Best Gaming Computer For $600 Dollars, Prepared To Dominate PC Gaming In 2017

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Wondering how you can get yourself the best gaming computer for under $600 dollars? Well look no further because this build is not only going to blow 2017 out of the water but it’s also going to blow your mind. 🙂

 

Maximize Your Potential With Your $600 Budget


In order to get MAXIMUM potential out of a gaming computer you’re going to have to build one yourself. Now most people that have never even thought of or tried to build a computer might think that it sounds like an impossible task but in reality it really isn’t that hard at all! 😀 There are plenty of tutorials out there on the internet on how to build a computer but the one I think is best is done by NeweggTV.

Newegg created a video series showing how to start from scratch to build the gaming computer of your dreams. Before I got into PC gaming I was gaming on a console. When I found out about all of the modding potential and the overall community that comes with PC gaming I just had to get into it.

When I researched pre-built desktops I was shocked by how expensive it was and when I kept reading I found out that most of the $600 computers aren’t even powerful enough to keep up with today’s hardware demands of PC games.

That’s why building a computer is so much better. This custom build could easily retail for $1,000+ so you can be sure you’re going to have a beast of a gaming computer after you finish building this one.

 

How To Build A Computer


This is the same video that I watched from beginning to end when all of my PC parts finally came in the mail. Sure it took me some time but the time spent building it was well worth it because I can now enjoy the luxury of great looking games and being able to modify them to my hearts desire. 🙂

I do have to say that if you’re looking to build your own custom gaming computer I must first say CONGRATS. 😀

You’re about to join one of the most amazing gaming communities that the gaming industry has to offer and you’re also about to experience a fully customizable platform. This custom PC will not only be able to run games such as Dying Light, Grand Theft Auto V, Dragon Age: Inquisition and Evolve on higher graphical settings but you’re also giving yourself access to the benefits of just having a computer!

I mean you’re probably going to own some kind of computer anyway so why not make it a gaming beast on top of it?

In my opinion that is totally worth the little extra investment. 😉

 

Optimal Hardware On A $600 Budget


 

Last Updated: February 23rd, 2017

 

caseCase – Rosewill REDBONE ATX Mid Tower

cpu Processor – Intel Core i3-7100

Motherboard – ASUS PRIME B250M-K LGA1151 M.2 mATX Motherboard

gpu Video Card – ASUS Radeon Rx 480 4GB OC

 RAM – Crucial 8GB DDR4 Single

500Power Supply – EVGA 500W

 Hard Drive – Seagate 1TB

asus CD Drive – Asus 24x DVD-RW

 

Final Price: $614.26

 

Details


This build is AWESOME and trust me when I say you won’t regret putting this build together for yourself! Prepare yourself to being able to play your games at full 1080p HD resolution while still using the highest graphical texture settings. If you have a monitor with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 then you should try that resolution out as well because I’m pretty sure this card can handle it. 🙂

The computer case is entirely up to you, the one that I have listed above is the close to the cheapest one on Amazon but it is still a pretty good case. If you want to browse computer cases then do so by Clicking Here! For the most part, mid tower cases will do just fine with this build. Feel free to ask me about a specific case if you’d like, you can do so in the comments area below!

If you’re looking to get the best bang for your buck then I suggest just sticking with this case. Besides, it doesn’t really matter what your PC looks like but more so of how well it runs! 😉

The Intel i3-7100 is a pretty awesome processor especially for this build. Intel processors work great with Nividia graphics cards and you’re guaranteed a smooth and fast computing experience with this processor.

I had to make the switch to the i3-7100 from the FX-8350 simply because it makes more sense when looking at the prices today. Performance wise, the main difference between the two is that the FX-8350 would be better at heavy rendering tasks and it’s also able to be overclocked for further performance potential.

At stock, the i3-7100 is still a very good CPU to go with when you’re thinking of using the build strictly for gaming. It also gives you room for an upgrade path down the road whenever you deem it necessary to upgrade. You could get something like an i5-7600 or an i7-7700 if you really wanted to pump up the performance.

A couple notes regarding the motherboard – it doesn’t have any features for overclocking. If you wanted to have a board for overclocking because you know that you’ll want to upgrade to a CPU that is able to overclock down the road then let me know in the comments and I’ll point you in the right direct for one that’ll have what you’ll need!

Also, one or possibly both of the PCI-E slots may not be useable because of the size of the graphics card. If you planned on using those slots for adapters then you may want to consider going with a bigger motherboard.

Having the RC 480 4GB card is going to put you in awe the moment you start up your first game on this custom build. This would have been a great upgrade for me from my last card which was a Radeon HD 7770. That card was able to run Skyrim at max and Dragon Age: Inquisition on med-high tweaked settings. This card blows that card WAY out of the water and you can expect some pretty amazing frame rates out of this card.

To be honest, the 480 is going to be the best choice for a video card since it’s at a pretty optimal price point price point for for today’s market. It wasn’t long ago when the prices weren’t making much sense.

As far as an upgrade path from the 480 – you shouldn’t worry about it for a good while yet. If you’re gaming at 1080p and/or plan to do some virtual reality gaming then you’re going to be set for a good while yet. Sure, something like a 1060/1070 might have a bit of a performance boost, especially with the 1070, but when it comes to this budget point the 480 is going to be your best pick.

You’ll also want to pick up a keyboard/mouse combo as well as a monitor to really finish up the build. Check out this keyboard/mouse combination by Cooler Master, it’s an amazing combo for the price point.

cm-storm-devastator-ii-reviewKeyboard/MouseCM Storm Devastator II

As far as a monitor, this specific build is going to be able to run games at a 1080p resolution extremely well, so it’d be in your best interest to pick up a monitor at that resolution for the best quality you can get.

71r1E7x7PlL._SL1500_MonitorAsus VS228H

You can’t go wrong with a $600-ish budget. This PC is definitely bound to impress you especially if you are currently using an out-dated computer. Once you build your computer and get the operating system installed you will instantly notice the difference!

 

Operating System And Internet Connection


As far as operating systems go, this would be a decision that is entirely up to you. For now I’d recommend picking up Windows 10 simply because I love the interface behind it and gaming for me hasn’t been an issue.

Windows 10 is sort of the overall best contender for those looking for the most optimal performance for gaming on an operating system. There are other choices as well but if you’re looking for an OS that is going to be able to run some of the most popular games then Windows 10 is going to be your best bet. Almost every single PC game is made for it.

SteamOS, a Linux based operating system by Valve, is also making some noise in the OS space. In my opinion, it will eventually be the best operating system if your computer is strictly for gaming use.

If you cannot afford Windows right now then I would suggest going the Linux route with Ubuntu. Not all games on Steam’s platform are compatible with Linux but that is soon to change. There are still plenty of free and paid games to enjoy on Linux and Windows.

Ubuntu is an open-source, FREE operating system that you can use to easily use the internet and play some pretty fun games. If you don’t have the extra $100 for Windows but you still want to use it then you could just throw Ubuntu on your computer then save up until you can afford it. Then you could either dual boot both operating systems or just go with one of them.

Now there is also an option of pirating Windows but I don’t condone to this at all and no I’m not going to show you how to do it. If you really want to go that route thenw there are plenty of YouTube videos for that but again please don’t ask me how to do it.

Oh, and if you’re wanting to connect to wifi in the best way possible then I recommend going broadband. It’s the fastest and most reliable way of connecting to the internet with a desktop. You should check out the wireless network adapter below if you’re interested in that! I’ve also included a link to a 64bit version of Windows 10.

ALWAYS make sure that you go for 64bit otherwise you won’t be able to use all 8GB of the RAM that you’ve got!

windows 10 64bit Windows 10 64bit – Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64bit

81CsUmlJ+iL._SL1500_ USB Wireless Network Adapter – Panda 300Mbps Wireless N USB Adapter

Check out those links above! The USB adapter will allow you to be able to have internet with Windows 10! 😉

 

To Conclude


All in all, if you’re looking to run all of the games coming out in 2017 on some higher graphic settings then this is the build for you. The combination of this card and processor is going to blow your mind. (Seriously.) 😉

So what do you guys think of this build? Beast mode system right?! 😀

Let me know in the comments below!

P.S. If you have any questions about this build or anything on my site then feel free to comment and ask! 😀

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1,999 Responses to Best Gaming Computer For $600 Dollars, Prepared To Dominate PC Gaming In 2017

  1. John says:

    So I’m a new PC builder, never built one before. That being said, I was wondering if this build would work with two changes. One change would be to an Intel Core i5 7600K and the other change would be for the case on Amazon: Thermaltake Versa N21 Snow Edition Translucent Panel ATX Mid Tower Window Gaming Computer Case CA-1D9-00M6WN-00, White. Everything else would be the same that you recommended. Will this build work? Thanks.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there John,

      So you’re referring to this exact case then, right? Yes, you’d be able to use it. As far as using the i5-7600k though – you’d have to also add in an aftermarket cooler. I’d recommend the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO since that case will be able to work with it!

      Another thing to note… it doesn’t make much sense to use the i5-7600k with a motherboard that’s not able to overclock it. I’d recommend going with a different board that’s able to overclock if you want to use the 7600k or go with the stock i5-7500 instead if you’re wanting to use the same motherboard listed above. Let me know what you decide to do! If you went with the stock i5-7500 then there’d be no need for the aftermarket cooler since it comes with a stock Intel cooler.

  2. Rex says:

    ok so i can decide from 2 computer i BARELY know anything about computers and i was wondering if u could tell me what one is better this one is number 1 number 2 is this AMD Quad core custom built gaming pc desktop 4.0ghz 16gb 2tb ninja for $548 $600 with shipping

    • Colton P says:

      Rex you’re going to have to link the computers that you’re trying to refer to here. I don’t know which computers you’re wanting me to compare.

  3. Matt says:

    Hey Colton I was wondering what is a good motherboard with two slots for RAM

    Also what are some good upgrades for down the line and some that you can make right now that are maybe like 20$ more than your reccomended ones

    Thanks

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Matt,

      Are you wanting to know a board with 2 slots in total or two more? The above board has 2 RAM slots and it’s the one I recommend for this build. Otherwise if you’re wanting more then go ahead and pick up the other Asus motherboard since it’s not much more and has the 2 extra slots!

  4. Connor says:

    Hi, I was wondering if this PC is any good for gaming?

    • Colton P says:

      You’d be over paying by over $200 Connor and to be honest the processor isn’t going to be the best to have going forward into the future. Not much room for upgrading to anything else.

  5. Brian says:

    Hey, I’m doing a similar build and I want to know if it’s all compatible?

    Case: http://amzn.to/2msLrbm

    Motherboard http://amzn.to/2mbhrQr

    RAM: http://amzn.to/2m8l1Jm

    CPU: http://amzn.to/2mbhrQr

    GPU: http://amzn.to/2lOkPy0

    PSU: http://amzn.to/2mHm5Hr

    Hard Drive: http://amzn.to/2mHjtcK

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Brian,

      You’ve linked the motherboard for the CPU but I’ll assume that you’re wanting to use the i3-7100 like what is listed above? If so then you need to know that you need a newer motherboard like the one listed above. Unless you’re going for the i3-6100 in which case the motherboard you linked would work.

      Everything is compatible but that graphics card is most likely too big for that case. I would recommend going with a bigger case like this one or going with a smaller graphics card like this one – let me know what you decide to do!

  6. Nik says:

    Hey there, thanks for this article, im definitely going to use this information. I was wondering if I could uses this case instead of the one listed? like most people here i am new to PC building and I really want to learn.

    http://amzn.to/2naHWap

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Nik,

      For sure, you’d be good to go using that case! It’s a really good case.

      Be sure to check out the above video before and during the actual process of getting everything put together. It’s going to help out ten fold! I’m also here for whatever else going forward!

  7. ThatPerson says:

    I put this together today, what seems like it could be done better?

    • Colton P says:

      Looks all good man, could have used a 480 instead for a bit of a performance boost I feel like that would’ve been the best move but the 470 is still a really great card! You’ll be good to go going forward!

  8. Tyler.S says:

    Hey Colton I’m sorry to keep bugging you but I’m about to buy all this stuff and just wandering if it’s all compatible like before I just changed the mobo,case GPU and ram so if you could look over it and see and get back to me like I said I’m so sorry for bugging yah it’s just that it’s my first time building and all and I just want to make sure I got everything.

  9. Tyler.S says:

    Sorry I forgot to put link

  10. Tyler.S says:

    Sorry again but is this build good for streaming and editing videos and stuff like that as well?

    • Colton P says:

      No need to be sorry man you’re good!

      Yes, you’d be able to stream and edit videos with this build. Keep in mind that streaming more so depends on how solid of an internet connection you have.

  11. Ryan says:

    I just purchased your entire build and am struggling pretty hard trying to wire it all up. First off, I can not for the life of me figure out where all the built in case fans plug into. They are all 3 female and I don’t see any of those on this Prime B250m-k mother board or any on the power supply. This is my first attempted build so I knew it wouldn’t be easy. Any help would be great!

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Ryan,

      You’ll still be able to use the 3 female ones on the ports that have 4 prongs. The 4th prong is there to let you know that you’d be able to control the fan’s speed but since the case fans don’t come with fans with that many prongs it simply means that you won’t be able to control the speed of those fans!

      So go ahead and connect them to the case fans ports on the motherboard even though there is an extra one and it’ll look odd, it’s meant to work that way!

  12. Tyler.S says:

    G Skill tridents

    MSI GAMING Radeon RX 480

    VicTsing USB External DVD-Reader with CD-RW Burner Drive (Black)

    Panda Wireless PAU06 300Mbps N USB Adapter

    MSI Gaming Intel B250 LGA 1151 DDR4 HDMI VR Ready ATX Motherboard (B250 GAMING PRO CARBON

    Seagate 1TB BarraCuda SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Hard Drive (ST1000DM010)

    Phanteks Eclipse Series P400S Silent Edition, Steel ATX Mid Tower Case Satin Black PH-EC416PSW_BK

    EVGA 500 W1, 80+ WHITE 500W Power Supply( 100-W1-0500-KR)

  13. Bryam says:

    Hello Colton, my case is a rosewill redbone u3 and my motherboard is a gigabyte ga 78mlt usb3. The case have 3 fans and my motherboard only have 1xCpu Fan 1xSystem Fan, how can I connect the other fan to the motherboard?

  14. Mari says:

    Hey Colton,

    Do you happen to have a general questions/comments/message page? 🙂

    Anyway, I was just wondering what’s the major difference between these 2 RAM sticks:

    ADATA: http://www.ebuyer.com/703957-adata-premier-8gb-ddr3-1600mhz-unbuffered-non-ecc-cas-11-dimm-memory-ad3u1600w8g11-b

    G.Skill: http://amzn.to/2mNbeJ7

    • Mari says:

      I have the ADATA stick on my current gaming PC, would you suggest I switch it out? Why?

      Been using that ram since 2013 on its original build (some HP desktop from Walmart) and salvaged it for my gaming build to save $50. 😛

      • Colton P says:

        If you’re going to be using a different motherboard, such as the one above, then you’ll have to switch it out. That RAM wouldn’t be compatible with a board like the one above.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Mari,

      There aren’t going to be that many differences between the RAM. The biggest difference I see is that the ADATA RAM is CL11 and G.Skill is CL10 and when it comes to overall performance, CL10 is more preferred!

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