How To Build A Gaming PC For $500

A $500 gaming PC build is for the entry-level of gaming. When it comes to starting out with a dedicated GPU and being able to game well at 1080p right out of the gate, then this is the kind of build to go for.

If you want to know how to build a gaming pc for around a $500 price point then you should follow the part list below. This guide will show you how to go about building it as well as sharing what you can expect out of a build like this.

$500 PC Build Part List:

Gaming Performance

A $500 gaming rig will set you up for being able to run titles at 1080p at decent settings while also being ready to upgrade in a moment’s notice. This build is meant for an entry-level, 1080p gaming experience.

The RX 5500 XT 8GB card combined with a Ryzen 5 2600 gives you enough performance power to have something that will not only perform well in today’s titles but it’ll also stand the test of time for a while!

You should expect to be able to pull an average of 60+ FPS with a tweaked high setting on titles such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, GTA V and Red Dead Redemption 2.

If you’re looking for a starter gaming rig that comes with a dedicated GPU and is meant for a solid 60-100 FPS 1080p gaming experience then this is going to be the build to go for.

How To Build This $500 Gaming PC

I’d highly recommend following something like the video guide below when it comes to putting this PC together. It’s a great guide and it is easy to follow!

There may be some parts that are different from this build in the video embedded below and that’s okay! If there is another part that you don’t understand then you should look through the manual of that part and/or look up other video tutorials as well.

If you find yourself having trouble understanding a certain part then you should always search for the specific part and how to install it on YouTube, there are plenty of videos out there showcasing how each part can be installed.

For example, if you aren’t sure how to install your solid state drive then simply search “How to install a solid state drive into PC” on YouTube and you’ll find plenty of material to follow.

Also, you don’t have to use the above case for your build!

You can use almost any other mid tower case if the above case isn’t your style. Feel free to browse the mid tower cases on Amazon and if you find one that you think you’d like to use, link it to me in the comments below and I’ll be able to let you know if it’d work or not.

After putting your rig together, you’ll need to install your operating system, drivers and other software. You’ll also need to get connected online.

There are a couple of posts here on the site that you should read up on if you need to know how to install your operating system as well as getting connected online.

Click the buttons below to learn how to install Windows 10 and get an internet connection with your build!

Have Any Questions?

Feel free to reach out to me in the comments area below if you have any questions about the build, I’m all ears!

From hardware compatibility to whether or not a different case would work with this build… I’m here to help! 🙂

2 thoughts on “How To Build A Gaming PC For $500”

    • Eventually the prices will go down, Andrew. It’s going to be a good while yet, but when they do – keep an eye out and save up! It’ll be an awesome build for sure! 🙂


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