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The cheapest possible gaming build that can play games can be built for $250. If you don’t know how then I am going to show you. You won’t be even believing me. Right? But yes if you choose the components wisely you will be able to play all the games at 1080p on medium settings with this $250 gaming build. Yes, you heard it right! It’s possible.
This is a very basic and the cheapest possible build you can think of and therefore I named it “NOVICE“. It can play all the casual games like CSGO, Overwatch and Minecraft easily at 1080p medium settings. Even some games like Battlefield 1, GTA V, ROTR etc. can still be played on low-medium settings with some tweakings.
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|AMD Ryzen 3 2200G|
|GIGABYTE B450M DS3H|
| Patriot Memory Signature
Line 4GB ddr4
|Silicon Power 256GB|
AMD Ryzen 3 2200G is the best APU for this build!
It’s no surprise that AMD Ryzen 3 2200G is the best processor for $100. The 2nd Gen Ryzen processors have already given head to head competition to the Intel processors when the value to price is considered although Ryzen 3rd gen is much better but it’s expensive for this build. The Ryzen 3 2200G is a quad-core processor with base/boost clocks speeds as 3.5Ghz/3.7Ghz. This is an unlocked Chip which means you can overclock it and get some more performance for free. Not only that it has a very low TDP which ranges from 45-65Watts only and comes with a wraith stealth CPU cooler which performs much better than the Intel stock heatsink.
Now coming to its second main feature, it has an inbuilt graphics processing unit along with the CPU. That’s why it is called an APU. The GPU it uses is the Vega 8 having 8 cores and is clocked at 1100Mhz which is found on most of the dedicated video cards. To be honest, this is the fastest integrated GPU at $100 you will get which outperforms Intel HD graphics easily. It can play any game on medium settings with playable frame rates at 1080p and you can play intensive graphical titles at 720p-768p which is what you would want with this $250 gaming PC.
Another helpful guide on CPU’s:- Best Gaming CPU’s
Taking a look at other components- RAM, Mobo, Storage, PSU and Case
Finally, the prices of RAM are stable and you can get a good 8GB RAM without spending over $50. I chose the Patriot Signature 8GB DDR4 RAM Module that is clocked at 2666hz and costs only $30. This is seriously very affordable and will lower the total cost of this build. With 8GB of RAM, you can easily game at 720p or 768p without any bottleneck, and even going for 1080p, you won’t face any problems.
As for the motherboard, GIGABYTE B450M-DS3H is right now a good board which costs around $70 and packs some decent specs. It has an AM4 socket that is fully compatible with the processor I chose and there are 2x DIMM slots for memory. The board has a decent 5+2 power phase design and uses a good basic heatsink which will ensure mild overclocking at this budget. It has 2 PCI-Ex 16 slots which you can use in the future in case you want to upgrade to a better-dedicated GPU but right now the Integrated Vega 8 graphics will do the job fine.
For storage, I chose the 256GB SSD from Silicon Power which won’t be enough for storing a lot of games but it will be enough for storing eSports games as well as casual games along with your extra stuff like movies and applications. SSD is must faster than the traditional hard drive and you will see improved speeds in operating system and games when they open. Whenever you face a shortage of space, you can upgrade to a 1TB hard drive later.
To power all these components you need a reliable power supply and I mostly choose the EVGA power supplies because they have very reliable components which ensure the protection of your components from overcurrent/undercurrent/overvoltage/undervoltage. But due to the high price of 400 Watts EVGA PSU, I chose the APEVIA ATX-VS450W instead which is also very good for this build. It is a 450 watts PSU and has the capacity to power everything including the components which you may add in the future like one more hard drive or a fan, however, this PSU doesn’t have 6 pins or 8 pins power connector for a dedicated graphics card. Right now we don’t need it in this build but if you want to buy a GPU then you can go up to a GTX 1050 Ti because that doesn’t need an external power connector.
As for the case, the case Rosewill SCM-01 is one of the cheapest yet fulfiller of tasks chassis that will host all of the components I mentioned above. This is not the best option to go with but currently, every micro-ATX case is above $30 and this case is around $20 that provides the needed features. It can let you install Micro-ATX as well as ITX motherboards with long graphics cards. It can let you install up to 3x 3.5″ hard drives and 3x 2.5″ SSDs at the same time. For cooling, it comes with 1x 80mm pre-included fan at the rear but no fan at the back which you can add later on.
Cable management, on the other hand, is just not great. In a cheap case like this, you can’t expect everything but it surely has some space behind the motherboard tray. You can route your thin cables from there but it’s recommended to use the front area instead and due to the presence of a lot of empty space in the front, you don’t have to worry about cable management. Just connect every cable first and then tie the leftovers so that they don’t get into your CPU fan or rear fan.
Total~ $259(As of 19th Nov 2019)
Recommended Peripherals for this build:-
Monitor: –ViewSonic VA2446M: Check on Amazon
- 24-Inch Full HD 1080p (1920x1080p) 16:9 LED Computer Monitor with DVI-D, and VGA Inputs.
- 10M:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio; Two Built-In Speakers; Compatible with Mac, and Windows; ideal for both laptops and desktops; VESA mountable
- 3-year Limited Warranty
Keyboard/Mouse: – Redragon S101 gaming Keyboard/M601 Mouse: Check on Amazon
- Keyboard: RGB Illuminated Redragon Gaming Keyboard:
- Mouse: Ergonomic Redragon M601 Centrophorus Backlit Gaming Mouse 3200 DPI (1000/1600/2400/3200 4 level DPI adjustment)
- 6 buttons, and an 8-piece weight tuning set (2.4g x 8). Durable smooth TEFLON feet and contoured body for ultimate gaming control. Quality ABS construction and two programmable side buttons
Wifi:– TP-Link TL-WN881ND wifi card: Check on Amazon
- Easily setup a highly secured wireless link with WPS
- Hassle-free installation
- Seamlessly compatible with 802.11n/b/g products
- Industry-leading 2-year warranty