Best Gaming PC Build Under $400 of 2018 (CONSOLE KILLER!!)

best gaming pc build under 400

With our 400 dollar gaming PC, we were focused on getting the best value for your budget. 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. (Just Console Killer? Certainly rolls off the tongue better.)

Consider this build entry-level PCMR (That’s PC Master Race. You’ll acclimate to the lingo eventually.) Let’s dive into the details below.

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Build Overview

This PC build is mostly standard components for this price range, except we managed to squeeze in a GTX 1050 while still keeping the total cost of the build under $450. We had three goals to meet here:

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 a great value while still being viable as a gaming machine for years to come, thanks to its great performance in 1080p games.

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, while still offering cheaper games via Steam and upgrade options to go even higher.

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

We chose to stick to quality parts 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 Parts

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-- like the announcement of the RTX 20 series from Nvidia, though those don’t factor into any of our builds (yet) and definitely won’t factor into a $300 build (although the indirect price drops for other GPUs that could result afterwards might).

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 also like to look at what fellow industry professionals like Tech Deals and Linus Tech Tips are saying, just to make sure we’re not missing anything.

The Best Cheap $400 Gaming PC Update:

Intel Celeron G3930 Dual-Core Processor

Intel Celeron G3930 Dual-Core Processor

A lightweight CPU, to be sure, but one that shouldn’t bottleneck this build’s gaming performance and should do just fine with other tasks.



The GTX 1050 2GB is a strong GPU for 1080p gaming at medium-to-high settings.

Patriot Signature Line 8GB DDR4-2400

Patriot Signature Line 8GB DDR4-2400

With a full 8GB of RAM, multitasking and gaming shouldn’t be any problem whatsoever for this powerful PC build.

Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM

Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM

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

EVGA BR 450W 80+ Bronze-Certified PSU

EVGA BR 450W 80+ Bronze-Certified PSU

An unfortunately non-modular PSU, but with great bronze certification and the peace of mind that comes with buying EVGA.

MSI B250M PRO-VDH Micro ATX Motherboard

MSI B250M PRO-VDH Micro ATX Motherboard

A solid motherboard that shouldn’t give you any issues. No overclocking in this price range, though.

Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L

Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L

A great entry-level case for your $400 gaming computer.

Estimated $423.54 at Amazon

(Price are accurate as of November 19, 2018. Click the button to see the latest prices)

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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.

  • Intel Celeron G3930 Dual-Core Processor

    Intel Celeron G3930 Dual-Core Processor

This was definitely the hardest choice to make, but a necessary one to get the GPU power we wanted out of this cheap gaming PC build without going over budget. In most of the games you’ll be playing, this CPU shouldn’t give you any problems- modern games focus on making the most of GPU power rather than CPU power, and the strong GPU should help offset any performance losses you may experience with this Celeron processor.

That being said…if you’re going to upgrade something in this build, this is what you should upgrade. We recommend stepping up to an i3-7100 if you can afford it, or just saving up for our $500 PC build for a step up in performance across-the-board.

MORE: Best CPUs for Gaming

  • EVGA GTX 1050 2GB

    EVGA GTX 1050 2GB

EVGA is a pretty great GPU manufacturer, and easily our top pick for best Nvidia graphics card manufacturer. Turns out that their reliability isn’t limited to high-end graphics cards, either- even in the budget range, EVGA puts out some genuinely strong offerings that are worthwhile choices over the competition. You may not think “budget gaming” when you see EVGA, but their GTX 10-Series cards are proof that can be accurate.

  • Patriot Signature Line 8GB DDR4-2400

    Patriot Signature Line 8GB DDR4-2400

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 fullest extent and you don’t experience any hitches or problems associated with running RAM in single-channel.

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

  • Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM

    Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM

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.

  • EVGA BR 450W 80+ Bronze-Certified PSU

    EVGA BR 450W 80+ Bronze-Certified PSU

Unless you want a house fire, don’t buy a cheap PSU. Buy from a reliable manufacturer, like EVGA, and if you need to keep it cheap go with a PSU like the one we’re recommending here. The BR 450W 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, and that’s what matters.

  • MSI B250M PRO-VDH Micro ATX Motherboard

    MSI B250M PRO-VDH Micro ATX Motherboard

The MSI B250M PRO-VDH is an entry-level motherboard, but that’s all you’re going to need for an entry-level PC build like this one. Motherboards don’t directly impact gaming performance, and extra features that do (like overclocking) are only available with much more expensive CPUs and much more expensive motherboards in turn. All you need in this range is reliability and quality, and this motherboard has both of those things.

  • Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L

    Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L

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

Honestly…we’re hard-pressed to find something wrong with this pick, and we think you’ll be, too. For that reason, the MasterBox Q300L is our recommended case for this $400 gaming PC build.

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 a GTX 1050 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, every once in awhile this build actually falls under $400. While it might be higher on other days, it shouldn’t ever go over $450.

The big compromise that needed to be made here was the processor. We weren’t able to afford an i3 or even a Pentium while still using the 1050, so we opted instead to use a Celeron G3950. While those of you who are familiar with the Celerons of old may be having a heart attack, don’t worry- this one is actually pretty decent, and won’t bottleneck your 1050.

Speaking of the GTX 1050, this baby is perfect for a cheap gaming computer. The GTX 1050 shouldn’t have a problem with 1080p60 in your favorite games at medium settings. This means that PUBG, Fortnite, Overwatch and CS:GO should all be perfectly playable with this build...and if you configure your settings right, should still look pretty dang nice.

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. (Don’t worry, you can still join the PCMR either way.) If you are one of the people who isn’t into building a gaming computer and just wants a plug-and-play setup, we have you covered.

In the Q1 of 2018, 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!


One of the best upgrades you can get to improve user experience is the ADATA Ultimate SU800. It is our entry-level SSD recommendation due to its great storage capacity and performance.

The SU800 will be more than enough to store your OS, programs and your favorite games. All of these will have blazing-fast loading times, thanks to the SU800, too!

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.

ut, if you decide to buy only the SSD, know that you’ll be operating with a tiny amount of disk space.

MORE: Best SSD for Gaming


The GTX 1060 is a big step up from the 1050, offering a massive 95% performance boost. 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 1080p60 with this card.

However, it’s not all good news since buying this GPU will add a decent $80 to the cost of the build. Moreover, if you don’t upgrade the CPU alongside it, you may find it bottlenecking in some titles.



The Corsair CXM 450W offers 50W less of power but is still has an 80+ Bronze Certification, which is pretty good. But that’s not why we’re recommending it. The real reason why is simple: less headaches.

Non-Modular power supplies can be a bit of a mess of cabling, especially for first-time builders. Opting for a Semi-Modular PSU means the only cord you can’t detach is the motherboard power cord (and why would you?), with all the others only needing to be routed as necessary.

If you want an easier building process, we highly recommend spending extra for the Semi-Modular PSU over the Non-Modular one. It will go over budget a bit, but it will also save you a few headaches.

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.

    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.

    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? No worries.

      For Advanced Users: ($100)

      For Advanced Users: ($100)

      The Logitech G502 is one of the best gaming mice picks around, and runs a cool $60 on most days. If you’re a dedicated FPS gamer who wants a competitive edge, the G502 is a fine, sturdily-built option for your needs.

      Meanwhile, Redragon K551 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.


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

        For Starters: ($100)

        For Starters: ($100)

        The Asus VH238H should serve this build perfectly if you don’t have anything laying around. Its 1080p resolution is more than enough for the 1050 you’re packing, and with a 2ms response time on top of that, you should be in business for solid gaming. The screen comes in at 23 inches and is pretty solidly 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.

          Serviceable Speakers

          Serviceable Speakers

          The Logitech Z130 Speakers are a great entry option. These speakers (about $20) 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

          Gaming Headset

          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 Corsair Raptor HS40, which is built fairly well (despite its low price) and should provide you with good comms and situational awareness in games.

          Getting Online

            Wireless (Wi-Fi)

            Wireless (Wi-Fi)

            The TP-Link Archer T4U is a great, convenient Wi-Fi solution at a fair price. If you must use wireless with the Quad Damage, you can use this.

            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 gaming PC under $400, 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 budget $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.

            Give yourself a pat on the back and your PC a loving caress. It’s time for you to get out and start fragging.

            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!


            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!

                  1. Of course, you can use any case you want.

              1. 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

            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

                  1. This isn’t the case on my end- mind checking again?

              2. Josh says:

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

            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. 🙂

            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 🙂

            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:

            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 🙂

            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

              1. Fans are included in the case, on the GPU, and on the CPU! You shouldn’t need to worry.

                However, I would wait for us to update this build- we’re dealing with editing right now and the latest version should be up in a few days.

            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. Shouldn’t be a problem, but we are updating this build very soon!

            22. Dota absolutely, CSGO…maybe. Source is a CPU-dependent engine, so you need a really good CPU to drive the highest frames.

            23. Alex says:

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

            24. 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..

              1. Used certainly has its merits, I won’t argue that- but this CPU is not going to bottleneck the 1050. The slightly less-powerful G3900 can still achieve 60 FPS in GTA V w/ a 1050 Ti, for instance –

                Buying new components and used components are two entirely different ballgames. While you can make a cheaper gaming PC out of used hardware, you also run the risk- especially nowadays- of buying fake GPUs or GPUs that have been used for mining.

            25. D Miles says:

              Hello Christopher, I am looking for a gaming pc that can handle Digital Combat Simulator World (DCS World). I won’t be playing any other games, but this one.

              Here are the specs for the game: Recommended system requirements (HIGH graphics settings): OS 64-bit Windows 8/10; DirectX11; CPU: Core i5+ at 3+ GHz or AMD FX / Ryzen; RAM: 16 GB (32 GB for heavy missions); Free hard disk space: 120 GB on Solid State Drive (SSD); Discrete video card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 / AMD Radeon RX VEGA 56 with 8GB VRAM or better; Joystick; requires internet activation. Any information you give me will help in choosing what to do on my purchase with you.
              All the best, Daryl

              1. Yeah, this definitely won’t play that. You’ll want to look at our $800 or $1000 build.

            26. 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

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