Welcome to the $300 Super Budget Gaming PC Build Intel Edition. This PC isn’t about getting 1000 fps on ultra settings on 4k or anything like that. This PC is for 1080 p gaming with possible upgrades later to play 4k. All components are linked with the pcpartpicker link below. Also we would like to say that at the time of this article scripted the total price was $313 USD. The prices might have gone up or down since then. Next this build DOES NOT include any peripherals. Last the motherboards might need a bios update before use.
CPU: Intel Pentium G3258
As you guys may or may not know this was also featured in the “Top 5 Budget Gaming PC CPU” article few days back. This a awesome overclockable CPU even up to 4.7GHz. Although this was not mentioned in the other article overclocking requires a water cooled rig because the CPU will have thermal related issues if you are using the stock cooler. In this build I will not be water cooling this because of the price. In the future I might do a $400 water cooled gaming PC. Anyway this was my choice for the cpu because of the performance and awesome price.
MotherBoard: Gigabyte GA-B85M-DS3H-A Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
This is just a standard $60 motherboard which happened to be compatible with the other parts and was fairly cheap. This has really nothing special to it. Because we went with a LGA 1150 motherboard you can easily change the cpu to like a Intel i7 4960k if you had the budget.
RAM: Mushkin ECO2 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
These are also nothing special. At the time of planning this build it happens to be on sale for$29 so I just went with it. If you had a greater budget I would change this to another brand and 16GB. For this build I just went with 8GB that really enough for now.
Storage: Toshiba Product Series: DT01ACA 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Again nothing special just great price at $39. I know if you spend $10 more you get a WD Blue or something but I just didn’t have the money left for it. I would definitely recommend a SSD if you are willing to spend about $45 for one. (Kingston 120GB are about $45 at the time of this article scripted.)
GPU: ASUS GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card
This is where the extra savings in the other parts were used. This costs $105 right now and depending on the time you are seeing this and the country this may change. I know this isn’t a 3 or 4GB card like the ones you get if you spend $200 or more but for playable 1080 p gaming this is enough.
Case: Xion XON-310_BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case
Originally I was going to use the Corsair Spec 001 but that was $45 at this time and this case was just $22. This isn’t the best looking case but still it has what you need.
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply
You might think a 750 Ti and only 430 watts. Well after my calculations this uses about 200 watts and nothing close to 430 watts. If you are going to upgrade any parts you might have to upgrade power supply as well. You guys can always ask me to calculate for you. Just email me at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and put “Koji” in the subject. Anyway back to the power supply. This was only $19.99 as of the day scripted which is is a great deal.
Even though this a minimal Gaming PC it can still run most games at 1080 p and do video editing. This is just a awesome starter PC and you can always upgrade later when you have more money. Anyway thank you guys for reading and be sure to come back next week for another Gaming PC Build | $300 AMD Edition.