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Buying all new parts, I cannot see a better Intel build for $600 ANYWHERE! If there is I would like to know. I got a lot of grief for the CPU because it is a "Pentium" Dual Core and was not at least a quad core. To my defense, I had a $600 budget and I spent a LOT of time reearching the best budget CPU. For gaming, this was the best CPU for under $100 by far. In fact, I seen the price go from $61 to $89 for most sites due to demand. The Intel Pentium G4560 is hyperthreaded which did well for video editing. It was also comparible to the i3 6100 meeting up to 90 percent of most benchmarks in Novabench. The graphics card was a perfect addition for this build as well. I initially got a gtx 730 to be a cheapwad and get an i3, but then when I got the Pentium G4560 instead, I had a little extra money and traded the 730 for a EVGA 1050 Superclocked card. This alone improved the overall performance of the machine in Novabench by 50 percent! I was getting a steady 65-80 FPS on most games with no problem. I chose the motherboard because it had the gaming look compared to the other $75 motherboards which looked like they belonged on a corperate workstation. It has everything I needed including 3.0USB connections, BUT it only has 2 RAM slots. So if you buy 2x4GB sticks and want to upgrade later, it will not be as easy as installing. You will actually have to replace a stick. So it is best to buy the amount of RAM you plan on using for a while. The Hard Drive did not do well in any benchmark. I had $35 left on my budget so if I could go back I would replace the $45 WD 1 TB Hard Drive with a $80 SSD. Other than that, this build was on point. Like I said, I would be interested in knowing if anyone can create a better gaming build for under $600. Also, if you would like to see the case modding, I have a video for this on youtube. You can subscribe if you want to see my next build which will be a Game of Thrones Night King theme. Thanks, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mNd_GAlj4k&t=11s

Comments

  • 8 months ago
  • 5 points

Umm, the 2200g would have been the best possible build for under $600, withthe pnetium you have two cores and are locked on a dead platform.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Obviously the AMD chips are way less expensive than Intel. I am sure if he wanted to construct a Ryzen build he would have. Not everyone focusing on under $600 builds are gonna go with Ryzen. As you can read from his build description if you even read it.

  • 8 months ago
  • 4 points

Well his build title does say "Best possible gaming build under $600", not "Best possible INTEL gaming build under $600". Not on anyone's side here but if you're going to make such a bold statement, I'd at least hope you got the goods to back it up. Even for an all brand new parts build, this is pretty lame. Feels like OP was just playing it safe going for intel/nvidia without giving AMD a chance.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I will edit the subject line to mention this is the best for "Intel". AMD is definitely the way to go as far as budget gaming. I would have tried AMD, but I started with a 1150 mobo that I later found was dead. By then I already had most of the intel parts so I replaced the mobo and did a completely new build. I will go with AMD on my next build (after the Night King theme I am working on now)

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

He said best intel in the description so that helps with that IMO.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for clearing this up for me. You are right. I planned to try a Ryzen build in the near future, but I got stuck with Intel on this one.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

True. I was in too deep with Intel parts and there was no turning back. I agree AMD would be the better way to go.

  • 8 months ago
  • 0 points

Umm, the 2200G is a four core, four threaded CPU that has integrated graphics that are pretty useless if you're not using it. A better choice would have been something like a used 1400 or even a 1600 if possible. Or for Intel's side a used 2600k, albeit it's an old platform, but it's still got juice.

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

The 2200G is still infinitely better than intel's graphics, and you can pick up a used 1050 pretty cheap.

  • 8 months ago
  • 0 points

My dude, I'm not sure if it's blind fanboyism, but Integrated graphics are all the same. Not to mention buying a 1030 is literally the worst purchase anyone can do considering how bad the card itself is.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

True, but I went with Intel on this one. I could have got a much better build if I would have went AMD. Will do on my next build though.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

hey man if you save up enough, you can stay on Intel, since the 8500 is a hardcore CPU for it's price. You don't have to stick with one manufacture because the majority says you should, build what you can, build what you want.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the advice. I have an i5 I bought a few years back and plan to use in my next build. It is not an 8500, I think it is a 4570. Nonetheless I used this for mainly video editing and music editing and it worked great. BTW, nice build, it is clean! Great job,.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey look that i5 would be okay, it still holds up with enough horsepower, so I'd suggest try using it if you can. Also you have a nice build yourself, I like the custom work of the Deadpool stuff

  • 8 months ago
  • 4 points

Here's my Intel list beat this one: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/wBNTq4

Improvements:

  • Quad Core i3 8100

  • RX 570 4GB

  • SSD Boot Drive

Total: $505.50

IMO you don't need that EVGA AIO for a processor like your Pentium. Could have easily put that money into your GPU to get a 1050 Ti or RX 570 and still had money for and SSD boot drive.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

We need people you like in the create a parts list for me section.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

I like the build. I was just not sure about the RX 570. I have never tried one or done a lot of research on those cards. I think most of us are so used to hearing 10xx and 20xx that when a graphics card name shows any number below those, we automatically dismiss the card based only on its naming convention. You are at least the 3rd person to mention that same card to me, so I will keep it in mind for next time. Thanks again for the build comparison.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem thanks for a fun challenge! I don't have as much experience with AMD graphics cards either, but it seems like right now they're in a really good spot for value-oriented builds!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the majority of your part choices, but I would have put in a better PSU. I'm also wary of that SSD since I've never heard of the brand.

But there's always something one could quibble about.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Inland is microcenters in house brand ssd's. They're not the best in class, but are pretty good bang for the buck. Been using one in my gaming rig for a little under a year with no issues. The PSU is also fine for this build. All of EVGA's psu's are great. Hell, an older system of mine with an fx8350 and GTX580 has been running on a 600W 80+ evga PSU for over 2 years with no sign of fire lol

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

listen to ahodshralpy, this list is pretty good.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I've read reviews on the 500/600B, and they're not terribly favorable. I mean, yeah, it's probably not going to blow up like some Diablotek or something. But I believe reviewers weren't impressed with the build quality and the amount of AC ripple under high load. That's why I spent a bit more on my PSU when I built my machine. I want something that's going to be rock solid for years to come, maybe do some long term overclocking (I'm not currently).

I thought Inland was just another one of those no-name Chinese SSD manufacturers, which one should definitely avoid. I'll still stick to name brands like Samsung though.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Well done! I cannot deny every part is better...except I am not so sure the graphics you chose is better or not only because I have not compared. But everything is on point. Great job on the build.

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

Could have made it a ryzen build with the 2200g like DaMysteryMan said, also you could have used an evga g2 for the same wattage or a similar lower wattage one and shaved off $25 or so. Liquid CPU cooler is also superfluous, air cooler or even stock cooler would be more than enough.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I did not mention this was INTEL specific in the header (corrected now). But I will definitely go AMD on the next budget build. Thanks for the heads up!

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

Gotta agree that the CLC is basically unnecessary for this processor, but overall I like your part choices. That PSU especially is really solid.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. As far as the CLC, I did it for the aesthetic value. But yea, If I would have went with a fan, I could have added a little more to the budget for a better cpu. I noticed the i3 6100 went down about $40 in price since I made this build, so if only I would have waited.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

My dad has a CLC on an i5-750 (also a locked processor); he prefers it because it exhausts air straight out of the case. I've just got air cooling cuz it's cheaper and less points of failure. There isn't a right or wrong necessarily.

There's always better choices we can make. I still feel pretty stupid about going with an Athlon 860K on the dead end FM2+ platform. Really wish I had gone with a locked i5 and a cheaper motherboard and gotten better performance for the money. Could have maybe even gone SFF at that point. But the system does what I need it to, and it looks pretty dang good doing it. So I'm pretty happy with it. Probably won't need to upgrade for a few years.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Really like the aesthetics you've got going on too. Personally not a big LED fan kinda guy, but you rock it. Where did you get all the Deadpool decals from?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I got the Deadpool steel plate from a friend who does steel forging. He made it specifically for this build. As far as the painting, I used acrylic markers and airbrush for the painting on the side and made the decal on the PSU cover with high gloss paper and clear coat. I made a short video of this build on youtube if you want to check it out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mNd_GAlj4k&t=14s

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

lmao the rx 570 , which is much better than the 1050 and 1050ti, is costing $140.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for blessing me with knowledge, I don’t know very much about rx graphics cards

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I will have to compare. Thanks for the heads up though!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I keep hearing that. I will check it out. Thanks for the heads up!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/rF7g4q not sure if this would be a better build but i tried. Great job though on part research, but like someone else said, a little cheaper psu wouldve helped.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Your build is actually better, but I was Intel specific. I made sure to correct the header but you are right. AMD is the way to go. Intel right now cannot compete for budget gaming builds. Great job by the way and thanks for the compliment.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks alot and forgot to mention great cosmetic job on your pc and enjoying gaming with it.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

He did challenge us to do an Intel build in this price range. Also I don't think you need an X470 build for a Ryzen 3 but hey, depends on your needs!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Didnt notice he wanted an intel build. Personally i think amd is the better option right now for bang for the buck. Its proces also havent gone up tremendously and lol yeah x470 may be a little overkill but hey.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

That is undeniably a better AMD build. However I went with Intel so I was stuck on their expensive CPU's.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the build but could you spend like 25-40 on sleeved aio tubes

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Noted! Will definitely sleeve my next ones.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey thanks for responding here is a link if you were really wanting to https://cablemod.com/product/cablemod-aio-sleeving-kit-series-1-for-corsair-hydro-gen-2-white/

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Eh, with a black and red theme, the sleeves are perfect as is. Not sure why you would change em...

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Case designs are awesome! +1 However; you could have maybe done better with part choice, leaving out the AIO and using the extra dough on an RX 570 instead of putting a dual core locked chip on water. Doesn't make much sense to me.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the heads up! Thats actually great advice. I also noticed that Intel CPU's and DDR4 Ram sticks have went down in price in the last month or so. If I would have waited a littler longer I could have up'd my game a little.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Don't sweat it. There's always upgrading.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool build, Kind of like mine, except mine involved an rx570 and minimal effort .. :D

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

I want to see some blood stains on the desktop LoL.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi. I was bored so I made this list. The prices are going to be in AUD but I kept to the $600 USD. These are the best prices I could find in my preferred merchants

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Pentium G4560 3.5 GHz Dual-Core Processor $99.00 @ Amazon Australia
CPU Cooler Cooler Master - MasterLiquid ML240L RGB 66.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $86.00 @ Skycomp Technology
Motherboard MSI - B250M PRO-VDH Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $95.00 @ Umart
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $99.00 @ Umart
Storage TCSunBow - X3 60 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $25.97 @ Amazon Australia
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $54.50 @ Shopping Express
Video Card Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1050 3 GB Video Card $219.00 @ Mwave Australia
Case Cooler Master - MasterBox Lite 3.1 TG MicroATX Mid Tower Case $58.00 @ Umart
Power Supply Corsair - CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $94.00 @ Shopping Express
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $830.47
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-21 15:33 AEDT+1100
  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

I'd avoid no-name SSDs (and you probably want 120GB for a boot drive), but otherwise this is solid. Probably could save some money and go with something like a Cryorig C7 instead of the CLC, put the money into a GPU.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

I took out the cooler and just got the i3-6100 with it's stock cooler which should be enough, and got the 1050 ti with the sacrifice of the trashy SSD. Saves $8 too. Worth

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i3-6100 3.7 GHz Dual-Core Processor $189.00 @ Scorptec
Motherboard MSI - B250M PRO-VDH Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $95.00 @ Umart
Memory Corsair - Vengeance LPX 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $99.00 @ Umart
Storage Seagate - BarraCuda 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $57.00 @ Shopping Express
Video Card MSI - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4 GB Video Card $230.00 @ Umart
Case Cooler Master - MasterBox Lite 3.1 TG MicroATX Mid Tower Case $58.00 @ Umart
Power Supply Corsair - CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $94.00 @ Shopping Express
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $822.00
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-21 16:17 AEDT+1100
  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I don't really trust this SSD but budget builds call for risky buys :P

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Yikes! Looks like your preferred merchants may be not giving you the best deals. Or, maybe the prices vary on region? I am not too familiar with how the preferred merchants are setup, but I definitely paid under $600 for my build and it looks like you basically chose the same parts.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah the prices are different in AU then US, like a huge difference. For me the total cost of the build you chose is shown as $872 AUD which is $633 USD right now. So my part list is under the $600 budget for me but might not be for you. In AUD mine is $822 but in usd its $596 by my preferred merchants

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

p.s - if you prefer performance over storage, you can easily just remove the ssd and put a 1050 Ti for $230 AUD (atleast where i'm from)

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

https://pcpartpicker.com/user/NaStilOnited/saved/#view=QZ6LJx

i think this is a better build for being $570.10 and being a quad core legit and not being hyper threaded

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

You've opened up a can of worms with that comment about this being the "Best possible for under $600".

It's just not true.

Nonetheless, it's a nice build!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha. Yea, I am seeing that. But that is okay. I actually am learning a few things as I am seeing a few peeps with better builds. The RX 570 was mentioned a few times as a better card, so thats food for thought on the next build. Also, I understand AMD is a better way to go, I just chose Intel on this build. Next one will be all AMD though.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

how is your 60 sec response time?

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

TechSandwich. Amazing craftsmanship work done on this. love how the art came out. I also love how you approached your budget, Calculative, Collected, and Logical. the fact that this is a $600.00 PC is mind blowing. Although, I disagree with 1 point you made. STORAGE. I also would have picked a $45 1TB HDD over a $80 SSD. you need to keep in mind that $80 SSD would only have 250GB of space. So, yeah its faster, but now you cant really store much on it. so with that being said, if its 1 or the other I would have also gone with 1TB over 250GB. But, if I needed memory now to run PC, and i knew i could get another $50 in a week or 2 and expand Memory. I would start SSD and expand in the future. keeping operating Systems on the SSD.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the compliment and for the suggestion. I am in the midst of another build right now,. Since I haven't purchased storage yet, I will take your advice. I plan on getting a 120gb SSD to run the OS and a 1TB HDD for storage. Great idea by the way, I can see how this would be time efficient.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Okay you could have gotten an i-3 for the best Intel build because it has four cores

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

True, At the time of this build Intel i3's were in the $160 price range. You can get the now for like $115. So money was the issue at that time.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

This build is honestly so bad. You spend probably 1/4th of the budget on vanity. You very clearly have no idea on how to get the most out of your money or even remotely care about the performance of your machine.

Here is a 6 core rig with a RX570. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/RBymJ8

Everything in the list is capable, much better than yours, and all are compatible to handle each other.

Edit: Even if you were bent on Intel, you can still fit an 8400 in this budget.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, its tim

  • 7 months ago
  • 0 points

Thanks for the suggestion, but a 8400 is $219 so that would have put me about $100 over budget. Also, please explain what vanity. I am guessing you are speaking of the Deadpool steel plate or the airbrushed painting I did on the back panel? I mean, paint is really cheap so I may have spent like $3 on the airbrush paint and another $4 on the paint for the case itself. I guess I did not necessary need the CLC but that was only $39. So please be more specific. I understand you are trying really hard to make your suggestion seem superior, but please read the header and the description. I did mention this is an INTEL build. You are comparing apples to oranges. Also, pretty bold language for someone with ZERO builds on their profile. pfft.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Also, please explain what vanity.

Oh, I don't know, The CLC that costs as much as the CPU in most cases or the custom cables? Any CLC on anything that isn't a remotely hot CPU is a joke.

Intel build

Part preference and brand loyalty is a great way to promote ignorance and lead to 'inferior' choices, just like this build was. This should not be considered a build guide, more so a fun side project.

muh ZERO builds

Builds guides are already ridiculously hard to MAINTAIN, not CREATE. In a world where prices are constantly fluctuating, new parts are releasing, sales are happening, items are going OOS or ceasing production, creating a long standing build guide is nigh impossible. You can create a moderately acceptable baseline or a set of recommendations to follow, like in what parts should be given priority in a rig for say, editing, gaming, casual office use, etc, but even then there's a lot of factors you have to consider of a persons situation.

The best way to get advise or formulate your own build, for anyone reading this, is to ask and potentially challenge someone in a live chat. Videos and written guides do not and will not stand the test of times. Hardware is always advancing and prices are extremely volatile.

Your build was far more focused on cosmetics rather than performance and that's plain as day. My build is superior in every way, shape, and form, bar cosmetics (subjectively in reality), and still hits your budget. A 6c12t CPU and a RX 570 that wildly exceeds the 1050 beat a 2c4t/1050 build, no questions asked.

Anything else?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

You won the internet.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Here is my Intel budget build. Current prices including one $15 rebate comes in at $579. It includes 240GB NVMe system drive + 1TB storage drive. I picked the Pentium Gold G5500. I'm running the G4600 and it's more than adequate in a similar build. 8th gen should get even better. 2 cores / 4 threads @ 3.8 Ghz and only 54 watts. The included stock cooler is plenty, absolutely no need for water cooling on these chips.

The Ryzen 2XXXG series has integrated but completely useless graphics if you want to play a game. I chose my RX 580 that is currently at $180, but I bought the same model used on Ebay for only $117, so knock it down close to only $500 build. I just picked any random $30 case with fans included. If I spent more time it could have some more fancy lighting and good looking case, I also have an old one sitting around that would be sufficient for free. The MoBo does have an RGB header for possible lighting, or add $25 3x RGB fan+controller kit from Amazon.

I'll admit, if starting from scratch right now, I'd go with the Ryzen 2600 setup for a few bucks extra.

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/cBQNTB

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like it came in a little over $600 ($659) from what I see right now. But I would bet the price went up after Black Friday on your graphics card (Even from the $180 price you mentioned as it now shows to be well over $200). Nonetheless, I appreciate your build. I am curious to know how the G5500 works because I was initially going to get that CPU, but since I was going to do some video editing, I decided to go with G4560 since it is hyperthreaded. For gaming, I think you definitely made the right budget choice as far as CPU since it has four cores at 3.8 Ghz. Even though I know nothing about the RX580, I have had numerous comments that I should have chosen that over the 1050ti. Great job on your build and thanks for the input!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

The G5500 is the 8th Gen version of Pentium 2 cores with HT. Your G4560 is 6th Gen, and I have the G4600 7th Gen. There is a G5600, but it was $15 more for only .1 more Ghz. I am impressed with the new Pentium HT chips as well, I think of it like an I7 split in half. 4 threads is good enough for most things.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Very sharp

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

You say nothing about purposely going Intel specific, just being the best gaming build at the price point.

Going AMD would have improved your outcome.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

True. I corrected this. It is not Intel specific in the header. Thanks for letting me know.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/tFCkmq here we go. $592 total which is pretty close to the $600 price limit but it's packing an i3-8100 and a 1050Ti. It also has a SSD for boot drive/programs.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Well done! The i3's were in the $150 range when I started the build. Looks like the price has went significantly down in the last month or so. Same with the RAM sticks! I did get the closed loop CPU cooler though for aesthetics, where I see you got a fan. Nonetheless, functionality-wise, your build is technically a better build.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

does that fan on the top even do anything...? it doesn't look like theres a opening behind it

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I used the top fan as positive airflow, the rest are negative. I kept an eye on the temp and it stayed in the 32 Celsius range, so it was fine.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Monitor?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

It was not part of the build. I just have it in the pics to show the machine works.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe if you didnt get a waste of money aio for a pentium you could have gotten a better cpu or gpu, or at least an ssd...

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