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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.

Here is a video with benchmarks for the G4560 and GTX 1050 Ti.

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. We have added a parametric filter for a low-cost case from reputable companies, but you will want to look around and decide what is best for you. You may want to add in an extra 120mm or 140mm case fan, such as the be quiet! SilentWings-series.

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 $54.68 FREE $54.68 OutletPC Buy
Motherboard
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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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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)
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Video Card
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  • Rating: 4 stars, 5 stars
  • Manufacturer: Asus, EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI, PNY
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
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Case
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  • Price: $30.68 - $50.25
  • Manufacturer: Corsair, Cooler Master, Rosewill, NZXT, Fractal Design, Phanteks
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Power Supply
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  • Manufacturer: Corsair, EVGA, SeaSonic
  • Wattage: 450W - 550W
  • Modular: No, Semi
  • Efficiency: 80+ Bronze
$29.99 -$20.99 $5.99 $14.99 Newegg Buy
+ 20% off w/ promo code EVGAJULY20, ends 7/19
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Operating System $104.89 -$10.00 FREE $94.89 OutletPC Buy
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Total: $529.42
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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 - Ballistix Sport LT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory 5W - 5W
Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
MSI - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Video Card 18W - 75W
Total: 48W - 214W
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