Best Gaming PC Under $500

 

Looking to build a gaming PC that does not cost a fortune? You are at the right place. In this article, we will show you how to build the best gaming PC under $500. This build contains quite a nice set of hardware, such as an  i3-7100, a GTX 1050 Ti, 8 gigs of RAM and last but not least 1 TB of storage place. With this build, you will be able to play most AAA on 60 FPS.

Building your gaming PC can be hard, especially if you’ve never built one before. Picking the right hardware to be able to play your favorite games, checking the hardware compatibility and trying not to break budget.

You could go to a store and ask someone to build it for you, but it will cost you way more than your budget, plus you won’t have the satisfaction of building your gaming PC.

Keep in mind the prices listed below are only for the computer tower. You will need PC accessories to play your favorite game, that is why at the end of the article we will make a small “extras” content to help you pick out the best accessories to go with your new machine.

 

 

 

Best Gaming PC Under $500

 

Tower

 

The Vivo “SMART” Micro-ATX Tower Computer Gaming PC

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The tower case we picked is the amazing Vivo Micro-ATX computer case. As you might have seen in the title, this is a micro-ATX case. What does that mean? It means this case can only fit MicroATX and MiniITX motherboards. It does not mean it is not good.

I preferred mentioning it for compatibility issues. Even if it’s a micro case, you won’t believe how much space you will have for larger CPU coolers. On top of that, there’s a lot of free space for larger video cards and plenty of room for more hard drives and SSD options.

The Vivo comes with two front 120mm LED fans, which is great. If you want you can even add three more fans for a total of five fans. The only flaw I found with this case that people might find a problem is there are no optical drive bays on this tower and to read/write discs you’ll need an external ODD. Nowadays not many people use an optical drive, I haven’t used one in the past five years!

 

Motherboard

 

GIGABYTE GA-B250M-DS3H LGA1151 Intel Micro ATX

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The Gigabyte GA-B250M is a basic yet good motherboard. This motherboard will be perfect for this build it will offer you what you need regarding performance.

The Gigabyte GA-B250M Supports  7th/6th Generation Intel Core Processors, which means LGA 1151 CPU socket type and 2400MHz DDR4 RAM, perfect for this build. This motherboard has four slots for RAM, which is good.

 

CPU

 

Intel Core i3-7100 7th Gen Core Desktop Processor

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The Intel Core is the perfect for your first PC build, as this processor offers good performance and a great potential to grow. Not only is it a strong entry-level CPU, but it also requires the same “socket type” as the 7th generation i5 and i7 CPUs.

Despite the fact that this CPU is only a dual core, its hyper-threading feature allows it to run multiple threads per core which result in a quad-core like experience, which is great for the price.

 

Graphics Card

 

Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Graphic Card

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The GTX 1050 is the perfect budget graphic card. It offers amazing performance for the price. The Gigabyte GTX 1050 Ti is one of the lowest priced Ti you can get your hands one, which makes it perfect for this build. This gem supports the latest DirectX 12 features, which is great.

This card has three display port, 1 x HDMI 2.0b, 1 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x Dual-Link DVI-D, perfect if you want to connect multiple monitors. This card is VR ready, but be careful. You might need your other components to be stronger to run in on your PC.

 

Power Supply

 

EVGA 600 BQ, 80+ BRONZE 600W

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The EVGA 600 is a semi-modular power supply. It will supply you with 600W of power, more than enough to safely runs this build. Plus you won’t have to worry if you want to add upgrades, this power supply will support it.

Semi-modular is perfect for people who start building their PC has only the essential cables come pre-attached. There’s less clutter, and it is much better than non-modular and a cheaper solution than going full modular.

 

Memory

 

Ballistix Sport LT 8GB Single DDR4

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Nowadays it is standard to have 8GB of ram especially if you’re building a gaming PC. Also, I picked DDR4 over DDR3, both are very similar, but I’m thinking a little bit ahead and when you’re getting DDR4 it “future proofs” your PC, plus the price is almost the same.

You might also wonder why I picked a single memory stick and not two 4GB stick? By getting a single stick it leaves you the option to add more RAM, you probably don’t need it, but it’s fun to have the freedom to add more.

 

Internal Hard Drive

 

Seagate 1TB BarraCuda SATA 6Gb/s 64MB

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Regarding storage, I decided to go with the 1TB, which will be more than enough space to have a couple of big games installed. If not then you have two options. First one is to buy another hard drive, which will break your budget but you will have more storage place.

The second option is to install a couple of games, play them, finish them and then uninstall them to free up space for other games.

 

Extras PC accessories

You will need other accessories besides your gaming tower to be able to play your favorite video games. In the next section, I have personally hand picked several PC accessories for your gaming needs. Those accessories consist of a monitor, a keyboard, a mouse, a headset and last but not least a mousepad.

Keep in mind this is the extra part of the article, if you decide to purchase these accessories, it will cost you more than $500. Just to be clear.

 

Monitor

 

Acer R240HY bidx 23.8-Inch IPS HDMI DVI VGA

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The Acer R240 is the perfect monitor for gamers. This monster offers a 23.8” Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen IPS display, which will give you an amazing visual experience while playing your favorite video games. This monitor even has a -5 to

This monitor even has a -5 to 15-degree adjustable stand, which I find awesome. Do not worry about the ports this model has VGA, DVI (w/HDCP) & HDMI (v1.4) Ports. All that with a more than affordable price.

 

Keyboard

 

EagleTec KG010 Gaming / Industrial / Office Mechanical Keyboard

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Simple yet amazing. The EagleTec offers great gaming features despite its low price. This full-size keyboard is built like a tank with over-engineered metal and ABS casing and splash-proof design. On top of that their custom mechanical switches are made for long-lasting performance.

If you’re a fan of LED backlight like me, you won’t be disappointed, with its blue LED backlighting can be adjusted for brightness, breathing effect, and on/off.

On top of that their custom mechanical switches are made for long-lasting performance. If you’re a fan of LED backlight like me, you won’t be disappointed, with its blue LED backlighting can be adjusted for brightness, breathing effect, and on/off.

 

Mouse

 

Jelly Comb 4000 DPI 7 Buttons LED USB Wired Optical Gaming Mouse

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Another simple yet effective gaming accessories, what can I say I’m a simple man. The Jelly comb has 5 range of DPI sensitivity, switches from 1000, 1500, 2000, 3000 and 4000 DPI, perfect if you’re the type of gamer to switch DPI settings often.

7 easy to reach buttons, perfect to create macros or remap keys, to give you that small edge in an online PvP match! Once again this accessory has the option to change between 7 different colors which are a cool bonus.

 

Headset

 

Sades Over-Ear Stereo Bass Gaming Headphone.

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My favorite thing about these headsets is the multi-platform compatibility. You can use them on your console as well as your gaming PC. Don’t let its low price scare you about the quality of this product. The sound quality is very clear, with its 40mm high-flux neodymium iron boron/drive unit.

The microphone is splendid as well. The mic has a super noise-reduction function, can pick up sounds with great sensitivity and remove the noise. Last but not least the cord is a strong braided cord, so you won’t have to worry about rolling over it and breaking it.

 

Mousepad

 

Redragon P001 ARCHELON Gaming Mouse Pad

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I know a lot of gamers do not use mousepads, but I still wanted to include one. The Redragon is a very elegant and simple mousepad. The surface is made of silk-processed cloth to ensure that mouse moves very smoothly.

The bottom is made of naturally processed foam rubber, which gives the flexibility to adapt to desktops of different surface materials. As you can see it is very high quality for the price.

 

Gaming Chair

 

Mid-Back Black Mesh Swivel Task Chair with Mesh Padded Seat and Flip-Up Arms

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I decide to go with a simple looking office chair and not a “racing” look kind of chair. Sure the “racing” chairs have a flashier design, but they also cost a lot more, and since we this article is about building a budget PC, I decided to go with a low-priced chair.

That does not mean this chair isn’t good. In fact, this chair has great lumbar support with its curved mesh back and mid-back design which offers support to the mid-to-upper back region. The breathable mesh material allows air to circulate to keep you cool while sitting. Because we all know gamers don’t play for only 1 hour, we play for hours!

 

Here is a great video on how to build a computer in 30 minutes!

 

Conclusion

This concludes our guide on the best gaming PC under $500. This build will outperform most of the gaming consoles plus they will allow you to play most AAA games on decent settings.

Considering this gaming build only cost $500, you will be amazed on how much power it can offer. Nothing stops you from upgrading it if your budget allows it, happy gaming!

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