Description

So I purchased/built this computer back in the January/February time frame so that’s why most of the prices are consistent with then. This was my first attempt at overclocking a computer, so I didn’t want to go crazy just in case I burned it up. In the months since I put it together, I’ve been nothing but pleased with it. It runs quiet, it plays all the games I want to, and most of the prefis will be used when I build another computer and use this as my “guest” computer. I do plan on upgrading it to a i5 4690K and a GTX 970 at some point in the near future before building a completely new setup for myself.

CPU: I went with the Pentium G3258 because well it’s cheap, and overclocked. When doing my testing, I was able to push it to 4.8, but the volts were far too high for my liking (1.355) It was stable, but just running far too hot for my taste (73C), and too many volts. I’ve had it running at 4.5 absolutely stable and 1.275V with the average temp being around 55C ish since January with no issues.

Cooler: The H55 has an excellent reputation, and it’s something I can use when I decide to upgrade.
Motherboard: The Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SLI was the cheapest bundle board I could get that had a quite good reviews. It is more than sufficient, and I’ve had zero problems with it.

Memory: The Team Elite was the cheapest 8gb kits that I could get at the time. Works well

Storage: The Samsung 850 EVO speaks for its self. They have both been outstanding, and the read/write tests were right on par.

Graphics: The MIS twin Frozr 960 has done quite well in playing games. I mostly play league, TF2, Civ 5/Beyond earth, Skyrim, the Total War series, SC2. I’ve been able to play everything at high or ultra-settings usually well above 60fps.

Case: I bought the HAF a solid year before I even started the computer. I would have liked to go with a different case. Not to say that there is anything wrong with it, it was superb to work with and build, just a different taste preference.

PSU: Corsair PSU’s are just good solid PSU’s.

Fans: They have all worked quite well, silent really

WIFI: The 4800 has done very well. Will be upgrading to an AC card to compliment my new router.

Monitor: This was more looking to the future. Out of the box its colors have been superb. Never experienced an ounce of lag as to be expected on a 1mhz 144hz monitor. Would HIGHLY recommend!

Keyboard: I’ve used Razer pretty much exclusively and never had a single issue with them. I like the aggressive noise that they make, and the feel of them.

Mouse: Same goes for the mouse. I’ve had several DeathAdder’s (because I usually donate/sell my “old” ones to buddies who are building rigs to help them save a few dollars) and they have all done well for me.

Headset: The V2 comes in at a great price, it is very comfortable, and has quite good sound/microphone.

Part Reviews

CPU

I went with the Pentium G3258 because well it’s cheap, and overclocked. When doing my testing, I was able to push it to 4.8, but the volts were far too high for my liking (1.355) It was stable, but just running far too hot for my taste (73C), and too many volts. I’ve had it running at 4.5 absolutely stable and 1.275V with the average temp being around 55C ish since January with no issues.

CPU Cooler

The H55 has an excellent reputation, and it’s something I can use when I decide to upgrade. It has more than kept up with my cooling needs.

Motherboard

: The Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SLI was the cheapest bundle board I could get that had a quite good reviews. It is more than sufficient, and I’ve had zero problems with it.

Memory

The Team Elite was the cheapest 8gb kits that I could get at the time.

Storage

The Samsung 850 EVO speaks for its self. They have both been outstanding, and the read/write tests were right on par.

Video Card

The MIS twin Frozr 960 has done quite well in playing games. I mostly play league, TF2, Civ 5/Beyond earth, Skyrim, the Total War series, SC2. I’ve been able to play everything at high or ultra-settings usually well above 60fps.

Case

I bought the HAF a solid year before I even started the computer. I would have liked to go with a different case. Not to say that there is anything wrong with it, it was superb to work with and build, just a different taste preference.

Power Supply

Corsair PSU’s are just good solid PSU’s.

Wireless Network Adapter

The 4800 has done very well. Will be upgrading to an AC card to compliment my new router.

Case Fan

The SicklieFlow's have performed as advertised, and are exceptionally quiet.

Case Fan

It's huge. It's silent. it does what it's supposed to.

Case Fan

Had to use some adapter cables, and they run slightly loud. But they do perform well.

Monitor

This was more looking to the future. Out of the box its colors have been superb. Never experienced an ounce of lag as to be expected on a 1mhz 144hz monitor. Would HIGHLY recommend! The G2460PQU is beautiful.

Keyboard

I’ve used Razer pretty much exclusively and never had a single issue with them. I like the aggressive noise that they make, and the feel of them.

Mouse

. I’ve had several DeathAdder’s (because I usually donate/sell my “old” ones to buddies who are building rigs to help them save a few dollars) and they have all done well for me.

Headphones

The V2 comes in at a great price, it is very comfortable, and has quite good sound/microphone.

Comments

  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

" Corsair PSU’s are just good solid PSU’s" This is not true at all. In fact the CX units are pretty poorly built tier 4 PSUs.

Overall I like the build alot!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! I tried to get the best parts I could for the overall price.

As far as "cheap" PSU's go, it's either Corsair CX, or EVGA in the 80+ Bronze it seems, neither of them should burn up. You DO have to be careful about pushing them too close to the rated wattage but none of my builds (so far) come very close :)

  • 50 months ago
  • -1 points

The EVGA is significantly better than the Corsair CX. Both are made by low end OEMs on sub-par platforms, but the EVGA has higher-rated(temp) batter quality capacitors. This is why the Cx are tier4 and the EVGA are tier3.

There is no reason to ever buy a cx500. There are better units for the same or slightly more money. Even on sale, they are not a good buy. The PSU is the single most important part of the PC. It is NEVER the place to cheap out.

I have seen alot of CX units fail.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Your CPU is almost the same price as the cooler XD.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Fact :p but I do intend on getting a 4570k

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

How's your airflow set up? Front to back?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep! i've got the front blowing in, top and back out. with how open this case is, airflow hasn't really been an issue

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I Think you should've gotten a 1tb HDD instead of two SSD's it would've given you more storage and for a less cost and wouldn't the Pentium bottleneck with that 960? This is just a RECOMMANDATION, not a thing you have to do ,just a tip for you in the future.