The Best Budget Gaming PC Build for $600 in 2019

Updated: February 17th, 2019Author: BrantonCategory: Budget Builds, Gaming PC Builds1439 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 AMD's R5 2600, 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, but it's already going to dominate 1080p gaming!

Competitive shooters, MOBAs, indie games, and all eSports titles will run flawlessly on this build. It'll also give you that smooth 60fps+ experience in graphically demanding AAA games like GTA: V, Black Ops 4, Battlefield 5, Hitman 2, and everything else!

Have a question? Ask me in the comment section!

The Best $600 Gaming PC Build

Updated: February 6th, 2019
  • vivo v06 matx case

    Vivo V06

    mATX tower, comes with 2 fans, front USB 3.0 & 3.5mm audio jacks.
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  • msi b450m bazooka motherboard

    MSI B450M Bazooka

    AM4 socket/B450 chipset mATX motherboard. Equipped with 6x USB and 6x SATA + 1x M.2, built in audio and integrated ethernet.
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  • amd r5 2600 processor

    AMD R5 2600

    6-core/12-thread 3.9GHz 2nd generation AMD Ryzen CPU. Comes with a Wraith Stealth CPU cooler.
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  • gtx 1050 ti graphics card

    Zotac GTX 1050 Ti Mini

    4GB GDDR5 VRAM, good cooling, solid 1080p performance.
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  • evga 600 bq power supply

    EVGA 600 BQ 80+ Bronze

    600W 80+ Bronze semi-modular power supply. Comes with a 3-year warranty.
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  • 8gb ddr4 ram

    2x4GB Patriot Signature DDR4 RAM

    2x4GB sticks of 2666MHz DDR4 RAM. Adding more ram is completely possible!
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  • 1tb hdd

    WD Blue 1TB HDD

    3.5 inch, 7200 RPM, 64MB cache, quiet & reliable!
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The tools you need:

That’s really all you need to assemble your new desktop. All of the mounting hardware and cables will come with the parts listed above. The only time you might need something extra is if you’re modifying the build on this page.

Recommended Add-ons

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

    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

    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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  • lg optical disc drive

    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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  • tp-link wifi adapter

    TP-Link Archer T4U V3 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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Build Breakdown

This build is perfectly suited for 1080p gaming, it'll handle most AAA titles on at least high settings while putting out 60fps+. That's to say, you can expect this build to handle all of your favorite games without a problem - in 1080p.

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).

Case: 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!

Motherboard: The motherboard in this build is a great little mATX board from MSI that supports the AM4 socket and runs the B450 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.

Processor (CPU): AMD's R5 2600 is a complete beast when it comes to gaming, streaming, and pretty much anything else. With a sub-$200 price tag, the R5 2600 simply cannot be beaten in terms of price vs performance.

It's loaded with 6 cores and 12 threads that'll operate at a modest 3.9GHz by default. Since the R5 2600 fully supports overclocking, you could easily squeeze out even more performance if you don't mind spending some time testing.

The R5 2600 comes with a good CPU cooler AMD has dubbed the Wraith Stealth. It works great and can perform similarly to a Hyper 212 EVO.

Graphics Card (GPU): A 4GB GTX 1050 Ti is definitely a great option for this level of build right now, it completely tears up 1080p gaming and you're going to be happy you have one.

Zotac's GTX 1050 Ti Mini 4GB 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!

System Memory (RAM): 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 DDR4 RAM from Patriot's Signature line is going to serve you well while gaming and will leave you with 2 more DIMM slots 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. Or, if you're planning on streaming - 16GB would be very useful there as well.

Power Supply (PSU): EVGA's 600 BQ power supply offers up an awesome semi-modular form factor and more than enough connections for everything this build needs; plus most upgrades that you might consider adding down the line. It's using high-quality Japanese capacitors and comes with a 3-year warranty.

Storage: 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.

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!

Peripherals

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 23 inch monitor

    ASUS VS247H-P 23.6" 1080p monitor

    23″, 1080p 60Hz, 2ms response time – Great for gaming
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  • cm storm devastator mouse and keyboard

    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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  • cosair hs50 gaming headset

    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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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.

  • wifi adapter n150

    TP-Link TL-WN722N

    A very affordable N150 USB WiFi adapter. Capable of 150Mbps on the 2.4GHz band.
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  • wifi adapter ac1200

    TP-Link Archer T4U V3

    A reliable AC1200 USB WiFi adapter. Capable of operating on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands.
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  • wifi adapter ac1300

    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 RX 580 is a powerhouse and it's definitely going to leave you in awe. Titles like GTA: V, Battlefield V, The Witcher 3, PUBG, Fortnite, 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
MotherboardMSI B450M Bazooka
ProcessorAMD R5 2600
Graphics4GB GTX 1050 Ti
Power Supp.EVGA 600 BQ 80+ Bronze
RAM8GB DDR4 (2666MHz)
HDDWD Blue 1TB (7200RPM)
SSDOptional
CPU CoolerStock

Features
  • 1080p 60fps gaming
  • Lots of USB ports
  • Integrated audio & Ethernet
  • Great for eSports, Battle Royal, and all other types of PC games
  • Very easy to upgrade
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Can you play Rust on this?

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Can i use a rx580 in this setup ? Would i need change anything? Thanks

Kevin
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Hey Branton,

It’s Kevin from before. Sorry I couldn’t reply to your suggestions quickly (I was away from home):

“Hey Kevin,

Generally speaking, that issue most often crops up when a stick isn’t completely seated. But, it’s hard to know for sure without testing due to the number of potential variables.

Your first step should be removing and reseating the new stick, then checking again. If that works, perfect! If not, try running your system on just the new stick. If it works without a problem, reseat your old stick in the appropriate channel and test again. Chances are, by the time you’re done all that you’ll be good to go.

Hope that helps! If not, let me know and we’ll move on to some more in-depth troubleshooting.”

I’ve tried all the suggestions you recommended but the seating of the sticks doesn’t seem to be the issue. I believe I need to do further troubleshooting. What do you suggest the best course of action is now?

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Ok so I got an extra 8gb of ram, put it in, and worked fine and my fps was so much higher. However, after I returned from vacation a week after, when I booted my pc it just turned on, then off, then on, then off forever. Idk if the computer itself was on, or just the fans and lights because it didn’t connect to the monitor. I after a while, I got it to boot into bios and everything was normal. I couldnt boot into windows however, or get it to connect to the monitor at all. I removed that stick, and it works fine. Theres supposed to be 1 empty space between the ram, right?

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So I tried putting the ram into dimmA2 by itself, and the pc did turned off and on agaon for a but until it just stayed on but didnt connect to the monitor. The dram and cpu lights on the ez debug thingy on the motherboard. It didnt do that with old ram. The new ram is the exact same ram as old one even ordered from same exact link.

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Ok nevermind it just started working and hasnt stopped. This pc is fucking weird

marc
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Ok it just spent a minute turning off and off before it booted into windows. DRAM voltage is 1.3 if that helps

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Why a 1050 ti and not an rx 570?

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I got everything hooked up but my power supply fan is not starting right away should i be worried about that

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I was cruising right along in this build until it came time to plug in the cases fans it has a 3 hole port and the mother board has a 4 prong setup also the sata is too big to attach to the motherboard.