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Entry Level Gaming Build

by ThoughtA

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

Description

CPU

Our CPU of choice for this budget is the Intel i3-6100. While it features only two cores, the 6100 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 i3-6100 includes a stock cooler, so 3rd-party cooler is necessary.

Motherboard

We're using a sparse selection of motherboards, which will display which is the cheapest of the four. All four motherboards feature the B150 chipset and an LGA 1151 socket for compatibility with the i3-6100. They include 4 DIMM slots for up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM. They're 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 parametric filters to select the best priced SSD available that is at least 240GB. The SSD can be used for your OS and a good handful of games. Everyone's needs are different, so feel free to change out capacities to fit yours. For example, if 240GB feels cramped to you, I recommend picking up a mechanical hard drive for another 1 or 2TB or storage space.

GPU

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.

Case

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.

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.

Part List Customize This Part List

Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 201W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU £105.46 £105.46 Aria PC Buy
Motherboard £60.90 £5.90 £66.80 Alza Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
£50.63 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime £50.63 Amazon UK Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 240GB - 256GB
  • Type: SSD
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 2.5"
£63.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime £63.99 Amazon UK Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
£132.29 £132.29 Ebuyer Buy
Case £58.72 £58.72 Ebuyer Buy
Power Supply £50.99 £50.99 Ebuyer Buy
Base Total: £522.98
Shipping: £5.90
Total: £528.88
* 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:

Nourdon 28 points 4 months ago

That 1050Ti has a really bad value compare to the RX470. For ~20 bucks more you get ~50+% more performance.

AS118 9 points 3 months ago

Totally agree, and that is the glaring weakness of this build. With a 450w+ power supply, there's almost no excuse not to get a 470.

The 1050Ti (and the 1050 and 460) are just painfully weak compared to the now inexpensive 4gb 470. You get SO much more GPU power for only a few dollars more.

QuickFPS -1 points 3 months ago

the 1060 3GB for me is the best though

thomasmb1218 1 point 3 months ago

the 3gb shouldnt even be called a 1060, you might as well save your money and get a 1050 ti.

QuickFPS 1 point 3 months ago

still a good card though but getting the 470/480 would be a great choice

Varan56 1 point 3 months ago

There is rose PSU that is gold and is also 39.99 why not use that?

QuickFPS 1 point 3 months ago

Seasonic PSU are great quality though

Varan56 1 point 3 months ago

sure but gold is not bronze.

thomasmb1218 1 point 3 months ago

and rosewills are just as good, and when on a budget you should only expect to get a bronze PSU.

QuickFPS 1 point 3 months ago

yeap

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WirelessCables 1 Build 8 points 4 months ago

Can I suggest a revision? For less than $30 more (The 270R is $69.00, bringing total to $517.93), you can get 1TB more storage and an RX 480 which will crush the 1050Ti.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $104.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H110M-A Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $41.99 @ Newegg
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $39.99 @ Newegg
Storage ADATA Ultimate SU800 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $57.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $48.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI Radeon RX 480 4GB GAMING X Video Card $179.99 @ Newegg
Case Corsair Carbide Series 88R MicroATX Mid Tower Case $39.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair CXM 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $29.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $605.82
Mail-in rebates -$62.00
Total $543.82
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-11-23 11:28 EST-0500
WirelessCables 1 Build 4 points 3 months ago

Well... $11 less now.

Give me cheesecake.

=D

Falcon9 1 point 3 months ago

Damn, this is a great build! Thanks for this.

WirelessCables 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks for your kind words! No problem! =D

Pantos_ 1 point 3 months ago

I don't know much about this, so sorry if this is a stupid question, but is it ever worth having a "budget" build like this? Or will it be better in the long run to pay a little more and get something better? I'm hoping just to be able to run new games for the next few years and maybe mod things a little (but not a crazy amount)

WirelessCables 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

It really depends. Try to stretch your budget as much as possible, so you can get the best, or buy used (After physically inspecting the product), but sometimes it's better to wait for something like Kaby Lake or Zen. If you want me or someone else to make a parts list for you, you can message me or start a forum thread.

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SuperStormling 1 point 3 months ago

Why not an R9 Fury?

memewaffle 1 point 3 months ago

Because they're, like, way more expensive?

Rackley -1 points 4 months ago

I would think that the GTX 1060 3G would do better since it does have better benchmark scores than the RX 480 and it would be 20$ more.

AS118 7 points 3 months ago

To be honest, the 3GB of ram on the 1060 is already giving it worse scores than the 480 4gb on a surprising number of current-gen titles, even at 1080p. Forget doing any 1440p titles with such a low amount of ram, and future titles at 1080p will probably run worse.

4gb will probably be barely enough in the future (and probably will end up not being enough in the long run), 3gb is just terrible.

For me, it's 6gb uncut 1060 or bust.

Rackley 2 points 3 months ago

If you watch a benchmark video the 1060 3gb wins and it also dipends because I was thinking of more of a 1080p build and that you could upgrade in the future and it also depends if you care about your monitor with free sync or not. It all comes from the circumstance on what the person does with it.

vrajiepoo 2 points 3 months ago

no i think the msi radeon rx 470 8gb would do a lot better and it only costs $179.99 on newegg after a mail-in rebate

Rackley 1 point 3 months ago

I don't use mail and rebates because you still have to pay before you get the money like 2 months later and some people have a tight budget.

WirelessCables 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Well, yeah.... Barely. (GTX 1060 3GB vs. RX 480)

Nimrodor 1 point 3 months ago

HardwareCanucks did a new 480 vs 1060 review to account for driver updates and found that the equation is now completely backwards. The 480 now performs virtually identical to the 1060 6GB in DX11 and ~5% better in DX12.

Andzx02 5 Builds 4 points 4 months ago

Decent budget gaming build, when you tack on the windows tax and some more storage it kinda puts it out of the budget range, but you could definitely get started with this and upgrade down the road.

Andzx02 5 Builds 3 points 4 months ago

Also the case has no cost furthermore putting this into a more expensive range.

WirelessCables 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

In one of the recent build videos, the price was revealed to be $69.00, I believe.

Chiefsuperdrew 4 points 3 months ago

I think the money you spend on a power supply and case could be better spent on more storage

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $104.99 @ B&H
Motherboard *Gigabyte GA-B150M-DS3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $50.98 @ Newegg
Memory *GeIL EVO POTENZA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $46.99 @ Newegg
Storage *ADATA Ultimate SU800 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $57.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $48.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Mini Video Card $129.99 @ Newegg
Case Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $27.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair CXM 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $29.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $554.81
Mail-in rebates -$57.00
Total $497.81
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-11-27 13:57 EST-0500
MjolnirThunder 3 points 4 months ago

Where can I get the free case fam?

WirelessCables 1 Build 3 points 3 months ago

Craigslist. Those guys really know how to paint cardboard.

Yea 3 points 3 months ago

Okay Gaming Build. But I would not recommend using a SSD because of budget also spending $62 on a power supply is not necessary.

cowpowah 2 points 4 months ago

Hope you like orange lights

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DPRutledge 1 Build 2 points 4 months ago

Does the 1050ti really do that well? The description says it handles 1080p gaming admirably on modern games, but I've heard otherwise. What kind of FPS would you get with in on games like Fallout 4 and Dragon Age: Inquisition and other games of that nature with a 1050ti?

SuperGojira2001 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

It's a bit better than a R9 380 I think.

henrath 1 point 3 months ago

False, it is noticeably worse than a 380.

SuperGojira2001 3 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

What? Proof?

henrath 1 point 3 months ago

It's closer than I thought. It's a little better overall, but loses in games with high CPU usage(improved with the latest driver update) and tessellation. http://www.pcgamer.com/gtx-1050-ti-review/#

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MountainMist 2 points 3 months ago

What about the operating system

JustinJG 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

It's tough to argue against this list on p2p, looks, convenience and upgradability. The only parts you could save money on without significant compromises is the case and maybe the PSU. I suggest the Deepcool DUKASE V2 that offers similar amenities and looks to the Corsair 270R, or the NZXT S340 for that matter. Also, consider that those Corsair and NZXT cases are new and will likely go on sale in the future. Beyond that you could significantly drive the price down further by trading-up for a semi-modular PSU with a similar efficiency % and wattage. Now that's about $50 saved that can be spent on a better SSD. Lastly, at the time of writing this there was a promo. for a RX 470. This brings the total only about $10's higher than OP but with potentially better performance. Everyone's needs are different though and these are just my suggestions.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $104.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard ASRock H110M-HDS Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $49.98 @ Newegg
Memory Kingston ValueRAM 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $43.50 @ Directron
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $93.11 @ Amazon
Video Card PowerColor Radeon RX 470 4GB Red Dragon Video Card $164.98 @ Newegg
Case Deepcool DUKASE V2 ATX Mid Tower Case $49.99 @ B&H
Power Supply Rosewill 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ Newegg Marketplace
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $556.54
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-12-04 01:02 EST-0500
ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 3 months ago

Please stop spamming the same comment. One time is enough.

preaux 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

I would add Corsair's third generation CX-M line to your parametric selection. For those who aren't aware the CX-M was updated in 2016 from a group regulated design to a DC-DC regulated design for much better performance. The new (white label) CX450M can often be found for ~$25 after MIR.

PCScrub901 1 point 4 months ago

How would you install a operating system on a disc in this pc?

TheOfficialCzex 3 Builds 3 points 4 months ago

You wouldn't. Instead, you would use the more convenient method of installing using a USB drive.

cmn65 3 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

Buy a product key, then head over to microsofts website and grab their windows 10 media creation tool and download/run to create a bootable USB to install windows with. You need a separate computer for the media creation tool.

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philip staff 10 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

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philip staff 10 Builds 2 points 4 months ago

The sale of those keys violate Microsoft ToS, and the keys may be unexpectedly disabled. Recommending, suggesting, advising, encouraging, hinting, or in any way implying these keys as a solution or option is not allowed on this site.

InvaderGir 1 point 4 months ago

Wow that case looks really nice. It's well priced to compete with the P400/S from Phanteks. It also has a PSU should which has basically become a standard now. The only thing that could be a problem is the ports being on the opposite side which could be annoying for some.

The build looks pretty good overall though.

Maarafi 1 point 3 months ago

I am looking to get the same CPU,maybe even GPU. What are your thoughts? https://it.pcpartpicker.com/user/Maarafi/saved/JHwzyc

I'm not sure if to get a GTX 950,GTX 1050Ti(Zotac) or RX 460 4GB.. I'd like to play games such as GTA V,FSX,P3D,most simulators at medium without lag(i'd say).

GammaBear 1 point 3 months ago

After looking at this build and the comments, i revised this pcpartpicker (did that link work?) into this pcpartpicker Please tell me if this is a good build for 1080p gaming or at least smooth because right now I have a 4gb 1.6GHz laptop (it sucks). Also, will i need a wireless network adapter to connect to the internet?

Razorwing02 1 Build 3 points 3 months ago

yes, if you use wifi. however, if your pc is close to/next to your router i recommend an ethernet connection as is is much, much faster. if not, get a pair of powerline adapters as they can transfer an ethernet signal through your home wiring. just don't plug them into power strips or you will experience massive signal degradation.

GammaBear 1 point 3 months ago

Thank you very much. Sadly, i'm not very close to my router, so i will look into powerline adapters.

katiecoppe 1 point 3 months ago

The case is not currently available, could you recommend an alternative that is similar or also by Corsair?

AS118 3 points 3 months ago

I recommend the Corsair 200r. Cheaper, and arguably better cooling, plus it has a DVD Drive slot.

BigDaddyClassics 1 point 3 months ago

Im sorry but, dont u need a cpu cooler?

ThoughtA staff submitter 4 points 3 months ago

The i3-6100 includes a stock cooler.

thomasmb1218 1 point 3 months ago

u silly goose

LukeShafer 1 point 3 months ago

Forgive me because I don't really know too much about this stuff, but would the 1050 be a downgrade compared to the 1060 that was on the list before? I understand everything else enough to know if I would change it to save money or not, but graphics cards are where I usually am unsure. How does the 1050 run games at 1080p generally, both current and last gen? I'd really like to understand better before I go out and build my own PC.

Telsah 3 points 3 months ago

GTX 1050 isn't a good option imo. You should go with a RX 470 4GB instead, or a GTX 1060 6GB if u can afford it. Tell me your budget and I can make you a build if you like

LukeShafer 1 point 3 months ago

Good to know, thanks!

I'm trying to stay around ~$600, but I have some room for leeway if necessary (+-50). I've got a build in progress if you want to check it out and make changes:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $109.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard *Asus H110M-A/M.2 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $54.99 @ Jet
Memory *Kingston ValueRAM 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $43.50 @ Directron
Storage *PNY CS1311 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $59.99 @ Best Buy
Video Card *Zotac GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB Mini Video Card $188.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Deepcool DUKASE V2 ATX Mid Tower Case $49.99 @ B&H
Power Supply *Corsair CXM 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $45.99 @ Amazon
Wireless Network Adapter *Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I PCI-Express x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter $29.99 @ Newegg Marketplace
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $583.43
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-12-13 11:48 EST-0500

Biggest things I'm debating are i5 vs i3 and 1060 3GB vs 6GB.

Telsah 1 point 3 months ago

https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/jbdCZ8

This is from the UK so US prices might be different. I didn't include any storage because u can just move storage from ur current PC to the new one. You can add an SSD to the price if you want

thomasmb1218 1 point 3 months ago

when on a budget the 3gb would be better but you might as well get a 1050 ti

chiliflavor 1 point 3 months ago

Can I play WoW in ultra high settings and with 1080 monitor with this build? thanks

AS118 1 point 3 months ago

No, but if you get an RX 470, you'll come pretty close. Also, Wow's graphical settins are 1-10 now insted of "Low, Fair, Good, High, Ultra". I think those settings are the 3-7 settings on the new scale. There are 2 levels below the previous low (settings 1 and 2) and 3 levels above the previous Ultra (8-10).

After around 8 or so though, there are serious diminishing returns however. I can't tell the difference between 8 and 10, and can barely tell the difference between 7 and 8, and that's only if I spend a lot of time squinting looking for the differences.

The biggest jump is from 5 to 6 (Good to High on the old scale) and a reasonable jump from 6 to 7 (High to Ultra). After that, it's a lot harder to tell. Personally, with my 480, I can run on 8 with 4x MSAA with 60fps, and 7 with 4x MSAA + CMAA with 60fps. I have it on 7 with MSAA and CMAA right now because I prefer better anti-aliasing over a few more graphical bells and whistles I can't even really see.

This build with a 470 will probably be at least able to run it on 7 with just plain 4x MSAA, honestly. This is at 1080p of course.

My monitor's 1200p (11% more pixels than 1080p) so just running WoW at 1080p would probably be easier. Modify this build to have a cheaper case (like a Corsair 100r or 200r) and a less extravagant power supply (like an EVGA 80+ or Corsair CX) and maybe a cheaper SSD or SSHD and you can easily afford a cheaper RX 470 at this price range.

I like Nvidia and all, but if you have a 450+w Power Supply, there's almost no excuse not to get a 470.

chiliflavor 2 points 3 months ago

wow that's a lot of info! thanks a lot this is a great help. actually i have posted in here a while ago, kindly take a look at it man if you have time https://pcpartpicker.com/forums/topic/196562-opinionssuggestions-please-and-some-questions

copy pasted your comment, i'll research first about MSAA and CMAA

AS118 1 point 3 months ago

You're welcome. That build looks good to me, honestly. You may want to add more ram if 8gb isn't enough, and an SSD or SSHD wouldn't hurt, but it seems solid. For futureproofing, you may want an 8gb 480 or 6gb 1060, but for 1080p, a 4gb 480 will probably last you a while.

I think that WoW, being an older game, relies more on single core CPU power than anything else. An i5-6500 does seem to be the best bang/buck for your budget however. If you ever come into more money though, an i5-6600K oc'd would probably make it more likely that you could run WoW at high settings during raids and such however.

GPU power is important too, but a 480-class GPU would probably be enough. I'd ask around if you have questions, as this is about the extent of my knowledge on this subject.

chiliflavor 2 points 3 months ago

okay, noted! I'll check the budget for the i5-6600k hehe thanks again!!

durepox 1 point 3 months ago

I see alot opinions here, and I will put my.

If I looking for a "budget" or "entry level" build, I suppose to spend minimum possible to get acceptable build. $500-$600 build is not more "budget" or "entry level" because have alot options to create with this $ point.

If I looking for spend minimum money in a 2016 build (new sockets, ddr4, new vga's). I go to:

PCPartPicker part guide

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G4400 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor $57.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard *Asus H110M-E/M.2 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $36.98 @ Newegg
Memory *Team Elite Plus 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $40.98 @ Newegg
Storage *Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $34.99 @ Amazon
Video Card *PowerColor Radeon RX 460 2GB Red Dragon Video Card $74.99 @ Newegg
Case *Rosewill FBM-05 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $9.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply *Rosewill 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $24.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $350.81
Mail-in rebates -$70.00
Total $280.81
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-11-29 08:38 EST-0500

It's insane low cost build. Only $280 and if you want fluid experience in games, you can buy a inexpensive freesync monitor, will play smooth even in low fps.

*sorry my bad english

Andrewh7789 1 point 3 months ago

I have a question. I know when people do these builds, they have all the necessary parts but what about sound? Will I have access to sound if i were to buy the parts shown? Im just wondering if im missing something or if i have to throw in a couple of extra $$ to have sound.

ozMidra 2 points 3 months ago

Kind of. The sound controllers will be built into the motherboard, so on the rear of the motherboard you'll have audio jacks. When you install your operating system, you'd download and install the sound drivers from the motherboard manufacturer's website. This enables your PC to use sound. You'd then need to buy a set of speakers or a headset to plug into the audio jacks on the back of the motherboard, or else get a USB headset and use that instead.

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jumboelephant 1 point 3 months ago

why not amd? much cheaper and better in certain cases

SteveyMcGinins 1 point 3 months ago

I would strongly recommend not going with an i3 chip. With only 2 cores, many games such as GTA V refuse to run. Additionally it will bottleneck the GPU.

m52nickerson 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

The i3 does only have 2 cores, but it is hyperthreaded so it acts like a 4 core CPU. It will run GTA V just fine.

abrogard 1 point 3 months ago

What is all this 'parametric' stuff?

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 3 months ago

A parametric filter finds the best-priced part that meets the specs we set. A parametric selection chooses the best-priced part out of a handful of parts specifically selected for that category in the build.

Mr_meme_daddy 1 point 3 months ago

can this build run fallout 4?

moonman32 1 point 3 months ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor $129.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper T2 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $11.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard ASRock 970M PRO3 Micro ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard $51.98 @ Newegg
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury Blue 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $42.43 @ Jet
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $48.70 @ Amazon
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon RX 460 4GB WINDFORCE OC Video Card $89.99 @ Newegg
Case Rosewill RANGER-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case $26.07 @ Amazon
Power Supply Rosewill 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $19.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $501.14
Mail-in rebates -$80.00
Total $421.14
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-12-03 09:16 EST-0500
NomiNomis 1 point 3 months ago

How well would this build run Overwatch?

thomasmb1218 1 point 3 months ago

max settings with 60+ FPS

BlitzKrieg3231 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

why a seasonic PSU?

namelessmemories 1 point 3 months ago

The Rosewill Glacier 500M is a 500W 80+ Bronze PSU for $20 with mail-in rebate

Cicero_ 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

I would extend the parametric filter on the SSD to 275gb, leaving room for the MX300, which can go on sale for $60 and is a powerful contender in the SSD market.

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 3 months ago

Hey, thanks for the suggestion. I'll keep that in mind for the next iteration.

SanDarkrai 1 point 3 months ago

I was just wondering if all of this would work? You could also switch the RX 470 for the 1050 Ti. I have also included the monitor that I would use along with the keyboard because I don't have any of those (I have been using a laptop and would like to upgrade but not spend too much.)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $104.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $24.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard MSI H110M Gaming Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $62.98 @ Newegg
Memory Team Elite Plus 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $48.98 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $48.60 @ OutletPC
Video Card Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Mini Video Card $138.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Cooler Master N400 ATX Mid Tower Case $34.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair CXM 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $56.97 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $88.58 @ OutletPC
Monitor Asus VP228H 21.5" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor $109.00 @ Best Buy
Keyboard Razer Ornata Chroma Wired Gaming Keyboard $99.99 @ B&H
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $864.06
Mail-in rebates -$45.00
Total $819.06
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-12-05 10:51 EST-0500
SanDarkrai 1 point 3 months ago

I was mainly just wondering if all of the parts would work just to double check and if you have suggestions please do tell me!

dolin231@gmail.com 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

The CPU cooler isn't really necessary, if you are looking to cut costs down. The i3 6100 comes with a stock cooler, which will be sufficient, since the i3 cannot be overclocked. Also, the day you go to buy I would pick a PSU on sale. You will want to stick with a reputable brand like corsair, seasonic, or evga, but they are all pretty interchangeable and can save $20-$30. But check reviews! Besides that, looks like a very solid build. With the money you save on the cooler and PSU, maybe try to pick up a 470? But that's up to you.

lambotino 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

im sure someone that is an entry gamer wouldnt mind not having a fully modular power supply, an evga 500 would suit it better

preaux 1 Build 0 points 3 months ago

The power supply choices here aren't about modularity. The problem with the EVGA W1 and B1 500w models is that they are a group regulated design. This design fares poorly when crossloaded and causes the voltage to fall out of ATX spec. So for someone using a Haswell or Skylake processor with one of those power supplies they would have to go into the BIOS and disable the C6/C7 sleep states if they don't want to risk damage to their components.

henrath 1 point 3 months ago

The EVGA 500B stays in spec with crossload at 480 watts. Nearly all PSUs made by a reputable company will work fine, it's more of a matter of reliability and efficiency.

preaux 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/EVGA/500B/5.html

5v rail fell out of spec in CL1 Some reviews it passed like on Jonnyguru, but the inconsistency is typical of a group regulated unit. I use a 600b on my computer, I just knew to disable to C6 and C7 sleep state to avoid issues. Not something that partpicker likely wants to recommend in a build guide for entry level gamers.

GamingPCBuilder.com 1 point 3 months ago

you get cheaper case Thermaltake V3 or Deepcool TESSERACT

Un5tab1e 1 point 3 months ago

I've noticed these builds do not include case fans...are they not needed? Sorry I've never built b4 but,I'm going to try to tackle this system.

526christian 2 points 3 months ago

Nearly every case comes with at least 1 fan, usually the back one if it's only one. The 270R in this list comes with 2 fans. Usually, even with 1 fan, you don't need more, particularly if you're using latest-gen CPUs and GPUs.

Un5tab1e 1 point 3 months ago

Thank you. I chose the cooler Master n200 for my build. Maybe I should switch to the 270r. I've Google searched and cannot find how many the n200 comes with.

RadicalRobert012 1 point 3 months ago

I would probably use a HDD for storing your games and stuff and install windows on an SSD.

Nweeby 1 point 3 months ago

you dont 500W power supply

jaysonxng 1 point 3 months ago

Can you have a look on this build, not sure if it better or not PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor £185.75 @ Amazon UK
Motherboard MSI H110M Gaming Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard £58.99 @ CCL Computers
Memory *PNY Anarchy 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory £43.00 @ Amazon UK
Storage *OCZ TRION 150 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive £59.99 @ Amazon UK
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £44.99 @ Eclipse Computers
Video Card MSI Radeon RX 470 4GB Gaming X Video Card £179.99 @ Amazon UK
Case NZXT S340 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case £59.98 @ Amazon UK
Power Supply EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply £51.95 @ Overclockers.co.uk
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total £684.64
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-12-12 19:24 GMT+0000
MeleeGuy13 1 point 3 months ago

How Much More would it cost to get a Wireless? (My PC Would be pretty far away from the router,) If so, how would I install it into the case and connect it with all the other components?

xpertgamer3316 1 point 3 months ago

this pc is good for some light gaming. this game could run some of the popular titles like dota 2, csgo, league of legends, world of Warcraft. this pc could run those games easily. I have this pc for benchmarking and I get about 200fps on csgo. great entry level pc.

Progrizzwald 1 point 3 months ago

Alright so i see alot of mixed stuff about this build. My budget is around 500-550$. All im really looking to for a build is to play final fantasy xiv with max settings on it and some other games like wow, bf1, minecraft. I also wish to watch videos like crunchyroll etc which i beleive that wouldnt matter.. atleast i dont think. Im just a noob and need help huehuehue. It would be really awesome if someone could help me out!

Progrizzwald 1 point 3 months ago

just a idea for one of the games i play a ton on my ps4 but for the pc version here are the specs for it

Minimum System Requirements Operating System: Windows Vista 32/64bit, Windows 7 32/64 bit, Windows 8 32/64 bit, Windows 8.1 32/64 bit. Processor: Intel Core2 Duo 3GHz. Graphics: NVIDIA Geforce 8800 Series, ATI Radeon HD 4770. Memory: 2GB (4GB recommended for 64bit OS) Disk Space: 20GB.

Maarafi 1 point 3 months ago

Anyone who plays FSX/P3D with this setup can tell me how much performance does he get with it? Also for GTA V and other simulation games.

Epicmati313 1 point 3 months ago

would invest more into a quad-core i5 tho

Groffeaston 1 point 3 months ago

I have been looking at building a similar build to this. The Differences are as follows:

1) CPU: Debating between the Intel i3-6100 and an Intel i5 and still considering an AMD.

2) Motherboard: going with a Motherboard with a M.2 slot

3) SSD: going with a M.2 SSD 250MB

4) Ram: Going with 16MB of ram instead of 8MB.

5) Video Card: Not having a video card.

6) HDD: Going with either a 1TB or 2 TB HDD.

7) Optical Drive: Going with a DVD/CD writer/reader.

Why am I choosing those items?

1) I am still not sure which Processor I want to go with. But I am Heavily leaning towards the Intel i3-6100, then an Intel i5, and still considering an AMD.

2) & 3) I saw a computer build video using a motherboard with a M.2 slot and a M.2 SSD, he explained that it does not require a power cable or a SATA cable to be plugged into the M.2 SSD.

4) I realize that 8MB will probably be sufficient for what I want to do. But I want the extra memory in case I decide to use memory intensive programs then I have it available.

5) I do not play Video games nor do I do Video Editing! I do stream and watch the occasional video on YouTube and other websites, so I feel the Built in Graphics on the Chip will be good enough. But I am considering to add a "low-end" Graphics card to enhance the video capabilities.

6) 1TB or 2 TB HDD: I would install the OS on the SSD then use the HDD for general Storage.

7) Why an Optical Drive? I have CDs and a few DVDs and the only way to view/listen to them is on my computer! Also I may want to "burn" some CDs/DVDs!

What Would my computer be used for? Most for Web Browsing, Emails, streaming music - Spotify free, and just your Basic General Computer needs. However I may need to use it in the future for: light Music recording, and maybe some type of business or finance program to do the home finances.

aether_tech 3 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

The 2x4GB RAM should be changed to 1x8GB dimm.

The ADATA SU800 for the CS1311 (better consumer performance) or the MX300 (for 275GB)

The 1050ti is bad price/performance, 1050 or 460 would be better. The Seasonic PSU can be changed to the CX450M.

The GA-B150M-DS3H could be the ASUS H110M/M.2

Lastly, the case is an insult to the budget. Seriously. A Rosewill Line-M or DeepCool Tesseract or something would fit better (and open up $20-35 dollars ot be put somewhere else.)

thomasmb1218 1 point 3 months ago

get a cheaper case and a 430 watt PSU and throw in a hard drive, maybe a 1TB WD Blue

thomasmb1218 1 point 3 months ago

change the case, just get a 100R, they are 20 bucks cheaper and just as good, plus youre staying corsair.

TothBrush 1 Build -4 points 4 months ago

build is really not that great

70 dollars on a case when you're trying to save money?

63 dollars for a 520W fully modular power supply?

8GB of ram when you have a 4GB gpu? Unless you plan on multi-tasking, 4GB of ram is a better choice.

If anyone's reading this, get a cheaper case and get a smaller (non-modular) power supply like a 400W 80+ bronze. Lastly, get 4GB of ram if you need to save money'

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $104.88 @ OutletPC
Motherboard *Gigabyte GA-B150M-DS3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $60.98 @ Newegg
Memory Crucial Ballistix Elite 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR4-2666 Memory $20.98 @ Newegg
Storage *Sandisk SSD PLUS 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $52.99 @ Amazon
Video Card *Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Mini Video Card $129.99 @ Newegg
Case NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $34.99 @ Directron
Power Supply EVGA 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $34.99 @ NCIX US
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $439.80
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-11-24 22:40 EST-0500
Mr_Majestic 3 points 4 months ago

Ram and Vram are very different, technically theres no reason not to have the same amount of ram as VRAM but usually its safer to have at least 8 GB of RAM

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AS118 1 point 3 months ago

Honestly, even for web browsing, 8gb vs 4gb makes a difference. Especially if you use web-apps (even certain e-mail web apps) and stream video and such.

I upgraded my mom's PC from 4gb to 8gb and speed difference in what she did just browsing on the web was amazing. Not even upgrading the CPU did as much.

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Skilly007 1 point 3 months ago

pm'd ya

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PCBuilder430 1 point 4 months ago

On average the Ti version gives around an extra 10fps, from the benchmarks i have seen. That might be why.

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Razorwing02 1 Build 3 points 3 months ago

at that point though get an rx 470

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Andzx02 5 Builds 5 points 3 months ago

This is such a better parts list than OP.

AS118 3 points 3 months ago

This guy has it right. This build is a much more responsible and streamlined entry level gaming build, and it trims a lot of the unnecessary fat that the original build up top had. Plus, it doesn't get a 1050Ti for no reason even though there's an big enough PSU for a 470 / 1060.

MountainMist 1 point 3 months ago

What about the operating system

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tanbirahmed 1 point 3 months ago

how do you get operating systems for free

tinmoth 2 points 3 months ago

Windows 10 is (essentially) free. The only thing you can't do without Activating it is change your desktop background (themes) and use the Windows Store

You can bypass the former by having a legit copy of windows elsewhere linked to your Microsoft account, then login on your new device using the same account. Microsoft syncs your desktop themes.

Magmattero 1 point 3 months ago

THANK YOU

StickyStix 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

You don't.

tanbirahmed 1 point 3 months ago

But sometimes you can

Sp33rto 1 point 3 months ago

Are you a God? i am a total noob , and i was looking to buy a 650$ PC gaming set up(Including Monitor and WIreless adapter) and this is my list https://pcpartpicker.com/list/shct9W

though i have little to no experience at all in building PC's i wonder if you could help me out with this since i have been trying to remove and add with this build for days , and i am not quiet convinced with it

also i will only buy from Amazon so sometimes their prices are higher than the ones set by pcpartpicker

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Sp33rto 1 point 3 months ago

From the UAE, because the other sites don't ship internationally , and i trust Amazon more in terms of shipping and packaging , and delivery!

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Sp33rto 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks a lot helped me a ton, but i had this person recommending this https://pcpartpicker.com/product/RvjWGX/powercolor-radeon-rx-470-4gb-red-devil-video-card-axrx-470-4gbd5-3dhoc is this better or the one u have in this part list?

the GTX 1050 ti has a higher clock speed than the 470 by a lot

Synsyxx 1 point 3 months ago

I like this build. I'm looking to build my first PC myself, have a little higher budget to start with. What difference would switching the i3 with an i56500 make? Is it worth the investment? https://pcpartpicker.com/list/P8TC4C

At that price total I'll have ~200$ left for peripherals, OS and whatnot. Figure I will add Windows 10 with USB since there is no optics. I've compared buying an optics + the OS on cd and it makes little difference so might as well pay a little more for USB right? Then if I have enough left over for a decent screen, keyboard, mouse and MAYBE a headset I'd be happy. I have plenty of Xbox 1 remotes lying around, even PS4 remotes if there is a way to utilize them for PC. Also considering the Steam Link box to have my PC upstairs in my room and to play with family on the TV in the living room if anyone has any opinions on that little device?

Thank you all for your opinions and help in my adventure to finally do this!!

CharlieWhiskey 1 point 3 months ago

Is this something that would work for me? I am not a big gamer but I like to play the odd steam game, watch HD movies (So lots of storage!) etc and I do some 2D and 3D autoCAD work. And as I learn more about building PCs I would like the room to upgrade parts. Clearly I have never built a PC before.. is this everything I would need minus monitor/keyboard/OS? Thanks for helping a noob out!

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CharlieWhiskey 1 point 3 months ago

Thank you for your help... A couple more questions if you don't mind -Whats the best way to add some more storage? I have a lot of music/photos etc. -Is there a comparable video card that I can find in Canada? I am alright with upping the budget if this helps. -Do I need anything else to get started? Or can i just plug all this into the case and hook up a monitor/mouse/keyboard? -Is it reasonable to find a free version of windows 7 or 10, or should I purchase windows to save me some hassle?

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CharlieWhiskey 1 point 3 months ago

Thank you so much, it is very much appreciated!

PyPyRene 0 points 3 months ago

$100 in mail-in rebates. How do those work because this seems like a very good deal.

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cheeseandram 1 Build -5 points 3 months ago

CX PSUs make me want to vomit

526christian 6 points 3 months ago

Comments like these make me want to vomit.

cheeseandram 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

.. I only just saw that it was a CXM power supply

WirelessCables 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago
Savage

=D

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ThoughtA staff submitter 2 points 3 months ago

Why the change of heart? Also please do keep it polite and constructive on this site.

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Telsah 1 point 3 months ago

Don't, it's not worth it Build this instead http://pcpartpicker.com/list/Dhtsnn

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor 6W - 51W
MSI B150M PRO-VDH Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 15W - 60W
ADATA XPG Z1 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2800 Memory 5W - 5W
Plextor M7V 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Palit GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB StormX Video Card 18W - 75W
Total: 46W - 201W