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My first time assembling a PC! Primary use is for gaming and browsing the Internet (wasting time on reddit) and watching movies!

Build went pretty well, took around 2 to 3 hours to assemble everything! The Corsair Carbide 100R is a really nice case and very affordable from a reputable brand like Corsair. Originally I was going to go with another case, but after seeing the price and the design of the 100R at Micro Center, I decided to get this case. It comes with a side window panel, which is nice, and the minimalist black colored base looks great. Have no been disappointed yet, it has plenty of room for all my parts and even with 4 fans inside the case, it stays very quiet. It comes with everything I needed - USB 3.0 ports, a side window panel, and a nice design.

Picked up a Intel G3258 (at $50 at MicroCenter) because it's the best CPU under $200 when overclocked! Benchmarks say it completes with i3 and even i5 when running games. Honestly after using this CPU for 2 weeks, I have no complaints. It does everything lightning fast, you wouldn't even have known it's a Pentium CPU because of how good the performance is. I have it overclocked to 4GHz stable, but probably can go higher even with the stock CPU fan. Temps stay really cool even with only the stock CPU fan. The only struggle I've seen this CPU has is when I'm trying to play 2K YouTube videos, or intensive multitasking (streaming Chromecast while had many Chrome tabs), but other than that, there is no reason why anyone should pick a i3 over this little fella.

Got the Asus Maximum VI Hero mobo because it was on sale on Newegg and it is a great looking high end mobo. Might of been overkill for the other parts that I used for this build, but with how awesome and reputable Asus mobos are, I couldn't resist.

Decided on the EVGA GTX 960 ACX SSC from Micro Center because I never used an Nvidia card before, and after researching GPUs for 1080p gaming, the 960 can't be beat for it's performance, energy efficiency, and the fact that EVGA is one of the best sub vendors. Plus received The Witcher 3 for free, so that was really nice. The designed of the card amazing and the fact that it's highly overclocked is testament to the quality of EVGA.

Also picked up the nice Acer 24" monitor that does 144Hz at 1080p. I play alot of CS GO, so this monitor is really awesome for that. No tearing or screen blur with this monitor, even without having the fancy G-Sync feature. Honestly this is probably the best monitor under $200 for what is offers. The sleek orange brushed stand also makes it look attractive.

Lastly, the OCZ 240GB SSD is fast, reliable, and affordable. First time using a SSD, and it boots Windows 8.1 in less than 15 seconds. Never going back to a HDD ever again.

Let me know what you think! Thanks for looking!

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 5 points

How is The Witcher 3 running on that system?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I have all the settings to high (not ultra), and it's been running without a hitch. No slowdowns whatsoever.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

I have to be (brutally) honest here, I wouldn't call your build very well-balanced. You are right in saying Asus boards are reputable, but you are also right in saying that it is overkill. I would never pair a G3258 with a motherboard of that caliber, particularly because it is only 2-core/2-thread; games are being written for more cores nowadays. I'd have stepped the chip up to at least a Haswell i3, preferably an i5. I say this because in early 2014 I built a rig with an FX chip for roughly $250 less... oddly enough, that FX chip is better than the G3258 for gaming. I paired it with a GTX 760 and it was a pretty good pair, but a weaker chip with a stronger (960) card doesn't bode well, at least in my book.

I also have to express concern about the power supply. Tom's Hardware has the unit you have listed as Tier 3 if I am reading the list right, meaning it's not for serious overclocking. It looks like you have that G3258 overclocked by about 800Mhz. I don't think you'll have any problems, but it's something I thought I'd mention.

I hate to be brutal, and I don't mean any disrespect, so please don't take any offense.

Other than those things though, you've got some quality parts. I agree with your choice of motherboard, overkill as it may be, and Corsair generally makes good cases. I have to admit that I didn't know EVGA made memory, haha.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

No offense taken! Constructive criticism is always a good thing. And as for my reply, I am planning to upgrade my CPU when Skylake comes out. That's the reason I didn't buy a more powerful chip.

Take a look a Tom's Hardware review: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/pentium-g3258-overclocking-performance,3849-17.html

The G3258 is competitive with the i3 and the i5 when it's overclocked.

Yeah, the my PSU is running my built really well. It's been pretty stable with no crashes whatsoever, even when playing very demanding games.

Thanks for the feedback!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

The Pentium is an overclockable CPU, and he has a good motherboard for overclocking, so he can overclock without a hitch. :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get witcher 3 to download? I just built my rig and the links to DL are dead for me come to find out they stopped the promo temporarily bc there are too many fraud redemptions.

I want to play so badly =/

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought an MSI GTX 960 100ME about a month ago...I entered the code then. I got the game, and just had to wait for it to be released. I notice this build was built on May 6th. The parts might have been bought even before that. Several weeks before the game released.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I was sent a link for the code by Micro Center. I followed the instructions on the email to redeem it on GOG gaming.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

But did you redeem it in the last couple days? I redeemed mine too yesterday but the download links are dead for me.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply. I redeemed it like 3 weeks ago.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

class +1 ^ how is the monitor ??

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

It was $183, because of a combo deal at Micro Center with a GPU buy.

I saw it for sale on Newegg for $200 a few weeks ago though.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, great parts list. OCZ makes me a bit nervous with their past failure history. I'd add a HDD for game storage. I've got an SSD boot drive, and a pair of 3TB HHD drives for game storage...might need to add a 3rd drive soon. ;)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man!

I've heard about OCZ's bad quality in the past, but since they were bought by Toshiba, I guess their QA has gone way up. I'm not too worried about it, as a first time SSD user, the Arc 100 is blazing fast.

Furthermore, after reading this recent Anandtech article on OCZ's SSD manufacturing, I've confident their SSDs should last a while!

http://www.anandtech.com/show/9218/ocz-fab-tour

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm a wait and see kind of guy. I've got 4 SSDs, 2 Samsung, 1 Crucial, 1 Mushkin. So far so good...although I'm starting to read about more Samsung issues lately. My 840 Pro is 1 1/2 years old and running like a champ. My 850 EVO is the fastest drive I own, it's about 3 months old.

I've got an OCZ PSU in my gaming rig, never had an issue with it.

  • 48 months ago
  • -2 points

+1 for SSD, +1 for Motherboard, and sorry about this but -1 for the membrane keyboard

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

I don't get why people judge other's people peripherals, because its completely preference, there isn't really a gain or loss from using a membrane or mechanical, its just what you prefer.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah thats true there are people I know who actually prefer membrane and I've made the mistake of buying lower end mechanical that lasted only a few months before keys began to fail, much worse than almost any membrane. Pros and Cons I guess.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a corsair K30, which is membrane, and it has some really nice feedback and is fairly tactile, its a pretty damn good keyboard I do want a mechanical one though, but the decent ones are just so damn expensive.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

honestly I've been using a Posiedon ZX with brown switches and I literally have 0 complaints. I was scared bc of the talk I here about kaihl switches. I have no counts cherries are better. but I LOVE this keyboard. For around $80 this keyboard is incredibly well made. It's heavy and doesn't slide everywhere. If you don't mind "stooping" to kaihl, then this one is a very good option.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I have never used or owned mechanical, so I wouldn't know the difference until I used both cherry and Kaihl.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

You never know, it could be a mechanical keyboard in disguise.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

i bet it is

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Looking to upgrade that soon :)

Thanks!

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah true I've since upgraded after some of the switches sorta failed. I do know people who actually prefer membrane but just not me.

  • 48 months ago
  • -2 points

I have to disagree with it being the best cpu under 200, even when overclocked. When you say no one should pick an I3 over the g3258, you don't know why. The I3's are quad core and can overclock, probably to the same speed you are oc'd to right now, but the difference is those two extra cores AND the cores are stronger, so you more than likely wouldn't see struggles with multi-tasking or watching high quality youtube videos.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

I3s are not quad cores, they are dual cores with hyperthreading. They are not as good as a true quad core such as an i5.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

My bad, probably still better than the g3258, however.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

malymilo already mentioned that i3s aren't quad core, they're dual core with hyper threading. Also, there isn't a current generation i3 that can be overclocked.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I could pick up an i5 4460 for cheaper than 200$, and it would blow the G3258 out of the water.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Of course it would, but why compare an almost $200 CPU to a $75 CPU?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

he just wanted the best CPU under 200$

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

you cannot overclock the 4th gen i3s

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

That's what I said...

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

From my understanding i3 aren't "overclockable". From what I have heard you can overclock them by 0.1Ghz but that is it.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

that's not even worth overclocking

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Which i3 can overclock? I thought only unlocked CPUs can be user overclocked, and right now the only unlocked CPUs are the G3258, the i5 4690k, and the i7 versions.

Check out Tom's Hardware for the G3258 - the benchmarks show that it performs on par if not better than the i3.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/pentium-g3258-overclocking-performance,3849-5.html

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, it's really only better in the sense that it overclocks, clock speeds aren't everything, those extra two cores will help a lot with rendering and task managing, not to mention you can get a decent i5 for under two hundred bucks, not saying the g3258 isn't good, just saying its at about the end of its line.