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This build is a budget (<$300) build that I been debating for awhile. Originally, I was thinking an AMD FX 6300 build, but decided with this instead. I started looking for the really good deals on good parts, until I got these build. I wanted to build a HTPC/Steam box to play games, stream movies, surf the web, etc... on my entertainment center downstairs (This is using a UN55D8000 and a pretty nice 2.1 surround sound). This is also will be effectively replacing my Xbox 360 for any gaming on the entertainment center. I have a $15 dollar Xbox 360 wireless adapter for all my controllers. I also got a $7 adapter for PS2 controllers.

For the 3DMark tests, I just used Firestrike 4K, Extreme, and Normal.

CPU: What can I say that hasn't already been said about the G3258. It is a $70 Overclock-able CPU. This can supposedly rival an i3 and FX 6300 when overclocked.

CPU Cooler: After searching for something in that $30 dollar range, I kinda of just said screw it and went with the Noctua U9B. It runs great. It is Pretty darn quiet. Originally I was planning on just using the stock cooler. But the stock cooler was just awful (it was running at 90C sometimes in BIOS, I am guessing lemon or something). So I upgraded and upgraded pretty well if I may say so. It handles temperatures pretty well (peaking at 66 C after 25 minutes of testing) and I can only slightly hear it (when I am near it), but that won't matter when everything is turned on and it is in its place.

MOBO: I was really excited when I learned you can overclock on this board any Intel processor. Since this will be my first attempt at overclocking, so I am glad they limit the voltage to 1.2 V.

RAM: great deal on RAM. I got this since it is rated very well and it was under $50. Plus its CL9 DDR3-1600.

Storage: This is an old Seagate Barracuda 1TB that I got for $30 bucks over a year ago. Huzzah for reusing parts.

GPU: I am super excited to try this card out. My friend gave it to me when he upgraded to a GTX 980. I already have a GTX 970 in my main rig. I plan to overclock this as well. I may just be able to play games on high and maybe even ultra settings.

Case: This case came with a combo. Right after I got the combo, I worried about it. Since, it would have difficulty with a GTX 970 (I put mine in there. it was a pretty tight fit) and I can't get a Hyper 212+ or EVO in there.

PSU: This is probably my weakest item of these build (though still not a bad piece). I couldn't find any better deals on better PSU. $35 bucks for a 600W Semi-Modular Bronze PSU is a good deal. Plus I sold my old Corsair TX 750W non-modular PSU for $30. This should be more than enough to overclock everything with tons of room to spare.

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  • 62 months ago
  • 3 points

"Little Boy" was the code name for the A-Bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima.

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I think this guy should change his title...

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I mean he could but if i wanted to buy that (wich i dont) the name wouldnt stop me. But the name does kinda remind you.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Is your overclock limited to 4.3ghz because of a voltage limit of 1.2v on your motherboard and not because of the chip, and most certainly not because of cooling?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup, it is limited due to the voltage limit of 1.2V (and yes definitely not the cooling, though I got a bad stock fan with this one). I looked around and most people got it to 4.3 GHz. I heard some people have gotten it up to 4.4GHz (some even at 4.5) on that motherboard. If you are planning to do overclock one of these, I would say don't forget the uncore ratio (I did in the beginning). I had my uncore ratio at 3.9. If you go with a Z97 motherboard, I have heard people getting up to 4.7 without too much trouble.

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the very late reply, but no I did not have to.

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually due to the size of the case, I wasn't able to use a lot of coolers. I would of loved to used a 212 EVO (I have a 212+ in another build). After researching what I could used in my build and hearing all the love Noctua gets, I decided to spend the extra bit. I would definitely recommend them. It is quieter than my 212+, and that isn't even in quiet mode.

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe so. Its just that awful color they have. Thankfully, they started to get other colors as well. Black/Brown and a Gray one. It just cools extremely well. I want to try out the ultra quiet mode and see how it well it cools. 66C is pretty cool benchmark testing (it didn't get over 55C when I was running 3D Marks Firestrike.)

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