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So I own Alliance Sober Homes in Scottsdale, Arizona and this is another build I did for the guys in the new house. Trying to convert them to the master race!

CPU - Pentium G4620 - Most people have heard of the 4560 and this is the same chip that's clocked a little higher. Sale at Fry's made me go with this over the 4560.

CPU COOLER - More than enough for this chip since it doesn't overclock but the 980ti runs hot and the build is in a small case. LED's were pretty cool and it has a button to change colors and modes. I would prefer to have it controlled via software but at this price point I can't complain. Plus it was on sale. Why not?

MOTHERBOARD - Someone posted on buildapcsales that it worked with the new pentium's out of the box without needing to update the BIOS with a different chip even though pcpartpicker reports it that way. Good looking board and was able to run the memory at 2400mhz with some tight timings

RAM - Memory rated at this speed was definitely overkill for this build since I can't run it higher than 2400 with this board but I had it left over from a Ryzen 1700x build that it wasn't compatible for.

STORAGE - I have a guy locally who I have bought three of these from for $130. Awesome drive and big enough to not need a second HDD.

GPU - Pulled this from a previous i5 build that I turned into a PLEX server so I no longer needed the GPU. Probably bottlenecked a tiny but from the CPU but was able to still get close to the same FPS as the i5. The price reflected is what I paid for it at the time of purchase.

CASE - I wanted a blue case and it looked cool. Haven't done a MATX build in a while. Only thing I didn't like their wasn't many options for routing cables. A modular power supply would have helped a lot.

PSU - $20 with no rebate and 80+ bronze. Can't complain but like I said it would have better to go the modular route with this case.

MONITOR - Drove across town to grab two of these guys on clearance at walmart. IPS 24" 1080P and was able to overclock to 75hz. One of the best deals I have got for a monitor in a while.

OVERCLOCKS & BENCHMARKS

Sucks you can't overclock the latest pentiums like I did with my G4400 and the Asrock mobo but I was able to set the memory to 2400 13-13-13-28

GAMES

Was able to have constant FPS over 75 with all games on ultra or very high. Didn't have as much time to test as I had guys waiting for me to build this at the house. But I feel comfortable that they should be happy.

CONCLUSION:

I was rushing to get this done for the guys in the house but I am pleased overall even though I didn't get to take more pictures of the build process or test more games but I am confident it will perform to my liking. I am pleased to introduce a lot of guys to PC gaming and it's another fun activity these guys can do sober. I enjoy building them as well!

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  • 36 months ago
  • 4 points

I thought my i3-6100 and 980 4gb was a stretch but this baby blows that out of the water! lol! Hopefully the Pentium is a stop gap until you can afford a nicer cpu to pair with tat 980 ti. You'll get much more out of it if you were to drop at least an i5-6500 in there.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah but it's my old card in a rig that's only hooked up to a 75hz 1080p monitor. This computer isn't a personal one but for my business. It's gets the job done.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

This is an awesome build and I love what you're doing business wise, very cool and a great service. I bet ghost recon wildlands (even though it bites) will put a little strain on the 980ti. That game is a hog. Blue is great.

  • 36 months ago
  • 4 points

Man, people are being harsh on this one. Looks fully functional to me. Honestly it's rarely going to see full load, and the re-used gpu gives a nice "side-grade" path to a more power efficient card later on. Yeah, a phatter PSU would be nice, but it's still probably a more reliable piece of hardware than most consoles, which this pc eats for breakfast. Plus you can use it to fill out job applications, take classes, and Skype with family as long as you can drag the other bros off of it for a few minutes.

  • 36 months ago
  • 3 points

I really wish everyone would read the description and stop complaining about the parts lol.

My local Walmart had two of those monitors when they went on sale a few weeks ago but for some reason didn't buy one, I wish I did though. Also, I think I posted that motherboard on buildapcsales and made a comment about how it would work with that pentium. It's a small world :P

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

evga says the gpu will draw up to 275w, so that's about 23 amps on the 12V rail. The evga psu can deliver up to 35A on the 12V. Just add whatever is needed and you get the total used.

Now here is the twist... the rated continuous power is delivered at 30 Celsius. The higher the ambiant temp, the lower the power. There are tables that show approximately the loss of power for every degree of increase, I just don't have any near me the help you out on this. Dust will also block airflow and reduce heat dissipation over the long run.

Can that psu do the job? Probably, depending on the total load vs temperature of operation of the psu. Would a 500-600w be better? Yes, to be on the safe side.

Am I a pro reviewer? Nope. I'm just adding useful info for OP to decide what he'll do in the future.

Edit: I think it's a nice perk to get gaming rigs in the recovery homes, nice touch!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Give this guy an I5 or an I7, and he can run any game in the world! Great build!

But did the people who bought the house pay you back, or was this a gift for them?

  • 36 months ago
  • 3 points

They live in the home and pay rent. Providing a computer for them is what I do for all of my sober living homes.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah. That makes sense.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't like the look of that PSU. Especially when paired with a 980TI. In recommend replacing it with at least a CXM series.

Otherwise, good build, mate!

  • 36 months ago
  • 3 points

Pulled 400w from the wall with furmark running with no issues for an hour.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I would highly recomend going with a evga supernova, my cx750m has a horrible whine when under load. I half to have it in a different room, its that bad.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

You might want to upgrade your PSU soon, recommended wattage for a 980ti is 600w and you're running with a 450w PSU. Here is a really helpful website. http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

He has a really low powered cpu so it is fine. Usually if someone is getting a 980 ti they will have a somewhat nice cpu as well. That is why it recommends so much power. He is fine but if he ever upgrades to like a 1080 ti he will need a new psu.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Pulled 400w from the wall with furmark running with no issues for an hour.

  • 36 months ago
  • 0 points

That means nothing. Consumer reviews and personal experiences mean nothing when compared to a professional review.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

lol? its a low power cpu and I ran it under 100% full load and pulled 400 watts.

It's impossible for this build to pull any more power than that. Obviously it works fine. This is a real world test and means a ton more than some "professional review"

  • 36 months ago
  • 0 points

No, it doesn't. A simple little 100% load tests tells nothing other than it supplies 400 watts.

It doesn't tell you Ripple Suppression, build quality, Voltage regulation, capacitor quality, etc.

The only tests that matter are one from professional reviews. Real World reviews from consumers mean nothing. They can only tell you that it turns on and supplies power, which is what you said it does. Turns on and supplies power.

  • 36 months ago
  • 3 points

Ok and do you think it makes sense to put in a top of the line power supply for this build? You need to also look at cost vs. performance. Am I willing to bet this PSU will work for this build for as long as I need it? Yes

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

The only thing that triggers me is that the motherboard isn't FULLY compatible with the cpu and why in the world would you spend 300 dollars on a 980 ti?

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

As I said in the review section I re-used the 980ti from an old build.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok then. You saved me from a heart attack. xD

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the case color and that 980ti. Add an interior pic later? :)

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

is the bottlenecking bad with the cpu/gpu combination?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

The Sub Zero Project? Search them on YT, you'll be blown away ;) ;)

+1

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Ayy, not half bad (other than the strange cpu and gpu combo). +1

  • 36 months ago
  • 0 points

You should still get a dual core processor to run most steam games.