Tom's Hardware Black Friday Builds - $500 Console Killer

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Welcome to the 2020 Tom's Hardware Black Friday Builds event!

It's time once again for everyone's favorite PC Building competition. We're asking you to submit your best performing builds across three (3) different budget categories. In this competition we're taking it back to the old school. That's right our rules and format are same as they ever was. In short, you submit the best performing builds at the lowest possible price in a number of categories. We pick the top five builds, you vote on them. The winners and their builds are featured on the Tom's Hardware homepage so our readers will have a quick guide to building the best machine for their budgets. The competition will run until 5:59 PM Eastern on November 30, 2020.

$500 Gaming Build
Please submit builds with the best gaming performance for $500 or less. You're looking to find a build that gets the best possible performance per dollar.

We're gonna break this competition down into 4 parts:
  1. Submit your builds​
  2. After the submissions, the Tom's Hardware staff will pick their top 5 in each category. We will judge primarily on quality of components, price, and theoretical system performance.​
  3. Users vote on their favorite build of the top 5.​
  4. We feature the winning builds in each category on the Tom's Hardware homepage.​
How do I submit a build?

  1. Head to the PCPartPicker System Builder.
  2. Build your system!
  3. When you're all set, smash that BB code button
  4. Copy the BB code
  5. Head to this thread, respond hit the BB code toggle in the tool bar
  6. Paste the BB code and post your thread!

Ground Rules - Read this or you will be disqualified :)

  • Only one build per budget category, per user. Multiple builds from a single user or duplicate accounts will be disqualified.
  • Do not go over budget.
  • Use only Amazon or Newegg to source parts.
  • DO NOT USE Amazon 3rd Party Sellers to source parts.
  • Use list prices only: coupons, rebates, bundles or any other limited-time offers will not be accepted.
  • Do not include shipping or tax in your final budget.
  • Do not include the Operating System, Monitor or VR Headset, Keyboard, Mouse or Gamepad.
  • All builds must have a name.
  • Do not put your forum handle in the name of your build, and avoid odd capitalizations & symbols.
  • We encourage users to use PCPartPicker's System Build for speedy construction.
  • Do not post a link to your build, but rather please be sure to export as BBCode for a quick copy/paste to the forums
Here are links to all three build categories:

$500 Min Spec Console Killer
$1000 Streaming and Gaming Build
$1500 Future Proof Gaming Build

Good luck and may the best build win!
 
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Lutfij

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Here's my submission;

Build's name;
The Crumpled Go-Kart
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3100 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($124.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B450M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($62.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Viper 4 Blackout 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3200 CL19 Memory ($38.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Team MP33 256 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4 GB OC Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill FBM-X1 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($28.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($48.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $499.93
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-11-20 17:17 EST-0500

I tried to get as much as possible into the build while also serving as a platform for upgrades.

That out of the way, everybody entering, godspeed, good luck, have fun and most of all, wherever you guys may be, please take care and I hope you guys get to spend a great time with family and friends.

Cheers!
:)
 
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g-unit1111

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The "Ready For A 3060TI Starter Kit":

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i3-10100 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($114.59 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B460 Pro4 ATX LGA1200 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($76.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Focus G ATX Mid Tower Case ($62.48 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($79.98 @ Amazon)
Total: $494.02
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-11-24 17:20 EST-0500
 

bagos_bass

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Die Hard :p

PCPartPicker Part List


CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock B450M-HDV R4.0 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Silicon Power XPOWER Turbine 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($53.97 @ Amazon)
Storage: Kingston A400 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($25.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: ASRock Radeon RX 570 4 GB Phantom Gaming D Video Card ($152.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill RANGER-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Gigabyte P-B 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Amazon)

Total: $487.90

it has a promo discount .with this 494.91 + 2.99 the shipping = 497.90$


Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-11-25 15:46 EST-0500
 
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Staticisgood

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RGB TryHard

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3200G 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($102.98 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus PRIME A320M-K Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($55.49 @ Amazon)
Memory: OLOy WarHawk RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 CL16 Memory ($54.90 @ Newegg)
Storage: Transcend 110S 128 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($28.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon RX 5500 XT 4 GB OC Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: DIYPC Mirage-ARGB ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Gigabyte P-B 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $502.33
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-11-30 17:00 EST-0500


Minus 2.99 shipping Base Total: = 499.34

I tried as hard as I could to keep some RGB in..
 
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