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Entry Level Intel Gaming Build

by ThoughtA

Description

CPU

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.

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 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.

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, 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

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.

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: 218W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU $85.00 $85.00 Umart Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: Micro ATX
  • Chipset: Intel B360
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
  • RAM Type: DDR4
$103.08 $103.08 Amazon Australia Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
$114.00 $114.00 Shopping Express Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 2TB - 10TB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
$78.00 $78.00 Umart Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
$239.00 $239.00 Umart Buy
Case $55.00 $55.00 Mwave Australia Buy
Power Supply $75.00 $75.00 Shopping Express Buy
Total: $749.08
* 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:

PixelatedHam 2 points 7 hours ago

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

ThewhiteHat 1 point 1 day ago

Hmm can i trust you that this build actually works

Jonotha 1 point 22 hours ago

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

Devun41 1 Build 1 point 14 hours ago

it definitely works.

SupremeLogan 1 point 12 hours ago

An intel pentium..

tharsisnk 1 point 11 hours ago

its entry level....

nostalgia2302 1 point 1 hour 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.

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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 V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory 5W - 5W
Toshiba - P300 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Inno3D - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Twin X2 Video Card 18W - 75W
Total: 49W - 218W