Best Entry-level gaming PC under $250 in 2020

Many of us do not require a high-end PC for basic stuff and work, so we look for an ultra cheap gaming PC. Well, gaming at 1080p is not everyone’s prime requirement so decent 720p gaming experience can satisfy a lot of people. For basic work a dual-core CPU can give you better performance if paired with right components.

So, if paired with SSD and a dual-channel RAM any CPU will perform well, especially when we are choosing the latest AMD Athlon 3000G APU with integrated Vega graphics. Here are the components of the build:

AMD Athlon 3000G Desktop Processor with Radeon Graphics

Price: $54.99

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  • 2 cores and 4 processing threads for smooth and responsive computing
  • Advanced AMD Radeon Graphics built-in for 720p esports gaming out-of-the-box
  • Cutting-edge ‘Zen’ processor architecture has the power you need to harness the power of graphics card upgrades for HD+ 1080p Gaming
  • The new Athlon 3000G is Unlocked for Overclocking
  • 35W TDP, near-silent cooler included

A great budget APU that has both CPU and GPU performance to handle most of your daily tasks as well as decent 720p gaming too.

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MSI ProSeries Micro-ATX Motherboard

Price: $54.99

Best Entry-level gaming PC under $250 in 2020
  • Supports 1st, 2nd and 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen for Socket AM4
  • Audio Boost: Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality.
  • Supports DDR4 Memory, up to 3200 (OC) MHz
  • DDR4 Boost: Advanced technology to deliver pure data signals for the best performance and stability
  • Core Boost: With premium layout and fully digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance

A basic A320M motherboard will be enough to suffice your requirements, obviously you can go for a B450 one if you have budget to overclock this unlocked APU.

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Patriot Memory Viper 4 Series 3000MHz (PC4 24000) 8GB Dual Channel

Price: $42.99

Best Entry-level gaming PC under $250 in 2020
  • Performance DDR4 Memory Kit, Capacity: 8GB (2 x 4GB)
  • Base Frequency: PC4-17000 (2133MHz); Tested Frequency: PC4-24000 (3000MHz) with XMP 2.0 enabled
  • Base Timings: 15-15-15-36; Tested Timings: 16-18-18-36 with XMP 2.0 enabled
  • Voltage: 1.35V; NON-ECC Unbuffered DIMM; Intel XMP 2.0
  • Heat spreader: Anodized Aluminum

A fast dual-channel RAM is always appreciated if you use an AMD processor.

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Rosewill Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case

Price: $59.95

Best Entry-level gaming PC under $250 in 2020
  • Sleek design suitable for DIY gaming PCs and office style systems; compact and sturdy steel/plastic construction for lasting performance
  • Spacious interior with four expansion slots, one external 5.25” drive bay, two internal 3.5″ Drive bays and two internal 2.5″ Drive bays; supports a mini ITX or MicroVAX motherboard
  • Great cable management for clean and simple PC build; includes one pre-installed 80mm fan for optimized airflow and heat dissipation
  • Convenient top I/O topple panel with one USB 3.0, two USB 2.0 and audio in/out ports for easily connecting various peripherals

A standard PC cabinet with decent options and cooling, great for an entry-level PC and enough room for upgrades in the future.

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EVGA 400W Power Supply 

Price: $42.43

Best Entry-level gaming PC under $250 in 2020
  • EVGA 400W N1 Series
  • Fan Size / Bearing: 120mm Sleeve Bearing – Quiet and Intelligent Auto Fan for near-silent operation
  • Heavy-duty protections including OVP, OPP, and SCP

A 400W PSU will be enough for this PC build and in future if you buy a GTX 1650 or 1660, this PSU will be enough to handle.

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Silicon Power 256GB SSD 3D NAND Internal SSD

Price: $35.99

Best Entry-level gaming PC under $250 in 2020
  • 3D NAND flash are applied to deliver high transfer speeds
  • Remarkable transfer speeds that enable faster bootup and improved overall system performance. The advanced SLC Cache Technology allows performance boost and longer lifespan
  • 7mm slim design suitable for Ultrabooks and Ultra-slim notebooks.
  • Supports TRIM command, Garbage Collection technology, RAID, and ECC (Error Checking & Correction) to provide optimized performance and enhanced reliability.

An SSD is always preferred for a fast day-to-day experience and if you do need more storage, add an hard disk at your own bucks.

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So this simple PC build will help you do your basic stuff like browsing, Microsoft Office stuff and yes a decent 720p gaming as well. As an entry-level PC this PC will give you the oppurtunity to work with for quite some time and if you need an quick upgrade then the AM4 socket has lot of cheap options for you to upgrade.

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  1. As a newcomer to building pc’s, i was wondering if you could replace the viper memories to a 2x8gb 3000mhz kit, and could you replace the 400 wat power supply with a 550 wat power supply, and would those upgrades help the computer/ be worth it or no?


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