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Modest Gaming Build

by manirelli

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

Description

Our Modest Gaming Build is built around the Intel i5-6500. If you do not plan to overclock your computer this is arguably the best mid-range processor on the market. We paired the i5 with a parametric list of H110 motherboard that supports up to 32GB of DDR4 memory, 4x SATA6 devices, and front panel USB3.0.

For this build and most machines outside of the top end enthusiast realm we opted to go with 8GB of DDR4 memory as the cost of DIMMs have dropped dramatically over the last year. The parametric filter finds the best price on 8GB kits of memory that are within Intel’s recommended specifications. Our storage choice is also based on parametric selection criteria – 2TB and 7200rpm are our standard recommendations for builds that incorporate a mechanical drive. With our increased budget we can also include a solid state drive selected by parametric filters. The cost of SSDs has steadily dropped over the past two years so you should be able to purchase at least a 240GB drive on this budget.

On a 750 dollar budget, the newly released AMD RX480 is a fantastic choice. This GPU has excellent performance for the price making this model one of the best graphics card choices on the market. At 1080p the RX 480 provides a consistent 60fps even on demanding games like Battlefield 4 using Ultra/High settings.

All of the components are housed in the Silverstone PS07B mATX mini-tower. This case is an affordable option that has front panel USB3.0, room for full size graphics cards, and cutouts in the motherboard tray for easy cable routing. For our power supply, we're using a parametric selection of well-reviewed fully and semi-modular units, all of which are 80+ Gold certified and provide more than enough power for this system.

Part List Customize This Part List

Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 310W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU £175.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime £175.99 Amazon UK Buy
Motherboard £51.74 FREE £51.74 More Computers Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (1x8GB), 8GB (2x4GB)
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
£49.25 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime £49.25 Amazon UK Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 240GB - 10TB
  • 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
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
£54.99 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime £54.99 Amazon UK Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: Radeon RX 480
£165.98 £5.48 £171.46 Scan.co.uk Buy
Case £45.45 £45.45 Amazon UK Buy
Power Supply £82.07 £82.07 Eclipse Computers Buy
Base Total: £689.46
Shipping: £5.48
Total: £694.94
* 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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InvaderGir 2 points 9 months ago

Great build overall, the only thing I would change is the PSU and get the EVGA GQ650w

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rhali8 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Yay! My wishes have come true! Another awesome build guide featuring the new RX 480. Looks great! +1

jrags 1 point 9 months ago

Arriving Jul 20 - Jul 25 Not yet shipped Track package

Seagate 2TB Desktop HDD SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive (ST2000DM001) Sold by: Price Slayer $60.00 Condition: New

I ordered most of the parts for this build last night, however I have found this hard drive on Amazon for 60 dollars and lower shipping cost thought you may want to update. I think it is the same one.

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danial_khan 1 point 9 months ago

is there a video guide to this build. I am super beginner to this and I really want to build this setup.

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danial_khan 1 point 9 months ago

I just build mine today. I got all the parts as a bundle from microcenter. It costs me $764.00 total before rebait.

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PlasmusAng 1 point 9 months ago

I switch some stuff and got this is it good? http://pcpartpicker.com/list/kvmHhq

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PlasmusAng 1 point 9 months ago

k

brosephmba 1 point 9 months ago

Do you know the specs if you switch out the motherboard for the 850 EVO?

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Baumholder 1 point 9 months ago

Besides Windows is this all you need to build the computer, also can put 2 ram sticks instead of just one in this computer?

manirelli staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Yes and yes.

TheGamingBible 2 points 9 months ago

Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes...

Baumholder 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks

shaaahiiin 1 point 9 months ago

no CPU cooler needed?

manirelli staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Not on a locked CPU.

G_I_L 1 point 9 months ago

Well, you don't need Windows, could go for another OS but yeah.

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TK3600 1 point 9 months ago

I think the board only support up to 2133mhz of RAM, so that 2800 is a waste.

manirelli staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Everyone sees different models. If you are seeing 2800 it means that model is the least expensive in your region based on your preferred retailers.

TheDivineOnyX 1 point 9 months ago

can this run 144 FPS on CS:GO at max settings 1440p??

manirelli staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Yes, easily.

juy1994 1 point 9 months ago

I am super new to building computers. Is this all the parts I need to buy to build a computer? When I clicked customize this parts list it tells me to choose a CPU cooler / software/ optical drive. Is it necessary to get any of those? Plus there is an "Add another memory" button. Does adding a new memory makes the computer go faster? Sorry I am a super new and I am considering buying this build and building it myself.

manirelli staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

The build uses the stock intel cooler that comes with the CPU. The only thing you would need to purchase is a license for Windows.

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jrags 1 point 9 months ago

Love the build, I had some extra cash so did some minor changes to the hard drives, increased the ram, and the RX 480 is out of stock to the end of the month and for lack patience I when with a GTX 970, i know it is not as good as the 480x but i will only be gaming at 1080p anyway and thought it would still get the job done. As this is the first time I have ever built a PC I value your input, let me know if there is any major mistakes with the adjustments. Thanks http://pcpartpicker.com/list/3rCXPs

jrags 1 point 9 months ago

note after rebates came to a little over 900 total cost. I was able to get the G550 M with rebate, 25 dollars and the 870 has another 20 dollar rebate.

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jrags 1 point 9 months ago

thank you for the information. however the video card , ram and storage were already ordered. after some rebates the price point was only about 20 dollars so I am ok with that.

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Fluxie 1 point 9 months ago

1x8 offers better expansion capabilities but 2x4 has better performance (in most cases)

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DyErIsSiK 1 point 9 months ago

After commenting a lot on the other builds I feel this is the best for my budget and what I do. However would an i7 processor work well with the build? Also will this in general with an i7 work well for video editing? I used to enjoy making gaming videos on my old gaming computer that recently went out and would like to get back into it.

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LethalToxin 1 point 9 months ago

I'm really new to PC builds, wondering if this build will still be compatible if i swap out the Rx480 with a GTX 1070?

manirelli staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Yep!

fursse 1 point 9 months ago

is this build suitable for VR?

manirelli staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Yep.

Rhonnie 1 point 9 months ago

Could one stick this build into the Corsair Spec Alpha case and add a wifi adapter ?

manirelli staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Swap the parts and the compatibility engine will let you know if there are any issues.

jrags 1 point 9 months ago

Well once again I have made a change, was able to get my hands on a Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 G1 Gaming edition, I will return the un-opened GTX 970. Been holding onto a 70 rebate on amazon and pulled the trigger. That got the price down to 290 with the 2 day shipping included. I know i spent more than i had to, and the RX 480 was better value but I just wanted an GTX. Could you please confirm this card will still work with this system. Thanks.

FYI here is the link still in stock as of this morning if anyone would like to take a look.

www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GeForce-Gaming-GV-N1060G1GAMING-6GD-Graphics/dp/B01IEA1IMQ?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00

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Cicero_ 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

I would go for a mobo you could OC with like a z170 honestly. Also, A-Data SSD's are just awful. I recommend getting anything other than an A-Data. Maybe to afford that you could switch to a Deepcool KENDOMEN RED.

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Cicero_ 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

I've always known them to be the slowest SSD's, maybe I'm wrong but I've owned a few and even if you look at the reviews they're not trustworthy.

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iampriyank 1 point 9 months ago

One question why can't we use "ASRock Z170 Pro4S LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard SKY OC, Ultra M.2, CFX, Intel LA" here?

Additionally due to geographical limitation and unavailability of products, I selected these : http://pcpartpicker.com/list/KHMP3F (please provide feedback)

Please let me know if there is any other graphic card, because it is unavailable on newegg and it is over priced in Amazon India.

I will buy 1TB storage later.

I am planning to have dual monitor, can I play games on dual monitor with this built?

JeffreyG 1 point 9 months ago

Does this MOBO support 6700K?

lhaastdaiz 1 point 9 months ago

Yes, but you need a Z170 if you want to overclock.

brosephmba 1 point 9 months ago

Anyone have the specs?

DirtyDann 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Will this run No Man's Sky at max settings? Will the GA-H110 mother board support 2 sticks of 8 gb ram?

lhaastdaiz 1 point 9 months ago

I think it's fair to say that NMS would run well on this system, and yes, this board supports 2 sticks of 8GB.

autozone 1 point 8 months ago

Hey, Ok so with his build be able to stream via capture card from console easily? As well as video edit? Also is this a good all around desktop setup for simpler things than gaming and streaming? Would there be anything to change to meet my needs? I apologize for being naive, as im just worried ill spend alot of money and mess up a build. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks, Auto

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Flamster 1 point 8 months ago

Should i get sapphire nitro+ 4gb instead of 8gb reference card? Also, i can get a EVGA Supernova G2 550W just for 5 euros more expensive, isn't it better?

Japsu 1 point 8 months ago

Is this good?

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/list/2g3x6X

CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor (Purchased For $0.00) Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (Purchased For $0.00) Storage: Sandisk SSD PLUS 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($69.99 @ B&H) Storage: Sandisk SSD PLUS 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($69.99 @ B&H) Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 380 2GB Video Card (Purchased For $0.00) Case: NZXT S340 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.69 @ SuperBiiz) Power Supply: Corsair CXM 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.78 @ OutletPC) Other: Water cooling ($200.00) Total: $494.45

I need help with the ssds, motherboard, powersupply, water cooling.

P.S.

I need to be able to upgrade this so make sure its not a mini atx motherboard.

Also, I found this:

http://www.magicool.biz/product_systems.htm

But I figured I should make a custom loop...

Thanks!

iw23 1 Build 0 points 9 months ago

lol you switched Toshiba for Seagate XD

manirelli staff submitter 7 Builds 0 points 9 months ago

The parametric filters choose the lowest priced option based on the filters. Additionally, the GPU changed and the motherboard was adjusted to a sparse parametric set instead of a single model.

iw23 1 Build 0 points 9 months ago

Oh ok nvm :)

emeahonen -2 points 9 months ago

OK build. looking through some part prices i found that some of these are very overpriced. changing some parts and changing the case it is possible to upgrade to Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor and to GeIL EVO POTENZA 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory and the build still has pretty much everything same but the price is $770.31 and the CPU has better cooler. my full rebuild here: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/emeahonen/saved/CDDrxr

Cubular_ 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Sadly, I see some flaws with your parts list. Why would you have a K - sku chip, if you don't have a motherboard that does not support it? The only conclusion I could come up with, is that it gives a chance for later upgrades to the motherboard. Also, the quality of the power supply is very low. It does not even have 80+ certification! The case is also VERY budget. My conclusion to your parts list, is that while upgrading the CPU, Memory, and (maybe) the CPU cooler, you are giving up many different important factors, including the Power supply, and case. As you should know, power supplies of that shoddy quality can blow up at any time. I think you should maybe try to revise the revised build of the original, and fix the flaws.

Xorex64 2 points 9 months ago

It does not even have 80+ certification!

That doesnt matter, regarless, that logysis unit is known for being really ******.

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Cubular_ 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

I wholeheartedly agree to your response. There are many non - sensible picks in the build he posted.

DyingF8 1 point 9 months ago

Can the original setup stream at 720p 30fps? Thx

Cubular_ 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

From what I read, having this as a dedicated streaming system will be good. But, if you plan to stream and game from one pc, idk.

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80-wattHamster 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

You're not really putting all that much stuff in it. Only things beyond the bare minimum are an optical drive and the dGPU. It'll fit just fine. However, from what I can see, there's only a single mount point for 2.5" drives, so you'll need adapters if you ever add more. Though I imagine your next addition would be a 3.5" mechanical anyway.

manirelli staff submitter 7 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Please make your own post in the forums.

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TheBoar 1 point 9 months ago

I'm looking at a fairly similar build. What is the point about the motherboard?

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Hambopro 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Gigabyte are a little shaky (from past experiences with their LGA 1150 motherboards) so I wouldn't be surprised if this Skylake version is dodgy.

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Reason:
Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor 8W - 65W
ASRock H110M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 15W - 60W
Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory 5W - 5W
Plextor M7V 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Hitachi Ultrastar 7K3000 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
PowerColor Radeon RX 480 4GB Red Dragon Video Card 37W - 150W
Total: 71W - 310W