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Getting a cheap gaming PC under £500 is doable, but with the average gaming PC costing close to £1000, is it actually worth it? Do affordable Gaming PCs under £500 exist?

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Getting a gaming PC for under £500 is more than doable, but with the average gaming PC costing close to £1000, is it actually worth it? We're going to try to answer that question by designing a few different builds, all under that sweet spot budget.

We'll need a great performing processor, fast storage and we'll even try to get a graphics card in there too. Everyone has different priorities, so we'll go through a few different options and list their advantages and disadvantages.

The main goal here is affordability, but we'll also aim for great gaming performance too. Bang for buck is the name of the game here.
Gaming PC for under £500 can it be done
Eclipse Budget Gaming PC under £500

Price: £445
Processor: AMD A10 9700 Quad Core 3.50GHz
Graphics: Radeon R7
Memory: 8GB DDR4 2133Mhz
Operating System: Windows 10 Home

Eclipse Budget Gaming PC under £500

Price: £506
Processor: AMD A8 9600 Quad Core 3.10GHz
Graphics: Radeon RX 550
Memory: 8GB DDR4 2133Mhz
Operating System: Windows 10 Home

Alpha Budget Gaming PC under £500

Price: £510
Processor: Intel Pentium G4400 Dual Core 3.7GHz
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
Memory: 8GB DDR4 2133Mhz
Operating System: Windows 10 Home

Gaming PC under 500 number 1

Surprisingly good gaming performance at well below the £500 price point

Eclipse Gaming PC - AMD Quad Core £445

The first PC we'll look at is an AMD Bristol Ridge based Quad Core machine, with onboard graphics - Radeon R7. It comes in well under budget, and whilst the components aren't bleeding edge, this little monster will power through most games on medium or high settings, at 720p.

Overwatch, Battlefield 1 and GTA 5 should easily hit that magical 60 FPS and games like CS:GO and League of Legends should be way over 100. If these are the games you play, then this machine could be for you. 

Some CPU intensive games may suffer however, so anything with a lot going on, like Ashes of Singularity or Cities:Skylines, might see sub 40FPS. RTS players and city builders may want to look into something a beefier.

If you're after change from your £500 you can't really go wrong with this. Play top titles at HD resolutions, great looking case, loads of storage AND Windows 10... seems like a no brainer.

We'll move on never the less...

Eclipse Gaming PC - AMD A8 Quad Core with RX 550 Graphics Card £506

Sticking with AMD and their new A series of processors, this time we'll add in a graphics card - AMD Radeon RX 550. Dropping the processor down to the A8 still keeps us close to that magical £500 price point but gaming performance will be well above the previous rig, with most games hovering around the 40-50 FPS mark in 1080p resolution. That's nearly a 2x improvement.

Using our Gaming PC Configurator tools, you can select different components to match the spec you want and the price point you need. Just select the 'A8 9600' in the processor section, and the 'RX 550' in the graphics cards section, to match this recommendation.

So if you're after a general use computer but with some great gaming capability, this is well suited. With Windows also included, it'd make a great upgrade to an ageing home or office PC.

Gaming PC under 500 number 2

Perfect all round family PC with gaming capability

Gaming PC under 500 number 3
Intel and NVIDIA - a match made in PCMR heaven

Alpha Gaming PC - Intel and nVidia heaven £510

Top gaming performance currently resides with Intel and NVIDIA - a pairing matched in PCMR heaven. These two companies are the holy grail of PC gaming, but to wield this amount of power needs a little more effort.

Firstly, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 is the perfect balance between price and performance. It'll handle anything you can throw at it - easily topping 60 FPS in most current games, and a very playable 40-50 in more taxing games like The Witcher 3.

This build also features a 1TB HDD for fast access to your games alongside space for your photos and videos, and whilst only having 2 cores (2 fewer than the previous builds), it can be argued that most games don't fully utilise 4 cores - so it's not missing much.

So what's the idea, this gaming PC is over £500? Well... yeah, but not by much. An extra tenner is well worth the additional performance, but if you really can't go over that £500 mark, keep reading.

So, should you buy a gaming pc under £500?

Should you buy a gaming PC for under £500?  Yes, definitely. The improvements in technology recently means that even lower end hardware has it's place in today's market. Different people need different types of machines and even at this price point there's enough room to create an affordable gaming PC for you and for your family.

And yes, some of these gaming PCs breach the £500 price point, but if you really want to save, you can always buy without Windows. This may seem a little crazy, but with Windows at around £80, there's quite a saving to be made! This doesn't mean you're going to buy unusable hardware either, there are other options.

If you're a student you can get Windows at a discounted rate, or maybe even free in certain circumstances. You may have a copy of Windows 7 that you'd like to use, or there may be an option to transfer your existing copy of Windows 10 from another machine. Not everybody is in the market for a new Windows licence.

But the last reason is probably the best - it's because you're a Linux gamer. Linux is a free operating system that has access to a massive library of games from Steam - the very same platform most Windows gamers use. Installing versions of Linux, like Ubuntu  has become much easier in recent years and isn't the daunting experience most people fear it is, freeing up some cash to put into better hardware.

All of the builds featured here are available to buy or customise further using our PC Builder. We also offer a great range of gaming PCs for under £500 here.

* All prices correct at time of writing