£300 Gaming PC Build | January 2020

A definitive and comprehensive build guide for anyone wanting to build an upgradeable £300 Gaming PC in early 2020.

Spec list: AMD Ryzen 3 3200G w/ Radeon Vega 8 Graphics, MSI B450M PRO-VDH MAX Motherboard, Patriot Viper 8GB RAM, WD Green 120GB SSD, WD Blue 1TB HDD, Corsair 450W PSU, Thermaltake mATX case.
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  • 4 cores, 4 threads, 3.6Ghz base clock, 4GHz boost clock, 65W TDP
  • Compatible with 500 & 400 chipset Series AM4 motherboards
  • Wraith Stealth Cooler included in the box
  • 64-bit quad-core entry-level performance x86 desktop microprocessor introduced by AMD in mid 2019
  • This processor is based on AMD’s Zen+ microarchitecture and is fabricated on a 12nm process
  • Supports 3rd gen AMD Ryzen/Ryzen with Radeon Vega graphics and 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen with Radeon Graphics
  • Socket AM4: Processors supported
  • Supports DDR4 memory, up to 3466+(OC) MHz
  • DDR4 Boost: Advanced technology to deliver pure data signals for the best performance and stability
  • Turbo M.2: Running at PCI-E Gen3 x4 maximizes performance for NVMe based SSDs
  • Capacity: 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4 kit
  • Base Frequency: PC4-17000 (2133MHz); Tested frequency: PC4-25600 (3200MHz); Tested Timings: 16-18-18-36; voltage: 1.35V
  • Feature overclock: XMP 2.0 support for automatic overclocking
  • Compatibility: tested across the latest Intel and AMD platforms for reliable and fast performance
  • Format: Non-ECC Unbuffered DIMM; pin out: 288-pin
  • Improved performance for everyday computing: With the performance boost from a WD Green SATA SSD, you can browse the web, play a game, or simply start your system in a flash
  • Solid state reliability: Lightweight and shock resistant, WD Green SSDs use no moving parts and help keep your data safe from loss in the case of accidental bumps and drops
  • Less power. More play : WD Green SSDs are among the lowest power consuming drives in the industry.
  • WD Blue drives are designed, tested and built to last, and ships with a 2-year limited warranty
  • Form Factor: 3.5 inch
  • Depth: 14.7 cm, Height: 2.54 cm
  • Buffer Size: 64MB
  • Device Type: Hard drive – internal
  • Capacity: 1 TB
  • 80 PLUS efficiency: Runs cooler and uses less power than non-certified power supplies
  • 3-year warranty: Backed by CORSAIR’s legendary technical support and customer service
  • Black housing, cable sleeves and connectors: Give your build the high-end look without breaking the bank
  • Thermally controlled 120mm fan: Quiet operation across a wide range of loads
CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK, ALTERNATIVE: Aerocool Integrator 500W 80 Plus Bronze
  • Designed for gamers, perforated top panel build for easy heat dissipation and rapid air intake for maximum ventilation. The heighten foot-stands at the bottom help to enhance airflow.
  • Tool-free Installation – Innovative 5.25″ & 3.5″ tool-free drive bay design minimized the hassles of installing/removing. Dual drive bay concept “1 + 2”, a perfect ratio for accessory and storage devices.
  • The cable routing gap provides easy cable management, hiding cables behind motherboard tray. Additionally, with cable routing gap, wiring tangled problem no longer exists, followed by better airflow as well as dust management.

Alternative Micro-ATX Case Options

CiT F3 Red Micro ATX Case
CiT F3 Red Micro ATX Case
Fractal Design Core 1100
Fractal Design Core 1100
Cooler Master Masterbox 3.1
Cooler Master Masterbox 3.1

Potential Future Upgrades

Gigabyte GTX 1660 OC 6GB
Gigabyte GTX 1660 OC 6GB
AMD Ryzen 5 3600
AMD Ryzen 5 3600

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Post by: Toby Jagmohan – Founder

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1 January 2020

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This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Ronnie

    Hey Toby – did you need to fit any additional case fans or was the single exhaust fan that came with the case sufficient? Many thanks for the great advice!

    1. Toby

      Hi Ronnie, thank you for getting in touch. One single exhaust fan is enough with the Thermaltake Versa in this build, you don’t need to worry too much about the cooling since this build won’t get too hot. In the future if you’re upgrading the build you can just pick up something like this – https://amzn.to/2BGwFai for a fiver and you’re good to go.

      I hope this helps!

      1. Imply

        will i have problems if i add a gtx 970 to this build?

        1. Toby

          Hi Imply,

          No you won’t have any problems if you add a GTX 970 to this build, it will work fine without any issues.

          I hope this helps!

  2. Barrie Croombs

    Hi Toby,
    Where did you buy the components for this PC?
    I am looking for a PC at £300 or just over and this one you have shown really is the best.
    I presume that I will need install Windows 10 any ideas of the best place to purchase a genuine copy.

    1. Toby

      Hey Barrie, thanks for getting in touch. The components for this PC are all listed on Amazon, however there is a real problem with stock for PC components across the world right now, so if you’re planning on building this I’d say hold off until the summer for things to hopefully return back to normal and prices to go down. Windows 10 is free to download on the Microsoft store, you just need to “activate” it by registering and that’s pretty much it. I hope this helps!

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