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 :/