Many gamers have a passion to build their dream gaming PC, but many users don’t know where to begin with and which components can be used for their gaming PC. For building a gaming PC, the first thing one has to consider is the budget. Because the PC components are available from low to high-end category which depends on performance and high price tag, but the less price tag components also do their job well because of the heavy competition in the gaming industries. We have already built, many gaming PC under $500 but this is about a special gaming PC which has the latest PC components and comes under $500 without compromising anything.
The very first and in fact, the most important thing you must consider is to check out all the available options in the market for the motherboard, processor, RAM and especially the graphics card. Do a market survey and check to know who can offer you the best devices without compromising the quality. One of the best ways to ensure a 500$ gaming PC is buying all the components from the same seller. This enables you to avail some discount on the components.
Build the best gaming PC under $500
I have built two different types of gaming PC which comes around $500. One is based on Intel and another one is based on AMD. There are still many combinations and components can be used to build a $500 gaming PC, but I have chosen the best among those. Sometimes these components price may vary in an online shopping site, so you can buy these components from local shops, which may be less than the online shopping sites Let’s see what does our component can do in terms of performance and feature, which is given below
Gaming PC consists of many components, which requires lots of power and the components which we have used are given below.
|Processor: Intel i5 8400 – $160||AMD Ryzen 5 2600 – $155|
|Motherboard: MSI B360 Gaming Plus – $80|
|ASUS Prime B350 Plus- $70|
|RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX (1x8GB) 2666MHz 8GB RAM – $70|
|Hard Drive: Seagate 2TB BarraCuda SATA Hard Disk Drive – $50|
|PSU: EVGA 650W GQ 80+ PSU – $50|
|PC Chassis: Corsair Carbide Series Spec 02 – $50|
|Graphics Card: ZOTAC GeForce GT 1030 2GB Graphics Card – $79.99|
Let’s dive into the individual component in this system. If you have any questions related to PC
Intel i5 8400 8th Generation Processor
Intel i5 processor has an exceptional performance which has 6 cores for more processing power. For the gaming enthusiast, the Intel 8th generation i5 processor provides the opportunity to tweak the platform performance to its fullest potential. It comes with Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 technology which gives an extra burst of performance for smooth gaming and it also comes with Intel Optane memory, which delivers amazing system performance and stability.
It does smoother multitasking tasks like programming, gaming, and video editing without any hiccups. It comes with Intel UHD 630, so you can play or stream movies smoothly in stunning 4K UHD and it has incredible VR, which can take the user to the next level of gaming experience.
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
AMD is now a big competitor for Intel and it has beaten Intel in the recent benchmarking testing. AMD produces cheaper processor than Intel and it supports future ready motherboards than Intel. Though Intel only supports 2 generation motherboards. The AMD Ryzen 5 2600 is cheaper than its rival Intel i5 8400 processor. The AMD Ryzen 5 2600 is a 2nd generation processor from AMD and it comes bundled with the wraith stealth cooler, which features a low profile and excellent thermal performance.
It comes with AM4 socket platform, which is future-proof mainstream computing platform and it is updated with the latest x470 chipset. The AMD Ryzen 5 2600 is powered by many technologies like AMD StoreMI technology, AMD SenseMI technology, AMD Ryzen Master Utility, and AMD Ryzen VR-Ready Premium. Which helps the user to do the highest multiprocessing as possible in its class.
MSI B360 Gaming Plus
MSI B360 Gaming Plus motherboard is designed for lighting fast gaming experience, which has Turbo M.2 and Intel Optane memory ready. It has DDR4 boost technology to deliver pure data signal for the best gaming experience and it has the clock speed up to 2666MHz. It supports 8th Generation Intel Core, Pentium Gold, and Celeron processor based on the LGA1151 socket.
The MSI B360 motherboard has mystic light and sync, which can be controlled by Mystic Light App via mobile phone in one-click. It is VR ready, which can take the gamer to the next level of gaming experience.
Asus Prime B350 Plus
It is an AM4 ATX motherboard which is specially designed for AMD Ryzen processor. The Asus prime B350 plus motherboard supports DDR4 RAM up to 64GB and 3200MHz clock speed. It has overvoltage protection which protects your PC from overvoltage surges.
ASUS Prime B350 Plus supports almost 1000+ compatible devices and components. That means more choices for PC building experiences. It has greater endurance, which is tested thoroughly by ASUS and it ensures that every component is designed to function flawlessly in any environment.
Corsair Vengeance LPX
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 RAM is specially designed for high-performance overclocking. It also has a heat spreader which is made up of pure aluminum for faster heat dissipation and the eight-layer PCB helps manage heat and provide superior overclocking function. The Corsair vengeance LPX is bundled with the latest DDR4 memory module kit, which offers higher frequencies, greater bandwidth, and lower power consumption.
ZOTAC GeForce GT 1030 Graphics Card
The ZOTAC GeForce GT 1030 is powered by NVIDIA Pascal architecture, which accelerates your entire PC experience and its powerful graphics engine provide the great gaming experience. It is bundled with a low profile bracket, so it can fit in a smaller system with low height clearance. It has just 70mm or 2.76 Inch low profile bracket and it is powered by PCI-E bus, so no additional power supply connection is needed(means less wire and less clutters).
The installation of ZOTAC graphics is easy(you have to drop it in secure it down to the PCI-E slot for simple and clean install). It has multiple displays out ports, which can expand the view up to two display to see more and do more. It is a power efficient graphics card and it has whispers quiet cooling even without fan stop technology. Whether you’re watching movies, playing games or doing graphics intense operation, you’ll only hear a whisper. You will get easy driver updates and one-click game optimization with GeForce experience software, which is available online and you can download it from here https://www.geforce.com/geforce-experience/download
Seagate 2TB Barracuda SATA Hard Disk Drive
Seagate manufactures cost-effective hard drives, which is the most versatile and dependable. The Barracuda drives have Self-Encrypting Drive(SED) technology, which helps to prevent data from breaches and some Barracuda model have Seagate Secure(which is hardware based data security) with Instant Secure Erase for drive retirement. You can also go for Seagate Barracuda Pro version which comes with bigger space and 5 years of warranty but it costs double than typical Seagate Barracuda drives.
The Seagate Barracuda 3.5 HDD is available up to 8TB of capacities and it has advanced power mode which helps in power saving without sacrificing any of its performance. It has 7200RPM which make it as faster hard drives compared to 5400RPM drives.
Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-02
Corsair is a leading computer peripheral and hardware company, which makes lots of pc components like DRAM, ATX power supplies, cooling solutions, and gaming peripheral, etc., Carbide series SPEC-02 is beautifully crafted gaming PC case with superior air cooling cabinet. It has a large room for cooling fans(up to 6 fans can be installed in this PC case) and it has the LED-lit front in the case which makes this case eye-catching.
There is a mirror side panel which let you see and admire the components in it. And it has a cable routing system and dust filter, which help you to clean your PC cabinet. You can add three 3.5″ hard drives and two SSD(solid state drive) in this PC case and it has the dual front panel (with headphones and 3.0 USB connectors), which ensure to take advantages on the high-speed storage devices
EVGA 650W GQ 80+ PSU
EVGA 650Q GQ is a semi-modular PSU or power supply unit, which has the EVGA ECO mode feature, that ensures the power supply stays completely silent during low to medium loads and the fan does not spin until necessary, allowing it for completely silent operation. It has the unrivaled performance with more than 90% efficiency under typical loads and it has the semi-modular design, which allows you to use the cables you need.
The semi-modular design allows the user to eliminate unnecessary wires and helps to improve the airflow inside the PC case. You can also go for low Watt PSU because Intel i5 8th generation does not need more power and it can save you $10, but this PSU has semi-modular which makes your PC for future-ready use and reduces the cable clutter.
The above components are used to build 2 different types of $500 gaming PC. Both PCs have great gaming experience.
If you want great gaming experience, then you have to upgrade your graphics card because I have used budget graphics card which can play almost all games and I choose this graphics card on basis of my strict budget under $500 but the budget is slightly increased due to online shopping site difference which made me extra $30 to pay for this gaming PC. If you’re an online shopper and you want to buy the PC components at cheaper prices, then to have to wait for the offers which are provided by the online shopping site in festive season or prime day or else you can buy the components from PC Componentes stores which are now comparatively lower price than online shopping sites.
The 2 gaming PCs which I have built doesn’t include the monitor and PC the accessories which may costs you $100 more, but it totally depends upon the users. You can buy the PC accessories for less than $10 and the PC monitor for less than $100. I personally recommend LG 21:9 UltraWide Full HD, which is great for gaming experience and it sticks to $100 bill. The Zotac GeForce 1030 is the budget graphics card which I have used to build these two different $500 gaming pc has good gaming experience and it enables you to add an extra monitor to view your desktop, which is quite beautiful to view a two different monitor at once.