Best Budget Gaming PC Build Under $600 Dollars, Inexpensive Powerful Computer 2016
Once again I’m looking to put together a nice guide to help you build an inexpensive gaming computer. But the BIG question is… can we get a good budget gaming pc under 600 dollars still in 2016? Now that we have our quest lets get a game plan together.
For a build like this plan to get the best graphics card we possibly can with a good supporting staff of other hardware to compliment it nicely. This price range is awesome for someone on a tight budget and we should be able to build a pretty sweet gaming rig with it.
In the end you will have an awesome gaming machine that will handle all you throw at it.
Best Budget Gaming PC Build Under $600
CPU / Processor – Intel Skylake 3.70 GHz Core i3-6100 3M Cache Processor
Graphics Card – EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB GAMING ACX 2.0 3GB GDDR5
Total Cost: $575-$625 Current Price: $592.91
This build is going to be very close to my PC build under $500 guide that I put together recently. With the extra money in the budget I decided to put it towards a few different areas. Remember that this build and the prices are subject to change as the tech world is fast moving. I will do my best to keep it up to date.
To get the next really good bump in graphics you will have to spend a little more then I wanted to on a graphics card so I am going to be bolstering the build around the EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB graphics card.
The first noticeable upgrade is the case. I went with a nice full featured ATX Mid-Tower that will provide plenty of room for all of your hardware. It is simple, sleek and just the right bones to support your needs.
Next I upgraded the CPU to an Intel Skylake i3-6100 Processor 3.70 GHz. This is a dual-core chip with hyper-threading. Meaning it acts similar to a quad core. This is a naturally cool running CPU while paired with the stock cooling and has a nice upgrade path towards an i5 or i7 in the future if you ever need the extra power.
Lastly 16GB of RAM is more then enough and quite suitable at this price point.
Computer Case Selection
Like I’ve said before in other articles a computer case is really up to personal preference and style. The main thing you need to know is that it is compatible with your motherboard and large enough for all the parts you want to shove inside it.
For this specific build I decided to select a standard sized mid-tower to give a little more room for cooling. The end plan is to overclock things which means a larger CPU cooler and also the more space the better to help keep down temperatures.
You can certainly spend more or less then the case I recommend or even find one you simply like better. Just know that for most builds under say… 1 grand I wouldn’t spend a lot on a case because your cutting a lot into your budget that could be better spend on sick hardware.
On the other hand a case is something you can keep reusing over the years on builds so maybe spend more now on a case you love and get more value over time? The choice is yours my friend. 🙂
Intel? Yuck! Why no AMD?
I’m just kidding I know a lot of you prefer Intel over AMD. I regretfully report to you that Intel is pretty much king of the hill for gaming PC purposes even at the lower price point.
The reason I regret to say this is its not that i’m an AMD fanboy but I just like to see a little competition and variety in the marketplace. In the past from time to time AMD has held the lead in the bang for buck and overclockability realm but alas this time has passed. I dream that when the bell rings for the next round we will see some good stuff from AMD again.
Don’t get me wrong the FX-6300 and Athlon X4 860K are both good processors but they will be lagging behind the Intel counterparts. Plus FM2+ and FM3+ are at the end of their run so to speak and you won’t be left with much of an upgrade path.
Going with the Intel Core i3-6100 Processor 3.7 GHz gives you nice overclockability, decent upgrade path and will be able to keep up no problem with your graphics card. The fact that it runs 4 threads will make sure you will have no problems playing any modern games at great settings.
All the other things…
After the general direction of the project has been established I build out the rest of the machine with the best bang for buck hardware that makes sense at the price point.
While not being overly picky, this is still a lower budget build after all, we need to make sure we get it right. From the hard drive to the power supply unit look to get the most performance you can without encroaching into the money budgeted for the graphics card.
Star of the Show – Graphics, Graphics and more Graphics!
Again I designed another PC around the EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB GPU and this is because I think it’s one of the best cards in it’s price range. You will get plenty of performance out of it allowing you to crush it at 1080p or better on high settings. My suggestion would be to spend $150-$250 out of your $600 budget in this area alone.
To reinforce this idea I want to tell you again that making the graphics card the focal point in any gaming machine will always be most important. If playing games is your main activity on the PC then this is key. The cool thing about building a gaming computer is that they can typically handle most everything else you want to throw their direction as well.
What else goes well with this PC?
Operating System – Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
WiFi – Wireless USB Adapter
Optical Drive – Asus 24x DVD-RW Serial-ATA OEM DRW-24B1ST
Keyboard & Mouse Combo – Redragon S101 VAJRA USB Gaming Keyboard + Mouse
Headset – Sentey Gs-4730 Gaming Heaset
Speakers – Creative A250 2.1 Multimedia Speaker System
Extra Parts Explanation
This is mainly a list of schtuff you can take a look at if you are in need of any of these things. I will talk about the OS here in a bit but let me talk about a couple other parts first.
In the area of internet connection I highly recommend connecting directly into your router rather then wireless for best performance. This way you can insure your connection will be the best possible and reduce the chances of lag.
To pair with this you can get a fairly cheap wireless USB adapter as I stated above however, if wireless is your only option I recommend you go with something a little more permanent for better results.
A TP-LINK TL-WDN4800 Dual Band Wireless N900 PCI Express Adapter would work well for this but there are a lot of good options out there. As you’re doing with this PC, just do your homework on the hardware in question and you should be fine.
An optical or DVD-RW drive is the other toss up piece of kit that can be added to your computer. As you can now buy your operating system on a USB drive and download all your programs and games I would say for most people including this isn’t real important. It is also something that can be scavenged from an old PC or bought at a later date. Whatever suits your needs is fine.
Why buy an Operating System?
With the release of Steam OS and availability of other free Linux based operating systems is there really any reason to go out and pay Microsoft for their product? This is an age old question so i’ll answer it with an age old… I’ll just give you my opinion on the matter. 🙂
Starting off with Ubuntu, one of the most popular Linux releases to date. Having used it myself on machines throughout the years I can tell you it is a pretty sweet free / open source option for you. The main problem being that a lot of popular games today still do not support being played on this OS.
A smaller but still valid point is getting started with Linux isn’t always newbie friendly. If you really want to I say go for it but maybe start out with windows and add Linux on a 2nd partition to have the option to boot from either OS.
Now that Steam OS is a thing and being widely talked about should we look there for your gaming needs? After all it is free as well. At this time I will say no and you can check out why from the guys over at Ars Technica who did a nice comparison of Steam OS to Windows 10. To summarize: Steam OS is actually hindering gaming performance.
All in all you would be best suited to pickup a copy of Windows 10. At this time, for the modern gamer, it is our best option and actually buying a user license is the way to go. We all love to hate old Billy don’t we?
How to Build the Best Gaming PC for Under $600 Dollars in 2016!
I recently wrote a whole page on PC building where I also compiled a few videos to help you along your way. You can check that out as well as the video below if you are a beginner to computer building or even if you are experienced and just want a refresher.
Every time I go to do a new build the first thing I do is get my self immersed into some on topic content. It can help speed the process up and it is a fun activity to do as well.
If this is your very first build I advise learning as much about the process as possible and you should have no problems at all going forward. Let me know if I can help at all!
Why Building Your Own Gaming PC Is Awesome
I get a lot of people asking me why building a PC is better then buying a pre-built rig. I will try and give you the low down as simply as possible.
There is a lot of misconception that building your own is the only way to go and biblical. The simple truth is that for a lot of people it is more convenient and easier to just pick one up off the shelf and call it a day. While that is fine i’ll give you a couple reasons as to why I enjoy building my own computer.
The first and most important reason is that it is a hobby in which I absolutely love. From conception, to design, to actual build process I am having a total blast. While it’s true that PC gaming is a hobby, it is also true that PC building is a hobby. Even just talking with others on forums or social media has been a great time as well.
Secondly there is a lot of value to be gained from putting a PC together your self. You know exactly what make, model and quality of parts are going into the build and that they are being cared for and installed by a real person who cares (YOU!).
The End but the Very Beginning!
So this concludes my guide to an inexpensive yet what I believe to be the best budget gaming PC build for under $600 dollars for 2016. I know it is hard to believe that such a great gaming machine can be created for a lower budget such as this but, yes it is possible. To see another build of mine check out this $500 or $700 guide.
With this build you will be well on your way to dominating the online battlefields and immersing yourself within the wondrous pixel worlds of tomorrow. Stay easy and game on my friends!
Are you ready to build your own gaming PC? You gotta tell me if you are planning to :). Was I able to help you in some way with my article? I sure hope so. Also i’d love to share in your experiences so let me know what is going on! If you have any questions or comments please feel free to drop me one anytime at the bottom of this page. Likes, shares, tweets and +1’s are greatly appreciated as well.
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