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: August 15th, 2017

  • Vivo V02

    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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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 Vivo V02 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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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 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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949 Comments on “The Best Gaming PC Build for $600 in 2017”

  1. If I switch out the Intel core i3 with the intel pentium g4560, how much will it affect the performance, will it still run 60fps 1080p? the specs look very similar but pentium is a lot cheaper. Thanks!

    1. Hey Brayden,

      There is a pretty noticeable performance difference between the 2 processors. Although the specs look similar, the i3 7100 is significantly more powerful when it comes to gaming.

  2. I don’t know if you can answer this, but, can this run ETS2 on ultra settings pretty smooth, maybe about 60 fps?

    1. Hey Carson,

      Euro Truck Sim 2 won’t be an issue for this build, 60fps is without a doubt obtainable.

  3. Hi Branton, I’m currently getting the parts to make this build and I would like to know if there’s any other monitors that are good for gaming. Thanks 🙂

  4. Hey Branton, I’ve never built a pc but I’ve done a bunch of research to finally go ahead and do it. So I’m looking to go for this build, but instead of the i3, I want to use the i5-7600 cpu. Would the mobo you have listed still work well with this processor? And would I need to change anything else in the component list to make that work?

  5. Hey, Its me again. I loved the build you helped me out with a year ago, still killing counter strike and playing Arma smoothly, besides the point. I have a friend that wants to get into pc gaming now. His budget for PC, Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Headset is 1000$. I am not sure what parts to suggest. I know he wants to play games like Playerunknown’s Battlegrouds, Counter Strike(Not exactly a worry) Call Of Duty, Minecraft with a hell a lot of mods(200+) and other things along those lines. I was thinking The monitor mouse keyboard here and then a Ryzen 5 1500X and a GTX 1060 6gb, but, those cost too much with case monitor ect. I think there is a tad bit of wiggle room but I am in need of some advice for some advice.

    I was thinking he would like atleast Medium to High graphics at 1080p. Also, so he could have a bigger “range” of games to play I was thinking a quadcore or higher with 2.7-3.3ghz, an i5-6400 is about the same as a Ryzen 5 1600(X) and the Ryzen looks more promising. I am not sure if I should tone down CPU GPU Motherboard RAM or HDD to save money for a monitor keyboard and mouse. I was thinking take the CPU & GPU half a step down to a Ryzen 1500X(Relatively cheap) and maybe a 1050 ti? Odds are as far as he will need to overclock is windows power settings. He is having me build this, he doesnt have mush experience so I am not sure if overclocking would be too dangerous for him to try?

    P.S.
    It would be nice If I could get back to him before the 4th of July for the sales etc.

    1. Also, if you could help me spare about 20$-40$ instead of 120$-240$ for windows. I know a cheap site that you can get Win 10 Pro for 25$ USD.

    2. Hey Rex,

      Sorry about the delay here, I was out of town for the long weekend. Either way, I’m glad to hear that your build is still working well!

      It’s completely possible for your friend to build himself a solid PC with $1000 cap, I would consider looking into something similar to my $700 build as it comes with an R5 1500X and a GTX 1060. That said, with the current graphics card shortage caused by the crytpocurrency miners, it will be pretty hard to find a GTX 1060 or any other mid-range GPU for a reasonable price right now – just something to keep in mind. The 1050 Ti would let him play quite a few “good” games on at least mid settings, and it would also allow him way more room in his budget for a monitor and things like that, it might be a good route to choose. Overclocking with Ryzen is super simple, way easier than overclocking an Intel CPU.

      So, long story short, I’d go with an R5 1500X, a B350 mobo, some 3000MHz RAM (Ryzen needs fast RAM) and either a GTX 1050 Ti or a 6GB 1060 if you can find one for <$300 right now. Should give him enough budget to get Windows and everything else he needs.Hope that helps!

  6. hey i was wondering if this build just with a i5 processer would work well on ark? dosnt have to be max settings but i would like to know. thanks!

    1. Definitely, but if you’re going to go with an i5 CPU you might as well opt for the AMD R5 1600 or 1500x and a B350 chipset motherboard instead – you can find those CPU/motherboards combos from either my $700 or $800 builds.

      Hope that helps!

  7. What’s the minimum I would need for passing WOW? Looking tho get in to PC gaming and many first build

    1. Hey Nicco,

      Because WoW isn’t very demanding, you could run it on just about anything from my $400 build and up.

  8. Hi Branton. I got a great deal on an i57600k so I bought it. Now I see on one of your last posts that the i5 might be overkill considering the mobo. Should I go up to a B350 chip set? I’m not a crazy gamer and don’t plan on overclocking but who knows what the future holds. This leads me to another question. To overclock, do you have to have the right three components: mobo, gpu, and processor to do it? I’m new to this and still wrapping my head around the possibilities. Finally, does the 1060 3GB blow away the GTX 1050 ti 4GB? The 1050 is way cheaper these days and money is definitely an object. Thanks for you advise!
    NJA

    1. Hey James,

      The only problem with running the i5 7600K on a B250 chipset motherboard is you won’t be able to overclock it, for that you’ll need a Z270 chipset board. A B350 chipset board wouldn’t work for the i5 7600K because it’s meant for AMD’s Ryzen CPUs – make sure to check which socket a motherboard supports as it has to be the same as your CPU’s. Overclocking is done on an individual basis to either your graphics card, RAM, or processor; all graphics cards can be overclocked as well as most RAM, but only certain CPUs (like the i5 7600K) can be and only when running the appropriate motherboard. Yep, a 3GB 1060 will definitely blow a 1050 Ti away, especially in AAA games.

      Hope that helps!

  9. Branton, thanks so much for the reply and info. After a quick look at the z270, I think it will be out of my price range. Especially if I spring for the 1060. Unless you know different. Even without over clocking, will the i5 give me any benefit over the i3 on the B250? Finally, just to be clear, if the gpu has overclocking capabilities, do the mobo, CPU and RAM also have to have overclocking capabilities as well, or can you just over clock th gpu? Clear as mud? Thanks again for you support!!
    Nja

    1. Not a problem! The i5 will definitely give you a very noticeable performance boost over the i3, but unless you’re opting for the Z270 chipset motherboard, going with the unlocked 7600K isn’t really necessary and will have you spending more for parts you don’t necessarily need – like an aftermarket CPU cooler. Going with either an i5 7600 + the B250 chipset mobo in the list, or AMD’s R5 1600 (paired with a B350 chipset/AM4 socket mobo) would be a better, and more cost effective choice in my opinion.

      Graphics cards can be overclocked regardless of the other system specs, only CPU and RAM require a motherboard with the appropriate chipset.

      Hope that helps!

  10. Hello

    Would it work if i used the Intel Core i5-7600K LGA 1151 Desktop Processors (BX80677I57600K)

    Would it still work with the other items and is it worth spending the extra money for the i5?

    1. Definitely, but you wouldn’t be able to overclock the i5 7600K without changing the motherboard and you would also need to grab yourself an aftermarket CPU cooler as the 7600K doesn’t come with a stock cooler. If you’re already considering the i5 7600K, you might want to also consider AMD’s R5 1600 – it performs just as good but it comes with a great CPU cooler and will ultimately cost you less – for the R5 1600 you would need a motherboard like this.

      Both of those upgrade paths would work with everything else in the build, but which route you choose is entirely your decision 🙂

  11. Hi Branton, James again. Again, thanks for clearing some thing up for me.So I’m rethinking (over thinking) and think I will probably go with the AMD cpu and b350 motherboard. One question I have is how upgradable it will be in the future? For instance, I initially was going to go with a $500 build that used the intel i3, but decided to upgrade the cpu to the i5 and Oops, thats not going to work, now i’ll need a different mobo and a cpu cooler. So if I go with the b350 build, how easy will it be for me to put in a better cpu like the 7 or threadripper, more faster RAM, and a beefier gpu in it in a few years? thanks again!
    nja

    1. Hey again, James!

      It would be very upgradeable, all of the current Ryzen CPUs would work (with the ability to OC), any DDR4 RAM up to 3600MHz would work, and any GPU will work. Eventually running a Threadripper CPU would need a different ($300+) mobo running a different socket (TR4) and chipset (X399) though.

      Hope that helps!

  12. Hi,

    Just to be sure before I buy can it handle these games on medium to high. BO3, Overwatch, MEA, witcher 3, wow, Csgo, Skyrim and games like or do I need to make in upgrade?

    1. Hey Ashton,

      This build will easily run those games on mid-high settings, the less graphically intensive games like WoW, Overwatch, and CS:GO can even run on ultra.

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