Best $600 Gaming PC Build - ULTRA 1080p (Oct 2018)

Adrian B Updated on Oct 08, 2018

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!

Building your own custom PC can be overwhelming but don’t fear. Here you will find all the resources you will ever need to succeed in your mission.

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!

Intel Or AMD? What To Choose?

You can find a detailed comparision of the following two awesome processors here.

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

 

AMD Ryzen 3 2200G

AMD Ryzen 3 2200Glaunch

chevron_right4 cores (4 threads) at 3.5 GHz
chevron_rightSocket AM4
chevron_rightRadeon Vega 8
chevron_rightCPU Ryzen 2
chevron_right65 W
Market Price: $99.50
Available on:
Amazon USA
Intel Core i3-8100

Intel Core i3-8100launch

chevron_right4 cores (4 threads) at 3.6 GHz
chevron_rightSocket LGA-1151
chevron_rightUHD Graphics 630
chevron_rightCPU Coffee Lake
chevron_right65 W
Market Price: $124.99
Available on:
Amazon USA

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 i3-8100 and the Ryzen 3 2200G. Check the comparison details of these two processors 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!

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Technical Differences

Nvidia Pascal GPU Specs Comparison
GTX 1060 6GB
GTX 1060 3GB
GTX 1050 Ti
GTX 1050
Chipset
GP106
GP106
GP107
GP107
Shaders
1280
1152
768
640
TMUs
80
72
48
40
ROPs
48
48
32
32
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
TFLOPs
4.4
4
2.2
1.8

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.

gpus-relatives-values-gtx-1060-6gb

 

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

Gaming Results

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 (%)
Doom
117
83
41
The Witcher 3
73
44
65.9
The Division
61
37
64.9
Star Wars Battlefront
86
52
65.4
Overwatch
166
104
59.6
Battlefield 1
92
58
58.6
Gears Of War 4
86
58
48.3
gtx1060-gtx1050ti-fps-benchmark

 

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.

My Recommendation

After comparing the i3 8100 and the Ryzen 3 2200G, the Intel CPU proved to perform better in almost every situation, but especially on games, where you can see differences of up to 17 FPS.

In this price range, the Ryzen doesn’t stand out in anything (unless you want to overclock it), offering just the same number of cores/threads as its Intel counterpart and less performance per core. So, if you really want to use a ryzen CPU you should take a look at higher end builds, using a Ryzen 3 2400G or any other model above that.

But still, if you have a personal preference for any of the two brands, then it’s completely fine to go that way. Just keep in mind that both Intel and AMD have their own benefits and drawbacks.

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