Description

My friend wanted a computer built for gaming that would be very portable with a budget under $800. This is what I came up with and its done very well so far. Aside from the motherboard needing the bios update to version 1.8, the G3258 overclocked to 4.4Ghz super easy. I tried to push it to 4.6 but it wasn't very stable there. This thing is super small and compact and easily portable, but still packs a good punch when it comes to video games.

BioShock Infinite Benchmark (UltraDX11_DDOF settings at 1080p) Overall Scores: Avg FPS 69.33, Min FPS 13.21, Max FPS 187.41

3DMark11 Results (Run All Tests Basic Edition) Overall Scores: Fire Strike 4760, Cloud Gate 11172, Ice Storm 98623

Comments

  • 66 months ago
  • 5 points

It seems you are a bit on the low side from the benchmarks, I guess it's the CPU bottleneck, no? But I have to give you credit for jammin all that inside such a compact build, good job. +1

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

It could be from the cpu/ram together, I've only got 4GB in there and in real life usage the lower ram hurts like when browsing the web with a bunch of tabs open. However, I ran the same benchmarks on my Athlon x4 760k coupled with an R9 270x and the G3258 rig did slightly better. I don't know if the dual core hurts it that much, the Intel chips are more efficient per core and per clock cycle which actually puts it above the 760k after yoiu overclock the Pentium to 4.4Ghz.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

How did you manage to fit that card inside the case? The card is an inch bigger than the maximum for the case

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

It says its bigger, but if you **** it sideways when you put it inside the case you can straighten it back out and then install it into the PCIe slot.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

what temps do you get?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Temps when I was running Prime 95 with small fft's was about 46 degrees.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

nice thats awsome i'm looking to build something like that for Christmas.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Did the z87i work with the Haswell G3258 immediately or had to be updated first with another spare CPU? I understand the update to 1.8 was only needed to unlock OC, but could be done with G3258 on board?

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

I was able to post and get into the bios with the g3258 on several different boards including that one. The bios only has to be updated to unblock the overclocking features.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

How was the build quality and working with a Lian-Li case? I was planning on getting one of their cases for my second build.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

The build quality is awesome, but it is one of the most difficult cases to work in because everything is so tightly packed. I love it because of it's size though, but if I want to do anything in there I have to pull the PSU out to get to stuff.