Best gaming PC under $400

By on June 24, 2015

Today PC gaming is becoming more and more popular each day. Likewise, more and more PC gamers or prospective gamers are considering making their own gaming PC.  Making your own gaming leaves you with a ton of advantages – cheaper price, easier upgrade and the list goes on.

Do you want to build a gaming PC but think your budget is insufficient? Well, I am almost sure your answer is yes, since you are reading this article with title ‘‘ best gaming PC under $400 ’’.  Can I build a decent gaming PC under $400? Oh yes, you can!

In this article, I will be showing and explaining to you how you can assemble the ‘ best gaming PC under $400 ‘ that will run all of today’s games on decent settings with good FPS.

Best Gaming PC under $400


This case is a perfect case for a PC gamer with a low budget and yet still very efficient. It has very good ventilation as well as lots of space for upgrades. A case doesn’t really help with your PC performance, so why not go with the cheapest you can find?

Fractal Core 1100 Micro at Cooling Cases

Fractal Core 1100 Micro at Cooling Cases

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Next up is the Motherboard which is important but not as vital as the processor, graphics card and memory, where performance is concern.  For this build, I go with the MSI Computer Corp H81M-E34 Motherboard.


H81M-E34 Motherboard

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Processor is one of the most important parts in a gaming computer, second only to the Graphics card. For this build, the Intel Pentium Processor G3258 processor was my choice. This Dual core processor has a base frequency of 3.2 GHz and supports a DDR3-1333 memory Channel.  As a low budget but very powerful processor, it works brilliantly with the Graphics card to be seen below.

Intel Pentium Processor G3258 processor

Intel Pentium Processor G3258 processor

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Graphics card

If you have ever heard anything at all about gaming PCs before, I am almost sure the fact that the Graphics card is the most important, is one of those things heard. In the graphics card arena, there are two main contenders; Nvidia and AMD. Nvidia are slightly on the more expensive side, therefore I go with AMD for this build. These by no means, mean that there is less quality at all with the AMD Radeon R7 250X GPU.

AMD Radeon R7 250X GPU

AMD Radeon R7 250X GPU

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Memory is also very important in gaming and just about anything you do with a computer. Currently, 8 GB RAM is recommended for all gaming computers. No game at this point in time requires more than 8 GB RAM. This therefore means that since this build has a Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB Single DDR3-1600 memory, then we are definitely on the right track.

Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB Single DDR3-1600 memory

Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB Single DDR3-1600 memory

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Next up is the power supply, which is also one of these elements that lots of attention needs to be paid.  With your build, you want to know that you choose a PSU that will be able to efficiently power your machine, courtesy of it having enough wattage.  For this build, I go with the 430W Corsair CX430 power supply, which is a nice choice of powering your system.

430W Corsair CX430 power supply

430W Corsair CX430 power supply

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All gamers want enough storage space to install and store game files. On that basis, the 1TB Western Digital Blue was selected.  This is certainly fairly good amount of space for you to operate with.

1TB Western Digital Blue Hard drive

1TB Western Digital Blue Hard drive

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So there you have it! A cheap but certainly effective gaming computer.  You are ready to prove to your friends that even though you don’t have a thousand bucks, you can still play the latest games with decent FPS and on decent settings.  As for the operating system, you can easily download an operating system that you prefer, whether it be Windows 7 or 8 or even 8.1, via various torrent sites, copy it to a USB drive and install on your newly assembled gamer. You have the option of purchasing Windows 8.1 here OR Windows 7 here.

You can also look into a cheap disk drive as well as a Wi-Fi adaptor.

Enjoy your new budget gaming computer, playing just about any games on decent settings 🙂


About Leights

An enthusiastic and knowledgeable young teacher and computer technician who finds lots of interest in the technology world. Pays extremely a lot of attention to the latest technological developments in general, but focuses mainly on consumer electronics such as computers, tablets, smartphones etc. Enjoys testing and reviewing the latest devices as well as sharing knowledge with millions through writing articles, blogs and reviews.

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