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Guide

Modest Intel Gaming Build

Description

Introduction

The Modest Intel build guide is focused on providing the best performance per dollar on a mid range gaming PC. The components are straightforward to install and the system will run games at 1080p or higher without issue. If you are looking for more of a budget build you can take a look at our Entry Level Intel Gaming Guide

CPU

Our Modest Intel Gaming Build is centered around the Intel Core i5-9400F. Using the included CPU cooler you will be able to keep temperatures and noise low on this locked processor.

Note: If you’re looking for a similar build using an AMD processor, check out our Modest AMD Gaming Build Guide.

Motherboard

We've paired the i5-9400F with a parametric filter of Micro ATX B365 motherboards that support up to 64GB of DDR4 memory, multiple SATA6 ports for storage drives, and front panel USB3.0 ports. The parametric filter is constantly updating to show the best priced product based on the specifications we have set.

Memory

We are filtering for a 2x8GB kit of DDR4 RAM with a speed of at least DDR4-3000 as Intel CPUs scale well with faster memory.

Since the parametric filter picks the lowest priced option available (regardless of color/design), click the "From parametric filter" link to view other options that might better suit your aesthetic preference.

Storage

We're also using a parametric filter that will actively select the best-priced SSD of at least 500GB capacity. Solid states drives are significantly faster than hard drives and one of the easiest ways to improve system responsiveness and load times for both applications and games. Additionally, we're including a 2TB mechanical hard drive in a parametric filter for things like storing media and extra games. Everyone's storage needs differ, so feel free to change the capacity to your usage.

GPU

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is an excellent mid-range graphics card that will let you play any popular game available today at 1080p or 1440p, including Fortnite, PUBG, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Apex Legends.

To keep the noise and temperatures down, the filter requires a minimum length to avoid "mini" versions of the card, which prioritize fitting into small builds, such as an ITX case. It also requires a minimum number of 2 fans to avoid "blower" style cards, which usually do not cool the card as well. You can choose to use this filter instead, if you want to include the smaller cards for any reason. Note that smaller cards will be louder or hotter - or both.

Case

The Fractal Design Focus G Mini is a Micro ATX mini tower case with one USB2 port, one USB3 port, and fits full-size graphics cards without issue. It provides several cable management holes and patterned magnetic dust filters for easy removal and cleaning as well as a mesh front panel for better airflow.

PSU

For our power supply, we're using a parametric selection of well-reviewed fully and semi-modular units, all of which will provide more than enough power for this system.

Intel Version

Here is the AMD version of our Modest Gaming Guide.

Compatibility: See notes below.

Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU Intel Core i5-9400F 2.9 GHz 6-Core Processor
Base
₹13500.00
Promo
Shipping
Tax
Price
₹13500.00
Where
Buy
Motherboard MSI B365M PRO-VDH Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard

From parametric filter: Form Factor: Micro ATX; Chipset: Intel B365; Memory Slots: 4 - 16; Onboard USB3.0 Headers: Yes

Base
₹6984.00
Promo
Shipping
Tax
Price
₹6984.00
Where
Buy
Memory ADATA XPG SPECTRIX D41 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory

From parametric filter: Speed: DDR4-3000, DDR4-3200, DDR4-3300, DDR4-3400; Type: 288-pin DIMM; Modules: 2 x 8GB

Base
₹7500.00
Promo
Shipping
Tax
Price
₹7500.00
Where
Buy
Storage Crucial MX500 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive

From parametric filter: Capacity: 500 GB - 15360 GB; Type: SSD

Base
₹5346.00
Promo
Shipping
Tax
Price
₹5346.00
Where
Buy
Storage Toshiba 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

From parametric filter: Capacity: 2000 GB - 15360 GB; Type: 7200RPM; Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s

Base
₹4770.00
Promo
Shipping
Tax
Price
₹4770.00
Where
Buy
Video Card GALAX GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB (1-click OC) Video Card

From parametric filter: Chipset: GeForce GTX 1660 Ti; Length: 223 mm - 403 mm; Cooling: 2 Fans, 3 Fans

Base
₹25747.00
Promo
Shipping
Tax
Price
₹25747.00
Where
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Case Fractal Design Focus G Mini MicroATX Mini Tower Case
Base
₹4739.00
Promo
Shipping
₹7442.00
Tax
Price
₹12181.00
Where
Buy
Power Supply SeaSonic FOCUS Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply

From parametric selection: Show

Base
₹7748.00
Promo
Shipping
₹3663.00
Tax
Price
₹11411.00
Where
Buy
Base Total: ₹76334.00
Shipping: ₹11105.00
Total: ₹87439.00
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Compatibility Notes

  • Note:The motherboard M.2 slot #1 shares bandwidth with a SATA 6.0 Gb/s port. When the M.2 slot is populated, one SATA 6.0 Gb/s port is disabled.
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Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

Is this up to date?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

This list was just updated.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

can you run rust

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

These are more than the recommended specs.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

So I am new to building PCs so forgive me if my questions seem dumb. Does this pc come setup here come with fans, to keep it from over heating or do I need to add that separately? Will this pc be easier to setup, kinda like an easy puzzle?

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 point

The case appears to have the 2 front fans pre-installed.

  • 17 days ago
  • 2 points

Would this be able to run games such as CS:GO and Rainbow 6 Siege? I am new to building and I am looking for a $500-800 build that would work with those two. (This is not necessary, but would I be able to hook up a RBG arrangement?)

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

https://au.pcpartpicker.com/user/scranhank/saved/#view=bGgBcf I didn't know if this price was USD so if it is you've got some room to upgrade, however being Australian i built it with $800 AUD in mind. The specs listed should be able to run csgo at or above 100 fps 1080p and should do Siege at above 60 fps and more if you are willing to sacrifice graphics and run with the Vulkan API for Siege. I chose the 550W power supply for future proofing if you decide to upgrade and for RGB you'll just need to find the RGB header on the MotherBoard and plug your chosen RGB strip into it. To make it into USD prices simply remove the au from the link

  • 10 days ago
  • 2 points

Any advice on modifying this to be an online sim racing build? (High frame rate super important, ultrawide monitor or triples, relatively lower CPU demand)

...flex the price upward a hundred or two, if necessary

Love to hear your thoughts!

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

The cpu in this is already very good for pretty cheap, so I wouldn't change that. A rx 5700 xt or a rtx 2060/2070 super would get you the high frame rate you want. Also i would HIGHLY recommend you get a 500 gb nvme storage since they aren't that much more expensive but their are loads faster. With fan config i would at 1 fan the rear and 1 fan at rear top for the exhaust.

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

Will do! Thanks so much for all that advice -- newbie here and really appreciate it!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Would this be able to support a valve index and run Half Life: Alyx?

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points
  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

new to all this so sorry if the answer is obvious but would this build be good for streaming as well?

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

not very well if you crank the stream settings in twitch.

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 point

Brand new to PC gaming and builds, but would I be safe building this and having it run games like Cyberpunk 2077 and Elder Scrolls 6 at medium settings given what recently released games require? Doesn't have to be high quality, but just looking for something that will run the newest games at medium settings for a couple years at least. Thanks!

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 point

I like this build a lot! What graphics card would you recommend to cut down in the price? My budget is 200-250 for a graphics card. Thanks!

  • 24 days ago
  • 1 point

You'd be looking more at a 1660 or 1660 Super

  • 20 days ago
  • 1 point

How would this build be able to video edit? I would mostly be using adobe premier

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 point

Keith's build

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 point

Would this be able to run monster hunter and the dlc of it? Also what would be a good monitor for this pc? My bad if these are bad questions, im new to pcs :/

  • 18 days ago
  • 2 points

Yes, this has better specs than their recommended.

http://www.monsterhunterworld.com/pc/us/

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 point

I’ve heard that it requires a lot of cpu usage since the game isn’t that optimized, do you think this can handle heavy usage?

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 point

Will this run tarkov, others fps and games like WoW?

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 point

This will be my first non prebuilt pc and the one I have now wont run anything other than league and hearthstone lmao. so I am very new and know nothing. Sorry if my question is dumb.

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

It looks like it more than exceeds the minimum requirements of Tarkov (and passes most, but not quite all of the recommended requirements as well), so that should run fine. I know that WoW has lower requirements than Tarkov, so that won't be an issue either.

https://www.escapefromtarkov.com/news/id/11

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

Yes it will run very well if you have it on medium - high settings. (depending on the game)

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 point

New to pc building, noticed the case and motherboard are both microATX, but power supply is ATX, will it fit in the case?

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 point

Yes, the case is made for ATX power supplies

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 point

Looking at building the modest Intel gaming build. There is no dvd/cd read write unit. Can a dvd/cd read/write drive be installed in the micro ATX and will the micro atx lga motherboard have connections for the drive?

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 point

This case does support a CD/DVD drive and you will be able to connect it to the motherboard.

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 point

How well does it run vr?

  • 16 days ago
  • 2 points

It should be compatible with all modern VR setups. Performance will vary based on the game.

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

What is the operating system on it?

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

You would need to choose one. There are plenty of free options or you can browse the site for legitimate Windows 10 keys.

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

This pc is best budget and price-performance gaming pc for 1080p,this case must show good efford around 2-3 years since now.

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

Will the motherboard be able to support DDR4 3000 ram? I only see 3 memory speeds for the motherboard.

Memory Speed DDR4-2133 DDR4-2400 DDR4-2666

  • 10 days ago
  • 2 points

Yes, its essentially considered an overclock.

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

I am completely new to building PC's so this may be a stupid question... Anyways, do you need to buy a separate wifi adapter for it?

  • 10 days ago
  • 1 point

If you need wifi you will either need to select a motherboard with it onboard or purchase an adapter.

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

Hey manirelli, Do you think this is worth building if i already have a laptop that consists of an i7-7700HQ @ 2.8 GHz, GTX 1050 4GB and 8GB RAM? How much of an upgrade is this build from the laptop i own now and is it worth the price or should I just keep saving for a better build? Thanks!

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

I would just upgrade the ram in your laptop. (it already powerful enough to run most things very smoothly)

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

Hi I am new to building pcs I have purchased the solid state drive, cpu,case, power supply I did purchase the previous listed ram but the seller didnt have it in stock, I now see compatibility issues referring to the motherboard M.2 slot 1 sharing bandwidth with SATA 6.0 Gb/s port. If I go ahead with this build will there be any major issues?

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

Unless you plan to use all of your SATA ports for hard drives and optical drives (very unlikely), it will not be an issue.

  • 7 days ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the information!

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I was wondering how many frames do you think I would be getting on this with games like CSGO and populer online games with the graphics settings on high?

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

New to all this, but was wondering if this set up can handle 3 monitors. Using it for racing sim/flight simulator. Appreciate any type of feed back or recommendations of a better build.

  • 4 days ago
  • 1 point

It can do 3 monitors though I can't comment on performance in those types of games.

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

I have just purchased the list for this PC. Hope all goes well for my sorta first actual gaming build. :)

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

I edit videos with Adobe Premiere Pro will this pc handle everything? Also was planning on using an Oculus Rift S will this work as well?

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

If you plan to do editing I would make your own post in the create a part list for me forum to get additional feedback from the community.

  • 10 hours ago
  • 1 point

How many frames would this get on all high settings on fortnite

  • 8 hours ago
  • 1 point

I would expect about 50-60 fps, but I wouldn't put this system on high settings. on low settings, it would probably do 120fps

  • 8 hours ago
  • 1 point

Just an FYI, the Entry Level Intel Gaming Guide shortcut doesn't work

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