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Build a great gaming PC for just $500 using these Cyber Monday deals

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Each year, we put together a complete PC out of the best Cyber Monday deals we can find. Normally, our budget PC shoots for $750, but on Cyber Monday we're aiming a little lower. We're not including a monitor, keyboard, mouse, or OS, but we can come up with a pretty compelling alternative to the Cyber Monday pre-built PC deals.

Where to find Cyber Monday deals

Amazon (opens in new tab) - All the things
Walmart (opens in new tab) - Games, Movies, Budget Laptops
B&H (opens in new tab) - Monitors, Laptops, and PCs
Best Buy (opens in new tab) - PCs, Laptops, and Accessories
Target (opens in new tab) - Games, Accessories, and Laptops
Staples (opens in new tab) - Gaming Chairs
Lenovo (opens in new tab) - Discounts on Legion Laptops and PCs
Gamestop (opens in new tab) - Games and Toys
Razer (opens in new tab) - Laptops and Gaming Accessories
Newegg (opens in new tab) - Components and Hardware 
Microsoft (opens in new tab) - PCs, Laptops, and Games
Dell (opens in new tab) - Alienware PCs and Laptops
NZXT (opens in new tab) - 10% off all builds

We're assembling two build guides. This one is for those on a budget, while our high-end Cyber Monday PC build (opens in new tab) will target $1,000. The goal here is to get a great deal, and we'll regularly update the parts as needed, because the best deals aren't going to last and new ones will appear throughout Cyber Monday and into the rest of the week.

Our budget build is designed to handle all of today's games without struggling at 1080p and high settings, though some games might require medium and others may be able to run at ultra quality—settings and system requirements always differ between games. We've ensured all the parts will work and fit together, but if you make any changes, be sure to match your CPU to your motherboard, get the right type of RAM (usually DDR4), and get a PSU that has sufficient power and the right connectors.

Cyber Monday budget PC build

With a budget of only $500, the first priority is going to be on getting as much graphics card power as possible. Everything else can go on the chopping block, including things like RGB lighting, more RAM, a larger SSD, and a premium motherboard. We're still using a current generation graphics hardware, however—not a GTX 1060 from three years ago.

Total Price: $508 (you save $168)

For the core components, we can typically match or surpass any pre-built PC, though you won't get Windows pre-installed and you have to assemble the parts yourself. Some of us would say that's one of the joys of PC gaming. Even though the graphics card is the most important part for gaming purposes, we're still including 16GB memory, a 6-core/12-thread CPU, and a 500GB NVMe SSD.

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AMD Ryzen 5 2600 | $115 (save $15) (opens in new tab)
Originally a $199 part, the price has since plummeted. The Ryzen 5 2600 has been selling at $130 for months, and more recently $120. Right now, you can get it for $110-$115. Or you can get the 2600X for $5 more (opens in new tab).

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MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ventus | $185 (save $30) (opens in new tab)
The GTX 1660 add cores and boosts the clockspeed compared to a 1060, all at a lower price. Performance is about 20 percent faster, thanks to improvements in Nvidia's Turing architecture.

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ASRock B450M-HDV r4.0 | $50 (save $20) (opens in new tab)
Your CPU needs a serviceable home, but it doesn't need to be big or fancy. This ASRock motherboard will do just fine for the Ryzen 5 2600.

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G.Skill Aegis DDR4-3000 16GB | $50 (save $25) (opens in new tab)
Ryzen CPUs like faster memory speeds, but don't spend a lot more for a minor improvement. This G.Skill kit is plenty fast and the price is as low as we've seen for 16GB of DDR4 memory.

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Team L5 Lite 480GB SATA | $43 (save $8) (opens in new tab)
This particular Teamgroup 480GB SSD costs just 9 cents per GB. Read and write speeds are fine, more than enough for gaming, and it will work with any PC built in the past decade.

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EVGA 500 GD | $35 (save $30) (opens in new tab)
$35 for this 80 Plus Gold certified 500W power supply is as low as we've seen it, and there's no reason to look at Bronze PSUs given their similar price and worse efficiency.

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Thermaltake Core G21 | $30 (save $40) (opens in new tab)
The tempered glass side lets you show off your build skills and all the RGB lighting you want at a great price.

Jarred's love of computers dates back to the dark ages when his dad brought home a DOS 2.3 PC and he left his C-64 behind. He eventually built his first custom PC in 1990 with a 286 12MHz, only to discover it was already woefully outdated when Wing Commander was released a few months later. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Brigham Young University and has been working as a tech journalist since 2004, writing for AnandTech, Maximum PC, and PC Gamer. From the first S3 Virge '3D decelerators' to today's GPUs, Jarred keeps up with all the latest graphics trends and is the one to ask about game performance.