Best Gaming PC Build Under $500 Dollars, This PC Will OWN in 2017!

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To find the best gaming PC build under 500 dollars you’re going to have to find the best parts for the lowest price possible and then build it yourself. Building your own computer has many benefits and is actually a lot easier than you think!

Well you just lucked out! 🙂 Today I feel like sharing how to build the best gaming PC build for under 500 dollars and I also want to show you the best place to get your parts for this EPIC build!

Next-gen PC gaming is going to take quite a bit of GPU and CPU power to run games for the next few years…

But… for around the same price as the present day consoles you can build a custom gaming PC that OWNS! (Seriously.) 😀

 

You’re About To Build a Beast


I mean, we’re talking MAX graphic settings on most games that are coming up. This build is worth every penny because PC gaming also comes with it’s many benefits. . . (Loads of free games, game modding support, an awesome community – etc.)

Trust me, you’ll never regret the day that you become an official PC gamer. 😉

So let’s get down to it.

How would an individual go about building a custom gaming computer for under $500? Seems impossible, right?

WRONG. Sure the initial price of a gaming computer can be spendy, but that’s the whole point of getting this particular build for this price. This build will run games much smoother and much faster than the Xbox One or the PS4!

Also if you don’t have all of the money required to get the full build then that’s fine! For me, I bought each part as I could afford them and then once I had every part with me I watched a video tutorial on how to build a computer while I was actually building my computer. Building the computer while watching the video helped out a TON.

Honestly, the video that best explains the process of building a custom computer is on Newegg TV. In the video, Paul from Newegg shows you step by step how to build a computer from scratch! The video is below so when you go to build your gaming computer you can just bookmark this post and refer to it here if you’d like! 🙂

 

How To Build A Computer


Be sure to follow this video step by step as you build your PC. This is the same video that I viewed before and during my building process!

It’s a great idea to understand exactly what you’re getting into so I suggest watching the series as many times as possible! 😛

 

Optimal Hardware For A $500 Budget


 

Last Updated: February 23rd, 2017

 

I have found the following parts to be of the best value to build an epic gaming monster for under 500 bucks.

Each link will take you to Amazon’s listing for the certain part. Amazon has the world’s greatest customer service team and you are guaranteed a perfect transaction when doing business with Amazon.

 

case Computer case – Thermaltake Versa H22

 Motherboard – ASUS LGA1151 M.2 H110 MicroATX

Video Card – Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB

cpu Processor – Intel Core i3-6100

 RAM – Ballistix Sport LT 8GB Single DDR4

Hard Drive – Seagate 1TB

asus CD Drive – Asus 24x DVD-RW

psuPower supply – EVGA 500w W1 80+

 

Final Price: $532.10

 

Details


Though these days it can be tough to squeeze a custom gaming PC for $500, this build does the trick. Now the prices of the parts do rise and fall so even though at the time of this writing the build is $514 it can still be lower or higher than that number, it just depends on the prices of each part.

With PC gaming evolving as much as it is with it’s hardware, it is currently kind of tough to get a custom gaming PC that will be up to good use for the next few years. Give the PC gaming industry some time and things will become much more cheaper as PC power increases. 🙂

Now although this build might be more than your budget you will just need to trust me on this one. This is THE build that you are looking for around $500. This is going to give you an amazing PC gaming experience and so dishing out an extra bit to create it really shouldn’t phase you.

A quick note about the CPU, there are different options to go about purchasing it. Just go with the option that states “Processor Only” because it will come with the stock Intel cooler. I wouldn’t worry about having any other type of cooler until you decide to upgrade the processor down the road to one that will allow you to overclock. Otherwise the stock cooler is going to do just fine.

I have changed the computer case to the Thermaltake one simply because it comes with a front USB 3.0 slot and this build can do USB 3.0. It’s ten dollars more expensive than your cheapest computer cases so if you’re really trying to get the best/lowest budget possible for your build then I would suggest grabbing this case instead.

If you want to browse through a bunch of different case choices then Click Here! For the most part, any mid tower case will work fine with this build. Feel free to ask me if you want to know if a specific case will work within the comments area below this post!

If you have the extra bit of room in your budget for it, a 4GB RX 480 would be the most optimal choice for the video card. But since the pricing is a bit off right now, it makes sense to pick up the 1050 Ti. The 1050 Ti is an amazing card and right now it’s at a very low price, I’d grab it while it’s still at this current price point of around $140!

Seriously though, with the performance of it… well I had a Radeon HD 7770 with my last build and this card owns the performance of my previous card. I was able to run Skyrim at max texture settings no AA and Dragon Age: Inquisition at tweaked med-highish settings. This would have been an epic upgrade from my last build!

Luckily, this build is pretty beast and will handle the epicness of the PC gaming world for a bit. You’ll have 1TB worth of storage space and this will ensure that you have enough space for the big titles such as Fallout 4 or Star Wars Battlefront!

A keyboard, mouse, and monitor are also needed to experience the beauty of the PC gaming world. If you’re currently looking for a good gaming keyboard then you should check out this awesome keyboard/mouse combination. It’s pretty slick, it looks unique and it has a nice price tag on it. 🙂

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

As I said, a monitor is also needed. I’ve used this 1080p monitor by Asus for many years now and it still works just as if it were brand new. I would definitely recommend checking it out!

71r1E7x7PlL._SL1500_ MonitorAsus VS228H

Optionally if you’re looking for a controller to use for your new gaming PC then I’d suggest taking a look at my picks for the Best PC Gaming Controllers. I personally use the glowing LED controller, but any of the controllers in that list will work just fine with this build and any other build with USB slots which I guess would be basically every PC out there! 😛

 

Operating System And Internet Connection


Choosing an operating system is entirely up to you. Windows 10 costs about $90 and nobody really wants to dish out that kind of cash for an operating system. You could always throw Linux on your computer for the time being until you save enough money or figure out a way to get Windows 10 for free on a burnt disk.

Linux is a free open source operating system and Steam works pretty well with it but not every game has been moved over to the Linux OS.

I will not show you how to get Windows for free simply because I do not promote piracy or illegal downloads in any way shape or form. But like I said above, it is entirely up to you. Google it if you really want to pirate Windows.

If you do decide to go with Windows, make sure that you grab the 64bit version so that you will be able to use all 8GB of your RAM.

A wireless network adapter is an optional PC part but it allows you to access your internet wirelessly through small antennas that stick out of the back of your PC.

Just plug em’ in, install the drivers and then you’re all set for accessing your internet.

Below are links to a network adapter that is suitable for Windows 10 and to the Windows 10 64bit operating system.

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

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

Now I know that I usually recommend going with a broadband PCI express wireless network adapter but right now there are none on the market that I know of that are compatible with Windows 10. It seems like many people are upgrading to Microsoft’s new OS and so it is important to make sure that you have something that is going to be compatible.

Based on the reviews on Amazon for the product, it has a great connection to wifi!

 

To Conclude


If you’re looking for a build that’s going to handle most games on high graphic settings and if you’re also looking for good frame rates at those settings then this is definitely the build for you.

This build will dominate most games coming out this year and you’re totally in luck for this next-gen experience if you go with this build! 🙂

If you have any questions about the build feel free to ask me in the comments area below! 😀

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5,433 Responses to Best Gaming PC Build Under $500 Dollars, This PC Will OWN in 2017!

  1. Wifefu says:

    Would this case work with the build http://amzn.to/2myyI39 thanks in advance. Great article BTW.

  2. Nathan P says:

    Hey i was wondering if all of the pc parts are compatible because this is going to be my first pc i have gotten.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Nathan,

      Yes all of the parts are compatible with each other! Everything you’d need to put everything together is going to come with all of the different parts. Let me know if I can help more as you’re moving forward with your build, I’m all ears!

  3. Tyler S says:

    Would This case be compatible with the build?
    http://amzn.to/2m5tEYA

  4. Bimzicle says:

    Good day mate, id previously thought about buying a gaming rig, but i think you’ve changed my mind, i want to build one now, i do have a few questions for you, i`m mot that good with computers, but im sure if you tell me about something i could google it and go from there, so i want to start gaming on my youtube channel, pc gaming at least, but i also have a lot pf other passions, an obvious one being video editing, its very hard and laggy on my current pc, which is an hp 15 laptop, lol, but other things id like to do are animation, only 2d,and have two intel core processors for various programs like geforce, and nvidia shadow play, those are only two other things, but i was hoping you could basically tell me if i could put in another intel core processor, and if id need anything else to e able to edit videos, edit photos, at very high quality basically.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Bimzicle, good day to you as well!

      Sounds like you’d benefit more from using an i5 processor rather than the i3 listed above. By making this upgrade you’d be able to have much faster rendering speeds and what not for the tasks that you’re trying to accomplish. I’d suggest using the i5-6500 instead. This’ll cost a bit more but it’ll be worth the price since the performance you get per dollar spent is going to be of value for what you’re wanting to do with the build!

      Let me know if I can help more as you’re moving forward with your build, I’m all ears here.

  5. Bimzicle says:

    Take as long as you need to reply to my comment above, also sorry for the typos ad long reply, cheers!

  6. Squidward says:

    Will this case work with the build?

  7. Teknomage says:

    How would Battlefield 1 re release run on this build?

  8. Nathan P says:

    Thanks im just waiting for all of the stuff to come to my house.

  9. Rathe VB says:

    Hey Colton, do you think think that this could run Battlefield 1 at medium to high settings at 60 fps? My friend is upgrading so I am teaching him how to build his computer and how to use a keyboard. And what would you upgrade if you had a little bit more money. Would you upgrade the CPU?

    Thanks, Rathe

    • Colton P says:

      Hey again Rathe!

      For sure, a tweaked med/high setting would be ideal to reach those higher levels of FPS.

      As for an upgrade, always go with GPU first. This CPU is pretty good and will be for a good while, I’d suggest going up to something like this RX 480 if you were wanting to go with any sort of upgrade to the build as is.

  10. Jeles says:

    Hi Colton, it is awesome that you take so much time to answer everyone. Your build is looking great so I decided to switch my PS4 for this PC. I was wondering if it would be better to put 2X4gb of RAM instead of a single 8gb? I don’t think I will go to 16gb soon so I could use the 2 slots for now. I would like to know if your build could run Rocket League with ultra settings and if you would know the average FPS coming from it?

    Thank you very much

    • Colton P says:

      Hi Jeles,

      I appreciate the kind words!

      There isn’t going to be any significant benefit to using dual channel RAM like that. The performance difference in gaming is too slim to justify using it over a single stick.

      You could expect Rocket League to run at max settings, 1080p and to run at a solid 60+ FPS. It’s a very well optimized game!

  11. Ethan L says:

    I’m wanting to build this but make it kinda portable would a slim or small case work if so could give me a link to some because I cant find any thanks.

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