BEST GAMING PC UNDER $400
Want to make absolute best custom gaming pc under $400 budget? Then the following gaming pc build is for you.
With this build, you can play the latest AAA games on it with decent frame rates and if you want to increase the game performance you’ll just have to turn down the settings on demanding games to get satisfying performance.
But when it comes to old games or eSports games like CS:GO, GTA 5 this cheap gaming PC build could be all the power you need. Or if you don’t mind playing games at the 720p resolution you can enjoy games at ultra settings but don’t get me wrong as it’s still good enough to play games at the 1080p resolution as well.
Every month we tweak this build (and all our suggested PC builds) to the best of our expertise to ensure it remains a great example of how to stretch $400 further to get the best reliability and performance possible for this price tier.
Let’s jump into the best gaming PC build under $400, including the specs you need to know about, performance measures, and most importantly a breakdown of why each component was selected (as well as suggested peripherals to go with this build if you need those components as well).
BEST GAMING PC UNDER $400
Corsair Carbide SPEC-04 Mid-Tower Gaming Case
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The Case we have picked for this build is the Carbide SPEC-04 Gaming Case from CORSAIR. This is a Mid-Tower case which means it is compatible with Mini-ITX / MicroATX / ATX motherboards.
Compared to other PC cases in this price range this is one of the best PC cabinets you can get for your money. The material used in this case is steel and this case also has a large, tinted side panel window. This case supports the maximum GPU Length of 370mm, PSU Length: 225mm and the maximum supported CPU cooler height is 150mm.
This case has room for up to five fans and it comes with one preinstalled fan which is enough for our $400 build but if you upgrade this PC in future you can add more fans in this case for better airflow & cooling.
And for the storage & IO panel, it comes with easy-to-use mounts for up to three HDDs and two SSDs & Clean, side-facing I/O panel: Featuring a high-speed USB 3.0 port and supplementary ports for all modern connections.
GIGABYTE GA-AB350M-DS3H AMD AM4
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The GA-AB350m-DS3H is a reliable motherboard from Gigabyte in this price range and is all you need for a basic gaming build on a short budget like this. Just, don’t anticipate any fancy features for the price. This motherboard is compatible with AMD Ryzen & 7th Generation A-series/ Athlon Processors.
It has 4 memory slots which is great for such a cheap board though, meaning that you’ll have 2 free slots so if you ever want to add some more memory down the track to make a total of 16GB that’ll give your system more power for multitasking works (the maximum supported RAM size in this board is 64GB so you’re safe there).
Like all the latest motherboards this one also comes with decent onboard LAN and sound system. But also like other budget motherboards, it doesn’t come with WiFi/wireless built-in. So if you need wireless/wifi connectivity in your build you have to buy a wifi USB dongle/adapter or an internal wireless network card that slots into your motherboard.
CPU + GRAPHICS (APU)
AMD Ryzen 5 2400G
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Ryzen 5 2400g from AMD is not a CPU it’s an APU. Now you if you don’t know what an APU is let me tell you APU is a combo of processor & graphics unit and the Ryzen 5 2400G, packs a serious punch for the price and whilst you obviously can’t expect any insane gaming performance, it’s capable of handling games at 1080p.
Now to make it more simple I’m going to tell you about this APU in two section.
CPU:- Ryzen 5 2400G is quad-core processor by AMD and it has a base clock of 3.6ghz and a max boost clock of 3.9GHz which is enough for our 1080p gaming build. This processor comes with 4 cores and 8 threads which makes it a great CPU for CPU intensive program & games. This model comes with a wraith stealth cooler which is more than enough to keep it cool.
This APU is unlocked so if you want you can Overclock it but for that, you have to buy a better CPU cooler but for the 1080p gaming the stock power of this CPU is good enough.
GPU:- This APU comes with RX Vega 11 Graphics onboard which can handle the latest AAA title at 1080p medium-high settings. RX Vega 11 in this model has a graphics frequency of up to 1250 MHz and it has 11 Vega graphics cores which makes it a great choice for gaming and productivity works. It’s all you need for older games, and current hits like CS:GO, Overwatch and Fortnite at smooth frame rates on medium-high settings in 1080p. For more demanding games like PUBG and GTA 5, you’ll need to either go low settings for a satisfactory experience or drop down to ultra settings at 720p resolution if you don’t mind that.
Thermaltake Smart 500W
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Common mistake newbies make when assembling a PC that you want to avoid is simply picking the cheapest no-name PSU which can harm your build later on as it’s always a risk when a power supply fails. Thermaltake Smart 500W is an 80+ standard certified and Haswell ready PSU (Power Supply) which saves energy through its high energy efficiency of up to 86%. The Thermaltake Smart 500 is a 500w PSU which is more than enough to power everything in this build.
Thermaltake Smart 500W power supply usage High quality components which enable non-stop usage with stable and reliable performance, no more capacitor explosion and leakage.
Patriot Viper Elite 8GB (4×2)
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Patriot Viper Elite has always been a good memory series, and these Patriot RAM are well-priced and at a nice 2400Mhz speed. And when it comes to memory 8GB is more than enough to play your favorite games. And our board supports Four RAM stick so if you want you can add more sticks later.
We are using a combo of two 4gb 2400 Mhz RAM instead of one 8gb 2400 Mhz RAM because it increases the GPU power of our APU. And as of now 8GB of RAM is enough to maximize performance in 1080p gaming in the far majority of situations.
INTERNAL HARD DRIVE
WD Blue 1TB Hard Disk
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Western Digital has long been the most stable when it comes to HDDs (short for Hard Disk Drives if you’re brand-new to all this stuff) and 1TB of storage is more than enough for gamers, however, feel free to include less or more storage as required. This hard disk has a speed of 7500RPM which is good for gaming and other stuff.
This Build can handle Latest AAA title at 720p & 1080p medium-high settings easily. But if you are planning to play games at 1440p, 4K or VR games then you can’t play games on this or any other $400 Custom PC. But if you want to play games at 1080p then this build is for you.
EXTRA PC ACCESSORIES
You will need other accessories like monitor, keyboard, mouse etc besides your gaming PC to be able to play your favorite video games. So if you don’t have those peripherals I have picked some for your gaming requirements which are listed below.
*This is the extra part of the article, if you decide to purchase these peripherals, it will cost you more than $400. Just to be clear.
HP Pavilion 22-Inch IPS
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Considering the build price HP Pavilion 22CWA is one of the best affordable monitors you can get for under 100 bucks. This monitor is manufactured by HP which is known for its quality. In this monitor, you get an IPS panel display which is known for great viewing angles & color production.
And from the gaming perspective, this monitor has a refresh rate of 60Hz & response time of 7ms which makes it good enough for casual gaming but if you want to play eSports games like CS:GO then you should consider buying a 144hz 1ms monitor but in that case you have to buy a $200 gaming monitor but if you just want to enjoy the latest AAA titles and do some casual gaming then the HP Pavilion 22CWA is the best monitor for this build .
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The Redragon K552-R KUMARA mechanical keyboard is created keeping the demands of most gamers. This keyboard gives conflict-free keys with 100% anti-ghosting and a great polling rate. This together with the use of custom mechanical keys gives it excellent responsiveness and gaming capabilities.
This is a color backlit keyboard so the user can change backlight brightness, backlighting direction, breathing speed and other lighting effects (steady on, gaming on, slide left and right, slide diagonally, snake running, spillover effects). Redragon K552-R offers a total of 87 keys so no NUMPAD on this keyboard. But due to that, the size is compact.
LINGYI Gaming mouse
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LINGYI Gaming mouse is a very good gaming mouse under its price range. This mouse comes with 4 Adjustable DPI Levels, 1200/1600/2400/3200 DPI Resolution Optical Tracking Technology produces sensitivity and precise tracking on a broad range of surfaces.
Other than that you get 6 Programmable buttons to configure macros for games; Up to 5 memory profiles for storing various groups of the button settings (the programmable function Not support for Mac OS). This mouse comes with Circular & Breathing LED Light which constantly changes colors to bring you the visual satisfaction of gaming.
BENGOO G9000 Stereo Gaming Headset
BENGOO G9000 is multi-platform supported Stereo Gaming Headset. You can use this headset with your PC, Xbox, PS4, mobile etc. This headset also has led lights which gives it a premium feel.
Anyway, besides the impressive lights, this has got to be one of the most decent(sound wise/quality) and most impressive looking headsets out there and for a very reasonable price. The price is very low for what this headphone’s worth. This Headset has an integrated omnidirectional microphone that can transmit a high-quality communication with its premium noise-cancelling feature.
This concludes our build guide on the best gaming PC under $400. This PC can easily handle most AAA games at 1080p on decent settings.
And if you ever want to increase its performance/power you can easily upgrade it with a dedicated Graphics card or SSD. And don’t forget you still have two empty RAM slots. So if you ever feel like upgrading this build you can easily do that.
If you face any problem with this build comment below.