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November 2021 Gaming PC Builds of the Month ($1500, $1000, $800 & $500)

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The November 2021 Gaming PC Build hardware updates: November is always a great time to build a PC, and that’s because the holiday season always kicks off this month. What this means is that there are more opportunities on days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday to grab deals on PC build hardware. While you probably won’t see deals on rarer-to-find hardware at the moment like CPUs and Graphics Cards, you can probably snag yourself a good deal on a kit of memory, storage, power supplies, cases or other peripherals like monitors, mice and keyboards.

November also brings some pretty cool updates in the world of PC hardware, starting with Intel’s recent CPU announcement of their latest line of CPUs codenamed Alder Lake — which are slated for public release around November 4th.

The builds you see below are still very applicable for each of their respective budgets, however, what may come into the competition once we see the benchmarks and costs comes down for something capable of running an Alder Lake CPU, would be the newer Intel i5 12600K, which is supposed to cost around $289 — making is a competitive price standpoint when compared to the Ryzen 5 5600X you see below.

Secondly, with the release of Alder Lake also came the announcement of DDR5 memory. You will need a newer type of motherboard to use it though and will need an Intel Alder Lake CPU for this capability. Plus DDR5 is going to cost about 30% more than any of its DDR4 counterparts. You can see a trend here, as put all together you will see quite a premium in the short term to become a first adopter of this hardware.

In terms of the graphic card shortage, you will notice that supply levels may or a tad bit better, at least at the start of November 2021. While supplies are more widely available, costs are still at well above MSRP, but it is way better than previous months from what I can see.

Below you will find the best budget builds up to date for November 2021 from $1500 to $1000, $800, and $500 and all in between, maximizing performance per dollar spent. Please keep in mind that every PC is and can be unique to its builder, so feel free to swap things like cases if you had your eye set on something more unique to you — and if you have any questions as per compatibility, please feel free to leave a comment.

Which November 2021 PC Build is right for you?

Included in the gaming PC builds of the month, you will find builds anywhere in-between $500, $800, $1000, and $1500. This should accommodate most PC gamers out there that play in a multitude of gaming settings, maxing games anywhere from 1080p, 1440p and play really well into 4K.

If you are not sure which pc build is right for you based solely on your budget, then here is a quick breakdown of which build may be a right fit for you:

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The Best $1500 Gaming PC Build | November 2021

Performance: Game with Extreme settings and High FPS at resolutions of 1920×1080 (1080P) & 2560×1440 (1440p) + good gameplay at 4K

*This Gaming PC Build is powered by the AMD Ryzen 5600X CPU and an RTX 3070 Graphics Card

1. CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X

*Cost has gone down making this a very strong contender to its Intel competitor the i5 -11600K

  • AMD's fastest 6 core processor for mainstream desktop, with 12 processing threads
  • Can deliver elite 100+ FPS performance in the world's most popular games
  • Bundled with the quiet, capable AMD Wraith Stealth cooler
  • 4.6 GHz Max Boost, unlocked for overclocking, 35 MB of cache, DDR-3200 support
  • For the advanced Socket AM4 platform, can support PCIe 4.0 on X570 and B550 motherboards

Amazon Price: $309.00

2. Cooler: Stock AMD Wraith Stealth Cooler

The Ryzen 5600X is an amazing CPU in so many ways, in that it doesn't necessarily need to be overclocked and comes with a great Wraith Stealth Cooler, this saves you with a little more cash for other upgrades!

3. Motherboard: MSI MPG X570 GAMING PLUS Motherboard

    • Supports 2nd and 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen/ Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics desktop processors for AM4 socket
    • Supports ddr4 memory, up to 4400+(oc) MHz
    • Audio boost 4 technology with nahimic 3 software enhancement for immersive experiences
    • Frozr heatsink with patented fan design – propeller blade technology and double ball bearings
    • Pre-installed IO shielding is grounded and protects the IO ports from potential electrostatic discharge damage from the external environment

    Amazon Price: $149.99

    4. Graphics Card: MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 3070 LHR 8GB

    Cost (Amazon): $1169.99 (Keep in mind MSRP would put this card at $499)

    *Note: Stock on GPU's has been limited, BUT stock does seem to be shifting to actually being available. The linked RTX 3070 is in stock at the time of posting this update, however, it is pricy. You can also try these alternative GPUS:

    ALTERNATIVE GRAPHICS CARD CHOICES for the $1500 PC BUILD (in stock at posting)

    5. RAM: 16Gb Crucial Ballistix 3600 MHz DDR4 DRAM

    16GB of RAM is the perfect spot for any high-end gaming pc - included is a 16GB kit of Crucial Ballistix 3600Mhz Gaming Kit - the perfect speed of RAM for this build.

    What is the best RAM speed for gaming? Learn more about the best RAM speed for gaming with Ryzen 3000 CPUs in our recent article here.

    Amazon Price: $84.99

    6. SSD: Crucial P2 1TB 3D NAND NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD Up to 2400MB/s - CT1000P2SSD8

    • Capacity: 1TB but Up to 2TB with sequential reads/writes up to 2400MB/s/1900MB/s
    • NVMe PCIe interface, marking the next step in storage innovation
    • Includes SSD management software for performance optimization, data security, and firmware updates
    • 5-year limited warranty

    Amazon Price: $83.99

    7. Power Supply: EVGA 220-G5-0750-X1 Super Nova 750 G5

    • 80 plus Gold certified, with 91% efficiency or higher under typical loads
    • Fully modular to reduce clutter and improve airflow
    • 100% Japanese capacitors, active clamp +DC-DC converter design to improve 3.3V./ 5V. Stability
    • Fluid Dynamic Bearing fan and EVGA eco mode for ultra-quiet operation and increased lifespan
    • NVIDIA SLI & AMD Crossfire Ready
    • Fully Modular to reduce clutter and improve airflow

    Amazon Price: $104.99

    8. PC Case: Cooler Master MasterBox Pro 5 ARGB ATX Mid-Tower

    • Adaptable Layout: Adaptable Layout: Cutouts on the motherboard tray provide ample clearances for specialized builds to fit up to a 10.5" E-ATX motherboard
    • DarkMirror Front Panel: Shade light through the DarkMirror front panel for a sharper contrast of the ARGB fans
    • ARGB Lighting System: The pre-installed ARGB fans can be managed by either the motherboard or an included controller, connected by the included splitter, to create a comprehensive ARGB lighting system
    • Tempered Glass: Gaming hardware, custom-loop cooling, and the pure pride of the builder is shown in panoramic view through an edge-to-edge tempered glass side panel
    • Versatile Cooling Options: Support a total of six 120mm fans, front and rear radiator placement to ensure no compromise on cooling performance

    Amazon Price: $89.99

    ESTIMATED PRICE (November 2021): $1350 (If GPU at MSRP) - $1992.94 (With Current GPU Cost)

    Overview | Best Gaming PC Build for $1500

    The best $1500 gaming pc build for November 2021 includes an AMD Ryzen 5600X CPU, a newer Ryzen 5000 series CPU that performs amazingly, especially for gaming. The 5600X has come down to a very respectable cost and is widely available now – so this one is a no-brainer.

    This is paired with another powerfully new piece of hardware, the RTX 3070 graphics card, making this a very powerful gaming pc capable of extreme performance in games at higher resolutions. There are RTX 3070’s available now, however still well above MSR.P…but available and not quite as bad as it was in terms of GPU supply and costs.

    If you are looking for an over-the-top, very fast-performing gaming PC build that you don’t have to worry about tweaking very much in order to max all games out at HD and higher resolutions, then this build is for you. However, unless you are wanting to get into seriously high-end 4K gaming, you shouldn’t need much more.

    If you still think you need increased performances, you could upgrade your CPU or GPU if you have the excess funds to do so. If that is the case, you could simply consider upping the graphics card to something like an RTX 3080 (if you can find them in stock). This build also includes a very good gaming pc case, with great cooling included and more.

    $1500 Gaming PC Build of the Month Upgrades

    If you have more to spend, then you could check out some hardware alternative suggestions. This could be for either upgrading this build before or after you buy it. To do so, visit the full $1500 gaming pc builds overview here:

    To read the full overview and for a list of hardware alternatives, please visit the FULL Best $1500 Gaming PC Build Page


    The Best $1000 Gaming PC Build | November 2021

    Capability: Game with Extreme settings at 1920X1080 (HD) resolutions up to Higher Settings at 2560×1440 (2K)

    Powered by the Ryzen 5 5600X CPU and the RX 6700 XT Graphics Card

    1. CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 6-core, 12-Thread Unlocked Desktop Processor with Wraith Stealth Cooler

    The Ryzen 5 5600X is a superb processor for any gaming pc build. If you planning an Intel gaming pc build and would prefer the Intel alternative, you could consider the Intel 11400F -- however, at the moment, this cpu is a tad more expensive than it should be.

    Amazon Price: $272.99

    2. Cooler: Wraith Stealth Cooler (Included)

    This is the stock cooler that comes with the Ryzen 5600X. If you are wanting to do some overclocking and feel you need a better cooler, you can always add one in (see the hardware alternatives table on the Best $1000 Gaming PC Build page).

    Price: *Included with Ryzen 5600X

    3. Motherboard: GIGABYTE B550 Gaming X Motherboard

    This is a great budget B550 motherboard, in a small form factor.

    • Supports AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen/ 2nd Gen Ryzen/ 2nd Gen Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics/ Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics processors
    • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
    • True 10+3 Phases Digital Power
    • Advanced thermal design Enlarged Surface Thermal Heatsinks
    • Dual NVMe PCIe 4. 0/3. 0 x4 M. 2

    Amazon Price: $99.99

    4. Graphics Card: PowerColor Red Devil AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT

    The 6700XT replaced the previous card in this build, which was the 3060 Ti. The 6700XT performs a bit better, is in stock and is better priced at the moment. However, if you can find a 3060Ti in stock for less, that would still be a great option as well or even better, an RX 5600XT (linked below).

    Price: $899.99 (actual) - $479.99 (RX 6700 XT MSRP)

    Alternative Graphics Cards:

    5. RAM: Crucial Ballistix 3600 MHz DDR4 DRAM Desktop Gaming Memory Kit 16GB (8GBx2) CL16

    Included is a total of 16GB in the best $1000 gaming pc build, which will be plenty of memory for this rig, plus it's rated at 3600 MHz, which is a great spot for Ryzen CPUs.

    Amazon Price: $84.99

    6. SSD: Crucial P2 500GB 3D NAND NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD

    • Capacity: 500GB but up to 2TB with sequential reads/writes up to 2400MB/s/1900MB/s
    • NVMe PCIe interface, marking the next step in storage innovation
    • Includes SSD management software for performance optimization, data security, and firmware updates
    • 5-year limited warranty

    Amazon Price: $44.99

    7. Power Supply: EVGA 220-G5-0650-X1 Super Nova 650 G5, 80 Plus Gold 650W

    The sweet spot for this build is 650W of juice, and the EVGA 650 Ga 80 Plus Gold does the trick.

    • 80 plus Gold certified, with 91% efficiency or higher under typical loads
    • Fully modular to reduce clutter and improve airflow. Input Voltage:100 - 240 VAC
    • 100% Japanese capacitors, active clamp +DC-DC converter design to improve 3.3V./ 5V. Stability
    • Fluid dynamic bearing fan and EVGA eco mode for ultra-quiet operation and increased lifespan

    Amazon Price: $78.99

    8. PC Case: Phanteks Eclipse P300A

    • Ultra-fine Performance Mesh front panel for the best optimal cooling performance; Tempered glass side panel to showcase your build
    • Spacious open interior: supports ATX motherboards, 280mm radiator in front, supports a vertical GPU bracket (optional PH-VGPUKT_0), and full-size power supplies
    • Easy accessibility to I/O featuring 2x USB 3.0, Microphone, Headphone, Power button, Reset button
    • Front-loading HDD trays for easy installation, up to 4x SSD mounting locations, and a separate PSU compartment

    Amazon Price: $69.99

    Estimated Cost (November 2021): $1168 (with GPU at MSRP) -  $1587.94 (With current GPU Cost)
    *Prices on this PC build are a bit inflated at the moment, if you want to lower the cost then I would suggest bumping the GPU down to an RX 6600 XT instead.

    Overview | $1000 Best Gaming PC Build 2021

    The $1000 build for November 2021 now includes a Ryzen 5 5600X (same as the above $1500 pc build) and includes its wraith Stealth cooler. You don’t have to spend any money upfront for a cooler, however, if you want more superior cooling should you be overclocking, you could consider a better cooler (check out the $1000 gaming pc build page for upgrade alternatives),.

    The real performance driver behind this build is the RX 6700 XT, which at the moment of posting this article is in stock for ok costs. However, you could also consider the previous card that was included in this build, which was the GTX 3060 Ti.

    This $1000 pc build will play games smoothly at a high refresh rate 1080p gameplay and really well into 1400p (2K) resolution gameplay.

    $1000 Gaming PC Build of the Month Upgrades

    To read the full overview and for a list of hardware alternatives, please visit the FULL Best $1000 Gaming PC Build Page

    If you visit the full overview for the best $1000 build you’ll also find hardware alternatives and upgrades. This can be upgraded hardware including a better graphics card, more memory, or even more storage space should you need it.


    The Best $800 Gaming PC Build | November 2021

    Capability: Game at Smoothly with High settings and FPS at 1920X1080 resolutions in most games.

    Powered by the Intel Core i5-11400 CPU and a GTX 1660 Graphics Card

    1. CPU: Intel Core i5-11400

    The Intel i5 1400 is at a phenomenal cost at the moment and is the perfect CPU for this build. While not only being a very capable gaming processor, it also has integrated graphics -- giving you the option to opt-out of buying a graphics card and waiting for the perfect deal, while still being able to use your PC with lower-end gaming.

    • Compatible with Intel 500 series & select Intel 400 series chipset based motherboards
    • Intel Optane Memory Support
    • PCIe Gen 4.0 Support
    • Thermal solution included *Optional better cooler included below.

    Amazon Price: $204.99

    2. Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black

    • Direct contact technology: 4 Heat Pipe with exclusive direct contact Technology effectively provides excellent heat dissipation; Air flow: 42 CFM; Noise level: 26.0 decibels
    • Precise air flow: Stacked fin array ensures least airflow resistance which allows cooler air flow into the heatsink
    • Smart fan sensor for jam protection: Never worry about your cables getting snagged or components being mucked up ever again
    • Snap and play: Intuitive fan bracket design makes upgrading and removing the fan a breeze

    Amazon Price: $39.99

    3. Motherboard: ASUS Prime B560M-A

      • Intel LGA 1200 Socket: Designed to unleash the maximum performance of 11th Gen Intel Core processors
      • Comprehensive Cooling: Enhanced VRM heatsink, flexible M.2 heatsink, PCH heatsink, hybrid fan headers and Fan Xpert 2+
      • Enhanced power solution: 8 power stages, alloy chokes and durable capacitors for stable power delivery
      • Boosted Memory Performance: ASUS OptiMem proprietary trace layout allows memory kits to operating at higher frequencies with lower voltages to maximize system performance. Support memory overclocking up to 5000 MHz
      • Ultra Fast Connectivities: PCIe 4.0, Intel 1 Gb Ethernet, rear USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Type-A &Type-C) and V-M.2 Key E slot for Wi-Fi

    Amazon Price: $109.99

    4. Graphics Card: Zotac GTX 1660 6GB

    The GTX 1660 can handle games at 1080p up to 60FPS.

    Price: $522.99(Actual) - $219 (MSRP)

    *Note: As with all GPUs the costs are quite high, but supply levels are increasing and cards are becoming increasingly available.

    Alternative Graphics Cards

    • GTX 1660 Super (~$550) - Performs less, but is more budget-friendly, although way above MSRP.
    • GTX 1650 (~$339.99) - Budget card. Doesn't perform as well, but is more affordable

    5. RAM: Crucial Ballistix 3200 MHz DDR4

    16GB of RAM is the sweet spot for any gaming pc out there and should be all you need -- however there is always room to upgrade!

    Amazon Price: $73.99

    6. SSD: Crucial P2 500GB 3D NAND NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD

    You can't go wrong with a great value per dollar spent on a Crucial P2 in terms of storage space and Read/Write speeds.

    • Capacity: 500GB or up to 2TB with sequential reads/writes up to 2400MB/s/1900MB/s
    • NVMe PCIe interface, marking the next step in storage innovation
    • Includes SSD management software for performance optimization, data security, and firmware updates
    • 5-year limited warranty

    Amazon Price: $44.99

    7. Power Supply Unit: Apevia ATX-PR600W Prestige 600W 80+ Gold Certified, RoHS Compliance, Active PFC ATX Gaming Power Supply

    • Supports Dual/Quad/multi-core CPUs. Supports single 12V output for higher power usage
    • Dc to DC converter design, provides superior dynamic response, greater system stability and maximizes the 12V DC rail output
    • Multi-gpu technologies supported; 6 pin and 8 pin PCI-E connectors support all GPU platforms. Built in 1 x auto-thermally controlled black 135mm fan
    • Connectors: 1 x 20/24pin main power, 1 x 4/8pin 12V, 2 x PCI 6+2pin, 4 x SATA, 4 x peripheral. All protections
    • Apevia ATX-PR600W Prestige 600W 80+ Gold Certified, RoHS Compliance, Active PFC ATX Gaming Power Supply, 3 Year Warranty

    Amazon Price: $49.99

    8. PC Case: Zalman S4 ATX Mid Tower Gaming PC Case

    • Bezel Design For Optimal Airflow
    • Full Acrylic Tinted Side Panel Shows Your Custom System In Style
    • High-Strength Chasis and Premium Black Coating for Corrosion Protection
    • User Friendly Case I/O

    Amazon Price: $52.99

    Estimated Price (November 2021): $1099.88 (With Current GPU Cost) - $795 (With GPU at MSRP)

    *Note: You can get away with just the Intel i5 11400 CPU and use its integrated graphics while you wait for a better graphics card at a lower cost.

    Overview | Best Gaming PC Build for $800

    The November 2021 $800 budget gaming pc build is for those who just want to build a solid pc capable of 60FPS gaming at standard HD 1080P resolutions. This is truly the ‘every person’ type build for those that just want to get gaming on a PC and do it at fairly decent performance settings.

    The $800 gaming pc build of the month can easily push well fast 60FPS at 1080P in most PC games on the market right now. The CPU included this month is the Intel i5 11400 CPU, which is a very capable CPU, which also has decent integrated graphics and is currently at a fantastic cost. So what this means is that if you want to wait for a better deal on the graphics card, this CPU will get you up and running without one in the meantime, and would enable some lower end gaming.

    For the graphics card, we have a GTX 1650 6GB graphics card, which will push games to high settings under a 1080p resolution. This build is probably most of what any very typical “I just want to game” gamers out there as it does max games out easily at 1080p standard HD monitor resolutions.

    $800 Gaming PC Build of the Month Upgrades

    To read the full overview and for a list of hardware alternatives, please visit the FULL Best $800 Gaming PC Build Page

    The best $800 gaming pc build can be further upgraded — visit the full overview page for a full overview of this build including suggestions for hardware upgrades including a higher-performing CPU, a high-performing graphics card for those more intense games, or even a better pc case.

    The Best $500 Gaming PC Build | November 2021

    Capability: Game at 720p to 1080p resolutions in most games.

    Powered by the Ryzen 5 5600G CPU with integrated Radeon RX Graphics

    1. CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600G

    (*You don't need a graphics card with this CPU as it comes with Integrated Radeon Graphics for smooth 1080p gaming)
    • Features best-in-class graphics performance in a desktop processor for smooth 1080p gaming, no graphics card required
    • 6 Cores and 12 processing threads, bundled with the AMD Wraith Stealth cooler
    • 4.4 GHz Max Boost, unlocked for overclocking, 19 MB cache, DDR4-3200 support
    • For the advanced Socket AM4 platform

    Amazon Price: $260.00

    2. Cooler: AMD Wraith Stealth Cooler (Included)

    This cooler is included with the AMD Ryzen 5600G CPU

    3. Motherboard: GIGABYTE B550M DS3H Motherboard 

    This motherboard is a quality budget Micro ATX sized board, that features everything you'd need in a $500 PC, including:

        • Supports 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen Processors
        • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
        • 5 plus 3 Phases Pure Digital VRM Solution with Low RDS(on) MOSFETs
        • Ultra Durable PCIe 4. 0 Ready x16 Slot
        • Dual Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe 4. 0/3. 0 M. 2 Connectors
        • High Quality Audio Capacitors and Audio Noise Guard for Ultimate Audio Quality
        • GIGABYTE Exclusive 8118 Gaming GbE LAN with Bandwidth Management

        • Rear HDMI and DVI Support
        • RGB FUSION 2. 0 with Multi-Zone Addressable LED Light Show Design
        • Supports Addressable LED and RGB LED Strips

      Amazon Price: $99.99

      4. Graphics Card: *Integrated Radeon RX Graphics Included

      The Ryzen 5 5600G comes with integrated Radeon Graphics at a graphics frequency of 1900 MHz and a graphics core count of 7.

      *Alternative discrete graphics cards if you want future upgrades or better performance:

      5. RAM: TEAMGROUP T-Force Vulcan Z DDR4 16GB Kit (2x8GB) 3200MHz

      16GB is an upgrade to the $500 gaming PC build, and might even be more than you actually need. However, at the moment 16GB kits are close in cost to 8GB ones at the moment anyhow -- so it only makes sense.

      Amazon Price: $61.99

      6. SSD: PNY CS900 240GB 3D NAND

      The $500 pc build starts at 240GB and it's plenty for those with the $500 budget pc build and there is always room for growth.

      Amazon Price: $29.99

      7. Power Supply Unit: Thermaltake Smart 500W 80+ White Certified PSU, Continuous Power with 120mm Ultra Quiet Cooling Fan

      500W is plenty for this pc build and the Thermaltake Smart 500W RGB does the trick perfectly.

      • Delivers 500 Watt Continuous output at plus 40 degree. Compliance with Intel ATX 12 Volt 2.31 & EPS 12V 2.92 standards
      • 80 PLUS Certified, 80 percentage efficiency under typical load
      • Supports (2) PCI E 6+2pin Connectors. Active (PFC) Power Factor Correction, MTBF: 100,000 hours
      • Industry Grade Protections: (OPP) Over Power Protection, (OVP) Over Voltage Protection, (SCP) Short Circuit Protection
      • High Quality Components
      • Equipped with a powerful plus 12 Volt rail, superior performance under all types of system loading
      • 5 Year Warranty

      Amazon Price: $39.99

      8. PC Case: Zalman S2 ATX Mid Tower Computer PC Case

      • Full Acrylic Side Panel for ATX Mid Tower Computer PC Case
      • Front Design for maximized Airflow with two front 120mm fan pre-installed (& one rear 120mm fan pre-installed)
      • Convenient Interface with one USB, 3.0 & two USB 2.0
      • Power Supply unit dedicated space for improved cooling performance
      • 7 PCI Expansion Slots with Bottom & Top Magnetic Dust Filter

      Amazon Price: $51.99

      Estimated Price (November 2021): $543.95
      (*Using integrated graphics)

      Overview | Best Gaming PC Build for $500

      The best $500 budget Gaming PC build for the month this November 2021 will get you up and playing at standard HD 1080P resolutions with game settings scaled back for optimal FPS gameplay — without the need for a graphics card, which makes this the most accessible pc to game on out of all of the gaming pc builds of the month. This is made possible by using a CPU with integrated graphics, which also leaves this build open to adding in a graphics card later on when you can actually find one or want one.

      The $500 gaming pc build is currently powered by the Ryzen 5 5600G CPU with integrated Radeon RX graphics. This means you do not need a graphics card to get up and start gaming, which is a plus since cards are really inflated with regard to cost at the moment. This also gives you the option to also add a better graphics card for increased performance in the $500 gaming pc build of the month.

      This gaming PC build is a back-to-the-basics type build that focuses solely on getting as much performance as we can out of each dollar spent. That means no bells and whistles, only pure performance and focusing on the necessities of our build.

      This could be considered the gateway PC for those breaking free of the gaming console and jumping into PC gaming – or for those who want an affordable gaming pc that can play any game out there with scaled settings.

      $500 Gaming PC Build of the Month Upgrades

      As with all of the gaming pc builds of the month, there are plenty of upgrades that you could consider if you had just a bit more to spend. You can check these out here:

      To read the full overview and for a list of hardware alternatives, please visit the FULL Best $500 Gaming PC Build Page

      The best $500 gaming pc build can be further upgraded — visit the full overview page for a full overview of this build including suggestions for hardware upgrades including a higher-performing CPU, or a high-performing graphics card.

      Operating Systems for Your Gaming PC

      Do keep in mind that you will also need an operating system, however, it’s not too difficult to find keys for windows 10 online, you will need to install it using something like a USB key or external drive.

        OS Link Price Image
      Windows 10 or 11

      Make a Windows 11 Installation Media

      Make a Windows 10 Installation Media

      $99.99 (You can also download Windows 10 and install it on a USB yourself – simply google how to!)  
      Ubuntu (Linux OS) Ubuntu – Desktop Free (open source)
      SteamOS SteamOS – “Build your own Steam Machine” Free

      November 2021 Gaming PC Builds of the Month Overview Video

      A Step by Step on How to Build a Gaming PC this 2021

      Looking for a step-by-step on how to build your pc? Then check out our article for 2021: A Step by Step on How to Build a Gaming PC this 2021 or simply leave a comment below with any questions!

      Best of luck building the best possible gaming pc build for your budget! Questions? Leave them below.

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