Last Updated: June 28th, 2020
If you are in the market for literally the best 2020 under $500 gaming pc build, then you have come to the right place. If this is the case, you will get the most affordable gaming PC that simply gets you up and running with your favorite pc games at half decent settings and with smooth game play.
The best possible $500 gaming PC build will get you up and playing at standard HD 1080P resolutions with game setting scaled back for optimal FPS gameplay. So if you are looking for the best bang for your buck $500 builds, the following are updated every month here at Newb Computer Build.
This gaming PC build is a back to the basics type build that focusses 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.
Best of luck when planning your next gaming PC build and should you have any questions feel free to comment below.
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The Best $500 Gaming PC Build 2019
Capability: Game at Smoothly with medium to high settings with smooth FPS at 1920X1080 resolutions in most games.
The Ryzen 5 2600 processor is a fantastic value for a $500 gaming pc - coming with 6 cores and 12 threads unlocked, and a frequency of 3.9GHz Max boost an an included Wraith Stealth Cooler.
Amazon Price: $154.99
2. Cooler: AMD Wraith Stealth Cooler (Included)
This cooler is included with the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 and is more than enough to cool this $500 gaming pc build.
3. Motherboard: GIGABYTE B450M DS3H
This motherboard is a quality budget Micro ATX sized board, that features everything you'd need in a $500 PC, including:
- Supports AMD 1st & 2nd Generation Ryzen/ Ryzen with Radeon Vega graphics processors
- Dual channel non ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
- HDMI, DVI D ports for multiple display
- PCIe Gen3 M.2 NVMe
- High quality audio capacitors and audio noise guard
- RGB fusion supports RGB LED strips in 7 colors
- Realtek gigabit LAN
Amazon Price: $72.99
4. Graphics Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1650 Super OC 4G Graphics Card
The GTX 1650 Super is an upgrade compared to the included RX 570 in previous months that held this spot in the $500 Gaming PC Build.
The 1650 Super is significantly faster, newer tech and even uses less power - the perfect GPU for this $500 pc build!
Amazon Price: $159.99
8GB for any gaming pc out there and should be all you need -- however there is always room to upgrade!
Amazon Price: $34.99
The $500 pc build starts at 250GB and it plenty for those with the $500 budget pc build and there is always room for growth.
Amazon Price: $45.99
7. Power Supply Unit: Thermaltake Smart 500W 80+ White Certified PSU
500W is plenty for this pc build and the Thermaltake Smart 500W does the trick perfectly.
Amazon Price: $44.99
The Cooler Master Q500L is a great little budget Micro ATX sized gaming PC case.
Amazon Price: $47.63
Estimated Price (July 2020): $577
*Bit over budget, but worth squeezing in the dedicated Graphics Card for the performance.
The Best 2020 $500 Gaming PC Build Details
The best CPU for the $500 pc build is the Ryzen 5 2600, which is a fantastic CPU bolstering 6 cores and 12 threads with a frequency of 3.9GHz Max Boost – a great value for a budget pc build, seriously.
The graphics card included is an RX 570 4GB graphics card — this is a great card that will guarantee excellent performance at standard 1080p resolutions, and is the perfect card to pair with the included Ryzen 5 2600
The motherboard chosen is a budget board that does everything you need in this $500 budget pc build — it’s a Micro ATX smaller form factor motherboard – the GIGABYTE B450M DS3H – which has the following specifications (learn more at gigabyte.com):
- Supports AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen™/ 2nd Gen Ryzen™/ 1st Gen Ryzen™/ 2nd Gen Ryzen™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics/ 1st Gen Ryzen™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics/ Athlon™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics Processors
- Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
- HDMI, DVI-D Ports for Multiple Display
- Ultra-Fast PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 with PCIe NVMe & SATA mode support
- High Quality Audio Capacitors and Audio Noise Guard with LED Trace Path Lighting
- RGB Fusion supports RGB LED Strips in 7-Colors
- Realtek® Gigabit LAN with cFosSpeed Internet Accelerator Software
- Smart Fan 5 Features 5 Temperature Sensors and 2 Hybrid Fan Headers with FAN STOP
- APP Center Including EasyTune™ and Cloud Station™ Utilities
- CEC 2019 Ready, Save Power with a Simple Click
- Supports 1st, 2nd and 3rd Gen AMD® Ryzen™/ Ryzen™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics / 2nd Gen AMD® Ryzen™ with Radeon™ Graphics and Athlon™ with Radeon™ Vega Graphics Desktop Processors for Socket AM4
- Supports DDR4-3466(OC) Memory
- and more
The RAM included is all you’ll need for this build, which is 8GB of DDR4 RAM with a kit of Crucial Ballistix 8GB memory.
For storage, this build includes a modest 250Gb WD Blue SATA SSD – which is a good starting amount of storage for the $500 gaming pc build, but you could upgrade for not much more.
The power supply we have this month is an affordable Thermaltake Smart 500W – a budget PSU that offers just the right amount of juice for this $500 pc build.
The PC Case included in the best $700 gaming pc build is the Cooler Master Q500L MasterBox MicroATX PC Case. This is a compact budget case that gives you a small form factor pc that looks sleek and has a variety of options on how to set it up (learn more at coolermaster.com).
Upgrades for the Best 2020 $500 PC Build
The following are some of the best upgrades for the $500 gaming pc build — these are for those that have a tad more than a $500 budget for their build or for those who want future upgrade ideas.
A CPU upgrade may be worth it if you have more to spend, and the Ryzen 5 3600 is the perfect choice.
Graphics Card Upgrade
The best bang for your buck upgrade in terms of performance will be you graphics card - and the next logical upgrade would be to a GTX 1660 Super, which will pump those frames per second further at a recommended 1080p.
If you think you will need more memory, then 16GB would be a worthy upgrade and probably more than you need.
The above are options should you have a greater budget than $500, or if you want future upgrade ideas when you eventually feel the need.
The CPU upgrade suggested is a Ryzen 5 3600, which is a nice bump, so if you have the funds to do so, this may be a worthy upgrade for you!
If you simply want the biggest bump in gaming performance, then you could consider upgrading the graphics card to a GeForce 1660 Super Overclocked graphics card, which is a fantastic card that will guarantee higher settings in pc games at 1080p.
If you feel a bump in memory is for you, then you could easily bump it to 16Gb with a kit of Crucial Ballistix 2400Mhz Gaming Memory.
Or possibly you are looking for more storage space, then bump it up to 500GB with the 500GB Version of the WD Blue Sata SSD.
The under $500 gaming pc build for 2020 is the perfect budge for those who just want to get a cheap gaming PC and to just get up and playing their
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