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

Last Updated on October 7, 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!


2,359 thoughts on “Best Gaming PC Build For Under $600 Dollars, Prepared To Dominate PC Gaming In 2019”

  1. Hey Colton,

    I’m looking to build this machine as my first self-built PC. The only thing really holding me off at the moment is money, but this is to be expected, as I’m only a sophomore in high school (without a job, yet anyways.)

    Right now I’ve got around $175 saved up, and I was wondering if you would recommend purchasing parts as I save up, and if so, what parts should I purchase first, or save up the needed $650 and purchase everything at once. I’d just like your opinion on this, seeing as you’ve done this kind of stuff before, so you know what you’re doing.

    Any further tips about the subject would also be appreciated, thanks


    • Hey Travis,

      That’s actually exactly what I did with my very first build. Got a job that paid sorta well (at the time was like $7.25/hr) and worked as much as I could to get the paychecks.

      Each paycheck I dedicated to a part, I personally started with the keyboard. But yeah man, I bought each part as I could afford them and although it too me almost 2 months I got it done and it was well worth doing. That build lasted me about 4 years and costed me a little over $500…

      If you need anything else cleared up as you move forward with the build then feel free to hit me up here man, I’m all ears here and always willing to lend a helping word or two 😛

  2. Hey colton do you reccomend any 2TB disk things? This is my first build but 1TB seems low and 3 is too much so im shooting for 2 TB and reccomendations? Can you email me back and reply on here if you dont mind thanks mate

    • Hey Shaher,

      1TB is a pretty good amount of space but if you really want to go with 2TB there is an option to after clicking the above hard drive. It’s no different then how you’d install the other hard drive so yes, you’d be good to go to go with 2TB instead!

  3. So I am 15 and I wanted this to be my first PC build so I have been saving up.
    Towards the future I was wondering how upgradable the computer is and what specific parts can I upgrade without changing the motherboard.

    • Hey Harry,

      That’s the beauty of building your own PC man, you’re going to be able to upgrade it down the road for sure.

      As far as the CPU, it’s more ideal to pick up an aftermarket cooler that fits down the road and to overclock it whenever you want more performance with it. Overclocking the 6300 would yield a lot more power, the kind of power needed for the future of the industry.

  4. Hey Colton,

    I’ve heard around that the USB wireless network adapters are pretty bad. What kind of wireless network card would you recommend?

  5. Thanks Colton, this will probably be the build I end up going with! Does the case come with pre installed fans and what do I do as far as a CPU cooler?? Thanks!

    • The CPU will come with a stock cooler with pre-applied paste, you’ll be good to go in that context.

      As far as other fans, it’s not really necessary unless you decide to overclock the CPU down the road. Whenever you decide to do that – that’s when you’ll want to be looking into aftermarket coolers and possibly more fans to add to keep your system as cool as possible while you’re overclocking the CPU.

  6. Just purchased everything that you suggested on this build! Cant wait for it to arrive, been using my mac book for gaming and streaming for the past year or so. Finally relized it wasn’t fast enough or good enough to handle what i was doing so i sucked it up and shelled out $650 for this build

    • Hey MrAstrooooo,

      There’s definitely going to be a significant difference in this build compared to how your mac book was performing, happy gaming man let us know how the build went after you get everything put together!!

      • Hey, would this be able to run the new Total War:Warhammer that’s coming out soon at least on high with 50+ frames? I’m not very tech savvy but was just wondering because I’m in need for an upgrade 🙂

        • Hey Weiis,

          I’d assume that this build would be able to run it pretty well on high, possibly 40-50 fps depending on what is going on really. It surpasses the recommended requirements that are currently posted with it, it’d definitely be able to run it on high!

    • Hey there Fred,

      There are 8 in total. 2 USB 3.0 slots in the back from the motherboard, 4 USB 2.0 slots in the back as well. Then there are 2 USB 3.0 slots in the front provided by the case itself.

  7. Hey Colton. I just wanted to check and see if you have seen any issues with this motherboard as far as Windows 10 goes? I read a few reviews on Newegg that people were having trouble with WIndows 10 driver support for this MoBo. Just something I wanted to check in to. Thanks for the reply.

    • Hey Damien,

      I’m sure that with recent updates that there shouldn’t be any issues going forward with it… many people have been putting this build together even with the Windows 10 upgrade so you should be good to go man.

  8. I know nothing about computers, but I would like to ask if I would need to buy an internet card or is it attached to the motherboard. I would most likey be on wifi. Thanks in advance.

    • Thomas,

      Did you see the portion of the page where I talk about internet connection? It’s towards the bottom of the content, right where I talk about Windows as well.

      That is a USB wireless network adapter which would connect to whatever wifi signal you have. There are other options as well so let me know if you’re looking for something else other than a USB adapter

  9. hey colton i finished my build except im having trouble connecting the fan on the back of the case as there are only 2 fan ports with the motherboard you recommended

  10. Hi Colton! It’s me again 😀 Well it’s complete! Overall, the build was fun! Toke me about 5+ hours, include googling and reading. I’ve added few extras, ballista unity speaker, nzxt sensory 3 fan controller, af/sp fans!

    To everyone who’s wondering about cpu cooler, I highly recommended aftermarket cooler. The reason is because it’s loud, especially when cpu temp rises. I went ahead and used hyper 212 evo. Yes it fit perfectly!

    Big Thanks to Colton!

    • Hi Yoyo, your build is looking fantastic man 🙂 glad that I was able to help you finish your ideal setup!

      That cooler is definitely quieter and it’s going to allow you future overclocking potential for sure, happy gaming man you’ve got a mean setup going on!

  11. Hello,

    I am new to PC Building and was wondering about these things. So I want to ask a few questions.

    A.) On games like Battlefield 3 and Battlefield 4, can it run at more than 60 fps on at least low?

    B.) How many years do you think I need before I upgrade the PC.

    C.) Does this build have upgradeability? (Changing one part but the rest stays the same type of thing)

    Thats all, Thanks!

    • Hello MrDahrp,

      A) You can expect this build to run those at 60 fps on low, you’ll get a pretty good frame rate even in the higher settings as well man.

      B) 5+, especially if you decide to overclock down the road.

      C) Yes indeed, that’s the beauty of doing a PC build. You’ll be able to upgrade to a better graphics card and what not for sure!

      Let me know if you need anything else as you move forward with your build man, I’m all ears here

      • Oh, I forgot this question.

        Do I need a 144hz monitor to play in a beautiful setting? Or just need a 1080p monitor to play?

        If you do have a recommendation, please link me one. I’m looking for a cheap and an effective monitor. Thanks!

        • MrDahrp,

          The monitor that I have listed above, the Asus one, would be pretty ideal for you man.

          You want a monitor that has a decent refresh rate and response rate – you want the input from your mouse to be as close as it can to you moving it and the game/display reacting to it.

          A 144hz monitor allows the screen to display up to 144 frames per second. That’s really the only difference. The monitor I’m talking about – the one above – is a 60hz monitor allowing you to see 60 fps on any game and trust me, 60 fps is extremely smooth and it looks beautiful.

    • Hi Joshua,

      No it would not. That board has a LGA 1151 socket which is used for the 6th gen Intel processors such as the i5 6600k.

      The FX-8350 processor listed above needs an AM3+ socket motherboard, AM3+ is the socket that is compatible with AMD’s FX series processors.

  12. Hey Colton,

    Just wanted to say THANK YOU! I built this PC and I absolutely love it. I used a different case and a ZOTAC GTX960 4 GB AMP! Edition. I am now complete.

    • Awesome Raymond,

      Feel free to link some pics of the finished build if you’d like to in a new comment, I’m sure others would like to see as well as I 🙂

      Glad to hear that you’re digging the build, happy gaming man 🙂

  13. Hey i recently prchased most of the suggestions you have except i got an i5 4460 cpu and realized it doesnt work with that motherboard. Can you suggest a motheroard that would work that cpu and this setup?

    • Ahhh man, yeah you need a LGA 1150 socket motherboard if you’re using the i5 4460…

      This ASRock motherboard would be compatible with it and it’s the best bang for your buck that I was able to come across, sorry to hear that you didn’t realize that at first! At least now you know? 😛

  14. Hi! This is my first time building a PC, luckily (for me being older while doing this) I have a good job and can afford a few price variations on this (though I am not looking to build a 2k super computer lol). My questions are:

    1) Will this tower work?

    2) I tend to be the person that if something bad can happen, it happens to me, so with the CD Drive you listed there were several bad reviews all stating the same problems (most reviews were positive but the negatives scared me a bit) is there a better drive you could recommend? Also do you know of any that come with the required cables for it?

    Thanks again!

    • Hi L. Lee!

      1) For sure, many people have used that case and it’s a great case to work with 🙂

      2) Thoughts are things man, if you consistently think something is going to go bad then that’s why bad things happen. If you go through with your build step by step with the above video then you’re going to be golden as you move forward with your build. 😉

      As far as the CD drive, I use the same exact one and have used it for several builds that I’ve put together. It has lasted me several years and you’ve got my word that it’s a quality drive to use – those bad reviews may have been in the past when Asus had a bad batch going on for a small bit but right now they are basically the best choice on the market.

      The parts above will come with all of the necessary cables needed to get the PC going, no other cables will really be necessary!

      Let me know if you need anything else as you move forward with your build man, I’m all ears here!

  15. Hey Aj,

    That case costs a little bit more than a few more dollars man. Lol.

    It’d work, but that’s overkill man you don’t need a full tower case let alone a case that can cost upwards of $200+…


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