Best Gaming PC Build Under $500 Dollars, This PC Will OWN in 2018!

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To find the best gaming PC build under 500 dollars you’re going to have to find the best parts for the lowest price possible and then build it yourself. Building your own computer has many benefits and is actually a lot easier than you think!

Well you just lucked out! 🙂 Today I feel like sharing how to build the best gaming PC build for under 500 dollars and I also want to show you the best place to get your parts for this EPIC build!

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. 😉

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 step by step as you build your PC. This is the same video that I viewed 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! 😛

 

Optimal Hardware For A $500 Budget


 

Last Updated: August 1st, 2018

* = Optional, final price includes 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 bucks.

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.

 

 Computer case – Thermaltake Versa H21

 Motherboard – ASUS Prime B350M-A/CSM AM4

 Video Card – Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 2GB

  ProcessorAMD Ryzen 3 2200G

  RAM – Crucial 8GB Single DDR4

Hard Drive – Seagate 1TB

 Power supply – EVGA 500W B1 80+

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

 

Final Price: $543.41

(Higher price for now due to overpriced RAM/GPU)

 

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.

At a $500 budget, the Ryzen 3 2200G is the ideal CPU to go with.

A quick note about the CPU, the stock cooler that the Ryzen 3 2200G 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!

If you use different build tools online to check for compatibility between this CPU and the above motherboard you may find some “incompatibilities.”

I’m going off of this CPU listing that it runs on the AM4 socket so any motherboard using the AM4 socket should be able to run this processor just fine. A BIOS update may be required if the motherboard hasn’t been pre-updated by the distributor/manufacturer. You can work directly with AMD to get a compatible CPU to get the update done if need be.

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!

Because of current GPU pricing, you’ll have to start out with a 2GB GTX 1050, for now. If you are able to spend around $80-$100 more then a GTX 1050 Ti would be worth getting instead.

If you have the extra bit of room in your budget for it, a 4GB 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 1050.

The 2GB GTX 1050 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 need to upgrade down the road to a better card if you want to have the experience that a $500 build should have in the first place. Since graphics cards are at an all-time high for pricing, we’re unable to share having a GTX 1050 Ti or higher so that we can stay within the $500 budget range.

A GTX 1050 Ti will set you off of the budget by around $100 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 1060 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.

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

As I said, a monitor is also needed. I’ve used this 1080p monitor by Asus for many years now and it still works just as if it were brand new. I would definitely recommend checking it out!

71r1E7x7PlL._SL1500_ MonitorAsus VS228H

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! 😛

 

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 build that’s going to handle most games on high graphic settings 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! 😀

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6,517 Responses to Best Gaming PC Build Under $500 Dollars, This PC Will OWN in 2018!

  1. Frosty1116 says:

    I already have the case and the motherboard since I’m buying this build part by part. Where on the part list I can get better parts just to squeeze out a bit more performance.
    What parts do you recommend that are better than listed and can work with the motherboard. Sorry first time building a PC

    • Frosty1116 says:

      Let me be more clear I can spend a bit more on parts and just want to know what parts I can aim for after the motherboard and case

      • Colton P says:

        If you have a bit more room then you’d be well off going with a GTX 1050 Ti like this one from EVGA for example, the extra boost in performance would make it worth while! I’m sure by now you’ve already gotten what you want for the build but if there are other parts that you have more room in your budget for just let me know and I’ll help you further!

    • Skyline21 says:

      Do not buy this build. A 2gb graphics card will not be a beast for anything.

      • Colton P says:

        Which is why I also recommended the GTX 1050 Ti card in another reply. This is all about having a gaming rig that’s going to handle 1080p gaming for around ~$500. With all of the crypto mining going on and with the GPU market the way it is today it’s basically impossible to add in a better card while staying within the $500 budget mark.

        Have you seen a GTX 1050’s performance in person? It does a lot better at 1080p than you probably think

  2. Gabriel Howland says:

    Is this VR ready? If not, how can I tweak the build?

    • Colton P says:

      No, it’s not. You’d need a better processor, a better graphics card and 8GB more RAM would help a lot. I currently have a rig and a Vive, I’d suggest at least somewhere along the lines of an $800 PC build if you wanted to be at an entry level for VR. A 6GB 1060 would also be more ideal.

  3. mario says:

    would this work for streaming

  4. Pepito says:

    em. hey 🙂 just wanted to ask if the pc will handle high settings fortnite 60 fps or pubg on 60 fps thanks. i dont know the power of the set .

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Pepito 🙂

      Fortnite would be better at running a constant 60 FPS with a tweaked high setting while PUBG would be best for a solid 60 FPS at a tweaked med/high setting, possibly even lower. Fortnite is very well optimized and you shouldn’t have too many problems with it but PUBG is a lot more demanding.

      Let me know if I can help with anything else as you’re moving forward with your build!

  5. Dieter S says:

    Hi, first of all, I’m impressed by your build! It’s given me some great insights for my own one in the near future.
    I’ve been reading some of the comments as well and you seem the type of person who responds incredibly well to them. So I’d like to ask you some questions.
    1) I’d like the AMD Ryzen 3 1300X to pair with MSI GeForce GTX 1050TI, do they match well or is there an issue I overlooked? (or is 1050TI not worth it?)
    2) Would you go with the Ryzen 3 1300x or does it do the same job as your listed 2200G
    (price here is 1300X: 112€ and 2200G: 95€)
    3) Would you prefer an HDD or SSD for new builds overall,or a combo? I’m doubting about going all in with SSD (like 480gb) is this worth it?

    I hope this isn’t too messy with all the questions :’)
    Thanks in advance!

    • Colton P says:

      Hello!

      I’m glad you’re digging the site, I’d be more than happy to share my thoughts.

      1) They’d match up just fine performance wise, but I don’t think the 1300X is worth it. (see below)

      2) The difference between the 2200G and the 1300X is so minimal that I can’t suggest going with the 1300X. For the bit more that it costs you maybe get 2 more FPS in games so you might as well save the money.

      3) The difference in load times is very significant… It’s more of a personal choice. If you don’t think you’ll be using up a bunch of hard drive space right away then maybe a SSD would be a better starting point. You can always add in a HDD down the road whenever you deem it necessary.

      There are never too many questions or anything so ask away 🙂

  6. Bobby says:

    Hi! This is my first PC build and I was wondering before I buy everything if this will play World of Warcraft? I’ve been playing on my HP pavilion laptop and the lag on there is just unreal. Thanks!

  7. Josh says:

    Sorry I didn’t have the time to watch the video above, but could you tell me if this PC is easy to build, Do we have to screw things in or just put the parts in. How is it built?

    • Colton P says:

      When you get the time, be sure to check out the video. It goes over in-depth the steps that are required.

      You’ll have to screw in the motherboard and a few other parts but nothing crazy. If you know how to use a screwdriver properly and you’re able to follow the above instructions and/or other instructions online on putting it together then you’ll be good to go!

  8. Gabriel Howland says:

    What’s your opinion on this cpu amd fx-9590

    • Colton P says:

      It’s a pretty outdated processor at this point. It’s still a viable processor for gaming today, but it makes a lot more sense to go with a Ryzen CPU since it’s the newest technology from AMD.

  9. James Lee says:

    I stream on a xbox one x and i just need a computer that can run windows 10, would this be good or should i just buy a $200 laptop that runs windows 10?

    • Colton P says:

      I’m not familiar with streaming from consoles, James. I’m unsure if you need good hardware behind the process of setting up the stream or not for Xbox.

  10. leo says:

    hey, this will be my first gaming rig. few questions.

    1. if i can afford another $200 what would you recommend? and how much of a difference and lifetime out of this rig would that get me?

    2. why did you go with the amd and not the I3 8100. at only 10bucks more but the benchmarks are much higher.

    thanks.

    • Colton P says:

      Hi Leo,

      1. I’d recommend bumping up both the CPU and GPU to another level of power, as far as lifetime it’s not going to be a significant difference in the long haul (still a few years) but it’ll be worth doing for the extra performance. I’d recommend going with a nice GTX 1050 Ti paired with the Ryzen 2400G processor.

      2. The benchmarks aren’t much higher. In most cases, the 2200G had a better frame rate by a couple of frames in some of the more popular titles and you will also be able to overclock it if you wanted to, increasing that performance even further. That and this build is already a bit over the $500 budget and that’s the overall goal of these builds – to stay within the desired budget.

      Let me know if I can help more as you’re moving forward with your build!

  11. Jacob says:

    Hi this is my first build, what should I do about the system fan header and cpu fan if there is only 1 spot to put them? I looked into fan adapters and fan splitters for putting the system fan into the chassis fan spot, but there are no 3 pin to 4 pins, what should I do?

    • Colton P says:

      It’s fine, Jacob. You’ll use the 3 pin with the 4 pin. The fourth pin is just to be able to control fan speeds, it’ll run at a higher speed at default. It’s not essential to be able to control fan speeds.

  12. Nikolai says:

    I do not understand how you can get internet from thise antennas, do you not need some kind of internet hardware card or something like that? After installing a software like windows or Linux do you still need them?

    • Colton P says:

      The USB wireless network adapter works great if you’re relatively close to your router. It’s always best to go with a direct connection via the ethernet cable but if wireless is needed, then an adapter like that is essential.

      There are internal cards you could go with as well, I’d recommend taking a look at this one from TP-Link if you’d rather have an internal wireless network card instead. Drivers can be installed from the related website to the adapter.

  13. Nikolai says:

    I am coming from a Mac and this is my first build, I want a cooling system that won’t leave the cp hot enough to burn your finger even from just playing tf2 or euro truck, would i need more fans? I would like to play fortnite, ets2, tf2 and mostly steam games, maybe some gta 4. Would this run it fine? Sorry im really am a doofus when it comes to Pc builds, theres so much things to learn.

    • Colton P says:

      For sure, these specs surpass most of the recommended requirements for the games you listed. As far as cooling, everything that will come with will do enough to ensure that the PC doesn’t get too hot. It helps if the room that your PC isn’t extremely warm.

      You’re right, there is a ton of information to digest when it comes to putting together your ideal build. That’s why this website was made, I’ll help streamline the process and help you get a better understanding! Always here for any questions with the builds

  14. Nikolai says:

    Hello Colton thanks for the quick answer,
    Im about 14 meters and two walls aways from my router, what do you think?

  15. Nikolai says:

    Also can i add a msi geforce gtx1050 ti 4gb to the build instead of 2gb? Would it be compatible? Also would i need more fans than what is in the computer already?

  16. Seven says:

    Yo, I need a definite cost for everything her put together (subtract the case cause im getting a different one) because I’m trying to do this over the summer and someone gonna help me out

    • Colton P says:

      The price overall is going to change all the time, Seven. The market goes off of the current supply/demand. I plan on updating all of the builds today so there will be a more accurate final price listed but to get the final price as is you’ll have to add all of the above parts to your cart on Amazon to see how much it’s all going to be.

  17. Zceazar rubio says:

    Hello i have been looking for the right components to build a PC for scrictly digital art works not gaming I have a prebuilt pc that does the for the most part but need more kick it’s a i3 6th gen 8gb ram not sure on GPU need better to more but keeping it at least 800 no more than 1000

  18. Blaine Simonds says:

    I might consider purchasing a Enermax ECA3520 mod tower case. Would that be compatible with the parts as well? I am not the most informed on Pcs and all of this but feel like this is the right way to go!

  19. Gabriel Smith says:

    Hey, I was looking at a different build, it’s the “Big Things Come In Small Packages”, and I was wondering abouth the difference in the mother-board. The mother board in the other one was the Gigabyte GA-B250M-DS3H, do you think it’d be better or worse than the ASUS Prime you got in this rig?

    • Colton P says:

      You’d have to give a direct link to which build you’re referring to since I’m not sure what you’re talking about with that build. But comparing the board to the one above, I simply like Asus’s UI and support more than what Gigabyte has to offer. They both offer the same type of socket and what not, just that ASUS is of higher quality in my opinion.

  20. Gabriel Smith says:

    I was also wondering whether or not its okay to get generic graphics cards, for example, i found a GTX 1050 ti on ebay for $80 from a completely generic brand.

    • Colton P says:

      If it’s a random Chinese company name that isn’t found on a marketplace such as Amazon then I wouldn’t. Especially if it’s being sold for $80… sounds like a scam to me.

  21. Zahid says:

    How much fps do u think will it get if u play fortnite on this pc on medium settings

    • Colton P says:

      You should be able to hit an average 60 FPS even on high settings, Zahid. Though tweaking the settings will give a better average overall, a tweaked medium/high setting would be ideal for 60 FPS.

  22. Bobby Smith says:

    Is this PC overkill for just a few games and mainly streaming, watching videos, and doing work?

    • Colton P says:

      Depends on those few games. Different games have different levels of optimization and minimum spec requirements.

      This build will handle most of today’s games at 1080p with a tweaked med/high setting.

      Always here for whatever else going forward!

  23. Marc says:

    Will this need a bios update to use the Ryzen 3 2200g? I saw a few pages talking about this…

    • Colton P says:

      Yes, sometimes the board will already have the update but if not then you can flash the BIOS or get a loaner CPU directly from AMD to update it before finishing the build up.

  24. Will says:

    Do I need to buy two singles of Ram? Newegg says that just one is incompatible but I don’t know anything about building computers.

  25. Edvard says:

    I saw what you said to Leo and upgraded to the specs you recommended him. Does this run gta 5, cs:go, fallout 4 and other good games. Does it run these games on high quality?

    • Colton P says:

      Yes! I wouldn’t expect to have 60 FPS all the time with those games at maximum settings though. CS:GO will probably run at 60 FPS avg at max but it’s also a lot less demanding of a game compared to GTA or Fallout.

      Game optimization is different with every game but overall, this PC would be ideal for tweaked high settings at 1080p for most games.

  26. Marc says:

    Is it okay to get a gpu with a slightly higher clock speed?

  27. Natasha Nunez says:

    Hi Colton,

    Hoping to build a gaming computer for the first time. Been doing a bit of research and I really like your build! I had a bit more room in my budget, so I used yours as a guide. Still a bit confused on compatibility and all of that. Would the Intel i7 8700K be compatible with all of the other components in your build? And more importantly, do you think the output of performance would be worth the price increase?

    -Natasha

    • Natasha Nunez says:

      I was even thinking to hold out a little longer and save some more so that I could upgrade the RAM to 16GB and the hard drive to 2TB. Would that be compatible/be worthwhile in your opinion? The extra TB is only about a ten dollar difference, so I’m more debating if spending another $85 on RAM would be worth it.

      Considering that, if all of those upgrades are compatible, they would raise the price to $964 (as of today), would you recommend I go with one of your higher priced builds instead of upgrading this one? Maybe the $800 or $900?

      Sorry I have so many questions, noob builder.

      • Colton P says:

        No need for apologizes, this is what the comments area is for! 🙂

        More RAM is going to help with multi-tasking more-so than gaming. Yes, you’ll also get a bit of a boost in overall performance but RAM is going to be more important for graphic design programs, rendering programs or multi-tasking a bunch of different programs. That or if you’re interested in VR gaming then 16GB is almost a must-have in my opinion. As for the hard drive space, it’s only worth it if you know you’ll need another TB in the drive.

        I also suggested a couple of other builds in the other reply, but be sure to check out the $900 build as well. It sounds like it’s closer to what you’re looking for.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Natasha,

      No, the i7-8700k would not be compatible with the above board because the above board is made for Ryzen CPUs. However, I believe that an upgrade to the video card would be a much better “upgrade” to the build rather than the processor if you planned on having the focus of the rig be on gaming.

      Have you checked out other builds here on the site? I’d suggest taking a look at the $700 build or the $800 build here and see if they also look ideal for you.

      Let me know and always here for whatever else as you move forward with your build!

      • Natasha Nunez says:

        Thank you so much for your replies! I’ll definitely look into the builds you suggested.

        I noticed that most of your builds use Ryzen CPU’s and not Intel, is there a reason for that? I haven’t heard much about Ryzen other than the fact that they are more cost-effective than similar intel CPU’s. But from the research ive done, it seems that most people think intel CPU’s are better for gaming. That’s the main reason I was thinking to go with the intel i7.

        • Colton P says:

          They’re “slightly” better for gaming, yes. But the difference is pretty small to where you aren’t going to notice it much. You can also overclock all of the Ryzen CPUs to match up to the performance of the Intel processors making it more valuable, especially since it’s more cost-effective like you said. It’s all about trying to stay within the budget range for these builds and Ryzen CPUs help with that.

          You can definitely go Intel if you want to, I currently use an Intel CPU with my current build but it was also put together with a higher budget. You’ll also need a compatible motherboard for Intel processors.

  28. Becky says:

    I’m looking into specs for my son’s first build. Not sure what all he’ll use it for, but he’s into Elder Scrolls and such. Anything you’d swap out for those specifically?

    • Colton P says:

      These exact specs as is will run all of today’s Elder Scrolls titles like a charm. When the new Elder Scrolls title comes out in 1-3 years he may need to upgrade a couple of components in order to run it smoothly but we also can’t know that for sure without knowing the minimum requirements of the newer Elder Scrolls titles.

      As for Skyrim or Elder Scrolls Online, these specs surpass what is recommended.

  29. Marc says:

    Thank you for the build info, I was able to earn the money and put this together with no problems (besides a little confusion with the screw type) and it’s been fantastic, definitely compared to my old pc which could barely play Minecraft at a stable frame rate. Thank you for answering my questions, it helped a bunch! 🙂

    • Colton P says:

      That’s awesome to hear, Marc 🙂

      Did you have to update the BIOS before being able to use the processor? Or did it work right away without needing any updates?

      Thanks for letting us know how the build went, happy gaming!

      • Marc says:

        Well, I decided to get the Asus ROG Strix B350-f Gaming because the reviews said that it was Ryzen 2000 ready and the case supported the motherboard size. It helped me out but was a little more expensive. Thanks once again for the help 🙂

      • Marc says:

        I have one more problem, its not big but I am unable to update my USB drivers… I tried but it won’t go through :/

  30. Gabriel Howland says:

    I’ve been looking around at different motherboards, how would this one work with the Ryzen 3 Core. ASUS Prime B350M AMD Ryzen AM4 DDR4 HDMI DVI VGA M.2 uATX B350 Motherboard.

    The link is here: https://amzn.to/2L8kq9v

    • Colton P says:

      It should work just fine with the above CPU, I do see some reviews stating how it needed a BIOS update beforehand. I’m sure that by now they will be pre-updated to work with Ryzen 2000 series.

  31. Kasey says:

    Hey Colton,

    Before I start investing in parts for this build, is there any difference between this Gigabyte 1050 and an EVGA 1050?

    (More specifically this exact part: (https://amzn.to/2Lrb8lW)

    Thanks for the help!

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Kasey,

      I like he Gigabyte card better because it’s a little cheaper and the performance isn’t too noticeable. It has a bit of a faster clock speed. I’d say the biggest difference would be on the software side when it comes to the card itself which again isn’t too big of a deal!

  32. Jessica Smith says:

    I built this computer for my son about a year and a half ago, now he wants an upgrade for Christmas. He mainly plays fortnite (shocking, I know), and wants the best of the best. Any suggestions on what parts I can upgrade to give him a great system?

  33. steve says:

    I haven’t watched the video yet, so not sure if it’s been covered or not, but I was wondering if doing/making a barebones kit is worth it to get simular computers? I’ve seen some on different websites that are close to $500 builds, $700, $1000, etc. where they send the kit with basics in hardware for gaming and such. also, what is good to look for in hardware and possibly price in case the need to switch for better stuff is needed? do I just look at kit and do some shopping around to see if worth the cost, or if I should find without things to save cost, and/or use primarily as an example of what to look for if putting my own”kit” type thing together?

    • Colton P says:

      I’m not quite sure if you are referring to other build guides or companies that do pre-built computers, Steve, but the difference between getting a PC done for you and putting your own together is mainly the price you pay for the performance.

      A $500 pre-built gaming rig isn’t going to have nearly as much power per dollar spent as a $500 build that you do yourself. Sure, you’re paying the extra so that it’s ready to go right away and you might have a bit more support directly from the company. I can see the value in that. I always would rather get the most bang for my buck and doing a build of your own is definitely the way to go in that regard.

      Always here for whatever as you’re moving forward with your build, there are also a bunch of different pre-built recommendations here on the site, be sure to check those out as well!

  34. Derp Herp says:

    Is this rig enough to run Fortnite on high? I’m on a budget and also want a 144hz monitor for games that requires timing. Thanks for the help 🙂

    • Colton P says:

      It’s good enough to run on high for sure, but not with a 144hz monitor. If you went with a 60hz monitor and wanted to play at 60FPS at high then this is the build to go with. If you want 144+ FPS on high with Fortnite then you’ll need to have better overall specs.

      Let me know if I can help more as you’re moving forward with the build 🙂

  35. Walkerbait says:

    I have just recently bought a new CPU for my PC the ryzen 5 1600 and I don’t think the stock cooler is working well with the processors I have reapplied thermal paste just in case and it helped a little with my temps but not much. When I’m playing Battlefield 1 at ultra my CPU goes about 64C and when encoding a video it went up to 78C. I was wondering if their was a good cooler that I could upgarde to, preferably an air cooler. I have the exact same case as the one listed in the $500 budget build list with an msi b350m gaming pro motherboard. If you could help me out that would be great.

    • Walkerbait says:

      I forgot to mention my CPU is overclock to 3.6 GHz with 1.21 volts … Did not win the silicon lottery this time around.

    • Colton P says:

      Honestly you shouldn’t have anything to worry about. How come you’re worried about 64C? 78C is still okay as well, encoding a video should be expected to increase temps and as long as you’re not going over 80C by a lot then you’re good to go. If you’re still wanting a new cooler then say the word and I’ll show you some that should lower temps but again, it isn’t anything terrible and to worry about. Especially with the gaming side, 64C is fine.

      However if crashes are happening then that’s when you’ll really want to look into extra cooling.

  36. Omar says:

    Will EVGA 500 W1, 80+ WHITE 500W, 3 Year Warranty, Power Supply 100-W1-0500-KR, Black https://amzn.to/2LDXrnf work ?

  37. reBU says:

    I’m not sure what’s going on maybe I am being triggered under your guys spam detection but this will be my 3rd attempt to post using another email address.

    Would it be fine grabbing the 16 GB single stick ram and the 2 TB hard drive with no issues? Also, should I also get a PC/2 or whatever it’s called keyboard or mouse as I plan to install Windows 7 Ultimate as I read it may be needed but I am unsure. I am thinking about getting an additional Hard Drive as a backup, is there a video to help install that and setup? I read the comments over at Amazon that getting the Hard Drive may require me to buy SATA cables is this so?

    Also can I keep the graphic card and motherboard as is as I want to upgrade to Ryzen 5 1600 https://amzn.to/2M3lb0Z strictly for the 12 thread video encode possibilities.

    I currently am using a 2.2 Gz Dual-Core PC from 2008 and I am very positive this custom PC owns mine with 3.9 Gz almost doubles what I got but I don’t understand what the “Processor Count” means and would this also count to faster encode video as mine currently takes about 12-20 hours for a 24 minute clip in very slow settings using filters in H.264 and in 720p. Will this help on the new video encode in H.265 in 1080p with tolerable speed as I can’t image how long it’ll take on my PC to encode using that.

    Last thing, my PC can only play YouTube videos in 480p and lags very much on 720p 60 fps and even worse the higher the resolution. Will this be able to handle that without problems? Sorry for all the questions, this’ll be my second PC.

    Any help and advice for me if you don’t mind as I am ordering this right now as I re-write this but have not pushed to buy as of yet.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey reBU,

      I saw a duplicate, I was busy and was not able to reply right away. That’s my bad!

      Ryzen was created for those types of purposes, it happens to also work ideally for gaming as well. The bump up that you want to go with, the Ryzen 5 1600, is completely compatible with everything else listed here. You’ll see a big boost in encoding time compared to what you’re used to with the old processing power.

      The video card used with this build is going to be a lot better, especially for viewing videos. You won’t have any worries. It’s made for 1080p gaming so 1080p video playback isn’t going to have any lag issues.

      As far as using Windows 7, I don’t think you’ll have issues using a USB keyboard/mouse when setting everything up. I’ve always just used USB peripherals even when booting up with Windows 7. Also, there will be enough SATA cables to where you shouldn’t have to buy extra unless you plan on having more than two hard drives that’ll use them up.

      Always here for whatever else, I was out of town and away from the site for a bit so expect a faster response as you’re moving forward with your build!

      • reBU says:

        Thanks for replying had no clue what was going on but thanks for letting me know what was going on.

        I found out that my Monitor is a Dell S2340M (Analog) https://amzn.to/2M9SLCC but currently using the VGA port (I dunno if it even came with a DVI wire) according to my research it says it’s a DVI-D (Dual Link) type port and looking at it it looks like it on the back of my monitor and wanted to know if I can get a DVI-D (Dual Link) adapter to HDMI of something like so https://amzn.to/2M9SKP4 and I suppose I’d have to buy wires to go with it? Or maybe you could let me know which to get. I’ll be ok with the DVI to DisplayPort also if you don’t mind as I won’t have enough to update my monitor at least this year at least.

        I found out according to this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9ImB56BkY8 that I can install the USB 3.0 program within the Windows 7 iso as it seems there’s been issues using the USB. Do you know about this issue if you don’t mind?

        Thanks for any help once again.

        • Colton P says:

          I’d say to go with a DVI cable instead. It has a very similar level of picture quality to HDMI, I’ve always used DVI and have compared the two and there’s not any real difference. Check out this DVI cable for example. You’ll be able to use it from the video card to your monitor.

          There will be USB 2.0 ports that are usable as well, I’ve never had a problem with installing Windows 7 with USB devices. Maybe you’ll have to start with the USB 2.0 ports before being able to use the 3.0 port after installing the OS.

          I’m curious though, how come you want to use Windows 7? It’s losing support in a couple of years and Windows 10 is awesome. Is it a privacy concern?

          No problem for the help, it’s what I’m here for 🙂

          • reBU says:

            Thanks for your reply, your help and your time to my many questions. I have hopefully one more question to bug you on, this video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pr3w9HKuTL8 has me interested in going for the Ryzen 5 2600 2nd generation (which I didn’t know just came out) instead of my aforementioned 1600 1st generation, my question is can I keep everything else the same? I hope so.

            I’ll get that DVI you linked to. If I upgrade to a higher resolution monitor is that when to think about HDMI / DisplayPort?

            As for your question, the current PC I have used a Windows Vista 32 bit OEM and it’s been almost 2 years since I upgraded to Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate using the USB install (which I believe used the 2.0 version) as I had no issue with it but had serious issues using the DVD.

            I don’t really understand the notion about having no Windows support as coming from Vista which had no support up to some certain year which didn’t affect me at all. Are you guys referring to Windows OS security fixes? As this is the only thing I can think of that could be a issue. There’s a program that lets people install stuff which I was using called WSUS Offline Update

            As for why Windows 7:
            1) Forced Windows Update – This is dreadful to me as I hear others that had trouble getting their system back to work as this will affect me a lot as I tend not to back up my files often especially my video and music which I tag the ID3 tags which take meticulous time to do. The thought of losing all that time is something I don’t want to think about. If I can forever turn it off as I currently do on my Windows 7 (which I haven’t updated in almost a year) the better as I just want it to be like Windows 7.

            2) Privacy Issues – On Windows 7 I turned off as many telemetry as I could in my host file and throughout the OS thxs to more tech savy people and it took some time to turn alot of them off. I hear Windows 10 has even more and it can impact the OS itself if they are turned off which is uncalled for. Also, correct me if I am wrong but I could of sworn they put what looks like ads on the OS which would use my bandwidth and force unneeded resources to my PC. I hate ads.

            3) Potential game compatibility issues – I’m not interested in what I call “treasure hunting” to get certain games to work on that OS. It’s been a lil struggle doing it on Windows 7 looking for old video codec for example for a recent old visual novel game I have and I read there’s a listing of what games don’t work for the OS.

          • Colton P says:

            You’re welcome!

            Right, it’d be better to go with the newer gen, hence why I’ve got the 2200G listed above for this build. Though the 2600 would be more ideal for you for what you’re trying to accomplish with the build.

            In theory, going with a 2600 should work with everything else that is listed above. I’ve read how some motherboards, even though they’re advertised as 2000 ready – like the one above, won’t work right out of the gate with the newer generation CPUs.

            If this happens, it’s a pretty simple process to get a loaner CPU directly from AMD to get the correct update to the motherboard.

            I understand your concerns about Windows 10, I was doing a bunch of research when it first came out and I was debating on getting the upgrade due to the same concerns. Windows updates can be switched to where you have to OK them in order to happen now, they let you toggle all of the different privacy options during installation (but who knows how much of that can be trusted) and as far as game compatibility, I have yet to see a game not work correctly on 10. It’s easy the best gaming OS, though I also don’t have any experience trying to play many of today’s titles on Windows 7 which it may well be entirely possible. As far as ads on the OS, I haven’t seen any personally. Some bloatware for sure but they’re easily removed.

            In the end, it comes down to your personal preference. It’s not like the computer isn’t going to work with Windows 7 and what not. The newer hardware may or may not have some issues but there are always ways around those issues if you really want to go with 7. I only recommend 10 as it’s the newest OS and I personally love it.

          • reBU says:

            I’ve gone and purchased all of the items except the graphic card. I’ve been watching this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0L3OTZ13Os and it’s been really bothering me that potentially Nvidia may still be doing what they doing based on what the researcher there has said. The uploader also has one for Intel and that made me cringe as well which I am glad I went with a Ryzen as my eye has been on them since last year.

            Would this card be acceptable? https://amzn.to/2OIDrOQ Is it even possible with this build? Your thoughts?

          • Colton P says:

            Awesome! I remember some of those issues from the past, all companies have their issues and nVidia definitely has made consistent mistakes, I’ll give you that.

            That card would work fine, fits and would be completely compatible! Looks like you’re all set 🙂

  38. Marc says:

    Uh… I’m back again 😛 what is an ideal upgrade to go for when upgrading this pc with the specs listed above with the build?

    • Colton P says:

      I’d start with the CPU since most of the GPU upgrades are going to bottleneck with the 2200G. I’d go with a Ryzen 5 2600 processor and then after that you could go with typically any GPU, I’d only go for these upgrades when you’re ready for more FPS and/or higher resolution gaming depending on what you’re going after!

  39. Savage says:

    Okay, this is going to be my first PC ever built by my own hands. Im a total novice but I’ll give it a go.Hopefully I don’t break anything. One question I have is what are good speakers with this configuration, and another is will this handle games like World of Tanks, World of Warships, or War Thunder?

  40. Edvard says:

    I hope you’re happy! I just used my savings for 4 years on a pc that can’t even open overwatch. I watched the recommendation video twice while building.

    • Colton P says:

      I edited your comment on that last portion. Rather than lashing out, let’s look at what the problem might be.

      Have you downloaded and installed the correct video card drivers? Sounds like you have it put together correctly if you’re able to see if it can open up Overwatch or not. Is it lagging or it simply won’t open? What exactly is the problem?

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