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Good day,

I'd like to start by saying this is not my first build but it is the first I've done in a long LONG time. It is also the first time I post on here and I hope you all can enjoy it and hopefully it may also help a few looking for a cheap capable gaming rig.

I did a BUNCH of research on the 3258 and while these 750ti's/3258 builds are abundant I thought I'd share my take on it.

Everything was purchased through here with the exception of the SSD, HDD and PSU. SSD and HDD were new on my local craigslist and the PSU was purchased from a friend with 4 months of use. (Still under manufacturer's warranty) OS was taken from an image at work.

Build was pretty straight forward and I'm sure my cable management could use some work but the fun part of this project for me was the OC. Took me about 3 days on and off (testing and research included) to bring it up to 4.5GHz at stable voltages and temps. This was my first OC and I'm pretty proud of it. I was able to get it to 4.6GHz with stable 1.295 vcore but under Prime95 while doing FFTs the temp. would sometimes go over 82 which I didn't think was worth the risk. So I decided to keep it at 45 multiplier 4.5GHz with a vcore of 1.284.

Regarding the card as a lot of you may know, this thing is AWESOME! So much bang for buck! Cant recommend it enough.

Cooler is not the quietest while also not a jet engine and it performs.

The H81M-HDS despite many reports online has been great and out of the box it was compatible with my 3258. Cheap as well which was a big one for me. (No point getting Z motherboard for a 65dllr processor, defeats the purpose of the build imo.)

Tower was a bit disappointing, it servers its purpose but it does feel cheap/flimsy. However the LED's on the front are a nice touch as well as a front panel USB 3.0 and good bay options.

Mouse and keyboard are also amazing; Really the fact that the bundle had a laser mouse was what pushed me to go for this. I also use it as a Media Center PC so I had to have wireless.

Hope you all enjoy the build I'm actually gonna start doing this for customers here in Mexico so be on the lookout for more builds. Thank you for reading.

I know the pics are a little dusty I have had this for over a month and I live in the dessert :/

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  • 63 months ago
  • 5 points

Wow, I usually +1 just for using x99 and extreme processors, but this is just masterful budgeting.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

:) Thanks a lot man!

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Pics of finished build?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm gonna update them tonight, just waiting to log off work so I can open it up and take pics for you guys! Thanks for commenting.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

You didn't upload many pics XD +1 for the build man

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I know, its on the description "More Pictures coming later tonight" Thanks for looking!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Pictures have been updated :)

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for using the Intel Pentium G3258

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you so much, with my budget and what I wanted the PC for it just made sense. More pics have been added btw.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build for the budget. Couldn't suggest anything better in that price range. +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, glad you think so! Pics have been updated.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points
  • Cheap *** overclockable CPU.
  • Even cheaper overclock enabled motherboard.
  • Great part selection overall.

Intel Pentium 3258 build done right +1 from my side !


One thing though:

I did a BUNCH of research on the 3258K edition and while these 750ti's/3258 builds are abundant I thought I'd share my take on it.

There is no such thing as a 3258K edition. There is only one edition and that is called the Intel Pentium 3258 Anniversary Editions. Just messing with you, we all know what you meant. :P

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, fixed :) and thanks for looking!

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Did you have to do an BIOS update to use the pentium?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, its on the description: "The H81M-HDS despite many reports online has been great and out of the box it was compatible with my 3258." Thanks for looking!

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

good job, I built a G3258 for a friend recently and DIDN't go with the H81 because of those same reports about bios and such, it's good to know that board works... :)

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

do you use any ESD anti static equipment for this build? I was thinking about buying a wristband for a build very similar to this, since its my first time building a PC and i hear a lot about possibly frying parts due to ESD. Other than that question, this is a great build. Again, your build is very similar to mine minus the CPU cooler and GPU.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you kidding? You ALWAYS wanna wear an esd strap when handling electronics, is it true that the chances of frying a component are slim? yeah. Do you wanna take that chance on a $500+ build? Up to you to decide.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

k, thanks for the response. I ended up not getting any ESD straps or mats for my build. Nothing frieds thankfully. Just was real careful, I dont have any rugs, didn't wear any cloth, and kept grounding myself to the case. Not saying you shouldn't buy ESD strap if you read this though. It all depends on the situation I guess.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Was it difficult to put on the cpu cooler I'm getting for my pc build.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope pretty standard if you are familiar with installing CPU fans.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

solid build! Very similar to mine, minus the GPU, PSU, and CPU cooler. Currently using the stock cooler without overclocking the CPU yet, which seems odd, but it works fine for now. I'll be getting a hyper 212 evo eventually and overclock the **** out of that badboy. I went with a r7 260x, which is not as good as a GTX 750 Ti, but very satisfactory nonetheless. Only issue i have the the motherboard and it not being the best for upgrading, but it was cheap and compatible. And I agree on the tower. It sucks. LOL Can't get proper wiring done with it unfortunately.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah cable management holes are RETARDED but. . . . You live and learn. Next time I'll just drop the money on a NXZT. As far as overclocking goes you will have so much fun with it, that was my favorite part of the entire build, pushing pushing and stress testing. Best of luck!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Could you explain your choice of motherboard a little more?

the remark about 65dllr kinda made me confused about a future build I have been planning with the 3258

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

He is trying to explain that a $65,- processor really shouldn't need a $100,-+ motherboard with a Z87/Z97 chipset. That is why he bought the ASRock H81M-HDS Micro ATX LGA1150, with an easy bios update this motherboard is able to overclock the Intel Pentium 3258.

So basicly he got a CPU and motherboard with overclocking features for a total of $100,-. Which is great and is perfect for this build. If you ask me that is why this build deserves all the +1 it can get.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I just don't see why I would spend 100+ dllrs on a mobo for a 3258, sure having a nice mobo gives you the ability to upgrade in the future, but more than 8gigs for gaming I don't think is needed and even then H81 allows for up 16gigs of ram 2x8, I can also upgrade the card and processor in the future (Socket 1150) with this mobo if I want AND it allows for OC on the 3258. It depends on what you want to build the PC for but imo. Going for a cost efficient CPU calls for a cost efficient set up. If you just want the 3258 to mess with it then that's a little different but for me this mobo made the most sense. Hope that helps.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Ok I see your point

Maybe next time use the dollar sign? I thought you were talking about the fancy wizard stuff in the cpu itself

But seriously, good build and I like the budget mindset

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

question. how did you install that cooler to your motherboard without it being wobbly? i have the exact same specs minus gpu, psu, and can't seem to get it to stay snug. also, how did you oc to 4.5 ghz?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

How many case fan slots does it have, because I can't tell from the pictures.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Is this case hard to work in I'm doing my first build soon and looking into this case

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

How is that cpu cooler doing ???

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  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

ITS SO MUCH FUN! Best of luck looking forward to seeing that build.