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Low Budget G3258 Linux System using hand-me-downs
10-18-2014, 01:47 AM, (This post was last modified: 10-20-2014, 12:18 AM by Dan-H.)
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Low Budget G3258 Linux System using hand-me-downs
First off, thanks for the help selecting the case and Mobo.

System went together easy and is up and running. For now I have Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on the SSD, Win 81 pro on the first spinner and the second spinner is not used. Plan is have the SSD boot into Ubuntu and use the spinners for additional storage. I did not install an optical drive so I might add two more HDDs. I think I have space, SATA and power connectors, and have some drives without a home.

Specs: note that items with a price of $0.00 were stock on hand.

CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor (Purchased For $54.99) from tigerdirect
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-DS3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (Purchased For $50.29) from newegg
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case (Purchased For $38.99) from a third party amazon seller
Memory: elpida 4GB (4 x 1GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($0.00)
Storage: Intel 320 Series 80GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($0.00)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($0.00)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($0.00)
Power Supply: Dell 460W OEM Power Supply ( $0.00)
Total: $144.27

installed then removed: Dell GeForce GT 635 1GB Video Card ( $0.00) I think I'll sell this on eBay.
CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.7Ghz Mobo: Gigabyte Z97X Gaming 5 GPU: MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G HSF: Cryorig R1 Ultimate
Mem: 2 x 8GB G.Skill TridentX DDR3 2400 SSD: Samsung 850 Evo 500GB + a few spinners
PSU: Seasonic SS-760XP Platinum Case: Fractal Design Define R5 Monitors: 2 x Dell 2007FP 1600x1200
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10-19-2014, 11:43 PM, (This post was last modified: 10-21-2014, 11:32 PM by Dan-H.)
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RE: Low Budget G3258 Linux System using hand-me-downs
some pics. not a lot to see.

The new stuff
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The old stuff lying around.
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note: if the pics show one or more SATA cables disconnected, this was to ensure I didn't format the wrong drives by mistake. Also the HDDs are noisy on startup.
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Mobo: Gigabyte B85M-DS3H - board Rev 2.0 - BIOS FD
CPU: G3258 S-spec SR1V0 Batch L421B804 MALAY

4.0 GHz effortless overclock with stock cooler. I did not bother to try for faster.

CPU core temps hovered around 68C ( prime95 on win 81) max temp 73C /70C for the two cores.

It was unstable with onboard graphics and prime95 under win 8.1 or maybe it was stable but the screen stopped refreshing and was completely pixelated. Installed a spare Graphics card and prime95 ran fine.

Installed ubuntu 14.04 LTS and ran "stress c 2" for an hour and CPU temps were low 60s max. Removed GPU, re-ran stress test, temps the same, system is awesome.

Ambient Room Temperature 69-70 F (21C) in a mini tower case with a single exhaust fan -- front case fan is not connected yet.

CPU voltages are not being reported up to Linux correctly so this is a to-do and I apologize in advance that I can't answer any voltage related questions should anyone have any.

The goal was a low cost upgrade for a minecraft server that was struggling on a Pentium 4 630 and this easily achieved that.

Overall I am very happy to get 4.0Ghz, very good temps with near zero effort, except for the Bios update which should not have been needed. edit: the BIOS shipped should have supported OC, but I could not change the multiplier. I "updated" BIOS to the same same version FD and it was good to go.

Other thoughts:
The case is absolutely entry level -- but not in a bad way, just very basic. I discarded the tool-less clips for the drives and screwed them in. A standoff on the lower right corner of the board did not line up with a hole on the board, so the lower right corner of the MoBo does not have support. If I was using a full size graphics card, I would have drilled a hole and added a standoff in that location but since there are no add-on cards I just left it hanging.

I need to adapt a connector to power the front case fan. The board has only one system fan header. PSU has two 12v 6 pin graphics card connectors that I'll tap into. I don't have any 4 pin molex on this PSU.

The GT 635 GPU fan was stupid noisy. After stress testing on windows I removed it.

I forgot how noisy the WD Caviar Black 500 GB drives are. I also need to decide if I'm going to add two more HDDs or not.

Installing Win 81 pro onto a Hard drive formatted EXT4 for Linux was a royal pain. I guess they use different master boot record formats and the windows installer doesn't know what to do with the linux MBR format. The Win 8 installer just gives up. Google was my friend and I found a way to reformat and change the MBR to something windoze understands.

Other than that it works very well under Ubuntu. I still have several software packages to tweak and update but it seems to crush minecraft.

Thanks again for those providing guidance finding this Mobo and Case. Overall I am very happy with this.


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CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.7Ghz Mobo: Gigabyte Z97X Gaming 5 GPU: MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G HSF: Cryorig R1 Ultimate
Mem: 2 x 8GB G.Skill TridentX DDR3 2400 SSD: Samsung 850 Evo 500GB + a few spinners
PSU: Seasonic SS-760XP Platinum Case: Fractal Design Define R5 Monitors: 2 x Dell 2007FP 1600x1200
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10-21-2014, 11:25 AM,
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RE: Low Budget G3258 Linux System using hand-me-downs
Yeah, I have an old WD Black that I keep carrying forward. I set it to sleep unlike the primary SSD, and can hear it spin up whenever I go to pull a file from it.

Looks sweet though! Nice OC! I had heard they OC well.

Do you have a pic of it from the front, next to something for size comparison?
GPU: NVIDIA Titan X, CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz OC'd @ 4.5GHz, Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4, Mem: 2x Corsair Dominator 2133MHz 8GB, SSD: Samsung 850 EVO, Case: Corsair Carbide 500R, PSU: Corsair TX850M, CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14, Case Fans: 4x Cooler Master Excalibur 120mm PWM, Monitors: 3x ViewSonic VX2270SMH-LED in NVIDIA Surround
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10-21-2014, 10:45 PM, (This post was last modified: 10-21-2014, 11:06 PM by Dan-H.)
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RE: Low Budget G3258 Linux System using hand-me-downs
"my view"...

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computer on the right is this build. Height of the case is 14.5" above the desk surface. It is 7.25" wide. The case is a little wider than I expected, but fits this space very well and simply blends in behind my monitor.

monitor is a Dell FP 2007 20 inch 4:3. top edge is 15 inches from the desk surface. monitor 2 is MIA assigned to windoze 10 testing.

computer on the left is my D E L L X P S 8700

keyboard is a Microsoft comfort curve 5000

watch is a Timex expedition

beverage is a Canadian and seven


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CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.7Ghz Mobo: Gigabyte Z97X Gaming 5 GPU: MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G HSF: Cryorig R1 Ultimate
Mem: 2 x 8GB G.Skill TridentX DDR3 2400 SSD: Samsung 850 Evo 500GB + a few spinners
PSU: Seasonic SS-760XP Platinum Case: Fractal Design Define R5 Monitors: 2 x Dell 2007FP 1600x1200
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10-27-2014, 04:21 PM,
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RE: Low Budget G3258 Linux System using hand-me-downs
sweet. Have you ever tried out a mechanical keyboard?
GPU: NVIDIA Titan X, CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz OC'd @ 4.5GHz, Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4, Mem: 2x Corsair Dominator 2133MHz 8GB, SSD: Samsung 850 EVO, Case: Corsair Carbide 500R, PSU: Corsair TX850M, CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14, Case Fans: 4x Cooler Master Excalibur 120mm PWM, Monitors: 3x ViewSonic VX2270SMH-LED in NVIDIA Surround
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10-28-2014, 02:21 PM,
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RE: Low Budget G3258 Linux System using hand-me-downs
Nicely done. Thank you for sharing your experience with us Smile
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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10-29-2014, 04:28 PM, (This post was last modified: 10-29-2014, 06:59 PM by Dan-H.)
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RE: Low Budget G3258 Linux System using hand-me-downs
@ Rapajez - I haven't used a mechanical keyboard in recent history. I think I had one up until 1998.

Do you have a recommendation? and is it for typing or for gaming? I have an X-box controller that I'm not very skilled with according to my son... I don't really like the keyboard in the picture, but the ones I do like are in use on other systems at work.

@ MathieuB - Thanks, and happy to share. The site has been a wealth of info.
CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.7Ghz Mobo: Gigabyte Z97X Gaming 5 GPU: MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G HSF: Cryorig R1 Ultimate
Mem: 2 x 8GB G.Skill TridentX DDR3 2400 SSD: Samsung 850 Evo 500GB + a few spinners
PSU: Seasonic SS-760XP Platinum Case: Fractal Design Define R5 Monitors: 2 x Dell 2007FP 1600x1200
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10-29-2014, 10:23 PM,
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RE: Low Budget G3258 Linux System using hand-me-downs
both typing and gaming. Smile they've made a comeback recently, and are a blast to use for either.

Logitech has a few solid models, rosewill and cooler master have a few budget models. Just check out user reviews.

The switch or key type is color coded. I like to use Chery-Brown switches, as they're a good balance for typing and gaming. Blues are louder and require more force (more clackity?), and reds are at the opposite end, but more responsive.
GPU: NVIDIA Titan X, CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz OC'd @ 4.5GHz, Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4, Mem: 2x Corsair Dominator 2133MHz 8GB, SSD: Samsung 850 EVO, Case: Corsair Carbide 500R, PSU: Corsair TX850M, CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14, Case Fans: 4x Cooler Master Excalibur 120mm PWM, Monitors: 3x ViewSonic VX2270SMH-LED in NVIDIA Surround
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