How to Build a PS4-Like Gaming PC for $600 (or Bust)
Power, Memory, Storage, and Case
A budget rig usually constitutes a budget, sub-$50 power supply, but that is not the case here. This 550W Capstone PSU is 80 PLUS Gold certified (that’s WICKED EFFICIENT in Bostonian), comes equipped with two 6+2-pin PCIe power connectors, and is more than powerful enough to run our rig while leaving overhead for future upgrades or overclocking. A system with our FX-8120 CPU and TWO HD7850s (if and when you double down later on) will run around 450W at max load, so this 550W PSU leaves 100W for additional drives, overclocking, and presumed loss of efficiency over time.
There is absolutely no chance in hell that we can touch the 8 GB of GDDR5 system memory being used in the PS4. GDDR5 is found in video cards, but everything else in the consumer PC space is still smelly ol’ DDR3. While we’re left in the dust on speed, at least we can match capacity without burning through too much cash. A worthy 8 GB DDR3-1600 kit can be had for around $50, and we went with the $52 Crucial Ballistix Tactical because of the 8-8-8-24 timings and low voltage (1.35).
Sadly, there’s no room in our budget for a solid state drive, but this 500 GB WD Blue drive will provide ample storage for games and whatever other weird media you like to keep around (it’s your business, not mine!). It’s a straight-up 7200rpm drive – no “green” dip to 5900rpm here. The major downside to budget hard drives? A lackluster two year warranty.
At $40, our case selection is the least expensive component in our build, but the low price doesn’t make for a low quality product. The Source 210 has a motherboard tray cutout to make for easy aftermarket cooler upgrades, as well as 20mm of space behind the wall for plenty of cable management room. While our model has only one 120mm fan in the back, another $10 will get you the Elite model, which includes two fans in the front and one in the back.