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Entry Level Intel Gaming Build

by ThoughtA

Description

CPU

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.

Motherboard

We're using a parametric filter to constantly select the best-priced mATX 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 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.

GPU

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, PUBG, and Apex Legends.

Case

The Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L is an mATX mini tower case with 2x front panel USB 3.0 Gen 1 ports and fits full-size graphics cards without issue. It provides several cable management holes and a couple patterned magnetic dust filters for easy removal and cleaning. If you so wish, you can also move the I/O panel to up to six different locations on the case.

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: 325W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU €139.03 €139.03 Custompc Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: Micro ATX
  • Chipset: Intel B360
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
  • RAM Type: DDR4
€83.76 €83.76 Custompc Buy
Memory
From parametric filter
  • Speed: DDR4-2400, DDR4-2666, DDR4-2800, DDR4-2933, DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3333, DDR4-3400
  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Size: 8GB (2x4GB)
€68.78 €68.78 Custompc Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 240 GB - 15360 GB
  • Type: SSD
€35.38 €35.38 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
Case €49.00 €9.95 €58.95 Komplett Buy
Power Supply €74.69 €74.69 Custompc Buy
Base Total: €657.32
Shipping: €9.95
Total: €667.27
* 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:

h0pT0_Gaming 1 point 3 hours ago

What is better for money and performance, an Intel or AMD PC? I've been told AMD is better also because some monitors have Free-Sync. But what about the performance?

readdyeddy 0 points 14 hours ago

Bad build list, or it's probably out of date.

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 8 hours ago

Feedback is very much welcome, but please keep it constructive. For example, what would you like to see different?

Reason:
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