Description

This is a build for my sister with the intent she upgrades it and I'm going to recycle the parts.

Was a painless build, no real cable management but is all bundled together so it's fine.

Overclocked the chip to 4.4ghz at 1.250v Wasn't able to get it any further kept getting bsod

Could have made this cheaper but cooler adds excitement and makes it look serious.

Stress tested with prime95 for 12hrs

Comments

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice work, although I'm not sure how an overclocked G3258 would translate in real-world tests such as gaming. This build is similar to mine albeit I had an air-cooled i3. I definitely wish I had considered this configuration though, that water cooler would turn even an enclosure of that size into an icebox.

  • 57 months ago
  • 4 points

for purely gaming, an overclocked pentium matches an i3 in just performance, but has more frame time varience which causes stuttering. heres a good tom's hardware review: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/pentium-g3258-overclocking-performance,3849.html

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

frame time variance and stuttering...NoNos in gaming.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Ur sister games? Ahhhh modern times...arent they good?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Had a similar issue on the G3258 I worked on. I eventually had to up the voltage even at 4.4, though. It didn't even show up when I ran Prime95 overnight, but it was a tad unstable at that speed at 1.25 volts when under a gaming load. Temps are OK at 1.27, though.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't have any experience with the G3258, but I would expect it to be stable at a higher clock than 4.4 Ghz @ 1.25 V for most chips. It might be stable with that voltage and a higher grade motherboard. Still a good budget build though.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Yh I think if I got a better board (Z97) then it would happily sit at 4.6-4.7Ghz but the extra cost couldn't be justified.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed, you still got a pretty nice overclock. I lucked out and grabbed a Gigabyte Z97X Gaming 7 for $75, otherwise I wouldn't have bought as nice of a board.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Mine is on a z97. It's an MSI PC Mate. No matter what I adjusted, the farthest I could get past 4.4 was 4.5 at 1.29, but that pooped out after a few minuted of Prime95. I only have a 212 EVO, though.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

My 4790K does 4.5 Ghz @ 1.165 V... Maybe I just got lucky

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll have to see about my 4790K (the G3258 is in my brother's computer right now, though that will be upgraded to an i5 eventually). I haven't overclocked that one as I'm going full on liquid cooling with it once I have the dough.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Hopefully you'll get lucky. I never pushed mine higher than 4.7 Ghz... but it was stable at lower than stock voltage. 1.25 V I think.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I have an H100i for cooling.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

On the stock cooler I can get up to 4.3 at about 1.18 Volts, but I'm stuck with the stock cooler so I'm happily chilling at 1.13 Volts and 3.9, 70C max. Even trying 4.1 and 1.15 Volts brings my temps up to 80C which is out of my comfort zone.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

nice budget build! not sure that a h90 was necessary but if you're going to recycle the parts then why not =P

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, but if you ever want to upgrade to an atx motherboard you would have to get a different case.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Hows the SSD? I was thinking on it since its a lot cheaper then the samsung evo.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I think its fine, does the job near enough as good as a Samsung and for the price who's complaining lol

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Would have gone with a r9 270 instead of the 750 ti for a little bit more horsepower.

The 750 Ti is a little quieter and more power efficient but when it comes to budget builds you really should squeeze as much power out where you can.

  • 57 months ago
  • -1 points

I prefer to pair the GPU with CPU so Intel with nvidia... Had to put in a 500gb HDD as the SSD is already full lol

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Intel and Nvidia isn't like AMD with Radeon. I guess it depends on what you play but for most games the 270 beats the 750ti by about 15 FPS.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I hear those 750 Ti's work pretty darn good. +1 Nice to see a simple build!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

For $1117.86 build (AUD), this is a really nice build, would be cool if you got a higher overclock!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

To be fair, it was a whole 1.2 GHz.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

In my mind, it is a OCing CPU.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello, I am interested in overclocking with this motherboard, however have heard Intel are cracking down on the practice on non z boards. When did you purchase the board and did you update the bios?

I am interested in the mini itx version of this board, however the last person to overclock a pentium g3258 was back in July 2014. Do you think that board will work?

Thanks

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, both MSI and Asus have unlocked overclocking to the G3528 on all boards. Just need to update the bios if it isn't a Z series.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

The next upgrade you should consider is an i5 processor. The Pentium isn't great for modern gaming with only two cores.

Aside from the processor, not a bad build! I'll admit I was a little surprised by water-cooling in a budget build, but that'll come in handy once you make the move to a better CPU.

On a side note, how does that GPU perform? I'm looking at it, and wondering how it compares to the single-fan EVGA Superclocked model.

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  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

4.4 GHz is still a lot.

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  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

The cooler backplate literally pushes up from underneath and then when you screw the pump in it basically sandwiches it.

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