The Best $500 Gaming PC Build for 2022

Last Updated: December 1, 2022

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The Best $500 Gaming PC Build for 2022

The Best $500 Gaming PC Build 2022

Capability: Game Smoothly at 720p - 1080p resolutions with settings scaled back for under $500.

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

Build Overview

If you are in the market for the best $500 gaming pc build -- one that's updated monthly, 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.

If you are in the market for another PC budget you can also check out the BEST 2022 GAMING PC BUILDS page.

1 CPU - Best $500 PC Build 2022

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: $136.00

2 Cooler - Best $500  PC Build 2022

2. Cooler: AMD Wraith Stealth Cooler (Included)

This cooler is included with the AMD Ryzen 5600G CPU

3 Motherboard - Best $500 PC Build 2022

3. Motherboard: ASRock B550M PRO4

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

  • Supports DDR4 4733+ (OC)
  • Supports AMD AM4 Socket Ryzen 3000, 3000 G-Series, 4000 G-Series, 5000 and 5000 G-Series Desktop Processors*
  • Not compatible with AMD Athlon Processors.
  • 8 Power Phase Design, Digi Power

    Amazon Price: $98.99

    4 Graphics Card - Best $500 PC Build 2022

    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 - Best $500 PC Build 2022

    5. RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 X 8GB) DDR4 3600 MHz

    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: $59.99

    6 SSD - Best $500 PC Build 2022

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

    • Capacity: Up to 2TB with sequential reads or 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
    • Backed by a limited 5-year warranty or up to the max endurance rating of 150 TBW

    Amazon Price: $39.99

    7 Power Supply - Best $500 PC Build 2022

    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: $49.99

    8 PC Case - Best $500 PC Build 2022

    8. PC Case: Zalman S3 ATX Mid Tower Computer PC Case

    • Luxurious Hairline Front Panel Design & Dual Intake Design with Metal Finish
    • Full Acrylic windowed side-panel applied
    • Dual line front ventilation with metallic Decoration
    • Top & Bottom Dust Filter (smooth Air Circulation & Protect the case from dust)
    • Zalman's Optimized Cooling Solution (up to 8 fans can be installed)
    • Convenient Interface (USB 3.0, 2.0, Reset Button)
    • Front Radiator Max 120mm (VGA Card Max 330mm)

    Amazon Price: $54.99

    Estimated Price (December 2022): $509.96
    (*Using integrated graphics)

    The Best 2022 $500 Gaming PC Build Details

    The best CPU for the $500 pc build is the Ryzen 5 5600G 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!).

    With the integrated Radeon RX graphics, you should be able to squeeze some decent 720p - 1080p gameplay, scaling back settings where you need to. The best part is that when graphics cards become more widely available or cheaper in cost, you can pop one in and immediately upgrade your gaming experience to a high-end 1080p gaming beast.

    The motherboard chosen is a budget board that does everything you need in this $500 budget PC build — it's a ASRock B550M PRO4 (for the full specifications please visit

    • Supports AMD AM4 Socket Ryzen™ 3000, 3000 G-Series, 4000 G-Series, 5000 and 5000 G-Series Desktop Processors*
    • 8 Power Phase Design, Digi Power
    • Supports DDR4 4733+ (OC)
    • 1 PCIe 4.0 x16, 1 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 3.0 x1, 1 M.2 Key E for WiFi
    • Graphics Output Options: HDMI, DisplayPort, D-Sub
    • AMD CrossFireX™
    • 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC1200 Audio Codec), Nahimic Audio
    • 6 SATA3, 1 Hyper M.2 (PCIe Gen4 x4), 1 M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x2 & SATA3)
    • 2 USB 3.2 Gen2 (Rear Type A+C), 8 USB 3.2 Gen1 (4 Front, 4 Rear)

      The RAM included is all you’ll need for this build, which is 16GB of DDR4 RAM with a kit of Corsair LPX 16GB (2x8GB) 3600Mhz 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 Crucial P2 500GB NVMe SSD - which is a great starting amount of storage and quality SSD for the $500 gaming pc build, but you could upgrade for not much more (considering we just replaced the previous SATA SSD option here).

      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 Zalman S3, a case that is small in size but big in performance. This is a high-quality case with high performance. To learn more visit

      Upgrades for the Best 2022 $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 2022
      CPU Upgrade

      AMD Ryzen 7 5700G (*With integrated Radeon graphics)

      • Play some of the most popular games at 1080p with the fastest processor graphics in the world, no graphics card is required
      • 8 Cores and 16 processing threads, bundled with the AMD Wraith Stealth cooler
      • 4.6 GHz Max Boost, unlocked for overclocking, 20 MB cache, DDR4-3200 support
      • For the advanced Socket AM4 platform

      Cost: $178.61

      GPU Upgrade - Best $500 Gaming PC Build 2022
      Graphics Card Upgrade

      GIGABYTE Radeon RX 6500 XT

      • Digital Max Resolution:7680x4320.Form Factor:ATX
      • Powered by AMD RDNA 2 Radeon RX 6500 XT
      • Integrated with 4GB GDDR6 64-bit memory interface
      • WINDFORCE 3X Cooling System with alternate spinning fans
      • Screen Cooling
      • 1x DisplayPort
      • 1x HDMI

      Amazon Price: $179.99

      RAM Upgrade - Best $500 Gaming PC Build 2022
      Memory Upgrade

      Crucial Ballistix 3200 MHz DDR4 DRAM Desktop Gaming Memory Kit 32GB (16GBx2)

      The memory included in the base $500 gaming PC build is already 16GB, however, if you want a more memory, you could consider beefing this up to 32GB (Keeping in mind there are only two RAM slots on the included motherboard).

      Cost: $133.07

      Storage Upgrade - Best $500 Gaming PC Build 2022
      Storage Upgrade

      Crucial P2 1TB 3D NAND NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD

      You could consider bumping up your storage capacity and read/write speeds with a Crucial P2 1TB NVMe SSD.

      Cost: $76.55

      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 7 5700G, 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 performance-wise, then you could consider upgrading the graphics card to a Radeon RX 6500 XT graphics card -- this would enable higher-end gaming.

      If you feel a bump in memory is for you, then you could easily bump it to 32Gb with a kit of Crucial Ballistix 3200 MHz DDR4 memory -- a higher quality kit of memory with faster speeds.

      Or possibly you are looking for more storage space, then bump it up to 500GB with the 1TB Version of a Crucial P2 NVMe SSD.

      The under $500 gaming PC build for 2022 is the perfect budget pc build for those who just want to get a cheap gaming PC and to just get up and play your 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, check out the other builds here at Newb Computer Build or simply leave a comment below if you have any questions.

      Best of luck building your best possible $500 gaming pc build this 2022. If you have any questions be sure to leave a comment or simply join our Facebook Group to help grow a great gaming pc build community: Gaming PC Builders Facebook Group.

      Questions or comments? Feel free to leave them below!

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          Agreed, great build. It would require some sourcing though, as some of the hard he procured was through marketplace. However, if you can scrounge your local marketplace and such and get deals, then for sure.

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          Hi Anglina, you can for sure, in fact I would say it would work perfectly as an office PC wouldn’t be as graphics intensive anyhow. Let me know if you have any questions!

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      1. Do you have a video showing how to assemble this build? I am selecting these options for the “$500″ build recommended above. Do I need to change anything like a different Power Supply?

        PC Build:

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

        Motherboard – ASUS Prime B450M-A II AMD Motherboard

        Graphics Card – ASRock AMD Radeon RX5600XT

        Memory – Crucial Ballistix 3200 MHz DDR4 DRAM Desktop Gaming Memory Kit 16GB (8GBx2) CL16 BL2K8G32C16U4B (Black)

        Storage – Crucial P2 500GB 3D NAND NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD

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

        PC Case – DEEPCOOL MATREXX 50 Mid-Tower Case

        Monitor – Acer – Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx 23.8” Full HD Monitor (HDMI) –

        Keyboard and Mouse – Redragon S101 Wired Gaming Keyboard and Mouse Combo RGB Backlit Gaming Keyboard with Multimedia Keys Wrist Rest and Red Backlit Gaming Mouse 3200 DPI for Windows PC Gamers (Black) –

        Thank you!

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          Hi Mike,

          Everything looks solid from my end. Not too familiar with the mouse keyboard combo, but they look like they’ll do the trick. Everything looks good and would be compatible. I hope the build goes great!

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              No problem! I’d recommend 2-3 120mm on the front and you should be good. It comes with one 120m on the rear exhaust. Most I’d do is 3 on the front, and 1 extra on the top back. Depending on how much you want to spend, you’d be alright with a cheapo three pack and it would be only $14 (something like on amazon the uphere 3-Pack). Or 2 higher quality fans would suffice on the front as well, like some Noctua NF-P12.

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      2. Thanks for the great article.
        I’m going follow it and build my first PC. Do I need to buy extra little stuff like screws and cables or is everything included when I buy the suggested items?

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          Hey there, great question. No, with the build above each component should come with all you need in terms of hardware (like screws, cables etc) you will however need peripherals, like a mouse, keyboard and monitor. And in the case of a monitor, monitor cables (HDMI for example). You would need a screwdriver, and you should be good to go! I hope this helps.

          1. It does. Thanks for the answer Corey..
            I have all the peripherals from my old computer, I just would like to try something new rather than buy a finished thing at the BestBuy, I always feared that there are too many components inside the box, but after reading some articles and watching some videos seems it’s doable.

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          Hi there. The Ryzen 5 3600 is a far better CPU, however keep in mind that it does not have integrated (built in graphics) so you will for sure need to also get the recommended or better graphics card with it. So get the 3600 if you also have a graphics card, however if you can’t find a graphics card and stay within your budget, you can get away with just getting the Ryzen 5 3400G above. Let me know if you have any questions!

      3. Thank you for the more detailed informative instructions! Most of the tutorials I find say beginner but they still put everything together seeming to assume everyone can figure out the details by themselves, making it annoyingly slightly more difficult. It is much appreciated!

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          I would say get the 1060ti if you can as it will perform significantly better than just the 1050. However you could probably expect something like 10-20fps less in games going with the 1050, so completely up to you. Games will still definitely be playable.

      4. hi i got a few questions if I get the exact parts you put on the $500 pc build except for the ryzen instead I’ll get a AMD Ryzen 5 1600 and playing on 1080p how much fps will fortnite run on high settings, medium settings, and low settings and if its on high settings will fortnite be playable also there’s this setting in fortnite only on pc where you can put the game on alpha it will automatically put everything low how much fps can that give you on fortnite and for streaming on twitch with handcam only how much fps will i get with high settings, low settings, medium settings, and alpha settings. Can this pc build also run Rogue company? let me know on my

        1. the part where i said ” and for streaming on twitch with handcam only how much fps will i get with high settings, low settings, medium settings, and alpha settings.” i meant to type “on twitch with handcam only how much fps will i get with high settings, low settings, medium settings, and alpha settings while streaming”

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          Hi Edward, I appreciate the enthusiasm, however I can’t tell you with 100% certainty, because I have not used Fortnite in all of those individual settings plus for streaming etc. with the CPU you’ve chosen to go with. However, I can speculate that using the Ryzen 5 1600 and the GTX 1650, you can expect pretty good FPS at all settings. For example, check this benchmark video out using roughly the same specs –

          Now for the streaming to twitch, this will vary a lot more. But if you’re going to do this, I would scale settings back in fortnite and stream starting at lower resolutions (perhaps 720p), and seeing if you are able. It may take a fit of finagling with your stream settings and game settings.

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              Hi Jordan, great question. Within the same sort of cost, you could consider something like a Antec VSK10 or Thermaltake Versa H18. Both are MicroATX sized cases (so small form factor). You could also go for a standard ATX case, and adding a bit more to the budget go with something like a Phanteks Eclipse P300A or with even more a NZXT H510 (if you take a look at the other builds posted this month any would work, just a tad more expensive, but all under $100).

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          Hi Elijah, I would reframe and think about what the cheapest graphics card you could get would be. See my response below. The build list above has the capability of 60fps in specific games but not in higher end titles, but you could scale graphics setting back in that case.

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          Hi Elijah, the intel i5 9600k is a greta processor and is has the capability, assuming you also pair it with a capable graphics card. This would be considering you are gaming at 1080p and would depend on the game. Your best bet would be to make a list of the games you play, and google “benchmarks for X game” using the intel 5 9600k or whichever cpu you have in mind.

      5. why is the graphics card never correct or correctly priced? I’m trying to budget and its really hard with that. please help!

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          Hi Donovan, try searching for other GTX 1650’s there should be some available. The trouble at the moment is that graphics cards have been selling out quickly, so supply levels have been wonky.

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          Hi Ulises, it seems that there has been a ton of demand for pc hardware over the last couple of week, driving some costs up. I would probably wait until the cost subsides to be honest, as any viable alternatives are also a tad more expensive. Unless you do go intel, in which case I do see an i5 9600K for $198, which is way below it’s value and would perform even better.

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      6. first off, great build man. I have been working on convincing my boss at work to replace the old ddr3 motherboards and other outdated hardware components at work. I have successfully convinced him after giving him the price list from you. I ended up going with a gigabyte rx 5500 xt 8gb as they are currently on sale at best buy for $184 and teamgroup elite 32 gb RAM for $102. obviously this puts the build a bit over $500 but the overall performance increase for the graphic designers will be great.

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          Cody, amazing to hear and I’m so glad you were able to practically apply the build to your office. Those additions make perfect sense and I hope your graphics designers are appreciative! Thanks for stopping by to send a note.

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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.

      7. 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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      8. 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.

      9. 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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            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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