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In this article we’re going to go over all you need to know in order to choose the best components for an awesome budget PC build. We'll also include the top rigs for gaming at different price points ($700, $450, $350).

Going for a budget PC build doesn’t mean you’re doomed to some computer full of sub-standard components. if you’re low on cash, but you still want to build a great entry-level system, this guide will help you choose the best components that match your budget.

It's also important to know what components you need and why, so we'll cover some of the most important elements of PC building first. Then you can be sure to build the best gaming rig possible for your budget.​ 

Though we recommend that you read this article in its entirety, if you already have a solid grasp of computer components and how they fit together, you can skip down to the bottom to see our selection of the best budget PC builds on the market. For even more options, check out the links in the section below.

Sounds good? Then let’s get started.

Why Should You Build Your Own PC?

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Don’t buy your next PC. Rather, build it.

For starters you have complete control over your PC build. You’ll learn more about your machine by building it. But the greatest thing about building your own PC is you’ll be able to pick parts from manufacturers that you trust and you won’t waste cash on parts that just aren’t important, or don’t fit the goals of your budget PC build.

You can build a computer that hits your budget, and a system that’s the perfect size for the space you have.

Also, the great thing about choosing your own parts is that you will save money without compromising quality, which is just what we need in a budget PC build.

How To Choose The Best PC Parts

You need to figure out what you want to do with your PC. Do you want to game or use it for design work?

If you want to play the latest games at the best quality settings, then make sure you dump most of your money on the graphics card, because that single component is going to be doing the lion's share of the work. Want to build a video editing system? Then plenty of memory, a beefy CPU and fast storage are all going to do you favours. Just want to build a budget rig? Pick the best value components.

Check out graphics card buying guide here, and our cpu guide here!

By building a PC yourself you have complete control over your budget and hardware. That may not sound like much, but it offers a massive scope of versatility to your final build, so you can make adjustments to spend more money on the parts you actually need, and less on the things you don't.

So where to start? The first thing is to work out what you actually want to do with the machine. Work that bit out first, and then it's a case of picking the best parts that fits into your budget.

For most PC builds your parts list will look like this (assuming you already have a keyboard, monitor and mouse):


The Graphics Card

When it comes to building a gaming PC, your graphics card is going to be the most important part of the entire build. Your graphics card will effect your overall in-game performance much more than any other component.

The video card you choose is incredibly important and it’s essential that you take your time to ensure that you get the best one possible for your budget.

Luckily, there are loads of affordable options when it comes to the graphics card. Check out the link below for the best budget graphics cards on the market today. 


The CPU

The CPU you choose for your new budget PC build will be the second most important decision you make, the first being the graphics card. Your CPU is going to play a pivotal role in how well your system performs.

Your CPU is running your operating system and programs as complex as Battlefield 4 and as simple as Notepad. A faster processor is going to be able to handle multiple games at the same time, while a slower processor might give you trouble running one demanding game.

The great thing is even though you are putting together a budget PC build,  there are plenty of CPU options available on the market that will allow you to play those demanding games at very acceptable levels. And you can even overclock your CPU to get more performance. 


How To Build a Gaming PC

Here is a great video to help you put together your own budget PC build. Be sure to go through this video while you wait for most of your shiny new parts to get delivered and be sure to watch it as you actually build your PC. It’s good to have a visual of what it is you’re doing when you’re actually going through the process of bringing your PC to life!

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Knowing your budget for a computer is important because the budget you set for your machine is going to determine the kind of performance you get out of it. Generally, the more you spend, the more games you’ll be able to play on higher settings and the higher the framerates you’ll get.

For this article, we’ll be looking at budget PC builds that come in under $700.

Note: Prices tend to fluctuate

The $700 Budget PC Build

This will be a great build for entry level gaming and this budget build can run all the latest games and most upcoming games, with very good settings and great framerates.

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The $450 Budget PC Build

If you’re looking for the best bang for your buck for around $450, then this gaming PC build is definitely the one to check out. This build will be one of the most optimal when it comes to building a PC on a lower budget.

This build will do just fine for some of the games coming out this year. Just keep in mind, you probably won't be able to run them on the higher graphics settings.

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The $500 Intel Build

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The $500 AMD Build

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The $350 Budget PC Build

This is a bit on the low end for a gaming PC but it can be done. This is the best $350 budget PC build you can get, geared to run games such as League of Legends, DOTA 2, Starcraft etc. It can play newer games like Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, Dying Light etc. But it won't play them at the higher frame rates and graphics settings, so keep that in mind.

This build also has great options for upgrades in the future, so this is a good starting point for someone that is on a really low budget but still wants to get in on the action! With this build you can expect to game at the same framerates, resolutions, and graphical fidelity as the PS4 or Xbox One, but you will pay nearly $100 less!

Pretty cool right?

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Matt Becker

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