Best Gaming PC Under $600 - ULTRA 1080p - Intel Ed. (Feb 2019)

Adrian B Updated on Nov 18, 2018

budget-build-600-intelIf 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!

This is part of the Best $600 Gaming PC series. You can find the main post in this link where I talk about the pros & cons of the Ryzen and Intel processors.

If you see errors, misleading information, or you just don’t agree with me I would really appreciate your comments so we all can improve this post together. Try to be nice to each other and be collaborative.

Best Intel Budget Gaming PC Build Under $600

There are lots of gaming PCs under 600 dollars on the internet… but no one like this. This build runs all current games at 1080p and Ultra settings, thanks to the GTX 1060 graphics card. You won’t have absolutely any problem to play your favorite games and you could run them flawlessly with the best graphics settings and stable frame rates.

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Regarding the CPU, I opted for the i3-8100, and for the computer case, I chose a newer, cooler and better-designed model, the Thermaltake Versa N21.

The main difference between this build and the $500 build is the graphics card. Here I’ve chosen the GTX 1060 3GB, and this is a huge step forward. I’ve seen on some webs that it’s usually compared to the RX 580, but this doesn’t make any sense. They are not on the same price level, so you shouldn’t really pay too much attention to those comparison tests.

The RX 580 is preferable only for games with big VRAM needs as the latest Hitman game. In general, games like Witcher 3, Fallout 4, Far Cry, Assassins Creed or Tomb Raider the GTX 1060 3GB could even perform better. You can check out a benchmark here to see both graphics cards in action in this video.

And now, let’s deep into the details of this awesome build!

Case – Thermaltake Versa N21

Thermaltake Versa N21

Thermaltake Versa N21launch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_right8.5 x 20.2 x 18.2 inches
chevron_right1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, GPU up to 350 mm, Up to 5 system fan
Market Price: $48.08
Available on:
Amazon USA

The Thermaltake Versa N21 is a mid-tower that combines great design and grade A measurement tolerances while keeping a budget-minded price. This is just the best you can get for under $60:

  • Tool-free Design: The innovative 5.25″ & 3.5″ tool-free drive bay design minimized the hassles of installation/removal. The trio drive bay concept of “1 + 4 + 1” offers a good ratio for accessories and storage devices.
  • Includes a 120mm rear exhaust fan and supports 2 optional 120mm intake fans with an integrated dust filter optimize system ventilation.
  • Supports up to 160mm CPU radiator and up to 250mm GPUs

Motherboard – GIGABYTE B360M DS3H

Gigabyte B360M DS3H

Gigabyte B360M DS3Hlaunch

chevron_rightMicro ATX
chevron_rightSocket LGA-1151
chevron_rightChipset Intel B Series
chevron_rightRAM DDR4 2666
chevron_rightRealtek ALC887
chevron_right1x M.2, 4x USB 3.1, 2x USB 2.0, 6x SATA3, 3x fan headers
Market Price: $77.99
Available on:
Amazon USA

For builds mounting 8th Intel generation (Coffee Lake), the Gigabyte B360M DS3H provides all you need.

This micro ATX board comes with all the features needed for either entry-level or high-end builds for an unbeatable price and the reliability of a big company as Gigabyte!

The main features of this motherboard are:

  • Intel Optane Memory
  • DDR4 2666 RAM support
  • Tested with the major RAM brands to ensure maximum compatibility
  • Supports RGB light strips, which can be customized using the included the RGB Fusion software

It also includes a pretty handy feature called Dual BIOS: the motherboard has two BIOS, main and backup, protecting users from BIOS failure due to virus, hardware malfunction, improper OC settings or power failure during the update process.

And, of course, it also has latest-generation ports for all your needs: 4x USB 3.1 ports and 1x M.2 port to plug in a super fast SSD.

Processor – Intel Core i3-8100

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: $118.99
Available on:
Amazon USA

The Intel Core i3-8100 is the entry-level Coffe Lake processor (Intel’s 8th Generation, socket 1551). This is actually the first time that Intel’s i3 processors include 4 logical cores and 4 threads, clocked at 3.6 GHz in this model.

It’s worth mentioning that this i3 is as powerful (if not slightly superior) as the Kaby Lake’s i5 7500, which also has a 4 cores / 4 threads configuration with similar clock speeds.

This CPU is powerful enough to run all your games at Ultra settings and stable 60 FPS at 1080p and even 1440p when  it’s paired with a powerful GPU, like the Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB for example.

I’d recommend this model over the i5-7500 for several reasons:

  • They both have similar performance levels
  • They both are non-overclockable
  • And what’s best, the i3-8100 can be found $40 to $60 cheaper than the i5-7500

Graphics Card – EVGA GTX 1060 3GB

EVGA GTX 1060 3GB SC GAMING

EVGA GTX 1060 3GB SC GAMINGlaunch

chevron_right1607 MHz / 1835 MHz
chevron_right3GB GDDR5
chevron_right1280
chevron_right120 W
Market Price: $189.99
Available on:
Amazon USA

The EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB graphics card is loaded with innovative new gaming technologies, making it the perfect choice for the latest high-definition games.

Powered by NVIDIA Pascal – the most advanced GPU architecture ever created – the EVGA GTX 1060 3GB SC GAMING, clocked at 1835 MHz, delivers brilliant performance that opens the door to virtual reality and beyond.

This card also features the EVGA ACX cooling technology, bringing new and exciting features to their property award-winning cooling technology.

ACX coolers also feature optimized swept fan blades, double ball bearings and an extremely low power motor, delivering more airflow with less power, unlocking an additional power for the GPU.

RAM – Ballistix 8 GB DDR4-2666

Ballistix Sport LT 8 GB DDR4-2666 CL16

Ballistix Sport LT 8 GB DDR4-2666 CL16launch

chevron_right8GB (1x 8GB)
chevron_right2666 MHz
chevron_right16-18-18
chevron_rightDDR4, 44mm
chevron_rightXMP Profile (2400MHz, CL 16-18-18 w/o XMP)
Market Price: $50.99
Available on:
Amazon USA

As for the RAM, it is always a good idea to choose modules of the same frequency and, preferably, in groups of two. That is if you want to install 16GB of RAM, instead of buying a single 16GB module, try to find a 2x 8GB pack.

Note that the RAM memory frequency is of 2666Mhz, and that’s due to a good reason.

The selected RAM frequency is the new standard speed for the latest Intel and AMD processors, so you will be able to exploit its full potential. With former architectures (like Intel Skylake), the limit for non-overclockable motherboards was set to 2133Mhz.

Storage Unit – SSD ADATA SU800 128GB

ADATA SU800 3D-Nand 128GB

ADATA SU800 3D-Nand 128GBlaunch

chevron_rightSATA3
chevron_right80? TB
chevron_right560 MB/s
chevron_right520 MB/s
chevron_right90k IOPS
chevron_right80k IOPS
chevron_right0.06W / 2.2W
Market Price: $26.99
Available on:
Amazon USA

As I said earlier, this build features a 128GB SSD, the ADATA SU800 3D-Nand 128GB specifically.

This model was released in 2016 and it has proved over and over to be one of the best SSD available, with +1000 5-star reviews on Amazon.

It is fast (520 Mb/s write speed) and pretty durable and the selling price is pretty much unbeatable for what it offers.

Power Supply – EVGA 500 W1

EVGA 500 W1

EVGA 500 W1launch

chevron_right500 W
chevron_rightPSU Cert - White
chevron_rightNon-modular
chevron_right2x 6+2 pin
chevron_rightUVP, OPP, SCP
Market Price: $44.99
Available on:
Amazon USA

It is hard to find a model that meets the quality standards while keeping a low budget but the 80 PLUS “White” Certified EVGA 500 W1 clearly nails it.

This is without a doubt the best PSU in the market to be used in tight budget gaming computers.

The EVGA 500 W1 features a quiet and auto-regulable fan which makes it pretty silent, which is something rare to find in this price range.

Other than that, it also has heavy-duty protections (that you won’t definitely find in any other PSU for this price) including UVP (Under Voltage Protection), OPP (Over Power Protection), and SCP (Short Circuit Protection).

What To Do Next

Now that you have the hardware parts list, the next steps would be figuring out what peripherals do you need (if any) and how to putt all the parts together. Here you have some posts to keep reading on these matters:

 

How did you find this build? Do you think it can be improved in any way? What would you change? Do you want to go for it but not sure about something?

Comment Below!
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