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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

We have set a parametric filter for the best-priced GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, which will let you play any popular game available today, including Fortnite and PUBG.

Case

All of the components are housed in the Thermaltake Versa H22 mid tower. This case is straightforward, offering cable management holes, front panel USB 3.0, and an external 5.25" bay for components such as an optical disc drive.

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..

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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 214W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU £41.40 £41.40 Aria PC Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: Micro ATX
  • Chipset: Intel B250
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
  • RAM Type: DDR4
£51.99 £51.99 Ebuyer 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"
£46.95 £46.95 Aria PC Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
£142.89 £142.89 Amazon UK Buy
Case £33.90 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime £33.90 Amazon UK Buy
Power Supply £47.00 FREE £47.00 SmartTeck.co.uk Buy
Total: £423.43
* 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:

nightbeast 12 points 18 days ago

If you're going to put the 1300x in the AMD entry level gaming build, then put the i3-8100 in this. Not to mention, I don't know anyone who would want to game on a dual core processor these days. Pay the extra $50 for the i3 and put this on even footing as the AMD one.

farmeunit 1 point 9 days ago

It's an entry-level build... Also, most games don't really utilize multiple core well. Yes, they will, but that's when you should upgrade, not if you're just starting. They would be better off getting a 1060 first, then upgrading processor.

SavageVector 1 Build 2 points 9 days ago

I thought 4 cores have been the standard for a while now (pretty sure dual-cores with higher clock speeds fell behind ~2012), and it was only really indie games that aren't threading efficiently. The higher-end processors right now are even pushing 6-8 cores, but that really is overkill in 2018.

Yuva_Boss 2 points 7 days ago

but this one has hyper-threading so it's about the same thing

SavageVector 1 Build 3 points 5 days ago

They're similar, but I would really prefer 4 physical cores as a baseline. I don't know exactly how well hyper-threading performs compared to physical cores; but it seems that a hyper-thread is worth roughly 40% of a thread backed by a physical core.

It's hard to compare, as each CPU is different in more than just clock speed and thread count; but 6 cores seems to perform much better than 4 cores with hyperthreading, if they're both at similar clock speeds.

the-doodle-noodle 1 point 4 days ago

the new dual core cpu are good for gaming

rdiiorio 3 points 20 days ago

Thank you so much for your time and effort in producing this most helpful site, keep up the great work!!

Helpmebulidapc 2 points 17 days ago

Do all the cords you need to connect everything and set it up so it works and appears on your monitor and you can actually use it in general come with this list. Like that might of sounded confusing but all im trying to say is that if i went along and clicked buy for each one and bought them. Would I be able to build it and be able to get on the computer? Or do I need to buy more stuff like cords to connect things like to the monitor for example

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 4 points 16 days ago

You still need an operating system like windows. otherwise you'll be fine.

Triniking 0 points 16 days ago

Most of the parts are for the tower. If you want internet you'll still need the cable for the router or a wireless solution. Some monitors come with the cable(s) needed.

SavageVector 1 Build 0 points 9 days ago

Every monitor I've ever bought has come with a cable for every port on the monitor (except a sound wire). Are there actually any monsters that sell a monitor without hdmi/dp cables?

Simba1 1 point 20 days ago

Do you test these builds, or is this just theorycrafting?

DaMysteryMan 1 Build 1 point 16 days ago

This is compatible, if that’s what you are asking. Go on over to the AMD one though.

Drekloe 1 Build 1 point 19 days ago

Hey Thought A. The "Here is the AMD version of our Entry Level Gaming Guide.." link goes the the "Great AMD Gaming Build".

ThoughtA staff submitter 2 points 19 days ago

Thanks, it links to the right guide now.

AKing1 1 point 18 days ago

Wouldn't it make more sense to use a Pentium g5400 and a h310 motherboard to be able to use coffee lake cpus down the line?

zumple 1 point 2 days ago

How well does this run gaming wise?
Ex: R6, PUBG, etc.
Room for cheap improvements?
Thanks in advance!

Steelbawng 1 point 20 hours ago

wont this bottleneck hard?

EBear225 0 points 20 days ago

Description says the case is a thermaltake H15, but the parts list has a thermaltake H22

RealShen 0 points 18 days ago

what needs to change here to play on 144hz? TIA (mostly fortnite, pubg)

Triniking 1 point 18 days ago

Try one of the stronger build guides like the modest or excellent versions. Also check benchmarks on YT.

nightbeast 1 point 18 days ago

Quite a bit... Message me with your budget and do you actually want to play at 144FPS?

RealShen 0 points 16 days ago

Would like to know that I could play at 144fps if I wanted to. I’ve heard when people say they play at 144fps it’s usually like 120 (not sure though). I was advised to get a kaby lake i5 and a gtx1070..

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 0 points 16 days ago

oh well if your budget is 500-600 £ in total 144Hz will be hard to achieve. You might be able to get a 1060 6GB and still get really good performance and get 100Fps on 1080p..

RealShen 0 points 15 days ago

gtx 1070 is £300, i5 £200-300, should be gd? hows my psu is it ok? corsair 450m

RealShen 0 points 15 days ago

had a look will probably have to upgrade the psu aswell

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 0 points 15 days ago

Yeah. Seasonic makes a 520W bronze certified fully modular one.. that one might be worth to look at

RealShen 0 points 16 days ago

Budget (ideally) £500-£600

RealShen 0 points 15 days ago

I would prefer to play at 144fps, my budget is £500-£700.

Markymark222 0 points 17 days ago

Newbie here, wondering how much benefit would there be to swapping out the CPU for an i3 8th gen, and would that still be compatible with the other components ?

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 1 point 16 days ago

well this motherboard is 7th gen and 8th gen need the 300 series chipset. So no, it won't be compatible. 8th gen i3s are good though since they have 4 physical cores If you have further questions let me know.

Luukmaker 0 points 16 days ago

No you need a 300 series motherboard for that nut its not more expensife

rklarmtb 0 points 10 days ago

does it come with the wires to connect it all? if not where do i buy them.

SalamiSwissCheese 0 points 6 days ago

Everything will come with wires to connect to the motherboard. You could buy aftermarket wires or wire covers if you felt the need though.

thejimbojambo 0 points 8 days ago

Could someone recommend an SSD that's compatible with this build? Also, does the case come with a CD drive?

SalamiSwissCheese 1 point 6 days ago

Any SATA SSD will be compatible with this build, as it is a standard format and connector. The case will have an opening to slot in a CD drive but you will have to purchase a disk drive separately

Zygardias 0 points 8 days ago

Will this be able to run breath of the wild to a decent degree

Yuva_Boss 0 points 7 days ago

definitely, at a good quality too.

SalamiSwissCheese 0 points 6 days ago

Breath of the Wild is a Nintendo console exclusive...if you mean emulation of a Wii U console, you are going to want to go a tier up to be able to get smooth performance

Yuva_Boss 0 points 6 days ago

eh... not really the Wii u didn't exactly have a lot of power to it, so it could only run breath of the wild so much. a computer with a 1050 ti should much better than Wii u or the Nintendo switch for that matter.

SalamiSwissCheese 0 points 5 days ago

Sure, if the PC was native Nintendo hardware. As it is, you are emulating a Wii U console, which takes power as well as trying to play a game within that. Think of it like running the actual console with the power you have within your build. Sure, a 1050 would kill a Wii U graphics power wise, but you are emulating an entire console's architecture.

I mean my phone is more powerful than a gamecube, but that doesn't mean that it can run a gamecube emulator and emulate gamecube games effectively.

Yuva_Boss 0 points 5 days ago

I got your point.

Yuva_Boss 0 points 7 days ago

If you want the same performance as the 1050ti(or very close to) for a lower price, add in the XFX-RX560, or search "560-1024" and pick the XFX option.

dinotrainer318 0 points 6 days ago

I think that this is a great build guide. Thank you. I ended up using the 1050 ti for my pc because of this

bullcop123 0 points 5 days ago

Looking at the case I noticed that it already had a pre-installed psu that was 500w, what is the point of getting an additional power supply then?

Yuva_Boss 1 point 21 hours ago

It doesn't come with a pre-installed psu.

EntryPcBuilder 0 points 5 days ago

Hello, I followed this build exactly with the exception of switching out HD for a Samsung SSD. When I attempt to download the VGH and Utilities drivers here https://www.asus.com/us/Graphics-Cards/PH-GTX1050TI-4G/HelpDesk_Download/ for Windows 10 64 Bit, I am receiving errors. For the VGH, I am told that my system is incompatible and for Utilities I get the infamous error: GPU Tweakll - Load vender.dll Fail. Please install VGA driver.

My HDMI is plugged into my graphics card. Any idea how to trouble shoot this?

Could this be it? Does my windows need to be updated to the latest version otherwise it is considered incompatible? http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-3534020/install-asus-gtx-1050-graphics-driver-win-bit.html

ShaggyPlattapus 0 points 5 days ago

How upgradable is this build?

the-doodle-noodle 0 points 4 days ago

i have the same case ans love it

PCMasterRaceHARDCORE 0 points 2 days ago

Nice

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Reason:
Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Pentium G4560 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor 6W - 54W
MSI - B250M PRO-VDH Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard 15W - 60W
G.Skill - Ripjaws 4 series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory 5W - 5W
Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
MSI - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Video Card 18W - 75W
Total: 48W - 214W