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Check out the five budget PC builds below for some inspiration the next time you decide to build an awesome PC on a budget. But first, read through our buying guide:

Buying Guide

Once you make the decision to build your next PC, the first thing you need to consider is your budget. By putting it together yourself, you already save on all the mark-ups manufacturers charge for assembly, and on top of that you can mix and match PC parts until your build perfectly matches your needs. That being said, not all components are made equal, and you should be strategic about how you assign your budget. 

A typical budget PC will run you anywhere between $500 to $1000, excluding any peripherals, monitors, etc. The biggest purchase you'll make, especially if you plan on playing graphically intensive games, is your graphics card. There's plenty to choose from, but expect to drop anywhere from $200 to $300 here.

You'll also need a motherboard and processor to match your new graphics card. My recommendation for a budget PC build is to skimp a bit on the motherboard (you really don't need a top of the line motherboard). As long as its compatible with whatever CPU you decide to get (and potentially your next upgrade), you're golden. 

The CPU should be your next expensive purchase after the graphics card. This is an important piece of the budget PC puzzle because the CPU determines the speed and performance of your computer (simplified explanation - check this out for a detailed explanation). You'll want to get an overclockable CPU that can last you atleast a year or two.

Lastly, you'll need to pick up an adequate power supply, cooling system (optional), hard drive (or SSD), RAM, and case to keep it all together. One important thing about the case - while its tempting to get the most badass, awesome looking case out there, you need to make sure your PC components will actually fit. Use a tool like pcpartpicker to make sure everything plays nice together. 

Without further ado, Check out these 3 budget PC builds:


Budget PC Build # 1

Here's the guide for this particular build

Component

Selection

Base Price

Buy Now

CPU

Intel i3-6100 3.7 GHz

$115.95

Amazon

Motherboard

Gigabyte ATX LGA1151

$49.99

Amazon

Memory

Corsair 8GB DDR4

$29.99

Amazon

Storage

Hitachi 2TB 3.5" HD

$53.99

Amazon

Graphics Card

XFX Radeon R9 380X

$229.99

Amazon

Case

Corsair MicroATX Mid Tower

$54.99

Amazon

Power Supply

Thermaltake 550W PSU

$54.99

Amazon

Total Price: $589.99 before tax


Budget PC Build # 2

Component

Selection

Base Price

Buy Now

CPU

Intel i5 6500 3.2 GHz

$203.16

Amazon

CPU Cooler

Hyper TX3 Sleeve Bearing

$18.80

Amazon

Motherboard

Gigabyte H110M LGA 1151

$49.99

Amazon

Memory

Corsair 8GB DDR4

$29.99

Amazon

Storage

A-Data 240 GB SSD

Toshiba 3TB Internal HD

$57.99

$79.99

Amazon

Amazon

Graphics Card

XFX Radeon R9 380X

$229.99

Amazon

Case

Fractal Design Core 1500

$56.40

Amazon

Power Supply

Thermaltake 550W PSU

$68.99

Amazon

Total Price: $795.30 before tax


Budget PC Build # 3

Component

Selection

Base Price

Buy Now

CPU

Intel i5-6600 3.3GHz

$225.99

Amazon

Motherboard

ASRock H170A LGA1151

$73.99

Amazon

Memory

Geil 16GB DDR4

$58.99

Amazon

Storage

Sandisk x400 512 GB SSD

Toshiba 3TB Internal HD​

$124.99

$79.99

Amazon

Amazon

Graphics Card

XFX Radeon R9 380X

$229.99

Amazon

Case

Phanteks ATK Full Tower

$99.99

Amazon

Power Supply

Thermaltake 550W PSU

$68.99

Amazon

Total Price: $962.92 before tax


Conclusion

You'll notice right off the bat that for all three budget PC builds we listed above, there are only slight differences between them. We included the Radeon R9 380X for all three builds because we believe it packs the most punch for the price, which is what you're looking for in a budget PC build. 

We've done a right up of other potential graphics cards here, so you don't necessarily need to follow the builds exactly.

Another thing you'll notice is that the biggest differentiator in price is going to be the CPU. ​The lowest priced build (at around $600) has an i3 processor, which is half the cost of the i5's included in the other two. This will have a similar effect on the performance of your build, although overclocking will equal out a lot of that. 

Check this out If you need help overclocking your GPU

About The Author

Matt
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E-sports fanatic and hardware nerd. Owner of Peekand.co

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