For 400 dollars, you can build a decent PC if you choose the best possible components available right now. The PC configuration I have listed is for gaming at 1080p and will give you easily around 40 fps on average on medium settings in most of the games easily. I chose all the parts in this build with care and this should be the best available $400 Gaming PC for eSports games like CSGO, Overwatch and Rocket League. Other graphical intensive games like Rise of the Tomb Raider, Battlefield 1 and Doom should have no problems in running on medium settings too but this build is best for eSports games where you can actually get more than 50 fps in most cases.
In order to make this PC as much as future proof as possible, I have selected only the latest generation parts which have more performance and better power efficiency which will not only save you a lot of money in the future while upgrading but will also lessen your electricity bill. I named this PC “THE MASTER” Build.
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What is better than the Ryzen 5 2400G APU?
Surely, AMD Ryzen 5 2400G is the best APU available today for just above $150. This is a combination of GPU and a CPU, that’s why it’s called an APU which means you will get the performance of a processor and a graphics card from this chip. You don’t need to buy a dedicated graphics card for this build and if you want to upgrade you can easily get one in the future but right now this chip is enough for playing all the games on medium-high settings and gives tough competition to the entry-level graphics cards from Nvidia and AMD which are GT 1030 and RX 550. But when you start to overclock this processor, you will unlock its true power.
As it is fully unlocked, you can take it to the next level by overclocking both the CPU and GPU from Ryzen Master software so that you can get a lot of boost in performance. All of this is easy and will help you gain at least 20-30% more performance if you do it properly. As for the specs of this APU, it is a Quad-core chip with 3.6Ghz as the base clock and 3.9Ghz as boost clock. It’s not only powerful but also power efficient having max TDP of 65 Watts. This chip comes with a stock AMD Wraith Stealth CPU cooler which should be enough for basic cooling. As I have used this APU in my friends build, I can without any doubt say that it is the best CPU for any budget build right now.
Memory, Motherboard, PSU and Case details
The motherboard I chose is from MSI which is GIGABYTE GA-AB350M-DS3H. As the Ryzen 2400G is overclockable, it’s best to use it on an unlocked chipset motherboard which should allow proper overclocking. There are a lot of B350 chipset motherboards available but the problem with most of them is either high price or bad VRM cooling. The GIGABYTE GA-AB350M-DS3H costs less but at the same times comes with a good 4+2 power phase VRM with a decent heatsink for overclocking stability.
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It has all the basic slots and ports for memory, graphics cards and storage so you don’t need to worry about future upgrades. You can easily upgrade to a dedicated GPU in future if you ever want to. As for the RAM, I chose a single stick of 8GB DDR4 module from Ballistix Sport clocked at 2666Mhz. As there are only two DIMM slots on the motherboard, it’s best to use a single stick so that you can upgrade to 16Gb in the near future. The motherboard I chose supports very highly overclocked memories, therefore 2666Mhz RAM will help in a little boost in performance. Also, it is enough for 1080p gaming and there is no game that will utilize more than that on this resolution.
With this configuration, you can open some applications at the back while gaming or do some basic multitasking because 8GB RAM accompanied by the quad-core Ryzen 2400G processor is fast enough for handling intensive tasks. As for storing your games, the build is capable of storing a lot of moderately sized games along with other data. 320GB of the hard drive is not the best solution for a long time but because I don’t want to increase the budget over $400, I chose the 1TB hard drive from Western Digital. Previously I used a 320GB one but now the total cost of the PC is reduced after some of the components got cheaper. So, it’s very beneficial to get a 1TB of hard drive that can store a lot of files including gaming, applications, miscellaneous files etc.
All of these parts will be powered by the Thermaltake Smart 430 Watts power supply which is rated at 80+ power efficiency. This power supply has all the required cables for powering all the components I have chosen and there will be many additional cables left which you can use for further upgrades. This one is a reliable power supply and you must not go below it because your components life depends on it.
To host all these parts, I have chosen the beautiful Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 case which has a large side window panel which will let you see all the components installed in it. It has a decent design with a stylish front panel which takes cool air from the top and bottom along with displaying the lighting effects if you install LED fans at the front.
It comes with a pre-installed 120mm fan at the rear for exhaust and you can add two 120mm fans at the front for better intake. It has decent cable management at the back and fairly sized routeing holes through which you can make it look cleaner. At a price of less than $40, this one stands out in the crowd and will beautify your RIG.
|AMD Ryzen 5 2400G||$158.99|
|Ballistix Sport LT 8GB DDR4 2666Mhz||$69.99|
|Western Digital 1TB||$45.99|
|Thermaltake Smart 430W||$29.10|
|Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1||$42.99|
TOTAL~$410(As of 1st Nov 2018)
Recommended Peripherals for this build:-
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
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
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
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