Best Gaming PC Build Under $400 of 2019 (CONSOLE KILLER!!)

best gaming pc under 400 dollars

April 2019 Update: We've updated our $400 build with the fantastic AMD Ryzen 5 2400G processor with integrated graphics and high speed Patriot RAM. We've also updated our prebuilt computer recommendations, bringing you fantastic value for those who prefer to purchase rather than build.

With the 400 dollar gaming PC our main focus was to give excellent value for money whilst still providing a decent level of gaming performance. While we aren’t quite at the price range where value is at its absolute best, we are getting into the price range where we can start making some serious leaps forward into good performance in modern games. While this may not be our cheapest gaming PC build, it’s still extremely affordable while also functioning as the CONSOLE KILLER PC build under $400, as we like to call it.

We consider this build as being entry-level for both performance standards and build difficulty making it the perfect gateway into PC building, so let's dive straight in.

Build Overview

This PC build is comprised of mostly standard hardware components, however we have managed to squeeze in one of AMD's latest Ryzen chips which when paired with quick RAM is widely considered the best pound-for-pound CPU available in its price range. We had three goals to meet here which were as follows:

Making the cheapest gaming PC build that still offers a great value - Truth be told, the $300 gaming PC build is a good starting point but just that: a starting point.

This build is the first that keeps great value whilst still having the ability to play AAA gaming titles at 1080p.

Providing console-quality performance - If you’re spending console-money, you want console quality. While you may need to make settings adjustments here and there, we feel like this build does that pretty well. If you pair this with the cheaper Steam game offerings and the builds upgrade-ability we believe the $400 build surpasses anything a console has to offer.

Keeping high-quality components - Many budget builds will use no-name PSUs and the likes in order to make the price work, but we avoided this at all costs and for good reason. Not only is that bad practice, but it can actually be dangerous for your system!

We chose to stick to quality brands that you can trust instead of cutting corners, and we think it shows.

We’ll dive into detail on how we chose the rest of the components below. For now, rejoice: this should provide all the performance you need for a console-level gaming experience. Factor in Steam sales, and you’re getting an even cheaper gaming experience in the long run!

How We Choose the PC Components

We understand the importance of keeping components in our builds up-to-date, that way you can make the most of your budget. For this reason, we’re always staying on top of the latest tech news and announcements to make sure what we recommend is not only the latest but the best for the price.

We know the ins and outs of hardware performance, price, and compatibility. And we’re never afraid to do our due diligence with extra research. For instance, we check up-to-date benchmarks from multiple sources around the web to confirm the performance of different components. We check our builds daily to ensure the hardware we recommend is still in stock and the overall build still offers great bang for buck. Please rest assured, we are here for you.

The Best Cheap $400 Gaming PC Update:

AMD Ryzen 5 2400G Processor
cpu

AMD Ryzen 5 2400G Processor

Amd's Ryzen range is widely considered the best value for money CPU's available today and the 2400G packs a real performance punch at a affordable price.

 Patriot Elite VIPER 4 Series 2666MHz
ram

Patriot Elite VIPER 4 Series 2666MHz

The perfect pairing for this CPU is 8GB of fantastic 2666mhz RAM.

Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM
hdd

Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM

Unless you’re already a PC gamer with a large library 1TB of storage should be a great starting point.

Corsair CX Series 450 Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified Non-Modular Power Supply
psu

Corsair CX Series 450 Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified Non-Modular Power Supply

Due to budget restrictions we've had to go for a non-modular PSU here, however it does have a great bronze 80+ rating and a fantastic build quality which comes with buying Corsair.

MSI Performance Gaming Micro-ATX Motherboard (B450M Gaming Plus)
mobo

MSI Performance Gaming Micro-ATX Motherboard (B450M Gaming Plus)

A fantastic little motherboard which has the capacity to house everything you're going to need to create the ultimate $400 gaming machine.

Thermaltake Versa H15 SPCC Micro ATX Tower
case

Thermaltake Versa H15 SPCC Micro ATX Tower

An astonishingly cool (aesthetically and literally) budget case that dominates other value options in the same price range.

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Build Details

Enough of the preambling-- let’s break down each individual component in this system and why it was chosen over the other options out there.

cpu
  • AMD Ryzen 5 2400G Processor

    AMD Ryzen 5 2400G Processor

AMD have come a long way in the last couple of years ever since releasing their brilliant range of powerful, budget CPU’s. The 2400G takes the lead role in this $400 build, it comes equipped with Vega 11 onboard graphics which actually performs extremely well if paired with the correct RAM and board.

It comes with a max boost clock speed of 3.9Ghz which is fantastic at multitasking due to its 4cores/8thread’s makeup. It also comes equipped with it’s own cooling system which saves on money again meaning we have more room in the budget to bolster other areas such as RAM.

Overall one of the best budget CPU’s available.

ram
  •  Patriot Elite VIPER 4 Series 2666MHz

    Patriot Elite VIPER 4 Series 2666MHz

Patriot is a trusted brand, and for good reason. This kit of 8GB DDR4 RAM should offer all the speed and memory capacity that you should need for gaming and multitasking and is easily the best pick in this price range. Thanks to it being two 4GB sticks, it’ll also run in dual-channel, ensuring that the DDR4 RAM is being used to its maximum potential and you don’t experience any hitches or problems associated with running RAM in single-channel.

Further more, the CPU we’ve gone for thrives of super quick 2666Mhz memory which gives almost 90% performance boost over slower stuff.

Despite being a budget product, this RAM still has great build quality, so it should last well into the foreseeable future.

hdd
  • Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM

    Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM

Lets be honest this 1TB HDD may feel like starter storage…and it is, but it’s still the best storage solution you’re going to find in this price range, at least from a value perspective. While it may not be an SSD, for common desktop usage you won’t really notice a big difference and longer load-times shouldn’t negatively impact you too much in games.

The Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD is the best you’re going to get here, and should provide a good gaming experience overall. If you demand more from your storage, however, feel free to replace or supplement it with the SSD recommended below.

psu
  • Corsair CX Series 450 Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified Non-Modular Power Supply

    Corsair CX Series 450 Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified Non-Modular Power Supply

The best thing you can do when thinking about purchasing a cheap PSU is to buy from a reliable manufacturer such as Corsair or EVGA. Unless you want a house fire of course. The CX 450W is a great starter PSU but isn’t going to win any awards for usability or high-end features, but it is going to be solid, stable and reliable for years to come. which ultimately is what matters. 

mobo
  • MSI Performance Gaming Micro-ATX Motherboard (B450M Gaming Plus)

    MSI Performance Gaming Micro-ATX Motherboard (B450M Gaming Plus)

There is really no point in skimping on a motherboard at this stage and that’s why we’ve opted for the MSI Micro-ATX B450 Gaming Plus Motherboard here. It guarantees compatibility with the Ryzen 2400G and has some great little features as well. It is effectively an entry-level motherboard but for $400 it’s as good as you can get.

This motherboard comes equipped with some cool features, such as it’s ability to overclock both the CPU and the RAM to their full potential. This means squeezing additional performance out of the $400 machine is certainly an option.

case
  • Thermaltake Versa H15 SPCC Micro ATX Tower

    Thermaltake Versa H15 SPCC Micro ATX Tower

Of all the budget cases we’ve recommended here on WePC, this is definitely the most aesthetically pleasing. It also has great out-of-the-box cooling, a clean design, great airflow, and plenty of room for a long GPU or a few extra hard drives down the line. 

The Versa H15 is our recommended case for this $400 gaming PC build, but there is a small caveat…you’ll likely want to buy at least one (it can take two additional fans) extra fan, since this case only includes a single exhaust fan. To accomplish optimal airflow, you’ll want to add an intake fan of your own upfront, two if you’re particularly serious. We have some great budget fan options listed in optional upgrades below.

MORE: Best PC Cases

Why is This The Best Custom PC for the Price of $400?

Simply put? We’re providing the only up-to-date gaming PC build for $400 featuring an AMD 2400G that isn’t linking to unavailable parts, isn’t stuffing in dangerous no-name PSUs to save money, and isn’t going dramatically over budget to accomplish its goals. In fact, most of the time this build will be hovering around the $400 mark unlike other PC builds out there which are closer to $500.

The great thing about this build is everything works perfectly in harmony to produce fantastic performance across a number of games and platforms. We consider it to be perfectly rounded whilst still housing the ability to be upgraded further down the line if necessary. However, with the build being equipped with AMD's 2400g which has decent onboard graphics, you won't have to upgrade anytime soon if you stick to modern games at medium settings.

 

What games can this PC run?

In this section, we’re going to tell you how this game should be able to run your favorite games.

  • Fortnite - Fortnite should run at 1080p60 and high settings with little, if any, issues.
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds - PUBG should run at medium settings in 1080p60.
  • Monster Hunter: World - MHW will run at 1080p60 with medium settings.
  • League of Legends - Due to being a light eSports title, League should be easily pushed to 1080p60 by this build.
  • Dota 2 - Same as above.
  • Overwatch - Overwatch should be very playable at high-to-max settings and 1080p60.
  • Rainbow Six: Siege -  Siege should run just fine at medium settings in 1080p60, maybe even a few higher settings.
  • Warframe -  Warframe won’t be an issue for this PC build at all- expect 1080p60 at max settings with ease.
  • Grand Theft Auto V - GTA V should be playable at 1080p60, but you may need to turn down some settings to medium to keep a high framerate.
  • Team Fortress 2 - TF2 will do great at 1080p, but due to the weaker CPU in this build you may have difficulty with pushing it past 60 FPS on high settings.

Similar Prebuilt Gaming PC Under $400

It is great building your own cheap desktop computer especially if you’re on a tight budget.

Nonetheless, not everyone is fond of building their own gaming computer due to the hassle that comes with it. If you're one of the folks that isn't overly keen on the idea of building your own, then you'll be happy to know we've searched the web for the best pre-builds for around $400. 

In the Q1 of 2019, the shortage of GPU greatly affected custom built prices, so we added these sections to our builds. This was what triggered the why you should buy a prebuilt PC now trend. While this advice was mostly only relevant for a short window in time, there are still great prebuilt gaming desktops in the $400 range:

Future Upgrade Options

It’s no doubt that this custom $400 build is already plenty powerful but here are a few upgrades you can opt for if you want an extra edge down the line.

NOTE: These will raise the price of the build!

ram

Let’s be honest, for $400 dollars we’ve pretty much achieved the best performing rig you can buy at this price range, however if you’re willing to splash a little more cash then there’s a couple of options available.

We start with the RAM, the Ryzen 5 chips really thrive from being paired with decent RAM, so the easiest way to squeeze some performance out of your rig is by doubling what we have recommended above. Not to mention Corsair is much more reliable and trusted brand.

ssd

One of the best upgrades you can get to improve user experience is the Samsung 860 Evo SSD 250GB. It is our entry-level SSD recommendation due to its great storage capacity and performance.

The 860 Evo will be more than enough to store your OS, programs and some of your primary gaming titles. All of these will have blazing-fast loading times, thanks to the SSD tech which we’ve all come to love!

What won’t benefit from an SSD are media files, like music and video. We’d recommend using your HDD as a “dumb” storage device for media if you opt to buy both of these.

However, if you decide to buy only the SSD, know that you’ll be operating with a tiny amount of disk space which could be problematic down the line.

MORE: Best SSD for Gaming

gpu

The RX 570 is both a massive step up in price and more importantly performance. It currently boasts a considerable step up from the onboard graphics that the $400 build currently houses. With this powerhouse, you’ll be exceeding the PS4 Pro by a pretty good margin, and will also start knocking on the door to VR capabilities! You won’t have a problem playing games at 1080p/60fps with this card either

However, it’s not all good news since buying this GPU will add a decent $150 to the cost of the build. But after that, you can relax for the next year or so without upgrades.

OS Options and Recommended Peripherals

Like other build guides you can find online, we don’t include the price of the OS and peripherals in the build. This is for a lot of reasons, but typically users will have at least some of these things before jumping in.

In case you’re missing some or all of these things, we’ve provided a list of easy recommendations below.

Operating System

    This budget $400 gaming PC can’t do its fragging without an operating system. If you don’t have a pre-existing retail Windows installation to carry over from an old PC to this one, here’s our recommendations.

    Windows 10

    Windows 10

    If you want maximum performance and compatibility, buy a Windows 10 license. This is an expensive route, but it will ensure that you get the most out of your rig. Windows still comes in DVD format if that is more convenient for your needs.

     

    Operating System

    If you can’t afford Windows right now, you can also opt for a Linux distribution. If you go that route, Ubuntu Linux and Linux Mint are our highest-recommended for usability and support. Do note, however, that they will be harder to use and not all games will be compatible with them.

    Mouse and Keyboard

      Need some basic input devices? We’ve got you covered.

      Roccat KONE Pure SE

      Roccat KONE Pure SE

      The Roccat Kone Pure SE is our top budget mouse pick for the $400 build, fantastic ergonomic design, superb high performance optical sensor and a very respectable price tag. What more could you want?

      If you’re looking to splash out a bit more on peripherals then why not check out our best gaming mouse post.

      Redragon K552-RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

      Redragon K552-RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

      Meanwhile, Redragon K552 serves as an excellent budget mechanical keyboard solution. The idea of budget mechanical keyboards used to be absolutely alien, especially from a lesser-known manufacturer, but Redragon has really knocked this one out of the park.

      If you spend a lot of time typing or just want the best possible input experience for WASDs/MMOs/MOBAS, buy a mechanical keyboard. You’ll never want to go back.

      SteelSeries QcK Gaming Surface

      SteelSeries QcK Gaming Surface

      Steelseries are known for producing quality components and the Qck Gaming Surface is no different. You’re going to need a decent mouse pad if you’re getting into gaming, and there’s no better place to start.

      MORE: Best mousepads of 2019

      Razer Gaming Bungee V2

      Razer Gaming Bungee V2

      a relatively cheap mouse bungee from Razer which will serve it’s purpose very well. Great look and accommodates all mouse cables, a great tool for any gamer wanting to remove cable resistance.

      MORE: Best Gaming Bungee’s

      Monitor

        No point in buying the $400 gaming PC if you can’t enjoy the pretty graphics, right?

        BenQ ZOWIE RL2455S 24 Inch Gaming Monitor

        BenQ ZOWIE RL2455S 24 Inch Gaming Monitor

        The Benq RL2455S 24” gaming monitor should serve this build perfectly if you don’t have anything laying around. Its 1080p resolution is more than enough for Ryzen’s onboard Vega 11 graphics you’re packing, and with a 1ms response time on top of that, you should be in business for solid gaming. The screen comes in at 24 inches and, as you would expect from Benq, is well built.

        If that isn’t enough for you, you should take a look at our in-depth 20 monitor roundup guide. If you have ambitious dreams of gaming at 1440p or 144HZ one day, we recommend investing in a monitor for your future upgrades.

        Sound Options

          Good audio design is integral to an immersive gaming experience, and you aren’t going to get that with built-in monitor speakers or cheap earbuds. Here are some great budget audio options if you need them.

          Creative Inspire T12 2.0 Multimedia Speaker

          Creative Inspire T12 2.0 Multimedia Speaker

          The Creative Inspire T12 Speakers are a great entry option. These speakers may not offer you anything special like surround sound or subwoofing, but they will allow you to enjoy quality audio at a fair price.

          MORE: Best Computer Speakers

          HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset

          HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset

          If you’re more serious about gaming, though, especially competitively, you’re going to want a headset. Our favorite budget solution is the HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming headset, which is built fairly well (despite its low price) and should provide you with good comms and situational awareness in games.

          If you’re a little more invested in gaming then we would suggest having a look at our best gaming headsets article.

          Getting Online

            ASUS PCE-AC56 Wireless Express Adapter

            ASUS PCE-AC56 Wireless Express Adapter

            The ASUS PCE-AC56 Wireless Adapter is a great, convenient Wi-Fi solution at a fair price. If you must use wireless then it’s really worth while investing in a decent adapter. 

            For the most stable gaming experience, though, go with wired.

            Wired (Ethernet Cable)

            Wired (Ethernet Cable)

            Buying this ethernet cable off Amazon should give you all the wired stability and performance you’re looking for. We highly recommend this if you’re serious about gaming in any competitive manner.

            Building Tips

            You may now know the components you’ll need to create our $400 gaming PC build, but that doesn’t mean you know how to build a cheap gaming PC, or any other price range for that matter. Most people have questions about PC building, especially if they are new to building a PC. And of course, there are a lot of easy mistakes you should be aware of so that you know what to avoid.

            Invest In Antistatic Equipment

            Computer parts are delicate. Most intuitively understand this, hence why they’re scared of “messing up”. But one major step you can take to avoid “messing up” is using an anti-static wristband. These help dissipate static discharge, which would otherwise ruin your components before you’ve even put them together.

            But they only work if you know how to use the anti-static wristband properly.

            To save some extra stress and make your workplace computer-friendly, you can also buy an anti-static mat, which you rest your parts on while working.

            Watch Building Guides

            By using Tek Syndicate’s in-depth build video and the instruction manuals that come with your components, you should be well on your way to assembling your new budget PC.

            Building will always take longer for a first timer; however, with the right guidance (and mastery over standoff screws!), it should go pretty smoothly.

            If you need further instructions, our detailed step-by-step How to Build a PC guide should help you out. We cover everything from deciding your budget to long-term computer maintenance.

            Install OS Via USB

            Don’t shell out extra for an optical drive you’re only going to use once. Instead, grab a 4GB USB stick and install your OS like a real enthusiast!

            To do this on Windows, simply plug it into your PC and install Windows 10 Media Creation Tool. The program will walk you through the rest of the (easy) process, and, in no time, you’ll have a portable Windows installer!

            For Linux distributions, use UNetbootin or Rufus instead. Same instructions apply.

            Closing Thoughts

            The best $400 gaming PC is complete! You have a budget gaming PC that can butt heads with the PS4 Pro while still enjoying all the benefits the PC platform has to offer. This includes lower game prices and endless upgradeability.

            How did you find the build? Are you unsure of something? Do you want to sacrifice a little to suit your budget? Tell us down the comments!

            86 Comments

            1. Shawn Clark says:

              Will this meet the requirements for running lightroom cc? Thanks!

              1. Shawn Clark says:

                One more question. Could I use the “NZXT S340 Mid Tower case? Thanks!

              2. Tyler Cavalari says:

                I’ve never actually built a pc and I really wanna do this build. I have the money and I looked up every part on amazon it’s all
                In stock. I’m just scared to actually do it i don’t wanna mess up building it

                1. SlewedEmperor10 says:

                  Im scared to build one too. I feel like I could but Id probably mess it up. Good luck!

                2. Koda says:

                  I understand you completely, man! I too want to buy and build this build. I’m 15 and have no experience with computers at all. My dad does however and he even has friends in the IT world; but I kinda want to do this myself as well, I have the money and time and patience but just don’t want to completely ruin something. I left my email and If you could get back to me on how it went building this build , if you even built it.

            2. jack says:

              It ain’t under $400 though is it…

              1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

                Prices change every now and then but on average, it’s around the $400 range. I’d recommend you regularly check the prices to get the best deals if you could wait. In fact, it could go as low as $380-$390.

                1. Jeremy says:

                  It’s 540 now

                2. James says:

                  for me the build is 350 and I live in Holland

              2. Josh says:

                I want to buy this but like I legit have no money and my parents dont buy me stuff ;-;

                1. DOODOOG says:

                  Good, you don’t deserve it. Get a job.

            3. Alex M says:

              Need your opinion this or:
              Ryzen 3 2200g Apu
              8gb (2×4) ddr4 3200mhz
              Msi b350m gaming pro Mobo
              Evga 450w
              1tb hdd it’s about the same price

              1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

                Hi Alex M! We actually considered this setup and you can check our “Why is This The Best Custom PC for the Price of $400?” section in this article. We have compared the performance of both machines and you can see the difference in the table presented. 🙂

                1. Erik Mendoza says:

                  Hey awesome information! Would this $400 build work for sim racing games like Assetto Corsa Competizone or F1 2019? That’s the only reason I am building a pc. If not, what should I add? Thanks!

              2. James says:

                well the good thing is, that you can upgrade the gpu with that cpu

            4. Fatty Fredegar says:

              Will an AMD Ryzen 3 2200G Quad Core AM4 Boxed Processor with Wraith Stealth Cooler, still work with this build and is it any better or worse than the Ryzen 3 1200?

              1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

                Hello, Fatty Fredegar! Older MSI A320M PRO-VHL Motherboard may need a BIOS update for the Ryzen 3 2200G to work. It’s perfectly alright to go with the R3 2200G instead of the R3 1200. But the reason why we decided to go with the R3 1200 is the fact it performs better than the 2200G when you overclock it. You also have true16x PCI-E support, which means you won’t be sacrificing your RAM for video memory 🙂

                1. James says:

                  If I buy a ryzen 3 1200 Will it work and improve the pc speed? (I don’t know a lot about pc’s)

            5. nick says:

              will i be able to add ram later?

              1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

                Hi nick! How are you? Yes, you can add another RAM in this build. Just make sure that they share the same speeds 🙂

            6. Dovi says:

              I womder could I use a Razen 3 1300x and a 1050 ti EVGA 4 gb with 8 gigs of ram on this motherboard with this power suply? And ig I do whant an optical drive, should I get a more powerfull CPU, also in time could I add a solid state to this Build… Sorry A loy of questions, but I love your build , its amazing what you put together for 400$ . Thank you.

              1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

                Hi Dovi! Thanks for dropping by! So here are the answers to your questions:

                1. I wonder could I use a Razen 3 1300x
                > Yes, definitely. It’s compatible with the motherboard in this build.
                2. 1050 ti EVGA 4
                >No problem
                3. 8 gigs of ram
                >As long as it’s DDR4, up to 32GB
                4. with this power supply?
                >Yes. With the build you asked, it shouldn’t go over 300 watts max so the PSU should be able to carry the build smoothly.
                5. And if I do want an optical drive, should I get a more powerful CPU?
                > What kind of optical drive, specifically? Regardless, you won’t need a more powerful CPU if you want to add an optical drive.
                6. also in time could I add a solid state to this Build?
                >Yes, definitely 🙂

            7. Preston Z says:

              Is I changed my powering supply to 500w could that work?

              1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

                Hi Preston Z! You’re perfectly fine if you choose a 500W for this rig. In fact, it’s more than enough since this rig only uses about 200-250W

            8. Stu says:

              I ame working on putting together a budget to build my first gaming pc that can at least match my ps4 and Xbox one. This is the best most complete, and understandable info I have been able find so thank you. When I’m ready to start buying parts I will definitely be looking back here.

              1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

                Hey Stu! How are you? Thanks for checking us out! When are you planning to get this rig? We might have some additions or changes to the list for the month of August update.

            9. Xen says:

              This is NOT a PC; it’s a list of PARTS…

              1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

                Hi Xen! How are you? Yes, this is a list of PC parts that you have to build yourself. If you’re looking for a list of prebuilt gaming desktop in the similar price range, then you can check our roundup of the best prebuilt gaming PCs by checking this link:
                https://www.wepc.com/reviews/best-prebuilt-gaming-pc-under-500/

            10. Amir says:

              Hello I had a question can I use Raidmax SUPER VIPER Mid Tower Computer Case
              For it?

              1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

                Hi, Amir! How’s it going? Yeah, that case would be a perfect fit 🙂 Just out of curiosity, do you already have one there? 😀

            11. Afonso Ferreira says:

              Good afternoon; so I have some questions about this build : first- do you think this build can handle not only pc games like fortnite ,steam games… at a good framerate and also run emulator and retro games with a goood framerate (emulator games are based arrond opengl and directx , I just wish to understand if this build can hnadle the lattest versoins of both) . Second- Do you recomend the ryson 5 1600 X instead of the rysen 3 1200? or do you think it´s gonna slow down the gaming expirience? tanks for reading.

              1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

                Hi Afonso! You won’t have problems with Fortnite on this rig. In fact, it could handle most AAA games out there (60FPS/1080p) with a mix of low/high graphics settings. Also, which emulator, specifically, if I may ask? Becuase if you’re going to use the Dolphin emulator or the PSX2 emulators, you shouldn’t have problems with it in terms of performance. Dolphin specifically recommends Ryzen CPUs from the AMD line processors. PSX2, on the other hand, recommends an AMD Phenom II @ 3.2 GHz.

                We always recommend you get the better CPU if you have the money. Obviously, it’s going to cost you more than $400 because aside from the fact that the R5 1600x is more expensive, you’ll also need a separate cooler since it doesn’t come with a cooler like the R3 1200’s Wraith Stealth.

                1. Afonso Ferreira says:

                  I use dolphin a lot , actualy it is the only emulator I use .And if you may I would like to ask other questoin: I have an ssd from my old computer,do you recomned using it instead of the hdd you recomend ?because that way I can buy the better rysen 5 1600x and the cooler with the evga 1050 ti you also recomend instead of the normal evga 1050. Space is not a problem for me so I dont mind having less space in change of performance .Good after noon and thanks for reading .

                  1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

                    Hey Alfonso! As a rule of thumb, always go with an SSD because of the crazy boost in speed vs HDD. Your course of action is great but I strongly recommend upgrading your RAM as soon as you’re able, too 🙂

                2. El says:

                  Hi is this rig can run cemu emu.
                  Wanted to build a pc for the first time and i want to play zelda botw

            12. Bren says:

              Really interesting (and useful) article, but I now have an odd sounding question! I’m interested in building a new PC – but for one game only! A group of us are interested in starting endurance sim racing semi-seriously on iRacing or maybe Assetto Corsa. I like the look of a lot of this hardware listed here, but as this would only really used on one type of game, are there any potential corners I could cut (thus saving money) but still keep a fairly decent performance?

              1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

                Hi, Bren! How are you! Thanks for dropping by! iRacing and Assetto Corsa can be played at Full HD (1080p) with more than 60FPS on this rig. We can definitely cut corners to even reduce the cost. I just want to confirm – are you going to use this rig only for racing sims and nothing else? Or perhaps a little internet browsing here and there, maybe?

                1. Bren says:

                  Hi Juzel, thanks for replying! It will only be really be used for racing sims, but maybe a little internet browsing!

                  1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

                    In that case, this is more than enough, to be honest. You could somehow cut the cost by getting a 500GB HDD ($10 lesser than the 1TB) and a Rosewill FBM-X1 chassis (about $20 cheaper than the Versa H15 on this article). But personally, I’d stay with the 1TB HDD but get the Rosewill FBM-X1 chassis instead.

            13. Alex says:

              Hello the motherboard is currently out of stock on amazon which one do you recommend???

              1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

                Hello, Alex! How are you? Thanks for checking us out! You can click this link here. It’s the same motherboard.

            14. CamBar says:

              Hey you stated if you upgraded to EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB and wanted to avoid bottleneck you’d need to upgrade the CPU. What would you recommend for this? Would there be any other parts that would be optimum to go with this upgrade? Thank you

              1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

                Hey CamBar! How are you? Yes, a bottleneck may occur but only in titles that are very heavily CPU dependent. But when it comes to most games these days, there shouldn’t be any, and it’s going to be very small if there are. Getting another 4GB of RAM will definitely boost the performance overall, especially since Ryzen CPUs perform better with more RAM. Alternatively, the 256GB SSD upgrade should make the entire build even faster–almost no loading times and no boot times. What games are you going to be playing?

            15. Bronson Swift says:

              This is a great PC and I am 99% sure I’m gonna get it, but I have one question.
              Are you able to upgrade the GB Ram?

              1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

                Hello, Bronson! This build is specifically designed to be future-proof. Just get the same 4GB Crucial RAM if you wish to upgrade RAM 🙂

            16. Alexoutofnothing says:

              Great article! Will this build run battle for Azeroth?

            17. Salvatore Furfaro says:

              I live in Canada and the hard drive you used does not ship to me. Do you know any alternative hard drives I could use?

            18. Matthew says:

              Hi, was just wondering does anyone know how this runs war thunder or hoi4, they’re my favourite games at the moment but a vastly different to any of those benchmarks if anyone could help would be greatly appreciated

            19. Nathan says:

              Does this build not come with a fan? If not how important wouldn’t it heat up

            20. Phillip says:

              If I wanted to add a cpu cooling system what would be the best and cheapest for this build?

            21. Caden says:

              Can this run city skylines and most steam games realitivly easily and on good frames?

              1. Justin says:

                Did you ever update this build? It’s 2/28/19…

            22. Alex says:

              Hi!
              Does the CPU not need a heatsink?
              Don’t see one, or am I dumb

            23. Kimal says:

              I’m not one to to be a downer, but the CPU chosen for this build is actually TERRIBLE if you want to have a consistent fps in modern games. Anything less than four cores in unacceptable. Sure you can run most titles, but you won’t have a smooth gaming experience I can guarantee that. for 400 dollars, you should find an old PC such as a Dell Optiplex (Universities usually throw them out if they upgrade their pc’s) that has previous gen I5’s or I7’s. I got mine for around 200 bucks, put in a GTX 970 and a new power supply and I had one of the best gaming experiences of my life, all for less than 400 bucks..
              THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH GOING USED BOYS.

            24. Evan says:

              Followed the part guide and finished building my pc yesterday, I switch out the celeron for a pentium g4560 tho, since the cpu could get bottlenecked in some cases. overall good build though, you can play just about every e sport title such as overwatch, Fortnite, and even pubg to a certain extent from what I’ve tested. Overall pretty decent for the price

            25. Henry says:

              I bought the build but am really confused on where to place everything on the case, is there a video with all of the components mounted on the case. I dont want to mistakenly place something in the wrong place. If not then can you send me a video for building the pc.

              Thx

            26. Hayden says:

              Would this be able to run games like Farming Simulator 2019 or Spintires?

            27. Tony says:

              Ia there an alternative motherboard I could use? The current one is out of stock

            28. robert says:

              how will this run wow?

            29. James says:

              Will a ryzen 3 work with this motherboard???

            30. Jason says:

              What do you think of this build, Im combing the 300-$400 builds.

              Ryzen 3
              Ati gtx 1050 ti
              8gb ram
              500gb hd

            31. Alex Andrew says:

              Can I replace the Seagate barracuda HDD used in this build for a WD Blue 1TB SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 RPM 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch Desktop Hard Drive (WD10EZEX) ???

            32. Kyle says:

              How do I get thermal paste? Does it come with some of the parts?

            33. Adam Elwhishi says:

              hi can this run games like skyrim on ultra graphics?

            34. AJ says:

              So I chose to go with the i3-8100 instead of the Celeron. Turns out the asrock b250-HDV isn’t compatible with 8th gen Intel processors. You guys should have suggested an upgrade for the motherboard to go with the upgrade for the cpu

            35. Cameron Lewis says:

              So I’m planning on making my first computer soon using this build. However, I am a complete noob when it comes to this. I wanted to use a different case, but am unsure if it will fit this motherboard. What should I look for when changing pieces? I hope that makes sense, like I said I’m not sure exactly what I’m doing yet

            36. Chase Jordan says:

              Has anyone tried running the steam vr test on this build?

            37. Jake says:

              With everything parts wise listed on this thread, would I need anything additionally added to complete the build? Such as screws and whatnot.

            38. Bob says:

              Could this handle vr?

            39. Gladmon says:

              Will I be able to record and play my games without any issues

            40. Benny says:

              Hey i do you think that a i5 6600k procsessor could fit to the mother bord?

            41. Liam says:

              Hey I wanted to know what monitor would be the best for 150 dollars also what fps would it play aaa games on medium and is this build better then a ps4 thanks

            42. Ryan says:

              If I’m using a 500W power supply, would it be possible for me to upgrade this build by adding ram and a new CPU, like an i5 or i7. Also for a wireless internet option, do you know if an AC 1900 Archer T9E would be compatible for this build?

            43. Boi says:

              Hello, i’m interested in this build but i wanted to ask if it can run games like r6 siege or arma 3, have a nice day.

            44. Rafael says:

              Its good to raplace the celeron for a atlon 200ge and a b350

            45. ethan says:

              I have never built a pc before and I am very interested in this build. It is affordable for me but I am nervous on the actual assembly of the PC. Could I follow any YouTube PC building tutorial or is there any that you would recommend. Also, on one video I watched it says you need to have a wifi card in order to connect to the internet wirelessly without an ethernet cable. Is this true?

              1. DarkArbalist613 says:

                First yes any pc build follows the same standard. 2nd yes you need a wireless card for internet without ethernet.

            46. Lucas says:

              For the gpu can i upgrade it with a: EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING, ACX 2.0 (Single Fan), 6GB GDDR5, DX12 OSD Support (PXOC) 06G-P4-6161-KR, thanks in advance

              1. Ben Johnson says:

                Yes, you can upgrade the GPU to the 1060 that is fine.

            47. Aricin Embretson says:

              So im looking for a Budget PC that I can upgrade in the future, im only 14 and I really want to build this but im nervous ill mess something up and ruin it. Any advice?

            48. DarkArbalist613 says:

              Nice build but i recommend changing the i3-8100 Quad core to a Ryzen 5 1600 6 core, 12 thread as well as using Gigabytes $120 570 4gb instead as the OC version will be of no use with the motherboard. Other than that if you make those changes you will have enough extra room to add a 120gb SSD from Kingston A400 series, which will increase the performance of this build drastically.

              1. Ben Johnson says:

                Thanks, we have actually changed it to the AMD Ryzen 5 2400G which we think gives users better bang for buck and also allows them to upgrade other hardware as and when they can.

            49. Anthoney says:

              This is $538.00 without a case because it’s unavailable on Amazon. If find it somewhere else it will bring the total to over $600.00. As of 4/23/19

              1. Ben Johnson says:

                Hi Anthoney, we are actually going to be updating this build in the next 24 hours, so please bare with us. If you have any questions meanwhile, feel free to shoot us an E-mail via our contact us page.

            50. Unknown says:

              Is this able to play sea of thieves without lowering graphics

            51. Tuck says:

              Sapphire RX 560 2GB – would this GPU work ok with this setup?

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