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Amazing Under $300 (or $230?) Bang for Your Buck Gaming PC! Very Overclockable!

VIDEO VERSION OF THIS GUIDE - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2e7zfljKWGE

So, you just got 300 dollars for your birthday, your PC is so old it has Windows XP on it, and you can't find a PC for the 300 dollar mark that isn't horrible. Well look no further! Today I bring you an excellent gaming PC build guide, for under $300! This PC will handle most modern games at at least 1080p on medium settings, and if you put your resolution to 720p, it will run most modern games on high settings.

  • I will occasionally make updates to this list due to the fact that sometimes the mail-in rebates change or I find a part that is equally as good but cheaper.

IMPORTANT NOTE PLEASE READ!

IF you do not want to overclock you can construct this build for under $250! All you have to do is scrap the CPU cooler and VRM heatsinks and you will be good to go! Here is the link to that list!

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/llevene/saved/FNr48d

APU -- AMD A8-7650K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor

  • http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-ad765kxbjabox

  • This is about as good as it gets for an $100 APU. It has a very nice speed, its integrated graphics are quite strong, and it is quad-core so multitasking won't be a problem. It is also very overclockable which is a nice bonus!

APU Cooler -- Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler

Motherboard -- Asus A68HM-E Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard

Extra Motherboard Heatsinks -- Enzotech MOS-C1 MOSFET Heatsinks - 10 Pack

Memory --G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory

  • http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f32133c9d8gxl

  • Because this build uses an APU, I decided to go for some nicer RAM which should lead to better performance when gaming.

  • NOTE: Do not buy this from OutletPC, they will rip you off on the shipping. Newegg has the exact same price with free shipping!

Storage -- Western Digital AV-GP 320GB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive

Case -- Raidmax ATX-402WB ATX Mid Tower Case

Power Supply -- Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply

Final Price of PC -- $297.56 (including shipping)

  • The total cost of an entire setup including things like the monitor, keyboard and mouse would be give or take $350-370 (assuming that you don't already have a monitor).

Compatibility: See notes below.

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CPU AMD A8-7650K 3.3 GHz Quad-Core Processor
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CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
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Motherboard Asus A68HM-E Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard
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Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3-2133 Memory
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Storage Seagate BarraCuda 500 GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive

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Case HEC HX200 MicroATX Mini Tower Case

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Power Supply Corsair Builder 500 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply
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Enzotech M​OS-C1 MOSF​ET Heatsin​ks - Price​ includes ​shipping!
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Total: $211.80
+ Total (United States): $17.94 USD

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Compatibility Notes

  • Note:HEC HX200 MicroATX Mini Tower Case has front panel USB 3.0 ports, but the Asus A68HM-E Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard does not have onboard USB 3.0 headers.
  • Note:Unable to verify the HEC HX200 MicroATX Mini Tower Case and the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler are compatible.
  • Note:Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

Part List Price History

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    Comments

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Great build, I'm not sure about this, but if you get a CPU with the Wraith cooler, I think you can bang for the buck more! :D

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Have a potential part swap for the cpu ram and mobo off this list and have the psu equiv, a spare 240ssd and access to an windows 8.1 dl

    Im gonna build it as a console for a buddy with a laptop and an enormous untapped steam library his setup cant handle. Think hes got a 720p tv so this should serve him well. Never installed heatsinks but it seems fairly simple. Great guide

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    • 49 months ago
    • 0 points

    ik it drives me insane when ppl say dumb stuff like that

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