Hey, I’m Zach from the YouTube channel Zach’s Tech Turf. In this article, I’ll be exploring a full budget gaming PC setup, while also sharing some higher-end components you could also consider should you decide to follow this build.
Keyboard: Cooler Master SK630
To start off, we have the Cooler Master SK630 keyboard. This tenkeyless keyboard is rocking Cherry MX Low Profile switches with an actuation point of just 0.8mm. On top of its simple and clean aesthetic, this board also has RGB backlighting, which you can fully control either on the board itself or with Cooler Master’s proprietary software. The model I used in this build was the White Edition, although a Black Edition is also available. You can typically grab one of these keyboards for around $80 on Amazon.
If you aren’t on a super tight budget, I’d recommend you take a look at the Corsair K65 RGB Mini, the manufacturer’s first ever 60% keyboard. On top of being an overall solid board, the K65 Mini also has Cherry MX switches and tons of iCue customizable RGB options.
Mouse: Razer Death Adder Essential
Moving on, we have the Razer Death Adder Essential mouse. Its 6400 DPI Optical sensor is tough to beat in this price range. While there is no RGB on this mouse, there are white LEDs up on the scroll wheel and down on the main body Razer logo. This model has a rather large footprint, having forced me to adopt more of a claw grip instead of my typical palm grip. The Razer Death Adder Essential typically comes in at about $30.
Headset: Steel Series Arctis 3
Next up is our headset, the Steel Series Arctis 3. Despite being one of Steel Series’ cheaper models, I was pretty impressed by the quality and comfort of the Arctis 3. Its breathable mesh earpads feel lightweight around the ears, and combined with the elastic band, this feels like a headset you could wear for hours without it getting uncomfortable. It’s fitted with Steel Series’ signature retractable microphone and will work with just about any console or platform you plug it into. It even has an audio-out jack in case you want to share the sound with someone sitting next to you. The headset’s S1 speaker drivers sound pretty good for the price. Overall, the Arctis 3 is far more comfortable than most other headsets I’ve tried in this price range, with this model coming in at around $60.
Monitor: Acer SB220Q
As for our monitor, we have the Acer SB220Q. This is a model I swear by, and which I’ve featured many times on my channel. In short, this is one of the best budget 1080p options on the market right now. This is a 21.5″, 75Hz IPS panel with a response time of 4ms. The colors on this monitor are great for the price, and its incredibly thin body makes it feel very sleek and modern. Unfortunately, its stand has almost no adjustability and no VESA mount. This monitor retails for around $99.
Finally, we have our actual gaming PC ( See this video for full build breakdown ). This is rocking an Intel i5 4590, 16GB DDR3 RAM and a GTX 1650 Super, all packed into an Antec DP502 Flux body, which in this case is a White Edition. The PC build itself cost me just $450. For some quick benchmarks, this is how it performed running a number of currently popular games:
|Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege||1080p||Ultra||226|
|Counter Strike: Global Offensive||1080p||Pro||245|
|Call of Duty: Black Ops||1080p||Medium||113|
This entire setup came in at just a little over $700 in total, which is some serious value and something that I think would be pretty tough to beat, particularly given its performance for this price band.
Custom Gaming PC Build: $450