First-time Low Budget High End Gaming PC Builds can find the entire process a little intimidating, it’s OK though, we’ve all lived through those head-scratching days. That’s why we’ve created this easy to follow guide to the best budget gaming PC under $500. It will ensure you have all the tools you need to create the perfect gaming rig for your needs. Furthermore, with this budget build, you’ll be able to enjoy all your favorite AAA games without breaking the bank. Whether you choose Intel or AMD, both have the capacity to achieve an immersive gaming experience across a number of platforms and game styles.
1. AMD Ryzen 5 2060 For Low Budget High End Gaming PC Builds
AMD’s Ryzen 5 2600 is a solid budget CPU. Thanks to the introduction of their Ryzen 3000 Zen 2 CPU’s, the 2nd Gen CPUs now showcase even better value for money.
This processor comes to shelves boasting 6 cores and 12 threads clocked at a base speed of 3.4GHz, more than enough to handle the most popular AAA game titles out there. That being said, it can be a boost to 3.9GHz with AMD’s precision boost. It has been custom designed for gamers and has superb single-core performance, perfect for games. The multi-threaded nature of this CPU also makes it a stand out performer when it comes to multi-tasking and heavy workload tasks as well. All-in-all, a fantastic CPU at an affordable price tag.
2. XFX RX 570
The RX 570 is consider the top budget GPU in this price range and comes equipped with all the punching power of its master, the RX 580. This GPU can easily provide 1080p 60fps in most modern games on max settings following our benchmark stress tests and will easily max out older games as well. One thing worth mentioning, however, is how the RX 570 isn’t quite ready for VR gaming or higher resolutions. It can handle some lesser intensive VR titles but doesn’t provide you with that immersive experience you would want. Certainly forgivable for a budget card under $200 though. Its performance is far above that of the PS4, and around that of the PS4 Pro. If you’re looking for the best graphical performance you can get for around $150 then look no further. The XFX RADEON RX 570 offers superb aesthetics, excellent performance power, and an efficient cooling solution to boot.
3. Patriot Viper 4 DDR4
Patriot Viper 4 RAM kit offers 16GB of DDR4 RAM, which should be more than enough for most gaming and multitasking scenarios. It displays solid value for money and the slight bump in clock speed naturally makes it better than a lot of entry-level DDR4 RAM kits you’ll find out there. As many will likely know, Patriot has a proven track record of providing products with fantastic performance and reliability, their RAM is no different and is one of a few go-to brands that we use here at WePC.
As with most budget builds, compromises have to be made to ensure the performance power is up to scratch. With our $500 custom build, the storage capacity has taken a slight hit. We had to opt for the 240GB Adata SSD to make sure we have enough room in the budget for the bolstered RX 570 GPU. That being said, it’s still an SSD that offers rapid load/boot times. Furthermore, as a first-time gamer, 240GB is going to be enough for your operating system and primary games.
4. Thermaltake Smart 500W Low Budget High End Gaming PC Builds
Fortunately, we were able to equip our $500 build with a modular PSU. The Thermaltake Smart 500W PSU IS equip this build with will power this machine like a dream and will provide great efficiency for years to come.
5. AeroCool Cylon
AeroCool is a fantastic brand when it comes to computer cases, and its Cylon case is a brilliant example of the quality they provide. It comes to shelves offering great airflow, a clean and user-friendly design, 1 x pre-installed 120mm fan, and a bunch of build-friendly features as well. It’s a pretty rock solid case that should last you for the foreseeable future too. We would recommend investing in some additional 120mm fans in the future to increase the internal airflow, but that can be invested later on. It may not be one of our best PC cases, but it certainly offers everything you’d need for this build at an affordable price tag.
At this stage in the article, you should have a pretty good idea of whether or not this build suits your needs. We’ve discussed exactly what this build offers in terms of performance, and have gone into more detail on how each of the hardware choices impacts this build. Now, let’s go over the areas which need to be considered before buying this build.
What Games Can This Low Budget High End Gaming PC Builds Run?
- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – 1920×1080 Low 135FPS average
- Dota 2 – 1920×1080 High 105FPS average
- Fortnite – 1920×1080 High 100FPS average
- Rocket League – 1920×1080 High Quality 140FPS average
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege – 1920×1080 High 80FPS average
- PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – 1920×1080 High 75FPS average
- Overwatch – 1920×1080 Epic 110FPS average
- Warframe – 1920×1080 High 120FPS average
- GTA V – 1920×1080 Very High 70FPS average
- Forza Horizon 4 – 1920×1080 Ultra 75FPS average
- Monster Hunter: World – 1920×1080 High 60FPS averag
- Hitman 2 – 1920×1080 High 60FPS average
- The Witcher 3 – 1920×1080 High 70FPS averag
- Total War: Warhammer II – 1920×1080 High 50FPS average
Operating System & Peripherals Low Budget High End Gaming PC Builds
Ideally, you’d already have some or all of these things before buying the best gaming computer under $500. Unfortunately, we don’t always live in an ideal world, so we’ve provided this section just in case you need it.
For the best gaming performance and general compatibility, Windows 10 is your best option. If you already have a retail-bought Windows license on another PC, you should be able to transfer over your installation with little-to-no issues. If you don’t, however, you’re probably going to have to fork out for the cost of a brand new Windows 10 installation. If that is the case we recommend using the Windows 10 USB Flash Drive. It allows you to install Windows directly from a Flash Drive, rather than needing a DVD drive. If you are looking to protect your system you may want to include an antivirus program too.
So, there you have it, our comprehensive guide to the best custom gaming PC for under $500. If you’re looking for a PC that’s geared up towards 1080p gaming and gives an immersive experience then look no further, this PC does it all. Even though some compromises were made along the way, we think you’ll be more than happy with the performance power of this console killer.