Best Budget Gaming PC Under $500 for 2016 (Pascal & Skylake Build)
PC gaming is now much viable than before as new and better PC components are available at a much cheaper price. Unfortunately, not every game has thousands to spend on a gaming rig. But not to worry, you still can build one of the best budget gaming PC under $500 with no hassle.
If you’re planning to play some of the latest games in medium to high settings at 1080P, this build is just right for you! If you plan you building a $500 gaming rig, you shouldn’t think a lot about fancy stuff such as water cooling or even an SSD.
With this build, you can get an average of 50 FPS in Battlefield 1 on Ultra 1080P. I need not say, if you bring down the settings a bit more, you can get a locked 60 FPS on BF1 without problems. 😉
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This build is going to use the LGA1151 socket, meaning it’s open for any future upgrade.
Best Budget Gaming PC Under $500 for 2016
This build is just the right spot for 1080P gaming. Recently, both Nvidia and AMD has been launching their budget kings to the market. For this build, I went with Nvidia’s GTX 1050 Ti 4GB edition which costs just $150! But if you have some more to spare, I prefer going with the GTX 1060 3GB Edition instead which has more CUDA cores and higher bandwidth memory of course.
Most modern Triple A titles are starting to demand more VRAM if you are willing to play on Ultra with FXAA or MSAA on. So, I prefer that only if you have some more extra cash to spend. 🙂
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CPU: Intel Core i3 6100 3.7Ghz Dual-Core Processor
For the CPU, I decided to go with the Intel Core i3 6100 which is clocked at 3.7Ghz. It’s a Dual-Core processor but it has Hyperthreading, meaning there are 4 threads. This CPU acts more like a quad-core CPU than a Dual-core processor.
This CPU supports light video editing and rendering, but for gaming, this is the bang for the buck. This will play most Triple A titles on Ultra 1080p without bottleneck. This CPU must be in a budget gaming PC under $500!
However, this build is future proof, meaning it’s easy upgradable involving least expenses. This CPU uses the Mother Socket: LGA 1151 which is supported by any i5/i7 6th Gen processors as well as the new Kabylake 7th Gen Processors from Intel.
Price: $115 (Amazon)
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti SC GAMING GDDR5 (4GB)
The GeForece GTX 1050 Ti is much better than the old GTX 750 Ti which has the budget king for several years. No brainer, but the GTX 1050 Ti is slightly faster than the old GTX 950.
For this era, the GTX 1050 Ti is currently the best budget 1080P gaming GPU. Having this GPU on your budget gaming PC under $500 is a gain!
You can play any new game at 1080P Ultra or High without any FPS drop. I myself love EVGA for their awesome technical support, and for being cheaper than other manufacturers. 😀
Price: $150 (Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte Motherboard Micro ATX DDR4 LGA 1151 GA-H110M-S2H GSM
I couldn’t find any cheaper than this motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H110M which costs just $62. For the budget, it deserves to be in your budget gaming PC under $500.
However, it doesn’t support overclocking which most people don’t necessarily need. The motherboard also supported DDR4 memory up to 32GB. Anyway, we have gone with 8GB of RAM for this build, but you can upgrade to 16GB anytime! 😉
Price: $62 (Amazon)
RAM: Kingston HyperX Fury 8GB 2133Mhz (1×8)
For the RAM, I had gone with the Kingston HyperX Fury 8GB clocked at 2133Mhz. Having DDR4 memory in this $500 budget build isn’t common, but I managed to squeeze in into the build.
This is much faster than DDR3 although it makes very little differences in real-world applications such as games. But this will definitely make your PC run faster, and help slightly in video rendering and stuff. 🙂
Most games run extremely well with 8GB RAM, so you don’t need to go for 16GB if you’re one a tight budget. You can easily upgrade to 16GB by adding another in the DIMM slot.
Price: $50 (Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Blue 1TB 7200 RPM 3.5″ Internal HDD
For this budget build, you really don’t want to spend 20% of your budget on an SSD. So, the Western Digital Blue 1TB 7200 RPM would be the right choice. Its storage capacity is 1 TB which is good enough to store several games.
I myself use a Western Digital Caviar Blue HDD which is 3TB and I faced no issues at all! For the cheap, I can tell you that the Western Digital is the best. There are other manufacturers like Tobisha, but WD is much better in my opinion.
For this budget gaming PC under $500, you must have this HDD in your system. It has enough capacity to store all your games. If you render videos, you can this HDD without issues. It’s not the fastest, but it will get your job done. 😀
Price: $50 (Amazon)
PSU: EVGA 500 W1 80+ Certified Power Supply
For the price, you can’t really go wrong with this awesome: EVGA 500 W1 80+ Power Supply. The TDP for our build is only 250 Watts! So, this build is very power consuming.
This budget gaming build will run perfectly with this PSU, and without power issues. I prefer this power supply because it’s certified, and deliver the power as advertised.
The good thing, you can upgrade your GPU and CPU without changing your PSU as it’s capable of powering up a GTX 1080 as well! 😀
Price: $36 (Amazon)
CPU Case: Thermaltake Versa H21 Mid-Tower Case (Black)
If you want an awesome CPU case, well, this is the one for you, the Thermaltake Versa H21 Mid-Tower Case. The design you’re getting for just $38 here is just wonderful. For the price, it’s a bang for the buck! 😀
It’s a fancy looking case and the features are cool as well. It allows easy cable mangement and you can add in two (120mm) fans on the top of the case. It’s going to suckout all the hot air, and will allow the air to flow, keeping your system as cool as possible.
Again, the good thing, it has enough space to settle your GTX 1080 if you ever plan to upgrade, no issues in there! It has (1x USB 3.0 Port, 1x USB 2.0 Port, 1x HD Audio)! That’s great for the price! 😀
Price: $38 (Amazon)
Why should you build this budget Gaming PC under $500?
I strongly prefer going with this particular build if you’re on a tight budget. If you have $500 for building a new budget gaming PC, just go for it. I’m saying this for some reasons.
In this build, you have the Motherboard socket LGA1151 which is supported by all i5/i7 6th Gen processors, and most importantly the new Kabylake 7th Gen proccessors. This means, you can upgrade your PC without issues if you want.
The motherboard supports DDDR4 memory up to 32GB which, meaning you can put another 8GB stick into the slot, and make it 16GB in total. You can also upgrade your GPU, as your power supply will have enough ability to power that up. 😉
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