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by patricksisto



Date Published

May 16, 2017

Date Built

May 12, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.266 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz


I did a refresh to my brothers old computer around Christmas time, a FX-8350 with 16GB ram, I added a XFX RX 480 and a SSD to it, beefing it up just a little bit in preparations for a larger upgrade once 7th gen desktop processor came out.

With Intel releasing their 7th generation line up of processors I was craving to do a build with one. What really caught my eye is the new Pentium processors within the 7th Gen series. Dual core with hyper threading; practically an i3 at half the price. I began doing researching hunting down sales.

I came to the conclusion that even though it has substantially less cores than the AMD FX-8350, the Pentium G4560 is just as decent, less power consuming, and can be upgraded to a better chip in the future. With room to expand on the board if he decides to buy a stronger i5 or i7, I figured giving him this starting platform and moving over his RX 480 would give him a better foundation vs the dead AM3 platform.

So far it runs everything pretty well, temps are cooler, and overall the system look a better and more sleek.

It runs PlayerUnknowns Battle Grounds in Medium settings at roughly 40-60 FPS instead of Very Low like the 8350 did (CPU being the bottleneck). Overwatch runs slightly better as well with the ram being the bottleneck at the moment and causing stutter lag in big fights. Rust, CSGO, and all the other random games he play either run the same or just a tad bit better now as well.

Now that he has a job, this gives him something to save up for and upgrade to maybe an i5 or i7 in the future. If you have any questions regarding the build or how it runs something feel free to ask.

Part Reviews


You can definitely tell that this case cost $40. Very lightweight, plastic feels cheap. Cooling options limited, I had to drill some holes out in the front to add another fan (partially because I wanted the whole front to have blue illumination, partially to add another intake).

Cable management was a crazy breeze to be honest, a very nice surprise in a case this cheap. Overall I'd give the case a 7.5/10, just because the front panel is kinda chintzy.

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bradgnoyes 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Really nice looking build for the budget. A cable comb for the power supply cables would really clean up the appearance.

patricksisto submitter 6 Builds 3 points 23 months ago

Yeah about that. I thought I had ordered one but completely forgot to lol. It's on my list when I order the extensions for the other rig I'm building. Thanks for checking this out!

lex-bunny 1 point 23 months ago


Except the FX-8350 still runs faster as the G4560

patricksisto submitter 6 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

It's a better platform and if he decides to upgrade and get a better chip in the future it's possible. With the AM3 platform the 8350 is basically end of line. Gaming benchmarks aside with the CPU being the bottleneck they are within a few frames of each other. All he does is play games and do homework, so it functions the same with possibility for expansion.

Lyrix 1 point 23 months ago

but why go with pcie 2.0 ddr3 just for those small improvements????

Lyrix 1 point 23 months ago


patricksisto submitter 6 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

Thanks man!

Flyingpetalz 1 point 23 months ago

Wait what? The g4560 only able to run overwatch in the low settings and only able to maintain 40 - 60 fps? Arent kaby lake ipc are far more superior compared to bulldozers? I have 955be with r9 270 and i can play overwatch at low settings and maintain fps 70 - 90 constant though...

ScripZero 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

i have a rx 470 8gb, with the g 4600, and i run overwatch maxed out at 70+ fps

ScripZero 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

i dont know why he has to run at low, when my 470 runs better than is 480 and my cpu is only a tad bit better

patricksisto submitter 6 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

I'm going off what my brother was telling me, I can't verify it myself. I think it could just be maybe he has extra settings turned on that he didn't before.

EDIT: I spoke with him and he gets good frame rate in the highest settings with slight stutter lag, I'm associating that to only having 8GB ram.

Yahtadi 1 point 23 months ago


patricksisto submitter 6 Builds 1 point 23 months ago


HVK 1 point 23 months ago

Can i use ASRock - B150M Pro4 for the pentium G4560

patricksisto submitter 6 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

You can but you will need a BIOS update in order to run any 7th Gen processors. An easy Google search will give you more info.

CoolJeansBro 1 point 20 months ago

Hi quick question, how did you put a fan in the front panel on the botttom? Is it 120mm? I don't know where to screw in there's little holes do I need to make em bigger to fit the screw?

patricksisto submitter 6 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

I had to drill the holes out bigger for mounting screws. The fan was 120mm that is installed there. It took a small bit of work, other than that, it offers a bit better airflow.

Sodichi 1 point 19 months ago

Nice build, I got the black version of the case but I can't seem to get the front panel out, any tips?

patricksisto submitter 6 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

You need to give it a nice good tug from the bottom where the cut out is, its held in by plastic tabs on both sides. Sorry for the late response.

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patricksisto submitter 6 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

The gains aren't really worth it in my eyes. Right now the CPU is the bottleneck. Once that is no longer the case, then it may happen ;)

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patricksisto submitter 6 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

Yeah, super surprised on how roomy this case is for the price. It also has killer cable management, even without rubber grommets for the motherboard tray cutouts.

Only downside is its a B series board with no overclocking capabilities. Honestly, even the higher end non K chips are still pretty peppy.

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patricksisto submitter 6 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

Thanks man!