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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).

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Case Deepcool SMARTER MicroATX Mini Tower Case

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Compatibility Notes

  • Note:Deepcool SMARTER 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: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
    • 3 points

    I'm impressed and worried about how cheap this is. Nice build +1

    • 49 months ago
    • 3 points

    thanks! yea i was surprised at some of the prices i mean the ram price was unbelievable

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Dang thats a nice 300$ build +1

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    thx!

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    No problem happy to help :)

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    :D

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Will this run H1Z1? ( ͡ ° ͜ʖ ͡ ° )

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    it should?

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    I am considering making this. I'm a total noob and this would be my first build. Would this build be easy.

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Yes this would be a lot simpler that some of the other builds out there. there are tones of videos online that can help you. good luck and if you do build it make sure to post it as a completed build w/ some benchmarks!

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Looking for a first pc build, is it possible to swap the case out for something with leds - guy

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    yes that would be possible but it would probably cost a bit more...

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    So i am new to pc gaming so this will probably sound either weird or a good question. What about a video card and OS?

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    no not a weird question at all! The reason there is no video card in this build is because the CPU i chose is actually an APU which means it comes with integrated graphics. the amd a8 and a10 series chips are known for having particularly strong integrated graphics. The reason i didn't include the os is because most people have a copy of windows already and because you cant always put linux on there for free.

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thank you! I got my goal of under $500 and I fit in some accessories.http://pcpartpicker.com/p/TyRNRB might get windows 7 but price wise I'm staying with 8.1

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    nice! good luck on the build!

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Thank you! I will tell you the fps I get

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    great! GL and HF

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    also make sure to post a completed build when ur done with some benchmarks/fps on games

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Can you put an a10 in this? How much more it will cost?

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    yes absolutely! the cheapest a10 apu is about $100

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Here is a $260 build that would outperform this in gaming performance. Although this would get wreck in CPU bound scenarios, it would do much better with gaming than your build, and that is the purpose of the build, right? http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HYPgRB

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    its about the same price as this build atm. but yea gaming wise it would be better, however i wanted to keep the extra bit of cpu performance so that other tasks are not a pain.

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    Then don't title it as a budget gaming PC. Title it as a multimedia or a multipurpose pc. Sure, it can play games ok, but that is clearly not the main strength of this build, so the title conflicts with what your pc would do best with. I am not trying to put down your PC, but there are better options if you just want to game.

    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    also if u dont want to overclock u can build this one for ~250

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    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    not yet (i dont think, i could be wrong) but if anyone does i hope they post it as a completed build w/ some benchmarks/fps on games.

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    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    This should be great for that. Also check out my other guides if you want a little more performance without spending a ton.

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    • 49 months ago
    • 1 point

    absolutely!

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