Best Gaming Computer Under 600 Dollars, Beauty And The Beast

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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 better CPU and GPU combo that will bring significant increase in performance when gaming. not to mention, the sleek minimal look that this build has.

If you want to see what we have for our other PC builds as well, check out our master post of gaming PC builds with all the different price points to fit your budget.

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.

The Best 2019 Gaming PC Build Under 600, Beauty And The Beast

When researching what PC to build for $600 I had two main criteria. I wanted a build that was a beauty on the outside, but a beast on the inside. Something with impressive specs that would play even the most demanding 2019 games on very high settings even at such a moderate price. With this build, I believe I have achieved both objectives.

The Phrase “Beauty and the Beast” correctly describes this build, and if you do decide to build this, you will know why. You will easily be able to play most 2019 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 Fortnite, GTA 5, and Apex Legends some of the most popular 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! This build should last you for years and will be easily upgradable.

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

Case – NZXT H500 Mid Tower

Award Winning, Stylish, Well Built, Compact Mid Tower Case

Power Supply – Corsair CX 450 Watts

Powers The Whole Build, 80% Efficiency, 3-Year Warranty

Graphics Card/GPU – ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 570

An Amazing Video Card For Those On A Budget!

CPU – AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Processor

3.70 GHZ Processor, Best Budget CPU On The Market Comes With Wraith Cooler

Motherboard – ASRock MicroATX Motherboard

Good Affordable Micro Motherboard

RAM – CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 8GB

High-Quality DDR4 RAM, 2400 MHz

Hard Drive – WD Blue 1TB

A Very Reliable Hard Drive, 7200RPM

Build Breakdown

Case:

The NXZT H500 is not only pleasant to look at, but also very spacious for a compact case 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 2 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.

Power Supply:

The power supply I used for this build is from the reputable CORSAIR. 450 watts is more than enough for this PC set-up, but in the future, you will most likely 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 years to come.

Video Card:

AMD has been dominating the mid-range graphics cards industry all of 2019 with ease! with their 500 series making an amazing gaming experience much more accessible to all.   The Radeon 570 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 in 2019.

GPU’s are essential for anyone who wants to play games on their PC’s seriously and the Radeon 570 is an awesome card to have in your arsenal.

The thing is this isn’t a regular 570 either instead I wanted to crank this build up even more by putting in an AMD Radeon 570 Superclocked version. 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 AMD 2600 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 AMD 2600 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 AMD Radeon 570 these things will mow right through any game that comes out in 2019.

Threading allows the 570’s 6 cores to act as a 12 core CPU. This makes it an absolute beast for things much more CPU demanding than any intel CPU it competes against. So you’re really getting something that’s a serious workhorse alongside being an amazing gaming CPU as well.

Motherboard:

While the ASRock B450M isn’t a full ATX motherboard, the features that it offers makes it one of the very few micro motherboards that I can easily recommend.

The B450M is another ASRock board that’s high quality at a good price point and will easily last you for years. ASRock 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.

What makes this motherboard even better is the fact that it is compatible with AMD’s newly released Ryzen series right out of the box. This alone will save you a lot of time setting things up and grant you more time gaming!

Ram:

For this build, I picked the Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB’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 one 8GB compared to two 4GB sticks is because of the upgrade path. Ideally you can get another 8gb stick to make 16GB’s of RAM. 8GB’s of RAM works for right now, but one of the first upgrades i’d recommend for this build is getting an additional 8 GB stick.

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

Hard Drive:

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 500 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:

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 2019. 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

Recommended Monitor: Acer 1080p 21.5 Inch Monitor

Acer SB220Q IPS Ultra-Thin Zero Frame Monitor
  • 21.5" Full HD (1920 x 1080) Widescreen IPS Display
  • AMD Radeon FreeSync Technology

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 Keyboard and Mouse: Redragon S101 Keyboard & Mouse Combo

Redragon S101 Wired Gaming Keyboard and...
  • GAMING KEYBOARD AND GAMING MOUSE COMBO: Includes Redragon RGB Backlit Gaming Keyboard and RGB...
  • RGB BACKLIT GAMING KEYBOARD; 7 different RGB Lighting modes & effects, 4 backlight brightness...

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: MPOW EG3  Gaming Headset

Mpow Eg3(Series II) PC Gaming Headset...
  • 7.1 SURROUND SOUND FOR GAMING -- Locate your enemy easily with Mpow Eg3 Gaming Headset. 7.1...
  • PERSONALIZED EQUALIZER SETTING (PC ONLY) -- Mpow gaming headset will give you better music and...

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.

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 AAA games do not even support it! Although this is slowly changing that alone drove me from Linux.

Windows

Windows 10 Logo

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 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.

What Version Of Windows 10?

Something else I get asked all the time is what version of Windows should you get. I personally would recommend going with Windows 10 as of now. Microsoft has ironed out most of the major bugs plaguing the OS and developers are now starting to optimize their games for Windows 10 in particular. 

Windows 7 and 8 still work fine, but if you’re building a new PC I just wouldn’t recommend them over Windows 10. Below I’ve included Windows 10.

The case for this build doesn’t feature a disk drive, so I’d recommend going with the USB version. If you have an external or internal optical drive, you can go with the disk version though.

Microsoft Windows 10 Home USB Flash...
  • Windows 10 delivers comprehensive protection - including antivirus, firewall, internet...
  • 3D in Windows 10 gives everyone the ability to produce 3D objects with speed and ease
Microsoft OEM Windows 10 Home, 64-Bit,...
  • The Start menu is back and better than ever so you can expand and customize it
  • Fast and responsive Technologies like InstantGo let you boot up and resume quickly;Video Game...

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 2019 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.

Best Gaming Computer Under 600 Dollars, Beauty And The Beast was last modified: July 16th, 2019 by Frank

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  1. Hey Frank just some quick questions

    1: Can this computer run 1440p games at a passable framerate?
    2: Can the CPU run a game and Youtube video at the same time?
    3: How quiet will this build be?

    Thank you so much for your help

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      Hey Abe,

      I got rid of some of the questions that I’d already answered in your other comment.

      1. Yes, this build can handle 1440p and stay over 30FPS, but don’t expect a consistent 60FPS in more demanding AAA titles.
      2. The Beauty And The Beast would have no problem multitasking
      3. This build should be very silent unless you’re like me and constantly leave multiple browsers open while gaming.

  2. Hey, this is going to be my first pc build and I was wondering if the GTX 1050 TI FTW graphics card would work with the other stuff in the build.

    I changed to this Gpu because the original one was too expensive.
    Thanks in advance. 🙂

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  3. I noticed you said “Yes, there are better cases out there,” for the case you picked. Do you only mean better cases for a higher price, or also a uglier look? If you meant their are better cases that simply don’t look nice, I was wondering what you would recommend if the looks of a case were ignored.

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  4. Can you exchange the Intel I3 to an I5 will this build support it, also this is the most helpful website i’ve been on all day

    1. Yes Benjamin, you can definitely upgrade this build to an i5, it will just go above the $600 mark.

      Glad I was able to help, just send me a message if ever you have further questions.

      1. Hey Thanks for the info i think ill stick to the i3 although I need to run wireless so do i have to get an Antenna like the TP-Link N900

        1. Also is the Zalman ATX Mid Tower PC Case Z1 (Which can make up the extra cost of an antenna) compatible with the other components

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      Hey Habob,

      Battlefield 1 is really CPU intensive, so I’d recommend maybe upgrading to the i5-6500 if you want to get a smooth 60 FPS, but if you don’t mind it dipping every once in a while the i3-6100 should stay above 50 at all times in Battlefield 1. Keep in mind I’m assuming you’re going to be using a 1080p monitor. If not, then these numbers will be slightly lower in 2k and much lower in 4k.

  5. Going to get this build or something very similar soon. I’ve been tracking the prices every few days or so and wondering if you think Presidents day would likely be a good time to pull the trigger? Also, thanks for updating the guide.

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      Hey Evan,

      I think that presidents day would be a great time to get this build. Usually, the prices come down as demand decreases after the holidays. So if you don’t mind waiting a little bit then I say go for it.

  6. I want to build this for my son. He mostly streams games. I have two questions:
    *would there be any benefit to upgrading to the Intel i5 chip but keeping everything the same?
    *along these lines would more RAM help for this type of application?
    Thanks

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      Hey Stephan,

      If your son is going to be streaming really recommend getting an i5 for that extra processing power. I recommend the i5-6500.

      Streaming doesn’t really consume a lot more RAM, but getting 16 GB’s would future proof the build.

      Hope I Helped!

  7. 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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      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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          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.

  8. 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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      Hey Richard,

      Everything you need to get your gaming PC up and running is right here in this post. If you do end up having any issues, please feel free to leave me a comment and I’ll make sure I help you out.

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  9. 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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      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.

  10. 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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  11. 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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      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.

      1. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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      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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  15. 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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      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.

  16. 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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  17. 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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      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.

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      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.

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      Hey, Wade

      The soundcard is integrated into the actual motherboard, and it’s good enough that you should be fine without getting an external one.

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