The Best Gaming PC Build for Under $600

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If you’re looking into building yourself the best gaming PC for around $600, you’re definitely going to want to look at this one! This budget gaming beast has plenty of power where it’s needed and lots of upgrade potential for when you’re ready to push it even further!

I’ve put together an amazing budget build including a brand new Intel i3 7100, a 4GB RX 480, 8GB of 2400MHz DDR4 RAM and 1TB of storage! I know that you’re going to really enjoy it, so without wasting any more time let’s get started!

  • A couple different styled/sized screwdrivers
  • Anti-static wristband (optional but suggested)
  • Patience

That’s about all you’re going to need, seriously. If this is the first gaming computer you’ve ever built, it might seem like a daunting process that only an expert could complete, but that’s wrong. Building your own gaming PC couldn’t be easier, and there is a ton of concise guides available.

If you’re still thinking it’s a super-difficult process, just click (or tap) below, skim through the video, and then you’ll know for sure.

Here are the basic steps that I follow when building:
  1. Install the Power Supply into the Case
  2. Install the processor (make sure the arrows line up)
  3. Install RAM (make sure they are in the right way before you try to seat them!)
  4. Mount the CPU cooler
  5. Place the rear I/O plate
  6. Mount the motherboard to the case (get your i/o ports through and use the middle standoff as a guide)
  7. Plug your GPU in
  8. Install any storage
  9. Plug everything into the appropriate spots
  10. Turn it on / Install OS & drivers!

Video Walkthrough

Instead of me typing out a ton of of words to explain this process (I did it anyways), why not watch this video put together by EasyPCbuilder.com? He does a great job of explaining everything in detail, and is going to get you running in 30 minutes.

Keep in mind that it’s not the exact same build, but the process is really similar. There’s really only 1 way to do things, and it’s pretty hard to mess anything up if you’re being careful.

The Best $600 Gaming PC Build

Updated: April 14th, 2017

  • Corsair Carbide Spec 01

    Mid tower case, great layout, good cooling, big window & decent cable management.
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  • MSI B250M Bazooka

    LGA 1151 socket motherboard, mATX size, B250 chipset, integrated audio, built-in ethernet, 3x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0 ports, and 1x USB Type-C.
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  • Intel i3 7100

    3.9GHz dual-core “Kaby Lake” processor with Hyper-threading.
    Comes with a CPU cooler.
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  • MSI RX 480 Armor 4G

    4GB GDDR5, great cooling, awesome 1080p performance.
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  • EVGA 600 BQ

    600W semi-modular power supply, 85% efficiency (bronze rating). 3-year warranty.
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  • Crucial Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 RAM

    1x 8GB 2400MHz stick, CL16. Upgrading to more ram is completely possible!
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  • WD Blue 1TB HDD

    3.5 inch, 7200 RPM, 64MB cache, quiet & reliable!
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Add-ons like SSDs and optical drives are by no means necessary, but they may give you a better experience. Others, like an operating system, are much more crucial. If you’re planning on installing your OS from a disc instead of a USB flash drive then you’ll definitely need an optical drive.

  • Windows 10 (USB Installer)

    Windows 10 is your best bet when it comes to picking an operating system. This version is a USB installer.
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  • 120GB PNY CS1311 SSD

    An SSD is the single best upgrade to make your PC feel faster but it won’t increase FPS in games. This one performs well with up to 90,000 IOPS in 4K read/write!
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  • Samsung Internal 24x CD DVD±R/RW kit

    An optical drive isn’t necessary, but if you’re installing your OS from a disc you’ll need it. This one comes with mounting hardware & cables.
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  • Samsung Ultra-Slim External CD DVD±R/RW

    A lot of people are moving away from internally mounted optical drives, and it’s easy to see why! This one is definitely one of the cheaper & better external options to consider.
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Details

This build is perfectly suited for 1080p gaming, it’ll handle most AAA titles on at least high settings while putting out 60fps+. Less intensive games (CS:GO, DoTA2, etc) will run absolutely flawlessly. Keep in mind that the price listed above is for the core components only, you will still need an operating system and any other peripherals that you don’t currently have (mouse, keyboard, audio, etc).

Holding everything together is the Corsair Spec 01 mid tower case. It gives us lots of options for expansion in terms of added storage, or a more intensive cooling profile. Something to keep in mind is that it only comes with a single 120mm fan, but that won’t cause any issues.

There are A LOT of other cases that would work for this build, I really suggest that you take a look at some other options just in case you can find one that you like more!

Intel’s 7th generation i3 7100 is a great 3.9GHz dual-core (with Hyper-threading) CPU with plenty of power to handle basically any game that you’re going to play. But, it won’t be great for streaming if those are your plans, if that’s you, then you should really consider an i5 or even better would be an i7.

Upgrading to an i5 7500 (or better) is possible and would give you a lot more power, but it would also cost roughly $80 more, just something to keep in mind.

The motherboard in this build is a great little mATX unit from MSI that runs the new B250 chipset. It gives us support for all of the features we need with room to expand down the line, including 6x SATA3 ports, 3x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, 1x USB Type-C, support for 2400MHz RAM, integrated 7.1 audio and a built-in ethernet controller for wired internet connections.

The 4GB RX 480 is definitely the best-priced option for this level of build, it completely tears up 1080p gaming and you’re going to be happy you have one. The 4GB RX 480 from MSI that offers up some of the best price vs performance out of any currently released card of the same tier. It’s capable of 60fps on at least high settings in pretty much any AAA game!

There are other GPU options to consider, however, if you wanted the Nvidia alternative you’ll be looking for a 3GB GTX 1060.

8GB of RAM is really all you need for a dedicated gaming PC, so that’s exactly what this build has. 8GB from Crucial’s Ballistix Sport LT line is going to serve you well while gaming and going with a single stick in a build like this just makes it easier to add more RAM later on. If you’re like me and you multi-task a lot, upgrading to 16GB of RAM would be a good idea.

EVGA’s 600W BQ power supply offers up an awesome semi-modular (only some cables are permanently fixed) form factor and lots of connections for everything this build needs plus most upgrades that you might consider adding down the line. It also comes with a 3-year warranty which is not too bad.

Operating System

You’re also going to need an operating system for your new build, and due to the fact that the newest iteration of DirectX requires Windows 10, that’s going to be the version of Windows you want to consider. You could always go with an older version if you wanted to, you just wouldn’t be able to take advantage Windows 10 exclusives like DirectX 12, Forza 3, Dead Rising 4, and so on. It comes in both disc and USB flash drive versions.

If you don’t feel like forking out the dough for a copy of Windows, your next best bet is Ubuntu or another Linux-based operating system. A Linux-based OS is capable of running basically anything you can run on Windows, only it’s entirely free and open source. Games without Linux ports will have to be ran through a program like Wine, but it’s ultimately a small inconvenience for a free OS.

windows-10-homeWhen it comes to actually installing your OS, you basically have 2 options. Option 1 is to install it from a disc using an optical drive or via a retail USB flash drive. Option 2 is to create your own bootable flash drive which you can find decent instructions on here, you would really only need to do option 2 if you’re going with Linux.

The USB option will install faster but costs a bit more if you’re buying Windows, and the disc option requires an optical drive if you don’t currently have one. Both have their pros and cons, it just depends on what works best for you!

Extras

If this is the absolute first gaming PC you’ve ever owned, then you probably don’t have a very good keyboard / mouse, or maybe your monitor is sub-par to really enjoy the experience this build is capable of.

Whatever it is you’re missing, you’ll definitely want the basics at the very least, just to make sure that you’re getting the absolute most out of your new PC.

Luckily for you, I’ve hand-picked some awesome peripherals to cover each of the basic PC gaming needs, just check them out below!

  • Asus VS238H-P

    23″, 1080p 60Hz, 2ms response time – Great for gaming
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  • CM Storm Devastator II KB+M Combo

    An awesome keyboard + mouse combo from Cooler Master for around $30! Available with red, green, or blue backlighting.
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  • Creative Sound BlasterX H5

    Extremely comfortable with great audio quality! Definitely one of the better gaming headsets you can get, in my opinion.
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  • Reflex Lab Mouse Pad

    Super smooth, very accurate, and extremely comfortable to use! Reflex Lab mouse pads are available in 4 sizes from your basic 9″ x 8″ right up to a whopping 36″ x 18″!
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WiFi

Because the motherboard included in this build doesn’t come with any kind of integrated WiFI, if you’re planning on using WiFi then you’re going to need an adapter of some sort.

You basically have a couple of options. You could get a decent USB WiFi adapter for about $20 that would work alright. Or you could get a PCIe WiFi adapter that’ll cost roughly $35, but would be more reliable than the USB option.

  • TP-LINK TL-WDN4800

    Internally mounted WiFi adapter. 2.4GHz or 5GHz.
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  • TP-LINK TL-WN722N

    USB WiFi adapter. 2.4GHz
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Conclusion

As you can see, for right around $600 you’ll be able to run any game on high settings in 1080p without breaking a sweat. The 4GB RX 480 is a budget-level powerhouse and it’s definitely going to leave you in awe. Titles like GTA: V, Battlefield 1, The Witcher 3, Black Ops 3 and basically anything else will all run amazingly at 60fps+ in 1080p.

Building a gaming PC on the cheaper end of things should mean that you’re creating a solid foundation, and this build is just that – a solid place to start. But, that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to use it for a long time, because a build like this will easily last a couple of years before it really starts to fall behind.

All-in-all, you really couldn’t hope for a better gaming PC for around $600, I know it’s a little over the budget but the performance here is definitely worth it!

If you have any questions or comments about this build, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments!

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The first game I ever played on PC was Ultima Online way back in 1999, since then I've been hooked on PC gaming and putting together awesome builds! Thanks for stopping by!

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854 Comments on “The Best Gaming PC Build for Under $600”

  1. Alright, I will go with your build. Again, thank you for creating this great guide. I am so hyped to play Fallout 4 on it!

    1. No problem, Peter! You would have been sorely disappointed with the CyberpowerPC build – it would struggle to run FO4 on high settings and hit a constant 30fps where my build can completely max it out and average 50fps, those ~20 frames and different settings can make a huge difference! Generally speaking, when it comes to resolutions over 1080p, you’ll want a graphics card with more than 4GB of VRAM – 6GB (like you’ll find in a GTX 1060) is pretty much perfect for 1440p in the majority of games.

    1. Yep! The S340 will work perfect, just keep in mind that it doesn’t have any internal optical drive bays (for DVD drives etc) so you’ll have to go with an external unit like I link to in the build.

  2. Hello!

    I world love to buy this but I’m not sure if I can build it. I don’t want to brake it if I do try to build it so could you build it for me and I pay like 50 dollars more or something plz

    1. Hey Andrew,

      I don’t offer that kind of service, sorry, and if I did it would cost a lot more than $50 😉

  3. Hey I don’t do pc gaming but I’m thinking of starting to play on pc. Would this be a good entry level pc?

    1. Hey Nathan,

      Depending on the types of games you play, you’ll probably enjoy PC gaming a lot more than on a console 🙂 This would make an awesome entry-level PC, it will give you way better visuals than on console and higher frames per second (double in most games) to boot – 2 of the biggest reasons most console gamers move to PC!

    1. Hey Luke,

      It’ll handle them all pretty good. But, Arma III is known to kill even the most beastly PCs in MP.

    1. Hey Jonathan,

      I’d say the 3GB GTX 1060 for sure – I’ve actually been waiting for it to finally dip under $200 so I could load it into some of my lower priced builds 🙂

  4. Hello Branton you sexy genius you. First off, really appreciate the time and effort you put into all of the research, it was kind. Secondly, I have two questions to throw at you.

    1.) Could this PC handle recording/streaming video in 1080p 60fps? I used to dabble in this, but my old PC just didn’t cut it.

    2.) I’d normally give you a list of games that I want to run on a computer, but instead, I’ll let you decide here. What do you think are some of the beefiest games this PC could record/stream at 1080p (not necessarily 60fps, but that would be nice)? Not recording/streaming?

    I look forward to hearing back from you, you seem like you know what you’re doing.

  5. Branton My brother want to know if there a 600 Build with NVIDIA card. since he does not like AMD cards that much.if you could do other type of Series both NVIDIA base gaming pc

    1. Hey John,

      I’ll put it into the post, but you can swap out the 4GB RX 470 for this 3GB GTX 1060 without any increase in cost or needing any other changes.

      I hope that helps!

  6. Hi Branton,

    I wanted to ask you if i could switch to Corsair 88R case and CM B2 Series 600W power supply. Thanks in advance

    1. Due to the Corsair 88R being an mATX case, you’ll have to switch the motherboard out to one that’s also mATX (current mobo is ATX). Other than that, there’s no reason why you could use those components 🙂

    1. You’re not being annoying at all! Instead of the 8GB RX 470, I would consider the 4GB RX 480 – it and the 3GB GTX 1060 perform very similarly. So, between the 3GB GTX 1060 and the 4GB RX 480, I would lean more towards the RX 480 at this level. At the end of the day, they’re both really great options.

      1. With pretty fu*ked up prices in my country and the import tax you have to pay from something that you order i think i’ll stick with rx 470 but thanks for your time

        1. Just keep in mind that you’ll see very minimal performance increases @ 1080p with an 8GB RX 470 opposed to a 4GB RX 470 – 4GB is plenty for 1080p.

  7. I’m so sorry but should i get MSI RX 470 8gb or ASUS STRIX RX 470 4gb the 4gb one is 20€ cheaper and by the way is 1060 3gb worth for being 67€ more expensive?

    1. No need to be sorry, Milos! Go for the one you prefer the looks of! They’ll both give you the same basic experience at the end of the day as they’re essentially the same thing & are both great options. Well, the GTX 1060 is actually competing with the RX 480… so, yeah, compared to the RX 470, a GTX 1060 is definitely worth the extra cost as it’s technically a higher tier card 🙂 Even with only 3GB of VRAM on the 1060, it and the 4GB RX 480 perform almost identically in the majority of games at 1080p.

      Hope that helps!

  8. Hopefully my last question but can MSI rx 470 fit into a corsair 88r because it looks like an enormous card

    1. Yep, it sure can! The 88R can support up to a 383mm (15″) GPU and the MSI RX 470 Gaming X only comes in at 276mm (10.9″), so you’ll have some room to spare even 🙂

  9. Can i go for the MS Monster case so i can save a little bit on the case and buy Asus Dual GTX 1060 3gb?

    1. Hey Lakyak,

      I’m not sure which case you’re referring to… but as long as it has similar dimensions to the one included in this build, you should be alright. The 3GB Asus Dual GTX 1060 would work great 🙂

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