Best Gaming PC builds Under $500

Best 450 Dollar Gaming PC Build 2017

You want to build the best 450 dollar Gaming PC 2017? There is example what pars you can use. It will be able to play most of the 2017 games with medium to high settings at good framerates (40 fps+). This $450 Gaming PC is ideal for casual gamers or gamers that prefer games like Overwatch, CS:GO or some online RPG and sometimes want to play something more demanding like DOOM or HITMAN.

Graphics card

Best 450 Dollar Gaming PC Build 2017

 

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1050 is great choice for entry level around 450 dollar gaming PC Build. It is super compact graphics card for gaming. This card comes from 10xx GeForce series cards and with new Nvidia Pascal architecture delivers improved power efficiency and performance. It will run classic and modern games at 1080p with ~40 FPS with medium to high settings and give you fast and smooth  gaming experiences. GTX 1050 supports DirectX12 features. With GTX 1050 you can immerse yourself in a cinematic experience utilizing Nvidia GameWorks and GSYNC technologies and get revolutionary new professional quality in-game image capture photos with Nvidia Ansel technology.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU Specifications:
CUDA cores 640
GPU Clock  base: 1354 MHz / boost: 1455 MHz
Memory Clock 7008 MHz
Memory Size 2GB GDDR5
Memory Interface 128-bit
Bus Interface PCI Express 3.0
DirectX 12
OpenGL 4.5
Output Ports 1 x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0b, 1 x Dual-link DVI, Triple simultaneous display capable
POWER REQUIREMENTS 300-watt power supply recommended
75-watt max power consumption

Possible graphics card alternatives in this price category:

You can also use EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 GAMING 2GB – almost the same card. Any other GeForce GTX 1050 from popular brands like ZOTAC, MSI, ASUS etc. Some of them can require 6 pin power connector.

From AMD Radeon can be also some great alternatives in this price category: RX460 2GB or RX560 2GB – similar cards to GTX1050, may be little slower in older DirectX 11 games. These AMD cards also comes with 4GB models, but get them only if there is not significant price difference.

There is also some more expensive alternatives, but with increase performance: GTX 1050Ti – around 20% faster and with 4 GB memory, also more expensive and 450 dollar gaming PC Build can start to look like 500 dollar build, but if you have an extra 30-50 dollars, can be great choice . Best graphics cards that really benefit for this processor is AMD Radeon RX470 4GB and  RX570 4GB. These cards cost around $50 – $70 more. More expensive GPU than RX570 is not needed for Pentium G4560.

Processor 

pentium g4500 processor for $400 gaming pc build

Intel Pentium  G4560 processor great processor for the money. This is one of the best processors under 100 budget. Definitely wise choice. It will handle GTX 1050 graphics card really well. It comes from newest Intel 7th generation processors family. With this processor this will be well balanced one of the Best 450 Dollar Gaming PC Build 2017.

Main thing that makes Pentium  G4560 so great is hyper threading technology. Before 7th series Intel processors there was no Pentium processor that have hyper threading. Previously only Intel core I3 has equipped with this technology. Hyper threading means that this dual core processor can act like quad core processor if needed and perform better when multiple cores is needed (that not mean performance doubles, for doubling performance you need to get true quad core processor like example Intel Core I5). G4560 performs really close to Intel Core I3 6100 and I3 7100 processors. With this processor you can save around $50 and get almost the same performance like more expensive Core I3 processors.

There is no real alternatives for Pentium G4560 at this price point but you can search for Pentium G4600 or Pentium G4620 if you somehow can’t get G4560 or all G4560 are sold. These processors are slightly faster but also little more expensive. Cheaper processors can stay to cheaper budget PC builds.

Motherboard

 motherboard for 400 dollar gaming pc

 

MSI Pro Series Intel B250 micro-ATX Motherboard B250M PRO-VDH will be great motherboard with all modern technologies you need for $450 budget gaming PC build. It has newest generations CPU support, DDR4 RAM support andUSB 3 support. Alternative motherboard can be: B250M PRO-VD – this board has only 2 memory slots, but it is very similar.

You can also get cheaper B150 chipset boards, but I will not recommend it, because to use newest generation processor like G4560, you may need to update BIOS and for that you need a 6th generation Intel processor. You can do it only if you have a IT friend who have it and who can help you, but if he ask for money, that is not worth it.

RAM

best ram for 450 dollar gaming pc build

 

Crucial 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR4-2133 MT/s (PC4-17000) CL15 SR x8 Unbuffered DIMM Desktop Memory CT2K4G4DFS8213/CT2C4G4DFS8213

You can also get one 8GB memory module, if you want. There is no much difference in dual channel memory speeds for gaming needs. Also memory frequency is not so significant for budget gaming needs. Main thing is RAM capacity and compatibility with your motherboard and processor. For budget gaming 8GB RAM is the best choice.

Power supply

PSU for 400 - 500 dollar gaming system build

 

 

EVGA 430 W1, 80+ WHITE 430W Power Supply(100-W1-0430-KR)

Great power supply from EVGA. 430W is all you really need to power this build. This PSU will power all these componets with no problem. More power is needed only if you want to upgrade your GPU and CPU at the same time, but for most cases it will not be necessary. There is plenty of power left for additional hard drives or SSD’s.

Please not go with cheaper PSU than this and please not get really cheap ones that costs less than $30 and promises to deliver 500W or even more power. Cheaply manufactured PSU’s usually are not for long use and can lead for some serious other component damage.

If you somehow can’t get this PSU, other PSU’s from EVGA that have 400W to 500W of power will be fine.

HDD

1 tb western digital blue hdd for gaming computer build

 

 

WD Blue 1TB SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 RPM 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch Desktop Hard Drive (WD10EZEX)

This great choice for price/capacity. If want really fast computer, then get a additional SSD, but that will increase total build costs. If you are really tight on budget then you can find cheaper 320GB or 500GB HDD’s or even take old hard disk from your old computer, of course, if you have one.

Case

Best gaming pc under 450 dollars build - case deep cool

 

 

DeepCool TX Mid Tower TESSERACT SW – Really cool looking case with led fans for great price. There you can fit all parts in with no much problem.

There are plenty of choice for cases. You need to consider price, size and looks. For budget gaming computer builds under $500, in my opinion, there is no any reason to get case that costs more than $50. Getting smaller case, increases the difficulty to fit parts in. If you have plenty of space I suggest to get Mid-tower or Full-tower computer cases, because there are easier to fit all parts in and it’s easier to upgrade in future and clean the dust out. If you want a small computer, then you can check Mini-itx PC builds.

Conclusion and final thoughts

Good well balanced 450 Dollar Gaming PC Build in 2017. You can change some parts if you prefer or can’t get something. You can add an SSD to get faster loading times. Graphics card can be changed if you prefer other manufacturer or want better performance. If you want a better performance, you need to spend more money or find a good deal for better parts. You can check more Gaming PC builds, if you want, to determine what is best for you.

 

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