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Build Guide

Entry Level Intel Gaming Build

by ThoughtA



Our CPU of choice is the Intel Pentium Gold G5400. While it features only two cores, the G5400 also employs hyperthreading to help close the gap between it and a 4-core i3. Hyperthreading adds an additional logical core for each physical core, which is handy for streaming, video editing, and multi-tasking CPU-intensive tasks. The G5400 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 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.


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 using a parametric filter to select the best-priced 2TB mechanical drive. Unfortunately, with the rising cost of NAND, 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.


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.


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.


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..

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Estimated Wattage: 218W
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  • Chipset: Intel B360
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
  • RAM Type: DDR4
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  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
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  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
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  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
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* Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

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mintycosmo 2 Builds 7 points 1 month ago

This is my question if I do in fact go with this build will I be able to run wow (raiding) while having my browser open with a few tabs w/ discord going

Danb23Rock 3 points 1 month ago

This is exactly what I'm looking for as well. Just returned for BFA and my 4yo laptop is not sufficient. Looking to max out every setting.

ayite96 2 points 1 month ago

ditto lol. I would like a ryzen build of this

Mcalmic 3 points 1 month ago

It will do wonderful. Just get a ryzen 3 and a asrock mobo instead tho. Works way better.

Lyathon_1 2 points 1 month ago

Yes, easily in fact. That's mainly ram-dependant and 8gb should be enough for that

itcheazus 2 Builds 2 points 14 days ago

I have an equivalent build to this. G4560, RX 570, 8gb of Ram. When fighting world bosses in BFA with large raid groups I do get pretty severe frame drops on High-Ultra graphics settings.

I haven't done any indoor Raids to compare but I have had a very smooth experience otherwise. I usually have a chrome window, and discord running on my second screen. When I'm on call I'll usually also have an RDP session to my work computer in the background as well.

In short, this computer is generally just fine for WOW and things way more demanding than WOW. But if you do a lot of Raiding you may have to lower settings or tweak things have a smooth experience.

robreefer 1 point 1 month ago

Your asking if this brand new rig can run a game that was created 13 years ago? Yes, yes it can. My $500 rig from 2003 ran Wow in 40 man raids in 2004.

ColtDaMan 1 point 1 month ago

I mean, WoW looks a wholeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee lot different now then it did in 2004. In some zones I would argue I have more resolution on my eyeball then the ground does lol

smileykitkat 1 Build 1 point 9 days ago

I would think so, but personally you might want a processor with 4 cores for more multitasking.

nostalgia2302 3 points 1 month ago

A quick question:

Since you are using the new Coffee Lake Pentium over the Pentium G4560, wouldn't it be better to use a Z370 MOBO for future upgrades?

Gigabyte's Aorus Gaming WIFI is favored because it has integrated Wi-Fi over other chipsets of similar prices and sits at $109.99 USD, so $44 more than the B360.

The reason to get this MOBO is simple: you can futureproof it if you ever upgrade to an i3-8350K, an i5-8600K or an i7-8700K because you con overclock it.

If you buy the B360, you're stuck with a non overclockable K processor and you have to buy another MOBO. That's $65 bucks in savings, guys!

And at $550, the build wouldn't break the bank.

ThoughtA staff submitter 6 points 1 month ago

You don't have to buy a new motherboard to upgrade the CPU. The B360 boards are compatible with Coffee Lake upgrades.

nostalgia2302 3 points 1 month ago

True. But if you upgrade to a K model, you won't be able to overclock

ThoughtA staff submitter 10 points 1 month ago

Yes, but the vast majority of people won't be upgrading until a later generation anyway. It's not worth telling everyone to spend 60-75% more on the motherboard on the off chance a couple people upgrade specifically to a K processor.

Even the few who do upgrade the same generation will still find a non-K processor a plenty worthwhile upgrade. K processors aren't necessarily the better buy for the money.

nostalgia2302 3 points 1 month ago

Makes sense.

NEWPC2005 1 point 21 days ago

Good debate!

Krek 5 points 1 month ago

A Ryzen 2200g and a B450 board would be a better option if you want upgrade paths in the future. The B450 board can overclock, the 2200g performs better than the Pentium, and AMD have promised to support the AM4 socket with new cpus until 2020.

NEWPC2005 4 points 1 month ago

Plus, the Ryzen 2200g is is an APU, so if you are low budget, you don't have to buy a GPU.

Lemongust 2 points 1 month ago

How up-gradable is this? I've never built a PC before, I'm just looking for entry level PC, which i can play games on reliably and might be able to upgrade when i get the funds.

Triniking 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

The motherboard has 4 RAM slots and supports all Gen 8 Coffee Lake CPUs.

SauceTinBurton 2 points 1 month ago

Main question, how well could it run Fortnite?

lukemullan789_ 1 point 22 days ago

1080p Medium/High at 60fps.

Nintendo_Maniac_64 2 points 8 days ago

Beware, the Pentium lacks AVX and the new Assassin's Creed game requires AVX.

(though there are reports that the game doesn't actually utilize AVX and instead is just using using a black/whitelist to identify your CPU model when launching the game as people have supposedly ran the game without issues it on the likes of an i5-2500k with AVX disabled in the BIOS)

ThatSaltiBoye 1 point 1 month ago

Can ANYONE in the comments do some benchmarks with this?

I understand it's only $500 but yet it should still get a solid 60 in CS:GO medium settings right?

Shivansh_Patel 3 points 1 month ago

This can Easily get a steady 100fps in CS:GO medium setting if not more

ThatSaltiBoye 3 points 1 month ago

wow, shocked

PixelatedHam 1 point 1 month ago

250 at 1080p low. Youll be CPU bould so I reccomend getting an 8400 or 1600x with the 1050 ti becuase pushing high frames is very cpu intesive.

Shivansh_Patel 1 point 1 month ago

If your worried you can go with the i3 8100 which pairs really nicely with a gtx 1050ti and here are benchmarks with the Pentium G4560 with the 1050 ti which is like the younger brother of the g5400 so you can add like 5 fps


also the benchmarks are in 1080p MAX settings

csgolisting 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Why not go for ryzen 3 2200g? Cheaper than the i3 8100 and great performance

PixelatedHam 1 point 1 month ago

IPC holds in Intels favour. Ryzen 3 is great for 1050 ti builds but the 8100 can handle an RX 580.

Mattdrx 1 point 1 month ago

Definitely. I’ve been playing Csgo for a long time now and would never recommend only going for 60fps. I try to at least have a solid 150+. I believe you can feel the difference between 150 and 80 without a 144hz.

ThatSaltiBoye 1 point 1 month ago

i am going to build my first pc ( not even first build, first pc) and i have a 1500 dollar budget and already made a system build, gets to 1800-1900 with peripherals , going with 144H 1440p

PixelatedHam 1 point 1 month ago

So if I played 120fps on a 60Hz monitor it would give me a latency advantage?

Lamo7 3 points 1 month ago

I won't you'll be able to see any difference at all.

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Poeka123 1 point 1 month ago

Hello everyone!

Quick disclaimer: I have zero knowledge about PC building whatsoever. I'd like to make this build as my first gaming pc, since I'm currently gaming on a Lenovo Ideapad G50-80, which is inadequate to say the least. One of the games I'd like to be able to play (Dead by Daylight) has the Intel Core i3 4170 as the minimum and recommended Intel processor, according to geforce.com. Is the processor in the build good enough?

I'd also like to know whether it's even possible to assemble a PC without much know-how, and what other items I would need to assemble the PC. I've read online that I need a grounding strap and thermal compound. I assume I'm going to need the strap, but is the thermal compound also necessary in this build, and if so, where do I put it?

Thanks in advance for your answers.

TechSupportTime 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Here's a really good video for step by step building of a pc: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhX0fOUYd8Q It's super easy. It's like building legos, only more expensive. If you can do that, you can build a PC. You should be easily able to run dead by daylight with this setup. You shouldn't need a grounding strap, unless you're building your pc on carpet or you're really paranoid. If you have a large wooden dining table or something, that should be more than adequate. If you're not buying an aftermarket cooler, (there's not one on this list) then you don't need thermal compound, as the stock cooler has it already applied. However, you may want it for the future if you upgrade, and it's really not all that expensive. It goes in between your cpu and the cooler.

Poeka123 1 point 1 month ago

Also, what kind of wires will I need?

Mattlikethepaint 1 point 1 month ago

I also would like to know this :$

PixelatedHam 1 point 1 month ago

Look up

PixelatedHam 1 point 1 month ago

Things like SATA cables come with your motherboard (?)

Your power supply comes with cables.

Your PC case comes with front panel wires hooked up.

NEWPC2005 1 point 13 days ago

Everything should come with your PSU. Your MOBO will always come with SATA cables. Front panel connectors are integrated into the case.

Brion_Sundae 1 point 1 month ago

Thermal compound is basically a paste that increases heat transfer from the CPU top to cooler bottom. I think most aftermarket coolers include enough in a plastic bag/roll, but if you want, you can buy a tube of good thermal paste for <$10. Grounding strap isn't really needed, but if you plan on building your PC in somewhere with carpet flooring it's recommended to get one. You can go on Youtube and just search up videos about the grounding strap for more info. I have no idea about the Core i3, hopefully someone else can help you with that. That's about it, I haven't actually built a PC yet, but I helped a few friends out with their builds, so my knowledge is sub-par. That's about it.

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

The Pentium G5400 performs around the same as the i3 4170.

As for assembly, Paul's hardware on Youtube has a good video.

As for wires, the motherboard should come with the SATA cable for the Hard drive and have enough fan headers for the case fan.

bigleighsacks 1 point 1 month ago

The processor should be fine but I would recommend researching a better CPU + motherboard combo (using PCpartpicker's compatibility filter) to see if anything is in your price range. For example, what I normally do is type "Pentium Gold G5400 vs Ryzen 3 2200 G" into Google and the first link will normally show you a run down of performance for each CPU side by side. Then I would take the better CPU and match it up with a motherboard on here.

Thermal compound is generally only needed if you're changing the existing cooler on a processor. Most, if not all, stock CPUs will come with a manufacturer cooler that has thermal paste pre-applied in a nice little CPU sized square.

Good luck!!

Lamo7 1 point 1 month ago

The thermal compound will go on the top side of the CPU before the cooler is put on. Usually, the thermal paste will come with the CPU, but just to be sure you can spend an extra $5-$10 on some thermal paste.

Minimum for Dead by Daylight: https://imgur.com/a/I95TxFM

Recommended for Dead by Daylight: https://imgur.com/a/nYETA0n

You could upgrade the CPU for better for better performance but this build should run fine for 1080p 60fps

fadez14 0 points 1 month ago

although the G5400 meets the minimum requirements , its better to get a ryzen 3 1200(or 2200g) . you will pay 20-30$ extra but u will have a greater performance.

PixelatedHam 0 points 1 month ago

Hello, welcome to PC building!

CPU cooler comes with CPU for free, and thermal compound is pre applied. Do not buy the G5400, buy a Ryzen 3 or i3 (I would reccomend Ryzen, 30 bucks cheap, same 4 core) for extra 2 cores over the G5400. But, the G5400 beats the i3-4170.

As for assembling a pc, watch the youtube videos. If youre 10 years or more old you should be able to understand 100%.

The grounding strap is extra, but accidents happen, so its up to you.

You put the CPU cooler over the CPU which means compound goes over the CPU. Just watch videos and do research.

Have fun, and trust me its quite easy!

theburlapwizard 1 point 1 month ago

I am extremely new to pc building. Is everything in this build what i would need to set it up, aside from a monitor and keyboard?

bigleighsacks 1 point 1 month ago

Mostly. Look up some videos on how to assemble everything - all the hardware is included in this build EXCEPT FOR AN INTERNAL OR EXTERNAL DVD DRIVE (most people will need this to install an operating system from a disk or ripping CDs etc.). The power supply comes with all the cables you'll need and the motherboard will come with the data cables you require. You'll also need some medium for installing an operating system, whether this is a Windows 7/8/10 disk or a high capacity USB with the boot image on it (again, watch videos on how to do this - the USB has to be formatted in a particular way). Seems this case comes with 2 fans pre-installed which will be fine for this build. More complex/higher power consumption builds require better airflow through the case. Good luck!

bigleighsacks 1 point 1 month ago

Also, I would recommend upgrading the CPU + motherboard if you can spare any extra cash. This CPU is good enough for some entry level gaming but will struggle in other areas. Use PCpartpicker's compatibility filter (makes sure that the CPU fits in the motherboard socket) to see what combinations are available in your price range.

theburlapwizard 1 point 1 month ago

Thank You. Do you know where i can find a usb with windows 10?

sacredtrinity7 1 point 1 month ago

If you have a USB that meets the storage requirements (at least 5GB) you can easily download Windows 10 from Microsoft using Microsoft's Windows 10 Media Creation Tool and it will set up a bootable installation USB for you. And here is Microsoft's instructions for doing so. This is completely free to do and gives you essentially a 99% full version that you can buy a license for at a latter time.

But to answer your question you can get a preinstalled USB with license from Microsoft for 139.00. Just select USB from the options. There are much cheaper legitimate options; for instance Best Buy has the DVD/license for 99.00. Just be sure to search around a bit before buying.

Jamesk99 1 point 1 month ago

I’m new to this, is there a dvd drive included?

sacredtrinity7 1 point 1 month ago

No DVD drive included. You would need to buy it. The case has two places for it to go as the top slot is partially blocked by the front panel cables. This is assuming you want an internal drive, however, external drives connect via USB if you'd prefer not having to install it.

sultanahmet23 1 point 1 month ago

is this the only things i need to get the tower to work

sultanahmet23 1 point 1 month ago

any vidios of pc building

sacredtrinity7 1 point 1 month ago

Yes. With these parts you will have a fully functioning PC. However you will need an operating system like Windows 10 for instance. Of course a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and speakers.

This video from YouTube was really helpful for me when building my computer. He goes into detail with the first time builder in mind as he builds his own. I found it extremely informative and simple to understand.

NEWPC2005 1 point 13 days ago

Bitwit for life

Sadivoyi 1 point 1 month ago

in most cases amd ryzen is the best option!when using the amd ryzen 3,5,6,7 and even thread ripper(if you can afford it) it is cheaper and better in some cases.if you wanna go with intel for cpu then its your choice to miss out.

NEWPC2005 1 point 13 days ago

Wot? There is no Ryzen 6.

Pawacorn 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

I'd suggest the Fractal Design Focus G/G Mini or Cooler Master MasterBox E500L case for this build. The Deepcool TESSERACT SW ATX Mid Tower Case has a dated design, and at the time of my post is $75. I hope nobody actually buys it at that price, since it's worth abut half of that.

skyflm 1 point 1 month ago

The price optimization isn't that good, but it's that's an okay starter build.

skyflm 1 point 1 month ago

Here's what I would go with. You would save a couple bucks, and get a nice ssd to go with it. That pentium you used is extremely overpriced bc you'll get basically the same power for 10 bucks lesswith the one I included. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/dpmV29

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

No need to go back to a dead generation. Coffee Lake will give the user access to 6 core i5 and i7 in the future.

skyflm 1 point 1 month ago

Just trying to save as much money as possible. If I had a choice I would’ve used a Ryzen processor, as it’s way more upgradeable than any current intel processor could ever be.

Sindalis 1 point 1 month ago

With all the latest security implications in regards to Intel's HT implementation, it would be seriously good to consider a different CPU and just getting an i3-8100 instead of the Pentium Gold G5400.

The i3-8100 is a true quad core rather than a dual core with hyper-threading, considering Intel's hyper-threading is only about as good as 40% of a real core under the best conditions, having two extra real cores will be a significant performance increase and will also make the system less susceptible to the latest vulnerabilities that specifically target Intel's HT implementation.

While more expensive than the G5400, the i3-8100 should be given serious consideration given the mitigation of the vulnerability by choosing a chip without hyper-threading combined with the enhanced performance of a true quad core would be a good basic start to any entry-level gaming system

aud10_fr3ak 1 point 1 month ago

question: why the tesseract? right now it's not a good value. the phanteks p300 has tempered glass, and it has a acrylic plastic panel. any explanation for this?

sacredtrinity7 1 point 1 month ago

My guess is that at the time of composing the part list it was a good choice as it looks decent, houses all the components well- with room for expansion, and was only $36. Now, with the current price, there are much better options.

30mikeblok 1 point 1 month ago

does the board have wifi or do you need an Ethernet port or special adapter

sacredtrinity7 1 point 1 month ago

It does not. It has onboard ethernet 1 x 10/100/1000 Mbps. To have WiFi capabilities you would either need to get, for instance, a PCI express network adapter that supports WiFi for an internal solution or get a USB WiFi adapter for going external. I decided on the latter since I can use it quickly on other PCs and it is really cheap. $10-$20.

Pentium_TitanX 1 point 1 month ago

Can you make it so that if the Pentium Gold 5400's price goes too high, then the 5500 will take its place instead

BlueCassio 1 point 1 month ago

Is it possible to make this build portable?

JordanFr3ak 1 point 1 month ago

Hey guys,

I'm looking to switch from my mac to a PC to play GTA V with mods, do you think this build would be able to handle my request?

Thanks in advance

Claymoresama 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Great build it reminds me of my first build. My first build was about ~580 USD and was rocking a pentium 3258, 8gb ram, and a r9 270 (which was a little more powerful than a 750ti for a few bucks more). Great build I hope it lasts a long time.

kgb 1 point 1 month ago


One store better parts, $40 cheaper.

Username-2 1 point 1 month ago

Is it just me or is there no cpu cooler? Sounds like things may get hot

sacredtrinity7 1 point 1 month ago

Fan and cooler are included with the CPU. They will be sufficient for this build. If in doubt you could get an after market cooler for $20-30 but it isnt necessary for adequate cooling. This build is purposely trying to stretch out every dollar.

gaming_tryhard 1 point 14 days ago

Its does come with a stock cooler although it really isnt too good

Bdawg3034 1 point 1 month ago

What are the benchmarks? Rainbow Six Seige, Fortnite etc.

SolidP_ 1 point 29 days ago

I am a 14 year old wanting to build my first pc. I am selling many things like a mouse, my ipad, and my ps4. I want a pc so bad but do not know how much to spend. I want to run games like rainbow six, fortnite, csgo and other fps games at medium to high settings under $700

Waffleness 1 point 22 days ago

You will be able to play rainbow six and all the other games you listed, with rainbow six being the most demanding you can get like 80 fps on ultra https://youtu.be/Pk7dX6griwM there's a video so you can see bench marks with a processor closely related to the g5400

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 19 days ago

Those GTX 1060s are expensive though.

BrownNaruto 1 point 19 days ago

Found one for 200$

ypmaws 1 point 26 days ago

Not intel but at least it's an octa.


Nicolas0518 1 point 26 days ago

Will I be able to play games like Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege and Fortnite at least 100 FPS

LackLamer 1 point 23 days ago

What is the Power Supply for this PC?

Conza89 1 point 23 days ago

Nice build, will certainly accomplish the task, up vote. RX 570s would be a consideration at this price, also concerned with the mini cooler, would suggest reallocating money on a modular/semi modular PSU for a superior GPU if possible. Stretching for a 240-256GB SSD might've been nice too.

nathan_wright 1 point 22 days ago

how well will this run fornite, black ops 4 basicaly any of the new games coming in 2018

JD-Havoc 1 point 22 days ago

I followed this build and I'm having an issue, it is not loading the BIOS screen but instead pulsing power to the internal LEDs and all the fans. I noticed the memory changed from GeIL EVO POTENZA 8GB (2 x 4GB) to G.Skill - NT Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory, to my knowledge that shouldn't matter both are compatible. Also I got a 450w psu not the 550w psu in the build. Does anyone have any ideas on how to trouble shoot this issue?

ericko 1 point 20 days ago

I think you can do a little better for $500. I put a powerful AMD build for a little over $500 that dwarfs this build! Let try an Intel one:)

Component Selection Price

Intel - Core i3-8100 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor $118.90 Buy Motherboard

ASRock - H310M-HDV Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $48.92 Buy Memory

Team - Elite Plus 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $62.99 Buy Storage

Western Digital - Caviar Blue 640GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $63.99 Buy Video Card

PowerColor - Radeon RX 570 4GB RED DRAGON Video Card $164.98 Buy Case

Raidmax - Ninja II ATX Mid Tower Case $25.98 Buy Power Supply

EVGA - BT 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $35.32 Buy Total: $521.08

Munks64 1 point 13 days ago

WTF is that hard drive? The 1TB caviar blue 7200rpm is 44 bucks and much larger. Otherwise I agree

WildSonic7 1 point 20 days ago

Can it run fortnite at 60 fps?

reelgus 1 point 18 days ago

Good bang for your buck build! Good for a low budget, overall very good!

Metropig 1 point 17 days ago

Should I get a CPU cooler or will I be fine without one

gaming_tryhard 1 point 14 days ago

You will be fine with the stock cooler since you cant overclock

Guten 1 point 17 days ago

Do I need a cooler for this build?

sacredtrinity7 1 point 16 days ago

The cooler that comes with the CPU will be sufficient for this build.

JOZEE 1 point 16 days ago

Would this be good for a fist timer? How would pubg run on this?

daab0ss87 1 point 15 days ago

Just quick question from a new builder How well can this thing run grand theft auto 5?

tharsisnk 1 point 13 days ago

GTA V is a five-year-old game, it will run fine on high settings at 1080p.

Acer2266 1 point 14 days ago

How well will this do against call of duty ghost in max settings? Just asking, for an opinion.

tharsisnk 1 point 13 days ago

CoD: Ghost came out in 2013, a five year old game should run fine on this processor, easily 1080p 60+fps

gaming_tryhard 1 point 14 days ago

First off intel is just not worth it at this price point. Go with ryzen. Also semi modular or modular psus are not needed. The case is not worth the price anymore. What i would do is get a cheap ssd for your os then later get an hdd. With all these price cuts u can fit in a rx 570

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 14 days ago

There's a Ryzen equivalent already available.

Modular PSUs were only added to help with the cable management.

AnnonTrippin 1 point 14 days ago

Powerful enough for farm sim 17/19? Don't know much about pc gaming, trying to get away from console gaming.

Huggoogle 1 point 12 days ago

Do you think this rig is capable of running Forza Horizon 4?

Bdawg3034 1 point 11 days ago

What FPS can it run in Rainbow Six Seige and Fortnite?

pdiddy700 1 point 10 days ago

dose it come with a software?? witch one

sacredtrinity7 1 point 10 days ago

One of the parts listed is the hard drive. Bought new they are completely blank so, no, no software is preinstalled on it. You will have to acquire all software including the operating system.

pdiddy700 1 point 10 days ago

dose it come with windows 10 for free?

sacredtrinity7 1 point 10 days ago

One can download Windows 10 officially from Microsoft for free and create a bootable USB or DVD. It is an unactivated installation and is up to the user to purchase a license key and register it to unlock all features.

Timetrapper 1 point 8 days ago

ahh man you need to include the CPU price, even if you own it already

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 4 days ago

The price is temporarily missing due to being unavailable at the registered suppliers.

Timetrapper 1 point 4 days ago

put something in manual then, cuz it makes people think like the build is an uber bargain beyond what it already is imho haha. jk, up to you :)

k3y3 1 Build 1 point 8 days ago


peteskywalker 1 point 5 days ago

could this run elgato hd60 with its editing program and heavily modded Minecraft (crazycraft 3, sevtech, etc.) at the same time? I might want to play fortnite too. I am just learning about computers (:

peteskywalker 1 point 5 days ago

can the cpu be upgraded to i7 without having to replace the motherboard?

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 4 days ago

This motherboard supports up to the i7 8700.

peteskywalker 1 point 4 days ago

so can I just take out the Pentium in about a year?

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 4 days ago

Yes you can.

Donald31888 1 point 5 days ago

How well could this run elder scrolls online or skyrim

ElloMates 1 point 5 days ago

I like this build. But in my opinion, you should pay a little more for a 1060 3GB. It out performs the 1050Ti by up to 30 frames in some games, and is better for starting gamers. Also, a DIYPC P48-W would look a lot better for a lot less. The final thing you should do is go single stick, but better ram. I would reccomend the G-Skill Aegis. This totals out to be $525.71 but it is a little better quaility. Link is here: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/sPGWyX

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 4 days ago

Give in to the new budget lord and saviour: the RX 570



WildSonic7 1 point 4 days ago

Will i be able to run fortnite somewhere around 60 fps?

lomon 1 point 3 days ago

Has somebody made a benchmarking video about this for things like fortnite or csgo?

Whiio 1 point 2 days ago

Hi ThoughtA I was wondering if i could do this? https://pcpartpicker.com/list/vGBcmq I have a bit more money to spend and wanted to get a bit better parts but have no idea what I'm doing.

PEYBOY 1 point 1 day ago

Can you do all of these then stick a i3 8100 in there?

PCBuilder73 1 point 17 hours ago

Is there a way I can buy this pre-built?

Mxrcuss 1 point 15 hours ago

Quick heads up, I am completely new to this and barely know anything about about building a pc.

I was wondering if this pc could run games like r6s, csgo, fortnite and possibly bo4 with decent fps? Also, would putting a core i5 and a GTX 1060 into this help improve it at all? Thanks and if you have any other recommendations that can help, they would be greatly appreciated.

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 9 hours ago

If you have the budget for the i5 you can try this build: https://pcpartpicker.com/guide/cTTwrH/modest-intel-gaming-build

It'll run those games perfectly.

ThewhiteHat -1 points 1 month ago

Hmm can i trust you that this build actually works

Jonotha 1 point 1 month ago

There is a list Right above of the Parys Wich Also says that it works

Devun41 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

it definitely works.

Munks64 -3 points 1 month ago

Slow *** processor? Slow *** storage? Ugly case? Here is the solution, with the compromise of nothing but less storage space,


ThoughtA staff submitter 2 points 1 month ago

That motherboard leaves no room to add additional RAM to the 2x4GB in place, the storage section of the write-up already addresses your concerns, and your part list costs more.

Every dollar counts for this guide.

Your build is still a viable part list, but I'd say it's a far cry from being objectively better at achieving the goal of this guide, which is to save as much money as possible while still achieving a reasonable/enjoyable gaming experience.

Brion_Sundae 2 points 1 month ago

There really is nothing wrong with the storage or processor for a build that's less than $500. Case is subjective

gaming_tryhard 1 point 1 month ago

Not enough storage

SupremeLogan -4 points 1 month ago

An intel pentium..

tharsisnk 5 points 1 month ago

its entry level....

ThatSaltiBoye 1 point 1 month ago

this should get about 100FPS in csgo with medium setings

Brion_Sundae 1 point 1 month ago

Don't disrespect the pentium like that. 3.7 Ghz clock speed is enough for most games

Grandnantwist -4 points 1 month ago


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JesterJesh 4 points 1 month ago

Lag =/= sudden fps drops/low fps

PixelatedHam -4 points 1 month ago

Then why do people call it lag spikes? Why do I have 6 upvotes?

Synchro 2 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Lol cause you think upvotes mean everything

Lamo7 2 points 1 month ago

Lag spikes don't really affect the game much if at all.

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manirelli staff 8 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Sale of software and keys from that site often violates the ToS or are resold licenses purchased via fraudulent credit card. Recommending, suggesting, advising, encouraging, hinting, or in any way implying these keys as a solution or option is not allowed on this site.

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ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 1 month ago

Use of Windows must be done with a legitimate product key.

Per Microsoft:

You are authorized to use this software only if you are properly licensed and the software has been properly activated with a genuine product key or by other authorized method.

For more information please see: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/Useterms/Retail/Windows/10/UseTerms_Retail_Windows_10_English.htm

PixelatedHam 1 point 1 month ago

I read somewhere that it was legal, now what?

ThoughtA staff submitter 2 points 1 month ago

The rules of the site stand.

pdiddy700 1 point 10 days ago

dose it come with windows 10 for free?

k3y3 1 Build 1 point 8 days ago

Here’s what I’d do. Download windows onto your computer with a usb stick. You’ll have a free trial for a month. Until then just save to get a legit key, or get it off another win10 system you may have.

Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Pentium Gold G5400 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor 7W - 58W
Gigabyte - B360M DS3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 15W - 60W
Corsair - Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory 5W - 5W
Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Video Card 18W - 75W
Total: 49W - 218W