The $600 gaming PC we\u2019re going to be detailing has coined the name \u2018console killer\u2019 due to being comparable to the retail value of current-gen consoles but outperforming them in every way. You\u2019re going to be looking at a rig that provides full 1080p gaming in all the latest AAA titles and some less graphically intensive games in 1440p at the compromise of those high frame rates. Although this is a great machine for $600, the components we\u2019re detailing can be changed for more powerful selections, so if you do want to improve the performance after a few years, it is definitely a possibility. Unfortunately, due to various factors, the prices of the hardware listed fluctuate daily. We aim to update all of our builds as much as we can to ensure they are as close to the specified build price as possible. Build List Case: Corsair Carbide Series 175R With this being predominantly a gaming PC you\u2019re going to want a case that offers a clean, sleek look but also having that little bit of flair to make the aesthetics pop. Corsair, being one of the most well-known brands for gaming products, produce a Carbide series of cases that do exactly what we\u2019re looking for. The 175R that we\u2019ve chosen for this build has a full length tempered glass side panel to showcase your internal components, alongside a backlit logo through the internal RGB fan. The RGB fan itself is fully customizable and compatible with motherboards from well-known brands such as ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI for enhanced RGB synergy. Motherboard: MSI B450M PRO-VDH Max An affordable gaming motherboard that supports 3rd generation Ryzen processors is somewhat hard to come by. Luckily, MSI has created a B450M motherboard that isn\u2019t just that but one of such high quality. As well as the components being at the highest standard, MSI has incorporated their DDR4 RAM boost technology, producing the cleanest signal for maximum reliability and speed. CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 The AMD Ryzen 5 2600 is almost the perfect CPU within this price range, it\u2019s not only fantastic value for money, but also has the power to back it up. It comes with 6 cores and 12 threads coupled with a base clock of 3.4GHz which should give you the processing power you need to run those all-important games with top frame rates, at 1080p. Overclocking is also possible up to 3.9GHz, giving you that extra boost for high demanding games. GPU: XFX Radeon RX 580 GTS XXX Edition Without a powerful graphics card, this machine would fall flat when trying to compete with current-gen consoles. XFX has created an XXX edition of their RX 580 cards which has been developed with the latest Polaris architecture and 4th Gen GCN graphics cores. Because of this, the RX 580 GTS XXX edition showcases similar performance compared to more expensive variants posting high frame rates in graphically demanding games. In addition, XFX has been able to implement OC+ functionality, allowing it to be pushed that bit further for maximum gaming capacity. PSU: Thermaltake Smart 500W 80+ White This Thermaltake Smart power supply offers a great 80+ certified efficiency rating ensuring brilliant performance under typical workloads. 500 watts is also the perfect amount required for the XFX graphics card we have chosen. Moreover, it features a 120mm ultra-quiet cooling fan, providing excellent and intensive airflow at low noise levels. This PSU is, unfortunately, non-modular which some regard as a negative, however, we think there are some key advantages to non-modular. You\u2019re going to be paying that little bit less and there are fewer detachable wires, thus decreasing the electrical resistance. You can also check out our other budget gaming PC build pages such as our $400 & $500 builds. RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 3200MHz Good quality RAM is a necessity in any gaming PC and Corsair\u2019s Vengeance rage is some of the best around. The Vengeance LPX 3200MHz that we\u2019ve gone for here provides the optimal speeds for Ryzen\u2019s 2600 CPU and with two 8GB sticks, there should be plenty of power to cope with even the highest demanding AAA titles. SSD: Seagate Barracuda 510 512GB SSD Having fast storage to house all of your games is absolutely essential and this SSD can do just that. It has blazing-fast read\/write speeds of up to 3400\/2180MB\/s and according to some users, can even exceed these. While SSDs are a little lackluster in storage compared to HDDs, this Seagate Barracuda 510, is going to be net you 512GB of space to store a variety of games as well as your operating system. What games can this PC run? With any gaming PC you\u2019ll want to know what games it can run and what FPS you\u2019re likely to be expecting. The list below shows off some of the more graphically intensive games as well as some popular ones for you to get an idea of how this $600 rig is performing. \tFortnite - Due to the optimized nature of this game, 1080p at high\/max settings shouldn\u2019t be a problem. However, when trying 1440p, you\u2019ll have to make significant graphical compromises to achieve 60FPS. \tPlayerUnknown\u2019s Battlegrounds - PUBG is more than playable on max settings at 1080p and at 1440p on low\/medium. \tMonster Hunter: World -\u00a0 MHW is easily playable at 1080p and high settings with this but as with most AAA titles, graphical settings will need to be reduced to achieve 1440p. \tLeague of Legends - As League of Legends is a fully optimized, esports ready game this gaming PC runs it with ease on 1080p and very well even on 1440p \tDota 2 - Similar to League of Legends, Dota 2 posts good FPS in both 1080p and 1440p on max settings \tOverwatch - Overwatch can definitely be played in 1440p at 60FPS with high settings and over 100FPS in 1080p. \tRainbow Six: Siege - Siege shows similar results to Overwatch in terms of performance and should have no problems playing it in both 1080p and 1440p. \tWarframe - Warframe runs excellently at both 1080p and 1440p with no compromises. \tGrand Theft Auto V - You\u2019re looking at high settings for GTA V in 1080p and a potential push to 1440p at 60FPS on medium settings. Building Tips With this being a more entry-level build, you may be new to the whole PC building scene, so we\u2019ve detailed a few tips and tricks to help you succeed. If you\u2019re a more experienced builder you can skip this section, or potentially brush up on some techniques you might not have heard of. Use Anti-static Equipment Electrical components are fragile at the best of times so taking care when building is essential. However, what many don't consider is the effect static electricity can have. If a static discharge occurs, it can damage your components beyond repair, which then means a whole lot of wasted money. You can avoid any potential component damage in a couple of ways, with the most common being; using an anti-static mat for your components and wearing an anti-static wristband when assembling. Prepare your toolkit in advance You\u2019re going to want to get your tools ready because you don\u2019t want to start to assemble your rig and not be able to due to not having the correct equipment. There aren\u2019t masses of tools you need to successfully assemble a PC but what is essential, is a screwdriver with multiple bits. There are a few screws that are needed to secure both the components and assembling the case itself. These can usually be fitted using the same Phillips bit, with the most common being #2. However, make sure you have a #1 and #3 just in case. Budgets This article is all about the best budget gaming PC you can get for $600, but if you\u2019re wanting to mix and match some of these components with cheaper, or even more expensive ones, it\u2019s most certainly possible. For those looking to make this build a little cheaper, we recommend switching out the Corsair Carbide Series 175R case and replacing it with the AeroCool Cyclon RGB case. You\u2019ll save around $20 and you\u2019re still getting a top-notch case with the added RGB aesthetics. The Cyclon still comes with a clear side panel but the RGB effect is a little different, utilizing a diagonal front strip instead of the company logo. If you\u2019re looking to increase the power of this build, we recommend choosing a different CPU for your machine. The AMD Ryzen 7 2700x is a nice improvement over the Ryzen 2600. It comes with 2 extra cores and 4 extra threads, boosting processing power dramatically. Moreover, this CPU comes with an RGB fan which is not only a good cooling solution, it looks great too. Peripherals If you\u2019re building this rig you\u2019re going to need some peripherals to actually operate your new machine. We\u2019ve listed some recommendations below that hopefully should fit people in this budget range, while having features of some of the more expensive products out there. Corsair Harpoon RGB Wireless Mouse The Corsair Harpoon comes with Slipstream Corsair Wireless Technology giving you sub 1ms along with up to 10,000dpi, which is essential for those fast reactions in twitch shooters. Additionally, it comes with six fully programmable buttons, enabling you to tailor the mouse to suit your needs. Some may argue that wired is always better for gaming so with the Harpoon, you\u2019re able to just slot the USB in and play wired instead. Razer Ornata Chroma Gaming Keyboard Razer is known for their top quality gaming peripherals so with the Ornata Chroma Keyboard you know your getting a long-lasting product. The Ornata comes with high-performance mecha-membrane switches giving you the feel of a mechanical keypress on soft, cushioned membranes. The customizable RGB is an added extra that makes the Ornata stand out due to the array of different settings and possible Philips Hue integrations. Razer Kraken Gaming Headset The Kraken Headset is another of Razer\u2019s products that oozes gaming and the choice for many esports pros of today. It comes with 7.1 surround sound on custom-tuned 50mm drivers which is fantastic for situational sound within your favorite games. An added bonus to this headset is the cooling infused ear cushions. These reduce the heat build-up and lower fatigue when wearing a headset in those long gaming sessions. VicTsing XL Gaming Mouse Pad A large mouse pad that allows for smooth movements is an essential element to a gaming PC setup. The VicTsing XL Gaming Mouse Pad is a fantastic choice due to the value for money aspect, coupled with quality parallel to the more expensive brands out there. The superfine braided top side and rubber base allow for accurate mouse control, and the surrounding RGB light strip will illuminate your desk space. Essential Software Operating System Now you have your fresh new build, you need some operating software to actually use the machine. There is no disk drive in this one so you may be wondering \u2018how am I going to install my operating system?\u2019 well, it can actually be installed via USB. Whether you go with Windows or Linux, you will have to download the respective files onto a spare USB and plug it in when booting. Graphics Card Drivers You want to be looking at the highest resolution possible and that means ensuring you have the latest graphics card drivers installed. This is vital in your new build as you could be stuck with stock drivers that are not only out of date but give you a sub-optimal resolution. Go to the maker of your graphics card website which in this case is Nvidia, and find the correct drivers. Antivirus Software You\u2019re going to want to protect your PC from any attacks, so installing antivirus software is a must-have. There are a variety of providers with different levels of protection but if you\u2019re just wanting a piece of free software, we recommend Avast. Avast\u2019s antivirus protection is the most basic you can get, but for free, there\u2019s no complaining from us. Web Browser Choosing the web browser that caters to all your surfing needs is always down to personal preference. We would recommend either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox as these are the fastest browsers out there, and the most widely used across the world. Some argue that while Chrome is the fastest browser out there, it does utilize a lot of memory, so choosing Firefox could be the way to go if you feel the same. Conclusion This console killing gaming PC will be at home in any setup with its visually pleasing RGB lights and high-quality components. It also provides the goods when it comes to performance, showcasing high FPS in most, if not all of today\u2019s AAA titles. Coupled with the opportunity to boost the resolution to 1440p at respectable frame rates, for the price, there\u2019s almost no reason to not build this gaming PC. If you did end up building this rig, enjoy your new PC! Be sure to check out our other articles if you have any issues or want to explore different options!