Build the best gaming pc for $300-$350 in 2017

For 300-350 dollars you can build a decent PC which can play all the games at 1080p medium-high settings. This is not a high-end build and you shouldn’t be expecting to max out at 1080p.

As 2017 is here, the list of components here in the post is still the best you can find.

As many gamers don’t have the budget to buy an expensive gaming system, it doesn’t mean that they cannot play games with just 300-350 dollars in hand. In fact, some of the best casual games, as well as some graphically intensive games, can be run on this PC.

I have selected the best components for this build. If you build it in the right way, the way I am going to explain, then you don’t have to worry about anything. I have made this PC even upgradable to high end and you can upgrade this PC component by component when you have more money.

I named this PC “THE BEGINNER“.

If you want to learn how to build a gaming PC from scratch you can get my guide from Here.


Intel Pentium G4400

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 Intel Boxed Pentium Processor G4500

I have to keep changing the processors in this build because this budget is very critical. Prices of components in this category change very quickly. I previously used Pentium G4560 which is among the best budget processors and has 2 cores and 4 threads but the problem is with the price. It costs around $80 and the Pentium G4400 costs around $50. So, there is a $30 gap between them which is enough to justify not to use that processor because we have to consider other components as well, in which graphics card is the most important.

But this processor is not entirely a bad processor at all. Although, it gets beaten by Pentium G4560 but if you remember the performance of unlocked Pentium G3258, then you can expect similar performance from this processor too.

This processor can handle any budget graphics card without breaking a sweat and games like Rise of the Tomb Raider will have no problem running on it just like an Intel core i3 because most of the games are mostly GPU dependent. Of course, GTA V and Witcher 3 will be bottlenecked a little but you shouldn’t expect much from this budget. This build will be mainly focused on playing games like CSGO, Overwatch, WOW, Rocket League, Bioshock infinite etc. These are the games for which this processor will come out to be the best bang for the buck.

It has 2 cores and is clocked at 3.3Ghz which is a fine clock rate and cannot be overclocked, so we will choose the other components just like it which will help us reduce the overall price.

The Pentium G4560 which I used previously is used in my $400 gaming build if you would like to spend a little more because that will also provide a decent gaming experience. With entry-level graphics cards, this one wins over many processors that come under $100.



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Gigabyte GA-H110M-A motherboard

Getting a decent motherboard for this build is easy right now as a variety of motherboards with LGA 1151 socket are available for a cheap price. There are motherboards from manufacturers like ASRock which also provide fine motherboards, but right now for less price, Gigabyte is providing you with one of the quality motherboards that are durable and are bought the most by the budget gamers community.

My main focus was to choose a motherboard that will support all the components like GPU, CPU, RAM, HDD etc. and also be able to upgrade to high end builds. This one supports all the Skylake as well as Kaby lake motherboards from Intel Celeron to Intel Core i7s. So in future, you probably do not have to worry about its compatibility with these CPUs. But as for the specs, it has 2xDIMM slots that support up to 32gb of memory clocked at 2133Mhz which is very basic.

There is one PCI-E x16 slot for your graphics card, 2xPCIE x1 slots for sound/wifi cards. For storage, you have 4x SATA 3 ports that will support your hard drives as well as SSD’s and for cooling, you have an additional 4 pin power port for chassis fan at the middle. For front ports, you will get the basic USB 2.0 header at the bottom and one USB 3.0 header on the right middle side of the motherboard.

This motherboard will be enough for locked processors like i3 7100/6100, i5 6400/7400 etc. but if you ever go with an unlocked processor in the future, you will be limited to overclocking. Well, that’s a totally different story that I am telling you for extra information but currently, this motherboard has everything that you need. If you want to know more about it or any other component in this list, you are always welcomed in the comment section.

Also, see:-

Best motherboards under $100

Specs and Features:-

  • Supports 6th Gen Intel Core / Pentium / Celeron processors for LGA 1151 socket
  • Memory: 2x ddr4-2133 DIMM slots, dual channel, NON-ECC, Unbuffered, max capacity of 32GB
  • Slots: 1x PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot, 2x PCI-Express 2.0 x1 slots
  • SATA: 4x SATA3 ports
  • Realtek GbE LAN with cFos Speed Internet Accelerator Software


Crucial Ballistix Sport 4gb DDR4

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Ballistix Sport LT 4GB Single DDR4 2400

I have used a single stick of 4 gigabytes of memory from Crucial Ballistix. 4gb is the minimum and you may suffer some stutter especially in games like Battlefield 4 and Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor. but still, in most of the games, 4gb of ram is enough for running any casual game at any resolution.

This memory is clocked at 2400Mhz which is pretty fast but as the motherboard, we are using in this build is capable of running memory at 2133Mhz, it will be automatically downclocked to 2133Mhz. But the reason behind not going with the Kingston HyperX 2133Mhz memory is the price which is too high right now.

The stick has aluminium heat spreader on it which eliminates heat when you do overclock or heavy gaming. You will also get a limited lifetime warranty with this ram and you will be able to add another 4gb stick in another DIMM slot as the motherboard we chose has 2 DIMM slots.

Graphics card

Zotac Geforce GTX 1050 2GB GDDR5

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Zotac Geforce Gtx 1050 2Gb Gddr5

This one is one of the best budget graphics cards today and now at a price of just above $100. Previously I used the Gigabyte RX 460 4gb which was having a cheap price, but now that card isn’t available. So, you will be getting this one instead. This card is a good competitor of GTX RX 560 and GTX 950 from the previous generation. It has 2GB of VRAM, 640 CUDA cores, a base clock of 1354Mhz and a boost clock of 1455Mhz.

It has a basic heatsink with only one fan for cooling on it so, don’t think you can achieve very good temperatures on it if you overclock it but the performance will be still good enough to play any game on high settings. This one is the cheapest of all and performs similarly to the other brands.

GTX 1050 will allow you to play all the games at 1080p medium-high settings smoothly with more than 50 fps in most of the games and 60+ fps in almost every Esports games on high settings. Yes, some games like Witcher 3 can give you only 30-40 fps but still, that’s the best you can get in a $300 build. The another best thing about this card is that it doesn’t require a six or eight pin power connector as it’s very power efficient and only requires <75 watts max. So don’t need to worry about getting a heavy PSU.


Western Digital 320gb

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Western Digital Caviar Blue 320

As games are becoming huge, you need a good storage size. 320gb is not more than enough but still, it can store many of your games. As the 500gb hard drive is double the cost, therefore, you will only increase your expense and still not get enough space. You can store many games in this drive but may face problems storing setup files.

This hard drive runs at a speed of 7200rpm and has a cache memory of 8mb. With 7200rpm your loading times and booting times will decrease a lot and you will get faster operations.

Power supply

EVGA 400 N1, 400 Watts

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EVGA 400 N1, 400W

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 a decent power supply, not top of the line and neither a bad one. It comes in between and is sufficient to power all of your components allowing you to upgrade your rig further to add custom fans, hard drives or CPU cooler. Previously I used the 430 Watts PSU which was 80+ rated but that costs more than $35 and this one is around $30.

But saving small, small amounts will help us in getting the budget around $300 and this one will not reduce the performance at all. Because all it does is supply the power. You will get 2 years of warranty and a better reliability over the cheap brands.


Rosewill Dual Fans MicroATX Mini Tower Ranger-M Black

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Rosewill MicroATX RANGER-M Black

For the build, previously I chose the Rosewill FBM-01 which is also used in my $250 gaming build but sometimes that case isn’t available so, again I have used the Ranger M black which is similar to the FBM-01. The case is cheaper than many Micro-ATX cases and has good quality material. The side panel has a honeycomb-like mesh for better ventilation and a 120mm fan is also pre-installed at the rear and one 120mm at the front. So you will have good air circulation throughout your case for better cooling.

This case is completely white from inside and black from outside. The build is good and it has enough space to install the components without any hassle. It supports Mini-ITX as well as Micro-ATX motherboards, therefore, you can use either one in this case. Graphics card is also not an issue as there is a lot of space left below where you will install it. The hard drive bays are above the Case fan and you can install one fan or two fan GPU easily.

TOTAL~$355(As of 25th Dec 17)

Use RX 550 if you want don’t want to go up to 350 dollars. But GTX 1050 is worth every penny.

Recommended Peripherals for this build:-

Monitor: ViewSonic VA2446M

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  • 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

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  • 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 N300 TL-WN881ND

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  • 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 

Have any doubts? Ask in the comments below


I am an engineer and a certified Hitech computer technician who loves to play Tekken(Left CSGO). But this is not what else I love. I love to dive into the computer hardware and same goes for you. That’s why you are here! AND YES IGNORE MY BAD ENGLISH:)

  • Thomas Walsh

    Kinda misleading since you don’t factor in the cost of the OS. Sure you can get Steam OS or Linux for free but you will limit your compatibility with games. You ideally need Windows 7 or 10. Even getting OEM will run you about 80 bucks.

    • I know that os is also needed but similarly, monitor, speakers, mouse and keyboard are also needed. But I have only made the list of components used for building a good system in 300 dollars. If you buy all the all these monitors and speakers etc. then of course your budget will go more than 600 dollars.

  • Zakuan Ridzuan

    what the diffrent between Intel Pentium G3258 and G3260

    • G3260 is locked and g3258 is unlocked

      • Zakuan Ridzuan

        sorry if i’m sound like stupid…but what its mean by locked and unlocked??

        • Locked processor cannot be overclocked and unlocked processor can be overclocked.

          • Zakuan Ridzuan

            owhh..are there any other motherboard that have same performance with MSI Intel LGA 1150 H81M-P33??

          • H81M-P33 is very basic motherboard. If you want more performance motherboard get one with chipset Z97. You can check my article on best lga 1150 motherboards in components section.

          • Zakuan Ridzuan

            owhh..thanks for the info..

  • Zakuan Ridzuan

    which one better??? AMD or Intel???

    • There is no clear answer to that. If you want more performance in games then Intel is better option but if you want more cores and better multi-tasking, then amd have much better processors in the same price range.

      • Zakuan Ridzuan

        owh really ..then between AMD Sempron 3850 and Intel Pentium G3258..which one better in games performence??

        • of course the G3258 is much faster. It destroys every budget amd processors in games. Not even x4 860K can win over g3258.

  • Michael Vega

    i would like help purchasing this computer and even modifying it a little more

    • Michael Vega

      I’m just a gamer trying to build my first gaming pc with about $450. I play cs go league and elder scrolls

  • Michael Vega

    can you help sarfraz

  • Milosz Wudarczyk

    I see no fan in this build, wont it get really hot and overheat without a cooling fan or some sort of cooling system?

    • The case in this build has two pre installed fans. One 120mm at the front and one 80mm fan at the rear. It wont get hot.

      • Milosz Wudarczyk

        okay thanks, I think I’m gonna buy that, will be my first rig ever, never build computer before and I was more of console and laptops guy, but I wanna get better results overall in games (fps etc.) and would you recommend for me to buy Anti-Static Wrist Strap?

        • See, Anti-static wrist band is only required if you are doing some sort of work on your system while it’s switched ON. For example if you are touching your motherboard or graphics card with bare hands while the power is going through the PCB as there are some IC’s which get damaged just by touching them when the electricity is flowing through them. But of course you will not be assembling your system while powering it at the same time. But still I recommend this for troubleshooting purposes. And Congrats for your first build. Let me know anything more that I can help you with!

          • Milosz Wudarczyk

            I think honestly I will be able to assamble it easy but the installation of the OS is a different story, but im gonna talk about that when I get to that part. I am gonna order the parts in this week as currently I am on something called ”RogaHack” its a 3 day gaming event and I am planning as I am here, but anyways, I am not sure when the parts are gonna come, but if I have some problems with the assembling or the installation of the OS (which I am most likely gonna have with the installation) I am gonna ask.

          • Milosz Wudarczyk

            Also, are the sources trusted and legit, and not some shitty providers with low quality products or scammers?

          • You mean these components? No no no, these are linked to and you will get manufacturers warranty for sure. These are 100% legit.

          • Milosz Wudarczyk

            I have found almost all the components at the cheapest price, the best sellers that are legit and that ship to the country I live in. Now I have a problem with the hard drive, there are lots of hard drives for sale, but the ratings arent so good, they say that it comes used when they bought it as new, and I dont want to have any scratch marks or for it to be destroyed. And I am not sure if it has to be lets say 3,5 inch or else it wont fit because it will be too big or too small.

          • If thats the case. You can buy hard drive from a nearby computer store. I hope the country in which you are living in must have a computer market.

          • Milosz Wudarczyk

            the problem is, its probably gonna be very expensive to buy hard drives where I live, but for now I can buy the parts and look at the hard drive later

  • Sait

    Hi Sarfraz, I am about to build up my own computer for the first time, based on your instructions. I usually use computer for MS Office , web browsing and occasional games like Fifa and Nba 2k. i wonder that thiscomputer provide a pleasant experience for these games. And when I work on my manuscripts on MS ofiice , I am usually distracted by noise, Is it make a lot noise?

    • Yes, this build will be enough for normal gaming and will not make so much noise.

    • Sait

      I started building up the computer, but Graphic Card “MSI Nvidia GT – 740 is out of stock on amazon and newegg. Can you tell me an alternative graphic card which is below 80$ and compatible to other parts? Thanks

  • Jayvin

    How DO You BUild It

    • Step #1: Buy the components
      Step #2: Take the screwdriver
      Step #3: Start assembling every part in proper sequence. If you don’t know how to assemble then you may buy my guide which is present on the left side bar. And if you want free option then there are a lot of videos that show how to assemble components step by step.


    Q1. is it possible to use a MSI R7 250 2GD3 OC instead for the graphics card. what are the pros and cons.
    Q2. i couldn’t find the graphics card you recommended but i found MSI GeForce GT 730 GDDR5 1gb also what are the pros and cons for that option

    • Yes R7 250 is good but it will be better if you buy the 1gb gddr5 version. I have to update this article.

      Gt 730 is no good for today gaming. Better not buy it.

      • SANKOFA X

        thanks for the fast reply. i have already started saving for that budget. i will update you on my progress.

  • Horrifying Ducks

    Hey just stopping by, have a couple of questions.
    Q1:this is my first ever build, I’m only 14, should I build it myself or bring it to a shop to get built?
    Q2: Based on other builds for around the same price, Ive seen people say 4 gb of ram is fairly low and also every other build has had a 1TB hard drive, instead of only 320 gigs, Is this still good to play fallout 4 and possibly L4D2

    • Alex Green

      You could try building it yourself if you think you know what your doing, maybe look up some tutorials… and yeah 4GB of ram is not enough… at least 8gb

  • Dustine Yuzon

    can i substitute the pentium to a amd athlon x4? is it better?

  • Caleb

    I’m looking for something to play Fallout 4 on, which of your builds would be best for that? Also, do you have to overclock the G3258 or is it good just out of the box?

    • well this build is the minimum which I would recommend for fallout 4.Otherwise it’s very good entry level pc. You can easily play any game on it with medium-high settings at 1080p.

      G3258 is very good even without overclocking but it is best when you overclock it and will get some insane performance for the price you pay.

  • Ander Yoseba Otaola Aponte

    I’m looking to play total war: warhammer fantasy, xcom2, fallout 4, and civilization 6 when it’s out

    I also like world of tanks

    would a build like this suffice to run those games efficiently and smoothly?

    • If you want to play all these games smoothly, then I recommend going with $500 pc build. Although this build is also sufficient for smooth experience but you have to play on medium settings at 1080p.

      • Ander Yoseba Otaola Aponte

        Thanks for quick response
        Which ones will the $300 build have a tough time with?

        I’m very interested in TW: warhammer, what would you recommend for that specifically, on a budget < 500

        Lastly, if I wanted to get a previous gen i3 or i5, how far back is it a good idea to go?

        I like how go for necessary and good use of resources in your builds and reviews rather than the obvious overkill of top products and newest tech.

        • Well this build is just fine for any game. But as games are continuously evolving, getting a gtx 950 is a wise choice. But if you use a r7 360 or gtx 750 ti keeping in mind that you are happy with medium to high settings, then there is no problem getting anyone of them.

          As for the generation of intel processors, I will recommend sticking to at least 4th gen processors as in future you wont be able to upgrade your pc to high end i5’s and i7’s. In fact you will hardly find any 2nd gen processors today.

  • Adam

    Mr. Khan I was looking into your $500 gaming computer build and comparing it to my old rig.
    Would you suggest I only upgrade the graphics card and motherboard?
    I play League of Legends/WoW/Farcry/GTA V but my computer is struggling.

    My rig:

    Thanks for your time Sir.

    • You just need to upgrade your graphics card. Thats it. Get a gtx 950 or higher.

  • GregGingerGuy

    I am going to be playing Ark Survival Evolved,From the Deep,and KSP.Will this build run these at 30fps?

    • easily

      • GregGingerGuy

        Awesome.Im totally buying these parts and building this pc then.

  • Lucri0677

    Hey man. Great build! i ran all of the parts through Gamedebate and it ran everything i wanted to play maxed out! I only have one question i did not see here.. Can i get 2 4gb stick of ram without having to swap anything else out? 4gb will be a little low for me. Will it work?

    • Yes of course. You can use another stick.

      • Lucri0677

        Awesome! And one last question, i cant seem to find what bit i can load onto the system via USB. Is it 32 or 64? What would work best?

        • You can load both in an USB. but use a 64 bit windows as 32 bit only uses around 3.52gb of total memory. So may your ram be 8gb or 64gb, your windows will only allow you to use 3.52gb.

          • Lucri0677

            Hello again! So i am looking for an answer to 2 more questions. Can i buy a second stick of ram and pop it in without changing anything else? Also, how would i go about Overclocking this system? i want 4.2ghz. Will i need extra fans or anything?

          • Yes you can use another ram stick without any problem. For overclocking it above 4.0Ghz you need a custom aftermarket cooler like cooler master hyper 212 evo. That will allow you to use your cpu to full potential.

          • Lucri0677

            Could i push it to 4.2 without the cooler? The 20th anniversary edition comes with a good fan and the case you recommended comes with 2 large fans and side vents right?

          • Yes. Many people are able to push it to 4.2Ghz with a stock cooler.

  • Alex Green

    Hey, just wondering Would this build work better/just as good if i switched out the AMD graphics cards for a Nvidia 750ti or ti750? i forget what its called 😛 i cant stand AMD so i was wondering

    • Gtx 750 ti is equally good as R7 370 but the latter is fully directX 12 compatible and performs better in newer games.

  • Benjamin

    Can I play cs-go on the beginniner pic

  • John Cena

    is this good with minecraft while recording?

    • Yes it’s just fine. You cannot expect a very smooth gameplay but it will do the job fine.

  • Lol Man

    Thanks for sharing this build, what OS would you recommend with it?

  • kaiden

    can this run arma 3

  • John Cena

    what is another ram that is compatible with this build?

  • John Cena

    what is another ram that is compatible with this build?

  • John Cena

    does this work with this?
    Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

  • John Cena

    Thanks for the build

    • Well it’s too easy. You have to plug it in the system, then follow the instructions of making partitions and selecting language etc.

    • Safeer Ahmed

      if you simply copy and paste the OS to USB, it will not work, just download Rufus USB tool and make your USB Bootable via that program and when you connect your USB after this process and PC doesn’t boots from USB then you can set the boot priority of the USB to top in BIOS.

      • Rolando

        You could if you just download the ISO on windows if that’s what OS you prefer.


    Can it run gta v

    • Easily


        Thank you for the quick reply ill get this build and hopefully i can play gta v but can i play on 720p on mid to high or what do i need to upgrade (my budget is 300-350)

        • you will be able to play at 1080p mid to high settings.

          • AMIR KUPPER

            Thabk you sooooooo much ill get this build as fast as possible.
            Thanks allot i owe you.
            You made me smile now a vheap build for gta v.
            Thank you again.
            You are the best.

      • jay

        Is this american or australian?


    Can it run gta v

  • Jackie D Martin

    I ordered this exact build, just waiting on my Hard drive now. This will be my first build ever and I have a few questions. Which cd/DVD drive you prefer to add and can I do so with this set up? Do I have to change anything?

    • You can get ASUS dvd drive from which costs around $20. It can be easily installed in this case.

  • Kyle Stocks

    Do you think this will be able to run Battlefield 1?

    • Well it’s difficult to tell as the game is still not released. But I think you will be able to play at medium settings at least on 768p.

  • Connor

    will this run battlefield 4 at 40fps and over

  • Bryce

    i have never built a pc, will this be too complex for me or is there a source online that you’d reccomend to assist me?

    • You can buy my guide for only $7.85 or you can watch some youtube videos on how to assemble it if you want a free option. Its not that difficult.

    • Its easy. You can use youtube videos for a quick explanation on how to build a pc or you can get my paid guide for clearing everything out.

  • Egil

    Can this computer run fast-paced games like Overwatch?

    • Yes.

      • Egil

        With what kind of graphics? (Low/Medium/High)

        • At 1080p medium settings you will get around 50-60 fps.

  • John Cena

    do you know the fps for minecraft? average?

    • Well depends upon the settings. You will get around 40-50 fps on ultra settings and if you overclock your cpu then a little bit boost.

  • J&M kickerz

    can this run gta 5?

  • Chaz

    Do you believe this could run some of the newer games on the market such as Dead by Daylight on low settings? Could it run on mid to high on older(ish) games such as The Forest? Thanks!

    • It will have no problem in running those games.

      • Chaz

        If you don’t mind me asking another question, is there any CPU that is slightly more expensive but just a bit more powerful? I’m asking this because I’m a novice with computers so I don’t think I could do all the overclocking stuff to this build’s processor to make it really shine.
        I was looking at:
        because I saw it in one of your posts and it looked pretty good, but it is a bit over my 100$ budget and I was wondering if there was a decent middle point that could help me starting out. Opinions? Thanks!

        • You can do one thing. Get Fx 6300 and Gigabyte AM3+ GA-78LMT-USB3. Links
          Fx 6300: : $94.99
          Gigabyte AM3+ GA-78LMT: : $39.99 with rebate for now.

          • Chaz

            I think I might have a go at overclocking the original processor in the build. This is for multiple reasons, 1, it is cheaper, and 2, I feel like I will eventually have to learn overclocking anyhow so I might aswell start somewhere. Thanks, you’ve been a big help!

  • Rolando

    I bought all these parts and instead of the 320GB I got a 1TB. I’ve been wanting to perform my first build for a while now and I had fun as all the parts were just coming together. It is awesome! Skyrim is beautiful and on high settings. This post made the budget build feel so easy. Thanks!

    • I am glad that you are happy with this build 🙂

      • Rolando

        Hi, so I’ve ran into some problems. My frame-rate or performance really slowed down on me only when I start my games and I can’t figure it out. I have the latest working drivers installed and was told to run task manager but nothing seems to show a problem. I’m really confused and if you suggest a solution I’d appreciate it.

        • Can you be more specific? I need more details on this.

          • Rolando

            Most of my games will drop frames significantly. One of them is Red Orchestra 2, which will give me about 10-20 fps on recommended settings and places it on medium 720p, but Bad company 2 works fine and can run on high 60 fps 1080p. Bad company 2 seems to be the only one that runs well. I don’t know what else to say besides I have bad frames. Do you recommend just resetting the graphics card?

            I bought everything new.

          • When did the problem started and did you installed any new driver for graphics card?

            I cant really tell whats the problem but just try to reinstall the graphics card driver again.

          • Rolando

            A couple days ago. I installed the new drivers to see if that was the problem, but little improvement. I’ll just reinstall then…

  • infamouspills

    would this work with the build WD Blue 500GB Desktop Hard Disk Drive – 7200 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 16MB Cache 3.5 Inch – WD5000AAKX and can this build run the game ark survival evolved

  • Henry Chavez

    Would this run GW2 at high? fps?

    • You mean Guild wars 2 or Plants vs Zombies GW2? Well it doesn’t matter. You will be able to play them with 60+ fps.

      • Henry Chavez

        Haha thanks man. Ionno I’ve seen that even though the graphics aren’t that great in the game, its not that well optimized or something. I’ve seen posts with people saying they are lagging with far better rigs that this but I dunno man, too many variables.

  • Dylan Holbrook

    is there a video tutorial to put this together?

  • Cesar Arellano

    Hello I was wondering If this pc can run black ops 2, g-mod, csgo, and cod4 at low setting at 60 framesno problwm.

    • it can run those games at high settings 60 fps.

  • Snocash .l

    Could it play overwatch and new games like that

  • wez

    what is a good monitor unders 50$ that you would reccomend

  • IlluminardyGaming

    does this include the monitor? if not, then where can i get a good monitor? or supplies to make one…

    • No. This is only the System. You have to buy one monitor separately. You can get one from if you live in USA or from an ecommerce store in your country if it’s not USA. I will be writing a guide on buying a good monitor in one week or two. Subscribe for the email letter if you want not to miss that one.

  • Snocash .l

    Does it come with a windows ten or windows 7.

    • You have to buy the windows separately or you can adjust from somewhere.

  • FingerBomber

    Thanks for the build. It worked really great. Thanks for it:D

  • wez

    what about a disk player for downloading windows 7??

    • You don’t need a disc player for downloading windows 7. You need a hard drive.

    • You don’t need a disc player for downloading windows 7. You need a hard drive.

  • Termin8tor86

    I This going to be my first pc build. My budget is around 300-400 dollars. I normally play on console so i don’t know a lot about pc but i know a little. I have a couple questions about this build. Q1: I think that 4 gb of ram is a little too low so can i put 2 4 gigs in instead? Q2: If there is do you know any cases that are cheeper? Q3: will this setup be able to handle 100 fps on cs go at full setings 1080p? If not how much? Oh and does any of these parts include wires to put it together?

    • 1. Yes, you have have enough budget then go for 8gb of ram.
      2. This case is super cheap and I don’t think you should buy more cheaper one.
      3. If you want 100 fps at 1080p on almost max settings, this can do that but some settings like anti-aliasing must be at 4xMsaa MAX. Otherwise, you can get 100-150 fps at 1080p.

      • Termin8tor86

        thank you for the help 🙂

  • Termin8tor86

    i have one other question. i know what overclocking is but how do you do it?

    • Silver Jay

      usually bios settings you can raise the clock just dont overdo it if you want more imformation email me at [email protected] i could help you out

  • andrew

    If i wanted to upgrade the processor later on could i put a i7 in?

  • Davmeister


    I had a question about the graphics card. Would it also work if i use the AMD r7 370 or Geforce GTX 750 ti? If yes, which one would recommend between those two? I want to play H1z1, gta5, Rust, Fallout 4. Can i run those games on atleast medium settings 50+fps with this build?

    Thanks in advance!!

    • Silver Jay

      750 would do a little better job i would have to say

      • Well actually r7 370 is better than 750 ti and will run all of these games with 50+ fps. Gta v will run perfect but fallout 4 may bottleneck a little.

      • Well actually r7 370 is better than 750 ti and will run all of these games with 50+ fps. Gta v will run perfect but fallout 4 may bottleneck a little.

    • Silver Jay

      And probably not 50fps because of processor limitations these games are processor hogs

  • brenden

    so this list is all you need for complete pc?

  • brenden

    so this list is all you need for complete pc?

    • You also need a monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers. But for the main CPU, these are all the parts you would require. Not more than that.

  • Snocash .l

    I just bought the computer i am just doubling thinking … can this run gta 5?

  • Snocash .l

    I just bought the computer i am just doubling thinking … can this run gta 5?

  • dyl

    you dont need an optical drive? the cpu comes with thermal paste? you still have to buy an operating system right?

    • Optical drive isnt necessary. I myself never use it. All things can be done by usb drive.

      The cpu heatsink comes with thermal paste pre-applied and you can get windows installed from usb. As this is cheap build I didnt mentioned an original windows unlike my high end builds. You can easily manage it.

  • carter holtzman

    This is my first PC build and i was wondering if I could save a little money on a graphics card so would this one work well?

    Thank you in advance.

    • save money for a better video card and don’t buy it now. $73 for a video card like r7 250 ddr3 version is waste of money. Instead save money to buy $100 R7 360 or gtx 750 ti at least.

      • carter holtzman

        Ok, Thank you.

      • carter holtzman

        Ok, Thank you.

    • save money for a better video card and don’t buy it now. $73 for a video card like r7 250 ddr3 version is waste of money. Instead save money to buy $100 R7 360 or gtx 750 ti at least.

  • James harden

    Q1: will this be able to stream games like league of legends?
    Q2: how do I get Windows 10 installed on this
    Q3: can this run dual monitors for streaming?

    • 1. Yes
      2. You have to buy windows(recommended) or if you don’t have the budget then you can use a usb drive and get a copy from your friends.
      3. Nope. For streaming it can only do the job for one monitor.

      • James harden

        So this build won’t be able to run dual monitors at all?

        And if it can’t what do I change to make it possible

        • It can surely power two monitors but streaming is a no no. You have to research a little about how you can stream on two monitors. Linustechtips community may help you as I am not in this at all and can’t recommend you anything which is out of my knowledge.

          • James harden

            Just want to clarify, so I will be able to stream league of legends on twitch but just with one monitor?

            Also can your $400 PC build stream league of legends with 2 monitors?

          • Like I said you have to ask the linus community. I don’t have knowledge about it. If I had, I would loved to help you. But for one monitor this build can definitely do that.

          • Like I said you have to ask the linus community. I don’t have knowledge about it. If I had, I would loved to help you. But for one monitor this build can definitely do that.

        • It can surely power two monitors but streaming is a no no. You have to research a little about how you can stream on two monitors. Linustechtips community may help you as I am not in this at all and can’t recommend you anything which is out of my knowledge.

      • James harden

        So this build won’t be able to run dual monitors at all?

        And if it can’t what do I change to make it possible

  • Prosagy957

    Will this build run dark souls 3 at 60 frames or more on a 1366 x 763 – 1600 x 900 monitor?

    • Prosagy957
      • I won’t recommend a LCD monitor cause it’s display is terrible at different viewing angles but as it’s price is really low and if your budget is also low, it’s no problem.

    • you can expect 45-50 fps on medium-high settings at 900p but 60 fps is difficult. The best graphics card for dark souls 3 will be gtx 750 ti.

  • Arnold Marroquin

    How would I go on about getting a copy of windows? Can Windows 7 Home Premium be copied?

    • You can manage it from your friends or a computer technician.

      • Arnold Marroquin

        My recent computer’s motherboard died. I can’t use the same HDD right? Since it was AMD build and this will be an Intel build. Can I get the windows 7 from that HDD if I plug it in to another PC before I reset it?

        • you can use that HDD irrespective of whether you have intel or amd build.

          • Arnold Marroquin

            Without having to reset it?

      • regeya

        If you don’t mind being limited in your game choices, you could alternatively go for SteamOS.

  • Tristan Alverson

    This is my first time buying, and building, a pc and I have some questions, first off could this computer run games like Fallout 4 and Call Of Duty at all? Next is if it can’t run those games what would I need to do to be able to play those games? Last I think I would need about 500GB for storage so what would you recommend for that and how much do they usually cost

    • This can run all those games on medium to high settings. For storage buy 1tb of hard drive cause it’s not much expensive than the 500gb one. The prices of these can be known by check price link.

    • This can run all those games on medium to high settings. For storage buy 1tb of hard drive cause it’s not much expensive than the 500gb one. The prices of these can be known by check price link.

  • carter holtzman

    How do I get wifi on this without a Ethernet cable?

  • lastpariah

    Would this build be able to run Dota 2 at 1080p Ultra without ever dropping below 60fps? 😀

  • Masango Akale

    First Question: Will this build be able to stream Overwatch and League of legends to
    Second Question: What monitor do you recommend for streaming these games to twitch (under $100)
    Third Question: Will this pc be able to be upgraded with this case?

    • For streaming you need an i5 processor. Well you can still try your luck.
      For more monitor under $100 check this out Asus VS228H-P.
      This pc can be definitely upgraded with this case. The most important thing is graphics card’s length. It has plenty of space for any graphics card.

  • Ear Rape Reed

    Hey there Sarfraz! I was just scrolling through the comments and I just wanted to say you are the only person I’ve seen who actually responds to the people in the thread! I have no question just to say thanks for helping people who need help with their PC 😀

    • Thanks for the appreciation. There will be even more support in a few months covering the areas of troubleshooting basic and advanced techniques.