Gamers on the fence about whether they should finally dive into PC gaming or just buy the latest “next-gen” console often cite price as a concern. If you’re facing this same dilemma, we’re here to show you a gaming rig you can build for about $450 – best of all, it offers the benefits of being fully upgradeable as your budget increases over time. You’ll be able to keep buffing your rig throughout its lifetime, rather than having to transition to an entirely brand new console to upgrade!
With the Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS) taking place this weekend at the Avalon Hollywood in California, we wanted to write a build guide with an “Orange Team” theme, especially since we’ve already written a “Blue Team” build guide! NZXT is an official sponsor of the RLCS, and we love how highly optimized Rocket League is, making it a blast and an easy affair to play on this article’s gaming rig! If you want to jump onto the PC platform that all the top RLCS teams play on, this $450 gaming rig is the perfect place to get started.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
|CPU||AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor||$98.88 @ OutletPC|
|Motherboard||MSI 970A-G43 Plus ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard||$61.98 @ Newegg|
|Memory||G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory||$37.89 @ OutletPC|
|Storage||Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive||$47.49 @ OutletPC|
|Video Card||XFX Radeon R7 360 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card||$79.99 @ Newegg|
|Case||NZXT S340 (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case||$64.99 @ SuperBiiz|
|Power Supply||EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply||$45.98 @ Newegg|
|Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts|
|Total (before mail-in rebates)||$457.20|
|Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-08-03 13:10 EDT-0400|
AMD offers competitively priced processors, and the FX-6300 is no slouch for a sub-$100 CPU! You can even overclock it to pump out even more power, stretching your dollar even further. It also includes its very own CPU cooler, so you don’t need to spend extra money on an aftermarket cooler (but we recommend picking up an aftermarket CPU cooler if you decide to overclock!).
We picked the MSI 970A-G43 for its no-frills, simply functional design. It just works! Plug in your controller, headset, and other peripherals with ease to start gaming right away.
The G.Skill Ripjaws X Series RAM units are painted in a brilliant red finish, making sure to complement our NZXT S340 Black/Red case beautifully. 8GB of memory is more than plenty to run Rocket League, as well as most every other game you can think of!
We picked a 1TB hard drive for this build – with speeds of 7200RPM, you’ll not only be able to install a great deal of games and content, but you’ll be able to access them with speed!
A major workhorse for most gaming PCs, the video card (aka GPU) is often a focal point of builds. To find a balance between performance and price, we settled on the Radeon R7 360! This tiny, sub-$100 GPU can run Rocket League in 1080p, and after disabling a few of the flashier video effects in-game, it can easily achieve 60 frames-per-second and higher. If you ever need more GPU horsepower for other video game titles, you can simply swap this GPU out for a more powerful card down the road! But for Rocket League, this little sleeper will keep the good times rolling. No problem.
Steel-wrapped metal chassis with slick black and red trim – the NZXT S340 is the ideal case for this build (#biasednotbiased). Offering form, function, and a solid price point, the S340 is the choice of newcomers and experienced builders alike. Plenty of room for this build + future upgrades, while offering a slick aesthetic and easy cable management!
Never skimp on your power supply unit (PSU)! We’ve selected one that we know is still friendly on the wallet while also delivering reliable quality to keep your rig powered and healthy.
That’s all there is to it! And you might not have known this, but you can assemble this whole PC by yourself with only a screwdriver. Anything that can be put together with just a screwdriver can’t possibly be that scary – it’s like LEGOs for grownups! We make PC building easy by arming you with the knowledge and support needed to do it yourself.
We can’t wait to see everyone at the RLCS LAN event in California this August 6-7! Drop by our booth to check out more NZXT products in person – we’re even bringing custom NZXT H440 builds for the pros to play on, as well as a secret modded NZXT Manta to show off!
If you can’t make it to the LAN event, keep your eyes glued to our social media channels for shots of our secret Manta mod, as well as other behind-the-scenes shenanigans. You can also watch the broadcast live at Twitch.tv/RocketLeague!
See you in Hollywood!