Best 300 Dollar Gaming PC
AMD Ryzen 3 3200G
Patriot Viper 4
Asus Prime B450M-A
Thermaltake Versa H15
CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3200G.
This speedy and efficient little CPU from AMD looks just like the rest of the Ryzen series with a shiny silver casing with the logo on the front.
While you may balk at spending a third of your budget on one component, the AMD Ryzen 3 3200G is going to be essential to getting this build right. You are getting a quad-core processor that runs at 3.6GHz and can be overclocked up to 4.0GHz with the right tweaks and settings.
The best feature of this CPU from AMD is that it comes with an onboard GPU in the form of the Radeon Vega 8. While the onboard graphics will not give you the power of a stand-alone card, this is going to be plenty to run a lot of great games.
The AMD Ryzen 3 3600G also comes paired with the Wraith Stealth cooler that will keep temperatures lower to avoid overheating of components.
With a 6 MB cache and support for DDR 2933, this budget processor is a must-have for this build. Need a stronger processor? Look at our builds for under $1500 or under $3000 and you’ll see some better options.
RAM: Patriot Viper 4.
This stylish looking RAM from Patriot looks very cool with a black and crimson color scheme with a white Viper logo.
You will be getting a heck of a bargain when you choose the Patriot Viper 4 RAM kit for your budget PC. It comes in two 8GB of DDR4 memory and they run at 3000MHz. This type of random access memory is going to give you the ability to run just about any program out there and even multitask smoothly.
They come equipped with an anodized aluminum heat spreader which does an excellent job at dissipating heat buildup to keep components safe.
The Patriot Viper 4 RAM kit also comes XMP 2.0 ready for even easier and more efficient overclocking.
You will be hard-pressed to find a better deal on a RAM kit for a build under $300, which also has dual channel memory.
Storage: ADATA SU365.
This solid-state drive from ADATA comes looking like a fairly industry-standard piece of equipment in all-black with the ADATA sticker on the front.
You are getting a steal of a deal here at under $30 for a premium solid-state drive. This SSD may not be the largest, with 240GB of storage, but it is super fast and compact. You need to make a sacrifice somewhere, and 240GB is plenty of space if you organize properly.
This SSD comes with a whole host of convenient features in its design. It makes very little noise and is extremely fast. The read and write speeds are 520 and 450MB per second respectively.
That isn’t all that this handy storage component comes with, as it is lightweight, shockproof, and even has anti-vibration technology inside.
For anyone who is pinching pennies on their PC, this is the ideal storage solution and is a great additional to our best cheap gaming PC.
PSU: Gamemax VP-600-M-RGB.
This is a unique looking PSU from Gamemax that comes in a black case with various forms of ventilation, and there is a hint of green on the center of the fan.
The power supply is going to give you everything you need for a basic gaming PC, and then some. It is a 600 Watt PSU that is 80 plus bronze certified, which means it will average 85% efficiency during typical tasks.
This PSU is only semi-modular, which means you have some control of the wiring, with some restrictions.
One great thing about this component is the RGB lighting on the fan. It uses efficient LED lights to give a great display every time you turn it on. This fan is also designed to be extremely quiet and you can switch it on and off with the easy to use ECO switch.
When you buy this PSU from Gamemax you also receive a three-year warranty that is completely worry-free.
Overall the power supply is great for its low cost and is a great addition to our gaming computer. For a custom gaming PC you may be upgrading in the future, the Gamemax can handle some lower end graphics cards, however when you make your own PC upgrades, you might need to switch it out for a more powerful PSU.
Motherboard: Asus Prime B450M-A.
As most motherboards come looking fairly standard and similar, it is no surprise that this offering from Asus is in various shade of gray and white.
The Asus Prime B450M-A is a very capable micro ATX motherboard for a budget build and has everything you need to get the job done. It is powered by AM4 processors to ensure that you have the best possible speeds.
For your unique touch, it has an RGB header that you can customize to your heart’s content, especially if you have other compatible components.
It also comes equipped with the Asus Quiet Thermal Solution which uses a heat sink that is completely fanless.
This motherboard is also prepared to handle larger graphics cards, if you decide to upgrade, and has a heavily fortified PCIe slot to ensure it doesn’t get damaged.
With support for DDR4, Gigabit LAN, and USB 3,1 connections, this MOBO from Asus is going to bring your whole gaming build together.
Case: Thermaltake Versa H15.
This is a micro-ATX case that comes fully prepared to equip the latest in computer components, including large graphic cards and even liquid cooling solutions. The case measures 16.5 x 19.3 x 9.4-inches and weighs less than 10-pounds.
You are going to get four different expansion slots, three for up to 3.5-inches, and another for 5.25-inches, for a ton of versatility.
As well, to ensure proper cooling it comes with a rear 120millimeter fan pre-installed, and room to fit four more of the same size, two on top and two in the front.
With a three-year warranty from Thermaltake, this case is going to be a smart investment for any priced build. It’s also a great reason to choose building your own over a pre built gaming PC, as you can pick a cool looking case like this.
Is $300 enough to build a good gaming PC?
The honest answer is no. With such a tight budget you’ll be using an integrated graphics card instead of a dedicated graphics card, which will limit the games you can play. Alongside this you have a small storage capacity, so won’t be able to play games that require lots of storage. This is an entry level gaming PC so you can play some basic games, but you won’t be able to play AAA games without a dedicated GPU.
Will this budget gaming PC be enough for business work?
Yes. This $300 cheap gaming PC will be enough to handle business work and emails etc. You can browse the internet and watch movies, but it’ll struggle to handle gaming. You’ll need to make future upgrades to expand this gaming rig into something that can handle games on low settings, medium settings or even high settings with smooth gameplay.
PC gaming is not a cheap hobby. You cant do alot with a gaming setup that doesn’t have all the components you need. I recommend you upgrade the power supply unit, get a dedicated graphics solution and look for additional storage, preferably SSD storage.
Things to consider before getting a gaming PC under 300
There are some hidden costs when building your own PC compared to a prebuilt gaming PC. Things such as the operating system, which vary and aren’t all the same price, but can add costs to your build. Also PC games can be ran on this system with some overclocking, but most games won’t start. If you want to overclock you will need to upgrade the CPU cooler. Modern games struggle on an affordable PC build, so look to expand your budget.
This entry level PC build also doesn’t include a gaming keyboard, gaming mouse, additional fans, SATA cables or more storage.
What games can this gaming PC play?
It will struggle to play any eSports titles or run games that are demanding. It can with some light overclocking play some basic games such as:
- Rocket League
- Counter Strike Global Offensive
You won’t get a good gaming experience trying high end gaming, but you can play on the lower end with this custom build. This custom PC can also play most web based games such as Runescape.