Building a new gaming PC is an exciting time, and the benefits over buying a pre-built are plentiful. One of the most obvious is the cost savings you can enjoy when you dedicate your own time over a big manufacturers, and you can also take advantage of huge shopping events like Black Friday. Taking advantage of the deals out there right now, we've put together this stylish, powerful gaming PC for under $600.
- Motherboard: ASRock B450M-HDV
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
- RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 3000MHz Kit
- Power supply: EVGA EVGA 500 BT 500W 80+ Bronze
- GPU: PowerColor Red Dragon Radeon RX 570
- SSD: Sabrent Rocket 256GB
- Case: Phanteks P300
- Case fans: Noctua NF-P12 120mm
The motherboard is important, but most modern boards near the $100 are usually sufficient if you don't plan on overclocking or pushing the PC to its limit. It's best to go for a motherboard with the B450 chipset though, like this one, as it will allow you room to tinker a little while still being extremely affordable.
The launch of AMD's new generation 7nm Ryzen processors has meant the previous gen products are now available with some fantastic discounts. This 8-core 16-thread CPU is an absolute monster for the price you can get it at now, with a max boost of 4.3GHz and the nifty Wraith Prism RGB cooler included. It's great for gaming or CPU intensive workloads, and currently comes with a free game and 3 months of Xbox Game Pass.
When buying RAM, it's important to consider speed, capacity, and timings, but you'll be fine with the majority from well-known brands. We chose this 16GB kit from Corsair since it's on sale and is rated at 3000MHz. Ryzen CPUs thrive on fast RAM, so you'll be getting the best pairing it with this kit.
Most PSUs from reputable companies tend to be of high quality and are worth the money, but you shouldn't cut corners when it comes to the power supply. This 500W 80+ Bronze certified unit from EVGA is a reliable option with a 3-year warranty. It's not modular but will work well with this build with some added peace of mind.
AMD's Radeon GPUs are very good value and the RX 570 can more than hold its own in 1080p gaming. With 4GB of video memory and a boost clock of 1250 MHz, this is a budget-friendly graphics card that won't let you down when you need it most.
A good SSD at the heart of your build is essential, but even on a tighter budget now you can get some serious performance. This Sabrent NVMe SSD has superb read and write speeds and thanks to the additional voucher taking a further $5 off, now at at unbeatable price for Black Friday.
You can never go wrong with a Phanteks case when building a PC. You get incredible quality, lots of style and a thoughtful internal layout that takes a bunch of pressure off when making your parts fit and cables tidy. The P300 also has a tempered glass panel on the side so you can gaze upon your handiwork as long as you like.
You have to keep your PC cool, and while our chosen case here comes with one 120mm fan, you'll need a helping hand to keep that frosty air flowing. These fans by Noctua are simply superb, they're incredibly affordable, perform well and run quiet. Stick at least one in the front of the case and pull that cool breeze inside.
Save on your PC build on Black Friday
The parts listed here come to a grand total of just $571, which is incredible value for an 8-core gaming PC with fast storage, 16GB of RAM and a pretty fancy looking case.
With this build you'll be able to enjoy gaming at 1080p, as well as having a rig that will crush any of your daily tasks, safe in the knowledge that you saved potentially hundreds of dollars over buying a PC that one of the big brands built.
The beauty of building your own PC is that you don't have to stop there. This parts list will get you off to a great start, but if you want to improve the cooling, add more storage, or even get crazy with some RGB lighting, you can easily add to it.
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