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I'm building a PC for my friend. He's tight on budget. His budget is 700€ but I exceeded that number by 144€... what do you guys think about the following?

The Original Specs:

Intel Pentium G3258 Dual Core 3.2GHz
MSI B85-G43 S1150 Intel B85 DDR3 ATX
Zotac GeForce GTX 970 4GB
Corsair 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz
Samsung 120GB 840 EVO
WD 1TB Blue
Corsair 600 Watt Builder Series CX 600 Modular
CoolerMaster K-Series K350 Case
CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo

Links (edited):

CPU: http://www.pixmania.ie/processor/intel-pentium-anniversary-g3258-socket-1150-processor/22274312-a.html
Mobo: http://www.pixmania.ie/motherboard/gigabyte-ga-z97p-d3-socket-1150-chipset-z97-atx-motherboard/22292056-a.html
GPU: http://www.dabs.ie/products/zotac-geforce-gtx-970-4gb-pci-express-3-0-hdmi-9S1K.html?refs=4294945034&src=3
RAM: http://www.dabs.ie/products/kingston-8gb--2-x-4gb--hyperx-fury-white-series-1866mhz-ddr3-cl10-dim-9DCW.html?refs=468550000&catid=15031&src=3
HDD: http://www.dabs.ie/products/wd-1tb-blue-sata-6gb-s-7200rpm-64mb-3-5--hard-drive-8757.html?refs=42730000&src=3
PSU: http://www.dabs.ie/products/xfx-550w-core-edition-80--bronze-psu-8K0S.html?refs=50544&src=3
Case: http://www.pixmania.ie/pc-tower-case/cooler-master-n300-pc-tower-nse-300-kkn1/21802480-a.html

Any suggestions? Also, if you are going to link anything, make sure it's on eBay Ireland or something, no point in showing me US sites. Thanks.

Edited:
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z97P-D3 S1150
RAM: Kingston(2 x 4GB) HyperX Fury White Series 1866MHz
PSU: FX 550W Core Edition 80+ Bronze
Binned CPU heatsink
Binned SSD
CoolerMaster N-Series N300 Case

Original price: 844.72€.
New price (so far): 710.02€
Edited by aViolentBee - 10/18/14 at 2:48pm
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well first off i would really really suggestion this PSU over the CX600

XFX 550W Core Edition 80+ Bronze PSU €60.99

a little cheaper and a better build quality being made by seasonic. thumb.gif

now lets look at that pentium/B85 motherboard combo with a 770/970 graphics card.

i am not too sure about overclocking the pentium on that board (though some non z boards can) however if your buddy wants to upgrade the cpu - its really limited to a "locked" processor. and a higher end graphics card will be held back ( i detest saying bottlenecked!) by the cpu.

so i would suggest rethinking that combo (think Z97 board) and defiantly consider looking at some R9 280 graphics cards, some are on dabs for ~€200 and can do well gaming @1080.

spending a little more on the motherboard for upgrading but going for a little lower of a card may end up cutting some cost to get under budget. and speaking of cutting . .lose the SSD. fun to have but when working with a tight budget, not necessary. save for a bigger one down the road.



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The PSU part sounds great. And yea I guess removing the SSD would save 75e. I'll have to see what my friend says first. Also, I didn't know you can't overclock with those boards, what about this one? http://www.dabs.ie/products/gigabyte-z97p-d3-s1150-intel-z97-4xddr3-4xusb3-0-10xusb2-0-gbe-atx-9FWX.html?refs=492970000&src=3 it's only 8e more than the one I showed originally and it's a Z97 board.
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You don't need the 212, the stock cooler works just fine for the G3258.

The B85-G43 can overclock, but there's no reason not to grab a z97 if it's in your budget.
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The stock cooler would be ok even for 3.7-4GHz (that'd be my target OC I think)?
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The PSU part sounds great. And yea I guess removing the SSD would save 75e. I'll have to see what my friend says first. Also, I didn't know you can't overclock with those boards, what about this one? http://www.dabs.ie/products/gigabyte-z97p-d3-s1150-intel-z97-4xddr3-4xusb3-0-10xusb2-0-gbe-atx-9FWX.html?refs=492970000&src=3 it's only 8e more than the one I showed originally and it's a Z97 board.

as bigpoppapump pointed out that B85 can overclock the pentium:
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My B85-G43 Gaming is currently running at 4.4/4.2 1.18v/1.15v override vcore/vring stable on my G3258, I'm decreasing the voltage once a day. 4.5GHz core is unstable, so not going to bother getting higher clock speeds.
http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/msi-z97-pc-mate-w-g3258-cant-manually-overclock.203087/#post-3137670


though on the other hand, getting a very budget minded (read:cheap) z97 board can limited overclocking a k series i5 or i7 with having just 4 power phases, such as the gigabyte to linked. but that's not all bad. just letting you know what i am seeing.

now say your friend agrees to fore go the SSD, we are down ~ 85e (75 - SSD and 10 for the PSU) to trim ~60e more would be looking at stepping down the graphics card. though i am a BIG fan of nvidia, those R9 280s are not bad for gaming and at a really good price . . .
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The stock cooler would be ok even for 3.7-4GHz (that'd be my target OC I think)?

Easily. The stock cooler might start to fade around 4.6Ghz but it's not a very warm chip.
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I'm not sure about the GPU... in my opinion it'd be safer to get the 970. I think it'd last longer, and also save him money in the long run, no?
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I have a G3258 and stock cooler does 4.1GHz @ 1.15v. Temps barely touch past 60C. Stock cooler is probably good up to 1.25v or so depending on ambient.

I use an ASRock H81M-HDS. Cheap board and does not have the 1.2v voltage limit like many boards do.
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Stock cooler is kinda noisey though. If you can grab a low end cheapo DEEPCOOL cooler, that will work and they're silent. I tried an ICE EDGE MINI FS on mine and it was good to 4.4Ghz at 1.2 vcore. Cost like 8 bucks Canadian.
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