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3/3/17 Update

Well I ended up throwing my fx8350 and Asrock 970 into this build. I don't think I will ever utilise all the cores this thing has doing office work, but it sure beats getting lowballed and selling the CPU and Mobo for more than 1/2 of what i paid for... :-(

Original Build

Well, I moved into a new office for work. Previously I was using a laptop to do work stuff from home. With the new office I decided I needed a dedicated desktop set up for maximum efficiency. Here is my Set up:

Computer: This is my old Pentium Anniversary edition overclock build (turned it down to 4.0). I mainly look at excel spreadsheets, and PDF plans. Nothing too intense, So i don't need extra cores or hyperthreading, so far this suits my need very nicely. I added a gtx750ti because sometimes I need a little Starcraft 2 break!

Monitors: They were cheap and get the job done!

Keyboard: Even though it's not mechanical I like the way it looks and feels!

Mouse: Came bundled with the keyboard and I like the way it feels, its a little slower than my steel series I have at home but its good enough for my office needs.

Speakers: They sound like 6 dollar speakers would...It's good enough to let me know when emails arrive, If I want to listen to music, I can use my headphones

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  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice Microcenter build!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

3 different g3258 boxes?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, I have 3 different G3258's that I was going to overclock in an attempt to hit 5.0ghz. I ended up using the weakest chip out of the three to put in this PC.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah gotcha what you doing with the others?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll probably sell them on R/hardwareswap more than likely

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I havent pushed them yet, what i did is see who could get the highest on stock voltage. this one at 4.4 the second hit 4.5 the last one also hit 4.5

It's not scientific, but it makes sense to me!

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  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

never seen EVGA ram. pretty interesting. I would just like to state that u can do OCing with most other chipsets since the Z series is more expensive. The z97 in this case is the same price as othehr chipsets so its all good

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Neither had I until I went to microcenter to grab the case and PSU

I originally purchased this Chipset to help reach my goal of 5.0ghz on the g3258, but ended up using it for this build, plus I like that if I need or want to, I can upgrade to an unlock i5 or i7 no problem.

On a budget h81 chipset best I was able to do was 4.4 ghz because the MOBO didn't allow me to adjust voltages.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

5 GHz is pretty insane for speeds. im happy here with my 3.9 GHz i5-4690k

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

My i5 4690k build is all on stock speeds.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah the 4690K is good with or without an overclock

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

How is the SSD working for you? I plan on getting the 480GB one.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I love this SSD, I have the 480 GB one in my rig at home and it screams, sure it isnt as fast as the new NVME and other higher speed ssd's but for my needs it's perfect and at a decent price.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

By screaming you mean its loud?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably means fast.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, i meant it is fast. An SSD should never make noise.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for cleaning up those cables. You got me a little worried there.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

It was just a joke picture while i test booted the PC

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! I love Microcenter deals, right now they have the Pentium G3260 3.3 GHz Duel Core on sale for $44.99 at my microcenter. :D

+1 for you

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It's worth the $5 more to get the unlocked pentium IMO!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Isnt the G3260 Unlocked too? Or am I missing something?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

The g3258 is the only unlocked pentium chip

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, I didnt know that

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Never buy no name psus and don't know why anybody would buy that garbage bundle

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

A g3258 with a $60 cooler? Imo you could've gotten a sky lake i3 instead

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

He already had the chip!!!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Why would an i3 need a water cooler? At least the G3258 can legitimately be overclocked.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

He is talking about using the money i spent on the cooler and the g3258 i could have bought a skylake i3.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

It would not be that simple. You would need a different motherboard and more expensive DDR4 RAM (or find DDR3L RAM). Not to mention there is not a huge performance difference between LGA1150 and LGA1151, I'm not sure if the upgrade would be worth it. At this point in time there are not any huge benefits for going with LGA1151.

He may have been referring to a LGA1150 i3, but none of them are worth it and the G3258 can out preform them when OCed.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, The g3258 does suffer a bit on multithreaded games, I had really bad stuttering playing witcher 3 when it first came out on my g3258, which was immediately alleviated by switching to an i3.

But in this case a g3258 is more than enough for my needs.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Not a lot of games at this point really use more then two cores, Witcher is utilizing the i3's hyperthreading as it is a dual core as well. Nothing the i3 or G3258 could do will make them go against a true quad+ core CPU. I was not factoring in gaming since this was a workstation build, more trying to point out your reasoning of going with the Pentium. So many people are ready to sin builds on the sole fact they are not running an i5/i7. Personally I prefer these kinds of builds, and I like AMD builds (im team red, but running team blue until zen comes out. then we will see what happens). I would rather see those then an i5/i7 build.

I have a G3258 build and a i5-4690k build, the i5 crushes the Pentium on every turn but the Pentium does just fine as a workhorse. Granted the Pentium is $50 and the i5-4690k is $230, so it is really a cost per performance thing.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I already had the chip, plus the cooler came from my i5 devils canyon build (i ended up switching to a dark rock cooler). So it was money already spent.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, ok. Nice build then, I guess

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, alot of this stuff was already lying around in my house. At my local microcenter I can pick up a haswell i3 for $99.00 so I would have gone that route mainly because I dont have any ddr4 ram laying around.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

sometimes I need a little Starcraft 2 break!

Yes, my go-to's are Rocket League and HotS when I need a break from homework, nice build!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I really want to try Rocket League! BTW You should upgrade HotS to LOTV...it is a waaaay faster game, my avg games on HotS where like 12ish minutes, now they are like 8 min. its insane starting off with 12 workers off the bat!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

it looks nice

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Fashotally!