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.)
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: January 16th, 2019
* = Optional part, final price DOES NOT include optional part.
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 H22
Motherboard – MSI Arsenal Gaming B450M Bazooka
Video Card – ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mini 4GB
Processor – AMD Ryzen 3 2200G
RAM – Crucial 8GB Single DDR4
Hard Drive – Seagate 1TB
Power supply – EVGA 500W B1 80+
* CD Drive (Optional) – Asus 24x DVD-RW
Final Price: $544.90
(Slightly higher price for now due to overpriced RAM/GPU)
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.
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!
We’ve recently changed the motherboard to the newer B450 type of board since the pricing and timing finally makes sense. This means that there won’t need to be any loaner CPUs from AMD or other methods of getting the BIOS to the right version before putting the build together. It’ll work right out of the gate.
Before this update we were using a B350 motherboard which showed “incompatibilities” when using online tools for putting the build together.
This was because the Ryzen 2000 series processors needed a BIOS update before being used but some of the B350 boards on the market had the update handled beforehand. But it was still a “gamble” of sorts when it came to the previous boards and these new 2000 series processors. You no longer need a BIOS update before putting the build together.
These new 2000 series processors from AMD are a step up from the previous generation but for a very similar price point. Higher performance without a cost boost? For sure!
I have changed the computer case to the Thermaltake one simply because it comes with a front USB 3.0 slot and this build can do USB 3.0. It’s ten dollars more expensive than your cheapest computer cases so if you’re really trying to get the best/lowest budget possible for your build then I would suggest grabbing this case instead.
If you want to browse through a bunch of different case choices then Click Here! For the most part, any mid tower case will work fine with this build. Feel free to ask me if you want to know if a specific case will work within the comments area below this post!
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 4GB GTX 1050 Ti will still provide a high enough quality experience with gaming at 1080p. Games like PUBG, Overwatch or Rainbow Six: Siege will still run at a high frame rate at a tweaked high setting.
You’ll want to upgrade the 1050 Ti down the road when you’re looking more into the realm of ultra settings at 1080p and/or if you’re looking into virtual reality gaming as a whole.
There simply isn’t enough video power with a 1050 Ti to be able to handle ultra settings on today’s games as well as VR.
A GTX 1050 Ti will set you off of the budget by a little but if you can afford to do so then you’ll be able to increase your average frame rate with most of today’s titles by about 5-10 FPS more. This isn’t going to be an entirely essential thing to do though since you won’t be seeing much of a difference between 35 and 40 FPS in-game.
I’d suggest upgrading to a GTX 2060 or 2070 when the timing is right and when prices make sense again. Nobody really knows when that will be, hopefully it’ll be sooner rather than later.
Luckily, we’re still able to have enough storage for most of the titles you’d plan to play with this build. You’ll have 1TB worth of storage space and this will ensure that you have enough space for the big titles such as Fallout 4 or Divinity: Original Sin 2!
* When it comes to including a CD drive into your build you need to keep in mind that for new builders, it’ll be an easier process using one since you’ll be able to install your drivers with the CDs that come with the different parts as well as your operating system. You can also find the drivers online as well as boot from a USB drive for the OS as long as you know what you’re doing. Can save a bit of cash by learning how to do so.
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/Mouse – CM 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!
Monitor – Asus 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 – Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64bit
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!
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.