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If you know how to properly build a balanced computer, you can get an awesome gaming PC for around 600 dollars to play all current games at Ultra settings + 1080p. If you just want to get the most bang for the buck, then you are in the right place.
Here you will find a detailed guide on how to choose the best parts in order to build the best $600 gaming computer. You will get a lot of benefits from building your own custom gaming computer and the best part is that you will discover that’s a lot easier than you may think!
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Best $600 Gaming PC Builds
I put the builds here so you can easily navigate to them in case you already know what you want.
For those whose aren’t 100% sure about what to choose between Intel and AMD, keep reading!
Best Gaming PC Under $600 - ULTRA 1080p - Ryzen Ed. (Feb 2018)
Best Gaming PC Under $600 - ULTRA 1080p - Intel Ed. (Feb 2018)
Intel Or AMD? What To Choose?
Up until recently, choosing between the two giants to get the core parts of a gaming pc (CPU + Motherboard) was a no-brainer: Intel had better prices and better performance.
But then, at the beginning of 2017, AMD released the Ryzen processors family and they changed the game radically.
That’s a really good thing. Intel was getting too comfortable in his dominant position and we know what happens in this kind of situations: Intal has been a little lazy and less aggressive in their technical achievements causing some sort of stagnated growth.
I’ve decided to create two separate builds for each Budget Build, so you have more options to choose from based on your personal preferences
Intel Core i3-7100
AMD Ryzen 3 1200
Now, the market has revitalized, AMD is pushing hard and Intel is trying to take back his omnipotent position.
So, where are we now? We have plenty to choose from, really good options to build awesome gaming computers with either AMD or Intel CPUs, that’s why I’ve decided to create two separate builds for each Budget Build, one for each CPU brand, so you can compare them and chose the one you feel more in love with.
For the $600 build, we are only concerned about the i3-7100 and the Ryzen 3 1200. Check the comparison details here.
How Is This Different From The $500 Build?
The price difference is invested in an additional 4GB RAM module and a better GPU: the Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB.
Compared to the GTX 1050 Ti used in the $500, the GTX 1060 6GB makes a big difference in the overall gaming performance.
This single upgrade makes possible gaming at 1080p + Ultra settings on almost every game!
EVGA GTX 1060 Gaming Mini 6GB
ZOTAC GTX 1050 Ti Mini 4GB
|Nvidia Pascal GPU Specs Comparison|
|GTX 1060 6GB||GTX 1060 3GB||GTX 1050 Ti||GTX 1050|
|Base Clock||1506 MHz||1506 MHz||1354 MHz||1290 MHz|
|Turbo Clock||1733 MHz||1683 MHz||1455 MHz||1382 MHz|
|Memory||6GB GDDR5X||3GB GDDR5||4 GB GDDR5||2 GB GDDR5|
|Bandwidth||192 GB/s||192 GB/s||112 GB/s||112 GB/s|
|TDP||120 W||120 W||75 W||75 W|
From, this table we can extract some critical data. One of the most important being the 2GB RAM difference between the models we are concerned about. That will make a difference in the coming years, as newer games tend to use more RAM.
To deep further into the table details, I’ve put this data together, setting the GTX 1060 6GB as the reference point, so we can easily see the relative values of the other graphics cards.
Now, we can see the price/performance ratios of the different models, which can be extracted from the Price and TFLOPs rows.
We can assert that the GTX 1060 6GB:
- is 10% more powerful and 16% more expensive compared to the GTX 1060 3GB
- is 57% more powerful and 65% more expensive compared to the GTX 1050 Ti, which is pretty balanced. That means that the price rise of the GTX 1060 6GB is proportional to its performance gain
The following results have been obtained from a testing machine using an i7-6700K and 16GB DDR4 3000MHz. All games have been tested using Ultra settings at 1080p.
|GTX 1060 6GB VS GTX 1050 Ti - Games Benchmark (FPS) - Ultra, 1080p|
|GTX 1060 6GB||GTX 1050 Ti||GTX 1060 Improvement (%)|
|The Witcher 3||73||44||65.9|
|Star Wars Battlefront||86||52||65.4|
|Gears Of War 4||86||58||48.3|
There is a curious fact here: if you calculate the average FPS percentage difference from the above table, we obtain 57%. This is the exact same value we obtained from the TFLOPs difference between the two GPUs.
That’s why the TFLOPs value is an accurate indicator of the graphics card performance. But this is only valid when comparing same brand (Nvidia VS Nvidia or Radeon VS Radeon) models.
After comparing the i3 7100 and the Ryzen 3 1200, I believe that Ryzen builds are a better choice for the long term as they will be easier to upgrade to next Ryzen versions while the performance difference compared to the Intel processor is really small.
Even though, if you have a personal preference for Intel products, then it’s completely fine to go that way. Just keep in mind that you will have to replace the motherboard when you want to upgrade the CPU.
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