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When I had planned this build I did not intend on going with the G3258 so the PSU is a bit weak. I plan on getting a more powerful power brick here soon, but this should run fine for now with what I will be using it for. I planned this to be an HTPC. I have always hated how large ITX builds are, so I decided to build one myself. I do not need much in the range of power since the most this thing will do is steam streaming from my desktop.

I went with the Pentium G3258 since it was unlocked, and will have some future proofing with being able to overclock it when the time comes. I almost went with a Celeron but decided at the last minute to go with this for the extra bit of power.

The motherboard was a simple choice. It was the cheapest ITX with wifi. I don't think the H81 chipset will cause any issues, from what I read you can overclock on this board and the chipset limitations should not come up with an HTPC. I would be concerned with overclocking on this with its four phase power if the CPU was anything higher then a dual core.

RAM is RAM, I wanted at least 4gb and decided to go dual channel. I went with 1333mhz since that is the fastest this CPU officially supports.

Storage, who in their right mind does not try to cram an SSD in their build now of days. This SSD is something I had laying around, it was made before the memory controller change to the v300's that killed their speed last year.

Case, as I touched on before, I have always thought people's ITX builds are too big. Mini-box was the smallest case I could find

PSU I parted this in two slots for the PSU since it is two items. I have the mini-box PSU with is just a circuit board that plugs in to the 24pin on the motherboard and some leads for the PSU power, 1x sata and 1x molex. Then a power brick to give the system the juice it needs. I will need to update the power brick, its wattage is too low for this build.

I have not really had a chance to do too many benchmarks yet, but this CPU's performance is pretty well known.

*and no it cannot run Crisis. With this being a x64 chip and the original Crisis not liking x64 OS's without a lot of tweaking the config files.

The case is really small and cramped to working but everything went together with little issue.

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  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build, I love it when people post smaller systems on here instead of everything being an i7 and a 980

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

I get tired of seeing i5this and i7that my self too. Thanks!!!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the Pico PSU? I've been curious about them. They're so tiny.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Its running fine so far, though I have not pushed the CPU yet. Its more of a laptop power solution, the part that hooks to the mobo/ssd only relays the power given to it by the power brick. Much like a laptop the power brick is actually the PSU, it does all of the regulation and management of the power being delivered. I would not advise trying to build anything powerful using one of these PSU's.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Lovely build you created here and love that you decided to grab that case. Officially I can see someone using it here instead of Amazon. Well at least from this current time frame. No idea if anyone else has in here so I could wrong. Again, great work on your build! +1 :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

I saw that case about 6 months ago when I was looking for the smallest ITX cases, I knew the moment I saw it I was going to build in it. The only issue I had was getting it open, they did not have any instructions in the box. There is one screw then you slide the top about 2/3rds back (not all the way) then wiggle it up, and the front plate took a screwdriver to push the plastic clips in.

All and all I'm happy I picked this tower too. Also a slight elitist feeling since no one else on this site that I have noticed has used this case.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

That's always fun... the joy of no quick references or guide manuals. My Apevia case I used for my mini ITX build had no manuals but at least a quick reference guide, yet it was outdated and didn't truly explain much at all. Had a general idea of photos but doesn't quite help if it feels like when they first released the case and it looked a tad different on their PSU.

So I can imagine your pain with the guessing game, but sounds like you had nothing to reference on comparing to myself so I bet it was fun and a pain at times. Should be happy and proud for what you did, I hope someday I get my hands with one of these cases that you worked with. Enjoy your new computer, which I'm certain you are!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Hm. I wonder if intel will ever pimp out there Igpu inside there chips. This would be a pretty legit case for a super small gaming rig. +1 for kingston SSD.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I almost went AMD for that reason, to get an APU with a good integrated GPU. I decided on Intel due to its Linux support, APU's don't play well with most Linux distros. Intel did beef up the iGPU in the i3-4370 but it still is no match for even the A6-7400k which is about $100 cheaper (the i3 CPU does crush the CPU half of that A6).

I feel Intel will have to up their iGPU in the next refresh, AMD is finally putting DDR4 support for their next socket. I would love to see what the next A10 can do with 3000Mhz+ RAM. If Intel does not respond they will start hurting for sales in their sub i3 chips, especially for those who are not planning on putting stand alone GPU's in their builds.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

HD 6000 series is rumored to support up to 5k video. Could translate to 1080p gaming at low levels of power :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Also 10 for the win. :D

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet tiny build man. What do you use it for, and what OS are you running on it?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Windows 10 for now, I may switch it to Ubuntu or Mint when the public beta of win10 is up.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for the info!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I forgot to mention what I will be using it for. I'm planning on mounting it to the wall behind my gaming rig so I don't have to interrupt my gaming to check something on the internet ext.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

well, it's certainly more powerful than a phone I guess.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Tech Preview rolls into legit Windows 10 on July 29th :) enjoy free Windows 10 and don't forget to bind the key to your Microsoft account or you will be SOL if you lose your OS for any reason

Otherwise, great little build. I've always wanted to play with the G3258

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I noticed they are letting the tech preview go on for good, believe me I'm going to abuse this. :D

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

*Crisis runs in Windows 7 x64 straight out of the box. Never tweaked any config files.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I like it, it's a mini home entertainment system

  • 58 months ago
  • 0 points

This is possibly the lest beast computer I have ever seen that was named beast.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Na, this CPU is pretty beast when it comes down to it. I did not want to go with an i3/5/7 in this build.

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  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Yup, yup! It's true. I look at ark.intel.com a lot for their CPU information. Intel® Pentium® Processor G3258 (3M Cache, 3.20 GHz).

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Intel really needs to get with the times on their RAM support. The Pentium and Celeron only support 1333Mhz, the i3, i5, and most i7's only support 1600. Only one of the i7's (its not even on the LGA1150 socket) support 2400 and that is only in DDR4, the DDR3 support is still 1600Mhz. Just about anything AMD supports between 2133Mhz to 2400Mhz even the really cheap chips, only the integrated solutions from AMD are at 1333Mhz.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

My Pentium is running my ram at 1600MHz

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, thankfully if your MOBO can support such RAM speeds then you are golden. Of course, it can vary depending on the RAM, MOBO, and the CPU. However, I have known many people who had processors that did not support certain speeds. It just helps to be aware of the specs of the three if one comes across an issue or wondering why something might be a miss.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Intel really needs to get with the times on their RAM support. ... Just about anything AMD supports between 2133Mhz to 2400Mhz even the really cheap chips, only the integrated solutions from AMD are at 1333Mhz.

I fully agree with you.

The Pentium and Celeron only support 1333Mhz...

Except, with this one tiny part. You are correct about the Celerons. These type of Pentiums will support 1333 and 1600MHz: G3420, G3420T, G3430, G3440, G3440T, G3450, G3450T, G3460T, G3460, and G3470.

I'm probably missing something else but I do remember looking at these Pentiums and especially one of them like a HAWK. Sadly, I never got the good deals in time. Since I was originally going to grab an Intel® Pentium® Processor G3450 then I tried the Intel® Celeron® Processor G1830 for my sister's build but that never happened. Again, you are correct with what you said.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't know this either, and is your profile pic you ? I've wondered this for forever... that dude looks awesome

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

That's amazing lmao

  • 58 months ago
  • 0 points

Thanks!!!

With Intel only the processors with "i" in their names get the 1600Mhz treatment, all of the Celerons and Pentiums are locked at 1333Mhz. Personally I think this is a mistake on Intel's part, you can get a $30 AMD chip that will support 2400Mhz out of the box. It is possible to OC the RAM on the G3258 to 1600Mhz+ since its more of a motherboard limitation but I have not had a chance to play with that, its still not officially supported but rules are there to be broken. I have a stick of 2400Mhz corsair vengeance I may test that with later.

http://ark.intel.com/products/82723/Intel-Pentium-Processor-G3258-3M-Cache-3_20-GHz Memory Types DDR3 1333

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  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

You would get it from Mini Box themselves, they are the ones that make this case. It should work with any case as there is nothing brand specific with it.

http://www.mini-box.com/picoPSU-90