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 a Ryzen 5 6500, a Gigabyte B350 motherboard, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, an 6GB GTX 1060 and 1.12TB 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 without an issue and will also deliver alright 1440p performance depending on the game.

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 Ryzen 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: September 1st, 2017

  • Corsair Carbide Spec 02

    Mid tower ATX case, great layout + optimal cooling, and a big window!
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  • Gigabyte GA-AB350-Gaming

    AM4, ATX, B350 chipset. Integrated audio, built-in ethernet, and 6x USB ports.
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  • AMD Ryzen 5 1600

    6 core 12 thread processor at 3.6GHz, very easy to overclock. Comes with a good CPU cooler.
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  • Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Gaming 6GB

    6GB GDDR5 graphics card, 5 display outputs, amazing 1080p and good entry-level 1440p performance!
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  • EVGA 550 B3

    Very reliable 550W semi-modular power supply capable of 85% efficiency. Comes with a 5-year warranty.
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  • 8GB Kingston HyperX Fury DDR4 RAM

    2x4GB 2666MHz DDR4 RAM. CL15. Can be overclocked to higher speeds.
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  • Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD

    3.5 inch 7200RPM HDD, 64MB cache.
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  • Sandisk SSD Plus 120GB SSD

    A fast, affordable SSD. 530MB/s read, 400MB/s write .
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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 and your mobo supports NVMe, it 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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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.

Gigabyte’s GA-AB350-Gaming 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.

AMD’s brand new 6 core 12 thread Ryzen 5 1600 is a really strong mid-level processor that’s perfect for a gaming PC like this one. Not only is it a solid CPU for gaming, but it’s also great when it comes to work-oriented tasks as well. The R5 1600 does come with a very solid CPU cooler, but you can always replace it with something aftermarket if you’d prefer.

The GTX 1060 and its 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM is a complete and utter powerhouse when it comes to 1080p gaming and it’s even capable of 1440p depending on the game and settings. The Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Gaming is absolutely no exception to this rule. It runs quiet, cools great, has 5 display outputs, and easily fits inside almost any case with ease. It’s very capable of 1080p 60fps gaming in any game out there and it can also support VR headsets like the Vive or Rift without an issue.

8GB of 2666MHz DDR4 RAM from Kingston’s HyperX Fury 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 time. That being said, I run 16GB to help with multitasking and that might be something that you want to consider as well, especially if you’re looking into possibly streaming or you just like to do a lot of things at once.

EVGA’s 550 B3 is a very reliable power supply that has more than enough juice to power this build. It boasts an efficiency of up to 85% and a 5-year warranty if anything were to ever happen to it, which is unlikely.

1.12TB of internal storage is pretty decent, you shouldn’t run short anytime soon. 1TB of 7200RPM HDD storage and 120GB 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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About 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.

If this is you, there are some important points you should consider before simply picking the cheapest adapter and calling it a day. First is the capabilities of your WiFi router/modem, does it support both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands? Or just the 2.4GHz band? Determining this is your first step as it’ll dictate which level of WiFi adapter will give you the best bang for your bucks.

Generally speaking, a router on the “N” standard (like N900, etc) will only support the 2.4GHz band, but AC adapters (AC1200, AC1300, etc) will support both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, often simultaneously. So, is your router N or AC?

Once you’ve determined what kind of WiFi router you’re working with, you can move onto picking out your adapter. Ideally, you want your router and adapter to be operating on the same “standard” (N/AC). To make it really easy, just pick an adapter with the same letters as your router/modem.

  • 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 V2

    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

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 well in 1440p depending on what kind of games you play. 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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368 Comments on “The Best $900 Gaming PC Build”

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. As always thank you for the help, I have a few ways in my head to upgrade over the course of the next year and a half and know what I want to get to in the end but the upgrades will have to be done in two waves if I want this. (due to $) This is one way I am thinking:

    First is mobo/cpu
    Then about a year later gpu/monitor

    Since I have the 8gb of ram already leaving it like that should be fine for now but I an ready to overclock now, so going forward with these upgrades need to last for a few years with cash control. I thought about switching over to an AM4 platform but in the end what I want to finish with is to game on a monitor I am looking at which is “1440p/165htz g-sync” So I guess something like a 1080 ti/ 7700k combo.

    My question is first if I go with a Z270/7700k combo for now it would have to be paired with a 1080p screen (possibly 144htz) and my currant gpu (1060 6gb). Will there be problems with the 7700k causing bad bottlenecking on the weaker 1060 @1080p (possibly 144htz)? I know a 1070 is really good for 1440p but I also want 100+ fps as my goal.

    The idea is if I would be fine then about a year later I would then be able to upgrade the gpu to like a 1080 ti/ 1440p 165htz g-sync monitor converting my mid spec rig (which is the 700$ rig I got from you) to a high end spot.

    With end results being along

    Win 10 64
    8GB DDR4 2400mhz
    GTX 1080 ti
    Z270
    i7 7700k
    @1440p/ 165htz G-sync display

    Thank you again for all the help you could give!

    1. Hey D20,

      Unless you’re going for an R5 1600 or R7 1700 to save some $, then you’re better off with the i7 7700K as it’s still the definitive “King” of gaming and will be for the foreseeable future – I have no doubt that by the time devs are actually building games to effectively utilize a lower IPC across 8 cores and 16 threads there will be an AM5 socket and a whole line of new AMD processors. The 7700K won’t cause any issues with your 1060 in 1080p, it’ll actually ensure that you’re getting the best performance possible from your GPU. Your final build goal looks great, you’re going to have a really powerful system!

      As always, hope that helps 🙂

  4. I want to change amd ryzen 5 1600 with some kompatibile Intel CPU. Can you recomend me some of them in same prince range or cca. 50$ over.
    Much Thanks

    1. That case will definitely work. Yep, 1080p on ultra settings @ 60fps won’t be an issue! Most AAA games will perform similarly.

  5. It says that these (EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC GAMING, ACX 2.0 (Single Fan), 6GB GDDR5, DX12 OSD Support (PXOC), Only 6.8 Inches Graphics Card 06G-P4-6163-KR) items are current unavailable when going to the link are there any alternatives that I can use? Thank You!

  6. Hi! This build is awesome, and exactly what i’m looking for. Quick question though, is there a benefit to going AMD over Intel? Both laptops I have owned have run on an Intel, I am unfamiliar with AMD.

    1. Hey Michael,

      Thanks, I’m glad you like it! There are definitely benefits to going AMD over Intel, right now at least. Currently, AMD is the “pound for pound” champ when it comes to mid-range processors, their 6 core 12 thread R5 1600 has pretty much made the entire i5 lineup obsolete at this stage. The only Intel processor worth considering over an AMD counterpart right now is the i7 7700K.

      Hope that helps!

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