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This is my friend's build I built for him. From AMD HD 3650, windows vista to NVIDIA Gtx 750 and windows 8.1! My friend wants to play Diablo III, League Of legends, Dofus and maybe GTA V on Pc. He is using a 1650x1050 resolution.

  • AMD Athlon X4 860K 3.7 GHz: Good Budget CPU, Quad-Core, fast for price.
  • Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-D3H: Good Motherboard for a budget, I haven't tryied to overclock with it, but there is options in the BIOS to overclock.
  • G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB: Good Ram, does his job.
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 750 1GB Superclocked: Good GPU, can run D3 very good, lol and everything he wants to play in his case.
  • Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower: This is a VERY GOOD Case to work with, GOOD amount of space for everything! Good airflow, cable management was a piece of cake with this case. 6/5.
  • EVGA 430W: Fan is Quiet, does his job.
  • Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer: Good DVD drive for the price, it's a little loud but it's cheap so.. Yeah.
  • HDD Western Digital Black 650GB: This is an older HHD I used for this build.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

Motherboard died after 3 months.

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

nice the ram doesn't look like it will be able to dual channel like that i think you should recheck the manual

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I noticed, it's written in the Manual like this: Go to page 1-4, do you think everything is alright, at least the PC has 8 GB. Thanks.

  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

That's not what he meant.

The A88XM-D3H, like most boards with 4 DIMM slots has its slots numbered 4-2-3-1 going from right to left. With 2 DIMMs, you either fill 1 and 2, or 3 and 4. In other words, the DIMMs should have one and exactly one empty slot between them regardless of if they are in 3 and 4, or in 1 and 2. Not side-by-side as you have them.

It shouldn't matter all that much in your average build, but AMD CPUs and APUs generally have weaker memory controllers than Intel CPUs, so even in a CPU+dGPU system, you should usually opt for a proper dual-channel setup.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks i'll change the RAM slots as soon as possible ;)

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

A little error on my part...I meant to say 4-2-3-1 going from left to right. Slot 4 is the leftmost one, slot 1 is the rightmost one, etc.

I own the Z97MX-Gaming 5, and if there's one thing Gigabyte needs to improve as soon as possible it would be the DIMM numbering. There are very few people who read RTL, and I don't see why numbering them 1-3-2-4 would be problematic in any way. Anyways, the completely unintuitive numbering scheme is somewhat helpful in my opinion, because on boards numbered 1-2-3-4 users would more often make the mistake of putting DIMMs side by side in 1 and 2, 3 and 4, or even worse, 2 and 3.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a great explanation and I hope that people pointing this out are viewed as "ATTEMPTING TO BE HELPFUL" AND NOTHING ELSE.

But is there a reason that the DIMM slots are not numbered numerically? Is it a design preference or what? I just always found it odd.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

it easy to fix just 1. power down the build via the power switch on the back of the PSU. 2. remove one of the ram sticks and move it to where there is a slot between the to ram sticks. 3. turn the build back on 4. your done

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor $63.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard *MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $39.89 @ SuperBiiz
Memory *Kingston 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $57.49 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card *PowerColor Radeon R9 270 2GB TurboDuo Video Card $144.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case *Cougar MG100 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $23.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply *EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply $31.99 @ SuperBiiz
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $92.99 @ SuperBiiz
Other HDD Western Digital Black 650GB Purchased
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $455.33
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-02-08 00:58 EST-0500

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Correction: the resolution is 1680x1050.

Solid.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :P

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I would like this CPU and GPU but it says it might require a bios update. Did it? If so do I need another CPU?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't worry, it only applies for older BIOS.

it comes with new ones :P

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

So if I buy the exact motherboard and processor I will be fine?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Of course!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

did you need to update your bios on your motherboard when you bought it before it would run your cpu?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, but I needed to do a CMOS battery reset to make it work.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I have most of these parts on my list, too. Get more RAM slots, you'll be good to go!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :P

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Has he played it on minecraft? If so the settings and fps?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

For minecraft you should check out videos on youtube showing FPS of the GTX 750. Also, he can run Diablo III at decent settings so I don't think this is an issue.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Minecraft relies heavily on the CPU, I used a terrible GeForce 8400 1GB DDR3 (basically ddr2) and I ran Minecraft on my FX-8350 and I could max it out. The GPU plays a very tiny role. of course this is all vanilla.

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  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

It's written in the manual to place them this way I know I noticed. LOL