October 26, 2020

Affordable and sweet: How to build a $300 gaming PC

We like cheap builds. We like parts that offer great value. So when AMD released its Athlon 3000G last November, we immediately wanted to get our hands on the $50 processor.At launch, the 3000G undercut Intel’s cheapest Pentium by $15—a notable ...

We like cheap builds. We like parts that offer great value. So when AMD released its Athlon 3000G last November, we immediately wanted to get our hands on the $50 processor.

At launch, the 3000G undercut Intel’s cheapest Pentium by $15—a notable savings in this ultra-budget space. This 2-core, 4-thread part also comes unlocked, meaning you can overclock it for a little extra performance. And if that weren’t enough, you can play games with just this chip, thanks to its dedicated Vega 3 graphics cores.

Overall, you can put together a modest but reliable machine for just over $300, with no need to scour for used parts. We actually built this PC for our YouTube channel: You can watch the videos of our experience in the embeds below.

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