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Build Guide

Entry Level Intel Gaming Build

by ThoughtA



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.


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.

This version of the Entry Level Gaming Guide selects for a Micro ATX (mATX) motherboard to save money. If you'd prefer a little bit larger of a motherboard, there is also a version that selects for full ATX motherboards instead.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 $99.00 $99.00 1stWave Technologies Buy
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  • Form Factor: Micro ATX
  • Chipset: Intel B250
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
  • RAM Type: DDR4
$130.00 FREE $130.00 DTC Systems Buy
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
$135.00 FREE $135.00 PC Force Buy
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  • Capacity: 2TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$111.00 $111.00 1stWave Technologies Buy
Video Card
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  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
$256.00 $256.00 1stWave Technologies Buy
Case $129.00 FREE $129.00 PC Force Buy
Power Supply
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Total: $860.00
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* 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 19 days 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 13 days 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 1 point 9 days 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 22 days ago

Could you cram a GTX 1080 in this setup?

shmitty5050 2 points 15 days 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 4 Builds 1 point 14 days ago

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

legfruit 2 points 16 days 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 1 point 16 days 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 16 days ago

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

Component Selection Price

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 13 days ago

Where did you find the motherboard at that price?

TinyBuilder 2 points 10 days 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 9 days 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 5 days 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 5 days 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 1 day 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 1 day 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.

Baguettocossai 2 points 3 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 28 days ago

Set 2

conzooka 1 point 28 days ago

is this a good build?

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 2 points 27 days ago

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

markinottawa 1 point 27 days 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 24 days ago

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

Badumtsss 1 point 26 days 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 25 days 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 23 days 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 25 days ago

Thoughts on a RX 550 2GB video card instead?

ray135 2 points 24 days 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 18 days ago

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

ray135 1 point 18 days 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 18 days 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 16 days 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 23 days ago

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

BoyScout staff 21 Builds 3 points 23 days 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 22 days 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 21 days ago

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

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CrisEvans 1 point 23 days 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 23 days 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 16 days 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 4 Builds 1 point 14 days 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 14 days 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 4 Builds 1 point 12 days 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 10 days ago

Ok thanks!

mikeotto79 1 point 13 days ago

Are these prices in American dollars?

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 1 point 12 days ago

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

mikeotto79 1 point 9 days ago

Ok, thanks.

Monarch125 1 point 13 days 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 4 Builds 1 point 12 days 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 13 days ago

can this run Battleground?

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 1 point 12 days ago

an 1080p and low settings yes around 50 fps

iamjoshfrank 1 point 12 days 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.


Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 2 points 12 days 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 11 days ago

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

Triniking 3 points 10 days ago

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

speedmaster112 2 points 10 days 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 5 days 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!


Joshua24verse15 1 point 6 days 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 4 days 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 4 days ago

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

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 1 point 4 days ago

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

Veyon 1 point 6 days 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 4 Builds 1 point 4 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 6 days 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 4 days ago

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

imsonewatthis 1 point 5 days ago

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

ray135 1 point 4 days ago

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

Rıdvan 1 point 5 days ago

Should i need cpu cooler?

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 1 point 4 days ago

no.. there comes on included with the cpu

AdamZickuhr 1 point 4 days 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 4 Builds 1 point 4 days ago


TKxzy 1 point 4 days ago

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

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 1 point 4 days ago

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

Vonslayer 1 point 3 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 2 days ago

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

GabLeRoux 1 point 2 days ago

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

Jcurr22 1 point 2 days ago

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

TinyBuilder 1 point 1 day 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.


colin_Tr 1 point 1 day ago

is it worth getting an i5 over the pentium?

Triniking 1 point 2 hours ago

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

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 1 point 11 minutes 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 1 day ago

Do I really need DDR4 for the ram ?

Triniking 2 points 1 day ago

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

Don't even think about putting DDR3 into them.

Triniking 1 point 2 hours ago

Yes they would.

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 1 point 12 minutes ago


moistbarney 1 point 1 day ago

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

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 1 point 12 minutes 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 23 hours ago

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

rogerpham12 1 point 20 hours ago

Is this computer up to date in 2017.

rogerpham12 1 point 20 hours ago

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

Lobsterareawesome 4 Builds 1 point 13 minutes 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

IndianaRodgers 0 points 22 days ago

$734 aud, thanks america :)

shmitty5050 1 point 15 days 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 15 days 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.

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Triniking 1 point 24 days 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 23 days 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 22 days 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 10 days ago

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

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onyxem 1 point 10 days ago


How’s this for a starting coffee lake build?

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Matthew83 1 point 10 days 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 10 days 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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