Gaming PC Builds – $350 Mid-Range!


This is a new series that I like to call, “Gaming PC Builds”. In this series, I’ll show you guys multiple PC gaming setups that YOU can have or make. I’ll outline all the parts of the build, talk about it’s performance, and show some benchmarks. Well, here we go.

The Internals

Motherboard- Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard

The motherboard is the heart of a PC. So you better make sure it doesn’t suck. Luckily, for this build, the Asus M5A78L will suit us fine. Although it isn’t the best out there, it will do everything we need.

Some Highlights of this Motherboard include…

-ASUS’s EPU, which provides “total system power management”.

-USB 3.0

-and 8 “HD Audio Channels”.

CPU- AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor

Another very essential piece, the CPU is the processing unit for your entire build. We didn’t go as expensive as we could have here, but we definitely didn’t go too low either. With 4 cores and a clock speed of 3.8 GHz, it should do you well on this build.

RAM-  Kingston HyperX Fury Blue 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory

The RAM has a lot of control when it comes to multitasking, the more you have, the more you can. A more or less standard stick of 4GB ram, this Kingston memory is DDR3, and runs at 1866 MT/s. Good enough.

Storage- Western Digital Blue 500GB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

The hard drive stores all your data from your PC. Your operating system, your games, your files and everything in between. Therefore, since this is a Gaming Build, and we expect you to store games on it, we didn’t skimp too much on storage. This hard drive has 500GB of space and runs at 7200 RPM. Enough to hold a decent amount of your favorite PC titles.

Graphics- XFX Radeon R7 250 2GB Core Edition Video Card

This is it guys. If your a gamer, this Is one of the most important parts of your build. The graphics card controls every single pixel that you see in your games. It creates that beautiful lighting, those detailed textures, and all that damn foliage. This can make it or break it for a PC gamer. The better your card is, the faster, smoother and better looking your game is. If your card isn’t good enough, you usually can’t even run a lot of games, none the less play them. Luckily, we chose the XFX Radeon 270 Core Edition. This card has 2GB of VRAM and clocks at 1050 MHz, which is definitely good enough to play games at Medium settings. You can expect all Source engine games (CS:GO, GMOD, Left For Dead) to run super smooth at medium-high settings, and the same for most “slightly older games”, like Call of Duty: World at War, Borderlands 2, etc. You can play newer titles like GTA 5 or Black Ops 3 at 720p, but you’ll have to crank the settings down to low for a decent framerate. This model also supports 4K gaming, but I definitely wouldn’t recommend it. A decent all-around card in most situations, the XFX Radeon R7 250 Core Edition will do fine.

Casing- Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case

The casing is what you see on the outside, that big tower that holds all your components together. We chose the Thermaltake VL80001W2Z. It’s an all black case that definitely isn’t huge, but is big enough for what we’re putting in it. With 7 expansion slots and a decent amount of expansion bays, it should do fine. Plus it’s an ATX tower, making our ATX motherboard very easy to install into it.

Power Supply- EVGA 400W ATX Power Supply

The power supply is another part that you should not try to cut too short. It’s the power for your entire PC, and can ruin your life if you choose one that isn’t powerful enough. We chose the EVGA 400W power supply. This brick has enough power for all of our system’s components, but not for much more. This part is also ATX certified, so it will also fit into our casing very easily. A decent choice.

Optical Drive- ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/AS DVD/CD Writer

If you decide to buy some of your games on disk, you’ll need an optical drive in your build. We chose the ASUS DRW-24B1ST to accommodate this need.

Cooler- Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler

The cooler’s purpose is just as it sounds, to cool the system. Although other parts of our build do come with their own respective coolers, having this one can’t hurt. It doesn’t take up much space, and will keep our PC nice and frosty during gaming sessions.



Now that we’ve seen all of our parts, let’s take a look at some benchmarks for this system. The games we’ll use to conduct these benchmarks are…

Bioshock Infinite

Battlefield 4

and Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag


Here we go.

With all games settings respectively on LOW at 1920×1080, these were the average framerates for each game.

Bioshock Infinite: 77 FPS

Battlefield 4: 54 FPS

Assassins Creed IV: 60 FPS


MEDIUM Settings at 1920×1080:

Bioshock Infinite: 56 FPS

Battlefield 4: 34 FPS

Assassins Creed IV: 46 FPS


HIGH Settings at 1920×1080:

Bioshock Infinite: 36 FPS

Battlefield 4: 17 FPS

Assassins Creed IV: 30 FPS

So, as our mid-range build definitely doesn’t soar on more graphically demanding titles like AC4 or BF4, but it does just fine on lesser-demanding titles like Bioshock Infinite, when on settings close to medium.



Our 350 dollar gaming build does just fine, as long as you are comfy in the medium graphic range. It performs well on older, less graphically demanding games, but not very well on new triple A titles. It will satisfy all your mid-range gaming needs just fine, but that’s about its extent. But, for 350 dollars, it’s not a bad deal at all.

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