Best Gaming PC Build Under $500 (UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2020)

Are you looking for the best gaming PC build under 500 that will give you great performance for a budget? In this article, we share our top build under $500.

Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 CPU.

AMD Ryzen 5 2600 processorThis powerful little processor from AMD comes looking slick in bright metallic silver and the AMD Ryzen logo engraved on the top.

The AMD Ryzen 5 2600 is a six-core processor that has a base speed of 3.4GHz but has the ability to be overclocked up to 3.9GHz for even greater performance. You can do this using the AMD Ryzen Master utility.

This is an older model of AMD processor, but it has proven to be one of the best in its class for a number of years. It has AMD StoreMI and SenseMI technologies inside which do everything from enhancing processing and loading times to using AI to give better performance.

They have also futureproofed this CPU very well by adding X470 and B450 chipsets for longevity.

For the price, it would be near impossible to find a better processor for this build.

GPU: XFX RX 570 XXX Edition.

XFX RX 570 4GBThis is a great looking graphics card that comes in a dark gray color with red on the fan blades to stand out from the crowd.

This is a 4 gig graphics card with GDDR5 memory, and this kind of power will allow you to run some of the most demanding games on the market.

As computer components have a tendency to get very hot when dealing with full workloads, the XFX RX 570 comes equipped with a double dissipation cooling system. The two strategically placed and designed fans will ensure maximum airflow and cooling for your card.

The GPU has a memory clock speed of 7GHz and also allows for a dual BIOS setup for those multitaskers looking to get into the cryptocurrency game as well.

RAM: Patriot Viper 4 RAM sticks.

patriot viper 4These beautiful looking RAM sticks from Patriot Memory come in a crimson color with a large white Viper logo on the front.

With this purchase you are going to get two eight gig ram sticks, for a total of 16 gigs of DDR4 memory, to ensure that you can easily run multiple programs and applications. Some of the most demanding games call for 16 gigs these days, and it is essential that you can keep up.

They come equipped with an anodized aluminum heat spreader, as it is pertinent that your components do no overheat. These heat spreaders will evenly dissipate the heat to keep the sticks cool.

The Patriot Viper 4 RAM is also XMP 2.0 ready and can handle speeds up to 3GHz.

Storage: ADATA Ultimate SU635 solid-state drive.

ADATA Ultimate SU635This SSD from ADATA looks fairly standard in all black with the company logo on the top of the drive.

While you may only be getting 240GB of storage with this SSD, it is still a solid-state drive and will offer you amazing speeds compared to traditional hard disk drives.

The ADATA Ultimate SU635 is capable of reading speeds of 520MB and write speeds of 450MB per second.

This solid-state drive is also designed to be ultra-quiet and consumes less power than comparable models.

When you purchase this SSD from ADATA you will also get access to their free software which offers file and data management. As well, they have a wonderful three-year manufacturer warranty that will give you confidence in your new SSD.

PSU: Thermaltake Smart 500W PSU.

Thermaltake Smart 500WThis white certified PSU from Thermaltake comes looking fairly basic in mostly black with white for the text.

The Thermaltake Smart 500W power supply has the ability to continuously push out 500 Watts of power for economical efficiency.

It is rated as 80 Plus certified, which means it is going to be at 80 percent efficiency when tasked with an average workload. It will keep from being overtaxed, and therefore overheating.

The power supply is also aided in keeping the temperature down thanks to a 120-millimeter cooling fan that is ultra-quiet and efficient.

When you buy the Thermaltake Smart 500W PSU you are going to get cables for all different types of connections, as well as a five-year warranty from the manufacturer, for a no-brainer purchase.

Motherboard: MSI B450M Pro-M2 Max.

msi B450M PRO-M2 MaxAs motherboards are going to ultimately be mostly hidden in a build, this one looks fairly standard in various basic colors.

This is a very versatile motherboard that could be used in multiple types of builds. It offers support for first to third generations of AMD components, including Socket AM4 processors.

Your RAM in this build is going to be right at home as it supports up to 3466GHz and has a DDR4 boost feature that is going to give you even better memory speed and performance.

The audio boost feature is going to be music to your ears, as this motherboard is designed to give enhanced audio quality.

MSI has also kept your precious graphics card in mind as they have designed the PCIe slot from steel to keep everything durable and stable. Want to double your budget? In our build under $1000 we have a much more powerful MSI motherboard.

Case: Thermaltake Versa H22.

Thermaltake Versa H22As this is a low-budget build, the case is going to take a hit, but this is essentially an aesthetic hit and will not make the functionality suffer. This case comes in all black with a white logo on the front.

Thermaltake has kept gamers and creators in mind when designing the Versa H22, as it has a metal mesh on the top and front to allow for even better airflow. It also has a 120-millimeter exhaust fan already built-in, with slots for two intake fans of the same size.

The side of the case is transparent so you can admire all the guts of your build while it is running.

This midsized tower comes in measuring 19 x 21 x 9-inches and is designed to fit some of the largest and most powerful components on the market. As it weighs only 9.3-pounds without any components installed, this gaming rig should also be portable enough to take it wherever you need to go.