Boson 4.0 – $400 Gaming PC Build (2017)

– Hey guys, this is Austin, and welcome to the Boson 4.0 So, for $400, not only are you getting.


– Hey guys, this is Austin, and welcome to the Boson 4.0 So, for $400, not only
are you getting a system that’s going to be easy to build, especially if this is your first time building a gaming PC, we’re also getting a lot of power. So to start with, we have the
Thermaltake Versa H15 case. So this is going to be
micro-ATX, which means that we have plenty of room for all of our components plus a little bit of upgrading in the future. But more importantly than that, it’s going to be easy to work in. So, if I pop it open here, you can see that I’m
looking at the wrong side. But in theory it’s easy to work on if I come at it from this way. So around back, there’s
a 120mm exhaust fan, and up front there’s a USB 2 port, as well as a USB 3. So while this might not be the
most fancy case in the world, it does have some cool features, including a removable dust filter for your power supply, for when you put this on carpet and it gets all gross and dusty. For power, we have the
430 watt EVGA supply. Now, especially when it
comes to budget builds, you do need to be careful what kind of power supply you’re getting. So, while sure, there are
cheaper options than this, this is kind of the heart of the build. You do not want to put a very cheap supply in your build and have it explode. Maybe not explode, but seriously, you do want to at least
get something decent. And with 430 watts of capacity, this should be more than
enough for the build as is. So once we get the power
supply slid in here, you’ll see that it
actually fits pretty well. And while this case doesn’t have the best cable management in the world, we actually do have some room back here to route some of our cables. For the motherboard, we
have the MSI B250M Pro-VD. Because motherboard names are awesome. What is cool about this is it is with that B250
chipset, supporting not only Skylake, but also the brand
new Intel Kaby Lake processors. So, while it’s a little
bit of a basic board, we do have some cool features, including check out that PCI slot. So I’ve actually never
seen one that’s metal. The idea is that this is gonna give some more protection when you’re say, traveling with a computer, and you’ve got that heavy graphics card that’s trying to rip the whole thing out of the slot. Trust me, it happens. On top of that, we also
do have an M.2 slot, which not only supports SSDs, but also the new Intel Optane. Powering the Boson 4.0 is
the new Intel Pentium G4560. Now, typically Pentiums haven’t
been good for gaming builds, but what’s special about this is that it supports hyper threading, essentially turning this into a Core i3 that costs a whole lot less. So even though it might be cheap, don’t underestimate the Pentium. With a clock speed of 3.5 gigahertz, it actually really isn’t that far off from even the higher end chips like the Core i5, depending on the game. But generally speaking
for a build like this, this is gonna be pretty much perfect. So this is actually
going to be my first time trying the G4560. Now, as a guy who’s done just
a couple of budget builds, I’m really excited to see
what this thing can do, but from everything I’ve seen, it is no joke as far as performance goes. Next up we have memory,
and here we’re using eight gigabytes of Hyper-X Fury. So the cool things about
Skylake and Kaby Lake chips is that they do support DDR4. So while it’s not really a huge difference compared to DDR3, it is
a little bit quicker, and hey, I’ll always take
a couple extra frames when I can get ’em. So this is going to give
us eight gigabytes of RAM in the Boson, which is fine for now, but if you ever do want to upgrade, we do have an additional DIMM slot, so if you ever want to get this guy up to 16 gigabytes, it’s no problem. So things are coming along
pretty nicely so far, however next up, we
have the graphics card, which in this case is an EVGA GTX 1050. So the GTX 1050 is
another one of these parts that really does make a ton
of sense for budget builds. For about $110 or so, we’re getting a lot of horsepower here. And especially when you
pair it with that Pentium, we should be good for some
pretty decent 1080p gaming. While it packs a punch, the 1050 is a pretty small little card. Now that’s not exactly a bad thing. Not only does it easily fit in our case, with tons of room to spare, but it also is completely
powered from the motherboard. So while we have all of our connectors for more beefy graphics cards, this guy pulls all the power it needs straight from that PCI slot. And that is about it. However, not but not
least, we have an SSD. And yes, this is an SSD in a $400 system. So it is 2017, and I am a firm believer that you should not be buying or building a computer without an SSD. It makes such a huge difference to every day usability of a computer, so much faster, so much less frustrating. So for this, we actually went with a Kingston SSDNow UV400,
and the only real downside with this is that it’s only 120 gigabytes. So if you don’t mind going
just a little bit over the $400 budget, you can upgrade this to 240 gigabytes, or,
since this is a gaming PC, and we have plenty of room for expansion, you can add an additional hard drive here to have extra stuff like games, files, that kind of thing, so you kind of get the best of both worlds. And it’s as simple as that
to build the Boson 4.0. So now I’m going to do a little bit of cable management, get this
guy all up and running, and we’ll see what it can actually do. So this is Grand Theft Auto
5 running on the Boson. So right now we’re playing
at 1080p High settings, and we’re getting anywhere between about 70 to 100 frames, depending
on what we’re doing. So this is a 144hz monitor,
so that extra frame rate actually does look nice and smooth, but if you’re playing
on a standard display, you can actually crank
the setting up even more and still get a very smooth output. Next up we have Overwatch, and this is one of those games that
really does look better on PC versus console. Not only do the graphics look nice at 1080p on high, we’re also getting a super smooth 80 to about
100 frames per second. Now, I think, I mean,
sure, it’s totally playable on console, and even if
you’re playing at 60hz, it’s fine, but being
able to have the option of actually really cranking that graphics setting up, while still getting a nice solid frame
rate, is really helpful. For $400, the Boson 4.0 is a pretty solid little gaming PC. So as always, the links to everything you guys need to actually build this guy will be in the description. I’m curious, what do you guys
think about the latest Boson? Let me know in the comments below, and I will catch you on the next one.

100 thoughts on “Boson 4.0 – $400 Gaming PC Build (2017)”

  1. plz help sos here is a 1 for 1 of my microsoft community question:
    Ok. First I got the "Blue screen of death" while turning on a game and google chrome at the same time (MEMORY_OVERLOAD). Second, I left a different game run while I was doing something, another blue screen of death I assume, as when I came back, I was at the lock screen and once signed in, no apps were running. I tried to uninstall Discord as it was getting annoying, 1 day later, I turned on my PC and here we are. I tried E V E R Y T H I N G to uninstall it, I made a test document while I was at it, it deleted itself after a restart. This is a BRAND NEW PC WE ARE TALKING ABOUT. I am actually on the verge of rage and tears as this is 500$ down the drain. Please help, If you need more info I will give it to you.

  2. Does he have one for 300? If not, please make one. And do you know a cheap very big budget gaming PC for beginners?

  3. I built my new pc with this chip too, its very good for the price, even though an i5 would of been a more ideal choice for gaming, where i live its twice the cost for everything in the US, so it was either gonna be about 400 dollars for an i5 by itself or for 600 a new motherboard, to go with the g4560 and 8 gb of ram for multitasking, i'v ebeen using the computer now for a couple of weeks and i can definitely confirm, its better than i thought it was going to be, the hyper threading really helps with performance and all i need now is a gtx 1050ti so i can play the games that i've always wanted to try out

  4. Hey Austin I want to tell you something and I really hope you or someone will respond. I have:
    – i3 6098P – 3.6ghz
    – RX 460 2GB
    – 4GB 2133mhz ram
    – 1TB Toshiba 7200rpm
    – 500w psu
    -Asus h110m-cs motherboard
    What should I do?
    Should I first upgrade ram to 4GBs? Keep in mind i have just 2 slots and if I get another 4gb stick I won't be able to upgrade to 12 or 16GBs. Or I should get a 240GB kingston ssd. Or what should I do?
    Please help me Austin and guys. 😉

  5. What's sad is that you can build this exact same PC with a GTX 1060 6GB right now for the same price. All brand new parts too. And if you do go with a GTX 1050 right now, it's only $300 for this PC.

  6. I've watched this video about 7 times and I just now noticed the Incredible True Story Vinyl in the back. Austin has some taste👌

  7. Can someone tell me which PC is better?because I want a pretty powerful PC to stream and play a couple of games. The Photon 3.0 or Boson 4.0. The games I wanna play is Overwatch, Fortnite, Paladins, rocket leauge, leauge of legends, and Hearthstone (and a couple of extra steam games like Castle Crashers, stardew valley, ect.) Can someone help me?

  8. $400 dollars for a computer that runs gta 5 with good graphics at 70 fps wow
    and i thought pc under $1,000 are bad
    but still am gonna buy a origin neuron pc $1,776

  9. The 'budget build' my pc savy friend dictated i should build for what I wanted ended up being $800+ with a ryzen 5 2400g and rx 570 :/

  10. i had the exact same specs for about 1 year and it did extremely well with Dota2, Witcher3 wildhunt , GTA V on medium settings , CSGO on MAX, and pubg(early access) on LOW all on respectable FPS .
    i ran Dota 2 on 40fps with just the g4560 integrated graphics at first
    I now have an i5 8500 | GTX 1080.

  11. So I’m going to a place called free geek where you can work for a free computer. The computer comes with 4gbs of ddr3 and i3. Is that good or should I upgrade the proccesser and ram and add gpu

  12. I built this pc a while ago and want to upgrade. I just bought an Intel i5 9400f processor and realized that its not compatible with the motherboard. I dont want to return the chip so any suggestions on compatible motherboards would be highly appreciated.

  13. this was my first pc build, actually. the only difference is that i bought a 1tb hard drive and got a different case lol

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