The Best $500 Gaming PC Build for 2020

The Best $500 Gaming PC Build for 2020

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Last Updated: May 1st, 2020

Build Overview

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.

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 2019

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: $138.95

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: MSI ProSeries AMD Ryzen 2ND and 3rd Gen AM4 M.2 USB 3 DDR4 D-Sub DVI HDMI Micro-ATX Motherboard (B450M PRO-VDH Max)

A superb small factor budget motherboard that includes everything you need to get up and running with everything and is Ryzen 3rd generation ready.

Amazon Price: $74.99

4 Graphics Card - Best $500 PC Build 2020

4. Graphics Card: XFX RX 570 4GB GDDR5 RS XXX Edition PCI-Express 3.0 Graphics Card RX-570P427D6

The RX 570 4GB graphics card hits the spot for a $500 budget pc build -- this card sits right in the middle of the RX 470 and the RX 580, giving you excellent 1080p performance. If you want to pump those gaming graphics further, then opt for an RX 580, but it will cost you more than $500.

Amazon Price: $129.99

5 RAM - Best $500 PC Build 2020

5. RAM: HyperX Fury 8GB 2666MHz DDR4 CL16 DIMM (Kit of 2) Black XMP Desktop Memor

8Gb 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: $42.33

6 SSD - Best $500 PC Build 2020

6. SSD: ADATA SU635 480GB 3D-NAND SATA 2.5 inch Internal SSD (ASU635SS-480GQ-R)

The $500 pc build starts at 480GB and it plenty for those with the $500 budget pc build and there is always room for growth.

Amazon Price: $55.99

7 Power Supply - Best $500 PC Build 2020

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

The Thermaltake Smart 500W power supply supplies enough juice for this $500 pc build and has an "unbeatable" value -- especially at it's current cost.

Amazon Price: $55.99

8 PC Case - Best $500 PC Build 2020

8. PC Case: Thermaltake Versa H17 Black Micro ATX Mini Tower Gaming Computer 

The Thermaltake Versa H17 is a Micro ATX case that's the perfect size to fit all of the hardware in the budget $500 gaming PC build. This case has an aluminum brushed like front panel provides simple elegant aesthetic and a perforated top panel heightened food stands and specially designed cable routing gap enhance airflow for better ventilation.

Amazon Price: $70.13

Estimated Price (May 2020): $560

*Note: You should be able to get this build closer to $500. As supplies on certain hardware have been low in the recent month, prices have increased some.

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 MSI ProSeries AMD Ryzen 2ND and 3rd Gen AM4 M.2 USB 3 DDR4 D-Sub DVI HDMI Micro-ATX. This has everything you need, is compact and wonderful (visit for the full specifications):

  • 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
  • Audio Boost: Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality.
  • DDR4 Boost: Fully isolated, shielded and optimized DDR4 PCB design to give your DDR4 memory a performance boost.
  • Turbo M.2: Delivering Speeds Up to 32Gb/s.
  • EZ Debug LED: the Easiest way to troubleshoot.
  • PCI-E Steel Armor: Protecting VGA cards against bending for better performance, stability, and strength.
  • Flash BIOS Button: Simply use a USB key to flash any BIOS within seconds, without installing a CPU, memory or graphics card.
  • X-Boost: Software that auto-detects and allows you to boost the performance of any storage or USB device.
  • Core Boost: With premium layout and fully digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance.

The RAM included is all you’ll need for this build, which is 8GB of DDR4 RAM with a kit of HyperX Fury, a kit of two 8GB sticks.

For storage, this build includes a modest 480GB ADATA SU635 SSD – which is plenty for this budget $500 budget gaming pc build and there is always room to upgrade to more.

The included pc case is the MicroATX Thermtaltake Versa H17 – which is a compact budget case, which is good looking small form factor case on a budget.

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: $162.06

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

Asus GeForce GTX 1660 Super Overclocked 6GB Dual-Fan Evo Edition VR Ready HDMI DisplayPort DVI Graphics Card

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: $169.99

RAM Upgrade - Best $500 Gaming PC Build
Memory Upgrade

Crucial Ballistix 2400 MHz DDR4 DRAM Desktop Gaming Memory Kit 16GB (8GBx2) CL16 BL2K8G24C16U4B (Black)

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

Cost: $73.99

Storage Upgrade - Best $500 Gaming PC Build
Storage Upgrade

ADATA SU635 960GB 3D-NAND SATA 2.5 inch Internal SSD

You could upgrade your storage capacity by bumping up the SSD to the 960GB version.

Cost: $89.99

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 2400Mhz Gaming Memory.

Or possibly you are looking for more storage space, then bump it up to 960GB with an ADATA SU635 960GB 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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Comments 7

  1. 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.

  2. 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.


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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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