Building a mid-budget PC has become challenging due to the soaring prices of graphics cards. However, Intel’s latest processor, the Core i5 12400, has gained popularity in the mid-budget segment. In today’s build, priced at $600, we have incorporated Intel’s Core i5 12400 processor, along with discussions on motherboard selection and memory support, alongside software and gaming benchmarks.
The Intel 12th Gen Core i5 12400 is now available in the market for $225. However, one major hurdle with this processor is the lack of budget-friendly motherboards available. Unlike AMD builds, which offer the advantage of using new processors on older boards with a simple BIOS update, Intel requires a new motherboard for nearly every generation. The 12th Gen CPUs utilize the LGA 1700 socket, replacing the previous LGA 1200 socket used in the 10th and 11th Gen processors.
Considering budget constraints, our recommended choice for the motherboard is the Prime h610m-a, priced at $110. It offers adequate support for the Core i5 12400. However, if you have extra funds, the B660 board priced at $160 provides additional features such as memory overclocking and more ports. Those who require these features can consider investing in the B660 board, particularly for those looking to build with the more powerful 12600 processor.
In terms of memory, current builds do not require high-speed RAM. DDR4 RAM running at 3200 MHz is sufficient and easily attainable without any complications. Additionally, upgrading the motherboard in the future will provide an opportunity to experience DDR5 RAM. For this build, we are utilizing two Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB 3200 MHz RAM sticks, priced at $65 each.
Storage preferences differ from person to person, so in this build, we are excluding additional storage options apart from a system drive. A 128GB M.2 PCIe SSD is included, priced at $28.
In terms of the case, value-oriented options with decent build quality and features are sought after in tight budgets. For this build, we have chosen a case from a reputable brand that comes with four fixed rainbow RGB fans, priced at $35.
To power the system, we have opted for the ANTEC CSK 450W Power Supply, priced at $40. This build, with the Core i5 12400, excels in gaming performance, but for those prioritizing overall productivity, the 5600G processor may be a better fit.