Gaming isn’t a matter of life or death. It’s way more serious than that. And for such a serious endeavour, we need a machine that we can always depend on. However, not many of us can afford a high end gaming computer. Fret not. For we shall explore how to keep the cost of your kickass gaming PC under 500 dollars.
Gaming has become a daily need for people to have fun in their life. Due to this a lot of people are buying gaming consoles since they are cheaper and can be bought under $500. However, gaming consoles are not the best bang for the buck in our opinion since their performance can’t keep up with the better gaming PCs. People are actually moving towards building a PC for gaming rather than buying a Gaming console.
This is where the term Console Killer comes. Here, we mean building a gaming PC which is close to the price of a gaming console while delivering a huge amount of increase in performance. So if you are frustrated with the performance of your gaming console and want to build a gaming PC at around $500 these are basically the parts that you should go with to build the best Console Killer PC.
Needless to say of course, we’re making the assumption that you have assembled a custom PC before or you can at least follow along a guide.
Processor – Intel Pentium G4560
We begin at the heart of the Console Killer PC, which is the processor. Here, we went with the Intel Pentium G4560. This is a 7th Generation Kabylake CPU from Intel. The G4560 has gained huge respect in the tech community due to its price and the performance it offers.
This processor is a dual core CPU with hyperthreading enabled which basically means that it comes with 2 extra virtual cores and windows will recognize it has a four core processor. The processor comes with a base frequency of 3.5Ghz and it offers the same gaming performance that you would expect with an Intel i3 6100/7100.
If you’re inclined toward AMD processors, a similarly priced alternative would be the FX6300. This is a 6-core processor so games that need multi-threading should love it. It’s an older CPU but when combined with a strong graphics card it consistently delivers 60fps on max settings at resolutions of 1080p. It can be easily overclocked to give your machine that extra boost for more challenging games.
Motherboard – MSI H110M
When it comes to the motherboard, we have the MSI H110M gaming motherboard which is Micro ATX motherboard. A bit of warning is important here. Right out of the box, this motherboard is not compatible with Intel Pentium G4560. You will need to flash the latest bios to the motherboard for them to work together.
This motherboard offers a lot of features like 4 SATA ports with a blazing speed of 6GB/s, front USB 3.0 header, two DDR4 2133 MHz RAM slots which can be configured to a maximum of 32 GB RAM and a single PCI-E 3.0 Slot. As regards to the I/O, we have four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, VGA, Dual-link DVI-D, HDMI, RJ45 Lan port, audio jacks and the old school mouse, keyboard PS/2 ports.
If you decided to go with the AMD FX6300 processor, the motherboard that gives the best value is the Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P. This is a cost efficient yet durable motherboard that carries all the I/O ports that you will ever need as a gamer. The board is ATX sized and boasts 2 USB 3.0 ports, 4 USB 2.0 ports, SATA 6Gbs, HDMI, DVI and VGA. With regards to expansion slots there are two PCI-E 2.0 slots. It has four memory slots for up to 64GB RAM.
The BIOS has a CPU temperature indicator making it perfect for overclockers. It is also compatible with the FX6300 right out of the box so no flashing necessary.
RAM – Kingston Hyper X Fury
For the memory or RAM sticks, we have a single 8GB 2133MHz stick from Kington Hyper X Fury. The Fury is the choice of most Tech Enthusiasts due it’s looks and performance and reason to choose a single stick is upgradability. So for instance in future, if you want to upgrade your RAM than all to need to do is buy another stick and you are good to go.
Hard drive – Western Digital 7200rpm 1TB
For storage, we have a 1 Terabyte hard drive from Western Digital. Well, it’s a typical 7200 RPM hard drive from Western Digital and 1 Terabyte of storage is enough to store games, music, movies.
Alternatively, you could opt for speed over capacity and get a Sandisk 240GB SSD drive. For nearly the same price as the 1TB Western Digital you get a super fast SSD drive for faster access to your files. This will certainly improve game-play by serving your texture maps faster. Faster fps is always a good thing in gaming so our recommendation would be get an SSD, even if it’s smaller capacity.
Graphics Card – EVGA GTX 1060
Moving towards the GPU this is where things get interesting. The graphics card is the most important piece of hardware in a Gaming PC and the most difficult one to chose. As we have a lot of good graphic cards in the market it’s really difficult to choose a graphic card due to latest releases from AMD and Intel. But for this build, we have chosen the EVGA GTX 1060 mini Super clocked edition.
This Graphic card comes with a 3 GB of GDDR5 VRAM which is enough for good 1080p gaming. This card comes with a single fan for cooling which is a Double ball bearing fan which has 4 times the lifespan of a single ball bearing fan and relies on a 6 PIN connector for power. For the I/O the card offers 3 DVI ports, 1 HDMI and a Dual Link DVI-D port. The card comes with a base clock of 1607 MHz and a Boost clock of 1835 MHz and it can be overclocked wth the EVGA Precision Overclocking software. The Tiny size and performance make this Graphic Card a must for this Gaming Build.
Power Supply Unit – Corsair VS series VS500
For the power supply, we have the Corsair VS series VS500. This is a 500W white certified power supply from Corsair. Although this PC won’t actually require 500W to run, choosing this over a 430W power supply seems a great option as it offers upgradibility for future. So if in future you intend to upgrade your PC components you won’t have to upgrade your buy a new power supply.
It comes up with a 120mm Thermally controlled sleeve bearing fan which manages to keep the power supply temperatures under 40 degrees Celsius. And as is well known, heat is like cancer for computer components. So it’s better to buy a slightly overpowered PSU to keep heat levels down.
Case – Xion XON 310
Finally moving towards the last piece of hardware we need for the Gaming PC is the PC case itself. As this is a Budget PC built we have the Xion XON 310 this is a micro ATX PC case and it offers a lot for its price. This is a very basic PC case but it does come with some features the front has a brushed aluminium finish and right at the front we have one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, standard audio jacks and a mesh which gives a sneak peak of the Front 120mm blue LED fan and around the back we have space for a 80mm fan.
The PC case is really great for the price and quality it offers, Cable management is a bit difficult with this case as it doesn’t come with dedicated space for that. But if you are putting in some efforts and you can hide some of the cables.
Some additional Components that will complete the Budget gaming setup is the monitor, keyboard and mouse combo and gaming Headphones. Starting with the monitor we have ASUS VX228H-P 21.5 inch Full HD gaming monitor with an aspect ratio of 4:3 for a true-to-life gaming experience. It comes with a 1ms Response time, Dual HDMI, built-in speakers. It also comes with ASUS Eyecare which offers low blue light and flicker free display for less eye fatigue.
The keyboard and mouse combo is the Cooler Master Devastator II LED gaming keyboard and Mouse bundle where the keyboard comes with mechanical switches with some multimedia keys up top with a backlit red LED lighting and the mouse comes with 6 buttons with dedicated DPI button to change DPI on the fly from 1000/1600/2000 DPI.
Finally, the gaming headphones are the SADES SA902 these are just fantastic for the price. The headphones come with very soft fake leather ear cups with 7.1 Surround sound experience and a microphone and in-line controller.
The Final result with this Gaming PC is just fantastic with a really good medium to high 1080p gaming. The key things to note when building this PC is that this motherboard is not compatible with the CPU right out of the box so make sure to flash the latest BIOS. This PC will only support Windows 10 as Kabylake CPUs only support windows 10. So these are the Components to build your very own console killer Gaming PC for just under $500 and some components with the Gaming PC for the best gaming experience.
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