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.
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.)
The Build Overview
Note: Component prices fluctuate daily. Check the current pricing here
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! 🙂
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. 😉
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.
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!