Description

Hardcore, balls to wall, pedal to the metal budget build, where every part is a budget part. Everything was "just enough". The only reason I chose a PSU as "powerful" as a 600 watt is because I plan to overclock the G3258 as well as the XFX HD 7870 GPU, which was re-used from a previous build I had (it's also uploaded).

Originally This was to be a setup to build my dream, budget parts except for PSU/Case/Motherboard, setting up for an i7-4790k + SLi GTX 970 build......but everything just got stripped down. I had even said I'd still get me an SSD, but puting an SSD in a sub $400 rig seems pointless to me. So I said let me not get the SSD and buy an aftermarket cooler with the money I saved..........but I just decided to not get anything at all LOL.

That satisfied the cheap ******* in me.

Anyway, Build complete. Spend $320 on everything, $300 total after I get my mail in rebate for the PSU.

Build issues........none. It was all pretty straightforward. Ignore my crappy cable management, there's not much I can do with this case. Which is a good case for $30 anyway.

Also: Gaming (Far Cry 3 Ultra settings @ 1080p) made my graphics card go up to 85 degrees celsius....I bought a case fan from Best Buy for 3 bucks and force screwed it to the side vent (which has no mounts for a fan, but I made it work) and now the GPU never goes above 65. #McGuiver

I think I'm experiencing a CPU bottleneck in Far Cry 3, but I'll let you know if that decreases when I overclock.

I'm really satisfied with each part I got. The motherboard is nominated on Newegg for Customer Choice Award too.

Been using it hardcore for the past 3 days to make sure the CPU Is fine before I OC.

That's all for now I guess

Peace

Edit 3/13/2015 Started overclocking. currently at 4.3 Stable, but using Prime 95 after 3 minutes temps hit 80 and i'm very uncomfortable with that. However this is only used for gaming.....and I've tested most of the games I play and the temps never go above 65C.......The bottlenecking in Far Cry 3 disappeared, runs beautifully now...Tempted to leave it...

Part Reviews

CPU

For what it costs? I can not fault this CPU at all! Straight out of the box I was able to overclock this to a stable 4.4GHz on the stock cooler! This thing punches WAY above its weight. The only drawback is that it is 2 cores without hyperthreading, and nowadays that's not enough for some games. Some games won't even load without 4 cores or 4 threads. But like I said...for what I paid for it, this thing surely does kick some serious tail.

Motherboard

I bought this board solely to overclock a G3258 to use as an HTPC. Most definitely this board was up to the task, got my CPU to a stable 4.4GHz from a stock 3.2. It only has 2 slots for RAM but if you're gonna spend this little on a motherboard what do you expect? This was for a simple budget build that really exceeded all my expectations.

Memory

Never had a problem, been running these for over 2 years now and I haven't had a single issue.

Case

For a simple micro ATX build this is fine. There's really no real option for any kind of real cable management, you just have to be fancy with zip ties and your tucking away. Any decent sized GPU you put in, however, will pretty much be suffocated on the floor of the case, so I custom mounted a 120mm fan on the side panel with a vent too, which definitely helped my GPU temps. In any case for the price you pay, once you know how to manage cables without fancy tie downs, grommets, or provided cable management spots, and once you're not afraid to be adventurous with extra fan mounting, this case can do whatever you need it to do.

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Comments

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for the N64 alone. :D

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, good, so its not just my XFX 7870 that overheats like crazy...

I'm actually surprised the case fan thing helped you. I have two 120mm fans on the side of my case, but they seem to have very little effect on the card's temps. I regularly hit 85 degrees C after an extended gaming session, and that's with a very aggressive fan profile. I do have a small overclock on it, but not much, so yeah, I'm at a loss as to why I can't keep the temps down on it...

Anyways, for the price, I can't really complain about anything, other than the fact that there are a few RAM sticks out there that would have let you shave another $10-15 or so off the price. Buy hey, if that's the only thing I can find, its a +1 in my book :)

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah bro. As for the XFX 7870....check out my post here on Toms Hardware: http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1809265/graphics-card-hot-easily.html

Mine would overheat like that too, it came from the factory with WAY TOO MUCH thermal paste on. When i took off the cooler off my card the thermal paste was CAKED onto the GPU die, so it was insulating the heat and not transferring it. Maybe that's what's causing you problems

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm, maybe, I hadn't considered that. I'll look into it, thanks for the tip! I wonder if any of those brackets for mounting AIO water coolers on GPU's would work on mine...

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

never had such issues with my 7870 been, granted, i never really tested for them and until i switched it out for the 970 i use now i mainly played very low intensity games (doubt CIV5 and minecraft put a ton of strain on it). Either way glad you found a fix for that

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I've got the same GPU, same problem.. The overheating is real, but mine has a fan broken, which I realized after 2 hours of gaming on FC3 and it hit 120C.. I no longer own a functional HD 7870..

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

single manly tear. I just had a moment of silence for your 7870

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, my friend More manly tears roll down face I shall grow strong.. To a.. r9 290x.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

HungrySpartan20 Evolved into..............HungrySpartan290X !!!!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

He gained power: Ultra Settings and Newb Pwnage!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, this is a lot like my build currently!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Started overclocking. currently at 4.3 Stable, but using Prime 95 after 3 minutes temps hit 80 and i'm very uncomfortable with that. However this is only used for gaming.....and I've tested most of the games I play and the temps never go above 65C.......The bottlenecking in Far Cry 3 disappeared, runs beautifully now...Tempted to leave it...I have a temperature alarm set to go off if it hits 80 what do you guys think?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you tried any modded minecraft like ftb infinity?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey! Great Build! Did you need to update the BIOS before you used the G3258?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man. I just put it in and it worked straight out of the box even though it was an older BIOS. It worked fine, played games okay etc.. I did update the BIOS though before I did any overclocking though.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, great to hear!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Never had a problem with my 7870, and this is coming from a guy that crammed his into a prebuilt Dell computer that had a 430 Watt power supply from god knows where. To be fair, I never checked the temps, but I gamed on it for a steady 3 years without it crapping out on me and running Battlefield 4 at 60-70 FPS on Ultra.

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  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

i said the same thing when i was building it LOL it could be worse... http://core0.staticworld.net/images/article/2013/12/internals-100154896-orig.jpg

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