Best Gaming PC Build Under $500, This PC Will OWN in 2020!

To build the best possible gaming PC for under $500 you’ll need to know the most optimal parts that give you high performance per dollar spent. If you’re having trouble figuring out how to optimize your budget then you lucked out… this is an in-depth build guide for building the best possible gaming PC for under $500!

We’ll go over the best place to get your parts, how to put your rig together and why you should get the parts that we’re suggesting for 2020 and beyond.

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.)


500 dollar gaming pc build


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. ūüėČ

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 series step by step as you build your PC. These are the same videos that I view 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! ūüėõ


Optimal Hardware For A $500 Budget PC


Last Updated: October 3rd, 2019

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

Read Below.


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

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.


Zalman ATX Mini Tower CaseZalman ATX Mini Tower

This is a cheaper, compact ATX mini tower case that’ll fit everything you need. It can fit cards up to 250-300mm which allows for future upgrades and you can have up to 4 cooling fans inside.

You’ll be able to have 1 5.25″ drive and up to 3 2.5″ drives. It’s a nice entry-level case that has a cool design to it.


 MotherboardASRock B450M PRO4

With a B450 motherboard you’ll be able to have the option to overclock your CPU. It has 2x PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (one runs at x8), 2x PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots (two run at x4) and 1x PCI-Express 2.0 x1 slot.

There are 4 SATA3 ports and 4 slots for RAM. This is easily one of the best motherboards for the money when it comes to Ryzen 2000 series CPUs.


AMD Ryzen 5 2600 ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5 2600

Ryzen is today’s best choice for budget processing power. You can’t beat the performance levels for this price. AMD’s Ryzen 5 2600 CPU is a 6-core CPU that runs at 3.4GHz (3.9GHz max boost).

It’s a great CPU for high quality 1080p gaming and it can also be used in heavy processing tasks with ease. This CPU will absolutely stand the test of time.


XFX Radeon RX 570 4GB Video CardXFX Radeon RX 570 4GB

The biggest downfall with using a RX 570 with a build like this is that the price goes up and down unpredictably. You can sometimes find a RX 570 for around $120-$130!

This one from XFX isn’t a very popular pick but it has the same performance as the other brands out there and they’re usually among the cheaper models. When it comes to 1080p performance, the RX 570 will be able to handle most of today’s titles at ultra settings with roughly 40 FPS average. Performance will vary depending on the game.


Ballistix Sport LT 8GB Single¬† RAM ‚Äď Crucial Ballistix Sport LT Single 8GB 2666 MHz

RAM is what helps with multi-tasking and general storage on overall PC usage but it also helps with gaming as well.

8GB is the industry standard and will continue to be the standard for a while longer yet. With a build like this, it’s best to go with a single 8GB stick that way you leave room for adding more memory down the road.


WD Blue 1TB HDD¬†Hard Drive ‚ÄstWestern Digital Blue 1TB HDD

1TB of hard drive space is going to be plenty for all of your games. Since this build uses a case where only one 5.25″ drive is able to be used, you’ll have to add solid state drives if you feel you need more space down the road.

You could also start out with a solid state drive. Check out this one from ADATA if you’re interested in doing that.


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

80+ certified 500 watts of power from EVGA is perfect for this build. If you ended up wanting to upgrade to a monster video card in the future, such as a 2080 Ti, you’ll need to look into getting a power supply with more wattage.

But for this build and upgrades that aren’t as significant as a 2080 Ti, this 500 watt power supply will be excellent.


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

A CD drive is completely optional as you’ll be able to install Windows 10 through a USB drive if you wanted to.

For those of you that want to install Windows 10 the traditional way, this ASUS CD drive is one of the best out there. It’ll last forever, I’ve had mine for over 6 years now.


Estimated Final Price: $519.03


Build Details

A note about the pricing, I know that this is almost $50 over the $500 budget range but these are the most optimal parts that you’d want to have a high quality experience.

This includes a newer generation processor, a hard drive that isn’t loud/off-brand and an optimal upgrade path moving forward.

The market is pretty crazy these days with RAM being the highest price it has ever been and graphics cards constantly being out of stock/over priced. I’m trying to keep everything updated as I’m able to. I highly recommend saving up that extra bit or downgrading a part or two to compensate for the pricing problem.

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 around $540 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. If you were to cheap out on parts at this budget point, basically straying away from these parts, you’d be missing out on power that you simply don’t want to miss out on.

AMD Ryzen 5 2600

At a $500 budget, the Ryzen 5 2600 is the perfect CPU to go with.

A quick note about the CPU, the stock cooler that the Ryzen 5 2600 comes with is going to be good enough for getting a bit of an overclock in.

This makes it a better choice than the previous Intel processor that was listed because it can be clocked at a higher speed making it even better for gaming and what not. Even if you’re not wanting to mess with overclocking, the above CPU will have a nice upgrade path for down the road as well!

We’ve recently changed the motherboard to the newer B450 type of board since the pricing and timing finally makes sense.¬†This means that there won’t need to be any loaner CPUs from AMD or other methods of getting the BIOS to the right version before putting the build together. It’ll work right out of the gate.

Before this update we were using a B350 motherboard which showed “incompatibilities” when using online tools for putting the build together.

This was because the Ryzen 2000 series processors needed a BIOS update before being used but some of the B350 boards on the market had the update handled beforehand. But it was still a “gamble” of sorts when it came to the previous boards and these new 2000 series processors. You no longer need a BIOS update before putting the build together.

These new 2000 series processors from AMD are a step up from the previous generation but for a very similar price point. Higher performance without a cost boost? For sure!

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!

XFX Radeon RX 570 4GB

Finally. We can use a 4GB RX 570 with this build since the pricing makes a lot more sense today. It’s a great card capable of high quality, 1080p gaming. It even has a bit more performance power compared to a GTX 1050.

If you have the extra bit of room in your budget for it, a RX 580 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 RX 570.

The 4GB RX 570 will still provide a high enough quality experience with gaming at 1080p. Games like PUBG, Overwatch or Rainbow Six: Siege will still run at a high frame rate at a tweaked high setting.

You’ll want to upgrade the RX 570 down the road when you’re looking more into the realm of ultra settings at 1080p and/or if you’re looking into virtual reality gaming as a whole.

There simply isn’t enough video power with a RX 570 to be able to handle ultra settings on today’s games as well as VR.

A RX 570 will set you off of the budget by a little but if you can afford to do so then you’ll be able to increase your average frame rate with most of today’s titles by about 5-10 FPS more. This isn’t going to be an entirely essential thing to do though since you won’t be seeing much of a difference between 35 and 40 FPS in-game.

I’d suggest upgrading to a GTX 2060 or 2070 when the timing is right and when prices make sense again. Nobody really knows when that will be, hopefully it’ll be sooner rather than later.

Luckily, we’re still able to have enough storage for most of the titles you’d plan to play with this build. 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 Divinity: Original Sin 2!

* When it comes to including a CD drive into your build you need to keep in mind that for new builders, it’ll be an easier process using one since you’ll be able to install your drivers with the CDs that come with the different parts as well as your operating system. You can also find the drivers online as well as boot from a USB drive for the OS as long as you know what you’re doing. Can save a bit of cash by learning how to do so.


Recommended Peripherals

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.

Keyboard/MouseCM Storm Devastator 3

You can check out the full review at the link provided. When it comes to an entry-level combination of peripherals that’ll cost around $30 then look no further than Cooler Master’s Devastator set! The mouse is good for 1080p, the keyboard feels great and they’ll both last a long time.


71r1E7x7PlL._SL1500_ MonitorAsus VS228H

Monitors are difficult to shop around for. If you’re looking for a 1080p monitor that has great picture and is around $100 then this Asus monitor is what you need. I’ve had mine for over 5 years now and it works good as new.


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 traditional Xbox One 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! ūüėõ


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 PC build that’ll cost you around $500 that’s going to handle most games on high graphic settings at 1080p 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! ūüėÄ


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6,616 Responses to Best Gaming PC Build Under $500, This PC Will OWN in 2020!

  1. Eric Blanco says:


    I built this a while back, in February, and was thinking of upgrading the video card sometime in the future (when i have the money). What video card would you recommend? Also, would a new processor or anything else be needed as well?


    • Colton P says:

      It depends on the level of performance you’re going after, Eric.

      Do you have the 1050 or the 1050 Ti? Either or, going with at least a 1060 6GB version such as this one from Asus would be a decent upgrade! If you went any higher such as going with a 1070 then yes you’ll need to also upgrade the processor to compensate for the power increase.

      • Eric says:

        Cool, thank you. And will any 1060, 6gb video card work? I’m still a pretty big noob when it comes to this stuff. Is there a way to check compatibility? Thanks again.

        • Colton P says:

          Basically, yes! The only reason a specific graphics card wouldn’t be able to work is if it didn’t fit inside of the case. Any motherboards, especially listed here, will have the necessary PCIe slot for the video card and that’s all any video card requires. Compatibility comes down to the motherboard socket type, the processor and the type of RAM really. As long as the processor matches up with the socket type and the RAM isn’t DDR3/outdated then the system overall will work.

          • Eric says:

            Would a 1060 or similar be enough for game at 2k in 59 to 60 fps? I got a large 2k monitor on sale.

          • Colton P says:

            A 1060 would be fine for 1440p as long as you lower the graphics settings a little bit on the higher demanding AAA titles. Otherwise yes, you’ll be good to go!

  2. reBU says:

    Hello again. I am having a serious issue (sigh when will I not get something going wrong with this new pc…) anyways, the machine has been crashing and I mean just going black. Not a bluescreen or anything but I did have that too where my screen would go “fuzzy and static-like” then it’ll reboot and Windows would tell me it blue screened but I changed RAM slot and was working fine till recently where it turned black now…

    PC lights would remain on so it more than likely isn’t the PSU. I read for such instances it could be the Crucial RAM itself. Could this be the likely problem then the more serious MSI B350M motherboard? I cleaned everything to be free of dust.

    Also, when just turning on the PSU switch should the motherboard have lights on? The board is completely dark during that until the PC switch is turned on. Just wanted to know as I want to be certain it’s not the board.

    Any experience you’ve had could help me troubleshoot? Especially that strange fuzzy thing? It would say DRIVERS_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL on ntoskml.exe and pci.sys.

    I’ve been wondering lately maybe I should go back to pre-built PC so I don’t have to deal with this stress.

    • Colton P says:

      It’s wild to me that you have this many issues going on… Do you happen to have an image to reference to as far as the fuzzy screen effect? I’ve never heard of that happening before.

      I assume you’ve booted into safe mode and troubleshooted through Windows?

      Have you had a chance to try using different video cables/types of cables? It could also be that the cable isn’t as high quality anymore, I’ve had a cable get janky on me before.

      Also that bug code you mentioned, are there any parameters on it? This link has some more info into what I mean:–driver-irql-not-less-or-equal

      As far as the board, no. For the most part lights will only power on when you power on the system. If you’re using ethernet then if it has a light for the ethernet port then it’ll light up a few times when you first plug the ethernet in without the actual PC being on but if it was a motherboard problem then something tells me that it wouldn’t even power on in the first place.

      Does it only get a black screen while in-game? Or it’s always a random occurrence?

  3. reBU says:

    Image as in from video capture? No, that fuzzy thing only lasts 3-5 seconds and these crashes are so random so trying to capture it would be real difficult. The fuzzy thing doesn’t make any noise at all so it’s kinda eerie. I’ve had 2 type of black screens one where it would just be silent and the other where it would have sound to it kinda like when playing anything containing audio and PC crashes but a bit stronger. Then I got the usual bluescreen.

    Yes, I’ve tried in Safe Mode too. No go as it even crashed there it must be severe if it crashes there I think? What’s worse is I reinstalled Windows 7 with no drivers or anything installed fresh spanking new and bam got hit with bluescreen.

    Thanks for the links, I’ve read some of those threads by Microsoft and others so yeah that blackscreen for Windows 10 is the same as on Windows 7 I am receiving. It doesn’t give any indication of how to troubleshoot other then when it bluescreens. I’ve tried almost all of them except uninstalling the drivers from the manufacturer’s cd, I don’t think the graphic drivers are an issue as I hadn’t even installed that and it would crash.

    OK, so it may not even be the motherboard then? What about the graphic card? It’s a MSI Radeon 560 RX are the chances of that being the culprit low too? I don’t even mess with the stuff in their Adrenaline program and leave it default.

    I’ve called the manufacturer’s customer service and they are of no help whatsoever, one guy I could hardly understand and the other telling me over and over they don’t support Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate when on their website they have drivers for them… Then once after I told the guy that who didn’t seem to know they support the OS and tried the “if we support them” wordage tried to change the subject to what I was doing before the crash as an example and told them browsing the net, watching a video on the program PotPlayer then tried to blame the crash on that, then when that didn’t nonsense didn’t work told me I had a virus which was just getting into ridiculous territory then asked me what is my CPU and I answered it’s Ryzen 5 2nd gen telling me it doesn’t support that OS “officially” when on amd’s own website shows Windows 7 64 bit support It got me to seriously questioning if MSI hired the right guy plus his attitude didn’t help any either but it got me thinking maybe something is wrong with the Windows 7 iso I got and perhaps may look into Windows 10 but there’s no point if the issue arises there too plus there’s several Windows 10 free trial iso’s and have no clue how to understand that format or does any iso will do and it’ll upgrade to the latest with updates?

    Throwing this out for anybody else reading. The manufacturer for my board in case anybody thinking to get their stuff expect terrible customer support if you ever have to deal with that instead go for any offer to an extended warranty by Amazon or any electronic store to avoid all that and just get a replacement. Crucial I wanna add to the above RAM recommendation have awesome support.

    I am writing all this on my first PC and I’m so use to it crashing on that custom build pc that I been expecting this PC to crash too only it hasn’t and rarely does. I know this can’t be normal. The experience doesn’t seem worth doing all this if I do a 3rd pc.

    • Colton P says:

      You’re definitely looking into and doing all the right things for troubleshooting. The ISO you’ve got for Windows 7, do you have a legitimate copy and/or key? Because from a non-genuine copy I could see these types of issues coming up if something got corrupt before the installation or even during the installation.

      Microsoft has a legitimate version of Windows 10 available that you can throw onto a USB. If you’re wanting to have all of the features that legitimate Windows has then you’ll need to end up buying a key from Microsoft and activating it. Here’s a link in case you haven’t seen that yet : You’ll download a program that will help create the boot to USB.

      The “fuzzy” problem you’re getting still isn’t making sense to me, and it’s only for a little bit at a time? It sounds like a video cable problem, like the HDMI cable itself isn’t up to par. I highly doubt the RX 560 would have these problems, I really don’t think it’d cause these types of crashes/problems. I’m sure you’ve got al of the correct drivers installed for your board for BIOS, video card drivers and all that jazz so it’s most likely not a driver problem.

      Have you tried things mentioned in this post? I’d take a look at the best answer, scroll down a bit and maybe try doing safe mode command prompt to see if something is corrupted?

      Also, have you tried reverting back in time to where the issues weren’t a problem using the Windows tool that does that? Restore from a previous date? It’s useless if you’ve had these problems the whole time but figured it’s worth mentioning.

  4. reBU says:

    The ISO I didn’t get it from Microsoft but to a site that offers their legit official iso for trial. I’ll put the link of where I got it and you can decide if it’s a legit site or not and whether to allow it on your site and I was using the 3 month extra extension input in the command line while keeping on eye on the kinguin’s website to purchase the key there once the 3 months was up but I haven’t even been able to go 3 months straight without a problem since I’ve re-installed Windows 7 4-6 times already within 3 months going to 4 so it’s pointless of me wasting money if I can get this to work.

    Yes, the fuzzy thing only lasts 3-5 seconds. I’d say takes a sec or two longer then one type of blue screen crash where it won’t even let you read the error before it reboots. Can a video cable cause blue screen, black screen too? Cuz when the fuzzy comes it reboots so I don’t think it can be that. I got the DVI cable you recommended to me some pages ago.

    I did revert back using system restore about 2-3 weeks when I got the PC working after the hellish setup that was getting Windows 7 to even install on the PC the first crashes was starting then which I wrote to you about some pages ago. It seemed to work at first and that problem may of been the AMD chipset driver but I cannot be positive as I may of uninstalled it as reinstalling Windows again got it to go away only for it to return and that’s when I decided to switch the RAM to another slot which worked out until it returned again only worse.

    I am going to buy another board of the same brand just to see if it’s the board.

  5. Bad Luck Brian says:

    Hello, I bought the parts listed, watched the video on assembly. Hit the power button and nothing is happening. Tried jumping the power pins like you did in the video and still nothing. What else can I do to troubleshoot? (its my first build)

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Bad Luck Brian (hahaha love the name), let’s go over some commonly looked over steps and see if you maybe forgot a step. There is a lot to go over when putting together a build and you can easily mis a step or do a step wrong, especially when it’s your first time putting a build together.

      Double check to make sure you have every single connection properly connected. One of the most common cables is the CPU power cable, make sure that it’s connected in the correct CPU slot.

      Make sure that the power supply switch is turned to ON on the back of the unit. This may sound dumb but some people actually forget to have the PSU plugged into the outlet so I’m just covering that as well.

      Double check your motherboard’s manual to make sure that your RAM is in the most optimal slot. For some boards, it won’t boot unless the RAM is in the best spot.

      I’d go through the video step by step one more time just to make sure you didn’t miss a beat. I remember my first ever build taking me almost over a full day’s worth just to figure out that I forgot one little cable or having certain cables plugged in the wrong way… let me know if you get it working or not!

  6. Aaron says:


    Recently, my motherboard has gotten some bent pins. Because of this, I am wondering if it’s worth selling the i3-6100 from the previous build listed here, and buying the CPU+MOBO that are now here, or finding a cheap lga 1151 motherboard andkeep my 6100. (I built the pc that had the 6100 in it, per this list.)

    Thank you

    • Colton P says:


      If I may ask, how did the pins get bent?

      With that, yes you should be able to switch out the board and CPU for what is above and still use everything else that you currently have.

  7. Aaron says:

    I was wondering if this would be a good purchase rather than the two separately (I realize it’s a different motherboard.)


    • Colton P says:

      I mean it’d be a little bit of an upgrade for sure, though if you’re going to buy new parts then I’d suggest going a bit further and getting parts that are a little more expensive and more worthy of upgrading to. If you’ve got to replace the parts anyway might as well make sure it’s a nice upgrade.

      If a hefty upgrade isn’t within your budget range then yes, you could either simply replace the board or try selling the 6100 and getting the combo listed above.

  8. reBU says:

    Seems I overlooked the Tom Hardware link but I did the sfc command in safe mode and nothing showed up and I don’t got a virus or malware as I got the new board I mentioned in my last post in conjunction with a new RAM by Crucial same as above just different model and reinstalled Windows 7 and it hasn’t crashed at all. So it’s not my HD nor Graphic Card but one of the two MB or RAM, hope it’s not both. It’s been 2-4 days and counting or something and no crashes then again I also haven’t updated anything via Windows Update. Was able to update the BIOS as well and installed only the up to date files from AMD and MSI with no issues except the AMD PSP 3.0 Device. Still, have to take this back before 30 days as I need the $ back.

    A replacement RAM is being sent by Crucial to my home after I sent them back the Crucial RAM i got from Amazon as they offer a Lifetime Warranty. I am hoping my original board isn’t also the cause as I do not want to deal with MSI Customer Service and ask for a replacement.

    • Colton P says:

      That’s a smart way of checking to see if it was the board. Odds are that the board became faulty after some time…

      With the original board, is there any warranty listed as for a 1 year or anything like that? Because you might be able to save some money that way, though I’m certain that would also mean having to deal with their customer support again.

  9. will farrell says:

    actually did this build, installed avg and firewall, and ran great for 2 months, worked like a champ, installed warhammer total war, played it every now and then, one day turnedit on, went to login screen, okay put in my password, went to desktop couldnt click anything, not even the start menu, (no my mouse batteries were not dead) ok went to a guy, ran a diagnostic on it and got it fixed, , happened again a month later, took it back to repair guy.

    corrupted seagate hard drive frsh off the belt it was manufactured this past january, chances of getting one are one in a hundred thousand. he also said hes been seeing seagate products havng problems with windows 10,

    so my question? what would be a reliable hard drive that is compatible? that is not seagate?

    • Colton P says:

      The reason I’ve shared using Seagate is because I’ve used the same Seagate hard drive for over 6 years now without any issues at all. With any PC component there is always a very small chance of it being DOA or having issues within a couple of months…

      A Western Digital hard drive is another brand that is known for having good hard drives. I’d be sure to check them out! I’ve linked one in this comment that would work well.

  10. Alissa says:

    Could I use this tower instead of the one you recommended?
    Game Max Polaris Black RGB 4 x 12cm RGB Fans Tempered Glass Side & Front Panels

    • Colton P says:

      Based on the dimensions and what not, yes it should be able to be used. Though it is at a very high price point right now and you wouldn’t be able to use a CD drive with it which is fine if you planned on not using one.

      Also I apologize for the late reply, been away from the site for a while! Let me know if there is anything else I can help out with!

  11. ian says:

    the msi b450m gaming plus seems to have better specs but the bazooka has 4 memory slots rather than 2. what should i get?

    • Colton P says:

      I’ve actually just updated the build using the Bazooka model mainly for a price difference. As far as actual specs, there are a few benefits to the Gaming Plus version but in the long haul it’s not going to matter much.

      As of right now, the Bazooka model would be the way to go.

  12. Owen Jarvis says:

    The only issue is the 2gb on the graphics card and it only comes with one stick of ram so you should really spend a couple hundred more but for now it works good for me but I got different ram

    • Colton P says:

      Awesome! The one stick of RAM was a 8GB stick and the performance different between using a single stick and two 4GB sticks isn’t going to be noticeable hence why I share only using one stick. Then it leaves more room for adding more RAM in as well.

  13. Omar says:

    Will this be able to stream on twitch fairly easily ?

    • Colton P says:

      Streaming quality will mainly come down to how solid your internet connection is. As far as games and being able to handle them, you’ll want to take most AAA title games graphical settings down a notch or two while streaming since frames are going to drop a bit compared to what they’d be while not recording/streaming.

      All in all, yes you’ll be able to stream but don’t expect ultra settings while streaming and make sure your internet connection is good to go!

  14. Omar says:

    Will this work for this build?

  15. Omar says:

    I am getting the watchdog error ! Please help

  16. reBU says:

    Dunno if my post came up since it’s been a few days so doing this again just in case as I did it under incognito.

    I noticed you’ve updated the motherboard from B350 to B450. Any difference between your new option to the MSI B350M Gaming Pro board I got? Which to update I RMA’d and MSI didn’t stress me and gave me what seems like a brand new board. Thanks for your help by the way again.

    What about your new choice of the graphic card? Does it beat what I got ?

    Also, about the TB I want to get a higher TB HD but I do not know if they will be reliable. I was thinking between a 4TB to 8 TB.

    Last question. Should I buy a PSU as a backup? Same with the board, graphic card and CPU? I ask because I didn’t do that to my first PC, which was a Dual-Core with a integrated chip and it lasted almost 10 years without any upgrade or modification (I was so noob I didn’t realize upgrading to a 64 bit OS and more RAM made things way better on it) and then the PSU started to fail in 2017.

    What do you think? I don’t want that to happen again or am I just being paranoid? I always see these tech people with plenty of backups so I was curious.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey reBU, yeah I’m not sure how but I’ve got this comment here. Also haven’t been nearly as active as I have been before.

      B450 was created for the next gen Ryzen processors. Has a few more features and is more compatible overall but it’s not entirely necessary. B350 can still be used.

      A RX 560 and GTX 1050 Ti are going to have pretty similar performance in games. I like Nvidia’s driver support better personally, but that comes down to personal taste really.

      It’s fine to get a higher capacity hard drive. I’d still recommend going with a Seagate hard drive, they’ve never failed on me. Using the link above you’ll be able to see different capacity variations.

      I’m not sure why you’d get a PSU as backup so yes, I think you’re just being paranoid about it. I’ve had the same power supply for a long time now and I assume the “tech guys” you’re referring to is from YouTube channels? They have backups mainly as sponsors or for future build reviews, not because they need plenty of backups “just in case”.

  17. Brian D says:

    Hey there! I double checked if these parts are compatible on pcpartpicker and I’ve come to 2 problems. The Crucial RAM stick isn’t compatible with the other parts according to pcpartpicker. My other question is the B450M Bazooka has a new version (v.2), will it still work on this build?


    • Colton P says:

      Right, that’ll come up. It’s because PCPartPicker doesn’t have the board updated where the board has been updated to be able to use the next gen up of Ryzen. I’m surprised they still haven’t updated that!

  18. Ed says:

    Can i upgrade to a 2600x and 1060 6gb?

    • Colton P says:

      Yes, for sure you could. At that point you could also look into the $700 build setup posted here since it has similar parts. Just have to make sure everything is compatible. If you’re overclocking heavy then you will probably want a but more power behind the PSU.

  19. FlipFlopPantyDrop says:

    Hi there! Mac loyalist coming over to the darkside!!

    I’ve been looking at building my own PC recently (I know next to nothing), I use an okay one at work that’s a prebuild ‘graphic’s computer’ but I’m looking for something that can not only play high frame rate games like Subnautica and Warframe (not crazy AAA games but high requirements for my sad 4gb Vizio laptop) but a system that can handle most of the Adobe suite without stuttering on large illustrations or video edits?

    Would this build work for that level of large files/renderings and large sandbox games?

    Your walkthrough has been super interesting as I’ve been looking at desktops and seeing just how much markup there is on prebuilt computers. <3 Thanks so much!

    • Colton P says:


      All in all, yes this build would be enough to handle Adobe Suite as well as handling games at higher FPS rates. It all depends on the game but almost all games out today will run on a build like this.

      My bad for such a delayed reply, if you are still trying to put a build together and need help going forward let me know and I’ll help you out more!

  20. MickM says:

    what about this graphics card instead? it is cheaper and i think should be better.

  21. Parth Rathod says:

    I have been using Seagate HDD and the graphics card. Good but would be better if there was an SSD. WHat you say?

    • Colton P says:

      If you want to add in a solid state drive you definitely can, though the process of moving Windows over to it can be quite the task at times. I haven’t personally moved files from a HDD to a SSD but I’ve had friends that have been able to, there are plenty of tutorials out there to use.

      I’d recommend any of these SSDs from SanDisk if you wanted to add in a SSD to your build.

  22. Tania says:

    Hi! Would this tower work for this build?
    Thank you!

  23. Akhil says:

    Hey Colton, I remember around 2-3 years ago I wanted to build a PC and found your website (this page specifically) whilst not knowing anything about computers or how to make them. Your advice on this page and in the comments was very helpful. Especially the fact that you had the patience to help people like me who were computer noobs at the time. I found the website again and thought I’d thank you for the help 3 years later now that I actually have a solid understanding of computers lol.

    Also my build still runs like new with no issues but I kinda got screwed over cause 7th gen intel processors were realised almost right after I made my PC build

    • Colton P says:

      I’m glad you’re still enjoying the build, Akhil!

      That happens from time to time and it sucks because you can never know exactly when the next generation is going to release or if it’s going to be compatible with the previous boards. At least you know it’s still holding up though!

      What’re you mainly playing?

  24. Anthony Bjorklund says:

    First of all, thanks for making these parts lists up…very helpful, especially to someone like me, who’s fallen out of the tech loop over the years. But I was just curious; I’ve started slowly gathering the parts to put one together, and wondered just how big and what sort of an upgrade I would notice on using the card for the $600 (GeForce GTX 1060) build over the one for the $500 (Radeon RX 570) build? Any info would be much appreciated. I don’t need to be able to kick out graphics to a 4k display, just would like to be able to play games like Fallout 4 smoothly.

    • Anthony Bjorklund says:

      After a little more research, it seems like the RX 580 seems like a reasonable middle ground option. It’s only about $20 more than the 570 right now, and looks like it has a slight bit more umpfh.

    • Colton P says:

      You’d see about a 20%-30% increase in overall performance if you went with a 6GB GTX 1060. I wouldn’t waste your money getting the 3GB 1060 in comparison. Yes it’s a better card, but if you’re going to get a better video card for the $500 build then you might as well shell out for the 6GB variant.

      Let me know what you decide to do or if you’ve already decided! If you ended up getting the 3GB 1060 then no worries, as I said it’s still a better card than the 570!

      • Anthony Bjorklund says:

        Hi, and thanks for the reply! I ended up getting the 8gb RX 580 (it was $184 on Amazon). I also bumped up to a 600 watt power supply, and a blu ray disc drive (and doubled the hard drive size). All of the changes only upped my costs by about $45 dollars, so I think it was well worth it for what I was trying to do. I put it all together, and haven’t done any overclocking yet, but it’s a great rig the way it is! Playing Fallout 4 and high-rez textures installed on ultra settings right now, and it’s smooth as butter. All your advice was extremely helpful, especially in regards as to what motherboard and processor to get, and what video cards work well with it. Thanks!

  25. Jason says:

    Am I missing something? Looking at your July 9th update, it looks like you’re linking to a ATX Mid tower case and to a micro ATX motherboard (B450M PRO-M2). So seems like you might be linking to the wrong motherboard ( ? )

    • Colton P says:

      Micro ATX works with ATX cases as well, Jason. The micro ATX board is a smaller form than ATX and it’s cheaper. If you have the room in your budget to have a bigger motherboard then by all means use an ATX board instead! I share using a micro ATX because it’s cheaper. I think you’re mistaking ITX motherboards and ITX cases with micro ATX.

  26. reBU says:

    Hi again. I simply wanted to ask is there a RAM difference between your new selected Crucial Ballistix and the other CrucialI I think it’s this one?

    Does it matter if they were mixed? Or should I stick to your previous Crucial option from a few months ago.

    Looks like I’m going to need more then 8 GB RAM for my video encoding needs after all trying to hold out since I last wrote to this site is why I ask.

    • Colton P says:

      I wouldn’t mix, it’s always best to use the same exact RAM that you already have in your build when you’re putting more RAM in.

      • reBU says:

        Sorry been busy and thanks for taking the time in replying.

        What about my other question? Is there a difference between the two RAMs mentioned from my previous post?

        Do you mind also in explaining the difference between Single Rank RAM (I believe my current RAM noted above is that) and Dual Rank RAM?

        Since I need another RAM I don’t mind getting 2 x Dual Rank RAM if it makes things better overall or if 2 x Single Rank RAM would be the same.

        • Colton P says:

          No need to be sorry, I’ve also been busy and away for a while.

          The difference between the two was the RAM speed, the one you linked being a little faster. At this point the RAM listed above isn’t available in this moment so I’ll be updating all of the build lists today, if you’re still looking at getting some parts be sure to check back later today after the updates are done.

          Also as for dual channel and single channel RAM, the performance differences are by a tiny bit so there isn’t going to be much of a difference between a single 8GB stick of memory and a 2×4 dual channel RAM set. The difference is only marginally noticeable when you are going for a 144hz monitor and have a build that can handle gaming at 144 FPS which this build isn’t going to be able to do for most titles. 60 FPS is the goal for this build.

  27. Grey says:

    Hi! This is my first build and I’m hopefully pretty close to finishing it! All of my fans seem to be running fine when I boot my computer up but unfortunately my monitor isn’t getting a signal. I’ve tried unplugging and re plugging in a few things, along with switchung monitors. Do you have any advice? Thanks! ūüôā

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Grey,

      My apologies for the late reply. I’ve been away from the site for a while.

      Have you figured out your problem? Are you plugging your monitor into your graphics card or your motherboard? It has to be plugged into the graphics card.

      Also are you using HDMI, DVI or the display port? Let me know!

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