Best Gaming Computer For $600 Dollars, Prepared To Dominate PC Gaming In 2018

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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 2018 out of the water but it’s also going to blow your mind. 🙂


Best Gaming Computer For $600


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 10th, 2018

* = Optional part, final price includes the optional part. Read below for more details.


 Case – VIVO ATX Mid Tower CASE-V01

Processor – AMD Ryzen 3 1200

 Motherboard – MSI ProSeries PRO-VDH B350

 Video Card – ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1050 Ti OC

  RAM – Crucial 8GB Single DDR4

Power supply – EVGA 500W 80+

 Hard Drive – Seagate 1TB

asus * CD Drive (Optional) – Asus 24x DVD-RW


Final Price: $674.80

(Higher price point due to overpriced RAM and video card)


Build 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 Ryzen 3 1200 CPU is a good choice at this budget, it has nice overclocking potential!

The Ryzen 1200 is a pretty awesome processor especially for this build. The new Ryzen line up has a nice upgrade path that you can go with down the road and when you overclock the 1200 you’re able to reach similar if not higher levels of performance in comparison to an Intel i3 CPU.

I had to make the switch to the Ryzen 1200 from the i3-7100 simply because it makes more sense when looking at the prices today. Performance wise, the main difference between the two is that the Ryzen 1200 would be better at heavy rendering tasks and it’s also able to be overclocked for further performance potential.

At stock, the Ryzen 1200 is still a very good CPU to go with when you’re thinking of using the build strictly for gaming. As far as upgrades, you could get something like a Ryzen 1700 if you really wanted to pump up to high CPU performance.

Overclocking isn’t something to be scared of – even with the stock Wraith cooler that comes with the 1200, you’re going to be able to get some decent overclocking done. Many people try to stray away from overclocking because of a fear of overheating or destroying their system…

Overclocking has come a long way and after watching some videos on YouTube of others that are OCing this exact same processor, you’re going to be able to do it too.

Because of the current pricing of better graphics cards, we have to use a 1050 Ti.

It’s not essential to overclock but if you do then you’ll be using the processor at it’s full potential and it makes sense to do so when you’re comparing it to the old processors usually used at this budget point.

Pairing the performance of the overclock with the video card… you’ll be surprised at how well everything will run!

Having the GTX 1050 Ti 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, a 570 or 580 would be the best choice for a video card at this budget point since it’s usually at an optimal price point for today’s market.

It wasn’t long ago when the prices weren’t making much sense with the newer graphics cards but it seems that this 500 series that just released is having issues with not being in stock right now hence why it makes sense to go with a 4GB 1050 Ti for now.

As far as an upgrade path for the video card – 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 1070 might have a bit of a performance boost but when it comes to this budget point the 1050 Ti is going to be your best pick for now, at least until the 580 gets back in stock and at a good price point.

* It’s up to you if you want to include the CD drive. You can also install your operating system using a USB drive if you want, I included it because for new builders having the CD drive streamlines the process of getting Windows installed along with the necessary drivers since some parts come with a CD to do so.

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.

Keyboard/MouseCM Storm Devastator 3

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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2,290 Responses to Best Gaming Computer For $600 Dollars, Prepared To Dominate PC Gaming In 2018

  1. John Brown says:

    I’m glad you are still updating this. I bought my current laptop for a $300 steal in 2012, and it’s still powering through games on low settings. Looking for a desktop upgrade considering my laptop is my desktop at this point. Any recommendations/modifications to this list for music production?

    ps not really into macs

    • Colton P says:

      Besides maybe a sound card if you planned on using different types of audio inputs but other than that music production would still work great with a build like this. If you’d want more overall performance then I’d say to go up more on the CPU side but you can always do that down the road as well.

      Either today or tomorrow I’ll be updating all of the builds and some parts might change depending on pricing etc, stay tuned!

      • joseph says:

        hey Colton P i was wondering if i could go with a bit more of a expensive case like a coolermaster brand type mid tower, if you know any type of coolermaster tower that you could recommend to me would be greatly appreciated

        • Colton P says:

          Sure thing man, the Cooler Master HAF 912 case isn’t a bad choice at all! Lower price point but you get a lot of value out of it. Otherwise you could go through the other mid tower cases listed in what I linked you to, let me know which one you decide to go with and I can let you know if it’s compatible!

  2. Patrick says:

    Hey Colton, great post bud. I was just wondering if doing voiceover work using voice software would be doable on a gaming pc, without using a capture card or camera editing (no visuals just audio)? Actual VoiceOver work, not game commentary. This would be on the $600 build. Or would a more expensive workstation/gaming pc be more appropriate to do both?

  3. Chris says:

    So I’m about to build this. My cousin is giving me a new MSI GeForce GTX 1050 TI GAMING X 4G graphics card. Do you think if I do the build with this graphics card it will be ok? I plan on playing gta mainly

    • Colton P says:

      Nice man, yeah that card will fit just fine. Perfect card to stat out with, you’ll be able to run GTA V on a tweaked high setting to maintain high frame rates.

      Let me know if you need anything else as you are moving forward with your build!

      • Chris says:

        Thanks for the reply man. Do you think the fractal design nano-s itx case is ok to use? I just like the way it looks. Do I need to look for any specific requirements when looking for pc cases for this build?

        • Colton P says:

          Are you looking at this exact case then? If so then no, that case is built for a different type of motherboard. There are some smaller cases that would be compatible. You have to look at the dimensions of the case and the compatibility for the board to know if a case is going to work.

          You can link me to any case you’re looking into and I can let you know if it’d work or not? Let me know!

  4. Adam says:

    Hey, I commented about a month ago asking if this was a good starting point for a build or if I should start with a little higher budget of a build. I plan on buying the majority of the parts in two weeks during cyber Monday. As a reminder I have a steady flow of 80-100 dollars a week that I am putting away for the PC. I want to be able to play games, multitask, and do some video editing in adobe premiere pro. Examples of games: basically everything, I mainly play rocket league but that inst very graphically intensive, I would like to be able to play at 144 frames because the monitors Im buying will have a 144 Hz refresh rate but if I cant do that right away I don’t mind too much. I would also like to play fps games and games like PUBG. Im a filmmaker and plan on also using the PC to edit and render short films as well as do some after effects work. Knowing all of this, do you think I should be looking at a higher budget of a build?

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Adam,

      You might want to consider going a bit higher up with the next Ryzen CPU since you’re also wanting to get some rendering work done. It’d be worth it in the long haul.

      If you need help with the specifics as far as the hardware goes let me know and I’ll be able to help you get the right parts. Stay tuned for some posts I’ll be writing on the upcoming sales during Cyber Monday, I’ll be on the look out!

  5. Lipton says:

    Hello Colton,
    I am wondering if this is still the best build to do on 10th November. I’m willing to do my first ever build. I checked alot of places to see some build and this one definitely caught my eyes because of its constant updates! I wonder if its gonna cost more than 800$ including the monitor + windows + usb wireless adapter? Anyways, how much can you get on PUBG? ( I have to admit that i need to build my own pc because of this game ) And whats the best keyboard can you get below 100$ ? I’m happy for your reply.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Lipton!

      I’ll be doing another update to the builds in the next couple of days so stay tuned for that. Some parts might change, or maybe not. Depends on the market.

      PUBG is an interesting title as far as optimization goes, at a tweaked med/high setting you’ll be able to pull over 40ish FPS for the most part. Depends on what’s going on in-game.

      Adding everything together it will be a bit more than $600 depending on what you’re going with. As far as a keyboard, I dig the one that comes in the above combo. Otherwise I could also recommend something like this one from Corsair – a buddy of mine has it and it’s awesome!

      Let me know what you decide to go with!

      • Lipton says:

        Hello again Colton!

        Today is the day i made a progress on building my first rig. It looks like you changed the graphic card to 3GB version somehow, or maybe i’m just mistaken. Since PUBG is getting its first official launch, what do you think on how much fps i can get from it? ( And you haven’t told me on what preset you used when getting 40FPS-ish. And i’ll definitely getting the keyboard that you recommended!

        Also, i am looking for a budget fractal design ( minimalistic ) . Can you suggest me one? ( I would like a case that doesn’t show the brand name )

        • Colton P says:

          Awesome! I could have had the 6GB version in the past, honestly can’t quite remember. The pricing of parts has changed quite a bit, it’s hard to keep up!

          I mentioned in the comment that at a tweaked high/med setting you’ll be able to pull off 40 FPS on average, but it’ll depend on what’s going on. PUBG is pretty unoptimized.

          Would something like this case suit what you’re looking for? Seems pretty minimalistic to me while still looking cool 😛

  6. Irishred says:

    Excited to start building this once all the components arrive. I am wondering if the Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-01 Mid Tower Gaming Case and/or the Corsair Carbide SPEC-04 Mid-Tower Gaming Case will also work for this $600 build. Is there a list of cases that work for the $600 build?

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Irishred,

      Both of those cases would be good picks and really most mid tower cases will work with this build. Keep in mind that the SPEC-o4 doesn’t have a slot for a CD drive.

      I’d suggest taking a look at the different mid tower cases on Amazon and if you find one that you think you’d like to use you can link it to me in a new comment and I could let you know if it’d work or not?

      Let me know!

  7. Arboratory says:


    I am checking out the build on pc part picker and it does not have the ram and the cooler listed on the site, is everything compatible? I am just nervous for a first build. Also, is this Oculus Rift and HTC Vive compatible?

  8. Jay says:

    What do you think about replacing the video card with a EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 gaming mini 6GB?

  9. Alex says:

    Will this be able to run Nier automata and overwatch?

  10. Jacob J says:

    I’m new to pc gaming and I was wondering if this would be a good build to start out with. Would it be able to run modern games such as dos 2 warframe or paragon, and if I had to would I be able to replace the gpu with a 1050ti?

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Jacob,

      This would be an excellent starting point. Plenty of room for upgrading and the performance will handle the types of games that you’re looking to run! You could switch the GPU over to that if you wanted to, it’ll look more like the $500 build by doing that.

      Always here for whatever else while you move forward with the build!

  11. Lucaino B says:

    Can this build run most AAA titles such as DOOM,StarWars Battefront 2, at high/medium settings while keeping a good fps?

    • Colton P says:

      You’re spot on, I’d expect a nice FPS rate with a tweaked high/med setting for games like those. More so on a tweaked high setting for titles that are well optimized.

  12. Alyssa Nelson says:

    Hello, I have never built a computer before and I’m quite scared I might break it if I try. Could you tell me the likelihood of this happening with your build? Or any kind of pitfalls you’ve encountered while building this/other PC’s?

    My cousin claims he knows how to do this so I might have him help but I really wish I knew someone better. Any info you can give me in specific might really put my mind at ease!

    Thank you in advance!

    • Colton P says:

      Honestly Alyssa with my first build ever I had no idea what I was doing and just followed the above video. I’d suggest going through it before and step by step during the process of putting the build together. That’ll help out ten fold.

      It’s hard to admit but it took me a hour to realize that my power supply wasn’t plugged into the wall and I thought I had broke my build!! Once I plugged it in, everything worked just fine. 😛

      What I’m saying is that usually it is something small even if something were to come up but if you take your time and go through the video guide while putting the build together then you shouldn’t really run into any issues.

      I’m always here to answer any questions you have as you move forward with your build, let me know when you decide to go all in!

  13. Jay says:

    I have bought all the part and followed the video you showed but when I tried to do the check everything before putting it in the case it wouldn’t turn on. I have no idea what is wrong. Can you help?

  14. Arboratory says:

    does the vo2 version of the case work with the build?

  15. Teagan says:

    Does this include a system fan and cpu fan

  16. Louis says:

    Hi Colton P, are the PC builds you recommend good for streaming and gaming at the same time?

    • Colton P says:

      Sure, streaming more so comes down to how strong your internet connection is so I’d make sure you have a direct connection via ethernet if you planned on streaming. As far as video rendering and creating content, you’d be better off going with higher powered CPUs and what not!

      Always here if you need help as you move forward with your build.

  17. Joe says:

    Which Intel processor do you recommend for this build?

  18. arboratory says:

    does this SSD work with the build

  19. Aiden says:

    Hey man
    I was thinking of upgrading my storage by just getting another tb hard drive. It’s mostly games and videos that go onto it. would it make sense to get another hard drive or an ssd? I dont really know the benefits of an ssd honestly. Also do ram cards need to be the same to get the most out of them because i wanted to upgrade to 16 gb but cant find the one im using now.

    • Colton P says:

      Depends, you could add a SSD and use the current hard drive as your etc storage. A SSD helps a ton with loading times and boot times from the PC, this post will show you the main differences.

      If load times don’t mean much to you then you could simply add another 1TB hard drive and that will be plenty of room, cheaper too. And yes, you need to make sure you are using the exact same model of stick. Which one are you using?

      • Aiden says:

        Would you have a budget friendly ssd that you would suggest. i decided I’ll get one for now and just upgrade another TB later on down the road. And the ram stick I’m using is the one you have up on ur site now. i think you changed it for the build a little while ago and i couldn’t find it anywhere but i’m set on that now thanks!

  20. Brandon says:

    Hello Colton,
    I was wondering about what your opinion is on how this PC build would run a game like Monster Hunter World, even though we don’t have the min. comp specs for the game yet (as far as I’m aware).

    I’m looking to build a PC specifically with the goal to run that game as smoothly as possible without completely destroying my wallet.

    • Colton P says:

      It should be able to run fine man, I’d expect a tweaked high/med setting with FPS rates being 30-40ish on average but like you said, there’s no way of knowing really without the min specs being out.

  21. bob says:

    the video card cables do not connect tot he power supply provided in the build

  22. bob says:

    EVGA Mini GTX 1060 3GB

    the one recommended… IT

    it requires

    Just an FYI

  23. Luciano Biggers says:

    It’s getting so annoying that these Graphic Card prices are going up and up, are there any other cards that you can recommend if this graphic card is sold out

  24. Emmanuel Torres says:

    So about these GPU’s … lol

    I did this build back in late December and it went all dandy. Can’t imagine the price now.

    • Colton P says:

      Dude… The prices are at such a crazy point. I wrote a post recently about them, there’s no sign of anything getting better soon either. You can check out that post right here if you’d like, hopefully Nvidia and/or AMD develop technology separately for crypto miners sooner rather than later…

  25. Bailey Mason says:

    I had a few questions about the $600 build.. So would this build be able to run most popular games at 1080p whilst maintaining decent frame rate and graphics? Say maybe like on medium at least? Also for the case would a VO2 model fit everything just fine? I noticed that as of right now the VO1 and VO2 VIVO models are the same price but I happen to find the VO2 more appealing. If it doesn’t fit together no matter I will just use VO1 but just a thought.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Bailey,

      For the most part, yes! It’ll more so depend on the optimization of the game that you plan to play, this build is ideal for 1080p. I wouldn’t expect max settings and 60+ FPS all the time but at a tweaked med/high on higher demanding titles you should be able to maintain a solid frame rate.

      Also the VO2 version of the case would also work fine, let me know what you decide to do!

  26. Rohan says:

    Hi Colton,
    I was wondering if this PC would be able to handle games such as Overwatch at higher FPS rates on high video settings?
    This is my first pc build and I want to make sure its good 🙂

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Rohan,

      At 1080p you’d have a solid FPS at high with specs like these for sure! Overwatch is very well optimized so it’d be smooth gameplay overall.

  27. Bob says:

    Hey there, nice build for this price range. There is a lot of upgrade room. Buying another 8GB stick of ram, the MB supports up to ryzen 7 which will be relevant at least until 2022. My question really is the PSU. Down the line when (if) GPU’s start to drop and I try to add a 1070 to the board, will the PSU be able to support it?

    • Colton P says:

      Glad that you dig the build!

      500W would be right at the bare minimum Bob. I’d say to go up to 600W to be on the safe side, especially if you were to ever consider overclocking.

      Also keep in mind that you’ll want a CPU that can keep up with a more powerful card such as the 1070.

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