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Well, what can I say. I'm addicted to building computers. This started off because I had a mother board and a case lying around. Combined with the fact that I don't ever use my mitx build for gaming so I harvested the GPU off of it. I don't think this will be a well liked build but stick with me and I think you'll see the logic behind it.

The idea behind this computer is to resell on craigslist for a profit. The parts were chosen to lay a solid foundation for anyone who buys this to have a decent gaming experience and in the future upgrade with minimal hassle.

CPU: Based on my experience with the g3258 at stock speeds I felt confident enough that this processor would work well enough. Several websites that reviewed this processor were surprised at how well it handled modern games. I know most people would immediately comment on the fact that I should have gone with the AMD 750k but this chip performs better in single threaded applications (gaming, everyday use, etc) plus its on the same socket as Intel's more powerful quad core and hyper threaded processors. I know the argument is that future games and consoles will use more cores, until then this thing flies!

Mobo: Had it lying around after buying it with my g3258 thinking asrock would unlock it. Turns out they never did. Its a 9 series chip set so the end user can upgrade to the next gen Intel processors.

Ram: had a 4 gig stick laying around works well is running at 1600 MHz

SSD: chose this over a hard drive because of the performance and contribution to the overall "snappiness" of the computer. Plus the end user can always add in another hard drive if desired. I choose this brand and model purely on price and I am not disappointed.

GPU: harvested this from my mITX build. I never ended up playing games just an xbmc front end so I figured why not add it to this build. Its a great card plays most anything in 1080p on ultra or high.

Case: left over from the g3258 build I ended up putting that build in a corsair 350d.

WiFi adapter: most everybody has WiFi rather than wired networks was cheap and works well.

PSU: very high ratings at micro center, very well built, enough wattage to upgrade to a stronger card in the future. I know I'll get blasted for this part but honestly I'm not worried about it taking out my system.

DVD: el cheapo because some people can't fathom the idea of a computer not having one.

Hope you all enjoyed this!

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  • 71 months ago
  • 6 points

The Pentium G3220 is actually a pretty solid CPU despite the low price. Not ultra at 60 fps material in some games, but good enough that any mid-range video card or below shouldn't have to worry about a bottleneck.

I'm not sure I buy into the whole 'future games will use more cores so AMD is future proof' thing. I mean, AMD had quad-core CPUs as far back as 2006, 8 years ago, yet it's just in the last year or two that quad-core optimization really became standard in mainstream games. And all the early 4-core CPUs that released around 2006-2007 are now so weak like the Phenom 9600, they never got a chance to use all their cores in games at their peak.

I suspect it'll be similar with AMD's current lineup. Maybe 5 years from now we'll start seeing 8 threads become more mainstream as DX12 and/or Mantle start to gather a back-catalog. But by then all the current FX CPUs will be out of date, and the owners will likely regret their choice to jump up to 8 cores before the technology was mature.

This isn't just to pick on AMD though. Nvidia falls into the same cycles. Like PhysX for example. Been around for years, and just now in 2013-2014 it's finally being used heavily in enough games to make a difference (Metro LL, Borderlands 2, Witcher 3, etc), years after the first cards to support it (around 2008) died without a single system-selling implementation.

At a certain point in PC gaming, you just see the same cycles repeat so many times you become skeptical, or at least more patient. Every generation there's some game-changing technology on the horizon, and it never really ends up being worth picking up until it's practically out of date.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Best way to be is buy mid/high end stuff when next gen is released and old stock is massively reduced. It'll still be good for two years even three when you overclock it. Then by that time they'll be implementing the new features and do the same again. Some people just have to have the best of the best and right now though.

  • 71 months ago
  • 4 points

Great build for the price that's for sure, especially that Pentium!

+1

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 71 months ago
  • 0 points

Have you tried pushing the pentium at all?

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

That PSU... I would be a little concerned for that price. Shouldnt have gone with an SSD on such a small budget.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

The ssd worked out to be the same as a 1 TB hard drive, I'd rather have the performance than the storage. Whoever buys this can add a new HD later. As for the PSU, it has high ratings dating back three years....

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

That PSU is kinda worrying. I'd swap it for something more reliable.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

ugh that fake image blur also get that psu out asap

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

What games do you play with the 750ti

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

StarCraft 2, titanfall, bf4, borderlands, far cry,minecraft that's all I have right now

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I am thinking of getting it. So you play those in high or ultra settings right?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

not op but have the same 3220 and 750 ti and yes you can play those at high or ultra.

Borderlands 2 runs especially well for such a low price point!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

So if I would to play: Smite,LoL,Osu!, and minecraft I can play them at high or ultra settings? _^

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Yessir! Very good graphics card for the money

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. What kinda fps you getting with the 750ti at 1080p?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

How's that Team Vulcan ram doing? Thinking of getting it for my own build. Is it reliable and worth it?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I havent tried the inland brand psu's, is it working well so far?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

why didnt u get the Intel Pentium G3258

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably because that's a locked board and the price on the G3220 was absolutely tiny.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I already have a g3258, and overclocking aside this chip is almost identical

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build ! have the same exact cpu and gpu combo and it's working out great paired with a PNY SSD!

As for the PSU I've had one running near constantly for two years and never showed any signs of faltering for the price I think it's a great PSU

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

"Had it lying around after buying it with my g3258 thinking asrock would unlock it. Turns out they never did."

I hear a lot of mixed things regarding this mobo supporting OC on the pentium. Just wanted to hear it from someone who has this setup. How well does that mobo handle the OC voltages on the pentium? I understand that it is a H97 chipset, but the heatsinks on the VRMs are making me think that it should be able to handle it well. Have you ever been able to OC past 4.2ghz and stay stable?

  • 68 months ago
  • 0 points

Did you find the latch on the Asus really hard to lock the cpu?

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't talk bul ****, yuo can easily overclock on everyboard. but he most important thing in oc is psu and ramn plus tharmal paste taste.

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