You are thinking of getting a pc for doing all of your work while still being able to play the latest esports and AAA titles for a small budget of $300. It was a tough task putting together a custom build for $300 but thanks to AMD’s impressive range of APUs we were able to while getting impressive results considering the budget. We titled this buyer guide for under $300 or $400 because the price of components is fluctuating very much. Anyways the main goal that we kept in mind while making this build was that it could handle AAA games on lower and modern Esports titles on medium graphical settings at 1080p. Let’s dive into the build components, shall we?
Best Gaming PC Build Under $300
The AMD Ryzen 3 3200G is the heart of this build and there is no other model that ties everything together in this build. It is an excellent CPU in its own right as it is a true quad-core with a base clock of 3.6 GHz and capable of a max boost clock of up to 4 GHz. Another reason for choosing this CPU is that it is an APU with Vega 8 integrated graphics. You may think that would integrated graphics be enough to handle all your gaming needs and the answer to that is no but the Vega 8 graphics do not perform worse than RX 550 or GT 1030 GPUs which are the only GPUs you can fit into this budget. Nowadays even to fit those GPUs you will have to settle for a worse CPU and may even have to cut down the Ram to 4 GB. So instead just get the AMD Ryzen 3 3200G as it comes with a bundled cooler that can give the same performance as any other aftermarket cooler. All of these features make it impossible for any other Intel CPU to beat it at this price range.
- Cores – 4
- Threads – 4
- Base Clock Speed – 3.6 GHz
- Unlocked – Yes
- Max Boost Clock – 4 GHz
- Integrated Graphics – Vega 8
- Bundled Cooler – Yes
The budget did not allow us to think about RGB or extra functions in simple words, we just focused on build quality and the most basic future-proofing and does not have any fancy bells such as RGB. The Gigabyte B450M DS3H has everything you can expect out of a budget build and the best part is that this motherboard is compatible with 3rd generation Ryzen processors right out of the box and doesn’t need to have any changes made to the BIOS. It has an AM4 socket so in the future upgrading to a newer generation processor will be a piece of cake. It also comes with 4 RAM slots thus having max support for 64 GB of memory. It also comes with Gen 3 M.2 NVMe slots. It also supports multiple displays and 4 USB 3.1 ports and 4 USB 2.0 ports and one VGA and one HDMI port.
- Socket – AM4
- Ram Slot Type – DDR4
- Number of Ram Slots – 4
- Total Memory Supported – 64 GB
- Max Memory Speed Supported – 3600 MHz
- Supports Multiple Displays – Yes
- SSD slot – 1 Gen 3 M.2 NVMe
- SATA ports – 4
- PCIe slots – 2
- USB 2.0 ports – 4
- USB 3.1 ports – 4
- HDMI ports – 1
- VGA ports – 1
- Ethernet port – Gigabit LAN
- High-Quality Audio Capacitors and Noise Guard
For our RAM stick selection, we could not have gone without selecting a Patriot Viper memory stick. You can never go wrong with selecting the Patriot Viper Steel module and for this build, we have gone with the 8 GB 3200 MHz DDR4 variants. It is compatible with all AMD’s latest and old-generation processors. This module has a custom-designed high-performance aluminum heat shield for optimal performance while providing you build with a clean sleek steel look.
- Number of memory sticks – 1
- Memory Size – 8 GB
- Memory type – DDR4
- Memory Speed – 32000 MHz
For storage, we have gone with a 2.5-inch SSD as they are faster and make your system overall more responsive. The Crucial BX500 is an excellent choice for this budget as we have gone with a 240 GB variant. Crucial is a spin-off brand from Micron that is known for its excellent storage solutions for more than 40 years and this has its 3D NAND technology making it 300 percent faster than any typical hard drive.
- SSD form factor – 2.5 inch
- SSD interface – SATA 6.0 Gbps
- SSD read speed – 540 MBps
- SSD technology – Micron 3D NAND
- Warranty – 3 year
For a decent PSU, we have gone with the Corsair CV450. It is a 450 Watt power supply with 80+ bronze certification meaning it provides you with continuous full-rated power while providing 88 percent operational efficiency generating less heat and lowering energy costs. It also comes with a 120mm thermally controlled low-noise cooling fan.
- Power Wattage – 450W
- Certification – 80+ Bronze
- Cooling Solution – Single thermally controlled low noise 120mm cooling fan
Often inexperienced builders will just pick the cheapest PC case available which has enough room to fit everything and don’t even consider the airflow. The case is the most underrated component in most pc builds. The MasterBox Q300L is the best that is available in this price range. It has 2 USB 3.0 ports and one audio-in and one mic port. This also comes with one 120mm fan in the rear pre-installed providing decent airflow while it can support two 120 mm on the top and two 120 mm on the front. It also comes with removable dust filters on top, front, and bottom for easy cleaning and a side acrylic panel. It also has dedicated space for cable as the PSU is non-modular.
- Side Panel – Transparent
- Side Panel Material – Acrylic
- Dust Filters – 4 Non-Magnetic
- Fans pre-installed – 1 x 120mm in the rear
- Fans supported – 5 x 120mm fans
The Total Build
- Processor – AMD Ryzen 3 3200G
- Motherboard – Gigabyte B450M DS3H
- RAM – Patriot Viper Steel DDR4 8 GB 3200 MHz
- Storage – Crucial BX500 240 GB
- PSU – Corsair CV450 80+ Bronze
- Case – Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L
This is the best PC build under $300 or $400 that you can get given this budget but the prices may vary from day to day so be on guard when you go to order. Hope we helped you with building your custom pc and as always don’t forget to comment if you think something should be included or changed.