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Intel Pentium G3258 Haswell Dual-Core 3.2GHz LGA 1150 53W BX80646G3258 Desktop Processor
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Unlocked
Cheap
Haswell cores

Cons: No hyperthreading

Other Thoughts: I have mine at 4.5GHz (1.23v) with the ASRock anniversary motherboard and a cooler master hyper 212.

It doesn't have many of the features of higher end intel CPUs, but it's very cheap for an unlocked CPU, so no complaints here.

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ASRock Z97 Anniversary LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Easy to overclock with the Pentium g3258
Good BIOS interface
USB 3.0 header compatibility
Good layout
Plenty of space for other PCI/PCIe things
Lots of SATA and USB ports
Good price compared to other z97 chipsets

Cons: No SLI/Crossfire support

Other Thoughts: I have this paired with the anniversary Pentium. It's very easy to overclock with this specific CPU, because you can just turn on the auto-overclock, and adjust the clock rate higher yet to your liking in the BIOS as high as you want it.

This is a new board, and it has everything you want (HDMI, USB 3.0, etc). It may not be suited for high end enthusiasts though, because it doesn't support SLI/Crossfire.

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Intel Core i3-3220 Ivy Bridge Dual-Core 3.3GHz LGA 1155 55W BX80637i33220 Desktop Processor                                                                                   Intel HD Graphics 2500
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Runs cool
Consumes little power
Has hyperthreading for multitasking

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: This CPU is surprisingly good for gaming. Does pretty well on large BF4 servers, even though it's not a quad core.

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Ethan O.'s Profile

Display Name: Ethan O.

Date Joined: 07/19/12

  • Reviews: 7
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 10/10/12
  • Last Review: 07/16/14
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 1 out of 5 eggs
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