Best Gaming PC Build Under $300

Best Gaming PC Build Under 300

If you are looking to build a budget gaming PC and you don’t want to spend too much on the PC, then how does a 300 dollar gaming PC sound like? Yes, 300 dollars for a gaming PC. Keep in mind that this will not be a gaming PC that will be able to play all of the modern game titles at high to ultra-graphics settings. However, this 300 dollar gaming PC will be able to run most of the modern game titles at low to medium graphics settings.

For a gaming PC under 300 dollars, that is not too bad. While this PC will deliver impressive performance for the price, it also gives the users the ease to upgrade in the future easily. The main goal here is to build a gaming PC under 300 dollars price that will be able to run modern game titles while staying under the budget.

We have done some research and picked out the hardware components for the PC when put together makes the best gaming PC under 300 dollars. So, if you are looking for a gaming computer under 300 USD, then keep reading to see how to get a good gaming setup under 300 dollars.

If you can increase your budget then check out the Best Gaming PC Build Under $500. You can get beast performance in 500.


The Best Cheap $300 Gaming PC Build For 2020

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Processor: AMD Ryzen 3 3200G

The processor that we chose for this 300 dollar gaming PC is the AMD Ryzen 3 3200G.

AMD has always been overshadowed by Intel and Nvidia when it comes to computer CPUs and GPUs. However, AMD released their Ryzen Threadripper series of CPUs, that prove it otherwise as it offers one of the best multi-core CPU performance.

The AMD’s CPU model names that end with a “G” come with built-in graphics processing that provides the users with some impressive budget level computer performance, excellent graphics power, and excellent value for the users. For the AMD Ryzen 3 3200G CPU’s great budget-friendly price, you not only get a CPU that has a version of AMD’s robust built-in Vega graphics processing, along with a very serviceable stock cooling fan. You can easily build a powerful budget PC around it.

Specifications

CPU Cores4
CPU Threads4
GPU Cores8
Base Clock3.6GHz
Max Boost ClockUp to 4.0GHz
CacheL1 Cache: 384KB L2 Cache: 2MB L3 Cache: 4MB
Socket TypeAM4
PCI Express VersionPCIe 3.0 x8
TDP65W
Max Temperature95 °C

AMD Ryzen 3 3200G features four cores, a base clock speed of 3.6GHz, and a 4MB L3 cache. This CPU is based on a 12-nanometer microprocessor architecture, which is a step behind AMD’s cutting-edge Zen 2 architecture, and it is more advanced than the architecture that the second-generation Ryzen CPUs used.

AMD Ryzen 3 3200G is one of the few AMD Ryzen chips that features a built-in graphics processing, which means that if you’re going to be using it in a budget gaming PC, then you will not have to spend some extra money from your budget on a dedicated graphics card. Most of the integrated graphics processors provide the users with some basic functionality, like the ability to run apps and display videos. However, when it comes to some demanding tasks, such as running 3D-graphics intensive games or powering multiple 4K monitors, the integrated graphics processors will not be able to handle them.

The integrated graphics processor of the AMD Ryzen 3 3200G CPU is dubbed, “Radeon RX Vega 8” and it is more powerful than the integrated graphics processors that you will see in a budget processor. This integrated graphics processor can efficiently serve as a substitute for a low-end discrete GPU.

We did not choose an aftermarket CPU cooler to save some money and not go over the budget of 300 dollars. Another reason for not selecting an aftermarket CPU cooler is that the AMD Ryzen 3 3200G CPU comes with a CPU cooler included. It comes with a stock CPU cooler called, “AMD Wraith Stealth” and it is not as attractive or powerful as the LED-adorned AMD Wraith Prism that is included with some of the more expensive desktop CPUs by AMD, but it does the job just fine.

The main reason why we chose the AMD Ryzen 3 3200G CPU for this 300 dollar gaming PC is its budget-friendly price and the powerful enough integrated graphics processor. If we select a CPU that does not have a powerful enough integrated graphics processor, then we will have to get a dedicated graphics card as well. However, doing that will easily take the total price of our budget gaming PC above 300 dollars. This is why the AMD Ryzen 3 3200G CPU is the best choice for this gaming PC build under 300 dollars.


Graphics Card: Vega 8 (Integrated)

Vega 8 graphics card

The graphics card that is being used in this 300 dollar gaming PC is the RX Vega 8, which is an integrated graphics processor, and here it is integrated with the AMD Ryzen 3 3200G APU.

The performance of the RX Vega 8 very much depends on the memory configuration of the system. This GPU should be able to benefit from a fast dual-channel DDR4 RAM.

Specifications

GPU Cores8
Graphics ModelRadeon Vega 8 Graphics
Memory SizeShared main memory (depends on the system)
Memory TypeDDR4 shared system memory
Base Clock Speed1250MHz
Video OutputDisplayPort HDMI
GPU TypeIntegrated graphics

Regarding the RX Vega 8’s max load temperature, the RX Vega 8’s cooling is excellent when it comes to keeping the GPU cool and under control. The AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 is based on the Vega architecture and has eight cores running at the clock speed of up to 1250 MHz.

This Vega architecture does provide the users with some improvements over the Polaris generation, and now, it also supports DirectX 12 Feature Level 12_1.

The AMD RX Vega 8 GPU has a performance that sits between the GeForce 940MX or the Radeon Pro 450 and the GeForce MX150 or the Radeon Pro 555. This GPU is capable of providing the users with smooth gameplay in some game titles like Dota 2, League of Legends, CS: GO, and Overwatch at low to medium graphics settings in 720p up to 1080p.

The good thing about the combination between the AMD Ryzen 3 3200G and the RX Vega 8 is that this combination has a bottleneck of less than 8% in many games and is a perfect match to avoid FPS loss.

The main reason why we went with the AMD RX Vega 8 GPU for this gaming PC under 300 dollars is that it is an integrated graphics processor with the AMD Ryzen 3 3200G CPU. But, the RX Vega 8 does save us a lot of money, because we don’t have to spend any money from our budget in order to get a dedicated graphics card. Not only that, but the RX Vega 8 does also provide the users with decent performance for the price it comes at. It makes the AMD RX Vega 8 a great option to go with for this budget gaming PC.


Motherboard: Gigabyte A320M

Gigabyte A320M motherboard

The motherboard that we chose for this 300 dollar gaming PC is the Gigabyte A320M motherboard.

The Gigabyte A320M motherboard is a micro-ATX form factor motherboard. The A320 chipset is described as “essential” by AMD, B350 chipset described as “mainstream” by AMD, and the X370 chipset is described as “enthusiast” by AMD.

A320 chipset was one of the first AM4 chipsets to be released. This motherboard arrived in pre-built PCs using Bristol Ridge APUs. The A320 chipset loses some overclocking and some high-speed I/O, unlike the more expensive cousin motherboards, but is no different in any other way.

Specifications                                                                      

ChipsetAMD A320M
CPU SocketAMD AM4 Socket 3rd Gen / 2nd Gen and 1st Gen AMD Ryzen 2nd Gen Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics / 1st Gen Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics Athlon with Radeon Vega Graphics 7th Gen A-Series Athlon X4 Processors
Memory2 x DDR4 slots Maximum 32GB
Memory Clock SpeedUp to 3200 MHz (O.C.)
Storage1 x M.2 (Gigabyte A320M-S2H) 4 x SATA III
Multi-GPU SupportAMD CrossFireX
Expansion Slots1 x PCIe x16 2 x PCIe x1
Rear I/O panel1 x D-Sub 1 x HDMI 1 x DVI-D 1 x PS/2 mouse 1 x PS/2 keyboard 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports 2 x USB 2.0 / 1.1 1 x Ethernet port (RJ45) 3 x Audio Jacks
Wi-FiNO
Form FactorMicro ATX Form Factor

The Gigabyte A320M motherboard has two DDR4 RAM slots, four SATA 6Gbps ports, a single USB 3.1 port, and that is pretty much it. The Gigabyte A320M-S2H variant features an M.2 slot. These motherboards feature Realtek chips that take care of the audio output and the LAN connectivity. The Gigabyte A320M motherboard does not come with a bunch of RGB LEDs. However, for this budget gaming PC, we are not going for the aesthetics, we are going for the hardware components that provide the users with the highest performance, while the price is the lowest.

The motherboard has a nice black PCB with some grey lines across the board, which looks nice. The main reason why we chose this Gigabyte A320M motherboard is its features and the price at which you can buy it. It has a solid build quality with some decent features for this budget gaming PC. This motherboard is a great option to go with for this gaming PC under 300 dollars because of the low price that it has while it provides the users with a nice set of features.


SSD: ADATA SU655 120 GB 2.5″ SSD

ADATA SU655 120 ssd

The SSD that we chose for this 300 dollar gaming PC is the ADATA SU655 120 GB 2.5” SSD. Because the prices of the SSDs have gone quite low nowadays, this is why we can go with an SSD instead of a Hard Disk Drive. However, SSD will have low storage space than a Hard Disk Drive for the same price, but the SSD is much faster than the Hard Disk Drive.

The ADATA SU655 is an entry-level SSD for the client PCs. The Ultimate SU655 SSD is one of the first drives that is based on the QLC 3D NAND. It is an indicator that the new type of flash memory has finally reached the point in terms of reliability and production that companies like ADATA can offer it to their customers. The drive is also one of the first SATA-based QLC SSDs.

Specifications

Capacity                               120GB
InterfaceSATA 6Gb/s
Form Factor2.5”
Sequential Read SpeedUp to 520 MB /s
Sequential Write SpeedUp to 450 MB /s
NAND Flash3D NAND

The ADATA SU655 drives have a 2.5-inch form factor and feature 120 GB, 480 GB, and 960 GB configurations. The SSD we are using in this budget gaming PC is the ADATA SU655 120 GB. The Ultimate ADATA SU655 SSD features a sequential read speed of up to 520 MB/s, while the sequential write speed of up to 450 MB/s when the pseudo-SLC caching is enabled. The 120 GB version is not slower than the higher-capacity models.

About the endurance of the 120 GB version of the ADATA Ultimate SU655 SSD drive, is rated for 50 TBW (TB Written). In contrast, the higher-capacity 480 GB and 960 GB models are rated for 100 and 200 TBW, respectively.

The company ADATA does not disclose the controller they use for their Ultimate SU655 SSDs and neither the supplier of 3D QLC memory. ADATA could be using one of two SATA SSD controllers in the ADATA SU655 SSD either it is the Maxio Technology’s controller or the Phison’s controller. However, Phison usually delivers turn-key SSD solutions with its controllers, and ADATA did not work with this company, which leaves Maxio is the most likely provider of QLC-supporting SATA SSD controller for ADATA.

This ADATA SU655 SSD is the kind of drive we have come to expect from ADATA. ADATA has shown that they are not afraid of experimenting with the new SSD controllers and NAND memory. As a result of this, ADATA has dozens of products that are aimed for a variety of market segments. The company ADATA was the first independent maker of SSDs to offer drives that are based on 3D NAND several years ago. The ADATA SU655 is the company’s one of the first 3D QLC-based SSD with a SATA interface.

The main reason why we chose an SSD over the Hard Disk Drive is the speed the SSD provides the users. You can easily get a Hard Disk Drive later on for a quite low price if you need more storage. The SSD will provide faster boot-up speeds and quicker loading speeds for the applications that you use. This SSD will fall under our budget, and this SSD is an excellent option for this budget gaming PC.


RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB)

Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB ram

The RAM that we chose for our 300 dollar gaming PC is the Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB).

This kit by Corsair includes two 4 GB DDR4 DIMMs and has a 2133 MHz frequency. But, it can be overclocked to a higher frequency rate. This Corsair Vengeance LPX RAM is a decent enough RAM for this budget gaming PC. It has quite a simple heat spreader style, and it has a beautiful black finish to it. The Corsair Vengeance LPX RAM has fast enough frequency speed that will be able to handle pretty much everything that you will do on the PC. We are going with 8 GB of RAM, and it is enough for gaming, while 4 GB of RAM is not enough nowadays.

Specifications

Memory TypeDDR4
Frequency2133MHz
Tested Speed2666MHz
Capacity8GB (4GB x 2)
Timings15 – 15 – 15 – 36
Voltage1.2V
FormatDIMM

The Corsair Vengeance LPX RAM has timings of 15 – 15 – 15 – 36 may seem slow when compared to the modern and new RAM parts. But, for a 300 dollar gaming PC that is something we will have to ignore it. On the other hand, that is not so bad, and it is enough to handle games easily.

The main reason why we chose the Corsair Vengeance LPX RAM is that it has a fast enough frequency speed. We are using 2 RAM sticks each having 4 GB of RAM running in dual-channel. The Corsair Vengeance LPX is quite cheap now, and it is one the best options for RAM in this 300 dollar gaming PC.


Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80PLUS

 EVGA 500W 80PLUS Power Supply

As you know, the CPU we have there on this list is not power-hungry, so most of the users consider cheap power supplies for these builds. However, that a bad thing as the PSU gives power to every component inside the PC, and pairing a wrong power supply can put your PC at risk.

Right now, we don’t have a dedicated GPU in this build, but in the future, you might need to pair, so get at least 450-500W PSU with it. This will make your PC futureproof in terms of Power Supply, and you don’t have to change it if you got any dedicated graphics card.

The PSU I would recommend you is EVGA 500 BR as you might already know this company is in the top tier list of manufacturing PSUs and graphics cards. I know there are several cheap options available too, and it’s not going to give an in-game boost, but for that reason, we can’t leave other components at risk. This PSU got great reviews by its users on several online shopping platforms, including Amazon and Newegg.

The good I found in this PSU is its low price and best performance as you can pair any high-end graphics card with changing it. With the Bronze Rating, you don’t have to worry about the components as it’s perfect in quality and reputed brands like Corsair are not going to leave you alone. All you have to do is don’t push your hardware under heavy loads because of this build, if not for some serious overclocking.

Well, if you have any plan to go with some other power supply, there are some things to consider before buying any power supply. First of all, make sure that your power supply is capable of giving enough wattage to the components. Also, there are some PSU tiers, so be sure that you are using at least an 80+ Bronze PSU while it goes up to Platinum. This PSU is an excellent option for budget gaming pc if you don’t want to spend much money.

Specifications

PSU ModelEVGA 500W 80PLUS
ModularNo
Tier80 Plus
Wattage500W
Form FactorATX
CablesAll black covered
Warranty2-Years +

Case: Cougar MX330

Cougar MX330 case

The PC case that we chose for our 300 dollar gaming PC is the Cougar MX330 PC case.

The Cougar MX330 PC case is spacious, affordable, and has adequate cable routing spaces. It is a Mid Tower PC case, and the Cougar MX330 PC case is an excellent choice for a budget gaming PC. The Cougar MX330 PC case may be missing some of the design and styling aesthetics that you get on expensive PC cases, but the Cougar MX330 PC case has enough space to house your hardware components easily as well as a nice design.

Specifications

Dimensions195mm (W) x 473mm (H) x 427mm (D)
Drive Bays3 x 3.5 inches 2 x 2.5 inches + 2 x 2.5 (converted from 3.5” drive bays) 1 x 5.25 inches
Max GPU Length350mm
Max CPU Cooler Height155mm
Max PSU Length200mm
Max Number of Fans and RadiatorsFront: 2 x 120mm fans Up to 240mm Radiator Top: 2 x 120mm fans Up to 120mm Radiator Rear: 1 x 120mm fan (included) Or 1 x 120mm Radiator
Front I/O Ports2 x USB 3.0 ports 2 x USB 2.0 ports 1 x headphone jack 1 x microphone jack

A PC case that has a separate compartment for the power supply on the bottom of the PC case is beneficial as it makes hiding the extra cables easier, as well as it makes cable mounting easier too. The power supplies can produce quite a lot of heat and have a barrier in between your GPU, CPU, and the motherboard does help with the temperatures. To prevent the temperature of the power supply to raise, there is a mesh hole at the bottom of the case from which your power supply can draw air from as most of the power supplies are designed to exhaust out the back. Having this barrier in between should lower the heat transference from the power supply.

For cable routing, the Cougar MX330 may not be the best PC case, but this PC case does have some routing features that are available to route the cables nicely. The Cougar MX330 PC case has space for five fans, but if you are going to be installing a DVD/RW drive, this takes up one of the fan openings. However, you can easily install four fans in this PC case by mounting two fans in the front, one on top, and one on the rear (it comes with a 120mm fan already installed on the back of the case).

The main reason why we chose this case for this 300 dollar gaming PC is because of the space it provides and the airflow it can give the users. The price is quite reasonable for the PC case, but it still is not too much that it goes over our total budget of 300 dollars. The case provides the users with the right amount of space while it also has a beautiful design. A separate compartment for the power supply helps with hiding the extra cables to provide a cleaner look. The side window of the Cougar MX330 gives a fresh look while it also lets everyone have a peek inside the PC case to see the hardware components in there. All of this makes the Cougar MX330 one of the best options for a PC case in this budget.


Conclusion and Performance of this Build in Different Games

The hardware components that are mentioned above make one of the best gaming PC under 300 dollars. However, you must be wondering how these hardware components will fare against some e-sports game titles as well as some new modern game titles. Now, we are going through how this PC will perform in some of the game titles, to give you an idea of the Performance this PC is capable of providing the users with.

Far Cry New Dawn

Far Cry New Dawn is a graphically demanding game, and this budget gaming PC will be able to run it at 31 minimum FPS at low graphics settings at 720p. For a 300 dollar gaming PC and this is not so bad. It is awe-inspiring that this budget gaming PC is capable of run Far Cry New Dawn at an average of 39 FPS at low settings without a dedicated GPU and an integrated graphics processor.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO)

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) is not a very graphically demanding game title, and this 300 dollar gaming PC can run it at 58 minimum FPS at low graphics settings at 1080p. So, you should not have any problems running it on this PC as CS: GO has an average of 113 FPS at low graphics settings at 1080p.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is a very graphically demanding game, and this budget gaming PC will be able to run it at ten minimum FPS at low graphics settings at 720p. It is incredible how this 300 dollar gaming PC can run such a graphically demanding game at an average of 36 FPS at low graphics settings. And that too, using the integrated graphics processor and not a dedicated GPU. However, it may seem unplayable sometimes when the FPS drops too low.

Apex Legends

Apex legends do require a powerful enough PC to run the game properly, and this budget gaming PC will be able to run it at 38 minimum FPS at low to medium graphics settings at 720p. You can play this game quite comfortably at low to medium graphics settings at 720p and have an average of 51 FPS.

PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG) PC

PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG) PC does require a powerful enough PC to run the game at a playable FPS, even at low graphics settings. This 300 dollar gaming PC will be able to run it at ten minimum FPS at low graphics settings at 720p. You may face some FPS drops now and then, but it will be playable as it has an average of 49 FPS.


Disclaimer

The price of each component is not consistent. Although the prices may also go down or may go higher in the dilemma of pandemic and shortage. This article is based on prices in component availability case.


FAQ

Does Amazon ship these hardware components to Brazil?

If you want to get the hardware components that are mentioned above, but you are wondering whether these hardware components are available in your state or not. Then, simply go to the Amazon website and check if they can ship the hardware components to the country that you live in or not. If you are lucky, and these hardware components are available in the state that you live in, then simply order from Amazon. If Amazon does not go to the country you live in, then you can check the local vendors that are near you.

Is Ryzen 3200G capable of running Call of Duty Warzone on max out settings paired with a GTX 1660 Super?

Yes! Call of duty Warzone can run maxed out @1080P on this combination/configuration just increase RAM up to 12GB and make sure you have plenty of hard disk space and excellent download speed as this game has massive updates and yields more than 100GB disk space.

Do the HDD SATA cables come along with this motherboard?

Yes, the SATA cables do come along with brand new motherboards. There may be more than one SATA cable in the motherboard package.

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