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