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This is my first build as i'm only 15. I'm very pleased with every component so far. The reason I went with the G3258 is because of its great overclocking potential, already having overclocked to 4.3GHz with 1.343V running through the motherboard with the stock cooler.

G3258: Overall a fantastic CPU that everybody should use for a budget build, also you can easily upgrade the processor later as it is using the LGA1150 socket.

Motherboard: Again great motherboard from Asus. Great build quality, suitable for overclocking, although if you are planning to heavily overclock then you should probably spend more.

RAM: Nothing much to say about RAM apart from the fact that it works, the only problem is that the CPU and motherboard combo only support up to speeds of 1400MHz.

Case: I was skeptical about this case as it was so cheap but i had absolutely no reason to be. Fantastic build quality, great cable management and expansion options. You can't go wrong with it at this price and it looks great too.

PSU: The power supply that i went with may not be the one in the parts list as mine is fully modular but the name is the same. Overall, its really great, really quiet and looks to be really reliable and sturdy.

Storage: The reason this part isn't in the parts list is because i got it from my dad for free which is pretty nice. Its a Crucial MX100 250GB SSD, which is plenty for me, but if you're getting into PCs i'd highly recommend getting a 120GB SSD and a 1TB hard drive.

GPU: As you've probably already noticed that this build doesn't have a graphics card. This is just because both AMD and Nvidia are coming out with new cards and i haven't been able to decide which one i want. Also most of the games that i play are fine on the integrated intel hd graphics. If you want to go budget then i'd highly recommend the R7 360 as i had one in my other PC and it is unbelievable at 1080p. If you want to go a step up, then buy the GTX 950, as it is really great value and kind of replaces the 750Ti as that card is no longer really worth it anymore. But the 2 you should really consider is the GTX 1060 that is coming out very soon or the RX 480, both cards would demolish all games at 1080p and 1440p so they really are great value.

UPDATE: I managed to get myself and Asus Strix R7 370, having owned an R7 360, i didn't think it was going to be that much better but i was wrong, it really is on another level and gaming at 1080p should be no biggie for this card. I also got the 2gb version not the 4gb is because this card can't really handle new games at 1440p or 4k at high settings which are situations where you'd need more VRAM, and at 1080p 2gb VRAM is more than plenty.

UPDATE 2: I have now returned the R7 370 as i found a great deal on ebay for a GTX 780 for £110 and its doing fantastically well. I am aware of the bottleneck but its still performing a lot better than the AMD card for £16 cheaper. It is actually the reference design as you can see but i couldn't find that on pcpartpicker. Because of the bottleneck, in a couple of months time i'll be upgrading to either an i5 4690k or an i7 4790k and of course therefore the motherboard as well. In case you're wondering the PSU is supplying power perfectly to every single component and has allowed me still to overclock the card by +225mhz on the core clock and +300mhz for the memory. As you saw from the picture i've also added 2tb WD green hard drive for mass storage.

Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

nice

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 43 months ago
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That's a high overclock with a stock cooler... What are the temps?

  • 43 months ago
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Yeah hi i'll check, then i'll get back to you

  • 43 months ago
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I used Core Temp to see the temperatures. When playing CS GO at 1080p medium settings for about 20mins. The max temperature was 63 degrees and the idle temp was between 30 and 35, having said that, after gaming for a couple of hours it would probably be in the 70s range which is still absolutely fine. Only when it hits the 90s, then you have to just switch off your computer. The reason for this overclock is that after watching a couple of youtube video by experienced people they stated that a 4.3GHz clock speed is more than safe with the cooler, hence me doing it as i was very skeptical about overclocking it at all. However it was probably worth it as without an overclock it gets a benchmark of about 45% on cpuuserbenchmark.com and with an overclock its at 63% which is roughly the same as the performance of an i5 4460 not overclocked which is nearly 3 times the price. Just as a note because the i5 is a quad core it will be better then the pentium but its single and duel core performance can be loosely compared. Hope this helps

  • 43 months ago
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Just as a quick note the cpu does not hit 90 degrees(not even close), i was just using it as an example

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for getting back to me. It seems your CPU is actually very stable congrats on the overclock!

  • 43 months ago
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Yeah thanks

  • 43 months ago
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I used Core Temp to see the temperatures. When playing CS GO at 1080p medium settings for about 20mins. The max temperature was 63 degrees and the idle temp was between 30 and 35, having said that, after gaming for a couple of hours it would probably be in the 70s range which is still absolutely fine. Only when it hits the 90s, then you have to just switch off your computer. The reason for this overclock is that after watching a couple of youtube video by experienced people they stated that a 4.3GHz clock speed is more than safe with the cooler, hence me doing it as i was very skeptical about overclocking it at all. However it was probably worth it as without an overclock it gets a benchmark of about 45% on cpuuserbenchmark.com and with an overclock its at 63% which is roughly the same as the performance of an i5 4460 not overclocked which is nearly 3 times the price. Just as a note because the i5 is a quad core it will be better then the pentium but its single and duel core performance can be loosely compared. Hope this helps

  • 43 months ago
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Just as a quick note the cpu does not hit 90 degrees(not even close), i was just using it as an example

  • 43 months ago
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Also i was using RealBench as a test for stability, ran it for 8 hours (the cpu was at max load) and it didn't crash or slow down, therefore its completely stable at that speed with the voltage that i used. However if you get a different motherboard then you'd have to work out for yourself how much voltage you need. If you have a low end chipset you'll need a higher voltage, and if you have a high end chipset like A Z97 then you'd be fine with a lower voltage.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

how well can this run CS:GO?

  • 43 months ago
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I think medium settings at 720p only unfortunate just because i'm still using the integrated graphics.

  • 43 months ago
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Actually i just properly checked and it turns out that it can run it at 1080p on medium at roughly 30-50 fps and low at a little over 60 but it depends on the situation. Having said that i'd go for 720p for a more consistent experience. And also this build will include a GPU and is supposed to have a gpu i just haven't decided that. All i'm saying is that it isn't supposed to be a gaming machine as it is now, so you would have to get a graphics card if you want to have a good experience. But if you're just playing CS GO and you don't mind that you're not running it on the highest settings and you're not a professional at CS GO then it should be fine. Hope this helps

  • 43 months ago
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get a better cooler than the stock. Either the cooler Master Evo or the Mugen 4 if you have low profile ram

  • 43 months ago
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I've done some research and with a comfortable overclock to 4.3GHz a different cooler would make not difference. If i was planning to get as much as i possibly can out of it then i'd probably need water cooling but i'm not planning to. If you look at one of my replies to a question to do with temperature then you'll see that its more than fine as it is. I've heard that intel have included a slightly better cooler with the pentium to allow for overclocking out of the box.

  • 43 months ago
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you are right of course. You can still put it on a bday wishlist ya know

  • 43 months ago
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id probably get a graphics card instead as im not looking to overclock any further but yes

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  • 43 months ago
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yes he explained sorry

  • 43 months ago
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You made a lot more good decisions then I did with my rig.

  • 43 months ago
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Why, what did you do?

  • 43 months ago
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I should have gone with not only a 500w but a modular one at that, my case kinda sucks for space, AND THE SOFTWARE AND BIOS ON MY GIGABYTE BOARD SUCKS!!!!!

  • 43 months ago
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btw i don't know if you needed 16gb of ram

  • 43 months ago
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Yeah i just went for that much as i didnt want to take up 2 slots from 2 on the motherboard so that i can't upgrade later on and apparently there is a slight difference in speed if you're only running single channel. But yeah you're right if you're just looking for a budget system then definitely just go with 8gb.

  • 43 months ago
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yup, that's a good decision I made, although my board has 4 slots.

  • 43 months ago
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You did an insane OC there... Also, looking at the comments, the temps are very low! :D Nice.

+1

  • 43 months ago
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Thanks but i went through a lot of research and found that 4.3GHz is pretty much standard with this CPU as it has an unlocked multiplier so its really easy to overclock. Also intel put in a slightly better stock fan to allow for better overclocking.

  • 43 months ago
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All you will need to make it a very capable PC is a GPU and possibly a quad-core processor.

  • 43 months ago
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True

  • 43 months ago
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Does This MotherBoard Have An In Built Wifi Antenna, If Not Can I Switch It For A Diffrent One?

  • 43 months ago
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No it doesn't and yes you can swap it out just make sure its on the LGA1150 socket and if you're planning to overclock then get a motherboard with a decent chipset.

  • 43 months ago
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I'm Looking For A motherboard With Alredy Built In Wifi Antenna. Wiling To Spend 80ish More

  • 43 months ago
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80 pounds more or dollars? which country are you in?

  • 43 months ago
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Us, Will Spend $100 More If I Can Get It With Wifi Antenna.

  • 43 months ago
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Also don't get 16gb RAM, 8gb is fine if you're just gaming.

  • 43 months ago
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Any Suggestions?

  • 43 months ago
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https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/2ysKHx/gigabyte-motherboard-gah97nwifi

Check out this one, only around a hundred pounds, has onboard internet and is from a good brand.

  • 43 months ago
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Thanks, Will I Need To Upgrade Anything Else ?

  • 43 months ago
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With a motherboard like that i would definitely upgrade the cpu to something like a i5 4460. But you are aware that this system doesn't have a graphics card so you'll need that as well.

  • 43 months ago
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Because you're in the US, you might not have this motherboard, so what i would recommend is go on PCpartpicker select the g3258 cpu and then when you get to the motherboard then select the boxes on the wireless networking bit. And only select brands like asus gigabyte and msi.

  • 43 months ago
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What i would recommend is just get a wifi dongle that you can just plug into the usb port.

  • 43 months ago
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Great build! I love budget builds like this!

  • 43 months ago
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What Graphics Card Should I Get If I Want To play Gta Atleast Medium?

  • 43 months ago
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You'd need a GTX 950 which is £110 and it will run gta 5 at 1080p at high-ultra. Or you could go with an R7 360 which is £80 and can play it medium-high at 1080p. You shouldn't get anything worse than that as its not worth it.

  • 43 months ago
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What Other Cases Can I Get ?

  • 43 months ago
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I think it would be easier if you gave me a list of things that you want this PC to do and a budget and i could build it on this website and give you the link.

  • 43 months ago
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around $350 Must Haves Motherboard w/ Wifi Antenna Windows 10 If U Can, Able To Play Gta5 Medium

  • 43 months ago
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I don't think that thats really possible, you'd have to at least not have a motherboard with wifi because its really expensive and you can just get a wifi dongle? Can i try at least a motherboard that doesn't have wifi? It would be so much easier, i can try with a motherboard with wifi but theres little chance that ill have sucess?

  • 43 months ago
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Nvm Eltech Helped Me Out :) Thanks

  • 43 months ago
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Ok anyway if you want to go with a dongle then this build would be your best bet.

http://pcpartpicker.com/list/P7pHhq

  • 43 months ago
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what games can it run at a decent fps

  • 43 months ago
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It only has integrated graphics as of now so you will have to buy a gpu. But probably all Source games, so like TF2 CS GO, Heroes of the storm, dota etc.

  • 43 months ago
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Great build! I am thinking about building something on that budget myself but I can't seem to decide on a socket.

What made you decide on the 1150 socket instead of the 1151 or the FM2+?

  • 43 months ago
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Well there are some great processors in the haswell lineup and not much has changed in skylake, and the haswell processors tend to be a bit cheaper and have the same performance. Although there are some things that skylake does better, for example if you play gta 5 with the g3258, it stutters a bit no matter what settings its on and whether its overclocked or not but on the g4400 it doesnt stutter. Also if you want to overclock a lot, the g3258 is better, but if you're not then the g4400 is better and actually cheaper. In terms of the FM2+ socket (AMD). I wouldn't go down that route as all AMD processors have is more cores at the price that intel only offer dual cores. But all of intels processors are superior at everything, especially single core performance hence the price. And you'd have to spend even more money if you move over to intel, which you will eventually do as you have to buy a motherboard and CPU. Sorry it took so long for me to reply but i was away.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

The i3 would be perfect to begin with, as it has hyper threading it is perfect for most tasks and especially for gaming. The i5 6600k is one of the best priced processors around as it has tremendous performance for a really good price. That would be a fantastic upgrade. In terms of the GPU, now i would actually crossfire 2 RX480s as they have the performance of 1 gtx 1080 and are half the price, but that way you'd be missing out on the geforce experience which includes things the nvidia shadowplay which AMD don't really have, but id still go for that as there are free recording softwares like OBS that barely makes a performance difference when gaming in terms of FPS.

For FPS i would obviously target 60fps but only in first person shooters where fps is key other games above 30 is fine, you just need to configure your settings so that whatever happens it stays above 30fps which is annoying about pc gaming. 1 RX 480 could play any game at ultra 60fps at 1080p and some at 1440p. 2 RX 480s could make for a decent 4K system but if you're gaming at 4k then id recommend 2 gtx 1070s or 1080s but for gaming i prefer 1080p as a resolution as between that and 4k there isnt such a huge difference still so i don't think its worth it. Even though technology is leaning towards 4k gaming, its still pricy and expensive. I have a 49 inch 1080p display which i game on.

  • 42 months ago
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You can pick a GTX 750ti 2GB on eBay for $90 now.

  • 42 months ago
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Very nice build! How do you like the size of that case? Is it significantly small in comparison to an ATX sized case? I'd like to go mini itx for my next build but those mobos are kind of expensive so maybe I could get a better GPU or CPU if I went mATX and get the Versa H15.

  • 42 months ago
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i'd just go with micro atx because its small enough and yes you'd probably be able to spend more money on other parts.

  • 42 months ago
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throw in a 750ti or a 960, and you have a pretty solid cheap gaming pc plus one

  • 42 months ago
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Yeah that's a good shout but I've actually already bought an Asus Strix R7 370. Having owned an R7 360, I thought it wouldn't be much different but it's so much better. I'm planning to upload pictures of that soon.

  • 42 months ago
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Strix cards are usually nice

  • 42 months ago
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Indeed they are, I'm loving it so far.

  • 42 months ago
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I really like the case and everything. I'm probably going to go with a similar build but I'm going to try get a z97 board, as much as I like the case I'm probably gonna go for the nxzt s430 or something like that and a gtx 970

  • 42 months ago
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Yeah that's a good shout, but for a pentium, going for a mid range GPU like what I did is idea. I've already upgraded to a GTX 780(used)(may post some pictures) because I saw a really good deal on eBay, it was £90 and there are bottlenecks most of the time, it's still a lot better then the R7 370 though, I can play DOOM on maxed out settings at 1080p and very rarely drop below 60fps. So I'd either go with just something like a GTX 950 or 960 to avoid bottlenecking or I would strongly recommend either looking at used parts or just getting an i3 as it has hyper threading. Or just go all out and get something like an i5 4690k if you're thinking about getting a GTX 970. Main point is don't pair a high end GPU with a low end CPU if you're expecting to get the most out of it. It will be better than whatever low end GPU you put in but you won't be getting all of the performance that you should. Only reason I got the 780 is because it was actually cheaper than my R7 370 and still a lot better, especially when I upgrade my CPU, hope this helps.

  • 42 months ago
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True, thanks for your help :)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

good job

  • 42 months ago
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Thanks, I've actually managed to pick up a reference GTX 780 for £110(may post some pictures) and I've even managed to return the R7 370 so now I'm getting a lot more performance for a little bit less actually. Obviously there's bottlenecking but I'm also upgrading the CPU to either an i5 4690k or an i7 4790k soon and obviously the motherboard as well. It's amazing what you can find used these days. 2 years ago, that card was over £500 now I can buy it used for a fifth of the price. Amazing!

  • 33 months ago
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How did you get the window version of the case?

  • 31 months ago
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Did you add the window?

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  • 42 months ago
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That's ok, sorry for the late reply! If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

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  • 43 months ago
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What do you mean by large? Its micro ATX, or do you mean the cost?

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  • 43 months ago
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There's no reason why it has to be mITX. People are free to build in whatever form factor they want, and if it isn't mITX it doesn't mean they did it wrong. You locked on to that point way too hard, when it's just a matter of personal preference. There's no right/wrong on it.

  • 43 months ago
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Well said Philip.
  • 43 months ago
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Well said

  • 43 months ago
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I don't really understand. A micro atx build would feature a micro atx motherboard not a mini ITX, every build that i've seen on youtube is a micro atx or an atx build, not a single one of them is mini itx. It would be selfish to do a mini itx pentium build because you're getting a lot less features and and less space to work with. Not to mention that because the pentium is a budget CPU nobody would spend a lot more on their case and motherboard especially when all you're getting back is that its smaller. It would make a budget build pointless because going for a smaller for factor will just increase the price of the parts in exchange for less features.

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  • 43 months ago
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Your point was that micro atx builds usually have mini itx boards. You're wrong saying that as they just don't. Let's forget about the features and look at price. Here in the UK, even the bottom of the pile mini itx boards(asrock) start at £60 and a decent asus one is over £100. I'm just debating why you'd start out by making a budget system and then put a $110 motherboard into it. What is the point