Put it together with, say, a low-cost 8-series motherboard, 8GB of RAM and a mid-range graphics card such as the GeForce GTX 750 Ti, and you have the basis of a capable 1080p gaming rig for less than £250.
There's always interesting debate when the topic of entry-level PCs is broached in the office. Cheap PCs of yesteryear often provided a substandard experience when running everyday tasks such as high-definition video playback and basic multitasking.
But today's processors harness the latest technologies and are good enough to provide a reasonable experience for all but the power users, particularly when a discrete video card is thrown into the equation.
The £50 Intel Pentium Anniversary Edition G3258 is a case in point. Decent in out-of-the-box form and providing Core-like numbers when readily overclocked to 4GHz and beyond, there's little reason for many readers to spend more.
Put it together with, say, a low-cost 8-series motherboard, 8GB of RAM and a mid-range graphics card such as the GeForce GTX 750 Ti, and you have the basis of a capable 1080p gaming rig for less than £250. Heck, we couldn't tell the gaming difference between it and when swapping back out to the vastly dearer Core i7-4770K.
In the market for an inexpensive PC that can rival the latest-generation consoles for gaming and yet run everyday tasks with ease? The Intel Pentium Anniversary Edition G3258 is the processor we'd base it on. Recommended.
Great value for money
Acceptable everyday performance
Overclocks very well
Cheap supporting motherboards
Plays nicely with a discrete GPU
Anaemic onboard graphics
Intel Pentium Anniversary Edition G3258
The Intel Pentium Anniversary Edition G3258 desktop CPU is available to purchase from Scan Computers.
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