Want to play Fortnite: Battle Royale at 60fps@1080p on high graphics? You’ve reached the right place. This article teaches you how to build a high-performance gaming PC with less than $500.
CPU: Intel Core i3-8100 quad-core 3.6GHz, 6MB Cache ($118)
If you do gaming and most general computing, this processor is the nice one to get. It comes at a good price and does not bottleneck any games that I can find and I have a lot of the newest games like Fortnite: Battle Royale, Anthem, Apex Legends…
Motherboard: Gigabyte H310M A LGA1151 Micro ATX ($55)
Fairly good performance and features. A great motherboard for a budget gaming PC using Coffee Lake processor like i3-8100.
RAM: Ballistix Sport LT 8GB DDR4 2400MHz ($50)
Really good memory. Surprisingly good for what it cost compared to other RAM. The price is cheap. The performance is good. Even the color is nice. Installation was a breeze.
Graphics card: ASUS Cerberus GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB OC Edition GDDR5 (189$)
For a low to mid-range GPU, this thing is amazing. It can run games like Fortnite, Apex Legends, Overwatch… at 1080p@60fps on high very well.
Storage: Kingston A400 SSD 240GB SATA 3 2.5” Solid State Drive SA400S37/240G (30$)
This is not the fastest SSD out there by any means. But it is very cheap, and it is still an order of magnitude faster than an HDD. While you’ll definitely see the difference between this and the top tier SSDs in benchmarks, in everyday usage you’ll honestly be hard pressed to notice the difference. The 240GB version is a perfect size to run your OS and some online games
Power supply: EVGA 450 BT, 80+ Bronze 450W ($40)
Combining 450W of continuous power with exceptional performance, stunning efficiency, and cutting edge design and features, the 450BT power supply is what you need for your budget PC.
Case: ROSEWILL Micro ATX Mini Tower FBM-01 ($25)
A good looking and cheap case for your PC. It does have two USB 2.0 ports on the top along with a headphone and microphone jack. The reset button is also along the top of the case as well as the power button. Surprisingly, the right side panel can be removed for some cable management which is a HUGE plus for a case at this price range. The case also has a pretty quiet fan.
Total: $507. Thanks for the drop of RAM and VGA prices in 2019.
One of the most common reasons why the prices are so high is due to crypto-currency mining. Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin are suffering from extreme price drops. People who have bought mining rigs with multiple GPUs may feel that mining cryptocurrency is not worth it anymore, and stop buying a large number of RAMs and VGAs.