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UPDATE

I have upgraded the CPU to a 4690k, and the R9 285 died again, so I got store credit and got a Gigabyte R9 380 4GB card instead. It is much cooler, (like 15 deg cooler) has more memory, and performs a bit better. The 4690k is waayyyyy better than the G3258, due to more cores and better overclocking.

WHY I BUILT THIS PC

I built this PC a few weeks ago, I use it mostly for gaming, web browsing, all sorts of stuff (mostly gaming), and when I built it, unfortunately I found out that the GPU was DOA, but I got that resolved and got a functioning one.

CPU

I chose the G3258 for it's value, and price, I have it overclocked to 4.2 GHz but it's mostly a placeholder until I get a better CPU (4690k or a 4790k).

CPU COOLER

I chose the Hyper 212 EVO because of how good of an air cooler it is for $30, keeps my CPU in good temps.

MOTHERBOARD

The motherboard was a tough choice, but I chose the GA-Z97-HD3 because of the fairly nice looking orange LEDs on it, is very cheap for a Z97 board, and has the features I need. The only gripe I have against it is that I had to buy another SATA cable, since it only came with 2.

RAM

The RAM I chose because it looks great in a red/black themed case, and I will upgrade to another stick of 8GB later.

HDD

I chose the HDD because it has a ton of reviews, is cheap, and yeah, that's pretty much it. Functions good as a storage drive.

SSD

The SSD is not listed on PPP, but I chose it for it's price, is fast, and it functions well as a boot drive.

GPU

The graphics card I got mostly because I found it really cheap on sale (153.99 after rebate), and it crushes games at max settings (I am running a 1440x900 monitor)

CASE

The case was a very hard decision, I chose it for it's price, great cable management, quietness (I can barely hear it!) and simplicity.

PSU

I chose the PSU for it's not catching-on-fire feature, way enough headroom for upgrades, and it looks nice.

ODD

The optical drive was a simple choice, just chose a super cheap drive and that's it. (Does anyone still actually use these day-to-day?)

OS

The OS was a free from a neighbor, it's a great OS.

MOUSE

Finally, the mouse was REALLY cheap (got it on sale) and the LED lights give it customizability, plus the extra buttons are nice. Overall, this build turned out pretty good for a first build! My camera is literally a potato btw.

Part Reviews

CPU

GREAT CPU! It is a great overclocker, 4 cores, and is much better than the G3258!

CPU Cooler

Great cooler! Installation took over an hour to figure out, but eventually got it!

Motherboard

Great board, has the features I need, but only 2 SATA cables? Really?

Memory

Great RAM, not much to say about it.

Storage

Best budget HDD, I would recommend this with an SSD for boot drive.

Video Card

MUCH cooler than the previous defective ASUS STRIX R9 285. The GIGABYTE card has a sexy blue LED WINDFORCE logo, the card is surprisingly small, and it performs REALLY WELL on a 900P monitor!

Case

Amazing case! Cable management is great, It looks good, the window lets you see inside, it's REALLY silent, has dust filters, overall a great case. Would recommend!

Optical Drive

As of now, I have only used this for installing Windows.

Operating System

Got it for free, can't complain!

Mouse

Great mouse, LEDs look great, is ergonomic, the DPI buttons are nice, the extra buttons are useful. It is a fingerprint/grease magnet though. 9/10

Comments

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Asus gotta step up their game, I have exactly the same card and it was DOA as well.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I've noticed they haven't been quite up to snuff lately.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

If your not upgrading your monitor and the most CPU intensive task is gaming then I recommend going down the i5 route, you'll then have a great little performer. Probably won't see a significant gaming performance boost for the extra outlay with an i7 as most games currently only use 2-4 cores/threads.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I have decided on getting a 4690K when Black Friday rolls out.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

How is the case? I like it and might get it. I understand the front door panel hides the optical drive and fans. Do you keep the door open during use and does closing it decrease airflow?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I keep the door closed just because. Opening it decreases temps by about 1 degree C. Although closing it does decrease airflow a bit, it doesn't really affect temps much. Also, the case is very nice, minimalistic, and keeps everything quiet. I would definitely recommend it.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like the replacement has died after a month. Back to the RMA center page I guess.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

What's with the "VGA" cable in the last picture?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

If you're talking about why it's there it's because I have a crappy monitor.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol Let me take back what I said. I thought you had some sort of high end monitor that doesn't even support a dvi connection xD. But that is one hilarious profile pic you got there!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha thanks. I thought that VGA was inferior to DVI?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice profile pick...

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah lol

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  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

30 times better is an exaggeration. He got a great deal on the 285, and spending $40 more doesn't make sense for a 3-4 fps boost in some games.

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought the 285 used the same chip as the r9 380?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

285- Tonga Pro chip 380- Revisoned Tonga Pro(Antigua Pro)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

No it's not 285=380 which is better than a 960 Even if you confused it for 280 that is practically equal to a 960. So he did get a good deal on this and it's better than a 960

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Agree

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Please provide some evidence for your claims.