The Best Budget $500 Gaming PC – Good & Cheap Build (UPDATED 2019)

best gaming pc under 500 dollars

Getting into PC gaming can be a little intimidating, but by following our guide for the best budget gaming PC under $500, will ensure you have all the tools you need to create the perfect gaming rig for your needs. Furthermore, with this budget build, you’ll be able to enjoy all your favorite AAA games without breaking the bank.

Build Overview

In the modern age of computing and technology many will be surprised what a $500 budget can buy, however what we have here is the best gaming rig you can purchase for that price tag. Think 1440p gaming, VR compatibility and more! All sounds too good to be true? Well it's not, you just need to know which areas to prioritize and which to compromise....

So, what else sets it apart? Well, let’s take a look:

High Performance. The graphical performance of this build is easily on par with that of the PS4 Pro (if not better) and easily trumps the original PS4. The CPU is also a significant step up from the power of the PS4 Pro’s (which is roughly equivalent to an Athlon X4 860K).

Upgradeability. This build has been purpose designed to serve one specific goal, decent gaming performance at an affordable price whilst still having the ability to upgrade in years to come. Take the CPU and GPU as prime examples. You can upgrade both your CPU and GPU to much more powerful counterparts in the future thanks to the versatile MOBO we've gone for which in theory should last much longer than anything else in it's price range.

Simplicity. We went with a builder-friendly case for this rig. We've deemed this case to be the perfect size for beginner builders and isn't too complicated when you get into the thick of it. It comes equipped with 3 off the shelf fan's which means no additional cooling has to be purchased, however, if you are planning on upgrading down the line you have the piece of mind that further cooling assistance can be purchased if required.

How We Choose the PC Components

Here at WePC, we have years of experience building computers and giving advice to friends, families and our readers. All of our build recommendations have been carefully researched, utilise similar builds we have completed ourselves in the office or for personal use and most importantly are built with budget and performance in mind. We work tirelessly to ensure our builds are up to date, efficient and offer high performance to the lucky reader who is going to build it.

We don't just use our own knowledge and experience, we also keep up to date with the latest tech in our industry and use various benchmarks to allow us to quickly compare multiple components. We also check our builds daily, to ensure everything is still in stock and the price still offers you the best bang for buck. We are here to support you.

The Best Budget $500 Gaming PC Update:

AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Processor
cpu

AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Processor

The Ryzen 5 2600 provides great all-around performance at a fair price. It also avoids bottlenecking the strong GPU in this build.

PowerColor Red Dragon Radeon RX 570 4gb GDDR5
gpu

PowerColor Red Dragon Radeon RX 570 4gb GDDR5

The RX 570 is widely considered the best budget gaming GPU in today's market which still provides fantastic performance.

Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 3200MHz DDR4 RAM
ram

Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 3200MHz DDR4 RAM

With a full 16GB of fast RAM, this powerful $500 build has the ability to multitask and game at the highest level for its price range.

Crucial BX500 480GB SSD
hdd

Crucial BX500 480GB SSD

This 480GB of SSD storage should be a great starting point, loading games, and applications ultra fast.

EVGA 500W 80 Plus Bronze Certified Non-Modular Power Supply
psu

EVGA 500W 80 Plus Bronze Certified Non-Modular Power Supply

We've gone for a non-modular 500W PSU for this build, with 80+ bronze certification and the peace of mind which comes with buying an EVGA PSU.

MSI ProSeries B450M PRO-VDH Motherboard
mobo

MSI ProSeries B450M PRO-VDH Motherboard

A budget motherboard that shouldn’t give you any issues.

Thermaltake Versa H22 ATX PC Case
case

Thermaltake Versa H22 ATX PC Case

An astonishingly cool (aesthetically and literally) budget case that dominates other value options in the same price range.

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Build Details

If you want a good cheap $500 dollar gaming pc, you’re in the right place. Now, let’s hop into the belly of this beast.

cpu
  • AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Processor

    AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Processor

The AMD Ryzen 5 2600 was one of the best budget CPUs on the market and its reputation has only improved with the introduction of the Ryzen 3000 chips which has driven the price down further. With this processor, you’ll be able to enjoy your games without the CPU bottlenecking and protect yourself for future upgrades. This CPU is hard to beat in terms of value and makes light work of the day to day tasks and gaming. The Ryzen 5 2600 provides this build with a great foundation without breaking the budget!

gpu
  • PowerColor Red Dragon Radeon RX 570 4gb GDDR5

    PowerColor Red Dragon Radeon RX 570 4gb GDDR5

The RX 570 is considered the top budget GPU in the $130 range right now and comes equipped with all the punching power of its master, the RX 580. This GPU can easily provide 1080p 60fps in most modern games on max settings following our benchmark stress tests and will easily max out older games as well. One thing worth mentioning however is how the RX 570 isn’t quite ready for VR gaming or higher resolutions. Certainly forgivable for a budget card under $150 however. Its performance is far above that of the PS4, and around that of the PS4 Pro. For the best graphical performance, you can get in this range, look no further. PowerColor’s version of the RX 570 comes equipped with a fantastic dual fan configuration which is extremely efficient.  

ram
  • Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 3200MHz DDR4 RAM

    Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 3200MHz DDR4 RAM

This Corsair LPX RAM kit offers 16GB of DDR4 RAM, which should more than enough for most gaming and multitasking scenarios. It’s pretty solid value for the price range and the slight bump in clock speed naturally makes it better than a lot of entry-level DDR4 RAM kits you’ll find out there. As many will likely know, Corsair has a proven track record of providing products with fantastic performance and reliability, their RAM is no different and is one of few go-to brands that we use here at WePC.

hdd
  • Crucial BX500 480GB SSD

    Crucial BX500 480GB SSD

This average size 480GB Crucial SSD is the cheapest one I’m willing to recommend but offers great storage capacity and performance in its price range. By investing in an SSD, you can store your OS and a few of your favorite games inside it for rapid-fire load and boot times. An SSD is one of the best investments you can make for your machine since it’ll offer the largest quality of life improvement. If you choose an SSD, be sure to install your operating system on, so you can make the most of your performance!

psu
  • EVGA 500W 80 Plus Bronze Certified Non-Modular Power Supply

    EVGA 500W 80 Plus Bronze Certified Non-Modular Power Supply

Unfortunately, we weren’t able to equip our $500 build with a modular PSU and you can thank the rising prices for this. However, what we have equipped this build with is a perfectly acceptable non-modular 500w bronze rated PSU from EVGA which pretty much guarantees build quality and longevity.

mobo
  • MSI ProSeries B450M PRO-VDH Motherboard

    MSI ProSeries B450M PRO-VDH Motherboard

For this machine at this price range, the MSI B450 Pro Motherboard is pretty much perfect. It may be an entry-level motherboard, but this is still ultimately an entry-level PC, and you don’t yet have the budget to get the components to justify something more expensive. Motherboards also don’t really affect gaming performance at all, so even when you do upgrade you’ll be just fine. MORE: Best Gaming Motherboards

case
  • Thermaltake Versa H22 ATX PC Case

    Thermaltake Versa H22 ATX PC Case

The Thermaltake Versa H22 may not look like a budget case, but it is one. It’s just…a really, really good one, with a sub-$40 price tag, great airflow and a clean aesthetic design. We’ve yet to experience any actual problems with this case and consider it to be fantastic value for money. It, unfortunately, doesn’t have a glass viewing window but does come equipped with plenty (1x) out-of-the-box cooling fans.  The case, as stated above, comes with 1 cooling fan already, however if you want to accomplish the case’s full airflow potential I would recommend getting a couple extras 120mm fans. You’ll sometimes find compromises like these in this price range, but fortunately adding an extra intake fan should only run you about $10-$15- we have a recommended fan pick listed in optional upgrades below. You simply can’t find a more versatile gaming case for under $40 and this is one of our top value picks. MORE: Best PC Cases

Why is This The Best Cheap $500 Gaming PC Today?

If you’re into playing AAA games or competitive shooters, then this is the best budget gaming PC you can get your hands on in it's price range.

The 8GB RAM allows you to comfortably play just about any game (8GB is still the threshold for gaming) while also letting you do some multitasking on the sides.

Both the CPU and the GPU of this cheap gaming PC build are enough to deliver 1080p gaming with an average of 60FPS for most titles. (You may have to play around with the settings some for newer AAA games to maintain that frame rate).

What games can this PC run?

In this section, we’re going to tell you how this game should be able to run your favorite games.

  • Fortnite - Fornite should run great at high-to-max settings in 1080p60.
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds - PUBG should run at medium-high settings in 1080p60.
  • Monster Hunter: World - MHW should run at medium-high settings in 1080p60.
  • League of Legends - League will do just fine at max settings in 1080p60.
  • Dota 2 - See above.
  • Overwatch - Overwatch should do well at high-to-max settings at 1080p60.
  • Rainbow Six: Siege - Siege should perform at medium-to-high settings in 1080p60.
  • Warframe - Warframe is pretty light, so max settings @ 1080p60 should be easy to achieve with this build.
  • Grand Theft Auto V - GTA V is pretty intensive, so expect medium-to-high settings at 1080p60 and lower framerates if you decide to max it out.
  • Team Fortress 2 - TF2 should generally perform fine at 1080p and 1440p, but due to the weaker CPU in this build it won’t have the most stable performance without a performance config.

Similar Prebuilt Gaming PC Under 500 dollars

As many will already know, you pay a premium when you buy pre built rigs, so ideally you’d want to build a cheap gaming PC yourself and save money in the process (or get a better value for your budget). However, some people aren’t comfortable even trying to build their own gaming PC.

If that’s the case for you, then don’t worry. Here are some options for you:

Upgrade Path for This Build

Our best budget gaming PC in the 500 dollar price range is already a potent machine on its own, but what if by making a few tweaks and pushing your budget ever so slightly you could improve the performance considerably. 

Rhetorical question. This is PC gaming. Of course, you can do that.

NOTE: These will raise the price of the build!

gpu

For a graphical punch which will surpass that of the PS4 Pro, bump up your GPU to a GeForce GTX 1660. The 1660 is more than enough to thrash games at 1080p High/Max, and is a worthy upgrade for this build and shouldn’t be bottlenecked by the 8100 CPU. If you’d like even more graphical power, I’d recommend taking a look at the GTX 1660Ti  and the $800 Gaming PC. However, note that such a massive leap in performance will come with a similarly massive leap in price.

hdd

The build features some fast SSD storage but you may need some extra HDD space for all your other files. This 1TB barraCuda will certainly do the trick, giving you plenty of storage to load the majority of your media files and possibly some games on too.  If you’re just getting into PC gaming, chances are you don’t have a large enough Steam library to stuff this full of games. By the time you’ve built that library, you should have the money to get another HDD as a storage upgrade. MORE: Best Gaming Hard Drives

Cooler

If you want to reach the Thermaltakes full potential we recommend kitting it out with 2 of these, relatively cheap, additional fans. With all 5 fans installed you will reap the rewards of Thermaltakes brilliant design which has been engineered to enhance cooling. MORE: Best Case Fans

OS Options and Recommended Peripherals

Ideally, you’d already have some or all of these things before buying the best gaming computer under $500. Unfortunately, we don’t always live in an ideal world, so we’ve provided this section just in case you need it.

Operating System

Windows 10

Windows 10

While your computer is a very powerful machine, it’s unfortunately capable of very little without an operating system. Operating systems, such as Windows are used by the PC to provide a standard environment for applications and user interactions. So, make sure you buy a Windows 10 license. Alternatively, if you would prefer a Windows copy on DVD then you can purchase this from Amazon. If you want to do PC gaming, Windows is your best option. If you’ve purchased a retail Windows license for one of your previous PCs, you should be able to transfer that license to your new build.

Operating System

But, if you haven’t, you’ll either need to buy Windows 10 or deal with Ubuntu/Linux Mint for some time. We highly recommend installing your OSes via USB, both for faster install speeds and to save on physical media shipping/the cost of an optical drive. We’ll dive into that more later in the article.

Mouse and Keyboard

When most people mention peripherals, these are what come to mind. Your mouse and your keyboard are your primary forms of input and interaction with your PC, and if you don’t have some already, here’s a few that we recommend!

Razer Deathadder Elite Gaming Mouse

Razer Deathadder Elite Gaming Mouse

The Razer Deathadder Elite mouse is insanely good value and for that price, you will be getting one of the best shapes on offer for gaming. This ergonomic mouse has been designed with comfort in mind, it features more than enough DPI for anyone and boasts a seriously good optical sensor. If you would prefer to cut the cord and go wireless then take a look at some of our wireless recommendations here. Alternatively, you can view some of our more budget mice picks here. MORE: Best Gaming Mice

Redragon K552-RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Redragon K552-RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

The Redragon K552 is an entry-level mechanical gaming keyboard. If you’re serious about writing or gaming, a mechanical keyboard is a necessity. A nice mechanical keyboard under the $50 price range with some impressive features too! The board features RGB, Macro customisation, quick clicky Blue switches, and simple yet stylish design. This is a TKL board so there is no number pad and if you think you would prefer a number pad then maybe consider some premium alternatives.

SteelSeries QcK Gaming Surface

SteelSeries QcK Gaming Surface

The Steelseries Qck gaming surface is largely considered to be one of the best and most comfortable pad’s available in today’s market. The QcK has been specifically designed with gamer’s in mind and the tightly woven fabric has been optimised for control and speed.  A great pick. MORE: Best mousepads of 2019

Razer Gaming Bungee V2

Razer Gaming Bungee V2

The Razer Gaming Bungee V2 is a solid bungee from Razer, It eliminates drag from your mouse cable which enhances your gaming experience. MORE: Best Gaming Bungee’s

Monitor

No one wants to be in a situation where they’ve invested in a great gaming PC and discover they have no way to actually play the video games they paid for. If you don’t have an old monitor or HDTV sitting around, here’s our monitor recommendations.  

ASUS VG278Q 27"

ASUS VG278Q 27"

Our current top pick for gaming monitors to accompany your new build is the ASUS VG278Q Gaming Monitor and it’s perfect for gamers. This pick is under $300 and it has everything you would want from a high-end gaming monitor. The monitor boasts a 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time and superb value for a monitor of this quality. MORE: For a more premium recommendation see here.

Sound Options

Another important part of your gaming experience is your audio! A lot of work goes into soundtracks and sound design in video games and if you want to enjoy that side of things, you’ll need good enough sound hardware to do it. Here are a few recommendations to start you off!

Creative Inspire T12 2.0 Multimedia Speaker System

Creative Inspire T12 2.0 Multimedia Speaker System

Some great speakers to start out with are the Creative Inspire T12 Speakers. At just under $45, these provide a high-quality audio experience without breaking the bank. While you’ll still need to buy better speakers for things like surround-sound and a subwoofer, the T12 set will be perfectly fine for getting you started listening to music and watching your films. MORE: Best Speakers

HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset

HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset

A good gaming headset to start with is the HyperX Cloud Stinger! With great build quality, directional audio and a built-in mic, you’ll be ready to communicate with your teammates in-game and destroy rivals. This is a solid headset from HyperX but if you are after a more premium audio experience then check out some of its competitors.

Getting Online

Last but not least, let’s talk about actually getting online. You have two options: Wi-Fi or Wired.

ASUS PCE-AC56 PCI Wireless Express Adapter

ASUS PCE-AC56 PCI Wireless Express Adapter

For WIFI go with the Asus AC56 PCI Adapter. It supports all the latest Wi-Fi standards, has good reviews, and comes at a great price!

Wired (Ethernet Cable)

Wired (Ethernet Cable)

With Wired, you’ll want to invest in an ethernet cable. A high-quality 25 foot ethernet cable off Amazon will only run you $8, and for your trouble with wires, you’ll enjoy much more stable network performance in your games.

Building Tips

So, finally you've arrived at the section in this article which hosts a whole bunch of helpful building tips if you're a beginner builder. 

We know there's a lot of common mistakes that rookies make when PC building (it’s just part of the learning process) and that’s why we wrote a guide to nip that in the bud. For you to successfully build your $500 gaming PC, you need the right guide to do it correctly and efficiently.

Before you even get there, though, we know you’ll have a lot of questions. And, well, we’ve already answered a lot of commonly asked PC building questions here.

Invest In Anti-static Equipment

Alright, time to get serious about Static Shock (+20 internet nostalgia points if you remember this cartoon).

If you electric discharge while assembling your rig, you could ruin your components! While this is a rare occurrence that can be avoided with the right grounding practices, you can save yourself a lot of stress by just investing in some cheap equipment.

An anti-static mat or an anti-static wristband will help you avoid tragically frying your electronics while assembling them. If you only buy one, we recommend the wristband. It may cost a little extra, but that is worth the peace of mind while building your gaming PC.

Be sure to check out our how to correctly use an anti-static wristband guide if this is your first time using it.

Watch Building Guides

This Tek Syndicate video guide will walk you through every step of the PC building process. This is our favorite guide on the topic thanks to its brevity, but it might be a little fast for you, so don’t be afraid to look for some other guides (and leave them in the comments; maybe you’ll find our new favorite).

If you supplement it by paying close attention to the instruction manuals included with your new components, then everything should go right.

You’ll find that most of the difficulty involved in PC building is being careful and being patient. In other words, it’s pretty much the same skillset involved in making great Lego creations. Good luck with the standoff screws, though. Those suck.

If you’re still overwhelmed by the entire process, then you might find our comprehensive guide on How to Build a Gaming PC useful. This guide covers everything from planning a budget to long-term computer maintenance.

Install OS Via USB

We’ve already recommended which OS you should use, but now let’s talk about installation. Don’t spend extra on having a disc shipped to you or buying a disc drive when you can just install your operating system via USB.

To install Windows 10 over USB, download the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool onto a 4GB+ USB stick. For Linux distributions, use UNetbootin or Rufus instead.

Closing Thoughts

And we’re done!

Once you order your parts and put them together you’ll have what we consider to be the best gaming desktop for 500 dollars. While you may not have the biggest muscle on the market, you can always upgrade later on thanks to the flexibility of the PC platform.

While a console gamer may save more up front when purchasing a console, you’ll save much more in the long run by utilizing Steam, GOG, and Humble Indie Bundle sales to get the best games cheap. Oh, and don’t forget the wonderful, free modding community which extends the life of your games significantly.

Welcome to the world of PC gaming. Enjoy the best budget $500 gaming PC!

Tell us what you think of the build! Are there improvements you want to add/recommend? Comment down below and we’ll debate!

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165 Comments

  1. Ji R says:

    Wow great guide! Very helpful for a first time builder.

    1. Cameron says:

      Can I order everything but the motherboard and still be cool?

      1. Karthik Srinivas says:

        No the motherboard is the most nescessary item. The only thing you can not use is the gpu

        1. hank says:

          i know right

    2. Ben says:

      hey i was wondering if you had a mother board replacement or different site to buy it on there all sold out on amazon

      1. Ben Johnson says:

        Apologies for the delayed response, there are a number of similar motherboards to what we recommend on the market. The most important thing to remember is the socket and CPU generation of the motherboard.

        For example, LGA1151 & 9th generation would be compatible with the latest Intel CPUs, such as the i9400F.

        Please let us know if you need anything else.

    3. josh says:

      would it be able run aaa games at decent graphics and would you know any places in ireland to build a pc .do you know any gaming monitors

      1. Ben Johnson says:

        Hi Josh.

        It would be able to run most AAA games at 1080p at medium settings, but would struggle with anything more, at least if you want a stable FPS.

        We will be providing build videos and benchmarking very soon for our build recommendations.

    4. Mitch says:

      What could you upgrade the cpu to?

      1. Ben Johnson says:

        You could put any 9th generation CPU in the build, but we would advise upgrading the motherboard if you were looking at something such as the i9900K. Realistically, I’d recommend anything from the 9400F – 9700K.

  2. Renaud Didelot says:

    Very good guide.

    1. Kadin says:

      Hi great guide but could you please put a how to build for this very gaming PC so we know where every thing must go so none of us waste 500 bux

      1. Ben Johnson says:

        Yes, we are currently working on the how to build page, this will be updated very soon.

    2. Tayghan says:

      Can u have a DVD tray put in

    3. Tayghanv says:

      Can u have a DVD tray put in

      1. Ben Johnson says:

        Yes, you can add a DVD drive to the build, very easily.

    4. Ben Johnson says:

      Thank you, I am glad you enjoyed it. We will be updating our guides very soon with build videos and benchmarking results.

  3. keegan de mayo says:

    Can you get a different case if so what case should I get

    1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

      Hi, Keegan de mayo! Yes, you can actually get another case. What’s your budget range? I could give you a list of cases for your convenience 🙂

      1. Loui Ring says:

        Hello, I would like to know your list of cases please :). I’m willing to spend around the $50 mark.

        1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

          Hi Loui Ring! Here are some of the list in the $50 price. Remember though that the motherboard A320M Pro-VHL has an onboard USB 3.0 Header and some of the cases on the list don’t have front panel USB 3.0 ports.

          BitFenix Nova TG (White)
          BitFenix Nova TG (Black/Red)
          Apevia X-QBER-PK
          Cougar MX310
          DIYPC VT380-W
          Apevia X-Harmony (Black/Green)
          Rosewill Galaxy-01-A
          Corsair 100R
          Corsair SPEC-02
          Fractal Design Focus G Mini (Black)
          Thermaltake View 21 Tempered Glass Edition
          Cooler Master N400
          Thermaltake View 22 Tempered Glass Edition
          Thermaltake Versa H18 Tempered Glass
          Corsair 100R Silent
          Thermaltake V3 Black
          Rosewill Challenger S
          Rosewill GUNGNIR X
          Raidmax RAIDMAX Monster II
          Thermaltake Versa N25
          Zalman Z11 NEO
          RIOTORO CR480
          Rosewill R521-M
          Nanoxia Rexgear 1 (Black/Orange)
          Rosewill I3-397-BK
          Raidmax Vortex V5 ATX-405WB
          RAIJINTEK STYX
          Rosewill Galaxy-02
          RAIJINTEK STYX
          Raidmax ATX-502WBG
          Rosewill R363-M-BK
          VIVO CASE-V10G
          RAIJINTEK STYX
          RAIJINTEK STYX
          Zalman R1
          Nanoxia Rexgear 1 (Green)
          Raidmax ATX-402WB
          Apex TX-388
          VIVO CASE-V07
          Raidmax Viper (Red)
          Apevia X-QBER-BL
          Raidmax ATX-522WBU
          Raidmax Cobra Z
          Enermax OSTROG Lite
          Apevia X-QPACK3-CL
          BitFenix Neos
          Apevia X-QPACK3-BL
          Thermaltake Versa N27
          Thermaltake Versa N27
          Apex TX-606-U3
          Thermaltake Versa H24
          Apevia X-QPACK3-WHT
          Cougar Challenger-O (Black/Orange)
          Thermaltake Versa N21 Snow
          Thermaltake Versa H22 Window
          Phanteks ECLIPSE P400
          Thermaltake Versa N21 Snow

          Are you looking to upgrade your case? 🙂

          1. Amanda says:

            Would a thermaltake versa h13 work for this build?

          2. Grant says:

            yes that case will work. it fits the micro atx which is the size of the msi proseries A320.

          3. Alex says:

            Hey! The case was sold out and i really enjoyed the Thermaltake Versa N21 Snow
            ( amazons choice) and I had a few questions. Is it compatible with the rest of the build, and what LED fans should i buy with it?

      2. Iean says:

        Hey could I order a non modular power supply and can it be any brand as long as it’s 450watts 80bronze certified

        1. Ben Johnson says:

          Hi Lean,

          You can order any PSU, but please ensure it is bronze certified, and you can also get a non modular PSU. However, I would recommend going for a semi-modular if you can, typically they are only slightly more expensive and very worthwhile.

    2. Carter says:

      Hello does the motherboard support hdmi? I just got all the parts and put them together but when i tried to plug in an hdmi cord is didnt fit.

  4. Jason Maag says:

    Are there any YouTube videos of this computer being built, or perhaps gameplay with these components?

    1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

      Hi, Jason Maag! How are you? I’m not certainly sure but chances are that there should be YouTube gameplay videos you would find today with this setup.

      1. Jason Maag says:

        I found a YouTube video that has nearly identical components
        https://youtu.be/1CD4eGYo4zk
        Here it is in case you want to put it on this website

        1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

          Thank you so much, Jason Maag! I appreciate it! 🙂

  5. Micah BOWEN says:

    I’m looking at a machine good for editing photos, Is this a good build for that as well as casual video editing? Thanks in advance!

    1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

      Hi Micah BOWEN! How are you? While it’s “fine” for minor edits here and there and casual video editing, here at WePC, we personally recommend our $1000 builds and over if you are doing content creation full-time as video editing can be very CPU-demanding.

  6. Bob says:

    Is there an alternate motherboard I can use for this build? The one linked is sold out. I’m trying to fit everything into this case if that helps, thanks. 🙂 https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811353081

    1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

      Hi Bob! Yes, there is an alternate motherboard you can use. But please check back because as of now, upon checking, the motherboard is available 🙂

    2. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

      you can get it from this link https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073WCB5WJ/ref=as_at?creativeASIN=B073WCB5WJ&linkCode=w61&imprToken=5zs.hoXtB3A1crKgzJkXAQ&slotNum=5&tag=wepcus-20 if it still appears unavailable. it’s the same board. 😀

        1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

          Hi, Bob! Yes, that would certainly work 🙂

  7. T5 says:

    Can it cinnetc to wifi or do i need to buy another part
    And is there a cheaper gpu i can use

    1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

      Hello, T5! How are you? This motherboard doesn’t come with a WiFi. But you can check our “Getting Online” section – we have the TP-Link Archer T4U there, it’s what you need to connect to the internet wirelessly.

      For the graphics card, yes, there are, actually. 🙂 You can get the GT 1030 that cost around $90 or the GTX 1050 around $140 – $150.

  8. U675 says:

    Can i use anothe gpu the 180 dollar one is too much

    1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

      Hi U675! Yes, you can definitely use another GPU for this rig. Either you get the GT 1030 (around $90) or the GTX 1050 (around $140 – $150) 🙂

      1. Humu says:

        Can I only get the single fan gpus? If I can get a double, then I’ll probably buy the rx 580.

        1. Ben Johnson says:

          You can get either, we do tend to recommend dual or triple fan GPUs as they can run very warm, especially in PC cases with limited space and case fans. I wouldn’t recommend a blower style fan as they can be quite noisy and can also run quite hot.

  9. Jeremy says:

    Hello, I was wondering if there was a motherboard with built in WiFi that would be compatible with this. If there is any, could you link it?

    1. Ben Johnson says:

      Hi Jeremy.

      Yes, there are compatible motherboards which also have Wifi, however most Wifi enabled motherboards are much more expensive. You can either purchase a motherboard with Wifi or purchase a Wifi adapter (USB or PCI-E).

  10. helpme build this pc nobie says:

    can you make a video build for this PC i am a newbie at building PC and i’m getting this one

    1. Ben Johnson says:

      Yes, we are working on this at the moment, we are hoping to have the video live within the next 4 weeks.

  11. Gianfranco says:

    Hi, i’ve never built a gaming pc before, but i’ve been looking around on youtube and sites. I was just wondering if it would be smart to buy 1 8gb ram instead of buying 2 4gb ram? I am asking because I want to upgrade to 16 gb ram later on.

    1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

      Hi Gianfranco! How’s it going? I apologize if I was a little late to address your question. Personally, I would get the 2x8GB together if I have the opportunity since these RAM sticks should come in pairs to work together in sync. If you can, wait until you could afford 2x8GB. Otherwise, 2x4GB is what I would recommend over 1x8GB of RAM since you can take advantage of the 10%-15% DRAM boost from the dual channel technology.

      The reason why we recommend 1x8GB for this build is to give builders a future-proof rig. Anyone building this could then just get another 8GB of RAM of the same-size memory (or the exact same 8GB) and still make use of the dual channel technology.

      I hope this helps 🙂

  12. Brian J says:

    Is there a cpu cooler for this PC build?\

    1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

      Hi Brian J! I know I’m a little late and I apologize for that. But the Ryzen 3 1200 CPU does come with the Wraith Stealth cooler 🙂 so you won’t have to worry about buying a separate cooler if that’s what you’re concerned about

  13. Brian J says:

    As the prices have changed for a lot of the items, I thought this would also work for a little under 500$. Maybe you can update the guide?
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/cart/view.html?ref=nav_cart

    1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

      Hey Brian, unfortunately, you emptied the shopping cart so I didn’t have the chance to see what’s in there. Can you send me the list of items instead? We’ll be happy to hear what you have in mind before we update this list. 🙂

  14. Marcus says:

    Hi!

    I appreciate the guide it is well explained and makes you want to build it with confidence.

    My question will be this, I want to game with a Oculus or the Vive and I would like to watch some 4k movies in the same PC, I already have a nice 4k tv that is great for gaming so I would just need a PC. What build of PC do you think I can get that could be used for regular gaming, VR gaming and watching 4k movies?.

    My apologies if I am asking too much. I was planning in buying a Xbox One X because it outputs in 4k and you can watch blurays and 4k content with it but I decided to check a PC. I doubt that there will be a Laptop for all that in a range of maybe 750 right?.

    1. PC Machine says:

      A Good Rule of Thumb Is That A Performance Based PC (Not Pre-built) Has a PC Counterpart Twice The Price. This Is NORMALLY True For PC 0-700 Dollars, After That It Does Not Make Sense To Buy A 1400 Dollar Laptop Anyways.

    2. Ben Johnson says:

      Hi Marcus.

      OK so for watching movies at 4K, that really relies on the monitor/TV more than the PC, so you would be fine watching movies in 4K on a $500 budget PC.

      As for general gaming, again, this wouldn’t be too tricky, as long as you are playing at 1080P or less, you might be able to play at 1440P but it ultimately comes down to the games you are playing.

      Lastly, VR this is where things get tricky, VR is very demanding of the GPU and can take significant resources to run. A $500 budget PC would not be recommended for VR and would definitely struggle.

  15. SenderMF says:

    Very useful, do you know where to buy a decent monitor that can run games in about 90fps in 1080p, it doesnt need to have anything special just be able to go above 60fps

  16. Nicolas Potes says:

    For the Hdd can I use a Silicon Power 256 Gb instead and is the Silicon better then the Hitachi 1 Tb 7200 Rm

  17. Nicolas says:

    I’m thinking about upgrading my CPU to a Ryzen 5 but don’t know which Ryzen 5 to buy any Tips ?

  18. Logan says:

    Hey I scrolled through a good amount of comments but not all and was wondering just to clarify that this pc does run fortnite? And like what I would need to install for like a game installer like steam or something? and sorry if I sound like a noob im new with this stuff lol. I am asking because I use an xbox one x and want to switch.

  19. Gabriel says:

    Hey! Since I’ve never built a gaming pc before I have a few questions:
    – Would this PC be good for streaming?
    – How do I install the fans for cooling?
    – Do you recommend any cheap internal wifi card?
    – Is this PC difficult to build?
    – How would I know were to connect all the parts?

    Thanks

  20. bigboi says:

    Hello i was wondering if there is a motherboard with built in wifi that would be compatable if so could you leave link.

  21. DensityDuck says:

    Hi there! Would getting a second stick of RAM make a significant difference to performance, or would the SSD be a better upgrade from the basic list you present?

  22. Connor says:

    HI MATE was wondering if you could try and build one under $400

  23. Humu says:

    Does this case fit double fan gpus, if it does should i get the rx 580 instead of the zotac 1050ti?

  24. Aaron says:

    Awesome post was looking for a new computer, this inspired me to give a go at building one, I do have a question though would the Intel Core i3-8350K function in place of the Intel Core i3-8100 Quad-Core Processor? I need a little more (not much) power for GHz, and from what I have found the i3-8350k should work but just want to ask some pros before making a purchase.

    1. PC Machine says:

      Would it bottleneck? It is more powerful, and with a slightly more expensive mobo, you can overclock. This would be some 100-150 dollars more tho.

  25. AJ says:

    How well use on ranbow 6 and fotnyte?
    1080p and ~100 frame?

  26. Greg says:

    Took your design and gave it a few tweeks:

    Part List
    cpuIntel Core i3-8100 Quad-Core Processor
    gpuZotac GTX 1050 Ti Mini
    ramPatriot Signature Line 8GB DDR4-2400
    hddSeagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM
    psuEVGA BR 450W 80+ Bronze-Certified PSU
    moboGigabyte H310M Micro ATX Motherboard
    caseCooler Master MasterBox Q300L

  27. Greg says:

    The Best Budget $500 Gaming PC

    Part List

    $114.99 Intel Core i3-8100 Quad-Core Processor
    $ 45.99 Gigabyte H310M Micro ATX Motherboard
    $ 59.98 Patriot Signature Line 8GB (2x4GB) DDR4-2400
    $ 42.15 Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM
    $169.99 Zotac GTX 1050 Ti Mini
    $ 39.99 Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L
    $ 31.89 EVGA BR 450W 80+ Bronze-Certified PSU
    $504.98

    My version:

    $114.99 Intel Core i3-8100 Quad-Core Processor
    $ 45.99 Gigabyte H310M Micro ATX Motherboard
    $ 99.99 G.Skill – Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory
    $ 39.85 Hitachi – 1 TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
    $154.99 MSI GTX 1050 Ti AERO ITX 4G OC
    $ 49.99 Raidmax – Vortex V4 ATX Mid Tower Case w/450 W PSU $505.80

    You have twice the ram now and it’s DDR4 3000 and you have the same vid card for $15.00 less. I would have left the HD alone, but I was doing my damndest to get it down to $500! Comments welcome!

    1. Frosty says:

      Congratulations! You just made a web page talking about spending its time looking for the best parts be showed up by a the wizard that is you find better priced components completing the same task as the original
      Bravo Greg, Bravo

  28. Ian says:

    Hey, I was wondering if the case came with an optical drive or somewhere because I don’t see it on the list. Will I have to buy on or is it included in one of the parts?

  29. TheMusaiyan5 says:

    Is there any motherboard similar to this on this price range with the ability to detect WiFi??

  30. Rylan says:

    Hey I’m new to pc builds but I have a general idea any vids or tips in how to build this model

  31. CJ DeGroote says:

    I built this pc but the build didnt call for an optical drive and I need one to install bios. Is there any way I can take what’s on the disc and move it to a USB stick?

  32. MAL says:

    Liked the guide a lot. I was planning on buying this setup but then I remembered that I live in Italy and these products are shipped from US, will the final price be higher?

  33. JC Jollant says:

    Nice setup but the case is not available anymore

  34. Jason says:

    Can I substitute an i5 for the i3?

  35. Matthew Cenance says:

    It says the CPU is only available for Amazon Prime members. What do I do?

  36. Jeff says:

    I notice you make no mention of having to buy a new operating system… Your system just gained another $140 if you’re using Windows 10. All the hardware in the world is useless without the operating system… If I upgrade my current computer with swapping out the motherboard and CPU what are the odds the current operating system will still work?

  37. David says:

    This will be my first PC build, i was wondering if there where any specifically BAD places to put it in. Such as on a desk by the monitor, on the ground, layed on its side and turned around? And if there where any build tutorials along with can this run JC3 and Heroes and Generals ok? Thank you so much!

  38. Dylan says:

    can you use the EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti SC Gaming, 4GB GDDR5 on this build?

  39. Diego says:

    I have enough money to upgrade the RAM to 16 gbs of ram total instead of 8, is there any other things you suggest I upgrade with it in order to get the most efficiency out of it? Thank you and have a wonderful day.

  40. Nolan says:

    Will my msi bazooka b350 m motherboard work with this build?

    1. Shaheer says:

      no. the b350 motherboard is compatible with only amd processors

  41. kevin says:

    Any replacements for the seagate 1TB? It is currently sold out.

  42. Jackson B says:

    Will the Deepcool TESSERACT SW ATX mid tower case work with this build instead of the case you have featured?

  43. Gabriel says:

    Hi, great guide btw, I was wondering if I could switch the case for a corsair carbide spec omega?

  44. Eric says:

    If you are using the H310M A motherboard how many fans can you add?

  45. Oscar says:

    I’ve read that the AMD Ryzen
    5-2600 would be an all-around better cpu than the Intel i3-8100, so why are you using the i3 for this build? Is it for compatibility or upgradeability reasons?

  46. Oscar says:

    Second question: wouldn’t we need a CPU cooler? The i3-8100 doesn’t seem to include one.

  47. Tayghan says:

    Can u put in a DVD tray cuz I’m still have old stuff and I will need it

  48. Tayghan says:

    Can the case get a DVD player instaled

  49. Gladmon says:

    Can I use a 240 hz monitor with this

    1. Ben Johnson says:

      Yes, you could use a 240hz monitor with this PC, however it wouldn’t be the best use of funds. The reason I say this is because a 240hz monitor would be best suited with a high powered PC with a GPU such as a 2080 or a 1080TI which would have the capacity to hit high FPS in game.

      This build is more for 60 – 120hz gaming monitors running in 1080 or 1440p.

  50. Jaz says:

    Hi, i was wondering if this build would be good for photoshop/digital art, casual video editing?

    1. Ben Johnson says:

      Hi Jaz.

      Yes, this computer would be fine, you may want to increase the RAM and also upgrade the storage space to an SSD, but it would be sufficient for light video editing and photoshop.

  51. Warren says:

    Hello I recently had some friends help me build my pc. They claim that the power supply is not compatible with the mother board it says it is a 4 point not a 6 point plug?

    1. Dan says:

      Your friends are morons. Maybe they mean the GPU instead, in which case a PSU’s PCI-e power cable is gonna support both 4 and 6 pin.

      In any case, the 1050 Ti is far outclassed by the AMD RX 570, which is available for similar or lower prices. This list is outdated as far as their GPU recommendation goes.

  52. Shaheer says:

    Wouldn’t this rig be wayyy better if it had the rx 570 which basically is a gtx 1060 3gb for the cost of a 1050ti?????

    1. Ben Johnson says:

      Hi Shaheer, yes we have updated our build recommendations and we are also going to be releasing video guides and step by step guides very soon as well as benchmarking results for our builds.

  53. Anthony says:

    Hello. I am wonder if this build would be good for League of Legends

    1. Ben Johnson says:

      Hi Anthony.

      Yes, this build would be perfect for LOL.

  54. Nolan says:

    Are you able you use a larger dimensioned ram in this build being 4.3cm high vs what you have in the build at 3.1cm?

  55. Jonathan says:

    This may sound like a stupid question, but how many gigs of VRAM does this PC have?

  56. AlexElRoz says:

    Hi,are you sure this good for gaming and would u deliver it to any country?

  57. kool says:

    can you choose a cheaper case, it is way more then 500

    1. Ben Johnson says:

      Yes, just be sure to choose a case that is at least a mid tower, which means it supports ATX motherboards.

  58. Beef says:

    Hey I built the pc build from last year with a Ryzen 3 and a gtx 1050 and it won’t turn on. I was hoping for some help? Thanks.

  59. Brandon M says:

    Question, what happens if I upgrade to i5? What components need to get changed?

  60. Michael M says:

    Why isn’t Radeon RX 570 4GB recommended when it’s significantly faster than the Geforce GTX 1050 Ti, yet cheaper?

    1. Ben Johnson says:

      We’ve updated the build with the RX570 🙂

  61. Sam says:

    Will this build be able to carry the new anthem game coming out?

    1. Ben Johnson says:

      Hi Sam.

      Yes, this build will be able to play Anthem at 40-50 FPS obviously depending on graphics settings and what monitor you are using.

  62. Jaden V says:

    when i buy all the parts does it come with all the cords and screws and wifi how do i connect it to wifi??

    1. Max Van Dorn says:

      You need to get your own wifi.

    2. Ben Johnson says:

      Hi Jaden. As Max mentions, you will need to purchase a wifi adapter as many motherboards still do not come with WiFi. As an affordable Wifi adapter, I would recommend this: https://amzn.to/2XC3crp

  63. Will Collins says:

    Is thier a slot for a SD card?

    1. Ben Johnson says:

      No, but you can purchase an external SD card reader for very little, such as this one: https://amzn.to/2Xkl62R

  64. Will Collins says:

    Is there a slot for a SD card? If not, do you have any ideas for cheap options? Thanks for the recommended steup

    1. Ben Johnson says:

      There isn’t but you can easily purchase an external SD card reader that connects via USB.

  65. micah says:

    will this computer run the game sea of thieves?

    1. Ben Johnson says:

      Yes, this game would comfortably run Sea of Thieves.

  66. Max Van Dorn says:

    Hey I used this website and built the PC with your guide, everything seems to be running but my monitor, a Acer, says no signal when I turn it on and plug it in to my PC, any words of advice?

    1. Ben Johnson says:

      Which cable are you using to connect your monitor to your computer? Secondly, which port are you using on the computer tower (are you connecting to your motherboard or GPU)?

  67. GhillieSniperX says:

    why not use a samsung 860 evo

    1. Ben Johnson says:

      It simply comes down to the budget – for an Intel build it’s very difficult to make a build which has an SSD at this price point and the GPU is more of a priority. Having said that, would we recommend having an SSD, of course – we all use the 960 EVO in the office, they are great but expensive.

  68. Alex says:

    Is the Thermaltake Versa N21 Snow compatible with the rest of the build, and what are some good LED fans should i buy with it?

    1. Ben Johnson says:

      Hi Alex. Yes it is, that PC case is a mid tower which is suitable for motherboard sizes up to ATX. As for RGB fans, the best we’ve tested are the Corsair LL120s however they are quite pricey, these are an affordable option: https://amzn.to/2XbiTGJ

  69. James says:

    can it be upgraded to an i5?

    1. Ben Johnson says:

      Yes. You can upgrade the CPU to a i5 or an i7.

  70. Jean-Karlo L. says:

    Hi, I had a few questions about this build.
    1. The case suggested in this list is out-of-stock in most pages I visited (Amazon and Newegg), necessitating that I replace it with a CORSAIR Carbide 270R. You may want to update the list to reflect the availability of the case.
    2. I’ve read that the Gigabyte H310M A has some BIOS errors and needs to be updated to F3 from F2, which is difficult because its BIOS prevents an OS from being installed. Any pointers? I’m very new at building PCs, and I’m quite scared at having to go through a rigmarole just to get my OS installed.
    3. Can this rig still run Windows 8.1, and would the bios still run off of that OS? I insist upon 8.1.

    Thanks!

  71. tony says:

    What drives would have to be installed?

  72. Adam says:

    Would it be better to buy a mobo with integrated WiFi than buying the WiFi adapter?

    1. Ben Johnson says:

      Hi Adam.

      You can do, but typically speaking motherboards that include wifi are significantly more expensive, we recommend this affordable wifi adapter: https://amzn.to/2XC3crp

  73. Peter says:

    Should I buy a Gigabyte B450M DS3H and ryzen 3 2200g instead of the one you suggested? Also I can’t seem to find a very cheap WiFi adapter do you have any recommendations please and thank you?

    1. Ben Johnson says:

      Hi Peter.

      You could purchase one of AMDs APUs either the 2200G or the 2400G both are fantastic value for money and offer solid performance.

      As for the Wifi Adapter, you could try TP Link, we have a few in the office and they work well such as this one: https://amzn.to/2XC3crp

  74. Colin says:

    What changes need to be made for the PC to be Oculus-ready? Specifically, the Oculus Rift S

    1. Charlie Noon says:

      Hi Colin,
      You’d really want to upgrade the GPU to a minimum of a 1060. The CPU would be quite fine. Potentially look at investing in a cheap SSD for quicker load times. A kingston 240Gb wouild work and be good value for money. Hope this helps

  75. Michael says:

    Do you have any prebuilds that can handle VR games such as VRchat that around 570 dollers?

  76. Otto says:

    From what I have seen, this motherboard will likely need a bios upgrade, to work with the 9th gen processor listed, for this, I heard you would need to buy an 8th gen processer as well. Is this true, and if so are there other similar motherboards?

    1. Charlie Noon says:

      Hi Otto,
      You are correct, an update would be required. If you wanted to get this board you could take it to any local PC shop and they would do the upgrade for little to no cost.
      alternatively, you could potentially look at getting a more expensive board that has BIOS flashback.
      Hope this helps

  77. Nick says:

    Can I use a hard drive from a computer thats been sitting around unused for a few years? My mom gave me an old (like 2012) desktop from her work that didn’t see much use to replace my desktop thats on like life support basicly. Its pretty bad but wasnt used to much so I don’t think there’s much wear on the hard drive.

    1. Ben Johnson says:

      Hi Nick.

      I think this should be OK, it might not perform as good as we would expect though as the HDD may slow down the entire PC performance. Ideally, we would recommend a cheap HDD or cheap SSD to run the operating system, and utilise the additional HDD you have for less demanding storage use.

  78. Sam Heppner says:

    Just curious (as I’m very new to this–first time builder), how well could this rig run a very rendering-demanding game, such as Skyrim or Fallout?

    1. Ben Johnson says:

      Hi Sam. You could play both games successfully, at 1080P or 1440P on medium settings.

  79. Darien says:

    I like this build guide would I be able to use a i5 8600k with integrated graphics instead of the gpu

    1. Darien says:

      Could you passably use a i5 8400

      1. Ben Johnson says:

        Hi Darien.

        You could use an 8th generation Intel CPU if you wanted, just make sure the motherboard is 8th generation Intel compatible (LGA1151).

        If you were looking to reduce the build cost then I’d recommend going for AMD’s APU build such as the AMD 2400G which is what we recommend in our $400 build here: https://www.wepc.com/builds/best-gaming-pc-under-400/

  80. Dylan says:

    I can’t figure out how to connect the cable for the Radeon RX 570 graphics card to the MSI B360-A Pro Motherboard. Specs for the motherboard say they are compatible. Where do I connect the cable?

    1. Ben Johnson says:

      Hi Dylan.

      The cable for the GPU will be connected directly to the PSU, not to the motherboard, this should be a six pin connector.

  81. David says:

    I am comparing this to another 400 Dollar build here: https://www.wepc.com/builds/best-gaming-pc-under-400/

    I just want to know which of these PC’s is better for streaming or if I would be just fine with the 400 dollar build.

    1. Ben Johnson says:

      Hi David.

      If you are streaming, I’d recommend going for this $500 build and then potentially upgrading the storage to an SSD and upgrading the RAM to 16GB.

      1. David says:

        So basically I would buy the parts you recommend for upgrades in the 16GB RAM and the SSD instead of the HDD

        1. Ben Johnson says:

          Exactly David 🙂 You could also purchase a HDD, if you expect to use a lot of storage, but you could always add that later on.

          1. David says:

            Thank you!

  82. Reamus says:

    All in all the products cost more than 600$. Why is this so????

    1. Anonymous says:

      The prices of the different components are constantly going up and Down. Try waiting until they are low and then buy your parts

      1. Anonymous says:

        Also, you can get the gpu for 60$ less form Newegg.com

  83. Anonymous says:

    Will it still work well with the thermaltake versa n21 snow edition with the side window

    1. Charlie Noon says:

      Hi anonymous, great question.
      The Versa N21 snow edition would be a fine replacement for this build.

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