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Entry Level Intel Gaming Build

by ThoughtA

Description

CPU

Our CPU of choice is the Intel Pentium G4560. While it features only two cores, the G4560 also employs hyperthreading to help close the gap between it and a 4-core i5. Hyperthreading adds an additional logical core for each physical core, which is handy for streaming, video editing, and multi-tasking CPU-intensive tasks. The G4560 includes a stock cooler, so a 3rd-party cooler isn't necessary.

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

Motherboard

We're using a parametric filter to constantly select the best-priced motherboard while meeting selected criteria. In this case, we are filtering for B250 chipsets and 4 DDR4 DIMM slots for future expansion. The compatibility engine will filter out anything not compatible with the build. The motherboards are also capable of using the CPU's integrated GPU, in case you need to RMA your GPU or are waiting for a sale or upgrade.

Memory

A parametric filter is being applied to choose the best priced 2x4GB kit of memory within Intel's recommended specifications. With this selection, we have space on the motherboards for 2 more sticks of RAM, leaving room for future expansion.

Storage

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

GPU

Normally we would recommend the AMD RX 570 at this price point. Unfortunately, due to a recent surge in cryptocurrency mining, there is an extremely low availability of several video cards that would be appropriate at this price point. As a replacement, we suggest using the Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti. We've created a parametric filter to show you the lowest priced GTX 1050 Ti which will be powerful enough for most AAA games.

When video card stock and availability normalizes again, we will make sure to update our guides as appropriate to reflect the change in the market.

Case

All of the components are housed in the Fractal Design Focus G Mini MicroATX mid Tower. This case is an affordable option that has front panel USB 3.0, room for full size graphics cards, and cutouts in the motherboard tray for easy cable routing. If also features 2x external 5.25" bays, 2x internal 3.5" bays, and 1x internal 2.5" bay.

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: 214W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU £63.59 £63.59 Aria PC Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: Micro ATX
  • Chipset: Intel B250
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
  • RAM Type: DDR4
£57.59 £57.59 Aria PC Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
£59.30 £59.30 Amazon UK Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
£44.74 £6.93 £51.67 Amazon UK Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
£121.34 £121.34 Amazon UK Buy
Case £45.70 £2.95 £48.65 Box Limited Buy
Power Supply £45.02 £2.95 £47.97 Box Limited Buy
Base Total: £437.28
Shipping: £12.83
Total: £450.11
* 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.

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blizz7 5 points 1 month ago

If you're going to use a 1050 ti, use the Zotac OC Edition. it's $159.99 and it has the highest core and boos clock out of all the 1050ti s, so it's really good at price to performance, for 20 $ more.

CarCat 1 point 1 month ago

Yeah. No matter how many places I look on the web, I can't find any non-5 star reviews for it. Plus, lots of the 1050 TIs that are slower are 10 bucks more... It will easily fit into a $600 budget like mine.

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blizz7 -4 points 1 month ago

You literally just repeated yourself, adding an extra sentence, how does that help you prove your point..?

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ibm.lds 3 points 1 month ago

Could you cram a GTX 1080 in this setup?

shmitty5050 4 points 1 month ago

Yes but that'd be like putting a Lambo engine in a Honda Fit. If your GPU is high end, your other parts should be as well to get the most use out of it.

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 4 points 1 month ago

nah.. The pentium would create a bad bottleneck. to avoid any bottlenecks you'll need at least an i5

4eyesone 2 points 17 days ago

There would be no reason to???

legfruit 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Hi there!

I'm looking to build a PC to play World of Warcraft & Final Fantasy XIV, but have a budget of $650. I'm wondering if this setup could run it as is or if there are certain parts I'd need to swap for something pricier in order to get it running?

Thanks in advance!

ray135 3 points 1 month ago

This setup is can run those games well, but I recommend a Ryzen build. Adding an SSD makes cost $610. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/7sH4r7

If you want a better GPU and want to overclock the CPU, get this ($642): https://pcpartpicker.com/list/LfzwxY SSD not included in this build.

If you don't want to overclock, then I suggest spending a getting a Ryzen 1400(+$40) or 1600(+$80) instead. The Ryzen 1200 is more likely to be a bottleneck without overclocking.

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ericko 2 points 1 month ago

A "true" entry level build that can handle almost everything you throw at it! Check it out!

Component Selection Price
CPU

Intel - Core i5-6400 2.7GHz Quad-Core Processor $174.48 Buy Motherboard

MSI - H110M Gaming Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $34.99 Buy Memory

Patriot - Viper Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $59.99 Buy Storage

Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $45.69 Buy Video Card

MSI - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Video Card $142.29 Buy Case

DIYPC - Zondda-O ATX Mid Tower Case $35.89 Buy Power Supply

EVGA - BT 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $15.98 Buy Total: $509.31

mikeotto79 1 point 1 month ago

Where did you find the motherboard at that price?

KalebSzabo 1 point 6 days ago

"Intel - Core i5-6400 2.7GHz Quad-Core Processor $174.48 Buy Motherboard

MSI - H110M Gaming Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $34.99 Buy Memory

Patriot - Viper Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $59.99 Buy Storage"

If you look closely, the motherboard is 174.48, not 34.99. The way it was pasted made to formatting wrong.

Triniking 1 point 1 day ago

Nah. The copy paste was pretty bad. The Core i5 was $174.48 and the H110M mobo was $34.99 since those are the prices they normally hover around.

oapman 1 point 10 days ago

If you really have a tight budget, then this is a great build. It can run most games at 60fps with decent settings and at 1080p.

Intel - Pentium G4560 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor £64.79

ASRock - B250M-HDV Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard £57.98

Crucial - 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory £60.17

Western Digital - RE3 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £76.59

Gigabyte - Radeon RX 460 2GB WINDFORCE OC Video Card £89.96

Deepcool - SMARTER MicroATX Mini Tower Case £19.04

Corsair - CXM (2015) 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply £48.99

Total: £417.52

Triniking 1 point 2 days ago

Are HDDs that expensive in the UK?

TinyBuilder 2 points 1 month ago

Hi, guys I was wondering about switching out the parts in this build guide with various other parts. I'm keeping most of the stuff the same except for the Storage and CPU, I will be switching to an Intel - Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor, instead of the Pentium listed here. Will I run into any problems when switching? I was also wondering if the case itself has a built-in cooler, or if I have to buy a new cooler, I was planning on getting a Cooler Master - Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler.

Thanks for your help

Triniking 2 points 1 month ago

The Core i5 7600K doesn't come with a cooler as the Pentiums do.

If you are buying the i5 7600K, do you have the intention of over-clocking? In such a case, the mobo will need to be switched from B250 to Z270 to allow overclocking.

You'll also need to purchase thermal paste to apply between the Cooler Master and the CPU.

The case mentioned comes with 2 installed fans; they're not direct cooling solutions for the CPU.

You didn't provide a list but is this bulid ( https://pcpartpicker.com/list/GVxpf8 ) what you had in mind?

TinyBuilder 1 point 1 month ago

Hi Triniking,

Thanks for your reply, I am going to buy a cooler, the same as the one mentioned in your pc part picker list. In fact, many of things on your list are the same as mine except for a few variations. Speaking of the i5, I do not have the intention of overclocking, and I do have thermal paste. I was also wondering, based on your experience do the prices drop considerably on Black Friday or should I order now instead? Thanks so much!

Triniking 2 points 1 month ago

I heard Microcenter and Best Buy have some price drops around that time but since I'm stuck with Amazon I'm not too sure.

TinyBuilder 1 point 26 days ago

Hi Triniking,

I decided to customize this build, and came out with a end result of this, https://pcpartpicker.com/list/2TBJYr

Is this okay or do you think I should change stuff up, like add a SSD, or any other part. I'm planning to run games like Fortnite, Overwatch,, Rainbow Six, Forza Horizon, and so on.

Triniking 1 point 26 days ago

Don't forget the PSU and that you can't overclock the K processors on B250 mobos. Gonna need a Z270 board.

It should run most of those games you mentioned but I haven't played Forza Horizon. Get a SSD if you have the money.

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Baguettocossai 2 points 28 days ago

Hi, I would like to start my first build, what performance I could hope to have on recent games with this build ? Thanks.

Misdad 1 point 1 month ago

Set 2

conzooka 1 point 1 month ago

is this a good build?

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

yeah! i have the same CPU and GPU and im happy

markinottawa 1 point 1 month ago

Would this system be able to play Overwatch at 1080 with medium quality settings at roughly 60 fps while also recording the content for uploading to YouTube? I’m pretty sure it would be plenty fast enough to play the game at 60 fps but I’m not too sure about the recording. Currently using OBS which is obviously fairly CPU intensive but I’m wondering if the Shadownplay feature on the 1050 ti would work better. Building for my nephew and don’t game personally.

ray135 1 point 1 month ago

It can play Overwatch at 1080p ultra settings and get well over 60fps.

Badumtsss 1 point 1 month ago

Could anyone make a video- or text tutorial on how to build this? I'm new to building pc's and I wanna be sure that I can do it, thanks!

Drekloe 1 point 1 month ago

There is a video online by the YouTube user BitWit which shows how to build a gaming PC very in depth!

BoyScout staff 21 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

If it helps, we live streamed building a very similar system based on an older version of this guide a couple months ago:

Entry Level (Intel) Gaming PC Live Stream Archive

w4nd3ringw0lf 1 point 1 month ago

Thoughts on a RX 550 2GB video card instead?

ray135 2 points 1 month ago

That would give significantly less performance, but it's also much cheaper.

I don't recommend the RX 550 unless you're fine with 30fps (or higher if you play at >1080p low/medium settings), or if you only play games like Overwatch and Rocket League.

RoNiN0001 1 point 1 month ago

Would it be able to do Rainbow Six Siege, if so at what FPS and Settings?

ray135 1 point 1 month ago

It can run Rainbow Six Siege at 1080p medium settings at around 60fps. It's not a very demanding game, so the Rx 550 can handle it.

RoNiN0001 1 point 1 month ago

Okay so if I only play games like Overwatch, Rainbow Six, and Destiny 2 then I'll probably be fine. Thanks for the help.

ray135 1 point 1 month ago

Destiny 2 is playable, but it's more demanding than Overwatch and Rainbow Six, so you'll probably have to use low/medium settings or lower the resolution to get 50-60fps. If that's okay, then the Rx 550 is a good choice.

cushmanb 1 point 1 month ago

Im still going to need to purchase an operating system right?

BoyScout staff 21 Builds 3 points 1 month ago

Correct -- we don't add an operating system, monitor, keyboard or mouse to our guides as the variance of needs and preferences on those is pretty tough to represent in a guide. So we instead focus the target budget price around the core system components.

That said, you can find retailer listings for purchasing Microsoft Windows in our Operating System category.

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manirelli staff 8 Builds 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

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manirelli staff 8 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Please actually read what I posted. It is not a legal usage of the operating system.

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CrisEvans 1 point 1 month ago

Can Anyone Tell How to Build a PC Please Im Buying this one but I dont know How to build

BoyScout staff 21 Builds 4 points 1 month ago

Check out our YouTube Channel for lots of build videos showing step by step, how to put things together. In particular, we last built a system based on this guide a few months ago: Entry Level (Intel) Gaming PC Live Build. We also published a build tutorial for anotther similar build to this a while back. If you have any questions along the way, be sure to stop by our forums for more help!

cod3457happy 1 point 1 month ago

I am interested in buying a gaming PC if i am new to this would this be a good build for me? If so can anyone give me some options to buy what accessory's( monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc.) that will work good for a new PC gamer.

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

I had the same specs in my old system and i was very happy with it. For a monitor i would recommend you a 1080p / 60Hz monitor with good reviews. and keyboard and mouse just something that fits you and that has good reviews. My mouse is the logitech g300, costs like 30-40 bucks and is great.

LamboLimo 1 point 1 month ago

I have a similar budget and made a list. I would really appreciate it if anyone could look at it and give me suugestions :). Thanks! https://pcpartpicker.com/user/LamboLimo/saved/sfvbjX

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

seems good. Never knew AMD made memory.. i would get something different though. G.skill, HyperX, corsair and crucial are popular choices

LamboLimo 1 point 1 month ago

Ok thanks!

mikeotto79 1 point 1 month ago

Are these prices in American dollars?

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

depends on which region you set the site on the top right

mikeotto79 1 point 1 month ago

Ok, thanks.

Monarch125 1 point 1 month ago

as novice and budget restrained person. just few questions.

1- does this motherboard have inbuild gpu? initially i want to save by not purchasing video card but do it when feasible. 2- are these cpu long term. i am targeting build for next 4 yrs at least. 3- can i use same build just change cpu to either i5 budget and if yes which at similar price.? not a deal breaker. but looking at long term. curious as well. 4. can this play football manager 18 at highest setting? http://www.footballmanager.com/games/football-manager-2018

pc will be mainly use for daily use.

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

well if you want to use this CPU i suggest you to get an i5. even the kabylake i5s are going to be good CPUs for a couple of years and yeah the intel CPUs have internal GPUs. But they are not very good for gaming so you can't really play games with it. They are fine for everday use though.

ywoh1121 1 point 1 month ago

can this run Battleground?

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

an 1080p and low settings yes around 50 fps

iamjoshfrank 1 point 1 month ago

Any suggestions for where I can buy the Patriot - Viper Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory? I had an order in on Amazon in July or August; it was backordered. Received a notice last month asking if I still wanted it, that it continued to be on backorder. I keep checking Amazon - no luck.

And I can't seem to find it anywhere else.

Everything else on the parametric filter is 1/3 more expensive at slower speeds. The next 3000mhz is almost double in price.

Suggestions??

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Well.. you can't run 3000 mhz on b250 anyway.. i think.. and it doesnt make a huge difference with this build anyway.

speedmaster112 1 point 1 month ago

Would this be able to run Dayz with decent fps on default settings?

Triniking 3 points 1 month ago

This build surpasses the minimum requirements for Dayz so you should be fine.

speedmaster112 2 points 1 month ago

Ok good because I got tired of playing Dayz on a laptop with only getting a max of 25 fps and I had to completely downgrade the graphics so hopefully I wont have to on this build around what fps do you think this build would get for Dayz?

TinyBuilder 2 points 1 month ago

Hi speedmaster112,

To answer your question, using this build you would probably get over 53 frames per second, on pretty great graphics. This video may help you, too bad he recorded during the night though. Have fun!

"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6YhoZO0vcs"

Joshua24verse15 1 point 1 month ago

I am building for destiny 2. I would like to get a minimum of 60 frames hopefully closer to 100 at 1080p. I am going to get a 144hz monitor. Is the the setup for me and if not what recommendations would you guys make ?

ray135 1 point 1 month ago

If you want a 1080p 144hz monitor then you probably should get a better graphics card. This card is fine for 1080p, but it will not deliver close to 100fps on any demanding game, like Battlefield 1 or Assassin's Creed Origins.

It does deliver that framerate on games like Overwatch or CS:GO, but if you want to make good use of your monitor, I suggest getting a 1070 or Vega 56.

Joshua24verse15 1 point 29 days ago

What if I use a i5 5700k, and a 1060 gpu,

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 29 days ago

That would work better.. get the 6GB version though

Veyon 1 point 1 month ago

Could this run WoW on ultra settings in a raid with 60+ fps? How about games like pantheon: rise of the fallen and Destiny 2? (Coming from someone with no experience in PC building).

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 29 days ago

Wow on ultra on a raid will be tricky.. But in general this system is a little beast and has great value. But it has its limits. You might have to turn down settings on some games to medium.. but in a lot of games it will handle them nicely

Rıdvan 1 point 1 month ago

Hey im gonna buy this build. The black friday is soon would prices be stable or change at the black friday . And is the system has wi-fi ready?

sorry for my English

ray135 1 point 1 month ago

You need to add a wireless network adapter to the build in order to have wifi.

imsonewatthis 1 point 1 month ago

Why use 2 x 4gb ram instead of a 1 x 8gb ram with the ability to upgrade later?

ray135 1 point 1 month ago

Dual channel improves performance, and upgrading shouldn't be a problem because the motherboard has 4 ram slots.

Rıdvan 1 point 1 month ago

Should i need cpu cooler?

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 29 days ago

no.. there comes on included with the cpu

AdamZickuhr 1 point 1 month ago

Would a Zotac - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB OC Edition Video Card work on this build in place of the one on the guide?

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 29 days ago

yes

TKxzy 1 point 29 days ago

How well will this run games like Rainbow Six Siege? (Or other similar FPS games)

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 29 days ago

Rainbow six siege will run very good.. 60 fps on high setting at least

Vonslayer 1 point 28 days ago

Hey this is my first time building my own gaming PC so I'm basically in uncharted waters LOL and I was wondering if this build be sufficient if I wanted to play World of Warcraft, Starcraft, Diablo etc. I'm sure I'll switch out Parts as I go but for now I just want something that's basic for playing those particular games

zebroski 1 point 28 days ago

can anyone tell me were i can buy that memory or an alternative one. (i am new at this :-)

GabLeRoux 1 point 28 days ago

Can I put a EVGA 430 W 80 PLus power supply in it ?

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 25 days ago

yep

Jcurr22 1 point 27 days ago

From what I am reading this can run csgo, over watch, and r6 siege fairly well?

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 25 days ago

yes! very nicely had the same specs and i was really happy with the build

TinyBuilder 1 point 26 days ago

Hi Guys,

I'm new to this but I have done a lot of research and I decided to customize this build, and came out with a end result of this, https://pcpartpicker.com/list/2TBJYr Is this okay or do you think I should change stuff up, like add a SSD, or any other part. I'm planning to run games like Fortnite, Overwatch,, Rainbow Six, Forza Horizon, and so on. Not so demanding games, but I just need something to run them.

Thanks!

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 24 days ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 3 1300X 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $127.39 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI - B350M PRO-VDH Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $68.89 @ OutletPC
Memory Team - Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $96.99 @ Newegg
Storage SanDisk - SSD PLUS 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $79.00 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $41.77 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Video Card $154.00 @ Amazon
Case Fractal Design - Focus G Mini (Black) MicroATX Mini Tower Case $54.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply SeaSonic - S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $37.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $671.02
Mail-in rebates -$10.00
Total $661.02
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-11-19 04:21 EST-0500

I would rather look at something like this. The i3 7350k is only a dualcore and already a generation old. I switched sides here. Here is what i changed

CPU: I went with the AMD ryzen 3 1300X. It has 4 cores instead of 2 and is factory overclocked. And as stated the kabylake i3 is already a generation old has no real upgrade path. The AM4 plattform has a nice upgrade path. You can upgrade to a 6 or even 8 core CPU later without changing the motherboard. The stock cooler that comes included is good enough for the CPU.

Motherboard: The ryzen CPUs need the AM4 socket so I went with the B350 Pro-VDH by MSI. i have the Intel version of this motherboard and i am very happy with it!

Memory: I went with a 3000 Mhz memory kit as Ryzen really does better with faster memory. Its 2 x 4GB so you can still upgrade later on to 16GB.

Storage: As you can see i dumped the Seagate HDD as i don't really trust it. I went with an SSD and a Western Digital HDD. It really makes sense to get a SSD as it will decrease the boot time a lot! I put in a 240GB version so you can install 2 or 3 games on it too. The 1TB Harddrive by WD is a very popular one. its 7200 rpm and very reliable!

Video card: I left the 1050 Ti as it is a very nice little GPU and will run the games you listed perfectly. I had it in my old system (one from EVGA though) and i was super happy with it. Now I have a 1080 Ti.

Case: I left that one.

PSU: you didnt have a power-supply in the part list so I added one. its 520W and Bronze rated AND fully modular.

If you have any questions let me know because PC building can be very difficult at the beginning. :D

cheers, lobster

TinyBuilder 2 points 18 hours ago

Hi Lobster,

Wow just wow. Thanks for all the help you have given me, I finished the build for $550 and it runs like a charm! It works amazing and the process was buttery smooth! Thank you so much again. You have been a crucial part of my PC build. I have named it Triniking Lobster!

Thanks Again!

--Tiny Builder

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 12 hours ago

You are very very welcome! Glad to hear it runs well :D And I like the name :D A build log here on PCPP would be a good idea :D So we know how the finished PC looks :D

Wish you all the best

Lobster

TinyBuilder 1 point 22 days ago

Wow this was amazing! Thank you so much for helping me like this. I was wondering does this need a cooler, I was thinking of going with the Hypermaster, I put it in this build and it told me that you may need an additional way to hook it up. Do you recommend any coolers?

TinyBuilder 1 point 22 days ago

Sorry for my last reply!

It's great that you took the time and effort to help me out, I really appreciate it. I see that the CPU does come with a stock cooler and it will fit my needs! Do you have a build video for this?

Thanks so much!

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 22 days ago

i would just look for a build guide on youtube. :D plenty of videos

colin_Tr 1 point 26 days ago

is it worth getting an i5 over the pentium?

Triniking 1 point 25 days ago

Well the Core i5 is 4c4t compared to the Pentium's 2c4t so it performs better.

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 25 days ago

well it depends which i5 you are talking about. If you are looking at Kaby lake then skip the i5 and get an i7 instead. Kabylake i5s are meh

GabLeRoux 1 point 26 days ago

Do I really need DDR4 for the ram ?

Triniking 2 points 26 days ago

Yes, the mobos that handle Kaby Lake CPUs require DDR4 RAM.

Don't even think about putting DDR3 into them.

Triniking 2 points 25 days ago

Yes they would.

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 25 days ago

yes

moistbarney 1 point 26 days ago

Will this build require external storage? Is that an essential component or am I asking a dumb question (first time building)? Thanks!

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 25 days ago

What do you mean by external storage? it has an internal 2 TB HDD. So external storage something like a "My passport" by WD is not necessary. those external HDD are usuall just for portability and backups

Thaymore 1 point 26 days ago

Hey, what kind of graphics and FPS can I expect for total war games including warhammer 2? Thanks!

rogerpham12 1 point 26 days ago

Is this computer up to date in 2017.

rogerpham12 1 point 26 days ago

How good is this computer build for video editing and is it up to date in 2017.

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 25 days ago

Well it is kinda.. its a generation old already but for budget gaming still solid. If you want the best for video editing i would rather get the modest gaming build. Video editing is rather CPU heavy and the ryzen 5 1600 has six cores while the g4560 pentium only has two

Stealthy_Gaming 1 point 24 days ago

The Ryzen 3 1200 can overclock to 3.9 GHZ for just a little more I would recommend it with my 1050

xpert10 1 point 22 days ago

does anyone have a video of them assembling this build? it would be very much appreciated since this is my first time buying a pc and im not too familiar on how to assemble it. thank you in advance!

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 20 days ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVlhA5q4Lfw

there you go. its not the exact same build but the assembly is the same

UnicornMan 1 point 20 days ago

Is there a way I can have my build criticized by others? Like am I able to share it?

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 20 days ago

if you have not built it then you can share it on the forum right here on the website and ask others for their opinion. and if you have already built it you can submit it to the completed builds

UnicornMan 1 point 11 days ago

Do I just post my build list on the build guides? I dont even know if its a good build so like for title would I put like the CPU and MB (Intel, or the razeon) then like first build comment please?

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 11 days ago

You put your build on the completed build section. You first pick the part list you used and then you can pick any title you want. Make sure to include pictures too. without any pictures the build will not get approved.

UnicornMan 1 point 11 days ago

I have not gotten the computer built yet.

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 11 days ago

Well you can post the build when you built it ;)

FuelWill 1 point 20 days ago

How well would this build run Rust and Fast graphics? PUBG? Also, what should I upgrade to get better performance with a $600 budget?

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 20 days ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 3 1200 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor $99.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock - AB350M Pro4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $49.99 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $89.99 @ Amazon
Storage Crucial - MX300 275GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $79.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $41.77 @ OutletPC
Video Card Zotac - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Mini Video Card $123.89 @ B&H
Case Fractal Design - Focus G (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $39.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply SeaSonic - 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $34.90 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $590.51
Mail-in rebates -$30.00
Total $560.51
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-11-23 15:00 EST-0500

I would get something like this. Better performance overall :D let me know if you have any questions

FuelWill 1 point 19 days ago

Thanks this is really useful I will use those parts for my build, but would I be able to get an extra 8 GB of ram on the motherboard?

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 19 days ago

yes sure! jusrt make sure to buy the same kit. the motherboard has 4 dimm slots so you'll be able to upgrade no problems

GeomiZ 1 point 20 days ago

Hello there!

I've been thinking to build a pc for tasks like playing games such as Overwatch. I am also a YouTube video maker, so I would like a pc that can handle editing programs and Live Streaming on YouTube. Is this the pc I am seeking for, or is there some improvements for my purposes? My budget is about 500 - 600 dollars but it may vary. All the help is really appreciated!

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 20 days ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor $189.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock - AB350M Pro4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $49.99 @ Newegg
Memory Team - Dark 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $139.99 @ Newegg
Storage PNY - CS1311 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $49.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $41.77 @ OutletPC
Video Card Zotac - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Mini Video Card $123.89 @ B&H
Case Fractal Design - Focus G (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $39.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply SeaSonic - 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $34.90 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $700.41
Mail-in rebates -$30.00
Total $670.41
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-11-23 14:48 EST-0500

Hi there! I would rather look at something like this.

The G4560 has only 2 cores and 4 threads and is too weak for streaming to youtube. So i went with a ryzen 5 1600 which has 6 cores and 12 threads. I also fitted 16Gb of memory and even a 120GB SSD for the OS and a 1TB HDD. I left the video card at a 1050 Ti. I actually went with the mid tower focus G here as it is strangely cheaper than the mini version. I also changed the PSU to a 520W Seasonic one. it is fully modular and a popular budget power supply. Without rebattes it costs 700 bucks and with rebattes 670. I would really recommend spending 70 more and getting a decent system right away. With the pentium one you'll end up upgrading later on anyway. And the Ryzen 5 1600 can even handle video cards up to the 1080 without any bottleneck. if you have questions let me know ;)

GeomiZ 1 point 13 days ago
  1. What is 'OS' ?
  2. I live in Finland so i wonder if those prices includes everything I really need to pay or should I just buy those parts from stores in Finland? Your help is much appreciated :)
Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 13 days ago

The OS is the operating system. Like windows 10. And the prices here are from stores in the US. I am from switzerland so i need to check the prices too. So maybe the PC will be a bit more expensive in finland than the us prices listed here. Since the list has a gtx 1080 video card which is very powerful I would get at least a 1080p 144hz monitor. I picked a good one. My friend has this monitor and he is very happy. if you have any other questions let me know

GeomiZ 1 point 13 days ago

The list you made has a GTX 1050 Ti actually (Not GTX 1080)

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 13 days ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor $189.98 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard MSI - B350 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard $64.99 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $196.99 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $139.99 @ B&H
Storage Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $66.88 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB WINDFORCE OC 8G Video Card $544.98 @ Newegg
Case NZXT - S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $59.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $69.99 @ SuperBiiz
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $94.89 @ OutletPC
Monitor Asus - VG248QE 24.0" 1920x1080 144Hz Monitor $254.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1723.67
Mail-in rebates -$40.00
Total $1683.67
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-11-30 10:28 EST-0500
GeomiZ 1 point 13 days ago

This built is too much over my budget ;( Would it be possible to buy only 8gb ram and buy the 4-core ryzen 3 1200? Thank you forwards for your kind help. Im going to edit videos, play games like overwatch and livestream

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 13 days ago

What is your budget?

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 13 days ago

oh im sorry I confused you with another convo i just had.. thats why it was so expensive.. let me know your budget and ill make you a suggestion

GeomiZ 1 point 13 days ago

My budget is like 500$ - 600$ and I would like to edit videos, play games such as overwatch, fortnite. I would also like to LIVESTREAM on YouTube. ;)

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 13 days ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor $189.98 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock - AB350M Pro4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $49.99 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $104.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $41.89 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card EVGA - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB ACX 2.0 Video Card $151.89 @ B&H
Case Fractal Design - Focus G (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $39.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply SeaSonic - 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $638.72
Mail-in rebates -$10.00
Total $628.72
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-11-30 13:44 EST-0500

I know it is like 40 bucks over budget without the rebate. But I think you should spend those 40 more. The CPU is the Ryzen 5 1600 6 core CPU which is very nice for gaming and streaming. With the b350 chipset of the mobo you can also overclock it.

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 13 days ago

Balancing a system at 500-600 bucks that can game AND stream very nicely is hard. Maybe ask in this forum other people what they think.

https://pcpartpicker.com/forums/forum/2-part-list-opinions-wanted/

Kybble 1 point 19 days ago

Would this build be able to run Destiny 2 and/or Fallout 4, even at minimum graphical settings?

MalcomeRoss1013 1 point 19 days ago

definitely

Kybble 1 point 19 days ago

Do you know which settings? Low or medium?

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 16 days ago

you should be able to play them at med/high settings

Triniking 0 points 19 days ago

These are the minimum reqs for Destiny 2:

Minimum Spec

CPU

Intel: 3.5 GHz Core i3-3250 or 3.5 GHz Pentium G4560 AMD: 4.2 GHz FX-4350

GPU

Nvidia: 2 GB GeForce GTX 660 or 2 GB GTX 1050 AMD: 2 GB Radeon HD 7850

RAM

6 GB

You'll probably get low and medium w/ some lower adjustments with this build.

Fallout 4 is a regularly benchmarked game so you can research its performance on YouTube.

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 16 days ago

recommended specs on steam are a joke.. in wouldnt use them as reference

Triniking 1 point 16 days ago

True. There are times when machines above the specs can't run the game properly and others where the game can run on potatoes.

MalcomeRoss1013 1 point 19 days ago

Question, I plan to make this build but i got an offer for an asus mother board (ASUS M5A97 LE) , an AMD - FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor, and 8 Gb geil ddr3 ram along with an additional 6 GB for 150 bucks. Should I integrate it (if it's compatible with the rest of the build)

Triniking 1 point 19 days ago

The FX processors are still good but it's better to get on to the Zen platform with the faster ram and better upgrade options.

igloo3 1 point 19 days ago

Any replacements I could use for the memory?

MHodgson07 1 point 19 days ago

Hi, I am new to building PCs and not sure about anything really.

Just wondering whether this will be able to run elgato game capture, and whether or not I should just get an i5 instead of a pentium, to make sure that it runs.

Also if I do upgrade to an i5, will I need to add anything extra to make the PC work?

Thanks

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 16 days ago

if you are thinking about game capturing i would rather get either the amd entry level build or the amd modest gaming build. For vide capturing and editing those will be better

EdggieVeggie 1 point 18 days ago

I'm a bit of a noob when it comes to this stuff. Does this build include a headphone jack, Ethernet adapter and wireless network adapter?

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 16 days ago

it has a headphone jack, ethernet port. But if you want wifi you'll need to add a wifi card or one of those wifi usb thingies

Douey 1 point 18 days ago

Hey can this build Run rainbow six siege ? I wanted to get a pc to play with my friends on that game but I don't know much about pc's.

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 16 days ago

Yes! This will run Rainbow really well

crazyboy119 1 point 17 days ago

you need 16 gb of ram

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 16 days ago

no you don't. 8GB are fine for a budget build.. you are missing the point here

crazyboy119 1 point 15 days ago

most of the games i play take 16GB but you do have a point but i would spend the extra 60 bucks and you only need a 1TB drive. i dont want to start a war and you need windows 10 pro or windows 7 and you need a cd drive.

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 15 days ago

Yeah. 1TB are fine. you are able to install the OS with a USB stick. so a cd drive is not really required... I still like to have one if i want to watch an older movie that we only have on DVD

crazyboy119 1 point 15 days ago

and you need keyboard and a mouse

ExLingk 1 point 14 days ago

Can someone tell me if i need to add an operating system or is it fine without it

Triniking 1 point 14 days ago

You'll need to purchase an operating system.

JohnMinas 1 point 13 days ago

Hi i would like to know if i have to buy a cpu cooler with it also

mlfriestad 1 point 11 days ago

I don't own a PC and never have, and I am looking to get into PC gaming. So being my first time buying, I am unsure of what i need, and the requirements to play certain games. The game that I am primarily looking into playing is Fortnite, specifically the Battle Royale game mode. Would this computer be able to handle that?

Ephram003 1 point 11 days ago

Would this run playerunkown battle grounds in ultra?

sneakyraptor45 1 point 10 days ago

Hey I'm just getting into pc gaming and want to just run CS:GO, shellshock, League, and a few other games. Any tips would be great. So far my build is as follows: CPU: Intel - Pentium E5800 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor $58.00

Motherboard: Intel - DP45SG ATX LGA775 Motherboard $200.00-280.00

Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory $69.31

Storage: Toshiba - P300 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $39.88

Video Card: Zotac - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Mini Video Card $158.99

Case: Cooler Master - HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case $54.99

Power Supply: Corsair - CXM 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $49.99

Operating System:
Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $89.89

smichik1970 1 point 9 days ago

Haven't built a PC in like 15 years! this website would've been helpful back then for sure! Anyway, looking to build a small, simple, CHEAP PC to run Zwift (cycling software) flawlessly---wanna spend no more than $600. I have win10 already so all good there. Any help is appreciated!!!

Here's the specs for requirements https://zwift.com/hardware#zwift

here's some benchmarks https://zwiftalizer.com/benchmarks

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

yes this will be enough i think. i had the g4560 and 1050 ti in my old system and both the cpu and gpu are excellent components for their price

mikeotto79 1 point 9 days ago

I just put this build together only I swapped out the hard drive for an SSD. At first, I noticed the video card fan would spin and then stop repeatedly, so I took a recommendation to remove the video card and re install it. Now the fan doesn't spin at all. Any recommendations?

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

check on the temperatures of the card. maybe you have a faulty card. but some cards turn of the fan if the gpu is cool enough

PierceB123 1 point 8 days ago

Would this be good enough to run games like rainbow six siege and fortnite at 60+fps?

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 2 days ago

yes this would run those games very nicely. I dont really know about fortnite but r6 will run at 60 fps no problems

Solmain 1 point 6 days ago

Can this fit a Geforce 1060?

Lobsterareawesome 5 Builds 1 point 1 day ago

yep it would

IndianaRodgers 0 points 1 month ago

$734 aud, thanks america :)

shmitty5050 1 point 1 month ago

What does America have to do with it? About $150 of the extra cost would be the exchange, and I assume the majority of the rest would be shipping and your government's taxation on consumer electronics. Find a dealer in America that ships to Australia if you're not satisfied with Aussie dealers.

DinosaurusRex02 1 point 1 month ago

Exactly, why do people have to be so dramatic over prices and blame it on another country, if I had it my way the world would all have the same currency and no price changes. If your so pissed off blame the manufactures in Asia.

TBG888 0 points 15 days ago

TBG888 was here to see this build...

NiKo_45 -1 points 16 days ago

Good meme

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Triniking 1 point 1 month ago

To be honest I'd recommend this if they're planning to upgrade to a unlocked Coffee Cup in the future. Even in that scenario that PSU would need to go.

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Triniking 1 point 1 month ago

I didn't say it was bad. I thought you needed 600W or more if you're attempting to overclock?

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Ben_Rausch 1 point 1 month ago

It runs a non over clickable CPU and only thing it's basically powering is the gpu so it's perfect and cheap.

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onyxem 1 point 1 month ago

Hey if I used that CPU with a GTX 1080 would that work okay?

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onyxem 1 point 1 month ago

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/JDQJ6X

How’s this for a starting coffee lake build?

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Matthew83 1 point 1 month ago

240GB will run out pretty fast, I would recommend adding an hdd for mass storage. Also, get a better case with more air flow.

Here's my take on your build and it's only about $50-60 more dollars and gives you much better cooling and storage. Otherwise that looks like a pretty solid build. (note I reduced your ssd to a 120gig to keep the price close) https://pcpartpicker.com/list/rhs2hq

onyxem 1 point 1 month ago

well I read something about an m.2 SSD and how it gets really hot, so I opted for SATA-III (I think) because I’m kinda new to this and wasn’t sure if I needed to get extra cooling for it, I actually ordered everything in this build except for the SSD, so what would you recommend for an M.2 SSD?

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