If you are in the market for the best 2021 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 settings 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.
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The Best $500 Gaming PC Build 2021
Capability: Game at Smoothly with medium to high settings with smooth FPS at 1920X1080 resolutions in most games.
Powered by the Ryzen 5 3400G with integrated Radeon RX Graphics
An alternative choice: Ryzen 3 3300X CPU and a GeForce GTX 1650 Graphics Card (if available)
(*You don't need a graphics card with this CPU)
The Ryzen 5 3400G is a great starter CPU with integrated graphics (you don't need a graphics card). With graphics card prices what they are these days you can rest assured you can start gaming with this CPU with the option the add a graphics card at a later date.
Amazon Price: $304.00
(*You will need a Graphics Card with this CPU): This is an Alternative non-integrated graphics CPU option (if it is in stock and you can find a graphics card):
The 3300X's four cores operate at 3.8 GHz clock rate and boost to 4.3 GHz, providing great gaming performance.
Amazon Price: $210 *A bit higher than it should be at the moment
2. Cooler: AMD Wraith Spire cooler (Included)
This cooler is included with the AMD Ryzen 5 3400G and is more than enough to cool this $500 gaming pc build.
3. Motherboard: ASRock B450M PRO4 AM4 AMD Promontory B450 SATA 6Gbs USB 3.1 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
This motherboard is a quality budget Micro ATX sized board, that features everything you'd need in a $500 PC, including:
- Socket AM4 Digi Power design 9 Power Phase design Supports 105W Water Cooling (Pinnacle Ridge) Supports 95W Water Cooling (Summit Ridge) Supports 65W Water Cooling (Raven Ridge)
- Chipset AMD Promontory B450
- Memory 4x DDR4-3200+(OC)/2933/2667/2400/2133 DIMM Slots Dual Channel ECC Non-ECC Unbuffered Max Capacity of 64GB (AMD Ryzen series CPUs (Pinnacle Ridge))
- Slots 2x PCI-Express 3 0 x16 Slots (one runs at x8) 2x PCI-Express 2 0 x16 Slots (two run at x4) 1x PCI-Express 2 0 x1 Slot
- SATA 4x SATA3 Ports Support RAID 0 1 10 NCQ AHCI and Hot Plug
For full specifications, please visit AsRock.com.
Amazon Price: $77.99
4. Graphics Card: *Integrated Radeon RX
The Ryzen 5 3400G CPU has integrated graphics, which should be suitable for lower-end gaming. With graphics cards so high in cost right now, this may be the best choice for you to get up and gaming right away with the option to add a graphics card later.
*Alternative Graphics Card: GeForce GTX 1650
The 1650 Super is a great 1080p gaming GPU and is capable of being able to run any game out there.
Amazon Price: $339.99 (*Quite a bit over MSRP at the moment)
*Alternative lesser comparable graphics cards if no GTX 1650's are in stock:
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: $66.99
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: $34.00
8. PC Case: DEEPCOOL MATREXX 50 Mid-Tower Case
A great budget case from Deepcool, comes with a side panel to see all of your hardware components. It is a mid-tower case, however, you could get a more compact micro ATX tower if you wanted to with this build as an alternative. For full specifications, visit deepcool.com.
- Tempered glass side-panel and front panel
- 210mm wide tower compartment with 24mm clearance for cable management
- Large area of air-intake on both sides of the front panel to ensure extreme cooling
- Magnetic dustproof net at top, dust-filter at front and bottom
- A newly designed cable routing hole preset on PSU Shroud for be
Amazon Price: $49.99
Estimated Price (September 2021): $562.96
(*Using integrated graphics on the Ryzen 5 3400G)
The Best 2021 $500 Gaming PC Build Details
The best CPU for the $500 pc build is the Ryzen 5 3400G CPU. This CPU features integrated Radeon RX Graphics, so you don't need a graphics card to get started gaming - with the option to always add one in the future (which may be great since graphics cards are so hard to come by these days!).
*NOTE: A better option if you can find a decent graphics card for cheap, would be to get a Ryzen 3 3300X CPU and a GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card if you can find them in stock. The graphics card included is a GeForce GTX 1650, which is very capable of playing any game out there at 1080p and is priced right. If you have a tiny bit more to spend and if it's in stock.
The motherboard chosen is a budget board that does everything you need in this $500 budget PC build — it's an AsRock B450M PRO4 Micro ATX Motherboard (for the full specifications please visit AsRock.com):
- Supports AMD AM4 Socket Ryzen™ 2000, 3000 and 5000 Series Desktop Processors
- Supports DDR4 3200+ (OC)
- 1 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x1
- AMD Quad CrossFireX™
- Graphics Output: HDMI, DVI-D, D-Sub
- 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec), ELNA Audio Caps
- 4 SATA3, 1 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4), 1 M.2 (SATA3)
- 2 USB 3.1 Gen2 (Rear Type-A+C)
- 6 USB 3.1 Gen1 (2 Front, 4 Rear)
- Realtek Gigabit LAN
The RAM included is all you’ll need for this build, which is 8GB of DDR4 RAM with a kit of Patriot Viper Steel 16GB (2X 8GB) DDR4 3000MHz ram. This kit has been recently upgraded from only 8GB as the 16GB kits are so close to the same cost at the moment. With that being said, if you can get away with 8GB for cheaper -- that should suffice for this gaming pc build.
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 included gaming pc case is the DEEPCOOL MATREXX 50 Mid Tower gaming pc case, a minimalistic gaming case that offers style and great cooling performance at a budget cost. Visit deepcool.com for more info.
Upgrades for the Best 2021 $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 a perfect choice, although it is an older-gen Ryzen. At the current prices of the Ryzen 3600, you could honestly consider upgrading to the Ryzen 5 5600X instead, which performs much better and is close in price at the moment.
Graphics Card Upgrade
The 5600 XT is a great card and would be a worthy upgrade for the $500 gaming pc build, being able to play games at well over 60FPS.
*The only catch, it may not be in stock at the moment.
Amazon Price: $279.99 (MSRP) - $729.99 (Actual Current Cost)
If you think you will need more memory, then 16GB would be a worthy upgrade and probably more than you need -- this is still 16GB which is now included in the $500 gaming PC build above but is a faster higher-performing kit, which will make a more significant difference when using integrated graphics.
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 an RX 5600 XT 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 3600 MHz DDR4 memory.
Or possibly you are looking for more storage space, then bump it up to 500GB with the 500GB Version of a Crucial P2 NVMe SSD.
The under $500 gaming PC build for 2021 is the perfect budget pc build for those who just want to get a cheap gaming PC and to just get up and playing their
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