So, you think you can buy a gaming PC under $500 and be able to play your favorite games on higher settings? Ha! Don’t be ridiculous… you could never buy a gaming PC under $500 and get those kinds of results! However… you can build a gaming computer for under $500 that will allow you to play today’s most demanding games (GTA V, Battlefront, The Witcher, etc.) on medium-to-high settings.
Yes, you read that right… for under $500 you can build a gaming PC that will rival some of the $1,000 pre-built gaming computers that your friends have wasted money on. And, if you think building your own computer is hard, think again…
It’s never been easier to build your own gaming computer and with our free step-by-step guide, (or with help from one of the many popular computer-building tutorial videos on YouTube), you can easily have a computer up and running in a few hours.
In this post, I’m going to give you the parts you need to build a ridiculously powerful gaming PC for under $500 (computer component prices change on a daily basis, so the prices could fluctuate.)
Build a Gaming PC Under $500 that Can Run Most Games on High SettingsDid you ever think you could get an 8-core CPU and a video card capable of maxing out pretty much any game on a 1080p monitor and the rest of the components you need to build a gaming desktop all for under $500?
Well, you can.
The build listed below comes with an FX-8320, a GTX 950, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive.
If you want similar performance from a pre-built machine from the manufacturer, you’re going to have to spend close to $1,000.
Yes, you do need an operating system, but you can pick up a copy of Windows for about $90 and even with that added onto the cost, you’re still paying a lot less than you would from a pre-built manufacturer.
Ultimately, this build offers budget-oriented gamers a real opportunity to build a machine capable of playing most of today’s top games in all of their glory: on the highest settings possible.
GRAND TOTAL: $470-$530