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

Gigabyte R7 250 Graphics CardNobody 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 Budget 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-4130
  • Motherboard - ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS
  • Video Card - Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770
  • RAM -  Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB
  • HDD - Western Digital 500 GB
  • Case -  Rosewill Dual Fans MicroATX
  • Power Supply -  Antec VP-450
  • Optical Drive – Samsung 24x SATA DVD RW

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

With the quad-core AMD processor in this system and a Radeon HD 7770, 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 7 Home Premium. 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:

http://elitegamingcomputers.com/good-cheap-gaming-computers/

http://elitegamingcomputers.com/the-best-gaming-computers-under-500/

http://elitegamingcomputers.com/the-best-gaming-computers-under-400/

http://elitegamingcomputers.com/the-10-best-gaming-computers-under-300/

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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Comments

  1. Connor says

    Hey Brent, just wondering, how many monitors can this build support at once? What’s the max RAM the motherboard can support? Thanks in advance, and I’ll make sure to add you on League as well!

  2. zahn says

    Great blog, keep the work up :)
    I was just wondering how much fps would you being looking to get with this build in the later patches in season 4.
    I was also wondering if you would be able to do this build for us Australians and the round about price we would be expecting to pay?
    Thank you for you time and a great build

    • says

      Hey Zahn, I haven’t got a chance to check and see how this setup would perform with the new patches, but it should still max it out.

      Also, the parts listed above aren’t updated, but if you click-through to Amazon, they are.

      Using PCCaseGear.com, a similar Australian build would look like this:

      CPU: AMD FX-6300 ($139)
      MOBO: ASUS M5A78L-M/USB3 ($79)
      GPU: ASUS GeForce GTX 650 1GB ($129)
      RAM: Corsair 4GB DDR3 1600 ($59)
      HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500GB ($59)
      CASE: SilverStone Precision PS08 ($49)
      PSU: Antec Basiq VP-500P 500W ($69)
      ODD: LG SATA DVD-RW ($22)

      That comes out to about ~$610 Australian dollars. I’m sure you can mix and match, but I’m not very familiar with the Australian PC hardware market.

      Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.

      Best,
      Brent

      • zahn says

        Thanks heaps Brent,
        Definitely going to purchase these items and try to out it together!
        But I was also wondering what would be a good monitor for the Australian build?

        Thanks again for your time

  3. Hunter says

    Hi Brent I am new to the pc world and trying to build a good gaming pc that will run Minecraft at 60+ frames. If this build can run LOL on max it should be able to handle Minecraft right?

  4. Jarred says

    Hey Brent! Do you think you would be able to make a build for us Australians? My PC IS A RUST BUCKET to say the least and I would love to play League of Legends and Minecraft on Normal->Max settings. I’d prefer the parts to come from pccasegear.com but as long as it ships to Australia I will be happy. Thanks! (I say this because the Amazon.com parts don’t all ship to Australia) I also have never built a PC before if that plays a role.

  5. Don says

    How’s it going Brent.
    I was wondering if I went and purchased the hornet would I need to change my monitor and if so what would you recommend. Also besides league I use skype and teamspeak, would these effect my League settings at all?

    Thanks for the build.

  6. Ryan says

    Hey Brent,

    Big fan of the Site! Inspired me to go ahead and build my first PC! But I do have a quick question. When I received my PSU (xfx atx 550) it came with what appears to be a Italian outlet plug? I was curious if there is a site where I can go ahead and order a new one or should I just go through the process of returning it to amazon and try ordering again.

    Thanks, Ryan

  7. Carl says

    hey, i love the website and its very helpful but i have a few questions.

    1. I am soon to be a college student and would this work for not only college but moderate gaming also?

    2. Are there any other cases you could get for it? and if so what kind or a link would be helpful!

    thank you!!

    • says

      Hey Carl, how’s it going? Thanks for reading and commenting!

      Yes, this setup will easily be able to handle your school work (unless you’re studying advanced computer engineering/software engineering or something where you need to use CAD software). For word processing, internet browsing, file storage, etc. this build will do just fine.

      You can check these posts to get an idea of some different cases that you can use:

      http://elitegamingcomputers.com/the-best-gaming-cases/

      http://elitegamingcomputers.com/good-cheap-gaming-computers/#16

      As a warning, though, with the holiday season going on, a lot of items are low in stock and so the prices are a lot higher than they normally are. They should return to normal after the first of the year.

      Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.

      Best,
      Brent

  8. Javier says

    Hello Brent,

    This is an amazing list of components. In a few words I’m a total noob with this kind of things but you explained it just excelent. Thanks for doing this.
    I do have one question.
    I’m really interested in playing League of Legends and also another game called TERA which demands a high capacity (greater than LOL i suppose).
    What do you recomend to change in your list so I can play both of them?

    • says

      Hey Javier, thanks for reading and commenting!

      The build listed above (which I think is changed a little bit from what is listed above and I need to update it on here), will be powerful enough to play both games.

      The build easily meets and exceeds all of the recommended requirements listed by TERA:

      https://tera-support.enmasse.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/175/

      So, you’ll be good to go with that build!

      Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions!

      Best,
      Brent

  9. b1ushx says

    Can this computer handle streaming to sites lile twitch.tv? I’m assuming it can, but if I had this computer, could I stream and still play league without lagging?

  10. Jasher says

    Hey Brent it’s me again, I came across this pc and was wondering if this would be a good pc to run league also what kind of fps I would be getting at high settings no shadows and medium settings no shadows. http://www.liata.com/scrItem.asp? product_id=10738&product_subtypes_id=&product_types_id=24

    • says

      Hey Jasher, thanks for stopping by.

      That depends on what resolution you’re playing on. If you’ll be playing on a 1920×1080 monitor, then you could probably manage medium settings without shadows. High, probably not.

      Although, if you’re playing on a lower resolution monitor, then you should be able to play on the higher settings with the integrated HD 8470D graphics.

  11. samuel says

    finally ive been looking for a max settings League computer that i could build for under $400. Just wanted to say thank you for putting this up! Max League here i come :D

  12. Kerwell says

    Hey Brent,

    I’m a total newb when it comes to PC gaming. What do you mean by “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.”

    I’ve been playing league for a bout a year with a really crappy laptop that I can run with low settings with about 20 to 30 fps. It also takes me forever to load, like 5 minutes! It’s really horrendous. I’m a super console gamer, but love playing on a PC for Mobas and such.

  13. says

    Hey Brent,
    I was wondering if you could make a build that could be here in Australia with no shipping but still max LoL with a good stable FPS

    Thnx Brad

  14. Anthony says

    Hey Brent,

    I’m new to the world of building your own computer. I’m interested in buying your “Hornet” desktop build on Amazon and was just wondering if you had any guides on how to build the Hornet setup. If not that’s fine, but it would help me a ton if I had a guide to follow while building.

    Thanks,
    Anthony

  15. Gage says

    Hey brent,

    Thanks for posting this. Im wondering how this computer will handle streaming, or running two monitors? If some shifting can be done, I currently have a case,optical drive, and a powersource. Taking these things out of the hornet build, what could i add in, in order to stream/double monitor, or just improve the computer?

    Thanks man, you’r best.

    Gage

  16. tyler says

    Hey Brent,

    I was wondering if this $400 build could play the newer games like bf3 or crisis 3 on medium low
    Settings. And if not can this build be upgraded to play those games on max settings

    Thanks!

    Tyler

    • says

      Hey Tyler! How’s it going?

      Yeah, this build can play them on low settings. Crysis 3 will run on low and you may be able to get to mid settings for BF3. If you go with the $550 build on the Budget Builds section you’ll be able to max BF3 and Crysis 3 out as long as you don’t turn up the antialiasing up too high.

      http://elitegamingcomputers.com/buy/budget-builds

      Let me know if you have any other questions!

      Best,
      Brent

  17. Dhawal says

    Sir which one is better AMD FX 4100 or INTEL core i3 3220? According to you??
    And also tell me the best motherboard for the price about $55???
    According to the best you choose between the two!! I Will gonna BUY!!!!

    Please reply sir..

    Waiting for your reply!!!!

    Thanks in Advance

  18. Jasper says

    How can this be played on League of Legends? How does it hold up in teamfights on the HIGHEST settings? What kind of Frames per Second do you get on average?

    Thanks! :)

    • says

      Hey Jasper! Thanks for stopping by!

      This build will be able to max LOL out fine. With this build you can expect 60+ FPS on the highest settings throughout the game.

      Check out this YouTube video:

      That person is recording LOL with a 6670 on max settings and is getting a solid 30 FPS. If he wasn’t recording he’d be getting a lot higher FPS. So, you can definitely max it out with the $400 build!

      Let me know if you have any other questions!

      All the Best,
      Brent

      • Jasper says

        Thanks Brent. You are truly an amazing blogger. You actually respond to your fans. Thanks so much. Ill be re-visiting very often! :) Ill add you on LOL, also

  19. says

    Hey Brent,

    I have not played any games since Unreal Tournament years ago. I am am a huge fan of Walking Dead and wanted to play the game on my PC. My 5 year old PC will not play it. I want to upgrade my PC anyway and my gaming friends suggested I get an Alienware machine. I got sticker shock when I looked at the site. I found your site and I am going to build the Hornet.

    I wanted to let you know I think you have a very cool website. Thank you for the information. I am in IT but to be honest I would have no clue what video card will work, what power supply, what motherboard, etc without breaking the bank. I also love that you keep updating the builds.

    Keep up the good work.

    Peace,

    Tim

    • says

      Hey Tim! Thanks for the comment!

      From what I understand the Walking Dead game isn’t too graphics demanding. So, if you wanted to save some more money you could always just upgrade your current system. Here are the requirements for Walking Dead:

      http://www.game-debate.com/games/index.php?g_id=1669&game=The%20Walking%20Dead:%20Episode%201

      Of course, building your own computer from scratch is always the most enjoyable and rewarding experience and I know you’ll have a lot more fun doing it that way.

      I appreciate the compliment and I’m glad the information on EGC could help you out. Let me know if you need anything else or if you have any other questions! I’ll be happy to help you out!

      Thanks again,
      Brent

  20. SyanHD says

    Hey Brent,
    If i follow the link of Amazon will I be able to get a guide in building the thing with a blueprint or I have to figure it out by head…im not a really good computer expert…im just a hardcore gamer and would like your type of CPU. PLEASE HELP =O.

    • says

      Hey Syan! Thanks for reading.

      If you follow the link to Amazon you will not get a computer-building guide. However, if you sign up for the newsletter on the left you’ll get a free copy of 5 Steps to a Legendary Gaming Computer and that will help you step-by-step through the building process.

      Let me know if you need anything else!

      All the Best,
      Brent

  21. Aldo says

    Hi Brent,

    Great list of computer parts here, but there is just one problem for me. Because I live in Australia the shipping/postage is not available from the amazon links you posted. I have searched for the same or similar parts from Australian retailers but they all seem to be far more expensive then what was listed here. Does that mean that I will just have to build a less powerful computer because of my budget, and if so can you recommend anything? It doesn’t have to be too powerful because I will mainly be using it for playing Minecraft and other small-ish games.

    Thanks for all your help!

    • says

      Hey Aldo! Thanks for stopping by and reading!

      Unfortunately, certain components cost a bit more in Australia when compared to what they would cost here in the United States. What is your total budget in Australian dollars? $400?? I can put a build together for you that will let you play Minecraft and other games that aren’t too demanding using pccasegear.com.

      Just let me know your max budget and I’ll put something together for you!

      All the Best,
      Brent

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