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Build Guide

Entry Level Intel Gaming Build

by ThoughtA



Our CPU of choice is the Intel Core i3-8100. This quad-core CPU will run games like Fortnite, Rainbow Six Siege, and CSGO without issue. It 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 also using a parametric filter to select the best priced SSD available that is at least 240GB. The SSD can be used for your OS and a handful of games. Additionally, we're using a parametric filter to select the best-priced 2TB drive. Everyone's needs are different, so feel free to increase capacities or remove a drive to fit yours.


We have set a parametric filter for the best-priced Radeon RX 570, which will let you play any popular game available today, including Fortnite and PUBG.


The Cougar MX330 is an ATX mid tower case with 2x USB 3.0 front panel ports, which is a bit of a rarity in the budget sector. It's especially uncommon to have those ports accompanied by 2x USB 2.0, which this case has as well. It fits full-length video cards, and this version actually features a tempered glass window. It also provides numerous cable managment holes.


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: 325W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU €137.91 €137.91 Custompc Buy
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: Micro ATX
  • Chipset: Intel B360
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
  • RAM Type: DDR4
€83.76 €83.76 Custompc Buy
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2400, DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-2933, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3333
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
€68.78 €68.78 Custompc Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 240 GB - 15360 GB
  • Type: SSD
€35.30 €35.30 Custompc Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 1000 GB - 15360 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
€43.44 €43.44 Custompc Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: Radeon RX 570
€163.24 €163.24 Custompc Buy
Power Supply €74.69 €74.69 Custompc Buy
Total: €607.12
* 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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Tigru 3 points 2 months ago

I like the build but i have a few questions why would you got for the i3 8100 and not 8350k.

Galvin-ized 4 points 2 months ago

Overclockable chips are normally about $50 more expensive and don't come with a cooler, so if you're on a budget/aren't doing anything cpu intensive/won't overclock, getting a non k processor is better.

ThoughtA staff submitter 3 points 2 months ago

There's no such CPU as the 8100K :)

Tigru 2 points 2 months ago

i know i meant the 8350k

ThoughtA staff submitter 8 points 2 months ago

It costs significantly more, especially once you account for the cost of a cooler and a Z motherboard to take advantage of the unlocked multiplier. At that point, you're looking at pushing into the Modest build territory.

Tigru 1 point 2 months ago

ah i didn't think about think that but thanks for the speedy responds and clarifying it for

ThoughtA staff submitter 3 points 2 months ago

No problem!

Tigru 1 point 2 months ago

And i know its a intel build why not a old i5

Synchro 2 Builds 9 points 2 months ago

Because prices for older parts tend to rise because they're no longer in production, so you'll effectively be paying more for less unless you buy it used.

Neither of those sound appealing to most people. The i3 is for the most part on par with older generation i5's

Tigru 3 points 2 months ago

ah okay that introduced a new perspective on that issue/concern

Triniking 1 Build -9 points 2 months ago

"why not a old i5"

Because we don't use out-dated parts for build guides.

brandonyen 1 point 1 month ago

It's a little more than the 6100...

Zudeno 3 points 2 months ago

I've never used an i3 for anything in the gaming realm. Will this play everything, and if so, roughly how long can we expect the 8100 to reliably play everything?

Pentium_TitanX 7 points 2 months ago

The i3 8100 will perform the same, if not, better than the past gen i5s (and maybe even i7s) because starting from this gen, i3's now have 4 cores, instead of 2 core/4 threads. As for gaming, if you pair it up with the rx 570 (or 1050 ti/ 1060), you will have a very enjoyable gaming experience.

Take it from me. I was a noob and went for a 2 core/4 thread cpu with a gtx 1050. However, I still get very playable framerates with games like fortnite, pubg, overwatch, destiny 2, etc. on mid/high settings. For your build, you will get much better frames with even more demanding titles.

Tenikov 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

I know until I built a new computer I still had an i7-3820 processor from several years ago. Just recently I realized that particular i7 is a quad-core processor running at 3.6 GHz... The 8th generation entry-level i3-8100 is also now a quad core... and also runs at 3.6 GHz... so it's pretty much the same as what the top of the line was about 7 years ago.

As far as gaming, obviously new processors blow the old one out of the water... but I never had any problems at all using a quad-core 3.6 GHz processor for modern games... and newer RAM is significantly improved from what was compatible on that old build!

NoobCanRage 2 points 2 months ago

finally you put the 8100 in this pc

great build overall.

carbonated_turtle 2 points 2 months ago

If you're going entry level, why bother with a $70 case? Entry level should be about saving as much money as possible, and you can get a case that'll do the job for half the price. If I'm looking to build a cheap gaming PC, I don't really care about having a case with a glass window when I can save $35 and get a case without one.

shadowdragon1985 2 points 2 months ago

You brought up a good point, but I would add that you shouldn't just go for the cheapest box overall. Proper airflow is necessary as well to help keep your tower cool, even if you have coolers for your CPU and GPU. Spending a little extra to get more airflow is an acceptable tradeoff IMO. But that depends on comparing the boxes for your build.

AspiringCake 2 points 2 months ago

The case isn't currently available in Britain as far as I can see. Is there any other case that would work, or anywhere I could find this case?

kingy10005 1 point 2 months ago

can go for any atx sized case and it will fit plus plenty of room to work inside it plus cable management :)

Seas 2 points 2 months ago

what would the be the pros and cons of this vs the entry level amd build? and which one would be better for streaming gameplay live? thanks

tyrtgn 2 points 5 days ago

well you would want to go for ryzen and 16 gigs of ram.

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tussiez 1 Build 2 points 4 days ago

One word: Nice for a budget PC!

Talon21 1 point 3 months ago

wonder why micro atx is the go to for budget gaming

shaunsingh14 3 points 2 months ago

because if you're on a budget, a full-size atx board might not be feasible. when i built my rig, i tried to stay as close to $500 as i feasibly could, and i built mine around the time that graphics cards were inflated due to mining. yeah, a good atx board wouldn't necessarily be /that/ much more expensive, but every dollar counts when you're on a budget.

NooneImportant 1 point 2 months ago

Hey, just had a question about having both an SSD and HDD. I've never built a PC before, so could I get a little insight into the benefits of having both for gaming? What would the impact be if I switched out an SSD for a cooler, since I'm not confident in the stock cooler's strength?

Bowaxe999 1 point 2 months ago

An SSD provides much quicker loading times for whatever is stored on it. Most people put the OS on an SSD as well as their frequently used apps and small games. It just makes your PC a lot quicker when using it normally.

yilinchoi 1 point 2 months ago

You would use the SSD for a windows boot, making your widows quicker, I'm not super smart on this but from basic knowledge it makes your boot quicker, but because it doesn't have enough space, you would keep the games separate, on a hard drive.
Hope this helps, if i'm wrong please correct me someone.

Kieranat10 -1 points 2 months ago

You can get high capacity SSDs.

Mr_Potato_Man 1 point 2 months ago

I want a build that will be able to play Destiny 2 on medium to high settings at 900p 60fps, as well as Skype and a chrome tab or two in the background. Like I said, 60 fps is the goal, but I'd be fine if it dropped as long as it doesn't go below 25-30 fps. Will this build be able to handle that? Also, can I take the Sata drive out of my old PC (build model p6654y if that helps) and put it into the new PC to avoid buying windows 10 again? Thanks for any help!

Jimbino 1 point 2 months ago

in short yes,

but here is a website you may find helpful


Mr_Potato_Man 1 point 2 months ago


BOWSERBROS111 1 point 1 month ago


Happy days, wat a legend

zane.montijo 1 point 2 months ago

Can i change the case to a different mid tower? Or will it affect any parts from fitting? this is my first time building a PC and i dont know much.

Jimbino 2 points 2 months ago

just hit that 'customise this parts list' button in the top right hand corner of the list and from there choose any case you want (pcpp detects compatibility)

hope this helps

Seas 1 point 2 months ago

would this run most games at 60 fps 1080p or 720p? or a higher fps lower settings? thanks.

Jimbino 2 points 2 months ago

yes, easily it will sit at about 70fps 1080p on medium/epic settings on fortnite,

there are exceptions, things like xplane 11 sit at around 35-40

Seas 1 point 2 months ago

thank you for the quick reply. hows the upgrade ability on this? i’d Like to move up to 1440p 144fps in about a years time. is that viable? and pertaining to games, what would I have to upgrade first to achieve 60fps in every game. thanks for your time.

Jimbino 2 points 2 months ago

sorry, but to upgrade to 1440p 144hz/fps and get something that will hold that kind of performance will likely set you back quite a bit. even if you were upgrading from this build you would have to replace most of the parts (except HDD and SSD those sorta things) below is a like to build that I recommend for a good 1440p 144hz setup (if you can afford it) if not then you can downgrade to a 1080 and drop the ssd and things.

(sorry for the rambling, it is getting late here in Australia) https://pcpartpicker.com/list/GM9BYT

Seas 1 point 2 months ago

definitely not rambling bro, i really appreciate it. It’s very insightful. I didn’t realize how big of a jump that was though lol. maybe I’ll just stick with this. would I be able to livestream with this setup? and would you say this could run destiny or overwatch. maybe the new battlefield?

Jimbino 3 points 2 months ago

yes, but with limitations, being a quad core (and the new battlefield optimised for 6 core) the cpu would struggle without streaming, because if you stream then the cpu would dedicate one (or possibly 2) of it's cores to the streaming (lowering frame rate) I would suggest a ryzen 5 2200 cpu for budget 6 core.

and it would be able to play overwatch and destiny (and have much the same problem streaming )

hope this helped

Pwarren2307 1 point 2 months ago

Can this run Rainbow Six Siege good? And can it stream good?

Freckles183 1 point 2 months ago

Don’t know about the game, try looking up benchmarks. A Ryzen 5 will be a better streamer, it has more threads and sometimes cores. Just go to the “entry level amd gaming build” and change the current cpu to a Ryzen 5

Yuva_Boss 1 point 2 months ago

Will the i3-8100 be a bottleneck to the rx 570?

Freckles183 1 point 2 months ago

Nope they’re a perfect fit actually

NekoMatsuri 1 point 2 months ago

I like the build but looking at the parts list it doesn’t show a coolant method, is there coolant built into the case?

AspiringCake 2 points 2 months ago

the i3 8100 includes a stock cooler.

Freckles183 1 point 2 months ago

The case includes fans an the gpu has a built in cooler

Nakbarta 1 point 2 months ago

Hello, I have a question for the sound card. Do you have a sound card already installed in the build or not ? Because I could be that buy the same build but, I just change the Core i3-8100 for a Core i5-8400 ( https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/LHYWGX/intel-core-i5-8400-28ghz-6-core-processor-bx80684i58400 ).

Freckles183 1 point 2 months ago

This motherboard has built in sound, there is no sound card

PickyBuilder1783 1 point 2 months ago

Does it have an HDMI port?

Freckles183 1 point 2 months ago


Eisencharger 1 point 2 months ago

would streaming/gaming be a possibility on this machine

Freckles183 2 points 2 months ago

You could, but even better would be to go to the “entry level amd build” and switch out the 2200g for a Ryzen 5. Ryzen 5s have more threads and sometimes more cores, which will help with multitasking(like gaming and streaming)

Hope this helped

Eisencharger 1 point 2 months ago


rustymuffin 1 point 2 months ago

What would be the benefit of choosing this build over the similarly priced entry level AMD build?

Freckles183 1 point 2 months ago

I don’t see too much benefit because the ram is a bit slower, and not as good integrated graphics. However the 8100 is slightly faster than the 2200g

diabeto_burrito23 1 point 2 months ago

Can this build run games like Destiny 2 and Overwatch well?

Dejjja 1 point 2 months ago

would this computer get 60fps or over on fortnite on low settings?

Carlos_Tamayo 1 point 2 months ago

Even with high settings.

rhiller 1 point 2 months ago

Can this handle the HTC Vive well?

shadeaux 1 point 2 months ago

You'll probably want a better graphics cards for running VR games in my opinion.

awesomeboi34 1 point 24 days ago

What about oculus rift? I want a low budget vr computer for rift and it needs to run at a good 90hz for the headset, so will this computer at least be able to do that at minimum?

Mr_Potato_Man 1 point 2 months ago

Will this be good at pretty much any game medium-high settings at 1080p?

BigBS 1 point 2 months ago

I'm looking to build a pc for my son that is around this price point but is also capable of streaming and xbox one or mayne even the games he is playing on pc. Would this be a good match if I just add a capture card? or does anyone have any links to some build guides that my be more helpful.

BigBS 1 point 2 months ago

Also, am I missing it or is there no dvd/blu ray drive and no wifi/BT card?

HassanTheLegend1 1 point 2 months ago

You can customize the parts list and add an optical drive if you want one. For Wifi, you will probably want to buy a network adapter or connect it via ethernet.

Aouleis 1 point 2 months ago

Hello, quick question. Did you guys recently change the build guide? I ask because I used this to build my first PC (Yay!) and last that I checked when I clicked the link for the Memory it brought me to a webpage for the G.SKILL Aegis 2 x 4 GB (Link below) Page rather than what's listed above... The only reason I'm just now asking a week or so later is due to the fact that I've recieved the package and they do not fit... Thanks a bunch!

Aouleis 1 point 2 months ago

Or maybe I'm just not pushing them in hard enough... Derrr, dumb me. Either way still interested if you guys changed it and if so why. Sorry! Thanks!

AC1Sentinel 1 point 2 months ago

Why has the memory been changed to something else?

axtonplayer 1 point 2 months ago

im still using a intel core two duo and gtx 1030 lol

madum254 1 point 2 months ago

Hello! I want to have a new build but I don't want to invest too much. I play mainly Blizzards games: Starcraft II Overwatch and Diablo III. I currently have a 10 year old build : ASUS P6TD + Intel I7 950 + 240 gb SSD + 16 GB DDR3 + GTX950. I am looking at the entry level build Intel vs AMD and they are almost the same price, which one will age the best and will be slightly customizable over the years? Like I have done with my last one? ( I just changed ram + SSD + video card in 10 years and still works alright, just a bit slow nowadays)

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

I would get the AMD build if you want upgradeability.

trevorwellssss 1 point 2 months ago

Hey there new to PC gaming & I am trying to build a basic computer to run iRacing. Here is the specifications it needs to meet.. would this pc meet these guidelines? Thanks

Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 64-bit Windows Intel Core i3, i5, i7 or better or AMD Bulldozer or better 8 GB of RAM NVidia GeForce 2xx series or better, 1GB+ dedicated video memory, AMD 5xxx series or better, 1GB+ dedicated video memory or better Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4200+ or better, with 8GB of system RAM

trevorwellssss 1 point 2 months ago

and can this also just connect to wifi or how would i make it to not use an Ethernet cable just to connect to wifi? thanks

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Keltiei 1 point 2 months ago

With this build, will I still need to invest in an additional network/wifi adaptor for online gaming? Or is there one built in somewhere? And will I still need to purchase an Operating System like Windows 10?... sorry, I've never built a computer before...

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Yes.. you would still need to buy an OS like windows 10. That will cost you an additional 100$. And an ethernet connection is on the motherboard. If you want a wireless connection you still need to buy an adapter

peas_and_carrots 1 point 2 months ago

Hi there!

I currently have a 2012 MacBook Pro that runs games at about 20 fps... as you can tell, this is kind of a problem. SO, I'm looking for a new monitor that will do the job. Are there any recommendations? Or does it not even really matter which one I choose?

Thanks in advance!

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Well what PC do you have now? for the entry level build above I would recommend getting something with 60Hz 1080p and a low response time. But I dont understand your question.. Simply hooking up a better monitor to your laptop wont increase performance ;)

TwitchPunnet 1 point 2 months ago

Hello all,

I have a few questions.

Am i able to stream while i am playing fortnite,overwatch... on this desktop? Around what FPS or ping would i have while i played fortnite when streaming? If my relatives are playing games on their phones like roblox what fps and ping would i have? Thanks, Punnet

peas_and_carrots 1 point 1 month ago

I think this was explained before; games like Fortnite and Overwatch will run at 60fps 1080p (I think?) but if you want to stream them as well, you will have to compromise your in-game settings quite a bit. As for ping, that has a lot more to do with heavy internet traffic or low bandwidth available. So yes, if more people in your home are using the internet at the same time as you, you may have higher ping. Hope I answered all of your questions.

GrzlyG 1 point 2 months ago

Where are the cooling solutions? cpu/case fans?

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

CPU cooler is included with the CPU

NoobBuildertryingtolearn 1 point 2 months ago

Do you think it can run pretty good games like rust or gta 5 at least at low settings? in 60 fps?

AC1Sentinel 1 point 2 months ago

Oh yeah easily, most likely even above medium settings.

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Yep.. A mix of high and medium settings should do the trick at 1080p

Yeet21345 1 point 2 months ago

I'm looking to build a better PC since my really old one is breaking down. One of the games I play (Black Desert Online) is very demanding. Does anyone here know if this build will work fine or if I should go for something a little faster?

CheerioLegend 1 point 2 months ago

This build should be fine for Black Desert, though I recommend that you upgrade memory to 16gb

MellonTall 1 point 2 months ago

You could get better value and more cores with ryzen, I would recommend this build

PurpleBlazer199 1 point 1 month ago

I am thinking about building this but before I buy parts, I wanted to see if anyone had anything to say about the CPU's comparison to others. The i3 8350k is pretty good but against other newer i7s and i5s it seems to max out a lot. Is it worth spending $250 more to get an i5 8500k or i7 7700k?

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

The 7700k is a gen old anyway. It is not compatible with the 300 series chipset. Well it depends what you want. For gaming the video card is more important than the CPU. But if you have the money and want to futureproof a little bit then I would get something like an i5 8400. But at that pricepoint you should also look at what AMD is offering. Ryzen has great value.

xX_Hi_Xx 1 point 1 month ago

So what settings could this run a game like say Rainbow Six Siege at?

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

1080p at a high (maybe a few medium) settings. You will get a smooth 60+ fps. R6 is well optimized..

xX_Hi_Xx 2 points 1 month ago

Ok thank you!

JTan92 1 point 1 month ago

Can this run total war games?

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

It should at 1080p. Look for benchmarks on youtube


LokiSavage 1 point 1 month ago

I am very new to this, so I'm sorry if this is a dumb question, but do I need a CPU cooler?

PurpleBlazer199 2 points 1 month ago

The cpu comes with a stock cooler

Jghack16 1 point 1 month ago

If I was gonna only game for a little could I go without the 1 terabyte hardrive? Also could I get a cheaper power supply or is that too risky just trying to save some money until I get more

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

The 1TB comes in handy since most games that aren't indie titles are huge (50+ GB). You can save some money with a non-modular PSU but the extra cables will be harder to build with if you're a first-timer.

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

You can go without the HDD if you want to. But just remember if you have constantly more than 70% of the space on the SSD occupied the SSD will get worn out quicker and die sooner. You can always add a hdd later on. And NO I would not go cheaper than the CX450 by corsair. The PSU is an investment in my honest opinion. I usually recommend getting a good one in the first place so you can use it for your next build..

ahouston1 1 point 1 month ago

is there a video tutorial on how to build this? or a generic one that could be followed with these parts? new to building computers and i am getting the parts on christmas. thanks! :)

sidseven7 1 point 1 month ago

Nice build! I would just spend an extra dollar for ram at 3000mhz!

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

At that Pricepoint its a waste of money...

yummy_yummy 1 point 1 month ago

does the motherboard come with sata data cables

Triniking 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Brand new mobos come with SATA cables.

yummy_yummy 1 point 1 month ago


Yanney__ 1 point 1 month ago

I have a question i was just wondering if the pc can run rust at meduim graphics?

Kronos0227 1 point 1 month ago

Will it run stuff like dark souls or resident evil? Maybe some of the newer triple a games?

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Yep.. Should run those games at 1080p no problem. Search for some benchmarks on yt

Gamedoctor53 1 point 1 month ago

do you need a hard drive or your good with just an ssd (first time building a computer)

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

No.. you are good with just the SSD. If you want to get just an SSD then I advise you to get at least a 500GB SSD from the start. You can always add a Harddrive later.

ITWAI 1 point 1 month ago

Would this build be able to run Rust, CS:GO, and DayZ at med settings? If not, what would I need to upgrade for it to do so?

millersky19 1 point 1 month ago

I'm new to pc gaming would this be a good pc to go with I wanna play games like rainbow six siege and fallout 4 etc.

Farex 1 point 1 month ago

If you are looking for smooth gameplay at 1080p I would suggest going for a slightly faster build.

Something in the line of Ryzen 1600/2600 or an Intel i5-8400 (although Intel is a bit more expensive), paired with a GtX 1060 (6GB Version) or an RX 580 (8GB Version).

The other components will depend on your budget and overall future planning.

LaAries 1 point 1 month ago

Did the go up? Because this is $570.

konnigun 1 point 1 month ago

There appears to be a typo: your build description says you use 2TB storage, while the actual build features a 1TB drive.

epicyoung 1 point 1 month ago

How would you use the network adapter to connect to WiFi?

Farex 1 point 1 month ago

The current motherboard on the list does not have a built in WiFi, it has an ethernet jack (RJ45) that you can plug in your cable directly into the mobo.

You will need to buy a separate adapter if you like to use WiFi.

Alexander_Cummings 1 point 1 month ago

Anyone know if this build would be able to run battlefield 5 at all? If not what builds would anyone recommend that can run bf5 at the cheapest price point. Thanks.

Farex 1 point 1 month ago

I would probably go with a Ryzen 1600/2600 and an RX 580 / GTX 1060 depending on which you can find the cheapest.

What is your max budget?

Bryce200 1 point 1 month ago

Do I need to also get a WiFi adapter or does the mobo come with WiFi? Also could someone review my build? https://pcpartpicker.com/list/nhwrsZ I would have used the gtx 1050 but I was on a tough budget.

Farex 1 point 1 month ago

Did you already purchase/built this? For the motherboard, yes, you will need to buy a WiFi adapter if you are not on an ethernet cable.

I think your build is fine, but that depends on your needs and what you are going to use it for.

skylinegtr34 1 point 1 month ago

how would this rig run mods, also would this setup fit in a larger tower?

JoshSh 1 point 1 month ago

That's a 1tb drive, not 2tb

jaredw6008 1 point 1 month ago

how many games can you have on it

Deontclash 1 point 1 month ago

Havent really built a gaming rig in years I assume this build is a good foundation for me? Especially if I want add better parts in the future ?

Farex 2 points 1 month ago

It really depends on what parts you would like to be upgrading the rig with. This current system will be okay, but if you would be looking to get a more powerful GPU/CPU then you will definitely need to upgrade the motherboard and PSU at least.

Deontclash 1 point 1 month ago

Okay what is the next level up for the psu/gpu/CPU ?

Farex 1 point 1 month ago

In my optionion you will be looking to upgrade the system to a minimum of a GTX 1070 with a i5-8600k for example.

I don't think it will be worth upgrading to a AMD 580 or a GTX 1060 as they won't provide a massive upgrade to the current system.

PSU will depend on what GPU and CPU you pick as some tend to draw more power and some don't.

It will really depend on what resolution and what you are looking for when gaming - better quality, higher FPS, etc.

Deontclash 1 point 1 month ago

ok perfect! thank you so much for the help. I also added those parts your suggested to my build and it added about 400 more dollars. BUT the only games I really play alot on pc is WOW. Also I plan on moving into what they call (AAA) games eventually.

Farex 1 point 1 month ago

The parts I suggested are going well into the midrange tier builds so it is normal for the price to bump quite a lot.

If you are planning on upgrading this type of a computer in less than a year after you bought it, then it might be worth considering if your budget will allow you to build a better machine outright now.

Skinz92 1 point 1 month ago

Hi All,

I am looking to build my first PC so I dont want to spend too much money, you know, incase I mess it up royally and it doesnt end up working. Wondering with the above whether there is any room to improve this if I were to buy new parts later on down the line so as and when I wanted to I could upgrade it to a higher end build. I dont know enough about building PC's to know about the restrictions of upgrades etc.

Thanks in advance :)

Farex 1 point 28 days ago

This is a very hard question to answer, because of few things:

  1. For future upgrading, your budget will most likely increase quite a bit. - you will need to buy more expensive parts which will support a wider range of other components. Mainly the motherboard.

  2. This will depend on your preferred resolution or what monitor / TV you will be playing on. Higher the resolution - the higher your budget will need to be.

  3. You will need to know that if you pick a specific socket, you will for most part need to stick with it for the future as well. i.e. AMD or Intel based.

This is a good base to start, BUT you need to know to what you will be upgrading in the future in order to buy/change the most relevant items.

Also, I don't understand why people are so afraid of building computers. If you take your time and look up some guides on how to build one, research ALL of your components one by one, read all of the available manufacturer manuals/guides - you should be fine.

Best advice I can give you is make sure to look on how to install the CPU and how to handle it with care. And to know that you don't need to force components to connect them, slight push is all that is needed in order to put anything on its slot. If you need to put more force to connect anything - make sure to check and look whether you are placing it correctly! :)

tlatta.2011 1 point 1 month ago

How would this build run farming simulator 19?

Sandisk1601 1 point 1 month ago

is the i3 8100 core a good pair with the Trident Z RGB 16gb DDR4 3200?

Farex 1 point 28 days ago

You should be looking into whether your motherboard will support the speed and RAM capacity rather than the CPU.

Lit2089 1 point 1 month ago

Never heard of parametric. Are they reputable brand?

Farex 1 point 28 days ago

I think you got confused, "parametric" means more like a "filter" here.

This isn't a brand, what it means is that they have placed some parameters for this system so that it shows you the best priced items under the specified "parameters".

For example for the GPU they have the

"Parametric filter" for any "Radeon RX 570" - meaning that it will list the cheapest non reference RX 570 card.

STICKSnCROHNS 1 point 1 month ago

I’ve never owned a PC other than a generic home computer and I’ve always been a console player. I want to convert but my knowledge is limited so forgive me if this question sounds a little dumb. Would this build allow me to play older RPGs like Fallout 3 and New Vegas and Skyrim?

Farex 1 point 28 days ago

Depends on what resolution you are planning on playing or at least what monitor / TV you have. But generally this would be enough to run older-ish games at 1080p on high settings without any issues. :)

tlatta.2011 1 point 1 month ago

Would this setup run Farming Simulator 19 and mods?

Farex 1 point 28 days ago

Depends on what resolution, graphical settings, etc you are asking about?

For 1080p it should be fine, but I would suggest to add more RAM as 8GB is just at the "required" amount when I looked into FS 19.

pupseal 1 point 1 month ago

how would i get windows on this computer?

Farex 1 point 28 days ago

Do you mean how to install it?

PrivatePengu 1 point 26 days ago

First, you download and install it on your drive. Then, you enter your code purchased from Microsoft.

Dejjja 1 point 26 days ago

I have made the build and it is working but right now i am confused because the motherboard uses 4pins for fans but the fan that came with the case is a 3pin so I want to know if i can use it or not and if so is their a specific 3 pins of the 4 i need to use?

PrivatePengu 1 point 26 days ago

You can use 3-pin fans with 4-pin headers. Consult your manual for more details and help.

awesomeboi34 1 point 25 days ago

is the motherboard compatible with nvdidia

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awesomeboi34 1 point 25 days ago

will this pc run vr well?

eesti 1 point 19 days ago

it runs VR, but not well, it's just above minimum spec

thatboinickYT 1 point 25 days ago

How much fps can you get when you play r6s or csgo on it?

eesti 1 point 25 days ago

60 is basically guaranteed

awesomeboi34 1 point 24 days ago

vr compatible?

eesti 1 point 21 days ago

technically yes, but you might want to go with a faster build for the best experience, something with an i5 and an rtx 2060, for example

HouseGoose 1 point 23 days ago

Will this run rust ? :)

HouseGoose 1 point 23 days ago

also does this build come with thermal paste ? thankyou in advance

eesti 1 point 19 days ago

yes to both

Tzx613 1 point 13 days ago

Does it come with thermal paste already applied on the CPU or do you have to put it on yourself ?

eesti 1 point 13 days ago

the thermal paste comes applied on the CPU cooler

HouseGoose 1 point 22 days ago

Can anyone recommend an similar budget alternative graphics card. The one listed is not available at that price anymore :(

eesti 1 point 19 days ago

It automatically picks the lowest priced card in the filter

complete_n00b 1 point 18 days ago

Hello. First, thanks for putting this together! I'm looking to build a gaming computer for my son; he's about to turn 11, mostly plays roblox, but wants to play subnautica, and will probably eventually get into games with more requirements. I've already got an HDD and power supply, so want to spend the leftover money where it would be most beneficial. Will prob go with a more name brand SSD & RAM. What i5 would you recommend for this budget build? Thanks!

Edit: Also, would eventually like to run VR (Oculus or something similar).

complete_n00b 1 point 18 days ago

Edit 2: I made some guesses/tweaks, my new list is here: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/complete_n00b/saved/NTrKBm. Thanks!

Foreestk101 1 point 16 days ago

This is my first time trying to build a pc, would I be best off buying everything on this list? I might want to change the case but that’s it cause I don’t know much else. The games I’ll be playing are mainly rpg, racing and gta v. Just need some advise please and thank you.

eesti 1 point 13 days ago

this build will work fine for your needs

heloup 1 point 14 days ago

Would this be able to run games such as CS:GO or Fortnite?

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Tzx613 1 point 13 days ago

Will this run Rocket League at 144fps?

eesti 1 point 12 days ago

If you lower the settings, I think it will

Burgeyuk 1 point 9 days ago

I’m a concole player thinking about switching to pc would this be a good set up for rainbow six siege

KaseyKevins 1 point 8 days ago

Would this be able to run Apex Legends? If not, would switching the CPU to a Intel Core i5-8400 (or even an older generation) help?

CaptainCalcium 1 point 19 hours ago

According to these sources, the i3-8100 should be able to handle Apex Legends.

Apex system requirements: https://www.systemrequirementslab.com/cyri/requirements/apex-legends-titanfall-battle-royale/18531

i5-3570K @ 3.40 GHz (recommended CPU): https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i5-3570K+%40+3.40GHz&id=828

i3-8100 @ 3.60 GHz: https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i3-8100+%40+3.60GHz

Here is someone testing Apex Legends with the i3-8100, the i5-8400, and more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jg6hpevNj3Q

As for the compatibility of the i5-8400 with this build, I'm not quite sure. Someone with better hardware experience than I can help you there. However, I'll definitely be playing Apex on this build once I have enough money to upgrade from my sad little dual core i5-5200u. Hope you find this info useful.

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Logisteel 1 point 7 days ago

How about a fan for the CPU?

eesti 2 points 6 days ago

included in CPU box

Logisteel 1 point 6 days ago

Awesome, thank you!

mlgdoge1107 1 point 6 days ago

It is a bad idea if I use an i7 instead of an i3 so it is a faster computer.

Crunchynmilk 1 point 5 days ago

Why use the MSI - B360M PRO-VDH over the Gigabyte - GA-AB350M-DS3H? The only thing you are missing out on is crossfire support I believe, and that usually isn't a priority on lower end builds. Save an extra $12?

Mrdeltawolf117 1 point 2 days ago

Would this build be better than an msi ge62 apache pro with a 970m and 16 gb ram? I want to start building a desktop but I also don't want to downgrade at all only looking to improve. thank you!

anderson110 1 point 1 day ago

It sounds like this build will run pretty much any game. So why would anyone spend more on a higher level build? What are you actually getting for your money to go with one of the higher end builds?

lucasadams1 1 point 23 hours ago

would this be good for running beamNG drive game

lucasadams1 1 point 23 hours ago

will this run beaming drive

Bradyhelfer 1 point 23 hours ago

How much FPS will this get me on fortnite ? That’s the only game I’ll be playing on this pc

magburner 1 point 2 hours ago

NEVER buy Toshiba storage, no matter how cheap it looks. I bought one once, it failed and i lost a 1TB of data. Never go cheap on storage, but If you have to buy cheap, then buy the cheapest Samsung storage. You will thank me for it in the long run.

FamousBug_ 0 points 2 months ago

When actually ordering the parts it will be about £520

MetalSloth54 0 points 2 months ago

This is a great build and all, but I don't understand why there is an RX 570 when there is a 560 that is cheaper, has the same amount of VRAM, and has a better core clock

ThoughtA staff submitter 2 points 2 months ago

The RX 570 is considerably faster than the RX 560. Clock speed alone doesn't really mean anything, as one chip at 1GHz can be much slower or faster than another at 1GHz.

MetalSloth54 1 point 2 months ago

Makes sense, now the $30 price gap doesn't seem big now.

rjkmr553 0 points 1 month ago

The case mentioned here is costly. Can anyone suggest an alternative to the case mentioned above but a little bit cheaper(around $100)?

kjmitch 1 point 1 month ago

What case are you referring to as being "costly"? The one on this build at the time of your comment is around $50, and has literally never been as expensive as $100 (except for once around last April Fool's day). Did you mean to post this comment somewhere else?

tyrtgn 0 points 5 days ago

why go for the 8100 when you can have the R3 2200G and a better motherboard for the same price if not cheaper? There's also the upgradability on AM4... Sure it's maybe not as good in agming but you can still overclock it

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 5 days ago

The Entry Level AMD build can be found here.

Peterlira -1 points 2 months ago

How does this fare against an xbox one x?

eesti 1 point 2 months ago

slightly worse gpu, much better cpu, it about evens out

aspecttt -1 points 2 months ago

500$!? what frames would it run fortnite smoothly on?

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RustyFire -1 points 1 month ago

Good build but a bad choice for the CPU. the Pentium G4560 has only 10% lower performance than the i3 but is significantly less cost. Also, I would recommend going for 1 8gb stick of RAM, as dual channel does not a whole lot of extra performance, which means that you can spend less on a MoBo with just 2 RAM slots. It still leaves upgrade options though.

Farex 2 points 28 days ago

I agree that the Pentium is a good performer for its price, but the difference is bigger than 10% please don't give people wrong information here.

It is also a bad advice to cheap out on a motherboard.

KianB -3 points 1 month ago

You could go for a pentium g5400, it performs the same way an i3 does.

Farex 1 point 1 month ago

No it doesn't. Please don't tell people that. It might perform the "same" if you are just web browsing, but most other tasks the i3 will handle much better.

KianB 1 point 26 days ago

See for yourself.

Kechacha -4 points 1 month ago

change the CPU from i3 to i5 it will be very good . see this pc it's the best : https://pcpartpicker.com/list/GxFsFt

Farex 2 points 28 days ago

You have linked a 5,500 $ computer under a budget 500 $ listing? I don't think this is helpful to anyone.

Kechacha 1 point 9 days ago

it's ok , i am fun :D

Kechacha 1 point 9 days ago

this is link of pc with 488$ : https://pcpartpicker.com/list/2FtnV6

blindsharks 1 Build -5 points 2 months ago

You made some unneccasry compromises there.

Go Ryzen 5 route, 2600 $40 more. B450 mobo $10 more. 16GB DDR4 3000 for $66 more and an 8GB RX570 for $10 more.

$126 more, still under $700.

PrivatePengu 1 point 2 months ago


That would be intruding on this build guide.

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

$126 more

Well there you ******* have it. there are other builds for higher budgets

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Note: Wattages are estimates only. Actual power draw may differ from listed values.
Component Estimated Wattage
Intel - Core i3-8100 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor 8W - 65W
Team - Vulcan 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory 5W - 5W
ADATA - Ultimate SU650 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Toshiba - P300 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Sapphire - Radeon RX 570 4 GB NITRO+ Video Card 56W - 225W
Total: 75W - 325W