It is sometimes quite difficult to establish a complete gamer PC configuration, as there are so many product references for sale. Our goal today is to help you make a gaming PC for a budget of 600 $. For this, we offer below a choice of components, which seems to us the most optimal for the defined budget. You will have understood it, the PC will have to be assembled yourself. The editing is not something complicated but still requires a little rigour.
This PC is far from perfect, and the tight budget has forced us to make concessions. Thus, the CPU that we have selected is far from being the best in the application. It is well below a Ryzen 3600, but this performance difference is hardly visible in-game
List of components
|Housing||Corsair Carbide SPEC-05|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 3100|
|CPU Cooler||Aerocool Lux 550W Semi-Modular|
|Graphic Card||AMD RX 5500 XT|
|RAM||Crucial 8GB DDR4 RAM|
|SSD||PNY 120GB SSD|
|HDD||Seagate 500GB Hard Drive (7200rpm)|
Corsair Carbide SPEC-05
This is a mid-tower case, the most standard format, and which is large enough to accommodate all of our components. The side window is a real plus, especially since it covers the entire facade. The cooling is done correctly, provided that you add several fans to manage the air inlet and outlet. We will also appreciate the presence of filters used to prevent dust from entering the case. However, you should make sure to clean them regularly.
AMD Ryzen 3100
The Ryzen 3100 is based on the latest Zen 2 architecture from AMD. This architecture again uses the AM4 socket, making the CPU compatible with older B350 and X370 motherboards. It embeds 4 physical cores as well as 8 logical cores. It may sound a bit light, but shouldn’t be a problem for gaming, especially if you’re playing at high resolution.
Natively, this Ryzen is clocked at 3.60GHz. The overclock is however possible, and this by simply having the cooler provided in the box. It is then possible to achieve higher performance than what the Ryzen 3300X offers us. With a TDP of 65W, the consumption and the heating of this model are within current standards.
AMD RX 5500 XT
The RX 5500 XT is built for 1080p gaming. The card runs all games, most at over 60 FPS and the most demanding between 30 and 60 FPS. We can also use the card for higher resolution gaming, 1440p or 4K, but beware of performance drops. Also, note that you can enjoy a feeling of increased fluidity if your screen is FreeSync compatible.
Aerocool Lux 550W Semi-Modular
Power is an extremely important component in a gamer setup. This is the part that will power all the components of your config at 500 €.
This power supply will be largely sufficient to support all of our components. Unfortunately, due to the relatively small budget of the config, we were not able to take a completely modular power supply. This is semi-modular so that the main cable that supplies the motherboard cannot be changed.
On this motherboard, you can install a maximum of 64GB of RAM, which is, therefore, more than enough for a gamer config. You will also have the option to add an SSD in M.2 format. Overclocking your Ryzen 2600 processor is also possible on this motherboard. The motherboard also has 4 SATA ports, perfect for plugging in all your hard drives and SSDs.
Crucial 8GB DDR4 RAM
For RAM, our choice fell on an 8GB bar from Crucial clocked at 2400Mhz. This is sufficient for all current games. Budget requires, unfortunately, we were not able to start with a 2x4GB kit, which would have allowed us to have a little better performance thanks to the Dual-Channel. In addition, the design could not be more basic, no RGB or protective shell, everything is done to reduce the cost of sale as much as possible.
In the future, it will be very easy for you to upgrade your PC memory. Indeed, you will only have to buy a second copy of this same memory module, then to install it on your motherboard.
PNY 120GB SSD
An SSD is an internal storage space connected in SATA to your computer but which offers much faster read and write speeds than a conventional hard drive. Usually, an SSD is used to install Windows in order to have lower startup times of the computer.
This SSD is from the PNY brand, which is quite recognized in the field. You will therefore have no reliability concerns.
However, if you have a larger budget it would be interesting to switch to a 1TB hard drive in order to be more secure in terms of storage.
Seagate 500GB Hard Drive
Indeed a hard drive of this capacity is more than enough to put some games and software. Here we have chosen the Seagate brand which is one of the leading brands on the market. The storage capacity is obviously to be adapted according to your needs. In addition, you will be able to add storage in the future if your hard drive becomes full.
Overall the performance of this computer is still pretty good.
- Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will run at around 32fps at 1080p, all with ultra graphics.
- Forza Horizon 4 will have no trouble reaching 60fps in ultra with this gamer PC at 500 €, and once on a resolution of 1920 × 1080
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider also shows great fluidity on this € 500 config. Indeed the game easily reaches an average of 57fps, all with the graphics options in ultra.
- PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds meanwhile displays a slightly lower fps counter, probably due to the lack of optimization of the game. On PUBG you will reach an average of 45fps with ultra graphics.