Competition The PC Gamer Best PC Builds - $500 Min Spec Console Killer

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Which is the best performing $500 min spec console killer build?

  • Advent by PandaPandaPanda

    Votes: 2 12.5%
  • The BLACK GOBLIN by Nonomcno

    Votes: 5 31.3%
  • Mr. No Frills by HBZK100

    Votes: 2 12.5%
  • The Nautilus by Oussebon

    Votes: 3 18.8%
  • The Cable Boxer by Zoid

    Votes: 4 25.0%

  • Total voters
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Apr 29, 2020
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Starter Rig

PCPartPicker Part List
CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3200G 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus PRIME B450-PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard ($101.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: ADATA Ultimate SU800 256 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($40.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon RX 570 4 GB GAMING Video Card ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Case: HEC HX320 ATX Mid Tower Case ($46.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA BR 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.01 @ Amazon)
Total: $498.93
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-04-29 16:50 EDT-0400
 
Apr 29, 2020
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For the $1500 VRReady build i present:

THE IMPALA

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($294.14 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus PRIME X570-PRO ATX AM4 Motherboard ($259.99 @ B&H)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($73.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo Plus 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500 GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($21.93 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB DUAL EVO OC Video Card ($529.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake V200 RGB ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair RM (2019) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $1500.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-04-29 17:43 EDT-0400
 
Apr 29, 2020
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Introducing the Star Killer
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3200G 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B450M-HDV R4.0 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($68.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Patriot Burst 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: ASRock Radeon RX 570 4 GB Phantom Gaming D Video Card ($123.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA BR 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($48.98 @ Walmart)
Total: $499.92
Price doesn't include shipping, taxes, or discounts
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-04-29 21:20 EDT-0400


This build is presented in the always reliable and beautiful MasterBox Q300L. It will run every esport/casual game smoothly and will also let you play at a medium quality a lot of Triple AAA from recent years. The 480 GB SSD will make you forget about loading screens, and you will have space for playing Warzone with your friends!!!

The motherboard should ship ready for Zen 2, allowing future upgrades for those games that need more processing power.

PD: God! You guys managed to get GREAT prices on R5 1600/2600 and even some very good GPU. Congratulations!
 
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Mar 12, 2020
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Under $500 Build
14 nm 6-Core Gaming Beast

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (14nm) 3.2 GHz 6-Core Processor [Stock cooler] ($145.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B450 AORUS M Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($85.99 @ B&H)
Memory: Patriot Signature Premium 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($37.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Team MS30 128 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 500 GB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($15.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 570 8 GB GT OC Video Card ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: CoolMax 500 W ATX Power Supply ($21.98 @ Amazon)

Total with out rebates or discounts: $498.91
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-04-30 21:48 EDT-0400
 
Apr 30, 2020
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Welcome to the very first PC Gamer Best PC Builds competition!

It's an open secret that here at PC Gamer we love PC Building. Building your own PC makes for a fun weekend project, and nets you the biggest performance bang for your buck. It's hard to match the sweet satisfaction of customizing each component to fit your specifications and needs. We want to share the joy of PC Building with the entire community, which is why we're challenging you to submit your best performing builds at the lowest possible price in a number of categories.

The competition will run from April 17th till April 27th. This means you have 10 days to submit your builds!

We've extended the submission period until May 4th! May the fourth be with you and may your builds bring order to the galaxy!


At the end of the competition the winners and their builds will be featured on the PC Gamer home page. Submit your build and get that clout!

This is the $500 Min Spec Console Killer Category
Please submit builds with the best gaming performance for $500 or less. We will favor console sized submissions, ie. m-ATX and m-ITX builds.

How does it work?
We're gonna break this competition down into 4 parts:
  1. Submit your builds​
  2. After a week of submissions, the PC Gamer staff will pick their top 5 in each category. We will judge primarily on quality of components, price, and theoretical system performance.​
  3. Users vote on their favorite build of the top 5.​
  4. We feature the winning builds in each category on the PC Gamer homepage.​

How do I submit a build?

  1. Head to the PCPartPicker System Builder.
  2. Build your system!
  3. When you're all set, smash that BB code button
  4. Copy the BB code
  5. Head to this thread, respond hit the BB code toggle in the tool bar
  6. Paste the BB code and post your thread!

Ground Rules - Read this or you will be disqualified :)

  • Only one build per budget category, per user. Multiple builds from a single user or duplicate accounts will be disqualified.
  • Do not go over budget.
  • Use list prices only: coupons, rebates, bundles or any other limited-time offers will not be accepted.
  • Do not include shipping or tax in your final budget.
  • Do not include the Operating System, Monitor or VR Headset, Keyboard, Mouse or Gamepad.
  • All builds must have a name.
  • Do not put your forum handle in the name of your build, and avoid odd capitalizations & symbols.
  • We encourage users to use PCPartPicker's System Build for speedy construction.
  • Do not post a link to your build, but rather please be sure to export as BBCode for a quick copy/paste to the forums

Here are links to all three build categories:

$500 Min Spec Console Killer
$1000 Streaming and Gaming Build
$2000 Ultra High Quality Cyberpunk 2077 Build

Good luck and may the best build win!
Crack Buddy
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i3-9100F 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($74.99 @ B&H)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS2X CPU Cooler ($27.49 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Prime H310I-PLUS R2.0/CSM Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Aegis 8 GB (1 x 8 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: PNY CS900 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($54.99 @ B&H)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon RX 570 4 GB GAMING Video Card ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake Core V1 Mini ITX Desktop Case ($49.79 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill RD-Z 450 W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($45.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $498.22
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-05-01 00:00 EDT-0400
 
May 1, 2020
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PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($294.14 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($39.99 @ B&H)
Motherboard: Gigabyte X570 I AORUS PRO WIFI Mini ITX AM4 Motherboard ($219.00 @ B&H)
Memory: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Black NVMe 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($149.78 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8 GB GAMING X Video Card ($488.86 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master MasterCase H500 ATX Mid Tower Case ($104.18 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2018) 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($145.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($209.09 @ Amazon)
Monitor: ViewSonic VX2758-C-MH 27.0" 1920x1080 144 Hz Monitor ($236.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1988.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-05-01 09:59 EDT-0400
 
May 1, 2020
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PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3200G 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($94.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: RAIJINTEK JUNO-X 52 CFM CPU Cooler ($22.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI B450M PRO-VDH MAX Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($83.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($47.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Crucial MX500 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($69.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon RX 550 - 512 4 GB PULSE Video Card ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake Versa H17 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($44.99 @ Best Buy)
Power Supply: EVGA 500 W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($46.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $496.89
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-05-01 15:17 EDT-0400
 
May 1, 2020
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Budget $500

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 1200 3.1 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock A320M-HDV R4.0 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial 4 GB (1 x 4 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($19.99 @ Adorama)
Memory: Crucial 4 GB (1 x 4 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($19.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Inland Professional 120 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($22.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 5500 XT 8 GB MECH OC Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Case: In Win BK623.BH300TB3 MicroATX Mini Tower Case w/300 W Power Supply ($73.54 @ Amazon)
Total: $469.48 (REAL PRICE $499,48)
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-05-01 18:08 EDT-0400
 
May 2, 2020
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PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3200G 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus PRIME A320M-K Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Green 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon RX 570 8 GB GAMING Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill FBM-X2 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA 400 W ATX Power Supply ($39.04 @ Walmart)
Total: $464.98
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-05-02 00:30 EDT-0400
 
May 2, 2020
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Blue Sky Mini


PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i3-9100F 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($74.99 @ B&H)
CPU Cooler: ARCTIC Alpine 12 LP CPU Cooler ($8.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B365M DS3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($74.99 @ B&H)
Memory: ADATA XPG Z1 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($64.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($39.85 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon RX 570 8 GB GAMING Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA 550 W ATX Power Supply ($52.56 @ Walmart)
Total: $496.34
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-05-02 07:07 EDT-0400
 
Feb 2, 2020
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Portagaming

A portable gaming experience. =)

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3200G 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI B450M PRO-M2 MAX Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($74.99 @ B&H)
Memory: ADATA XPG Z1 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($64.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Team MP33 128 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($30.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon RX 570 4 GB RS XXX Video Card ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA 500 W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($46.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $492.91
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-05-02 15:09 EDT-0400
 
May 3, 2020
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$500 Console Killer
"Slaystation Z"

I'll call it the "Slaystation Z" to keep with the console theme. This was extremely difficult as the price was so low! A machine like this would sit nicely beside my 8700k and 6700k and give us the final piece on my families 3 pc gaming setup! Playing w the kids!

Here it is! The base total left enough for a cheap fan perhaps 497 and change.

Ps. The case I've selected looks heaps like the Fractal Design Define S, which while plain has been one of the best cases to build in with a modern pc. SUPER clean inside, easily fits Noctuas Best coolers or water! I have two.

At this price point I would maximize power potential with the cpu and the gfx cards. RAM speeds arent as limiting as one might expect. If you wanted something with true upgrade potential I would personally suggest saving up a little more for a superior motherboard. A solid foundation makes all the difference when looking to build up. Here I would not be thinking of upgrading but then who doesnt love new hardware!

PCPartPicker Part List CPU: Intel Core i3-9100F 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($74.99 @ B&H) CPU Cooler: Enermax ETS-N31-02 32.8 CFM CPU Cooler ($20.99 @ Newegg) Motherboard: Asus PRIME H310M-E R2.0 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($56.07 @ Amazon) Memory: Team Elite Plus 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($62.49 @ Amazon) Storage: Western Digital Green 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($58.99 @ Newegg) Video Card: XFX Radeon RX 570 8 GB Video Card ($147.99 @ B&H) Case: Rosewill FBM-X2 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($37.98 @ Newegg) Power Supply: EVGA 400 W ATX Power Supply ($42.43 @ Amazon) Total: $501.93 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-05-03 09:50 EDT-0400
 
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May 3, 2020
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Welcome to the very first PC Gamer Best PC Builds competition!

It's an open secret that here at PC Gamer we love PC Building. Building your own PC makes for a fun weekend project, and nets you the biggest performance bang for your buck. It's hard to match the sweet satisfaction of customizing each component to fit your specifications and needs. We want to share the joy of PC Building with the entire community, which is why we're challenging you to submit your best performing builds at the lowest possible price in a number of categories.

The competition will run from April 17th till April 27th. This means you have 10 days to submit your builds!

We've extended the submission period until May 4th! May the fourth be with you and may your builds bring order to the galaxy!


At the end of the competition the winners and their builds will be featured on the PC Gamer home page. Submit your build and get that clout!

This is the $500 Min Spec Console Killer Category
Please submit builds with the best gaming performance for $500 or less. We will favor console sized submissions, ie. m-ATX and m-ITX builds.

How does it work?
We're gonna break this competition down into 4 parts:
  1. Submit your builds​
  2. After a week of submissions, the PC Gamer staff will pick their top 5 in each category. We will judge primarily on quality of components, price, and theoretical system performance.​
  3. Users vote on their favorite build of the top 5.​
  4. We feature the winning builds in each category on the PC Gamer homepage.​

How do I submit a build?

  1. Head to the PCPartPicker System Builder.
  2. Build your system!
  3. When you're all set, smash that BB code button
  4. Copy the BB code
  5. Head to this thread, respond hit the BB code toggle in the tool bar
  6. Paste the BB code and post your thread!

Ground Rules - Read this or you will be disqualified :)

  • Only one build per budget category, per user. Multiple builds from a single user or duplicate accounts will be disqualified.
  • Do not go over budget.
  • Use list prices only: coupons, rebates, bundles or any other limited-time offers will not be accepted.
  • Do not include shipping or tax in your final budget.
  • Do not include the Operating System, Monitor or VR Headset, Keyboard, Mouse or Gamepad.
  • All builds must have a name.
  • Do not put your forum handle in the name of your build, and avoid odd capitalizations & symbols.
  • We encourage users to use PCPartPicker's System Build for speedy construction.
  • Do not post a link to your build, but rather please be sure to export as BBCode for a quick copy/paste to the forums

Here are links to all three build categories:

$500 Min Spec Console Killer
$1000 Streaming and Gaming Build
$2000 Ultra High Quality Cyberpunk 2077 Build

Good luck and may the best build win!
Here is my under 500$ budget pc build PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3400G 3.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: ASRock B450M-HDV R4.0 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($68.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial P1 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($68.95 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($39.85 @ Amazon)
Case: Cougar Gemini M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($63.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CV 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($58.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $494.72
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-05-03 17:26 EDT-0400
 
May 3, 2020
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PS 500
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3400G 3.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: Asus PRIME A320M-K Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($63.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (1 x 16 GB) DDR4-2133 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Inland Professional 120 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($22.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon RX 570 4 GB RS XXX Video Card ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Case: DIYPC MA01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($37.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA 400 W ATX Power Supply ($42.43 @ Amazon)
Total: $510.35 ($498.37 without shipping.)
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-05-03 21:51 EDT-0400

 
May 2, 2020
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The Saturday Night Special

It's quick, it's dirty, it gets the job done.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3400G 3.7 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: Asus PRIME A320M-K Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($63.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Aegis 8 GB (1 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: ADATA XPG SX6000 Pro 256 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($45.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon RX 550 - 512 4 GB PULSE Video Card ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA BQ 500 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($66.71 @ Walmart)
Total: $492.65
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-05-04 16:37 EDT-0400
 
May 2, 2020
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Name: Tiny Fella
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3200G 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock A320M-HDV R4.0 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($52.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston A400 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($39.97 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB WINDFORCE OC Video Card ($154.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake Versa H17 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($44.99 @ Best Buy)
Power Supply: EVGA 400 W ATX Power Supply ($39.94 @ ModMyMods)
Total: $495.86
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-05-04 18:20 EDT-0400

We got a decent CPU paired with a midrange GPU and we've populated all our DIMMs to make use of dual channel memory configuration. For storage we're obviously taking an SSD. 240GB SSD is the absolute bare minimum for a build, any less and you're not storing more than an OS + 1 game.
Throwing all this in a tiny case and you got a good console to sit behind your TV.
 
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"THE COMPLETE STARTER PACK"

This may be one of the builds which can squeeze out a lot of bang for buck. What are you NOT getting here for the price??

> You have 4 cores 4 threads to deal with boosting in at 4.2ghz offering really great single core performance and value. In gaming number of cores doesn't matter much but good single core performance does.

> A very capable Radeon RX580 graphics card with 8gb of vram to play with. 8gb is a sweet spot as you can play heavy some heavy titles without having your graphics card offload some data onto the ram.

> 16gb ram (single stick which you can easily upgrade by adding another stick). In case of Intel, Double channel doesn't offer much performance, and high speeds don't matter much. So this one is a candy because you have 16gb, which is sure to serve you well

> 1TB of storage (500gb ssd for faster boot times + 500gb hdd to store games). This combo is really nice as 1TB is just too good to be true in a rig of this performance and budget. 500gb to store games and 500gb for your windows and other things which need faster speeds possible with only an ssd

> 500W Bronze power supply. See carefully its not just some 80+ white, it's 80+ Bronze which will last you well, provide efficiency, save electricity, save bills and guess what save environment too !!

> The case is also really good for the budget. Rosewill is a good brand which makes some good budget pc cases. It offers the fundamentals for the price has minimal flair to it. Looks decent and will probably last you a few years too if you upgrade the pc with the time.

I couldn't think of better value which you can squeeze at this price point. It was hard to believe for me too that how much performance $500 can get you now. I think it has better performance than a Ps4 or Xbox one X (correct me, I may be wrong =P). Enough headroom to run this pc for some 5 to 6 years. Considering you can upgrade to 32gb of ram for some 50ish bucks and may upgrade to a better cooler down the road,you can have a pretty good concole killer. I am quite new to pc building,so suggestions are always welcome. Hope this one helps you smash your previous records....

PC PARTS PICKER LIST => https://pcpartpicker.com/list/PMfR6R

CPU: Intel Core i3-9100F 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($74.99 @ B&H)

Motherboard: Asus PRIME H310M-E R2.0 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($56.07 @ Amazon)

Memory: Patriot Signature Line 16 GB (1 x 16 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($58.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: PNY CS900 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($54.99 @ Amazon)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 500 GB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($15.99 @ Amazon)

Graphics Card: MSI Radeon RX 580 8 GB GT Video Card ($144.99 @ Newegg)

Case: Rosewill FBM-X2 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)

Power Supply: Raidmax Cobra 500 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($43.98 @ Amazon)

Total (without rebates) : $499.99

(Just hitting the limit ;D)

Mail in rebates :$15

Total: $484.99

PCPARTSPICKER List : https://pcpartpicker.com/list/PMfR6R

Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-05-04 21:48 EDT-0400

Hope you like this build. Don't forget to give it some love with your LIKES...

Here is a bonus - Invest $20 on this Antec cooler and lower your temps. It will surely increase longevity of the system while keeping temps and noise levels down too. You will be getting $15 in rebait on the graphics card anyway, so you will spend just $5 over your $500 budget. Trust me the investment would be worth it.
CPU Cooler - https://pcpartpicker.com/mr/amazon/bxJwrH

Also with the gpu (rx580), you're getting a Xbox game pass worth $30. All in all, you're on the green side of your budget. The build is just $0.01 shy of your budget. If you just want to get started with pc gaming, #buildthis gaming rig right now

HAVE GREAT GAMING AHEAD =D
STAY HOME, GAME AND STAY SAFE

NOTICE - The psu is currently out of stock. This is the replacement for it and fortunately is priced similar to the original one. PSU
 
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My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama 2.1

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 3.8 GHz 12-Core Processor ($432.37 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Enermax ETS-T50 AXE ARGB 71.32 CFM CPU Cooler ($64.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte X570 AORUS ULTRA ATX AM4 Motherboard ($299.00 @ B&H)
Memory: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory ($205.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($149.97 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB WINDFORCE OC 3X Video Card
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case ($178.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Cooler Master MWE Gold 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.99 @ Best Buy)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($49.98 @ Amazon)
Sound Card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster AE-7 32-bit 384 kHz Sound Card ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Corsair LL120RGB LED (Three Fans With Lighting Node PRO) 43.25 CFM 120 mm Fans ($129.99 @ Best Buy)
Case Accessory: NZXT Aperture M Card Reader ($43.95 @ Amazon)
Speakers: Logitech Z623 200 W 2.1 Channel Speakers ($119.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $1995.19
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-05-05 00:01 EDT-0400
 
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