The Best Gaming PC Build For $800 in 2017

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Trying to build yourself the best $800 gaming PC possible? With that kind of budget, you can build an EPIC gaming PC that won’t need any upgrades for a long time! This build is fully loaded with an AMD R5 1600, a 6GB GTX 1060, 8GB of DDR4 RAM and 1TB of storage to make sure you don’t fall short anytime soon.

All of this gives you a seriously badass custom gaming PC that will help you destroy the competition without doing the same to your wallet! It’ll be able to easily handle AAA games in 1080p at 60fps or better, and it’ll even give you solid 1440p performance as well!

A budget of $800 is going to get you the core parts you need to build a really solid mid-level gaming PC with a lot of upgrade potential – one that won’t need any kind of upgrades for quite a while. This beast will be relevant for at least 1-2 years, which is saying something when you’re talking about technology in 2017.

Have a question? Ask me in the comment section!

-A small Phillips screwdrivers
-Anti-static wristband (optional but suggested)
-Patience

That’s about all you’re going to need, seriously. Building a PC is a pretty simple process that requires your time more than anything else. But, watching a video walkthrough or reading a guide always helps, so I’ve added both of those in the next tab! There’s also this checklist which you can download and use to make sure that you have everything you need 🙂

Here are the basic steps that I follow when building:
-Install the Power Supply into the Case
-Install the processor (make sure the arrows line up)
-Install RAM (make sure they are in the right way before you try to seat them!)
-Mount the CPU cooler
-Place the rear I/O plate
-Mount the motherboard to the case (get your i/o ports through and use the middle standoff as a guide)
-Plug your GPU in
-Install any storage
-Plug everything into the appropriate spots
-Turn it on / Install OS & drivers!

In-depth Walkthrough

Instead of me typing out a ton of words to explain this process, why not watch this video put together by EasyPCbuilder.com? He does a great job of explaining everything in detail, and is going to get you running in 30 minutes.

Or, if you did want a ton of words, I’ve put together somewhat of a crash course to building your gaming PC that you might want to check out.

Keep in mind that it’s not the exact same build, but the process is really similar. There’s really only 1 way to do things, and it’s pretty hard to mess anything up if you’re being careful.

The Best $800 Gaming PC Build

Updated: September 19th, 2017

  • Corsair Carbide 100R

    Mid tower ATX case, great layout and cable management. Comes with 2 120mm fans.
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  • MSI B350M PRO-VDH

    AM4 socket mATX motherboard, B350 chipset. Comes with 4x USB 2.0 and 4x USB 3.0, built in audio and integrated ethernet.
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  • AMD R5 1600

    3.6GHz processor, 6-cores 12-threads. Comes with a CPU cooler.
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  • PNY GTX 1060 6GB

    6GB GDDR5, 5 display outputs, amazing 1080p and even 1440p performance!
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  • EVGA 500 BQ

    500W power supply, 80% efficiency, 3-year warranty.
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  • 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 RAM

    1x8GB 2666MHz DDR4 RAM, CL16.
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  • Seagate 1TB HDD

    3.5 inch, 7200 RPM, 64MB cache, quiet!
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Below you’ll find some suggested add-ons for this build, some I’ll mention more in-depth further down this page, but some are pretty self-explanatory like optical (DVD/CD) drives. Although not entirely necessary, optical drives can sometimes come in handy and I strongly recommended having one; if you have an old PC kicking around, it’s optical drive will more than likely work for you and you won’t need to buy a new one.

  • Windows 10 (USB Installer)

    Windows 10 is your best bet when it comes to picking an operating system. This version is a USB installer.
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  • Samsung Ultra-Slim External CD DVD±R/RW

    A lot of people are moving away from internally mounted optical drives, and it’s easy to see why! This one is definitely one of the cheaper & better external optical drives to consider.
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  • Sandisk SSD Plus 120GB SSD

    For snappier boot times and shorter load times, an SSD is the way to go. Ideally, you want to use your SSD as your primary boot drive – where your OS is installed.
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  • TP-Link Archer T4U V1

    If you have to use WiFi, you will also need a WiFi adapter like this one. Read more about WiFi below.
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Details

When you’re picking parts to build yourself a gaming PC there are lots of things to consider. For instance, do you plan on upgrading it in the future? Do you just want what you can get now, or do you want to eventually overclock your processor? Each path gives you a lot of new things to consider to effectively balance price with performance. But, why do all that when you could have me do it for you?!

Keep in mind that the price listed above is for the core components only, you will still need an operating system, and any other peripherals you don’t currently have.

Corsair’s Carbide Series 100R case is an awesome choice at this level as it gives you everything you’ll need and a bit more for an awesome price. If you’re not a fan of this case, there are lots of other options available like the NZXT S340 or the Phanteks P400 just to name a couple. If you need a hand picking out a case, feel free to ask me in the comment section!

The MSI B350 PRO-VDH is a great mATX motherboard for the price and it’s giving you all of the features that you’ll need, like integrated audio, a built-in ethernet controller, 4x USB 3.0 ports, 4x USB 2.0, 4x SATA ports, support for up to 4 sticks of DDR4 RAM and lots of room for future expansion. The B350 chipset does support overclocking on AMD’s Ryzen processors, which means you don’t need to upgrade to a more expensive board if overclocking was your plan.

AMD’s new 6 core/12 thread Ryzen 5 1600 is an awesome processor that won’t have any issues with gaming or with content creation. It supports overclocking, but you really don’t need to overclock this processor to get great performance out of it anyways. It comes with a CPU cooler that will be more than sufficient, so you won’t need an aftermarket one, but you’re free to upgrade to something like the Cryorig H7 if you wanted a better cooling profile. Pound for pound, the R5 1600 is the best mid-range CPU for gaming right now.

The GTX 1060 is great graphics card in both price and performance, it’s easily the best options at this level without going too crazy on cost. PNY’s 6GB GTX 1060 runs great, overclocks fairly well and doesn’t get too hot while doing it. It offers 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM, 5 display outputs, and a small profile that’ll fit inside any case.  The 6GB GTX 1060 is easily capable of supporting VR headsets like the Vive or Rift as well as getting 60fps in most AAA games.

When it comes to RAM, 8GB is all you need for gaming this far into 2017, really. There will come a time (sooner than later) when most games will demand maybe 12GB or more, but that time hasn’t come just yet. Even some of the very few games that currently “require” 16GB run perfectly fine with an 8GB setup. With that in mind, if you’re like me and you end up running Chrome with 100 different tabs open while gaming at the same time, you might want to consider upgrading to 16GB.

There are a lot of high performance parts in this build, so its fair if you’re assuming its going to need a gigantic power supply, but luckily it won’t! At most this build will only use a few hundred watts of power, so an 80% efficiency 500W supply will do the trick just fine. I’ve picked EVGA’s 500 BQ which is an awesome semi-modular supply offering more than enough connections for everything you need.

I didn’t pull any punches when it came to squeezing every ounce of power from your $800 budget, and you will not be disappointed! This build is easily capable of running pretty much whatever you throw at it on at least high settings in 1080p at 60fps or better!

Operating System

When it comes to picking an operating system, you have quite a few options laid out before you. But, the best / easiest two are either Windows or something Linux-based.

If you’re really strapped for cash, or you really just don’t like Windows, Ubuntu is a great option because it’s entirely free, and it’s really solid/secure. It’s a Linux-based OS and can play any game that supports Linux. More and more games are adding Linux support, but it definitely sucks when a game you’ve been waiting forever for ends up being Windows only…

windows-10-homeThe more expensive option is buying a copy of Windows. With DirectX 12 becoming more common and the Skylake-based processors basically demanding Windows 10, you might want to consider jumping on that right away, but it’s ultimately your call.

Installing your operating system can be done in a couple of different ways, either by DVD or a USB flash drive that you either create yourself or buy. Either will get the job done, but going for Windows & using the retail DVD (or USB flash drive) is going to be the easiest – any cheap DVD drive will work.

If you want to create your own USB flash drive to install something like Ubuntu from, you can find some decent instructions here.

Extras

If this is the absolute first gaming PC you’ve ever owned, then chances are high that you don’t have a very good keyboard + mouse combo, or that your monitor is sub-par to really enjoy your experience.

If this is the scenario that you’re in, then we have some really awesome suggestions for you to consider. Each peripheral was hand-picked for this build and they’re all guaranteed high quality.

  • Acer GN246HL

    24″, 1080p 144Hz, 1ms response time – Great for gaming!
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  • Corsair K55 RGB

    An awesome RGB keyboard using rubber dome keys. Lots of tactile feedback.
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  • Razer Mamba Tournament Edition

    Chroma RGB lighting, awesome sensor accuracy, very comfortable to use.
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  • Creative Sound BlasterX H5 TE

    Easily one of the best gaming headsets for under $100 and it’s not going to let you down!
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  • Logitech Z623 2.1 sound system

    2.1 channel, 200W RMS/400W peak. If you like bass, these are the speakers+sub you want.
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WiFi

Since the motherboard in this build does not have built-in WiFi (most don’t) you will need a WiFi adapter if you plan on using a wireless internet connection. That said, if you have the option to run a wired connection, do that instead because it will be faster & more reliable.

There are tons of options when it comes to picking a WiFi adapter and it can be a little confusing at first, but don’t worry because I’m going to help sort that out.

Picking the right adapter is a matter of first determining what kind of router/modem you’re working with. Does it support 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands? Or just the 2.4GHz band? This will dictate what kind of WiFi adapter you should be looking at.

The easiest way to determine which “bands” your modem/router supports is to determine its operating standard. There are really only 2 as of right now, AC and N. AC is the better/newer of the two and supports both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, where N only supports 2.4GHz.

Ideally, you have an AC router as the 5GHz band is significantly better for gaming than its slower 2.4GHz counterpart, but if you don’t you’re not completely out of luck. An N router/adapter will get the job done for the time being, but you should definitely consider upgrading sooner than later if you’re going to be using WiFi for a while.

  • TP-Link TL-WN722N

    A very affordable N150 USB WiFi adapter. Capable of 150Mbps on the 2.4GHz band.
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  • TP-Link Archer T4U V1

    A reliable AC1300 USB WiFi adapter. Capable of operating on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands.
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  • Rosewill AC1300 PCIe WiFi Adapter

    A good internally mounted (PCIe) AC1300 WiFi adapter.
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Conclusion

If you came here looking to build yourself a badass $800 gaming PC, I hope you found what you were looking for! This build puts out a lot of power for the price and, in my opinion, it’s probably the best value when it comes to 1080p gaming, or even 1440p!

Like I said at the beginning of this build guide, it’s going to take more than a year for this build to need any kind of serious upgrades; and even then, you might only need to throw another 8GB of RAM in there to maintain relevance.

All-in-all, you will be hard pressed to build a better gaming PC for under 800 dollars, unless you’re building it with a specific game or purpose in mind! Don’t forget to leave a comment below, and share this with your friends!

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1,532 Comments on “The Best Gaming PC Build For $800 in 2017”

  1. Can it run RainbowSix Seige on Ultra at 70fps and also what kind of case can I put on it. One last thing what other internal Wifi adapter is good?

      1. Hey Max,

        Glad to hear it! Sometimes if you have items in your cart for a while and a seller runs out of stock, it’ll say the item isn’t available; but, if you go to the product page you can usually find other sellers who do have stock.

  2. Hi! How much a performance downgrade would be switching to a Ryzen 3 1300x? Also, would upgrading to a 1070 be better for playing games in 1440p on max, or will the 1060 still work fine?

    1. Hey Wesley,

      It depends on the types of games you plan on playing, in less intensive games there won’t be much of a noticeable difference at all, but in more intensive games with big open worlds there will definitely be a noticeable difference. If you want to actually max out games (assuming you mean AAA games like The Witcher 3, GTA:V, etc) in 1440p, you’ll need a GTX 1070 or better. If you mean less intensive/esports games, a 1060 will work fine for 1440p. It all boils down to the types of games you play most often.

      1. Thank you for your response, it was much appreciated! Currently saving for a build of this like and was just wondering.

  3. hello!
    if i bought this computer it would kinda be my first Gaming computer.
    im new to the (computer world) i dont understand a thing of what MSHI GTV PRI something means…
    is it some way so i can chat with you and get tips, and more.

  4. What would a computer this good cost If i bought it already built?
    And the same question for the 500 and 600 build.
    Thank you, Andil

  5. It’s me again! I just built it! It looks great and runs even better. It was my first build so I ran into a BUNCH of problems when putting it together, but overall this is honestly a great build.

    1. Welcome back, Max! Awesome, I’m glad to hear you like it! It’s expected to run into some hang-ups when you’re learning a new skill – but now that you’ve done it once your next build will go together buttery smooth 🙂

  6. So my birthday is in 2 Months and I am getting a pc for it and I check this website every 2 weeks to see if you updated any parts and when I went to my amazon cart I saw that almost everything went up like 2 dollars is there any reason why it’s riseing and if it is going to keep going up do you think I should try to get some parts right now or wait to get everything at the same time like I was planning just want your advice or if you have any information on why prices are going up? Also I know that 2 dollars is not a lot but 2 dollars Can easily change to 5 dollars then 10 dollars.

    1. Hey Alex,

      That’s just the nature of PC components, prices rise and fall every day and sometimes multiple times in a day. That said, this build likely won’t be the same in two months as it is now, nor will the cost of components; so if I were you, I wouldn’t really worry about prices until you’re ready to buy. Also, for reference value, I just checked the prices and they’re all roughly the exact same as they have been for the past month or so – it’s actually about $5 cheaper (total) than it was about a week ago.

    1. In singleplayer, without a doubt. But your multiplayer experience may be completely different due to how poorly optimized Arma 3 is, depends a lot on the server and game mode.

  7. Hey! I’m very tempted to buy something like this build, since my old tower is very (VERY) lacking nowadays. (Point of reference; with maxed out performance settings in the OS and cleaned up starting applications i can only run Absolver on 100% Low settings if I want at least ~30-40 fps. And the loading screens are just horific!) So I’m in the mood for an upgrade, in this or the $700 price range. So, to the point, what do you think i could salvage from my old box? I am not entirely sure about the specs atm, but I could check when I get home this evening.

    Specs I know of:

    AMD Radeon HD 7700 graphic card

    Some kind of Intel Core i5 processor (Specific I know, lol)

    Thanks,
    Teo

    1. Hey Teo,

      It really sounds like it’s time for an upgrade! A build like this would easily let you max out Absolver with a consistent 60fps – double the smoothness and awesome graphics. It’s hard to say what you could salvage from your old PC without knowing more about it, it sounds like it’s pretty old so you might only be able to reuse the HDD and optical drive (if you have one). The case might also be reusable depending on what it is.

      If you have any other questions, feel free to ask!

  8. Thanks, as I’m fairly new to the ‘Building a PC’ concept, I probably will have a few questions!

    Here are some more specs:

    Intel Core i5-3450 (3,1GHz)

    4GB RAM (haven’t checked what kind, will probably upgrade either way)

    The HDD is 1TB so that’s fine I guess, but should I get a SDD as well since I don’t have to factor in the HDD cost?
    And is the brand or performance of the HDD an issue, like, should I upgrade my old one or is it fine? It’s a ‘Samsung Spinpoint F3 ST1000DM005/HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache 3.0Gb/s 3,5″ internal HDD’

    DVD/CD burner (Sony Optiarc AD-7280S)

    Not sure about what kind of case it is, but some kind of CoolerMaster.

    I have and prefer Windows 7 at the moment, but I’m willing to upgrade to Windows 10 if that is recomended.

    Any thoughts?

    Regards,
    Teo

    1. That’s not a problem, ask as many questions as you need to 🙂

      Honestly, what’s holding you back the most is your GPU and amount of RAM. You could probably get by for a fair while longer by simply adding another 4GB of DDR3 (or more) and upgrading your GPU to something more modern like the GTX 1060. It wouldn’t perform the exact same as this build, but it would be relatively close and still significantly better than what you’re trying to game on now. There’s no reason why your i5 3450 + a new GTX 1060 and more DDR3 RAM won’t put out 60fps on ultra settings (or close to) in pretty much any game out right now – including Absolver which would be an easy 60fps. Here’s a benchmark of an i5 3450 + 6GB GTX 1060 in GTA:V on ultra, for reference value.

      But, if you wanted to go ahead and upgrade your processor as well, the only components you could use from your old build are the case and HDD. The power supply would also be compatible, but you’re better off upgrading it now than risking the old one failing with all your shiny new components hooked up to it (and potentially frying them). You’d need these parts to complete your build: processor, motherboard, graphics card, 8GB of DDR4 RAM (or more), a new power supply, and an SSD (if you want).

      When it comes to OS, there’s no harm in using Windows 7 instead of 10, you just won’t be able to use DirectX 12 (Win10 exclusive, unfortunately).

      Hope that helps!

      1. Good advice, I appreciate it!

        The overall prices are a bit different here in Sweden though. For example the two mentioned components (the GTX 1060 linked and DDR3 RAM) would be almost exactly 500$ here, bought new from Swedish retailers. On the other hand, the components in the article (excluding case and HDD) would (Windows 10 Home included) total up to around 1065$.

        Would the overall upgrade of the hardware be worth the double pricetag or should I really be considering the i5-3450 as the go-to option?

        Something to consider would be that I am very poorly motivated to spend money regularly, and therefore want as much bang for the buck as I can right now, and as you stated in the article, maybe add some more RAM further on if needed.

        I’d like to hear your opinion 🙂

        Cheers!

        1. Wow, those are quite the differences in cost!! And I thought the prices were high here in Canada. Still, it’s a difference of $500 and you could comfortably game on that rig for another year or two without a doubt. I mean, in two years your CPU might start to fall behind and you’ll notice a drop in performance, but by then there will also be stronger components released than what we have now.

          Worth double? No, not really, not when your current i5 can still perform well in any modern AAA game. If you were running a 2-series then I’d say it’d be more worth it, but your 3450 is still pretty solid.

          I guess it boils down to what you consider too regularly. You could save yourself $500 now and just upgrade your GPU/RAM for a significantly better experience, with the potential for a CPU/MOBO/RAM upgrade in 1-2 years or so; or you could go brand new with everything now and be good for 3-4 years. Option 1 (upgrade) would get you the most bang for your buck in the long run, but option 2 (brand new) would keep you going for longer before needing another upgrade.

          Personally, I’d go with option 1.

          Hope that helps!

  9. Hi
    I understand If I can run Ghost recon wildlands on ultra without lag and anything like a Geforce gtx 1060

    1. Hey Hasse,

      Unless GR: Wildlands has been massively optimized lately, the 6GB GTX 1060 can’t handle ultra settings – a GTX 1080 paired with a strong i7 will struggle with ultra in that particular game. I just checked the Ubisoft forum for GR:W, and it seems that the poor performance issues are still there, this thread was last updated a few weeks ago but it should give you an idea of what to expect with Wildlands.

      Otherwise, check the benchmark chart below the build list to get an idea of how this build will perform in other (properly optimized) AAA games 🙂

      Hope that helps!

  10. if i have more money can i get ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 AMP Edition, ZT-P10600B-10M, 6GB GDDR5 VR Ready Super Compact Gaming Graphics Card instead of the mini ?

  11. since this has a mid tower case can I also get something else that is a mid tower.If Not can you plz name me some other cases that will do the same.(I’ll go lower on price of original case and 20+ dollars more of the original case)

    1. Hey Kevin,

      Any mid tower case will work great with this build, feel free to look around for one more suited to your tastes 🙂

      If you’d like some suggestions, I’ll need you to specify what you’d like your case to be like.

  12. I’m want to build to pc but I’m kinda unsure. I want to switch the graphics card to a Zotac GeForce gtx 1060 AMP edition zt-p10600B-10M which is currently 20 more than the mini. Will this switch do a big increase in performance? I’ll be playing Rocket league PUBG Overwatch maybe some gta5. Any advice will be 👍 Also will it fit in this case listed in your build?

    1. Hey Kevin,

      There won’t be a noticeable performance increase, the only noticeable difference is the AMP Edition will cool better thanks to the second fan. Otherwise, at the end of the day, they’re both running the same 6GB GTX 1060 GPU.

      But, since the Mini has just jumped in price to about $284 at Amazon, the AMP Edition is the better choice at $289 – I’ll be updating the build to include it shortly here 🙂 To be honest, I’ve been waiting a really long time for these dual fan cards to drop (back) below $300, I’m really excited to see it finally happening!

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