For $500 you can build a gaming pc much better than the consoles. For 500 dollars, this pc will play any game at 1080p high to ultra settings without breaking a sweat and will be still upgradable in future.
The next gen consoles are no match for this. Although PS4 and Xbox one are cheaper but for a $100 more you can build a more future proof pc. This pc can play any game on ultra setting at 1080p with 40-50 fps and on high settings with 60-70 fps. I named it “KILLER” cause it kills every console easily.
This pc uses one of the best budget gaming cpu and gpu along with the best components out there in the market. I update it time to time to make it best bang for the buck and if you have any doubts then you can ask me in the comment section.
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Following is the list of the components that you will need to build the best gaming computer for $500.
Intel Core i3 7100
For the processor I chose the Intel Core i3 dual core 7100 cpu which is a little faster than the i3 6100 which I used previously.
Well there isn’t a large difference between the i3 6100 and 7100. The only difference you will find will be in the rendering applications only and not in gaming. Gaming wise both are similar but due to the fact that both the processors are right now costing the same, it’s better to choose a newer generation with latest technology.
Games like Bf4, witcher 3, Doom, tomb raider will run at full potential with the graphics card I chose for this build which you will find in this list later on and you will easily be able to achieve 60 fps with high settings at 1080p in almost every game. This processor is very capable and can deliver very good performance even with a high end card like gtx 1060 or Rx 480.
With i3 7100 you will also get more future proofing of your build and the chance of using fast ddr4 memories. DDR4 memories are clocked higher and the more higher clocked memories you will use the more performance you will get with higher end graphics cards as illustrated by DigitalFoundry youtube channel. I3 7100 gives equal performance to i5’s when compared in Gpu intensive games and perform very close in CPU intensive games too. With 2 cores and 4 threads you will not have any problem in running any game unlike the pentium processors which only have 2 cores.
This chip is clocked at 3.9Ghz which is really insane for an entry level cpu and is a huge jump from the previous generations and with 14 nm architecture it’s even more power efficient. For entry level rigs or mid end rigs, this cpu will deliver great performance and will remove any possible bottlenecks even when combined with a high end gpu.
Gigabyte H110 GA-H110M-S2H
For motherboard I chose the Gigabyte H110M-S2H motherboard which is very cheap right now and supports all the components which we have on this list. You should really don’t spend a lot on motherboards as the basic purpose of a motherboard is to only connect the components. Previously I used the Gigabyte H110M-A which is right now $10 more costly but this motherboard has an advantage of 8 pin cpu power port for better power supply to the cpu in case you upgrade your cpu to either an i5 7600K or i7 7700K.
I have even included this motherboard in my Best motherboards under $100. For budget builds, this motherboard with chipset h110 is the cheapest of all and has 2 dimm slots that supports upto 32Gb of memory. This is very basic and you will get only one PCI E x 16 slot for graphics cards, a few USB 3 ports and Sata 3 ports. But it suits this build perfectly as you are not using an unlocked processor and it won’t break our budget.
Gigabyte produces some of the best durable and reliable motherboards and you will have excellent audio quality features as well. For Ram it can support ddr4 memories clocked upto 2133Mhz. So don’t go for highly overclocked memories. It cannot support overclocking much.
Specs and Features:-
- CPU: LGA1151; Chipset: Intel H110 Express
- Memory: 2x DDR4-2133 DIMM Slots, Dual Channel, ECC, Non-ECC, Unbuffered, Max Capacity of 32GB
- Slots: 1x PCI-Express 3.0 x16 Slot, 2x PCI-Express 2.0 x1 Slots
- SATA: 4x SATA3 Ports
- Ports: 4x USB 3.0/2.0 Ports (2 rear, 2 via header), 8x USB 2.0/1.1 Ports (4 rear, 4 via headers), 1 x PS/2 Mouse Port, 1x PS/2 Keyboard Port, 1x VGA Port, 1x DVI-D Port, 1x HDMI Port, 1x RJ45 LAN Port, Audio I/O Jacks
- Form Factor: MicroATX
Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB
For memory I chose a single stick of 8gb ddr4 memory which are clocked at 2400Mhz. As the motherboard supports memory clocked upto 2133Mhz it will be automatically downclocked to 2133Mhz. The reason I have to choose this over the 2133Mhz ram is the cost. Right now it’s $15 cheaper than the 2133Mhz ram from other brands which is a huge gap.
For every game you only require no more than 6gb to run it smoothly. 8gb is more than enough for the next 2 years and will never bottleneck. As this brand is renowned and trusted, this memory stick is really worth the money and will provide you a lifetime warranty.
As compared to the ddr3 memories, ddr4 are even faster and are clocked at higher frequencies. The power consumption is also lower than those ddr3 sticks i.e., 1.25V as compared to 1.5V. It makes ddr4 memories more powerful and more power efficient.
EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti SC GAMING
The gtx 1050 ti is the newest card from Nvidia launched in the last week of October. This card costs $150 and is cheapest of all. The other versions are expensive but the performance is just as same as this one.
This one is superclocked version and comes with factory overclocked PCB. So you will get a little boost in gaming. If you want to play all the games on high settings at 1080p with 60fps, then there is not a single card in this price range that can beat it.
The RX 460 4gb version is easily defeated by this card and it gives a good competition to the last maxwell generation card gtx 960 which cost $200. In this price range you are not only getting a very decent 1080p graphics card but also a compact card which can be fit into any mid tower or mini ITX case as well.
It doesn’t even require a single 6 pin power connector as it takes all the power from the PCIE X 16 slot which makes it a very power efficient and a budget friendly gpu as you don’t have to spend a lot on power supply.
Games like Overwatch, CSGO and battlefield 4 can be played on ultra with constant 60+fps with no issue. So some older titles and newer casual games can be maxed out and if you like to max out any newer game or graphical intensive game like the witcher 3, DOOM or Rise of the tomb raider, then you can expect fps somewhat around 40-50 which is completely playable. And with a little bit of tweaks, fps can reach to 60.
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Western Digital 1TB
1Tb of storage is enough for storing several games and applications at the same time. You can easily store your games installation and installed files as well as your applications, movies etc. Western digital is the best brand to go with and provides 2 years of warranty. This hard drive runs at a speed of 7200rpm and has 64mb of cache which makes it run more faster. As the games are becoming huge, 1tb is necessary.
EVGA 500 W1 80+ 500 watts
Calculating the TDP of all the above components, your system will not consume much power and all you need is a 300 watts of reliable power supply. But for further upgrades and eliminating complete bottleneck, I have chosen EVGA 500 watts 80+ W1 power supply which is reliable and has trusted by millions of users.
The Tdp of gtx 1050 ti is just 75 watts so there is no problem is supplying power to it and the total power draw won’t be more than 200 watts at all. It will also allow you to upgrade your system further if you want to without any problems. You can add more hard drives, SSd’s or fans in future. 80+ power supplies are much power efficient and this psu will give you a minumum of 80% efficiency at 100% load.
Rosewill TYRFING ATX Mid Tower
I absolutely loved this case when I saw it first time. I was very much surprised when I saw it’s price below $50. For mere $40, this case is a revolution and the best bang for buck for budget gamers. I find no con in this case.
It has a transparent side panel through which you can see all of the interiors of your build and the material quality is better than any mid tower at this price. I never heard of this case before but for a build like this, this case is just a beauty and gives you all the features like Full ATX motherboard support, tool free HDD bays, Good amount of cooling options and much more.
The top of the case has 2 USB 2.0 ports and 1 USB 3.0 ports. The case also features a dust filter at the bottom of the PSU mount area for dust free system. The cut outs for cable routing are big enough for the 24 pin power connector to reach to the motherboard easily as well as there is a small cut out at the top for routing the CPU power cable.
The case looks simple but yet the features are exceptional at this price. I cannot recommend a better quality case than this one. A must buy for every budget gamer.
- Type: ATX Mid Tower
- Motherboard Compatibility: Micro ATX/ATX/Mini-ITX
- External 5.25″ Drive Bays: 2
- Internal 3.5″ Drive Bays: 3 (0), Internal 2.5″ Drive Bays: 0 (3)
- Expansion Slots: 7
- 1 x USB 3.0/2 x USB 2.0/Audio
- 120mm Fans: 2 x Front (1 pre-installed), 3 x Top (optional), 1 x Rear (pre-installed)
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