Description

It started off as a budget build, but then things got out of control in a hurry and here is where I stand.

The idea for this build started out as a question. How practical is the g3258 for gaming TODAY (2015). I purchased that chip along with a gtx 750 ti. I wasn't really interested in getting 1080p 60fps in ultra but I did want to play 1080p 60fps. I decided on mITX form factor because I love those types of builds and I wanted something I could take with me when I travel.

Phase 1: G3258, 750ti

I began with the gigabyte h81 board, the g3258, gtx 750 ti, 8 gb of ram and a kingston ssd. I was able to play GTA 5 in high settings at 1080p with average of 60fps. The game did tend to stutter. I thought maybe its because I was still on the stock clock of the g3258. max overclock i was able to achieve on this motherboard was a measly 4.4 ghz @ 1.20 (it wouldn't let me control the voltage). Tried the game out stuttering went away. All was good! Then came witcher 3, that game ran like absolute dog doodoo. I had the graphics at the lowest they would go and still the game would stutter constantly. I read about numerous things like setting the vysnc to 30 fps etc. nothing got rid of the stuttering. It was at this point that I decided to step up to the next processor.

Phase 2: i3 4170, 2nd ssd

Purchased the i3 from Microcenter and got a great deal on it. I wish I was at the 4.0 speed but its pretty darn fast. GTAV was really smooth, witcher 3 was running incredibly smooth on it. I was back to 60 fps and was very happy. At this point my 120 GB PNY xlr8 SSD that I had in my main rig died so I purchased a larger SSD for that computer and RMA'd the old xlr8. PNY approved my RMA and sent me one of their new cs2111 drives...in 240GB SCORE! I absolutely love having SSD for storage on my main rig, so i figured I'd just hook the new PNY up to my travel ITX build and run dual ssd's. Absolutely love it!

Phase 3: gtx 960

So last night on /r/buildapcsales someone posted up a link to an evga sale on B stock GPU's, on that page they had GTX 970's for as low as $240 USD!!!! So I decided YOLO SWAG 420SMOKEIT and bought a gtx 970 for my htpc and hook the 960 it had up to my travel ITX. This card is worlds better than the 750 ti. I can play gta 5 on very high settings, witcher3 in high settings, it completely kills in other games i have (grid autosport, bulletstorm, titanfall, MK X, borderlands 2, etc)

So far I am very happy with where it stands but this PC will always be evolving and changing. For now I am done!

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Comments

  • 60 months ago
  • 3 points

"It started off as a budget build"Technically this is still a budget build. But +1 for... I'm not sure why i'm +1ing you. Oh well i will do it anyway

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

meant to say low budget build :-)

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Needs more pictures :p Haha great build man!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank You!

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

So the i3 doesn't give you any stuttering issues in GTA V? I'm making a build like this with the i3-4160 and GTX 960, and was a little worried it would since it's dual core.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

It has hyper threading I'm pretty sure. I could be wrong though..

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

One of the i3's have hyper threading. I'm not sure which i3 it is though.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I think it's the i3 4160.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

I think all of the i3-4___ series has it, I was just unsure if it would be sufficient for gaming

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

all i3's support hyperthreading not just haswell

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

they all do

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

yes it does

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, since it and all i3's have hyperthreading it acts like a quad core albeit a little less effecient

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't tell if you replaced the cooler when you switched to an i3, but the g3258 has the better cooler (copper in the center). It's the same cooler that comes with the i5/i7 processors and would get you better temperatures.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

It is using the g3258 cooler, I noticed the copper slug was missing on the i3 cooler.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Very Nice build! Enjoyed reading your description, I'm trying to build a pc very similar to yours! I got the pentium k and a b85 instead of an h81. I'm planning on getting the core v1 along with a couple other parts to finish off the build. Almost the same scenario as yours again. I had a 750ti ready then i saw a Radeon hd 7950 for $100 bucks and was like damn son, 420SMOKE69 i have to get this. Just wondering, how was GTA 5 on the g3258? I bought it during the summer sale and was planning on playing the **** out of it! +1

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Its a good experience, although I would turn down the population density. when there are too many people on the screen it tends to bog down the cpu a bit.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, I appreciate your feedback.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

what sort of frame rate do you get on cs-go? I am thinking of building a similar build but costs a lot more cause of australia Thanks

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't play cs:go so i cant help you there sorry man.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Cs:go isn't terribly demanding I would Imagine this will handle it no problem whatsoever.

  • 60 months ago
  • 0 points

This build would be more than enough to play CS:GO. If you want, I'll get my buddy to play some with me tonight and find out his frame rates since he's also on a budget build. Here is his build list for reference.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor Purchased For $60.00
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Seidon 120M 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler Purchased For $39.00
Motherboard MSI Z97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard Purchased For $60.00
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory Purchased For $38.00
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Purchased For $50.00
Video Card Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card Purchased For $139.00
Case Thermaltake Versa H21 ATX Mid Tower Case Purchased For $38.00
Power Supply Corsair CX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply Purchased For $64.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $488.00
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-06-22 08:32 EDT-0400
  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

This still is a budget build...

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there a single $600 build out there that actually includes an OS? I'm tired of seeing great builds for under $600 that don't have an OS. Not everyone has a copy of any OS just sitting around!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

How does the 400W PSU handle the i3 and 960? I am potentially putting together a similar budget build on the side with those parts and a 450W PSU but I just want to know how close that woud be to being a problem. Have you had any issues?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm getting a 380 or 960/ i3 4170... How's that combo holding up gaming in 1080p? Also +1 for a solid budget build!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

So far so good. No complaints, of course now that the gtx 950 is out I would probably go for that over a 960. 90% of the performance at $50.00 less is a deal! Or maybe the 380 or 380x.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the same motherboard and cpu and caes

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

i am doing a similar build! in the same case! with a 4gb gpu tho! in my £500 budget!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, I got the same case wrapped in carbon fiber vinyl !