If you are looking to create and build a gaming PC for under $500.00, here are the computer specification that we recommend:
Desktop PC Processor
For your desktop PC Processor, we recommend using AMD Ryzen 5 5600G. The AMD Ryzen 5 5600G is powered by a 6-core 12-Threads which has an IGPU and already includes a stock fan. The AMD Ryzen 5 5600G is decent enough to play any games at a low-medium setting at 720p or 1080p resolutions. The AMD Ryzen 5 5600G is currently priced at $178.98 at NewEgg.
For your motherboard, it doesn’t have to be expensive. The MSI PRO B550M PRO-VDH WIFI priced at $99.99 as of writing is what would we recommend for its price. It has a built-in WI-FI feature and enough features for a budget gaming PC.
For your hard drive, we recommend SAMSUNG 980 M.2 2280 500GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 priced at $53.99 as of writing. The 500GB space is enough for your operating system and to install some games.
I am not a big fan of memory with lead lights. Not only that it increases the heat in your computer but also increases the price. That is why we recommend Team T-FORCE DARK Za 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800) Desktop Memory (FOR AMD) Model TDZAD416G3600HC18JDC01. It is very affordable as it only costs $53.99 for a 16GB DDR4 ram and is plenty enough to run any game.
For the casing. we recommend the Casing and PSU Bundle AeroCool Cylon RGB Mid Tower, Black & Thermaltake Smart 500W 80+ White Certified PSU, Continuous Power with 120mm Ultra Quiet Cooling Fan, ATX 12V V2.3/EPS 12V Active PFC Power Supply. The 500w PSU is enough to run the parts you have for this budget gaming PC and cost only $86.98 at the Amazon store.
Building a budget gaming PC under $500 dollar is a great way to start PC gaming however if you just want to play games and do nothing else, it might be better just to buy a console like the XBOX Series S which only cost $299.99 and save up until the GPU pricing stabilized.
However, if you really want to start with the PC gaming, the upgrade path for this build is adding a GPU like the EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti which cost $539.99 in NewEgg and a replacement for the PSU like EVGA 100-N1-0650-L1, 650 N1, 650W which cost $49.99 in Amazon.