Description

I love building PCs, so I decided I could make a few bucks selling on one craigslist. Sold this one for $550 on craigslist, made $130! I'm not sure if the windows was genuine (I just bought a product key from some non-official website), so next time I'm not sure what I'm gonna do about windows. Everything worked fine. If you're thinking of doing a similar build, I'd say these parts are all great, but just make sure that you update the BIOS on the mobo before using win10 (or it won't install), and to get a better case.

Part Reviews

CPU

Does it's thing, and is pretty powerful. Only problem won't play certain games like Far Cry 4 because it's only dual core

Motherboard

Best price for any mobo, ever ($30 when I bought). Doesn't have front panel USB 3.0, but that's because of chipset, not mobo specifically. Also, it seems to not let the RAM run at full frequency, but RAM speed doesn't affect performance that much anyway, and I'm guessing I just didn't look around in the bios carefully enough

Memory

Team Group does it again: Insanely good RAM for the price

Video Card

Best high-end 750 Ti out there. I've also used EVGA's high end FTW 750 Ti, and this pwns it. It's quieter, only needs one fan, performs better in benchmarks, and doesn't need a PCIe power cable

Case

Piece of crap. No cable management whatsoever; if you route around the back the side panel won't fit on. The HDD installation is not how it says in instructions, I spent 30 mins figuring out how to align the holes in the HDD to the case. Non replaceable PCIe covers. Couldn't fit the final screw of my PSU in. Some of the standoffs didn't screw in all the way due to slightly deformed backplate. The case fans are quiet, but only have a molex adapter, so cannot control speed with mobo. Crap case, get something better for the same price

Power Supply

Works well. I don't like the color of EVGA cable sleeves, but it does the job

Optical Drive

Works, but is very loud. Way louder than the fans, by far

Wireless Network Adapter

A lot faster than my PCI wifi card

Comments

  • 52 months ago
  • 3 points

That frontal design on the case kind of reminds me of spiderman

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Excluding the casing, it's the best entry level gaming and productivity pc imo. Definitely +1 Altough why not Pentium "Locked" if you use H81 chipset? In reverse, why not use Z87/Z97 chipset if you use Pentium "Unlocked"?

Speaking about casing, I suggest check Tech Source Channel as he recently post a video about best casing under $50.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Are there locked pentiums for the same prIce?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope. According to pcpp search, g3450 is $61, g3258 (yours) is $65. So, yeah, no one in the same price but there's one that cheaper.

But considering your mobo can OC your procie (thanks to @talby for the information), the proper question should be "Are there i3 for the same price?" Because i've read that g3258 OC'ed can beat i3 in some benchmarks.

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, never heard about it.... Thank you for sharing this!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

For an idea to deal with your windows problem, have you thought about trying to use Linux Mint 17.2 . . . I know a lot of people say its just to different but hear me out. My father is 56 and had locked up his old laptop, i booted it with a Linux flash drive, saved all his pics and documents, and then installed Linux. He calls me up the other day to say i'm a computer genius.

If you need some help checking it out or just seeing how it works let me know. Its a free operating system, and building and selling PCs this way is a great way to get people past the fear of using something different.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

You don't need to convince me, I've used Linux on my main computer for close to a year. But most games aren't compatible with it, so I'm guessing that people don't want to buy a gaming pc with it

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Sounds good, and it is true a lot of games aren't yet but more and more are wising up to the idea.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

130$ that's a nice margin!! It's hard to compete with all the computer shops in town, I doubt I could make that much on a system myself.

about windows: if the non-official website sells a "key" for a price lower than other retailers online or not, you're buying something you shouldn't. Microsoft offers a way (more than one, in fact) to get a licensed digital download of Windows and vendors can sell you hard copy of Windows on a DVD that comes with a sticker to apply on the case. All the rest, consider it illegal and if you pay 50 or 80$ that means 50 or 80$ goes into the pockets of a crook.

how I deal with it: I install the OEM version of the OS they want, 7 or 8.1 for example, and let it run on the 30 days allowed by the system before it is required to activate. When they are prompted to enter a key they can go buy one, install another OS or go illegal. At that point, it's not my job to check on that. I'm not helping them to go around the license thing. Some people get valid keys from work or school, etc.

Ubuntu works great and there are more and more games running on Linux nowadays.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'm aiming at people who don't know enough about parts to know to go to a hardware shop, or how to build a pc themselves obviously

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good. I have also been trying to build and sell budget gaming computers but it's hard to make a profit. I lost about 50 bucks after shipping and eBay fees on my last try. It's fun but I need to at least break even.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Craigslist gets more profit, at least for now, since no shipping or fees.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok I'll give Craigslist a try for the next one. Thanks

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Assuming you aren't in the middle of nowhere that is :P

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Those windows keys invalidate after 2-6 months, they give you a new one tho

On my last windows build, I was using an Enterprise windows this way, couldn't buy it online at any other place, it lasted me enough

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

how does minecraft run on this? I need that or i can't get it

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Should run maxed out no lag. MC doesn't need a very good pc to run well

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

If that Windows Key was not legit or a dev key (as most of those cheap-key-sites use), you broke ALOT of laws by selling a PC with it installed.

  • 52 months ago
  • -1 points

Sue me

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not telling you that something bad will happen, because likely it won't. Just that something bad COULD happen and you should be careful with things like that.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

On eBay something might happen...but not on Craigslist. The most that can really happen is somebody calls you back in an angry rage

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

"Team Group" Kind of redundant if you ask me.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Welcome to Taiwan

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man. I have a very similar build. I have an Intel Pentium G3250, also on the H81M-S1 by Gigabyte, I am upgrading to the 750Ti soon, and I have a 1tb hard drive, as well as a 250gb hard drive. I have 4gb, not 8 of ram, and my power supply went out, and it's in a Rosewill FBM-01 case, so there's a few differences, but somewhat the same.