The Best $900 Gaming PC Build

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Looking to build yourself the best $900 Gaming PC possible? This might just be it. Featuring an i5 7500, an ASUS B250 motherboard, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, a 6GB GTX 1060 and 1.27TB of storage, you’ll be “future proof” for quite a while.

Building a gaming PC with around 900 dollars gets you something that will run the newest games on high-ultra settings in 1080p, and will also deliver very favorable 1440p performance in the majority of AAA titles – GTA:V on Ultra in 1440p would easily maintain 60fps!

This powerful PC is going to put you ahead of the game by giving you way more performance than you’re paying for. But, keep in mind that the price is for just the tower, if you need other peripherals or an operating system, those will be separate from the price listed below.

If you’re trying to build a gaming PC with a brand new Kaby Lake CPU and a powerful graphics card like the GTX 1060, this is definitely the build that you’re looking for!

  • A couple different styled/sized screwdrivers
  • Anti-static wristband (optional but suggested)
  • Patience

Putting your PC together is a lot easier than it sounds, and it’s easily something that you can accomplish by yourself. The build process is actually pretty straight-forward, and it’s honestly as easy as matching shapes together.

The only tools you need are a couple of smaller screwdrivers and a some(see: “tonnes of”) patience. Plugging parts like your graphics card and RAM sticks in won’t require any tools, and you’ll just need to make sure they’re going in the proper way and then firmly press until they click.

Static electricity is something else you should keep in mind, as it could easily fry your system if not kept in-check. An anti-static wristband can easily keep you static-free, and working on hardwood/tile/linoleum is usually a good plan also.

But, watching a video walkthrough always helps, so we’ve added one of those in the next tab!

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

Video Walkthrough

Instead of me typing out a ton of 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.

The Best $900 Gaming PC Build

Updated: June 22nd, 2017

  • Corsair Carbide Spec 02

    Mid tower ATX case, great layout + optimal cooling, and a big window!
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  • Gigabyte GA-B250-HD3

    LGA 1151 socket, ATX, B250 chipset. Integrated audio, built-in ethernet, and 6x USB ports.
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  • Intel i5 7500

    3.4GHz base clock/3.8GHz boost clock, 6MB smart cache. Comes with a CPU cooler.
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  • Zotac GTX 1060 AMP Edition

    6GB GDDR5 VRAM, 192-bit memory, comes with a backplate!
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  • EVGA 650W G1

    Semi-modular power supply, 650W, up to 90% efficiency, 5-year warranty.
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  • 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 RAM

    8GB 2400MHz DDR4 RAM (1x8GB). .
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  • WD Blue 1TB HDD

    3.5 inch 7200RPM HDD, 64MB cache.
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  • Crucial MX300 275GB SSD

    530MB/s read, 510MB/s write, over 90 000 random read IOPS.
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Suggested/Optional

Although not entirely necessary, some add ons like optical drives can sometimes improve your experience. Some, like an operating system, are significantly more crucial. If you’re installing your operating system from a disc opposed to a USB flash drive, then you’ll definitely need an optical drive.

  • 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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  • Crucial MX300 M.2 SSD 275GB

    An M.2-based SSD will take up significantly less room than a SATA-based SSD like above, but unless your M.2 drive is NVMe, they won’t be noticeably faster than a good SATA SSD.
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  • Samsung Ultra-Slim External CD DVD±R/RW

    External optical drives are quickly overtaking their internally mounted counterparts in both popularity and practicality, and it’s easy to see why! This one is definitely one of the cheaper & better options to consider.
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  • TP-LINK TL-WDN4800

    Internally mounted 2.4GHz / 5GHz N900 WiFi adapter. Required to use WiFi.
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Details

This might be one of the best $900 gaming PC builds out there, and it is going to easily run any game you can throw at it in 1080p. Most AAA games will run on ultra settings @ 60fps or better, but less graphically intensive games will run at well over 100fps.

Keep in mind that the price 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 Spec 02 case gives us a rigid, secure and good looking house to mount all of our shiny new hardware in. It allows for decent airflow and it also gives us plenty of expansion slots for fans, storage & optical drives. It comes with 2 120mm fans already installed, but you’re free to edit that how you see fit. There’s also other color options available. One thing to note is that there’s no 5.25 inch optical drive bay for DVD drives and things like that in this case.

Gigabyte’s GA-B250-HD3 motherboard is a great choice at this level that’s loaded with all of the features you might need, including 6xUSB ports, integrated 7.1 audio, a built-in ethernet controller and lots of room for future expansion.

Intel’s brand new i5 7500 is a really strong mid-level processor that’s perfect for a gaming PC like this one. Based on the new Kaby Lake architecture, the 7500 boasts a core clock of 3.4GHz and a 6MB Smart Cache.

The GTX 1060 and its 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM is a complete and utter powerhouse when it comes to 1080p gaming, and the Zotac GTX 1060 AMP Edition is absolutely no exception. It runs quiet, cools great, 5 display outputs, and it comes with a clean looking backplate. It’s easily capable of 1080p 60fps gaming in any game out there and it can also support VR headsets like the Vive or Rift. If you were hoping to see an RX 580 in this build, they are basically impossible to get right now so I can’t recommend trying to buy one, especially considering they are selling for close to $500 right now.

8GB of 2400MHz DDR4 RAM from Corsair’s Vengeance LPX lineup is really all we need for a dedicated gaming PC, and running a dual channel pair will give you plenty of room to upgrade to 16GB when it comes with. Personally, I run 16GB to help with multitasking, and that might be something that you want to consider as well if you’re looking into streaming or you just like to do a lot of things at once.

EVGA’s 650 G1 power supply is a really strong unit that has more than enough juice to power this build. It boasts an efficiency of up to 92% and is semi-modular so you really only have to connect the cables that you’re going to use.

1.27TB of internal storage is pretty decent, you shouldn’t run short anytime soon. 1TB of 7200RPM HDD storage and 275GB on an SSD is a good start for pretty much, anyone. With that said, you should definitely install your operating system on your SSD, as well as any games you plan on playing regularly. Everything else can go on your HDD without a problem.

If you’re on a budget of $900, you’re in luck, because that’s the perfect amount to spend on a DIY gaming PC build. If you were to go to Best Buy and pick a prefab PC up for $900, you wouldn’t get anything near the level of this beast.

Operating System

The operating system you pick should be based on your necessities, or how much extra cash you have lying around. If you need something that works right out of the box with very little tinkering required, Windows is what you want, but keep in mind that it’ll cost around $100 to go this route.

windows-10-homeWhen it comes to getting access to the widest range of compatible programs, games, etc, Windows is your best bet. There are a few options available, but the one you’ll want to consider first is Windows 10. It’s the only OS that supports DirectX 12, and you’re definitely going to want DX12 as it becomes used in more and more games.

For the more frugal or privacy concerned users, a Linux based O/S like Ubuntu might just do the trick. Linux has been dubbed the “most secure” operating system when it comes to spyware, etc, so if that is a concern, it’s just another reason to grab a free copy of Ubuntu.

When it comes down to actually installing your OS, you basically have 2 options. Either do it from a DVD/CD or create your own bootable flash drive loaded with an OS installer. In my opinion, the first option is a lot easier, but you’ll need to grab the DVD drive I have listed above.

Extras

If you don’t already have the base peripherals like a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and some kind of audio, you’re definitely going to not only want these things, but need them. Below we’ve featured an awesome product to represent each of the fundamental “extras” you might need!

  • 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 H7 TE

    The Sound BlasterX H7 TE is easily one of the best gaming headsets for under $100!
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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

To connect to the internet, your most reliable and fastest option is always through a wired connection, but if you have no other choice other than a WiFi connection, then you’re also going to need a WiFi adapter.

You could get a decent USB-based WiFi adapter for around $20 and it would work alright. Or you could get an internally mounted WiFi adapter for about $35 and it would be more reliable than the USB option. The decision is yours!

  • TP-LINK TL-WDN4800

    Internally mounted WiFi adapter. 2.4GHz or 5GHz.
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  • TP-LINK TL-WN722N

    USB WiFi adapter. 2.4GHz
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Conclusion

When everything is said and done, this machine is a beast and it will absolutely dominate any game you decide to play in 1080p 60fps (way more in most games) and it’s also going to do extremely well in 1440p if that’s more your thing. Whichever route you go, you can rest assured that this build has the power to handle it effectively.

If you came here looking to build the best $900 gaming PC that will last you into the future of modern games, you’ve found the right build. This beast features quite a bit of upgrade potential and a lot of raw power, so what are you waiting for?

If you have any questions, comments, concerns or otherwise, feel free to leave them in the comment section and I’ll try to answer ASAP! 

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The first game I ever played on PC was Ultima Online way back in 1999, since then I've been hooked on PC gaming and putting together awesome builds! Thanks for stopping by!

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358 Comments on “The Best $900 Gaming PC Build”

  1. Hi, in Norway i doesnt Seem like the Gigabyte GA-B250-HD3 exists.
    I can only find the GA-B250-HD3p and that one only has 1 usb 3.0 port while the cabinet has 2 usb 3.0 ports. Do you have a equivalent motherboard I could USE instead?

  2. Hey Branton

    I would love to build this pc and I’m planning to do so but I don’t like the case. I looked on amazon and found this case BitFenix Mid Tower Cases BFX-NOV-100-KKWSK-RP . Should I use it or not?

    -A beginner

  3. Hi, this is going to be the first ever PC ill build, with this setup I wont have issues with games like OW, H1Z1, and Players Battleground unknown running at 1080p?

    1. Hey Michael,

      No issues at all! This build can handle them all with relative ease, PUBG is the only one that you won’t be able to completely max out as it’s still being optimized.

      1. Hey Ratesh,

        Yep, without a doubt! High settings won’t be an issue and you’ll even be able to throw in some ultra settings without dipping below 60fps.

    1. Hey Zain,

      Not without changing the motherboard to one that’s the mATX size opposed to the ATX sized mobo in the build list, one like this would work great. Although I’ve never used it myself, it seems like a solid choice based on the reviews its received at Amazon and elsewhere.

      There is definitely a monitor that I suggest for this build, it’s found under the “Extras” section.

      Hope that helps!

  4. Hi, I’ve searched high and low for the suggested nvidia card, but it’s out of stock as of writing this. Is there any alternative you would suggest without hesitation? Thanks!

    1. Hey Brian,

      Unfortunately, there’s a major shortage of graphics cards right now, both AMD and Nvidia cards in the mid-range are nearly impossible to get. The only option is to look around until you can find a GTX 1060 for less than $300.

  5. Quick question, and I’ve tried looking this up but keep getting mixed answers. Seeing as how I went with that 7500 kaby if I wanted to “for now” would that i5 bottleneck a gtx1080 @ 1080p/144htz? Reason I ask is cause if I upgrade the gpu I cant afford that and I new 1440p monitor so I’m wondering if I would get problems on a 1080 at the rez with the 7500 until I could save again for higher rez.

    As always thanks again!

    1. Hey D20,

      The i5 7500 would be fine to run with a GTX 1080, especially in 1080p. The thing with bottlenecking is, even if you had the craziest processor out right now (like an i7 6950x), there would still be some kind of eventual bottleneck somewhere, it’s pretty much unavoidable. That said, the GTX 1070 does great in 1440p and going that route would allow you to upgrade to an i7 at the same time and enjoy smooth 1440p right away, just not at 144fps – not even a 1080 can do 1440p 144fps in AAA games.

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