Guide to assemble a cheap PC to play in 1080p for 450 $

Guide to assemble a cheap PC 

to play in 1080p 

for 450 USD


Guide to assemble a cheap PC to play in 1080p for 450 USD

Assembling a cheap PC to play is a complicated process, since it requires great care when choosing the components. We could go directly to the cheapest components, of course it would be the simplest and fastest option, but it would also be the least appropriate, since we would end up taking more of a displeasure.

For example, think of a cheap PC to play in 1080p, what components should it have? The answer is very simple, it depends on the budget level in which you move. 

Shaping an inexpensive PC to play in said resolution with a budget of 450 $ is quite complicated, especially if we want to keep that idea of ​​balance, since we will be forced to make important sacrifices that we would not have to assume with a little budget highest.

I understand that for some users investing a little more is not a significant effort, but I am also aware that, for others, it is impossible to exceed a certain budget without having to wait a few months to save. I myself went through this complicated situation many times when I was a student, that of "budgets closed and in a hurry to the maximum", and that is why I wanted to share with you this new guide, in which we are going to assemble an economic PC to play in 1080p for 450 $.

Next to each component we will indicate some alternatives that may be interesting if you have a little more budget, since I understand that this guide may be useful for more readers. If you have any questions you can leave it in the comments and we will help you solve it. Without further ado, we begin.


Preliminary considerations for assembling a cheap PC to play in 1080p limited to 450 Dollars

Preliminary considerations for assembling a cheap PC to play in 1080p limited to 450 Dollars

It is, as I said at the beginning, a very tight and limited budget that poses many problems for us, and that forces us to make some sacrifices. The first thing that we must take into account is the issue of the platform to choose, we cannot go for an expensive motherboard, since every dollar counts, but if we want to maintain a minimum level of expansion possibilities, we cannot settle for anything either.

On the other hand there is the issue of the processor and the graphics card. They are two very important components, but when it comes to playing the second it has a much greater impact , and for this reason we must determine most of our budget for it, although without going over it, since otherwise we will end up making "unacceptable" sacrifices in other components.

RAM is also a key piece when it comes to assembling a cheap PC to play. There is a clear minimum that we cannot download, 8 GB of RAM , and the necessary speed will depend on the platform and the processor that we are going to mount. You already know that Intel Core depends less on the frequency of RAM than Ryzen, but they also have a higher price in most cases.

As for storage, it is clear that mounting an SSD with a budget of 450 $ will force us to go for a unit of, at most, 240 GB . Let's be honest, an SSD with that capacity mounted on a cheap PC to play will end up being a nightmare, since you could fill it with two or three games. I am not exaggerating, Battlefield V weighs almost 89 GB, Destiny 2 weighs almost 94 GB and other more "modest" games are between 40 GB and 60 GB. I think that when we move at such a tight level, the idea of mounting an HDD is the only really viable one, except that we don't mind just having a few games installed, and having to juggle storage.

As for the power supply, we do not need a particularly powerful model, but it does meet a minimum of quality and allow us to make future extensions without having to change it. Believe me, it is better to invest 15 or 25 dollars more in a source that we can use for years than having to change it in the medium or long term for another and stick to the work of changing it and assembling the new unit. Time is money.

Finally we have the chassis issue. If we are going to assemble an economic PC to play in 1080p and we have a budget of 450 $, we should look for something simple, with enough space to mount the components and that guarantees minimum cooling. we must be careful with the issue of space and refrigeration if we want to avoid problems.

Well, we already have a basic analysis on which we can develop the choice of each component that will shape this inexpensive PC to play 1080p for 450 $. Let's go for it.


Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-A320M-S2H

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-A320M-S2H

We have opted for the AM4 platform and an A320M chipset motherboard because it has a good build quality, it has everything we will need both in the short and medium term, it will allow us to expand the processor in a few years without problem and It has a very tight price.

We cannot overclock the processor, but we can easily use RAM memory at a speed of up to 3,200 MHz, which means that we have more than enough margin to take advantage of a wide variety of Ryzen processors without any problem. It also has a slot to install an SSD in M.2 type PCIE NVMe format.

It offers a very solid value for what it costs. We can buy it for 55 $.

Alternative: if we have a little more budget we could opt for an inexpensive B450 chipset motherboard, such as the GIGABYTE B450M S2H , for example, which is priced at 74 $.


Processor: Ryzen 3 1200 AF

Processor: Ryzen 3 1200 AF

The choice of processor was sung. We have to build a cheap PC to play 1080p for 450 $, a complicated scale that makes every Dollar count.

With the latest price rise that some AMD processors have experienced, the idea of ​​choosing a Ryzen 5 1600 AF was completely ruled out , since it forces us to spend 193 $, and leaves us with a very limited budget for the graphics card. Since the latter has, as we have said, a greater impact in games, we have decided to adjust the choice of the processor as much as possible.

The Ryzen 3 1200 AF is an excellent option to mount a cheap PC to play in 1080p, in fact I think it is the best choice we can make in the strip of less than 65 Dollar. It has four cores and four threads at 3.1 GHz-3.4 GHz, normal and turbo mode, it has a very good IPC and a very low consumption. We do not need a fan, since the one you bring from home is more than enough.

We can buy it for 60 $.

Alternative: in case we can spend a little more the Ryzen 5 1600 AF is our best option.


RAM memory: 8 GB of DDR4 at 2,666 MHz

RAM memory: 8 GB of DDR4 at 2,666 MHz

Today the vast majority of games work well with 8 GB of RAM , so that is the minimum level at which we must move. Since we have a second generation Ryzen processor (Zen +), we need a dual channel configuration and a frequency of at least 2,666 MHz so that it can develop its full potential.

If we mounted a faster RAM we would get a little more performance, but the relationship between money invested and FPS improvement does not compensate, so we have opted for a 2 x 4 GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 kit at 2,666 MHz CL16, which offer a Full compatibility with the equipment we are building and have an excellent quality of finishes.

They are priced at 50 $.

Alternative: if we have a little more budget we should prioritize increasing the RAM to 16 GB, keeping that minimum frequency of 2,666 MHz. The 2 x 8 GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 kit at 3,000 MHz CL16 is a good option for 80 $.


Graphics card: Radeon RX 570 8 GB

Graphics card: Radeon RX 570 8 GB

We want to build an inexpensive PC to play in 1080p with minimal guarantees, and to achieve this we must directly avoid the low range. This is why it was so important to cut spending on other components without going into "serious" sacrifices.

Given that our budget is measured to the millimeter, the XFX AMD Radeon RX 570 RS 8GB XXX Edition with 8 GB of GDDR5 is the option that best fits, since it is capable of moving any current game in 1080p with good fluidity and has graphic memory enough to move texture settings in maximum qualities.

A very solid and very balanced option , which we can buy for 185 $.

Alternative: if you can spend a little more I recommend going for a GTX 1660, available from 230 $.


Storage Drive: 1TB 7,200 RPM HDD and 128GB SSD

Storage Drive: 1TB 7,200 RPM HDD and 128GB SSD

Due to budget constraints, we have opted to bundle a 1TB HDD and a basic 120GB SSD . The idea is very simple, on the SSD we will install the operating system and the basic applications that we will need, while the HDD will serve to install our favorite games.

The HDD we have chosen is a 1 TB 7,200 RPM WD Blue with 64 MB of cache, a very balanced model, since it is capable of reaching sequential write and read speeds of 160 MB / s, and that it has, In addition, a very interesting price:  45 $.

As for the SSD we have chosen a very economical 128 GB drive that has a price of 22 $, and that reaches 455 MB / s in sequential reading and 375 MB / s in sequential writing .

Alternative: in case you can spend a little more, the ideal is to mount a 1 TB SSD. You can supplement it with a 1 TB or 2 TB HDD as secondary storage.


Power supply: UNYKAch Magno White 500 watt semi-modular

Power supply: UNYKAch Magno White 500 watt semi-modular

We are keeping the budget under control. The economic PC to play in 1080p that we have built is not particularly demanding in terms of power, but we need a source that offers us minimum guarantees, and that leaves us enough room to face future updates without having to replace it at the first exchange rate.

Considering all this, and the budget we have, we have chosen the UNYKAch Magno White 500 watts, a source that has a semi-modular design, has all the connectors we need, offers an efficiency of 87% and 38.25A in the 12V rail. The best we can find in its price range.

We can get it for 36 $.

Alternative:  No need to search for a superior source, even if we choose to include the Ryzen 5 1600 AF, GTX 1660 and 16 GB of RAM.


Tower: Nox Pax Blue Edition USB 3.0

Tower: Nox Pax Blue Edition USB 3.0

We come to a component that, as I always say, is a little more "optional", since it plays an important role at the aesthetic level, and therefore it largely depends on the personal taste of each one.

In this case we have chosen the Nox Pax Blue Edition USB 3.0 for four very simple reasons: it has a pretty nice design, it has all the space we need , it allows us to manage the wiring and it has a very good price, 26 $.

This chassis includes a fan installed on the front, but it has several spaces that allow us to add more fans.

Alternative: it is not necessary to use another tower, but if you decide to do it make sure that it has enough space to mount your equipment, and that it will allow you to manage the wiring well and create a good air flow.


Final price and performance of this affordable PC to play in 1080p

With the base configuration that we have been giving you in each section, this inexpensive PC to play in 1080p has a price of 480 $. As you can see we have stayed in the band of 450 $, in fact we could even lower it if we removed the 128 GB SSD, but we recommend keeping it for the difference it makes in terms of startup times and general fluidity of the operating system.

The operating system flies thanks to the SSD , and we have a certain margin to install one or two games in this unit without having to worry about space. The HDD unit perfectly complements this configuration, since we can install in it those titles that have less marked loading times.

As for performance, this PC allows us to play any current title in 1080p and high or very high qualities without problems, maintaining a good level of fluidity, with few exceptions from poorly optimized titles, such as Red Dead Redemption 2, where the ideal will be to opt for a mixture of medium and high qualities.

The expandability of this inexpensive gaming PC is, despite the limited budget, very good. For example, we could mount a Ryzen 5 2600 and a GTX 1660 Super in the future without a problem, and we would enjoy a significant jump in terms of performance.


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