The Stealth Gamer ($600)

This is the #1 best gaming PC under 600 dollars for your money in 2017. All of the parts have been hand picked with the best price to performance in mind.

NOTE: Prices may vary

Component Name Price Image
CPU Ryzen 3 1200 $110
MOBO ASRock - AB350M HDV $65
RAM G. Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB 2400 MHz $80
HDD WD Caviar Blue 1TB 7200rpm $50
GPU ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Dual-Fan $227
PSU EVGA 450W $38
CASE DIYPC - Cuboid-R $70
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$600 Build Guide

The Case

Cuboid-r1 Housing your gaming PC, a good case must be sturdy, spacious, allow for good airflow and cable management, and lastly, it must appeal to the eye.

The DIYPC - Cuboid-R MicroATX mini tower case does all of that and more. It has plenty of internal and external drive bays, as well as front panel USB 3.0 headers.

It is sleek, refined, sturdy, and keeps a low profile. It’s the perfect case for this build.

Specs:

  • Type: MicroATX Mini Tower
  • Color: Black/Red
  • External 5.25” Bays: 1
  • Internal 2.5” Bays: 2
  • Internal 3.5” Bays: 3
  • Motherboard Compatibility: Micro ATX, Mini ITX
  • Maximum Video Card Length: 13.39”

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The Processor

Ryzen 3 1200

The new Ryzen 3 lineup from AMD is easily the BEST line of budget gaming CPUs on the market today.

Ryzen 3 is the final piece of the puzzel. It only comes in at $110, and blows Intel out of the water.

The processor chosen for this build is the Ryzen 3 1200.

Specs:

  • Data Width: 64-bit
  • Socket Type: AM4
  • Operating Frequency: 3.1 GHz
  • Max Turbo Frequency: 3.4 GHz
  • Cores: 4
  • Lithography: 14 nm
  • TDP: 65 Watts
  • Includes CPU Cooler: Yes
  • Simultaneous Multithreading: No
  • Integrated Graphics: No

Intel saw Ryzen coming a mile away. They gave Pentium CPUs hyperthreading in order to compete with Ryzen 3 CPUs.

However, Ryzen 3 CPUs are not just multithreaded like Intel Pentium CPUs. They are full on quad-core CPUs.

It only has half the cache of the Ryzen 5 and 7, but it still has all of the same features.

In nearly every area that doesn’t involve multithreaded performance, Linus Tech Tips, both Ryzen 3 chips outperform their Intel competitors.

Ryzen 3 makes a lot of sense.

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The Motherboard

ASRock B250M HDV

Finding the right motherboard is important, as is any other part in a gaming PC. However, there may be more to consider than you’re aware of.

Things like PCI slots, chipsets, socket types, ram support/speed, etc. That being said, the cheapest motherboard may not be the best choice.

Since the Ryzen 3 1200 is being used, 2400 MHz ram is optimal to boost the CPUs performance.

This is why the ASRock AB350M-HDV MicroATX Motherboard was chosen for this PC.

The micro-ATX form factor is fitting for this “stealth” build, and it supports 2400 MHz ram due to its B250 chipset.

Specs:

  • Socket Type: AM4
  • Chipset: AMD B350
  • Memory Slots: 2x 288-pin DIMM
  • Memory Type: DDR4-2133/2400/2666/2933/3000
  • Max Supported Memory: 32GB
  • Sata 6 GB/s: 4
  • Onboard USB 3.0 Headers: Yes
  • Onboard Ethernet: 1 x 10/100/1000 Mbps

This motherboard has all of the necessary components, all packed nicely into a micro-ATX form factor.

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The Ram

Ram

Ram is an important part of every gaming PC. Moreover, higher frequency ram has the potential to increase the performance of the CPU.

This build utilizes 2x4GB 2400 MHz G.Skill Ripjaws V Series Ram for a total of 8GB.

Specs:

  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Speed: DDR4-2400
  • Size: 8GB (2 x 4GB)
  • Color: Black/Red
  • Heat Spreader: Yes

Though some games recommend 16GB of ram, 8GB is plenty for gaming today, and the difference in performance between 8GB and 16GB is virtually zero.

Due to the B250 chipset of the motherboard, 2400 MHz ram is supported. This will help our CPU under heavy load.

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The Hard Drive

Caviar Blue

The WD Caviar Blue 1TB 7200 RPM HDD is today’s standard mass storage drive for good reason.

1TB of storage is plenty for your OS, drivers, video games, music, videos, etc. Furthermore, this HDD is known for its reliability and dependibility.

It is a 7200 RPM hard drive, meaning load times are signficantly quicker than a 5400 RPM hard drive.

Unfortunately we were not able to include an SSD in this build. However, you can find SSDs on eBay at a low cost.

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The Graphics Card

GTX 1060 3GB

The GPU is probably the most important part of a gaming PC. It handles all of the 3D rendering. In the case of crypto mining, the GPU does all of the heavy lifting.

In this build, the GTX 1060 3GB Dual-Fan GPU was chosen. It was hard to fit this GPU in the budget due to the spike in GPU pricing recently, but we made it happen.

The GTX 1060 3GB does well in nearly all titles, even in 1080P. Much like other Pascal GPUs, the 1060 increases clock speeds relative to the previous generation.

Specs:

  • Interface: PCI-Express x16
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
  • Memory Size: 3GB
  • Memory Type: GDDR5
  • Core Clock: 1.59GHz
  • Boost Clock: 1.81GHz
  • TDP: 120 Watts
  • Length: 9.53”

This GPU/CPU combo boasts 60fps at max settings in games like GTA V, The Witcher 3, Battlefield 1, Player Unknown’s Battle Grounds, and many more titles.

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The Power Supply

EVGA 450 Watt

As PC parts become ever more efficient, the total power consumption of a PC build lowers. This “stealth” build only uses 256 watts.

The EVGA 450 watt power supply was chosen for the build. It has an 80+ bronze power efficiency certification.

Though it is not modular, the case in this build allows for proper cable management.

Specs:

  • Type: ATX
  • Wattage: 450 Watts
  • Fans: 1
  • Modular: No
  • Efficiency Certification: 80+ Bronze
  • Efficiency: >85%
  • PCI-Express 6+2-Pin Connectors: 2

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