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The G3258 was on Amazon for $57 so I decided to try it. I have been wanting to learn a little more about overclocking and thought this was the perfect chip to learn on. I had bought the case for inventory when it was on sale for $30 (with rebate). I chose the MOBO based on the layout, z97 chip, color and price. In fact, I don't like the location of the USB 3 which I thougt was going to be great. The cable does not really clear the HD cage. The case was a royal pain the butt mostly due to the poor craftsmanship of the motherboard mounting holes and crappy standoff. Other than that its really not a bad case, though I would get a white LED strip to light up the inside. I could not get it to OC past 4.3 which was a little disappointing but again I am in the learning phase. Also I am not thrilled with the water cooling, seems like it should perform better. I was getting almost 80C on a stress test (@1.32V though). @2.85v I am maxing out at 72C. I took a chance on this power supply. I currently have a pc power and cooling unit in my main tower and it has been great. I got this under $55 for a 650 full modular. It scored 5266 physics test on skydiver (on board video) which I was happy with. I plan to either keep it for myself and resuse my ssd and 7850 or sell. If I sell it, I'll bump down the 3258 to 4.0 and recommend a 260x or 270x for video. Wanted to add that the OC Genie was not stable at all at the preset 4.3.

Comments

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Very good Specs! But I would rather prefer removing the liquid cooling, and settle for a Graphics card instead, Pentium Processors don't need that much of a cooling system. Maybe future upgrades you can buy a graphics card. I would recommend the Sapphire Radeon R7 260X for a future upgrade on the graphics. The integrated graphics won't get you that far.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I got the water cooler for a few reasons. One is I wanted to learn how to overclock, two, its only a couple more $$ than an air cooler and three, if I were to sell it and need to ship there is less chance of damage to the mobo if the shipping went "rough". I have since decided to keep this build. I just installed my SSD and my 7850. In time I might upgrade to the i7 and better video and more ram do do gopro editing. Thanks for the reply!

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I was bummed I got a bit of a dud lol. Still very happy with the performance :)

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I had it stable at 4.4 with 1.32v but my temps were higher (80+C). Would not even post at 4.5. What native speed is your Ram. I think I should have got higher speed ram.