The Best $500 Gaming PC Build for 2020

The Best $500 Gaming PC Build for 2020

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Last Updated: October 2nd, 2020

Build Overview

If you are in the market for 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 gameplay.

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 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.

Best of luck when planning your next gaming PC build and should you have any questions feel free to comment below.

If you are in the market for another PC budget you can also check out the BEST 2020 GAMING PC BUILDS page.

The Best $500 Gaming PC Build 2020

Capability: Game at Smoothly with medium to high settings with smooth FPS at 1920X1080 resolutions in most games.

1 CPU - Best $500 PC Build 2020

1. CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Processor with Wraith Stealth Cooler - YD2600BBAFBOX

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: $149.99

2 Cooler - Best $500 PC Build 2020

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 - Best $500 PC Build 2020

3. Motherboard: Asus Prime B450M-ACSM AMD AM4

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

  • Powered by 2nd generation AMD Ryzen AM4 processors to maximize connectivity and speed with NVMe M.2, USB 3.1 Gen2, DDR4 and Gigabit LAN
  • ASUS Corporate Stable Model complimentary Advance Replacement and long life cycle with a COM header and PS2 ports for legacy needs
  • 5X Protection III hardware level safeguards provide component longevity and reliability
  • Aura Sync RGB header provides a nearly endless spectrum of colors with the ability to synchronize effects across an ever expanding ecosystem of enabled products
  • Patent pending Safe Slot Core fortified Pie slot prevents damage caused by heavyweight GPUs. Windows 10 64 bit. Micro ATX Form Factor: 9.6 inch x 9.5 inch
  • ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution: Stylish Fanless Design Heat sink solution, ASUS Fan Xpert 2+

Amazon Price: $77.99

4 Graphics Card - Best $500 PC Build 2020

4. Graphics Card: Gigabyte Gv-N165SWF2OC-4GD GeForce GTX 1650 Super Windforce

The GTX 1650 Super is a great budget gaming PC graphics card that will play games at 1080p without any problem.

The 1650 Super is uses a low amount of power - the perfect GPU for this $500 pc build!

Should you want a little more of a bump in performance, you could consider the alternative graphics card in the upgrades table.

Amazon Price: $169.99

5 RAM - Best $500 PC Build 2020

5. RAM: Patriot Signature Premium DDR4 8GB (2x4GB) 2666MHz

8GB for any gaming pc out there and should be all you need -- however there is always room to upgrade!

Amazon Price: $35.99

6 SSD - Best $500 PC Build 2020

6. SSD: PNY CS900 240GB 3D NAND

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

Amazon Price: $26.99

7 Power Supply - Best $500 PC Build 2020

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: $47.99

8 PC Case - Best $500 PC Build 2020

8. PC Case: Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L

The Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L is a staple Micro ATX case with everything you need at the budget you need, all while looking great in a compact formfactor case.

Amazon Price: $44.99

Estimated Price (October 2020): $553

*tad over budget this month, but well worth it!

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 a GTX 1650 Super 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 Asus Prime B450M Micro ATX motherboard – which has the following specifications (learn more at Asus.com):

  • Fan Xpert 2+: Flexible controls for ultimate cooling and silence.
  • Ultrafast connectivity: Supreme flexibility with USB 3.1 Gen 2 and native M.2
  • ASUS Aura Sync header: Onboard connector for RGB LED strips, easily synced with an ever-growing portfolio of Aura Sync-capable hardware
  • 5X Protection III: Multiple hardware safeguards for all-around system protection

    The RAM included is all you’ll need for this build, which is 8GB of DDR4 RAM with a kit of Patriot Signature Premium DDR4 8GB (2x4GB) 2666MHz memory.

    For storage, this build includes a modest 240GB PNY CS900 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 MasterBox Q300L. I would consider the staple budget MicroATX case on the market – which offers a budget-friendly, high-quality option. Learn more about the finite details 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.

    CPU Upgrade - Best $500 Gaming PC Build
    CPU Upgrade

    AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core, 12-Thread Unlocked Desktop Processor with Wraith Stealth Cooler

    A CPU upgrade may be worth it if you have more to spend, and the Ryzen 5 3600 is the perfect choice.

    Cost: $244.99

    GPU Upgrade - Best $500 Gaming PC Build
    Graphics Card Upgrade

    EVGA 06G-P4-1068-KR GeForce GTX 1660 Super Sc

    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.

    Cost: $239.99

    RAM Upgrade - Best $500 Gaming PC Build
    Memory Upgrade

    Crucial Ballistix 3200 MHz DDR4 DRAM Desktop Gaming Memory Kit 16GB (8GBx2) CL16

    If you think you will need more memory, then 16GB would be a worthy upgrade and probably more than you need.

    Cost: $62.95

    Storage Upgrade - Best $500 Gaming PC Build
    Storage Upgrade

    Crucial P1 500GB 3D NAND NVMe PCIe Internal SSD

    You could consider bumping up your storage capacity and read/write speeds with a Crucial P1 500GB NVMe SSD.

    Cost: $59.99

    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 3200Mhz Gaming Memory.

    Or possibly you are looking for more storage space, then bump it up to 500GB with the 500GB Version of a Crucial P1 NVMe 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 favorite PC games. The beauty of building your own PC, is that you can always swap hardware in the future to upgrade or get specific hardware that matches your style and tastes. If you are interested in learning more about what other budgets can get you, then check out the other builds here at Newb Computer Build or simply leave a comment below if you have any questions.

    Questions or comments? Feel free to leave them below!

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        Hi Jade,

        You are welcome. Are you asking how we could get the build a tad cheaper? Without losing performance this could prove a tad difficult. But you could try and look for Micro ATX sized PC cases that are a tad bit cheaper. Or you could try and go with a 120GB SSD rather than a 240GB. Otherwise, if you really want to go cheaper you could opt for an APU that has graphics built into the CPU – like the AMD Ryzen 3 3300X – which then you wouldn’t need a graphics card, but gaming performance would be limited to lower setting gameplay at 720p to 1080p.

        I hope this helps!

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            Hi Mark, that’s a bit hard from my end to predict, however at the moment if we are talking dollar equivalencies, I would assume something like 400 pounds? And since black friday isn’t until November, also very hard to predict! But what typically goes on sale would be things like SSD storage, RAM, power supplies and pc cases – so I would eye those in terms of deals.

    1. Hi! This is going to be my first PC build, would this PC run games like stardew valley, terraria, and story of seasons okay? I don’t want to play AAA games or anything, so would this PC run well on those types of games? (even though I’ve been researching for months, I still can’t get a feel for what PC would suit me best :))

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        Hi Veronica, this PC would be able to run those types of games,not a problem once so ever. the beauty of Indie type game titles, is that there is a low entrance in terms of hardware requirements. So yes, this would be perfect. Please do let me know if you have any questions and best of luck!

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    2. Hi Corey I am a 15 year old and have a very tight budget of 300$ to build a gaming pc from scratch. If you have any suggestions for me on what case,components,fans,etc i would need pls email me .Thanks King

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        Hi King – $300 is a tight budget, but if I were started there I would probably get a CPU with integrated graphics, that way you can save on a graphics card for now.

        What I would do first though, is see if you can get your hand on some used components around your area (searching some where like Facebook Marketplace or Ebay) and you can use the list above for reference and see how close you can get to your budget.

        Then, what I would do is if you are still over budget, I would consider looking for cheaper components, starting with the build above, you could swap the CPU for a AMD Ryzen 5 3400G OR AMD Ryzen 3 3200G and then skip the graphics card for now as those are affordable CPUS with built in graphics.

        That should get you much closer to $300. Let me know where you end up and we could perhaps explore a bit more to get that budget down.

    3. Hi, I could use some advice on the compatibility of alternative components for a new build.

      Basically, i’m trying to stick to the items listed in the $500 build (but in GBP so there are very different prices sometimes), some products are unavailable and so I have swapped some things for the upgrades you recommend. My issue is with the items that I cannot find an alternative for from your site (for example the graphics card upgrade is over budget,and there are no upgrade/alternate suggestions for a PC case and power supply unit).

      Don’t know if it really matters if I bought a different make/model in regards to the case and power supply – wouldn’t think so, but I don’t want to guess being a complete ‘newb’ and general moron. So yeah, can I trust the compatibility of similar brands/models found on amazon? would really appreciate your input with ones i’m looking into getting instead if you can.

      Thanks

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        Hi Helen, for sure and great questions. If the graphics card upgrade is over budget, you can search for alternative “GTX 1660 Super” brands as that should help and most should be ok. If not, let me know roughly what you have to spend and I can see if I can maximize performance from one at your particular amazon.

        As for the pc case, what I would search for is any case that is a “Mid Tower ATX” sized pc case, that way you can be sure it fits the motherboard. Then, you just need to check whether the graphics card length is compatible for that case – which in most cases it is. (For example, just search GPU length and maximum length the case supports).

        For the power supply, I would search for a power supply with a minimum of 500W of power – but from a reputable company, as this is very important to the overall sustainably of your PC. Some great power supplies are from companies like EVGA, Seasonic or Corsair (few examples).

        I hope this helps and please check back if you want to confirm what you’ve chosen.

        Best of luck building! Planning to play anything particular?

        1. Hey! Thanks so much for getting back to me, you’ve been really helpful there.

          All of the GTX 1660 supers i seem to find are still pushing £220, which i would go for if my budget hadn’t already been stretched by other things that weren’t in stock so had to go for the more expensive. I’ve looked at an XFX Radeon RX 570 RS XXX Edition so its slightly different from the one in your list, would that work?

          Found a decent case (i think – its a Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-05 Mid-Tower ATX) and power supply sorted now so nice one thanks! The games i go for are like Subnautica, Ori and the blind forest, but also other stuff like Grow home, minecraft, and general adventure RPGs… bit random.

          Anyway let me know about the graphics card when you get a chance 🙂

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            HI Helen, all of that sounds good. The XFX RX 570 is a solid choice and will work perfectly, and I love the Corsair SPEC series. And that is a random assortment of games – that’s awesome! I hope everything turns out, I look forward to hearing how your build goes!

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          Hi Milind, the build currently uses a 1650 super graphics card, which is more than capable of playing Valorant on high settings and in warzone perform near the same quality – on a standard 1080- monitor at 60hz. So perhaps maybe not maxed settings with the highest FPS, but for sure great gameplay.

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