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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 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.


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.


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, 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.


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.


All of the components are housed in the Thermaltake Versa H15 mid tower. This case is straightforward, offering cable management holes, front panel USB 3.0, and an external 5.25" bay for components such as an optical disc drive.


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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Warning: These parts have potential issues/incompatibilities. (See details.)

Estimated Wattage: 154W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $92.99 FREE $92.99 SuperBiiz Buy
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: Micro ATX
  • Chipset: Intel B250
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
  • RAM Type: DDR4
$77.45 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $77.45 Amazon Buy
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
$37.99 FREE $37.99 Newegg Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2000 GB - 10000 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$46.89 FREE $46.89 Amazon Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Price: $0.00 - $200.00
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
$154.99 -$20.00 FREE $134.99 Newegg Business Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Case $49.99 $5.99 $55.98 Newegg Buy
Power Supply $48.99 -$22.00 $2.99 $29.98 Newegg Buy
+ $7 off w/ promo code EMCTYVW42, limited offer
$15.00 mail-in rebate
Base Total: $509.29
Promo Discounts: -$7.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$35.00
Shipping: $8.98
Total: $476.27
* 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.

Potential Issues / Incompatibilities

  • Asus - PRIME B250M-C-CSM Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard and Intel - Pentium G4560 3.5 GHz Dual-Core Processor are not compatible.

Comments Sorted by:

Lobsterareawesome 8 Builds 17 points 13 months ago

thats so crazy.. not even a gtx 1050 TI for under 200 $

IngeniousTinkerer 10 points 12 months ago

Thank the miney bois.

xianaru 3 points 13 months ago

What kind of gaming can this CPU handle? I'm helping my friend replace his 2008 desktop which he is still playing League on. Trying to get him into more PC games such as Overwatch or PUBG.

If anyone who did this build can chime in on your own experiences.

Drekloe 1 Build 4 points 13 months ago

All eSports at 60+ FPS, AAA titles at 60 fps at low-medium settings

Theo_Edward 3 points 12 months ago

Could it run rainbow six seige and other FPS

ColbyD. 1 point 12 months ago


HazordouSam 2 points 12 months ago

But can it run crysis

ColbyD. 1 point 11 months ago

most likely

Cruzer101 2 points 13 months ago

I have a g4560 + gtx1050 and i can run most new games at medium to high settings around 60-100 fps depending on the game. This pc can run overwatch at 80 settings on high, and i can bet it'll run league pretty good.

diabolicflame93 4 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

From a personal exp., it will play the new hitman, wolfestine 2, and shadow of war. But you may need to drop some settings from high or ultra to medium.

omglazergunspewpewpew 1 point 12 months ago

it can handle alot of games on 60 fps and 1080 p it cant hadle that spesificaicions on overwacht but I dont know pubg beacouse i dont have that game yet

Mickelanannie 0 points 12 months ago

This is not going to be a super good gaming build. It's a super low budget build. The 1050 ti will run Overwatch and PUBG smooth, but don't expect ultra settings. About the CPU, this is a dual core CPU with an okay clock speed. I could recommend you upgrade to the i5 or maybe just an i3 if you want to play PUBG, and leauge.... LOL will play on any CPU...

Pixle_Res 1 point 13 months ago

What SSD will work with this build? Also, any suggestions for wireless network adapters?

L0PES101 5 points 13 months ago

Any SSD is going to work. Do some research about what speeds you require for your needs and capacity.

cmvedder2 6 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

i actually just finished a build almost identical to this with a bigger case and MOBO but at a clance with the MOBO i would def suggest an m.2 hard drive at 120 - 250 gigs. yes they are more expensive but if your aim is a smaller form factor this would be perfect for your build and your os boot times and work ability will be far superior to an hdd and even better then an average ssd

casedogg512 2 points 13 months ago

If you're looking for suggestions on wireless networking, I would look no further than the site you're on: https://pcpartpicker.com/products/wireless-network-card/#sort=-rating&R=5,4&page=1

It really depends what you want to spend on it. You could look a little deeper to find a board that supplies wireless networking itself, but that difference in price may not justify buying a part (that you could use elsewhere, later).

RKCrizzle 1 point 13 months ago

Can this play OW or Stream + OW?

cmvedder2 6 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

absolutely, been playing overwatch on max setting with great results with this same build. i havent tried streaming yet but if you tone down the graphics i cant imagine there would be an issure

casedogg512 1 point 13 months ago

You could alternately run two machines: your gaming PC, which would be good enough to run the games at your desired settings AND a box that handles the streaming. It wouldn't require dedicated graphics but a capture card instead.

Read this guide for some more information: http://www.logicalincrements.com/articles/streaming#twopc

diabolicflame93 4 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Shouldn't have any trouble with overwatch. I think most benchmarks have this build's fps in the 100s for overwatch. Not sure about streaming - the low core count could give you some issues. Look up this build on youtube there are a lot people that have built this pc and run fps on common games.

ColbyD. 1 point 12 months ago

maybe stream non cpu intensive at 720p

SparksGamez 1 point 13 months ago

I am a small YouTuber looking to start out somewhere and I recently got a job and I am getting paid soon. This is the cheapest gaming setup I could find and I was wondering if I would be able to record/stream RUST with decent frame rate and maybe let's say, medium quality. Would I be able to have around 60 FPS doing so?

cheezmeister 2 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

Not with integrated graphics. Unfortunately, Intel's graphics are insignificant for gaming, you'd need to find a dedicated card. CPU-wise, you may have some trouble editing and rendering video, but no lag in-game if you aren't streaming. If you are streaming it may be better to go with the entry level AMD build, due to the much higher thread count in the Ryzen 5 2400G.

brayan24 2 points 13 months ago

you sound like you know something about building care to share some advice?

Mickelanannie 1 point 12 months ago

This is a good build, but as cheezmeister said, go AMD. AMD has better chips at similar prices, and the 2400G has an Okay Inbuilt graphics card

ProPC.tech 1 point 12 months ago

This build included an EVGA NVIDIA GTX-1050Ti so.... pretty sure it can handle it just fine. The CPU is the only hindering issue on this, and even that is a Dual Core CPU with Hyperthreading. So it should be able to handle multi-threaded tasks fairly well too. Our only issue is, with big dreams and future thinking comes future proofing. I would say it will work for his needs, but it would be better to get more performance in the foundation of the build: The CPU and the MOTHERBOARD. The intel core i5 platform would be a bit better now and into the futre. For more details check out: https://ProPC.tech/pc_gaming.html

Tate58 1 point 13 months ago

Can this computer run most games with good quality

oslohes 1 point 13 months ago

The ram is outdated it costs around £100 rather than 59

TruBlaze 1 point 13 months ago

You do realize the build uses Parametric Filters for picking parts, right?

derickwaddle1986 1 point 13 months ago

Will the run fortnite on medium settings

casedogg512 1 point 13 months ago

I would say 'yes' considering my secondary (kids') computer is a q9550 and a 1050, non-Ti.

The settings are not all on medium:

Distance - epic;

Shadows - off (should always do this in BR);

AA - Medium;

Textures - High;

Effects - low;

Post - low;

The game runs between 60 and 90 FPS @ 1080p in game, over 110 on the lobby island.

Ellobila42 1 point 13 months ago

Would this be able to handle Elite Dangerous?

Supertravtastic 1 point 13 months ago

I am in the process of ordering the necessary parts for this build, minus the GPU for the time being. Without the GPU will this run fortnite, destiny 2 and the sims at med to high?

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

The iGPU for the g4560 isn't very good as the APU used for the AMD build.

Supertravtastic 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks, do you think I would have issues without the 1050 TI while I am working on saving up for it?

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Get a GPU please.

CallMeIto 1 point 13 months ago

What GPU would you recommend?

Supertravtastic 1 point 13 months ago

The GTX 1050 TI is included in the build when they are available for under $200 dollars. A couple days ago they were $194. I have been looking for a used GTX 960 to use.

diabolicflame93 4 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

A 1050 ti. Try to find an open box deal or used deal if yiu are short on cash. Or if you want to play only PC and are realy into AAA new release games a 1060 6gb

diabolicflame93 4 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

You might be able to play sims. But you will have trouble with fortnight and especialy destiny 2.

Supertravtastic 1 point 12 months ago

I ended up finding a used Sapphire R9 270x(2gb), completed my build a few days ago and it has been running Fortnite on low at like 120 frames and Overwatch on low at like 140 frames. D2 ran at like 80 frames. Perfect for what I need.

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Cdonohue 1 point 13 months ago

I don't get how a pc could be this cheap but still run all the esport titles, I mean many professionals have stated that you would generally need to spend more for a decent gaming pc. Could someone give me a brief explanation on why this can run such games?

DopeAF123 1 point 13 months ago

This build could be at about 500-600 bucks with the price of a current gtx 1050 ti. It doesn't have a GPU listed at the moment. Only GTX 1050's are found under 200 right now, not the ti variant.

vagabond139 5 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Because those professionals are very very very wrong. You can run esports games such as CS:GO, LoL, Overwatch, etc even without the GPU if you don't mind turning the graphical settings down a lot.

diabolicflame93 4 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

"Esports games" tend to be easy to run or well optimized for the pc. They are, most often, games most people can run without buying a gpu.

CallMeIto 1 point 13 months ago

How much FPS will I get in Fortnite and CSGO on low, medium, and high settings with this build?

DopeAF123 1 point 13 months ago

I see no GPU listed, sooooo it won't do you well. You could scrape by the CSGO low settings, but not Fortnite if you want to at least be able to see weapons and people in the distance.

DrLitch 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Just a suggestion: You can get the regular GTX 1050 for $150, much less than TI variant. Replace 1050Ti with the 1050 and you are set. Dropping down to the 1050 will cost you some frames but you can game most AAA titles at modest settings. With current GPU mining craziness, the low end (1050 or lower or RX560 or lower) or super high end (Titan XP/V) cards are the only available that are not subject to severe markups.

Supertravtastic 1 point 13 months ago

I came across a sapphire dual x r9 270, used for four months for $75 is this worth putting into this build at least for until I have the funds to get a 1050ti?

DrLitch 1 Build 3 points 13 months ago

The r9 270 is not that much slower than a 1050Ti I would buy and upgrade to a 1060 when funds permit, not worth it to invest in a 1050Ti if you already had an r9-270. r9 270 would serve your gaming purposes until you are ready to invest for a 1060 or its next gen iteration.

Supertravtastic 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks, hopefully prices start to come down in the near future. I will stick with the r9-270 for the than being. Was able to pick it up used for $75.

Rraghav 1 point 12 months ago

Ha! I still remember the day when my dad bought our first cpu. That consisted of pentium, 512 MB RAM, 350 gigs hdd. And all my friends drooled over that system. Those were the days.

Rockbugs25 1 point 12 months ago

why is there video card

Kor1cald 1 point 12 months ago

Will this build run games and adobe products well, and I’m confused about that video card, where is it.

diabolicflame93 4 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

They are using a filter to find a 1050 ti <$200. It isnt finding a 1050 ti in that price range so no gpu apears in the list.

AbraKadabra 1 point 12 months ago

Dosen't have GPU in it put if you put a 1050 TI then it will be around $660 USD dollars.

wumbo_hoxton 1 point 12 months ago

How would this build do in CSGO? Settings?

TurboRX7 1 point 12 months ago

what do you do for wifi?

Xreck 1 point 12 months ago

Can this run games like GTA V, The Witcher 3, CIV 5/6, and plane simulator games??

TruBlaze 1 point 12 months ago

Not with the graphics of a G4560

Xreck 1 point 12 months ago

How about Ryzen5 1600 or 1200?

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

You will still need a graphics card so consider getting the GTX 1050ti or a GTX 1050 or RX560 if you can't go beyond $200.

kabooki00 1 point 12 months ago

Can I install Linux (Ubuntu or Mint) in this machine? Will there be any hardware compatibility issues?

Lewis_17 1 point 12 months ago

I will be building this over the next little while... Whats the best video/documentation to learn to put everything together?

andotri 1 point 12 months ago

How many FPS may I get if I play dota 2?

icygiant 1 point 12 months ago

this might be a dumb question but i'm new to this, would a Intel Core i5-8400 Desktop Processor 6 Cores up to 4.0GHz Turbo LGA1151 300 Series 65W BX80684i58400 be compatible with this build?

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

You'll need to change the board since Coffee Lake isn't compatible with B250/H270 boards.

An i5 8400 build would look like this:


m1gisnotd3ad 1 point 12 months ago

so i just started pc gaming and want to upgrade to a pc from a laptop is there anything i should know if missing and if it would be able to run without it i have a budget of 500 and want to see it this can work because im new to pc building

Dragon_God_Orsted 1 point 12 months ago


Good day!

Pretty new to this stuff actually. A friend gave me FF15 as a gift recently now all I need is a decent PC to play it on. Would this be able to run the game? Sorry for the dumb question, as I only know how to play :(

More power! Thanks!

Iron_awesome 1 point 12 months ago

Would this run Fortnite decently? I've been looking for a pc that can run it since all I have is a Mac currently and it can't even launch Fortnite.

TheQuackSavior 1 point 12 months ago

Currently waiting for the Coffee Lake version of this build guide.

hey_its_craig 1 point 12 months ago

Could this run Forza Horizon 3?

JacksonPass 1 point 12 months ago

Does this build have every part needed besides keyboard and mouse and monitor to work?

Lastdeadwalking 1 point 12 months ago

Do you guys think this can run Dayz and RUST, at decent settings

DrewMolde2 1 point 12 months ago

Can this run Fortnite at 60+ fps on medium or higher settings ?

pineapple_foam 1 point 12 months ago

intergrated graphics is were its at boi

MEB006 1 point 12 months ago

Can this run fortnite?

rwnmlr 1 point 11 months ago

If you check the amazon page for the RAM it actually costs £110.

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Adjust your parametric filter for UK prices. The cheapest DDR4-2400 RAM is currently £59.30


Reactionzzz 1 point 11 months ago

could this pc run the division? if so what graphics would it have to be played at

Nathan_Fitz 0 points 13 months ago

dont listen to the "price", with a 1050ti, it will be somewhere in the ballpark of about 5 to 6 hundred.

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casedogg512 1 point 13 months ago

The build includes a 1050 Ti. =)

The issue with adding a 'better CPU' is that the chipset requirement MAY then change and then the motherboard will jump up in price, too.

An i3-8100 is only about 112$, but requires a 3-series chipset, which means mobos start at over $100, even for the entry tier.

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ThoughtA staff submitter 2 points 12 months ago

Comments like this will not be tolerated on our site.

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ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 11 months ago

The G4560 includes a stock cooler, so a 3rd-party cooler isn't necessary.

Also, keep feedback polite and constructive.

Jamskones 1 point 11 months ago

Ah, thanks very much.
I should learn to read more thoroughly. cheers.

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manirelli staff 8 Builds 5 points 13 months ago

Stop spamming.

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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
OLOy - 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory 5W
Hitachi - Deskstar 7K2000 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Asus - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4 GB Phoenix Video Card 18W - 75W
Total: 154W