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My Sisters Birthday PC

by dukethedj



Date Published

Aug. 9, 2016

Date Built

Aug. 6, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

45.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

822 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

4 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

45.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

72.0° C


So this was a PC I built for my sister for her birthday the other day. She used a very cheap HP laptop before and she wanted to run Minecraft mods. So the family decided to pool some money together and buy parts for her new computer. I supplied the GPU and ram that I had in my old PC. You wouldn't be able to think of her reaction to it. She instantly downloaded Minecraft and a few mods. She also is getting into Sims 4 and Portal 2 right now. I know this isn't the biggest and best PC out there, but it is definitely an upgrade.

Part Reviews


It's an OK CPU and is fine for the use of this PC

CPU Cooler

Runs a little bit loud but is miles ahead of the stock cooler


Love the UEFI and it supports all the hardware it needs to. The Wifi card is kind of a pain to install.


It's ram that works


Not the fastest SSD out there but is much faster than a hard drive. In hindsight, I wish I got a 250 GB drive.

Video Card

It's extremely loud but I only paid $150 back then and it is faster than the Intel integrated.


Wow, this thing is small! The graphics card barely fits in the space it has. It can get cramped in there but that's the price you pay for this size.

Power Supply

It does what it has to and it won't be pushed to the max so efficiency isn't that big of an issue. Love the modular cables on it.

Comments Sorted by:

RandomPart 2 Builds 3 points 30 months ago

I am just waiting for an excuse to do a ITX PC build. This adds to that yearning. +1

ctmuck 2 Builds 2 points 30 months ago

In hindsight, I wish I got a 250 GB drive.

Take solace in the fact that this is a PC my friend. One that fills up another 40 bucks will alleviate your issues :)

Or honestly since she already has the SSD for her OS, you could just through a Hard drive in for mass storage. A Terabyte goes for $50-$70 now at 7200 rpm

ctmuck 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

And your case includes 3 more bays before you have to get creative

RubberDuckyNinja 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

G3258 is ok?


ajpinton 11 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Unfortunately not on this build, intel did a microcode update about 9 months ago that stops you from OCing this chip on a non-Z chipset. Intel actually got a lot of heat over it, they worked with Microsoft and shoved the update in to a windows update. You can still OC the 3258 on a non-Z board on Linux from what I understand since the update causes Windows to BSOD.

RubberDuckyNinja 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

I just realized he has a H97 mobo XD

FACUNDO 13 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

You should overclock that CPU to see its real potential! :O +1

dukethedj submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

I was able to do that with the factory bios, but Windows wouldn't install with both cores enabled so I had to update it which removed over clocking capabilities

FACUNDO 13 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

oh damn! :(

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