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 is the best APU for this build!
It’s no surprise that AMD Ryzen 3 2200G is the best processor for $100. The latest 2nd Gen Ryzen processors have already beaten the Intel processors when the value to price is considered. 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
DDR4 Memories are expensive right now and it is very difficult to find one below $50 a module of 4GB. But I found one that costs around $40. It’s the Patriot Memory Signature line memory with 4GB of capacity clocked at 2400Mhz. It’s not the best module on the market but it will get your job done without a problem. It doesn’t have a fancy heatsink but its still reliable as Patriot is also a reputable memory manufacturer. 4GB Ram right now will be Ok but you would want to upgrade it to 8GB after a few months when you have a little more cash to eliminate all types of bottlenecks.
As for the motherboard, GIGABYTE GA-AB350M-DS3H is right now a good board which costs around than $75 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 4+2 power phase design and uses a good basic heatsink which will ensure mild overclocking at this budget. It has one PCI-Ex 16 slot 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, 320Gb is enough for storing a couple of games. The Western Digital 320GB hard drive is reliable and comes at a very cheap price which is less than $20. You can upgrade to higher storage capacity in future whenever you feel that you are out of space. But it 320GB should be enough for several games and applications which are very big.
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.
|AMD Ryzen 3 2200G|
| Patriot Memory Signature
Line 4GB ddr4
|320GB WD hard drive|
Total~ $240(As of 10th Dec 2018)
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