Question New PC for 500$ (max $600)

Jan 14, 2022
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I'm a newbie with building PCs, but now it's the time to finally do it.
My budget is 500 $ (can up to 600 max). PC is not for gaming, but sometimes I want to play games like CS:GO, Overwatch, Witcher, etc.

I'm only sure about 16 GB RAM and SSD, but what kind of... And other components.
Any suggestions? Thanks!
 

punkncat

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I am fairly sure you could pull off a budget system at just over $500. Probably would be looking at a Pentium/Celeron or Athlon build with the least expensive other components you can cobble. This would be on an iGPU and gaming would likely be (mostly) out of the question.

I would suggest looking around on your local sites, FB Marketplace, CL, Let Go, etc. and see if you couldn't find an older system for sale within budget. Your biggest issue with any direction you chose is the current GPU pricing. Even older items are often selling for more than their original MSRP.

Suggested would be to price something like an i3 10100, cheap B or H chipset motherboard. Corsair value RAM, perhaps some Ripjaws, etc.. Might consider looking at a case with an included PSU. Not a great idea for long term but get something up and running. If you happen to have a MicroCenter nearby, they offer a deal on compatible CPU/mobo for $20 off the combo AND offer really competitive pricing on CPU.
 
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This should do everything you need it to.
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600G 3.9 GHz 6-Core Processor ($242.49 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI MAG A520M VECTOR WIFI Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($92.99 @ B&H)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix MAX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-4000 CL18 Memory ($82.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital WD Green SN350 960 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($74.98 @ Amazon)
Case: BitFenix Nova Mesh SE ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Super Flower Leadex III Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg Sellers)
Total: $596.42
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-01-14 14:05 EST-0500
 

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This should do everything you need it to.
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600G 3.9 GHz 6-Core Processor ($242.49 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI MAG A520M VECTOR WIFI Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($92.99 @ B&H)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix MAX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-4000 CL18 Memory ($82.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital WD Green SN350 960 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($74.98 @ Amazon)
Case: BitFenix Nova Mesh SE ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Super Flower Leadex III Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg Sellers)
Total: $596.42
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-01-14 14:05 EST-0500
Nice list aside one of two items that I would call out. DO NOT utilize a WD Green as a primary drive. Otherwise, I would commend on exceptional use of funds for performance.
 
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helper800

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I did what I could with 600 with current pricing, was either slow RAM for the 5600g or that SSD.

I guess this would be the next best option for 600 or less right now.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600G 3.9 GHz 6-Core Processor ($242.49 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI MAG A520M VECTOR WIFI Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($92.99 @ B&H)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix MAX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-4000 CL18 Memory ($82.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($42.99 @ Western Digital)
Case: BitFenix Nova Mesh SE ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.84 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Super Flower Leadex III Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg Sellers)
Total: $564.29
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-01-15 13:20 EST-0500
 
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King_V

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Interestingly, that's exactly what I was thinking... Go with the Blue, but knock it down to 500GB rather than 1TB...

I admit to being hesitant to suggest it, as I was concerned as to whether it would meet OP's storage needs.

Or, start with the 500GB, then add another drive,if needed, as future finding allows for
 
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