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Build Guide

Entry Level Gaming Build

by ThoughtA

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

Description

CPU

Our CPU of choice for this budget 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.

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 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're going with a filter for the best-priced AMD Radeon RX 570. This will run modern games at 1080p quite well. If you'd like to squeeze a little more performance out of your build for more money, you can check out the Radeon RX 580 to see if its prices look appealing to you.

Case

The Fractal Design Focus G Mini is a brand new mATX case that is compatible with all of our components. It has several cable management holes, and the side panel the mounts behind the motherboard is bumped out to make cable management easier back there. In addition to two 5.25" bays, you'll find 2 USB ports on the front panel of the case - 1 USB 3.0 and 1 USB 2.0.

Cases tend to be highly personal choices, so make sure you browse our listed cases to see what suits you.

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.

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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 239W
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CPU $85.00 FREE $85.00 SuperBiiz Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: Micro ATX
  • Chipset: Intel B250
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
  • RAM Type: DDR4
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Memory
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
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Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 240 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 2.5"
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From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 1000 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
$36.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $36.99 Amazon Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: Radeon RX 570
  • Length: 180 mm - 403 mm
$144.99 FREE $144.99 Newegg Buy
Get 2 Free Games w/ purchase, limited offer
Case $49.99 $9.99 $59.98 Newegg Business Buy
Power Supply $44.99 -$20.00 FREE $24.99 Newegg Buy
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Base Total: $515.09
Mail-in Rebates: -$20.00
Shipping: $9.99
Total: $505.08
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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.

Comments Sorted by:

WirelessCables 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

The lack of rubber grommets and inclusion of 5.25" drive cages in a new case confuse me.

Anyway, this looks like a solid update. Nice job.

Cetais 2 points 18 months ago

Whoa! An update right when I started building it. I only got the case so far, and it seems to be one of the only change.

So, what's different between this build and the one two months earlier? Can I still build it with the case of the previous version? (I mean, since the video card is a bit larger)

This would be my first ever computer, so I don't know much, I'm sorry if my questions may sounds stupid.

shmitty5050 3 points 18 months ago

The case is a negligible change. Personally I'd ignore the suggestion in any build guide and browse individual parts for something you like, just make sure it's compatible.

The big change is the graphics card. I honestly don't know why it took so long to update, the new series has been out for about a month. But this GPU is about the same price, with a decent hike to performance. If you haven't ordered that yet, get the 570, not the 470.

Cetais 2 points 18 months ago

As I have next to no knowledge on how to build a PC, I want to make sure I'll have a working build, and there's no better way than to follow this one.

Thank you for your answer, I just ordered the 570.

Sartajaujla 1 point 18 months ago

rx 470 vs 570

jetman586 2 points 18 months ago

could i replace the rx 570 with gtx 1060 because amazon or new egg dont have any on their website

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Yep. The gtx 1060 is also a very good card.

georgeyhere 1 point 18 months ago

Why the G4560 instead of an i3 6100 or 7100?

WirelessCables 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

The G4560 has a much higher price to performance ratio. They're almost identical in terms of performance, but the G4560 is ~$40-$50 cheaper.

Sartajaujla 2 points 18 months ago

the 7100 is about 30% faster in igpu performance but 90% of the people here are running dedcated gpus . Price is 30% less though

nammerbom 4 points 18 months ago

But why would igpu performance matter if the build has an rx 570?

Sartajaujla 1 point 18 months ago

i3 series is obsolete, i5s are only good for gaming, Pentium is where it is at,

526christian 4 points 18 months ago

But why would igpu performance matter if the build has an rx 570?

A1Y4 1 point 18 months ago

Are fans included?

Jigmoo 2 points 18 months ago

thats what the stock cooler is

TechChick242 1 point 18 months ago

Does this cpu actually comes with a cooler, or I'll have to purchase one?

shlocko 3 points 18 months ago

It does say near the beginning of the guide, however yes, the cpu comes with a cooler, most non K model cpu's do

A1Y4 1 point 18 months ago

case raised $40 more, now its $80, haaha T-T

ThoughtA staff submitter 3 points 18 months ago

You might have your merchants set to Amazon only. There are other merchants with lower prices at the moment.

Tater93 1 point 18 months ago

Would this build be able to run Fallout 4 on ultra settings and with mods?

Drekloe 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

yup, like 80 fps

PhanVu 1 point 18 months ago

if i want to build this gaming pc, how can i order, i'm in yagoona ( new south wale)?

scattymatty 1 point 17 months ago

I'm a total novice and currently building this rig. Not going too badly. How do I connect up the case fans though? The motherboard only has 1 says fan slot and there are 2 fans. Any help much appreciated!

Reason:
Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Pentium G4560 3.5 GHz Dual-Core Processor 6W - 54W
G.Skill - NT Series 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2133 Memory 5W - 5W
Team - L5 LITE 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Hitachi - Ultrastar 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
PowerColor - Radeon RX 570 4 GB RED DRAGON Video Card 37W - 150W
Total: 54W - 239W