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Welp, this is my PC build.

I built this last year Q4 of the year.... I only planned on playing Minecraft and other less demanding games...but I got bored quick and wanted to play newer demanding games. Boy, I should have bought a GTX 960 and a better CPU to save me money and all this hassle.

CPU

It's doing fairly well, never overclocked it though. I do get stutters and what not but it's holding pretty good.

Motherboard

What can I say? It's a "gaming" motherboard with only 2 ram slots and 1 case fan header. I regret buying this and going full cheap on this build.

Memory

Sexy and sleek black finish, I like it.

Storage

Doing great 1TB is enough for me

Video Card

I never been so surprised. This card is able to handle pretty much every current game with low settings at 1080p. I was getting 50-70 fps on high settings in shadow of mordor. Sometimes I would drop causing me to die and rage but I couldn't play other games since the graphics were too horrible to play on and the FPS is not doing me justice. Great card, only for less demanding games though.

Case

I listed the wrong case because the case I have is not on PC part picker. It's called the Xigmatek Vanguard. There's barley any reviews but it's such a BEAST case. It has a cpu cut out, rubber cut out, liquid cooling support, and any more. Here's more info (http://www.amazon.com/Xigmatek-Vanguard-Micro-ATX-Computer-EN5872/dp/B00NMX8MTS)

I bought it fromNewegg which was $40 and amazon are being jerks and rasing the price to $70.

PSU

At first I had the Rosewill Glacier 500w... People would always tell me DO NOT CHEAP OUT ON THE PSU. I didn't listen but I did cheap out on it. So I bought the EVGA one to be more future proof.

TL;DR: Great for low demadning games & it was fun moving to PC from console. Also upgrading GPU and CPU this week.

Good night.

Comments

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Actually, you don't really need to buy a whole new CPU and errything, just buy a good cpu cooler, like a 212 evo or something, and overclock the hell out of that thing. It's an excellent overclocker and can do a lot, just don't open a bunch of apps at the same time :P and the 750ti is also one power house of a budget card. I have one myself and it ran skyrim on high and some other games on high settings. I heard it even runs gta V on medium/high at 40-60 fps. You also have a very good upgrade path. MOAR PICTURES PLEASE. :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

More pictures of the case? ;3

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I wanna see its insides ;)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh wait, that's what the picture is of. Yeah, more case pics then....

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  • 41 months ago
  • -1 points

For $5 more you can get the Cyrorig H7 which is much better.

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  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Noise...

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll take it for $5 more

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

If you don't care about noise, just grab a SanAce 120 and snap into the cheapest tower cooler you find xD

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

The 750Ti is an underrestimated card, although for a bit more you could get a 950, it still rocks. I got it myself not expecting a lot from it, but right now I'm running a 6600K and a 750Ti, and minecraft (which I decided to test) runs at 600-700 frames. It's absolutely insane. The card is a little beast, it can tackle any game on low settings (except minesweeper)

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Really nice build man! I like the Pentium G3258 :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I took in the word Minecraft seriously, please talk crafty to me. Is this build good for it? I want to play with fancy graphics, 8 render distance etc with 100+ fps on online servers such as Mineplex. I was going to go for i3-6100 and r7 370 / gtx 950 but if I can spend less than that for the same thing than thats very good.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

If you're JUST playing minecraft, this build is PERFECT. I was running shaders with 64x64 texture packs 60-80 fps in multiplayer.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

For that, an APU might even make sense.

  • 41 months ago
  • -1 points

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/CjmBf7

This would be better for the price.

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

And it lacks Wi-Fi.

  • 41 months ago
  • -1 points

$50 more for much more performance? 6100 is the best value cpu and same with 380 at >$500.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

You're also cutting corners (case and PSU) and not including Wi-Fi. And you're adding fast RAM which can't be utilized. The i3-6100 offers DIFFERENT performance. For the relevant games, I think it's worse in spite of it being a better chip overall.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks guys!

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice budget build!

+1

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

"It's doing fairly well, never overclocked it though." That is the whole point of the Pentium G3258. It is unlocked, cheap. can get good results with the included stock heatsink, and doesn't require a fancy chipset motherboard (Z97). That has a lot of appeal. Typically overclocking Intel CPUs requires at least a $200+ i5K, a $100+ Z motherboard, and a $30+ aftermarket cooler, because a stock one isn't included (Total of $330+ versus $70 CPU + $50 motherboard + $0 included heatsink = $120.). Because it has such a low TPD it can typically get to ~4.2-4.3GHz with the stock cooler. ~4.5-4.6 GHz is possible with a good aftermarket air cooler. Don't believe 4.8GHz. Those were engineering samples. You won't get the same results. At 3.2 GHz, the Pentium G3258 isn't even the best Pentium of its generation. When fully overclocked, it competes with a 4790K in low thread-count workloads. It has cores with virtually the same IPC, and less of them generate less heat. Basically you can think of it as being two i7 cores without multi-threading, less heat, and a lower base clock. Because it is a 2-thread chip, when doing heavy gaming, it is best to avoid running other single-threaded workloads at the same time. Games that aren't optimized for more cores and aren't built on newer and better (though greedier) APIs like DX12 will perform wonderfully on your CPU... as long as you overclock. So try for 4.2GHz with the stock cooler. REALLY. OVERCLOCKING IS A MUST WITH THIS CPU!!! I'm guessing you don't want to lap or delid the IHS. Don't shove too many volts down its throat though. Also, if using Windows get rid of resource hogs like background applications, startup applications, system stuff like telnet, eyecandy, and anything else that you can (Adding stuff like classic shell helps too. And don't be afraid of registry hacks.). There are many guides online for how to do this.

"It's a "gaming" motherboard with only 2 ram slots". The motherboard you listed has 4 ram slots and gaming always means nothing other than perhaps it looks fancy or has a cool name. "I regret buying this and going full cheap on this build." A cheap motherboard is part of the value proposition with the Pentium G3258 and 2 RAM slots aren't all that inhibiting for a build of this caliber either.

"1TB is enough for me" I have a 60GB IDE/PATA HDD and am only using 30GB (50%). Unless you have a LOT of movies and pictures and stuff, you're probably better off with a 240/250/256GB SSD. If you do have that much stuff, you should build a file server or RAID1 or something like that.

"Great card, only for less demanding games though." The 750 Ti is a great card but it's value is in its efficiency and ability to run fully of PCI. If upgrading right now, you should probably get a R9 380. Also, I would have gone with the EVGA 750 Ti SC single fan card instead.

"DO NOT CHEAP OUT ON THE PSU." As long as you get a decent Corsair, EVGA, Seasonic, or something like that you should be fine if your power draw isn't too high. You were right to get rid of the PSU you had, though the replacement isn't the most sensible. The problem is when people use a 600W junker for an i7 and a 980.

"Also upgrading GPU and CPU this week." Do what you want, but this doesn't make much sense to me. If youare upgrading both the CPU and GPU, you should make this a server and start fresh. Any i5 or i7 K-model will require a different motherboard to OC. Upgrading the GPU to a R9 380 might make sense, and would be the best GPU upgrade choice IMO. The GTX 960 doesn't offer the best value right now. If you are hell-bent on Nvidia instead of AMD, go with a GTX 950.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm upgrading to a Intel Core i5 4460 & AMD r9 280x.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

For single and dual-core workloads, your the Pentium G3258 will outperform the i5-4460 if it is overclocked to 4.2GHz. Your problem with your CPU is that you need to overclock. Without overclocking you're really gaming on a crappy Pentium. The only problem with the Pentium G3258 is the 2 threads. The R9 280X is a good choice if gotten used for ~$100. What are you going to do with the old CPU and GPU? And you should get a SSD. The other day, Amazon had a 256GB OCZ 2.5" SSD for $21.83 and free shipping. If you catch one of these, it's a no-brainer.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you imagine if the G3258 was a quad-core with the same overclocking ability? Holy crap, that'd be quite a cpu.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

It would be an i5-4690K with a low base clock and useless included stock cooler. And it would cost $200 and require a Z97 motherboard. =P

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

well yeah, i'm talking about if it had the same tdp and OC ability on that same pentium architecture. This is all hypothetical, because that would be a little asinine

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Never thought of it that way :-(

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Regarding the CPU, I hear you, and want to HELP you AVOID making an EXPENSIVE $100+ MISTAKE by typing for another 2 minutes on my side and reading for 30 seconds on your side. The Pentium G3258 is a dual-core i7 without Hyper-Threading when overclocked versus a crappy dual-core not overclocked Pentium. HUGE difference when gaming. Now, while I regularly point out to other people on this site that userbenchmark.com shouldn't be taken seriously for many reasons, it accurately illustrates my point for once if analyzed carefully. http://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Pentium-G3258-vs-Intel-Core-i5-4460/2434vs2310 Honestly, don't buy that i5-4460 (i5s are i7s without hyper-threading, and the i5-4460 is severely underclocked to the point where it is a regular quad-core Pentium.), if you overclock your Pentium it will be better for the vast majority of games. http://cpu.userbenchmark.com/SpeedTest/11744/IntelR-PentiumR-CPU-G3258---320GHz demonstrates the difference that overclocking will make with a distribution of benchmarks. It makes it obvious that an overclocked Pentium > i5 and a stock Pentium < i5. Also, the graphically illustrated distribution shows a huge jump at the 68 percentile. Those to the left don't overclock. Those to the right do. Right now, you're on the bad side of the fence. The grass really is greener on the other side, and not artificial turf. Overclocking is easy and free with the Pentium G3258. The only disadvantage with the Pentium versus the i5 is for applications that use more than two threads ( Pentium G3258 (unlocked and OVERCLOCKABLE): 2 Cores, 2 THREADS @3.2GHz Haswell (2013) Core i5-4460 (locked and NOT OVERCLOCKABLE): 4 Cores, 4 THREADS @3.2GHz Haswell (2013) ), which are few and far apart (though a few exist, and there will be more in the future), and multi-tasking while you are playing resource-intensive (not in a browser) games, which you shouldn't be doing anyway, unless you have an i7X and a Titan X with 32 GBs of RAM. Since you have 8GBs of RAM I'm guessing that you're not doing that. =P

I am 100% for purchasing a Radeon R9 280X as long as you are getting it at a reasonable price. Before doing this though, try overclocking the Pentium and see if that increases performance enough that the GPU upgrade isn't worth it. It may still be worth upgrading the GPU though. I'm just thinking that the CPU [might] be part of your bottleneck.

Whether you choose to overclock the Pentium or buy the i5, please keep me posted. I am curious to see how either or both affect your games' performance. I know I oversimplified much because I wanted to avoid going into architectural differences, IPCs, SMT, CMT, and other stuff, but it remains true in every practical end-user sense unless you are manufacturing your own motherboards and trying to build a cluster, in which case ignore me. =P

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll over clock tonight . My new processor was already ordered and I'll keep you up with updates on which was better .

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I also fixed the motherboard issue.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

OK. Good to hear.

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Games do take up a lot of space, but I'm a little bit pro SSD. While older SSDs tended to wear out quickly, quality new ones should last for quite a while as long as the controller doesn't fart from a dieing PSU or something catastrophic like that. HDD failure is inevitable. I hate backups, so with something so high-risk I prefer to RAID1 (And if doing this, a really cheap headless file server is nice.) than use external media or upload to the cloud at painfully slow rates. Also, I was guessing that the build submitter probably didn't have too many games from the description. The flip side is that the games can just be downloaded again if your drive dies and SSDs don't help with FPS, so it really depends on the user. I just wanted to point out that a quarter of a terabyte is a lot of space and for many people it makes no difference whether you have 1TB, 10TB, or 0.25TB so you should take the performance and run. If you need space, HDDs are only economical. "a moderately sized steam library" Yeah right. =P

Edit: I should have factored in the fact that SSDs shouldn't be filled to the brim.

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  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

I would guess that 75 is well above average.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

All of your realizations about this build are accurate and we all appreciate the reality behind the saying, "you get what you pay for". You have a great build on your hands. It just seems like you quickly outgrew it.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I outgrew it. I never thought PC gaming would grab me. I want to play better games. My PC can hold it but no long enough so I have to upgrade so it can last longer :)

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Is this computer good to run counter strike , starcitzen , and overwatch ?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Good for CS:GO

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey ghost if you want to buy a graphics card later. Wait for pascal to come out so you can get like a 970 for the price of a 960.

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