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Mini-itx Emulator Build

by mob1usone



Date Published

Jan. 13, 2015

Date Built

Nov. 10, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.059 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.4 GHz


I use this machine mainly for League of Legends, FF-XIV, and all emulators under the sun. You have any questions or opinions, just use the comment box and I will respond. More pics to come. I want to switch out the power supply to one more appropriate for this type of build. It was given to me from a friend, so I will go out and buy a modular power supply before I am truly complete with this build. I was honestly a little concern as this is the 1st time overclocking a CPU along with using a water cooler. I heard from a lot of forums and feedback from Newegg and fry's that they sound like a jet engine. The seidon 120M is super quiet. I can't even hear it over all of the noise in my house.

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rikku 2 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Do you play in Steam Big Picture? Looks like this is in the living room. What is your voltage on the cpu? Temps seem a little high. Might be the case though. Some pics from the internals would be cool, also the modular powersupply you mentioned would definitely compliment the small form factor chassis. +1 Decent build. :-)

mob1usone submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Sometimes I do, it's actually in my bedroom. 1.280 is the voltage on the cpu. Asrock A-Tuning is amazing for noobs. The temp usually sit around 25-30 degrees Celsius. Idk why I put 40. My bad. Once I get the new PSU, I will definitely some before and after pics. It's a huge pain using a semi-modular power supply for this type of build. Thank you!

rikku 2 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

Not bad for an auto-clock. You could try lowering it to 1.25 or 1.26 though. No problem :-)

mob1usone submitter 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

Ok, I will give it a try when I'm off work.

bloodroses75 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Have you tried running Dolphin and PCSX2 on this rig yet? Main thing I'm wondering about is if you get full performance from those emulators on a Pentium CPU.

unreatxplaya 1 point 50 months ago

I was able to use both emulators with a dual core pentium with a lower clock speed and discrete gpu.

bloodroses75 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Full speed though on all games? I have an OC'd i5-4670k and struggle to maintain 60fps on some titles in Dolphin. I am curious as to how much more of a hit would be taken by essentially losing 2 cores.

unreatxplaya 1 point 49 months ago

Really? I don't maintain 60fps either but that's surprising if you can't, dolphin is easy for me to run but pcx2 is a different story. I like to max out AA (or get close to max AA) because ps2 games aren't exactly 1080p and that causes a major performance hit along with other graphical tweaks.

bloodroses75 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

it really depends on the game as I'm sure the emulator isn't overly optimized. I haven't really had problems with PCSX2, but Dolphin definitely takes a hit on some of the more demanding titles.

mob1usone submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

I have Dolphin, I haven't tried the PCSX2 yet. I am getting a good 55-60 fps on some of the games I played so far (Megaman X Command Mission, F-Zero GX, and Super Smash Bros. Melee)For the most part, you do get good performance from the G3258, but if you like to multitask a lot, I would advise to go with the I5 4690K.

bloodroses75 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

I have an i5-4670k for my main rig with an AMD HD7770. I am curious how much further I can drop CPU wise to build a mini console system. I know onboard video will be an issue going that route (broadwell might be a solution), but am curious if reduced cores in comparison are that much of a hit. A couple Wii titles I know that really strain my system are The Last Story, Pandora's Tower, and Xenoblade.

mob1usone submitter 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

Some of the Wii games you mentioned are difficult to run at full speed, especially The Last Story. My old PC was able to run Super Smash Bros. Brawl 1 vs 1 at the Final Destination stage with no issues at all. When I get some more free time, I will definitely give it a try. I want to get Tatsunoko vs Capcom running at full speed.

junj 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

This build is good. my build is similar to yours but you beat me cause you went mini itx and have this huge ATX case in my room. I am in process of switching to an mini itx.

I am surprised that you went non z board, I am thinking of getting a new mini itx motherboard too but now an H97 board can be an option for me to save some bucks.

mob1usone submitter 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

Thanks! My 1st build was an fx-4100 AMD build(huge ATX as well). there's no mini itx motherboard for that type of AMD so I decided to switch lanes over to Intel. The reason why I didn't go for a non-z board is because the price and also I did a lot of research on Non-Z Overclocking that some of these motherboards have. I am not sure how well it would work with like I-5 or I-7K series cpu, but the Pentium is definitely compatible. A lot of options as far as cases go, but I really liked the elite 130 case.

jay227ify 2 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

That Xbox is shaking with fear. LOL

vitexo 5 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Hi. I have the same cpu and mobo. I noticed that you were able to OC you pentium. Couild you share the bios set up you using Thanks

mob1usone submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

OC Tuner that comes with Asrock is your best friend :)

vitexo 5 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Well, I cant download it since this MOBO is not listed there