I have already written a post on gaming PC that you can build for $600 for the best gaming experience at 1080p. That build uses AMD components. But Am3+ processors and motherboards are older for now. Sure they are good for budget gaming builds but if you can afford the latest generation Intel Kaby lake processor and motherboard at the same price, there is no way going back to older generation.
In case you haven’t read my $600 gaming build article, you can check it right now and can compare with this Kaby lake build.
This PC is a solid gaming computer which can run any game on high-ultra settings at 1080p. The ddr4 memory and the best graphics card for $200 makes it a beast for 1080p gaming. You can check out my AMD based $600 build, if you want to.
As the prices of AMD AM4 motherboards are very high as compared to a simple LGA 1151 motherboard, the overall price will go over $650 which is not our target. So, it’s better to get an Intel budget processor than a Ryzen 5 processors because you will still get equivalent performance in gaming and it’s wiser to invest in a GPU more than in a CPU in a budget oriented build like this.
Without any further explanation let’s see what makes this build perfect for anything at this price.
If you don’t know how to assemble a gaming PC or want a complete guide for building a gaming PC from scratch you can grab my guide HERE.
NOTE:- Currently there is a shortage of graphics cards so it’s difficult to build a PC on your own in proper prices. Therefore, I have provided the link to the pre-built PC you can get instead of building this.
Intel Pentium G4600
Intel Pentium G4600 is one of the best processor for gaming at this budget although for a $600 dollar build, you may find it ridiculous to not using an i5 anymore. The fact of not using a Core i5 is because of the increased price of Ram and graphics card because of which the total expense increases to $600. So, it’s better to stick with a good budget CPU like this which will not bottleneck any budget or mid-end graphics card.
You may also ask why I did not used an i3 7100 and it’s because that processor costs around $25 more but has almost same specs except a little higher clock and 1mb more cache on the i3 which doesn’t increase the fps in games significantly. Instead, we will try to use that $25 for a better cause for this build which you will see later in this post.
This is a dual core hyperthreaded CPU with 4 threads and acts as an i3 and performs very good with almost every mid-end graphics card. It comes under $90 and can be fit into any LGA 1151 socket motherboard, be it cheap or expensive. In $500 gaming PC, I used the same processor as it helps to reduce the overall expense because of the fact that it’s locked and you can use any H110 chipset motherboard that generally comes around $50.
Gigabyte LGA 1151 GA-H110M-A
As we are using a locked Intel Pentium processor, we shouldn’t be wasting money on Z270 chipset motherboard. Pentiums are still great without overclocking and for a budget build like this even if you choose a Z270 motherboard it will really not matter because the performance in games will be the same.
This motherboard has a very basic chipset of H110 and has a micro-ATX form factor. As it’s compact it can be used in any mid tower or even in some mini towers like Rosewill FBM-01. If you want more information on the chipsets of LGA 1151 motherboards or want to buy some awesome mobo’s for your build then head to my article on Best LGA 1151 motherboards.
Now this motherboard has two DIMM slots which support up to 32Gb of ddr4 memories clocked up to 2133Mhz. It has one PCI-E x 16 slot for the graphics card and two PCI-X 1 slots for sound cards and LAN cards. This motherboard is very durable and has very simple easy to access bios for different hardware tweakings.
As it is very cheap, you won’t be getting a lot of USB 3.0 ports or a lot of SATA 3.0 ports but you will still get front headers for USB 3.0 and it will fulfil your needs to install every component. The only con I find in this motherboard is the absence of VGA and DVI ports. But as you will be using a graphics card for display, this con is no longer a real con for now.
G.SKILL Aegis 8GB DDR4
For memory, I chose a single stick of 8gb ddr4 memory which is clocked at 2133Mhz. As the motherboard supports memory clocked up to 2133Mhz, it’s the best match for this build. As the price of most of the DDR4 memories is more than $90. It’s better to choose this module which comes around $80 and will save some more bucks.
Every game available right now requires no more than 8gb to run smoothly. 8gb will be enough for every game at 1080p and if you want to upgrade you can use the second DIMM slot on the motherboard to increase the RAM up to 16GB.
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
I replaced the RX 480 4gb with the gtx 1060 3gb edition because the price of the latter is much lower and the performance is similar. 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 almost disappeared and the price of 580 is not less than $200 in any way.
The EVGA gtx 1060 3gb SC gaming edition is a single fan card which runs very silent and comes with a factory overclock of 1556Mhz and a boost clock of 1797Mhz. The card is capable of playing any game at 1080p ultra settings with 60+ fps. Combined with the Pentium G4600, it will perform almost up to its full potential as the processor is capable of handling any mid-end graphics card.
You can easily achieve around 100 fps in DOOM, 50-60 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 $200, it’s a must buy for a $600 build like this.
Silicon Power 120GB SSD
For this build, I tried to save as much as money to make the budget for an SSD. Yes, SSD is difficult to get in a budget build like this but if you can manage then you can install your operating system in it and it will eliminate all your frustrations. This is a 120GB SSD from Silicon Power which is not as famous as Samsung or Kingston but it has very reliable SSD’s too which can contain all your softwares and drivers. You shouldn’t install games on it because games are big and you will run out of space. For storing other files you can use the hard drive listed below.
Western Digital Blue 1TB HDD
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 4 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 Kaby lake 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.
Corsair Carbide Series 100R
Now, this case comes to be just perfect for this build. I always chose case according to all of the components compatibility. It looks elegant and professional, neat and stealthy with a transparent side window to look at your components inside.
The front has two USB 3.0 ports which are a great advantage as the motherboard we chose is also having a front USB 3.0 header port. The case supports Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX and ATX motherboards so you have the choice to upgrade it further if you want to switch from the basic Micro ATX to a full ATX motherboard with a lot of PCI-e X 16 slots.
The case has 4 drive mounts which are tool-free to access easily and you can either use an HDD or an SSD according to your need without a screwdriver to mount the drives. The case also comes with up to 5 fan mounts including top, rear and front where you get a 120mm fan at the rear pre-installed which will be useful for more cooling in summer.
The case also has a good cable management feature and a lot of routeing holes for each and every cable which will make it look neat. The power supply will be mounted at the bottom which has a dust filter to stop the dust coming into the PSU if you chose to put the power supply with fan downwards.
TOTAL~$610(As of 6th Nov 17)
Recommended Peripherals for this build:-
Monitor: –ViewSonic VA2446M: Check on Amazon
- 24-Inch Full HD 1080p (1920x1080p) 16:9 LED Computer Monitor with DVI-D, and VGA Inputs.
- 10M:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio; Two Built-In Speakers; Compatible with Mac, and Windows; ideal for both laptops and desktops; VESA mountable
- 3-year Limited Warranty
Keyboard/Mouse: – Redragon S101 gaming Keyboard/M601 Mouse: Check on Amazon
- Keyboard: RGB Illuminated Redragon Gaming Keyboard:
- Mouse: Ergonomic Redragon M601 Centrophorus Backlit Gaming Mouse 3200 DPI (1000/1600/2400/3200 4 level DPI adjustment)
- 6 buttons, and an 8-piece weight tuning set (2.4g x 8). Durable smooth TEFLON feet and contoured body for ultimate gaming control. Quality ABS construction and two programmable side buttons
Wifi:– TP-Link TL-WN881ND wifi card: Check on Amazon
- Easily setup a highly secured wireless link with WPS
- Hassle-free installation
- Seamlessly compatible with 802.11n/b/g products
- Industry-leading 2-year warranty