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My build on Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/109760614703808266548/posts/YTfnxJNwdjg

This is my first PC build. I call her the Phoenix Feather. She's a beautiful beast. I created a monster on a shoestring budget.

The Phoenix Feather was built solely for emulators. And boy, does she run smoothly. I ran her with PCSX2 without my graphics card, and she started up and ran Ace Combat 04, nearly flawlessly, albeit with a few slowdowns on a widely-known quirk, where I have to software render everything. If it's optimized to hardware, especially now that I have my EVGA graphics card, she'll really become the monster that I created her to be... Thought she was DOA when I first turned her on... but after 15 minutes of sweating bullets and crapping bricks, I finally figured out that the 24-pin Motherboard plug wasn't plugged all the way in! DUH! She runs Dolphin flawlessly, playing a myriad of Gamecube/Wii games perfectly, at 720p, with extremely high anti-ailasing and Vsync. Haven't gotten the RAM to run fully at 1600MHz, but went from 1333Mhz to 1400Mhz... Apparently, going from 1400MHz to 1600MHz supposedly isn't much a difference at all. That Liquid Cooling system was the most time-consuming thing to do for this, followed by actually fitting and placing the motherboard onto the shell of a case. The case looks nice, but the materials used are quite cheap. Guess you get what you pay for. I got the Seagate hard drive from a neighbor, it's currently kicking in there until I get enough to buy a 512GB Solid-state hard drive. The EVGA power supply... Yes, it's a bit much, considering she's only going to be pulling about 250-300 watts max, but I went for the good quality one. From what I hear, if you go cheap on a Power Supply Unit, you'll lose out every time. Short, and long run. I've originally bought the wrong motherboard (Gigabyte GA-B85M-DS3H MiniATX Motherboard); It was a motherboard that did fit, just didn't have the capability to overclock safely above 4.2GHz, had a Core Voltage lock at 1.2volts. As soon as I read about this, I immediately sent it back for a refund, without even opening it. Lucky me. Sucks I had to pay for shipping, though. The motherboard I did get was a tiny bit warped. It still didn't stop me from using it, although I was annoyed by the cheap motherboard holder threads that's attached to and came with the cheap casing wanting to come off and not twist on all the way right. That SSD I bought... Damn, it's so addicting having a seven-second boot up time. I don't think I'll ever go back to booting up to a normal hard drive, ever again. From 2 minutes to 7 seconds... That's a HUGE leap in time. Plus, it's insanely fast just loading up other things. Got my other hard drive, the one that was donated, as a drive for all my downloaded games. It contains mostly PS2 ISOs for the PCSX2 program to play them. Swapped out the old 160GB hard drive with the 500GB one I salvaged off a broken laptop. Fair trade, huh?

Phoenix Feather: Build 1.4 Started: March 9th, 2016, approx. 11:40 am Finished: March 9th, 2016, approx. 2:55 pm Approximate Build Time: 3 hours Build 1.1 Update: Installed Windows 7 Ultimate, 64-Bit (March 9th, 2016, approx. 5:00 pm) Build 1.2 Update: Installed EVGA Nvidia Geforce GTX 750Ti GPU (March 16th, 2016, approx. 2:00 pm) Build 1.3 Update: Installed ADATA SP550 480GB SSD (March 31st, 2016 approx. 12:30 pm) Build 1.4 Update: Installed Western Digital WD5000LPVX Blue 500GB HDD (May 10th, 2016, approx. 10:45 pm)

Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build man! But a few things: 1- you may have gone a little overboard with the thermal paste. You only need a pea sized drop in the middle, and you'd be all set 2- Maybe some more cable management? There is a limit on how much you can accomplish based on what case you have, but its nice to have a neat looking PC. All in all though man, great job. I used to love playing on my GameCube, and I hope your new machine let's you have hundreds of hours of fun.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I know about the thermal paste, it was a noob move on my part. First build. I love the Dolphin emulator but I usually spend most of my time in the PCSX2 playing either San Andreas or Ace Combat. Those were the games...

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Do you know that you can play the PC version of San Andreas too? ;-)
That's what I do anyway! And this allows for mods. :-)

How do you play Wii games though? How does your PC recognize the controllers?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

The PC version of San Andreas doesn't have a good controller mod to where I can use my DualShock 3 with it.

Wii games I mostly use my DualShock 3 for them, though I don't have many actual Wii games to play, other than Smash Bros... I have a USB Bluetooth connector that I can sync my controllers with... dunno about the pointing tracking yet.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright! Thanks for the reply. I understand better now. :-)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Welcome

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice to see some people using the G3258, although now it's incompatible with a few recent games, what you're going to be doing with it is a perfect use for it :) +1 from me ;)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. And I learned the hard way, after the torturously slow install of Grand Theft Auto V... Oh well, at least I have my PS2 games to rely on.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha, well you can always rely on the oldies, I still sneak some Doom 1 gameplay on my PC haha.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, got that right, those were the days when games were games, and not broken pieces of empty entertainment that requires updates every five minutes.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you mean? I do have a dual-core, the Pentium G3258 is a dual core.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I never knew that. Let me see what's up on the patch. I played GTA V and it stuttered horribly after the intro piece.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

From what I hear, if you go cheap on a Power Supply Unit, you'll lose out every time.

Yes, if you mentioned something known to do this "ever time" but I have not. Or at least not yet since I had a odd-name PSU not powering a MOBO and its components installed properly. It did not kill anything but I certainly did not keep it either. You could have gotten away with a CXM430w or a XFX 550w TS or even Seasonic's S12II 430w/520w. I have no clue how your prices were of course but these PSUs were possible options too. Though an EVGA's GQ is a great PSU so I have no problems there but maybe how you said this statement made me want more clarification on your end.
Regardless, enjoy your build and thanks for sharing.
  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I just hear a lot of horror stories about bad power supplies frying everything in their build. And yes, I know I spent a bit much on this build for the PSU. I was looking for something gold-rated and not too cheap (I could replace it with something rated with less wattage in case I want to make another build) , so I went with this one. Thank you

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point
I have too but maybe not as much as you say. It's OK, if someone had a bad experience to share about and I mean a bad experience with losing components which I understand the fear. What I worry is that it tends to be exaggerated at times and not enough info and details as to how it occurred. This is just myself, not you.

(I could replace it with something rated with less wattage in case I want to make another build) , so I went with this one. Thank you

No need. You have a great PSU at this point and at least you will have options too add more storage, RAM, a better processor and GPU when you think you need to. You are all set.
Curious George moment here. What games have you tested out so far? Anything... recent released games? ;)
  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Well, hopefully I can find another processor that's just as overclockable as this Intel G3258. I'd love to put some more horsepower under the hood without it affecting my already decent performance using my emulators.

So far I have only tested out Grand Theft Auto V; went well in the intro stage at the bank robbery, but afterwards, everything went choppy on me. It was unplayable to me, so I uninstalled it. Haven't tried out any other recent games... most recent I did was Need for Speed Shift 2 Unleashed, which seems to run pretty smoothly.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points
Hey, thanks for your responses. I appreciate it. Enjoy your computer! :)
  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Anytime, and thanks

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build i like the parts you picked for a budget like that

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I try to use parts that work well together, without one or the other being a bottleneck. I could've spent way less than the US$750 but I wanted to make sure everything worked speedily.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Great Build! Good part choices in my opinion, although you went so much on PSU, but having them for future upgrade won't really hurt! maybe a better cable management may help in a better airflow of the system !

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I plan to use the PSU for a future upgrade anyways. And yes i know about my cable management, nothing much I can do with this case I have, though.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

You almost used the whole tube of thermal paste on one cpu...

A small amount about the size of a grain of rice on center of cpu will do the trick..

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been told this a hundred times already. Chill, this is my first build, cut me some slack.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice budget build! <3

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! I practically built a emulator machine with a shoestring budget.

  • 44 months ago
  • 0 points

First off you could have gotten a 6th gen pentium for the same price and second, you got enough thermal paste on there? You only need a pea sized ball in the middle

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

6th gen Pentiums, are they overclockable? Do they have the same single-core processing power as the G3258 I have, running at 4.4GHz? Yes, I know about the thermal paste. A noob move on my part.

  • 44 months ago
  • -1 points

You could overclock it before the bios update that patched it or you could just not update but you can't even overclock YOUR pentium on the motherboard you've got

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

...but you can't even overclock YOUR pentium on the motherboard you've got

Please stop. The G3258 has been overclocked by motherboards that were not a Z97. What you said there is not true at all.
  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I have the Intel G3258, running at 4.4GHz. and I have the BIOS that allows overclocking.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Your combo is just fine, I have 3 PCs in my house running 24/7 with that CPU, 2 of which are overlcocked on a "non" overclock mobo/chipset. You can usually overclock with the vast majority of mobos, the chipset is what determines how stable the overclock can be and whether or not the mobo/chipset was designed for extra juice. And as far as getting a lot of grief about the thermal paste and cable management, you're doing fine for your first build. My first build looked like a box of wire that had been thrown down 3 flights of stairs. As long as you keep building you will always learn something new each time you open the case. +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for your encouragement. I think this CPU, while underpowered, is well above what I expected it to do for what I built it for. And woah, I'm pretty sure your first build didn't look that bad... I always try to learn something new, I been cracking open computers since I was about 12 or so. I could remember like it was yesterday, my first PC, the Dell Optiplex GX1 (the one that sat horizontally), and swapping the slot-loaded processors from a Pentium II to a Pentium III. The good old days...

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

i just noticed that looking thought the photos also noticed that water cooler is a little op for that cpu

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I chose liquid cooling because I'd rather be safe than sorry while overclocking this thing. Running the emulators I use is really taxing on the CPU itself. So I'd want her as cool as possible.