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This is a guide for purchasing the best budget gaming computer for you hard earned money! This guide will show you what to look for when purchasing your next budget computer. For our guide we will assume that the user is going to be doing moderate gaming and streaming in 4k. This requires a hefty computer but definitely something you can purchase for under $750. Before we get into this, we highly recommend using PC Part Picker. They have awesome guides and a part picker that is great to use. Let’s jump right into the build!

Which Components are the most important?

There are 4 main components to look at when purchasing a budget computer.

  1. Processor
  2. Hard Drive
  3. RAM
  4. Graphics Card

The Processor and RAM are important for processing information but you need to have a hard drive that can deliver the information quickly so that the processor and RAM can do their part as well.

The Processor

There are really just two processors at the budget level that we recommend. The first is the Intel Core i3 (pictured below). The Intel Core series has been out now for a while and continues to hold the number one spot.

Intel Core I3 Processor
Intel Core i3 4 Core

The second processor that we recommend is the AMD Ryzen 3, Ryzen is a bit newer but is the direct competitor to the Intel Core Series. The Ryzen 3 (pictured below) is a beast and packs enough power for any moderate gaming.

AMD Ryzen 3 2200G 4 Core
AMD Ryzen 3 2200G 4 Core

Both of the processors that are shown are also “unlocked” which means that they have the ability to be “overclocked”. Overclocking is a term that is used for pushing the processor past its “factory” limits. At the time of this post, the i3 is selling for $166 and the Ryzen 3 is selling for $60

The Hard Drive

The traditional “Hard Drive” is a thing of the past. To get the best performance out of your budget computer you will need to use a Solid State Drive (SSD). SSD’s outperform traditional HDD’s by over 100x. This means that it will deliver the information to the processors way faster. This reduces information bottlenecks. It will allow for you to get the most out of your processor and RAM. The best SSD you can purchase for your budget computer is the “Samsung 860 EVO“. It comes in a variety of sizes and prices. For this budget computer, we are going to start with the 500 GB model. This is plenty of space to get started. At the time of this post, the 500 GB model costs $74.99

Samsung Evo 860 500GB
Samsung 860 Evo 500GB

The RAM (Random Access Memory)

When picking RAM, it is important to look at both the speed (MHz) and the size (GB). To support your computer you will need 8GB of RAM with a speed of at least 2666 MHz. That amount will be good for now and will future proof your device for the years to come. A couple of the big names in RAM are Corsair, G-Skill and HyperX. They have budget lines that work perfectly within our budget. For this build the most competitively priced RAM was the Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 8GB Ram. At the time of this post it is $49.99, which is a great deal!

Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB 2666MHz
Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB 2666MHz

The Graphics Card

The graphics card is going to be the most expensive part to purchase. There are two main companies that make graphics cards for gaming. Nvidia and AMD. The Nvidia GeForce GTX line is the most expensive. For the price Nvidia doesn’t outperform AMD enough for it to be worth the price. Especially when you are building a budget computer, so we will focus on AMD. Our pick for the best graphics card for your budget computer is the AMD RX 590. The RX 590 has 8GB of Graphics RAM which is higher than its Nvidia Geforce GTX 1660 direct competitor. It is also significantly cheaper than the Nvidia at only $199.99 at the time of this post.

AMD Radeon RX 590
AMD Radeon RX 590 8 GB GDDR5

Our Budget Computer… So Far

So far we have the 4 “main” components:

  • Processor: Intel i3 – $166
  • Solid State Drive: Samsung Evo 860 500GB – $75
  • RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB @ 2666MHz – $50
  • Graphics Card: AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB GDDR5 – $199

We are up to $490 so we have a little bit of wiggle room left in our budget for the next items we have to purchase.

Remaining Items

There are just a few parts left that we need to purchase. Then we will have all the pieces we need to start building our Ultimate Budget Gaming Computer. Those items are:

  • Power Supply (PSU)
  • Motherboard
  • CPU Cooling
  • An ATX Computer Case/Tower

The Power Supply (PSU)

This computer will not be using a ton of power so the PSU can be very budget friendly. For this we chose the EVGA 500 BR 500W PSU. This will be more than enough power to support your device and it is a great deal! At just $55 at the time of this post this is a great PSU for our build.

EVGA 500 BR 500W PSU
EVGA 500 BR 500W PSU

The Motherboard

The motherboard can be tricky to purchase because we need to make sure it is compatible with our CPU and our Case. So we know our CPU is an Intel i3. That means we will need to get a motherboard that is compatible with the “Intel Chipset”. Additionally, our case is going to be the ATX model. This is the standard model and will give us plenty of room to build. So our motherboard needs to be the ATX model as well. With both of those boxes checked, we have decided on our motherboard for this budget computer. Our choice is the Gigabyte Z390 UD Gaming Motherboard. It supports all of our components and at the time of this post costs us $110.

Gigabyte Z390 UD Motherboard LGA1151
Gigabyte Z390 UD Motherboard LGA1151

Cooling the CPU

If you keep your house warmer than 72-75 degrees Fahrenheit. You may want to use water cooling for your new budget PC. However, since we are designing a budget PC the best way to cool your CPU is with fans. The Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler is the perfect candidate for this task. At a $34.99 cost at the time of this post it is significantly cheaper than water cooling and it is also a lot easier to install. Make sure you purchase thermal paste with it! We would also like you to know that a CPU Cooler is a MUST so if you have to either have fan cooling or water cooling. You CANNOT have a standard fan setup and expect that to cool your CPU.

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler

The Tower or Case

The computer tower is the last item we need to purchase to get our build finished. There are many good brands to choose from including Thermaltake, Cooler Master, Rosewill, and Corsair to name a few. For the sake of this build and keeping it cheap, we are using a Rosewill tower. The Rosewill TYRFING ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case. It comes with 2 pre-installed fans with the option to buy more fans for even better temperature control. At the time of this post it is selling for $49.

Rosewill TYRFING ATX Mid Tower Gaming PC Computer Case
Rosewill TYRFING ATX Mid Tower Gaming PC Computer Case

The Budget Gaming Computer Finished!

So now that we have purchased everything, lets look at the total!

  • Processor: Intel i3 – $166
  • Solid State Drive: Samsung Evo 860 500GB – $75
  • RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB @ 2666MHz – $50
  • Graphics Card: AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB GDDR5 – $199
  • Power Supply (PSU): EVGA 500 BR – $55
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte Z390 UD Motherboard – $110
  • CPU Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo – $35
  • ATX Computer Case/Tower: Rosewill TYRFING – $49

TOTAL COST FOR THE ULTIMATE BUDGET COMPUTER: $739

This is a great price for a computer that will continue to game for the next 3-5 years without any problems. If overclocked and taken care of, it could perform at a high level for 5+ years! Now, we do not have any peripherals so that will be about another $200-$300 for a gaming monitor, keyboard, and mouse. You will also need to purchase Windows 10 Pro 64-bit for ~ $100. We will cover that in another post that is coming up soon! But you should have everything you need to be ready to game!

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Building The Best Budget Gaming Computer: The Ultimate Guide

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