If you’re looking to build your own gaming PC but are on a tight budget, this is the guide to read. I’ll walk you through the parts that will get the best bang for your buck; you’ll be able to pull 144 frames per second in just about any game with this build. I’ll then run over the build process, step by step. By the end, you’ll have a custom-built, high-performance gaming PC for under $600. I’ll also provide good alternative part suggestions for those looking to build an even cheaper build (for example, lowering the storage capacity in order to save money). Click on the part to view its current price, since these fluctuate from time to time. Without further ado, the PC build is as follows:
The Ryzen 5 2600 is a powerful 6-core CPU that can be easily overclocked. It comes with a great CPU cooler that will keep it in a safe temperature range even when overclocked. It should easily handle most games at 60FPS on high settings, or 144FPS on lower settings, and should also be sufficient for most everyday computing tasks.
The RX 570 is an extremely powerful graphics card for its price point. It outperforms some Nvidia graphics cards that are twice its price. Combined with a Ryzen 5 2600, it should easily push framerates of over 144, in fact in some benchmarks the 2600 and 570 combined to get closer to 240 FPS in one of the least optimized games on the market, Fortnite.
This RAM comes in 2 sticks of 8GB each. It is DDR4 RAM, which means it is faster and consumes less power than its predecessors. Having 16GB of RAM will allow you to be able to switch between different windows and programs much quicker, without having to reload what you’re looking at.
This RAM is also DDR4, and if you’re planning to use your PC exclusively for gaming, you will be able to get similar framerates with only 8GB of RAM, saving you about 15 bucks.
SSD (Solid State Drive) storage is faster than a standard HDD (Hard Drive Disk). Because of this, your computer will open anything stored on an SSD faster, and boot up games downloaded to an SSD more quickly. The Team GX2 features the best price per GB of storage of any SSD on the market.
This is the exact same product as the Team GX2 1TB, but with half of the storage. You’ll shave about 30 bucks off the total cost of your build if you opt for the 512GB
Western Digital’s 1TB hard drive will offer you the same amount of storage as Team’s 1TB SSD at about 30 bucks less. The trade-off is that your computer might not boot as fast and won’t open games and files as quickly. Having a hard drive won’t decrease your in-game framerate, however, so if you’re looking to save money you should consider a hard drive.
The B450M is a Micro-ATX motherboard, so it is slightly smaller than its full-sized counterparts (and consequently cheaper). It comes complete with 4 RAM slots and 2 PCIe slots, so if you decide that you want to upgrade your build down the road, you can expand your RAM and run dual graphics cards if needed.
The BQ 500W is a standard 500-watt power supply. This PC should demand about 300 watts, so there’s room to upgrade your graphics card or CPU later on. It’s also semi-modular, so only the CPU and ATX power cords are locked into the PSU, so that you can only use the power cables you need.
EVGA’s non-modular counterpart to the BQ 500W is exactly what it sounds like. All of the power cords are built into the power supply, so you don’t get to pick and choose which cables you have in your PC. The upside to this is that it saves about 40 bucks, at the cost of a less aesthetically-pleasing and messier computer interior.
The MasterBox Q300L is an overall great case. It is well-designed and looks great. It is also one of the cheaper cases on the market, and comes pre-installed with a case fan for good measure.
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