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Update 1 and 2 (15/11/14), (12/5/15)

I've dual booted my PC to run both Linux Mint Cinnamon 17.1 and Windows 7. It's pretty neat. Guide: http://www.linuxbsdos.com/2015/02/27/dual-boot-linux-mint-17-1-windows-7-on-a-pc-with-uefi-firmware/

1) CPU I overclocked the Pentium G3258 to 4Ghz at 1.25 Volts. On Passmark CPU test, it gets a score of 4352.

2)Cooler Master Hyper TX3 ( I have the EVO version) I got this CPU cooler because it was cheap, and could fit into my case. My temperatures dropped 5°C (40 to 35) during idle and dropped 10°C (70 to 60) during full load prior to over clocking.

Current temps are 80 on load and 40 idle after the overclock.

3)RAM I wanted to play Advanced Warfare but the minimum ram was 6Gb. Thus, I added another stick of 4Gb. By the way, this game apparently is coded to NOT RUN on Dual Core CPUs from what I've heard. There is a working mod to counter this however.

P.S. The R7 250's performance in Games:

1)Far Cry 3, Med-High, 1366x768, 2xAA : 30-50 FPS I mostly play on high, however when I go on top of mountains, I tone it down to Medium to get playable framerates.

2)Metro Last Light,Low-Med,1366x768,4xFXAA : 25-40 FPS Mostly play on Medium, low when at stations and during a mission on a bridge. This game appears to be a bit heavy for the R7 250.

3)Bioshock Infinite,Med-High, 1366x768 : 80FPS This game is smooth as butter, but has stuttering issues.

4)Advanced Warfare, Medium, 1366x768 : 30 - 40 FPS Needed a fix to work on dual cores. Suprised it ran smooth.

5)Far Cry 4, HIGH, 1366x768 : 30FPS Can you believe Far Cry 4 runs smoother than 3? All the Ubisoft BS about dual-cores not being able to run it- utter rubbish. Here's a video of me playing it:http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bzToSNevbk0


I decided it was time to build myself a PC after using a laptop for years. This build is for some light coding, gaming, schoolwork and browsing. Am partially broke now.

CPU: Originally had planned to get an i3 4150/ 4350 but then I decided to save money on the CPU to get a dedicated graphics card. I got this instead of a Pentium G3220 because it is slightly more future proof due to being unlocked. Motherboard: I got this instead of a H87M-E because I don't need the extra features. It is a very decent motherboard for the price. *Note: I had to update the bios using Asus EZ Flash prior to installing Windows as the Pentium G3258 was not recognized by the stock bios.

Memory: I got 1x4gb instead of 2x2gb so that I could upgrade to 8gb if needed.

Case: I had intended to get a Carbide Spec 03 but it was just too big. Came with two fans pre-installed. This case was incredibly cheap and still good-looking. Installation was relatively easy except when installing the Optical Drive and Hard Drive.

Power Supply: This was cheap, not blacklisted by Johnnyguru and Hardware Secrets, made by Corsair and good-looking.

Video Card: Had some difficulty choosing this. Other choices were GT 730, GT 740 and R7 250x. Am not gaming at 1080p so don't need the extra firepower. I have not tested any games yet.

OS: Cheaper than Home Premium, non-existent in America.

Peripherals: Look good/Cheap/ Spare

I tried my semi-best with cable management. It ain't pretty but it ain't blocking airflow. (I hope) All suggestions are welcome :)! I got a Passmark score of 2500

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Comments

  • 69 months ago
  • 7 points

Very nice young man, if I would have been able to build something like this when I was 14, I would have put my age in the title as well, you may want to also add, (Not a spoiled brat who takes everything for granted) +1 for the build...

  • 69 months ago
  • 4 points

I want to congratulate you on your first build.

If I may make a suggestion about your cable management.......

Take a look at other builds that have used the same case as you and try to see what you can change to make things more clean. Cable management is often restricted by the design of the case and whether or not you are using a modular power supply.

In your situation I would reverse my hard drive so the connections are made on the opposite side of the case. This will keep the cables more to the back side of the case. There is more you can do but as I mentioned earlier I would take a look at other builds (you are smart... you will see some things that you can do)

  • 69 months ago
  • 4 points

Really, this is a pretty nice gaming PC for $550. Even includes the OS. +1 I really like how it was budget oriented.

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Congrats man! I did the same thing when I was 14 except 12 years ago parts weren't near as fast. I think it was an 1.1 GHz Athlon, 256MB of DDR 2100, and a Radeon 9000 64MB.

Awesome job!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Very interesting!

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

This is awesome! You just might want to throw a little more ram in there eventually and this this won't give you any problems!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Done! See update above.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

What is it with people saying their age in the title? Im 16 now and about to build a new rig, and was 13 when I built my first pc and still don't understand what it is with people putting their ages in the title as if its something special?

  • 69 months ago
  • 10 points

It's pretty special to build a PC from a young age; not many kids get to do what they dream. I had dreamt since I was 6 to build my own PC, my family would've never gotten the money, but then my Dad got promoted in his job and at 14 I got to build my PC, it's just a special thing

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

agreed.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks everyone!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Really like how budget oriented this build is! I'm actually looking into this case to use for my first build, but I've been getting mixed signals from other reviewers. It looks like an awesome case, but cable management could be better and a lot of reviewers said it would be difficult to route a cable that connects to the motherboard. Was cable management a huge issue for you, and was that cable that wasn't routed easily another issue? I think it was the 24 pin, but I'm not sure. Thanks!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, thanks for the comment.

Cable management definitely was a tad difficult for me. However, it is possible to route the 24 pin cable through the lower hole and up the middle hole. Make sure your Power supply's cables come out at the left side of the case and you are good to go. I definitely recommend this case.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright, your comment cleared up a few concerns of mine. I think I'm going to go for this case, thanks!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty decent build. Just wondering is it possible to OC that CPU on the motherboard you have with a custom bios? Just wondering as I was thinking about making a kind of similar build for light gaming and the overclock on the CPU is kinda necessary.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, yes overclocking is allowed in the H81 chipset with the newer bios

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

GG! I suggest getting a aftermarket cooler so that you can squeeze a bit more out of that CPU!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Done! See update above.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

i think you cant OC this with more then 1.2V. mother board max vcore for security on the model. you should try oc 1.2V 4ghz

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

You get up to 4.5 Ghz but I would strongly recommend a aftermarket cooler for that.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Congrats on your first build! I too am 14 and just completed my first build... it's a great feeling, isn't it? +1 :)

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  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

RAM is fine, I can't imagine such a thing as bad ram honestly. For gaming performance, see the update above.

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