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Build Guide

Modest Gaming Build

by manirelli

NOTE: A more recent version of this guide is available here.


Our Modest Gaming Build is built around the Intel i5-6500. If you do not plan to overclock your computer this is arguably the best mid-range processor on the market. We paired the i5 with a parametric list of H170 motherboard that supports up to 64GB of DDR4 memory, 6x SATA6 devices, and front panel USB3.0.

For this build and most machines outside of the top end enthusiast realm we opted to go with 8GB of DDR4 memory as the cost of DIMMs have dropped dramatically over the last year. The parametric filter finds the best price on 8GB kits of memory that are within Intel’s recommended specifications. Our storage choice is also based on parametric selection criteria – 2TB and 7200rpm are our standard recommendations for builds that incorporate a mechanical drive. With our increased budget we can also include a solid state drive selected by parametric filters. The cost of SSDs has steadily dropped over the past two years so you should be able to purchase at least a 240GB drive on this budget.

On a 800 dollar budget, the GeForce GTX1060 6GB is a fantastic choice. This GPU has excellent performance for the price making this model one of the best graphics card choices on the market. At 1080p the GTX 1060 6GB provides a consistent 60fps even on demanding games like Battlefield One using Ultra/High settings.

All of the components are housed in the DeepCool Dukase V2 ATX mid-tower. This case is an affordable option that has front panel USB3.0, room for full size graphics cards, and cutouts in the motherboard tray for easy cable routing. For our power supply, we're using a parametric selection of well-reviewed fully and semi-modular units, all of which will provide more than enough power for this system.

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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 290W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $244.25 $244.25 shopRBC Buy
Motherboard $119.00 $119.00 Amazon Canada Buy
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (1x8GB), 8GB (2x4GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
$60.25 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $60.25 Amazon Canada Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 240GB - 10TB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 2.5"
$106.25 $106.25 shopRBC Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$75.25 $75.25 Vuugo Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
$322.68 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $322.68 Amazon Canada Buy
Case $59.99 $59.99 Newegg Canada Buy
Power Supply $93.00 -$10.00 $83.00 Vuugo Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
Base Total: $1080.67
Mail-in Rebates: -$10.00
Total: $1070.67
* 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:

jgb530 1 point 11 months ago

The motherboard price is in the same range as some Z170 versions. Also, the power supply is not gold rated as specified in the desription.

manirelli staff submitter 8 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Woops, looks like i grabbed the wrong CM PSU. Updating shortly.

Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor 8W - 65W
MSI - H170A PC Mate ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 17W - 70W
Patriot - Viper Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory 5W - 5W
Western Digital - Blue 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
MSI - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB 6GT OC Video Card 30W - 120W
Total: 66W - 290W