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ThoughtA's Build Guide: Entry Level Intel Gaming Build

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 44 minutes ago

Keep in mind that the goal with this guide isn't to cut cost at the expense of all else. Cheaper PCs can always be had. This guide seeks to provide good performance and build experience for roughly $500.


Intel K CPUs cannot be overclocked on B360 motherboards, so I'm not sure what you're getting at there. Chipset selection is not solely about CPU overclockability. I think that misconception may be coloring your view here. The H310 chipset is not even capable of dual channel memory support. It's also far more limited on PCI-E lanes, both in number and generation (PCI-E 3.0 vs PCI-E 2.0). There are several other reasons to choose B360 motherboards over H310 ones for gaming, but suffice to say, the differences I mentioned are more than worth the $15 price difference between the B360 board in the list and the H310 A you're recommending.


I'm not quite sure I'm following you here. You're saying a 240GB SSD is useless but then recommending a 250GB SSD at over 50% increased price and saying that would be enough for a typical user.


Cases are very much a personal choice. Cheaper cases can entirely be justified, but I prefer to recommend cases that will be a little easier and more pleasant to build in, especially for newer builders. The Q300L also, in my opinion much nicer to look at - both inside and out.


I assume you're speaking of the Rosewill ARC 450. I only add PSUs to the list that have reviewed well, as I and the community take PSU quality very seriously. I don't operate off assumptions with this. Unfortunately, I've not yet found any reviews of the ARC 450.

Additionally, the CXM (2015) 450 is $5 cheaper at $30 at MIR, though of course MIRs aren't for everyone.


I would be careful citing speculation and rumor as fact when it comes to future releases.

ThoughtA's Build Guide: Great AMD Gaming/Streaming Build

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 11 hours ago

No problem! Thanks for the kind words.

ThoughtA's Build Guide: Entry Level Intel Gaming Build

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 11 hours ago

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

ThoughtA's Build Guide: Magnificent Intel Gaming/Streaming Build

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 17 hours ago

Oop, I forgot I made that change, thanks!

CiNN's Completed Build: 1st Build - Entry Level AMD Gaming

ThoughtA staff 1 point 20 hours ago

Please keep feedback polite and constructive.

Forum Topic "[Correction] Phanteks Enthoo Pro SE"

ThoughtA staff 1 point 1 day ago

Ah, I see what happened here. I've made an update, and they will show as compatible shortly.

Forum Topic "[Correction] Phanteks Enthoo Pro SE"

ThoughtA staff 1 point 2 days ago

Is there a part list that shows it incompatible with 420mm rads?

Forum Topic "[Addition] iLoud Micro Monitors"

ThoughtA staff 2 points 2 days ago

efegue's Completed Build: Is it better to be silent? Fanless PSU and Noctua A12X25 build

ThoughtA staff 1 point 2 days ago

The Completed Builds section is for PCs that you have finished assembling, and photos of the assembled PC are required for approval. If you upload photos of this PC when it's finished being assembled, please create a new Completed Build, and it will be approved.

If this isn't a PC you already own, you may be looking for the Part List Opinions Wanted subforum or the Guides section, depending on your intentions.

Forum Topic "[Part Addition] Raijintek Iris 12 LED Case Fans"

ThoughtA staff 2 points 3 days ago

All have now been added to the site.

waughsm's Completed Build: Scream! Top 1% performance for less than $1500

ThoughtA staff 1 point 5 days ago

The Completed Builds section is for PCs that you have finished assembling, and photos of the assembled PC are required for approval. If you upload photos of this PC when it's finished being assembled, please create a new Completed Build, and it will be approved.

If this isn't a PC you already own, you may be looking for the Part List Opinions Wanted subforum or the Guides section, depending on your intentions.

Forum Topic "[Addition} MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Aero ITX 8GB"

ThoughtA staff 1 point 7 days ago

We just display the prices the retailers report.

Forum Topic "[Addition} MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Aero ITX 8GB"

ThoughtA staff 1 point 7 days ago

Would you mind elaborating on your question?

Forum Topic "Dell P3418HW"

ThoughtA staff 1 point 7 days ago

Forum Topic "[Addition} MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Aero ITX 8GB"

ThoughtA staff 1 point 7 days ago

Forum Topic "[Audio] Logitech G headsets"

ThoughtA staff 1 point 7 days ago

All have now been added to the site.

Forum Topic "Unicomp Ultra Classic Model M 103 key"

ThoughtA staff 1 point 7 days ago

yeetmanthebetterone's Completed Build: Yeetman's computer of mass creation

ThoughtA staff 1 point 8 days ago

The Completed Builds section is for PCs that you have finished assembling, and photos of the assembled PC are required for approval. If you upload photos of this PC when it's finished being assembled, please create a new Completed Build, and it will be approved.

If this isn't a PC you already own, you may be looking for the Part List Opinions Wanted subforum or the Guides section, depending on your intentions.

Forum Topic "[Storage] add price 860 QVO SATA III 1To"

ThoughtA staff 1 point 8 days ago

Updated, thanks.

Forum Topic "[Correction] Thermaltake - Core W200"

ThoughtA staff 1 point 8 days ago

Updated, thanks.

Forum Topic "[Part Addition] Samsung 970 EVO Plus Series"

ThoughtA staff 1 point 8 days ago

These are already on the site. I've updated their listings to include the part numbers you've mentioned

siccmade707's Completed Build: the best build for i7 8700k?

ThoughtA staff 1 point 8 days ago

The Completed Builds section is for PCs that you have finished assembling, and photos of the assembled PC are required for approval. If you upload photos of this PC when it's finished being assembled, please create a new Completed Build, and it will be approved.

If this isn't a PC you already own, you may be looking for the Part List Opinions Wanted subforum or the Guides section, depending on your intentions.

yeetmanthebetterone's Completed Build: Yeetman's computer of mass destruction

ThoughtA staff 1 point 8 days ago

The Completed Builds section is for PCs that you have finished assembling, and photos of the assembled PC are required for approval. If you upload photos of this PC when it's finished being assembled, please create a new Completed Build, and it will be approved.

If this isn't a PC you already own, you may be looking for the Part List Opinions Wanted subforum or the Guides section, depending on your intentions.

Forum Topic "How well will this build run ARK: Survival Evolved?"

ThoughtA staff 1 point 8 days ago

Use of Windows must be done with a legitimate product key.

Per Microsoft:

You are authorized to use this software only if you are properly licensed and the software has been properly activated with a genuine product key or by other authorized method.

For more information please see: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/Useterms/Retail/Windows/10/UseTerms_Retail_Windows_10_English.htm

Tffcypher's Completed Build: Cyphers Battlestation

ThoughtA staff 1 point 8 days ago

how am I breaking pc part picker tos

From the Code of Conduct:

Recommending or implying piracy as an option is also not allowed.

Also from the Code of Conduct regarding key resellers:

Similar to piracy - recommending or implying their use as an option is not allowed.

And now given this exchange, you're also violating the following:

And lastly, respect staff decisions and requests.

Accept responsibility for your actions and move on. This is the end of the discussion.

Tffcypher's Completed Build: Cyphers Battlestation

ThoughtA staff 1 point 8 days ago

hinting, or in any way implying these keys as a solution or option

You did that.

Also stop copy and pasting this everywhere bud your fooling no one

It's my job to enforce the site rules. If you can't or won't follow our rules, you won't be permitted to post here.

Finally, some other person pirating does not make it magically okay for you to do so. Not to mention that you completely misunderstood the point of his video explaining why he does what he does.

Either adhere to our rules or don't post on the site. Those are your two options. It is not up for debate.

ThoughtA's Build Guide: Entry Level Intel Gaming Build

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 8 days ago

The Entry Level AMD build can be found here.

Forum Topic "[Correction] Corsair - Vengeance LPX 64 GB (4 x 16 GB) DDR4-3333 Memory costs $589.99 when its suppose to cost $424.99."

ThoughtA staff 1 point 8 days ago

Thanks for the report. I've taken down the retailer listing until it is fixed.

Tffcypher's Completed Build: Cyphers Battlestation

ThoughtA staff 1 point 8 days ago

Do not advocate piracy.

Additionally, the sale of those keys violate Microsoft ToS, and the keys may be unexpectedly disabled. Recommending, suggesting, advising, encouraging, hinting, or in any way implying these keys as a solution or option is not allowed on this site.

jillybeann's Completed Build: i9 Custom

ThoughtA staff 1 point 8 days ago

Whether that's a struggle for you or anyone else doesn't in any way excuse trolling or flaming. Please keep in mind that the person you're struggling to resist trolling is a real person behind the keyboard. Disagreeing with their build choices doesn't change that.

Your words matter, and we put a lot of stock in that concept here.

TheOaklander's Completed Build: AMD gaming build no lights no colors quiet...

ThoughtA staff 1 point 9 days ago

The Completed Builds section is for PCs that you have finished assembling, and photos of the assembled PC are required for approval. If you upload photos of this PC when it's finished being assembled, please create a new Completed Build, and it will be approved.

If this isn't a PC you already own, you may be looking for the Part List Opinions Wanted subforum or the Guides section, depending on your intentions.

tffeverklear's Completed Build: First PC build, definitely a big difference after being on a laptop for a year!

ThoughtA staff 1 point 9 days ago

Comments like this will not be tolerated on our site.

JorenDS's Completed Build: Mid-Tier Gaming RGB Build 2019

ThoughtA staff 1 point 11 days ago

Comments like this will not be tolerated on our site.

omgitsalihasnain's Completed Build: Most expensive Pc and My First PC Build

ThoughtA staff 1 point 12 days ago

The Completed Builds section is for PCs that you have finished assembling, and photos of the assembled PC are required for approval. If you upload photos of this PC when it's finished being assembled, please create a new Completed Build, and it will be approved.

If this isn't a PC you already own, you may be looking for the Part List Opinions Wanted subforum or the Guides section, depending on your intentions.

ThoughtA's Build Guide: Gaming, Streaming, and Editing Build

ThoughtA staff submitter 1 point 13 days ago

Sorry to hear you're having issues. That doesn't sound normal though. I recommend posting over in our Troubleshooting subforum to work out what went wrong. This shouldn't be a compatibility problem that comes up with pretty much any mobo+RAM combo.

Forum Topic "[Part Addition] Seagate Ironwolf Pro 4TB"

ThoughtA staff 1 point 14 days ago

Forum Topic "Be Quiet System Power 9 500W"

ThoughtA staff 1 point 14 days ago

Added now, in addition to the other PSUs in the series.

Forum Topic "Thermaltake View 37 MB Sync ARGB"

ThoughtA staff 1 point 14 days ago

Forum Topic "ASRock B450M Steel Legend AM4 Micro ATX Motherboard"

ThoughtA staff 1 point 14 days ago

Forum Topic "Acer Nitro XV273K"

ThoughtA staff 1 point 14 days ago

Forum Topic "Suggest a book"

ThoughtA staff 4 points 14 days ago

If you want dark/gritty fantasy, I recommend The First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie. It's not for the faint-hearted or young, though.

Forum Topic "Radeon VII compiled"

ThoughtA staff 1 point 14 days ago

All have now been added to the site.

Forum Topic "XFX Radeon VII"

ThoughtA staff 1 point 14 days ago

Bulywif's Completed Build: AD DC / DNS / DHCP --- Hyper-V Replication Server

ThoughtA staff 1 point 15 days ago

The Completed Builds section is for PCs that you have finished assembling, and photos of the assembled PC are required for approval. If you upload photos of this PC when it's finished being assembled, please create a new Completed Build, and it will be approved.

If this isn't a PC you already own, you may be looking for the Part List Opinions Wanted subforum or the Guides section, depending on your intentions.

P1T1's Completed Build: Shark (First Build)

ThoughtA staff 2 points 15 days ago

Don't spam.

Forum Topic "[Correction] MSI RTX 2080 Ti DUKE memory type"

ThoughtA staff 2 points 17 days ago

Thanks, fixed.

neilmacneil's Completed Build: Mini ITX i3 minimal/ upgradable - NAS friendly

ThoughtA staff 1 point 18 days ago

The Completed Builds section is for PCs that you have finished assembling, and photos of the assembled PC are required for approval. If you upload photos of this PC when it's finished being assembled, please create a new Completed Build, and it will be approved.

If this isn't a PC you already own, you may be looking for the Part List Opinions Wanted subforum or the Guides section, depending on your intentions.

Forum Topic "Windows 10 cost???"

ThoughtA staff 3 points 18 days ago

Use of Windows must be done with a legitimate product key.

Per Microsoft:

You are authorized to use this software only if you are properly licensed and the software has been properly activated with a genuine product key or by other authorized method.

For more information please see: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/Useterms/Retail/Windows/10/UseTerms_Retail_Windows_10_English.htm

Forum Topic "Windows 10 cost???"

ThoughtA staff 15 points 18 days ago

The sale of those keys violate Microsoft ToS, and the keys may be unexpectedly disabled. Recommending, suggesting, advising, encouraging, hinting, or in any way implying these keys as a solution or option is not allowed on this site.

Brandon1300's Completed Build: Intel gaming/HTPC

ThoughtA staff 1 point 18 days ago

The sale of those keys violate Microsoft ToS, and the keys may be unexpectedly disabled. Recommending, suggesting, advising, encouraging, hinting, or in any way implying these keys as a solution or option is not allowed on this site.

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