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How does my super budget gaming pc look?

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Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor $107.24
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Seidon 120V 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $49.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard MSI Z97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $0.00
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $38.49 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ Newegg
Video Card PowerColor Radeon R9 270 2GB TurboDuo Video Card $139.20 @ Newegg
Case NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $39.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $44.99 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $460.89

So this is what I came up with. I "designed" most (maybe just some) of it with the intention of upgrading later. I will get another stick of 4gb ram later on as well, and I will probably crossfire the gpu if that time comes. The g3258 and msi pc mate for a total of 107 is courtesy of microcenter. I got a liquid cooler so that I can overclock it (nothing crazy, but enough...we will see). So what do you think?

Edit: Oh this is just to play some steam games on my 720p television. Nothing too serious.
And I am thinking of taking that cooler out for either the 212 evo or plus.
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  1. More RAM and avoid CX PSUs.
  2. $50 cooler for a Pentium doesn't make any sense unless you are going for HWBOT records, which in that instance you need a quality PSU, not a CX.

    If you cut the cooler, then you can get a more powerful CPU in the first place like an i3 or almost an i5.
  3. Getting an i3 over the pentium doesnt make sense with the bundle that microcenter is currently offering. And I would have to chip in way more to get an i5. I mentioned in my edit that I was going to get a 212 plus instead of the one listed. I need a cooler because the g3258 is notoriously easy to oc.
  4. Go fort the evo or X if it's a similar price.
  5. get rid of the cooler change the psu because ive got my Pentium to 4.3 @ 1.800v on the stock cooler and temps never go over 60 degrees and get more ram atleast 8 gb
  6. Baumy15 said:
    get rid of the cooler change the psu because ive got my Pentium to 4.3 @ 1.800v on the stock cooler and temps never go over 60 degrees and get more ram atleast 8 gb


    1.8 Vcore is defintely unsafe on Haswell processors...
  7. Alpha3031 said:
    Baumy15 said:
    get rid of the cooler change the psu because ive got my Pentium to 4.3 @ 1.800v on the stock cooler and temps never go over 60 degrees and get more ram atleast 8 gb


    1.8 Vcore is defintely unsafe on Haswell processors...


    im so sorry I meant 1.280 v I missed the 2

    @1.180v im so tired
  8. If you do this well, you can go for a big upgrade next year, Broadwell i5 + New Series GPU (880 ti or something similar from AMD)
  9. Baumy15 said:
    get rid of the cooler change the psu because ive got my Pentium to 4.3 @ 1.800v on the stock cooler and temps never go over 60 degrees and get more ram atleast 8 gb


    Thanks for your input. I have already bought and built my rig. I ended up changing my psu to an evga one. And I went with the cooler master 212 plus instead. As for my processor, (I need to do another test) I only got up to 4.0 ghz and that was at 1.275 v. So, it seems I was very unlucky.
  10. Alpha3031 said:
    If you do this well, you can go for a big upgrade next year, Broadwell i5 + New Series GPU (880 ti or something similar from AMD)


    Yeah, that was a big part of the build. Going with the g3258 and a new chipset motherboard allows me room to upgrade my processor in the future as well as my gpu. Everything else will probably fine. Looking to buy an ssd at some point, also.
  11. Best answer
    Does seem to be the best upgrade path for you. What are your temps? 1.3v is still safe, if you have thermal headroom.
  12. Alpha3031 said:
    Does seem to be the best upgrade path for you. What are your temps? 1.3v is still safe, if you have thermal headroom.


    I don't remember the exact numbers (I want to say under 75 on prime95 and around 35-55 between idle and real use) They were nothing to worry about. I put overclocking on the back burner for now. Going to go back definitely because I am unsatisfied with my results after hearing all of the success stories about 4.4 and higher.
  13. jerryvaberry said:
    Alpha3031 said:
    Does seem to be the best upgrade path for you. What are your temps? 1.3v is still safe, if you have thermal headroom.


    I don't remember the exact numbers (I want to say under 75 on prime95 and around 35-55 between idle and real use) They were nothing to worry about. I put overclocking on the back burner for now. Going to go back definitely because I am unsatisfied with my results after hearing all of the success stories about 4.4 and higher.
    since you have an msi board aswell would you like me to upload my overclocking settings?

    and at 4.0ghz is that in prime 95?

    if so I cant get mine above 4.1 at 1.3v but it can stand 4.3ghz @ 1.20 v gaming

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