AMD Budget Gaming PC Build: Case

While all of the components we are selecting here today are what we would go with, and priced from vendors we trust, it is always a good idea to shop around as deals on these, or other good options, pop up from other reliable vendors all the time. With that said, let’s dive right into the next order of business.

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Case

Cooler Master MasterBox Q500L

Cooler Master MasterBox Q500L $48.99

60 FPS

  • Easy To Build In
  • Very Good Compatibility For Its Size
  • Looks Good At The Price Point

30 FPS

  • On The Small Side (Watch Your Hands When Working)
  • Lacks Some Features Found On Higher End Offerings
  • Acrylic Window
  • Plastic
  • Some People May Not Care For The Styling

In our previous build guides, we have enjoyed the flame fest that has arisen from the choice of cases. So, today, we go back to the well again to see if we can build a consensus about a chassis. Remember, this is a more budget-oriented build so our case selection has to reflect that. Thus, we have gone with the Cooler Master MasterBox Q500L.

The Cooler Master MasterBox Q500L is our choice today because it is reasonably flexible for its price point, is easy to work in, is not too bad to look at, and it is a good value. On the downside, the window is acrylic (which is cheap). On the flip side though, it does come with an RGB controller for your light show which is a nice inclusion and shows that Cooler Master at least tries to throw users a bone even at this price point. So, the MasterBox Q500L is an easy pick for this guide, even if some of you will disagree with the looks and my sanity.

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7 Comments

  1. Going 1tb SATA ssd for $95 looks like a valid alternative. Whatever milliseconds you gain on loading times will went to waste with all the time spend backing up and reinstalling games on a tiny 500GB drive.
  2. Id almost say, go 3200 mhz for both builds. save some more as opposed to the 3600mhz stuff. I don’t think we would notice much difference.
  3. The only ‘3200 mhz’ kit I’d go for is 3200 CL14, as good memory is the life and death of a Zen 2 CPU

    (bears reposting because it’s such a nice video)
    And the 3300x is indeed, out by now.

  4. The only ‘3200 mhz’ kit I’d go for is 3200 CL14, as good memory is the life and death of a Zen 2 CPU

    (bears reposting because it’s such a nice video)
    And the 3300x is indeed, out by now.

    There were a whopping 0 listed for sale the week the article was written and the morning of publish there were still a whopping 0 listed for sale. Not much you can do about a processor that can’t be bought when articles go to bed.

  5. Going 1tb SATA ssd for $95 looks like a valid alternative. Whatever milliseconds you gain on loading times will went to waste with all the time spend backing up and reinstalling games on a tiny 500GB drive.

    An extra $20 here, and extra $20 there, an extra $30 over there and all of the sudden your $500-600 system is now a $700-800 system ;)

  6. Hopefully B550 and the Ryzen 2 3300X will be out by the time you do the summer guide. ;)

    Should be, waited until the day of pub to try to add them and they still weren’t available this go around.

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