How to Build a Sub-$600 Gaming Computer

Gaming can be a great past time, but computer parts are expensive, and building a cheap gaming rig isn’t easy. In this guide, we will find he cheapest parts that can handle the latest games. I am assuming that you already have an OS, monitor, mouse and keyboard.


Our motherboard is going to be cheap, but also powerful and effective. The ASUS M4A88T-M AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX Mohterboard is small, so it can fit in most cases. It has 6 USB 2.0 ports, and an ATI Radeon HD 4250 Graphics Card on-board. It also has HDMI out. This will cost you about $80

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The AMD Phenom II X4 980 Deneb 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor is very fast, and it is capable of handling the newest games with ease. At a fair $150, you are going to get a huge bang for your buck. The processor is fully compatible with the above motherboard, so you won’t have any problems in the future.

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RAM is ridiculously cheap and you can get 8 gigs for just over 30 bucks. The RAM is Team Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 memory, and it is just as fast as any other, more expensive RAM. Also, right now, you will get a free 8gb micro SD card when you buy it! It really is an amazing deal.

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Obviously, if you want to play graphically-intense games, you need a good graphics card. We are going to be using a PNY GeForce GTX 260 with 896MB GDDR3 VRAM. It’s an older card, but it is very capable of gaming. It’ll cost you about $125.

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The hard drive is one of the more expensive components in a computer, so we found a refurbished Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500JB 250GB 7200RPM. It has a hefty price tag of about $43, and that’s a discounted price.

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Power Supply

The PSU is what provides power to all of the components. We are going to be using a 650W PSU, because the system is going to need plenty of power. This is gonna cost you $50.

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In order to keep everything together, we are going to need a case. Usually, a Micro-ATX case would work, but because the graphics card is so huge, we are going to be using a Mid-ATX case. It is an Antec Three Hundred Illusion, which is very sturdy and will keep the contents safe. It is very cheap, at only $70.

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DVD Burner

These are a must for any computer, and they are also very cheap. We are going to use an Asus 24X Burner, which only costs about $20.

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All together, you are getting a GREAT deal, and you are only going to have spent about $575 on the entire rig. But what can this mean-machine handle?

In Crysis 2, you can get 40FPS at max settings. MAX. And in Battlefield 3, you’ll be able to squeeze out 40FPS on high settings. This thing will play anything you throw at it, on almost any setting. And when you start craving better performance, upgrading is easy. You are probably going to end up paying more for games than you are for this computer.


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