gaming-pc-build-500

We know many of you Steamers out there would love a gaming rig that can stack up to your friend’s brand new Xbox One or PS4, but likely do not have the thousands of dollars it takes to build the ultimate Steam gaming PC.  No worries; SteamFirst has you covered.  We will give you an entire parts breakdown list with pricing, including links on where to buy everything, so that you can spend just about the same amount as a next generation console but get the benefits of playing your Steam gaming library.  This build will allow you to play all past and current games on 1080p resolution, already better than a majority of Xbox One and PS4 games, while on high to ultra settings.  Trust us.. Your buddies will be jealous.

There are a few notes with this build.

  1. Yes it does come with an OS – We do not condone pirating.
  2. As some people already have a keyboard/mouse handy in their house we did not include that in this price list, so make sure you get those as well if you need them.
  3. We also did not include a cd/dvd drive to install your OS but here is a handy guide on how to do it with a 4GB or larger USB drive.

500 budget steam pc build

Above is a screen shot breakdown of all the parts we pieced together as well as their current cost as of this writing.  Of course depending on budget you can tweak parts as you wish, but always make sure they are still compatible with each other.

Not bad right?  For a little over $500 bucks you can build a machine that can rival those new Xbox’s and PS4’s.  Want to see a few stats on how well this puppy can run?

  • Skyrim = Auto settings detected Ultra running at 60 fps
  • Bioshock Infinite = 45-60fps on Ultra
  • Far Cry 3 = 40fps on Ultra
  • Tomb Raider = 55-60fps Ultra
  • PAYDAY 2 =  80-110 on High setings
  • CS:GO = 75-120fps on High
  • Sniper Elite V2 = 90-140fps on Ultra
  • Chivalry: Medieval Warfare = 60+fps High (35-45 on a full 64 MP map)
  • GRID 2 = 45-65fps Ultra

So… Ready to bite the bullet and pull the trigger on a really nice gaming PC?  This should last you at least a few years, if not longer if you are okay not using the highest of settings on games in the near future.  The nice part as well is you can always upgrade your GPU, or even CPU, as the current PSU (power supply unit) will have plenty of power to spare. We have the full build link for you below.  Enjoy building your new gaming rig! A quick thanks to 8bitkingdom on Reddit for testing this build setup.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. Who gave you these benches for this setup?

    Skyrim = Auto settings detected Ultra running at 60 fps
    Bioshock Infinite = 45-60fps on Ultra
    Far Cry 3 = 40fps on Ultra
    Tomb Raider = 55-60fps Ultra
    PAYDAY 2 = 80-110 on High setings
    CS:GO = 75-120fps on High
    Sniper Elite V2 = 90-140fps on Ultra
    Chivalry: Medieval Warfare = 60+fps High (35-45 on a full 64 MP map)
    GRID 2 = 45-65fps Ultra
    That build with a 7770 will not get anywhere near those numbers. Anyone who doesn’t mind checking a few benchmarks can tell you that.

    • not for 800×600 on low settings lol. Also shouldn’t you include a PC Case since you want the buyer to complete his build and not just claim it’s finished just to get to the $500 price point???

  2. My gaming PC is an i7 3770 with a GTX 660 (a dash above the build you’ve got here), and there’s nothing it runs that comes close to Killzone: Shadowfall. I haven’t done all the benchmarks, or run 3DMark or whatnot, but my eyes tell me that the build you’ve got here will be a class or so below the PS4 (can’t speak for the XB1 as I don’t have one, and it’s GPU is a decent dash weaker than that in the PS4, so it’s not fair to just assume).

    The other issue you’ll have is that it’s highly unlikely that matching current-gen consoles for RAM will cut it. Look at the min specs for games on last gen consoles that were also released on PC, and they were 2-4 times the RAM in the consoles. I suspect the increased requirements won’t be as large this gen, but they’ll be there.

  3. First off he should of gotten at least a 270X. Very good price/performance and pretty much the same price and it beats consoles. 80 bucks on ram when your only spending 80 bucks on your cpu? wut…Cut out the OS… just torrent it. Fuck the optical drive. Spend the money your saving without the OS on at least a nice 6300 or an 8350…

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