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This is a complete makeover of an earlier build, the “AMD Athlon 64 X2 Re-do”. I kinda knew I was going to be swapping parts out eventually for the Intel G3258. I originally built the Athlon 64 over 10 years ago because, at the time, it was a very good computer. All it needed was a little upgrade, hence the “Re-do”, and I thought people would like a little nostalgia. It did serve me well. So…I gutted it and rebuilt for a G3258. I kept the Asus motherboard with the Athlon 64, the Zalman cooler, and the Crucial memory all intact (along with the SSD drive that has Windows Vista on). I just removed it all as a single unit. That way, if I ever wanted to, I could always reuse it. Always nice to have spare computer parts lying around.

Now, on to the Intel G3258. This CPU always intrigued me. I like to think of it as the little CPU that could. I was always fascinated by its overclocking abilities, and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I’m not going to be doing any multi-tasking or anything that would require a CPU with more cores/threads. This one is strictly made for games of an earlier time period (not presently), some internet hopping, playing music, “casual” computing, and of course overclocking. I have two other computers that can handle all of today’s demands, software, and games, etc. This one was built for sheer experimentation and fun.

I already had a lot of the parts that I needed from previous builds. I was not about to spend a ton of money. I wanted to keep it under $300. I could have probably spent even less, such as using the stock cooler, but I opted for the Cryorig to properly OC. I also needed a newer optical drive – older one just wasn’t compatible. Anyway, everything works well together and I am quite happy with the results.

CPU – Enough has been said by others about the G3258. I love this little guy. At the default stock speed of 3.20GHz and a 1.095 core voltage it idles around 25 to 28 degrees Celsius. At the overclocked speed of 4.20GHz and a 1.165 core voltage (minimum before I get those BSOD) it idles around 29 to 32 degrees Celsius. When I was running Prime95 and other CPU stress programs (at 4.20GHz) the temps were average 54 degrees Celsius. I am currently using this speed with no problems. I didn’t try to see how high I could go yet. Maybe I will experiment a little down the road. However, I am quite happy with where I’m at now.

Motherboard – The MSI Z97 PC Mate is working just fine with no problems. Originally thought it may not be robust enough for OC. I was debating on what to get but finally opted for it especially because of the price I paid for. It is a nice, clean looking board that has all I need for this particular build. The on board audio is actually quite good. Probably not for most of you audiophiles out there, but for me it works. The one thing I screwed up was installing the back I/O shield. I included a photo of it showing a couple tabs that should be inside, but are clearly outside the case. Didn’t notice it until I completely built it. I wasn’t about to take everything apart and re-install. I can live with it.

Cooler – Used the Cryorig H7 before and never had problems. It is quiet and cools well. I have a thing about not using water coolers. Water and electric don’t mix. It’s a phobia of mine. Nothing will probably ever happen with water coolers but you just never know.

Memory – Used the Kingston Hyper X Fury before also. Like everyone else says, its memory and it works. The blue color matches the motherboard too.

Storage – The Samsung 850 EVO series are reliable, sturdy, and they just work and work fast. Nothing else to add.

Optical Drive – Almost everyone uses this Asus DRW drive. I don’t need anything special and it suits my needs.

All the other parts I had laying around or was already using them for the ole Athlon 64 computer. The video card works well with the G3258. Haven’t had too many problems between the two. A few screen tears here and there during gaming but I can certainly live with it. I wasn’t about to invest in any other hardware.

All in all, I almost love this computer more than my others. It is actually blazing fast for the applications I use and I am glad I decided to go for it. My wife thinks I’m nuts for having all these computers but if she can have a closet full of purses and shoes, well, I can have my computers. Oh, I added a photo of one of my dogs. This is the one I named one of my computers after…"Little Buddy". Hey, thanks for viewing. Any comments are always appreciated…good or bad!

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice re-rebuild! :D +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you, I probably have enough computer parts to build 2 more now...hahaha. Think I'm done for awhile though.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

hehe

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Picture 19..

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for your dog

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Yup, he's my Little Buddy!!!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice redo. Enjoy your gamer.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yeah, I guess I left that detail out. There was a $10 rebate and I got a $50 credit from Amazon for opening their credit card. Thought it was worth it since I'm an Amazon junkie. Didn't think the board should be more than the CPU in this case.

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