This is a cheap desktop pc for those on a budget who want a good gaming computer with peak performance at low cost. This gamer build is brought to you by none other than the low cost AMD FX-8370 8 core gaming processor. With a powerful eight core AMD CPU and the highly sought after GTX 1050 graphics card, this value build will handle better than any NextGen Console(think XBOX One/PS4) and it will give you the ability to have a fully enabled desktop computer for other things like Photoshop, web design, browsing and more. It’s got super bang for its buck and will run the best games(of 2017) while looking better than a PS4 or XBOX One. This budget build will last a long time and can be upgraded at any moment with a better graphics card, more memory or a faster CPU.
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- CPU: AMD FX 8 Core [Price]
- Mobo: ASUS AM3+ Socket [Price]
- Memory: 8GB Gaming RAM [Price]
- GFX Card: GTX 1050 [Price]
- Hard Drive: 1TB SATA 7200RPM [Price]
- Power Supply: EVGA PSU [Price]
- Gaming Case: [Price] [better cases]
- AMD Gaming PC Upgrades
- GFX: GTX 1060 Mini 3GB [Price]
- Gaming RAM: 16GB Memory [Price]
- Hard Drive: 250GB SSD [Price]
Upgraded Gamer PC
The GTX 1060 is leaps and bounds more powerful and should be acquired if you have the funds. The same can be said about the SSD. You really shouldn’t have an OS installed on anything other than an Solid State Drive these days. These 3 upgrades will make this cheap gaming computer an actual powerhouse ready for all of today’s top games. If you can only afford one upgrade, get the SSD. You will not regret it.
CPU: AMD FX-8370 8-Core Gaming AM3+ Processor
AMD’s premier high performance gaming processor with a whopping 8 cores. It does come with a heat-sink and will provide excellent frame rates at a low cost. Several people have asked why we went with the AMD over the Intel i3. When it comes to the FX-8370 vs the Intel i3 you immediately note that the AMD has 8 cores giving it the advantage to the Intel processor. Newer games and future games take advantage of more cores. Such as Battlefield One, Crysis and upcoming games. The AMD is also overclockable while the i3 is not. And it’s cheaper and this is a budget build.
Motherboard: ASUS AM3+ SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0
This ASUS Mobo is made with the AM3+ Socket for the AMD FX-8350 mentioned above and is suited for your gaming needs, allowing for up to 32GB of DDR3 RAM(next part below). It also has USB 3.0 Ports and built in Ethernet LAN Ports. It’s all you need for a base gaming system.
Video GFX Card: Brand New GTX 1050 Gaming Edition
The brand new ultimate mid range budget GFX Card. The GTX 1050 is the newest release low price range graphics card that can still play games like GTA V, Far Cry 3, Witcher 3, etc all on Ultra settings at 1080P and still get up to and over 60FPS. If you’re trying to run 4k you’ll need the Power Build below.
It has HDMI, DVI and a Display port so it’s thoroughly prepared for any monitor setup and will support up to 3 High Definition monitors. It is brand new and often out of stock due to popularity and having the best cost per performance statistics. If it is out of stock I suggest you buy it and the other components for this build now because they sell out as well. Luckily Amazon tells you when it will be back and it’s usually only a few days. This is a very popular PC build and may require waiting a few days for a part or two. Luckily they replenish this part often.
RAM: 8GB Gaming RAM
8GB of DDR3 is a good cheap duel channel set of RAM. You should never need more but I myself have 24GB because why not?
Hard Drive: Fast SATA 7200RPM
Internal Hard Drive from the ultimate drive manufacture. It runs at a max 7200RPM. If you can afford it, I would get this and the SSD mentioned below in Power Computer Upgrades for the OS Drive though.
Power Supply: 500W PSU NOT GENERIC
There are cheaper PSU’s out there but when it comes to this, it’s best to go with a known trusted gaming brand. The generic brands have been reported to burn out and fry motherboards.
Game Computer Case: Cheap mid tower and good looking
A good cheap computer gaming case. Mid range ATX so you have plenty of room to work inside, front USB ports and several fans. However if you can spare in the budget and want a better looking case, look below in the computer upgrades for more case options. Some are much cooler. I got the 500R as pictured below with my cat.
I did not include a monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc because I assume you already have one but if you do not, keep reading as they are all below in the Peripherals section of the article.
Budget PC Build Summary
With a powerful Six Core AMD processor and a loaded Graphics Card you’ll surely be saving a lot of money over top tier gaming computer prebuilt systems. All you have to do is put it together yourself and believe it or not, that’s the really easy part. You almost need no instructions but the motherboard does have all of the instructions included. The plugs, ports, connectors, etc are all clearly labeled and all you have to do is screw it in and match colors and what not.
How To Build A Gaming Computer On A Budget
Note: Some of these parts have mail in rebate offers so don’t forget to do those to save even more money! Also sometimes prices fluctuate and sometimes parts are out of stock due to high popularity of these specific builds but they will always be around the target price as I check it and update constantly to bring you the best power for value system.