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Entry-level Dual-core (Build 1)



This is the cheapest build I can comfortably recommend for anyone wanting to enter into PC gaming. You won't go above 1080p, and you won't be at Ultra or High settings, but you can pull a respectable framerate in quite a few games at Medium or Low settings. This build does not leave open a lot of upgrade options, so if you'd like to upgrade within a year or so, your best bet would be to buy a Z270 chipset board instead of the recommended B250 chipset board, so then you can more easily pick-up a 7600K or 7700K new or used later on, and then of course the GPU would also be available to upgrade regardless of your motherboard.

CPU: The G4560, G4600, or G4620 are all dual-core, four-thread CPUs. They can't be overclocked and come with their own cooler, so any of them are great for a budget build - grab whichever is the cheapest for you, as the difference between them is fairly minimal.

Motherboard: Any low-priced B250 motherboard will do for this build; MSI, ASUS, ASRock, and Gigabyte are all reputable brands. Usually, micro-ATX (mATX) boards are cheaper than ATX boards, so for a budget build, I encourage you to go the mATX route as we've done here.

RAM: I would never recommend less than 8 GB of RAM these days, so don't go below that. The speed/frequency of the RAM isn't overly important for a build using the G4560 CPU, but if you can get 2400 MHz or higher, that's preferential.

Storage: A 1 TB hard drive will be enough storage for most uses including quite a few game installs, and you can always add on more storage later via internal or external storage. This build is extremely budget-conscious, so we did not include an SSD, although if you have $60 to spare, a 120 GB SSD would be the best upgrade you can make for this build.

Video card: The 1050 Ti is as low as I would recommend in terms of GPU quality, although you could consider a 1030 if you're extremely budget-conscious... although at that point, it might be better to look for used cards like a 770, 780, 960, 970, or a used AMD equivalent to those.

Case: This is a highly personal choice. The case I selected is not a great case by any means, but it's one of the best you can get for this low of a budget. If you have the money to spare, throw another $10-$20 at the case and get something a little better... but, this is definitely a more than acceptable case to get you into PC gaming on a smaller budget.

PSU: Our PSU is selected from a small group of low-cost, but reliable, PSUs. Most of these are about 500 watts, which is more than we need by probably 100 watts or more, but it's hard to find respectable quality PSUs that are <500 watts, so this is what we're going with. If you're lucky, you may find a sale that gives you a semi-modular PSU instead of a non-modular PSU, but usually in the <$40 price range, you'll be getting a non-modular PSU.

Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

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CPU $58.79 $58.79 OutletPC Buy
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  • Rating: 4 stars, 5 stars
  • Manufacturer: ASRock, Asus, Gigabyte, MSI
  • Form Factor: Micro ATX
  • Chipset: Intel B250
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  • Manufacturer: Corsair, Crucial, G.Skill, GeIL
  • Speed: DDR4-2133, DDR4-2400, DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Size: 8GB (1x8GB), 8GB (2x4GB)
$81.39 $81.39 OutletPC Buy
Storage $43.89 $43.89 OutletPC Buy
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  • Rating: 4 stars, 5 stars
  • Manufacturer: Asus, EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI, PNY
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
$209.99 $4.99 $214.98 Newegg Buy
Case $36.99 FREE $36.99 Newegg Buy
Power Supply $49.90 -$15.00 FREE $34.90 Newegg Buy
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Operating System $99.89 -$10.00 $89.89 OutletPC Buy
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Base Total: $640.74
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Total: $610.73
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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Pentium G4560 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor 6W - 54W
MSI - B250M PRO-VD Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 15W - 60W
Crucial - 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory 5W - 5W
Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Asus - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Phoenix Video Card 18W - 75W
Total: 48W - 214W
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