Looking to build yourself the best $900 Gaming PC possible? This might just be it. Featuring an i5 6500, a Gigabyte H170 motherboard, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, a Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 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)
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:
- 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!
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: January 15th, 2017
Corsair Carbide SPEC-02
Mid tower, great layout + optimal cooling, front USB 3.0, and a big window!
ASUS Prime B250-Plus
LGA 1151 socket, ATX, B250 chipset. Integrated audio, built-in ethernet, and 6x USB ports. View
Intel i5 7500
3.4GHz base clock/3.8GHz boost clock, 6MB smart cache. Comes with a CPU cooler.
Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1
6GB GDDR5 VRAM, 192-bit memory, comes with a backplate!
EVGA 650W GQ
Semi-modular, 650W, up to 90% efficiency, 5-year warranty.
Crucial Vengeance LPX DDR4 RAM
8GB dual channel pair (2x4GB), 2400MHz, CL14.
WD Blue 1TB HDD
3.5 inch, 7200 RPM, 64MB cache, quiet!
Crucial MX300 275GB SSD
530MB/s read, 510MB/s write, over 90 000 random read IOPS.
Although not entirely necessary, some add ons like optical drives can sometimes improve your experience. If you’re installing your operating system from a disc opposed to a USB flash drive, then you’ll definitely need an optical drive.
Crucial MX300 M.2 SSD 275GB
SATA-based SSDs are pretty fast, but they simply cannot compete with M.2-based SSDs like the Crucial MX300! View
Samsung Internal 24x CD DVD±R/RW kit
Comes with mounting hardware & cables. An optical drive isn’t necessary, but if you’re installing your OS from a disc you’ll need it. View
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. View
This might be one of the best $900 gaming PC builds out there, and it is going to absolutely dominate anything you throw at it. It’s guaranteed to run games flawlessly in 1080 and will also get you into smooth 1440p gaming!
Corsair’s Carbide SPEC-02 gives us a rigid, secure and good looking house to mount all of our shiny new hardware in. It allows for great airflow and really allows you to control the type of pressure you want, it also gives us plenty of expansion slots for fans, storage & optical drives. It comes with two 120mm fans preinstalled, and one dust filter at both the front & rear.
ASUS’s Prime B250-Plus motherboard is a great choice at this level that’s loaded with all of the features you might need, including 6xUSB ports, integrated 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 Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 is absolutely no exception. It runs quiet, cools great, has RGB lighting, 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.
8GB of 2400MHz DDR4 RAM from Corsair’s high-end 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.
EVGA’s 650 GQ 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.
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.
When 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.
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!
23″, 1080p 60Hz, 2ms response time – Great for gaming View
Solid mechanical keyboard using Kailh blue switches. Great tactile feedback!
EVGA TORQ X10 Carbon
Wired, adjustable weight & height system, ambidextrous (use either hand). View
Creative Sound BlasterX H7
The Sound BlasterX H5 is easily the best gaming headset for under $100 and it’s not going to let you down!
Reflex Lab Mouse Pad
Super smooth, very accurate, and extremely comfortable to use! Reflex Lab mouse pads are available in 4 sizes from your basic 9″ x 8″ right up to a whopping 36″ x 18″! View
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!
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!