If you’re seriously strapped for cash but you want to buy yourself (or someone else) a nice, good, cheap computer then you will be happy to hear that I have a perfect build for you. Allow me to introduce to you a good but cheap gaming computer with a price tag of around $300-350 dollars.
Now this (to be honest) is a low-end budget build so the performance won’t be as good as other mid to high budget builds. So if you are looking for a better computer, or if you have some extra money to spend, then you should check out the better budget build for $400. Or simply check out the other great budget gaming builds.
Building A Computer? What? How?
Before you get into the actual build itself, I want to briefly talk about how you build a computer. First, don’t be afraid or think that it’s too complicated because it really isn’t. Honestly, the hardest part of building your own computer is actually finding the right parts. And guess what? I’m providing you with the best parts for your build. All you have to do is build the computer! 🙂
Just leave the hard part to me.
And building your computer is quite simple too. Think of it like an advanced level of building with LEGOs and don’t let the word “advanced” scare you because it’s just putting the computer parts together inside the case. It really is as simple as it sounds.
Hmmm… if there is something I can compare it with… Oh! Building a computer is just like putting a desk or shelf together from IKEA or Walmart. You’re just buying the parts and putting them together.
For more information about building your own computer, check out my computer building guide.
Who is this “$300 Dollar budget gaming computer build” for?
This build is for the following people:
- Gamers who are on a super tight budget, but doesn’t want to miss out on gaming.
- Anyone looking to buy a good cheap computer to use for daily activities (email, web surf, school, etc) and also allows for occasional gaming.
- Anyone looking to buy their kid or teen their first computer (They will love it, especially if you help build it with them).
- Console gamers who want to experience something better than console games.
- Beginner PC gamers who are entering the PC world of gaming.
- Or anyone who wants to get this build.
Well there you have it. I think this build will suit anyone that fits any of these categories.
Next is for those who are debating about this…
Should I get pre-built computer from local store or buy this computer build?
Buying a pre-built computer is okay to buy if you don’t want to build your PC yourself. The pre-built computer market has been getting better within the past few years. To fair and honest, I would say that pre-built computers are good to buy if your budget is within the $300-$800 limit. But if you’re like me and like doing things yourself (DIY kind of person) then I highly recommend building your own PC. It’s fun and easy.
I’ll list some of the issues I found with some pre-built computers.
Firstly, some pre-built computers come in extra small cases. This might be a plus for most but to me this is bad because being small means that everything inside is compact (and not neatly cable managed) so airflow to the components is a problem. No airflow to components + heat building up = hardware failure and disaster. That’s why they usually don’t last very long and you are out buying another.
Secondly, there are some pre-built towers that are not upgrade-able or have difficulty upgrading due to restricting space. With these pre-builts, you end up having to buy another one in a year or so. Custom computers on the other hand are easily upgrade-able so you end up saving money on the long-run.
Thirdly, pre-built computers can cost ridiculously for what it actually has to offer as in performance. When you buy pre-built, you are most likely paying more for the brand name than the actual computer components inside.
Hopefully that helped you out with your debating. Now lets get to the good stuff. Let’s get to the build itself!
Good and Cheap $300 Dollar Gaming Computer Parts List
(If you are able to I strongly suggest and recommend that you try to pick a bigger budget for the long haul. Bigger budgets builds will give you better bang for your buck and give you more future potential for upgrading. And of course, the quality will be much better too.)
The Build Overview
Note: Component prices fluctuate daily. Check the current pricing here
When it comes to computer cases, it’s all about what you like and what you want your build to look like. For this low budget build, I listed the Rosewill Dual Fans case because the cost is really low and it has a simple classy look (which I’m a complete fan of. I love simple classy looking cases 🙂 ). But if you don’t like the case, you can always pick a different one. Want a different case? You can get any tower that supports micro-atx.
Your Tower Choices – Mini Towers or Mid Towers
But when you are looking for another case, always double check for compatibility. You don’t want to buy a case that doesn’t fit your components. For this particular build you want to look for cases that are micro-atx compatible. The links are specifically targeting micro-atx but doesn’t hurt to double check before you commit to a case.
The Intel Pentium G4400 processor that I listed is a good processor that works great for low budget builds, or placeholders. The Pentium series is very cheap compared to Intel’s i3, i5, i7 series. It also has a integrated graphics (Intel HD Graphics 510) so you don’t need a separate graphic card to operate. However, that option is only for those who have low graphic needs such as general computing and web surfing. I personally recommend and believe that it’s always best to just have a dedicated graphics card to handle the graphics and visuals.
There isn’t too much options for motherboards at this budget range because companies can’t add more features without adding more to the price tag. So with that in mind, I believe this Gigabyte motherboard is the best choice for this build. The Gigabyte GA-H110M-A will be able to handle the needs for this build. If you want to take a look at other motherboards options then your free to do so. Just make sure it’s compatible with other components. Remember to check compatibility if you do decide on another motherboard.
Graphic Card (GPU):
For the graphic card, the build has a Gigabyte Rx 460. This graphic card is a great entry level card for beginners who are coming into the online world of computer gaming, or for someone on a low budget of course. Now this card isn’t the best but it sure is best for your buck kind of deal. If you’re going to be gaming, you shouldn’t go for anything lower than this card. So higher is better.
Here are some things great about the graphic card.
- Price: very low so it’s great for low budget builds.
- Performance: for the price and for being so small, this thing can perform quite well. It uses extremely low wattage so you don’t require a high or powerful power supply.
- Games: You will be able to play most of the games on good settings and see good frame rate. But don’t expect to get 60FPS on all games at 1080p high settings.
Something to note here is if you want truly good performance on games, you should consider getting a better CPU and GPU as well. Also if you’re a gamer who likes to experience the true power of gaming with great visuals (like me), then I would recommend you to go with a bigger budget build if possible. There really isn’t a better feeling as a gamer to play games on ultra settings with 60+ FPS.
Having 4GB memory is actually pretty good for most people. But if you can get a 8GB memory than it’s highly recommend for the long run. With a higher gigabyte memory, you will be able to multi-task more with different programs opened. For most games, 4-8GB memory is enough. But for video editing, you might need a lot more memory power as well as CPU.
Power Supply (PSU):
EVGA 430W PSU in this build is plenty to handle all of the power for all the components. It should also give you more flexibility if you decide to upgrade some of the components. Just make sure if you do upgrade to check the total power usage from all components.
Hard Drive (HDD):
Hard drive is all about your preference. You can decide how many gigabyte you require for all of the programs you will need. I believe that 250GB is truly enough for most people. For me, I personally love solid state drives (SSD) so I have a main SSD for OS and backup HDD’s for storage and such. If you want better boot time and faster performance, I recommend a Solid State Drives (SSD). There’s a saying in the PC world, “Once you go SSD, You will never go back to HDD”. 🙂
Optical Drive or CD burner (ODD):
This really doesn’t matter too much. Most of the times you will only use it once just to get the operating system installed. Most of them all are on the same price range as well so you can pick whichever brand you like most.
Operating System & Peripherals:
For operating system, the choice is all yours. You can get the Window 10 or any past Window systems. I personally would get 8.1 or 7 and maybe next year or so upgrade to Window 10. This way, you can wait until they fix all of the bugs for Window 10. The choice is yours, young grasshopper.
(Note: I strongly recommend that you DON’T get a pirated Windows or some bootlegged one. Who knows what kind of edit or virus is planted in it. It’s always best to just get the legit version of Windows.)
Now for peripherals, this is the same. You can get whatever you like. The ones listed within the peripheral tab of the chart is what I recommend for this particular build because they’re cheap and good. If you want to get different ones that is perfectly fine.
Internet Connection: (Wired or Wireless)
Okay, connecting to the internet is your choice. You can go wireless or go wired. For desktop, it’s always best to just go wired because it’s sitting in one location most of the time anyways so why not. You get no interference like you do with wireless so you’re always 100% connected all the time (unless of course you have provider problems).
But if you do decide to go wireless, you can always look into a good router as well.
My Overall Thoughts
The cheap $300 gaming pc build is a great build, especially, as a great entry-level PC computer. It’s good for gaming and everyday usage for work or school. You can always upgrade down the road so don’t feel like you are stuck with this build.
I hope you guys like the build. It’s a pretty slick extremely low budget build. I would like to know what you guys think. Let me know in the comments below!