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 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 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
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 well 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 is 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 lithography.
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.
MSI Pro Series Intel B250M PRO-VD
For the 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 support up to 32Gb of memory clocked at 2400mhz/2133Mhz. This is very basic but you will get one PCI-E x 16 slots for graphics cards, 2x PCI-E x 1 slots, a few USB 3 ports and 6x SATA 3 ports.
One of the best features 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 on 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, up to 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
Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB
For memory, I chose a single stick of 8gb ddr4 memory which is clocked at 2400Mhz. As the motherboard supports memory clocked up to 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 with a limited 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.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 Windforce OC 3GB
The GTX 1060 3gb is still the champion under $200. Yes, there are some good competitions for this card like RX 570 4gb or RX 580 4gb but they are much more expensive and not available every time. This card is very power efficient as it uses only 6 pin power connector and has a total TDP of 120 watts.
The only CON is that it has 1Gb less memory than the AMD competitors and may lose in some games when compared to the RX 580 4gb but it’s best for its price and will help you to achieve best possible performance at 1080p. This card can run any game on ultra settings constantly on 60fps but yes exceptions are there. Some games that are poorly optimised will still stutter but 90% of the games will easily achieve 60+fps.
It is a dual fan card and has a very good heatsink with one Copper Heatpipe that will dissipate heat much effectively. The core clock of this card in gaming mode is 1556Mhz while that of OC mode is 1582Mhz. The card can be easily overclocked to 1800Mhz which is really awesome because a 200Mhz increase in frequency definitely improves performance but then the heat generated will be more. So make sure that you tweak the fan settings so that the fans spin at 80% speed or more for better cooling and stable frequency.
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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 game’s 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 the 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 GTX 1060 is just 120 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.
Rosewill TYRFING ATX Mid Tower
I absolutely loved this case when I saw it the 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 the 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 the dust-free system. The cutouts for cable routeing 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 routeing 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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