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Build Guide

Entry Level Intel Gaming Build

by ThoughtA

NOTE: A more recent version of this guide is available here.



Our CPU of choice is the Intel Pentium Gold G5400. While it features only two cores, the G5400 also employs hyperthreading to help close the gap between it and a 4-core i3. Hyperthreading adds an additional logical core for each physical core, which is handy for streaming, video editing, and multi-tasking CPU-intensive tasks. The G5400 includes a stock cooler, so a 3rd-party cooler isn't necessary.


We're using a parametric filter to constantly select the best-priced motherboard while meeting selected criteria. In this case, we are filtering for B360 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.


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.


We're using a parametric filter to select the best-priced 2TB mechanical drive. Unfortunately, with the rising cost of NAND, 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.


We have set a parametric filter for the best-priced GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, which will let you play any popular game available today, including Fortnite and PUBG.


The Deepcool TESSERACT is a mid tower case that can fit all of our components. It offers decent cable management, which can sometimes be a problem at our budget, and there's room to expand with hard drives or a solid state drive. It also has 1 USB 2.0 and 1 USB 3.0 port on the front panel. Cases tend to be highly personal choices, so make sure you browse our listed cases to see what suits you.


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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Estimated Wattage: 158W
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  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
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  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
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  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
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mintycosmo 2 Builds 7 points 7 months ago

This is my question if I do in fact go with this build will I be able to run wow (raiding) while having my browser open with a few tabs w/ discord going

Mcalmic 3 points 7 months ago

It will do wonderful. Just get a ryzen 3 and a asrock mobo instead tho. Works way better.

Danb23Rock 2 points 7 months ago

This is exactly what I'm looking for as well. Just returned for BFA and my 4yo laptop is not sufficient. Looking to max out every setting.

ayite96 2 points 7 months ago

ditto lol. I would like a ryzen build of this

Gibbytronix 1 point 6 months ago

There is an Amd version correct me if I'm wrong..

fellah47 1 point 6 months ago

there is an amd athlon 950 that has 4 cores and can be overclocked to 3.9 ghz comfortably

Lyathon_1 2 points 7 months ago

Yes, easily in fact. That's mainly ram-dependant and 8gb should be enough for that

itcheazus 2 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

I have an equivalent build to this. G4560, RX 570, 8gb of Ram. When fighting world bosses in BFA with large raid groups I do get pretty severe frame drops on High-Ultra graphics settings.

I haven't done any indoor Raids to compare but I have had a very smooth experience otherwise. I usually have a chrome window, and discord running on my second screen. When I'm on call I'll usually also have an RDP session to my work computer in the background as well.

In short, this computer is generally just fine for WOW and things way more demanding than WOW. But if you do a lot of Raiding you may have to lower settings or tweak things have a smooth experience.

smileykitkat 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

I would think so, but personally you might want a processor with 4 cores for more multitasking.

robreefer 0 points 7 months ago

Your asking if this brand new rig can run a game that was created 13 years ago? Yes, yes it can. My $500 rig from 2003 ran Wow in 40 man raids in 2004.

ColtDaMan 3 points 7 months ago

I mean, WoW looks a wholeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee lot different now then it did in 2004. In some zones I would argue I have more resolution on my eyeball then the ground does lol

Octothorpe007 4 points 5 months ago

What is better, the entry level intel gaming build, or the entry level Amd gaming build?

Jimbino 1 point 5 months ago

it is really your preference, they both have equivalent models for beginner (although you generally better bang for your buck with the RX series of graphics cards over the 10-series.

nostalgia2302 3 points 8 months ago

A quick question:

Since you are using the new Coffee Lake Pentium over the Pentium G4560, wouldn't it be better to use a Z370 MOBO for future upgrades?

Gigabyte's Aorus Gaming WIFI is favored because it has integrated Wi-Fi over other chipsets of similar prices and sits at $109.99 USD, so $44 more than the B360.

The reason to get this MOBO is simple: you can futureproof it if you ever upgrade to an i3-8350K, an i5-8600K or an i7-8700K because you con overclock it.

If you buy the B360, you're stuck with a non overclockable K processor and you have to buy another MOBO. That's $65 bucks in savings, guys!

And at $550, the build wouldn't break the bank.

ThoughtA staff submitter 6 points 8 months ago

You don't have to buy a new motherboard to upgrade the CPU. The B360 boards are compatible with Coffee Lake upgrades.

nostalgia2302 2 points 8 months ago

True. But if you upgrade to a K model, you won't be able to overclock

ThoughtA staff submitter 10 points 8 months ago

Yes, but the vast majority of people won't be upgrading until a later generation anyway. It's not worth telling everyone to spend 60-75% more on the motherboard on the off chance a couple people upgrade specifically to a K processor.

Even the few who do upgrade the same generation will still find a non-K processor a plenty worthwhile upgrade. K processors aren't necessarily the better buy for the money.

nostalgia2302 3 points 8 months ago

Makes sense.

NEWPC2005 1 point 7 months ago

Good debate!

Krek 5 points 7 months ago

A Ryzen 2200g and a B450 board would be a better option if you want upgrade paths in the future. The B450 board can overclock, the 2200g performs better than the Pentium, and AMD have promised to support the AM4 socket with new cpus until 2020.

NEWPC2005 4 points 7 months ago

Plus, the Ryzen 2200g is is an APU, so if you are low budget, you don't have to buy a GPU.

Lemongust 2 points 7 months ago

How up-gradable is this? I've never built a PC before, I'm just looking for entry level PC, which i can play games on reliably and might be able to upgrade when i get the funds.

Triniking 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

The motherboard has 4 RAM slots and supports all Gen 8 Coffee Lake CPUs.

Nater650 1 point 5 months ago

Gen 9 if you update the bios iirc

SauceTinBurton 2 points 7 months ago

Main question, how well could it run Fortnite?

lukemullan789_ 1 point 7 months ago

1080p Medium/High at 60fps.

Nintendo_Maniac_64 2 points 6 months ago

Beware, the Pentium lacks AVX and the new Assassin's Creed game requires AVX.

(though there are reports that the game doesn't actually utilize AVX and instead is just using using a black/whitelist to identify your CPU model when launching the game as people have supposedly ran the game without issues it on the likes of an i5-2500k with AVX disabled in the BIOS)

Diegocamacho 2 points 5 months ago

Hi just wondering if this build can play league of legends on high settings with 80-100 FPS. Thanks.

ThatSaltiBoye 1 point 8 months ago

Can ANYONE in the comments do some benchmarks with this?

I understand it's only $500 but yet it should still get a solid 60 in CS:GO medium settings right?

Shivansh_Patel 3 points 8 months ago

This can Easily get a steady 100fps in CS:GO medium setting if not more

ThatSaltiBoye 3 points 8 months ago

wow, shocked

PixelatedHam 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

250 at 1080p low. Youll be CPU bould so I reccomend getting an 8400 or 1600x with the 1050 ti becuase pushing high frames is very cpu intesive.

Shivansh_Patel 1 point 8 months ago

If your worried you can go with the i3 8100 which pairs really nicely with a gtx 1050ti and here are benchmarks with the Pentium G4560 with the 1050 ti which is like the younger brother of the g5400 so you can add like 5 fps


also the benchmarks are in 1080p MAX settings

csgolisting 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Why not go for ryzen 3 2200g? Cheaper than the i3 8100 and great performance

PixelatedHam 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

IPC holds in Intels favour. Ryzen 3 is great for 1050 ti builds but the 8100 can handle an RX 580.

Mattdrx 1 point 8 months ago

Definitely. I’ve been playing Csgo for a long time now and would never recommend only going for 60fps. I try to at least have a solid 150+. I believe you can feel the difference between 150 and 80 without a 144hz.

ThatSaltiBoye 1 point 8 months ago

i am going to build my first pc ( not even first build, first pc) and i have a 1500 dollar budget and already made a system build, gets to 1800-1900 with peripherals , going with 144H 1440p

PixelatedHam 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

So if I played 120fps on a 60Hz monitor it would give me a latency advantage?

Lamo7 3 points 7 months ago

I won't you'll be able to see any difference at all.

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Poeka123 1 point 8 months ago

Hello everyone!

Quick disclaimer: I have zero knowledge about PC building whatsoever. I'd like to make this build as my first gaming pc, since I'm currently gaming on a Lenovo Ideapad G50-80, which is inadequate to say the least. One of the games I'd like to be able to play (Dead by Daylight) has the Intel Core i3 4170 as the minimum and recommended Intel processor, according to geforce.com. Is the processor in the build good enough?

I'd also like to know whether it's even possible to assemble a PC without much know-how, and what other items I would need to assemble the PC. I've read online that I need a grounding strap and thermal compound. I assume I'm going to need the strap, but is the thermal compound also necessary in this build, and if so, where do I put it?

Thanks in advance for your answers.

TechSupportTime 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

Here's a really good video for step by step building of a pc: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhX0fOUYd8Q It's super easy. It's like building legos, only more expensive. If you can do that, you can build a PC. You should be easily able to run dead by daylight with this setup. You shouldn't need a grounding strap, unless you're building your pc on carpet or you're really paranoid. If you have a large wooden dining table or something, that should be more than adequate. If you're not buying an aftermarket cooler, (there's not one on this list) then you don't need thermal compound, as the stock cooler has it already applied. However, you may want it for the future if you upgrade, and it's really not all that expensive. It goes in between your cpu and the cooler.

Poeka123 1 point 7 months ago

Also, what kind of wires will I need?

PixelatedHam 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

Things like SATA cables come with your motherboard (?)

Your power supply comes with cables.

Your PC case comes with front panel wires hooked up.

Mattlikethepaint 1 point 7 months ago

I also would like to know this :$

PixelatedHam 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Look up

NEWPC2005 1 point 6 months ago

Everything should come with your PSU. Your MOBO will always come with SATA cables. Front panel connectors are integrated into the case.

Brion_Sundae 1 point 7 months ago

Thermal compound is basically a paste that increases heat transfer from the CPU top to cooler bottom. I think most aftermarket coolers include enough in a plastic bag/roll, but if you want, you can buy a tube of good thermal paste for <$10. Grounding strap isn't really needed, but if you plan on building your PC in somewhere with carpet flooring it's recommended to get one. You can go on Youtube and just search up videos about the grounding strap for more info. I have no idea about the Core i3, hopefully someone else can help you with that. That's about it, I haven't actually built a PC yet, but I helped a few friends out with their builds, so my knowledge is sub-par. That's about it.

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

The Pentium G5400 performs around the same as the i3 4170.

As for assembly, Paul's hardware on Youtube has a good video.

As for wires, the motherboard should come with the SATA cable for the Hard drive and have enough fan headers for the case fan.

bigleighsacks 1 point 7 months ago

The processor should be fine but I would recommend researching a better CPU + motherboard combo (using PCpartpicker's compatibility filter) to see if anything is in your price range. For example, what I normally do is type "Pentium Gold G5400 vs Ryzen 3 2200 G" into Google and the first link will normally show you a run down of performance for each CPU side by side. Then I would take the better CPU and match it up with a motherboard on here.

Thermal compound is generally only needed if you're changing the existing cooler on a processor. Most, if not all, stock CPUs will come with a manufacturer cooler that has thermal paste pre-applied in a nice little CPU sized square.

Good luck!!

Lamo7 1 point 7 months ago

The thermal compound will go on the top side of the CPU before the cooler is put on. Usually, the thermal paste will come with the CPU, but just to be sure you can spend an extra $5-$10 on some thermal paste.

Minimum for Dead by Daylight: https://imgur.com/a/I95TxFM

Recommended for Dead by Daylight: https://imgur.com/a/nYETA0n

You could upgrade the CPU for better for better performance but this build should run fine for 1080p 60fps

fadez14 0 points 7 months ago

although the G5400 meets the minimum requirements , its better to get a ryzen 3 1200(or 2200g) . you will pay 20-30$ extra but u will have a greater performance.

PixelatedHam 1 Build 0 points 7 months ago

Hello, welcome to PC building!

CPU cooler comes with CPU for free, and thermal compound is pre applied. Do not buy the G5400, buy a Ryzen 3 or i3 (I would reccomend Ryzen, 30 bucks cheap, same 4 core) for extra 2 cores over the G5400. But, the G5400 beats the i3-4170.

As for assembling a pc, watch the youtube videos. If youre 10 years or more old you should be able to understand 100%.

The grounding strap is extra, but accidents happen, so its up to you.

You put the CPU cooler over the CPU which means compound goes over the CPU. Just watch videos and do research.

Have fun, and trust me its quite easy!

theburlapwizard 1 point 7 months ago

I am extremely new to pc building. Is everything in this build what i would need to set it up, aside from a monitor and keyboard?

bigleighsacks 1 point 7 months ago

Mostly. Look up some videos on how to assemble everything - all the hardware is included in this build EXCEPT FOR AN INTERNAL OR EXTERNAL DVD DRIVE (most people will need this to install an operating system from a disk or ripping CDs etc.). The power supply comes with all the cables you'll need and the motherboard will come with the data cables you require. You'll also need some medium for installing an operating system, whether this is a Windows 7/8/10 disk or a high capacity USB with the boot image on it (again, watch videos on how to do this - the USB has to be formatted in a particular way). Seems this case comes with 2 fans pre-installed which will be fine for this build. More complex/higher power consumption builds require better airflow through the case. Good luck!

bigleighsacks 1 point 7 months ago

Also, I would recommend upgrading the CPU + motherboard if you can spare any extra cash. This CPU is good enough for some entry level gaming but will struggle in other areas. Use PCpartpicker's compatibility filter (makes sure that the CPU fits in the motherboard socket) to see what combinations are available in your price range.

theburlapwizard 1 point 7 months ago

Thank You. Do you know where i can find a usb with windows 10?

sacredtrinity7 1 point 7 months ago

If you have a USB that meets the storage requirements (at least 5GB) you can easily download Windows 10 from Microsoft using Microsoft's Windows 10 Media Creation Tool and it will set up a bootable installation USB for you. And here is Microsoft's instructions for doing so. This is completely free to do and gives you essentially a 99% full version that you can buy a license for at a latter time.

But to answer your question you can get a preinstalled USB with license from Microsoft for 139.00. Just select USB from the options. There are much cheaper legitimate options; for instance Best Buy has the DVD/license for 99.00. Just be sure to search around a bit before buying.

Jamesk99 1 point 7 months ago

I’m new to this, is there a dvd drive included?

sacredtrinity7 1 point 7 months ago

No DVD drive included. You would need to buy it. The case has two places for it to go as the top slot is partially blocked by the front panel cables. This is assuming you want an internal drive, however, external drives connect via USB if you'd prefer not having to install it.

sultanahmet23 1 point 7 months ago

is this the only things i need to get the tower to work

sultanahmet23 1 point 7 months ago

any vidios of pc building

sacredtrinity7 1 point 7 months ago

Yes. With these parts you will have a fully functioning PC. However you will need an operating system like Windows 10 for instance. Of course a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and speakers.

This video from YouTube was really helpful for me when building my computer. He goes into detail with the first time builder in mind as he builds his own. I found it extremely informative and simple to understand.

NEWPC2005 1 point 6 months ago

Bitwit for life

Sadivoyi 1 point 7 months ago

in most cases amd ryzen is the best option!when using the amd ryzen 3,5,6,7 and even thread ripper(if you can afford it) it is cheaper and better in some cases.if you wanna go with intel for cpu then its your choice to miss out.

NEWPC2005 2 points 6 months ago

Wot? There is no Ryzen 6.

Pawacorn 5 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

I'd suggest the Fractal Design Focus G/G Mini or Cooler Master MasterBox E500L case for this build. The Deepcool TESSERACT SW ATX Mid Tower Case has a dated design, and at the time of my post is $75. I hope nobody actually buys it at that price, since it's worth abut half of that.

skyflm 1 point 7 months ago

The price optimization isn't that good, but it's that's an okay starter build.

skyflm 1 point 7 months ago

Here's what I would go with. You would save a couple bucks, and get a nice ssd to go with it. That pentium you used is extremely overpriced bc you'll get basically the same power for 10 bucks lesswith the one I included. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/dpmV29

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

No need to go back to a dead generation. Coffee Lake will give the user access to 6 core i5 and i7 in the future.

skyflm 1 point 7 months ago

Just trying to save as much money as possible. If I had a choice I would’ve used a Ryzen processor, as it’s way more upgradeable than any current intel processor could ever be.

Sindalis 1 point 7 months ago

With all the latest security implications in regards to Intel's HT implementation, it would be seriously good to consider a different CPU and just getting an i3-8100 instead of the Pentium Gold G5400.

The i3-8100 is a true quad core rather than a dual core with hyper-threading, considering Intel's hyper-threading is only about as good as 40% of a real core under the best conditions, having two extra real cores will be a significant performance increase and will also make the system less susceptible to the latest vulnerabilities that specifically target Intel's HT implementation.

While more expensive than the G5400, the i3-8100 should be given serious consideration given the mitigation of the vulnerability by choosing a chip without hyper-threading combined with the enhanced performance of a true quad core would be a good basic start to any entry-level gaming system

aud10_fr3ak 1 point 7 months ago

question: why the tesseract? right now it's not a good value. the phanteks p300 has tempered glass, and it has a acrylic plastic panel. any explanation for this?

sacredtrinity7 1 point 7 months ago

My guess is that at the time of composing the part list it was a good choice as it looks decent, houses all the components well- with room for expansion, and was only $36. Now, with the current price, there are much better options.

30mikeblok 1 point 7 months ago

does the board have wifi or do you need an Ethernet port or special adapter

sacredtrinity7 1 point 7 months ago

It does not. It has onboard ethernet 1 x 10/100/1000 Mbps. To have WiFi capabilities you would either need to get, for instance, a PCI express network adapter that supports WiFi for an internal solution or get a USB WiFi adapter for going external. I decided on the latter since I can use it quickly on other PCs and it is really cheap. $10-$20.

Pentium_TitanX 1 point 7 months ago

Can you make it so that if the Pentium Gold 5400's price goes too high, then the 5500 will take its place instead

BlueCassio 1 point 7 months ago

Is it possible to make this build portable?

JordanFr3ak 1 point 7 months ago

Hey guys,

I'm looking to switch from my mac to a PC to play GTA V with mods, do you think this build would be able to handle my request?

Thanks in advance

Monoxidish 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago


Claymoresama 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Great build it reminds me of my first build. My first build was about ~580 USD and was rocking a pentium 3258, 8gb ram, and a r9 270 (which was a little more powerful than a 750ti for a few bucks more). Great build I hope it lasts a long time.

kgb 1 point 7 months ago


One store better parts, $40 cheaper.

Username-2 1 point 7 months ago

Is it just me or is there no cpu cooler? Sounds like things may get hot

sacredtrinity7 1 point 7 months ago

Fan and cooler are included with the CPU. They will be sufficient for this build. If in doubt you could get an after market cooler for $20-30 but it isnt necessary for adequate cooling. This build is purposely trying to stretch out every dollar.

gaming_tryhard 1 point 6 months ago

Its does come with a stock cooler although it really isnt too good

Bdawg3034 1 point 7 months ago

What are the benchmarks? Rainbow Six Seige, Fortnite etc.

SolidP_ 1 point 7 months ago

I am a 14 year old wanting to build my first pc. I am selling many things like a mouse, my ipad, and my ps4. I want a pc so bad but do not know how much to spend. I want to run games like rainbow six, fortnite, csgo and other fps games at medium to high settings under $700

Waffleness 1 point 7 months ago

You will be able to play rainbow six and all the other games you listed, with rainbow six being the most demanding you can get like 80 fps on ultra https://youtu.be/Pk7dX6griwM there's a video so you can see bench marks with a processor closely related to the g5400

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Those GTX 1060s are expensive though.

BrownNaruto 1 point 6 months ago

Found one for 200$

ypmaws 1 point 7 months ago

Not intel but at least it's an octa.


Nicolas0518 1 point 7 months ago

Will I be able to play games like Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege and Fortnite at least 100 FPS

Monoxidish 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Why are there so many of these comments, but, yes you can, though for six siege you have to turn it down to high

LackLamer 1 point 7 months ago

What is the Power Supply for this PC?

Monoxidish 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

It lists it on there

Conza89 1 point 7 months ago

Nice build, will certainly accomplish the task, up vote. RX 570s would be a consideration at this price, also concerned with the mini cooler, would suggest reallocating money on a modular/semi modular PSU for a superior GPU if possible. Stretching for a 240-256GB SSD might've been nice too.

nathan_wright 1 point 7 months ago

how well will this run fornite, black ops 4 basicaly any of the new games coming in 2018

JD-Havoc 1 point 7 months ago

I followed this build and I'm having an issue, it is not loading the BIOS screen but instead pulsing power to the internal LEDs and all the fans. I noticed the memory changed from GeIL EVO POTENZA 8GB (2 x 4GB) to G.Skill - NT Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory, to my knowledge that shouldn't matter both are compatible. Also I got a 450w psu not the 550w psu in the build. Does anyone have any ideas on how to trouble shoot this issue?

ericko 1 point 7 months ago

I think you can do a little better for $500. I put a powerful AMD build for a little over $500 that dwarfs this build! Let try an Intel one:)

Component Selection Price

Intel - Core i3-8100 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor $118.90 Buy Motherboard

ASRock - H310M-HDV Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $48.92 Buy Memory

Team - Elite Plus 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $62.99 Buy Storage

Western Digital - Caviar Blue 640GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $63.99 Buy Video Card

PowerColor - Radeon RX 570 4GB RED DRAGON Video Card $164.98 Buy Case

Raidmax - Ninja II ATX Mid Tower Case $25.98 Buy Power Supply

EVGA - BT 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $35.32 Buy Total: $521.08

Munks64 1 point 6 months ago

WTF is that hard drive? The 1TB caviar blue 7200rpm is 44 bucks and much larger. Otherwise I agree

Leffl921 1 point 5 months ago


Do you still feel strongly about this build? I am strongly considering purchasing this exact build. Any thing you would change from the previous post?

WildSonic7 1 point 7 months ago

Can it run fortnite at 60 fps?

reelgus 1 point 6 months ago

Good bang for your buck build! Good for a low budget, overall very good!

Metropig 1 point 6 months ago

Should I get a CPU cooler or will I be fine without one

gaming_tryhard 1 point 6 months ago

You will be fine with the stock cooler since you cant overclock

Guten 1 point 6 months ago

Do I need a cooler for this build?

sacredtrinity7 1 point 6 months ago

The cooler that comes with the CPU will be sufficient for this build.

JOZEE 1 point 6 months ago

Would this be good for a fist timer? How would pubg run on this?

daab0ss87 1 point 6 months ago

Just quick question from a new builder How well can this thing run grand theft auto 5?

tharsisnk 1 point 6 months ago

GTA V is a five-year-old game, it will run fine on high settings at 1080p.

Acer2266 1 point 6 months ago

How well will this do against call of duty ghost in max settings? Just asking, for an opinion.

tharsisnk 1 point 6 months ago

CoD: Ghost came out in 2013, a five year old game should run fine on this processor, easily 1080p 60+fps

gaming_tryhard 1 point 6 months ago

First off intel is just not worth it at this price point. Go with ryzen. Also semi modular or modular psus are not needed. The case is not worth the price anymore. What i would do is get a cheap ssd for your os then later get an hdd. With all these price cuts u can fit in a rx 570

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

There's a Ryzen equivalent already available.

Modular PSUs were only added to help with the cable management.

AnnonTrippin 1 point 6 months ago

Powerful enough for farm sim 17/19? Don't know much about pc gaming, trying to get away from console gaming.

Huggoogle 1 point 6 months ago

Do you think this rig is capable of running Forza Horizon 4?

Bdawg3034 1 point 6 months ago

What FPS can it run in Rainbow Six Seige and Fortnite?

pdiddy700 1 point 6 months ago

dose it come with a software?? witch one

sacredtrinity7 1 point 6 months ago

One of the parts listed is the hard drive. Bought new they are completely blank so, no, no software is preinstalled on it. You will have to acquire all software including the operating system.

pdiddy700 1 point 6 months ago

dose it come with windows 10 for free?

sacredtrinity7 1 point 6 months ago

One can download Windows 10 officially from Microsoft for free and create a bootable USB or DVD. It is an unactivated installation and is up to the user to purchase a license key and register it to unlock all features.

Timetrapper 1 point 6 months ago

ahh man you need to include the CPU price, even if you own it already

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

The price is temporarily missing due to being unavailable at the registered suppliers.

Timetrapper 1 point 6 months ago

put something in manual then, cuz it makes people think like the build is an uber bargain beyond what it already is imho haha. jk, up to you :)

k3y3 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago


peteskywalker 1 point 6 months ago

could this run elgato hd60 with its editing program and heavily modded Minecraft (crazycraft 3, sevtech, etc.) at the same time? I might want to play fortnite too. I am just learning about computers (:

peteskywalker 1 point 6 months ago

can the cpu be upgraded to i7 without having to replace the motherboard?

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

This motherboard supports up to the i7 8700.

peteskywalker 1 point 6 months ago

so can I just take out the Pentium in about a year?

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Yes you can.

Donald31888 1 point 6 months ago

How well could this run elder scrolls online or skyrim

ElloMates 1 point 6 months ago

I like this build. But in my opinion, you should pay a little more for a 1060 3GB. It out performs the 1050Ti by up to 30 frames in some games, and is better for starting gamers. Also, a DIYPC P48-W would look a lot better for a lot less. The final thing you should do is go single stick, but better ram. I would reccomend the G-Skill Aegis. This totals out to be $525.71 but it is a little better quaility. Link is here: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/sPGWyX

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Give in to the new budget lord and saviour: the RX 570



WildSonic7 1 point 6 months ago

Will i be able to run fortnite somewhere around 60 fps?

ColinHirosky 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

yea, but it wont last very long because of the cpu, https://pcpartpicker.com/user/ColinHirosky/saved/#view=VWfTHx something like this will last alot longer, note thispart list does include peripherals

lomon 1 point 6 months ago

Has somebody made a benchmarking video about this for things like fortnite or csgo?

Whiio 1 point 6 months ago

Hi ThoughtA I was wondering if i could do this? https://pcpartpicker.com/list/vGBcmq I have a bit more money to spend and wanted to get a bit better parts but have no idea what I'm doing.

gaming_tryhard 2 points 6 months ago

No offense but that is one of the worst things you can do. I would get a gtx 1060 3 gb or 6gb if you can afford. Also get a i3 8100. Maybe you could fit in 16 gbs of ram as well

Whiio 1 point 6 months ago

Ahh ok no offense taken. I asked because I have no idea what I was doing haha! Thanks for helping me out!

Whiio 1 point 6 months ago
ColinHirosky 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

8gb is really all you need still in 2018,16gb is fine but it is not needed for basic gaming and having something like discord or chrome is the background

gaming_tryhard 2 points 6 months ago

This would be a great build https://pcpartpicker.com/list/BNPq7W but the amd one is better if im being honest

gaming_tryhard 2 points 6 months ago

Also https://pcpartpicker.com/list/W6DHr6 is maybe even better build for less. But it is amd if you dont mind. This pc can run fortnite maxed out easily at 60 fps probably a lot more. Amd also has a way better stock cooler so i would definitely get this build if I were you

gaming_tryhard 1 point 6 months ago

So if you are wondering the corrections I made here they are. Amds ryzen 2600 is way better value and gives the same performance. You also get a better cooler w with the ability to overclock. Your motherboard is too expensive and is kind of a waste of money. You also dont need thermal paste its preapplied on the cooler. Also i added cheaper ram because you were wasting 30 dollars on ram that performs the same. For storage YOU NEED AN SSD it will just make your whole pc run smoother. The rx580 8gb out performs the 1060 6gb and will let you run the new blackout. The case i changed because I personally like the one i chose better but its up to you. And lastly you dont need to spend 80 dollars on a power supply. 45 will get you a perfect power supply. Sorry if this is too long.

Whiio 1 point 6 months ago

Please no need to say sorry for the long text! I'm VERY appreciative that you took the time to help me out and explain everything to me! I will be going with the amd build you suggested! I'm super excited now thank you so much!

gaming_tryhard 1 point 6 months ago

If you were wondering if this build could stream, it can and with 1080p with 60 fps on pretty much any game you throw at it

PEYBOY 1 point 6 months ago

Can you do all of these then stick a i3 8100 in there?

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Yes you can use an i3-8100 instead of the g5400

Mxrcuss 1 point 6 months ago

Quick heads up, I am completely new to this and barely know anything about about building a pc.

I was wondering if this pc could run games like r6s, csgo, fortnite and possibly bo4 with decent fps? Also, would putting a core i5 and a GTX 1060 into this help improve it at all? Thanks and if you have any other recommendations that can help, they would be greatly appreciated.

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

If you have the budget for the i5 you can try this build: https://pcpartpicker.com/guide/cTTwrH/modest-intel-gaming-build

It'll run those games perfectly.

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sw25481 1 point 6 months ago

Would it be possible for you to stick to components for which there is ppcpartpicker pricing available in the US and the UK, especially when publishing on uk.pcpartpicker.com. As it stands today this build does not have a price for the TESSERACT case or the Pentium Gold, which rather misleadingly suggests this build can be had for £375.

The DeepCool Tesseract SW-RD (same case in Red) is available from at least one of your UK suppliers for £34.99, and the processor is very hard to find and not much cheeper than the i3-8100 available for £107.99. So the real UK price would be more like £518 ($628)

As an initial hack, perhaps you show no overall price if you do not have all the parts

icey1022 1 point 6 months ago

how many frames would I get on fortnite with far view distance no showdowns and high textures

JDragonZ11802 1 point 6 months ago

if any of you guys can, could one of you find some solutions to make this thing so good that i can have several windows open while playing fortnite to the highest quality. it would make my day if you had the price range around 500 to 800 dollars

gaming_tryhard 1 point 6 months ago

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/W6DHr6 is a great build but its AMD.

JDragonZ11802 1 point 5 months ago

hey can you see if you can make this build a little cheaper but works the same

gaming_tryhard 1 point 6 months ago

The 6 core cpu and 16 gbs of ram will easily let you have multiple tabs up and easily run fortnite maxed out with 80 fps with the rx580 8gb

JDragonZ11802 1 point 6 months ago

ok thank you

gaming_tryhard 1 point 6 months ago

Yes it works but i really recommend ssd it will just make your whole pc smoother. Like just get a cheap 120 gb ssd and put windows 10 on it and a game or two. All extra stuff on the hdd. Also 50 dollars for that case is not worth it for me but if you want that case go ahead and get it. The cooler master case is way better imo. Also you are on old hardware but the build should work well on fortnite but my build i made is more future proof and has better upgradeabiliry.

JDragonZ11802 1 point 6 months ago

ok ill just go with your build

gaming_tryhard 1 point 5 months ago

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/hWbVZR it will have less airflow look uglier and be harder to cable manage but its cheaper

MurksmanGirl 1 point 6 months ago

would i be able to play a big game like Fortnite and stream on Twitch at the same as well as having Discord open?

ColinHirosky 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

no they should not have mentioned streaming in this build, it can make people confused, if u want a part list to a couple streaming pcs, note they do have peripherals in the part lists just ignore that stuff https://pcpartpicker.com/user/ColinHirosky/saved/FgJyXL https://pcpartpicker.com/user/ColinHirosky/saved/fndhqs

denzel18 1 point 6 months ago

what does the mail-in rebate function mean/do?

ColinHirosky 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

like u will get a gift card for that retailer

Wolfxredshark 1 point 6 months ago

How does this fair with livestreaming though

TravDryden 1 point 5 months ago

How would this build run Total War: Warhammer II?

deerjeff 1 point 5 months ago

If i wanted to run vrchat, would this build work? and if so (i'm new to pc building) does anyone know where i could find a video showing me how to put all this stuff together. Like a very in depth video?

sacredtrinity7 1 point 5 months ago

Try this video.

deerjeff 1 point 4 months ago

thanks!, this was really helpful :)

Gonzo620 1 point 5 months ago

Can this play games with high quality graphics like Monster Hunter: World and Black Ops?

Rezii 1 point 5 months ago

Im wondering if i should save up for this build and what frames does fortnite and csgo run at

LindyhopBill 1 point 5 months ago

Somehow the price of the CPU is missing right now; IDK what to do about it.

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

You may have to check stores in your area for stock. Right now PCPP says the g5500 and g5600 are also in stock. You can also get the i3 8100 if you have the money.



A_Minor 1 point 5 months ago

Is there anywhere to buy this case?

PCnoobi3 1 point 5 months ago

Will the past case fit this? Also, can this build fit a mini 6gb GTX 1060?

DJ_C0REL3X 1 point 5 months ago

I have no idea how to build a computer. How would I do this after I get all of the necessary components?

Triniking 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

There are good build guides on YouTube. Search Paul's Hardware pc build and his video should come up.

OneAzarath 1 point 5 months ago

Will I be able to run Monster Hunter: World with this build comfortably? It's my first time building a PC, and I'm unsure of so many things it's beginning to stress me out.

EsserGaming 1 point 5 months ago

This is the 200th Comment on this page! :D

SibLingU 1 point 5 months ago

Does this Build will run Fortnite good? Anyway, where is the CPU Cooler?

dogemasta117 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

it should run it well , just not amazingly , and i think it uses the stock cooler that comes with the CPU , which is perfectly fine for a pentium .

PCBuilder73 1 point 5 months ago

I have three questions. 1. What thermal paste would be recommended to use on this? 2. Does the case come with a CPU Cooler? If not what one should I get 3. Does is there any parts I should add that don't raise the price too much?

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

1) The Intel CPU cooler comes with thermal paste pre-applied but if you want your own people normally use ARCTIC brand thermal paste.


2) Cases don't come with CPU coolers. The Pentium comes with a CPU cooler and the case comes with two pre-installed case fans.

3) You can try to get a i3 8100 instead of the Pentium.

Yuva_Boss 1 point 5 months ago

why does the cpu have no price?

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

It's probably out of stock.

Good substitutes are the g5500, g5600 or the i3 8100.

LeonTrotsky543 1 point 5 months ago

Kind of a dumb question but can this thing run R6 high settings

ColinHirosky 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

if the processor would be changed this system would be fine, for lighter titles, 2 hyperthreaded cores are fine, just in modern open world games like pubg, gta 5, and battlefield 1 and V, you can experience frequent hickups, especially in pubg and it can cause the game to be unplayable in the early game, going with a i3-8100 or a ryzen 3 would work just fine for any game, and the used market also exists!

AlecaialexOMG 1 point 5 months ago

can i play fortnite and overwhatch good??

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Oh yeah. Those games are easy to run.

aquax 1 point 5 months ago

You kidding me? €130 storage on a €650 gaming pc? Spend that on a cpu with higher single core performance or a better graphics card...

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

A 2TB HDD is 130 Euros where you live?

Reybee 1 point 5 months ago

My question is will this build work well for gta 5 rp servers?

Danimal5 1 point 5 months ago

New to this site but i'm a bit confused as to the cpu, why no price ? can't be free, or is it?

Brown9274 1 point 5 months ago

This will be my first build, Is there a step by step guide for assembly?

Monoxidish 1 Build 0 points 5 months ago

Why are there so many comments relating to "Can it play Fortnite, Rainbow Six, GTAV, PUBG" at "Insert high fps" questions?

PrivatePengu 3 points 5 months ago

Because they want to know

Monoxidish 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

ok then

ThewhiteHat -1 points 8 months ago

Hmm can i trust you that this build actually works

Jonotha 1 point 8 months ago

There is a list Right above of the Parys Wich Also says that it works

Devun41 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

it definitely works.

SupremeLogan -4 points 8 months ago

An intel pentium..

tharsisnk 5 points 8 months ago

its entry level....

ThatSaltiBoye 1 point 8 months ago

this should get about 100FPS in csgo with medium setings

Brion_Sundae 1 point 7 months ago

Don't disrespect the pentium like that. 3.7 Ghz clock speed is enough for most games

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JesterJesh 4 points 7 months ago

Lag =/= sudden fps drops/low fps

PixelatedHam 1 Build -4 points 7 months ago

Then why do people call it lag spikes? Why do I have 6 upvotes?

Synchro 2 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Lol cause you think upvotes mean everything

Lamo7 2 points 7 months ago

Lag spikes don't really affect the game much if at all.

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ThoughtA staff submitter 2 points 8 months ago

That motherboard leaves no room to add additional RAM to the 2x4GB in place, the storage section of the write-up already addresses your concerns, and your part list costs more.

Every dollar counts for this guide.

Your build is still a viable part list, but I'd say it's a far cry from being objectively better at achieving the goal of this guide, which is to save as much money as possible while still achieving a reasonable/enjoyable gaming experience.

Brion_Sundae 2 points 7 months ago

There really is nothing wrong with the storage or processor for a build that's less than $500. Case is subjective

gaming_tryhard 1 point 7 months ago

Not enough storage

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manirelli staff 8 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Sale of software and keys from that site often violates the ToS or are resold licenses purchased via fraudulent credit card. Recommending, suggesting, advising, encouraging, hinting, or in any way implying these keys as a solution or option is not allowed on this site.

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ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 7 months ago

Use of Windows must be done with a legitimate product key.

Per Microsoft:

You are authorized to use this software only if you are properly licensed and the software has been properly activated with a genuine product key or by other authorized method.

For more information please see: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/Useterms/Retail/Windows/10/UseTerms_Retail_Windows_10_English.htm

PixelatedHam 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

I read somewhere that it was legal, now what?

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 7 months ago

The rules of the site stand.

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pdiddy700 1 point 6 months ago

dose it come with windows 10 for free?

k3y3 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Here’s what I’d do. Download windows onto your computer with a usb stick. You’ll have a free trial for a month. Until then just save to get a legit key, or get it off another win10 system you may have.

ColinHirosky 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

or u can just man up and not even use a key

Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Pentium Gold G5400 3.7 GHz Dual-Core Processor 7W - 58W
OLOy - 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory 5W
Hitachi - Ultrastar 7K3000 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Asus - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4 GB Phoenix Video Card 18W - 75W
Total: 158W