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7 Best Gaming PCs Under 500 Dollars in 2017 (Updated!)

Guide to superior gaming PC under 500 dollars (Updated!)

PC gaming need not be too expensive, as the market is teeming with the most cutting-edge technology so it makes total sense that you’re looking to find the best gaming PC under 500 dollars. Fair enough, it’s not going to be a walk in the park finding the best gaming PC under 500 as frankly if you’re looking for the ultimate experience the best gaming PCs will cost you an upwards of $1500.

So you’re on a budget and would rather not opt for a gaming console, what other options are you left with?

What if I told you that you don’t have to spend a penny more for today, you can own a robust gaming PC for under 500 bucks? I will get to that in a minute, but let’s first talk about the components that make up a good gaming PC.

What components make up a good gaming PC under 500?

The processor (suitable for a gaming PC)

intel gaming pc processor

Intel Processor

Probably the most important component to consider when looking for a cheap gaming PC under 500 dollars – and for a good reason. What a processor does is to determine how well your PC will perform when running your gaming software.

You’ll need to choose between quad-core or dual processors but if money isn’t really an important factor for you when looking for a good gaming PC then I would recommend that you go for a quad processor.

Whereas a good number of gamers favor Intel’s hexacore and octa-core processors (which in essence cost a truckload of money), I believe the extra cost hardly add any value to the processor and personally I would recommend against opting for the later. Intel’s would be the better choice.

Gaming Laptop Vs Gaming Desktop

gaming pc under 500 desktop vs laptopTrue enough, gaming laptops have really come a long way especially in the last 10 years but the facts are, they remain to this day an inherently compromised solution. Laptops have been forced to cut back on performance as components like good processors or top notch video cards require a lot of power while they produce so much heat that a regular laptop’s cooling system would not be able to handle.

A modest gaming desktop computer that costs $500 can easily put a gaming laptop worth $800 to shame and run today’s most demanding games at a higher resolution.

The GPU

gpu video card gaming pc under 500The Graphical Processing Unit also called the video card is just as important as the processor. It is designed to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer and put out beautiful graphics on your gaming PC’s screen. It does this by rapidly altering and manipulating memory.

It simply translates to faster video cards giving out smoother and better-looking graphics that offer a better gaming experience than that of sub-standard video cards. As a gamer, you don’t want to be spotted anywhere near low-end video cards.

If you’re going to go for Nvidia graphic cards I recommend that you stay away from those with the model numbers that have a 20, 30, or 40 (like the GT 730). If you prefer AMD’s product line, model numbers with a 4, 5, or 6 as the second digit should be a no-no for any genuine gamer (like the Radeon R7 240).

You want to stay within the range of video cards like the Nvidia GTX 960 and the AMD Radeon R9 380. These can without a doubt handle any graphically demanding PC game in 1080p with full detail.

If you’re going to run a video game on a resolution below 1080p I recommend at the minimum 1GB of memory, and 2GB at the minimum for 1080p. Anything beyond 1080p will need at least 3GB to run seamlessly but 4GB would be optimum.

Both Nvidia and AMD remain at the top of all brands of video cards although Nvidia is slightly ahead. Still a close call.

You don’t need too much RAM for a gaming PC under 500

RAM gaming pc under 500Unlike the processor or video card, the RAM is not as expensive as it used to be a couple years ago. You will easily find a gaming PC under 500 bucks with 32GB of memory. So while adding more memory may seem like a good thing to the average consumer, it is of no significance because most video games developed today will run smoothly on gaming computers with only 8GB of RAM. For best results, I would recommend that you settle for 16GB.

Update: 07.12.2017

1st on our list of gaming Pc build (Readers’ Favorite!)

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Ultra GUA510 Gaming Desktop – 8GB, 1TB HDD, Win 10 Home

gaming pc under 500 CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Ultra GUA510 Gaming Desktop

Few gaming PCs come with the features this beast offers at a price this low. It packs tons of impressive features for gamers who want to experience gaming like it’s supposed to be done while still on a budget.

Powered by a 3.8 GHz FX-4300 Processor, 8GB of DDR3 Memory and AMD Radeon R5 230 Graphics, the CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra GUA510 Gaming Desktop promises to deliver a solid gaming experience that most budget gaming PCs can wish to.

A summary of its specs:

Processor 3.8 GHz FX-4300
RAM 8 GB DDR3
Hard Drive 1024 GB 1TB SATA III
Graphics Card AMD Radeon R5 230
Keyboard Included Yes
Number of USB Ports 8

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2nd on our gaming PC under 500 bucks list

Shinobee Ultra 6-Core Gaming PC / Multimedia Desktop Computer – FX 6100 6 x 3.90 GHz – GeForce GTX1050 Ti 4GB DDR5 – 8GB DDR3 – 1TB HDD Hard Drive – Windows10 Pro

gaming pcs under 500 Shinobee Ultra 6-core gaming pc

Summary:

Processor 3.9 GHz
RAM 8 GB SDRAM
Hard Drive 1000 GB SATA
Graphics Coprocessor geforce gtx
Card Description dedicated
Number of USB Ports 6 USB ports (4USB on the back panel & 2USB on the front panel)

best gaming pc under 500_Lenovo X315 Gaming Desktop

 

3rd on our list of best gaming computers under 500 bucks in 2017

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Ultra GUA520 Gaming Desktop – AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz CPU, 8GB DDR3 RAM, NVIDIA GT730 2GB, 1TB HDD, 24X DVD+-RW, Win 10 Home

cheap gaming pc under 500 cyberpowerpc gamer ultra gua520 gaming desktop

Summary of specs:

Processor Series 3.8 GHz FX-4300
RAM 8 GB
Hard Drive 1024 GB 1TB SATA III
Card Description dedicated
Graphics Card Ram Size 2048 MB

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4th on our best gaming pcs under 500 list

CybertronPC Borg-Q (Blue) TGM4213D Gaming PC

new affordable gaming pc under 500Summary of specs:

Processor 3.8 GHz
RAM 8 GB DDR3
Hard Drive 1000 GB SATA II
Graphics Coprocessor Geforce
Card Description dedicated
Graphics Card Ram Size 1024 MB
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 4
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5th on our $500 gaming PC build list

ASUS M32CD Desktop (Core i5, 8GB, 1TB, Windows 10)

list of gaming pc under 500Summary of specs:

Processor 3.3 GHz Core i5 6400
RAM 8 GB DDR3
Memory Speed 1600 MHz
Hard Drive 1 TB SATA
Card Description integrated
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 4
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6th on our list of cheap gaming computers under 500

Alienware Steam Machine ASM100-6980BLK Desktop Console (Intel Core i7, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD) NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPU

 

gaming pc under 500 Alienware Steam Machine

Summary of Specs:

Processor Intel Core i7-4785T Quad-Core Processor(8M Cache, up to 3.2 GHz)
RAM 8GB Dual Channel DDR3L 1600MHz
Hard Drive 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 7200 RPM
Operating System SteamOS
Video Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPU 2GB GDDR5 (comparable to 860M class performance)
Ports and slots 1. USB 2.0 | 2. Power adapter port | 3. HDMI In & Out | 4. Optical audio out | 5. RJ45 port | 6. USB 3.0
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Last on our list of cheap gaming desktop under 500

CybertronPC Borg-Q Gaming Desktop – AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core, NVIDIA GeForce GT 710, 8GB DDR3 Memory, 1TB HDD, DVD±RW, Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit

best gaming pc under 500 CybertronPC Borg-Q Gaming Desktop

 

Summary of specs:

Processor 3.8 GHz AMD FX
RAM 8 GB DDR3
Hard Drive 1000 GB SATA II
Graphics Coprocessor NVIDIA GeForce GT 710
Graphics Description dedicated
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 4

gaming pc under 500 CybertronPC Borg-Q Gaming Desktop

Update: 10.12.2017

An addition to our Gaming PC Under 500 Dollars list is the SkyTech Shadow Gaming Computer.

We chose to include it in our list because every now and then its price drops to fit our budget and you might be lucky to find it at under 500.

This powerhouse of a gaming PC boasts of an AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core processor, 8GB DDR3 memory,  GTX750TI graphic card and 1TB of Hardrive. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better deal for the price.gaming pc under 500 dollars

Specs:

Processor 3.8 GHz FX-4300
RAM 8 GB SDRAM DDR3
Memory Speed 1866 MHz
Hard Drive 1 TB HDD 7200 rpm
Graphics Coprocessor GTX 750 TI
Card Description dedicated
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 6

gaming pc under 500 CybertronPC Borg-Q Gaming Desktop

Conclusion

In conclusion, it is worth noting that a good gaming PC under 500 is a balancing act. When you’re looking to buy a gaming PC, expect to be bombarded by ads, both on manufacturer websites and on random tech blogs. Always ask yourself if you’re interested in a ‘pretty’ gaming PC or one that actually does the job of running your favorite high-end video game seamlessly and with full detail.

I hope this post answered your questions but also feel free to ask for assistance whenever unsure.

Recommended:   Top 5 Gaming PCs You Can Buy Today.

About The Author
Noah
Noah is a technology enthusiast at heart. He writes about tech, various topics trending on digital media and offers solutions to everyday gadget issues
  • Ahmed Raza Ansari

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    • Thanks for stopping by Ahmed, we’re continually updating our list of best gaming pc under 500 dollars and we’ll soon add some more.
      Regards

  • Neeraj Karthikeyan

    Very good info about gaming pc and graphics. But what about only amd apu 7850k for gaming. Can i play gta 5 with at least 30fps on 1080p. Thanks

  • SEAN

    Out of all 7 of these computers, what do you concider the best in preformence?

    • The performance for most of these isn’t very far from each other other although i wish the CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra GUA470 (6th) would have had more RAM because its 3.9 GHz processor is simply awesome.

      3.8 GHz isn’t far off either plus they come with 8GB RAM so it comes down to the design. So #2, #3 and #4 would be my best choices.

      Hope that helps

  • Trey dawg

    I’m looking for a build or just one built only have 500$ to spend has to be good enough for (Arma ) :Ex type games anyone have suggestion live in -Sacramento

  • Thanks!

  • Thanks!

  • Dewoyne

    What computer is best for gta v and american truck simulator games

  • TheRad Gamer

    If this comment section is still alive, what would you recommend (Under $500) for a computer that can run most of the new titles in 2017. (I mainly want this type of setup so anything older will run fine.) Best regards,
    -TheRadGamer

  • Can you also suggest some good monitors for these 500 dollars PC.

  • FFChickens

    Unfortunately i found this a little to late as the prices for these seem to have drastically increased

    • We’ll update the list over the weekend so prices march what is expected on the post while keeping the quality high.

      Thanks for dropping by.

      • FFChickens

        ok cool thanks

        • We have updated the list now. Our aim has always been to get the best quality gaming PC possible for every budget we set. For this reason the price will sometimes fluctuate unexpectedly but we’ll always do our best to keep the list up to date.

          Hope you love these.

  • ♔ Peta Pup ♔

    which one of them pcs u posted can run Elder scrolls,blades n souls,World of Warcraft on high settings

    • Check the new list, they all should.

      • ♔ Peta Pup ♔

        So even Arc to right?

  • Marv

    What would be a good monitor for these desktops that you recommended that is not too expensive?

  • Marv

    Are these your most updated desktops under $500?Thanks… trying to get them on this thanksgiving sales

  • Marvi

    What monitor would you recommend for these desktops to go with them. I as m on a budget $100-200,? Is this also your l as test update? THANKS