In 2018, things have changed very much and currently, there are a lot of PC configurations you can get for under $500 but not every configuration can provide you with the best results. To get the most out of your money it’s important that you choose only those parts which provide the best value for money and at the same time they don’t bottleneck each other. If you keep these two things in mind, then only you can build a powerful Gaming PC under 500 dollars.
There are options both from AMD and Intel and they both provide solid performance but the only one can be the winner. As I am writing this guide for you, I don’t want you to face any possible limitations in any area including performance, upgradability and future proofing. This PC should provide you with a decent gaming experience at 1080p on high settings with at least 50+ fps on most of the titles which should be enough to satisfy you.
1080p high settings is the ideal spot where you get good graphics and with 50+fps the gameplay will be very smooth. I named this PC “THE KILLER”.
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Intel Core i3 8100 and GTX 1050 is an ideal combo!
Intel Core i3 8100 is one of the best Intel processors in the Core i3 8th gen series which is based on the Coffee Lake architecture. It’s built upon the 14nm process technology and provides performance much better than the previous generation at the same power consumption. As compared to the previous i3 generation processors it provides much more value for the money due to 2 more real cores. Although, it has dropped hyperthreading but it’s now more like an i5 of 7th gen in performance.
Clocked at 3.6Ghz it features 4 powerful cores similar to the Core i5 but it has 6MB cache memory which is greater than the previous gen i3 processors. Intel has improved their Coffee Lake processors much better than their previous generation and when this processor will be combined with a GTX 1050, then it will provide the best value for money. Both of these components are good entry-level products and will not bottleneck each other at all. GTX 1050 has 2GB of VRAM which is enough for medium-high settings1080p gaming and should provide at least 50+ fps in most of the games and in eSports games you can expect easily 60+fps on very high settings.
Taking a look at other components
Intel with the release of their Coffee Lake processors also launched different chipset motherboards. As we are trying here to get the most out of the money without spending too much, I have chosen the B360 chipset motherboard for this purpose. The Gigabyte B360M DS3H is a perfect board which has 4x DIMM slots that can support up to 64GB of RAM. As we are going to use 8GB of dual sticks from Viper Elite, there will be still 2 slots left for further upgrades.
This motherboard although is not meant for overclocking and there is no need for overclocking in this build because i3 8100 is not an overclockable processor. But this motherboard has all the basic ports and slots that will let you install all the components you would want to. You will be able to install sound/wifi cards as well. You will be able to upgrade your storage devices and you will be also able to add an RGB LED strip as it has an RGB header too.
For storage, I chose 1TB of the hard drive from Western Digital. At this point, there is no better option than going with this storage device. It will be enough for storing a lot of games and files. If you choose to get an SSD, you will only get 120GB of storage capacity which will be in no means enough for your needs. Therefore, it’s better that you only stick to the hard drive. You can upgrade in the future though.
For powering the whole system, we have the EVGA 500 Watts power supply that is rated at 80% efficiency. It generates less heat and provides proper power supply to your components. As all the components used in this build are power efficient you will be able to add more devices in the future without worrying about the power capacity. And finally, for hosting all of these, we have the beautiful chassis from Rosewill which has very decent cable management and space for installing the components without any hardship.
This case only costs under $50 and in my opinion is among the best mid-tower cases for its price. It has a modular hard drive cage, good clearance for cable routeing, a large side window panel and a dust filter at the bottom. It is just perfect for this build. I would recommend it over the Corsair Spec series cases because of its low cost and better cable management. Now you just need to get all of these parts assembled to get your system running. I have linked to my computer building guide in the beginning if you want to ease the overall process.
|Intel Core i3-8100|
|GIGABYTE B360M DS3H|
|Viper Elite Series DDR4 8GB|
|Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050|
|WD 1TB hard drive|
|EVGA 500 W1|
|Rosewill TYRFING Mid Tower|
Total~ 522(As of 10th Dec 2018)
Recommended Peripherals for this build:-
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
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
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