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Build Guide

Entry Level Gaming Build

by ThoughtA




Our CPU of choice for this budget 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.


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 also using a parametric filter to select the best priced SSD available that is at least 240GB. The SSD can be used for your OS and a handful of games. Additionally, we're using a parametric filter to select the best-priced 1TB drive. Everyone's needs are different, so feel free to increase capacities or remove a drive to fit yours.


We're going with a filter for the best-priced AMD Radeon RX 470. This will run modern games at 1080p quite well. If you'd like to squeeze a little more performance out of your build for more money, you can check out the Radeon RX 480 and GeForce GTX 1060 3GB to see if their prices look appealing to you.


The Deepcool TESSERACT is a mid tower case that can fit all of our components. It offers decent cable management, which can sometimes be a problem at our budget, and there's room to expand with hard drives or a solid state drive. It also has 1 USB 2.0 and 1 USB 3.0 port on the front panel. Cases tend to be highly personal choices, so make sure you browse our listed cases to see what suits you. There's a windowed version of the same case if you want to see your parts, and if you'd simply like a color change, there are black and red and white versions as well.


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.

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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 264W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $85.99 $85.99 PC Canada Buy
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: Micro ATX
  • Chipset: Intel B250
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
  • RAM Type: DDR4
$94.00 $94.00 Vuugo Buy
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
$66.00 $66.00 shopRBC Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 240GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 2.5"
$89.98 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $89.98 Amazon Canada Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 1TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
$59.74 $59.74 Vuugo Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: Radeon RX 470
$229.98 -$15.00 $5.99 $220.97 NCIX Buy
$15.00 mail-in rebate
Case $44.99 $44.99 Amazon Canada Buy
Power Supply $69.98 $69.98 NCIX Buy
Base Total: $740.66
Mail-in Rebates: -$15.00
Shipping: $5.99
Total: $731.65
* 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.

Comments Sorted by:

KLehnert 7 points 5 days ago

Is there a special reason why the parametric filter for RAM includes 2133MHz? Both the CPU and the motherboard now support 2400MHz and from what I read the G4560 will run significantly better with 2400MHz. Since the price-difference is minimal, should't the lowest recommended RAM be 2400MHz?

dxzzy 2 points 4 days ago

I thought that too! I bought an 8gb stick of Avexir 2400MHz RAM for 50$ (which is only a few bucks cheaper , but more aesthetically-pleasing with its blue LEDs) a few months back but I haven't been able to pair it with the G4560 yet to test how speedy it is. Maybe it was just overlooked in this guide?

mnjones92 4 points 7 days ago

Hi, I was wondering if there was a cheaper graphics card that could be used? Something like the EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 GAMING 2GB?

80-wattHamster 3 points 6 days ago

Absolutely. It won't be at the same performance level, but will work just fine. RX 460 is another lower-cost option.

manshaft 3 points 7 days ago

How many fps on csgo will this build get me? On low settings 1024x728

InvaderGir 5 points 7 days ago

Will easily get 200+

THEDESTINEDKING 5 points 5 days ago

more than your monitor will handle

manshaft 10 points 4 days ago

Did you just assume my monitor's hertz??

TheGamingPatriot 2 points 7 days ago

Probably 100-140 FPS. CS:GO Isn't too intensive of a game.

Synchro 1 point 2 days ago

This would easily play the game, even at max settings 1080p

TimesTicking 3 points 6 days ago

How much better would the performance be using the G4600 for the CPU instead of the G4560?

DadddyDirection 4 points 6 days ago

You might notice some difference, but it wouldn't be worth it. The G4560 is the best performance per dollar budget CPU right now.

Slurth 1 Build 2 points 3 days ago

Wait until lower grade Ryzen CPUs come out...

DadddyDirection 1 point 9 hours ago

I doubt AMD will come up with anything that beats the G4560 at the same price. However, I do hope they beat Intel with the prices of their more mainstream quad core CPU's.

Banu94 3 points 5 days ago

I am looking to build my first PC and this build has been highly recommended. I want to know what kind of performance i can get expect to get out of world of Warcraft, league of legends and the newer Total War titles? I intend to run these games on low to medium settings.

KLehnert 4 points 5 days ago

WoW and LoL should both run at over 60fps at 1080p/Ultra. Total War however will be a lot slower due to the heavy CPU-load in those titles. It will be playable with reduced settings, but not with the same performance as the other games.

TheJayYo 2 points 5 days ago

Wow wouldn't run steady 60fps at max settings in the newer areas/busy areas though. You'll probably get steady 60 FPS at a 7 or 8 in the settings.

BudgetPCAddict 2 points 7 days ago

Very nice build!

TheGamingPatriot 2 points 7 days ago

Can I use a G4400 instead of the G4560 so I can use Win8.1 without issue?

InvaderGir 5 points 7 days ago

You can but that's quite a downgrade since the G4400 doesn't have Hyper-Threading.

Drake_temen 1 point 4 days ago

prob upgrade to win10. its free.

kippers 2 points 6 days ago

what, bout cooling?

80-wattHamster 4 points 6 days ago

The included cooler/fans for both the CPU and case are sufficient for this build.

kippers 3 points 6 days ago

thx m8

THEDESTINEDKING 2 points 5 days ago

Great build, I think that for the money it would be worth the extra 1$ to get the RX 480 check newegg. For some reason partpicker does not show the best prices for the 480 but at this moment there is an msi 480 for 154$ with a rebate and a powercolor one for 160$ with a rebate. I think subbing those out for the 470 will make this build more impressive.

Average_Bunny 2 points 5 days ago

Will this run Overwatch well? And at what FPS?

ShadowofElements 2 points 5 days ago

Yes, it will run Overwatch very well. Should be over 60 fps on max settings.

Average_Bunny 1 point 5 days ago

Thank You.

Maximus42 1 point 5 days ago

Would this PC be good for games like GTA Online, Fallout 4, Fallout New Vegas, Skyrim (Each of these Bethesda games with mods running), CS GO, Titanfall 2, Overwatch, Mass Effect, and other multiplayer and single player games (definitely not COD)

Abdulaziz_19 1 point 4 days ago

I don't play 24/7 but i play at least 4 hours a day. Do you guys recommend me this pc? I play csgo and I want a good pc. On a scale of 1 to 10 what would you rate this pc? please type back.

Insertnamehere... 1 point 3 days ago

This pc will be enough to play cs:go at 1080p 60+ fps on max settings.

Catagraphix 1 point 4 days ago

So if I went with the pentium instead of i3 will there be a significant fps drop with trying to run games like Skyrim on moderate to high settings

AS118 1 point 3 days ago

Not with the Pentium G4560, which is basically an i3, just a very tiny (unnoticeably) little bit slower.

Catagraphix 1 point 3 days ago

What about the G4600 would that be a good replacement because there's no 4560s in stock at the moment

markus0010 1 point 4 days ago

my budget is $600. Is there anything I can upgrade or replace to make this build better?

AS118 1 point 3 days ago

Honestly, for this price range, this is as optimized a build as you're likely to get. If you're willing to wait until March, AMD's new Ryzen CPU's will come out and change the landscape however, allowing you to possibly fit in a real 4-core (not 2 with hyperthreading) into a build this price, and making Intel prices probably drop.

You can tweak every component in there for price/performance/looks/preference, but this is a solid recommendation. It's the right CPU, GPU, Power Supply, Ram, and Storage / HDD configuration, and they're all balanced to work together well.

Most experienced builders would make something very similar to this, in all honesty. A Pentium G4560 with an RX 470, an SSD + HDD is the optimal configuration in this price range. You could just get 1 SSHD (Solid State Hybrid Drive) instead of 2 separate drives to save costs and get more speed than just an HDD by itself (although not as much as a real SSD) and gain a little bit of convenience by not having to manually move your library folders to the "D:" drive, but honestly, you can't go wrong with a build like this one.

This build is a very strong contender that's already better than the PS4 Pro, and should be able to run most AAA titles for years.

AS118 1 point 3 days ago

Wow the Pentium G4560 is as much of a game changer as I thought it'd be. With the new Ryzen 4-cores coming out with i5 performance for i3 prices, Intel i3's are in trouble. Being squeezed from below by Pentiums and above from AMD Zen.

That said, price cuts will probably follow, which is good news.

JBelbin 1 point 3 days ago

Would the i3 get me much better performance? Also I'm glad I read this page because Im ordering for my first build today and I was looking at an i3 and a 1050 TI without a solid state drive.

Insertnamehere... 2 points 3 days ago

the pentium g4560 is like an i3-6100. You could barely see the difference between an i3-6100 and pentium g4560 anyways.I say go for a pentium g4560. Also look into getting the rx 470 instead of the 1050 ti. A little more expensive but it's worth it.

JBelbin 1 point 3 days ago

Thanks. Right now I'm at a G4560 with a solid state and actually considering the 480 vs the 470 because its at 180 with a 20 dollar rwbate

charlesdegaulle_ 1 point 3 days ago

Would switching out the Toshiba 1TB HDD for A Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB HDD be a good idea? I've used WD a helluva lot more than Toshiba than the past; I'd assume their drives (WD's) are more reliable. From your experience, is that the case? Thanks in advance!

JunSica 1 point 3 days ago

How well will this system runs H1Z1?

JBelbin 1 point 2 days ago

The sale ended one hour before I went to purvchase my 720. The price now hovers around 170.FML. Good luck.

Esamenoi 1 point 2 days ago

I'm going to be building something very similar to this spec over the weekend. Only difference is my storage and GPU as I was given a donor 2GB 560Ti which helped keep my cost down! Also there's a couple points about the 2133MHz RAM used in the above build, I was able to add 8GB 2400 for not a lot more also leaving a second slot open for upgrades.

P.S. I already have 2x2TB WD Green Drives hence why that's on the list. Also my case came from Amazon and isn't in the PC Parts Picker Data Base. Looking forward to my first build!! https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/qCkY8K

whatmeow 1 point 2 days ago

Currently an RX480 is close to the price of that GPU as the prices continue drop due to AMD's release of Ryzen.

3fifty8 1 point 1 day ago

Guys.. I havent messed with desktops since about 12 years ago when I was into audio production. Been looking at the Alienware ASM100 with the i3 - windows version. You can pick those up pretty cheap on ebay once in a while as low as $300 shipped.

I currently use an older elitebook 8460p laptop with an i5-2520m cpu with integrated graphics. Bought an asus rog laptop for around $1300 a couple months back but returned it as I started doing more research on desktops.

Would I be better off with something I can use right away like the alienware or is this build a better value?

3fifty8 1 point 1 day ago

I know as for upgrades, i wont be able to upgrade the gpu on the alienware.. only the cpu, hdd, ram

BigNastyUnicorn36 1 point 12 hours ago

Can yiu just buy a nice cpu and use the intergrated graphics card in the cpu? It seems like this would allow you to take advantage of buying a nicer cpu that already has a nice graphics card in it.

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 12 hours ago

You're not going to get nearly as good of performance from the iGPU of a better CPU, so if gaming performance is your goal, I wouldn't recommend that.

BigNastyUnicorn36 1 point 12 hours ago

Isn't a RX 480 pretty good? I guess I'm confused on what make's a graphics card good or bad. It's hard learning everything lol

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 12 hours ago

One good thing to do is look up benchmarks by established tech sites (Google will be your friend) and see how cards compare in performance on different games that are relevant to you at resolutions that are relevant to you. You won't necessarily always find performance for your games, but getting a sense of how they do overall will help too. Make sure you post in our Part List Opinions Wanted or Create A Part List For Me subforums too.

BigNastyUnicorn36 1 point 12 hours ago

Okay thank you very much!

BigNastyUnicorn36 1 point 12 hours ago

Could someone help me out? I'm very new to PC gaming and I need help figuring out what is better than not besides price. Could someone give me a good $500 build for gaming? All I want to play is the total war series and possibly overwatch.

BigNastyUnicorn36 1 point 12 hours ago

Pentium G4560 3.5GHz Dual-Core, Radeon RX 480 4GB Red Dragon, TESSERACT SW ATX Mid Tower Total: $519.24 This is my first $500 build but I'm not sure if I have done it well or right at all. Could someone look it over and let me know your opinions or if you even have a better build I'd much appreciated it.

AttackCommanderChief 1 point 7 hours ago

If anyone is using Jet and are a first time customer, make sure to use that "triple15" code at checkout up to 3 times for a max of $30 off each time! It would make this build right here about ~$530 (without tax).

Don't worry ... I'm not paid to say this

lololololololololololololololo 1 point 4 hours ago

don't underestimate the pentium

Namnguyen -1 points 7 days ago

Nice budget build but i would go for a gtx 1050 instead of the radeon rx 470. It will be cheaper.

ethan.meskin 5 points 6 days ago

the 1050 has half the vram, and the performance is pretty atrocious in more demanding games. did you mean the 1050 ti? if so id still go with the rx 470

Namnguyen 0 points 6 days ago

i meant the 1050 and the 1050 ti

Condred 5 points 6 days ago

I disagree with a 1050ti. The RX 470 is still going to perform a lot better while not being that much more expensive.

AS118 1 point 3 days ago

Totally agree, an earlier build had the 1050 Ti, and the overwhelming complain is that the 470 is only a little bit extra, but at least 1.5 x as powerful. The 1050 Ti is more for 300w psu OEM PC's that you just want to slap a card in and game with.

Custom builds with 450w+ power supplies should get a 470, imho.

THEDESTINEDKING 3 points 5 days ago

Thanks to new optimization the RX 460 would be a better choice than the 1050.

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ThoughtA staff submitter 6 points 7 days ago

I'd really rather not recommend something that won't work straight out of the box.

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80-wattHamster 3 points 6 days ago

You'd honestly prefer that someone buy a board that requires BIOS update for the chosen CPU, have it not boot, and then spend X amount of time trying to troubleshoot who-knows-what, potentially sending back a bunch of components at their own expense, costing them both money and time spent actually using their new machine, all in the name of a learning experience? That's a poor attitude, IMO.

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William12345 3 points 7 days ago

cuz if you want to use a b150 in a kaby lake, you have to possess a b150 and uptade in your pc by yourself, manufacturer doesn't make the uptade

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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 Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 15W - 60W
Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory Unknown
Transcend 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB Triple X Video Card 30W - 120W
Total: 57W - 264W