50k Gaming PC Build 2022
Because of supply and demand issues, some components are likely marked up higher than usual. This guide usually targets the $500-600 range. Parts can be purchased at close to normal prices with vigilance and patience.
Our CPU of choice is the Intel Core i3-10100. This CPU is inexpensive but still packs a punch with its 4 cores/8 threads and 4.3 GHz turbo frequency.
The Core i3-10100 includes a CPU cooler, so a 3rd-party cooler isn’t necessary.
You could possibly save some money by purchasing the Intel Core i3-10100F instead. It’s a similar CPU that just doesn’t include an integrated GPU. Integrated GPUs are not necessary when you have a discrete GPU like the one mentioned below. It can, however, be helpful when troubleshooting issues that are possibly caused by the GPU.
We’re using a parametric filter to constantly select the best-priced ATX or mATX motherboard while meeting selected criteria. In this case, we are filtering for B460 chipsets and 4 DDR4 DIMM slots for future expansion. The compatibility engine will filter out anything not compatible with the build. The motherboards are also capable of using the CPU’s integrated GPU, in case you need to RMA your GPU or are waiting for a sale or upgrade.
For this build and most machines outside of the top end, we opted to go with 16GB of DDR4 memory. The parametric filter finds the best price on 2x8GB kits of memory that are within Intel’s recommended specifications.
We’re also using a parametric filter to select the best-priced SSD available which is at least 480GB. Everyone’s storage needs are different, so feel free to change drive capacity or add a drive to fit yours.
We have set a parametric filter for the best-priced GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER, which will let you play any popular game available today, including Valorant, Fortnite, PUBG, and Apex Legends.
Parts and Specifications
The Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L is an mATX mini-tower case with 2x front panel USB 3.0 Gen 1 ports and fits full-size graphics cards without issue. It provides several cable management holes and a couple of patterned magnetic dust filters for easy removal and cleaning. If you so wish, you can also move the I/O panel to up to six different locations on the case.
We’re using a parametric selection of well-reviewed units, all of which are 80+ Bronze certified or above and can provide plenty of power for this build. Note that because there are issues with PSU availability right now, some non-modular PSUs have been added to the build to help you get the parts you need. These are still high-quality PSUs.
|CPU||$109.99||Intel Core i3-10100 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|Motherboard||$119.55||Asus PRIME B460M-A Micro ATX LGA1200 Motherboard|
|GPU||$560.79||Asus GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4 GB TUF GAMING OC Video Card|
|SSD||$39.99||Neo Forza NFS10 480 GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive|
|HDD / SSD|
|Memory||$50.99||Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory|
|Case||$77.23||Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L MicroATX Mini Tower Case|
|PSU||$43.98||Corsair CXM 650 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply|
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50k Gaming PC Build 2022