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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..

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Compatibility Check: No issues/incompatibilities found.

Estimated Wattage: 211W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU €79.90 €79.90 Caseking Buy
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: Micro ATX
  • Chipset: Intel B250
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
  • RAM Type: DDR4
€68.89 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €68.89 Amazon Deutschland Buy
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
€67.59 €67.59 Amazon Deutschland Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
€57.00 €57.00 Amazon Deutschland Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
€148.90 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €148.90 Amazon Deutschland Buy
Case €53.00 €53.00 Amazon Deutschland Buy
Power Supply €65.94 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €65.94 Amazon Deutschland Buy
Total: €541.22
* 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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Ironstone1 2 Builds 1 point 1 day ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i3-8100 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor $128.89 @ B&H
Motherboard ASRock - Z370M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $128.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory *Mushkin - Essentials 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $78.07 @ Newegg Marketplace
Storage *Hitachi - Deskstar 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $53.88 @ Amazon
Video Card *Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Video Card $146.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Fractal Design - Focus G Mini (Black) MicroATX Mini Tower Case $39.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply *Corsair - CXM (2015) 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $46.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $623.80
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-10-20 16:43 EDT-0400

Budget coffee lake

Misdad 1 point 20 hours ago

Set 2

virtualnox 1 point 10 hours ago

g u c c i

conzooka 1 point 6 hours ago

is this a good build?