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 best performance for the buck spent.
As most of the people cannot afford >$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 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 Fx 8350
When it comes to building a budget gaming pc, Amd are the best choices especially when you are ready to pay 100 dollars or more for your cpu. I could have used the Intel Core i3 4130 or 6100 processor in this build. But there are many disadvantages of i3’s over the Fx 8350. Now this build should be able to handle everything at 1080p and I don’t want it to bottleneck or hold back any high end graphics card therefore I chose this instead of the dual core i3’s.
Fx 8350 has 6 more cores than the i3 processors which affects the performance in many games although the single core performance and power efficiency of i3’s are better but they also cost near to the fx 8350. The second disadvantage is that in applications like rendering i3’s fall back due to lesser cores. Fx 8350 beats i3 in many games and eventually ties with i3 processors but when it comes to multi-tasking and rendering, it easily pulls out the win.
For only 160 dollars, this is the best cpu you can get which has 8 cores and have 8mb of L2 cache and 8mb of L3 cache. Which means a total of 16mb cache memory which makes it run faster. The other advantage of fx 8350 over i3 processors is that it is unlocked and can be overclocked upto 4.5Ghz with a custom cooler whereas the i3’s are locked.
This alone can boost your gaming performance upto 10% or more. See also: Best budget gaming processors.
ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+
I have listed this motherboard in the Best AMD Am3 Motherboards for gaming list due to it’s superb performance and features at a cheap rate. It has 970 chipset which is unlocked for overclocking Processors and Memories. With 4 DIMM slots you will be able to upgrade your Ram upto 32Gb which is insane but for now you will only use 2 of them and the rest 2 will be ready for further use.
It has 2 x PCIE x 16 slots for graphics cards out of which one will be used for graphics card and the other one is optional and can come in handy if the first one malfunctions. It has tons of USB and Sata ports that will allow you to install several hard drives and different devices to your system at the same time. At this price this is a complete steal.
- ASUS Exclusive Design consists of the EPU (Energy Processing Unit) and the TPU (TurboV Processing Unit), guaranteeing superior performance for every task, bringing users an unbeatable experience
- Network iControl Gives user real-time bandwidth allocation control to insure efficient bandwidth usage
- DirectKey Easy access BIOS when PC is on standby with the push of a button
- Windows 8 Ready Meets strict hardware requirements for Windows 8 support
- USB 3.0 Boost Faster USB 3.0 Transmission with UASP, with increased transmission speed of up to 170%
Corsair Vengeance 8gb(2x4gb) 1600Mhz
Memory is the way to speed up your computer and your games. If you have 4gb of memory, things will work just fine but you will be experiencing bottlenecks in games and other applications. Even windows startup takes more time with 4gb of ram when compared to 8gigs. Every game available today use no more than 6 gigabytes of memory and 8gb will be future proof for at least 1 or 2 years.
For memory I chose Corsair Vengeance 8gb(2x4gb) memory that will remove complete bottleneck. It is clocked at 1600Mhz which is fast and has heat spreader on it for heat dissipation. You will also get lifetime warranty with this memory. As we have chosen a motherboard that has 4 DIMM slots, you still have left with 2 more DIMM slots for upgrading your system to 16 gigs in future.
Zotac Gtx 1060 mini 3gb gddr5
This card is a beast and is the latest release from Nvidia is the gtx 1060. This is the mini edition and has 3gb of gddr5 memory and is similar to the 1060 6gb edition. While the Rx 480 matches the performance of gtx 970, this one is near to the gtx 980 but as the cuda cores and memory are cut out, it will perform slightly better than the gtx 970 and a little slower than the 980.
3gb of memory is enough for maxing out most of the settings at 1080p like details and shadows but textures in some games like middle earth shadow of mordor requires 6gb. So you can’t max out that setting. The core clocks are also massive. It easily reaches over 1800Mhz in games and provides extra boost. This card is for 1080p 60 fps maxed out without any compromise and there shouldn’t be any reason for not getting it.
This one is shorter and can fit into any case, be it a mini itx case or a mid tower case. The heatsink is very basic just like the older generation and has one 90mm fan just above it. The card has 6 pin power port and requires less power as compared to the previous generation cards. As the price of this card is just $200, I don’t think it will be a good choice to go either for the rx 470 or the R9 380X.
Western Digital blue 1TB
For storage you need at least a 1TB of 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 600B 80+ 600 watts Bronze
This pc uses a very power efficienty graphics card so you can run it on a 500 watts power supply. 500 watts can supply power to every component but as the prices of 500 watts and 600 watts are same so I chose the bigger one, which also has all the power cables required to supply the power to your components. It’s 80+ Bronze power supply and has power efficiency more than 87% on typical loads. Gaming pc’s which have power efficient components like the skylake processor and ddr4 memories should also have a 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 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 everything. 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 at all sides including 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 comes with any pre-installed power supply and we don’t even need it. Graphics cards with full lengths are supported in this case.
Cpu cooler : Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
If you are going to overclock your processor, then you cannot reach upto 4.5Ghz without a proper custom cooler. Cooler master hyper 212 EVO is the cheapest best cooling solution for overclocking cpu’s. It provides a larger heat sink and can be easily installed in the case we chose. The other advantage of this cooler is that you can even add another fan to this so that one fan can work as intake and other as exhaust.
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