How to Build a Gaming PC for Under $500 with a GPU

By | December 1, 2022

The global economy may be facing inflation, but the price of key PC components is actually very low and, in many cases, falling. Why GPU prices are falling fast while SSDs, RAM (at least DDR4 RAM), and power supplies remain cheap, there’s rarely been a better time to build an inexpensive gaming PC than now. At today’s prices, you can configure a solid 1080p capable gaming PC for under $500 that includes discrete graphics and a 12th generation Intel CPU. We can also configure a very capable gaming PC for under $400 using AMD integrated graphics.

Below we will show you how to build a gaming pc for under $500, or even under $400 using parts available at major US retailers today. Please note that the prices we have listed were current when we wrote this, but may go up or down a bit as you read this. As these lists are primarily based on price, we have not tested all of the specific parts listed, nor all of them together. The cost of an operating system is not included, but you can get Windows 10 or 11 free or cheapπŸ‡§πŸ‡· And if you’re willing to spend a lot more than $500, check out our list of best pc builds for more powerful recommendations.

Gaming PC Under $500 With Discrete Graphics

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