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Guide

Modest Intel Gaming Build

Description

CPU

Our CPU of choice is the Intel Core i5-9400F. This 6-core CPU will run games like Fortnite, Rainbow Six Siege, and CSGO without issue.

Do note that this CPU does not include an integrated graphics processor, so you will need the graphics card on this part list to use the PC.

Note: If you'd prefer to consider a similar build, but instead using an Intel processor, be sure to check out our Modest AMD Gaming Build Guide.

Motherboard

We're using a parametric filter to constantly select the best-priced mATX motherboard while meeting selected criteria. In this case, we are filtering for B365 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.

The B365 chipset was selected rather than the B360 chipset in order to bypass any BIOS update issues that would occur when combining a 9000 series Intel CPU with a B360 chipset. However, you are welcome to explore those options as well, but be forewarned that because it uses an older chipset, this motherboard may require a BIOS update before it will be compatible with the CPU. The manufacturer may have already updated the BIOS before sending it to retailers, but if not, many motherboards cannot be updated without using an older CPU to do so.

If the motherboard is not updated, the PC is unlikely to boot at all with the new CPU. In this case, you would need to temporarily use an older CPU to update the motherboard BIOS before using a new CPU with it. An example of CPUs that could do this update would be the Intel Coffee Lake-S (8000 series) CPUs.

If you stick with the B365 chipset on original part list provided, you will not have to deal with this process.

Memory

For this build and most machines outside of the top end we opted to go with 16GB of DDR4 memory. The parametric filter finds the best price on 2x8GB kits of memory that are within Intel's recommended specifications. We've limited it to DDR4-2800 to DDR4-3400 as modern CPUs scale well with higher frequency memory.

Storage

We're also using a parametric filter that will actively select the best-priced SSD of at least 500GB capacity. Additionally, we're including a 2TB mechanical hard drive in a parametric filter for things like storing media and extra games. Everyone's storage needs differ, so feel free to change the capacity to your usage.

GPU

At this price point we suggest using the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti which will let you play any popular game available today, including Fortnite, PUBG, and Apex Legends.

To keep the noise and temperatures down, we've updated the filter to include a minimum length to avoid "mini" versions of the card, which prioritize fitting into small builds, such as an ITX case. You can choose to use this filter instead, if you want to include the smaller cards for any reason. Note that smaller cards will be louder or hotter - or both.

Case

The Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L is an mATX mini tower case with 2x front panel USB 3.0 Gen 1 ports and fits full-size graphics cards without issue. It provides several cable management holes and a couple patterned magnetic dust filters for easy removal and cleaning. If you so wish, you can also move the I/O panel to up to six different locations on the case.

PSU

For our power supply, we're using a parametric selection of well-reviewed fully and semi-modular units, all of which will provide more than enough power for this system.

Intel Version

Here is the AMD version of our Modest Gaming Guide.

Compatibility: No issues or incompatibilities found.

Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU Intel Core i5-9400F 2.9 GHz 6-Core Processor
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£131.43
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£131.43
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Motherboard Gigabyte B365M DS3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard

From parametric filter: Chipset: Intel B365; Memory Slots: 4 - 16; Onboard USB3.0 Headers: Yes

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£68.96
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£68.96
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Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory

From parametric filter: Speed: DDR4-2800, DDR4-2933, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3400; Type: 288-pin DIMM; Modules: 2 x 8GB

Base
£56.39
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£1.99
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£58.38
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Storage ADATA Ultimate SU800 512 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive

From parametric filter: Capacity: 500 GB - 15360 GB; Type: SSD

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£48.28
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£48.28
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Storage Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

From parametric filter: Capacity: 2000 GB - 15360 GB; Type: 7200RPM; Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s

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£50.95
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£50.95
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Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB OC Video Card

From parametric filter: Chipset: GeForce GTX 1660 Ti; Length: 223 mm - 403 mm

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£252.25
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£252.25
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Case Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L MicroATX Mini Tower Case
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£38.04
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£38.04
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Power Supply Corsair TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply

From parametric selection: Show

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£63.97
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£63.97
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Base Total: £710.27
Shipping: £1.99
Total: £712.26
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Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 5 points

Just made a build off of this with a couple modifications. I used an MSI 1660 Ti rather than Gigabyte, and opted for 1TB SSD with no hard drive. Other than that, everything was from the parametric filter, and so far it's working great for me. Amazing PC for the price.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

I like the build, however to increase performance I would swap out the 2.5" 500GB SSD for an Intel 660p 520GB M.2 drive (available on Newegg for 59.99). Thanks for the guide!!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Get the Sabrent rocket 522 GB. It has reads of 3400 and write of 3000

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 point

whaaaaaaaaa?????

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  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi! This is such a noob question. This is my first time building a PC from scratch. Does this build require separate wireless adapter, Bluetooth adapater and sound card or are they built-in?

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Sound Card is built in, but an improved one can be added. Wireless and Bluetooth adapters would be needed, however

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Makes Sense. Thank you!

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

it said that there's a compatibility issue with slots. how can i fix this

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Does this PC need an additional after market fan for the cpu? or will the stock one that comes with the i5 be enough?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I would also like to know the answer to this!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

You can't overclock the cpu, so I'd say the stock cooler is plenty

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

In my opinion, this is better than the AMD counterpart, especially if you are willing to spend a little more on an RX 5700 and get a high refresh rate display

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

can this pc push csgo to 300fps ?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

At the right settings (low everything), probably

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I’m looking at getting this computer. How long would this be able to run new games coming out? When would it be considered “outdated”?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Id say probably games in the next 4 to 5 yrs. Keep in mind though youll need to throttle game performance for as games get towards the 5th yr.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I’d say 60fps high setting 4-5 years, if you want to run high refresh rate then 2-3 years.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I went ahead and bought the above components for my first build. When switched on no monitor display and tried a few dozen things until I found out the ram recommended above i.e. gskills @ 3000mhz is NOT supported by the motherboard Asrock B365m pro4. The mobo manual says: supports DDR4 2666/2400/2133 non-EEC, unbuffered memory. So now I have 16 GB of ram I can’t use, so sad.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

The RAM will run at 2133 by default and can be adjusted in the BIOS settings. Please make a post on our troubleshooting forum if you haven't already.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I returned the ram (thank you amazon!) and got 2 x 8 gb 2400mhz Corsair vengeance instead and it now works ! Here I was about to order a motherboard speaker to troubleshoot. I am no longer sad but very happy :D

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Dang I got the 3000mhz ram...still waiting to get video card to start building the p.c. and hopefully it works otherwise I might have to switch to the 2400mghz as well

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

UPDATE: so after using the DDR4-3000 u got ni display on my monitor. Curiously I got the DDR4 2400 corsair and it booted up just fine and now my p.c. runs perfectly well

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it me or does the list keep changing? This is my first build and I started buying components individually and using this list as a reference point.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

it does keep changing. The parametric filter automatically shows the lowest priced components within certain parameters where applied

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I put this build together today and was able to get it to boot up but it is unable to display anything. I've tried HDMI as well as VGA. I have: switched the ram slots, tried just 1 ram slot, reslotted the GPU, reconnected every cable, checked the CPU, just about everything. Still nothing. No clue what's going on.

  • 2 months ago
  • 0 points

Please make a post in our troubleshooting forum.

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  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

The SSD is absolutely compatible. Please be patient in your troubleshooting thread. The part list uses parametric filters that automatically select the best priced product based on the specifications that are set.

It is possible you received a DOA product though.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi sorry but I’m new to the pc community and I was wonder if this pc could play most of games at 60 FPS ( like destiny 2 and cod black ops 3 )

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

yes

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Will this build be able to run vr at a reasonable rate?

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

It can power a 1st gen vive or rift without a hitch. It's borderline for the vive pro and the valve index, however

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Does anyone know if the motherboard needs to be updated in the BIOS settings due to using an older chipset or does the CPU in this list work well?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

the B365 chipset boards have native support for 9th gen CPUs

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Wont this need a cpu cooler? This is my first pc and i just dont want to forget something.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

The processor comes with a stock cooler.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Would this run rainbow six siege and apex on decent settings

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

With a 1660 ti you should be able to get 60+ one both apex and R6S easily. I have a 1660 ti and i can get 144 fps on high/medium settings on Rainbow

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Would this need an additional cooler?

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

The CPU comes with a stock cooler.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Does this have an operating system?

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 point

No operating system is included, you have to provide it yourself

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

How well would this work with a 60 Hz monitor?

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 point

it will work well

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

First time builder here... I know this question has been asked a lot, but would it be overkill to buy an additional cooler on top of the one that already comes with the cpu?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

The stock cooler is loud and not terribly efficient, but it'll do the job as long as you're not pushing it to the max. I have a build with the 9400F and the stock cooler and the max temps I reach are around 60-65C. If the noise bugs you or you're planning to do something more CPU-intensive than playing Destiny 2 on medium-high settings, then you might want to look into an aftermarket cooler, but the stock cooler is good enough for most jobs, whether it's moderate gaming or moderate workstation usage.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

does this run Minecraft well with shaders and all that?

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Without issue.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

ok thank you

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Will this be able to run Rust at high 60 fps to mid 60fps?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

ASRock B365M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard -> newegg's is out of stock currently,

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Showing in stock for me

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

isn it B365, not B365M? Im not sure what is different between them tho.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

What fps will it run for r6

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I can get 144 fps on high/medium with 1660 ti

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I'm planning on making this build, but it's my first ever. I don't know how stupid these questions are. 1. will the Intel processor work with the AMD motherboard? 2. will the drivers needed to be updated or have any sort of software downloaded in order to work?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

im new, what games could this run at 60 fps +

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

If i get the gtx 1660ti rog strix version instead will it cause problems?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hi, this could be a dumb question but I still have to ask....the motherboard shows it supports intel B365, and the i5 9400F has B360, do they work together?

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 point

B365 is an updated version of B360 with built in 9th gen processor support

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

So I am a first time PC builder would this be the best PC to build and what modifications should I make to it, if i were to build it.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hi! I'm building a computer for animation and digital art. I'll be using mainly Adobe After Effects and Krita. Would this build be good and what modifications should I make? This will be the first pc I build. Thanks!

  • 28 days ago
  • 1 point

Is this setup a good one to start with? do all the parts work together?

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 point

yes

  • 22 days ago
  • 1 point

Put this build all together and got the dreaded no post - no video. Pulled out ram, video, disk, one at a time, no post - no video. Even pulled it out of the case. Fired it up, no post.

a.) am i doing something stupid ? The pieces parts are all compatible right ?

b.) Does the thang even have a pc speaker ?

Im going to RTFM but any help would be appreciated. Below are the components.

Processor:
Intel - Core i5-9400F Six-Core 2.9 GHz Desktop Processor without Graphics

RAM: GeIL EVO POTENZA AMD 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000)

MotherBoard: ASRock B365M Pro4 LGA 1151 (300 Series) Intel B365 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s Motherboard

Graphics: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Windforce OC 6G 192-bit GDDR6

Disk: TEAMGROUP GX2 1TB 2.5 Inch SATA III Internal Solid State Drive SSD

FAN: Corsair Air Series AF120 LED Quiet Edition High Airflow Fan Twin Pack

Power Supply: Corsair CX Series 550 Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified Modular Power Supply

Case: Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L Micro ATX Tower

Monitor: AOC Agon AG273QCG 27" Curved Gaming Monitor, 2K QHD, G-Sync, 165Hz, 1m

Thanks, Justin

  • 22 days ago
  • 1 point

Please make your own post on the troubleshooting forum.

  • 21 days ago
  • 1 point

i want to build this but i have never built a computer what do i do?

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 point

Is this able to get upgrades in the future or not?

  • 15 days ago
  • 1 point

Does this run the new CoD well?

  • 3 months ago
  • 0 points

Sorry for asking but Can this PC do 200 FPS on fortnight?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I doubt it would be able to push 200fps, but it should easily be able to handle 100fps on normal settings.

Remember that as long as you have at least 25fps a game should look relatively smooth, returns are diminishing after 60fps when it comes to price : performance

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

144hz and 240hz are still improvements that can be noticed

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

You can barely see the difference between stable 30 vs 60(by stable I mean equal time in between each frame)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

check this out https://www.testufo.com/

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats a lie

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