Can you game at high settings with $600 Gaming PC? Yes, you can! This best $600 gaming PC build can run almost any most demanding games from 2016 and 2017 with really high settings at 1080p Full HD resolution (1920×1080) with around 60 frames per second. It will be better than consoles.
I find the best PC parts for the money for this gaming rig build. There are not included most expensive and overpriced parts. But also there are not included the cheapest components on the market, because I believe they are low quality and there ar more chance for something not wok as needed. From experience I can tell, the cheapest components often broke up couple months after warranty ends (most often cheap motherboards). In this build we don’t use these.
Graphics card (GPU) is the most essential part for gaming. All other parts also is needed to be good, but if you choose them so that they not bottleneck your GPU, you can simple be guided by video card reviews to choose card which is most suitable for you. In this best $600 gaming PC build 2017 I recommend to go with AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB from MSI. Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1060 3GB can be a good alternative with almost the same performance even only 3 GB. You can choose a different manufacturer, but I like to go with MSI. In my experience MSI graphics cards, motherboards and laptops seems to be good quality built. All manufacturers have good and bad products and is hard to tell which is the best. Go with your preference.
How to choose?
There are many choices from MSI AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB. Example: Red GAMING edition or ARMOR edition. Difference in performance will be minimal. There can be difference in ports, power usage and size. If there is only one fan it will be noisier. OC means this card is factory overclocked and will run few percent faster. There also you can get 8GB version of Radeon RX 480. It can be more future-proof (every year games comes with more demanding system requirements) and can be better for higher resolutions than 1080p, but I think in this $600 build It’s not so necessary. Get what you like the best and you will be good.
If you don’t like something about AMD Radeon, you can choose alternative from Nvidia. GeForce GTX 1060 3GB can be a great alternative for Radeon RX 480 4GB. In market you also can find 6 GB version of GTX 1060. It performs almost the same as Radeon RX 480 even memory is only 3GB or 6GB.
Almost all video cards around $200 price for this build should be fine, but please do not get cheap and crappy overpriced ones or really old ones – these also you can easily find in online-shops. Before buying, you can search in YouTube or Google “video card name you chosen” + “game you want to play” and look yourself how it will perform. Also is most likely to get better deal online than offline, because online shop expenses have not as high as physical shops.
If you find some older graphics card for good price. It’s can also be a good deal. Yo can search for GeForce GTX 970TI, GTX 980 or Radeon R9 390X. These cards ar older, consumes more electricity and may be not so good at future, but if you can get them for good price – Why not? They also will run today’s games with no problem at all. If you are really on budget you can find some of these used or unsold for half the price and not loose much performance. It can be great for some students, who lives in dorm and who not need to pay for electricity (in some places you can rent room for constant price and you don’t have to pay in addition for electricity, internet etc…).
With this build please do not go with better performance graphics cards, because you don’t be able to reach full GPU potential with this processor. But if you choose to do it – then go with a better processor too. If you want to do that, you can also check more expensive PC builds.
It think AMD FX 8350 will be really great choice for this “Best $600 Gaming PC”. This is great processor for the money. FX 8350 is not the latest model from AMD, but it will handle Radeon RX 480 or GeForce GTX 1060 very well. Do not go with slower processor, because it will bottleneck your GTX 1060 (it will run fine, but you not be able to get out full video card potential and money for RX 480 or GTX1060 will be overpaid). But you can quietly go with a better processor, because it can be good for other CPU demanding tasks. If you don’t like AMD you can also check Mini ITX Gaming PC Build for $600 – $650 or Best $700 Gaming PC Build. Great alternatives: FX 8300 (little bit slower), FX 8370 (little bit faster).
What is advantages using this AMD processor?
It has better price/performance ratio than Intel, it’s better than Intel with multitasking for same price and it can be overclocked well. I comes with better stock cooler than Intel.
What is disadvantages of doing it?
It consumes more electricity than similar Intel processor, It’s not so good with single core performance. FX 8350 is older chip and uses AM3+ socket and there is no more room for upgrade. If you want a best performance for the money, not pay for your electricity and in future not plan to upgrade CPU – go with AMD FX 8350.
MSI 970 GAMING will be great for this $600 PC build. This is quality motherboard with many features ar overclocking capability. You can also choose a cheaper one, but I will not recommend go below $60-$70 in this build. You can also go with AMD 990FX chipset boards, but they are more expensive and build exceeds $600.
MSI 970 GAMING motherboard comes with great features. It uses AMD 970 and SB950 Chipset. Motherboard supports 2-Way AMD CrossFire Technology and 2-Way NVIDIA SLI Technology. That means you can use it with two same model graphics cards in one time to get maximum performance. But that is not really needed in most cases. Better go with one solid graphics card than two average ones.
Motherboard supports dual channel memory architecture with 4 x DDR3 memory sticks up to 32GB total. AMD SB950 Chipset has 6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports and it supports RAID 0, RAID1, RAID5 and RAID 10. Board has up to 14x USB 2.0 ports (8 ports on the back panel, 6 ports available through the internal USB 2.0 connectors) and 4 x USB 3.0 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB 3.0 connectors). Realtek® ALC1150 Codec satisfy you with 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio. It even support S/PDIF output. You can cool system really well because board has 2 x 4-pin system fan connectors and 2 x 3-pin system fan connectors. Motherboard has ATX Form Factor and you need case that support full ATX motherboards. In smaller cases it may not fit in.
MSI 970 GAMING is not the newest board, it uses relatively old processor and memory, but can be great value for the money. Is hard to find newer chipset motherboards with all these features that MSI 970 GAMING has. ASUS 970 Pro Gaming Aura can be great alternative for this.
Corsair Vengeance 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3 1600 MHz will bee good. If you want computer only for gaming, then 8 GB RAM will satisfy all you needs. Most of today’s games really only uses no more than 6 GB RAM. If you want to do other things with computer while gaming, you may be need additional RAM. But you can easily add it later because your motherboard will have 2 additioanal free slots for RAM sticks. Definitely don’t go with only 4 GB RAM, because some games will not run so well as they should with lack of memory and computer can be slower with multitasking.
I think this EVGA 600 W power supply will be great choice for this $600 gaming build. This power supply is 80+ BRONZE (85% efficiency) certified. It’s great value for the money and it has all connectors you need to this build. May be some people say 500 W is enough for this build but that will be really close to the margin. I always recommend go with more powerful PSU’s than you need, because in my experience they last longer and that can be good if you plan to upgrade system in the future. Definitely not go with cheap PSU. They often are low quality. Spend at least $40 for it with this build.
This Western Digital Blue 1 TB HDD will be fine with this build. For 600 dollar PC build it will be enough space for your games. And cost of this drive is relatively cheap. Only costs around $50.
If you want your computer to be really fast I recommend go with ~250 GB SSD for system and additional 1 TB HDD for storage. It will be more expensive ($70-85), but you will not regret it, because of speed. You can go with SSD only, but on 250 GB drive you can put only couple of modern games. You can do it and take additional HDD from your old system if you have one. There are also SSD with more capacity, but they are really expensive comparing with mechanical hard drive prices and you will need much more budget for that.
This Corsair Carbide series mid tower Gaming case will be nice for this 600 dollar PC build. It’s not the cheapest one. It will cost around $50-60. This case has big side window and it supports ATX, Micro ATX and Mini ITX motherboards. Case has tons of fan mounts: front 2 x 140/120mm (1X120mm LED included), top 2X120mm and rear – 120mm. It has dust filters for front and PSU intake.
If you want to overclock the CPU you may need a wider case for bigger cooler. You can also go with cheap cases, if you want to save money, but they can be made of thin materials with sharp edges and not powder coated internally. If you choose a cheap case ($20-40) please save you hands when fitting parts in because of sharp edges.
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Good for this budget. Prices and availability of these components can vary in time. It also depends where you live. This build can cost more or less, but I think any price below 650 dollars will be fine. In Europe it can cost even 700 Euros. You can change some components to cheaper or more expensive, or change brands if you like, but check compatibility before do it. If you need additional things like monitor or DVD drive and you want to go around $600 for all set, then you can check cheaper gaming PC builds.
If you can’t afford very expensive $1000+ Gaming PC, don’t worry, because those computers are meant for most advanced gaming enthusiasts, who want to play with really high framerates (60+ frames per second) or play with higher resolutions like 1440p or 4K (with this gaming PC you can play some older or not too demanding games also in 1440p or 4K if you lower the settings).
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