The Best Budget Gaming PC Build for $600 in 2018

Updated: June 18th, 2018BrantonBudget Builds, Custom Builds1261 Comments

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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 Intel’s new i3 8100, a 4GB GTX 1050 Ti, 8GB of DDR4 RAM and 1TB of storage! This cheap but powerful build serves as a great platform to start with and upgrade as you go.  

Competitive shooters, MOBAs, indie games, and most eSports titles are where this budget build is going to perform the best. It’ll also give you that smooth 60fps performance in demanding AAA games like The Witcher 3 or GTA: V that you’re looking for!

Have a question? Ask me in the comment section!

The Best $600 Gaming PC Build

Updated: June 12th, 2018

  • Vivo V06

    mATX tower, comes with 2 fans, front USB 3.0 & 3.5mm audio jacks.
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  • Gigabyte B360M DS3H

    LGA 1151 socket mATX motherboard, B360 chipset. Equipped with 6x USB and 6x SATA + 1x M.2, built in audio and integrated ethernet.
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  • Intel i3 8100

    4-core/4-thread 3.6GHz 8th generation Intel processor. Comes with a CPU cooler.
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  • EVGA GTX 1050 Ti SC

    4GB GDDR5 VRAM, good cooling, solid 1080p performance.
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  • EVGA 500 BQ

    500W 80+ Bronze rated semi-modular power supply, 80% efficiency. 3-year warranty.
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  • 2x4GB Crucial Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 RAM (Gray)

    2x4GB stick of 2400MHz DDR4 RAM. 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/Upgrades

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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  • Kingston A400 120GB SSD

    An SSD is the single best upgrade to make your PC feel faster but it won’t increase FPS in games.
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  • TP-Link Archer T4U V2 WiFi Adapter

    If you have to use WiFi you’re also going to need a WiFi adapter. Read more about WiFi below!
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  • LG Electronics 8X USB 2.0 External DVD drive

    Supports rewriting as well as M-DISCs. External optical drives are quickly becoming the standard as more cases move away from internal 5.25″ bays.
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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 you lots of options for expansion in terms of added storage, or a more intensive cooling profile. Since the V06 only comes with fans mounted in the front of the case, it’s a good idea to take one off and mount it at the rear as an exhaust; this way you’ll have one fan bringing cool air in and one blowing hot air out.

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! If you need some suggestions, check out what I consider the 5 best mATX cases!

Intel’s new 8th generation i3 8100 is a quad-core processor with plenty of power to handle basically any game that you’re going to play. It’s packing 4-cores & 4-threads of processing power with a core clock of 3.6GHz. The i3 8100 is a locked processor and does not support overclocking, it comes with a stock CPU cooler that will work well enough to keep the processor cool enough under loads to not risk damage or thermal throttling.

Regarding the CPU cooler, the stock cooler the i3 8100 is good enough to handle basically anything you’re going to be doing with this build. But, if you want an aftermarket cooler for the enhanced performance or just for a better looking build, check out what I consider the 5 best CPU coolers of 2018!

The motherboard in this build is a great little mATX unit from Gigabyte that runs the LGA 1151 socket and Intel B360 chipset. It gives you support for all of the features we need with room to expand down the line, including 6x SATA3 ports, 6x USB ports, 4 slots for DDR4 RAM, integrated audio, a built-in ethernet controller, and even M.2 SSD support.

A 4GB GTX 1050 Ti 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 GTX 1050 Ti from EVGA 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 2400MHz DDR4 RAM from Crucial’s Ballistix Sport LT line is going to serve you well while gaming and will leave you with 2 more DIMMs to upgrade with even more RAM down the line. If you’re like me and you multi-task a lot, upgrading to 16GB+ would be a good idea.

EVGA’s 500W 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. 500W 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.

As for storage, there’s a 1TB HDD in this build by default with the option to add an SSD. The reason I picked a 1TB HDD over an SSD is entirely due to size, for the same you’d pay for a 1TB HDD you can only get a 120GB SSD which honestly isn’t enough when you consider Windows will take up half of that. However, if you have a spare $50 kicking around, adding an SSD (like the Kingston A400) would be a great idea.

All-in-all, this build is great for competitive shooters and AAA titles alike. It’ll rock 60fps in 1080p without an issue and even higher in less demanding/more optimized games like CS:GO and Overwatch. In PUBG it’ll pull off competitive settings without an issue.

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 (Disc or USB), 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!

Picking out parts like your desk and chair are also crucial to achieving the best possible gaming experience. That’s why I’ve put together a buyers guide cover the 16 absolute best gaming chairs out there! Check it out! 

  • ASUS VS247H-P 23.6" 1080p monitor

    23″, 1080p 60Hz, 2ms response time – Great for gaming
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  • CM Storm Devastator 3 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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  • Corsair HS50

    Extremely comfortable with great audio quality! Definitely one of the better gaming headsets you can get, in my opinion.
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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 V2

    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 4GB GTX 1050 Ti is a budget-level powerhouse and it’s definitely going to leave you in awe. Titles like GTA: V, Battlefield 1, The Witcher 3, PUBG 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!

$600 Gaming PC Build

This gaming PC build is for those gamers who want to play demanding/AAA games and aren't worried about dropping a setting or two down from ultra to get that smooth 60fps experience. In competitive shooters like Overwatch and CS:GO, this build won't have any issues pushing well over 144fps so you can comfortably use a 144Hz monitor to get that edge on your competition. 

Hardware

CaseVivo V06
MotherboardGigabyte B360M DS3H
ProcessorIntel i3 8100
GraphicsEVGA GTX 1050 Ti SC
Power Supp.EVGA 500 BQ 80+ Bronze
RAM8GB DDR4 (2400MHz)
HDDWD Blue 1TB (7200RPM)
SSDOptional
CPU CoolerStock

Features
  • 1080p 60fps gaming
  • Lots of USB ports
  • Integrated audio & Ethernet
  • Great for eSports games
  • Very easy to upgrade
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could i switch the i3 8100 for the i5 8400 without changing anything else? would i need a bigger power supply?

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I have a gaming PC that my cousin helped me build about three years ago. At the time even he said that my setup was “overkill” for just playing LoL which I’m sure was the case. I’m looking to transition (not necesarrily upgrade or downgrade) to one of these awesome builds you’ve composed. I was wondering if it would be viable to swap a few things like:

1) instead of an i3 go with an i5 processor.
2) instead of a 1050ti go with a 1060 GPU
3) Beef up that power supply unit (had trouble with PSUs in the past so I’m kind’ve tramatized haha)

I have parts I can swap in from my old build that’ll save me quite a bit of cash. RAM, SSD, and HDD.

Is this something I could do or would this build not effectively handle this type of setup?

Kudos again for such an extensive list of builds by the way.

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Would there be any difference if I used i5 instead of i3? if yes by how much

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What settings could you run fortnite on this getting around 60 fps?

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Whats the difference with the RAM you’re using in this setup and this one I found on Amazon (Ballistix Sport LT 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR4 2400 MT/s (PC4-19200) DIMM 288-Pin – BLS2K4G4D240FSE (Red)) which has 2 sticks of ram and is just $5 more?

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could this run fallout 4 with mods and does this have an hdmi port

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If iwanted to upgrade the graphics card what else would i need to do?

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what fps will this get in fortnite? what about r6s? thx

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Hi Branton!
I’m about to build my first PC around on 600$ budget, will use this mostly for gaming. I have 2 question and would be very happy if you can help me out:
1. What is the difference between RAM 2666mHz and3000mHz? and why people suggesting to take dual channel? I plan to get Corsair DDR 8GB (2×4 GB) 2666mHz, or should i upgrade it to 3000mHz?
2. I cant find mentioned PSU in my area, what option can I swap for the PSU?

Thanks before!

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I’m still on the debate on rather I should get Ryzen 3 2200G or the i3 8100. I saw that you guys switched the CPU from the R3 last week to the i3 this week. Overall, which is the best to get?

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Hi, I was wondering if this build could potentially handle 1070 graphics, and if not what would I have to upgrade? Thank you

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