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Guide

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. The Core i3-9100F includes a CPU cooler, so a 3rd-party cooler isn't necessary

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, B360 motherboards 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 a B360 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 480GB. Everyone's storage needs are different, so feel free to change drive capacity or add 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 Cougar MX330 is an ATX mid tower case with 2x USB 3.0 front panel ports, which is a bit of a rarity in the budget sector. It's especially uncommon to have those ports accompanied by 2x USB 2.0, which this case has as well. It fits full-length video cards, and this version actually features a tempered glass window. It also provides numerous cable managment holes.

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.

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CPU Intel Core i3-9100F 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor
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Motherboard Gigabyte B365M DS3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard

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

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Storage Western Digital Green 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive

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Video Card Gigabyte Radeon RX 570 4 GB GAMING Video Card

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Case Cougar MX330-G ATX Mid Tower Case
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Power Supply Corsair CXM (2015) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply

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Base Total: $515.94
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Total: $514.94

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Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

How much FPS would this PC have? I’m considering buying it as my first PC and I would like to know how much FPS it has to know if I should buy it. Thanks!

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

It depends on the game, can you specify? Also, you may want to use the entry level AMD gaming build as the Ryzen 5 1600 offers more cores and threads than the i3 9100f as well as overclocking capability and hyperthreading.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I was thinking Fortnite and CS:GO, I was considering this one because it was the least expensive option.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

The extra ~$40 should be worth it, based on benchmarks, a ryzen 5 1600 and a rx 570 will get 90 fps on fortnite, while this build averages 60 fps. On CS:Go you shouldn't have any problems with both builds getting over 120 fps on average.

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  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Ok thank you! Although I live in Canada and the price is a bit more I think I’ll save up for the other one.👍

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh, I was using USD, so sorry for the confusion.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

What about escape from tarkov? Also how much would it be to upgrade the i3 to an i5 or possibly 7?

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't know much about escape from tarkov, but it should be able to get 60fps. However, I would recommend getting the entry-level AMD build instead, unless you have a reason to choose Intel over AMD. Also, it wouldn't be worthwhile to upgrade to an i5/i7 instead of a ryzen 5 3600. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

would this run modded minecraft in particular RLcraft with the recommended shaders? I would like to get at least 60fps.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

It would most likely run at 60fps, but people recommend a better PC.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

This might sound like a silly question, but could this possibly run Cyberpunk 2077?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Yes, not at the highest settings but you can still get a playable experience at medium 1080p.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Any ideas about how this would run lower/higher range games?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

It will run ok at mid settings in 1080p. In most games if not all.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

i would add 2TB HHD

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

this is only a guide so people can add a 2tb drive if they need

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

hi im new to building and was wondering if this pc would be a good starter, and if i wanted to run games like r6 or csgo would this be good memory wise?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, you should be able to run those games at 60fps at 1080p

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I see that this has a core i3 9100f and although I agree that that cpu is very good for it's price and is probably the most powerful of it's price range, the motherboard that it uses is out-of-date, and will limit upgradability in that departmentdue to that, unless one is OK with buying a whole new motherboard to upgrade to something better. If upgradability is not something you will do in the near future, use it, it's a powerful CPU, but if one would might want to upgrade, use the Ryzen 3 2200G which is only slightly less powerful and runs on a motherboard scoket type that is still being manufactured. Just some advice for anyone who reads this, otherwise it's a great build!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Why not just get the entry level AMD guide instead?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I think I gave off the wrong message: the build is fine, I just wanted to warn people of the potential hassle when it comes to upgrading if you're using that CPU.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd swap in a Crucial MX500 500GB instead of the PNY drive.

At the same price for 20-40% performance gain on the slowest part of the system, it's a no-brainer.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Can this computer handle L4D2, TF2, Dead by daylight, payday 2, and Garry's mod? Sorry to be specific but if I go through with the purchase this will be my first ever gaming computer

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I'm not so sure about L4D2 or Dead by daylight, but the others yes, TF2 and CSGO are very easy to run. Payday 2 should be good (I haven't tried it on this system) But if you want some extra performance i would use the AMD Build purely for the higher core and thread count and easier to upgrade in the future.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

How do both builds handle GTA V?

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

The AMD one Performs better, since AMD has more cores and threads. GTA V is CPU hungry

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Im new to building a pc and want to know if this will run moder warfare

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

It should definetly run, maybe not in a stellar fashion, but you should still have a solid gaming experience. (The 570 can kind of drag sometimes just from experience; just a warning)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Aren't B365 boards limited to 2666 mhz on RAM?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Would this run Rainbow Six Siege at Medium settings? Just wondering because I was going to go with AMD but Intel is cheaper. Thanks!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Will this run Iracing at 60FPS? Or any other sim games (Asetto Corsa, f1, ETC.)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I finally have the funds to get/build a starter pc, my budget is around this price and can come slightly up, would like to simply play simple games like CS, Minecraft, GMod, and other non-demanding games, would like to know what areas could use improvement or if this build is just what I’m looking for

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

You can play all those games on a lower level gaming pc this woulf be perfect for all of that

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

How well do you think it would work for streaming?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Would there be a reason to choose The Entry Intel system over the AMD Entry system? I play mostly Bethesda single player games like Skyrim and Fallout 4 and no multiplayer games. I am wondering if the AMD would be better at handling the scenery or hold fps better. Thanks for the help

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Would this pc run euro truck sim and any other games like csgo?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

what drivers do i need for this and when do i install them

  • 24 days ago
  • 1 point

So this is my first time building a PC and I’m really struggling on what parts to get. I’m trying to build a PC that can play games like Fortnite, CSGO, Modern Warfare. If any of you guys have any recommendations that aren’t to expensive, please let me know. Thank you!

  • 20 days ago
  • 1 point

quiero comprar una pc para jugar juegos como cs go, pubg, y fornite quería saber que tan bien llevaría esta pc esos juegos?

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 point

I'm looking to buy my first desktop and I'm considering this one. I'm not a big gamer or anything, but I do tend to play a lot of Sims. I play with a lot of mods in place and my laptop is staring to get slower. I'm also looking to expand to other PC games like Star Wars Battlefront. How well would this PC run a Sims game with all expansions?

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

Would this be good for warzone?

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

Is this good for sims 3 and streaming?

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

How big is the difference between this and the Modest Intel Gaming Build? Is it worth the extra $300? I would be using it for game design and playing games like Battlefield V.

  • 10 days ago
  • 1 point

Would I need to add extra case fans?

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

wouldent you need a cooler to cool off the cpu? I don't think Intel CPU has one included

  • 7 days ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I was looking to build this. I see it is using DDR4-3000 but the motherboard says it is good from DDR4-2133 to DDR4-2666? So I am able to use the DDR4-3000 ram?

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

I built this with the and style motherboard and am now looking to upgrade what are some recommendations for a general upgrade (build I’m using is this from about September of last year)

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

Would a PC like this or the entry level AMD be able to run VR at any capacity? Im also curious if this or the AMD one would run games that might be more intensive than fortnite like just cause 4, mad max or other large triple A titles

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

Is there a cooler that comes with the i3?

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

Will this run rust?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Why?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

After looking over everything. You are correct. Better off going with Rzyen 5 2600 & RX 570 . What you think about this?

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/jgkPQq

Userbenchmark PC Build Comparison Baseline Bench: Game 49%, Desk 66%, Work 39% CPU: Intel Core i3-9100F $80 GPU: AMD RX 570 $120 SSD: SanDisk SSD Plus 480GB $60 RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $63 MBD: Gigabyte GA-B365M DS3H Total: $323

Alternative Bench: Game 50%, Desk 72%, Work 60% CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 $110 GPU: AMD RX 570 $120 SSD: Crucial MX500 500GB $64 RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $63 MBD: Asrock B450 Gaming-ITX/ac Total: $357

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

looks good

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