Hey, Anthony, your build is ready!
Traditional “console crusher” PC. Starting from scratch with only a gaming mouse. Budget range $500 to $800. The preferred design is monochromatic. Windows 10 running on any architecture. No emphasis on overclocking. No emphasis on high-performance. Future upgrades emphasized.
$612.61 at the time of posting. Prices change constantly and rapidly in the world of PC parts. Take your time to shop each piece for the best deal. If you’re making substitutions, consider all specs for the item. This PC is planned to be purchased in February 2018.
Anthony’s requested a budget gaming PC build, and that’s exactly what he’s gonna get! Coming in right around the $600 mark, he’s got everything he needs to do for solid 1080p 60 FPS gaming. Anthony’s got nothing but a Razer gaming mouse to his name right now, so this from-scratch build will give him the tools necessary for a console crusher. Most of all, this build will be simple to upgrade in the future. Add a drive there, upgrade graphics here…nothing to it.
Before we dive into the tower itself, let’s talk about peripherals. For keyboard, let’s go with the Redragon K552 which achieves both mechanical and backlight functionality. It’s tenkeyless, but it’ll have to do for budgeting. I’ve also equipped him with an easy 21.5″ 1080p60 monitor from Acer which the build will target. Finally, let’s throw in some surprisingly high-rated Logitech budget speakers.
All right, onto our actual build. As always, budget = AMD. Because CPU power won’t be incredibly necessary, I went with the Ryzen 3 1200 to keep our price waaaaay down without sacrificing core count. That attaches to ASRock’s A320M-DGS mobo. The mobo gives us everything we need, including USB 3.0 headers, PCIe x16, and dual-channel DDR4 RAM.
Speaking of RAM, we’ve got 8GB (2×4) of DDR4-2133 from G.Skill. Nothing too fancy but plenty enough for our goal. Since our board uses dual-channel, we don’t need to sweat the small stuff.
For storage, I wanted to go with your typical SSD + HDD combo, but to keep the price down, I crossed off the solid state and simply went with a traditional 1TB Western Digital drive. Adding in that SSD would be the next logical step in upgrading this machine, since $40-$60 will be the cheapest cost for the most performance-efficient upgrade.
If you haven’t guessed it already, I went with a GTX 1050 this time. That will crush our 1080p60 needs. Zotac’s 2GB Mini miiiight ask us to turn down a few in-game video settings to get to 1080p60, but let’s keep in mind that we’re still outpacing consoles with this one!
Everything gets thrown into a Thermaltake Verca H21 case. ATX mid tower, easy to work in, fits into Anthony’s preferred design, and has front-panel USB 3.0.
Rounding out our essentials, we’ve got a 450W 80+ Bronze power supply from Corsair, and a key for Windows 10 Home (link to Kinguin provided on parts list).
The goal for 1080p60 gaming in a from-scratch build has been met; this is a Console Crusher in every sense of the phrase. Upgrading this build will be super simple as all internal parts are streamlined and already surpass the larger plateaus for gaming, especially the board. And let’s not forget our most important Pro: the price!
Having a low price point means cutting corners. There’s no SSD in this build, so that should be the next thing to consider. The keyboard, albeit mechanical, is tenkeyless (translation: no numpad). Depending on multitasking, 8GB of RAM may not be suitable and may need to be doubled instead; this causes complications since our budget motherboard only has 2 DIMM slots. Finally, by pouring just a little more money into the CPU, Ryzen 5 is doable and would be a great jump up in performance. Finally, sinking more money could jump that GTX 1050 to either a 1050Ti or a 1060 to eliminate any possible performance bottlenecks in performance-heavy games.