There are many diehard fans of video games across the world who loves playing games all the time. Probably because you are reading this article, you are one among them. It is quite obvious that in order to enjoy games, all you need is a strong gaming PC. Building a gaming PC is not a big deal but when you have a limited budget of $400, it can be a bit challenging. Now let’s concentrate on how to build a gaming PC under $400.
The very first and in fact the most important thing you must consider is to check out all the available options in the market for the motherboard, processor, RAM and especially the graphics card. Do a market survey and check to know who can offer you the best devices without compromising the quality. One of the best ways to ensure a 400$ gaming PC is buying all the components from the same seller. This enables you to avail some discount on the components.
Build the best gaming PC under $400
In case you are buying a gaming PC for the very first time, it’s always better to focus on your core needs only. Obviously, if it’s a gaming Pc, you are not going to use it for other purposes most of the time. So in order to keep your budget under $ 400, ensure you are not installing any electronic component in the cabinet which is not actually required.
Those who seek absolute gaming experience always know how important it is to pay attention to the motherboard. It is really very important to make it sure that motherboard you choose has enough slots that can accommodate RAM as well as the graphics card. It always better to choose one which allows accommodation of more than one graphics card. Don’t forget to choose DDR3 RAM for the smooth play of the game. The best 400$ 1080 high ultra gaming PC can be built if you get the right video graphics card.
It is always better to buy the components from the retailers directly. You can easily find merchants who offer massive discounts. Most people think that buying expensive parts is the only way to build the best gaming PC. However, it is not always necessary. There are many manufacturers who provide quality parts without a high price tag. You can check them out online as well.
Another best way to ensure that your budget wouldn’t cross $ 400 is upgrading your machine than buying a new one. Possibly in this digital world, you might already have a PC at your home. One of the pure misconceptions among the people is they need to change the whole PC if they need to enjoy gaming. However, an expert can simply transform your general PC in a giant gaming one only by changing some important parts only. You need not replace it fully. This is one of the best ways to build a gaming PC under a very limited budget of $400.
Building a PC will cost you less than the brand PC. It’s convenient to buy a complete Windows PC, but nothing beat building your own custom PC. Besides, much cheaper components you can buy for your custom PC, you can also design your PC specification on your own which is cooler than the typical brand PC’s.
There are so many processors, graphics cards, motherboards, PC cases, and power supplies or PSU in the market, selecting the parts is much easier than it looks. We are here to guide you to build a custom $400 gaming PC which has best components such as the motherboard, processor, and more.
How We Choose the PC Components
Generally, a PC consists of these following parts/ components.
- Hard Disk
- Graphics card
- PC case
- Keyboard and mouse
These components are necessary to build a gaming PC. We have built 2 types of gaming PC under $400. If you’re an AMD or Intel fan, we have the best gaming PC for you. First, let’s discuss the components which we have used to build the $400 gaming PC.
- Processor – Intel Pentium Gold G5400/AMD Ryzen 3 2200G
- Motherboard – Gigabyte B360M/Gigabyte B350M
- RAM – Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB
- Graphics Card – Gigabyte GeForce GT-1030
- Hard Drive – WD Blue 1TB SATA
- Power Supply or PSU – EVGA 500 BQ 80+
- PC Chassis – Phanteks Eclipse Metal ATX P300
Let’s dive into the individual component in this system. If you have any questions related to PC
1. Intel Pentium Gold G5400
Intel Pentium Gold G5400 is from 8th generation(Coffee Lake) Intel processor which is manufactured under 14nm technology so it is power efficient and its performance is great. This processor has Intel Hyper-threading technology, so multi-threading task like gaming, video editing/enhancing can be done without any hiccups. It costs less than $65 and it uses 2 cores and 4 threads. It has the base frequency of 3.7GHz and it does support the latest DDR4-2400 RAM.
It has two upgraded series such as G5500 and G5600 but it doesn’t matter with its performance because G5500 has 3.8GHz clock speed and G5600 has 3.9GHz clock speed which is not much different than G5400’s 3.7GHz clock speed.
2. AMD Ryzen 3 2200G
AMD is also a major player in the world of computing, it always gives tough competition to Intel. If you’re not a big fan of Intel architecture then you have an alternate option(i.e. AMD). The AMD Ryzen 3 2200G is budget gaming CPU which has 4 cores and 4 threads, so the multi-threading task won’t be any problem to perform. It also comes with powerful onboard Radeon Vega graphics, which is the most advanced, powerful and gaming hardware. This processor can deliver high performance and heavy workloads without any compromise. It costs about $90.
3. Gigabyte B350M/Gigabyte B360M Motherboard
- If you use AMD processor then go for Gigabyte B350M motherboard which is cheaper than the B360M motherboard and it has the AM4 socket, so it supports new generation AMD Ryzen processor and you can upgrade your RAM up to 64GB. It has dual DIMM DDR4 RAM support which can be extended up to 3200MHz.
- For Intel Processor we choose Gigabyte B360M, which supports 8th Generation Intel Processors. It has 4 DIMMs and DDR4 RAM. So you can upgrade your processor from 8th gen Intel Pentium gold to Intel i5 processor. It costs less than $65.
4. Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 RAM
The Corsair Vengeance LPX is 2400MHz DDR4 RAM. It is specially designed for high-performance overclocking. It has the heat spreader which is made up of pure aluminum for faster heat dissipation. This RAM module can be used in the Mini-iTX and Micro-ATX motherboard which have DDR4 RAM modules. Due to its overclocking function, it can be used by extreme gaming enthusiasts and high-end PC builders. The 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 RAM have great performance and its very fast compared to other RAM Modules.
5. Gigabyte GeForce GT-1030 Graphics Card
Without the graphics card, there is no complete gaming PC. The Gigabyte GeForce GT0-1030 is the budget graphics card, which has 2GB of RAM and it has one-click overclocking feature. It has low profile design so it saves more space to fit slim or smaller system. It is equipped with a DVI-D and an HDMI port, and also supports 4K resolution.
It costs less than $80 and it is a power efficient graphics card so it doesn’t need extra power from PSU or power supply. The base core clock speed of this graphics card is 1227 MHz and the maximum core clock speed is 1506 MHz.
6. Western Digital (WD) Blue 1 TB SATA
It is a 3.5-inch desktop HDD which has 7200 rpm compared to a traditional HDD, i.e., 5400rpm. So this makes this HDD faster. The WD blue 1 has the transfer speed of 6Gb/s and 64 MB cache. It has the IntelliSeek technology which helps it to calculate optimum seek speeds to lower power consumption, noise, and vibration. It costs less than $40.
6. EVGA 500W BQ 80+
The power supply unit or PSU is the nervous system of the computer, which helps to distribute the right power to the different components of the PC. The EVGA 500W BQ 80+ is a modular PSU or power supply unit which has removable cables, so you can remove the unnecessary cable and maximize airflow inside your PC case. It has a fluid dynamic bearing fan which enables it to do silent operation even under the toughest loads.
7. Phanteks Eclipse Steel ATX P300
Phanteks eclipse steel ATX P300 is a standard high-quality Chassis which is built for budget-friendly enclosures. It has exceptional build quality in its class, featuring a full metal body with a beautiful glass side panel. These chassis are fully equipped with a magnetic dust filter which helps to remove all dust and sludges inside your PC case and it has large space to add more cooling solutions which add extra benefits. It has the RGB power light and ambient down light which enables it as a beautiful looking PC chassis.
These components are used by us in building the $400 gaming PC. Though we have not added the monitor and accessories like keyboard and mouse for your PC because it won’t cost you much. There are lots of accessories available in the market which you can use for your gaming PC and it may cost less than $10.
If you want to go with AMD, then you have to use the AMD Ryzen 3 2200G along with Gigabyte B350M motherboard which is specially designed for AMD Ryzen processor, which is AM4 series or else you want to stick with the Intel Pentium Gold G5400 processor, then you have to consider Gigabyte B360M which is 400 series motherboard.
We have built 2 types of gaming PC under $400 which is great for gaming and multitasking. Both PC performances are good and faster. You can use any one PC which suites best for you and you can also upgrade your PC performance by adding some upgraded PC components like RAM, Graphics card. You can also use some gaming accessories(like the joystick, gaming headset, etc.,) for a better gaming experience.
These PC can play almost all games available right now in the market but it may lag on some because some games have a high fps rate, if not you can play any game because it depends upon your graphics card. You can play any games by adjusting the game set to minimum.