BEST GAMING PC UNDER $500
Building an expensive PC is easy, but finding the best gaming pc under $500 is quite a challenge – yet a much-welcomed one. We’ve all been there, and a lot of us still are there. We want to game, but don’t have that much cash to splurge on a gaming PC. Rest assured that your prayers have been answered, and below you will find a 1080p-ready gaming PC that can take on any new game release in 2017.
|I3-6100 3.7GHz 6th Generation||READ REVIEW||CHECK PRICE|
|MSI GTX 1050 Ti 4GB VRAM||READ REVIEW||CHECK PRICE|
|ASUS H110M-K LGA 1151||READ REVIEW||CHECK PRICE|
|EVGA 430 80+ WHITE 430W 80 PLUS certified||READ REVIEW||CHECK PRICE|
|Westergn Digital Blue 1TB>||READ REVIEW||CHECK PRICE|
|Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB DDR4 2400MHz||READ REVIEW||CHECK PRICE|
|VIVO ATX Mid Tower||READ REVIEW||CHECK PRICE|
|OPTIONAL:SSD Kingston 240GB V300||READ REVIEW||CHECK PRICE|
|TOTAL:||BUY GAMING PC|
|with SSD:||BUY WITH SSD|
I3-6100 3.7 GHz 6th Generation
Part of Intel’s 6th generation of processors – Skylake, the i3-6100 is the ultimate budget CPU on today’s market. The CPU has two cores, four threads and a base clock speed up to 3.7 GHz. It comes with Intel’s HD 530 onboard graphics chip, which by itself holds more power than one would think. Moreover, the i3-6100 supports DDR4 memory and fits on any LGA-1151 motherboard, as do all Intel releases since Skylake. This means future-proofing and room for upgrades.
What’s most impressive about this CPU is that it can be overclocked. In some benchmarks, it stands toe to toe with the i5-6500, which has a retail price of around $200. Overall, the i3-6100 is the best bang for your back CPU in 2017, and a no-brainer in the under $500 gaming PC category.
MSI GTX 1050 Ti 4GB VRAM
The GPU is the most important component of any PC when it comes to pure gaming performance. Yes, all computer parts are co-dependent, but looking at it in a vacuum, the GPU will give you the most performance-per-dollar in gaming – especially when we are dealing with an under $500 build. This is why we did our best to squeeze every last cent we could towards the GPU. And, we found one of the best performance-per-dollar GPUs on today’s market – The GTX 1050 Ti.
This GPU is the king of 1080p gaming. It can take on almost any game that you decide to throw at it, and you should have no problems running most modern games at 60FPS. Of course, let’s not forget that certain games are more demanding, and will require graphics settings to be turned down to high or medium. But, those are the compromises we have to make for a build in this price range.
ASUS H110M-K LGA 1151
The motherboard is the backbone of your PC, and we did some careful digging before running across this gem. ASUS’ H110M-K is meant for a Micro-ATX form factor, but it will have no trouble fitting in the case we hand-picked to go along. In fact, you will have room for spare.
We will skip mundane technicalities, and get straight to the point of why this board made the list. It’s a quality board by ASUS, it supports DDR4 RAM and Intel LGA-1511 chips, and it features overclocking! This way, you can get the most of your CPU with just a little bit of effort. The one downside is that it features only 3 USB ports, so think wise if you need more. However, for the price, we can’t complain.
EVGA 430 80+ WHITE 430W 80 PLUS certified
There have been way too many PC failures due to people thinking they can simply “save money” by not spending enough on a quality PSU. A reliable power supply is a must-have in any gaming PC, even if it means paying a little more. However, we managed to hit two birds with one stone with the EVGA 430W.
Not only does it sell for less than $35, but it holds more than enough horsepower with its 430 Watts. Of course, what we are looking for is reliability, not pure wattage. This is why we went with a PSU by EVGA, a name synonymous with stability and customer care. Gamers have had the least complaints with them over the years, and there is a good reason why.
Western Digital Blue 1TB
The famous “WD Blue” is a staple selection in builds that cost as much as $2000 – that’s how good it is! Stability is the number one factor when selecting a hard drive, as nothing is more important than your data’s integrity. For less than $50, you are getting one of the most reliable HDDs on the market, packed with 7200 RPM, 64MB cache and 1TB of capacity.
Want an SSD? Kingston’s 240GB V300 is your best option, but it will raise the price of the build by an additional $35. It’s not as fast as Samsung’s EVO 850 series, but the V300 is as cheap as it gets if we exclude unpredictable Chinese brands.
Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB DDR4 2400MHz
RAM is hardly an important choice nowadays, especially in this build. We tried to find the cheapest, yet reliable DDR4 RAM with an acceptable frequency. The Vengeance LPX fits the bill perfectly. Corsair is a reputable brand that produces various PC parts, and any worries of quality and longevity should be out of the question.
You could slash your RAM to 4GB and save a bit of cash that can go elsewhere, or back in your pocket. Unless you use video editing tools or you tend to multi-task while gaming, you won’t feel a hindrance in your day to day use with only 4GB of RAM.
VIVO ATX Mid Tower
The VIVO ATX V01 is nothing too fancy, yet it features everything your gaming PC needs. A myriad of USB ports (2.0 and 3.0), audio ports, 7 expansion slots, fan ports, enough room to fit a modern GPU/CPU combo, and support for basic cable management. In other words: it gets the job done.