Best Gaming PC Build For Under $600 Dollars, Prepared To Dominate PC Gaming In 2019

Wondering how you can get yourself the best gaming PC build for under $600 dollars? Well look no further because this build is not only going to blow 2019 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


These are the same videos 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 Overwatch 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: September 23rd, 2019

* = Optional part, final price DOES NOT include the optional part.

Read below for more details.

 

Rosewill Nautilus CaseRosewill Nautilus

Ryzen 5 2600ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5 2600

 MotherboardASRock B450M PRO4

MSI RX 590 Armor 8GB OC Video CardMSI RX 590 Armor 8GB OC

Ballistix Sport LT 8GB Single  RAM – Crucial Ballistix Sport LT Single 8GB 2666 MHz

EVGA 500W W1 80+ Power supplyEVGA 500W W1 80+

WD Blue 1TB HDD Hard Drive –Western Digital Blue 1TB HDD

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

 

Final Price: $621.63

 

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! 😉

Ryzen 5 2600

The Ryzen 5 2600 CPU is a steal at this budget, it has nice overclocking potential!

The Ryzen 2600 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 2200G 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 2600 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 2600 would be better at heavy rendering tasks and it’s also able to be overclocked for further performance potential.

At stock, the Ryzen 2600 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 cooler that comes with the 2600, 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.

MSI RX 590 Armor 8GB OC

We can use a RX 590 8GB card with this budget point since pricing has gone down in the past few months!

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 RX 590 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 stays 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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2,359 Responses to Best Gaming PC Build For Under $600 Dollars, Prepared To Dominate PC Gaming In 2019

  1. Nicholas Davis says:

    While looking into overclocking with this motherboard (because I got a gammaxx 200t which isn’t am4 compatible), I found multiple people saying that overclocking with this motherboard isn’t a good idea at stock settings because it doesn’t have a SoC VRM heatsink. I was wondering whether this was true or not, and if so, what’s a good VRM heatsink to get for this motherboard? Also, I got this before you changed the recommended GPU, and was wondering whether an after-market heatsink fan for just the CPU would be enough to overclock the GPU as well.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Nicholas,

      I don’t have any experience getting a different VRM heatsink for any board but I’ve heard of people using this exact board and having no problems getting a stable overclock at 4.2ghz and VCore set at 1.375 and EAM set to 16-17-17-17-35 overclocked to 3400mhz as is.

      Overall temps you’ll want to observe as you overclock the GPU, but don’t over stress it. Use a program like Afterburner to get it done. You should be able to get a slight overclock from the last GPU listed here.

  2. Jackson says:

    Hey Colton,

    First off I just wanted to say I built your 600 dollar build at the end of 2016, and I have yet to have any problems. You are really a lifesaver, and I just want you to know that you are appreciated. Many of my friends have since built PCs using your site.

    So here’s my predicament — I’m looking to get into the VR game, specifically Oculus, and I’ve come across an issue. My current GPU is a NVIDIA GTX 1050Ti OC which according to Oculus is the minimum specs required. However, it is not the recommended specs. The current recommended specs lists a NVIDIA GTX 1060.

    Would I be okay in VR on the minimum specs? I’m not sure if you can even answer this oops. If you don’t think so, would you mind suggesting a new card I could look into that could set me up nicely? If I would be coughing up the money, I would rather go bigger than settle for the recommended, if you know what I mean.

    Thanks for your constant hard work helping us out.

    Jackson

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Jackson,

      I’m happy to hear that you’re still enjoying the build! Thank you for sharing the site, that means a lot!

      I’ve been using the HTC Vive for a long while now so I’ve got a decent understanding of what’s needed when it comes to running VR games smoothly. You absolutely need to be able to run the games at least at 90 FPS because otherwise you’ll get a headache when your head movements don’t line up right with the movements in-game.

      I currently use a GTX 1070 and I’ve been able to run every modern day VR game with ease at higher graphic settings. A 6GB 1060 can handle today’s titles, but you’ll have to mess around with a bunch of settings to get it right. If you go with something like a 1070 (which you should anyway since the jump from the 1050 Ti to a 1060 wouldn’t be quite worth it imo) then you’ll be right in the ball park for being able to use the Oculus the way it was meant to be used.

      I’d suggest this GTX 1070 from Asus if you wanted to get it. If you’re able to shell out the extra cash then this GTX 2070 from EVGA would be an even better choice going forward.

      You may also want to consider having 16GB total RAM, I noticed a bit of a difference in performance when I installed 8GB more RAM to my PC. Try just upgrading the card first and see how it is! Let me know how it goes!

  3. Cody says:

    Hey!
    I love the idea of the build, and everything looks like it’ll create a solid PC for my wife and I. One thing I wanted to ask was about graphic design–specifically digital art production. I use Krita and photoshop for drawing and painting, and I was wondering if I would run into any problems with this PC build. I’m fairly new to PC use (I have a Mac that I currently render digital art on and it is slowing way down). Do you think I would still have the ability to draw and use different drawing programs/tablets with this build? How about video editing? Thanks for your help man, I finally got the green light from my wife on building this, and I hope you can help!
    Cody

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Cody!

      Looking into Krita, these specs will be more than enough to run it smoothly. These hardware specs are actually more than what is recommended for Krita so it’ll run smooth as butter in that aspect.

      As for Photoshop, it comes mainly from the processing power. I also use Photoshop and create graphics and I know that the 2200G would be suffice for Photoshop to run pretty smooth. As with anything else, more powerful hardware would be able to run it even smoother and have faster rendering etc but overall, it’ll have faster rendering and loading than your Mac that is losing its touch.

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

  4. Tim says:

    Colton-
    -I was wondering how the Ryzen 2200G compares to the AMD FX-8350. I just saw that the FX has more cores(8), a higher frequency(4GHz), and was $10 cheaper on Amazon.
    -If the FX is a better CPU, do you know a good AM3+ motherboard, that if possible is an ATX form factor? (I may want more PCI slots in the future and microATX appears to only have one.)
    Thank you for your time,
    Tim

    Amazon name for CPU is: AMD FD8350FRHKBOX FX-8350 FX-Series 8-Core Black Edition Processor

    • Colton P says:

      Performance wise, they’re similar with the 2200G being better. The FX-8350 came out in 2012 so if you used a board compatible with the FX series processors then you’d also be forced to use hardware that is 7 years old. For today’s games, it’s best to go with what’s the newest and best tech.

  5. Mike says:

    Hi Colton!
    I’m very new to building as I know less than basic.
    Is there anything else that you haven’t listed that I would need? Like separately sold screws, wires, glue or anything of those sorts?
    Also is there an option to get a case that has better airflow and once I build this computer or even right before I start ordering the parts you’ve listed, are there any parts I should go for/replace that are better?
    And last but not least, would this set up be ideal for playing games like The Isle or even being able to record guitar on?
    Cheers, mate!

    • Colton P says:

      All of the cables, screws and etc that you’ll need will come with all of the different parts. All you really need is a philips screwdriver handy!

      I take it you’re wanting to look at a case that includes a back fan as well, right? You could also take a look at this case by Thermaltake – it has good airflow going on and plenty of options for adding more fans if you ever felt the need to do so.

      As far as different parts to go with, that comes down to how much more you’re willing to spend. There are plenty of parts that are better or you could add more total RAM but that obviously cuts into the budget more.

      Taking a look at The Isle’s system requirements, yes you’d be able to run it pretty well with this build. Keep it mind though that it’s a pretty high demanding title and not as optimized as most other titles so I wouldn’t fully expect to be able to run it at maximum graphics settings and 60+ frames per second. It’ll prob still handle it at max, just not the smoothest frame rate.

      And absolutely you could record material with this build! Ryzen was made with content creation and rendering in mind even, you’ll easily be able to record audio from your guitar.

      Cheers!

  6. Brian says:

    Can I use Amazon.com: Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 2400 MHz DDR4 DRAM Desktop Gaming Memory Single 8GB CL16 BLS8G4D240FSBK (Gray): i want a bit of a upgrade please help I’m a noob

  7. Brian says:

    Can a Cougar MX330 Mid Tower Case with Full Acrylic Transparent Window work with this?

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