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Playing with OC, then give away to friend in need, hope he is color blind.

by jnanof


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Date Published

Oct. 22, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

990 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.5 GHz


Bought a used g3258 and 4GB ram on craigslist for $42. Was torn between making a cheap build or playing with the overclocking of this chip. My first g3258 was a little disappointing but that may have been due to not having a good OC mobo and PSU. I ended up getting a very good oc board and tier 2 PSU. Got the cpu OC to 4.9 stable enough to submit a benchmark to HWBOT and get some good points.

We have a friend that we met through online gaming. Years ago, he invited the whole "clan" to his place in NY. We came from all over the USA having only conversed via Vent. Was a really cool time to meet everyone in person. Well this friend is disabled and has very little cash plus a host of medical issues. Gaming is really a huge part of his life. His computer is a store bought POS, many years old and has been crashing lately. We all got together and decided to get hi a new one. Since I already had the parts going, I finished buying up parts and this is it.

CPU: G3258 for gaming? I know many will say, bad choice but... its the chip I had and the games he plays are mostly optimized for single thread (WoW, SWTOR, Day of Defeat). I set the OC to 4.3 Ghz turbo and it runs everything very well.

GPU: I had previously built with the 270x, 750 ti, GTX 960 and GTX 970. I wanted to give the 380 a try since many really have great things to say about it. Got it for $179-20 rebate free shipping. Seemed like a very good deal. This had a nice backplate on it as well. I played around a bit with OC and got some very nice scores. http://www.3dmark.com/sd/3436518 Compare to the 960 I just used http://www.3dmark.com/compare/sd/3333010/sd/3436518 to be fair, I did not OC the 960. I would recommend this GPU, uses more power but performs very nice well under $200.

PUS: eBay score. Its semi modular and by that I mean not really modular. The attached cables are for 24 pin, separate 4 and 8 pin power, one 6/8 pin pci-e, sata bundle and molex bundle. That is OK though as I used everything but the molex. And is I added more fans or lighting I'd use the molex. Listed as a tier 2

MOBO: this is the star of my build. Under $100 with rebate. Made for OC and it shows. If I had any better clue as to seriously OC, I would have gone plenty past 5.0 Ghz. This mobo was a joy to work with. Gold was much nicer than I thought it would be. A crappy mobo would have been $60+/- so the $30 extra bucks was well worth it. The only con is that the video card covers up the 1x slot. That is a pet peeve for me.

Case: Since this was being donated, I chose to skimp here and get a budget case. I had used the white case before and found it to be just fine. This was a newer version with black and red and a much improved window. Both sides have a good bumpout so the 212 evo cooler fit and cable management was easy. Kind of a crappy case for airflow. Wish I had added two more fans up top. I could tell temps were higher than the test bench. Decent budget case. Not sure why only 1 USB 3.0 on cheap cases. How does that save money??

CPU Cooler: Wish this had a little more style because it really is the best $30 spent on any build.

Windows 10: Downloaded this from the microsoft site onto a USB. Never entered a license number. I did nothing to hack or otherwise manipulate the system, and it activated itself. This actually happened twice on this same build. I had an m.2 drive in at first and it activated all by itself on that too. Added bonus!

Comments Sorted by:

Amazian 4 points 42 months ago

I'm sure he will love this computer. Not only by it's performance, but because of the thought you guys put into it. I think you guys are the biggest part of his life now. This build really warms my heart +1

_Sanic_ 2 Builds 3 points 42 months ago

"Hope he is color blind" xD

Vergere 7 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

I think that's in reference to the parts not matching color. Which IMHO, isn't that necessary. Still, +1

_Sanic_ 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

ya i know but it was funny

Shane1998 2 points 42 months ago

I never really saw the allure of the G2358 but I just realized its socket 1150 so upgrades are great.

jnanof submitter 32 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

it's just fun to overclock this. Stock it's 3.2 Ghz and getting an OC to 5.0 for a $32 cpu is just plain crazy.

Sythesism 7 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

In my opinion, if your working with a strict budget on a build, the G3258 has more than enough power to handle most games.

OAcesync 1 Build 3 points 42 months ago

In my opinion if you're making a budget build and plan to play any AAA you should look at i3 minimum but for the games he plays a pentium is fine

rhali8 2 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

Agreed. The G3258 is an excellent dual core CPU and when OC'd, smashes higher end CPUs in single core performance - which is very important when it comes to gaming.

PS1054205 2 points 42 months ago

arent there some mobos without z97 chipset but still overclock?

Ropota 2 points 42 months ago

yeah some h97 boards can OC but not super great though.

pickanddrop 2 points 42 months ago

yes, the H97, H87, B85 and H81 but I think you can overclock better on a Z97 chipset.

jnanof submitter 32 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

The stability of this board is what made the difference in getting the cpu past 4.5Ghz. I have never come close to 4.9 on any other board.

pickanddrop 2 points 42 months ago

it looks good too :P

Atron 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

Lol I have to agree, he really needs to be colour blind especially with a windowed case

tiny_voices 4 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

That Windows license will expire in like 2 weeks. I have done the same thing.

jnanof submitter 32 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

is it like the 30 day trial that windows 7 had?

tiny_voices 4 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

Yeah basically. Very similar. Mine lasted like 2 weeks or so before it got all mad and asked for a key (which I have).

m52nickerson 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

I like it. Throw a couple red LED strips in there and no one will ever notice the other colors.

Jake762by39 6 Builds 2 points 42 months ago


Nvvl 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

Very nice thing you did, hope liked it!

Talking about the build, you did mighty fine so +1, also if I could give you another +1 for kindness

PhillipWeaver 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

The colors obviously don't match, but it has some fantastic cable management, which I think balances it out. Great build +1

jnanof submitter 32 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

thanks :)

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jnanof submitter 32 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

xmas tree has been up since last xmas :) Its in every one of my build phtots lol