You're about to go on a journey to the past. I hope you buttoned your pants.
My aunts birthday was earlier this month and I recalled my grandfather telling me they were really in need of a new computer. I know they don't have a lot of money and can't afford to go buy a new computer, so I decided to build one for them. The family shares an old laptop and a desktop. This desktop is not connected to the internet and I honestly have no idea when it last was. I decided before I began, to ask what the specs are like in their desktop so I would get an idea of what parts to choose for this upgrade. She still had the invoice sheet from when they purchased this PC... BACK IN 2006. Are you ready for this?
-Intel Celeron D Series 320 2.4ghz Single Core (I had to do a lot of research to figure out exactly what processor it was, since the invoice wasn't very specific)
-512MB DDR SDRAM
It also came with a floppy drive!
At this point I knew anything would be an upgrade. I had an extra 430W PSU, so I threw it in here. I also had an A6-5400K lying around from a previous build that I swapped out for an 860K, but decided against using it. I'd heard a lot about the value of the G3258 and decided that would be a good choice. Realistically I could've used the same specs as the PC build I did for my sister using the G4400 and spent the same, if not less, but it's a HUGE win for them regardless and I am satisfied either way.
I know your next question is going to be, "What did you OC it to?". The answer is I didn't. While you may consider it a waste, it's a great chip as it is and I can always overclock it later for them if they find the extra performance is needed. I do what I want, suck it. I did stress test the CPU for about 25 minutes using AIDA64 and was very satisfied to see that the temps were stable at load at 47C! That is with no intake fan at the front of the case and only one exhaust fan at the rear in tandem with the stock cpu cooler.
It was also important that the motherboard support VGA so that they would not need a new monitor.
I'm glad I can afford to do things like this for my family and I'm very happy with the results. I have two cousins in high school that could really use a reliable computer to do their school work on. My aunt also teaches morning classes for her church and uses Office for that purpose.
Stays very cool at full load at stock speeds!
I probably committed a sin by not overclocking this, but it's a great little CPU with plenty of life left in it.
I always use these A-Data drives in budget systems. Can't go wrong. Have yet to have any problems with them.
I have to remind myself that this case is only $30, but my complaints are mainly about the design.
The optical bay is crap to be frank. I'm not sure why they went with the small opening. It was very difficult to align my drive to fit in there and it also backed up very close to my power supply. Placing the front panel back on was a struggle and it just didn't fit properly over the drive, so I took the drive out of this build completely and said f**k it.
I also detest the lip at the top of the case. It makes putting the power supply in unnecessarily difficult.
I'm not sure what screws are supposed to secure the PCI brackets, but nothing I had worked. I managed to force a captive thumb screw to work after uttering several profanities and sitting there in disbelief that the pile of case screws I had were all useless to me in the struggle.
Aside from all of that fun, it's a decent case for the price. The hinge for the HDD mount is a neat touch. You could also potentially squeeze some small cables in the back, but without an optical drive, you should be able to fit all of your cables in there. Do yourself a favor and save another $15-20 to get a better case.