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Entry Level Intel Gaming Build

by ThoughtA

Description

CPU

Our CPU of choice is the Intel Core i3-8100. This quad-core CPU will run games like Fortnite, Rainbow Six Siege, and CSGO without issue. It includes a stock cooler, so a 3rd-party cooler isn't necessary.

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 B360 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 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 2TB drive. Everyone's needs are different, so feel free to increase capacities or remove a drive to fit yours.

GPU

We have set a parametric filter for the best-priced Radeon RX 570, which will let you play any popular game available today, including Fortnite and PUBG.

Case

The Cougar MX330 is an ATX mid tower case with 2x USB 3.0 front panel ports, which is a bit of a rarity in the budget sector. It's especially uncommon to have those ports accompanied by 2x USB 2.0, which this case has as well. It fits full-length video cards, and this version actually features a tempered glass window. It also provides numerous cable managment holes.

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: 280W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU €154.00 €3.95 €157.95 Bytes At Work Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: Micro ATX
  • Chipset: Intel B360
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
  • RAM Type: DDR4
€83.00 €3.95 €86.95 Bytes At Work Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2400, DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-2933, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3333
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
€70.00 €3.95 €73.95 Bytes At Work Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 240 GB - 15360 GB
  • Type: SSD
€43.00 €3.95 €46.95 Bytes At Work Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 1000 GB - 15360 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
€43.00 €3.95 €46.95 Bytes At Work Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: Radeon RX 570
€206.00 €3.95 €209.95 Bytes At Work Buy
Case
Power Supply €69.99 FREE €69.99 Paradigit Buy
Base Total: €668.99
Shipping: €23.70
Total: €692.69
* 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:

Tigru 2 points 20 days ago

I like the build but i have a few questions why would you got for the i3 8100 and not 8350k.

ThoughtA staff submitter 2 points 20 days ago

There's no such CPU as the 8100K :)

Tigru 1 point 20 days ago

i know i meant the 8350k

ThoughtA staff submitter 2 points 20 days ago

It costs significantly more, especially once you account for the cost of a cooler and a Z motherboard to take advantage of the unlocked multiplier. At that point, you're looking at pushing into the Modest build territory.

Tigru 1 point 20 days ago

ah i didn't think about think that but thanks for the speedy responds and clarifying it for

ThoughtA staff submitter 2 points 20 days ago

No problem!

Tigru 1 point 20 days ago

And i know its a intel build why not a old i5

Synchro 2 Builds 3 points 16 days ago

Because prices for older parts tend to rise because they're no longer in production, so you'll effectively be paying more for less unless you buy it used.

Neither of those sound appealing to most people. The i3 is for the most part on par with older generation i5's

Tigru 1 point 16 days ago

ah okay that introduced a new perspective on that issue/concern

Triniking 1 Build -5 points 20 days ago

"why not a old i5"

Because we don't use out-dated parts for build guides.

Galvin-ized 1 point 18 days ago

Overclockable chips are normally about $50 more expensive and don't come with a cooler, so if you're on a budget/aren't doing anything cpu intensive/won't overclock, getting a non k processor is better.

Zudeno 2 points 17 days ago

I've never used an i3 for anything in the gaming realm. Will this play everything, and if so, roughly how long can we expect the 8100 to reliably play everything?

Pentium_TitanX 3 points 17 days ago

The i3 8100 will perform the same, if not, better than the past gen i5s (and maybe even i7s) because starting from this gen, i3's now have 4 cores, instead of 2 core/4 threads. As for gaming, if you pair it up with the rx 570 (or 1050 ti/ 1060), you will have a very enjoyable gaming experience.

Take it from me. I was a noob and went for a 2 core/4 thread cpu with a gtx 1050. However, I still get very playable framerates with games like fortnite, pubg, overwatch, destiny 2, etc. on mid/high settings. For your build, you will get much better frames with even more demanding titles.

AspiringCake 2 points 11 days ago

The case isn't currently available in Britain as far as I can see. Is there any other case that would work, or anywhere I could find this case?

kingy10005 1 point 1 day ago

can go for any atx sized case and it will fit plus plenty of room to work inside it plus cable management :)

NooneImportant 1 point 20 days ago

Hey, just had a question about having both an SSD and HDD. I've never built a PC before, so could I get a little insight into the benefits of having both for gaming? What would the impact be if I switched out an SSD for a cooler, since I'm not confident in the stock cooler's strength?

Bowaxe999 1 point 20 days ago

An SSD provides much quicker loading times for whatever is stored on it. Most people put the OS on an SSD as well as their frequently used apps and small games. It just makes your PC a lot quicker when using it normally.

yilinchoi 1 point 16 days ago

You would use the SSD for a windows boot, making your widows quicker, I'm not super smart on this but from basic knowledge it makes your boot quicker, but because it doesn't have enough space, you would keep the games separate, on a hard drive.
Hope this helps, if i'm wrong please correct me someone.

Kieranat10 1 point 10 days ago

You can get high capacity SSDs.

FamousBug_ 1 point 19 days ago

When actually ordering the parts it will be about £520

NoobCanRage 1 point 18 days ago

finally you put the 8100 in this pc

great build overall.

Mr_Potato_Man 1 point 17 days ago

I want a build that will be able to play Destiny 2 on medium to high settings at 900p 60fps, as well as Skype and a chrome tab or two in the background. Like I said, 60 fps is the goal, but I'd be fine if it dropped as long as it doesn't go below 25-30 fps. Will this build be able to handle that? Also, can I take the Sata drive out of my old PC (build model p6654y if that helps) and put it into the new PC to avoid buying windows 10 again? Thanks for any help!

Jimbino 1 point 16 days ago

in short yes,

but here is a website you may find helpful

https://www.techspot.com/review/1478-destiny-2-pc-benchmarks/

Mr_Potato_Man 1 point 15 days ago

Thanks.

zane.montijo 1 point 16 days ago

Can i change the case to a different mid tower? Or will it affect any parts from fitting? this is my first time building a PC and i dont know much.

Jimbino 1 point 16 days ago

just hit that 'customise this parts list' button in the top right hand corner of the list and from there choose any case you want (pcpp detects compatibility)

hope this helps

Seas 1 point 16 days ago

would this run most games at 60 fps 1080p or 720p? or a higher fps lower settings? thanks.

Jimbino 2 points 16 days ago

yes, easily it will sit at about 70fps 1080p on medium/epic settings on fortnite,

there are exceptions, things like xplane 11 sit at around 35-40

Seas 1 point 11 days ago

thank you for the quick reply. hows the upgrade ability on this? i’d Like to move up to 1440p 144fps in about a years time. is that viable? and pertaining to games, what would I have to upgrade first to achieve 60fps in every game. thanks for your time.

Jimbino 2 points 9 days ago

sorry, but to upgrade to 1440p 144hz/fps and get something that will hold that kind of performance will likely set you back quite a bit. even if you were upgrading from this build you would have to replace most of the parts (except HDD and SSD those sorta things) below is a like to build that I recommend for a good 1440p 144hz setup (if you can afford it) if not then you can downgrade to a 1080 and drop the ssd and things.

(sorry for the rambling, it is getting late here in Australia) https://pcpartpicker.com/list/GM9BYT

Seas 1 point 6 days ago

definitely not rambling bro, i really appreciate it. It’s very insightful. I didn’t realize how big of a jump that was though lol. maybe I’ll just stick with this. would I be able to livestream with this setup? and would you say this could run destiny or overwatch. maybe the new battlefield?

carbonated_turtle 1 point 16 days ago

If you're going entry level, why bother with a $70 case? Entry level should be about saving as much money as possible, and you can get a case that'll do the job for half the price. If I'm looking to build a cheap gaming PC, I don't really care about having a case with a glass window when I can save $35 and get a case without one.

Pwarren2307 1 point 16 days ago

Can this run Rainbow Six Siege good? And can it stream good?

Freckles183 1 point 11 days ago

Don’t know about the game, try looking up benchmarks. A Ryzen 5 will be a better streamer, it has more threads and sometimes cores. Just go to the “entry level amd gaming build” and change the current cpu to a Ryzen 5

Yuva_Boss 1 point 16 days ago

Will the i3-8100 be a bottleneck to the rx 570?

Freckles183 1 point 11 days ago

Nope they’re a perfect fit actually

Nakbarta 1 point 12 days ago

Hello, I have a question for the sound card. Do you have a sound card already installed in the build or not ? Because I could be that buy the same build but, I just change the Core i3-8100 for a Core i5-8400 ( https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/LHYWGX/intel-core-i5-8400-28ghz-6-core-processor-bx80684i58400 ).

Freckles183 1 point 11 days ago

This motherboard has built in sound, there is no sound card

PickyBuilder1783 1 point 12 days ago

Does it have an HDMI port?

Freckles183 1 point 11 days ago

Yes

Eisencharger 1 point 12 days ago

would streaming/gaming be a possibility on this machine

Freckles183 2 points 11 days ago

You could, but even better would be to go to the “entry level amd build” and switch out the 2200g for a Ryzen 5. Ryzen 5s have more threads and sometimes more cores, which will help with multitasking(like gaming and streaming)

Hope this helped

Eisencharger 1 point 10 days ago

Cheers

rustymuffin 1 point 11 days ago

What would be the benefit of choosing this build over the similarly priced entry level AMD build?

Freckles183 1 point 11 days ago

I don’t see too much benefit because the ram is a bit slower, and not as good integrated graphics. However the 8100 is slightly faster than the 2200g

Dejjja 1 point 10 days ago

would this computer get 60fps or over on fortnite on low settings?

Carlos_Tamayo 1 point 10 days ago

Even with high settings.

rhiller 1 point 10 days ago

Can this handle the HTC Vive well?

shadeaux 1 point 7 days ago

You'll probably want a better graphics cards for running VR games in my opinion.

Mr_Potato_Man 1 point 7 days ago

Will this be good at pretty much any game medium-high settings at 1080p?

BigBS 1 point 6 days ago

I'm looking to build a pc for my son that is around this price point but is also capable of streaming and xbox one or mayne even the games he is playing on pc. Would this be a good match if I just add a capture card? or does anyone have any links to some build guides that my be more helpful.

BigBS 1 point 5 days ago

Also, am I missing it or is there no dvd/blu ray drive and no wifi/BT card?

Aouleis 1 point 3 days ago

Hello, quick question. Did you guys recently change the build guide? I ask because I used this to build my first PC (Yay!) and last that I checked when I clicked the link for the Memory it brought me to a webpage for the G.SKILL Aegis 2 x 4 GB (Link below) Page rather than what's listed above... The only reason I'm just now asking a week or so later is due to the fact that I've recieved the package and they do not fit... Thanks a bunch!

Aouleis 1 point 3 days ago

Or maybe I'm just not pushing them in hard enough... Derrr, dumb me. Either way still interested if you guys changed it and if so why. Sorry! Thanks!

Seas 1 point 2 days ago

what would the be the pros and cons of this vs the entry level amd build? and which one would be better for streaming gameplay live? thanks

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AC1Sentinel 1 point 1 day ago

Why has the memory been changed to something else?

axtonplayer 1 point 1 day ago

im still using a intel core two duo and gtx 1030 lol

madum254 1 point 7 hours ago

Hello! I want to have a new build but I don't want to invest too much. I play mainly Blizzards games: Starcraft II Overwatch and Diablo III. I currently have a 10 year old build : ASUS P6TD + Intel I7 950 + 240 gb SSD + 16 GB DDR3 + GTX950. I am looking at the entry level build Intel vs AMD and they are almost the same price, which one will age the best and will be slightly customizable over the years? Like I have done with my last one? ( I just changed ram + SSD + video card in 10 years and still works alright, just a bit slow nowadays)

Talon21 0 points 21 days ago

wonder why micro atx is the go to for budget gaming

shaunsingh14 2 points 21 days ago

because if you're on a budget, a full-size atx board might not be feasible. when i built my rig, i tried to stay as close to $500 as i feasibly could, and i built mine around the time that graphics cards were inflated due to mining. yeah, a good atx board wouldn't necessarily be /that/ much more expensive, but every dollar counts when you're on a budget.

MetalSloth54 0 points 19 days ago

This is a great build and all, but I don't understand why there is an RX 570 when there is a 560 that is cheaper, has the same amount of VRAM, and has a better core clock

ThoughtA staff submitter 2 points 19 days ago

The RX 570 is considerably faster than the RX 560. Clock speed alone doesn't really mean anything, as one chip at 1GHz can be much slower or faster than another at 1GHz.

MetalSloth54 1 point 19 days ago

Makes sense, now the $30 price gap doesn't seem big now.

NekoMatsuri 0 points 15 days ago

I like the build but looking at the parts list it doesn’t show a coolant method, is there coolant built into the case?

AspiringCake 1 point 15 days ago

the i3 8100 includes a stock cooler.

Freckles183 1 point 11 days ago

The case includes fans an the gpu has a built in cooler

Peterlira 0 points 12 days ago

How does this fare against an xbox one x?

diabeto_burrito23 0 points 11 days ago

Can this build run games like Destiny 2 and Overwatch well?

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Reason:
Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i3-8100 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor 8W - 65W
Corsair - Vengeance LPX 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory 5W - 5W
Kingston - A400 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Sapphire - Radeon RX 570 4 GB PULSE Video Card 45W - 180W
Total: 64W - 280W