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This was a dedicated gaming machine build, and my first. I wanted something quiet and low key but expandable. I also didn't want to spend too much (<1500). It turned out to be a fun and easy build. I didn't run into any trouble with any of the parts. The H105 was super easy to install, and the NZXT case was great to work in. The mobo installed very easily and cleared the H105 leaving plenty of room to access to the cables and the ram release tabs. The Asus AI Control Suite was easy to use and allowed for automatic overclocking of the Intel GT3258. I was surprised at how easy it was to overclock the processor. Since it was my first time I expected trouble, or at least a significant amount of time spent configuring an tuning. The Control Suite did all the work and easily overclocked the processor to 4.8 before it BSOD'd (OC voltage set to 1.5). I left it at adaptive and have had no lag and no overheating. I've run Skyrim with 150+ mods and an ENB and the graphics are smooth with no more glitches than you'd expect from Bethesda. And the case truly is silent. It's quieter than my old laptop by far (Dell XPS 15"). And even with the fans at full throttle it doesn't interfere with whatever media is playing. My whole room feels quieter. Overall I've been really happy with this setup. I'll add an additional GTX660 at some point, but so far it hasn't seemed to need it with what I've been doing. I'll update when I do.

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  • 68 months ago
  • 10 points

for the money you spent on this build you could have done way way way better. Don't get me wrong but an almost 2000 build with a budget cpu, you spent more money on your mouse than on the cpu and almost the gpu. And 16 gigs of ram...I don't see the balance...

  • 68 months ago
  • 6 points

Not to be rude but I agree. A budget CPU with a $200 mobo? I hope you plan on upgrading soon.

  • 68 months ago
  • 4 points

It allows him an upgrade path, the Pentium will do well for now and he can upgrade in the future when necessary/ready

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Is there any written rule like one shouldn't go for $2000-range? It depends on how one puts to use of available hardware, given that CPU is a workhorse in some ways. E.g., a gaming machine at 4.2GHz G3258 with GTX 750Ti or even 970 (performance & power savings). One doesn't have to always buy 'K' series in order to play many (if not all) games or typical audio/video work using RAMDisk feature or whatever that CPU can do if time isn't a big deal (folks who don't need blazing PCs where performance is ranked on the basis of seconds difference). It's really a good machine for software development too.

I'm not an avid gamer (never been), but I'm planning to go for my first proper gaming and heavy OCing build since many years. My hardware:

G3258; Maximus VII Hero; NZXT Kraken X31*; G.Skill TridentX 16GB 1866MHz; Samsung 850 Pro 512GB (only 1 disk); Asus GTX 970 4GB STRIX; Asus VG248QE; NZXT H440 (Black/Red); EVGA 650W; Corsair Vengeance {K70 KB, M65 Wired Laser Mouse, 2100 Headphones}; Logitech Z506 155W 5.1ch;

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro (32/64-bit);

Total? $2144 (with X31 cooler)

*Only thing which is holding me is AIO Liquid cooler. It seems X31 doesn't get well with H440 case color whereas X41 has red LEDs or something. But, X41 has very loud fans?

I'm stuck here. I need a cooler which matches that case and very silent while I play games. Air coolers ruled out. Sadly, no time to check out reviews but I'll take some time and build by gaming PC in a few weeks for sure.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

An i5 4670K would certainly help in gaming, as games are beginning to use more than two cores.

You can easily get new fans for the X41 if they're too loud, or get a H100i, which you can choose the colour of the LEDs in the block.

I would recommend getting the HyperX Cloud or a good quality pair of headphones and a separate mic, you'll get much much better sound quality, especially when you're listening to music. Gaming headsets tend to have really bad audio.

Other than that it's pretty sweet.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Appreciate for being constructive (which some folks lack here).

For Gaming PCs, I understand that 4670K is the best mid-range CPU and probably best value for money. But I'm not an avid gamer. I wish to play only Formula1 and MotoGP in my very little free time. Perhaps I might go back to Age of Empires, if there is a new release (many years ago, there was III series).

I chose G3258 Gaming build only because '20th Anniv' heavy OC gift to us, which is quite affordable and not that much hurtful if CPU goes kaput! As a policy, I do not allow any manual OCing except official Turbo/Boost ranges at my work places. But I love doing manual OCing (home), hence it has been a while having fun with the trio (CPU/RAM/GPU) to the max. stable levels, if not extreme OCing with uncertain component life! Hence, I need a good motherboard like HERO.

Hmm, I haven't thought on replacing fans on Coolers. I'll go with X41 because of hardware uniformity factor. Do you recommend any super silent fans for X41 (price no issue)?

Is X41 really more cooler than X31? (first time NZXT cooler buyer). Size doesn't matter; CM Nepton 140XL decimates many big guys

Yes, I'll definitely look at HyperX Cloud. Thank you

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

In that case the "Pentium K" is fine!

Noctua of course make great silent fans, however they do look kinda terrible. Phanteks and be quiet! also make good fans that are quiet, and look a LOT better.

The X41 is bigger than the X31, and bigger is better when it comes to radiators. A 140mm rad will always outperform and equivalent 120mm rad.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

My previous experience in many Z97 builds didn't satisfy me. I mean, I'm a bit worried about noise parameter in many AIO coolers (used three models from three companies in many builds). I don't need 40dB+ at optimal volts in the upcoming Z97 and X99 builds (holiday season) because my employees will once again freak out and eat my brain with their emails!

I think I need to spend some good time on sorting this issue (previous builds and future builds), but matching the builds and components is a real PITA. And, there is that Noctua Fan colors as you mentioned! :)

This noise nonsense has become my priority #1

You can check out my post here:

http://pcpartpicker.com/forums/topic/53282-cm-nepton-140xl-fan-noise

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

No balance intended. It was simply what I wanted. I was more interested to see how the cpu overclocks.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Won't this setup bottleneck?

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

How so?

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Don't get me wrong this is a great build but for £1500 you could have got wayy better parts. The 16GB is unnecessary for gaming especially when you only have a G3258 and a 660 and while that's a high end motherboard you spent almost three times less on the CPU. The liquid cooler is good but not when it's with a budget CPU.

The build I'm working on right now will cost <£1100 and will include a 970, i5, 250GB SSD, OS and a 144hz monitor.

With this said at least the mobo, memory, cpu cooler and psu will allow for many future upgrades.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Future upgrades was kinda the idea. Also, the liquid cooler was more of a want than a need. This machine is extremely quiet.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

So this is what I'm seeing.. You bought your processor at micro center but didn't combo it with a mobo, ram or Samsung SSD a to save like $70 bucks? You don't need liquid cooling, a $200 mobo, 16 gigs of ram...you should be able to OC that beautiful pentium to 4.6 at 1.3V or so, why put all the extra stress for .2 more? Seems like a lot of inefficient spending to get the maximum bang for your buck.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor $59.99 @ Micro Center
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $28.99 @ Micro Center
Motherboard MSI Z97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $92.98 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $79.99 @ B&H
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $235.00 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB Superclocked ACX Video Card $339.99 @ Amazon
Case NZXT H440 (Orange/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $109.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $29.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro (OEM) (64-bit) $129.00 @ Amazon
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $1105.92
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-10-13 12:21 EDT-0400
  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I think automatic overclocking is a really bad idea when you OC'ed it by 50%. I don't know anything about the G3258, but 1.5V seems really high, especially when you have it in adaptive mode; I am assuming you did not set the perimeter because this is your first time. I also don't see a liquid cooler for the video card in the list. The NZXT g10 need to be connect to a compatible liquid cooler, otherwise it doesn't really improve anything. Need more pictures.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

It was on the list if I needed it. So far I haven't needed any extra cooling. The fans rarely do more than idle. Which was what was intended.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

1.5v is way high for that chip.

  • 67 months ago
  • 0 points

So far so good. If i kill it i am only out $70.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

When I was reading for OC G3258 the recommended max voltage was always 1.3 and maybe 1.325 People got more with less. I'd dropped the auto OC, my MSI had it and gave too much voltage for the speed given. I then toned down the voltage and used got the same performance with less voltage.

If you want to protect your investment, turn off the auto OC, read on how to do it with your mobo and experiment. This will kill the life of your CPU drastically. Also what temperatures is your CPU running, I'm curious to know.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't done any benchmarking to find out just how it will hold up temp wise. But so far the fans rarely do more than idle.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

All these great components and you get a CPU cooler that is more expensive than your CPU? Easy downvote.

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  • 68 months ago
  • 4 points

a downvote for the OP who bought a case without an optical bay slot because...hmm...maybe they didn't need an optical drive ?

tehtrollz is real.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Up vote chiuonthis for logic. I added a CD drive installed windows and drivers and removed it. No need for them now a days.

  • 68 months ago
  • 0 points

downvote to you for unnecessary hate

  • 68 months ago
  • 0 points

That is a fantastic looking case. I count no optical drive bays as a plus!

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  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

agree!!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure, but this is what I wanted.

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