To celebrate the launch of our first Deals page, we’re getting cheap and cheerful today at Building a Gaming PC, and I’m going to outline a wallet-rescuing $340 gaming PC build that can have you gaming for less, and means you can still put food on the table!
There’s a trend these days to spend obscene amount of cash on gaming PCs. While I definitely understand the reasons why, having the fastest and best components; there are thousands of people out there who simply want to dip their toe into the world of PC gaming and building and start off with a budget system that can be upgraded as and when they want.
This is one of the inherent beauties of PC gaming over consoles, you can upgrade as you go along, there’s just so much choice, and you’re not lumbered with the same piece of hardware for years and years, gradually watching as everything around it gets faster and faster.
So, to turn this logic of more expensive equals better quality on its head, I’ll show you how to build a budget gaming PC for $340.
Before I Forget
I keep banging on about how good PC gaming is and here’s another reason: Steam sales – yes, for the price of a single console game you can buy a handful of titles at budget prices.
There’s such a wide range of titles available too and PLENTY of them do not require $1,000 graphics cards and $500 CPUs to run.
Shop in a few Steam sales and you will build up a tidy back catalog of games that you can gradually work your way through while letting the masses pay top dollar for day-one releases (that often don’t work!).
It’s the only way to shop, and saves a wad of money in the long run.
Times Are Tight
This $340 budget gaming PC can easily be customized and added to as you go along, so it’s pretty future-proof too.
I’ve also pulled together a few simple (and short) videos on putting together a budget gaming PC.
Why You Should Build
There’s loads of benefits to building a PC instead of buying one:
- you’ll save DOLLARS – and even more if you can resist buying new games on the day they’re released
- customization: you can tweak your budget gaming PC to include the components you want, there’s no need to compromise
- you avoid performance choking ‘bloatware’ that is often bundled with pre-built systems and clogs them up
There are loads of options out there and plenty of places to buy computer parts cheaply, PC builders are spoilt for choice!
I tend to prefer to buy online and always find that Amazon provides a seamless and effective service, but there’s plenty of other places online as well.
To help save you time I’ve put together the below $340 budget gaming PC build.
Take a look at the components below and as soon as you’re happy with the system you can head to the guide and start to work out how you’re going to put it all together.
Remember you’re building a gaming PC to play games, so try and have fun!
I should state up front the prices of components that make up the build below are subject to daily fluctuations, so check back regularly if you’re unsure of prices.
Also, this list is for the ‘PC’ only and does not include a keyboard, mouse or monitor.
For recommendations on individual components please check out the blog, it’s updated regularly with hardware reviews.
BUDGET GAMING PC $300
Your $340 investment nets you a 320GB hard disk, a quad-core AMD CPU – with a stock speed of 3.7 GHz, and 8GB of RAM, plus you get a video card with 2GB of video memory.
It also contains a bronze-certified 500w power supply unit that will be a useful building block when you look to upgrade this system in the future.
I’ve chosen a Sapphire Radeon R7 240 2GB graphics card.
It has a respectable stock speed of 730 MHz, and will allow you to run games at 1280x720p high-definition resolution.
Total Cost: $340.00
(Please note prices are subject to daily fluctuations)
Have You Built One Yet?
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