Today, it is possible to build a good and affordable gaming PC.
Today, it is finally possible to put together a proper mid-range gaming PC without having to pay an arm and a leg for graphics cards alone! In this article, we bring you the best gaming PC that you can get for under 600 US dollars!
Let us take a closer look at the best $600 Gaming PC build right now!
The Best $600 Gaming PC Build For 2019
Updated: September 16, 2019
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So, before we really get into it, what exactly can you expect from a $600 gaming PC?
As mentioned in the introduction, this is a mid-range configuration, meaning that it hits just the right balance between price and performance compared to budget setups and high-end setups.
If we’re talking in-game performance, this is definitely a rig that will be best suited for 1080p gaming. You should expect a stable 60 FPS in more games than not, and that’s with the benchmark presets that don’t omit hardware taxing effects which don’t offer proportional benefits. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, for example, doesn’t dip below 50 FPS on high graphics with this build, which should tell you everything you need to know about its capabilities. What’s more, it could even push a solid 30 FPS in 1440p, although if you’re aiming to make that resolution jump or have your sights set on VR, we’d suggest investing a bit more.
The PC Build
With that out of the way, let’s go over each component that we have lined up!
CPU: Ryzen 5 2600
There’s no denying that Ryzen was AMD’s big comeback to the game. For many years, the only AMD CPUs viable for gaming were their FX series, a lineup of 32nm and 28nm CPUs that were grossly outdated and performed quite poorly compared to Intel’s offerings back in the day.
But since early 2017, Ryzen CPUs have really given the competition a run for their money and have become the most cost-efficient solutions for budget and mid-range gaming.
The Ryzen 5 2600 only managed to fit into this build due to a substantial discount on Amazon, but we have to note that the CPU has been on said discount for an extended period now, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see it remain so now that the 3rd-gen Ryzen CPUs are out.
In any case, the Ryzen 5 2600 is just the thing this build needed to propel it from the ranks of reasonable $600 PCs to the king of all gaming rigs at this price range!
The best thing about it is that you won’t need to upgrade this CPU any time soon. It has a respectable base clock speed of 3.4 GHz and a max boost clock of 3.9GHz. So it doesn’t take a lot to push this CPU past the 4.0GHz mark that every gamer’s desires.
Now you may wish to invest into a more powerful cooling solution before you start doing any real overclocking, but out of the box, this CPU will have no problem running any game at factory settings with just the stock cooler. And lastly, you shouldn’t worry about the CPU not having enough cores to run any game, old or new, as the Ryzen 5 2600 boasts 6 physical and 12 logical cores to its name!
Cooler: Wraith Stealth
Say what you will about stock CPU coolers, but the Wraith Stealth cooler that comes with the Ryzen 5 2600 offers some pretty decent value. If you’re content to run the CPU at factory settings you really won’t need anything more powerful than the stock Wraith Stealth cooler. This only adds to the cost-efficiency of the Ryzen 5 2600.
However, once you introduce overclocking into the equation, the Wraith Stealth is not the kind of CPU cooler that’s going to be on top of the situation and have things under control.
So, what should you do then?
Well, there are two options.
The first is, obviously, just to buy a more powerful aftermarket cooler. For anywhere between $20 and $40, you can pick up a cooler that will unlock the overclocking upgrade path for this CPU. In which case, we’d recommend something like the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, for example.
But consider the other possibility too.
If you’ve already got the extra $30 or so, why not pick up a Ryzen 5 2600X instead of the base Ryzen 5 2600. The 2600X is basically a factory overclocked Ryzen 5 2600, but it comes with the Wraith Spire cooler which is a significant improvement over the Wraith Stealth. The Ryzen 5 2600X is on just as massive a discount as the base model and likely so remain there, so unless you’re shooting for the starts with a liquid-cooling solution, this option will let you overclock your CPU and increase its baseline performance by a bit.
GPU: XFX Radeon RX 570
After the stellar streak of satisfactory GPUs Nvidia had had with the likes of the RTX 2060, the GTX 1660 Ti and even the GTX 1660, we were excited for the GTX 1650. It looked as if Nvidia was finally going to give us a competitive mid-range GPU and had it as a contender for the GPU spot in this build for a while now.
But then it didn’t. To say that the GTX 1650 was dead on arrival would be an understatement. We want you to keep this in mind when considering that we’ve chosen a Radeon RX 570 GPU to be the heart and soul of this build. We do usually gravitate towards newer pieces of hardware in order to secure better future-proofing for our builds wherever this is possible…
While the RX 570 is a 2-year old GPU at this point, it is not only cheaper than the GTX 1650 – it outperforms it as well!
And the XFX Radeon RX 570 model that we’ve chosen for this build, in particular, comes with no fewer than 8GB of DGGR5 VRAM – that’s a high-end amount of VRAM right there! Granted, VRAM isn’t the only graphics card spec that matters. You’ll still be limited by the truly mid-rage 1286MHz clock speed. However, if you’re looking to game mostly in 1080p, you won’t find the XFX Radeon RX 570 lacking in any way.
You won’t be able to crank the graphics up to ultra in every game and still have a stable 60FPS, but as we’ve said, this build can run Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey at the High preset without dipping below 50FPS. It easily outperforms both the GTX 1050 Ti and the GTX 1650, so if you’re looking for an Nvidia GPU to compare it to the closest thing would be the GTX 1060.
The GTX 1060 is faster, but the larger volume of VRAM on this RX 570 model does provide a better degree of future-proofing.
Go Team Red!
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB
With RAM prices finally reaching their lowest price in years we were actually able to equip this $600 PC with more and better RAM than a $1000 could’ve had last year.
Our RAM of choice is the old-faithful Corsair Vengeance LPX, which is affordable and reliable.
What’s more, not only does this PC come packed with 16GB of RAM, but it’s RAM that can handle clock speeds of 3000MHz. Granted, with this motherboard you shouldn’t expect to get the full 3000MHz worth of benefits, but hey, it was $10 more expensive than the 2400MHz and you can certainly get it to run faster than that.
All in all, you won’t have to even think about RAM for years to come if all you’re interested in is gaming, even if you were to upgrade to an RTX 2070 or an RTX 2080.
Just make sure to buy two 8GB sticks instead of a single 16GB one. Dual-channel memory has some benefits of its own, but more importantly, having two RAM sticks can get you out of a sticky situation if your RAM were to malfunction. If your one and only 16GB RAM stick dies on you your whole system shuts down until you get it replaces, but if one of the two 8GB sticks dies, you’ll not only be able to run the PC on the remaining stick but to game as well!
Motherboard: Gigabyte B450M DS3H
As is most often the case with mid-range PCs, the motherboard here is nothing to marvel at.
But neither is it something to scoff at!
The Gigabyte B450M DS3H has everything you’ll need from a motherboard and then some. In addition to the required features it even comes with RGB support. The build quality is certainly there as well, and as far as the extra functionality goes, it’s good to know that this motherboard supports RAM clock speeds up to 2667MHz without overclocking.
For what it’s worth, it even supports AMD CrossFire. More importantly, however, only one of the two PCIe x16 slots runs at x16 (the other runs at x4), so make sure to install the XFX Radeon RX 570 in the former PCIe slot. In addition to that, you also have access to no fewer than 3 PCIe x1 slots for all your miscellaneous expansion card needs.
Also, while we won’t be listing all the ports and connectors available on this motherboard, but we’d still like to note that it does come with over 10 USB ports of all kinds.
Nothing to scoff at indeed.
Storage: WD Blue 3D NAND 500 GB
When solid-state drives first came around, they were quite something, both from a performance standpoint and a price standpoint. For a while, people have been using smaller SSDs as system drives while also using secondary high-capacity HDDs for storage. Today, however, SSDs are more accessible than ever before.
If you’re looking for the best balance of price, performance, and storage capacity, look no further than this WD Blue 3D SSD. This compact little drive comes with 500 GB of storage, which should be quite enough for most users, though it may depend based on how many games you tend to keep installed, as well as how much multimedia you store locally. In any case, with an SSD, you can expect system performance and loading times far beyond the capabilities of a regular HDD.
But of course, personal preferences and requirements differ, so you might want to make some adjustments in this regard. Namely:
- You could combine a 250 GB SSD with a 1 TB HDD, which would end up costing about the same but offering much more storage
- You could forego an SSD altogether and simply get a 1 TB HDD, thus shaving off some extra money that can then be put towards, say, a GPU upgrade
Alternatively, you could also get an external HDD if you need more storage. While these may be slower than internal SATA hard drives, they are great for storing vast amounts of multimedia, especially because they are portable and can be used easily on multiple devices such as other PCs, laptops, consoles etc.
Power Supply: EVGA BR 500W
Often, when trying to cut down the costs of a PC, people will skimp on the power supply, but that is something you should never do. A low-quality power supply, especially if it’s from a non-established manufacturer, may literally end up being the death of your PC and costing you much more than what you’ve saved on the PSU’s original cost.
Luckily, PSUs need not be unreasonably expensive in order to be reliable.
Take this EVGA BR 500W as an example.
This simple non-modular 500W power supply is 80 Plus Bronze certified, and comes complete with a quiet and efficient fan. The wattage will be more enough for the CPU and GPU combo listed here, even when overclocking is thrown into the mix. And you won’t have to worry about your other hardware pieces potentially bunking with a ticking time bomb.
The 3-yer warranty is certainly appreciated, but it’s the peace of mind that we like the most about this PSU.
Case: Corsair Carbide 275R
Now all that’s left is to move all these hardware pieces into an affordable yet highly functional housing, and to this end, we present to you the Corsair CARBIDE 275R.
Exterior-wise, the 275R adheres to a very minimalist design, with a transparent window panel and an all-black aesthetic. It’s a very modern-looking yet inconspicuous case that should have no problem fitting into any environment, whether you want it to stand out or blend in.
Most importantly, however, this case is a real treat to blind inside of, providing you with ample room for all the necessary components as well as excellent cable management space. Even without any shiny RGB-lit hardware, the window panel will still display a clean and impressive sight, free from any and all cable clutter. What’s more, both the top and the front of the case are covered in a layer of magnetic filters, which make this a real hassle-free case with regards to cleaning.
As for its cooling prowess, the 275R comes with two pre-installed fans – an exhaust fan on the back and an intake fan on the front. In addition to these two, the case also features room for four more 120mm case mounted fans, two on the top and two on the front, for a grand total of six fans. Of course, you won’t need six fans to keep this kind of setup cool. In fact, the two preinstalled ones should do an admirable job of regulating the airflow as is, so this case demands no further investment.
Nevertheless, we’ll leave this link to the best case fans currently available right here, just in case you want to make the airflow inside the 275R as optimal as possible.
As you can see, the $600 budget has been spent on the PC itself, assuming that this isn’t the very first gaming PC you’ve ever owned and that you already have all the essential (and potentially some non-essential) desktop peripherals.
If that’s not the case or if you just want to replace some of your old peripherals, we’ll be offering some suggestions in this category.
Now, if this is your first PC and if $600 is your maximum budget, it might be a good idea to check out our other PC build guides.
Operating System: Windows 10
Healthy competition is good and all, but the fact of the matter is that you simply need Windows 10 as your operating system if you want to have access to the most games, and in their most optimized form no less! We understand that this is no small cost to pile onto the already used up budget of $600, but it’s only by playing games on Windows 10 that you’re able to get the most out of your hard-earned hardware.
Monitor: AOC G2460PF
TextThe monitor is hands-down the most important computer peripheral – after all, what use is a good graphics card if you don’t have a display that can do its capabilities justice?
When finding the best monitor for your needs, the key factor to consider is the panel technology that the monitor uses, as it determines what the monitor will excel at and in what areas it will have certain drawbacks.
The three most popular types of panel used in gaming monitors today are:
- TN (twisted nematic) panels, which are the cheapest to manufacture and offer the best performance, including both high refresh rates and low pixel response times, although at the expense of color accuracy and viewing angles.
- IPS (in-plane switching) panels, which excel precisely in color accuracy and offer the widest viewing angles, although only the more expansive IPS monitors can reach the kind of performance that even the more affordable TN panels can.
- VA (vertical alignment) panels, which are something of a middle ground between TN and IPS panels, balancing cost, performance, and visuals rather well, all the while actually handling contrast better than either of the above do.
Ultimately, we recommend going with a 144 Hz TN monitor such as the AOC G2460PF, since it has everything that you’d want out of a mid-range gaming monitor, at least performance-wise. Of course, an IPS or a VA monitor would be a better fit for those who prioritize visuals over performance.
In any case, best check our list of the best gaming monitors for 2019 if you want some suggestions!
Mouse and Keyboard: Corsair K55 + Corsair Harpoon
Now that we’ve covered the monitor, we move to the input i.e. the keyboard and mouse, and there are a couple of factors to consider when picking these two.
When it comes to the keyboard, the first and most important choice to make is to decide whether you want a mechanical or a regular membrane keyboard. Now, while affordable mechanical keyboards do exist, we’d still recommend going with a membrane keyboard if you’re on a budget, primarily due to quality concerns. A good choice would be the Corsair K55, an excellent, well-built keyboard that comes complete with RGB lighting.
As for the mouse, you’d need to choose between an optical and a laser sensor, and we’d recommend the former since optical sensors have become so advanced that laser sensors aren’t significantly more precise anymore. Specifically, we’d suggest the Corsair Harpoon since it is a simple and affordable yet highly accurate mouse that also comes with RGB lighting.
But naturally, tastes and preferences differ, so best check out our gaming keyboard and gaming mouse buying guides if you’re shopping for either of these right now. Not to mention that you can always go wireless if you dislike cable clutter, though this would also constitute an extra expense.
Controller: Xbox One Controller
True, the keyboard and mouse are a staple of PC gaming and they are the definite go-to solution when it comes to precision controls. However, there’s no denying that some games are just better played with controllers, especially since many modern games are developed with controllers in mind.
Today, there are a number of controllers that you can use on PC, including the two major console controllers – the Xbox One controller and the DualShock 4 – but there’s also a range of other controllers made by various other manufacturers.
At the end of the day, though, most will agree that the Xbox One controller is the ideal PC controller right now. It is comfortable, reliable, well-designed, and it is natively supported by Windows because, obviously, both are Microsoft products. If you’re going for a more affordable solution, the Xbox 360 controller remains a viable choice even today.
On a final note, if you already own a PlayStation 4, keep in mind that the DualShock 4 also works quite well on PC. Granted, it still requires third party software to function, but ever since Steam introduced DualShock 4 support, this controller has become more viable as a PC controller than ever before.
Headset: HyperX Cloud II
Many people prefer headphones to speakers when it comes to gaming, and after all, they are much more immersive than your regular 2.0 or 2.1 speaker setup!
When deciding on which headphones or headset to get, you’d need to make up your mind regarding the main distinguishing feature of the two: the microphone. Headsets come with a built-in microphone, headphones do not. Because of that, headphones tend to offer somewhat better sound quality for the money, but at the expense of having the convenience of an integrated microphone.
If you want a good but relatively inexpensive headset, the HyperX Cloud II, as it is a sturdy, reliable, and comfortable one that comes complete with a detachable microphone and is compatible with both PCs and consoles. You can also check out our more extensive gaming headset buying guide if you’d prefer something different.
Webcam: Logitech HD C270
Be it simply for video chatting or for streaming, a webcam is always a welcome addition to any desktop setup. If you’re on a budget, the Logitech HD C270 might be a good bare-bones choice. However, if you’re thinking about something more serious, you can find a couple of better webcams in our dedicated webcam buying guide.
Wrist Rest: Alefox Wrist Rest Combo
If you spend a lot of time in front of your desk, be it playing games, working, or simply surfing the web, a good wrist rest can go a long way in making the experience more comfortable.
To that end, we highly recommend the Aelfox wrist rest combo. With it, you get not only a keyboard wrist rest but also a mouse pad with a built-in wrist rest of its own, both of which are highly comfortable and made of memory foam.
And there you have it, our take on what the best gaming PC under 600 USD for 2019 is. Hopefully, you’ve found this buying guide helpful.
We should mention, however, that the prices of individual components may fluctuate with time, so the above configuration could end up being slightly more expensive than it was at the time this article was written. Rest assured, we’ll do our best to keep the guide up-to-date with any changes in pricing.
Samuel is GamingScan’s editor-in-chief. He describes himself as a hardcore gamer & programmer and he enjoys getting more people into gaming and answering people’s questions. He closely follows the latest trends in the gaming industry in order to keep you all up-to-date with the latest news.