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Entry Level Intel Gaming Build

by ThoughtA

Description

CPU

Our CPU of choice is the Intel Pentium G4560. While it features only two cores, the G4560 also employs hyperthreading to help close the gap between it and a 4-core i5. Hyperthreading adds an additional logical core for each physical core, which is handy for streaming, video editing, and multi-tasking CPU-intensive tasks. The G4560 includes a stock cooler, so a 3rd-party cooler isn't necessary.

Due to stock and availability concerns, the guide includes both the G4560 (3.5GHz) and its slightly faster brother, the G4600 (3.6GHZ). The G4560 tends to have excellent price/performance ratio, but it also sells out frequently. In the cases where it is sold out, the G4600 will be the CPU shown on the list automatically.

Motherboard

We're using a parametric filter to constantly select the best-priced motherboard while meeting selected criteria. In this case, we are filtering for B250 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.

Memory

A parametric filter is being applied to choose the best priced 2x4GB kit of memory within Intel's recommended specifications. With this selection, we have space on the motherboards for 2 more sticks of RAM, leaving room for future expansion.

Storage

We're using a parametric filter to select the best-priced 2TB mechanical drive. Unfortunately, with the rising cost of NAND, in addition to the rising cost of video cards due to the current mining craze, we've had to cut out the SSD in order to keep this build more budget-friendly. Everyone's needs are different, so feel free to increase capacities or add an SSD to fit yours.

GPU

Normally we would recommend the AMD RX 570 at this price point. Unfortunately, due to an ongoing surge in cryptocurrency mining, there is an extremely low availability of several video cards that would be appropriate at this price point. As a replacement, we suggest using the Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti. We've created a parametric filter to show you the lowest priced GTX 1050 Ti which will be powerful enough for most AAA games.

When video card stock and availability normalizes again, we will make sure to update our guides as appropriate to reflect the change in the market.

Case

All of the components are housed in the black Apevia X-QTIS MicroATX mid tower. This case is an affordable options that has front panel USB 3.0, room for full size graphics cards, and cutouts in the motherboard tray for easy cable routing. It also features 1x external 5.25" bay, and plenty of bays that will fit 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..

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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 214W
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CPU $73.29 $73.29 OutletPC Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: Micro ATX
  • Chipset: Intel B250
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
  • RAM Type: DDR4
$49.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $49.99 Amazon Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
$87.99 FREE $87.99 SuperBiiz Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$59.99 FREE $59.99 Amazon Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
$179.99 $4.99 $184.98 Newegg Buy
Case $29.99 $29.99 SuperBiiz Buy
Power Supply $54.90 -$20.00 $6.99 $41.89 Newegg Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Base Total: $536.14
Mail-in Rebates: -$20.00
Shipping: $11.98
Total: $528.12
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* Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

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alex_shocko 2 points 28 days ago

What kind of monitor would work best with this build?

Matsozetex 1 Build 3 points 27 days ago

1920x1080p 60hz

Luke_shields 2 points 15 days ago

just wondering if there are any cheaper options for the video card

Faplamator 1 point 12 days ago

gtx 1050 is about 20pounds cheaper than the Ti, the performance impact is said to be about 13% so its a fair tradeoff, otherwise you wont get anything better value for money right now due to crypto mining

Shameless_psycho 1 point 1 month ago

Why didn’t you opt for 1 stick of 8gb ram? If it’s the same price

Psycho_Ray 2 points 24 days ago

RAMs works in pairs. Using 1 stick means cutting the speed by half, with the benefit of being able to easily upgrade to 32GB (4x8GB) later.

Having 2x4GB means working at full speed, while still being able to upgrade to 16GB (4x4GB), or maybe 24GB (2x4GB + 2x8GB), but I honestly don't know if you should do that.

MetalDogJosh 1 point 1 day ago

or 40gb, 2x4gb + 2x16gb

Psycho_Ray 1 point 15 hours ago

Huh. Well, that's convenient. Is there any problem with having two pairs of memory with such a difference in capacity?

MetalDogJosh 1 point 14 hours ago

I don't think so... I've know of people who have 12gb systems and 24gb systems, must be fine? I don't know if it could impact it or not tbh.

technoh8te 1 point 1 month ago

It isn't always like that, and you don't really need more than 8gbs as of right now, unless you just want a beefy computer.

Shameless_psycho 1 point 28 days ago

Yeah but for upgrade purposes if 1 8gb of ram is the same price as 2 4gb I’d opt for the 8 gb any day

geardeath 1 point 26 days ago

Now a days running modern games 8gb barley cuts it, you should be focusing on making room for a 16 gb update.

brockvinson03 1 point 27 days ago

wouldn't you need a cpu cooler

Aelar_Nailo 2 points 27 days ago

Not in this case. You see, lower end cpu's such as the pentium in this guide come with a stock cooler that has thermal past with it, so you do not need an additional cooler unless you want it quieter/ smaller.

illegaloperation 1 point 26 days ago

gonna build this in 7 months switched the hdd to 1tb 7200 western digital since i only need 1 tb

Lobsterareawesome 6 Builds 1 point 26 days ago

Just note that in 7 months there will very likely be totally new parts available. And I think anyway that in 7 months when newer mobos from intel are out 4 cores are going to be the budget cpus

illegaloperation 2 points 22 days ago

ok thanks for the suggestion will check again here in a couple of months to see what changed / switch out parts as needed

pretty good site to check for incompatibilities with parts

illegaloperation 1 point 13 days ago

turns out intel cpus have a bug, so im using amd now

Needagoodone 1 point 25 days ago

What about the power supply, People have told me that bronze may blow up. As well can I get another case if it is ATX

ItsMeDogeio21 1 point 21 days ago

It's super rare for them to blow up but if you aren't confident, you can spend $20 more for this https://pcpartpicker.com/product/WrNypg/seasonic-focus-plus-gold-650w-80-gold-certified-fully-modular-atx-power-supply-ssr-650fx. Also the motherboard/cpu/pci-e cables are sleeved.

Equinox187 1 point 23 days ago

What about windows or linux? Is there a way to get that free?

rogerrose 1 point 22 days ago

Lots of Linux distros are free and accept donations. So, in theory Linux would be totally free depending on the distro you pick. Windows, however, does not come for free normally. If you go to a university that offers a student edition for free or something like that then it would be free. But, only in that case.

Richardvr 1 point 18 days ago

Thanks.

CRZYTRN 1 point 9 days ago

Might still be able to upgrade to Win 10 if you have an license key for Win7 ot 8 lying around.

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doctor99268 1 point 23 days ago

Is there another case you could recommend since the one suggested isn't in stock and people have complained about cable management

ItsMeDogeio21 1 point 21 days ago

For $ 30 you aren't gonna find a good case.

Lobsterareawesome 6 Builds 1 point 21 days ago

I know it is around 30 bucks more expensive but the fractal design focus G seems like a great case that isnt too expensive. And fractal design amkes epic cases so you can be sure the quality is good

awesomepcgamer 1 point 23 days ago

keep making more entry-level builds

ButADream 1 point 23 days ago

Would this build be able to run Fortnite, WW2, H1Z1, PUBG at decent FPS? And if someone can, please tell me how good.

Lobsterareawesome 6 Builds 1 point 21 days ago

You might ahve to turn down the settings a bit but i think it will run them just fine. I would look up benchmarks on youtube. Just search for "[name of the game] gtx 1050 Ti benchmarks" on yt. but if you want to play COD WWII get 16GB of RAM. that game eats ram like a hungry hippo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PM2rGZkqHbk

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SeekN 1 point 21 days ago

Are you sure i don't need a cpu cooler? And another question, do you think this PC is good for video editing? (Max 30 mins per video, using premiere pro CC 2017)

Lobsterareawesome 6 Builds 1 point 21 days ago

If you want to use this for video editing I would not get this one. THe dual core pentium will limit the editing quite a bit. If you have questions hit me up

itsPapo 1 point 20 days ago

Hey is this all the parts I would need for my pc? Also would this game be able to run Fornite and PUBG, and I would like to edit videos to like I seriously need help with everything lmao

Lobsterareawesome 6 Builds 1 point 20 days ago

Well it depends what your budget is. If have a limited budget and are into video editing I would rather get the AMD entry level PC. The CPU is a quad core instead of a dual core

itsPapo 1 point 19 days ago

Do you have a link for it?

itsPapo 1 point 19 days ago

Hey do you know any builds that are between $500 to $750? The builds I’m interested in are for gaming and streaming. The games that I would run are fornite and rainbow. If you do can you help me I’m new to all this and Im on console and not use to this stuff

Rio624 1 point 20 days ago

I don't really know anything about computers but what would I need to change about this build (if anything) to get it to stream overwatch at like at least 720p60?

Lonerdo 1 point 2 days ago

If you're still looking for an answer: The AMD version of this build is better for streaming, as the CPU (processor) can handle that better that the one in this build. You could easily stream at 720p or more at 60fps with the included software for the 1050 Ti.

tvesrb 1 point 1 day ago

how will this build handle just playing Overwatch w/o streaming?

Lonerdo 1 point 1 day ago

1080p Epic settings will run at around 60fps according to -https://youtu.be/GiaKzUE9mGo - Tweaking the settings will probably net you some spare fps if you need it. In reality, the Intel and AMD versions of this build are virtually identical. The slightly more expensive AMD one might yield more stable frame times, however. This one is just fine if you want to do 1080p 60fps at good graphical settings and maybe stream it.

lUser 1 point 19 days ago

The case is not available in Germany are there any other alternatives that you could recommend?

Faplamator 1 point 12 days ago

yes, Fractal Design - Focus G is a much better case since it has 3 preinstalled fans, dust filters and a nice design, if you really dont want to spend that extra 20 pounds then just get a general mid tower

EliteShaZo 1 point 18 days ago

I would like a 21 inch mont, Looks good. but would like to play csgo at 100+ fps

Cade77 1 point 17 days ago

Is upgrading to a RX 570 a good idea? Is it possible to use a RX 580 and still be safe and stable?

Synchro 1 Build 1 point 14 days ago

Yes, it will be safe. If you have the extra money, then go for it

lightningdemon7 1 point 16 days ago

can this run battlefield 1, fortnite, battlefront and pubg

lightningdemon7 1 point 16 days ago

also what a good moniter for this

Faplamator 1 point 12 days ago

Yes at 1920res it will run just fine if you dont crank up the settings too much. I myself am getting Asus - VS248HR 24.0" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor, because its extremely good for its price

Seaf 1 point 13 days ago

Can the link for the memory be updated for the people in the UK? Its been not in stock for some time now and its holding me back from being able to purchase all the parts, Thanks.

Faplamator 1 point 12 days ago

in UK and I assume everywhere else RAM prices have gone up a lot so you'll have to spend atleast 80 pounds, cheapest option I see is probably Patriot Viper Elite 8GB 2400 MHz DDR4 RAM

Vizionari 1 point 13 days ago

Sorry, this is probably a stupid question, but this won't come with Windows right? Would I have to buy Windows 10 separately if I got this build?

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philip staff 10 Builds 1 point 12 days ago

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Faplamator 1 point 11 days ago

I thought G2A sells legit discounted keys?

philip staff 10 Builds 2 points 11 days ago

They resell keys. There is no guarantee that they are legitimate. (If someone offers you a money-back guarantee that the key works, that's a pretty good indicator they are second-hand keys and aren't vetting them well if at all.) See here for more info on key resellers: https://www.reddit.com/r/pcmasterrace/wiki/keyresellers

Faplamator 1 point 8 days ago

oh that makes sense why they're so cheap, thanks !

auxleee 1 point 12 days ago

How would this PC be for WoW at high settings?

Mr.L94 1 point 11 days ago

I changed only few things with this build. I changed the case and added 16 GB of RAM ( 2 x 8GB ). However the graphic card the build is asking for is out of stock every where I look. I found one but i do not know if the graphic card will work with the build. It is Gigabyte GTX 1050 Ti Windforce OC 4GB GDDR5 128-bit PCI-E Graphic Card (GV-N105TWF2OC-4GD). Will this GPU work. This is my first build. Here is my part list. Can anyone help?

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/hxRx3F

Alaggyscotsmin 1 point 11 days ago

Would this build be able to run R6 Siege?

Drekloe 1 point 5 days ago

yup

ItzLiam 1 point 9 days ago

I would just like to point out i haven’t seen anything this cheap for the performance your getting on the computer. Because of crypto mining, it’s been hard to find a good deal. This looks too good to be true

jack_geis 1 point 7 days ago

Can this run Rainbow Six Siege and GTA 5?

Drekloe 1 point 5 days ago

yup

Retro97 1 point 6 days ago

Any AMD CPU option in the same price range?

Triniking 1 point 4 days ago

There's an AMD entry level build in the Build Guides section.

Jacobcdo 1 point 4 days ago

I have a higher budget, so can I switch out the CPU for an i5-6600k? Or would I have to change the motherboard? Also, does the i5-6600k come with a stock cooler?

rockstar5934 1 point 2 days ago

cpu bottleneck alert

sotam05 1 point 1 day ago

What’s the difference between the AMD gaming build and the Intel gaming build?

Wargamerstev63 1 point 20 hours ago

Why pick a low profile 1050ti when the low profile version typically costs more? And also, why still pick the Pentium with 2 cores + hyperthreading when you can get a R3 1200 and boost it to 3.5 GHZ for a bit more but also get the full 4 cores with 4 threads? You can also knock a bit more off the price by going with a slightly less high wattage in a PSU like a 400w seeing as the 1050ti will never use enough wattage to challenge the PSU, and the Pentium will not either.

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