For 600 dollars you can build a gaming PC that can literally max out almost every game present right now. This PC can be the best budget gaming build for money that can play all the games at 1080p maxed out with no compromise. I have chosen the best components for money wisely that are newly released and provide the best performance for the buck spent.
As the AMD Ryzen is out, there is no way to go back to AM3 processors. The AMD Ryzen processors are the best bang for the buck right now competing with the high-end Core i5s and i7’s from latest generation. This build uses a very good AMD Ryzen 3 processor which will future proof your PC for sure.
As most of the people cannot afford a $1000 gaming PC, it doesn’t mean that they cannot play games at 1080p ultra settings. In fact, gaming PC’s above $1000 are for the enthusiast and are more future proof. But this one can serve you at least 1-2 year letting you play at 1080p from high to ultra settings and leaves space for you to upgrade it for higher resolutions.
That’s why I named it “THE ELITE“.
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AMD Ryzen 3 1300X
Ryzen 3 series processors are the latest from AMD’s side and they have already proven themselves to be worthy of use in gaming builds as well as workstations. It’s true that Intel Core i5’s are somewhat a little faster in several games but that difference is very little noticeable to eyes. But when it comes to multitasking and future proofing, you can’t ask for more. This Ryzen 3 1300X processor is the second processor in the Ryzen 3 series and AMD has only two processors in this series. Previously, I used the Ryzen 1400 but due to the overall cost increasing up to around $680, I changed the processor to this one which has lesser threads but still better than the Core i3’s at the same price.
It has 4 cores and 4 threads just like an Intel Core i5 and performs similarly to the Ryzen 5 processors in games and applications. But as the price difference between the Ryzen 1300X and Core i5 is huge, it’s a great gift for gamers as well as streamers. Gamers who wanted to stream at the same time when gaming can now do it without any problem and that too without too much of money.
Literally, it’s just a Ryzen 5/7 series chip with some cores disabled and performs up to the expectation. With a decent graphics card like GTX 1060 or Rx 580, you can’t go wrong and the best thing is that it uses ddr4 memories and newer AM4 motherboards which are competing against the Z270 chipset motherboards.
This CPU comes with a stealth wraith cooler and has a base clock/boost clock of 3.5Ghz/3.7Ghz. All these Ryzen 3/5/7 series processors are unlocked and you can bump it up to 3.9 with the an after market CPU cooler. But if you want better overclocking, it’s better to get a liquid cooler which you don’t really need in this budget build and the stock heatsink will be just fine for 3.7Ghz.
MSI B350M GAMING PRO
A very decent Micro-ATX motherboard which will be the best bang for your money. A full ATX motherboard with B350 chipset will cost you over $100 and the aim here is to get the total expense around $600. This is the cheapest and the best I could find which is totally capable of overclocking the Ryzen 5 1300X just like an X370 chipset motherboard.
It has 2 DIMM slots which support up to 32Gb of Ram overclocked up to 3200Mhz. 4x Sata 3 ports, two of which are perpendicular to the PCB enabling you to do cable management at your ease and an M.2 Slot for NVME SSD below the PCI-E x 16 slot.
In a small motherboard like this, the M.2 slot is a great feature for installing the super fast NVME SSD for your operating system and for powering your CPU, it has 8pin power port which will help your processor to draw enough power for overclocking. All the other basic features like USB 3.1 ports, front headers, Sys_fan headers are present in this motherboard for connecting additional peripherals.
This board will do the job just fine and will look gorgeous with the RED accents all over the motherboard.
Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB DDR4
For memory, I chose a single stick of 8gb ddr4 memory which is clocked at 2400Mhz. 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.
As the motherboard I chose supports up to 3200Mhz on a Ram module, it will be fully compatible. And yes, getting a higher frequency Ram will be beneficial for this build as Ryzen work faster with faster clocked Ram’s but the problem is the price and this year, the prices of DDR4 memories are really high. It’s better to get the cheapest one because it will still be just enough for any type of work.
EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB SC GAMING
I used the Gtx 1060 3gb edition just like I did in my $600 Kabylake build because it’s the best you can get for $230. Currently games like the Witcher 3, Shadow of Mordor, GTA V etc. can use up to 3-4gb of GPU memory and the GTX 1060 3gb will perform very well in these cases is performing almost equivalent to the RX 480 4gb in almost any game. So this time, the GTX 1060 3gb will be a better choice for this build because of the price to performance ratio. As the RX 580 is launched, the RX 480 has disappeared and the price of 580 is not less than $250 anywhere.
The EVGA GTX 1060 3gb SC gaming edition is a single fan card which runs very silent and comes factory overclocked of 1067Mhz and a boost clock of 1835Mhz. The card is capable of playing any game at 1080p ultra settings with 60+ fps. Combined with the Ryzen 3 1300X, it will perform up to its full potential as the processor is capable of handling any high-end graphics card.
You can easily achieve more than 100 fps in DOOM, 60 fps in the Witcher 3, 60+ fps in Bf1 and 60+ fps in GTA V. As for the power consumption it requires a single 6 pin power connector and will draw 120 watts max. So it’s much lower than that of RX 480 or RX 580. With the price around $230, it’s a must buy for a $600 build like this.
Western Digital Blue 1TB
For storage, you need at least a 1TB of a hard drive from a trusted company like Western Digital which provides two years of warranty. Now games are getting bigger and bigger and you don’t want to run out of space. Games like GTA V and Call of Duty Black Ops 3 require huge space. 20 games like that can fill your whole hard drive easily. So, better get at least 1 terabyte of storage and you can always add more hard drives to your system as the motherboard we used has 6 SATA ports.
EVGA 500 W1 80+ 500Watts PSU
This PC uses a very power efficient graphics card as well as CPU so you can run it on a 500 watts power supply. 500 watts can supply power to every component and as this PC is not meant for overclocking, going with a higher wattage won’t help. It has all the power cables required to supply the power to your components. It’s 80+ W1 power supply and has power efficiency more than 82% on typical loads. Gaming PC’s which have power efficient components like the AMD Ryzen processor and ddr4 memories should also have an at least 80+ power efficient power supply.
This brand is very much trusted and I have used these power supplies in almost every build due to their huge success of protecting the components against overcurrent and overvoltage. The wattage is found out by calculating the total TDP of all the components and this system will not require more than 300 watts overall even if you overclock your graphics card. The graphics card I chose requires a single 6 pin power connector for power supply and this PSU is enough to provide that.
Thermaltake Commander MS-I Snow Edition
For ATX motherboards, you require at least a mid tower case. This one is really attractive and is a steal at 50 dollars. The case is totally white and is also present in two more colours: RED and BLACK. But white snow edition is really cool. The case has a lot of space and has several bays for installing hard drives.
The case comes with proper ventilation on all sides including the bottom, top, side and rear. It comes with 1x120mm pre-installed fan at the rear with blue LED. The side panel has a transparent glass for a complete clear look to inside. This case is very good for budget builds and can be used for upgrading to higher end components. Therefore, I have also listed this case in my Best mid-tower cases list also.
It doesn’t come with any pre-installed power supply and we don’t even need it. Graphics cards with full lengths are supported in this case.
(This case is only present in black colour right now)