as purchased. It doesn't bother me any, but it does help clarify the actual price you paid for your parts and not just what PCPP decides to list.

CelesTreeSloth -3 points 29 months ago

A 970 wouldnt be worth it, i can buy a R9 290x Tri-x OC from Sapphire for 243 that runs better

lakrulez 2 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

Nice build dude. Im always trying to get the best performance for the least amount of money, and this isnt too bad. loving the head room for future upgrades.

TyrellP submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks man!

brent_the_rogue 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Make sure to work on your cables! Great gaming build though.

+1

:D

TyrellP submitter 1 Build 2 points 29 months ago

I will! Haha, thanks a bunch :)

Svnryn 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I don't get why people don't put down the prices they paid as opposed to just letting PCP set their cheapest retailer price of said parts.

A big part of showing these builds off is price/performance, especially when it comes to the G3258. That said, nice build. You need to work on the cable management, though. Looks like you have some room to work with.

TyrellP submitter 1 Build 2 points 29 months ago

I'll Fix the prices in a little bit although their really not too far off, aside from it showing $300 for the gpu for some people

Flipthebass 1 point 29 months ago

Hey mate, awesome build! Are you just using the stock cooler or an after market cooler? And if you get GTA V could you please msg me how well you run it?

Cheers.

TyrellP submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

I'm on the stock Cooler for now! I'll be getting a better one next week, and I sure will :)

Flipthebass 2 points 29 months ago

Awesome overclock on stock! Thanks :)

TyrellP submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Here you are ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_n6ZkDUpl3M

Read the description too :)

Flipthebass 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks very much man! :)

TyrellP submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

No problem man :) if you have any more requests just ask!

FantasticPCPete 1 point 29 months ago

Great gaming build! The r9 280 is a great card for gaming and that cpu doesn't bottleneck right?

TyrellP submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

From what I've experienced it hasn't bottle necked it one bit!, it's holding up well although I will be getting an i5 later down the road. GTA V is installing right now, I'll get back to you on its performance

TyrellP submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_n6ZkDUpl3M Here's GTA V on it :) , doesn't seem to be bottlenecking, although that term is used a little too loosely now days.

I'd still recommend an i5 if you can shell out the extra cash though.

wforce5 3 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Nice build for the price! (Already heard about the gpu price so i took that into effect.) You did very well picking parts. Although some might not see it, i really like how you went with the pentium instead of the AMD athlon series, and this is why: with the athlon series, if you want to upgrade in the future to a high end cpu, you will have to buy a new mobo, and rebuild everything again. with the pentium, you are still getting comparable performance to the 860k, but if you want to go all out on a cpu for an upgrade, you can buy an i5 or i7 without the need of a new motherboard. Nothing negative to say about this. You got great parts for a great price. :)

TyrellP submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks for your feedback man! I'm loving it, and that's the exact reason why I chose the pentium over lower end counterparts on the AMD platform :)

leonccyiu 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

What voltage did you use for 4.8ghz? I already require 1.36 for 4.4, and what voltage are you currently using?

TyrellP submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Is there any other upgrades I should get? Aside from the processor, I can wait a couple months. The SSD was a HUGE improvement

NetFlakes 1 point 28 months ago

This graphics card is $199 now in Canada! Dam is it such a good deal right now

TyrellP submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

It is for sure :)

G3T_R3KT_M8 1 point 27 months ago

Are you having any issues with the Club 3D card? Lots of reviews I've seen say they have been experiencing coil whine and clicking sounds from the fan... Is it just their card. Nice build overall Also what LEDs do you have installed. Looking for some good bright ones for my build. +1

talonwash 1 point 24 months ago

nice

TyrellP submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Thanks

WitchOfTheWilds 1 point 21 months ago

I thought the H21 versa had the window and the H22 didn't. I'm only commenting because I'm still trying to decide on my case, and I'd prefer to have a case without a window. Thanks!

DouvleX 1 point 20 months ago

Wait so the case has a window? Cause in the pictures on PC part picker it doesnt so please reply cause Im willing to build a PC with it but im not sure if it has a window or not.

TyrellP submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

I'm sorry for the late reply, yeah it has a window!

DouvleX 1 point 16 months ago

its ok

monkeybars 0 points 29 months ago

Always good to read about someone putting themselves in debt because the credit card company gave them a higher limit... Yikes.

TyrellP submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

I'm more than capable of paying it off, $350 paid off so far

tpb1908 1 point 29 months ago

Well. So long as you made an informed decision and have the income to pay it offz, its fine.

TyrellP submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Yup! I was kinda debating for awhile but it was well worth it. What setup do you have?

tpb1908 2 points 29 months ago

PC? PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Xeon E3-1246 V3 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor Purchased For £235.00
Motherboard ASRock Z97M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard Purchased For £82.00
Memory G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory Purchased For £80.00
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive Purchased For £55.00
Case Fractal Design Arc Mini R2 MicroATX Mini Tower Case Purchased For £60.00
Power Supply XFX XTR 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply Purchased For £82.00
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) Purchased For £115.00
Other Office 2010 Professional £80.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £789.00
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-05-01 18:13 BST+0100

I plan on getting a new CPU cooler, a new monitor, as well as a mechanical keyboard and mouse. A GPU may be in the works eventually, but this is mainly a work machine- School work and development. I'm 15 so parts sort of come along as I get money. This build took me 2+ years to save for, back then I looked at an fx 6300 and a hd7770 (Because I thought minecraft looked fun), it then moved on to an 8320 and r9 270. Eventually, about two months ago, I thought, f*** it I'll never buy any components at this rate and just bought the lot.

TyrellP submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Wow! That CPU looks like it blows mine out of the water! Haha, loks like a pretty damn solid build, once you stick a GPU in there I'm sure you'll be good to go for gaming, I'd highly recommend GTA V I picked it up lastnight and it's amazing on PC! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_n6ZkDUpl3M

Have a great one

jdavis45 1 Build 0 points 29 months ago

wanted to stay within a range that my motherboard deemed safe with my stock cooler

Please don't use the stock cooler when overclocking a CPU! It's an accident waiting to happen. You also paid too much for that motherboard unless you're getting an unlocked i5/i7 in the future.

TyrellP submitter 1 Build 3 points 29 months ago

I will be upgrading within the next 3 months, and I'll get a cooler next week :)

jdavis45 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Well, that was my only concern. +1 then :)

Edit: On second thought edit those cables ;)

Dave702 -1 points 29 months ago

should of gotten quadcore cpu

TyrellP submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

I will be, although I don't need one at this point in time. I'm getting a i5

Neb9 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Not sure if this will be an increasing problem in the future by some games do not support dual cores, and require a quad core or better.

If that isn't the case then with DX12 your current pc should be ok for a fair while.

DX11 vs DX12 http://www.extremetech.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/directx-12-directx-11-asteroid-demo-power-consumption.jpg The left side of the graph is DX11 and the right side is DX12. The power usage roughly indicates the overall usage.

TyrellP submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Hey man! Yeah I'm very aware of the increasing problems with dual cores, this pentium is just sort of a filler until I can pick up an i5, thanks for the insight though!

TyrellP submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_n6ZkDUpl3M Seems to be holding up just fine.

Dave702 1 point 29 months ago

I guess no 1080p monitor?

TyrellP submitter 1 Build 2 points 29 months ago

Its not working for some reason, so I gotta use this backup until next week -_-

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TyrellP submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

I know :/ I'll fix it though

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dsargent7 1 Build 2 points 29 months ago

Asrock is a very reliable motherboard manurfacturer. Don't have any doubts with them.

TyrellP submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Hey man! Thanks for taking the time to reply :) I must have just gotten really lucky with my components because some people get a lot less performance that what I've achieved, I wasn't really big on going with Asrock for my motherboard either but to be honest the quality of the board to me is excellent, and yes I did :)

Searching for parts and building it was truly an awesome experience, and I couldn't be happier. But nothing beats the satisfaction that you get booting up and getting amazing performance out of something you've built with no help!, I can't wait to pop some LEDs in my little beast and make it look cooler, as you can see the cable management wasn't the best and I actually didn't know that you can feed the cables through the other side of the case to get better tidiness, that's my next task!

Have a great day! What specs do you have?