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Gaming PC Builds For Almost Every Budget

Gaming PCs are not mandatory but a quality disburse if you are willing to enjoy your time during the pandemic. In this article, we are going to suggest gaming PCs for almost every budget, ranging from $500 to $1,000. Prices may vary depending on location and promos. Case and parts might not fit physically, so be sure to ask your retailer before your purchase.

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$500

$500 is not really a coherent amount for a gaming PC, but with this amount of money, you actually can build a system that runs most of the games on the market. It is accurate to say that getting an AMD processor for a lower budget is a lot more relatable. AMD processors are pretty strong when it comes to multi-threading, but unfortunately, not every game or application supports this option yet. This system will allow you to upgrade your ram to 16 and activate the dual-channel feature. Since the motherboard is micro ATX, you have to be careful while selecting ram and GPU. We have suggested a G.Skill Aegis ram and MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics card, but the sizes might not be compatible. If it is not, we recommend finding equivalent rigs. 

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 3.2 Ghz
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-A320M-S2H Micro ATX
  • RAM: G.Skill Aegis 8 GB DDR4-3000 CL16
  • Storage: Kingston A400 240gb 2.5” SSD
  • GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4 GB
  • Case: Thermaltake Versa H21 ATX Mid Tower
  • PSU: Enermax CYBERBRON 500W 80+ Bronze

Here you can see the performance of Ryzen 5 1600 paired with a GTX 1050 TI. Credits to Santiago Santiago for the informative content.

$750

$750 is a lot more acceptable for a better gaming performance. An excess of $250 will let us upgrade a lot of things and pump up the FPS. Especially the graphics card update will increase the system performance a lot. GeForce GTX 1650 Super allows you to play every game on the market on high or low specs. The key part is that the CPU and GPU will work together without a problem since there won’t be any bottleneck. With the extra couple of dollars, we have included a 500 GB HDD for more storage.

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte B450 AORUS M Micro ATX 
  • RAM: G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2×8) DDR4-3000 CL16
  • Storage: Kingston A400 240gb 2.5” SSD / SeaGate Barracuda 500 GB 7200 RPM
  • GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4 GB VENTUS XS OC
  • Case: Thermaltake Versa H21 ATX Mid Tower
  • PSU: Enermax CYBERBRON 500W 80+ Bronze

Here is a comparison between GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER vs GTX 1050 Ti. Credits to Benchmark.

$1000

We picked a B550 motherboard for the maximum performance. B550 motherboards offer PCI.E GEN 4 support, which is slightly better than Gen 3. Keep in mind, maximum performance. RX 5700 XT is a real monster when it comes to gaming with a M2 SSD. M2 SSDs are a lot faster than normal SSD and obviously HDD’s.

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz
  • Motherboard: ASRock B550 Phantom Gaming 4 ATX
  • RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2×8) DDR4-3200 CL16
  • Storage: ADATA XPG SX6000 Pro 256 GB M.2 SSD / SeaGate Barracuda 500 GB 7200 RPM
  • GPU: ASUS Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB STRIX GAMING OC 
  • Case: Thermaltake Versa H21 ATX Mid Tower
  • PSU: Gigabyte P-B 650W 80+ Bronze

These recommendations all include AMD processors, because of the price-to-performance ratio. You can build systems that include 10th generation i7 or i9 processors as you wish, however, you’ll have to change the motherboard.

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