Build Advice $600 PC build ?

Oct 15, 2021
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I’m trying to build a PC for $600 without the monitor, keyboard or mouse. I don’t know anything about pc builds and I was wondering if there are builds I can do for about $600 roughly that makes a decent computer that can handle games as well as be a regular computer.
 

keith12

Illustrious
Hey there,

For that kinda money, you're talking entry level gaming. But, you'd be surprised what that will get you.

Something like this would be a good start, pretty strong for most things, and decent enough for gaming at lower res and settings. Will still do 1080p gaming for most games on low-mid settings, depending on the game:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5700G 3.8 GHz 8-Core Processor ($319.00 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock B550M Pro4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($57.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Phanteks Eclipse P300 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA G3 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $585.95
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-10-17 08:13 EDT-0400


I couldn't find a single mobo in the price range that has the bios required for the CPU. So you would have to factor in updating the bios on the board for the CPU to work. This can be done for a few dollars in a local repair store (they would simply put in an older CPU, update the bios, and then pop your CPU in and away you go!)

I think AMD might still even be doing the bios upgrade kit, which is another option.

With the build above, you could add in a discrete GPU down the line, when you have money for an instant upgrade in gaming prowess.
 
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Vic 40

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Looked at Intel, but best gpu you would get is the gtx 1650 which isn't great and would be around $650 dollars. To show,

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i3-10100F 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($93.42 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus PRIME B560M-A Micro ATX LGA1200 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: ADATA XPG Z1 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 CL16 Memory ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Kingston A2000 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1650 G6 4 GB SC ULTRA GAMING Video Card ($210.00 @ Adorama)
Case: Antec NX200M MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA G3 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($49.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $657.38
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-10-17 10:45 EDT-0400

Think the above AMD system wil have a better upgrade ability.

We're not looking at used so maybe you can find a better gpu second hand.
 
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helper800

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Just to give you the quick rundown, @keith12's build is much more powerful for handling everything non-gaming related, an can be easily made a very good gaming pc by adding in a graphics card later when they become reasonable or if you are able to score a great deal on an aftermarket card. @Vic 40's build is much better now for gaming but if you plan on upgrading later (within 1-2 years) its a bit of a bad value proposition, but all is not lost because the b560m motherboard is capable of putting several much more powerful CPUs although the VRMs on that board may be limiting to the most powerful options available to it, and obviously like the first build a better card can be swapped out but you are already 200+ dollars into what should by this time be a 100 dollar card which may resell later for that amount. In the end both are great builds but its up to you to decide what's more important to your use cases.
 

keith12

Illustrious
Ah, lads! I've only just noticed my storage is missing!!! DOH :(

Here's a slightly adjusted version. Having to drop to the 5600G to keep within budget. Some room for manoeuvre :)

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600G 3.9 GHz 6-Core Processor ($229.00 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: ASRock B450 Pro4 R2.0 ATX AM4 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Silicon Power 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($49.97 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial P2 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($83.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Phanteks Eclipse P300 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA G3 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $552.93
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-10-18 14:07 EDT-0400


BTW, $49 for an EVGA G3!!!! What the heck :) Pretty damn solid for that price.
 
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helper800

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Ah, lads! I've only just noticed my storage is missing!!! DOH :(

Here's a slightly adjusted version. Having to drop to the 5600G to keep within budget. Some room for manoeuvre :)

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600G 3.9 GHz 6-Core Processor ($229.00 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: ASRock B450 Pro4 R2.0 ATX AM4 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Silicon Power 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($49.97 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial P2 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($83.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Phanteks Eclipse P300 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA G3 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $552.93
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-10-18 14:07 EDT-0400


BTW, $49 for an EVGA G3!!!! What the heck :) Pretty damn solid for that price.
Since you are choosing an APU for the build if you were to budget another 40 on the RAM for 3600, 3800, or 4000 speed RAM would significantly improve gaming performance since the RAM is used as VRAM.

Like so; *** added a motherboard to support new RAM speed

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600G 3.9 GHz 6-Core Processor ($229.00 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING B450M-PLUS II Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($82.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Team T-FORCE DARK Za 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-4000 CL18 Memory ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial P2 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($83.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Phanteks Eclipse P300 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA G3 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $590.95
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-10-18 14:36 EDT-0400
 
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keith12

Illustrious
Since you are choosing an APU for the build if you were to budget another 40 on the RAM for 3600, 3800, or 4000 speed RAM would significantly improve gaming performance since the RAM is used as VRAM.

Like so;

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600G 3.9 GHz 6-Core Processor ($229.00 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: ASRock B450 Pro4 R2.0 ATX AM4 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team T-FORCE DARK Za 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-4000 CL18 Memory ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Crucial P2 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($83.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Phanteks Eclipse P300 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA G3 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $587.95
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-10-18 14:24 EDT-0400
Yes, good point. Was gonna upgrade, but felt I might leave something else out! Those DIMMs will defo help with stronger performance.
 
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logainofhades

Titan
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Another build to consider.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600G 3.9 GHz 6-Core Processor ($229.00 @ Best Buy)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B550M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory ($74.99 @ Adorama)
Storage: Silicon Power A60 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($85.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($47.97 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA G3 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $597.93
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-10-18 15:31 EDT-0400
 
Oct 15, 2021
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right I have all the parts for this build but some of the poorer supply cables don’t seem to be able to plug into the mother board and the dad used in this is something I’ve never seen. It’s small and I don’t know if it’s ment to fit into this motherboard. Any help is appreciated
 
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right I have all the parts for this build but some of the poorer supply cables don’t seem to be able to plug into the mother board and the dad used in this is something I’ve never seen. It’s small and I don’t know if it’s ment to fit into this motherboard. Any help is appreciated
Nvm I got it
 
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i have it all ironed out now. It was a lot more issues and just wtf moments than I thought. Like the ssd had to go into the m2 port but the manual had the wording microscopic so I was bullshitting for an hour. They motherboard also didn’t ship with screws so I had to find random screws that fit
 

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