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: February 10th, 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

 MotherboardMSI B350 PC MATE

¬†Video Card –¬†ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1050 2GB

¬†Processor –¬†AMD Ryzen 3 1200

¬†¬†RAM¬†‚ÄstCrucial 8GB Single DDR4

Hard Drive –¬†Seagate 1TB

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

Power supply –¬†EVGA 500W 80+

 

Final Price: $573.19

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

 

Build Details


A note about the pricing, I know that this is almost $100 over the $500 budget range but these are the most optimal parts that you’d want to have a high quality experience.

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 $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. 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.

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!

Because of current GPU pricing, you’ll have to start out with a 2GB GTX 1050, for now.

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 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.

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! 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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6,296 Responses to Best Gaming PC Build Under $500 Dollars, This PC Will OWN in 2018!

  1. Eric says:

    Nothing works. I’ve checked the connections, tried the screwdriver power on, nothing works. And since it’s my first build I have no idea what to do. Sucks. And I know it’s something I did.

    • Colton P says:

      It’s usually a small mistake, with my first build it took hours for me to see that I didn’t have the processor plugged in as well as making sure the power supply switch was on.

      Are you using the above video as a step-by-step guide?

      • Eric says:

        Turns out the processor was dead on arrival. Got my refund and have a new one now. One thing I have to point out though, the motherboard is really finicky about ram. It prefers two at a time rather than just one stick.

        • Colton P says:

          How do you mean that it prefers two sticks? Was it just that you needed to use a different slot? Motherboard’s manuals will show which slot will work best for what you’re using.

          Everything up and running now though, right?

  2. ameyai says:

    Does it not need cooling?

  3. ameyai says:

    What would you recommend for speakers, and does the case have ports on the back for the network adapter?

    • Colton P says:

      Depends on your budget, I’m currently using the Z323 speakers from Logitech – I’ve been using them for over a year and they have excellent sound quality. Otherwise you could look for some cheaper alternatives or more expensive if you’re wanting to go all in with your speakers?

      Also yes, there are USB ports for the above network adapter as well as a port for an ethernet cable in the back of the case from the motherboard. You can also go with an internal network adapter if you wanted to, there’s room for it.

      Let me know what you decide to go with!

  4. alex says:

    Hey is this ram compatible with this pc build?
    A-Tech Hynix 32GB Kit 8x 4GB PC3-10600 1.5V For HP ProLiant BL465C G7 SL210T G8 DL385 G7 SL270S G8 DL170E G6 SL4540 G8 BL2X220C G6 BL2X220C G7 BL420C G8 BL460C G8 BL490C G7 BL620C G7 Memory RAM

  5. Xavier Gallinares says:

    Im looking to stream with this pc by using my ps4 and ps4 remote play. Is this pc Strong enough to stream with?

  6. xavier gallinares says:

    any other monitor options? under 100$ please

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