It’s been more than a month since Nvidia announced the low-budget GeForce GT 1030 Graphics Card and now it is readily available worldwide. Pentium G4560 and GTX 1050 Ti do pair up nicely, but for an even lower budget, GT 1030 does stack up pretty well. Today we will be assembling a GeForce GT 1030 Gaming PC with Intel Pentium G4560. We have already built one with the AMD Radeon RX 550. To check that out, visit:
The PC we are going to build next will cost as low as $350. By including a 500W PSU and 7th generation Motherboard, this build is easy to upgrade. You can anytime upgrade to a faster Processor like 7th Gen i5/i7 or a better GPU like GTX 1060.
Processor: Intel Pentium G4560
The 7th generation Intel Pentium G4560 delivers excellent performance for budget Gaming PCs. Thanks to the multithreading support, it can even handle the GTX 1050 Ti without any bottleneck in gaming performance. As of now, this is the best low-budget CPU for Gaming. It is a dual-core CPU, and its base frequency is 3.5GHz. Unlike the previous generations, it supports multithreading with 4 CPU threads. The Thermal Design Power (TDP) of Intel Pentium G4560 is just 54W. It has the Intel HD Graphics 610 as its Integrated GPU which is not much impressive. However, as we will be using a Dedicated GPU in this PC, we shouldn’t be too bothered about the Integrated Graphics.
Graphics Card: GigaByte Nvidia GeForce GT 1030 2GB
To compete with AMD Radeon RX 550, Nvidia announced GeForce GT 1030 in its budget oriented Graphics Processors. Based on the latest Pascal architecture and GDDR5 Memory, GT 1030 offers everything a casual gamer needs. Its TDP is just 30W, and this is much lower than that of RX 550. Every new PC Game will be playable at 1080p, but you’ll have to lower down the settings for better frame rates. For our Full Review of this GPU, check out:
Motherboard: GigaByte GA-H110M-A LGA1151 (With BIOS Updated for 7th Generation)
It is one of the best low priced Motherboard we can get, and it has the LGA 1151 Socket. It is originally manufactured for the 6th generation CPUs, but with BIOS Update, it also supports Kaby Lake Processors. To upgrade the BIOS, you’ll first need a Skylake CPU. You can easily get the BIOS updated from a local Computer Hardware Store. If you’re purchasing it offline, you can ask them to update the BIOS for 7th Generation Processors.
This motherboard supports DDR4 RAM, and it has two slots for the same. It has 4x USB 3.0 and 6x USB 2.0 Ports. For the GPU, GigaByte GA-H110M has a PCIe 3.0 x16 Slot. Coming to Internet Connectivity, it has the Realtek GbE LAN Port with CFos Internet Speed Accelerator.
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB DDR4 DRAM 2400MHz
Corsair Vengeance is perfect for extreme Gaming. Most of the new, as well as upcoming Games, require at least 8GB RAM and hence we are going to choose this one. It runs at a frequency of 2400MHz and uses DDR4 Memory which is much faster compared to DDR3. It uses Pure Aluminium Heat Spreader which has better heat dissipation. Corsair also provides a limited lifetime warranty on this product.
Storage: Western Digital (WD) 1 TB Blue 7200RPM HDD
For Gaming, SSD is a must but is not worth the extra cash for a $350 Gaming PC. A 7200RPM Hard Disk from Western Digital will ensure that you don’t face slow performance during file transfer. All the games will still run smoothly and anyway an SSD will be too much for G4560 and GT 1030. However, if you already have ample space or Hard Disks, then you can opt for a 256GB Solid State Drive.
Power Supply: EVGA 500 W1 80+ WHITE 500W Power Supply
There are two reasons why we have selected a 500W PSU for this configuration: i) Because this PSU is cheap yet powerful ii) If you ever upgrade in future, you won’t have to change the Power Supply Unit. Anyway, you can even go for 350W and 400W PSU for this setup as GT 1030 has a low Thermal Design Power of just 30 Watts. If this EVGA PSU isn’t available, you can also get the Antec VP450P PSU.
Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower case
Well, the PC Case or Cabinet should be your personal choice. Choose the one which looks good to you and has good ratings on shopping sites. In this case, I’m going with the Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case which will cost only $25.
By summing up the price of all the components, we arrive at a final cost of $358. Adding a good 1080p Monitor will increase the price of this setup by over $100. A good Keyboard and Mouse Combo will cost less than $20. So, if you’re building a PC from scratch, the total cost will be slightly less than $500. If we exclude the Monitor, Keyboard, and Mouse, the same setup will cost $358. You might even get the components at a lower price than the ones I’ve mentioned.
This video will help you out if you’re wondering about the gaming performance of this build. Credits for this video goes to EdwardS Studio. He has paired the Pentium G4560 in his GT 1030 Gaming PC with 8GB RAM. In this Gameplay, the settings are low, and resolution is 1920×1080. He is easily getting 70-80 FPS on average, and without recording, the FPS will be even better. If you switch to 1366×768, you will be able to play the game at highest settings. However, to play it a Full HD, you need to lower down the Graphics to Medium. Don’t miss out the GeForce GT 1030 Review which has benchmark scores of a lot of games.
In my opinion, this is one of the best new Gaming PC you can make under $350 in 2017. But if you’re not worried about using any old parts, get a GTX 750 Ti, and it will deliver you even better performance. Have a look at these PassMark Scores below:
No doubt, Nvidia has made a lot of improvements over the older GT 1030, however, Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 Ti is clearly better than the GT 1030. I’ll any day go for a used GTX 750 Ti over the GT 1030 and will recommend the same. Anyway, the GT 1030 is still quite good and handle all the games you throw at it. Hope you liked this GT 1030 Gaming PC Build. For any queries, do comment below, and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
If you’re interested in the comparison of RX 550 and GeForce 1030, then check out: