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(UPDATE G3258 Now been swapped out to I5 4690K, although G3258 entering into a HTPC build)

Welcome to my build, I have been following the excellent builds that other people have been putting up on the site and have been thoroughly impressed! I swore that when I eventually got my build together I would give back and put mine up here as this site and community has helped me so much with my decisions, this is the first build I have done for a long time so please be gentle as it was a great learning curve and my cable management could be improved! anyway onto the build!

So as a brief overview my PC was built around a half budgeted, half future expansion in mind and as such is a mixture or expensive and some not so expensive components, with the idea of upgrading to better parts as time goes on, this being said I wanted a PC that could still handle a good bit of gaming and could complement my CDJs features as MIDI controllers nicely to drive various DJ software such as Traktor amongst others, so this required a motherboard with decent onboard audio, plenty of room for expansion and a decent amount of USBs all with a bit of future proofing in mind in case I get a separate soundcard of some sort.

So that being said I will explain my build.

The Case is a Corsair Spec - 03, I'm surprised I haven't seen more builds with this case as I found it excellent quality and a really good price at £40ish lots of cable management features and a nice side window, plenty of room

The CPU is the lovely anniversary G3258 pentium, which I have got to an overclock of 4.5ghz with the voltage at 1.31 and the temps getting to around 69 - 79 full load, this was attached using artic cooling mx-4 compound and the world famous cooler-master 212 which I didn't realise was as big until it came to the door! But I was suitably impressed, it fits perfectly snug. The Pentium performs well for everything I want to do on it and seems to be perfectly happy combined with the GPU for the games I have thrown at it

The motherboard is an Asus Z97 Ranger VII I chose this board for a few reasons, one of these was to follow a decent upgrade path from the G3258 and drop an i5 or i7 when the going gets tough (which I am aware of will happen as games go more multi-core) I also liked the amount of USBs that it has and the onboard audio features seemed appropriate for my uses. I'm not going to lie - I also liked the look of the board and felt ASUS was the way to go. It also had very good results combined withe the G3258 and I wanted an uncomplicated board to break me back into the world of PCs

The RAM is Corsair vengeance low profile DDR3 8gb I got this because I was worried about clearance inside the case, however they sit quite happy near the cooler and I feel normal size wouldn't have been a problem if I had chose that instead. It's in 2 x 4gb configuration

The PSU is a Corsair CSM 550w Modular, I chose this because I liked how you could configure the PSU well with cable routing and also suited the style of the case, I felt 550w would be enough to drive the PC without too much drama, of course this can be upgraded in future if need be

The Hard drives are self explanatory I have a 1tb Seagate and I also got a 120gb Kingston SSD, I love the quick windows boot times of course!

The GPU is an Asus GTX760 OC this was the part of the build which caused me much pain as I swung from AMD to NVIDIA and back. It was a fine line between this and a R9 280 or R9 270x but in the end this was the right price at the time and I didn't like the heat and power that AMD cards need/chuck out but of course that's just my personal opinion. It could have easily been the other way round, anyway the Pentium is happy working with this GPU and I have had no issues running most games on Ultra/High so far! Of course there will be exceptions to this as time goes on. And this does include a fair amount of older games from last couple of years. I'm still experimenting with this.

So to conclude, this has been a great learning experience and I have dipped my toes back in enjoying some overclocking and having a great project to work on (and continue to work on!) has given me great pleasure. if you're still reading this thanks for having a look and I welcome all comments,suggestions and queries (although again please be gentle!) :)

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Comments

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. Does your case close? The top of the cpu cooler looks like it might hit the side panel.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks very much! Yes, in fact I reported it to part picker as it flags incompatibility but the spec-3 has bulges in the side panels that accommodate this comfortably cooler side and cable management side.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

I love the DJ gear +1

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

I think there still is a plastic sitkcer over the motherboard heatsink

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for spotting that! I have now removed it, I didn't realise lol @ being noobish! ;)

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice job budgeting.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

I was really surprised with this at first until I noticed that the mobo doesn't have a price, but I noticed you say it's £125. Good job with this build though. If you're ever gonna upgrade i'd say get a hard drive for mass storage.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

amazing price to performance ratio here. excellent work sir

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Did not like cable management, but I loved the build. Cheap and powerful.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yeah it chugs along quite well (In my personal opinion!) tidying up better is a must - first go at trying to route not so successful so far... :)

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Why a 40GB SSD? You could've gotten a 128GB one for just $10 more.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Whoops that's the wrong ssd - that should read a Kingston 120gb SSD apologies!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

You can edit the parts list.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the advice :) amended!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Those are some very nice feet. +1

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Ha ha, kudos for spotting the random body part ;)

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I spotted it twice :)

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude, that is the same build I plan on making except with a B85M G R2.0 and a bronze certified PSU and a Micro ATX case

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Just checked that board out as I hadn't researched that one, will that need a flash to support the G3258? Sounds interesting tho!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice. How much was the mobo?

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm in the uk and it was £125, I noticed USA isn't reporting a price is it available there? I'll be the first to admit it's a tad expensive but I felt it was worthwhile in the long run :) I have to admit I enjoyed having an easy going BIOS layout so I could tweak the CPU as the auto overclock was way too aggressive with voltage

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Dem feet. +1

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Why would you not wait for the 960 to come out!!! So impatient!!! It will be the same price for far greater performance!!1

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Its probably going to be more than a 760.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

well if you look at the prices of the gtx980 compared to the gtx780 they are the same price so...

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

actually the 780 ti is the same price of the gtx 980

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

nvm its actually LESS than the 980

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I kinda knew that.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Problem is you have to jump in somewhere, I have already waited long enough! If your always waiting for the next thing you will never have a PC ;)

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

terrible decision going with an expensive motherboard over a cheap cpu. smh. shouldve gone cheaper mobo and a better cpu. like its actually worth crying over. you couldve got an i5

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Personally, I would have gotten a more powerful processor, or at least an i3 so that it has hyperthreading, since a lot of music software is very CPU reliant, and you can't have sudden stutters or lag during a live performance. Although I haven't done a whole lot of research on DJ software since I do more work with production related software such as FL Studio, so DJ software could be a lot more lightweight than an actual DAW. Or do you just use the computer to practice your sets and then bring a laptop out for the real deal?

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey thanks a lot for your comment! That's some real useful info! I Do Dj here and there but only using the decks standalone, ( hobbyist really ) I'm only just entering the world of using them as midi controllers connected to Traktor, and experimenting with the joys this brings - this I will be testing over the weekend to see how it fares up, I do hope to try my hand with some production but as you know it's a whole different beast ;) and I can imagine it may bog down! I have literally about an hour ago managed to throw another 8gb ram into it making into 16gb as I know it can make a big difference while working with audio, when I feel comfortable I will get hold of FL and see how it goes. But you may be right and down the line, I may change the CPU - it's very much a case of watch this space but for now fingers crossed it can keep up with Traktor! I'm quietly confident at this stage, I will report back in when I've given it a good test :)

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Took a screenshot of traktor running my controllers if you can see the load bar it's well within tolerance at the mo will attempt more load if I can

  • 64 months ago
  • 0 points

i3s don't have hyperthreading mate lol....

  • 63 months ago
  • 0 points

Ok so ONE i3 has it. It also happens to be one of the newest ones. Big deal lol. All previous i3s and i5s have never had hyperthreading. Excuse me if I was not aware of EVERY new processor that intel makes. People these days...

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Every single i3 listed on PCPartPicker, from the i3-560 to the i3-4340, has hyperthreading. But I'll let you check it out for yourself.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Bane case. +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build ! I built a similar one and OC'd the G3258 to 4.2Ghz. Does yours run stable 4.5Ghz @ 1.31V ? Have you changed any other settings ? (Cache/Ring/Uncore clock & voltage, VCCin, LLC) ? Also thumbs up for the GTX 760! I have one too.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your comments! I have moved onto a 4690k since completing this build and will be using the G3258 in a small ITX build I hope to use for other duties involving server/steam streaming , my g3258 needed a big jump in voltage to 4.5 (1.37) as I remember it was stable at 4.4 at 1.32 , 4.5 at 1.31 is a good CPU :) I have played with other settings however I struggled to make much difference to my results

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the Republic of Gamer logo shine red as the maximus vii hero?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

No, it does not on this model

  • 64 months ago
  • 0 points

i got to ask im not a noob in computer but why is the intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core so popular i had one and no offense i hated it

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a CPU that at stock speeds is pretty average but when Overclocked it can provide excellent performance just using sheer speed, it's defo an enthusiast CPU as it's not perfect as it does have limitations with multi core game engines but in my case I was after something which could drive everything (nearly) on the market when paired with a good GPU it's slightly brute force with clock speed can give you a good gaming performance but this is in a sweet spot at the mo and the returns will get less as multi cored software optimisation takes hold and then hopefully prices will be down for an i5 or i7, but I have enjoyed playing with the overclock

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

alright seems reasonable i switched my g325B out for a amd 6300 some time back and i enjoy it for only 20 bucks more but hey my opinion. (not asking for a fight)

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

There's always alternatives! No it's good to have a different point of view and this Cpu always causes controversy!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

it really has i agree

  • 64 months ago
  • -1 points

I happen to agree with you about the G3258 as well. For all the money that people end up dumping into the rest of the parts to get it overclocked well, they could have just gotten a faster CPU in the first place. I know most people look at being able to upgrade the CPU at some point in the future going that, but usually by that time a new CPU series has came out; along with a new socket.

it's like buying a Honda Civic and throwing $100k into it so it will perform like a $70k vette...

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

i agree with the honda civic part but not what you said about the cpu's

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  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Just out of shot is a recliner that at the minute, I use a small piece of board as a table across the arms that I place the keyboard and mouse on if I'm working on it otherwise it's a Xbox 360 gamepad and steam when I'm gaming

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  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL, I do see how you came to that conclusion it's set up for standing as well like that for when I'm using my decks, multi functional? Or a very busy room with too much equipment?, jury's out on that!