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In this day and age there are two main sides gamers tend to align themselves with: PC gaming or console gaming. Both sides often poke fun at the other for various reasons, but the main one that usually arises is the price point. Building a PC from scratch can be a bit daunting and expensive for higher end parts, so it’s understandable why someone would choose a pre-built, next-gen console over the hassle and cost of building a PC for yourself. We are here to show you that you can build a PC that blows any next-gen console out of the water for around the same price point. So if you are looking for the best gaming PC under $500 then look no further. This gaming PC build will allow you to play most new games at 1080p and 60 FPS!

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This is what your sweet new PC will look like.

Let’s get right to it. Below is the full build list. If you want to learn a bit more about how the parts are comparable or better to the PS4 or Xbox One then keep reading.

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-4170 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $110.99 @ NCIX US
Motherboard ASRock H81M-DGS R2.0 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $52.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory \*Mushkin ECO2 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $29.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $45.88 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 950 2GB Video Card $154.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Rosewill REDBONE ATX Mid Tower Case $32.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA 430W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply $28.98 @ Newegg

GRAND TOTAL: $456.81

So there you go! It’s not hard to build a computer that outperforms both next-gen consoles without breaking the bank. This PC will last for years and play any game you throw at it. You can also emulate old consoles, watch movies, do your homework, listen to music and much, much more! Now let’s talk a little bit more about the specs on some of these components.

PS4 and Xbox One Processor

First let’s take a look at the processing power available on the PS4 and XBOX. Both of these consoles use a custom made 8 core Jaguar CPU from AMD. Both consoles clock in at around 1.6 to 1.7 GHz. This clock speed can easily be surpassed and nearly doubled with an affordable Intel Core i3 processor. A higher clock speed allows the processor to perform at a higher standard by allotting a higher clock speed through each cycle.

PS4 and Xbox One RAM

Both the Xbox One and PS4 come with 8 gigs of RAM installed in them. For around $30 you can get the same amount of DDR3 RAM for your PC. The PS4 does feature 8 gigs of GDDR5 RAM which does perform a bit better than DDR3 RAM listed here. However, we are confident you won’t be able to tell a difference in performance. The GPU that is included in this build has 2 built in gigs of DDR5 RAM which will handle the brunt of the graphics processing.

PS4 and Xbox One GPU

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The GeForce GTX 950 2GB Video Card
Both the PS4 and Xbox One have virtually the same GPU or graphics processing unit installed. The closest comparable PC GPU to the one in both consoles is the Radeon HD 7870. The GeForce GTX 950 2GB Video Card included in this build outperforms the Radeon HD 7870 in just about all tests. Here is a detailed side-by-side comparison of the two cards. Don’t worry having a PC doesn’t mean you can’t still game from your couch! The GeForce GTX 950 also has an HDMI port so you can easily hook up the PC to your TV. Now just grab a Steam Controller, Xbox controller or any other compatible gamepad and you can lounge and game in your living room.

Have an Idea for a cheaper build? Let us know in the comments below!