Best $500 Dollar Gaming PC Build, Great Low-Mid Budget Build!

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Be prepared to be amazed! This build is the best gaming PC build put together for $500 Dollar range. I did my best to match it right exactly at $500 without losing performance and power. The components within this build are all perfectly matched and compatible.

So if you have been looking for a great gaming PC computer under or around $500 dollars, then this will most definitely be your best choice. This machine will blow the present day consoles out of the water and they are relatively around the same price tag.

With this build you will be able to experience what computer gaming is all about. You probably won’t go back to console games… seriously. 😉


Okay Cool, But How Do I Build A Computer

Before we get into the build itself, lets talk a little about building a computer. Your probably thinking that building a computer is going to be hard and difficult. But in reality, building a computer is actually super easy. All it takes is watching couple recommend videos from me and going through the steps. And before you know it, you will have a completed PC gaming computer by your side.

It’s really that simple and easy. I know that when you just hear the words “building a computer by yourself” it sounds like something impossible. But I’m here to tell you that it’s not impossible… it’s really possible and super easy. You just got to trust me on this one.

If you can’t trust me, then I suggest you check out my computer building guide. There you will find couple videos that explain and show the whole process. I promise once you watch them, you’ll know for sure how easy it really is.

And honestly, the hardest part of building a computer is already done for you which is finding the right components.

Find Out How To Build

Who is this “$500 Dollar Gaming PC Build” for?

For those who are wondering if this build is right for you, or not. I’ll try my best to answer that here. This build is for those who want better performance than the lower budget builds. People who get this build will be more than happy with the performance and power.

Those who want to experience games on high settings and some on ultra. This build will be able to handle that for you. If you’re a beginner looking into PC games, then this will give you a great experience in PC gaming.

With this build, you will have good performance not only in games but for other computer related activities. That’s why they say, gaming computers are the best computers all-around.


The $500 Dollar Gaming PC Machine

Once this gaming machine is put together and built, the build won’t look like a beast from the outside but in the inside it’s a living beast. With this build, I particularly went more with performance and power than the aesthetics for this build. If you’re looking for good looking PC builds as well as great performance, then I recommend you go with a higher budget build. They will have both the performance and aesthetics.

But this build will give you great and probably the best performance out for the price. You will be able to play games on high settings and some on ultra settings. And games that don’t require hardcore graphics will most likely run in max settings with some settings tweaking.

Also you get good future upgrade-ability so if you decide to change a component, you will be able to without any issues. Just make sure to pick upgrades that are compatible. But, you really won’t need to upgrade for some time because this will run for a good while.

Well lets get into the actual build itself!


The Best Gaming PC Build Around $500 Dollars

(This will be the most optimal build for low budget PC gamers. You will be quite pleased at how this build will performance once it’s alive. It’s the best value for your buck! If you want something more superior, you can go with the next budget tier; the $600 dollar budget.)

Updated for Jun 2017
The Build Overview
Case: Rosewill Dual Fans Ram Memory: Ballistix Sport LT 8GB
CPU Processor: Intel Core i3-7100 Power Supply: EVGA 430 W1, 80+
Motherboard: MSI B250M PRO-VD Hard Drive: WD Blue 1TB
Graphic Card: ZOTAC GTX 1060 3GB CD/DVD Drive: LG Super Multi Drive
Total: $500~550
Note: Component prices fluctuate daily. Check the current pricing here
COMPONENT LIST
part case
Rosewill Dual Fans Case
Rosewill Dual Fans
My Recommendation:
(Low Price & Good)
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part cpu
Intel Core i3-7100
Intel Core i3-7100
My Recommendation:
(Great Performance for Price)
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part mb
MSI B250M PRO-VD
MSI B250M PRO-VD
My Recommendation:
(Good Price & Performance)
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part gpu
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 Mini 3GB
ZOTAC GTX 1060 Mini 3GB
My Recommendation:
(Good Bang For Buck)
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part ram
Ballistix Sport LT
Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 8GB
My Recommendation:
(Best Ram For Budget)
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part psu
EVGA 430W PSU
EVGA 430 W1, 80+
My Recommendation:
(Best Cheap PSU w/ Power)
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part hdd
WD Blue 1TB
WD Blue 1TB
My Recommendation:
(Cheap and Good)
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part odd
LG Super Multi Optical Drives
LG Optical Drives
My Recommendation:
(Just An Optical Drive)
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OPTIONAL ITEMS
part monitor
Acer G226HQL
Acer G226HQL 23in LED Monitor
My Recommendation:
(Great Price & Very Slim)
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part mice&key
CM Storm Devastator
CM Storm Devastator
My Recommendation:
(It’s A Good Deal)
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part os
window os
Windows 10
Operating System:
You’re going to need an OS to operate the computer.
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part network
network-connection
Wired or Wireless
Internet Connection:
I would highly recommend using Ethernet cables
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Brief Details

Case:

Like I mentioned earlier about the aesthetics of this build, the case is simple and cheap. But it’s quality is good, and will work great for this particular build. This case gives you a good amount of space for your graphic card and other components so when it comes to low budget builds + low profile cases, this case is the king of the hill.

But if you want another case, you can surf between these two tower cases.

  • Mini Tower Cases
  • Mid Tower Cases

If you do decide to get another case, make you to get a case that is compatible with micro-ATX. Most of the times it says it on the title but sometimes it doesn’t. If you want to make sure, you are more than welcome to ask me down in the comments section below! 🙂

Processor (CPU):

This particular build has the new 7th gen Intel Core i3-7100 processor. Intel CPU’s are more costly compared to AMD but you can really expect great performance from Intel. Intel Core i3-7100 is a dual-core but it has hyper-threading technology so it will be plenty for your gaming needs.

The Intel Core i3-7100 is truly the best CPU for low budgets like this. Also I recommend Intel over AMD because in my opinion Intel processors are more reliable and have better architecture. But that’s my opinion and preference so take it with a grain of salt. 😉

Motherboard (MOBO):

The MSI B250M PRO-VD is a great motherboard and fits perfectly well with this budget range because it’s really cheap. For low budgets, you don’t really want to go all out on a motherboard because you won’t see great performance difference with motherboards for gaming.

So overall, it’s best to spend the extra money on another component like the graphics card, processor, or more storage if you like.

Graphic Card (GPU):

The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 Mini 3GB will give you great performance for the price. For low budget builds and beginner PC gamers, this card is a great choice. You will be able to jump right into current games and experience the games like a true PC gamer.

If you want a better graphic card, you can get the next level tier which is the GTX 1060 6GB, or even get the GTX 1070 which will give you better performance. The best thing about this card is that it is very small sized so it will fit in any case no problem.

Memory (RAM):

With most builds, the standard is usually 8GB of RAM memory so this build has one stick RAM of 8GB memory. This way, if you decide to add more, you can add another 8GB to make the total 16GB in your system. But for not the 8GB of RAM is plenty and should be for awhile unless you are into photo + video editing. Then you will require more RAM memory.

Power Supply (PSU):

Having 430W power supply is enough for this build and for minor future upgrades. The a higher wattage like the EVGA 500W PSU would be slightly better for future upgrades. Honestly, you wouldn’t need anything past 500W unless you have water-cooling loops, multiple graphic cards, or powerful CPU (and overclocking it).

Hard Drive (HDD):

I know with recent games the space required to download them is high but I believe that 1TB is plenty if you can manage the space used. However, if you like to play multiple games or like to have all games just ready to be played, then I recommend you go with more GB storage. Maybe WD 2TB HDD will be enough but you can decide to get more if you want.

Optical Drive or CD Burner (ODD):

You really don’t need to spend any more than $20 dollars on a optical drive. Most of the time, it will never be used again after operating system install. So if you have another optical drive from a previous computer then you can use that and save money.


Operating System & Peripherals:

For operating systems, you can pick whichever you are more comfortable with. I personally use Window 7 and Window 8.1 only for now. Window 10 seems to have bugs so I recommend Window 7 or 8.1 until major of bugs are fixed in Window 10. And always go for 64 bit Windows.

(Note: I don’t recommend you get a pirated Windows or Bootlegged one, especially because it’s an operating system and who knows what could be planted within it. Best to take the safe route and go with a legitimate version of Windows from Microsoft.)

For peripherals, you can use previous ones you already have like monitor, mice, keyboard, and speakers, or you can get new ones. The choice is all yours on this one. If you want my recommend, then go with the ones in the peripheral tab in the build.

Internet Connection: (Wired or Wireless)

Desktop users should always go with Ethernet connection. It eliminates any issues with having a wireless adapter. And plus, you get way better connection and speed without no interference.

But if you have to go wireless, then you should also consider getting a better routers just so that you can get the best connection while gaming.


My Overall Thoughts

This build is for those who have good amount of money to spend on a elite gaming PC that will handle most games that you throw at it. As well as giving you the best value for your money at a $500 dollar price range.

So what you waiting for! Start dominating your games with this gaming machine!

If you have any questions or comments leave them below! 🙂

12 thoughts on “Best $500 Dollar Gaming PC Build, Great Low-Mid Budget Build!

  1. Does the motherboard support wifi connectivity? If not, is there a different one which supports wifi for about the same price and performance?

    1. Hey Mesh,

      Motherboards that comes with WiFi adapters cost a lot more. If you really need WiFi connectivity, I would recommend a WiFi USB adapter for easy use and access. But there is also an option for a PCI express Wireless adapter that you can insert into your PCI-E slot. For performance, I always recommend Ethernet cable but if that is not possible for you then go with a PCI-E wireless adapter.

      Hope that helps.

  2. I have another question.

    You selected the 430 watt product instead on the 500 watt product, which is only a few bucks more expensive. Might I ask why? Sorry if it’s a silly question, I’m building my first computer here and your build looks like an affordable starter.

    1. Another question real quick, how would I go about getting internet set up? I see you recommend Ethernet cables, but do those have to connect to the router? If so, if there some way I could do it wirelessly instead? Thanks.

      1. Well, there are couple ways to connect your desktop computer to the internet.

        1.) [Ethernet cable] Depending on how your internet provider setup your internet. The Ethernet cable will connect to your router mostly. But if you only have a modem, then you connect it via modem. Since Ethernet cable requires the cable to connect from computer to modem/router, it’s best to have the modem/router as close to the computer as possible (if you plan on going this route).

        2.) [Wireless PCI-E adapter] This is a wireless network adapter that’ll fit in the PCI-E slot (below where the graphic card goes). There are different options available and all you have to do is search for “Wireless PCI-E adapter”. The price varies a lot but one that I would probably get for this budget would be the ASUS PCE-AC56 because it seems like it’s compatible with Windows 10.

        3.) [Wireless USB network adapter] Now this is probably one the simplest way you could connect via wireless to your home network. It’s cheap and simple. You can browse through different types of USB wireless adapters and pick one that you like.

        Hope that helps.

    2. You can get the 500W if you like. The reasons why I selected 430W are:
      1.) It’s enough wattage required for the build
      2.) I have to stay within the budget of the build
      3.) Also, the prices fluctuates daily so one day it could be few bucks more expensive and another day it could be way more. So to be on the safe side (with the budget price) I chose the 430W.

      P.S. It really doesn’t matter what wattage you get for your power supply unit as long as it covers the needed load that your system requires. More wattage = more convenient for future upgrades and less headache. So go for the 500W.

  3. Hi Chris, thanks so much for your help! It means a ton to me. But I may have a few more questions. I have a friend who recommends a 120gb solid state drive instead of a 1tb hard drive. Which is better and why?

    I may also have more questions in the future, thanks again for helping out thus far!

    1. Welcome back Andrew,

      Well technically, the 120GB Solid State Drive (SSD) is faster and better than a Hard Drive. But there are other things to consider than just betterment and speed with a tight budget. The hard drive is 1TB (1000GB) of storage while the SSD is only 120GB. Now consider this, the OS (like Window 10) will most likely take up 20+ GB, and you add drivers, programs, etc into the mix and you’ll have no space left for downloading games.

      So if you truly want the SSD 120GB then I would suggest you buy both SSD and HDD. The SSD will hold your operating system (for the boot up speed) and the HDD will hold your other storages (mostly games, pictures, etc). Plus, you can put 1 or 2 games that you play the most on the SSD if you want. Though you would want to watch the storage occasionally.

      Hope that answers your question.

      P.S. If you’re only getting one then go with the HDD for more storage… you’re going to need it. I promise you.

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