Gaming is something we all love and what’s better than playing your favorite game on a PC that doesn’t cost a fortune? In this post, we will be reviewing some of the pre-built gaming PCs AND we will show you how you can build a PC for yourself and at the end will pick the Best Gaming PC under 500 Dollars so it doesn’t make a hole in your pocket but also provide you with the best performance!
Imagine this – you’re playing your favorite game, you got a good Internet connection and things are good, the game is going smooth and you’re either about to complete the level or kill your last opponent and win the match and suddenly, a lag wave hits you and you lose the match.
A match that you were meant to win, lost, due to lag that your PC couldn’t take. What can you do to avoid that? Invest your money in a Gaming PC that will give you the best performance for your money and make you forget what lag is. We aim to help you with that in this post! Keep reading to know which PC to build/go with if you want to have the best gaming experience and be able to run all the high-end, latest games and enjoy them!
Before diving into the reviews, we need to know a few basic things like what is it that you need to know before buying a gaming desktop under $500, what are the crucial components in a gaming PC, etc.
Things you need to know before getting a Gaming PC under 500 Dollars!
A PC has several components and the major ones are Processor, GPU, RAM, HDD, SSD. To ensure there isn’t much lag, you need to get a PC with a good processor, a good GPU with high memory, a RAM with at least 8GB of memory, HDD or SSD depending upon your preference and budget (should be enough to store all your games). Now, it is not an easy task to know which component to get and which version along with how much memory and that is why the question comes…
Building or Pre-Built Gaming Desktop?
If you are a newbie, you’re better off getting a pre-built gaming desktop under $500. It takes a decent amount of knowledge to build a gaming PC of your own. You need to know which component to get, which brand to choose, what capacity/memory to get, etc. There’s a lot of things that can go wrong if you don’t know all the ins and outs of gaming components.
If you have a good idea of what to choose and what to put in your build, then you’re better off building your own gaming PC because that way, you can have more control over things and get yourself a good custom-built PC which will be the beast you deserve. We have built a Gaming PC under 500 bucks and you can read it by clicking here!
Although building your own gaming PC is a good choice, but that doesn’t mean prebuilt gaming desktops are bad. They are equally good and can provide you with amazing performance. The only difference lies in the price range. A prebuilt desktop may cost you a bit more. But that’s still good enough than messing things up while building one when you don’t know much about it.
Which Processor to choose?
There are two brands that own the processor market and they are Intel and AMD. A lot of people prefer Intel over AMD because they think AMD doesn’t provide the performance that Intel can which is not true. Intel is superior to AMD but they don’t have too much difference in terms of performance.
The major difference in both brands is the cost. An Intel processor may cost you more than what an AMD processor will cost for the same performance. Since you are on a budget, I would recommend getting an AMD processor as it will cost you less and will provide better performance than an Intel processor for the same cost.
For a budget of only $500 gaming PC, I would recommend upgrading your GPU after some time. The GPUs that lie in that budget range tend to not support all the latest games as they don’t come with enough memory. You may experience some lag in some older games like Apex Legends, Rise of the Tomb Raider, etc and the latest games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Tom Clancy’s latest game, etc may not even run on low settings. These are some premium games and need lots and lots of memory and performance from your GPU.
What is recommended is once you get a gaming PC for $500, get the GPU from it and sell it and then add up more money and get a better GPU. This way, you can enjoy all your favorite games with the least budget! All other components in these gaming desktops are good enough to run big games.
Coming to RAM, you don’t need a lot of it. A mere 8GB DDR3 RAM is more than enough and will not cost you a fortune and you can get that foin a gaming desktop under $500 pretty easily. If in the end, you have some spare money left, you can use that money to get an extra 4GB or 8GB RAM and have an even better experience not only in gaming but also in other tasks.
The higher the RAM, the more storage for fast read and write and hence, faster processing. Plus, you can run multiple apps/games at one time which is a pretty good thing. It is not compulsory to invest in upgrading your RAM if you already have an 8GB DDR3 one but you can do it if you feel like it.
HDD or SSD?
If you don’t know the difference between an HDD and an SSD, it is not too much. They both are used for storing data but the main difference is that the SSD is way faster than an HDD. If you want to have faster read and write of data from your storage device, you should go with an SSD but know this, SSDs cost a lot more than HDDs.
Since you are on a budget, t is good to go with HDD (1 TB is sufficient) and you can find a few PCs which may also contain an SSD (around 256 GB) along with the HD. This way, you can store the essential data which needs faster load speeds in the SSD and normal data in the HDD. You can obviously upgrade this later down the road when you have a better budget.
A good case is very important when it comes to a PC which you will be extensively using as gaming PCs get heated pretty fast and if there isn’t much room in the case, the airflow may get blocked and the CPU may get heated too much. This can affect your hardware and reduce the overall life of the components.
It is always preferred to have a big case, i.e., the more the room, the better. By having a bigger case, you can always upgrade your gaming desktop and add new parts to it and also maintain the airflow and improve the life of your gaming components.
Since we now have covered what you need to know to get a prebuilt gaming desktop under 500 bucks, we can move on to the reviews of the actual desktops without wasting more time! If you’re looking for a custom build, click here to scroll down to the part where we build one PC!
Best Pre-Built Gaming PC under 500 Dollars – Reviewed!
CUK AsRock DeskMini A300W Tiny Desktop Review
The AsRock DeskMini A300W is a sleek desktop. Its chassis is not so very good looking but is pretty compact and as the name suggests – tiny. It comes with AMD Ryzen 3 3200G Quad-Core processor with a clock speed of 3.6 GHz which can go up to 4.0 GHz. The processor makes it fast enough to run and process mid-level games and the GPU it comes with helps run those games without lag.
This PC comes with the AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 GPU which is usually found in low-budget machines. It is low power GPU but it can still get older games and some newer games up and running without lag. You may see some lag when playing graphics-intense games which are huge in size. The gaming PC comes with 16GB of DDR4 RAM which has a frequency of 2666 MHz. The RAM is enough for pretty good multitasking and running bigger games that require more RAM than GPU.
Coming to the storage, this desktop comes with 256GB NVMe SSD. As we have discussed already, the SSDs are pretty fast in read-write operations and this desktop is equipped with 256GB of fast storage which will help you in gaming for sure. Combine this PC with a nice gaming mouse and keyboard and you’ll have a good enough rig!
This desktop also comes with a Type C USB for faster charging and data-transfer rates. It also comes with M.2 WiFi Kit and 2 antennas that make wireless connectivity as simple as it can get. This PC also supports up to 3 monitors so you can take advantage and use multiple monitors at one go! The chassis is big enough to accommodate more HDDs, has enough spacing for fans and proper airflow so it doesn’t get heated too much.
- AMD Ryzen 3 3200G Quad-Core Processor
- Clock Speed 3.6 GHz and Boost Speed 4.0 GHz
- AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 GPU
- 16GB DDR4 RAM (2666 MHz)
- 256GB of NVMe SSD
- Type C USB
- M.2 WiFi Kit and 2 Antennas
- Supports up to 3 Monitors
- No Operating System Included
HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop Review (Beast) (Author’s Choice)
HP has been producing computers since 1968 and is the brand you can trust. The HP Pavilion is the Best Gaming Desktop under 500 Bucks according to us. It comes with a quad-core AMD Ryzen 5 2400G which gives you the clock speed of 3.60GHz which is pretty good. To complement the processor, it comes with 8GB of DDR4-2666 SDRAM which provides you the power of multi-tasking. Most of the modern desktops come with 8GB of RAM which is good enough for most purposes (gaming included) but you can upgrade it to 16GB for the best performance!
Coming to the GPU, this PC has 4GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon RX 580. A dedicated high-end GPU that will give you lag-free gaming for most of the old games and you can run some modern games with lower graphic settings and play them without lag. This is one of the best things about this gaming PC. Also, if you can afford to spend a little extra, you can get the same build with Intel’s Core i5-9400F along with Nvidia’s GTX 1660Ti GPU and 256GB of SSD. This config is sick enough to get you going with most of the games!
Moving on to other configs, we have 1TB of HDD storage which is enough to store a lot of data. It also comes with Windows 10 (latest OS and supports all the major games). From the pic above, you can see that this PC has 2 USB 3.1 Ports and a USB 3.1 Type C port in the front along with a 3-in-1 card reader, and an audio jack. The rear of the CPU contains 4 USB 3.1 and 2 USB 2.0 along with 3 Display Port and 1 HDMI. It has enough USB Ports to connect several devices at once. Taking into consideration all these things and the appearance of the case, it is well worth the price it comes for and the best desktop for gaming under $500! The only downside is that it doesn’t come with a Keyboard and a Mouse.
- AMD Ryzen 5 2400G Quad-Core Processor
- 4GB AMD Radeon RX 580 DDR5
- 8GB DDR4 2666 SDRAM
- 1TB HDD
- 6 USB 3.1 and 2 USB 2.0 Ports
- 3 Display Ports and 1 HDMI
- 1 Type C Port
CUK Continuum Micro Gamer PC Review
Another CUK entry here because why not? The build quality is amazing and pricing is on point so they deserve to be on this list more than once! The Continuum Micro Gamer PC is a wet dream of gamers who like all the RGBs and are a fan of appearance. This gaming PC comes with 3 RGB fans for proper airflow.
This PC has AMD Ryzen 3 3200G Quad-Core processor with Clock Speed of 3.60GHz and Boost Speed of 4.0GHz. It also comes with 16GB of DDR4 RAM to provide very fast processing and multi-tasking. This PC is a beast when it comes to appearance but not so good enough to run a lot of modern games. You will experience some lag but that is very normal when you’re on a budget!
It contains the AMD Radeon Vega 8 GPU and the A320M Motherboard. The config is good enough considering the price range but not as good as compared to the HP Pavilion we just reviewed above. It has a 500W power supply which is good enough to run all the components with ease. It does not come with any OS so you will have to get one yourself. The best part about this gaming PC is that it comes with RGB Gaming Keyboard and Mouse and a whopping 3-year Warranty from CUK.
- AMD Ryzen 3 3200G Quad-Core Processor
- Clock Speed of 3.6GHz and Boost Speed of 4.0GHz
- 16GB DDR4 RAM
- AMD Radeon Vega 8 GPU
- A320M Motherboard
- 500W Power Supply
- Comes with LED Backlit Gaming Mouse and Keyboard
- No Operating System installed
- 3-year CUK Warranty
SkyTech [RX580 Version] Blaze VR Ready Review (Readers also like)
The SkyTech Blaze VR Ready Gaming Desktop is liked by a lot of people including our readers. As you can tell by the name, it is VR ready and you can enjoy VR games with your friends! It is better than the other PCs on this list but not as good enough as the HP Pavilion. It has good enough Processor but the manufacturer focused on a better GPU than the AMD Radeon Vega 8. The PC is built with gaming in mind as you can see from the case it comes with.
It is a very appealing chassis and the power it holds is even better. It comes with the AMD Ryzen 3 1200 Quad-Core processor with Clock Speed of 3.1GHz and a Boost Speed of 3.4GHz. The processor isn’t the best thing about this gaming desktop under $500 but let’s check other config before labeling it as a bad CPU. For gaming, it comes with 4GB AMD Radeon RX 580 GPU which is strong enough to run the older games and some newer games at lower graphics settings.
It also has an 8GB DDR4 2400 Gaming RAM which makes sure your games can run smoothly without running out of memory. Along with all the hardware, it comes with Windows 10 (64-bit) to run all the popular games. This PC is WiFi Ready, doesn’t come with any bloatware, has 3 DisplayPort, 1 HDMI, 4 USB 2.0s, and 5 USB 3.0s. It has a 500 Watt Power Supply to make sure all the hardware gets enough power to run properly. It also has 3 RGB fans which makes it look very appealing.
- AMD Ryzen 3 1200 Quad-Core Processor
- Clock Speed of 3.1GHz and Boost Speed of 3.4GHz
- 8GB DDR4 2400 Gaming RAM
- 4GB AMD Radeon RX 580 GPU
- 3 x DisplayPort, 1 HDMI, 9 USB Ports
- 3 RGB Fans for proper airflow
- Windows 10 (64-bit)
- 500W Power Supply
Dell PowerEdge T30 Review
Dell has been selling computers for so long that their name is enough to guarantee quality and this PC is nothing short of a high-quality PC. It may not have the best specs but since it is cheaper than the others, you can invest in it a little more and you will have a beast at your disposal. Gaming will never be the same once you start using it!
It comes with Intel Xeon E3-1225 with a Clock Speed of 3.3GHz and a Boost Speed of 3.7GHz. The processor is pretty powerful to get your big and high-end games running without issues. To complement this processor, it has an 8GB UDIMM RAM which can help you with multitasking and run multiple apps at once! It does not come with a dedicated graphics card but since you’re saving money by buying this desktop, you can invest some in a good GPU.
It has a DVD Reader/Writer, a total of 10 USB ports, PS2 Port, Microphone and Headphone ports, DisplayPort, HDMI, and an RJ45. It does not come with an Operating System like most of the gaming desktops under $500 on this list but since it is cheap enough, you can still be profitable and build a good working PC.
- Intel Xeon E3-1225 Processor
- Clock Speed of 3.3GHz and Boost Speed of 3.7GHz
- 8GB UDIMM RAM
- Several Ports for all sorts of stuff
- Pretty Cheap
- No Operating System included
iBuyPower Elite MR9700 Review (Great Performance)
iBuyPower is a company from 1999 that specializes in building Gaming PCs for all types of gamers. You can find gaming desktops starting from as low as $500 and going up till $5000! This particular PC is from their low-end stock but still one of the Best PC for Gaming under 500 Dollars. Let’s see what specs it is packed with!
The gaming desktop comes with the AMD Ryzen 3 3200G Quad-Core Processor with Clock Speed of 3.6GHz which can be boosted till 4.0GHz. It comes with an 8GB DDR4 RAM which is good enough to multitask and run big games. To make sure you can store big games, it comes with 1TB of HDD and 240GB SSD. Faster Read Writer Operation on your fingertips!
For gaming, it contains the 4GB AMD RX 570 GPU which is pretty good when taking the price of the whole machine into the picture. You can run a lot of games launched in 2018-19 at high settings and recent games at medium settings (lower settings if you experience some lag with some games). It is a pretty good GPU for the price range and your gaming experience won’t be hindered because of your budget!
Along with all the amazing hardware, it also has a very appealing look. It has 4 RGB fans to keep things cool when in a heated gaming session. Coming to the ports and stuff, it has a total of 6 USB ports (2x USB 2.0 and 4x USB 3.0), comes with a gaming mouse and a keyboard, genuine Windows 10 installation, zero bloatware, and a 1-year guarantee. The best part is that this PC is assembled in the US itself so you get faster delivery and top-notch tech-support!
- AMD Ryzen 3 3200G Quad-Core Processor
- 4GB AMD RX 570 GPU
- 8GB DDR4 RAM
- 1TB HDD and 240GB SSD
- Visually appealing, good-looking case
- 4RGB Fans, 6 USB Ports, and generic ports like DisplayPort and HDMI, etc
- Comes with Windows 10
- Assembled in the US
- 1-year Guarantee and top-notch Tech Support
Which is the Best Gaming PC under 500 Bucks?
Gaming is a sacred task and you don’t want any lag to ruin your experience but if you’re on a budget and still want to keep that experience sacred, finding the best gaming desktop under 500 bucks is essential. After going through all of those gaming PCs, after reviewing them thoroughly, we can say that the HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop is the best bet for you!
The first thing to note is that this gaming PC comes from HP which is known for making quality stuff. Secondly, the config it comes with is lit! This desktop is a beast if you consider the price it comes for. The Quad-Core AMD Ryzen 5 2400G is a pretty fast processor and not too old either. It will get your big games running smoothly! The 8GB DDR4 SDRAM is good enough to get multiple apps running at a time. The best part for us gamers is that it has a 4GB DDR5 Radeon RX 580 GPU. This means that you can run most of the modern games on this machine. Some may run at higher settings and some may run on lower settings but your experience won’t be compromised!
Now, let’s move on to the part where we build our own Gaming PC under the $500 budget!
Best Gaming PC Build under 500 Dollars
So, you’re looking to build your own gaming PC? On a budget of $500? We got you covered, fam! We will list below the components for this build and it will help you build a cheap 500 Dollars Gaming PC which will give you the best performance according to the price range.
Below are the components that we chose for this particular build:
- Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 6-core
- RAM: Patriot Viper Steel DDR4 16GB
- GPU: XFX RX 570 4GB GDDR5
- HDD: WD Blue 500GB Desktop Hard Drive
- SSD: ADATA SU635 240GB SSD
- Motherboard: MSI B450M Pro-M2 Max
- PSU: FSP Hyper M 85+ 550W
- Chassis/Case: AeroCool DS230 Window Black Case
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 6-Core Review
As we already discussed above, there’s not much difference between the processors offered by Intel and AMD and the reason we went for the Ryzen 5 1600 is that it is a powerful CPU and it comes under a budget which is very necessary right now for this build. It has a good overall performance and you won’t face any issues using it. It doesn’t have any heating problems either so, no worries there too!
The Ryzen 5 1600 is a 6-core and 12-threads CPU that provides you with a Clock Speed of 3.2GHz and Boot Speed of 3.6GHz. It comes with Wraith Stealth Cooler which helps in keeping the processor cool during high processing tasks like gaming or editing. The max temperature goes up to 95-degree Celcius. It supports PCIe 3.0 x16 which is a standard and supported by almost GPUs.
Patriot Viper Steel DDR4 16GB Review
A good RAM is very essential when running big games as it can store large amount of data in it. As we know that RAM memory is pretty fast and is required for multitasking and running big applications, the 16GB memory is just the right amount to get you going. If you wanna play the AAA games without issues and lags, this is what you need. Anything lower than that, you may have troubles running some games, or experience some lags.
The reason we went for the Viper Steel DDR4 RAM is that it is fast and the base frequency it runs on is 2133MHz and can be boosted up to 3000MHz. Another reason for going with this particular RAM is that it is cheap and suits our budget. There are several RAMs which may be better than this but since the budget is tight, we go for the products that don’t break the bank and give the best performance too.
XFX RX 570 4GB GDDR5 Review
GPU is one of the most important components in a gaming PCs and if we mess this up, we’re done for. Having a quality GPU with enough memory is very important. Gaming would be nothing without the Graphics Card. We made sure that enough money was invested in the GPU and this was the one that suits our budget. The RX 570 is a top-notch card and will give you the lag-free gameplay that you crave!
This GPU has a 4GB memory which is good enough to for most of the AAA games. It is a DDR5 card meaning, you get a higher base frequency and higher the frequency, better the performance. This card can be used for Gaming (duh), Crypto Mining, and Editing and Animations. It also has 2 fans to make sure that the heat is dissipated properly and the card doesn’t get damaged due to over-heating.
WD Blue 500GB Desktop Hard Drive Review
Well, we need storage and what’s better than having a 500GB HDD? The reason we went ahead and added this in the rig is that you need space to store those big games and without a good HDD, this rig will have no point. The HDD is provided by WD which is a big name in the storage devices and you can expect quality. It provides the standard 7000 rpm for faster read and write operations. We made sure that the HDD remains under our budget and this is the one we went for!
ADATA SU635 240GB SSD Review
To complement the RAM and GPU, we have also added an SSD so you can have faster read and writes meaning, you gameplay would be smoother. What you can do is, install your games on the SSD and store the setups in your HDD. This way, you can get the best out of the best. The size of the SSD is not too much but it is enough to install a few AAA games and obviously you can’t play too many games at a time.
MSI B450M Pro-M2 Max Review
The B450M Pro-M2 Max is the best motherboard we found for our build. It supports all the components we are going for. It supports the DDR4 RAMs, supports the PCIe x16 slot, etc. It also provides amazing sound quality and has a lot of slots for all sorts of ports. It also supports Bluetooth. You can get the full specifications of this mobo by clicking the button below!
FSP Hyper M 85+ 550W Review
Not much to write here. We need a proper PSU that can supply all the power we need for all the components. If the power supply is low, you may not get the best performance or some of the components may not even work. In that case, you have to make sure that your whole rig has enough power to run optimally to provide you the best performance. The reason for going with the 550W power supply is that it more than enough to handle everything. Plus, it fits our budget perfectly!
AeroCool DS230 Window Black Case Review
This may not be the best gaming case but it is still pretty attractive. You can always get a better-looking case but since we are on a budget right now, we will stick with this one only. This chassis is not half bad. It is pretty appealing if you ask us. It doesn’t cost much either. If you can afford a better case, definitely go for it but make sure it has enough space for your future customizations.
We chose this case because it has a lot of space left after accommodating all the above components. This shows that you can upgrade your rig even more in the future without worrying about the space. It also has a nice design so that the heat can flow properly and the system doesn’t get over-heated. In case you live in a region where the temperature is higher than the usual, you can always add a few extra fans and you’re good to go!
After intense research, this was the best cheap gaming desktop build under 500 bucks we found! You can customize a few components according to your budget and needs but if you don’t know much about Processors and GPUs and RAMs, it is recommended not to touch it and get the exact items we have listed above for you.
Conclusion – Best Gaming PC under 500 Dollars!
If you really are serious about gaming, going for gaming PCs with a higher budget is recommended but if you’re just starting out, the above build under a budget is more than good enough. Once you save up some more money, you can start upgrading this PC! What’s better than to upgrade and customize the PC you built yourself, right?
So, these were all the reviews for you. If you think the build can be changed and optimized with a different better component, drop a comment below and we will make sure it gets added to the list if it’s worthy enough!