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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5,378 Responses to Best Gaming PC Build Under $500 Dollars, This PC Will OWN in 2017!

  1. Taylor says:

    Hey thanks for giving such great information on this subject.I got a question could I run a i7 on that motherboard you have on your parts list.

    Thank you

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Taylor,

      No problem! Yes you could use a Skylake i7 but the only reason that I would suggest doing that is if you plan on doing other tasks such as heavy rendering and what not. An i7 would be overkill at this budget point if all you are using the PC for is gaming.

      Let me know what you decide to do!

  2. Taylor says:

    I would use it heavily for rendering and grafic design. Would there be something else that you would suggest.

    Thank you for your help

  3. Nevyn says:

    What is a different motherboard that i could get? Since the one listed doesnt ship to Canada unfortunately. (everything else does, and i wanna stick with ordering from amazon.com cause i have lots of .com gift cards to spend) So if you could tell me another motherboard or two around the same price point that would work that would be great.

    Also would you mind linking what ssd you would recommend? Thanks so much!

  4. Deacon says:

    What are the specs?

    • Colton P says:

      They’re all listed above Deacon! The main parts – when it comes to what you need for gaming – are the processor, video card and RAM. For the processor this build has an i3 6100. For the video card it uses a GTX 1050 Ti and for the RAM it’s 8GB of DDR4! Plenty for a high quality experience at 1080p.

      Let me know if I can help you as you’re figuring out your build!

  5. ChaosGhostYT says:

    Does anyone know where I can get a cheap legit copy of 64-bit Windows 10?

    • Colton P says:

      Hey ChaosGhost,

      You could check out key sites such as Kinguin for cheap keys for legit copies. Not all key sites are legit though and you need to make sure that the seller has a plethora of good reviews otherwise there’s a chance you’ll get ripped off.

  6. SumDude says:

    Hi! I’ve been researching on how to build my very first computer lately and I just wanted to ask if this set up would work.
    Thanks in advance!

    • Colton P says:

      Hi SumDude!

      Yes! Everything will work great, be sure to go through the above video before and during the actual process of putting everything together, it’s going to help out ten fold!

  7. Guy123 says:

    How would i be able to get close to that price but with the OS, monitor, mouse+keyboard, and wifi adapter? Would i have to do the $400 build?

  8. Aidan says:

    hey Colton. I have been reading a lot of your things on great budget pc builds and i was just wondering, what is a good budget OS?

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Aidan,

      Well – Windows is always the go to OS because of it being the most compatible with all of today’s games/software/programs.

      With that, there are other choices. The main other choice would be to go with a Linux based operating system which is free. Otherwise you could also take a look at key sites such as Kinguin for cheaper prices on Windows 10. Just make sure that the seller that you’re going through has a plethora of good reviews!

      Let me know if I can help more as you’re moving forward with your build!

  9. Hey i was wondering if this case would work?

    Deepcool Smarter Mid Tower Case

  10. Chase says:

    I was just wondering, does this build have a HDMI output on it? I already own a HDMI cord and monitor and dont plan to get a new one, thanks in advance

  11. Zack says:

    How could I run overwatch?

  12. olga says:

    buena pagina excelente contenido

  13. Ashley Smith says:

    This is going to be my first build. I want it to be more “girly”. Can I use this case?
    http://amzn.to/2jTBZvH

  14. Chase says:

    my only other complaint is that the cpu does not come with a cooling fan, Plus with the keyboard/mouse the monitor and the CPU plus the cooling fan, this build is well over 536 dollars.

    • Colton P says:

      As I said in the other comment it does include a stock Intel CPU cooler. It just doesn’t tell you that on the product page. I’ve always priced the build for the hardware itself.

  15. Chase says:

    also this build does not have a CPU colling fan that comes with it, will the fan here fit?

    http://amzn.to/2kpqvAY

    • Colton P says:

      Yes it does Chase, the processor option comes with a stock Intel cooler. The cooler combo you linked wouldn’t work anyway and is unnecessary for this CPU anyway since you won’t be able to overclock it.

      • Chase says:

        sorry for all the questions but i can safely assume that this is 2 to 3 times the performance of a console?

        • Colton P says:

          I wouldn’t say that it’s triple the power of a console, you’d have to spend a bit more if you wanted triple power of a console, but it definitely has much better performance. Games are going to be much smoother and look better with a build like this.

  16. Chase says:

    i would also like to know if this has Bluetooth compatibility?

  17. Chase says:

    (like i said sorry for all the question) this appers to ony have one USB slot?

  18. Chase says:

    would i be able to swap this graphics card out with the one provided?

    ASUS Radeon Rx 470 4GB DC2 Edition DP 1.4 HDMI 2.0 AMD Gaming Graphics Card (RX470-DC2-4G)

  19. javier E says:

    hey im building my first pc i wanted to know if i can change the Gigabyte LGA1151 Intel H110 for MSI Gaming Intel Skylake H110 mother Motherboard or if it would be any better? its seems to be compatible with most items from this build but i wanted to make sure.

  20. Chaz says:

    Hey Colton, I bought this http://amzn.to/2kjuBKt ram a little over a year ago, times have changed and now it’s extremely expensive but I need another stick of it. Is there any other ram that is compatible with that one? If not what should I do?

    Thx
    Chaz

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Chaz,

      Did you look at the prices for it right now from the available sellers? Those price ranges are a sweet spot for that stick specifically, I’d go ahead and move forward with it! What’s a price that you’d rather see?

      • Chaz says:

        Well the thing is it’s 60$ for another stick and I don’t remember if I paid that much before but that’s seems high. The ddr4 is faster and only like a dollar more. Also it says there is a newer model. Is it ok to buy that one instead? Or buy the original

        • Colton P says:

          The most you’ll save in today’s market is $5 if you tried to mix and match, but I wouldn’t recommend that. Today’s market for single 8GB DDR3 RAM is in that $50-$60 range. Your motherboard isn’t going to be compatible with the DDR4 RAM, you’re best off going with the original that you linked!

  21. Courtney says:

    Hi! I am building this computer for my brother as a birthday gift. Should I get an I5 processor in case he does decide later on to overclock it? He is a huge gamer and I just want him to be able to get the speed he wants.

    • Colton P says:

      Hi there Courtney!

      That’s cool, you’re an awesome sister! 😛

      I don’t think it’d be necessary. It’d be a smarter move to go with the build as is above and then if he decides to upgrade to an i5 down the road then he’ll be able to. Besides, the above motherboard does not allow for overclocking.

      Let me know if I can help more as you’re moving forward with the build!

  22. Cody Knepp says:

    So the hdmi on the graphics card should work before i install drivers

  23. Josh Nash says:

    Hey Colton, was wondering if there were any decent monitors that are a little cheaper than the one you recommended.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Josh,

      You’re really not going to find a whole lot of the same quality for around the same price… It’s hard to find a good 1080p monitor for under $100.

      With that, this monitor from Acer could also be good but it doesn’t have a HDMI port. You’d have to use the DVI port instead which is basically the same quality as HDMI. If you want to use HDMI then the above monitor would be your best pick.

  24. Jim jim says:

    I was wondering what thought of the pentium g4560.
    when I pulled up the specs on intel site they look nearly identical?

    • Jim jim says:

      Since I’m probably missing something when it comes to the price difference could you please explain.
      never built a pc before so trying to gather as much knowledge before I do.

    • Colton P says:

      Jim jim,

      I wouldn’t recommend it. The above processor is significantly better. Sure it’s the same generation but an i3 has more power than the Pentium series processors.

  25. Dalton says:

    Hello,

    I am very interested in building a gaming pc but I was wondering if this pc will be able to run most if not all drafting programs in the civil engineering field. I want to be able to use this pc for more than gaming in the future as this is a huge investment since I am still in college

    • Colton P says:

      Could you share a few of the programs that you know you’d run for sure? I’ll take a look at the spec requirements and compare them to these specs.

      • Dalton says:

        These programs tend to be InRoads, AutoCAD, Microstation to name a few. If these are not specific enough, let me know and I can go to one of the labs and find some more

        • Colton P says:

          I looked at the system requirements for those programs and the above specs here far surpass what is recommended, you’d definitely be good to go using those programs with this build!

  26. Nicholas Maggio says:

    Would swapping out the GTX 1050 for an MSI RX 470 be sensible?

    • Colton P says:

      You’d be able to do that if you wanted to Nicholas but if you want to upgrade the graphics card then I’d suggest upping the level one more to an RX 480 like this one because it’s only a bit more expensive yet you get so much more power per dollar spent. It’d be well worth it!

  27. Nicholas Maggio says:

    Can you recommend a cheaper case that would fit this build, too?

  28. dan says:

    Hello colton, I’m looking into building this desktop, first ever build.
    Any chance this can play skyrim at ultra with mods and what not so it looks even better?

  29. dan says:

    And is this build upgradable if I decide to give it more ran, better graphics card etc down the road?

  30. GamerGuru says:

    Hey mate so i’ve been using the CPU fan that came with the processor in the build but it gets crazy loud, should i just switch the fan out with the one that came with the tower?

    • Colton P says:

      Not sure what fan you’re referring to GamerGuru, if you want to use a different CPU cooler then let me know and I’ll recommend one to you that would work well!

      • GamerGuru says:

        The CPU came with a fan so i decided to use that CPU fan, but the tower case came with a fan also but i decided not to use that one. The tower fan is bigger so should i switch the fans?

        • Colton P says:

          The fan that comes with the CPU is the heatsink cooler and must be used on the CPU. The fan that comes with the case is meant to be used with the case. Make sure you’re going through the above video as you’re putting everything together!

  31. Luke says:

    Quick question Colton,
    I want to build this pc (it’ll be my first build) and I have an older gaming laptop with an ssd and windows 10 installed. Could I remove the ssd with windows on it and install it in this build so I don’t have to repurchase windows?
    Thanks

    • Colton P says:

      Luke,

      If it’s a traditional SSD then I don’t see why you wouldn’t be able to. But most laptops have SSDs designed specifically for laptops and if that is the case then I’m afraid you probably won’t be able to utilize it. It’s worth trying!

  32. Logan Porter says:

    looks like an awesome build, I have half the parts I can’t wait to finish it!!

  33. Wuinn Qedemeyer says:

    Will the DeepCool TX Mid Tower TESSERACT SW on amazon work with the setup?

  34. Fredrik Kjellberg says:

    Hi i am new to building PC’s and i would like to ask if you could use the i5 Intel processor on that motherboard… I got tips not to use the i3 for the games i’m gonna play but maybe it could cause problems…

    You seem good at this stuff please let me know!

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Fredrik,

      The i3 would be fine for gaming at 1080p today. It’s not going to cause any problems and the above i3 meets almost all of the minimum requirements for all of the top games that are out today.

      With that said, if you’d still rather use an i5 then I’d recommend going with the i5-6500 instead! You’ll get more performance with the i5, yes, but also keep in mind that you could always upgrade to an i5 down the road whenever you deemed it necessary.

  35. Bram says:

    Is the OC edition of the graphics card compatible with the motherboard?

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