For a lot of people, the concept for a brand new $300 gaming PC is absolutely absurd — and they’re right.
With mid-range graphics cards costing more than $300, it’s not possible to build a usable $300 gaming PC with a CPU and a dedicated graphics cards.
However, the release of AMD‘s APUs have made $300 pseudo gaming rigs possible. The AMD APU we are using, the Ryzen 3 2200G, has a pretty decent integrated GPU so we are able to save the money that would be otherwise spent on a dedicated graphics card.
What Do We Look For in a PC?
This is a budget build, so we didn’t have the privilege of being able to pick and choose our favorite parts while disregarding price.
At this price range, optimizing the build for the highest possible in game FPS is our most important task as performance is much more of a problem for budget PCs than mid-range of high-end PCs.
We filtered out dozens of individual components for every category in order to find those with the best price to performance ratios, while at the same time leaving out specific models that have bad reliability records.
A lot of people build a totally new PC every few years, but many others will incrementally upgrade their PC with new parts to keep away obsolesce without burning a massive hole in their wallet. This is why we always make our builds upgradable.
Our Gaming PC for Under $300
|$300 - $320|
No set price as pricing of components changes day to day *
Ryzen 3 2200G
A powerful budget AMD APU with a good integrated Vega 8 GPU
MSI Bazooka B450M
A good AM4 motherboard that can overclock!
CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 8GB
8 GB of RAM should be enough for a $300 AMD APU build
Kingston A400 240 GB
A speedy SSD that actually costs less than a 1 TB hard drive
EVGA 450 BT 80+ Bronze
A cheap but still reliable 80+ Bronze rated EVGA power supply
ROSEWILL Micro ATX Mini Tower
An ultra-budget case fitting for a ultra-budget PC build!
The AMD Ryzen 3 2200G APU will serve as both your CPU and GPU for this build, as we can’t afford to use a discrete graphics card for this build.
The AMD Vega 8 graphics that the 2200G has is much better than integrated Intel graphics, but it still has nothing on an actual discrete graphics card.
The Vega 8 GPU is around 20% weaker than the Nvidia GT 1030, a long end graphics card that costs around $70-$90.
Now what is an APU? An APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) is a processor with both a GPU and CPU. Most modern Intel consumer “CPUs” have an integrated GPU but Intel still calls them CPUs even though they technically have more than just a CPU.
If you plan on overclocking, be sure to know the optimal GPU and CPU temps so you don’t go overboard.
Because this build doesn’t have a graphics card with it’s own VRAM, your motherboard RAM will also double as your video RAM. As a result, your RAM will be under heavier loads as both the CPU and GPU in the Ryzen 3 2200G are using the same memory.
8 GB of DDR4 RAM from Corsair Vengeance LPX
While we can find cheap compatible A320M motherboard for around $50, having a pricier B450M chipset motherboard allows you to overclock the Ryzen 3 2200G.
Because this is a fairly decent mid-range motherboard, it also comes with perks such as four RAM slots and a M.2 slot for super fast SSDs.
If you don’t want to overclock, just go ahead an pick up a cheap motherboard like the MSI ProSeries A320.
For this budget build, we will be choosing this SSD over a standard 1TB hard drive as it is actually a bit cheaper than the standard 1TB WD or Seagate hard drive.
With 240GB of storage, you have enough storage for Windows and a pretty decent amount of games.
If you’re looking for a gaming PC at $300, we
Because of budget constraints, we were only able to include a single 1TB WD Blue drive in this under $500 PC build.
It’s a fairly reliable hard drive for it’s price, and it’s our favorite budget hard drive.
Budget 450W 80+ Bronze rated PSU. Nothing special other than it’s really low price.
Don’t expect elite tier PSU performance out of this guy, but the 450 BT is a pretty reliable PSU especially if you’re running such a low TDP build like this one.
We use the ROSEWILL FBM-X1 case on a lot of our extremely low budget PC builds because it’s very low price allows us to allocate more resources to other components.
It’s a really nice little case that has 3 USB ports (2 USB 3.0) and even an acrylic window for you to see the inside of your PC.
Upgrade Options for this Build
Although we don’t like saying this, it’s pretty much impossible to build a true gaming PC with new parts for just $300. These upgrades will help this build become more of a “true” gaming PC.
Options to Reduce the Cost of Build
This is a freaking $300 build. The only component that can realistically be cheaper is the motherboard if you don't need a motherboard with overclocking functionality.
Though the components inside your PC are by far the most important for your gaming experience, you still have to put some though into what your peripherals are, even for an ultra low-budget PC like this one.
Here are some recommended peripheral options that we tailored just for this $500 build.
If you want to get into PCs, it's important to actually get a computer monitor instead of using your TV. TVs are not designed for computer or gaming and their response times are very bad.
Here are so very good budget 1080P monitors that will work well together with our build.
Be sure to know how to change and find out your PC's refresh rate.
|Acer SB220Q bi|
1080 x 1920 | FreeSync | 75 Hz | 21.5" | 4ms | HDMI | VGA
The best all-around budget 1080P gaming monitor. Does not have a built-in speaker.
1080 x 1920 | 75 Hz | 23.8" | 4ms | HDMI | Display Port
Another monitor for under $100. This one is slightly larger at 23.8". But this one doesn't have FreeSync. Has speakers.
Get a proper gaming keyboard to add some character to you PC. For under $30 you can get a pretty good mechanical keyboard.
|Redragon K552 RED LED Mechanical Keyboard|
Mechanical | Blue Switches | 87 Switches | Red LED | Splashproof
A very affordable compact mechanical gaming keyboard, though its features are pretty basic.
|Redragon K557 RGB Mechanical Keyboard|
Mechanical | Blue Switches | 104 Switches | RGB | Waterproof | Anti-ghosting
An RGB gaming keyboard with 104 keys, water resistance, and Cherry MX Blue equivalent mechanical switches.
Having a decent gaming mouse can be really helpful especially if you are playing FPS games. Once you start using a good gaming mouse and get used to its precision, it's hard to go back to some random $10 mouse.
You should also know how to turn off mouse acceleration especially for gaming.
|Logitech G203 Prodigy RGB|
RGB | 6000 DPI | 2 Custom Buttons | Optical
A great budget Logitech gaming mouse with some cool RGB functionality
|Razer DeathAdder Elite|
RGB | 16000 DPI | 7 Custom Buttons | 5G Optical Sensor
The Razer Deathadder is one of the most iconic gaming mice. Great performance and great ergonomics.
Here are some very affordable audio options specifically chosen for this gaming build.
20-20,000 Hz | Dolby 7.1 Surround
A budget Logitech headset with good sound quality
|HyperX Cloud Stinger|
18-23,000 Hz | Memory Foam
One of the most popular budget gaming headsets
Operating System - Windows 10
Buying a Windows 10 key the proper way is pretty expensive, but there's ways you can save a lot of money and achieve the same result.
You can go on reseller sites, the most well known of which is Kinguin, and snatch a key for around $30, 1/3 of what an official key would cost.
Or you can just literally just not use a key, since Microsoft actually allows you to install Windows 10 without a key. You will just have a permanent watermark on the bottom right of your screen and limited ability to customize colors and backgrounds in Windows.
Building Your PC - Putting it All Together
This PC is a pretty easy build as it's a small form factor build with few components and not even a graphics card. Though this PC is "easy" to build compared to most gaming builds, you still have to learn how to build a PC. It's not like plugging in a XBox or Playstation.
You'll have to be especially careful with your delicate components. Be sure know the correct ways to mount your processor and memory chips especially as forcing them in the wrong way could brick these pricey components.
Here is a detailed and easy to follow build guide that will give you a lot of useful information if you're a new PC builder.