Last Updated: July 1st, 2019
If you are in the market for a $500 or under gaming pc build, then you are simply looking for 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 focussing 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 2019
Capability: Game at Smoothly with medium to high settings with smooth FPS at 1920X1080 resolutions in most games.
The Intel i3 8100 is a great value cpu and is a perfect fit when paired with the RX 570 graphics card seen in this $500 gaming PC build
Amazon Price: $119.99
2. Cooler: Stock Intel 8100 CPU Cooler
This cooler is included with the Intel i3-8100 cpu.
3. Motherboard: ASRock H310M-HDV Micro ATX
A superb small factor budget motherboard that includes everything you need to get up and running with everything included in this pc build.
Amazon Price: $72.78
4. Graphics Card: PowerColor Red Dragon Radeon RX 570 4GB
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.
Amazon Price: $129.99
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: $47.99
6. SSD: WD Blue 3D NAND 250GB PC SSD
The $500 pc build starts at 256GB should be plenty to start with, but for not much more you can bump up to a 500GB SSD.
Amazon Price: $49.99
7. Power Supply Unit: EVGA 500 W1, 80+ WHITE 500W
The EVGA power supply supplies enough juice for this $700 pc build and has an "unbeatable" value -- especially at it's current cost.
Amazon Price: $39.99
The Thermaltake Versa H17 is a small factor micro ATX case that fits this build perfectly, while maintaining a solid and silent design that is perfectly compact.
Amazon Price: $39.99
Estimated Price (July 2019): $500
$500 Build Details
July 2019 Updates: The CPU used in the $500 Gaming PC Build is the Intel i3 8100. This CPU is one of the best budget
The graphics card included is an RX 570 4GB 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 Intel i3 8100 cpu.
The motherboard chosen is a budget board that does everything you need in this $500 budget pc build — it supports the CPU and brings compatibility to all of the hardware included in the $500 gaming pc build. The motherboard included is s smaller MicroATX ASRock H310M-HDV motherboard, which has the following specifications (learn more at AsRock.com):
- Supports 8th Generation Intel®Core™ Processors (Socket 1151)
- Supports DDR4 2666
- 1 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x1
- Graphics Output Options: DVI-D, D-Sub, HDMI
- 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC887 Audio Codec), ELNA Audio Caps
- 4 SATA3
- 4 USB 3.1 Gen1 (2 Front, 2 Rear)
- Supports Full Spike Protection, ASRock Live Update & APP Shop
The RAM included is all you’ll need for this build, which is 8GB of DDR4 RAM with an 8GB kit of HyperX Fury RAM.
For storage, this build includes a modest 256GB Western Digital Blue SSD. This is a good starting point in terms of installing your OS and some of your most played games, however, you could easily upgrade to a 500GB SSD for not much more.
The included pc case is the Thermaltake Versa H17 Black SPCC Micro ATX pc case — this is a small factor budget case that fits the included small factor motherboard perfectly while maintaining a solid and solid design that is perfectly compact. Check out the full specifications of this over at thermaltake.com.
Upgrades for the $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.
If you have a tad more to spend, then upgrading the CPU may be a worthy upgrade.
Looking for a higher end pc case that is still a small factor case?
Graphics Card Upgrade
If you want to instantly bump up that gaming performance, then you could go straight for a higher performing RX 580 8GB graphics card.
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 an Intel i5 8400, which is a nice bump over the included i3 8100, 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 AMD RX 580 8GB graphics card, which is a fantastic card that will guarantee higher settings in pc games at 1080p.
The included storage is a 256GB Western Digital Blue Solid State Drive, however, you could easily bump that up (for not much more) to a 500Gb SSD.
Or if you want a different pc case, perhaps due to differing taste or for a higher quality case, then you could consider something like the above Fractal Design meshify Dark Micro ATX pc case.
The under $500 gaming pc build budget is a perfect PC for those who just want to get a cheap gaming PC and to just get up and playing their
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