SFX_MODz build #3
I plan to bring many new ITX builds to the forefront of the PC community as new technology is made available. I have a strong passion for building PCs in general but my heart lies in the Small Form Factor market. There is just something about squeezing the most performance out of the smallest system while leaving behind very little footprint that absolutely excites me! So lets get to the build:
For this build I was looking to take the unlocked Pentium G3258 and give it a liquid infusion via a Cooler Master Seidon 120V CPU cooler and stuff it all inside of a Mini ITX Sugo case running Windows 10 with DirectX 12 and see what this little chip could do with a low end graphics card, boy was I blown away!!!! This tiny brick scoots!!!
CPU: The Pentium G3258. Awesome chip! Unlocked for YOUR pleasure! LOL :P
CPU Cooler: Took a few tries to get this cooler positioned to fit under the larger than usual SFX PSU but all turned out super fantastic! This CPU cooler is the beesneez!!! The Pentium runs super cold at 25C in performance mode and 31C in silent mode (BIOS fan settings for SYS and CHA fans).
Motherboard: The motherboard is by far my favorite for Intel budget builds and the mSata slot on the underside for a tiny SSD is one of the best features I've seen of all ITX boards EVER!!! Love the A-Tuning app for easy overclocking as well. Managed to get 4.0GHz super stable with very little voltage increment.
Memory: Cheap and 1866MHz so it does a fine job. Room for one more if I ever need it.
Storage: Awesome little FAST mSata SSD from Crucial! Partitioned with a 32GB OS drive and a 87GB media drive for steam and a few games.
GPU: The R7 260X from XFX was the PERFECT fit in this budget build and it had just enough room to squeeze in before bumping into the radiator. With DX12 and Mantle beta this little card is ROCKING 1080p at 60FPS on HIGH setting in all my games!!!
Case: Sugo SG05 in WHITE! What more do I need to say...Seexxxaaayyy!
PSU: I threw around the possibility of a cheaper PSU and I even considered the Silverstone 450W modular SFX but this 500W was $5 cheaper and CAME WITH the flat modular cables that cost $25 extra! SCORE!!! This 500W is known as a form factor called SFX-L which is just a tad longer than normal SFX. I was a little concerned at first if it would run into my fan but all that was put to rest once it was mounted. Rock solid PSU by the way.
Case Fan: I mounted a Blue LED Kingwin 120mm up front replacing the stock SS fan and I stuck the stock grill of the SS fan onto the rear 120mm fan on the radiator.
You could stuff similar components into a cheaper case or even toss around a different PSU but in the end this little box looks fantastic and the pictures don't do it justice!
This baby purrrs and is SUPER COLD!!!! I'm absolutely loving this setup for gaming at only $550 to boot!
The Aesthetics of this build put it over the top and I haven't had this much fun building a PC in a LOOONG time!
If you've been thinking about delving into the Anniversary Edition G3258 Pentium, I say go for it!!! It is well worth the $50 price tag. Paired with a water cooler and a $100 GPU it can do some amazing things!
I hope this build inspires many more like it and I really hope you enjoyed my build as much as I do! I plan to build many more ITX machines of all different types and purposes in the future!!!
If you have a suggestion of some type of ITX build you would like to see I'd love to hear about it! Who knows, It may just be my next build!!!
+++ SUCCESS!!! I now have a stable 4.5GHz @1.25 Vcore. Temps are sitting at 28°C with fans in Silent mode! +++