This gaming pc is a tough competition to next generation consoles. For 400 dollars, you can build a decent pc if you choose the best possible components available right now. This pc is for gaming at 1080p and will give you more than 40 fps on an average on high-ultra settings in most of the games easily.
If you are planning to buy a pre-built pc then I recommend you to skip that step and buy components individually, build your own pc and you could be able to play all of your favourite games without any stutter. I update these builds time to time whenever a new opportunity comes in the market so you can get the most our of your system.
I have made this pc upgradable as much as possible and you will be able to replace any of it’s components easily in the future. I call it “THE MASTER” Build.
If you want to learn how to build a gaming pc from scratch you can get my guide from Here.
Intel Pentium G3258
The Pentium g3258 anniversary edition is the badass budget gaming processor for 70 dollars. It’s made on the same Haswell architecture on which higher end core i5’s and i7’s are based. It is totally unlocked and can be overclocked upto 4.8Ghz with a custom cooler. I have also use it in my $300 build because it’s cheap and provides the best gaming experience at tight budget.
It beats the fx 4300, 4350 and even the fx 6300 in most of the games and has the ability to deliver great performance when overclocked. Although in some games it bottlenecks the graphics card which require 4 cores like Far cry 4 and the witcher 3, but as it is only a budget processor, you are not going to make it work with a gtx 970 or gtx 1070. With entry level graphics cards, this one wins over all the processors which come under $100.
It has two cores and it’s base clock is 3.2Ghz out of the box. It gives equal performance to i5 in many games when overclocked to full potential. It does not even bottleneck some of the best mid end graphics cards like gtx 960. At a budget of 300 dollars, this is the best choice for Intel Gaming pc’s.
See also Best budget gaming processors.
MSI Intel LGA 1150 H81M-P33
For 50 dollars, this is a very basic motherboard that has all the basic ports and slots for installing all the components. As we are using Intel pentium 4th generation processor, we are using LGA 1150 socket motherboard from MSI. It has H81M chipset which is locked for overclocking but you can still overclock your processor upto 4.2Ghz easily as g3258 is unlocked with the help of any either of these two: software or bios.
This motherboard is good even for further upgrades. In future if you want to change your processor to higher end like i5 4690k or i7 4790k, you will be able to do so. This motherboard also has one PCIX1 slot for using either a sound card or wifi card as you wish which makes it useful for some other facilities as well. Although there are only 1-1 slots for graphics cards and wifi/sound cards, with a budget build like this you can’t expect for more.
With 2 Dimm Slots you can increase your memory upto 16gb clocked at 1600Mhz. Now a days 16gb is more than enough and you only need at least a 4gb ram stick.
- CPU: LGA1150 Supports 4th Generation Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron Processors/FSB 100MHz
- Chipset: Intel H81?Express
- Memory: 2x DDR3-1600/1333/1066 DIMM Slots, Dual Channel, Max Capacity of 16GB
- Slots: 1x PCI-Express 2.0 x16 Slot, 1x PCI-Express x1 Slot
- SATA: 2x SATA3 Ports, 2x SATA2 Ports
- Ports: 2x USB 3.0 Ports, 8x USB 2.0 Ports (4 rear,4 via headers), 1x PS/2 Keyboard Port, 1x PS/2 Mouse Port, 1x VGA Port, 1xDVI-D Port, 1x RJ45 LAN Port, Audio I/O Jacks
Corsair Vengeance 8gb
I have used a single stick of 8 gigabyte of memory from Corsair Vengeance. Now, 4gb is minimum but you will still suffer some stutter especially in games like battlefield 4 and Middle Earth: shadow of mordor. 8gb of ram is enough for running games at any resolution. There is hardly any game which uses more than 6gb of ram.
This memory is clocked at 1600Mhz which is considered to be the fastest clock speed when value to price is compared. The stick has aluminium heat spreader on it which eliminates heat when you do overclocking or heavy gaming. You will also get lifetime warranty with this ram and you will be able to add another 8gb stick in other DIMM slot as the motherboard we chose has 2 DIMM slots.
EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 2GB SC
The EVGA SSC edition looks great and at the same time provides very good 1080p performance at a low price. The other versions of gtx 1050 however may or may not be that cheap but it is really a good deal. All you want with this build is a budget graphics card that will not get bottlenecked by pentium g3258. This one will do the job fine.
It has a gpu boost feature and also comes factory overclocked. So you will get some small noticeable boost over other gtx 1050’s as the base clocks and boost clocks are a little more than the EVGA SC version. But as we there is no 6 pin or 8 pin power port again for this version and the card will draw the power from PCIEx16 slot. Still it’s fine as overclocking a budget card like this will not give you 10-20 fps boost.
This card has 2gb of gddr5 memory, 640 cuda cores which is equal to the gtx 750 ti maxwell family graphics card which is present in the same price. But when you compare the performance of gtx 1050 with that of gtx 750 ti, it not only beats it by upto 40% but also beats the more expensive one gtx 950 which shouldn’t be the priority of any gamer right now.
If you want a card that can play all the games on ultra settings at 1080p with 40-50 fps, then this is for you. And if you like 60 fps then you can put the settings to high instead of ultra and still enjoy good graphics with buttery smooth 60 fps.
- CUDA Cores: 768
- Base Clock: 1430 MHz / Boost Clock: 1544 MHz
- Memory Clock: 6610 MHz Effective
- CUDA Cores: 768
- Memory Detail: 2048MB GDDR5
- Memory Bit Width 128 Bit / Memory Speed: 0.30ns / Memory Bandwidth: 105.76 GB/s
- Recommended PSU: 350W or greater power supply
- EVGA’s 24/7 Technical Support
Western Digital 1TB
As games are becoming huge, you need a good storage size. 1Tb of storage will be enough for you to store the games setup as well as installed files. You will be able to store all of your applications, movies etc without worrying about space. Games like Gta V and The Witcher 3 are really huge and a few games like can easily fill up hard drives with 320gb or 500gb size.
EVGA 500 watts 80+
This power supply is enough for supplying power to your graphics card and all other components and is ready for further upgrades.
When it comes to power supply, a lot of people buy cheap power supply saying that they don’t have a high end graphics card and it will handle all the components easily. But NO! it is really important to buy a power supply from a trusted and reliable brand. EVGA provides very good power supplies at all budgets and in different wattage.
This one is 500 watts and is more than enough for future upgrade. Moreover, it is 80+ which means it will give at least 84% of power efficiency at full load and upto 87% at 50% load. This power supply has every power cable that you would need in order to power all the components. With this power supply you will also get 3 years of warranty.
VIVO ATX Mid Tower
For easy upgradability and more space I chose a mid tower from VIVO. It supports Mini ITX, Micro ATX and ATX motherboards. As we have a micro ATX motherboard in this build, it will be easy to install it and we will get a lot of space inside it.
The case has 1 x 120mm pre-installed fan at the front which works as intake cooling fan and the side panel has 2x120mm fan ports more so you can install more fans if you want. The case has a good cable management feature by which you can take your psu’s cables from the back to the front through the holes provided in the motherboard mounting platform which will make the build neat and clean.
It supports graphics cards long upto 345mm which is equal to 13.5 inches. Now the EVGA SSC gtx 950 measures around 229mm, we will have no problem in installing that and other components will just fit as easy as the card.
- Multiple Fan Mounts: 1 front 120mm blue LED fan (Included), 2 side 120mm fan ports, 1 rear 80mm fan port
- (x1)USB 3.0 and (x2)USB 2.0 front ports
- (x7) Expansion Slots
- VGA Card Length up to 345mm, CPU Cooler Height up to 160mm
- Filtered Front Ventilation and Internal Cable Management