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!