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Modest Intel Gaming Build

by manirelli


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Our Modest Intel Gaming Build is built around the Core i5-8500. Using the stock cooler you should be able to run this processor quiet and cool without any issues.


We've paired the i5-8500 with a parametric list of mATX B360 motherboards that supports up to 64GB of DDR4 memory, multiple SATA6 devices, and front panel USB3.0.


For this build we opted to go with 16GB of DDR4 memory. The parametric filter finds the best price on 16GB kits of memory that are within Intel’s recommended specifications. We've limited it to a range from DDR4-2800 to DDR4-3400.


We're also using a parametric filter that will actively select the best-priced SSD of at least 500GB capacity. Additionally, we're including a 2TB mechanical hard drive in a parametric filter for things like storing media and extra games. Everyone's storage needs differ, so feel free to change the capacity to your usage.


At this price point we suggest using the AMD RX 580 8GB edition. We specifically filter for the 8GB model as the 4GB may run into issues in more VRAM-heavy games. The performance across most games will be similar to the Nvidia GTX 1060. We've created a parametric filter to show you the lowest priced, full sized AMD RX 580 8GB which will be powerful enough for most AAA games at 1080p.


All of the components are housed in the Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L MicroATX mini tower. This case is an affordable option that has a large side panel window, front panel USB3.0, room for full size graphics cards, and cutouts in the motherboard tray for easy cable routing.


For our power supply, we're using a parametric selection of well-reviewed fully and semi-modular units, all of which will provide more than enough power for this system.

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Compatibility Check: See notes below.

Estimated Wattage: 291W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $219.62 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $219.62 Amazon Buy
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: Intel B360
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
  • Onboard USB3.0 Headers: Yes
$69.99 $69.99 SuperBiiz Buy
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-2933, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3400
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 16GB (2x8GB)
$89.99 FREE $89.99 Newegg Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 500 GB - 15360 GB
  • Type: SSD
$57.99 FREE $57.99 Adorama Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2000 GB - 15360 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
$50.80 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $50.80 Amazon Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: Radeon RX 580
  • Video RAM: 8 GB
  • Length: 223 mm - 403 mm
$189.99 -$20.00 FREE $169.99 Newegg Buy
Get 2 Free Games w/ purchase, limited offer
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Case $49.99 FREE $49.99 B&H Buy
Power Supply $79.87 -$20.00 FREE $59.87 OutletPC Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Base Total: $808.24
Mail-in Rebates: -$40.00
Total: $768.24
* Using your selected merchants and only including nearby in-store pickup prices)
* Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

Compatibility Notes

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fiisch67 3 points 2 months ago

Could I play PUBG on high res. and stream it on 720p ? or would it be too much for the cpu?

BIGgizmo4567 1 point 1 month ago

Playing should be just fine but streaming may be to much.

wakarimasu509 2 points 1 month ago

new builder here, does this require a sound card?

Mattthedribblegod 2 points 1 month ago

Absolutely not, pretty much all motherboards will have on board audio which is used via the front panel headphone/microphone jack's on your case, in my opinion the only reason you should consider a sound card is if your motherboard audio is terrible, most motherboards nowadays will have at least decent audio. Edit: Grammar

bobfishpond 2 points 21 days ago

Did anyone actually build this im interested on what could be done better and if any bottlenecks occoured so if anyone actually built this please tell me improvemenrs or notes thanks

llsmithnavy 2 points 3 days ago

Looking to play rust, Will this let me do that? Will it support dual monitors?

Turkish_Apricots 1 point 2 days ago

I'm also looking for this answer, already started assembling the parts to build this PC.

llsmithnavy 1 point 2 days ago

Ignore the description, but I’ve just put this build together and I think I’m gonna go with this. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/YgqWTB I think the parts work together well to provide the highest level possible without breaking the bank.

llsmithnavy 1 point 2 days ago

It also has some extras in there that wouldn’t be tossed into the featured builds

astrogabba 1 point 1 month ago

how is the PSU so expensive?

Coolguy501 1 point 1 month ago

It's not? This is pretty average for this level of pc. I have an ~$850 build from 3 years ago and the PSU was $80, $91 after shipping and taxes.

astrogabba 1 point 1 month ago

but this exact PSU that atm is 191 euros, had alway been around 120 euros untill November 2017 (says camelcamelcamel)

EvanBurnett 1 point 1 month ago

Does this have wifi

nick_harman 0 points 1 month ago

nah, You're gonna want to use Ethernet anyways trust me, and Ryzen is a better option for pairing with the RX 580, also, I advise looking at cheaper storage options, For me personally, I only need 128 gb ssd and I have a 2 TB HHD. Also, I don't reccomend spending over $50 on a power supply

gblock_33 1 point 1 month ago

new builder as well, I'm willing to spend more using this build as an outline. Which parts should I look to upgrade first?

Most_powerful_cpu_in_the_west 1 point 1 month ago

Upgrade the mobo, maybe the cpu, maybe the ram for a better ram speed, and the gpu maybe. It's mostly up to you.

gattoDwork 1 point 1 month ago

personally i don't care about graphics, i'm fine about playng at w/e settings; and usually i play games with low requirements, but if i want to play something like a RDR2, a just cause 2 or an ARK, would i be able to with this build? or i'd need to go more towords a "Gret intel gaming build"

quantixx 1 point 1 month ago

I m preety sure it will run without any problem ;)

tje60 1 point 1 month ago

Is the rx580 capable of running triple 144hz monitors for iracing?

Farex 1 point 1 day ago

This card will not be enough. Are you asking for 144hz at 1080p or 1440p?

If at 1080p you might have a change with either the new 2080 series or atleast a 1080t Ti.

For 1440p I would say just forget about it.

bobfishpond 0 points 21 days ago

Id szy thats a stretch

Apl_Juice 1 point 1 month ago

Does anyone know if a Cooler Master Hyper 212 will fit in this case?

George004 1 point 28 days ago

Would this PC be great to play games like GTAV and install mods, as well as play Rainbow Six Siege and games like that? Sorry, I'm new to the PC world and only play on console at the moment. If this is not the right PC, could you please recommend a gaming PC, suitable for the games I could play listed before and under a budget of £1000? Thanks, George.

egonpax 1 point 27 days ago

Yes it’ll play those games no problem at 1080p. At 1440p it should be ok. And at 2160p (4K) you’ll either have to turn down the graphics or you’ll be running GTA at around 30-40FPS without mods. You can find videos on YouTube showing gaming benchmarks for this set up (or something similar.)

George004 1 point 25 days ago

Thank you. I'll keep on considering purchasing this PC and watching videos about the benchmarks. Thanks again, you have been great help.

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Gilfish 1 point 27 days ago

What type of cooler would this build require?

bobfishpond 1 point 21 days ago

It depends on if u intend to overclock or use it for multiple hours at once.

bam125 1 point 20 days ago

Suppose you were going to run it for multiple hours at once (maybe for days on end performing data analysis). What would you suggest?

Pet_B 1 point 18 days ago

Does the motherboard come with fans? the website says it does but i just want to make sure.

Website: https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/B360M-DS3H-rev-10#kf

I know the case has a built in fan but i just want to know if this is enough to keep it from heating while gaming in vr.

Farex 1 point 1 day ago

Motherboards do not come with fans. I think you probably got confused by the Fan control section of the page.

At minimal you want to have two intake fans with either a single or double exhaust (1 rear - 1 top) ones.

XenoKnight 1 point 1 day ago

Would this build have better performance than a PS4 Pro or Xbox One X?

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i5-8500 3 GHz 6-Core Processor 8W - 65W
G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2800 Memory 11W - 11W
Crucial - MX500 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Hitachi - Ultrastar 7K3000 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
PowerColor - Radeon RX 580 8 GB Video Card 46W - 185W
Total: 71W - 291W