A branded, value oriented gaming build for under $600.
The new budget build now focuses on value, while still being capable of playing the latest games at 1080p, 60 FPS with appropriate settings. To achieve this, we utilize an older 2nd generation Ryzen 5 2600 processor, and the aging, but still very capable Radeon RX 570 8GB.
In terms of the rest of the build, specifications are very similar to our entry-level build with the exception of an upgraded case featuring tempered glass, and an upgrade to the SSD from 240 GB to 480GB. We believe this is a solid overall gaming machine for the price, and should deliver excellent 1080p gaming performance, even in modern triple-A titles.
In terms of upgrade path, the first parts we’d upgrade are the RAM, increasing from 8GB to 16GB. Following that, we’d upgrade the cooler, as even a $30 investment here can help a lot with noise. Of course, additional storage is always an easy drop in upgrade that an increase quality of life greatly. Long-term, you can always drop-in a more powerful graphics card or even upgrade to a Ryzen 3rd-generation CPU such as the Ryzen 5 3600X or Ryzen 7 3700X.
In terms of monitor recommendations, we’d suggest a 1080p: 144Hz FreeSync panel like the Viotek GN24CB, which is a 24″ panel that fits the criteria and features a slightly curved VA panel and is priced at just $170.