PC Build Guide: Best $500 budget gaming PC build

Who says making gaming PCs is rocket science and requires fortunes. This budget gaming PC is here to save the day

Budget gaming PC
Source – Newegg

Don’t have the habit of saving money much? Short on funds and want to game? Worry not my friends, for there exist builds for any amount of money. We’re talking about budget gaming PC builds ofcourse! The best thing is that they are powerful enough to easily play anything these days. Ofcourse building a colorful, snazzy lookin’ high-end system offers a different kind of satisfaction, there’s something else in building a cheap yet Herculean PC. That will, however, require you to tweak them settings down a little bit on a 1080p system. You have to sacrifice something afterall.

It’s a good time to make a budget gaming PC such as this, you wouldn’t want to miss out on the amazing games coming in the remainder of 2019! You will, however, require a bit of tuning on this PC in case the rumored GTA 6 comes out.

Why should I build my own PC?

Often the first thing people go towards when they get a sudden interest in PCs is pre-built PCs. They are all fraud! all sham! Just kidding, they aren’t that bad, but they are still relatively more expensive than making your own PCs. The value for money just isn’t there when it comes to pre-built PCs. Only go for that option if you’re in a hurry, or if you just want to setup a computer lab at home for some reason.

The other thing of concern for people, after they move on from the idea of pre-built PCs, is the “difficulty” of making a PC yourself. Im sure you’ve played with Lego blocks once upon a time. Building things in it is easy and fun right? Similarly, building a gaming PC from scratch follows the same route.

Budget gaming PC bits and pieces:

PartProductPrice
MotherboardMSI Arsenal B450M Bazooka V2$79
ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5 1600$115
Graphics CardSapphire Radeon Pulse RX 570$123
RAM8GB Patriot Viper Speed $38
StorageKingston A400 240GB SSD
OR
WD Blue 1TB HDD
$32
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$30
Power SupplyCorsair CX 550-Watt 80+ Bronze$70
CaseCoolerMaster Q300L$38

Credits – Digitaltrends

A budget gaming PC means that you compromise on a few things here and there. Do not expect to run games at 4k resolution on max settings, or latest games on 1080p Ultra settings for 60fps. That job belongs to more expensive and high-end PCs. This boy right here is a small one but yet gets the job done in the best way possible. This build stays below $500 and gives you a lot of value for money.

Processor

Budget gaming PC  processor

The CPU is an older model AMD Ryzen 5 1600 which will be enough for your gaming needs but not great when it comes to processor-dependant games. These include games which involve a vast amount of things to load, such as Civ games, GTA V, Stellaris or Cities Skylines. Again, on a budget you have to sacrifice some processing power. A good upgrade from here is to get an Intel core i5 8400. That CPU can kick butts and take names all day everyday.

Graphics Card

Budget gaming PC  GPU

Personally my choice company for GPUs is Nvidia, but it is also the Apple of graphic cards. Nvidia GPUs are expensive, and when it comes to budget gaming PC builds we need to turn to AMD. The Sapphire Radeon Pulse RX 570 is great for playing games at 1080p 60fps. Although it may require adjustments to graphics here and there, it does perform well in many games. The GPU has 4GB VRAM which is good enough, although higher is always better. Best value for money GPU right here!

RAM (not the truck)

We’re keeping things easy on a light pocket, therefore 8GB of RAM will do well for now. Hell, my gaming PC has been runnin’ on 8GB RAM for almost 4 years now and I’ve played every game there is on this beast. Although I see the requirement of upgrading now. The 8GB Patriot Viper Steel has 3,200Mhz frequency, delivering you amazing speeds for the cheap price. You can easily get another 8GB stick once you have enough money saved.

Storage

What about the storage? We’ve listed an SSD and a HDD for you to choose from. Both have equal prices. The Kingston A400 240GB SSD is good value for money when it comes to SSDs and the storage spaces. SSDs are Solid State Drives, and they offer lightning fast loading times for your games. However, 240GB won’t be enough if you want to install many games at once. The WD Blue 1TB PC Hard Drive has the space advantage where it lacks the speed advantage. Roughly the same price, it offers a lot of space for dozens of games, however the speed difference compared to SSD will be very noticeable.

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