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Vote Now! $500 Budget Category

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Johnny5

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**THE VOTING PERIOD IS NOW OPEN** PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK TO VOTE.
We will accept votes on the Best PC Build until 9/20. Thanks for participating!

The Best PC Builds. Our title is practically self-explanatory. Unlike the System Builder Marathon, these configurations are not chosen by Tom's Hardware's editors. They are submitted and selected by our forum members based on defined pricing tiers. Every so often, we ask the community for its help picking parts based on performance and features for the price.

With Fall soon upon us, and Ryzen available to compete with Intel at every budget category, the time has come to ask Tom's Hardware members to once again submit their Best Builds. We're raising the stakes this time around, and will be sending members with winning submissions Newegg gift card good for $100.

We are accepting submission in each budget category until Thursday, September 14th. After the submission period will but the top builds to a Community vote. The builds with the most votes in each category will be crowned the Best Build.

This thread is for the $500 budget category. Please only submit builds within the $500 budget category to this thread. All other builds will be disqualified.

Please make sure to follow the ground rules below. Any builds over budget will be disqualified.

Here are the ground rules:

  • 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.
    ■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.
    ■Do not put your forum handle in the name of your build, and avoid odd capitalizations & symbols.
    Provide links to the Amazon or Newegg product pages of each component — 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 seven build categories:

$500 Budget Build
$750 Budget Build
$1000 Budget Build
$1250 Budget Build
$1500 Budget Build
$2000 Budget Build
$2500 Budget Build

Good luck and may the best build win!
 
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 3 1300X 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock - A320M-HDV Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot - Viper Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($62.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital - RE3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($35.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill - FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($24.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($30.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $483.93
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-08-23 16:08 EDT-0400
 

why_wolf

Honorable
The G4560 is sold out ITX

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Pentium G4600 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($86.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI - B250I GAMING PRO AC Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot - Viper Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($62.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate - BarraCuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor - Radeon RX 560 2GB Red Dragon OC V3 Video Card ($113.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone - Sugo SG13B Mini ITX Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair - CXM 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($56.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $495.92
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-08-22 17:14 EDT-0400
 

why_wolf

Honorable


It's mentioned but in a round about way. "Do not put your forum handle in the name of your build, and avoid odd capitalizations & symbols."
 

Ne0Wolf7

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If you don't have to include shipping, can someone tell me how to remove it on PC Part Picker? I'm $0.98 over right now, but I have a dollar in shipping that would let it be qualified.
Would I be allowed to go into the copied and pasted thing and just subtract my 99 cents in shipping?
 

Ne0Wolf7

Estimable
Jun 23, 2016
1,252
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2,960
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 3 1200 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock - AB350M Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot - Viper Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($62.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital - RE4 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($40.88 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill - NAUTILUS ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($50.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $504.81
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-08-25 12:02 EDT-0400
Shipping: $5.99
Base total: 498.82
[strike]UPDATE: Why, I forgot to name it! I'll call it the "Windowless Wonder".[/strike]
It has a window now. I'll call it "Turn the window the other way" untill I think of something better.
 

why_wolf

Honorable


We can see your non ship build cost by following your link into PCpartpicker. But if you want to mod your post the I'd just add this after your PCpartpicker paste

Shipping: <$$$>
Build Cost: $$$
 
Power supply isn't the greatest compared to say an S12II, but it'll run a 1060 OC'd and G4560 without any issue whatsoever.
The Antec VP is still higher quality than an EVGA B1 unit.

Budget Bomb
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Pentium G4600 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($86.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock - B250M-HDV Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($61.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot - Viper Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($62.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital - RE3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($35.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB Mini ITX OC Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill - RANGER-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($19.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec - 450W ATX Power Supply ($34.89 @ Amazon)
Total: $501.83
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-08-29 19:17 EDT-0400

Base Total: $499.84
Shipping: $1.99
 

M04D18

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Jun 16, 2017
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Small only in the eyes
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 3 1300X 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock - AB350M Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($65.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital - RE3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($41.35 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Zotac - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Mini Video Card ($144.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill - FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($18.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec - 450W ATX Power Supply ($37.43 @ Amazon)
Total: $498.73
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-09-12 13:17 EDT-0400
 

SirNathan

Honorable
Aug 20, 2012
16
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10,510
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Need clarification on the rules. The third bullet point says, "Use only Amazon OR Newegg to source parts." Does this mean we can only use one or the other, not both? Most of the builds I'm seeing use both.
 

SirNathan

Honorable
Aug 20, 2012
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 3 1200 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock - AB350M Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($73.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($92.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire - Radeon RX 460 2GB OC Single Fan Video Card ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill - Galaxy-02 ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair - CX (2017) 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $498.93
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-08-22 20:36 EDT-0400

Edited to remove shipping costs
 

why_wolf

Honorable


The parts can come from both stores. You don't need to show loyalty to just one.
 

jermjohn99

Prominent
Aug 22, 2017
1
0
510
0
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 3 1200 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock - AB350M Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot - Viper Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($62.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: SanDisk - SSD PLUS 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($84.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus - Radeon RX 550 4GB Video Card ($108.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill - FBM-X1 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($26.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair - CXM 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($46.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $499.93
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-08-22 20:55 EDT-0400
 

materagia

Commendable
Oct 15, 2016
15
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1,510
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Hide me in the shadows
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Pentium G4620 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock - H110M-ITX/ac Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard ($68.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot - Viper Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($62.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Patriot - Torch LE 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($51.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Silverstone - Sugo SG13B Mini ITX Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA - BV 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $495.93
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-08-22 22:27 EDT-0400
 

John Philips

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May 3, 2014
132
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4,710
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https://pcpartpicker.com/list/tYQVNN

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i3-7100 3.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($115.07 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus - H110M-E/M.2 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot - Viper Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($62.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Hitachi - Ultrastar 7K3000 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.88 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus - GeForce GTX 1050 2GB DUAL Video Card ($134.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Deepcool - D-Shield ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: EVGA - BV 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($32.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $497.87
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-08-24 17:47 EDT-0400
 

brawltendochannel

Prominent
Aug 14, 2017
1
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510
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The Tiny (but not that tiny) Titan

PCPartPicker part list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/6Tn3TH
Price breakdown by merchant: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/6Tn3TH/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 3 1200 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock - AB350M Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital - RE4 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($41.93 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB ACX 2.0 Video Card ($149.99 @ B&H)
Case: VIVO - CASE-V06 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg Marketplace)
Power Supply: Corsair - CXM 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($26.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $492.87
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-08-23 00:19 EDT-0400
 

g-unit1111

Titan
Moderator
"Beggars Can't Be Choosers"

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 3 1200 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock - AB350M Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1050 2GB ACX 2.0 Video Card ($113.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design - Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($30.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $495.90
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-08-23 00:17 EDT-0400
 
Goodbye cable management!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 3 1300X 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock - AB350M Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot - Viper Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2800 Memory ($57.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Toshiba - Product Series:DT01ACA 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($39.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Zotac - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Mini Video Card ($144.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill - FBM-X1 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($26.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair - CX (2017) 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $498.94
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-09-12 21:47 EDT-0400

P.S.: For those gamers who are considering my build, change the mobo to an asrock pro4 cuz it got 2 more ram slots for ram upgrade and get a better case like the zalman t1 plus(?) for better cable management or a semi/modular psu like the evga b3. Happy gaming ;)
 

The Paladin

Glorious
Herald
"The Little Box that Could"

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1400 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($164.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus - PRIME B350M-A/CSM Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($71.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot - Viper Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($62.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate - BarraCuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus - Radeon RX 550 2GB Video Card ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Xion - XON-310_BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($28.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Raidmax - Cobra 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.83 @ Amazon)
Base Total: $490.77
Shipping: $11.97
Total: $502.74
 

Barty1884

Titan
Moderator
"It ain't pretty, but it works!"

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 3 1200 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock - AB350M Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot - Viper Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate - BarraCuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill - FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($24.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair - CX (2017) 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $499.93
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-08-23 11:53 EDT-0400
 

jeremyj_83

Notable
Aug 23, 2017
561
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1,160
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"Cheap but quick"
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Pentium G4600 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($86.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte - GA-B250M-DS3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($61.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot - Viper Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($62.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate - FireCuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive ($68.06 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB OC Low Profile Video Card ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill - FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($24.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair - CXM 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($46.99 @ Amazon)
Base Total: $500.00
Shipping: $1.99
Total: $501.99

Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-08-23 12:40 EDT-0400
 

shrapnel_indie

Distinguished
2 Minutes to Midnight

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 3 1200 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($104.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock - AB350M Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot - Viper Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($72.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Toshiba - P300 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill - FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($18.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair - CXM (2015) 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($46.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $498.93
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-09-13 22:53 EDT-0400
 

Matt_550

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4,640
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Straw-weight TC

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 3 1300X 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI - A320M BAZOOKA Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot - Viper Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($62.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital - RE3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($35.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB ACX 2.0 Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill - R521-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case w/400W Power Supply ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $497.95

Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-08-23 13:05 EDT-0400
 
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