When making the best gaming computer under $600 dollars build, I knew that you guys would be in for an awesome treat. Not only is this build very powerful, but it is also very stylish and will definitely impress. The good thing is unlike my $500 dollar builds (which are totally awesome by the way),  this PC will feature a full ATX motherboard which  will allow for features that a Micro-ATX just doesn’t have due to its limited size. This is truly going to be a special build that will definitely meet any expectations you have for it.

Why you should Build A Gaming PC instead of buying a Pre-Built one


Honestly, I understand why people would rather buy a pre-built PC instead of just building their own. It’s super easy, and much less time consuming and in a perfect world, everything would work out just fine. The truth is, however, that when you buy a pre-built PC you are getting a computer that’s worth much less in parts than you paid for it. Basically, you’re paying a huge price for them to build the PC for you, and maybe that’s fine for most people, but if you are on this site, and  have someone like me willing to walk you through every step of the way, there’s no need to buy one.

That’s not the only reason either if you’re like me building your first PC will not only save you money but also gives a sense of value to the PC that a pre-built PC never has. You built the PC by yourself and that really does mean something. If you’re still intimidated, just remember that you’re not alone and I’m with you every step of the way. Please if you have any questions leave a comment so I can help you. I really want every person who comes to this site to build the PC of their dreams.

How To build A PC


Down below is an awesome reference video that I would recommend to you when you build your gaming PC. Not only is the video concise, but it also hits every major point you need to know about building a PC. I’ve written a whole page you can check out on building a gaming PC, and also the story of my first PC build if you want to check that out you can click here.

I know that you may still need additional help on top of the video, so if you do please feel free to leave a comment below and I will respond promptly to clear any confusion or issues you may be having.

The Best 2016 Gaming PC Build Under 600, Beauty And The Beast


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When researching what PC to build I had two main criteria. I wanted a to make a build that was a beauty on the outside but was a beast on the inside with awesome specs that would play even the most demanding of 2016 games on very high settings even at such a low price. With this build, I believe I have achieved both objectives.

The Phrase “Beauty and the Beast” perfectly describe this build and if you do decide to build this you will know why. You will easily be able to play most 2016 games on very high (even ultra on some) games at 1080p 60fps with this build. If that doesn’t get you excited I don’t know what will! If you are thinking of running all those new titles on very high settings with steady  60 FPS in games such as Fallout 4, GTA 5, and The Witcher 3 some of the most demanding games out right now then this is the build for you.

Not only is this build good for right now, but I’ve also made it with the future in mind as instead of having a Micro-ATX board I’ve instead decided to switch am ATX board, which will allow more many more customization options in the future.

I’m super excited to share this build with you and can’t wait to see some of the builds you guys make using this template, so let’s jump right in!

The Build

Last Updated: November 15th, 2016


Build Breakdown


Case:

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This case is not only pleasant to look at, but also very spacious so if you ever do plan on upgrading in the future, there will be nothing to stop you from doing so. Yes, there are better cases out there, but this case went with the theme, looked stylish and also provided amazing value for what you are getting. This case also has USB 3.0’s which allows for quicker and more efficient charging. Not to mention you get 4 fans that come with this case which saves even more, money in the long run and keeps your PC from overheating.

Even if this case seems to be a steal for me, I understand not everyone has the same taste, so just in case you do want to switch to another case, I’ve included a link below that will take you to other compatible cases for this build. After all PC building is all about making your own choices I’m only here to guide you.

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The power supply I used for this build was from the reputable EVGA. 500 watts is more than enough for this PC set-up, but in the future, you will definitely need to get a more powerful one as the upper tier Video card and CPU consume a lot of power. Other than that, you just need to know that this power supply is good and effective and will last you for a long time.

Video Card:

While many people have heard of the Nvidia’s graphics cards many people don’t understand that if you’re on a budget some of the best cards are made by Radeon. The RX 480 is a card that is affordable yet very powerful. This card can easily run most games on max settings and would easily last you for years to come. On a $600 budget, this card is easily one of the best you can get at this time.

GPU’s are essential for anyone who wants to play games on their PC’s seriously and the RX 480 is an awesome card to have in your arsenal.

The thing is this isn’t the regular 480 either instead I wanted to crank this build up even more by putting in an Asus Dual Fan Overclocked  4GB RX 480. Basically, this thing is a silent beast. One of the things I can’t stand is a loud desktop and with this video card, you really cannot hear a thing. This card is also able to be overclocked, which will improve performance in open world games such as fallout 4 and The Witcher 3 by a great deal.

TLDR: This thing is awesome and worth every penny.

Processor:

Ah, the i3-6100 has to be one of the best processors on a budget to be in so many of my builds. This thing really provides some amazing value especially when you are trying to max out performance without breaking your wallet. Not only does it have value, but it also has some amazing longevity.

Many people are speculating that in the future 4 cores will almost be mandatory in the future and with the i3-6100 having 6 cores you will have nothing to worry about if this is the case. Honestly, I love this thing for the price and coupled with the RX 480 these things will mow right through any game that comes out in 2016.

Motherboard:

Finally, we have moved up into full ATX motherboards! This will allow for some much-needed breathing room and will definitely make this build much more upgradeable than a Micro-ATX.

In this build, I used another gigabyte board which is definitely high quality at a good price and will easily. Gigabyte is a reputable motherboard maker that I’ve used in many of budget gaming PC builds and there’s a reason for it. This board is very easy to install and setup which is another plus for someone just getting into PC building.

The only issue you might need to know about this motherboard is that there is a chance of you needing to update the BIOS (this is a relatively simple process and chances are you won’t have to do this). This motherboard has definitely earned its place in this build.

Ram:

For this build, I picked the Kingston HyperX Fury 8gb(Two 4 GB’s) of ram. Not only is this RAM(Random Acess Memory) very quick, but it’s also overclocked by default which allows for much faster RAM. Not to mention this RAM completely matches the style of the build.

The reason why I’m using two 4gbs of RAM instead of one 8gbs is simple, two 4Gb’s channel memory more efficiently. One example I could use is like a fast food restaurant. The line will move much faster with two different order lines instead of one due to lines being able to focus more on their task. This is the same with RAM, two 4gbs of RAM will get more done because of they can each focus on specific tasks.

Not only is this RAM good value, but it’s also backed by a lifetime warranty so if you ever do have any issues you can just send it back.

Hard Drive:

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The western digital 1tb hard drive is a mainstay for a budget gaming PC because of its quality and price. With this hard drive you will have all the space you need for games and then some to spare.

If you really want to save some cash you could go with a 750 GB hard drive, but I wouldn’t recommend going anything lower than that due to how big some of these games are getting.

Other than that good value, a lot of space, brand name, there isn’t really anything that western digitals 1tb hard drive doesn’t have going for it.

(Optional) Optical Drive:

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The optical drive aka CD drive is optional in this build because, for the average person, there is no need for it. I can’t remember the last time I used a CD drive as everything is transitioning to the digital platforms such as Steam.

The only way I would recommend an optical drive is if you are seriously going to use it, otherwise what’s the point?

If you do decide to get an optical drive then here is one I have found that is cheap, but still gets the job done.

Build Conclusion


The “Beauty and the Beast” is probably the most future-proof build that you can get while still maintaining a $600 pc budget. All the parts in this build have a clear upgrade path and  there really is nothing that’s holding this build back. If you want to upgrade in the future it will be as easy as switching out one part for another.

The “Beauty and the Beast” also runs games at near perfection and can play all but the most demanding games on ultra in 2016. Seriously this is a build that will last you for a good deal of time and I would easily recommend it to any person who is just starting out with PC’s.

Important: If you do decide to change something from this build, please leave a comment below so I can double check your changes and make sure you don’t make a build that is not compatible (this can make you lose time and money). Just remember I’m here to help and will answer any questions promptly.

Recommended Peripherals


It doesn’t matter how awesome a build you put together if you don’t have the right peripherals (accessories) your not going to be able to use the gaming desktop to its full potential until you get these peripherals. So below I’ve put together cost efficient peripherals that are high quality and also save you money.

Recommended Monitor

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I’ve used this monitor in most of my other builds that are on a tight budget and there’s a reason to the madness. This monitor has to be the best 1080p monitor you can get on a budget. Not only is the monitor very affordable, but it also has a range of customization options that further tailor the monitor for an ideal experience.

You also get deep color contrasts and a very bright display (this can be turned down) both of which help immerse you into whatever game you are playing. There are other 1080p monitors that are better than this, but for the price, this cannot be beaten.

Recommended Gaming Mouse/Keyboard Combo

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This is an awesome combo set that really helps bring high-level competitive PC gaming to gamers at a cheap price. You get so much for such a low price that even if you weren’t going to build this PC I would still recommend this keyboard and mouse combo to you.

You also get the cool factor when you get this combo as the keyboard lights up and really does look amazing. There’s so much value you here that there really is no reason not to get this combo as when I first started I remember paying $60 dollars just for a gaming mouse.

Recommended Headset

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These have to be some of the most beautiful headphones I’ve seen in a while and on top of that these also match the rest of the PC’s color theme as well. Not only do these headphones look great, but they sound great as well. If you love deep bass that really brings you in when playing a game, then I would definitely recommend these headphones to you. That’s not all these headphones do they also provide noise cancellation, which can really help you get rid of any distractions. Not to mention these things are cheap compared to the quality of the product.

Recommended WiFi

You need Wifi to get on the internet so above is a cheap option that will work just fine and end up saving  you a great deal of money. This USB adapter is plug and play, so you should be able to just plug it in and the internet should start working. For such a little device, this thing sure does work wonders. I’d recommend connecting via ethernet if possible though.

Operating System Options


After getting your PC built and all your peripherals, you still need one more thing before you can start playing those games on your gaming PC. If the title didn’t give it away the thing you’re going to need is an operating system. What is an operating system? An operating system basically is a software that is automatically booted up when you turn your system on and just as the name implies operates other applications such as games. There are hundreds of operating systems that you could install onto your PC, but in reality, there are only a few that people use and those three are Mac OS, (Ubuntu) Linux, and Windows.

Right off the bat, you can’t use Mac OS due to it being a program made exclusively for macs so that leaves only Linux and Windows. So I will break down these two OS’s and you can determine which one your are going with.

(Ubuntu) Linux

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Many of you might not have even heard of ubuntu Linux, but it’s the leading Linux operating system on the market with over 50 million users. There are many reasons why someone might want to use Linux over Windows, but for most people this probably won’t be the OS you want.

The biggest advantages that this OS has over Windows is its amazing customization options  which in turn gives you more freedom as to what you want your PC to do. The other major advantage would have to be its free price tag. As soon as you get your PC you can install Ubuntu Linux and  be ready to go.

Those were some of the good things about Ubuntu Linux but there are still a bunch of issues. Ubuntu’s freedom can actually be pretty overwhelming at times, especially for a novice. Since ubuntu is an open source project there are a lot more optimization issues compared to windows that can seriously become annoying.  The worst thing from a gamers perspective about Ubuntu Linux is that many triple A games do not even support it! Although this is slowly changing that alone drove me from Linux.

Windows

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I’m pretty sure anyone who is reading this is familiar with the windows family (windows 7, window 8, etc…) Windows has controlled most of the PC market for years and there seems to be no signs of this changing anytime soon.  One thing many people don’t know is that the windows OS costs money. Well, at least if you buy it officially. Many people are actually angry about windows costing so much and a huge majority actually Pirate the OS. I’m not here to say whether this is right or wrong, but I just want to say I will not tell you how to do it, so please don’t ask me and that’s all I’m going to say about it.

Something else I get asked all the time is what version of windows should you get and I personally would recommend going with either Windows 7 premium or Windows 8.1 for gaming at the moment. Why not Windows 10? Windows 10 is still in its early release stages and I’ve been having a few issues with it. My suggestion would be to wait a little longer until the next big update and then upgrade considering that upgrading is now free if you have an existing windows copy.

Conclusion…


I really hope this helped and you are now one step closer to building a gaming computer under $600 dollars. This gaming PC build is more than capable of running anything that 2016 can throw at it. it’s not just capable of running games its also capable of running most of them on 1080p ultra 60 fps and even the most demanding games will run on very high settings at 1080p. If you are looking for a future proof build, then this is the build to get.

If you have any questions that you need help with please leave a comment below, and I will answer them as soon as I get the chance. Also, what do you plan on naming your PC? Tell me below.

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    • Frank
      Frank says:

      Hey Bonham,

      This $600 gaming PC build is more than good enough for anyone going to be streaming. The GTX 960 and the FX 6300, should be able to last you for years. I’d recommend getting 16 GB’s of RAM however if you’re going to be streaming and gaming on the same computer.

      Reply
  1. Brad
    Brad says:

    I’m a complete novice and this will be my first attempt to build a PC. Stupid question but how do you install Windows on it? I’ll buy 8.1 but with no disc drive or operating system to begin with, how does this work?

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    • Frank
      Frank says:

      Hey Brad,

      You can install Windows 8.1 with a USB, but if you want you can always get an optical drive which I have included in this build as optional, the one I have included is cheap and will get the job done.

      Reply
  2. Kevin
    Kevin says:

    Currently I’m relatively a small and growing YouTuber. I record Minecraft and CoD and am looking to build a PC. How will this custom one run Minecraft and CoD? (estimated FPS)

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  3. Jordan
    Jordan says:

    Hey, as a noob at anything PC I just had a few questions. First of all, don’t I need a fan? And I don’t want to buy an optical drive if I don’t have to, but don’t I need it for installing Windows 10? Thanks.

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    • Frank
      Frank says:

      Hey Jordan,

      You could always get extra fans if you want, but this case comes with fans which is one of the reasons I picked it for this build.If you’re only going to be getting an optical drive for installing Windows 10, you can also download it via USB.

      Reply
  4. Zach
    Zach says:

    Hey this will be my first PC build and I noticed you do not include a cooling system? Is the CPU fan and graphics card fan enough to keep it cool? I’m already ordering parts for this build so if you could help that’d be amazing. Thanks.

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    • Frank
      Frank says:

      Hey, Zach, There’s this misconception that you need some insane cooling system to keep your PC cool, but this build comes the CPU’s stock fan and also fans that come with the Zalman case. That alone is enough for the PC to stay cool. If you have further questions with the PC building process don’t hesitate to ask.

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  5. Hakuna
    Hakuna says:

    Hey, I’m a complete noob at anything pcbuilding related and I’ve been meaning to build a pc since regular laptops haven’t been working out for me so I’m a little antsy.

    My question is that is all of the parts that you listed above the only ones you need to use to build? Watching the reference video and comments I noticed that you haven’t included parts like a thermal paste solution so I’m not sure if it’s not needed or that it’s such a basic thing that it’s considered obvious to buy and install/use one. Thanks

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  6. Janis
    Janis says:

    Are there better options on the graphics card, such as a gtx 1060 or maybe rx 480, or would i have to switch out other components as well.
    Thank You. 🙂

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  7. Mario
    Mario says:

    I would love to build this PC. Thing is I am going to be a student in a University far away from home. If I were to build this PC at my university how would I transport it when traveling back to my home country?

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    • Frank
      Frank says:

      Hey Mario,

      You definitely don’t want to mess your PC up, so I’d recommend you actually tightly packaging it up and shipping it back to your home country if you can afford it. If I was you I’d just type in “how to pack a desktop for transport” on youtube and you should get a much more in-depth answer.

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      • Mario
        Mario says:

        thanks! last questions:

        Will I be able to play Battlefield 1 or should I wait until the specs of this pc are updated by you in December or January?

        What Windows (premium, home, etc.) version do you recommend? (I am a college student)

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  8. Justin
    Justin says:

    Hey, I ordered and got my parts but I also ordered the coolmaster 212 evga fan online. From the recommendation of my dad who is more knowledgeable about computer building he told me that I shouldn’t/dont need to also plug in the cables for the fans built into the case onto the motherboard since it’ll be overboard. My question is that is there any kind of detrimental effect in NOT plugging the case fans cables? Is there nothing to worry about and I should go ahead and just use them since they’re already there? Thanks

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  9. Henry
    Henry says:

    Hi – thanks for posting the build!

    This is my very first build and I ordered all the recommended parts for the main build. I spent the evening putting everything together and had a friend who has built two computers come over to give me a hand.

    Everything is connected properly, but when we try to turn the machine on, only the case lights come on. None of the fans, etc. start. I’m wondering if the power supply is too weak and the motherboard is not getting enough juice?

    Thanks in advance.

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    • Frank
      Frank says:

      Hey Henry,

      That sounds like a faulty power supply, but it could also just be a small issue like the motherboard not being properly connected. If you’re still having problems feel free to ask and I’ll help as best as I can.

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  10. Richard
    Richard says:

    Thank you so much for this build I’m definitely going to buy it but I’m a noob in the custom pc world and I was just wondering if I would need to buy any extra cables with the build or change anything for the graphics or stuff like that once I do build it (something about overclocking I don’t know lol)?

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        • Frank
          Frank says:

          Hey Blayne,

          You’ve heard bad things about the 970?!? This is probably one of the best budget cards you can get at the moment due to the recent release of the 1000 series. Just to answer your question, I’ve checked out the requirements for CSGO and can estimate that with this build you’ll get getting 200+ FPS on low and medium and 130+ FPS on the highest settings. Keep in mind that these numbers are with me being very conservative, so you’ll probably get higher.

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  11. Elmon11
    Elmon11 says:

    Would It be okay if I replaced the ASUS Dual-Fan Graphics With a
    Zotac Graphic Card ZT-P10610A-10L? I also put in a 1 x 8GB RAM instead of the 2 x 4GB To make it easier to upgrade to 16gb later on…
    I also upgraded to a Core I5 Because I will be recording and/or streaming on the computer.

    Thanks in Advance

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    • Frank
      Frank says:

      Hey Elmon,

      This build is perfectly fine. You should be able to run games like CSGO at 60FPS+ while streaming at the least and a lot of other games as well. If you need anything else just let me know.

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