Are you looking for a gaming PC for just 500 USD? Then this article is made for you! We have found the best PC configuration available on the market for a budget of $500. This PC config will obviously not allow you to play in 4K but will be sufficient for gaming in 1080p. If your budget is larger, do not hesitate to read our article on Gamer PCs at $500.
List of components
|Housing||Corsair Carbide SPEC-05|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 3400G|
|RAM||8GB DDR4 RAM|
|SSD||PNY 120GB SSD|
|HDD||HDD 500GB Seagate (7200rpm)|
|PSU||Corsair 350W (80+)|
Processor & Graphics Chipset – AMD Ryzen 3400G
Limited budget requires, we did not choose to put a dedicated graphics card in this configuration. Indeed this choice may seem surprising in view of the “gaming” aspect of the configuration. However, we chose a processor with an incredible graphics part. This Ryzen 3400G APU easily exceeds many graphics cards in the game.
The budget we had did not allow us to take an external graphics card with the processor worthy of the name. The only graphics cards that fit the budget offered miserable performance significantly lower than that of our 3400G. Here, you can easily run the vast majority of games in 1080p, and reach up to 60fps on PUBG and Fortnite for example.
Motherboard – Gigabyte B450M
In terms of the motherboard, our choice fell on the B450M from Gigabyte. The strong point of this motherboard is its price which is only 65$. Especially since it is from the Gigabyte brand which offers very high-quality gaming products.
This Gigabyte B450M offers relatively interesting characteristics. First of all, it is in Micro-ATX format, thus saving you space inside your case. It then offers an HDMI port for the graphics part of our processor, and no less than 6 USB ports. Our card obviously offers everything one would expect from a motherboard, namely an Ethernet socket for example.
RAM – 8GB DDR4 Crucial
A gamer config is not one without RAM! So here we have opted for an 8GB RAM bar clocked at 2400MHz. This amount of RAM is the current standard, and will therefore be sufficient for the vast majority of video games. If you are using the application, then it could be interesting to switch to 12GB or even 16GB of RAM.
This RAM bar is from the Crucial brand, a brand recognized and appreciated in the field. No doubt you will have no problem with reliability. This RAM costs only $37 and therefore fits perfectly into our 500 USD Gamer PC.
SSD – 120Go PNY
Once again, due to the limited budget, we could not choose an SSD with a large storage capacity. Our choice turned to a PNY 120GB SSD. The size of this SSD will be sufficient to store Windows as well as some software, such as your browser.
This SSD offers quite interesting characteristics. First of all, it will have to be installed in a 2.5 ″ slot and will have to be connected by a SATA cable to the motherboard. It will be able to reach a speed of 550MB / s in reading and 515MB / s in write. Due to its quality/price ratio
Hard Drive – 500GB Seagate
Component essential for a gamer, the disc r. Indeed it is he who will allow storing all the video games. Due to the limited budget of our configuration, we decided to choose a 500GB HDD hard drive from the Seagate brand. This hard drive spins at 7200 rpm, which means your loading times will be reduced compared to a 5400 rpm drive. It will also be connected in SATA to the motherboard, on a 3.5 ″ slot this time.
Power supply – Corsair VS350
It is the components that will power the whole machine. Power is never to be neglected in a PC config. It is important to always take reliable and recognized brands. Indeed a low-end power supply could damage the rest of your configuration by sending a bad electrical voltage. This is why here we have opted for a Corsair power supply of 350W.
The only negative aspect of this power supply is that it is not modular, so the cables cannot be detached. It doesn’t matter much to the configuration, except for a bit more tedious cable management.
Case – Corsair Carbide SPEC-05
Here is the last component of this € 800 Gamer PC, the case. Once again we have opted for a component from the Corsair brand, which is a relatively reliable brand in the gaming world. Here we have chosen a Corsair Carbide SPEC-05 case, which has the advantage of offering a window allowing you to see inside the case. Another strong point of this computer case is the possibility of accommodating up to 5 fans of 120mm, thus allowing very good cooling.
The performance of the Gamer PC at 500 USD
Obviously, we cannot offer you a PC configuration without showing you what it is really worth it. Here is the video game performance of this € 400 computer.
- Fortnite averages 70 fps at 1080p with average graphics.
- Far Cry New Dan manages to run at 36 fps on average, all in 900p and with average graphics as well.
- PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds manages to run at 60fps, with graphics set to low and at 1080p.
- Forza Horizon 4 manages to hit 55 fps with average graphics and 1080p as well.
- PES 2020 revolves around 50 fps with this gamer config at $500, all in 1080p and graphics that oscillate between low and medium depending on the options.
- Destiny 2 averages 42 fps at 1080p, with most graphics options set to high, and the rest set to medium.
As you can see, the performances obtained on this benchmark are quite impressive knowing that this PC does not have a graphics card and costs a little less than 500 USD. Of course, it is possible to play on the graphics options in order to gain some FPS in the game.