Need a Computer for League of Legends? Build One for Under $400!

Computer for League of LegendsIf you haven’t played League of Legends yet, then you’re missing out. I was a little late to the LOL bandwagon, but now that I have arrived I’m totally hooked.

This game is addicting, to say the least.

And, since I love to get other people hooked on the things that I am currently hooked on (why do you think I created this site?!!?!) I’d like to take the time to write a post on how you can get a solid computer for League of Legends for pretty cheap.

(Add me as your friend on LOL, and let’s go n00b pwning! My account name is BHale7. I call Fiora and top lane!)

Of course, you’re going to have to build your own system in order to get the most performance for the least amount of money… but with my complete computer-building guide, that should be a piece of cake. And, I know I say this a lot, but if you can operate a screwdriver and read, you are overqualified to build your own computer.

So, in this post I will give you a very affordable build ($400) that will easily max LOL out.

A $400 Computer for League of Legends That Will Have You Playing on Max Settings

Nobody likes to be the guy or girl who is stuck playing on the lowest settings. Fortunately, League of Legends is not a super graphics-demanding game. Therefore, you won’t have to spend a ton of money in order to enjoy playing it on the highest settings.

I’ve basically just pulled this build from the $400 computer (The Hornet) in my Builds section. So, if you want to go over there and check it out, or take a look at some of the more powerful systems, you can follow the link and do so.

The following is the part list that I recommend in order to build a gaming computer for League of Legends:

  • CPU –  AMD FX-6300 (View)
  • Motherboard – ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS AM3+ (View)
  • Video Card - EVGA GeForce GTX 750 (View)
  • RAM –  Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (View)
  • HDD – Western Digital 250 GB (View)
  • Case –  Rosewill Dual Fans (View)
  • Power Supply – Antec VP-450 (View)
  • Optical Drive – Samsung 24x SATA DVD RW (View)

Grand Total: $380-$420
(Prices fluctuate–check here for current pricing)

With a six-core AMD processor in this system and a GTX 750, this build is more than powerful enough to handle League of Legends on max settings.

It’s important to note that in order to to meet budget, I chose a bare hard drive. That means that you will only get the hard drive and nothing else. However, the SATA cables and mounting screws that you may or may not need (depending on what your motherboard comes with) can be had for under $10.

Also, if you don’t have an operating system that you can throw on this build, you will need to buy one. I recommend getting Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 if you don’t want to make the switch to 8. It will run you an additional $90.

Ultimately, if you’re looking to get a decent computer that will max out League of Legends and some other low-graphics-demanding games (Minecraft, Starcraft II, World of Warcraft, etc.) and you’re not looking to spend a ton of money, this build will do the trick.

Looking for Something Else?

In almost every scenario I recommend that gamers go with a desktop rather than choose a laptop for gaming. However, some gamers like to be able to game wherever they are, be it at their friends house, in the living room, in class, at Starbucks, at a LAN party, etc. If mobility is something that’s really important to you then I suppose getting a laptop would be acceptable. Just be prepared to pay more, and don’t expect as good of results.

If you’re looking for a solid gaming laptop, check out The Best Laptops for Gaming in 2013.

Also, if you want to take a look at some other affordable builds, you can use the following resources to give you some more ideas:

Now That You Have Your New Gaming Computer…

…it’s time to get down on some maxed out League of Legends awesomeness. As mentioned above, LOL is the only game I’m playing right now. So, if you’re as much of a fan of the game as I am and you want to play, add me on LOL… my account name is BHale7.

See you out there!

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  1. Spicer says

    Hey man, I just purchased and put together this computer as listed, however it can barely run LoL on the lowest settings. I don’t understand am I doing something wrong? By run I mean I get 103 ping in game however the movements of the character are very sketchy and glitch like.

  2. Jhante says

    Hey Brent, how ya been?

    So I’m about to cash in and buy everything I need to build this computer but I was wondering if you have an instructional video on how to put it together because this is my first time my making own computer. It would be great if you could direct me to a recommended instructional video or one of your own.

    Thanks in advance!

    • Derek says

      Ya, me too. I really want to build this thing but I don’t want to have a month long project of figuring out how to put the parts together.
      Oh and srry for the dupe comment I left a wrong email

  3. Jhante says

    Hey, Brent! How you doing?

    I’m about to cash in and buy all these parts for the computer but this is my very first time trying to put together a computer.. Do you have an instructional video you can point me to for steps on how to put my computer together the safe and correct way?

    Thanks in advance!

  4. Luis says

    Hey Brent,

    I’m building this computer exactly with the parts that you recommended but I need one more slot to connect the fan that comes with the case, what should I do?

    Thank You, Luis

  5. Nay says

    Hey I would love to play lol with you. >.> im saving to do your build now till then, I play on the lowest settings. Add me “Pandatruffles”.

  6. Luis says

    Hey Brent,

    I am almost done with my computer, but I am wondering if I could the Rosewill case that comes with the power supply?

    Thank You Luis

  7. Luis says

    Hey Brent,

    I am in the process of getting this computer and was wondering if u had any recommendations about what monitor and keyboard goes well with it,( i already have a mouse.)

    Thank You, Luis

  8. nick says

    CPU AMD FX-8320
    MOBO Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P
    GPU XFX Radeon R9 280
    RAM Kingston HyperX Fury 8GB
    HDD Seagate Barracuda 500 GB
    CASE Corsair Carbide SPEC-01
    PSU XFX Core Edition PRO550W
    ODD Samsung 24x SATA

    is it possible to change the HDD to Kingston HyperX 3K 120 GB SATA III 2.5-Inch 6.0 Gb/s Solid State Drive SH103S3/120G or will that not work?

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