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Entry Level Intel Gaming Build

by ThoughtA

Description

CPU

Our CPU of choice 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.

Due to stock and availability concerns, the guide includes both the G4560 (3.5GHz) and its slightly faster brother, the G4600 (3.6GHZ). The G4560 tends to have excellent price/performance ratio, but it also sells out frequently. In the cases where it is sold out, the G4600 will be the CPU shown on the list automatically.

Motherboard

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.

Memory

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.

Storage

We're using a parametric filter to select the best-priced 2TB mechanical drive. Unfortunately, with the rising cost of NAND, in addition to the rising cost of video cards due to the current mining craze, we've had to cut out the SSD in order to keep this build more budget-friendly. Everyone's needs are different, so feel free to increase capacities or add an SSD to fit yours.

GPU

We have set a parametric filter for the best-priced GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, which will let you play any popular game available today, including Fortnite and PUBG.

Case

All of the components are housed in the Thermaltake Versa H22 mid tower. This case is straightforward, offering cable management holes, front panel USB 3.0, and an external 5.25" bay for components such as an optical disc drive.

PSU

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.

AMD Version

Here is the AMD version of our Entry Level Gaming Guide..

Part List Customize This Part List

Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 216W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $67.00 FREE $67.00 Mike's Computer Shop Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: Micro ATX
  • Chipset: Intel B250
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
  • RAM Type: DDR4
$89.75 -$10.00 $79.75 Vuugo Buy
$10.00 mail-in rebate
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
$92.85 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $92.85 Amazon Canada Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$72.75 $72.75 Vuugo Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
$244.99 $244.99 Newegg Canada Buy
Case $49.00 $49.00 Vuugo Buy
Power Supply $64.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime $64.99 Amazon Canada Buy
Base Total: $681.33
Mail-in Rebates: -$10.00
Total: $671.33
* 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:

nightbeast 16 points 1 month ago

If you're going to put the 1300x in the AMD entry level gaming build, then put the i3-8100 in this. Not to mention, I don't know anyone who would want to game on a dual core processor these days. Pay the extra $50 for the i3 and put this on even footing as the AMD one.

the-doodle-noodle 1 point 29 days ago

the new dual core cpu are good for gaming

nightbeast 4 points 21 days ago

Maybe Indi gaming, but try running any AAA game developed in the last 3 years on it and it will choke.

cold99 1 point 16 days ago

I currently run a G4560 with a 1060-3b and I run every game at medium-high settings on all the latest games at 1080p while watching watching youtube and in discord with my friends. For a $70 dollar chip it's an absolute beast.

the-doodle-noodle 1 point 12 days ago

i mean for budget

JaviDaBomb 1 point 7 days ago

i own this pc and it works fine for the witcher 3 boi

bluman855 0 points 3 days ago

"Fine" You'll add on 20-30 FPS with the i3, as well as make it future proof for a while longer. Yeah, the Pentium can be used for medium-high settings, but upgrading your CPU to an i3 will give you a huge performance boost. For the money, this build isn't worth it, especially when you can spend an extra 30 bucks and get a substantial performance increase,

Expl1city 1 point 11 days ago

Exactly my thoughts, quad-cores (should) have been the standard for gaming since about 2012-2013.

farmeunit -2 points 1 month ago

It's an entry-level build... Also, most games don't really utilize multiple core well. Yes, they will, but that's when you should upgrade, not if you're just starting. They would be better off getting a 1060 first, then upgrading processor.

SavageVector 1 Build 4 points 1 month ago

I thought 4 cores have been the standard for a while now (pretty sure dual-cores with higher clock speeds fell behind ~2012), and it was only really indie games that aren't threading efficiently. The higher-end processors right now are even pushing 6-8 cores, but that really is overkill in 2018.

Yuva_Boss 1 point 1 month ago

but this one has hyper-threading so it's about the same thing

SavageVector 1 Build 4 points 1 month ago

They're similar, but I would really prefer 4 physical cores as a baseline. I don't know exactly how well hyper-threading performs compared to physical cores; but it seems that a hyper-thread is worth roughly 40% of a thread backed by a physical core.

It's hard to compare, as each CPU is different in more than just clock speed and thread count; but 6 cores seems to perform much better than 4 cores with hyperthreading, if they're both at similar clock speeds.

nightbeast 3 points 21 days ago

It's not about the same thing... Savage is correct, HT is about 40% of a "real" core, and many games use Floating point math, so Hyper threading is moot. Details are too great to go into in a single post, so you can look up intel's hyper threading to see why.

nightbeast 3 points 21 days ago

I have to disagree. I have an i5 6500, and a GTX 770 (GTX 1050 Ti equivilent), and most AAA games push my CPU to 70-80% utilization. 4 actual cores are a minimum for gaming nowadays, and with DX12 4 cores will be the minimum.

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nightbeast 2 points 21 days ago

This one (was at the time of posting) about $50 cheaper than the AMD budget build. I was just recommending he put them on equal grounds.

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rdiiorio 5 points 1 month ago

Thank you so much for your time and effort in producing this most helpful site, keep up the great work!!

Drekloe 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Hey Thought A. The "Here is the AMD version of our Entry Level Gaming Guide.." link goes the the "Great AMD Gaming Build".

ThoughtA staff submitter 3 points 1 month ago

Thanks, it links to the right guide now.

Helpmebulidapc 2 points 1 month ago

Do all the cords you need to connect everything and set it up so it works and appears on your monitor and you can actually use it in general come with this list. Like that might of sounded confusing but all im trying to say is that if i went along and clicked buy for each one and bought them. Would I be able to build it and be able to get on the computer? Or do I need to buy more stuff like cords to connect things like to the monitor for example

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 4 points 1 month ago

You still need an operating system like windows. otherwise you'll be fine.

Triniking 0 points 1 month ago

Most of the parts are for the tower. If you want internet you'll still need the cable for the router or a wireless solution. Some monitors come with the cable(s) needed.

SavageVector 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Every monitor I've ever bought has come with a cable for every port on the monitor (except a sound wire). Are there actually any monsters that sell a monitor without hdmi/dp cables?

Steelbawng 2 points 26 days ago

wont this bottleneck hard?

Pawacorn 3 Builds 2 points 14 days ago

This guide should be updated with the new Coffee-Lake Pentium Gold G5400 and B360 chipset. With the Pentium G4560 and B250 chipset you are stuck on Kaby-Lake and can't upgrade to Coffee-Lake.

Also, why put a Micro-ATX motherboard in a ATX case?

And why not use a modern 2TB hard drive with a SATA 6 Gb/s interface?

And modern power supplies? The M12II is an old group regulated model from 2010, it lacks over temperature protection, the rated power will reduce from 100% to 80% at 50°C, doesn't support C6/C7 power states, lacks a DC-DC converter, is even overpriced at $35.

The list below is more modern.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Pentium Gold G5400 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $66.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard *Gigabyte - B360M DS3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $66.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory *Patriot - 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $79.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $57.19 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card *PNY - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Video Card $169.99 @ Amazon
Case *Cougar - MG110 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $34.45 @ Newegg
Power Supply *Corsair - CXM (2015) 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $525.49
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-06-06 03:07 EDT-0400
ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 13 days ago

should be updated with new Coffee-Lake Pentium Gold G5400 and B360

I agree, and it will be.

why put a Micro-ATX motherboard in a ATX case?

mATX saves more money, and ATX doesn't add enough at this price bracket to justify its cost in a general recommendation.

why not use a modern 2TB hard drive with a SATA 6 Gb/s interface?

A mechanical drive will come nowhere near benefiting from the faster interface, so there's no reason to actively select for it if it's going to potentially be more expensive.

power supplies?

I'll take a pass through the PSUs in the next iteration, thanks.

I appreciate the feedback by the way! Thanks to everyone else who gives feedback on guides, as well.

Pawacorn 3 Builds 1 point 13 days ago

No problem!

A mechanical drive will come nowhere near benefiting from the faster interface, so there's no reason to actively select for it if it's going to potentially be more expensive.

But that's not the only reason. Sometimes I see older drives from Amazon that are used/refurbished, or it might pick a NAS drive, or a lemon drive like the Seagate ST3000DM001.

codex41 2 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

No reason not to do the 8100, it only adds about 20 bucks.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i3-8100 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor $118.69 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock - H310M-HDV Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $56.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory GeIL - EVO POTENZA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $74.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $43.90 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB SC GAMING ACX 2.0 Video Card $179.99 @ B&H
Case Thermaltake - Versa H22 ATX Mid Tower Case $36.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA - 600W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply $34.99 @ Best Buy
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $546.54
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-06-18 03:03 EDT-0400
AKing1 1 point 1 month ago

Wouldn't it make more sense to use a Pentium g5400 and a h310 motherboard to be able to use coffee lake cpus down the line?

zumple 1 point 27 days ago

How well does this run gaming wise?
Ex: R6, PUBG, etc.
Room for cheap improvements?
Thanks in advance!

nightbeast 3 points 21 days ago

R6, maybe on low settings. PUBG, forget it. It'll eat that dual core for lunch and still be hungry.

bullcop123 1 point 23 days ago

Will this be able to run games like Fortnite and PUBG?

nightbeast 2 points 21 days ago

Fortnite, yes on low/medium settings. PUBG, forget it. It'll eat that dual core for lunch and still be hungry.

bullcop123 1 point 21 days ago

ok thank you

bullcop123 1 point 21 days ago

What about a different processor eg: Ryzen 1300x?

bluman855 2 points 3 days ago

You can play Fortnite Maxed out, everything max settings with 60fps+ performance. PUBG maybe medium to high 60+FPS

Ctc595 1 Build 1 point 14 days ago

I don't play Fortnite, but i play PUBG at 60 +fps no prob.

g4600,b250m, 1050ti, 8 gb ram, 1 tb hdd, 550 watt semi psu...

bullcop123 1 point 23 days ago

I love this build and made some modifications to upgrade the performance of the computer (eg; upgrading the ram) for a little more than the original cost.

The link is here: https://au.pcpartpicker.com/list/JHWZJ8

Ensomnia 1 point 19 days ago

Will this run Overwatch and Pubg at least 60 fps?

ProOfIndia 1 point 17 days ago

Yes but you will have to turn down the graphics to the mids so dont expeckting super good stats from a $500 pc But it is great for a first build

poormansam 1 point 19 days ago

Can it run Fallout 4?

ProOfIndia 2 points 17 days ago

Yes

aidaneldifrawi 1 point 18 days ago

Would I be able to play Fortnite on this?

ProOfIndia 1 point 17 days ago

Without a problem you could run it with some of the highest graphics

ProOfIndia 1 point 17 days ago

Can in run Fortnite-PUBG at desent settings??

FiveSquared25 1 point 14 days ago

Why not the rx 560, similar amounts of prefomance with OC to a 1050ti?

steven0617 1 point 13 days ago

can anyone please tell me if this is an good pc , im new to pc gaming and i need suggestions and this pc is in my price range

Triniking 1 point 11 days ago

To be honest I would recommend the AMD equivalent of this build.

CashYT 1 point 11 days ago

This is my first time building a PC, so excuse me if these questions are kinda dumb lol. But how would this thing run games like Fortnite and CS:GO while streaming, and could I do basic video editing with this?

Xward 1 point 10 days ago

Hey I am new to PC building (like very very new) and I was wondering if this build would be able to run warhammer total war(does not have to be highest settings), and if not what would have to be changed

Ndrew302 1 point 9 days ago

just commenting for later cause im a noob lol

fitzonguam 1 point 8 days ago

Looking at the Intel version simply because the remarks on coding issues with the Ryzen scared me off. Looks pretty solid, but seems like an additional $100 will upgrade to an older version of the i5 and compatible Gigabyte Mobo. Seems logical to me in terms of future-proofing over the Pentium.

CheapPrice 1 point 8 days ago

Can this run fortnite at like high settings with 50-60 fps because i just need a gaming pc on a 500-600 budget so if anyone can reach out to me pls do

tavien 1 point 6 days ago

Hello, I'm looking to build my first PC, and I was wondering, could this setup support 2 1080p displays and still run well?

Laxplayer6359 1 point 6 days ago

how would this work with Arma 3

chabongden 1 point 4 days ago

Can i replace the CPU with ryzen 3 1200 and motherboard Gigabyte GA-AB350M-DS3H? Can i play some old games like AC 4, farcry 4 and some online games like LOL and DOta2 with high setting at 60 FPS? Thanks.

APAWNILATION 1 point 3 days ago

8th Pentium is entry level for anything made prior to 2008. At least put an i3.

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 3 days ago

2008...?

Peppy_Krispy 1 point 2 days ago

Can I get an estimated FPS for games such as fortnite and Roblox? Roblox runs on the CPU FYI And could I just put a AMD5 in it instead of an intel i2?

Simba1 0 points 1 month ago

Do you test these builds, or is this just theorycrafting?

DaMysteryMan 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

This is compatible, if that’s what you are asking. Go on over to the AMD one though.

EBear225 0 points 1 month ago

Description says the case is a thermaltake H15, but the parts list has a thermaltake H22

RealShen 0 points 1 month ago

what needs to change here to play on 144hz? TIA (mostly fortnite, pubg)

Triniking 1 point 1 month ago

Try one of the stronger build guides like the modest or excellent versions. Also check benchmarks on YT.

nightbeast 1 point 1 month ago

Quite a bit... Message me with your budget and do you actually want to play at 144FPS?

RealShen 0 points 1 month ago

Would like to know that I could play at 144fps if I wanted to. I’ve heard when people say they play at 144fps it’s usually like 120 (not sure though). I was advised to get a kaby lake i5 and a gtx1070..

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 0 points 1 month ago

oh well if your budget is 500-600 £ in total 144Hz will be hard to achieve. You might be able to get a 1060 6GB and still get really good performance and get 100Fps on 1080p..

RealShen 0 points 1 month ago

gtx 1070 is £300, i5 £200-300, should be gd? hows my psu is it ok? corsair 450m

RealShen 0 points 1 month ago

had a look will probably have to upgrade the psu aswell

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 0 points 1 month ago

Yeah. Seasonic makes a 520W bronze certified fully modular one.. that one might be worth to look at

RealShen 0 points 1 month ago

Budget (ideally) £500-£600

RealShen 0 points 1 month ago

I would prefer to play at 144fps, my budget is £500-£700.

Markymark222 0 points 1 month ago

Newbie here, wondering how much benefit would there be to swapping out the CPU for an i3 8th gen, and would that still be compatible with the other components ?

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 3 points 1 month ago

well this motherboard is 7th gen and 8th gen need the 300 series chipset. So no, it won't be compatible. 8th gen i3s are good though since they have 4 physical cores If you have further questions let me know.

Luukmaker 0 points 1 month ago

No you need a 300 series motherboard for that nut its not more expensife

rklarmtb 0 points 1 month ago

does it come with the wires to connect it all? if not where do i buy them.

SalamiSwissCheese 0 points 1 month ago

Everything will come with wires to connect to the motherboard. You could buy aftermarket wires or wire covers if you felt the need though.

thejimbojambo 0 points 1 month ago

Could someone recommend an SSD that's compatible with this build? Also, does the case come with a CD drive?

SalamiSwissCheese 1 point 1 month ago

Any SATA SSD will be compatible with this build, as it is a standard format and connector. The case will have an opening to slot in a CD drive but you will have to purchase a disk drive separately

nightbeast 1 point 21 days ago

Recommend 860 EVO.

FiveSquared25 1 point 14 days ago

Choose the cheapest one you can find at this type of budget

Zygardias 0 points 1 month ago

Will this be able to run breath of the wild to a decent degree

Yuva_Boss 0 points 1 month ago

definitely, at a good quality too.

SalamiSwissCheese 0 points 1 month ago

Breath of the Wild is a Nintendo console exclusive...if you mean emulation of a Wii U console, you are going to want to go a tier up to be able to get smooth performance

Yuva_Boss -1 points 1 month ago

eh... not really the Wii u didn't exactly have a lot of power to it, so it could only run breath of the wild so much. a computer with a 1050 ti should much better than Wii u or the Nintendo switch for that matter.

SalamiSwissCheese 0 points 1 month ago

Sure, if the PC was native Nintendo hardware. As it is, you are emulating a Wii U console, which takes power as well as trying to play a game within that. Think of it like running the actual console with the power you have within your build. Sure, a 1050 would kill a Wii U graphics power wise, but you are emulating an entire console's architecture.

I mean my phone is more powerful than a gamecube, but that doesn't mean that it can run a gamecube emulator and emulate gamecube games effectively.

Yuva_Boss -1 points 1 month ago

I got your point.

dinotrainer318 -1 points 1 month ago

I think that this is a great build guide. Thank you. I ended up using the 1050 ti for my pc because of this

bullcop123 -1 points 1 month ago

Looking at the case I noticed that it already had a pre-installed psu that was 500w, what is the point of getting an additional power supply then?

Yuva_Boss 1 point 26 days ago

It doesn't come with a pre-installed psu.

bullcop123 0 points 23 days ago

The case does

EntryPcBuilder -1 points 1 month ago

Hello, I followed this build exactly with the exception of switching out HD for a Samsung SSD. When I attempt to download the VGH and Utilities drivers here https://www.asus.com/us/Graphics-Cards/PH-GTX1050TI-4G/HelpDesk_Download/ for Windows 10 64 Bit, I am receiving errors. For the VGH, I am told that my system is incompatible and for Utilities I get the infamous error: GPU Tweakll - Load vender.dll Fail. Please install VGA driver.

My HDMI is plugged into my graphics card. Any idea how to trouble shoot this?

Could this be it? Does my windows need to be updated to the latest version otherwise it is considered incompatible? http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-3534020/install-asus-gtx-1050-graphics-driver-win-bit.html

ShaggyPlattapus -1 points 1 month ago

How upgradable is this build?

Triniking 0 points 21 days ago

It has some options. What do you want to upgrade?

nightbeast 0 points 21 days ago

Not very... it's already a generation old.

the-doodle-noodle -1 points 29 days ago

i have the same case ans love it

PCMasterRaceHARDCORE -1 points 28 days ago

Nice

Yuva_Boss -2 points 1 month ago

If you want the same performance as the 1050ti(or very close to) for a lower price, add in the XFX-RX560, or search "560-1024" and pick the XFX option.

matt44271 1 Build 0 points 15 days ago

bruh the rx 560 barely performs like a 1050 2gb, i should know, i have a 1050 2gb and before i bought it i looked at dozens of benchmarks between the two cards and the 1050 2gb won every time

FiveSquared25 1 point 14 days ago

Check out Joker’s vid on this https://youtu.be/phrNMid7714

Yuva_Boss 1 point 14 days ago

sorry, didn't check that.

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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-VDH Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 15W - 60W
Kingston - Savage 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory 7W - 7W
Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Asus - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Phoenix Video Card 18W - 75W
Total: 50W - 216W