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Entry-level Dual-core (Build 1)

SoupaSoka

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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 MT/s or higher, that's preferential. If you have budget to spare, going for 16 GB of RAM is an upgrade worth considering.

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 1050 (non-Ti) 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. The PSUs are picked from a parametric filter with these qualities: Manufactured by EVGA/Corsair/Seasonic (all reputable brands, generally-speaking), between 450-550 watts, and 80+ bronze-rated efficiency. It's unlikely that anything in this price range will be modular, however, which doesn't harm the quality of your PC, but does result in a messier build with more cables/wires in the case than are needed.

Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

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CPU $56.89 FREE $56.89 OutletPC Buy
Motherboard
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  • Rating: 4 stars, 5 stars
  • Manufacturer: ASRock, Asus, Gigabyte, MSI
  • Form Factor: Micro ATX
  • Chipset: Intel B250
$49.99 -$10.00 $0.99 $40.98 Newegg Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
Memory
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  • Rating: 4 stars, 5 stars
  • Manufacturer: Corsair, Crucial, G.Skill, GeIL
  • Speed: DDR4-2133, DDR4-2400, DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200
  • Size: 8GB (1x8GB), 8GB (2x4GB)
$79.89 FREE $79.89 OutletPC Buy
Storage $42.99 FREE $42.99 OutletPC Buy
Video Card
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  • Rating: 4 stars, 5 stars
  • Manufacturer: Asus, EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI, PNY
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
$189.99 -$10.00 FREE $179.99 B&H Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
Case $36.99 $3.99 $40.98 Newegg Buy
Power Supply
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  • Manufacturer: Corsair, EVGA, SeaSonic
  • Wattage: 450W - 550W
  • Modular: No, Semi
  • Efficiency: 80+ Bronze
$44.99 -$20.00 $2.99 $27.98 Newegg Buy
$20.00 mail-in rebate
Operating System $105.89 -$10.00 FREE $95.89 OutletPC Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
Base Total: $607.62
Mail-in Rebates: -$50.00
Shipping: $7.97
Total: $565.59
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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
ASRock - B250M-HDV 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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