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Build Guide

Entry Level Intel Gaming Build

by ThoughtA



Our CPU of choice is the Intel Pentium Gold G5400. While it features only two cores, the G5400 also employs hyperthreading to help close the gap between it and a 4-core i3. Hyperthreading adds an additional logical core for each physical core, which is handy for streaming, video editing, and multi-tasking CPU-intensive tasks. The G5400 includes a stock cooler, so a 3rd-party cooler isn't necessary.


We're using a parametric filter to constantly select the best-priced motherboard while meeting selected criteria. In this case, we are filtering for B360 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.


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, 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.


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.


The Deepcool TESSERACT is a mid tower case that can fit all of our components. It offers decent cable management, which can sometimes be a problem at our budget, and there's room to expand with hard drives or a solid state drive. It also has 1 USB 2.0 and 1 USB 3.0 port on the front panel. Cases tend to be highly personal choices, so make sure you browse our listed cases to see what suits you.


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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Estimated Wattage: 218W
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  • Form Factor: Micro ATX
  • Chipset: Intel B360
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
  • RAM Type: DDR4
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  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
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  • Capacity: 2TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
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Video Card
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  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
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Case €69.99 €69.99 Amazon Deutschland Buy
Power Supply €55.00 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime €55.00 Amazon Deutschland Buy
Base Total: €547.92
Shipping: €8.99
Total: €556.91
* 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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mintycosmo 2 Builds 5 points 23 days ago

This is my question if I do in fact go with this build will I be able to run wow (raiding) while having my browser open with a few tabs w/ discord going

Mcalmic 3 points 15 days ago

It will do wonderful. Just get a ryzen 3 and a asrock mobo instead tho. Works way better.

Danb23Rock 2 points 23 days ago

This is exactly what I'm looking for as well. Just returned for BFA and my 4yo laptop is not sufficient. Looking to max out every setting.

ayite96 2 points 21 days ago

ditto lol. I would like a ryzen build of this

Lyathon_1 2 points 5 days ago

Yes, easily in fact. That's mainly ram-dependant and 8gb should be enough for that

robreefer 1 point 21 days ago

Your asking if this brand new rig can run a game that was created 13 years ago? Yes, yes it can. My $500 rig from 2003 ran Wow in 40 man raids in 2004.

ColtDaMan 1 point 21 days ago

I mean, WoW looks a wholeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee lot different now then it did in 2004. In some zones I would argue I have more resolution on my eyeball then the ground does lol

nostalgia2302 4 points 1 month ago

A quick question:

Since you are using the new Coffee Lake Pentium over the Pentium G4560, wouldn't it be better to use a Z370 MOBO for future upgrades?

Gigabyte's Aorus Gaming WIFI is favored because it has integrated Wi-Fi over other chipsets of similar prices and sits at $109.99 USD, so $44 more than the B360.

The reason to get this MOBO is simple: you can futureproof it if you ever upgrade to an i3-8350K, an i5-8600K or an i7-8700K because you con overclock it.

If you buy the B360, you're stuck with a non overclockable K processor and you have to buy another MOBO. That's $65 bucks in savings, guys!

And at $550, the build wouldn't break the bank.

ThoughtA staff submitter 5 points 1 month ago

You don't have to buy a new motherboard to upgrade the CPU. The B360 boards are compatible with Coffee Lake upgrades.

nostalgia2302 3 points 27 days ago

True. But if you upgrade to a K model, you won't be able to overclock

ThoughtA staff submitter 7 points 27 days ago

Yes, but the vast majority of people won't be upgrading until a later generation anyway. It's not worth telling everyone to spend 60-75% more on the motherboard on the off chance a couple people upgrade specifically to a K processor.

Even the few who do upgrade the same generation will still find a non-K processor a plenty worthwhile upgrade. K processors aren't necessarily the better buy for the money.

nostalgia2302 2 points 27 days ago

Makes sense.

Krek 4 points 21 days ago

A Ryzen 2200g and a B450 board would be a better option if you want upgrade paths in the future. The B450 board can overclock, the 2200g performs better than the Pentium, and AMD have promised to support the AM4 socket with new cpus until 2020.

NEWPC2005 3 points 18 days ago

Plus, the Ryzen 2200g is is an APU, so if you are low budget, you don't have to buy a GPU.

Lemongust 2 points 23 days ago

How up-gradable is this? I've never built a PC before, I'm just looking for entry level PC, which i can play games on reliably and might be able to upgrade when i get the funds.

Triniking 1 point 15 days ago

The motherboard has 4 RAM slots and supports all Gen 8 Coffee Lake CPUs.

SauceTinBurton 2 points 11 days ago

Main question, how well could it run Fortnite?

ThatSaltiBoye 1 point 27 days ago

Can ANYONE in the comments do some benchmarks with this?

I understand it's only $500 but yet it should still get a solid 60 in CS:GO medium settings right?

Shivansh_Patel 3 points 27 days ago

This can Easily get a steady 100fps in CS:GO medium setting if not more

ThatSaltiBoye 3 points 27 days ago

wow, shocked

PixelatedHam 1 point 22 days ago

250 at 1080p low. Youll be CPU bould so I reccomend getting an 8400 or 1600x with the 1050 ti becuase pushing high frames is very cpu intesive.

Mattdrx 2 points 26 days ago

Definitely. I’ve been playing Csgo for a long time now and would never recommend only going for 60fps. I try to at least have a solid 150+. I believe you can feel the difference between 150 and 80 without a 144hz.

ThatSaltiBoye 1 point 25 days ago

i am going to build my first pc ( not even first build, first pc) and i have a 1500 dollar budget and already made a system build, gets to 1800-1900 with peripherals , going with 144H 1440p

PixelatedHam 1 point 22 days ago

So if I played 120fps on a 60Hz monitor it would give me a latency advantage?

Lamo7 1 point 19 days ago

I won't you'll be able to see any difference at all.

Shivansh_Patel 1 point 27 days ago

If your worried you can go with the i3 8100 which pairs really nicely with a gtx 1050ti and here are benchmarks with the Pentium G4560 with the 1050 ti which is like the younger brother of the g5400 so you can add like 5 fps


also the benchmarks are in 1080p MAX settings

csgolisting 1 Build 1 point 24 days ago

Why not go for ryzen 3 2200g? Cheaper than the i3 8100 and great performance

PixelatedHam 1 point 22 days ago

IPC holds in Intels favour. Ryzen 3 is great for 1050 ti builds but the 8100 can handle an RX 580.

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Poeka123 1 point 25 days ago

Hello everyone!

Quick disclaimer: I have zero knowledge about PC building whatsoever. I'd like to make this build as my first gaming pc, since I'm currently gaming on a Lenovo Ideapad G50-80, which is inadequate to say the least. One of the games I'd like to be able to play (Dead by Daylight) has the Intel Core i3 4170 as the minimum and recommended Intel processor, according to geforce.com. Is the processor in the build good enough?

I'd also like to know whether it's even possible to assemble a PC without much know-how, and what other items I would need to assemble the PC. I've read online that I need a grounding strap and thermal compound. I assume I'm going to need the strap, but is the thermal compound also necessary in this build, and if so, where do I put it?

Thanks in advance for your answers.

TechSupportTime 1 Build 2 points 15 days ago

Here's a really good video for step by step building of a pc: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhX0fOUYd8Q It's super easy. It's like building legos, only more expensive. If you can do that, you can build a PC. You should be easily able to run dead by daylight with this setup. You shouldn't need a grounding strap, unless you're building your pc on carpet or you're really paranoid. If you have a large wooden dining table or something, that should be more than adequate. If you're not buying an aftermarket cooler, (there's not one on this list) then you don't need thermal compound, as the stock cooler has it already applied. However, you may want it for the future if you upgrade, and it's really not all that expensive. It goes in between your cpu and the cooler.

Poeka123 1 point 24 days ago

Also, what kind of wires will I need?

Mattlikethepaint 1 point 23 days ago

I also would like to know this :$

PixelatedHam 1 point 22 days ago

Look up

PixelatedHam 1 point 22 days ago

Things like SATA cables come with your motherboard (?)

Your power supply comes with cables.

Your PC case comes with front panel wires hooked up.

Brion_Sundae 1 point 23 days ago

Thermal compound is basically a paste that increases heat transfer from the CPU top to cooler bottom. I think most aftermarket coolers include enough in a plastic bag/roll, but if you want, you can buy a tube of good thermal paste for <$10. Grounding strap isn't really needed, but if you plan on building your PC in somewhere with carpet flooring it's recommended to get one. You can go on Youtube and just search up videos about the grounding strap for more info. I have no idea about the Core i3, hopefully someone else can help you with that. That's about it, I haven't actually built a PC yet, but I helped a few friends out with their builds, so my knowledge is sub-par. That's about it.

Triniking 1 point 23 days ago

The Pentium G5400 performs around the same as the i3 4170.

As for assembly, Paul's hardware on Youtube has a good video.

As for wires, the motherboard should come with the SATA cable for the Hard drive and have enough fan headers for the case fan.

fadez14 1 point 23 days ago

although the G5400 meets the minimum requirements , its better to get a ryzen 3 1200(or 2200g) . you will pay 20-30$ extra but u will have a greater performance.

bigleighsacks 1 point 22 days ago

The processor should be fine but I would recommend researching a better CPU + motherboard combo (using PCpartpicker's compatibility filter) to see if anything is in your price range. For example, what I normally do is type "Pentium Gold G5400 vs Ryzen 3 2200 G" into Google and the first link will normally show you a run down of performance for each CPU side by side. Then I would take the better CPU and match it up with a motherboard on here.

Thermal compound is generally only needed if you're changing the existing cooler on a processor. Most, if not all, stock CPUs will come with a manufacturer cooler that has thermal paste pre-applied in a nice little CPU sized square.

Good luck!!

Lamo7 1 point 19 days ago

The thermal compound will go on the top side of the CPU before the cooler is put on. Usually, the thermal paste will come with the CPU, but just to be sure you can spend an extra $5-$10 on some thermal paste.

Minimum for Dead by Daylight: https://imgur.com/a/I95TxFM

Recommended for Dead by Daylight: https://imgur.com/a/nYETA0n

You could upgrade the CPU for better for better performance but this build should run fine for 1080p 60fps

PixelatedHam 0 points 22 days ago

Hello, welcome to PC building!

CPU cooler comes with CPU for free, and thermal compound is pre applied. Do not buy the G5400, buy a Ryzen 3 or i3 (I would reccomend Ryzen, 30 bucks cheap, same 4 core) for extra 2 cores over the G5400. But, the G5400 beats the i3-4170.

As for assembling a pc, watch the youtube videos. If youre 10 years or more old you should be able to understand 100%.

The grounding strap is extra, but accidents happen, so its up to you.

You put the CPU cooler over the CPU which means compound goes over the CPU. Just watch videos and do research.

Have fun, and trust me its quite easy!

theburlapwizard 1 point 22 days ago

I am extremely new to pc building. Is everything in this build what i would need to set it up, aside from a monitor and keyboard?

bigleighsacks 1 point 22 days ago

Mostly. Look up some videos on how to assemble everything - all the hardware is included in this build EXCEPT FOR AN INTERNAL OR EXTERNAL DVD DRIVE (most people will need this to install an operating system from a disk or ripping CDs etc.). The power supply comes with all the cables you'll need and the motherboard will come with the data cables you require. You'll also need some medium for installing an operating system, whether this is a Windows 7/8/10 disk or a high capacity USB with the boot image on it (again, watch videos on how to do this - the USB has to be formatted in a particular way). Seems this case comes with 2 fans pre-installed which will be fine for this build. More complex/higher power consumption builds require better airflow through the case. Good luck!

bigleighsacks 1 point 22 days ago

Also, I would recommend upgrading the CPU + motherboard if you can spare any extra cash. This CPU is good enough for some entry level gaming but will struggle in other areas. Use PCpartpicker's compatibility filter (makes sure that the CPU fits in the motherboard socket) to see what combinations are available in your price range.

theburlapwizard 1 point 22 days ago

Thank You. Do you know where i can find a usb with windows 10?

sacredtrinity7 1 point 21 days ago

If you have a USB that meets the storage requirements (at least 5GB) you can easily download Windows 10 from Microsoft using Microsoft's Windows 10 Media Creation Tool and it will set up a bootable installation USB for you. And here is Microsoft's instructions for doing so. This is completely free to do and gives you essentially a 99% full version that you can buy a license for at a latter time.

But to answer your question you can get a preinstalled USB with license from Microsoft for 139.00. Just select USB from the options. There are much cheaper legitimate options; for instance Best Buy has the DVD/license for 99.00. Just be sure to search around a bit before buying.

Jamesk99 1 point 22 days ago

I’m new to this, is there a dvd drive included?

sacredtrinity7 1 point 21 days ago

No DVD drive included. You would need to buy it. The case has two places for it to go as the top slot is partially blocked by the front panel cables. This is assuming you want an internal drive, however, external drives connect via USB if you'd prefer not having to install it.

sultanahmet23 1 point 21 days ago

is this the only things i need to get the tower to work

sultanahmet23 1 point 21 days ago

any vidios of pc building

sacredtrinity7 1 point 21 days ago

Yes. With these parts you will have a fully functioning PC. However you will need an operating system like Windows 10 for instance. Of course a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and speakers.

This video from YouTube was really helpful for me when building my computer. He goes into detail with the first time builder in mind as he builds his own. I found it extremely informative and simple to understand.

Sadivoyi 1 point 21 days ago

in most cases amd ryzen is the best option!when using the amd ryzen 3,5,6,7 and even thread ripper(if you can afford it) it is cheaper and better in some cases.if you wanna go with intel for cpu then its your choice to miss out.

Pawacorn 5 Builds 1 point 19 days ago

I'd suggest the Fractal Design Focus G/G Mini or Cooler Master MasterBox E500L case for this build. The Deepcool TESSERACT SW ATX Mid Tower Case has a dated design, and at the time of my post is $75. I hope nobody actually buys it at that price, since it's worth abut half of that.

skyflm 1 point 17 days ago

The price optimization isn't that good, but it's that's an okay starter build.

skyflm 1 point 17 days ago

Here's what I would go with. You would save a couple bucks, and get a nice ssd to go with it. That pentium you used is extremely overpriced bc you'll get basically the same power for 10 bucks lesswith the one I included. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/dpmV29

Triniking 1 point 15 days ago

No need to go back to a dead generation. Coffee Lake will give the user access to 6 core i5 and i7 in the future.

skyflm 1 point 7 days ago

Just trying to save as much money as possible. If I had a choice I would’ve used a Ryzen processor, as it’s way more upgradeable than any current intel processor could ever be.

Sindalis 1 point 15 days ago

With all the latest security implications in regards to Intel's HT implementation, it would be seriously good to consider a different CPU and just getting an i3-8100 instead of the Pentium Gold G5400.

The i3-8100 is a true quad core rather than a dual core with hyper-threading, considering Intel's hyper-threading is only about as good as 40% of a real core under the best conditions, having two extra real cores will be a significant performance increase and will also make the system less susceptible to the latest vulnerabilities that specifically target Intel's HT implementation.

While more expensive than the G5400, the i3-8100 should be given serious consideration given the mitigation of the vulnerability by choosing a chip without hyper-threading combined with the enhanced performance of a true quad core would be a good basic start to any entry-level gaming system

aud10_fr3ak 1 point 14 days ago

question: why the tesseract? right now it's not a good value. the phanteks p300 has tempered glass, and it has a acrylic plastic panel. any explanation for this?

sacredtrinity7 1 point 11 days ago

My guess is that at the time of composing the part list it was a good choice as it looks decent, houses all the components well- with room for expansion, and was only $36. Now, with the current price, there are much better options.

30mikeblok 1 point 13 days ago

does the board have wifi or do you need an Ethernet port or special adapter

sacredtrinity7 1 point 11 days ago

It does not. It has onboard ethernet 1 x 10/100/1000 Mbps. To have WiFi capabilities you would either need to get, for instance, a PCI express network adapter that supports WiFi for an internal solution or get a USB WiFi adapter for going external. I decided on the latter since I can use it quickly on other PCs and it is really cheap. $10-$20.

Pentium_TitanX 1 point 11 days ago

Can you make it so that if the Pentium Gold 5400's price goes too high, then the 5500 will take its place instead

BlueCassio 1 point 11 days ago

Is it possible to make this build portable?

JordanFr3ak 1 point 11 days ago

Hey guys,

I'm looking to switch from my mac to a PC to play GTA V with mods, do you think this build would be able to handle my request?

Thanks in advance

Claymoresama 2 Builds 1 point 10 days ago

Great build it reminds me of my first build. My first build was about ~580 USD and was rocking a pentium 3258, 8gb ram, and a r9 270 (which was a little more powerful than a 750ti for a few bucks more). Great build I hope it lasts a long time.

kgb 1 point 9 days ago


One store better parts, $40 cheaper.

Username-2 1 point 8 days ago

Is it just me or is there no cpu cooler? Sounds like things may get hot

sacredtrinity7 1 point 6 days ago

Fan and cooler are included with the CPU. They will be sufficient for this build. If in doubt you could get an after market cooler for $20-30 but it isnt necessary for adequate cooling. This build is purposely trying to stretch out every dollar.

Bdawg3034 1 point 6 days ago

What are the benchmarks? Rainbow Six Seige, Fortnite etc.

SolidP_ 1 point 4 days ago

I am a 14 year old wanting to build my first pc. I am selling many things like a mouse, my ipad, and my ps4. I want a pc so bad but do not know how much to spend. I want to run games like rainbow six, fortnite, csgo and other fps games at medium to high settings under $700

ypmaws 1 point 1 day ago

Not intel but at least it's an octa.


Nicolas0518 1 point 1 day ago

Will I be able to play games like Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege and Fortnite at least 100 FPS

ThewhiteHat -1 points 1 month ago

Hmm can i trust you that this build actually works

Jonotha 1 point 1 month ago

There is a list Right above of the Parys Wich Also says that it works

Devun41 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

it definitely works.

Munks64 -2 points 26 days ago

Slow *** processor? Slow *** storage? Ugly case? Here is the solution, with the compromise of nothing but less storage space,


ThoughtA staff submitter 2 points 26 days ago

That motherboard leaves no room to add additional RAM to the 2x4GB in place, the storage section of the write-up already addresses your concerns, and your part list costs more.

Every dollar counts for this guide.

Your build is still a viable part list, but I'd say it's a far cry from being objectively better at achieving the goal of this guide, which is to save as much money as possible while still achieving a reasonable/enjoyable gaming experience.

Brion_Sundae 2 points 23 days ago

There really is nothing wrong with the storage or processor for a build that's less than $500. Case is subjective

gaming_tryhard 1 point 17 days ago

Not enough storage

Grandnantwist -2 points 21 days ago


PixelatedHam -3 points 1 month ago

Honestly don't go for Intel, get the R3 for 40 extra bucks. 2 more cores. No lag spikes!

JesterJesh 4 points 22 days ago

Lag =/= sudden fps drops/low fps

PixelatedHam -4 points 22 days ago

Then why do people call it lag spikes? Why do I have 6 upvotes?

Synchro 2 Builds 2 points 20 days ago

Lol cause you think upvotes mean everything

Lamo7 2 points 19 days ago

Lag spikes don't really affect the game much if at all.

SupremeLogan -5 points 1 month ago

An intel pentium..

tharsisnk 5 points 1 month ago

its entry level....

ThatSaltiBoye 1 point 27 days ago

this should get about 100FPS in csgo with medium setings

Brion_Sundae 1 point 23 days ago

Don't disrespect the pentium like that. 3.7 Ghz clock speed is enough for most games

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ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 23 days ago

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PixelatedHam 1 point 22 days ago

I read somewhere that it was legal, now what?

ThoughtA staff submitter 2 points 22 days ago

The rules of the site stand.

Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Pentium Gold G5400 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor 7W - 58W
Gigabyte - B360M DS3H 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
Zotac - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Low Profile Video Card 18W - 75W
Total: 49W - 218W