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! ūüôā 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. ūüėČ

So let’s get down to it.

How would an individual go about building a custom gaming computer for under $500? Seems impossible, right?

WRONG. Sure the initial price of a gaming computer can be spendy, but that’s the whole point of getting this particular build for this price. This build will run games much smoother and much faster than the Xbox One or the PS4!

Also if you don’t have all of the money required to get the full build then that’s fine! For me, I bought each part as I could afford them and then once I had every part with me I watched a video tutorial on how to build a computer while I was actually building my computer. Building the computer while watching the video helped out a TON.

Honestly, the video that best explains the process of building a custom computer is on Newegg TV. In the video, Paul from Newegg shows you step by step how to build a computer from scratch! The video is below so when you go to build your gaming computer you can just bookmark this post and refer to it here if you’d like!


How To Build A Computer

Be sure to follow this video 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! ūüėõ


Optimal Hardware For A $500 Budget


Last Updated: November 24th, 2017


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 –¬†MSI ProSeries¬†PRO-VDH¬†B350

Video¬†Card –¬†MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB

¬†Processor –¬†AMD Ryzen 3 1200

¬†RAM¬†‚ÄstCorsair 8GB Single DDR4

Hard Drive –¬†Seagate 1TB

asus¬†CD Drive –¬†Asus 24x DVD-RW

Power supply –¬†EVGA 500W 80+


Final Price: $553.70

(Higher price for now due to overpriced RAM)


Build Details

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 $514 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.

500 dollar ryzen pc build

At a $500 budget, the Ryzen 3 1200 is the ideal CPU to go with.

A quick note about the CPU, the stock cooler that the Ryzen 3 1200 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!

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!

Although small in size, the GTX 1050 Ti actually packs a powerful punch!

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 Ti.¬†The 1050 Ti¬†is an amazing¬†card and right now it’s at a very low price, I’d grab it while it’s still at this current price point of¬†around $140!

Seriously though, with the performance of it… well I had¬†a Radeon HD 7770 with my last build and this card owns¬†the performance of my previous card. I was¬†able to run Skyrim at max texture settings no AA and Dragon Age: Inquisition at tweaked med-highish settings. This would have been an epic upgrade from¬†my last¬†build!

Luckily, this build is pretty beast and will handle the epicness of the PC gaming world for a bit. 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 Star Wars Battlefront!

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.

cm-storm-devastator-ii-reviewKeyboard/MouseCM Storm Devastator II

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! ūüėõ


Operating System And Internet Connection

Choosing an operating system is entirely up to you. Windows 10 costs about $90 and nobody really wants to dish out that kind of cash for an operating system. You could always throw Linux on your computer for the time being until you save enough money or figure out a way to get Windows 10 for free on a burnt disk.

Linux is a free open source operating system and Steam works pretty well with it but not every game has been moved over to the Linux OS.

I will not show you how to get Windows for free simply because I do not promote piracy or illegal downloads in any way shape or form. But like I said above, it is entirely up to you. Google it if you really want to pirate Windows.

If you do decide to go with Windows, make sure that you grab the 64bit version so that you will be able to use all 8GB of your RAM.

A wireless network adapter is an optional PC part but it allows you to access your internet wirelessly through small antennas that stick out of the back of your PC.

Just plug em’ in, install the drivers and then you’re all set for accessing your internet.

Below are links to a network adapter that is suitable for Windows 10 and to the Windows 10 64bit operating system.

windows 10 64bit¬†Windows 10 64bit –¬†Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64bit

81CsUmlJ+iL._SL1500_¬†USB Wireless Network Adapter –¬†Panda 300Mbps Wireless N USB Adapter

Now I know that I usually recommend going with a broadband PCI express wireless network adapter but right now there are none on the market that I know of that are compatible with Windows 10. It seems like many people are upgrading to Microsoft’s new OS and so it is important to make sure that you have something that is going to be compatible.

Based on the reviews on Amazon for the product, it has a great connection to wifi!


To Conclude

If you’re looking for a 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! ūüėÄ


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6,172 Responses to Best Gaming PC Build Under $500 Dollars, This PC Will OWN in 2018!

  1. Walker bait says:

    I have a question will the battery you have listed work well with the GPU selected and the Ryzen 1300x CPU?

  2. Dennis Trom says:

    Hi, Question, do I buy the computer package from you or do I buy where ever. Also if I buy from you is there any guarantee.

    Thanks Dennis

    • Colton P says:


      You’re not buying this build from me specifically, you’ll be buying the parts from Amazon using the above links. You can then work with Amazon’s customer service for anything you need, which they work very well if a part were to come DOA and what not they’ll work with you!

  3. Dennis Trom says:

    Hi again, I ordered the parts I needed but the Video Card MSI
    Gel Force GTX 1050 Ti 4GB was not stock. Do you have another option. Appreciate your time efforts.


  4. Danny V. says:

    I’ve been reading through a bunch of the other comments and stuff so I’m pretty sure that you mentioned this before, but exactly how upgradeable would this build be? This will be my first build so I don’t really know too much about what parts are compatible to just upgrade or if I’d have to replace another part to upgrade something as well. I’m only really wondering because on the pcgamer website, they state that their $500 build has fairly limited upgrade options for the future.

    • Colton P says:

      There is plenty of room for upgrading. The processor can be upgraded quite higher and the video card you’ll be able to go up really as much as you want. You just want to avoid bottlenecking issues if your CPU can’t handle the upgraded GPU power and vice versa.

      You’ll also want to make sure that you have enough power going to the parts which you will unless you’re going for the extreme, top of the line upgrades down the road.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hi, so I bought all the parts for this and installed and connected everything. But whenever I plug it in the only thing I see that’s on is a light on top of the case. Do you know what’s wrong?

  6. Walkerbait says:

    I had a question for you? Which type of Solid State Drive would you recommend i use. I am only looking for something to install the Windows 10 os on and I didnt know what the best option for the 120gb drive would be better in your Opinion

  7. zioncobanie says:

    So i’ve looked at this build and I was thinking if I should buy an cooler for the cpu.
    And since theres no cooler in the list,
    Is then it really needed that you have an cooler voor the cpu?
    and if yes can you reccomand one?

    • Colton P says:


      A stock cooler with come with the CPU and it’s more than enough for it. You’ll even be able to have a slight overclock with it so no need for getting an aftermarket cooler unless you planned on doing a heavy overclock to the CPU.

  8. Toby Bates says:

    Hello! Sad to say I got a faulty motherboard and that was the reason my computer wasn’t working, but happy to say I finally got a new (better) motherboard and fixed it! It seems to be running really well though I’ve only tried it with a few games. It did cost way over initial budget. But thanks anyways!

    • Colton P says:

      That happens, it’s once in a blue moon but it happens. Hopefully Amazon was able to get you a replacement/refund? They are usually easy to work with on situations like that.

      The market is weird right now, hopefully the prices will go back to a better state sooner rather than later. Glad that you’re digging the build!

  9. Joe R says:

    Hey Colton,

    I have built the computer everything is running, but the audio.
    The audio works on the monitor, but isn’t working on the desktop front or back inputs. I know for a fact my headset works. What should I do?

  10. Ray Mealer says:

    Are there any extra wires needed to hook everything up inside the case

  11. Ray Mealer says:

    Also my Amazon total came up to like 760 are there any links to any cheaper ones so I can get the amount lower any help would be appreciated for the same parts

    • Colton P says:

      The market is at a weird place right now, you’ll have a hard time finding lower prices. Nobody knows when prices will go down or if they ever will. You could also check out other marketplaces for sure such as Newegg.

  12. Walkerbait says:

    I was wondering if this ram( Will work with this motherboard(

  13. Erik says:

    Hey man how does this look? Would it bottleneck? Don’t know much about computers so this would help lots. Thanks!

    • Colton P says:

      Nope, you wouldn’t see any bottlenecking issues with the 1200 until you get past the 1070. You’d be good to go!

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

  14. Jacob Bova says:

    So I used this build and when I powered on it started. The problem is it comes up with the ‚Äúreboot and select proper boot device‚ÄĚ message. How do I fix this?

    • Colton P says:

      You need to install an operating system to use the PC! Did you follow the above video as a guide? There is a section that goes over how to install your OS.

      Let me know!

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