The Best Budget Gaming PC Build for $600 in 2018

Updated: November 27th, 2018Author: BrantonCategory: Budget Builds1382 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: November 27th, 2018
  • Vivo V06

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

    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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  • rx 580 4gb

    Zotac GTX 1050 Ti Mini

    4GB GDDR5 VRAM, good cooling, solid 1080p performance.
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  • EVGA 550 B3

    550W 80+ Bronze rated fully-modular power supply. 5-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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  • 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 (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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  • 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 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 550W B3 power supply offers up an awesome fully-modular 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 5-year warranty which is not too bad.

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 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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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 V3

    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 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 550 B3 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 games
  • Very easy to upgrade
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Hi do you believe this pc could handle a game like the witcher 3? Also does it have the ability to play vr games or would i have to upgrade later on?

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I have no clue what I’m doing, but want to try to build this. If I want to buy and use the SSD you showed, do I still need to buy the HDD as well?

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I already have 1x 8gb stick of ram, and for 30$more I can get another 2 8gb sticks. Would 3 work? or does it have to be 4?

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Are these parts interchangeable with the last update because I’m building my PC slowly using your recommendations. I’ve bought everything but the processor and the graphics card before this update. Will these work with what I have or should I stick with the last update?

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So I have to buy the windows 10 installer to run windows 10

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So when my pc is idle with apps like discord and nvidia stuff running in the backround my gaming performance is poor. I got this build when it was a R3 1200 and gtx 1060. When I first build it it couldn’t run rise of the tomb raider at 60 in open spaces (it got 75 fps in closed spaces like caves and the gtx 1060 3gb came factory overclocked) and even if I turned the settings down to low, keeping the res at 1080p, it had an insignificant effect on fps. A long time later I finally got around to overclocking my cpu tp 3.7ghz, and got better performance in BF1, but still couldn’t reach a semi-stable 50 fps even without chaotic explosions. In BF1 and JC3 it gave me low memory warnings, and recently Fortnite cant even reach stable 60 fps during fight, even on lowest settings except for max view distance and max anti aliasing and v-sync off. As soon as someone shoots rpg’s or something at me my game stutters, or in giant build battles. Right now buying more ram isnt an option, and I’m wondering if theres anything I can do to fix the awful performance in games.

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