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Entry Level Intel Gaming Build

Description

CPU

Our CPU of choice is the Intel Core i3-9100F. This quad-core CPU will run games like Fortnite, Rainbow Six Siege, and CSGO without issue. It does not include a stock cooler, so a 3rd-party cooler is necessary. We have added the be quiet! Pure Rock Slim air cooler to resolve this.

Do note that this CPU does not include an integrated graphics processor, so you will need the graphics card on this part list to use the PC.

If you'd prefer to consider a similar build, but instead using an AMD processor, be sure to check out our Entry Level AMD Gaming Guide.

Motherboard

We're using a parametric filter to constantly select the best-priced mATX motherboard while meeting selected criteria. In this case, we are filtering for B365 chipsets and 4 DDR4 DIMM slots for future expansion. The compatibility engine will filter out anything not compatible with the build. The motherboards are also capable of using the CPU's integrated GPU, in case you need to RMA your GPU or are waiting for a sale or upgrade.

The B365 chipset was selected rather than the B360 chipset in order to bypass any BIOS update issues that would occur when combining a 9000 series Intel CPU with a B360 chipset. However, you are welcome to explore those options as well, but be forewarned that because it uses an older chipset, this motherboard may require a BIOS update before it will be compatible with the CPU. The manufacturer may have already updated the BIOS before sending it to retailers, but if not, many motherboards cannot be updated without using an older CPU to do so.

If the motherboard is not updated, the PC is unlikely to boot at all with the new CPU. In this case, you would need to temporarily use an older CPU to update the motherboard BIOS before using a new CPU with it. An example of CPUs that could do this update would be the Intel Coffee Lake-S (8000 series) CPUs.

If you stick with the B365 chipset on original part list provided, you will not have to deal with this process.

Memory

For this build and most machines outside of the top end we opted to go with 16GB of DDR4 memory. The parametric filter finds the best price on 2x8GB kits of memory that are within Intel's recommended specifications. We've limited it to DDR4-2800 to DDR4-3200 as modern CPUs scale well with higher frequency memory.

Storage

We're also using a parametric filter to select the best priced SSD available that is at least 240GB. The SSD can be used for your OS and a handful of games. Additionally, we're using a parametric filter to select the best-priced 1TB drive. Everyone's needs are different, so feel free to increase capacities or remove a drive to fit yours.

GPU

We have set a parametric filter for the best-priced Radeon RX 570, which will let you play any popular game available today, including Fortnite, PUBG, and Apex Legends.

Case

The Deepcool Matrexx 30 is an mATX mini tower case with 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 and 1x USB 2.0 front panel ports. It provides several cable management holes and a tempered glass side panel window, along with a 5.25" bay and a few bays for 3.5" and 2.5" drives.

PSU

For the PSU, we're using a parametric selection of a few well-reviewed semi-modular and modular units, which are all rated for good power efficiency and can provide plenty of power for this build.

AMD Version

Here is the AMD version of our Entry Level Gaming Guide..

Compatibility: No issues or incompatibilities found.

Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU Intel Core i3-9100F 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor
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CPU Cooler be quiet! Pure Rock Slim 35.14 CFM CPU Cooler
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$28.89
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$28.89
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Motherboard ASRock B365M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard

From parametric filter: Form Factor: Micro ATX; Chipset: Intel B365; Memory Type: DDR4; Memory Slots: 4 - 16

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$94.89
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Memory Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory

From parametric filter: Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-2933, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200; Type: 288-pin DIMM; Modules: 2 x 8GB

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$59.99
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Storage ADATA SU635 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive

From parametric filter: Capacity: 240 GB - 15360 GB; Type: SSD

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$24.99
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$24.99
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Storage Hitachi Ultrastar 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

From parametric filter: Capacity: 1000 GB - 15360 GB; Type: 7200RPM; Form Factor: 3.5"; Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s

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$33.88
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$33.88
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Video Card XFX Radeon RX 570 4 GB RS XXX Video Card

From parametric filter: Chipset: Radeon RX 570

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$129.99
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$129.99
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Case Deepcool MATREXX 30 MicroATX Mini Tower Case
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$34.99
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$34.99
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Power Supply Corsair CXM (2015) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply

From parametric selection: Show

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Base Total: $579.28
Mail-in Rebates: -$40.00
Total: $539.28

Part List Promos / Discounts

  1. $20.00 mail-in rebate

Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Your PSU looks under powered for the build. Only 100w difference between build usage and max PSU output. Little to no room for upgrading components without having to upgrade the PSU as well.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Can I do this build but use different GPU?

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

RX 570 and 580 are a great deal right now, if you want a higher end GPU you should probably upgrade to CPU to something like the i5-9400F

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

What monitor is preferred?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Since this build is suited for 1080p gaming, I'd personally recommend the Acer SB220Q for a really solid 75Hz monitor on a budget.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I’m not that smart when it comes to computers so don’t get mad but will this pc run Minecraft at high settings at more than 100 FPS?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes it can

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

What kind of games will this build do good in?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

esports games, but it can play any game with the right settings

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Could this pc run vr games

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

yes but not too well, I would upgrade to at least an RX 580 for VR

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you recommend getting rx 580 8gb? actually i'm asking if it's compatible with this setup

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it is and it’s better than the 570 8gb too. I recommend getting a 550W PSU tho

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi! Will it be OK to replace Graphic card with Asus GeForce GTX 1060 3GB / 6GB for example? Thank you!

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Yes but I would recommend avoiding the 3gb version since 4GB and up gives better results.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Can this build run Fortnite in 100-144 fps?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Could this pc build run games like Minecraft, destiny 2 and call of duty black ops 3 at 60 FPS or higher? Like just how it is no extra stuff

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I am new to PC Part Picker and this [I hope] will be my first build. I am a bit confused by the wording of the 'Motherboard' section in the Description. So what it is saying is that if I choose the ASRock B365M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard, then I won't have to worry about updating the BIOS using a different CPU module? Everything would work together smoothly and I would not have to use extra parts to make this work?

Looking at the Motherboards' parametric filter, all of the options are B365 motherboards, this makes me unsure as to which one the 'original' is when the description states 'If you stick with the B365 chipset on ORIGINAL part list provided, you will not have to deal with this process.'

Any and all advice here would be much appreciated, thanks.

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

Yup, that's what it's saying. Any board with B365 is fine because they can use the newer Intel 9xxx CPUs. Don't go with the B360 because you may have to update BIOS.

The "original" one they are referring to is the "ASRock B365M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard" but you can pick any other B365 boards with the features you need.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Great, thanks for clearing that up!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Do I need to pick a operating system, and if so which one? Also, do you know any good budget headsets?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

You'll still need to source an operating system.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

What Fps could it run on gta or could it even run it at all? also what could could it run on fortnite, no i do not play fortnite, my brother may buy this build as well. what would it run on Rainbow 6 siege. What fps on minecraft as well?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Is it easy to upgrade parts in this build

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hey, so I'm new to all this computer tech stuff. I'm wondering if this build will run Warframe and League of Legends smoothly. No lag or anything. Especially if the server is crowded or there are a lot of people in the server, and I can do the open worlds in groups without a hitch...

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

Warframe and league? Ahh mate you need a $1000 dollar PC for that..... Just kidding! This could crush League and Warframe easily. You'd be fine.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hi, first time looking into this stuff. Is this a good PC to start with or should I change some parts??

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 point

is there a build guide on how to put it together? sorry im new to this type of thing

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 point

Find anything on this?

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 point

Can this build run ghost recon?

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

yes

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 point

Any recommendations on a cheap case for this? Particularly from best buy since I will most likely get a discount

  • 15 days ago
  • 1 point

Non K intel CPU's run no faster than 2666mhz memory, so there's likely some cash to be saved there.

  • 6 days ago
  • 1 point

*

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

Will this GPU be able to handle raytracing in games like the new COD:MW?

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely not ray tracing. Ray tracing only works on RTX cards.

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

Can this maintain 60 FPS on these games: scrap mechanic, Minecraft and dauntless? Also would this be able to be upgraded to an I5 in the future

  • 2 months ago
  • 0 points

The CPU can't be bought?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Check your user preferences. You likely have a lot of merchants disabled.

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