Best Gaming PC Build For Under $500 Dollars In 2020, An Awesome Budget Build For 1080p

$500 Budget Gaming PC Build Guide

 

Attempting to put together the best gaming PC build for under $500 in 2020? We show you which parts to use in order to have a $500 dollar gaming build that OWNS!

That’s really what any and all PC builders need to keep in mind when they’re trying to piece together the best gaming build for the amount of money they’re willing to spend on it.

If your goal is to spend roughly $500 on hardware to use in order to put your own gaming PC together then you need to know what to look out for! You need to know which pieces of hardware are going to give you the best possible levels of performance per dollar spent.

That’s why I believe 9 times out of 10 that custom builds are better than pre-built PCsyou are able to fully optimize the level of performance for the amount of money spent.

With that said, let’s go ahead and get onto the build itself and the levels of gaming performance you can expect out of a $500 gaming build.

 

Best Gaming PC Build For Under $500


Last Updated: January 9th, 2020

 

I have found the following parts to be of the best value to build an epic gaming rig 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 ZM-T4  CaseZalman ZM-T4 ATX Mini Tower

Ryzen 5 2600 CPURyzen 5 2600

XFX Radeon RX 570 4GB RS XXX Edition GPUXFX Radeon RX 570 4GB XXX

ASRock B450M-HDV MotherboardASRock B450M-HDV MicroATX

Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 2666 MHz DDR4 16GB RAMCrucial Ballistix Sport 2666MHz 16GB

Transcend 240 GB TLC SATA III 6Gb:s 2.5 Solid State Drive Solid State DriveTranscend 240GB 2.5″ SSD

EVGA 500 W1, 80+ WHITE 500W Power SupplyEVGA 500W W1 80+

 

Estimated Final Price: $495

 

How To Build A Computer


There are plenty of guides out there on the steps required to putting together your PC.

Newegg has a great video series that goes over in detail on how to put a build together. I highly suggest that you watch through their videos and learn how it’s done!

 

 

Be sure to go through the video step by step as you’re building this one as well. It’ll help tremendously, especially if you’ve already watched through it before getting your parts delivered.

 

Build Rundown


Price Point

$500 for a gaming PC means being able to have a moderately good rig that is able to handle 1080p gaming at a tweaked medium/high setting for most games that are out today.

I say most games because performance also comes down to overall game optimization.

With this build specifically, there is a bit of a sacrifice on video card power in order to have high levels of performance everywhere else.

We’re using a RX 570 video card paired with a Ryzen 5 2600 processor.

If there was more room in our budget we’d have went with a higher performing video card but the RX 570 isn’t a bad card by any means.

If high FPS is less important for you then you’ll be able to crank up the graphics settings and enjoy great visuals with a card like this.

The opposite is also true! If you are wanting those higher FPS rates then you’ll be able to tweak the settings to a balanced medium/high setting to gain a huge boost in FPS.

This is what I’d recommend doing for most games because small tweaks are usually not that noticeable but the frame rate increases are very noticeable.

Graphics Settings

Most graphics settings that can be tweaked are hardly noticeable but you’ll increase your frame rate!

A $500 build is sort of the “sweet spot” for someone that’s getting started with PC gaming.

Upgrades are always possible for down the road so whenever you deemed it necessary to have better performance you’ll be able to do so.

Some upgrades that I’d recommend would be to get a higher performing 3000 series CPU such as the Ryzen 5 3600 (given that you also pick a motherboard that’s compatible out of the gate) and a GTX 2070 would be a significant upgrade to go with it.

Although with those couple of upgrades you will also want to get a power supply that can provide more wattage.

 

Gaming Performance

Overall performance mainly comes down to the processor and video card combination with any PC.

The processor helps to handle when a bunch of different elements are going on at once in a game and the video card helps to render in textures and general graphics.

The combination of the Ryzen 5 2600 and the RX 570 allows for high quality 1080p performance to be possible.

I have to emphasize that 1080p/60 FPS is what this rig is able to do for “most” titles because of overall game optimizations and specification requirements.

Game optimization is a huge factor when it comes to how well a certain PC is able to handle a specific game.

There are some games where even if you spent $2,000+ on a PC build you’d still experience some lag because of the poor optimizations involved with the game.

If you plan on using this build then tweaking different settings will yield to getting those higher frame rates but these specs are definitely capable of running games on ultra settings.

Before you start ordering your parts you need to do some research on the minimum and required hardware specifications for whatever game(s) you plan in playing.

After that you can come back here and see if the performance of the different parts will match up with your favorite games! 🙂

For some examples we’ll go over a couple games and their system requirements to show exactly what kind of performance it would have.

 

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is a popular title and it’s a great game to push the boundaries of any video card.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey doesn’t have the greatest overall optimization but the combination of the Ryzen 5 2600 and the RX 570 surpass the recommended system requirements.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey System Requirements

These are the system requirements of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey from the Steam store page.

The RX 570 is a newer video card than the recommended R9 290 listed under the requirements and the same go for the Ryzen 5 2600.

They’re more than capable of running it well! If you ran it on ultra settings you could expect a solid 30 FPS rate across the board.

If you wish to research more as to the details on why these build specifications are better than the recommended then go right ahead!

It’s the mere fact that they are the newest hardware and perform better than the ones that are listed as recommended.

 

Read Dead Redemption 2 is an obvious choice for hardware performance due to how popular and demanding it is when it comes to hardware requirements.

Read Dead Redemption 2 is one of those games where if you adjust a few minor graphical settings you won’t be compromising many differences in textures and visuals but you’re easily able to boost FPS by a decent margin.

Read Dead Redemption 2 System Requirements

These are the Read Dead Redemption 2 system requirements from Steam.

The Ryzen 5 2600 is an obvious step up from the recommended Ryzen 5 1500X so there aren’t any worries there.

As for the video card, the RX 570 surpasses the minimum requirement by quite a lot but the recommended video card requirement is right on the line.

Thankfully Read Dead Redemption 2 has some good optimizations for AMD cards specifically so performance is great!

All in all, the combination of CPU and GPU power with the other hardware spec with 16GB of RAM is right on par with what you need for a solid 1080p experience.

Now let’s go over some more details on each part and why they’re the best for the money when it comes to a $500 budget.

 

Build Details


Case

 

Zalman ZM-T4  Zalman ZM-T4 ATX Mini Tower

 

 

This case is a compact, affordable mini case that is completely compatible with the build.

If you aren’t a fan of mini cases or the overall aesthetic of this case then you may want to browse around for mid tower cases on Amazon to find something that you like.

If/when you do find something more your style then you can link it to me in the comments below and I’ll be able to let you know if it’d work or not!

This case has a microphone jack, a headphone jack, one USB 3.0 port and one USB 2.0 port on the front.

It can fit a video card up to 250-300mm and it can have up to 4 system fans mounted. One fan will come with the case in the back of the case.

There are three internal 2.5″ drive bays, two internal 3.5″ drive bays and one external 5.25″ drive bay. 

This means that you’ll be able to have three SSDs, two traditional HDDs and one external 5.25″ drive.

 


 

CPU

Ryzen 5 2600

Ryzen 5 2600

 

 

The Ryzen 5 2600 processor is one of the if not the most versatile, budget friendly processor on the market.

It comes with a great stock cooler and will absolutely stand the test of time.

Having 6 cores and 12 threads at a base speed of 3.4GHz, it’s more than enough for what today’s games demand as far as processing power performance goes.

The base clock speed is more than enough but it can also be boosted to 3.9GHz if you wanted to do so.

It’s a great CPU that was designed with gamers in mind while also being able to handle heavy processing tasks. It’s the perfect CPU for this budget build.

 


GPU

 

XFX Radeon RX 570 4GB RS XXX EditionXFX Radeon RX 570 4GB XXX

 

 

XFX’s XXX Edition Radeon RX 570 4GB card is known across the board as the all-rounder when it comes to budget friendly video cards.

High quality 1080p performance for a fair price… That’s where the RX 570 comes around.

This specific RX 570 has a core clock speed of 1168MHz which can be boosted to 1284MHz. These clock speeds are great when you have a high quality 1080p gaming experience in mind.

I wouldn’t expect to run something like Red Dead Redemption 2 on ultra settings with 60 FPS with this card… You should more so expect a solid 30-40 FPS for RDR2 maxed out.

A $500 budget PC isn’t going to be great for ultra settings in mind with the higher demanding titles but it’ll absolutely get higher FPS when you tweak graphical settings a bit with a balance between medium and high!

The RX 570 isn’t the most powerful card on the market but it’ll get the job done for 1080p gaming.

 


Motherboard

 

ASRock B450M-HDVASRock B450M-HDV MicroATX

 

 

An ASRock B450M MicroATX motherboard is great for a smaller build like this. It’s an AM4 Ryzen socket board that will be compatible with future processor upgrades (3000 series) after a BIOS update.

It’s not a big board with a lot of room to work with and you only have the one PCIe 2.0 slot for an extra accessory but it’s one of the lowest priced boards on the market that doesn’t have horror stories behind the quality of the board.

Having only the two RAM slots means that you’ll be best off sticking to 16GB total RAM with this one which is fine when it’s strictly gaming in mind here.

Overall, gaming performance isn’t affected by the motherboard but having certain features can ease the building process and allow you to add in more hardware such as a network adapter.

To sum the board up, it’s a nice little board that has the compatibility and uses you’ll need for everything else with the build.

Sure, it’s bare bones, but that’s what we have to work with when we want a cheap board that isn’t low build quality.

 


RAM

 

Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 2666 MHz DDR4 16GBCrucial Ballistix Sport 2666MHz 16GB

 

 

Crucial has always been one of the top brands when it comes to RAM. They’ve always been reliable and they have many choices when it comes to different RAM sticks.

Luckily we’re able to fit a total of 16GB RAM into the budget with this build! Usually this isn’t the case so be sure to hop onto these low RAM prices while you still can.

This 2x8GB kit is 2666MHz speed RAM which is great since Ryzen CPUs work better with faster RAM. There is no other RAM kit on the market right now at this speed and price, it’s a great time to buy RAM!

 


Storage

 

Transcend 240 GB TLC SATA III 6Gb:s 2.5 Solid State DriveTranscend 240GB 2.5″ SSD

 

 

A solid state drive has become an essential part of building a gaming PC. It’s inevitable that you’ll need to add more storage down the road but it’s easy to do that by simply adding a traditional hard drive later on.

Starting with a solid state drive that has enough room for your operating system and the first most used programs and most played games is the most ideal route.

SSDs are much faster than HDDs to where if you haven’t felt the difference then you’re in for a big surprise.

If you wanted to you could start out with a 1TB HDD instead if more storage space is more important than speed to you at the beginning but I strongly encourage you to wait and add a HDD to your PC down the road when you absolutely need it.

 


Power Supply

 

EVGA 500 W1, 80+ WHITE 500WEVGA 500W W1 80+

 

 

EVGA power supply units are some of the most reliable on the market. I’ve always used EVGA for the multiple builds I’ve put together over the past 5+ years and none of them have failed on me.

They’re fairly priced and they usually stay that way. This PSU isn’t modular meaning that you aren’t going to be able to add or remove any cables with this unit.

If semi modular or fully modular power supplies are a must for you then be prepared to spend a little more. We’d be using a semi-modular PSU if it didn’t mean going over the target budget range.

500 watts of power is going to be more than enough power to keep things running with this rig and even with some upgrades in mind 500W of power will still be enough.

However, if you plan on getting significant upgrades at some point then you’re also going to need to upgrade the power supply to a higher wattage one so keep that in mind.

 

Recommended Peripherals


Keyboard/Mouse

Choosing the right keyboard and mouse is important when it comes to finalizing your build.

Keyboards are easier to pick out because you don’t need a keyboard “designed” for gaming. Sure, the mechanical keyboards do have faster input but it’s only by milliseconds.

Those milliseconds are important for eSports and highly competitive gameplay but otherwise there aren’t many essential features when it comes to a keyboard. You should go with one that you think you’d like to use.

However, mice are different. There is a clear difference between gaming with a basic office mouse and using a mouse that was designed with gaming in mind.

Cooler Master has a combination of a keyboard and mouse that is very budget friendly. They not only perform well but they look awesome as well! Be sure to check them out, we have an in-depth review of them!

Cooler Master Devastator 3 Review

 

 

Monitor

A monitor is even more important than what you choose to go with your keyboard and mouse.

Since this build is based on a lower budget then it only makes sense to go with a monitor that can help fit within the budget range, right?

If that’s what you’d like to do then the VS228H model monitor from ASUS will be perfect for this build. I’ve been using it for over 5+ years now and it’s still working the same as the day I got it.

It’s a 60Hz monitor which is ideal for a PC that is meant for running games at 60 FPS. If a monitor has a 60Hz refresh rate then it is able to display the full 60 frames per second.

 

ASUS VS228H

ASUS VS228H Review

 

 

Speakers

What are you going to do if you don’t have sound?

There are plenty of speaker choices on the market, some of which are going to be cheaper than the speaker system I’ll be recommending.

You’ll want a rich sound and a bold bass. It really brings games more to life and creates a nice impact.

I’ve used this Logitech Z323 speaker system for a few years now and they’re still going strong! It’s a system that has a subwoofer speaker that doesn’t cost a bunch of money.

 

logitech z323 speaker system

Logitech Z323 Review

 

 

Peripherals are an equally important part with your overall build.

There are plenty of choices and we have plenty of other reviews on monitors, keyboards and gaming mice so do your research and if you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments!

 

Operating System


Getting an operating system installed on your PC build is relatively easy to do. You can choose between Windows 10 or a Linux based operating system depending on what your taste is and what you plan on using the build for.

Windows 10

Microsoft has created a tool to create a bootable USB drive to install Windows 10 to your PC.

It will not come with an activation key but you will not need one right away as you’ll be able to have full freedom of your PC after you install it.

You’ll be able to have full access to all of Windows 10’s features for a month before they give you mild restrictions and constant notifications about activating your operating system.

The most annoying part is the notifications. As for the mild restrictions, one of them is not being able to customize your Windows desktop colors which isn’t a big deal.

By going to Microsoft’s official installation media page you’ll be able to download it to a USB drive and get going to getting Windows 10 on your PC in no time.

Make sure you go with 64-bit otherwise you will not be able to utilize all of your RAM.

 

Linux

An alternative operating system you could go with is a Linux based OS. More specifically, Ubuntu.

Ubuntu is the most popular Linux OS and it’s completely free to use without any restrictions at all.

Matter of fact, it’s completely open source so there are a lot of different things that you can do with it!

However, gaming compatibilities aren’t nearly as optimized as Windows 10 and most games that are out and most games that are coming out soon are only compatible on Windows 10.

Be sure to research on about the games you plan on playing if you choose to go the Linux route as I’m sure 99% of you reading this are planning on playing some of the top AAA titles out there and, unfortunately, hardly any of them are compatible with Linux.

Visit the official download page of Ubuntu to get started with getting Linux on your rig!

 

Getting Connected Online


Ethernet

I’ll always recommend going with a direct connection via Ethernet cable when it comes to getting connected online with your build.

Ethernet provides the most solid connection and it’s the easiest to setup.

I’d go with a simple 25ft Ethernet cable since that length should be more than enough to connect it to your modem/router.

There are plenty of other length options available as well, be sure to measure out how long of a cable you’ll need before you get one.

 

Wifi

If that is not an option for you then there are plenty of Wifi adapter solutions that will get you connected.

If Wifi is your only choice then you need to make sure that you go with a solid network adapter otherwise your connection is going to cause some lag when you are playing online games.

The network adapter that has served me well would be this one from ASUS. It has Bluetooth capabilities as well so you’ll be able to connect it to other Bluetooth devices as well.

It has a more solid connection than other adapters because you’re able to move the antennas around and for the price range it’s worth getting.

Keep in mind that you should try and have it as close to your modem/router as possible to ensure that you have the best connection possible.

Again, I highly recommend using a direct connection with an Ethernet cable since it is the best solution to having and keeping a great connection to the internet.

 

To Conclude


A $500 build can actually perform pretty well with today’s games due to the recent changes in the market. PC hardware keeps on getting cheaper as time goes on which makes these lower budget builds more viable in the long-run.

Especially at the $500 range, this is a no-brainer when you see the performance difference with consoles and all of the freedoms that come with it.

Before you indulge yourself into ordering all of the hardware you should understand what kind of performance power you should expect out of a $500 build.

If it sounds like your ideal level of performance then I’d say you can definitely move forward to ordering the parts!

Today you’re able to have hardware that would have otherwise cost $650+ a year ago if you combine everything you’d need for the build.

A $500 build today will be able to handle every single title that is out right now and it’d also be able to handle the bigger upcoming titles.

With this in mind, you shouldn’t expect to have the highest possible level of performance at this price range.

Although you’ll have a great experience with 60 FPS, 1080p gaming… you need to know that it’s not going to be the absolute craziest level of performance.

Look into other budget builds and see if there are any other builds that you might want to go for!

That sums up the best gaming PC build for under $500.

Are you going to be going with this build?

Are you interested in using any other parts?

Let me know in the comments below! 😀

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6,620 Responses to Best Gaming PC Build For Under $500 Dollars In 2020, An Awesome Budget Build For 1080p

  1. MickM says:

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

  2. 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:

      Hello!

      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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

    Thanks!

    • 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!

  5. 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 https://amzn.to/2D6paXt ?

    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”.

  6. Omar says:

    I am getting the watchdog error ! Please help

  7. Omar says:

    https://amzn.to/2TsPou0

    Will this work for this build?

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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 https://amzn.to/2RS0uvb

    • 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Aaron says:

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

    Thanks

    • 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.

  15. Aaron says:

    Colton,

    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:

      Aaron,

      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.

  16. 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!

  17. 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 https://softlay.net/operating-system/windows-7-ultimate-full-version-free-download-iso-32-64-bit.html 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.

  18. 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 https://www.amazon.com/MSI-RX-560-AERO-ITX/dp/B072J422CZ 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… https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/support/B350M-GAMING-PRO#down-driver&Win7%2064 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 https://www.amd.com/en/support/chipsets/amd-socket-am4/b350 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 : https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/15088/windows-10-create-installation-media 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? http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1730844/computer-crashes-safe-mode-windows.html 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.

  19. 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? https://www.windowscentral.com/how-fix-black-screen-problems-windows-10

      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: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/drivers/debugger/bug-check-0xd1–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?

  20. Eric Blanco says:

    Hey!

    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?

    Thanks!

    • 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!

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