Building a $500 Intel Gaming PC

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It’s only been 9 months but AMD and Intel have both launched new processor lines. How far will our $500 go if we want to use the latest CPU technology in a new Budget Gaming PC?

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Check out the Parts of this $500 Rig:
Intel Core i3-13100F CPU:
ASRock B660M-HDV Motherboard:
Patriot Viper Elite II DDR4 3200MHz CL18 8GBx1 RAM:
Intel 670p 512GB NVMe M.2 SSD:
DIYPC F2 Micro-ATX Case:
Enermax CyberBron 500W 80+ Bronze PSU:
ASRock AMD Radeon RX6600 Challenger D GPU:

Buy an ID-COOLING SE-214-XT CPU Cooler:
Buy a Thermalright Assassin X 120 SE CPU Cooler:
Buy a Vetroo V5 CPU Cooler:
Buy a SURALLOW NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super GPU:
Buy a Gigabyte Radeon RX6600 Eagle GPU:
Buy a Seagate ST500DM002 500GB Hard Drive:
Buy a Seagate ST1000DM003 1TB Hard Drive:
Buy a Gioneda 257GB NVMe M.2 SSD:
Buy an AMD Ryzen 5 7600 CPU:
Buy an AMD Ryzen 5 5600 CPU:

Purchases made through some store links may provide some compensation to Linus Media Group.

Some CPU Cooling Options:

I‌ntel system as built:
An AMD AM4 Option:

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0:40 Processor
2:07 Motherboard
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What do you guys think about our $500 build? Let us know below!

Check out the Parts of this $500 Rig:
Intel Core i3-13100F CPU: https://geni.us/ctkl
ASRock B660M-HDV Motherboard: https://geni.us/mD5Ns
Patriot Viper Elite II DDR4 3200MHz CL18 8GBx1 RAM: https://geni.us/yXyl0oB
Intel 670p 512GB NVMe M.2 SSD: https://geni.us/LsAg
DIYPC F2 Micro-ATX Case: https://lmg.gg/RWSoW
Enermax CyberBron 500W 80+ Bronze PSU: https://lmg.gg/dS2h5
ASRock AMD Radeon RX6600 Challenger D GPU: https://lmg.gg/LwG9j

Buy an ID-COOLING SE-214-XT CPU Cooler: https://geni.us/EUFXL
Buy a Thermalright Assassin X 120 SE CPU Cooler: https://geni.us/HhYfVfZ
Buy a Vetroo V5 CPU Cooler: https://geni.us/2Iylbpv
Buy a SURALLOW NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super GPU: https://geni.us/R0tHPa
Buy a Gigabyte Radeon RX6600 Eagle GPU: https://geni.us/jbAca
Buy a Seagate ST500DM002 500GB Hard Drive: https://lmg.gg/0PL2y
Buy a Seagate ST1000DM003 1TB Hard Drive: https://lmg.gg/00uX6
Buy a Gioneda 257GB NVMe M.2 SSD: https://lmg.gg/qFyBs
Buy an AMD Ryzen 5 7600 CPU: https://geni.us/BBSLeys
Buy an AMD Ryzen 5 5600 CPU: https://geni.us/YVGO7G

Purchases made through some store links may provide some compensation to Linus Media Group.

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    Mzm knight

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    MINEPANDA

    Plzzz give me a pc 😢😢

    Kristers D

    I think

    Kaisetsu

    @Kristers D amazing vid

Pandazonium

Always love the budget oriented builds

    F?СК МЕ. ТАP 0N MY Р1С

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    Mr. Moʀɖɛռ

    Steam hardware survey agrees.

    pandemicNEETbux

    Yeah it’s kind of like minmaxing your PC build. I mean player character. You’ve only got so high a level cap and stat points you can spend so how to make the cheapest, cheesiest, most OP character possible with what little you got. The definition of “play with the hand you’re dealt, not the one you wish you’d been given.”

    Sharn 555

    I would just buy a steam deck

    Sharn 555

    I would just buy a steam deck

Mr. Clean, Archon of Light

These videos always take me back to the good old days. Budget build videos are classic linus, and are just as important today as they used to be

    DaBowsersLogic

    Budget builds are rip off e waste😊

    warhawk397

    ​@DaBowsersLogicfor those of us who don’t have daddy’s credit card, these videos are the complete opposite of wasteful

    Not Interested

    People are poorer even though prices skyrocketed.

    Isaac Olukanni

    @DaBowsersLogic Someone’s dad left for the milk 💀

NoobSniper

I know it would’ve gone over budget by like $20-30 but the dual channel 16GB of RAM would 100% be worth it for the stability and performance. Great build otherwise!

    Cobra Vids

    T-force has the xtreem at 43$ for 2×8 SR b-die on newegg. Definitely worth it

    logan richerson

    Honestly, buying some used ram could’ve kept this under budget, though that wasn’t within the scope of the video obviously

    Azerius

    true or even switching back to a 12100f as the 13100f is nearly identical in performance to the 12100f and still saving around $10 which could’ve been put to the ram

    Demon Saine

    I would’ve gotten the ryzen 5500 instead of the 13100f. its like $15 cheaper and has 6 cores and 12 threads. a quad core in 2023 as a brand new system is a huge NO for me and while you may not be on the latest gen, you still have plenty of upgrade room up to a 16 core 5950x which will still be more than enough in the future. If you got $500 exactly to spend then I’d say its worth saving up another $10-$20 if necessary for dual channel which is REALLY cheap these days, there a silicon power 16gb kit 3200mt/s for literally $30. $5 more than what Linus spent on that single 8gb stick, and you would end up spending even more upgrading to another stick later than buying both in one package. If you can’t save up $5 more then maybe a pc shouldn’t be your priority imo lol

    WayStedYou

    I would’ve 100% dive into the dumpster to get a crappy case instead of the pile of junk they ended up with if it meant getting dual channel memory now.

MrFalcon

Honestly this is a lot more interesting than high budget builds

    Khandaker Faisal

    High end builds are literally just maxing out your pcpartpicker list. Budget builds are where you’re having to play tetris with your selections

    Powerfulshammy

    ​​@Khandaker Faisalhis is also not a budget build what would make this budget if he used AMD 5700G and not buy a overpriced GPU and spend it on ram now you have 100GB of VRAM

    Mocs & More

    @Powerfulshammy you good bro? sounds like you’re having a stroke

    250dpi

    @Powerfulshammy tf r u talking bout

ItsUrDad2

I always love watching the vids with more budget friendly things. Seeing top of the line is cool, but sometimes it’s nice getting to watch stuff I can actually afford lol

Kairon156

Nice video. It’s been a while since I needed a budget computer from the ground up so it was cool seeing this example.
I love the idea that computer components can be upgraded and switched out over time. Ideally I try to get the minimum of what I need computer wise than I’m not in a rush when upgrading parts so I can wait for good deals or better products later on.

mrdabeetle1

I have this case (the purple one). Cable management using a non-modular psu is tricky, but doable. This case does come with mounting points for zip ties, which is good because you will use them all. You’re going to want to get rid of the stock fans and replace them with anything really. The fans are quiet but are very low quality. The side panel window will scratch if you look at it too intently, so don’t stare directly at it. The airflow is good. It’s easy to clean.

    Broken Ice

    Ran this case for a couple years and loved its portability and cooling for a smaller form factor GPU (I had a 1660)

    Drake Bacon

    exactly! had the white one and it impressed me for $25! Great airflow, and although it was tight, it was fairly easy to manage cables, even with a non mod psu like you mentioned. It will always have a place with me, even though it is no longer my favorite budget case. That award goes to the thermaltake versa h17. for $50 you get an incredible case. Psu shroud, plenty of cable room, plenty of drive space, great thermals, AND a full tempered glass panel!

    I’m just glad someone else enjoyed the diypc f2 though

    drax rdax

    I have a similar case for 3 years or so, called “Zalman Z1 Neo”. It has 2 120mm front fans and one 120mm back fan, with front dust filter and bottom PSU filter. Great buy for about 40$, if you can get over the fact that the metal sheet is so thin, you could probably punch through it (don’t do what Linus did pushing with his knees on the right side panel, you’d probably fall through). The case is exactly the same except the plastic front looks different. The rest is the same: front panel has one USB 3, two USB 2 and audio jack plugs, acrylic left side panel, bumped-out right panel for cable management, fans connect through molex (they’re very quiet and didn’t have any issue with them for almost 3 years of uptime). Case cooling is great, i’m happy with it and don’t regret buying it over something pricier.

    NatureHawk

    tbh i built my own case out of some mountboards wood and random scrap it definetly was a lot better than this it held it together for me for like 4 months till i got a real case

    Azenyr

    A lot of smaller brands do rebrands of cases like this. I had one for years called NOX Hummer MC, not the exact same but very similar. I loved it to be fair. Very simple and straightforward but with actually a lot of flexibility. Don’t underestimate cheap cases. For the CPU power cable that he said there was no routing for it, there is, just like all cheap cases you are supposed to get it BEHIND the motherboard and have it come out of the big backplate hole behind the board. Yes you need to pass this cable before putting your motherboard in the case. But with some effort these cases can still get great cable management.

    My current case is the famous Corsair 5000D Airflow. 200€. Apart from the design and build quality, in terms of features to be honest I don’t think it is much better than that NOX 30€ one. If you don’t care about having a sleek high end looking case, just buy a 50-100€ case. That’s the sweet spot for PC cases.

Wayne Rowlinson

For that price, I would probably go for the Ryzen 5 5500. It’s about $20 cheaper and the motherboard price is comparable. Future proof is not there as much, but this isn’t the type of system that someone will end up putting a 16 core CPU with a 4090 in it down the road anyways. You would get a better stock fan, and have a few precious dollars to upgrade the RAM.
The idea of re-using an old case is a very good one, and in some cases, the PSU may be decent as well. Like you said though, if the power supply goes, it might take out some your other components with it.
I love your low-budget videos (the cost of components, not video quality, lol).

    ℚ𝕦𝕒𝕔𝕜𓅭

    Exactly what I just said. The 5500 is $20 cheaper, so that extra stick of RAM could have been bought. Also the MSI B450M Pro-VDH MAX is another $10 cheaper which could have gone to a better PSU possibly, or at least another fan.

    Dash

    If you’re OK going 2nd hand on cpu, there’re also some real steals on old ryzen 3xxx’s; I recently built a budget rendering rig for a friend, and we got a 3700x for less than the price of the 13100f.
    3600s are dirt cheap too, so I’d probably go 3600 + B550, and put all the money into the PSU (new) and GPU.
    5800s and 5800X3Ds are only going to get cheaper over time.

    Kim Weißmann

    @Dash well no hate, but a 5500 crushes the 3700x. with pbo its about 5-10% faster in rendering. wasnt that good sadly.

Lionvader

wow linus. Videos like this were the reason i got into this topic many years ago, and i’m sure many others have the same feeling. i am really happy for the younger generation to get into this universe of pc’s –

thank you for such an down to earth level video, without any 10k lab equipment involved <3

darksinvampire

It would be great if you could do builds for each price range; $750, $1000, $1250 and so on. It would be cool to see the comparisons.

    Aarekk

    I think they’ve done something like that before, but it’d be neat to see an updated list post-pandemic shortages. Having that “if you can spend just a bit more, here’s where you should do it” is useful to have when you don’t know a ton about the tech landscape.

    NinjaTurtle6169

    Agreed! I think they may have done this another time around the 2000 series of Nvidia and I loved the comparisons. Would love to see another video like that.

    Cosmin S

    You mean the Christmas builds they do every year?

    MasterGoku

    Once you pass the 1k mark, it doesn’t really matter

    MaXxProsTe

    I would like to see $350 range, because those was my “latest” builds (about 3/4 year ago)and it was paaaaaainfuuuul xD

Wayhoo

This is genuinely the perfect video. Thanks to you Linus, I’m building my very first gaming PC today with the same budget.

    Justin Ok

    Godspeed

    Kim Weißmann

    please DONT buy the parts he did, buy a cheap b350 board that is compatible with ryzen 5000, get 16 gb of ram get a 5500 and spend the extra on getting an xt version, also if you are in europe or australia you probably will have to buy another psu.

Weston J

At this point I know how to build a PC and I’ve built three, thanks to Linus. but for some reason I still LOVE these simple builds that he does.

SyberSycho

This sort of budget build makes me miss Scrapyard Wars. Those were fun to watch.

The low elo zed

It would be cool see if linus and team can try and do the $500 gaming pc in CAD, would be interesting what the differences between the builds would be.

    V J

    i agree

    Bogdan100pink

    that’s 371 dollars, I don’t think it would be a fun build, it would be basically “We got everything second hand except for the power supply”

    BaalSac

    You’d get a steaming pile of garbage lol

Daniel Frantz

It’s been a while since we got some old fashioned targeted build guides on LTT. Love it.

Mike McFarlane

feels like there is more emphasis on pc builds again on the channel, like it. love seeing all types of build from budget to unobtainable 🙂

max jenkins

This is a shockingly good build for the price in current year, well done!

Respectable Username

9:56 Shoutout to the editor who did that transition as the side panel came down! That attention to details ❤

pepe

I think a $750 build could be very interesting in what options it opens up

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