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The Best $500 Gaming PC Build 2023
Capability: Game Smoothly at 720p - 1080p resolutions with settings scaled back for under $500.
Powered by the Ryzen 7 5700G CPU and with integrated Radeon RX Graphics
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 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 monthly 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 concentrate 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 2023 GAMING PC BUILDS page.
1. CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5700G 8-Core, 16-Thread Unlocked Desktop Processor with Radeon Graphics
(*You don't need a graphics card with this CPU as it comes with Integrated Radeon Graphics for smooth 1080p gaming)
- 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. Maximum Operating Temperature (Tjmax)-95°C
Amazon Price: $178.00 (If you want to cut your budget even further, consider the AMD Ryzen 5 5600G)
2. Cooler: AMD Wraith Stealth Cooler (Included)
This cooler is included with the AMD Ryzen 5700G CPU
3. Motherboard: ASUS TUF Gaming A520M-PLUS (WiFi) AMD AM4 (3rd Gen Ryzen™) microATX Gaming Motherboard
This motherboard is a quality budget Micro ATX sized board, that features everything you'd need in a $500 PC, including:
- AMD AM4 Socket: l Ready for Ryzen 5000 Series/ 4000 G-Series/ 3000 Series Desktop Processors
- Comprehensive cooling: Large VRM heatsink, PCH heatsink and Fan Xpert 2+
- Made for online gaming: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, TUF LANGuard and TurboLAN technology
- Gaming Connectivity: BIOS FlashBack button, USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 32Gb/s M.2 onboard, SATA 6Gb/s, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, DisplayPort/HDMI/D-Sub
- Gaming Look and Feel: ASUS-exclusive Aura Sync RGB lighting, including RGB headers and a Gen 2 addressable RGB header for greater customization
Amazon Price: $99.99
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.
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: $48.99
6. SSD: Crucial P3 500GB PCIe Gen3 3D NAND NVMe 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: $36.99
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 and EPS 12V 2.92 standards
- 80 PLUS Certified, 80 percentage efficiency under typical load
- Supports (2) PCI E 6plus2pin 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: $39.99
8. PC Case: Zalman S2 ATX Mid Tower Computer PC Case
- Front Design for maximized Airflow with two front 120mm fan pre-installed (& one rear 120mm fan pre-installed)
- Convenient Interface with one USB, 3.0 & two USB 2.0
- Power Supply unit dedicated space for improved cooling performance
- 7 PCI Expansion Slots with Bottom & Top Magnetic Dust Filter
Amazon Price: $59.99
Estimated Price (March 2023): $464
(*Using integrated graphics)
The Best 2023 $500 Gaming PC Build Details
The best CPU for the $500 pc build is the Ryzen 7 5700G 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 ASUS TUF A520M-PLUS (for the full specifications please visit asus.com):
- AMD AM4 socket: Ready for Ryzen™ 5000 Series/ 4000 G-Series/ 3000 Series Desktop Processors
- Comprehensive cooling: PCH heatsink and Fan Xpert 2+
- Ultrafast connectivity: M.2 support, 1 Gb Ethernet, USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
- 5X Protection III: Multiple hardware safeguards for all-around system protection
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 P3 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 S2, a case that is small in size but big in performance. This is a high-quality case with high performance. To learn more visit zalman.com.
Upgrades for the Best 2023 $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.
*None, you would be better off adding in a discrete Graphics Card at this point - like the one below, or upgrading to the next budget tier.
Graphics Card Upgrade
- 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: $149.99
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).
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.
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.
There is no CPU upgrade recommendation this month as I was actually able to squeeze in the previous month's upgrade suggestion, the Ryzen 7 5600G -- so if you are considering a further upgrade, then you may want to check out the neck budget up -- the best $800 gaming PC builds of the month.
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 2023 is the perfect budget pc build for those who just want to get a cheap gaming PC and to just get up and play their
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