Description

My girlfriend wanted me to build her a gaming PC. This was intended to be a budget build from the start. We had generic ram and and old reliable 600w power supply laying around, and I had been reading up on the Pentium G3258. The ASRock H81M-ITX is the same board I used in my "Portable Watercooled 250D Build Log" and I decided to buy it again. After flashing the bios to version 2.1, I was able to easily overclock the Pentium to 4.0 GHz on the stock cooler, which I dialed back to 3.8 GHz to keep temperatures moderately low. The power supply I used happened to be longer than I anticipated, which eliminated our ability to fit a 3.5" hard drive. The 2.5" Toshiba drive was a pleasant surprise. It was just as fast as a regular 7200 RPM drive, but was significantly quieter.

That left us in need of a GPU. I was going to buy her a 670 for $100, which unfortunately, my contact sold before we could purchase it. He also had a reference 770, but wanted $200. So I spent the next few days looking online at 750 Ti's, gtx 960's, and gtx 950's. The gtx 950 was only $123 on Jet.com, but I still had one last place to check ...

Craigslist!

"Two EVGA GTX 770 SC with XSPC waterblocks - $200". Yes please. I bought both, and an i5 4670k for only $250. I upgraded from an i5 4460 to the 4670k, and I'm passing the extra 770 and i5 along to a friend for his first build. The coolest part of it all, my contact let me test both cards and even install the CPU before buying, and I'm happy to say everything worked fine. Actually, the 770's were more than fine. They never went above 60c under load!

This build was quick and easy and I hope that you enjoyed this log. If you would like to see more frequent content like this, follow me over on instagram @kennytacos. Thanks for viewing!

Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 5 points

LOL. The cat's lenny face AHAHAHAHA

+1

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

This is a nice little build.

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

3/13 Needs more cat.

+1

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

i saw the cat so i clicked on the pics lol, nice build

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm glad you did. Thank you!

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

congratulations on the lovely build but more importantly on the most beautiful cat photoshoot on pc partpicker

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

He's quite photogenic

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

The cat keeps staring at me.....

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

<3 cat +1! neat build

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I suppose it could have been cleaner with a modular PSU but I take a lot of pride in cable managing a spaghetti monster just to prove to people it can be done.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

This build speaks to me on multiple levels. 1: I love the g3258, it's such a baller chip for a great price 2:them deals 3:CAAAAT 4: Great picture quality. may I ask what camera you are using?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Canon T2i with a 50mm 1.8 lens

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

The majestic feline stalks Pentium prey

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 For kitty cat

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for 770 price and cat lol

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

OK KENNY! I CAN'T SEEM TO FIND THE CAT IN THE PARTS LIST... HOW DID YOU FIND ONE FOR FREE!!! +1

But for real, What model PSU is that? I'm thinking of using the SG13B in a future Build!... Also, how is the portability factor on it?? Thanks ;)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh it is SO portable. It's seriously my favorite ITX right now. Smaller than a shoebox in certain ways.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

If you don't mind I may take quite a few characteristics of this into my HTPC ;D

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Not at all, just gimme a link when it's done so I can see!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Of Course!!

But you haven't answered my question... Why isn't the cat in the parts list?!?

JK lol
  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, I haven't posted a build because I forgot the password for the above account. But thank you, it turned out perfectly!

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

cat makes me want to buy this

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Hum, this build looks familiar! Nice job :)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man! Thanks

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Upvote! So cute cat you have.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Bruh what camera do you use? The pic quality is really good. +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

T2i & 50mm

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 For that ultra awesome CPU.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually had to give her my i5 4460 because the stuttering was so bad in witcher 3 and grand theft auto V :/ I had a lot of faith in the g3258 but the fact that it's a dual core... RIP

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, awesome build. Wondering where the coolant is? Newbie here.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

This system is air cooled. Each major component makes direct contact with a metal heat sink, which usually has a fan attached to blow the hot air away. However, some people prefer watercooling, which I've tried and have decided not to use anymore. It's too much work and doesn't offer a whole lot of extra performance for the cost.

  • 43 months ago
  • 0 points

Lovely little build! I hope this is an HTPC. I have a bit of boner for SG13s as HTPCs. +1!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

It's my girlfriend's new living room gaming PC.

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