The 4 Best Gaming PCs Under $500

MakeUseOf | 10/16/2018 | Mihir Patkar
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You don’t have to spend a huge amount on a PC that can play Fortnite or PUBG. In fact, you can even play new games on a budget. Here are your options if you’re looking for the best gaming PC under $500. Can you actually get a good gaming PC for $500? Yes, but it depends on your definition of what a good gaming PC is.

If you want to play the latest Call of Duty game at its optimal graphics settings, then no, $500 probably isn’t enough. But if you’re okay with reducing the graphics settings, or optimizing Windows 10 for gaming, it’s possible. For new games like Fortnite and PUBG, or older games, these $500 gaming PCs will let you play with ease.

Features - Keyboard - Mouse - Case

Notable Features: Keyboard and mouse included. Good-looking case.

The HP Pavilion Gaming 690 should be the first choice for most people who need a gaming desktop PC at this price. It comes with the popular AMD Ryzen 3 series processor and AMD’s own Radeon RX550 graphics card.

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This PC doesn’t boast a particularly impressive list of hardware, but at this price, it’s the best you will find online. Surprisingly, HP’s configuration is even better than some of the lesser-known brands like CyberpowerPC, Skytech, or Panther.

What You Can Expect: Most older games (like GTA V, Battlefield 1) will run well at Medium graphics settings. Fortnite and PUBG will also run fine. However, this system won’t smoothly run newer games like Rise of the Tomb Raider or The Witcher 3.

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Notable Features: The most powerful processor among gaming PCs in this budget range. Keyboard and mouse included.

The Lenovo IdeaCentre 720 has a Ryzen 5 series processor that comes with hyper-threading technology for better gaming. Hyper-threading basically creates virtual cores, so the four-core CPU can act like an eight-core CPU, which boosts performance...
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