Build the best $500 Gaming PC in 2017

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.

If you want to learn how to build a gaming pc from scratch you can get my guide from Here.

Following is the list of the components that you will need to build the best gaming computer for $500.

Processor

Intel Pentium G4600

Price=$89.25

Intel Pentium G4600

For the processor I chose the Intel Pentium G4600 dual core hyperthreaded processor instead of i3 7100 which I used previously because of several reasons

Also see:- best budget gaming processors and best gaming cpu’s.

The first reason was the price:- The i3 7100 costs $20 more.

The second reason is the similar specs:- The i3 7100 and the G4600 are both dual core processors with 4 threads. The only difference is the clock speed. The Pentium G4600 sits at 3.6Ghz and the i3 7100 at 3.9Ghz. So I don’t find spending $20 more on i3 7100 reasonable because that amount can make a big difference if invested in a better graphics card or memory.

As this is the budget build, the i3 7100 wouldn’t have done very good when compared to the Pentium G4600. In almost any game, both are almost the same when combined with any gpu. However, the i3 7100 is faster in rendering applications but this pc is of course not meant for that. A pc on a budget of $500 must be more gpu dependent that on cpu and I did the same.

The Pentium G4600 is among the first pentium processors ever released from intel’s side that are hyperthreaded that act like core i3’s. And Intel did this only for attracting the gamers community and well, they did succeed. This processor is cheaper and has kabylake architecture based on 14nm lithograhpy.

Well, specs don’t say anything. The performance says everything. The Pentium G4600 ties in every game when compared with i3 7100 and that makes it better for the price and can handle any graphics card from low end to mid-high end.

 


Motherboard

MSI Pro Series Intel B250M PRO-VD

Price=$65.99

MSI Pro Series Intel B250M PRO-VD

For motherboard I chose the Intel MSI B250M PRO-VD 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 was to support the skylake processors but as this motherboard is a B250 chipset motherboard, it has more SATA ports and better overall features.

Nonetheless, the best feature is that it supports all the kabylake processors and as we are using the pentium G4600, it will be good for basic overclocking and will be enough for upgrading to higher processors like i5 7600K and i7 7700K.

This motherboard is one of the best motherboards under $100. For budget builds, this motherboard with chipset B250 is the cheapest of all and has 2 dimm slots that supports upto 32Gb of memory clocked at 2400mhz/2133Mhz. This is very basic but you will get one PCI E x 16 slot for graphics cards, 2x PCI E x 1 slots, a few USB 3 ports and 6x Sata 3 ports.

One of the best feature is the presence of the M.2 Slot for NVME ssd and I hope you know that NVME SSD is the fastest SSD present today and the chipsets like H110 or B150 do not support them. It’s a premium feature that is found among the best motherboards with chipsets like Z170 or Z270. So, here you are getting some upgradability support for making your computer blazing fast.

Specs and Features:-

  • Supports 7th/6th Gen Intel Core/Pentium/Celeron processors for LGA 1151 socket
  • Supports DDR4-2400/2133Mhz Memory, upto 32Gb
  • Turbo M.2; Intel Optane Memory Ready
  • PCI slots: 1x Pcie x 16, 2x Pcie x 1
  • 6x Sata 3 ports, 4x USB 3.0 ports, 1x DVI, 1x VGA port.
  • Easy Debug LED
  • Double ESD Protection

 


Memory

Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB

Price=$59.00

Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB Single DDR4 2400
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.

 


Graphics card

ASUS ROG STRIX Radeon Rx 470 4GB OC

Price=$149.99(With $20 rebate this month)

ASUS ROG STRIX Radeon Rx 470 4GB OC

The RX 470 4gb is one of the Rx series cards which falls in between the RX 460 and RX 480. The RX 470 is much faster than the gtx 1050 ti which I used in this build previously. Both the gtx 1050 ti and RX 470 are right now similar in price when we see some of the brands that produce these cards. Although you can get a gtx 1050 ti cheaper but buying a RX 470 will still keep the budget under control and around $500.

I always select graphics card according to all the conditions like compatibility, performance bottlenecks, upgradability etc. This card will be perfect match for our Pentium G4600 and will be powered by our selected psu as well as will fit perfectly in the case.

The card requires 1x 6 pin power connector from the power supply and consumes around 150 watts max when pushed to it’s limit. As the card is the OC edition, it comes factory overclocked and gives a small boost in games. As for the power consumption, you don’t have to worry, the power supply in the list will handle it easily.

This card is not just an entry level card but actually a solid 1080p card which can play all the games on ultra settings. Some games will not get you 60+fps maxed out settings but if you lower some settings down, I am sure you will be close to 60 without any problem. This card unlike the RX 460 is not weak as it seems in between the RX 460 and RX 480. It’s pretty close to the RX 480. It easily beats the Gtx 960, R9 380 and R9 380X which were previous generation cards that costed even more.

 


Also see:-

Graphics cards rebates

Storage

Western Digital 1TB

Price=$49.99

WD Blue 1TB Desktop

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.

 


Power Supply

EVGA 500 W1 80+ 500 watts

Price=$39.99

EVGA 500

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 max power consumption of RX 470 is just 150 watts so there is no problem is supplying power to it and the total power draw won’t be more than 300 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 minimum of 80% efficiency at 100% load.

 


Case

Rosewill TYRFING ATX Mid Tower 

Price=$42.02

Rosewill TYRFING ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case

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.

Features:-

  • 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)

Also See:- Best mid tower cases

 


TOTAL=$495.45

 

 

Sarfraz

I am an engineer and a certified Hitech computer technician who loves to play CSGO. But this is not what else I love. I love to dive into the computer hardware and same goes for you. That's why you are here! AND YES IGNORE MY BAD ENGLISH:)

  • Adrien

    Hey I just noticed that your Amazon link to buy the Killer entirely doesn’t contain the power supply , is it normal ?

    • By mistake I put the wrong ASIN of the power supply. But now it’s fixed 🙂

      • Adrien

        Thanks ! Really useful article ! 😀

  • Old

    Hey, For this PC build is there any WIFI built in or do I need to buy a wireless adapter?

    • The motherboard ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 doesn’t have inbuilt wifi adapter. You need to buy one. This one is cheap: http://amzn.to/1RFQSYI

      • Old

        Thank you very much!

  • James Fenner

    Hey guys I like this computer but I need a graphics card that can handle 3 screens?

  • Worded Ostrich1

    Hi, i am planning to get introduced to pc gaming, most of the option ive seen are very expensive, but this seems like a great deal, i am planning on buying this pc, but i would like to know, will it run games like csgo call of duty and gta v at 1080p and ultra settings? Thanks

    • This pc can run Cs go at ultra but call of duty bo3 and gta V can be played easily on high settings at 1080p with decent frame rates.

  • Worded Ostrich1

    thanks for the article, i am actually getting this pc!!!! it is going to be my first gaming pc, i will have to save some money so i can pay it, i added a few things that were not include like a ventilation system, after i get it i will leave another comment talking about the pc

  • Worded Ostrich1

    can this run fallout 4?

  • Umer Saif

    hello brother kindly tell me does this motherboard support gigabyte gtx 970 or 980? and do i need to install a cooler as wel?

    • This motherboard can support gtx 970, 980, 980 ti, titan, r9 390 and every graphics card that uses pci e x 16 slot.

      If you overclock the processor then you will need a custom cooler like cooler master hyper 212 evo or similar.

  • Worded Ostrich1

    will the processor work with windows 10 and a 2 tb hard drive? if not, what is a cheap processor that runs windows 10 and a 2 tb hard drive disk?

    • It will work fine. Any dual core processor will be ok with windows 10.

      • Worded Ostrich1

        thanks, is it compatible with the 2 tb hard drive too?

        • It’s totally fine with any hard drive

          • Worded Ostrich1

            thanks!!!

  • Fernando Navalón

    How many FPS would Minecraft?

  • Umer Saif

    thanks alot brother for ur fast reply.one thing i would like to also mention here is that i have seen many people complaining that there cps heat up alot while playing very high games and its very harmful.is this common and is there a sol to it?

    • Yes. If you overclock your cpu then temperature goes very high especially of those amd cpu’s. But sometimes they heat without overclocking which may be the result of dried thermal paste or dust filled in heatsink. Keep a constant eye on these things and also buy a custom cooler if cpu heats very much.

  • Umer Saif

    bro i am new to gaming and want to build a pc that can run all the latest games on max on 1080p. so for this all ur 500dollars pc build requirements u have mentioned are good except 2 things. i personally think to use an intel i5 instead of amd and use a better graphics card like gtx 970.is my opionion right kindly tell me and also tell me which i5 should i use and which card should i use for best 1080 experience.

    • If you want a decent gaming experience, then yes you need a better graphics card but the processor in this build is also very good. With i5 sure you can get 2-5 fps more but the price is much more. So I suggest you to go with gtx 960 or R9 380. Both are good for high to ultra settings at 1080p. And if you want an intel PC you can checkout my latest $600 gaming build in which I have used i5 6400.
      http://www.xtremegaminerd.com/600-dollar-gaming-build/

  • Umer Saif

    or instead of wasting more money i can go for i3-6100 for best 1080p experience at less money

  • Umer Saif

    just tell me the best requirements for 1080p gaming at 60fps keeping budget at about 500-600 dollars thanks alot

  • Worded Ostrich1

    will this work with a gtx 950 xtreme?

  • Al Xa

    First off I have this computer at home: http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/asus-asus-m32bf-desktop-pc-brushed-grey-black-amd-a10-7800-2tb-hdd-12gb-ram-windows-10-m32bf-us004t/10406548.aspx?path=40014ef446f6d3f2820a35b99de190fden02

    Is it better to upgrade it
    Or return it and build you ‘killer’ PC for the same money?

    Also, can a complete noob in PC building like me fully build this computer? I have never build the computer and don’t know what to do.

    • If you are a gamer then The PC you mentioned in the link is no where powerful enough to play games. You need to have a good graphics card in order to play the games. The A10 7800 is a good processor but it will make you unable to upgrade. Although it’s fine and if you can buy a graphics card separately then it’s good for you. But as you said you can return it, then if you can get all of your money back then I recommend building a new one by yourself. It’s easy as 1,2,3. You just have to watch some tutorials and that’s it. Or you can get my guide if you want more information on building PC’s.

  • Marc Reyes

    Hey Sarfraz! I’m looking to build a budget PC that will be able to handle things like AutoCAD or Solidworks. I also play a lot of Starcraft 2. The newer expansions have increased the load on my laptop, and it’s no longer cutting it. (I have a first gen Lenovo Yoga w/ i7 and 8gbs of ram, only problem is it has integrated intel graphics). Would this build be able to handle Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void on High or Ultra settings without much framerate drop? Thanks!

    • Hi Marc, This PC can handle all things you mentioned without any problem. The graphics card gtx 950 is ready for all these applications and games.

  • Al Xa

    Also can this PC handle 2-3 monitors? As I can’t see the 3 plugs for the monitors.

    Also can you do the same list for the Canadian website. As Canadians cant buy from Amazon.com.

    • The gtx 950 can easily support 3 monitors but you cannot play games on all 3 as it’s not that much powerful. For canadian people I have already put the link auto forward to amazon.ca for each component.

  • rainbowsteve

    Is this all I need besides a wireless adapter? This is my first one ever and I’m scared. How do I get Windows and stuff?

    • Yep. For windows you have to buy one from amazon or other marketplace. There is nothing to be scared of. Building pc is simple. There are a lot of tutorials on youtube. Just search how to assemble a pc and thats it.

  • Al Xa

    MSI ATX DDR3 2133 Motherboard 970 GAMING will this motherboard work better?

    It comes in a set with Amd Fx 6300 3.5Ghz hex core, and Seagate Barracuda 1 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST1000DM003.

    It looks like a good deal for 360 CAD. Everything now is more expensive with Canadian Dollar. This pc now costs almost 700$.

    Also what other towers could work for this build?
    And how many watts i need for this. Do i need to buy more just in case?
    And is the cooler included with the CPU?
    Should I also get more RAM so i will not upgrade it later? Or is it cheaper just to add more if you need it?

    Thank you I like how you care for people who read your blog.

    • Thanks for the appreciation Al Xa.
      If you are getting the Msi 970 Gaming motherboard at a cheaper price, then it’s good for you otherwise I don’t recommend paying too much for motherboards.
      “Also what other towers could work for this build?”
      – Any mid tower that supports Micro ATX form factor motherboard will be good for this build.

      “And how many watts i need for this. Do i need to buy more just in case?”
      -You just need 500 watts of power supply. no more than required. It’s enough even for further upgrades.

      “And is the cooler included with the CPU?”
      -Yes the Fx 6300 comes with a Stock cooler. But if you want to overclock then buy a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO.

      “Should I also get more RAM so i will not upgrade it later?”
      -8gb ram is enough. Don’t take any concern about memory shortage. You can either buy 2x4gb sticks or 1x8gb stick, it won’t make any difference.

      “Do you think its better to upgrade from 2 gb graphics to 4 gb?”
      -I don’t think so. Because the gpu in the build can use 2gb efficiently and it will be enough for 1080p gaming. only higher end graphics cards are good with more VRAM.

  • Jeno Caballes

    Is it okay to change the ram into this? Kingston HyperX Fury 8GB DDR3 1866MHz Long DIMM (Red) Set of 2? and is it okay to change the GPU to Zotac GTX960 DC2OC 2GB Single Fan Graphic Card/Asus Strix GTX960 DC2OC 2GB Graphic Card?. I’d appreciate if you will reply 🙂 thank you

    • If you want to change the graphics card’s brand from EVGA to Zotac or Asus, it’s ok. But for Ram, don’t go beyond 1600Mhz memory sticks as the motherboard can support only upto 1600Mhz.

      • Jeno Caballes

        Thank you so much sir 🙂

  • Murad Mansoor

    Sir can u plz suggest a pkr 50000 gaming build from parts available ate czone.com.pk

    • GPU: GIGABYTE GV-R7 360 OC-2GD : Rs 12,800
      CPU: Intel Core i3 6100 : Rs 12,500
      MOBO: Asus H110M-D D3 Intel LGA1151 Motherboard: Rs 6,700
      RAM: Corsair Value Select Memory — 8GB (1x8GB) DDR4 2133MHz : Rs 3,450
      HDD: Seagate barracuda 1TB: Rs 5,350
      PSU: Corair VS 450 watts: Rs 4,300
      CASE: Cooler Master K-Series K350: Rs 5,000

      Total = Rs 50,100

      • Murad Mansoor

        You are the best!! Thanku so much sir… ??

      • Murad Mansoor

        Will this build run all the games as in your killer pc build?

  • Chicken America

    Hey sarfraz I have a question
    In the desc it doesnt say if it has a video port
    Also some more questions
    1. as i said earlier
    2. can it get add on usb ports both 2.0 and 3.0 or will i need attachments?
    3. Im getting into youtube gaming, will this be a good startup for that?

    • Well I didn’t get the first two questions but for the third one. It’s good for startup as you can play any game at 1080p.

  • Nabeel Butt

    Do i have to buy windows 10 pro ?

    • Windows 7 is much better in my opinion. must Easy to operate and can be upgraded to windows 10 for free.

  • Darth_Se7en

    Will this build be able to record Overwatch at 60FPS w/ high-medium to high(est) settings? If not, is there anything I can change to make it able to? (For example, I’ll definetely be getting 16 gigs of RAM instead of 8)

    • It will play overwatch on ultra settings at 60fps even while recording. No problem for this build.

      • Darth_Se7en

        Really? I’ve heard that most $500 builds can only usually do that at around medium settings… but it’d be gr8 if this one could do it all w/ ultra settings. Has it been “testing” as to being able to do that? (though I take your word for it that it can record Overwatch well: might just go ahead and buy this build right now!)

        • Take my word. If it couldn’t do that, I will remove this post permanently.

  • Adam Abu saleh

    Do I need to buy anything else other than these things in the list to start playing?

    • Other than these, you need monitor, mouse, keyboard and then you can start playing. That’s it.

  • FakeBeard

    I think it’s really cool you bother to reply to everyone.
    here’s an unrelated question.
    I’m buying all the components in amazon us and will deliver to me via privvate currier.
    will the static from the plane damage any of the components? specially the motherboard, processor and gpu.
    thanks in advance.

    • Well, get your components well packed. That’s it. I don’t think there is any risk in airplane.

  • Goalerjones

    Will the $500 build have wireless Internet capabilities? And if not, what would it take to have that?

    • You have to buy one wireless adapter separately. You can get a cheap one as low as $14.

  • Adam Abu saleh

    Will this run Skyrim with maximum settings smoothly? (also using HD modes)
    Also is it possible to check somewhere (a website or something) what can this build run and what it cant?

    • yes. But I don’t know any game which it can’t run.

  • Adam Abu saleh

    Can you please suggest different cases for this build? I need something available in my country

  • Guest

    quick question

    can the RX 480 gpu work with the motherboard/case? i wanna change the gpu to something with 4gb vram

    • yes RX 480 will work with this motherboard/case. But be sure you don’t buy it if the price is over $250. And be sure to check about it’s PCI E slot frying problem. As AMD claimed, they have fixed it but you should still double check it.

      And one more thing. fx 6300 will bottleneck this card, so My suggestion is to get an intel processor and motherboard instead.

      • monkeyvsgoat

        i have a asus m5a97 r2.0 Motherboard, let’s say i decide to buy a GTX 1060 graphics card.. will i get bottleneck using amd 6300?

        Thanks..
        Ps: i used this site to help me build my first gaming pc, very much appreciated.

      • monkeyvsgoat

        i have a asus m5a97 r2.0 Motherboard, let’s say i decide to buy a GTX 1060 graphics card.. will i get bottleneck using amd 6300?

        Thanks..
        Ps: i used this site to help me build my first gaming pc, very much appreciated.

    • yes RX 480 will work with this motherboard/case. But be sure you don’t buy it if the price is over $250. And be sure to check about it’s PCI E slot frying problem. As AMD claimed, they have fixed it but you should still double check it.

      And one more thing. fx 6300 will bottleneck this card, so My suggestion is to get an intel processor and motherboard instead.

  • Guest

    quick question

    can the RX 480 gpu work with the motherboard/case? i wanna change the gpu to something with 4gb vram

  • Suzuya Juuzou

    hey sarfraz i was wondering can i trust amazon ? like if i buy them do they have chance of scamming me or something i know i might sound stupid but it will be the first time im buying computer parts on the internet lol….. oh and what kind of fan should i get will that overheat i saw that there is no fan in this build cause im not to fancy about the liquid cooling its still too new to me and i don’t feel playing into something i don’t know my regards, Alex :3

  • Suzuya Juuzou

    hey sarfraz i was wondering can i trust amazon ? like if i buy them do they have chance of scamming me or something i know i might sound stupid but it will be the first time im buying computer parts on the internet lol….. oh and what kind of fan should i get will that overheat i saw that there is no fan in this build cause im not to fancy about the liquid cooling its still too new to me and i don’t feel playing into something i don’t know my regards, Alex :3

    • well you can trust amazon more than any store. I buy from amazon most of the time as they never scammed me.

      For cooling if you want to buy a custom cooler it will be beneficiary for you in case of overclocking. Cooler master hyper 212 EVO is best for price.

      • Suzuya Juuzou

        but do i have to overclock is it mandatory cause i feel overclocking is a bit pushy when it comes to gaming its not like im trying to game in 4 k i know my budget and well for the cooling that is the only part that is worrying i feel like i will fuck myself up somewhere in the process so if you could tell me best option or should i say the easiest option …. if you could do this for me that would be great <3

        • XD. it’s not mandatory. You won’t get a large boost. you can go with the stock cooler fine.

          • Suzuya Juuzou

            okay so i can buy just these piece and everything will work fine i don’t need anything else?

          • yes.

          • Suzuya Juuzou

            okay damn i got so confused for a minute i thought i had to go and look for a fan that fit the case and look around god bless you lol i didn’t want to spend more XDDD

          • Suzuya Juuzou

            okay damn i got so confused for a minute i thought i had to go and look for a fan that fit the case and look around god bless you lol i didn’t want to spend more XDDD

          • Suzuya Juuzou

            i know im annoying for this build another option for the graphics card cause this one showed in the build is 260 $ including shipping D: i don’t have that kind of money since i am a student

          • Suzuya Juuzou

            i know im annoying for this build another option for the graphics card cause this one showed in the build is 260 $ including shipping D: i don’t have that kind of money since i am a student

          • where do you live?

          • Suzuya Juuzou

            i live in canada so everything is overpriced for some reasons XD

          • Suzuya Juuzou

            i live in canada so everything is overpriced for some reasons XD

          • Suzuya Juuzou

            so would u suggest another graphic card to go with this build that could work as good or close to it that cost a little less canada everything is fucking expensive lmao fuck my life

          • Suzuya Juuzou

            so would u suggest another graphic card to go with this build that could work as good or close to it that cost a little less canada everything is fucking expensive lmao fuck my life

          • Suzuya Juuzou

            here is a build im thinking to get since they are the cheapest in canada so you tell me if it works together

            Processor :AMD FX FX-6300 3.50G/8M/AM3+

            Graphic card :MSI PCIE GEFORCE GTX 950 GAMING 2G 2GB BOX DDR5

            Ram :KINGSTON KVR 1600MHZ DDR3L 4GB SODIMM CL11 KVR16LS11/4 X 2

            Power supply :EVGA 500w B1 80+ Bronze

            MotherBoard : AM3+ ATX ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AMD970

            now my only issue is finding a case that fits everything in there and the motherboard im not sure if its compatible id like some of your insight since you know more about it than i obviously do thanks in advance plz reply

          • change the Ram. I think it’s used in Laptop. Use DDR3 not DDR3L. Everything other than that is good.

            For Case you have to search for a mid tower which supports ATX motherboards. Everything else will fit in place without any problem.

          • Suzuya Juuzou

            thanks you’re a life saver <3

          • Suzuya Juuzou

            thanks a bunch you’ve been a great help awesome 😀

          • Suzuya Juuzou

            here is a build im thinking to get since they are the cheapest in canada so you tell me if it works together

            Processor :AMD FX FX-6300 3.50G/8M/AM3+

            Graphic card :MSI PCIE GEFORCE GTX 950 GAMING 2G 2GB BOX DDR5

            Ram :KINGSTON KVR 1600MHZ DDR3L 4GB SODIMM CL11 KVR16LS11/4 X 2

            Power supply :EVGA 500w B1 80+ Bronze

            MotherBoard : AM3+ ATX ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AMD970

            now my only issue is finding a case that fits everything in there and the motherboard im not sure if its compatible id like some of your insight since you know more about it than i obviously do thanks in advance plz reply

          • where do you live?

          • yes.

          • Suzuya Juuzou

            okay so i can buy just these piece and everything will work fine i don’t need anything else?

    • well you can trust amazon more than any store. I buy from amazon most of the time as they never scammed me.

      For cooling if you want to buy a custom cooler it will be beneficiary for you in case of overclocking. Cooler master hyper 212 EVO is best for price.

  • FakeBeard

    Hey Sarfraz, the GTX 960 is a bit over my budget. I was thinking of getting the Zotac gtx 750 ti. Is this a good choice? Do you recommend any around 100$

    • Yes gtx 750 ti is a good entry level gpu for 1080p gaming.

  • Guest

    the pc is now $580 on amazon

    • calculate again. it’s $526.81

      • Guest

        k.

      • Guest

        k.

  • Brandon Nibert

    Hey Sarfraz the cables for the hard drive are preventing me from closing the side panel on the case for this build anything i can do about it?

    • it shouldn’t because it has concave panel to provide space for cables. Try to use different grommets.

  • Guest

    does amazon put all the parts together when they deliver it? or i have to set up the parts together?

    • You have to assemble it yourself.

      • Guest

        do you have a guide?

        • yes. you can see on the left sidebar. it’s paid but inexpensive.

  • elementl96i

    Hey I wanted to know, could suggest an inexpensive monitor that I could get for this build as well?

  • Theone325

    Few Questions:

    1. Am I correct in assuming that this does not include the OS in which case I should also budget for Windows 10?
    2. Along with that, I assume that also means I need to plan for a CD drive to install the OS, is there one you could recommend?
    3. What/how many hdmi, ac, etc ports are on this build? and are there any ways to add more iff needed?
    4. Are all of the parts, if purchased off amazon, ready for assembly, or will i need to buy other screws/mounts to fully assemble the PC?
    5. Thank you for making this build! I really want to get started on it and it looks great!

    • 1. Yes you have to either buy or manage windows
      2. You don’t need OS. you can download windows or get it done from USB. I too hardly use CD drive
      3. You can check the Graphics card image to know how many HDMI, DVI and DP it has. you won’t need more.
      4. Everything you will get will be along with their screws, cables, peripherals. You will only need one screw driver.
      5. This build is great for 1080p gaming and many gamers have bought it and they are happy.

  • IsaacH

    Hi Sarfraz,

    Thank you for your awesome post, it really helps me to understand how much I need to budget for a new computer.
    I would like to ask some questions if you have time. My question is: would R9 380X 4gb be enough for playing Overwatch?

    I am actually not even sure where I need to start from.
    Could you recommend me some specs that would be ultimate for recent games such as overwatch, metal gear solid, league of legend… something like that.. haha

    Any advice or comment will be appreciated,

    • R9 380X 4gb is a very good card and it will run all the latest titles on ultra settings. If you get all of the above parts you can expect good performance.

  • nick

    whats the difference between EVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB SSC GAMING ACX 2.0+ and

    EVGA GeForce GTX 960 Superclocked Gaming ACX 2.0 2GB ?? im thinking on going with the
    ACX 2.0+.

  • nick

    whats the difference between EVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB SSC GAMING ACX 2.0+ and

    EVGA GeForce GTX 960 Superclocked Gaming ACX 2.0 2GB ?? im thinking on going with the
    ACX 2.0+.

  • Killakobes390

    How much is this all including the fan plus tax in the US

    • You have to add it to the card first to know the tax or shipping prices.

  • Killakobes390

    The case is exclusively for Amazon prime members, what other case could I get

    • See if you can find a mid tower similar in that price. Almost all the cases are exclusive for prime members.

  • Creeperchic

    Is this build better than this one?:
    FX-6300
    Gigabyte GA-78LMT
    Crucial 8GB Ram
    Seagate 1TB Hard Drive
    EVGA GTX 960
    Raidmax Vortex Case
    EVGA 500W PSU

  • Creeperchic

    Is this build better than this one?:
    FX-6300
    Gigabyte GA-78LMT
    Crucial 8GB Ram
    Seagate 1TB Hard Drive
    EVGA GTX 960
    Raidmax Vortex Case
    EVGA 500W PSU

    • Its just the same.

      • Creeperchic

        Would it make a difference if i switched out the FX-6300 with the intel i3-6100 and instead of the GTX 960 with the Sapphire RX 480? Would i encounter any graphic loss/gain and would they still fit in the case yet give way to future upgrades?

      • Creeperchic

        Would it make a difference if i switched out the FX-6300 with the intel i3-6100 and instead of the GTX 960 with the Sapphire RX 480? Would i encounter any graphic loss/gain and would they still fit in the case yet give way to future upgrades?

        • i3 6100 is much faster than the fx 6300 and if you use RX 480 then it would be at least 40% faster performance. The case will fit them in it. But then get a Bronze 80+ power supply instead.

          • Creeperchic

            Thank you very much for the help

          • Creeperchic

            Thank you very much for the help

        • i3 6100 is much faster than the fx 6300 and if you use RX 480 then it would be at least 40% faster performance. The case will fit them in it. But then get a Bronze 80+ power supply instead.

    • Its just the same.

  • Mark Melendres

    Hey Sarfraz okay so I bought everything that was listed and now its all assembled, but everytime I plug the PC to the monitor my monitor goes into power saving mode. Please help!
    Also everything is working in the tower. So how do I fix this problem?

    • I think I have to create a separate guide on troubleshooting cause this question is asked to me many times. Its not difficult to figure it out but takes a lot of time and I cant help properly without seeing everything. So I solve this on email. Just tell me if you can go to post without graphics card.