This post recommends the best gaming pc build under $400. This is the best gaming pc build you can build at $400 that can be a Console Destroyer to the mainstream consoles these days. This build isn’t our cheapest budget build, but it can play any AAA games in medium to high settings getting a smooth 60fps or more in 1080p. This build isn’t for the ultra setting widescreen players, this is for people who just want a budget machine that can play some games and have WAY more features and capabilities than the mainstream consoles.

If you prefer pre-built options then consider the Lenovo IdeaCentre 510A 15L or Lenovo ThinkCentre M625. This is a great build coming at just under $500.

Build Overview and Parts List

This is hands down the best gaming pc build at $400. Originally crafted by wepc.com this build is one of the best builds your going to find under $500. This build is capable of playing AAA games in low to medium settings with a playable framerate between 30fps to 60fps depending on how graphically intensive the game is.

Thankfully, this build is a PC and not a console which means that this build has a lot of headroom for upgradability. If your on a tight budget and want to play games ASAP but also want to build the best build you can build, then this is defiantly a good starting point.

Great For eSports

If your playing games such as Fortnight, Overwatch and/or CS:GO in a competitive setting then this build will be great for you. Since this build is so minimalist and built specifically only for gaming, it makes it a go-to build for esports.

This build houses an Intel Core i3-8100 with a ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 570 which can play most AAA titles at medium to high settings in 1060ps60FPS or more with ease. This build is basically a custom build gaming console, so to speak. This build is capable of outperforming most mainstream consoles.

The Best Cheap $400 Gaming PC Build (2019)

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CPU

Intel Core i3-8100

The Intel i3-8100 is an entry-level lightweight CPU from Intel. It has great performance for the value and shouldn’t bottleneck and give a great gaming experience on par if not better than current generation consoles.

For more information on this CPU, Checkout the official INTEL webpage.

GPU

ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 570

The Radeon Rx 570 is a great entry-level gaming GPU for a budget build of $400. This GPU has 4GB of Video Ram which should be efficient enough to play most games at low to medium setting at a smooth 6ofps.

For more information on this CPU, Checkout the official ROG webpage.

RAM

Patriot Signature 8GB DDR4-2666 RAM

The best ram you can find for the price from a popular and trusted manufacturer. The fluctuation of prices as of late makes this 8GB of DDDR4-2666 Ram from Patriot a great value.

This Ram is Out Of Stock EveryWhere Other Than Ebay. This is great Recommend Ram, but As Alternative check the Ram 2 Below.

For more information on this RAM, Checkout the official Patrioit Memory webpage.

 Patriot VIper 8GB DDR4-2666 RAM

The best ram you can find for the price from a popular and trusted manufacturer. The fluctuation of prices as of late makes this 8GB of DDDR4-2666 Ram from Patriot a great value.

This a Ram 2nd Option Since there is alot of Ram out of stock as of late.

For more information on this RAM, Checkout the official Patriot Viper webpage.

HDD

Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD

This is a great entry-level hard drive to store all your games. Of course, you can invest a little more for a SSD. In this case to keep it as close to the $300 budget this is the best HDD choice for the price.

For more information on this CPU/APU, Checkout the official Seagate Barracuda webpage.

Western Digital 1TB HDD

This is a great entry-level hard drive to store all your games. Of course, you can invest a little more for a SSD. In this case to keep it as close to the $300 budget this is the best HDD choice for the price.

For more information on this CPU/APU, Checkout the official WD webpage.

PSU

EVGA BR 450W 80+ Bronze -Certified PSU

This is a great PSU for the value for this $400 budget build. You cant really go wrong with EVGA in my opinion, they are a great brand. Plus as long as its 80+ Certified no matter Bronze, Silver or Gold or higher you doing something right in term of power efficiency.

For more information on this PSU, Checkout the official EVGA webpage.

MSI B360M PRO-VH PRo Series Micro ATX MotherBoard

This is a great entry-level motherboard for this value budget build. It has support for 8th generation intel CPUs on a 1151 socket. It also support DDR4-2400 Ram which is popular in gaming pc builds because of the value. This is great ram for this $400 budget build.

For more information on this Motherboard, Checkout the official MSI webpage.

Thermaltake Versa H18 Tempered Glass

This a great Thermaltake case that offers the perfect space and looks for this $400 Gaming PC Build.

For more information on this Case, Checkout the official Thermaltake webpage.

ESTIMATED COST = $550.00 at Amazon

Note: This build was about $420, but with fluctuation in prices, this build has increased by more than $100 bucks. I tried to find alternative parts but all the parts prices are about the same and it would do this build justice to switch to mediocre parts and pay the same price. Sorry Guys. Prices Will Drop Soon once the PC Components Market Normalizes.

Price May Vary From Different Retailers. Also, Prices Might Decrease or Rise Depending On Time Of The Year!

PCPartPicker Table For a More Closer Look at Parts and Prices.

What Games Can This Build Play?

Here we will talk about how this custom gaming pc should be able to play your favorite games. This information was sourced from WePC.com, which is a great website that has pre-selected builds as well. Defiantly go check them out.

  • Fortnite – Plays at a solid 60FPS at 1080p at medium to high settings. Great for Esports.
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battleground – In PUBG you can achieve 1080p at medium settings. Of course, investing a little extra to pick up an SSD for better game loads and better CPU can get you some better FPS. We highly recommend the $500 Budget Build For This.
  • Monster Hunter: World MHW should be playable at 1080p60fps easily on medium to high settings. This game isn’t really resource intensive. Of course, upgrading to the $400, $500 or $600 budget builds will give you more FPS at better qualities.
  • League Of Legends – This game is REALLY light weight and doesn’t require alot of resources. This build can play LOL at 1080p60FPS no problem.
  • Dota 2 – Great Game. Same as LOL. Not very resource intensive.
  • Overwatch – Overwatch is a popular Esport and Casual Play game. You can play it at 1080p60FPS on medium to high settings on this rig.
  • Rainbow Six: SiegeSiege can play at 1080p60FPS on medium settings. This game looks really good if you upgraded to the $600 budget build.
  • Warframe – Perhaps one of the most popular and most successful F2P games ever. Warframe despite how BIG it is and all the content it has isn’t very resource intensive. You can play Warframe in 1080p60FPS quality at max settings which looks amazing because of the great optimizations that have made with each new patch and DLC release.
  • Grand Theft Auto V – You can play GTAV at 1080p on medium to high settings. You should be able to get 60FPS if you tinker with the settings. You can also still reach a playable FPS in 1080p with about a 10% – 20% reduction if FPS so about 40 to 50 FPS/ 60FPS. Upgrading to a Tier 3 or Top Tier Budget Build will make this game play much better.
  • Team Fortress 2 – TF2 again isn’t resource intensive. So playing this game at 1080p60FPS shouldn’t be a problem. You should be able to get medium quality if not high if you ticker a-little with the settings.

*Note* Most games can play on this budget rig, but of course upgrading to at least a $1000 Top Tier Mid-Level Build will be a better choice to get most games at a smooth 1080p/1440p 60FPS. Honorable mentions such as Tom Clancy’s The Division, Destiny, ETC. Now for new titles such as Anthem, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2. Im not sure, but you should be able to achieve a playable framerate of 30FPS. More testing will be administered. *Note*

Potential Upgrades To Think About

As I consider this an entry-level build. I choose builds that are upgradable and have good headroom for great upgrades. Below are some potential upgrades to consider. Also, upgrading to a better build is a choose as well. We have builds that range from this Tier 1 $400 Budget Build to Tier 1 and 2 High-End Builds. We categorized everything in tiers in their respectable categories ranging from Budget Builds (Entry-Level) To Mid-Level to High-End Level or Higher. This in turn will make it easier for you to find a good starting point build and add to it.

Potential Upgrades

  • SSDs – SSDs are just recommended. This helps you system run faster with your ram. Also if you make your games drive a SSD then you will see better game load times and better responsive play.
  • Internal Graphics Card (GPU) – Adding a separate GPU instead of using the included one on the CPU die can help as well. You can pick up a EVGA GTX 1050 TI 4GB at a good price over at amazon. This will help with more positive FPS and gameplay quality.
  • Coolers – You can addition Case fans to help with air flow. This helps your CPU and CPU and other components from overheating. This will prevent skips and stutters while playing games at high settings or whatever you system is capable of.

Of course, there are other upgrades that can be made for inconvenience such as going fully modular with your PSU and adding a bigger HDD (2TB) and more. Other upgrades to consider is Windows OS itself, unfortunately MOBO doesn’t come pre-installed with windows. It would be cool if they were.

You can also consider a good monitor, Speakers, gaming mice and keyboard, etc. This is more for a better experience but are by no means required. Other than the monitor is the only required upgrade you need if you don’t have one already.

For a great build video on a $400 budget build check out the video below. This isnt the same build but you gonna learn that building and part picking is all the same. The finished product is what is different. Enjoy the video.

This is hands down the best custom pc build at $400 bucks. You not going to find better than this, unless you raise your budget.

I hope this $400 Budget build helps you guys out. If you have any issues or second thoughts please leave them in the comments below. I will get back to you ASAP.

Robert Gee (Founder/Admin) 

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