The Best Gaming PC Build for $600 in 2017

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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 AMD’s brand new Ryzen 3 1200, a 3GB GTX 1060, 8GB of 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: September 6th, 2017

  • Vivo V06

    mATX tower, comes with 2 fans, front USB 3.0 & 3.5mm audio jacks.
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  • MSI B350M Gaming Pro

    mATX size, AM4 socket, B350 chipset. 4x SATA3, 6x USB. Supports up to 3600MHz RAM.
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  • AMD Ryzen 3 1200

    3.4GHz quad-core processor(CPU). Comes with a great stock cooler.
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  • EVGA GTX 1060 SC 3GB

    3GB GDDR5 VRAM, great cooling, awesome 1080p performance.
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  • EVGA 450 B1

    450W power supply, up to 85% efficiency. 3-year warranty.
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  • Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 RAM

    1x 8GB 2666MHz DDR4 RAM, CL16. Upgrading to more ram is completely possible!
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  • Seagate 1TB HDD

    3.5 inch, 7200 RPM, 64MB cache, quiet & reliable!
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All games were tested in 1080p on ultra settings for consistency. Lower than ultra settings will net better performance (higher frame rates).

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Suggested/Optional

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 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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  • TP-Link Archer T4U V1

    If you have to use WiFi you’re also going to need a WiFi adapter. Read more about WiFi below!
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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 Vivo V06 micro-ATX case. It gives us lots of options for expansion in terms of added storage, or a more intensive cooling profile. 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!

AMD’s new Ryzen 3 1200 is a CPU with plenty of power to handle basically any game that you’re going to play. It’s a quad-core processor with a core-clock of 3.4GHz. It’s capable of overclocking and comes with a great CPU cooler. All-in-all, the R3 1200 is an awesome entry-level CPU. Since it runs the same AM4 socket as the higher level Ryzen CPUs, you could easily upgrade to an R5 1600 if you wanted to.

The motherboard in this build is a great little mATX unit from MSI that runs the new AM4 socket and B350 chipset. It gives us support for all of the features we need with room to expand down the line, including 4x SATA3 ports, lots of USB ports, support for 3600MHz RAM, integrated 7.1 audio, a built-in ethernet controller and it also supports overclocking. It also looks great, so there’s that to.

A 3GB GTX 1060 is definitely the best option for this level of build right now, it completely tears up 1080p gaming and you’re going to be happy you have one. This particular 3GB GTX 1060 from Gigabyte 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, it cools great and overclocks alright to boot! There are lots of different variants available, but they’ll all perform basically the same so just choose the cheapest priced option!

8GB of RAM is really all you need for a dedicated gaming PC, so that’s exactly what this build has. Running 8GB of 2666MHz RAM from Corsair’s Vengeance LPX line is going to serve you well while gaming and will leave you with 2 more DIMMs to upgrade to even more RAM down the line. If you’re like me and you multi-task a lot, upgrading to 16GB of RAM would be a good idea.

EVGA’s 450W B1 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. 450W of power is more than enough for this build, but if you wanted a little extra peace of mind and a semi-modular layout, the 600 BQ or 500BQ would work as great upgrades.

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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About WiFi

Because the motherboard included in this build doesn’t come with any kind of on board WiFi, most don’t, if you have to use WiFi then you’re going to need an adapter.

There are tons of options when it comes to picking WiFi adapters and it can be a relatively confusing process without knowing what you need. First you should determine what kind of router you have, does it support 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, or just 2.4GHz?

If it supports both, you will probably want an AC adapter to take advantage of the 5GHz band which is much better for gaming than 2.4GHz; but, if your router only supports 2.4GHz then you’ll be fine with an N adapter. There are always numbers following the AC and N classifications, these numbers tell you the maximum speed (in Mbps) that the adapter or router can transfer data at.

Keep in mind that your router and WiFi adapter can’t speed up your internet connection and going for the highest numbers won’t mean the lowest ping. Even N900 (basic) WiFi adapters and routers are capable of transferring data at much higher rates than the average internet connection requires.

  • TP-Link TL-WN722N

    A very affordable N150 USB WiFi adapter. Capable of 150Mbps on the 2.4GHz band.
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  • TP-Link Archer T4U V1

    A reliable AC1200 USB WiFi adapter. Capable of operating on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands.
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  • Rosewill AC1300

    A good internally mounted (PCIe) AC1300 WiFi adapter.
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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 3GB GTX 1060 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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979 Comments on “The Best Gaming PC Build for $600 in 2017”

  1. Hi Branton. So i’ve pretty much decided to go with you 500 build which uses the 1050 ti. I may upgrade the GPU in the future a so I was thinking I will go with a better cpu initially so I dont have to upgrade them both. If down the road I want to put in a nvidia 1070 or 1080 or the equivalent, how good of a cpu do I need? will I need a 7 series or can I get away with a 5? If so, which I’m hoping, what is the lowest performing 5 that I could get away with without compromising the GPU performance(i think its called bottlenecking)? But wait, I have more! Looking at the mother board you suggested, I found a few comments on Amazon RE updating the BIOS, especially for the AMD 5’s. Are you familiar with this? Is this a real issue? Any suggestions? Finally, RE RAM. Is 8gb usually enough? We are not heavy users, but my wife does some online business and sure likes to have LOTS of pages open at a time but not necessarily a lot of programs. We have an older Dell, core duo, 4gb with a 9600gt which moves pretty slow. Should I consider 16gb of RAM?
    Lots of questions Branton, but this should do it! Always appreciated!
    James

    1. Hey James,

      Luckily, Tech of Tomorrow just did a video about this exact topic (here’s the video), he’s debunking the whole “bottlenecking” myth (it’s essentially a myth anymore) and runs benchmarks using a GTX 1080 + different tiers of Ryzen CPUs from 3 – 7 in a variety of games. In the video, you’ll see that the R3 1300x + GTX 1080 performs almost identically to the R7 1800x + GTX 1080 with maybe a couple of FPS difference in some games. Based on that, you could run a GTX 1070 or 1080 on this exact build without an issue 🙂

      The BIOS update issue is one that’s overarching on pretty well any mobo meant for Ryzen, since it’s such a new architecture there’s been A LOT of different updates which I think has some people confused – just make sure to keep your mobo drivers up to date and you’ll be good to go. I’ve even read A LOT of reviews for mobos (mostly 1-star) which point to the user having something hooked up incorrectly.

      8GB is enough for gaming, general use and running multiple tabs in Google, especially with a fast processor and good graphics card. But, another 8GB would just extend your ability to multi-task and set you up for future games that will eventually require more than 8GB to perform. Sooner than later 16GB will become the “standard”, so if you wanted to stay ahead of the curve running 16GB wouldn’t be a bad idea at all.

      Hope that helps! If there’s anything else, don’t hesitate to ask 🙂

  2. Hi Branton, Thanks for this cool site, UO is how i started my online gaming addiction 🙂
    I was wondering if dropping the gpu to a 1050ti and uping the cpu to a r5-1500 is a good idea? Thoughts being i need to stay right close to $700 which includes getting windows 10. And I figured i could get a better gpu when they return to normal prices. Thanks for all you do 🙂

    1. Hey Eric,

      Not necessarily, you’ll be losing A LOT of performance by making that switch and it’ll also be more expensive by a little bit. Believe it or not, the R3 1200 is extremely capable and performs almost as well as the $200 i5 7500! Check out this comparison video so you can see what I mean 🙂 AMD really nailed it with their budget CPUs by making them truly quad core. Also, the 3GB GTX 1060 is anywhere from 20% to 90% more powerful than the GTX 1050 Ti – so you’re paying just over 30% more for potentially 90% more performance! Luckily, the 3GB GTX 1060 wasn’t affected as drastically by the mining boom, since 4GB is the “lowest” miners can feasibly use the price on 3GB 1060s has only raised by about 5-10%.

      Hope that helps!

  3. Hi Branton. Thought I was done with the questions but have one more RE RAM. Does it make sense to have a higher speed? Does it cause a problem with this build? I ask mostly because prices seem to vary, Im finding some sales here and there and was wondering how much of a difference there would be. Specifically, I found a really good price on this RAM.

    https://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-PC4-19200-Unbuffered-CMU16GX4M2A2400C16/dp/B072NCV4ZD/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1502995776&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=CORSAIR+-+Vengeance+LPX+2-Pack+8GB+D..

    it looks like the same RAM you recommend at a great price for 2. Am I missing something?

    I’ll be running an r5 1600.
    Thank you.
    nja

    1. Hey James,

      Running faster RAM wouldn’t cause any issues and it definitely makes sense especially if you’re going to be playing lots of demanding AAA games. It used to not make a huge difference on older processors, but Ryzen CPUs tend to react quite well to higher speeds by offering noticeably better performance. That said, the price vs performance ratio starts to drop off quickly after 3000MHz.

      I’m actually kind of blown away by the price of those sticks, and even if they’re only 2400MHz they can be overclocked to higher speeds at the cost of increased latency which would net you a bit more performance if you needed it. For 16GB of 2400MHz DDR4, < $110 is a seriously awesome price, might as well grab them while you can! Or, if you don't mind ordering your RAM from somewhere else, 16GB kits of G.Skill’s Ripjaws V @ 2666MHz are currently on sale at Newegg for $112 – also a great deal.

      Hope that helps!

  4. Hi Branton,

    I just ordered your $600 build verbatim in hopes of playing PUBG at a recent display level/distance rendering. I have no doubt the performance will blow away my current PC (Optiplex 9020 with an AMD Radeon 8570). Just wondering if you think it’s worth my while to upgrade to a full 16G of RAM sooner than later – as I possibly want to incorporate some twitch streaming using OBS.

    Thanks for any advice!
    Zach

    1. Hey Zach,

      Awesome, good to hear! You definitely won’t be disappointed 🙂 It would be worth your while to upgrade sooner than later, not only is PUBG a RAM hog, but more RAM is always good when you’re streaming.

      If there’s anything else, just ask!

    1. Awesome choice, Zach. That’s the best-priced 16GB kit at 2666MHz available right now, and it also overclocks great.

    1. Hey Devin,

      Nope! Motherboard manufacturers got smart a while back and started to include onboard audio that works great for anything outside of really high-end audiophile cans and the like.

      Hope that helps!

  5. So for the $600 build, there are only 2 UBS ports? Just want to know, because i have to plug in mouse, keyboard, and headset.

    1. Hey Devon,

      There’s a total of 9 USB ports on this build. 5 are USB 3.0 and 4 are USB 2.0, 6 of them are on the motherboard (4x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0) and 3 are on the case (1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0).

      Hope that helps!

  6. Thanks for putting together this PC for a good price!

    I was wondering would this PC be able to run Destiny 2 and Overwatch?

  7. Hey Branton, I’m purchasing this build to a T. I’ve been looking into overclocking the CPU since it OC’s so well and I noticed an increase in power usage. Will I run into problems with wattage with the 450w power supply?

    1. Hey Tyler,

      I can’t imagine so 🙂 This build will only pull 250-300w at most under load, so you’ve got a ton of headroom to play with. Nothing to worry about, overclock away!

  8. Hey Branton,

    Is there any room in this case to install a DVD drive? I’ve always preferred having in installed in the system rather than using an external one or not having one at all. If not, could you recommend a case that does? Sorry if this question is on the dumb side, since I’m no expert at this. Thanks in advance.

    1. Hey Matt,

      Not in this case, unfortunately – the vast majority of newer cases have started to omit the 5.25″ drive bay as external drive options have become not only more powerful but more popular as well. That said, the Thermaltake H15 does come with a 5.25″ bay, but it only comes with 1x 120mm fan opposed to 2x 120mm fans in the Vivo V06 – you might want to consider picking up another fan to use as an air intake.

      Or, for a bit more, you could pick up one of my personal favorites, the Corsair Spec 02. It has 2x 5.25″ bays and comes with 2x 120mm fans, it’s also a bigger case which gives you more options for future expansion.

      Hope that helps!

  9. Hey Branton,
    How well will RTS games run on this PC such as games like Total War Warhammer and the like.
    Thank you in advance!

    1. Hey Jason,

      Something like TW: Warhammer will perform similarly to The Witcher 3 on this build. So, on ultra settings, you can expect a smooth 60fps without an issue.

      Hope that helps!

  10. Hi Branton,

    Is there anywhere I can watch a video on this build? I bought this build and am trying to install the CPU. But I can’t get the the thing to pop open where you insert the CPU. Has anyone else had this problem? Is there a certain way to do it? Only asking cause I’m new to this and don’t wanna screw up the motherboard. Thanks in advance. 🙂

      1. I am running into some problems though with the build, since I am new to building computers. Installing the CPU cooler, HDD and graphics card. Got the motherboard, power supply, ram and CPU installed. Any help with that would be appreciated.

        1. Hey Matt,

          Your CPU cooler will install just like this. Installing your GPU (graphics card) is as easy as pushing it into the top PCIe slot, put the inputs through the holes in the rear of the case first, and the card should go in nice and straight after that. To install your HDD all you do is slide it into the HDD tray (bottom-front of your case) and plug both a SATA power and SATA data cable into it – SATA power comes from your power supply, the SATA data cable should have come with your mobo.

          Your motherboard’s manual will always have diagrams showing the install of your GPU and CPU cooler among other components, it’s always a good idea to read your mobo’s manual. Alternatively, I put together this guide which includes a reference image highlighting the parts of a mobo (found under the motherboard section under Basics)

  11. I just wanted to clarify something, under the benchmarks it said “lower than ultra settings will not better performance (higher frame rates)” does this mean that if i wanted to get more than 58 fps on PUBG lowering the graphics/resolution settings would not increase frame rate?

    1. Hey David,

      It says “will NET better performance”. Meaning, total performance will be higher on lower settings.

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