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$300 to $800 Build: Low Cost Gaming PC for Cash-Strapped Zombies

Posted on Oct 29, 2016 by in Gaming | 0 comments

To own a Hulk of gaming PC you don’t have to be an heir to the throne of United Kingdom. And to bust this myth, we bring you components to build a low cost gaming PC with the power of Gorillas. So if you are a cash-strapped gaming zombie, you must read on to tame Hulk with a cheap leash.

All right! The world is going crazy around crystal graphic games with special effects better than most Hollywood action blockbusters. You got to have a real mean machine to play them the way are designed. But the price tag of these mean machines sends a chill down your spine, razing your fun down to the ground.

So is there any way out? Yes. There is one. Instead of buying a pre-built gaming PC, try building one. This will help you get rid of the pangs of high costs in no time. You will gift yourself a luxury to play high-end games on your customized rig that is light in your pocket. For a build of $700 and $800, you can even get a magnificent VR 4K gaming PC for yourself. And to your surprise, it will utilize the Oculus Rift headset as well.

Here in this article, we will discuss different components to be used in different types of cheap gaming PC builds. I will also cover all the questions that you as a true gamer may have while build one for yourself.

Overview

All right! There are 6 price ranges ($300, $400, $500, $600, $700, $800) in this article. I am going to put in some best computer components to fit in all those price ranges. It is up to you if you want to use them or get enlightened by them. These low-cost gaming PC s builds can also inspire you to have your own version of this article.
Note: The price of all components in this article may change by the time you go shopping for them online. They may also differ depending on the country you live in.

And the rest is just fine. We are going to explore a $300 build first. Get your low-cost gaming PC now. Here we go:

Building a $300 Low Cost Gaming PC

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For cash-strapped gaming zombies, dreaming for a $300 powerful gaming is like breaking the Da Vinci Codes. However, with tips and tricks, it is possible to have a system under that price tag.

A gaming rig as cheap as that comes with one downside if not many. You know you are working to accommodate your budget. So you end up putting in some low-end components even if you don’t wish to. Graphics card that is pivotal for a high-end gaming experience has to be compromised. That was all about the downside. Let’s now steer a little towards upside of a rig under $300. An upgrade to the CPU, Video Card, and Power Supply, you can get a Hulk of gaming PC under $300.

So guys! If you are cash-crunched and yet still want to have all the fun of a high-end gaming, then this is the right gaming rig for you. All you got to do is change a few settings. You can even upgrade your system to play all your favorite games like never before. The list of components is given below:

Components

CPU Intel Pentium G4400
MOBO Gigabyte GA-H110M-A
GPU Gigabyte RX 460
RAM Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB
HDD Seagate 250 GB
CASE Rosewill Dual Fans
PSU Antec VP-450W
ODD Install O.S. from USB drive

Optional Components

THRM EGC High-Performance
MOUSE EGC Gaming Mouse
MPAD EGC Monster Mouse Pad
OS Windows 10

So the grand total of this system is $270-$330. You should note that the price of the components changes on daily basis. For optional components, you will have shell out extra bucks that might exceed our $300 budget.

Building a $400 Low Cost Gaming PC

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Assembling a computer system for your gaming experience is a tricky business. If you are not good at it then you might end up spending more than $800 for a high-end gaming experience. The price might sound like a fortune for gamers who are looking for low cost gaming PC builds.

What if I tell you that I can you get you an enthralling high-end gaming experience at half the price? You think I am joking. Well, I am not. In just $400 your PC will deliver you an experience better than expensive rigs.

With just a few moderate setting changes, you can play your out-of-the-world games on a 1920X1080 monitor. The best thing is that you can get rid of cheap quality stuff that a brand throws in your cases. So no more cheap motherboards, power supplies, and other stuffs. It’s all pure adventure and gaming all the way.

So the system that I have created under $400 is all based on my research and best parts I have found after that. Let’s go through its components once:

Components

CPU AMD FX-6300
MOBO Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3
GPU Gigabyte GTX 960
RAM Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB
HDD Seagate 250 GB
CASE Rosewill Dual Fans
PSU Antec VP-450W
ODD Install O.S. from USB drive

Optional Components

THRM EGC High-Performance
MOUSE EGC Gaming Mouse
MPAD EGC Monster Mouse Pad
OS Windows 10

The grand total is $370-$430.

You should note that the price of the components changes on daily basis. For optional components, you will have shell out extra bucks that might exceed our $400 budget.

Building a $500 Low Cost Gaming PC

4Gamers who don’t want to compromise on quality for a few extra bucks can have a real adventure at an affordable price. Trust me! You can own an undisputed Hulk without investing in a fortune.

So the gaming rig at $500 below is going to shock you with its performance at just that price. Packed with powerful components, the rig leaves you spellbound with its solid delivery. The parts shared by me in the category will give you an experience that some $1000 gaming PCs won’t.

So here comes the list of the components for this $500 gaming rig. Here we go:

Components

CPU AMD FX-6300
MOBO Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3
GPU Zotac GTX 1060 3GB
RAM Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB
HDD Seagate 1 TB
CASE Rosewill Dual Fans
PSU XFX 500W XT
ODD Install O.S. from USB drive

Optional Components

THRM EGC High-Performance
MOUSE EGC Gaming Mouse
MPAD EGC Monster Mouse Pad
OS Windows 10

The grand total is $470-$530.

You should note that the price of the components changes on daily basis. For optional components, you will have shell out extra bucks that might exceed our $500 budget.

Building a $600 Low Cost Gaming PC

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One of the best things about building your own gaming PC is that you get a high-octane performer at half the price. The results are even better. I have seen some really great examples of some cheap PC builds in the past. This is why I poured in my best in the research to come up with something crazy at an affordable price.

When we talk about building a $600 low cost gaming PC, we are talking about a nuclear bomb. At the price, we can have a system that can beat any game on a 1080p monitor in the market. It can even max out any game on a 1440p monitor.

You can throw in Intel Core i5-6400 and GTX 1060 to run Oculus Rift. You know what you normally spend more than $1000 for a rig with the same specifications. And here we are doing it with just $600. The result is as good as on any high-end gaming PC at $1000 or more.

This Hulk is capable of smashing all the challenges thrown at it. So get ready for its components.

Components

CPU Intel Core i5-6400
MOBO Gigabyte GA-H110M-A
GPU Zotac GTX 1060 3GB
RAM Kingston HyperX Fury 8GB
HDD Seagate 1 TB
CASE Zalman Z1
PSU XFX 500W XT
ODD Samsung 24x SATA

Optional Components

THRM EGC High-Performance
MOUSE EGC Gaming Mouse
MPAD EGC Monster Mouse Pad
OS Windows 10

The grand total is $570-$630.

You should note that the price of the components changes on daily basis. For optional components, you will have shell out extra bucks that might exceed our $600 budget.

Building a $700 Low Cost Gaming PC (VR Ready)

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Okay! This is not new. I have seen people who don’t miss a chance to brag about their expensive gaming rigs. At a whopping $3000 for their systems, they keep raving unnecessarily about their disgusting frame rates while playing their hot shots in the game. That does not really make any sense. There are gaming PCs at $3000. With a few tricks in parts, you can get it all at just $600. I mean if you have the money to spend on a high-end gaming PC, then don’t think twice. Go ahead and gift yourself the luxury of one.

But what if I tell you that I can build a VR-ready high-end gaming PC at just $700? Exactly, you will be surprised.

If your aim is to get Hulk-like performance, then I assure you that you can achieve it in just $700. Its performance will beat any expensive high-end gaming PC without a trace. With Intel Core i5-6400 and GTX 1060, this is almost like a 4K gaming PC. This gaming PC also has specifications to run Oculus Rift.

This $700 low cost gaming PC is quite similar to the one at $800. The key difference between the two is that the $700 PC does not have an SSD. Its motherboard is not better than $800 PC.

Components

PU Intel Core i5-6400
MOBO Gigabyte GA-H110M-A
GPU ASUS GTX 1060 6GB
RAM Kingston HyperX Fury 8GB
HDD Seagate 1 TB
CASE Zalman Z1
PSU XFX 500W XT
ODD Samsung 24x SATA

Optional Components

THRM EGC High-Performance
MOUSE EGC Gaming Mouse
MPAD EGC Monster Mouse Pad
OS Windows 10

The grand total is $670-$730.

You should note that the price of the components changes on daily basis. For optional components, you will have to shell out extra bucks that might exceed our $700 budget.

Building a $800 Low Cost Gaming PC

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What will be your reaction if I say that your $800 gaming PC can beat the performance of a 4K gaming PC? Or if I say that I can get you a 4K gaming rig at just $800? Or maybe I can get you Oculus Rift at that price?

You will be surprised first and then laugh it off. But I am here in no mood of cracking jokes to entertain you guys. And I have not even found the Harry Potter’s wand to do some magic.

Well, the gaming PC we are going to talk about here is something that makes this dream come true. Throw in a GTX 1060 and you have got a machine all set to redefine your world of gaming like never before. This system will be able to play your game on your 4K monitors at medium to higher settings with some ideal frameworks.

And that is not it. You get to run Oculus Rift to boost your virtual reality experience. This system can even play on 1920 X 1080 or 2560 X 1440 monitor. At just $800, this PC can shake your world.

Components

PU Intel Core i5-6500

MOBO Gigabyte GA-H170M-D3H

GPU Gigabyte GTX 1060 6GB
RAM Kingston HyperX Fury 8GB
SSD PNY CS1311 120GB
HDD Seagate 1 TB
CASE Zalman Z1
PSU XFX 500W XT
ODD Samsung 24x SATA

Optional Component

THRM EGC High-Performance
MOUSE EGC Gaming Mouse
MPAD EGC Monster Mouse Pad
OS Windows 10

The grand total is $770-$830.

You should note that the price of the components changes on daily basis. For optional components, you will have to shell out extra bucks that might exceed our $800 budget.

Why is it important to know your budget?

We all know that the performance of our Hulk depends on the money we are ready to spend on it. That means the more you spend on your gaming rig the better experience you will have out of it. Whether you are playing on higher settings or on high frame rates, you will be able to play it the way they are designed for gamers.

Knowing your budget to build your low gaming PC comes in handy in many ways. You know the price and, thus, can figure out the components that can best fit your requirements. You can make an informed decision if you a particular figure in your mind. We have discussed six price ranges above. That shows that a true gamer looking for some extraordinary gaming adventures has good choices to make. Hence, it is really important to work around your budget. You got to have it in your mind.

We will list out a few systems for a price range of $700.

Buy or Save?

That is probably the most difficult question that any gamer may have. Should you buy with whatever you have or save to buy the best rig in future? There is no fixed answer to this. Both have advantages and disadvantages. And I would rather say that it all depends on your personal choices and requirements.

If you are restless and can’t wait to play your games even on low settings, you should not wait. Buy any low cost gaming PC from the list above and you are great to go. If you can wait you should save till the time you’ve got enough to buy your favorite real mean machine. If your games are really demanding, then that’s the only way to go.

Ideally, you can even have the fun of both worlds. I mean you can build a low cost gaming PC for now with decent components and have them upgraded in future.

This article is concentrated on gamers who are looking for a gaming rig at the budget. So most of the components you see on the list above are future-friendly. They can be upgraded in future for better performance. But no matter what you choose to buy now or save for later—you are going to have the best experience on your low gaming PC with the components given above. Most of the components allow you to play games on the highest settings.

Affordable Processors for AMD’s Socket FM2+

This is one of the most popular platforms amongst gamers who want it all cheap. It packs powerful integrated graphics, making them ideal for graphic-intensive games.

List of APUs for your low cost gaming PC:

AMD Athlon X4 760K
AMD Athlon X4 860K
AMD AB – 7600
AMD AB – 7670K

Affordable Processors for AMD’s Socket AM3+

AMD FX – 6300 is considered to be the best CPU for low cost gaming PC s. Based on the price to performance ratio, it is the best solution for budget gaming PCs.

List of CPU for you low cost gaming PC:

AMD FX – 4300
AMD FX – 6300
AMD FX – 8320
AMD FX – 8350

Affordable Processors for Intel’s Socket LGA 1150

All right! Intel is the real king of the gaming processors. It is a universal truth and no stalwart of the industry can deny this. However, if you are looking for some low gaming PC s then it has only Intel Core i3 for them. If your budget is around $700-$800 then you can use Intel Core i5 CPUs.

List of Intel Core CPUs:

Intel Pentium G 3258
Intel Core i3 – 4160
Intel Core i5 – 4460
Intel Core i5 – 4590

Quality Motherboards at Budget

We know that a motherboard is one of the most integral parts of your system. You can’t do anything without it, let alone gaming with zombies. So if it is such an important part of your gaming rig, selecting the one is even more crucial.

However, one of the worst mistakes made by any cash-strapped gaming zombie is that they choose low-quality motherboards. It can cause a lot of problems for your gaming right in the future. Hence, it is important to buy the best motherboard that also fits your gaming requirements. But as you are working on low cost gaming PC s then buying a high-end expensive motherboard is out of the picture.

There is no dearth of high-quality motherboards under $100. These motherboards are actually perfect for our low cost gaming PC s.

Affordable Gaming Motherboards for AMD’s Socket FM2+

Gigabyte GA – F2A688HM – H
ASRock FM2A58M-VG3+
Gigabyte GA – F2A78M – D3H
Gigabyte GA – F2A88X – D3H

Low Cost PC video Cards

If there is one component in your system that dominates the overall performance of your game, then that’s video card. Video cards are very important for you gaming PC. Hence, it is recommended that you spend some good time to choose the best video card for yourself. It is important to understand your requirements first followed by your budget. And then buy the one that meets all your criteria.

You can heave a sigh of relief here because there are a variety of cards in different types of budget. Each video card comes with its unique feature, which makes it even more interesting. They come with a host of benefits.

One of the most common questions asked by gamers is choosing between AMD and Nvidia. It is hard to answer the question because both the companies are good. Their products offer high-octane performance.

Affordable Video Cards Under $100

VGA GeForce GT 740
Sapphire R7 240

Affordable Video Cards Under $100-$150

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 750Ti
XFX R7 360
ASUS STRIX R7 370
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 950

Affordable Memory

There are not many games in the modern world that utilize more than 4GB of RAM. So if you are planning to buy a RAM, choose a 4 GB RAM. However, it is one of the cheapest components in the system. Hence, you can even think of buying an 8 GB RAM. It will only boost your rig’s performance.

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