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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 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 Radeon RX 570, which will let you play any popular game available today, including Fortnite and PUBG.

Case

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.

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: 250W
Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU €169.00 FREE €169.00 Paradigit Buy
Motherboard
From parametric filter
  • Form Factor: Micro ATX
  • Chipset: Intel B360
  • RAM Slots: 4 - 16
  • RAM Type: DDR4
€74.99 FREE €74.99 Paradigit Buy
Memory
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)
€89.00 FREE €89.00 Paradigit Buy
Storage
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 240 GB - 15360 GB
  • Type: SSD
€44.99 FREE €44.99 Paradigit Buy
From parametric filter
  • Capacity: 1000 GB - 15360 GB
  • Type: 7200RPM
  • Form Factor: 3.5"
€45.90 FREE €45.90 Paradigit Buy
Video Card
From parametric filter
  • Chipset: Radeon RX 570
€199.00 FREE €199.00 Paradigit Buy
Case
Power Supply €69.99 FREE €69.99 Paradigit Buy
Total: €692.87
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* Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

Comments Sorted by:

Talon21 1 point 2 hours ago

wonder why micro atx is the go to for budget gaming

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
Kingston - FURY 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory 5W - 5W
Kingston - A400 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive 2W - 10W
Seagate - BarraCuda 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive 4W - 20W
Asus - Radeon RX 570 4 GB ROG STRIX Video Card 37W - 150W
Total: 56W - 250W