Building a decent and up-to-date gaming rig is an absolute need for each one of us. Often, we go through many stages of achieving a competent build, and in this pursuit, we often spend a little too much than we can afford. It can sometimes be a very long process and might require strong research and a strong budget. This process usually makes us face a lot of hurdles, having little experience or being short on a budget can often lead to an unreliable gaming build and will eventually push you to spend more than you intended or planned to spend. To ease your problems, in not only looking for each part but also saving up time and budget on your build, we bring you a well-balanced and decent performing rig, of well-sought products/parts with satisfactory benchmarking scores and fair price. It can be quite difficult to maintain quality and performance while building a medium budget, but worry not, our experienced team, after adequate research, has come up with one of the best cheap budget gaming PC under only 300$ and not a penny more. This build includes all the essential parts that are required to achieve satisfactory performance under a low budget, in fact, this build provides a genuinely decent value for the given price tag. However, due to such a low budget and the requirement of a satisfactory and balanced build for gaming, it does not include a dedicated GPU.
Top 6 Best Cheap Gaming PC Build under $300
|AMD Ryzen 3 2200G|
|Patriot Viper Steel DDR4 16GB (2 x 8GB) 3000MHz|
|Apevia ATX-JP600W Jupiter|
|ADATA SU635 240 GB 2.5 SSD|
Starting with an exceptionally good processor, and what better choice could it be if not AMD, for building a decent budget gaming PC. AMD’s new Ryzen 3 2200G brings with itself elegance and exceptional power, meeting all your gaming needs with its advanced high-performance processing and powerful Radeon Vega graphics. The Ryzen 3 2200G is a powerful 4 core, 4 thread CPU with a base processing clock of 3.5Ghz which can be boosted up to 3.7Ghz for ultimate performance capabilities. At only 99$, this Standalone processor has proved to be one of the most fluid fast processing units for budget gaming.
This processor does not require a specific new socket and can be installed into the existing AM4 sockets, which was being used by any of the Ryzen family processors. With the newly introduced AMD SenseMI technology, the processor brings in an impressive speed-boosting feature, called the Precision boost, in which the CPU, taking its capabilities, temperature, and given power into the account, decides if the CPU is safe and ready to be pushed for maximum performance by dialing up the clock speed, provides an ultimate gaming performance edge.
With this processor, AMD has made overclocking extremely easy, even for the ones with no prior experience of doing so, by unlocking every CPU, integrated GPU, memory and voltage for overclocking with a window-based application called AMD Ryzen Master, making overclocking easier than ever before, with full control at just a few clicks away.
Fastest Chipset Graphics Ever Built into a Processor
Adding AMD Ryzen 3 2200G to our budget build list was one of the best decision ever, as it fulfills your budget gaming needs with the fastest chipset GPU ever built into a processor. Yes, with Vega 8 graphics Ryzen 3 2200G is the first of its kind that brings exceptional graphic processing power to an integrated GPU and solves all your build space or budget problems without looking any further. With the number of 8 GPU cores, this integrated graphic processing unit provides full support for DirectX 12 and Vulkan. It does not only provides smooth gaming experience but also boosts upstreaming capabilities, Vega graphics can easily handle 4k UltraHD display, even with the features like High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Radeon FreeSync Technologies.
|CPU Cores||4 Cores, 4 Threads (1 CCX)|
|CPU Base Clock||3.5GHz|
|CPU Max Boost Clock||Up to 3.7GHz|
|CPU L1 Cache||64K I$, 32K D$ per core|
|GPU Cores||8 Radeon Vega Cores (512 ALUs)|
|GPU Clock||Up to 1100MHz|
|GPU TMU Count||32|
|GPU ROP Count||16 (32-bit)|
|GPU ACE/HWS Count||4/2|
|Total FP32 TFLOPS||1.35 (1.126 GPU/0.224 CPU)|
|PCIe Gen3 Lanes||8x GPU / 4x General / 4x Chipset Link|
|DRAM Support||Up to DDR4-2933 (Dual Channel)|
|Die Size and Transistors||209.78mm2 / ~4.94 billion|
The Ryzen 3 2200G has one of the best performance-to-price ratios for a budget gaming processor. If you want to build a budget gaming PC there is no better processing unit to choose than this, it does not only provides ultra-smooth processing power but also aids with the powerful integrated GPU for better gaming performance. It is quite tough to beat in money value, with its up-to-date performance and advanced features.
Moving onto a powerful Motherboard that meets our budget goal and provides consistent compatibility with our Ryzen processor and the rest of the parts. For this, we have picked the ASRock’s B450M-HDV, a plain-looking motherboard with decent performance capabilities in one of the lowest prices possible. With an expected price 69.99$, the B450M-HDV comes prepared with an AMD AM4 socket making it an ideal choice for our build. This motherboard features a microATX form factor and comes with the pairing of Realtek controllers, for both audio and Network capabilities. For Audio, it has a built-in chipset of Realtek ALC887 with an Audio Channel of 7.1, while for networking capabilities it has a single Realtek RTL8111H chip that comes with the speed of 1000 Mbit. The B450M-HDV has a single full-length PCIe 3.0 x16 slot with another single PCIe 2.0 x1 slot located right above it. With a type 288-pin DIMM slot and two maximum channels, this powerful motherboard can support up to 32 GB of DD4-3200 memory. The B450M-HDV also provides sufficient storage connectors, which includes four SATA 6 Gbps ports with two of the ports that are straight angled and while the other two have right-angled connectors. On the plus, there is also a single Ultra M.2 slot for the support of both PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA capable SSDs, for a much better overall performance.
On the rear panel of the B450M-HDV, there are four closely located USB 3.1 5 Gbps Type-A ports, and on the opposite side, there are also two USB 2.0 ports. right above the PS/2 combo port. Mentioned before, The RJ45 Lan port above the USB 3.0 is powered by the Realtek RTL8111H chip which speeds at about 1000 Mbit, while the adjacent three audio jacks are powered by the built-in chipset of Realtek ALC887 audio codec with a 7.1 surround. The B450M-HDV makes for the ultimate ideal choice as it has extensive support for our chosen Ryzen 3 2200G’s APUs backed by the trio of video outputs, including a D-Sub, a DVI-D and an HDMI port. The power consistency of the B450M-HDV is well put for normal use, however, is a low budget motherboard it doesn’t do well under extreme-pus overclocking due to the VRM temperatures. The power delivery consists of 7-phases which are then divided into a 4+3 configuration. It has a 24-pin ATX motherboard power input, along with the surprisingly new addition of a single 4-pin 12 V ATX power input, which was not featured in the previous launch models of any brand on the B450 chipsets. The technical pure black mysterious look and the compact small size of the motherboard make it a very decent choice, aesthetically, for a low budget gaming build. The high-density glass fabric PCB design helps in reducing the gaps between the layers of PCB to shield the motherboard against electrical shorts caused by humidity. The B450M-HDV also features the new AMD StoreMI technology to help combine memory and speed of SSD and HDD, along with up to 2GB memory for ultra-fast cache storage for super-smooth response speed. This motherboard provides support for triple monitors at once, along with a composed 4k x 2k eye candy resolution. The ELNA audio caps makes for the best integrated audio quality with an exceptionally low noise level. To protect the digital components from sudden power surges, it also features full spike protection, adding a high level of reliability for the users.
|Form factor:||Micro ATX|
|Supported Memory:||DDR4: 2133Mhz, 2400Mhz, 2666Mhz, 2933Mhz, 3200Mh.|
|Audio Chipset:||Realtek ALC887|
|Audio Channels:||7.1 Channels|
|LAN Chipset:||Realtek RTL8111H|
|Max LAN Speed:||10/100/1000Mbps|
|Onboard USB 3.0:||✔|
|SATA 6 Gbps Ports:||4|
|Maximum Supported RAM:||32 GB|
B450M-HDV is one of the most highly recommended budget motherboards. It fits right into our list with specific support for our chosen budget processor, It is a sleek designed next-gen motherboard with extremely important new features, making it difficult to beat in price value and performance and power stability. Exceptional cooling performance
With the release of next-gen video games and applications requiring higher resources than ever before, memory is one of the most essential parts to clock up your PC for smooth and fast performance. There are often arguments about why there is a need for such a huge amount of memory, well, gentleman the current-age application require much more than you could expect, with the upcoming titles asking for at least 12 gigabytes of undivided memory, it is only ideal to have at least 16 gigs to keep your PC up and running without any lag, whatsoever. For a budget gaming build, 16 gigabytes of memory is the most ideal. For this part, we have picked one of our most favorite and al-mighty, Patriot Viper Steel DDR4 16GB (2 x 8GB) 3000MHz, perfectly compatible with our ASRock B450M-HDV motherboard, filling up the two given slots on the motherboard, the patriot viper makes it much easier for power consistency while also maintaining stability and performance. These aluminum-clad modules with iron-like dark color and sleek steel look fit right in with our ASRock B450M-HDV, making up for a neat black technical build. Because of our budget priorities, Patriot Viper Steel DDR4 16GB (2 x 8GB) 3000MHz is one of the most inexpensive and powerful memory stick in the given range, skimming off the RGB, which might not be a preferable choice anyway for a budget build, and with just only that it provides maximum value for the price, and avoids any bottlenecking or performance issues, ultimately coaxing the best performance in a medium-end budget build.
|Capacity:||16GB (1 x 16GB)|
|Base Frequency:||PC4-17000 (2133MHz)|
|Tested Frequency Profile 1:||PC4-24000 (3000MHz)|
|Tested Voltage for Profile 1:||1.35V|
|Format:||NON-ECC Unbuffered DIMM|
The Patriot Viper Steel DDR4 16GB (2 x 8GB) 3000MHz justifies its price when it comes to performance. You can also overlock it for more demanding performance. The sleek and iron-looking design of the memory modules is aesthetically pleasing and can withstand minor inconveniences. It is one of the most powerful and eligible choices for a cheap budget gaming build and can provide maximum performance if paired with the given parts in our list.
Next up, we have to provide a decent power supply to all our parts and components. The PSU is one of the most carefully chosen part of the build, it has to be exactly according to the needs of the overall build, otherwise, low voltage or loss of stability can cost you a lot. Our pick for this build is Apevia ATX-JP600W Jupiter 600W 80 which is also Bronze Certified. It can work pretty efficiently even in the most high-end gaming build with supreme demands. For a budget build, It is the best as best can get, providing consistent and stable power without any issues at all. The ATX-JP600W Jupiter has been proved as one of the most ideal PSU for dual and quad-core CPUs, which is perfectly suitable for our build of four core processors. This PSU also provides excellent support for Nvidia SLI, as well as ATI crossfire and Haswell, in case if you decide to get a dual dedicated GPU, later on. One of our favorite features in this PSU is the super-silent thermally controlled automatic sensor which regulates the fan speed while reducing noise, making it one of the quietest high-end power-supply, tending to all your needs at once. The ATX-JP600W Jupiter is about 160mm long with a weight of 5.00 lbs along with a powerful fan 13.5cm fan which delivers exceptional ventilation. Along with the fan, the whole metal black color of the PSU is a perfect match of aesthetics with our previously picked parts for this build. The ATX-JP600W Jupiter has very high stability with a 5% tolerance of 5V, 3.3V, and 12V outputs. Each and every component of the power supply are of high density and great quality. It supports a single 12V output for higher power usage, which is luckily, already available in our B450M-HDV. It also has a Universal AC input by active PFC. Making things easier, 20 + 4 pin main connector can be used for 20 pin or 24 pins, along with 4/8 pin ATX 12V connector. Other than that, the power supply comes with a pair of 6 + 2 Pin PCI – Express, four SATA connectors, and a total of four 4-pin peripheral connectors, along with an extra floppy connector. All of the cables are sleeved for neatness and protection. To ensure high durability, the heavy-duty protections on this power supply include OVP (Over Voltage Protection), OPP (Over Power Protection), UVP (Under Voltage Protection) and SCP (Short Circuit Protection).
|Fans:||Forced Air Ventilation by 1 x 135mm fan|
|Main Connector:||1 x 20/24pin Main Power|
|PCI-Express Connector:||2 x 6+2-Pin|
|SATA Power Connector:||4|
|Hold-up Time:||17ms at Full Load normal Line Input Voltage|
|Energy-Efficient:||80 PLUS BRONZE Certified|
|Input Voltage:||115V – 230V|
|Input Frequency Range:||50/60 Hz|
|Input Current:||8A @ 115V, 4A @ 230V|
|Output:||[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]|
|Dimensions:||3.40″ x 5.90″ x 6.30″|
|Max PSU Length:||160 mm|
The ATX-JP600W Jupiter has an excellent cooling performance in a budget-friendly price with simple installation and solid, integrated mounting hardware. The ATX-JP600W Jupiter gives an extremely powerful performance and ventilation while also keeping the noise level down. Its metal black and high-quality design fits right in with our build and provides an exceptionally great performance. It is a low budget power supply that can even support some of the high-end builds according to most of the reviews, it can even take up to 8 cores and handle GPUs as powerful as Nvidia’s 980Ti.
5. Cougar MX330
Now towards covering things up with one of the most good looking and highly rated budget casing out there, the Cougar MX330. This makes up for a great choice, as it gives the over-all build a much more aesthetic and genuinely eye-pleasing look for gamers, with its transparent window glass to the side and metal grill to the front. The Cougar MX330 provides such a good build quality, efficiency and look for around only 50$ that it almost looks flimsy, but guess what? it is totally not. The mid-tower Cougar MX330 is a perfect match for our ATX motherboard, with a design of exceptional functionality and durability. The transparent side window gives it a beautiful sleek look, with a clear look into your components and a perfect showcase of RGB installations. The functional design of the case allows multiple dedicated graphics cards of about 350mm, which means it is highly compatible with SLI, crossfire, and Haswell, giving you the ability to acquire a high graphical horsepower for your high-end gaming demands. It has the space to install a pair of 2.5″ SSDs and 3.5″ HDDs, making up for a total of four storage drives, giving you a huge storage capability. The durable design of the Cougar MX330 comes with an outstanding airflow, with convenient space for up to five 120mm fans, which can be expanded further for an addition of one more fan, giving a total of six fans at once to keep your high-end components up and running with excellent temperatures. To take it one step further, the case also allows up to three 120mm water cooling radiators, Front, top and rear, one for each, and a superb addition of a gigantic 240mm front water cooling radiator. The convenient design facilitates and makes cleaning much easier with detachable dust filters on the front, top, and bottom covers.
|Case Form Factor:||Mid-Tower|
|Dimension (WxHxD):||195 x 473 x 427 (mm) 18.6 x 16.8 x 7 (in)|
|Motherboard Support:||Mini-ITX/Micro ATX/ATX|
|5.25″ Drive Bay:||1|
|3.5″ Drive Bay:||2|
|2.5″ Drive Bay:||2+2 (converted from 3.5″ drive bays)|
|I/O Panel:||USB3.0 x 2/USB2.0 x 2/Mic x 1/Audio x 1|
|Maximum Number of Fans:||5 max|
|Cooling System Front:||120mm Fan x 2|
|Cooling System Top:||120mm Fan x 2|
|Cooling System Rear:||120mm (Pre-Installed)|
|Cooling System Side:||None|
|Water Cooling Support Front:||240mm|
|Water Cooling Support Top:||120mm|
|Water Cooling Support Rear:||120mm|
|Fan Pre-installed, Rear:||120mm|
|Max. Graphics Card Length:||350mm / 12.8 (in)|
|Max. CPU Cooler Height:||155mm / 6.1 (in)|
|Transparent Side Panel:||Left side panel|
|PSU:||Standard ATX PS2|
|Max. PSU Length:||200 mm / 7.9 (in)|
Cougar MX330 is one of the most functional and durable high-end gaming cases. Cougar MX330 is a great option for a budget gamer with a knack for a great looking design. It costs much less than many other of the other gaming cases with such a high functioning and fully capable high-end gaming case.
Last but not least is the super-fast Solid State Drive for sufficient storage space with smooth response speed. The highly efficient ADATA SU635 240 GB SSD packs at least 33% more data in every storage cell compared to any of its predecessors, this 2.5″ is a perfect fit for our chosen MX330. With super fast Read/write speed of 520/450MD/s with the help of 3d QLC technology and dynamic SLC Cachin leads up to an outstandingly smooth boot-up, data-transferring, and overall processing. It also has very low power consumption and an extremely low noise level. An additional feature includes LDPC (Low-Density Parity Check) error-correcting code to ensure data integrity for more functional space. On the plus point, one of the most surprising benefits is that the 240GB version, which we recommend for your build, is not in any way slower than the higher-capacity models, which makes it the ultimate ideal choice for budget-build starters.
|NAND Flash:||3D QLC|
|Dimensions (L x W x H):||100.45 x 69.85 x 7mm|
|Sequential R/W performance (max) :||Up to 520/450MB/s|
|Operating temperature:||0°C – 70°C|
|Storage temperature:||-40°C – 85°C|
The ADATA SU635 240 GB SSD has outstanding performance and durability. It has very low power consumption and makes relatively less noise. This Solid State Drive is one of the most ideal options for a starter budget build due to its low price and high performance.
Thoughts on this build
The suggested build is one of the most ideal choices for a low-end budget but medium-end performance. Each part is chosen to be compatible with the other, overall making up for a smooth performing build. The setup can easily achieve high-end performance too, thanks to AMD for it’s tough to beat on price product that we were able to build such a demanding gaming PC under 300$. The setup can easily outdo itself on many high-end and resource-hungry applications, it can also very easily go up to running next-gen games, for the occasional low budget gamer, who probably only buys a few titles per year. Just for the exception of a dedicated GPU, which can also be added later on, when the time is right and can tune the system for a high-end hardcore gaming, It scores pretty well on all charts, with good price-value, sleek and technical design, with low power consumption and buttery smooth performance. The price of the parts here may vary, depending on the sellers, but it will still go no further than a reasonable price for the given capabilities and specifications.