Advice for a budget gaming rig

Jul 22, 2018
Greetings, first time poster here.

First timer currently trying to build a budget gaming rig from scratch.

Budget - around RM3k (740USD)

Current decided specs are:

CPU: Intel Core i3-8100 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: ASRock B360M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2666 Memory or Kingston FURY 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2666 depending on whether i can find the former
Storage: Samsung 860 Evo 250 M.2-2280 SSD [MZ-N6E250BW]
Seagate BarraCuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM HDD [ST1000DM010]
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB OC Edition
Casing: Techware Neo (Page)

What do you think of this build?

The current power supply i am personally thinking of getting is an EVGA SuperNOVA G3 550W

but i have had recommendations of a cheaper EVGA 500BV 500W, EVGA SuperNOVA GD 550W and a SuperFlower Leadex Silver 550W

Advice and recommendations please? I dont really have much choices of good brands to go on and my head is hurting after going through so many articles and reviews just to put this together :pt1cable:

I am based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Mostly shop hopping to get the best prices for parts in a major IT mall here.

Thanks a lot.
A very nice build.

GTX1050ti needs only 300w to run.
500w is fine, it will only use the wattage demanded of it, regardless of the max capability.
The units you listed are very good.
Here is onw list of psu quality tiers:

Love the ssd for windows, I will never build again without one.
If you are budget constrained, defer on the hard drive until you actually need the space.
240gb will hold the os and a fair number of games.
If you can manage 500gb, you may never need a hard drive at all.

If you do get a hard drive, I think western digital or hitachi is a bit more reliable.

Since you will be using the stock cooler, here is how to mount it:

----------------how to mount the stock Intel cooler--------------

The stock Intel cooler can be tricky to install.
A poor installation will result in higher cpu temperatures.
If properly mounted, you should expect temperatures at idle to be 10-15c. over ambient.

To mount the Intel stock cooler properly, place the motherboard on top of the foam or cardboard backing that was packed with the motherboard.
The stock cooler will come with paste pre applied, it looks like three grey strips.
The 4 push pins should come in the proper position for installation, that is with the pins rotated in the opposite direction of the arrow,(clockwise)
and pulled up as far as they can go.
Take the time to play with the pushpin mechanism until you know how they work.

Orient the 4 pins so that they are exactly over the motherboard holes.
If one is out of place, you will damage the pins which are delicate.
Push down on a DIAGONAL pair of pins at the same time. Then the other pair.

When you push down on the top black pins, it expands the white plastic pins to fix the cooler in place.

If you do them one at a time, you will not get the cooler on straight.
Lastly, look at the back of the motherboard to verify that all 4 pins are equally through the motherboard, and that the cooler is on firmly.
This last step must be done, which is why the motherboard should be out of the case to do the job. Or you need a case with a opening that lets you see the pins.
It is possible to mount the cooler with the motherboard mounted in the case, but you can then never be certain that the push pins are inserted properly
unless you can verify that the pins are through the motherboard and locked.

If you should need to remove the cooler, turn the pins counter clockwise to unlock them.
You will need to clean off the old paste and reapply new if you ever take the cooler off.

The EVGA G3 is the one to get.

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