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by whoosa


Still looking for a monitor and GPU.

*UPDATE: I got my monitor (ASUS VC239H-will add photos soon). Overclocked the cpu to 4.2ghz on stock cooler, on 49 Celsius at idle. I am happily playing Dota 2 with the iGPU on medium settings :) Still saving up for a GPU.

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vekspec 3 Builds 5 points 31 months ago

good start for your system. the g3258 is a great overclocker but if you are looking to press it over 4.3ghz, I'd recommend a hyper 212 or simlar.

the case, I absolutely love, good choice there.

Now there are a lot of people posting back and forth about what GPU you should get. some folks say 380/380x, others say 960. another member on here posted a wonderful summary on the forums which I will now summarize:

It depends, lol. The question is, what games will you be playing, if any at all? Are you going to be playing AAA titles like BF, Witcher, Fallout 4? If so, then get the 380x.

Will you be playing mostly MOBAs, RTS and MMOs? If yes, get the GTX 960. yes I just said that, get the 960

The thing is, many of those games above are CPU dependent and the way the architecture is built on the 960 works much better than the 380/380x when it comes to CPU dependent games, and it will get you higher FPS than the 380. Example, World of Warcraft or any Blizzard games, are Intel/Nvidia favored.

So in summary, the 380/380x is a good all around card. The GTX 960 is better for games that are more CPU dependent.

oh btw, don't get a 950, while you can get a 960 for only a little more.

Hope that helps! :)

whoosa submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

thanks! I think im going for a 960. just deciding whether i'll pick 4 or 2 gigs.

vekspec 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

4gb is just a marketing hype for mid range cards. with the small memory bus the gpu itself can't even use it. 2gb is perfectly fine for most games at 1080p. However if the 4gb is not much more than the 2gb say 20$ then sure get the 4gb

Kornaynewb 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

Gtx 960 is what I recommend ^ amazing budget gpu, about 20 bucks more expensive than gtx 950 but more than worth the few extra bucks.

Monitor just anything, if you play FPS I recommend a 1ms reaction time 1080p monitor from asus for about 150 ^

otherwise any 1080p monitor will do imo

Also nice build so far :) I like everything except the mobo

Diso 3 points 31 months ago

nononono, r9 380 or r9 380x

Kornaynewb 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

explain yourself pls :D

Diso 0 points 31 months ago

First of all- no hate to nvidia- but the gtx 960 is only worth it if someone at nvidia murdered a family member or something.. jokes aside:

They are both the same price, one of them (the 380) uses slightly more power and runs a hair hotter then the 960, but beats it by quite a bit, I'd say 5 fps (just a number I pulled out of nowhere, it ranges a lot, some games run 1fps better on the 380, some 10/+ fps) so yeah, 960 is fine, but the 380, or even better, the 380x (like, $10-$20 more) beats it in terms of performance

Kornaynewb 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

The gtx960 is slightly cheaper ( atleast over here) talking bout 10 - 20 € which matters in a budget build.

also the gtx960 has better support in some games which makes it perform better and in other games the difference isnt that huge

Diso 1 point 31 months ago

Don't mean to sound like I'm being rude - I'm genuinely curious - can you link me a benchmark where a 960 beats a 380?? all benchmarks I have seen is the the 380 in the lead, here where I am the 960 and 380 are the same prices

Shakaron 4 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

Yeah, not much room for later expansion with that motherboard...

whoosa submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

The motherboard... It has the basic features i need. PCIE slot x 1, cause im not planning on doing multiple gpu. ram slots x2, thats why I got 1 8gb stick of ram so i can later expand ram(if needed). most especially.. it can OC. :). It will be swapped out in the future, maybe.

PS. the mobo looks so small inside the case. XD

whoosa submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

The mother board was cheap and can do overclock. i have it on 4.2ghz. all is nice. The mobo will be upgraded. It has all I need, at least for now. :)

kyrim 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

spent less on a case and got the ssd later you could have got a monitor or gpu.

whoosa submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

i got my monitor. an ASUS VC239h. i can play dota 2 on medium nicely with no descrete GPU yet. :) and im saving all ma money..

wilsutt88 1 point 31 months ago

If you go to amazon there is an ultra wide that you can buy new for sub $200 and it is okay for gaming but you can get a faster monitor for fps games for $150 and with better response times.

RW_Craft 1 point 31 months ago

Pick up a R9 380 or R9 380X. Cheaper than the GTX 960 and out-performs it by alot.

vekspec 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

not necessarily. the 960 will out perform the AMD cards in certain games and the rest it's mostly close. I wouldn't go and say "out-performs it by alot", that's just not 100% true.


Shadows of Mordor: r9 380: 45fps; 960: 44 fps Witcher 3: r9 380: 28FPS; 960: 27 FPS


they did not do a review for the 380 but the 380 is essentially a refresh of the 285. as you can see they are pretty closed.

salasman 1 point 31 months ago

Great images; good-looking build. One question, I also purchased the Pentium G3258, which shows DDR3-1333 on its web site. I always thought the mobo determined the range of RAM variations. I see you're using the DDR3-1866. Should we ignore the CPU's memory specs?

whoosa submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

the mother board was on purpose, i planned it all. XD I believe the ram speed will be lowered to 1333 by the mobo. i took the 1866 for "the future" if you know what I mean ;)

AddisonKwong 1 point 31 months ago

I definetly recommend a gtx 950 or 960, preferably a 960 if you are willing to save up 30-40 more

Venomthemad 1 point 31 months ago

I'm thinking of going of something similar. this list help me out a lot.

davaaii 1 point 30 months ago

what fps are u getting in dota ?

whoosa submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

I get 23 to 27fps on medium. 25 to 30 on low settings. The frame rate was not noticeable. I've been playing dota 2 on this for quite a while with out knowing its fps. I actually thought I have higher fps than the actual.(I did not care checking the fps until after 2-3weeks of playing). 23 fps is very playable if you ask me. I play on medium.

oscarj1109 1 Build 0 points 31 months ago

i just built something similar, if you plan to play at 1080p high settings id say you go for the new GTX 950 :D

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