Question Can I build a budget gaming PC under $250 ?

umeramerkhan

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I only need just 60 fps at medium - high settings for games like pubg, fortnite and some other fps games. I am ok with 2nd hand components and would love to have GTX 1050 ti. It is my dream to get a gaming PC. Please tell me is there any chance of making this budget PC according to given conditions. Thanks !
 

salgado18

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A GTX 1050 ti alone is ~$140, so not with that budget.

You can get a new system with a Ryzen 3 2200G. It should perform a bit lower than a GT 1030, but should be good enough to run the games you mention.

Or you could follow Rogue Leader's advice, and look for a bargain used system. Look everywhere, be patient and test the system before handing the money, and you may get a great PC for a good price.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($93.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock - B450M-HDV R4.0 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg Business)
Memory: Crucial - Ballistix Sport LT 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($43.95 @ Adorama)
Storage: Kingston - A400 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill - SCM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($19.99 @ Newegg Business)
Power Supply: Corsair - VS 450 W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($28.96 @ Newegg)
Total: $276.87
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-03-20 08:28 EDT-0400
 
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justin.m.beauvais

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There is always the "buy an old Dell Optiplex and throw a video card in it" approach. You can probably get an old i3 or i5 system for around $100, then throw a GTX 1050 that doesn't need external power into the system.

There is zero way you are doing this with all new parts.

So... something like this: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-Optiplex-790-Core-i5-2400-3-1ghz-4GB-DVDRW-250GB-Mini-Tower-MT-PC-Computer/233172867913?hash=item364a2f9b49:g:8OUAAOSwxklckVyJ

and something like this: https://www.ebay.com/itm/ASUS-GEFORCE-GTX-1050-GDDR5-2GB/333124071215?hash=item4d8fbdef2f:g:oVwAAOSwpZpcgljo&frcectupt=true

Good luck.
 

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Assuming you've already got a 1920x1080 monitor, and are planning on running at that resolution, and are NOT going the used-parts route, no.

If you're gaming at 1280x720, then salgado18's build might do it, though you might still need to turn down some settings. That does NOT count the costs for a keyboard, a mouse, or a Windows 10 license, though. Plus, you'd likely want more storage.

$250 is just too low of a budget to do this.
 

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If you want to learn from the master of putting together low end systems and making them play games check the RandomGamingInHD YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUzjKyS5r72bfvPkA6GxpRg

He pretty regularly pieces together super cheap systems from ebay and other discount online retailers and then benchmarks them, lets you know what went well and what he'd have done different, and makes recommendations. You might get some inspiration.

So, I think that is all we can really do for you. You'll have to get really creative to game on your budget, but people have done it. It requires some out of the box thinking sometimes.

Again, good luck.
 
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litaidd

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I wouldn't really look at getting the 1050 ti on that kind of budget. An rx 480 used from ebay would be a lot cheaper. Normally around $80 vs the Normal $130-150 that people sell the 1050 ti used for.
 
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