Geez... I haven't done this in a while, especially with the user build guides removed from the build guide section. But my knowledge will not be held back! Welcome ladies and gentlemen, to another one of my most likely terrible build guides. For today we've got a ~$500 gaming PC that will achieve 60FPS @ ultra settings on any title at the golden resolution of 1080P.
This build was put together at a price point that directly competes with consoles, with the goal to deliver superior performance, upgradability, customization, and of course, the bonus of productivity over a console. Let's take a look at what we've put together.
|CPU||Intel Pentium G4560 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor||$61.99 @ Jet|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte GA-B250M-DS3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard||$73.98 @ Newegg|
|Memory||Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory||$58.88 @ OutletPC|
|Storage||Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive||$48.88 @ OutletPC|
|Video Card||Sapphire Radeon RX 470 4GB NITRO+ Video Card||$183.98 @ Newegg|
|Case||Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mini Tower Case||$44.89 @ SuperBiiz|
|Power Supply||EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply||$36.99 @ SuperBiiz|
|Case Fan||Kingwin CFW-012LB 40.0 CFM 120mm Fan||$4.80 @ OutletPC|
|Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts|
|Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-02-28 19:42 EST-0500|
Looks good all round. We'll go into detailed explanations of the selected parts, and benchmarks will be posted at the end of the build guide. Let's get started!
CPU - Intel Pentium G4560
- Hyperthreaded dual core chip (2 cores, 4 threads)
- Clock speed of 3.5GHz
- TDP of 54W
- Running on LGA 1151
This Kaby Lake - S CPU is one of the most fantastic chips Intel has ever produced. A CPU that performs to within 10% of an i3 7100 for ~50% cheaper. This processor can really power through games, with excellent single core performance thanks to those very generous IPCs Intel gives us. Its' low TDP, great price and excellent performance makes this chip a perfect choice for a budget oriented gaming rig like this.
Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-B250M-DS3H
- Intel socket B250, for LGA 1151 (For Kaby Lake)
- Quad memory slots (For max 64GB)
- Single PCI-E x16 slot
Gigabyte have put together a fantastic motherboard aimed towards systems on a low budget. They've managed to fit quality components, a solid build quality and all the features you'd need for a build of this caliber for under $75. Not much else to say here, besides an easy to use BIOS, plenty of sata connections for future storage upgrades, another three RAM slots to upgrade to 32GB if the time comes, as well as a huge CPU upgrade line thanks to its LGA 1151 line (and Kaby Lake) compatibility. Nice.
Memory - Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 8GB
- A single 8GB stick
- Running at 2400MHz, CAS 16
RAM is RAM... But these sticks are something special.... No not really, it's just RAM. The colour is nice? Not really much to talk about here, besides its attractive price tag and that beautiful silver/white heatsink.
Storage - Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" HDD
- 1TB HDD
- 64MB cache
- 3.5" Form Factor
Seagate are known as a very popular hard drive manufacturer, they make good hard drives. This one is pretty standard, a 1TB 7200RPM drive that will store your preferred operating system and all those uhh very legal not uh... games....
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Graphics Card - Sapphire Radeon RX 470 Nitro+ 4GB
- RX 470 GPU
- 4GB GDDR5 VRAM
- Stock clock of 1.14GHz, boosts to 1.26GHz
- TDP of 225W
AMD has put together a fantastic card, and sapphire has made it even better. Their Nitro+ series GPUs offer aftermarket RX solutions built with custom, overclock friendly PCBs. Excellent build quality, RGBs (important to get that extra FPS), and spectacular performance makes this card the perfect choice for any budget oriented machine. Benchmarks of this GPU will be posted at the end of the build guide.
- Micro ATX Mini Tower
- Front Panel USB Ports
- Four 2.5" Bays, Three 2.5" Bays
- Decent Cable Management
- Nice Aesthetics
- ~ $45
Don't you guys hate it when you have empty room in your PC? The N200 solves this. This MATX Mini tower is tiny, and will fit our micro ATX motherboard perfectly. I adore this case, it has great aesthetics, decent cable management, a solid build quality... what's not to like?
Power Supply - EVGA 500W 80+ PSU
- 500W PSU
- Decent Quality Components
- 80+ Efficient Certified
This is a great budget PSU that does what needs to be done. It gives our PC power, without being completely unreliable. It supports our maximum wattage nicely with ~130W of headroom. A low price point makes this PSU a great choice for all budget gamers.
I've thrown in a white LED case fan because... I couldn't resist. :P sorry, your choice whether to include it or not. It is a pretty silent fan, and will help temps a little, especially if that GPU is being overclocked further (which I would recommend to attain maximum performance out of this PC).
Now... for benchmarks! Read em' and weep.
The following games were tested at 1080P, ultra
- Dirt Rally ~ 82.9FPS
- Shadow of Mordor ~ 79.5FPS
- GTA V ~ 59.4FPS
- Rise of the Tomb Raider ~ 57.7FPS
- Fire Strike Ultra (At 4K Resolution) ~ 2339
Note, these games are being run at ULTRA, 60FPS, at 1080P. Consoles cannot do that. The games that they can run at 1080P are set to around medium settings, and only a minority of games can be even run at 1080P on console. Throw in the upgradabilty, customization options, productivity and the many other benefits to owning a PC over a console, and we have a clear winner. GG.
Thanks for checking out this guide! Upvotes are always welcome :P Feedback is also definitely welcome too, so feel free to leave some or any questions you have in the description. Have a nice day :)