The global economy may be experiencing inflation, but the price of major PC units is actually quite low and, in many cases, low. Because GPU prices are falling fast With SSDs, RAM (at least DDR4 RAM) and power supplies remaining cheaper, now is rarely the best time to build a low-cost gaming PC. With today’s prices, you can configure a solid, 1080p-capable gaming PC for less than $ 500 that includes both discrete graphics and a 12th-gen Intel CPU. We are also able to configure a low-capacity gaming PC for less than $ 400 using AMD integrated graphics.
Below, we show you How To Build A Gaming PC Less than $ 500 or less than $ 400, using parts available from major US retailers today. Please note that the prices we list when we write this are current, but may increase or decrease by the time you read this. Since these lists are primarily based on price, we have not examined every specific part of the list or we have not examined all of them together. The cost of the operating system is not included, but you can get it Windows 10 or 11 for free or cheap. And, if you’re willing to spend more than $ 500, please check out our list Best PC builds For more powerful recommendations.
Gaming PC for under $ 500 with Discrete Graphics
Our $ 500 gaming PC is built around two main components: the Intel Core i3-12100F CPU and AMD Radeon RX 6400-Implemented graphics card (ours is from XFX but any RX 6400 should work similarly). While other parts are great value for money, you can easily replace the same spec PSU, SSD, RAM kit or H610M motherboard and get the same performance.
Intel’s Core i3-12100 with 4 performance cores, 4.3-GHz boost speed and budget price Best cheap CPU Right now and the Core i3-12100F is a variant that comes without integrated graphics (we don’t need it). Our in writing Intel Core i3-12100 reviewWe’ve put Intel’s processor through benchmarks, and its single-threaded performance – the most important type of gaming – is twice as expensive as processors, including Ryzen 5 5600X And Intel’s Last Gen Core i5-11600K. The Core i3-12100F comes with a CPU cooler in the box, so you don’t need to spend much money there.
We’re going with it Radian RX 6400This is because it is the cheapest current-gen GPU on the market, not because it is one Excellent graphics cards. In our tests, when the RX 6400 was benchmarked in 8 popular games at 1080p resolution with medium settings, the RX 6400 averaged 56 fps. It’s not flashing fast, but it’s good enough to play AAA titles without stuttering.
We chose the RX 6400 so we can configure a gaming PC for less than $ 500, but if you can expand your budget to another $ 20, the much faster Radeon RX 6500 XT is available for just $ 179 and is 30 percent faster and a much better purchase. Both GPUs have a boost clock of 2.8 GHz and 4GB VRAM, but the 6500 XT 6400’s 768 has 1024 GPU cores and its VRAM runs at 18 Gbps instead of 16 Gbps.
To support our 12th-gen Intel CPU, we need a cheap motherboard with an LGA 1700 socket. The low-end chipset with that socket is Intel’s H610 and we found it cheaper on the $ 89 MSI PRO H610M-G. This is a basic board with only two RAM slots and a single M.2, PCIe Gen 3 slot for storage. We saw a $ 10 cheaper board but didn’t have the M.2 slot required for our SSD option.
The storage drive of our choice is the TeamGroup MP33 with 512GB capacity. We are TeamGroup has reviewed MP33 2020 and found that it offers really good performance for the money and is now more affordable than it was in the past. This NVMe SSD has read and write speeds of 1,700 and 1,400 MBps, respectively, three times what you would get from a SATA SSD.
To reach our $ 500 price point, we had to stick with a modest 8GB of RAM in the form of a 2x4GB DDR4-3200 kit. Any low-cost kit of DDR4-3200 RAM fits the bill. However, if you can splurge for just $ 15 to $ 20, you can get 16GB of RAM as we found TeamGroup’s T-Force Zeus DDR4-3200 RAM in a 2 x 8GB kit for just $ 48. Considering that the motherboard only has two RAM slots, you are wise to spend a little extra on upgrading later.
Our case is the Corsair Carbide 175R, which usually costs around $ 40 but was available at Newegg for $ 44 (with a rebate) at the time we wrote it. The box features an attractive, sleek design with an RGB exhaust fan along with a tempered glass side panel and RGB logo. Corsair is one of the premier names in cases, so it’s high-quality for the price. However, if you do not like discounts or have not sold it by the time you read this, you can find a $ 45 to $ 50 case in Roseville’s FBM X2 or FBM X1, the latter not particularly attractive, but you have to make some sacrifices to build a gaming PC for under $ 500
The final part of our $ 500 inner gaming PC is a 430W power supply from ThermalTake. Any 400 to 500W power supply from a reputable brand works here. Thermaltake Smart 430W is certified 80+, whether bronze or gold, which means it has some degree of efficiency considerations.
If you can stretch your budget a bit, we recommend swapping out RAM, GPU and storage for slightly better parts, for $ 20 to $ 80. Our first priority goes from 8GB of RAM to 16GB, because the motherboard only has two DIMM slots so you need to throw in your current RAM if you want to upgrade later. TeamGroup’s $ 48, 16GB (2 x 8GB) kit costs less than $ 20 and makes all aspects of your computing life easy, from web surfing to document editing and gaming.
Adding another $ 20 to move from the RX 6400 to the Radeon RX 6500 XT is a no-brainer. You get about 30 percent more performance for the least cost.
The low priority upgrade, while still good, is moving from a 512GB SSD to a 1TB capacity, which is just $ 30 more in the case of TeamGroup MP33. You can certainly get by with a 512GB SSD, but if you plan to install more than three or four AAA games, you’ll need extra storage.
Gaming PC for under $ 400
If you want to build a gaming PC for under $ 400, there is no way you can get a graphics card. That is why you need a relatively inexpensive CPU with excellent integrated graphics, in our case AMD Ryzen 5 5600G. The $ 160, 65-watt CPU features 6 cores, 12 threads, and a maximum boost clock of 4.4 GHz. It comes with a cooler in the box so you don’t have to spend money on one.
In our multi-threaded application tests, the Ryzen 5 5600G quad-core, including the Core i3-12100, beat the pants of many competitors we use on our $ 500 gaming PC.
More importantly, the Ryzen 5 5600G’s integrated RX 7 Vega GPU is good enough to play games well at 720p and 1080p. In our 720p gaming test suite, the 5600G has an average of 75.4 fps, more than playable. When we increased the resolution to 1080p, the average fps still dropped to a respectable 43.5 fps. But in many games, you’ll be able to dial a few more settings to increase the frame rate.
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Our motherboard for our gaming PC for less than $ 400 is the ASRock B450M-HDV R4.0. As the B450 chipset is older than the Ryzen 5000 series CPUs, it is important to note that not all B450 motherboards work out of the box. Everyone supports these CPUs after the BIOS update, but if you don’t have the old Ryzen CPU, you have no way to boot and manage that update. However, the B450M-HDV R4.0 (make sure it’s R4.0) promises compatibility on the first boot.
ASRock’s board has only two DIMM slots, so keep in mind that if you go with 8GB of RAM we’ll have less than $ 400, you won’t be able to upgrade without changing the memory. However, aside from that limitation, the B450M-HDV has other basic features, including support for the R4.0 M.2 PCIe Gen3 SSDs.
Our case, RAM, storage and power supply is the same as on our $ 500 gaming PC. That means we’re only going with 8GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, a modest 512GB SSD and 430W power supply. The Corsair Carbide 175R is a good budget case, but may not be available at the prices we’ve seen in a long time. You can exchange any of these components for different models with the same specs.
As a gaming PC build for less than $ 500, the sub- $ 400 configuration is significantly better if you spend another $ 20 to upgrade to a 16GB (2 x 8GB) kit, or spend an extra $ 30 for less performance and more game storage space. To move up to 1TB SSD.