Last year we allocated time and effort to bring to our readers a budget gaming PC using an Intel processor and an Nvidia graphics card.
We’ve also managed to publish an AMD Budget PC Gaming Build last year. So we’re updating the Intel budget gaming pc build first.
Prices of each component has drastically changed, so there’ll be some changes to the original parts lists to keep the build price under control.
Intel’s processors are a bit on the high side, though they have budget processors like the Pentium G5600.
But for this build we’ll stay away with that as it is a 2-core 4-thread processor and we wanted to be different as there are already tons of sample builds using the G5600.
So without further delay, here’s our parts pick for the Intel Budget PC Gaming build.
Intel PC Gaming Build – i5-8400 and Hyper 212
We’ve previously chosen the 8th generation Intel Core i3-8350K for a number of reasons, 4-cores, unlock, and optane support.
But it’s 2019, so there are new processors to choose from and this time around we’ve chosen the Intel Core i5-8400.
The Intel Core i5-8400 is an 8th generation processor that has 6-cores and has a max turbo frequency of 4Ghz. Though this lacks HyperThreading, having an additional 2 cores versus the 4-cores of the Intel i3-8350K means this is faster in most applications.
This processor though is a locked version, meaning you can’t overclocked it. But Intel compensates it with the Intel Turbo Boost Technology.
The Intel Core i5-8400 comes with its own thermal solution, a small stock cooler that reminds you that Intel just wants your money.
In any case, we’ve selected the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo as our cooler for the i5-8400. Nothing fancy, no lights. But if you want RGB or LED lighting, there are available models for that. But the non-LED version suits the budget.
The Hyper 212 Evo has been a great choice for those who wanted more cooling power as compared to a stock cooler.
Simple and no frills.
MSI Z370 Gaming Plus Motherboard
We’ve chosen the MSI Z370 Gaming Plus motherboard for a number of reasons. This motherboard can support the i9, granted no overclocking is done.
It supports up to 64GB of memory on 4 DDR4 memory slots.
Supports 2-way AMD Crossfire and an M.2 slot but we’re not using it right now since the total price is already off-budget.
This is a full-size ATX motherboard that has enough features to make it future-proof as it supports all Coffee Lake processors.
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4 3,000 Mhz
We’re pairing the Intel i5-8400 with the Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4 3,000 Mhz.
The Vengeance LPX is a proven memory module by Corsair and comes with an aluminum heat spreader for maximum cooling.
The LPX kit we’ve chosen has a tested speed of up to 3,000 Mhz and latency of 15.
This model has XMP 2.0 performance profile.
EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gaming ACX 2.0
For our graphics card, we’ve decided to go with the green team, Nvidia GeForce. As prices for the GTX 1060 is a bit high, we opted for the 1050Ti as it is also a capable graphics card.
The EVGA version has a base clock of 1,290 Mhz and a boost clock of 1,392 Mhz. On-board it has a 4GB GDDR5 memory on a 128-bit bus giving out a 7008 Mhz memory clock.
This version is the ACX 2.0 single fan and is simple, no frills, but capable graphics card for 1080p gaming.
Kingston A400 240GB SSD
We opted for an SSD for this build to save a bit on our target budget. But just because we’ve saved a bit doesn’t mean this is a slouch.
The Kingston A400 240GB SSD has a read and write speed of 500MB/s and 350MB/s.
EVGA 450BT 80+ Bronze Power Supply
For powering the Intel PC Gaming build we’ve chosen again the EVGA 450BT power supply. This power supply from EVGA is 80+ Bronze certified and is sufficient for our build.
The power supply has a 120mm fan that is nearly quiet to keep it cool.
One great thing about EVGA power supply is that it has a 3 year warranty.
Cooler Master MasterBox Pro 5 RGB
We’ve splurge a little on the casing department as we need to fit the ATX-size motherboard. And with the price differences, the RGB version is what we’ve liked.
The MasterBox Pro 5 RGB has tons of room and can fit three 120mm fans on the front and one at the rear.
You also have room for liquid cooling and more.
Summary and total price
For the prices, we’ve opted to get all of them from Amazon. But these parts are also available at Newegg, check their pricing also.
|Intel Core i5-8400||$184.99||But at Amazon||Buy at Newegg|
|Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo||$29.99||Buy at Amazon||Buy at Newegg|
|MSI Z370 Gaming Plus|
|$119.99||Buy at Amazon||Buy at Newegg|
|Corsair Vengeance LPX|
16GB DDR4-3000Mhz CL15
|$119.99||Buy at Amazon||Buy at Newegg|
|EVGA GeForce GTX 1050Ti||$159.99||Buy at Amazon||Buy at Newegg|
|Kingston A400 240GB SSD||$29.99||Buy at Amazon||Buy at Newegg|
|EVGA 450BT Power Supply||$39.99||Buy at Amazon||Buy at Newegg|
|Cooler Master MasterBox Pro 5||$79.99||Buy at Amazon||Buy at Newegg|
So we are under $700. But this doesn’t include the monitor, peripherals, Windows 10, and your games though.
So roughly you’ll complete your setup at under $900.
Let us know if you want us to build, benchmark, and play games with this pc gaming setup.
Your comments and suggestions are welcome.
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