A Beginner's Guide to Building a PC for $500

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The concept of PC gaming is something that to an outsider of the PC gaming community sounds like an extremely expensive and daunting task. There is a lot of jargon and terminology that can be confusing. And the act of actually putting the whole thing together seems like it takes a degree in rocket science to do.

But in recent years, people have begun to find out that it isn't as difficult as they made it out to be. With the help of many different websites and Reddit forums (primarily r/pcmasterrace and r/buildapc), you can build a decent PC that will be able to handle just about anything you throw at it without breaking the bank.

At the beginning of this year, I built my first computer. As someone who agreed that it seemed like a completely foreign task to do, I found that it is one of the easiest things I've ever done and really rewarding to finish building.

The most insane part about the whole process? The incredible quality of gaming I have found for what I paid. I have been able to play any game that I throw at it with minimal problems.

Here is the complete list of parts that I originally bought for my current PC and how much it cost at time of purchase:

So while my current build cost me about $538 (which is still crazy cheap), I'm going to show you how to build one for even cheaper. From here, I have created a new build with updated parts that you can use to build your own gaming PC for under $500. Let's get started. 

Published Dec. 3rd 2016

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