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Gaming Budget Builds of the Month 400$-650$-850$, September 2017

We’ve got 3 gaming builds for this month starting from a light gaming build for 400$, going a little up to a 650$ casual gaming build and a mid-high end gaming build for 850$.

Let’s start with the lowest budget build:

400$ Budget

You can’t expect to run all the latest games smoothly on high settings on a PC for 400$, but you can definitely run them on lower settings with decent FPS. Here are the parts we picked for the build: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/10bits/saved/#view=mF87P6

PartModelPriceWhy exactly this one?
CPUAMD – A10-7870K 3.9GHz Quad-Core Processor$149.89With this CPU you’ll get decent performance for daily tasks and decent FPS in most games on low-mid settings. You’ll be able to play modern games like Battlefield 4, CS:GO, Dirt Rally and more with around 40 fps average. In games like Dota 2 or League of Legends you may squeeze even more around 80 fps.
MotherboardGigabyte – GA-F2A88XM-D3HP Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard$62.95A low price motherboard with 4 RAM slots, nothing special for this price.
MemoryG.Skill – Ripjaws X Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory$58.998 GB of RAM will be enough for all modern games and daily tasks. Slightly higher speed memory was chosen because the price difference is just a few bucks.
StorageSeagate – FireCuda 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive$68.06This may seem a strange choice for some of you, but we can’t afford to get an SSD with this budget and for a few dollars over the regular mechanical drives we can get a hybrid drive which actually does a decent job accelerating daily tasks. You’ll be pleased with the performance of a hybrid drive compared to a normal one.
CaseThermaltake – Versa H22 ATX Mid Tower Case$36.99A cheap case with enough fan mounting points for good ventilation. Not sure if fans are included here, so you may need to spend a few more dollars on 3-4 case fans.
Power SupplyEVGA – BV 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply$39.99 A cheap power supply that will work perfectly for the current build and it is 80+ Bronze certified, so we can sleep well without wondering if it will blow up any moment.
Total:$416.87

Tips:

  • If you wish to get a more future proof PC, get the Intel CPU based system for 40-50$ more. It has DDR4 memory and socket LGA 1151 is used for more powerful processors, so you’ll be able to upgrade without any problems. Intel’s integrated graphics are not that good, but for light gaming they’re ok. Here’s an example build: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/10bits/saved/RWfJxr

600$ Budget

For around 600$ you can build a decent gaming PC with a few drawbacks. Our build is not very good for a workstation as the CPU has only 2 cores/4 threads but it’s ideal for a budget gaming PC as games don’t utilize all cores. The chosen parts will allow future upgrades so you won’t need to change everything. Let’s see what we’ve got: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/10bits/saved/By4K8d

PatModelPriceWhy exactly this one?
CPUIntel – Pentium G4620 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor$96.88 Modern games don’t utilize all cores properly, but they do benefit from higher frequency cores, so this 2 core/4 threads CPU is the perfect choice. It is cheap and uses socket LGA 1151 which allows you to upgrade your PC to a high-end i5 or i7 CPU if needed. All money saved from the CPU will go to the GPU.
MotherboardGigabyte – GA-B250M-Gaming 3 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard$69.98Cheap motherboard with 4 RAM slots, so you’ll be able to upgrade a little if needed.
MemoryKingston – FURY 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory$63.838GB enough for all modern games and most software products.
StorageSanDisk – Ultra II 240GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive$84.95A modern PC needs an SSD for sure. Mechanical drives are a major bottleneck when used with other modern components, so an SSD is always a good choice. 240GB will be enough for windows and some software
Western Digital – Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive$47.88Another mechanical drive to store all your media and games.
Video CardAsus – GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Phoenix Video Card$139.99GTX 1050 Ti delivers good performance and does not break your bank. It is the most expensive part in the build but it should run all games for at least the next 3 years.
CaseCorsair – Carbide SPEC-04 (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case$49.85Good looking case with good airflow. You might need to buy a few case fans.
Power SupplyEVGA – BV 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply$39.99450W 80+ Bronze certified power supply will be enough for this PC and even if you decide to upgrade to an i5 or i7 you’ll have enough power.
Total$593.35

Tips:

  • For a few more dollars you can get Z270 motherboard and higher speed RAM, so your PC will be more future proof.
  • You can get a faster AMD Ryzen processor for a few more dollars

850$ Budget

For 850$ you can build a good gaming PC that will handle everything you throw at it with ease. It will last for a few years without any issues and the one we’ve built for you has some options for upgrade. Also, we’ve added a few LED fans and the parts are in black/red color scheme so it will also look cool. Check out the parts list here: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/10bits/saved/KGqxrH

PartModelPriceWhy exactly this one?
CPUAMD – Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor$197.99The Ryzen 5 1600 has 6 cores and for this price is a perfect fit for every mid range budget build. It’s enough to run every game and every software product you’ll throw at it. It’s probably the best deal on the CPU market at the moment.
MotherboardMSI – B350 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard$81.98We’ve chosen a B350 motherboard because it allows you to overclock your Ryzen 5 1600 CPU which should easily reach 3.9-4 GHz if you wish. Also, it has 4 RAM slots and support high-speed memory.
MemoryGeIL – EVO POTENZA 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory$111.99High speed memory with heat spreaders and also it looks good.
StorageKingston – SSDNow UV400 240GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive$86.34As we already said, an SSD is a must in every new build.
Western Digital – Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive$47.88 Secondary storage for your media and games
Video CardGigabyte – GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB Windforce OC Video Card$224.98The GTX 1060 3GB is the maximum we could squeeze in this budget. It will run all modern games on high settings with decent FPS. If you have spare 80$, get the 6GB version, this won’t affect the gaming performance at the moment, but might be important for new games in the next 2-3 years.
CaseCorsair – Carbide SPEC-04 (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case$49.85Good looking case with good airflow. You might need to buy a few case fans as this one comes with only 1 120mm LED fan.
Power SupplyEVGA – 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply$41.98600W 80+ Bronze PSU is enough for the whole system and we even have some spare power.
Case FanCooler Master – SickleFlow (Red) 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan$4.99A few more fans to keep the system cool.
Cooler Master – SickleFlow (Red) 69.7 CFM 120mm Fan$4.99
Total:$852.97

Tips:

  • If you wish to spend some more money and go extreme, get a Ryzen 7 CPU. With 8 cores/16 threads, it can handle literally everything.
  • You could get a 6GB model of GTX 1060 for 80$ more but we couldn’t squeeze it in our budget.

 

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