The Best Gaming PC Under $300 in 2022

$300 Gaming PC

If you are looking to build a gaming PC that costs less than $300 but can play your favorite games smoothly, you are at the right place. We understand that not everyone has several hundred or thousands of dollars to invest in a gaming PC. This does not mean you can not enjoy your gaming hobby if you don’t have that amount of money.

In 2022, we have countless options for each component for different budgets and the technology evolution is not stopping here. Fortunately, we can build a gaming PC for as low as $300 that can play most of the latest titles at 720p to 1080p resolutions. However, everything depends on what game and settings you are aiming for. We won’t promise you something that is currently impossible which is playing AAA titles on high to ultra settings.

Therefore, keep in mind that this $300 gaming PC is for those who want to play less graphically intensive titles, especially the esports games like Fortnite, CSGO, Valorant, etc. With time we update this guide in order to serve you the best gaming PC for the money and we are here to assist you in the best way possible.

What is a Gaming PC?

A Gaming PC essentially is a Desktop Computer that specializes in playing video games through the help of its configuration which consists of components powerful enough to render intensive graphics in games. A Gaming PC generally has the same components as the standard desktop PC except that its Processor and Graphics Processing Unit are significantly more powerful than the standard desktop.

A Gaming PC mainly uses 7 different components that are- Processor, GPU, RAM, Motherboard, Storage Drive, Power Supply, and PC Case with some having additional components such as aftermarket CPU coolers, Caes fans, and expansion cards for a more feature-rich gaming PC.

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Is $300 Good For a Gaming PC?

A $300 gaming PC in 2022 will play a lot of games but modern titles won’t run as smoothly as the older titles. The fact that video games are evolving at a fast pace too, makes it more difficult to run newer graphical-intensive titles on a budget PC. However, a $300 PC build can still run these games with low to medium settings on resolutions ranging from 720p to 1080p.

We recommend that you should build this PC to play casual games, older titles, and esports games that don’t require a lot of horsepower from the CPU and GPU. Playing these three categories of games is totally possible at 1080p resolution with low to medium settings. Framerates will vary game to game and on the settings you choose for those games.

It is important that you understand what components you can get for under $300 right now and what we recommend.

Processor
For a budget of $300, you have limited options for the CPU. You can either get one that costs less than $100 or we recommend going with an APU that features both CPU and GPU inbuilt. This way you can cut the cost down by not getting a discrete GPU. A four-core processor is recommended for this PC and we have some good options from both Intel and AMD.
Motherboard
It’s best to get a motherboard that costs the least as possible but provides all the necessary ports and slots for installing your components. We generally recommend going with a Micro-ATX board with a locked chipset to avoid a cost increase.
RAM
The least system RAM to go with is 4GB DDR4. 8GB is better and sufficient for gaming purposes. In case, the cost is way over the $300 mark, we suggest settling with 4GB RAM.
Graphics Card
There are very fewer graphics cards you can buy for a $300 build as most sub $100 GPUs don’t provide good enough gaming performance and increase the overall cost to much more than $300. If both the processor and GPU are good enough to play games on low to medium settings and cost less than $180 together, we recommend going with a discrete GPU rather than the APU.
Storage Drive
Storage capacity starts from 120GB and it is recommended to go with at least 250GB of storage. Going above 250GB will increase the cost significantly. Also, an SSD is way better than going with a traditional hard drive.
Power Supply
At this price, it is very difficult to get a premium power supply. However, a reliable power supply is a must with at least 350W of wattage capacity. The higher, the better. Also, the PSU should come with at least one or two 6-pin power connectors to power a discrete GPU.
Case
As we are most likely going to use a micro-ATX motherboard, it is logical to get a micro-ATX tower that is cheap but spacious enough for installing the components and for upgrades in the future. We are not going to prioritize good aesthetics over functionality.

Parts list For $300 Gaming PC

Processor and GPU

AMD Ryzen 5 4600G and Vega 7
AMD Ryzen 5 4600G and Vega 7
Cores/Threads- 6/12
Clock- 3.7/4.2GHz
TDP- 45W-65W
Overclocking- Yes

For this build, we will be using an APU called AMD Ryzen 4600G. It’s a powerful mid-end APU with 6 cores and 12 threads clocked at 3.7GHz/4.2GHz. As using a dedicated GPU with a CPU will increase the expense much higher than $300, we are suggesting going with an APU if you are really tight on the budget. This APU brings the right amount of cores for the latest titles and is sufficient for CPU-intensive tasks as well.
Generally, you could only get up to 4 cores for a $300 build but right now as the Ryzen 3200G and other such processors are much more expensive than the 4600G, it is wiser to go with a faster choice that only performs well in games but also gives you more cores/threads. It has a TDP of 45-65W and features a good L3 cache of 8MB.

It is overclockable and therefore, you can squeeze out more performance for absolutely free if you do some overclocking. The iGPU on Ryzen 4600G is the Vega 7 which features 7 graphics cores and a frequency of 1900MHz. It is easily good enough to play a lot of games at 1080p resolution on medium settings with 40-60 fps. Note that not every game will run like this at 1080p and some will be better off on low settings. You can check out the video below to see how it will perform in different games.

RAM

Patriot Viper Steel 8GB DDR4
Patriot Viper Steel 8GB DDR4
RAM size- 8GB
Type- DDR4
Clock- 3000MHz
CL Timings- 16-18-18-38

Fortunately, we can use 8GB of DDR4 RAM as currently, RAM prices are lower as DDR5 is struggling to become mainstream. With 8GB RAM, you won’t see any major dips in games as there won’t be any bottlenecking due to sufficient RAM. The Patriot Viper Steel RAM is a single 8GB memory module clocked at 3000MHz. This is a good speed for AMD Athlon’s iGPU in particular and has tight latency timings.

Motherboard

MSI ProSeries A320M-A Pro
MSI ProSeries A320M-A Pro
Chipset- A320
RAM support- 64GB, 3200MHz
Storage- 4x SATA
PCI-E slots- 1x PCI-E x1, 1x PCI-E x16

For the motherboard, we need something that is cheap and gives us all the necessary ports/slots for our components. In our opinion, MSI is the best manufacturer when it comes to budget motherboards. The A320M-A Pro is a Micro-ATX board that features dual DIMM slots that support up to 64GB of RAM clocked at 3200MHz and for expansion cards, it gives you a single PCI-E x16 slot and a single PCI-E x1 slot for wifi/sound card.

The board has 4x SATA slots for adding up to four SATA drives and features the entry-level A320 chipset that won’t allow overclocking of your CPU. This might seem a CON as Ryzen 4600G is an overclockable chip but we will need at least a B350 or B450 chipset motherboard if we want to overclock this CPU and the motherboard will cost nearly $100. Therefore, the A320 chipset is fine for now.

Storage

PNY CS900 250GB
PNY CS900 250GB
Brand- PNY
Capacity- 250GB
Interface- SATA
Read/Write- 535/500MB/s

We chose the PNY CS900 SSD for the storage which gives you 250GB of space to store your OS and games. It is not a lot for having everything on your drive but decent for starting off. With this SATA SSD, you will get a good Read/Write speed of around 500MB/s which is much faster than a traditional hard drive and at the same time, it costs less than 30 bucks which makes it a good choice for this build.

Power Supply

Thermaltake Smart 430W
Thermaltake Smart 430W
Wattage- 430W
Power Efficiency- 80+ White
PCI-E- 2x 6+2 Pin
Warranty- 5 years

Thermaltake produces some of the best budget PSUs and we chose the Smart 430W which is available for less than $30. It is an 80 Plus rated power supply that gives you more than 80% of power efficiency on Typical loads. With 430 Watts, you can not only power every component on the list but also add more components in the future.

It comes with dual 6+2 pin power cables for graphics cards which makes upgrading to a discrete GPU easier and you can add any budget to a mid-end GPU without any need for changing the power supply. Thermaltake is providing a 5-year warranty on this PSU and this particular unit has received several thousands of positive reviews for its good performance.

Case

Thermaltake Versa H18
Thermaltake Versa H18
Type- Micro-ATX
Dimensions- 400 x 205 x 423mm
Weight- 4.5Kg
Material- SPCC

Thermaltake Versa H18 TG is a beautiful micro-ATX case that is the upgraded version of the original H18 with the addition of a tempered glass side panel. This gives you a better look from the side and as tempered glass is not prone to scratches, it will look newer for a long time. The case is spacious enough to install CPU coolers up to 155mm in height and GPUs up to 350mm in length. So, even if you upgrade the whole computer you can literally add most components out there in the market except for the ATX motherboards.

It comes with a meshed front panel for good airflow and comes with a 120mm pre-installed fan at the rear. For better cooling, you can add 3 more 120mm fans at the front and one 120mm on the top. Alternatively, AIO cooling is also possible at the front and rear. It is designed beautifully from the inside with a big PSU shroud to cover all the cable clutter to help you build a neat build. For routing the cables, there are several routing holes throughout the case and PSU shroud to make way for different cables for an easier cable connection. There is hardly a better case for around $50 than this.

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Is The $300 Gaming PC Upgradable?

Definitely. From CPU to Case, you can change whatever component you like but you should always do it in a way that doesn’t make it look like a $1500 iPhone with a $20 back cover. Keep in mind that whatever upgrade you do in the future, adding another 1TB SSD storage is a must before everything. As for other parts, we used the Ryzen 4600G for both CPU and GPU, and therefore, the very first upgrade should be your GPU. We don’t recommend going with another APU in the future as that will hardly have any significant impact on gaming performance.

The Ryzen 4600G is a decent mid-end APU and we recommend going with a CPU-GPU combo that multiplies that fps you are currently getting with the 4600G. In order to do that, you at least need a GPU that costs $150 or above. At this price, you can have the GTX 1650, RX 6400, or a 6500 XT. All of them are good for high settings at 1080p.

Therefore, if you are looking to max out games at 1080p resolution with 60+ fps, we recommend going with something like an RTX 3050, RTX 3060, RX 6600 XT, or any other better GPU. Your RAM or storage won’t affect the performance of your CPU-GPU combo and the good thing is that you won’t be needing any PSU change as the TT Smart 430W PSU has dual 6+2 pin PCI-E connectors to power graphics cards.

That said, the next better upgrade is your RAM. Simply adding a 16GB memory module will do wonders. With that size of RAM, you can open multiple tabs in the background while you do some game or other office-related work. These days, 16GB has become the norm as startup applications and chrome browser eats up a lot of gigs.

Finally, if you feel an urge to overclock and add NVME SSDs, more RAM, etc., upgrade your motherboard to at least a B450 or a B550 chipset motherboard. This will give you more PCI-E lanes for accessing more bandwidth for the expansion slots and you will have multiple USB ports for connecting the peripherals at the same time. The best part, however, is the VRM. Getting a board with a powerful VRM cooled by big heatsinks will let you overclock your CPU without worrying about thermal throttling and you can squeeze out more performance absolutely free of cost.

Best PreBuilt PCs Under $300

We understand that not everyone possesses the skills and knowledge to build a PC by themselves. At BuildaPCGuide, we always recommend learning how to put a computer together but if you are in a hurry or don’t want to mess up with anything, then PreBuilt systems are the way to go. With $300 cash in hand, you cannot expect better parts than you can buy through a manual search, and hence, inferior performance is obvious.
Currently, there are a few PreBuilt Gaming PCs under $300 that are worth buying. The following ones are the best $300 PreBuilts as of 2022.

Shinobee Athlon 3000G Gaming PC
Shinobee Athlon 3000G Gaming PC
AMD Athlon 3000G
16GB DDR4
128GB SSD+500GB HDD
Wifi and Windows 10 Prof

The Shinobee Athlon 3000G computer is an excellent PreBuilt choice for $300 as it features a decent entry-level Athlon 3000G APU with 2 cores/4 threads. It has Vega 3 graphics that is capable of playing games on low to medium settings with 30-50 fps and can be overclocked too. The RAM used is 16GB DDR4 which is rare to find on such a cheap PC and has a good storage of 128 SSD and 500GB HDD that will have enough space for a couple of big games.

It also comes with Wifi and Windows 10 Professional pre-installed to start off right away which is impossible to get on a custom $300 gaming build due to cost issues. The case used is a micro-ATX tower which is spacious and the company is giving 2 years warranty on parts and labor.

Shinobee Ryzen 3 2200G Gaming PC
Shinobee Ryzen 3 2200G Gaming PC
AMD Athlon 3000G
16GB DDR4
512GB SSD
Wifi and Windows 10 Prof

for around $330, Shinobee has another good option with a better APU. This time, you will get a Ryzen 3 2200G APU which features 4 cores and 4 threads that greatly improve the productivity due to having real cores. It too has Vega 3 graphics and 16GB DDR4 memory. Overall, it will be a little better than the Athlon 3000G computer due to its faster processor but other specs remain almost the same.

The storage capacity is a 512GB SSD and with pre-installed Wifi and Windows 10, you are going to get started right away.

Final Words

If you feel restricted to spend over $300, then the Shinobee PreBuilt system will be Ok for now but spending another $50 is really worth the price as you will get a Ryzen 4600G with the custom gaming PC. That is not only faster in gaming but will avoid the headache of upgrading your CPU in the future as well. With some good savings, you can add a decent gaming GPU to max out games at 1080p which will make your gaming PC future-proof for a couple of years.

If you need any advice or suggestions regarding the selection of parts or building your own PC, feel free to use the comments box below and we will try to assist you in an as short time as possible.

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