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