A $500 gaming PC build is for when you still want a foundation to upgrade from in the future while having solid performance right out of the gate.
When it comes to starting out with a dedicated GPU and being able to game decently well at 1080p, then this is the kind of build to go for. It also provides a foundation for an upgrade path if you ever feel the need for better performance in the future.
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 share what you can expect out of a build like this.
$500 PC Build Part List:
Last Updated: November 22nd, 2023
Case – Zalman S2 ATX Mid Tower Case
You can use Other Mid-Tower Cases as well.
Feel free to reach out in the comments below for help with other case choices and compatibility. 👍
Motherboard – MSI PRO H610M-G LGA 1700 mATX Motherboard
Storage – Silicon Power 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD
Estimated Final Price: $510-$590
A $500 gaming rig today will set you up with solid 1080p gaming performance, extra storage, and an Intel upgrade path.
The RX 6600 8GB card combined with an Intel Core i3-12100F gives you enough performance power for 1080p gaming for most of today’s more demanding AAA titles.
Usually, at this price point, you wouldn’t be able to have this type of GPU – but with the deals right now and how the market currently is… It’s an awesome deal for around the $500 price point.
For the exact price, it’ll depend on the timing of the market so with this configuration you might be a little over the $500 goal – but it’s absolutely the deal to go with if you have some “wiggle room” in your budget.
At high graphics settings at 1080p: You can expect this build to run games like Baldur’s Gate 3 at 65 FPS avg, Counter-Strike 2 at 200 FPS avg, Cyberpunk 2077 at 65 FPS avg, Fortnite at 60 FPS avg, Hogwarts Legacy at 50 FPS avg, and Red Dead Redemption 2 at 85 FPS avg.
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 these are the parts that you should move forward with.
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 specific game performance, different hardware compatibility, or whether or not a different case would work with this build… I’m here to help! 🙂