Trying to build yourself the best $800 gaming PC possible? With that kind of budget you can easily build a powerful gaming PC that won't need any upgrades for a long time! This $800 build is fully loaded with an Intel i5 9400f, a 6GB GTX 1660 Ti, 16GB of DDR4 RAM and 1TB of storage, just to make sure you don't fall short anytime soon!
All of that hardware gives you a seriously awesome custom gaming PC that will help you destroy your competition without doing the same to your wallet! It'll easily be able to 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 gaming potential - one that won't need any kind of upgrades for quite a while. This beast won't go obsolete for at least a couple of years, which is saying something when you're talking about tech in 2019.
Have a question? Ask me in the comment section!
Not feeling the DIY approach? Just want a gaming PC that'll work right out of the box? In that case, here's a prebuilt alternative with similar specs.
CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8500A
– i5 9400f
– GTX 1660 Ti
– 8GB DDR4
– 120GB SSD + 1TB HDD
– Windows 10 included
The Best $800 Gaming PC BuildUpdated: April 10th, 2019
Corsair Spec 05
A great mid-tower ATX case with a clean layout, and good cable management options! Comes with 1x 120mm fan (red LED). View
Gigabyte B360M DS3H
LGA 1151 socket mATX motherboard, B360 chipset. Equipped with 6x USB and 6x SATA + 1x M.2, built in audio and integrated ethernet.
Intel i5 8400
6-core/6-thread 8th generation Intel CPU. Comes with a CPU cooler.
Gigabyte GTX 1660 Ti Windforce
6GB GDDR6, 5 display outputs, great 1080p & 1440p performance in all games. View
EVGA 600 BQ
600W 80+ Bronze power supply, up to 85% efficiency, 3-year warranty.
16GB Kingston HyperX FURY DDR4 RAM
2x8GB 2666MHz dual channel DDR4 RAM. More RAM can be added if needed.
WD Blue 1TB HDD
3.5 inch, 7200 RPM, 64MB cache, quiet!
The tools you need:
- A small Phillips screwdriver
Size #2 works well as a general rule.
- An anti-static wristband
Optional but recommended.
And lots of it.
That’s really all you need to assemble your new desktop. All of the mounting hardware and cables will come with the parts listed above. The only time you might need something extra is if you’re modifying the build on this page.
One of the best parts of building a PC is being free to customize it as you see fit. Below, you’ll find some potential upgrades as well as items you could (or should) add to your build. Not all of these are necessary, but add-ons (like an SSD) are definitely suggested as they will improve your experience a lot.
Windows 10 (USB Installer)
Windows 10 is your best bet when it comes to picking an operating system. This version is a USB installer. View
Cryorig H7 CPU cooler
Although the stock CPU cooler that comes with the i5 8400 is decent, the Cryorig H7 is definitely better. View
LG Electronics 8X USB 2.0 Portable DVD Writer
With a lot of modern PC cases moving away from internal 5.25″ bays, external optical drives like this one have become much more popular. View
TP-Link Archer T4U V2
If you have to use WiFi, you will also need a WiFi adapter like this one. Read more about WiFi below. View
Kingston A400 SSD
SSDs make a great addition to any build.
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?!
Note: Just a heads up, I blew the budget by just a bit. That said, it's a much better option than sacrificing huge amounts of performance to shave off how much we went over.
Keep in mind that the estimated price listed above only covers the core components; you will still need an operating system, and any other peripherals you don't currently have.
Case: Corsair's Spec 05 is a solid mid-tower ATX case. It gives you premium features like a full tempered glass side panel, and great cable management options without forcing you to spend on a premium price.
If there's one downside, it's the fact that it only comes with a single 120mm fan (lit by red LEDs). Luckily, additional fans aren't too costly, I'd suggest checking out a pair of Corsair AF120.
Motherboard: The Gigabyte B360M DS3H is a great mATX motherboard for the price and it's giving you all of the features that you'll need for an LGA 1151 socket build; like integrated audio, a built-in ethernet controller, 6x USB ports, 6x SATA headers, support for up to 4 sticks of DDR4 RAM and lots of room for future expansion.
The B360 chipset does not support overclocking, but that's not a problem since the i5 8400 cannot be overclocked. But, that doesn't mean you can't overclock your RAM and graphics card.
Processor (CPU): Intel's 6-core/6-thread i5 8400 is a processor that won’t have any issues with gaming, light content creation, or anything else. The i5 400 has a base core clock of 2.8GHz that can extend all the way to 4.0GHz under load; that's a lot of processing power slapped across 6 high-performance cores!
Graphics Card (GPU): Nvidia's brand new GTX 1660 Ti is a great graphics card in terms of both price and performance - it's easily the best options at this level without going too crazy on cost. Gigabyte's GTX 1660 Ti Windforce runs great, overclocks well, and doesn't get too hot when it's being pushed hard. It offers 6GB of GDDR6 VRAM, 4 display outputs, and a compact profile that'll fit inside practically any case out there.
Long story short, a 6GB GTX 1660 Ti easily capable of supporting VR headsets like the Vive or Rift as well as playing most AAA games in 1080p or 1440p at 60fps+ without an issue.
System Memory (RAM): When it comes to RAM, 8GB is all you need for gaming this far into 2018, really. There will come a time (definitely sooner than later) when most games will demand 12GB or more, but that time hasn't come quite 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.
Power Supply (PSU): 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 550W supply will do the trick just fine.
I've picked out EVGA's 550 B3 which is an awesome fully-modular supply offering more than enough connections for everything you need, it also comes with a decent 5-year warranty just in-case the worst were to happen.
Storage: Ideally, this build should be running both an HDD and an SSD. But, to fit the GTX 1660 Ti into the budget, I had to make a small sacrifice. With that said, this build in running a single 1TB HDD by default. 1TB will be plenty of storage, but adding a 120-240GB SSD would be a good idea to consider.
By adding an SSD, you can use it for your operating system and any boot/important programs. This will ensure your PC boots fast and loads all integral programs almost instantaneously.
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!
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...
The 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.
If this is your very first gaming PC, you probably need almost everything on this list. If that's you, set aside another few hundred for these additional peripherals.
If that's the situation you're in, then I have some really awesome suggestions for you to consider. Each peripheral was hand-picked for this build and they're all guaranteed high quality.
When it comes to picking a display, you really want it to be perfectly suited to your usage, that's why I've put together a guide on how to pick the best monitor.
Chairs are no different, to fully enjoy your gaming experience you really need to find the best gaming chair possible. Due to the insane amount of options, I've put together this in-depth gaming chair buyers guide, check it out!
A good 27″ 1080p 144Hz monitor with G-Sync support and a curved VA panel.
Corsair K55 RGB
An awesome RGB keyboard using rubber dome keys. Lots of tactile feedback.
Logitech G502 HERO
RGB lighting, awesome sensor accuracy, very comfortable to use. View
Easily one of the best gaming headsets for under $50!
Logitech Z623 sound system
2.1 channel, 200W RMS/400W peak. If you like bass, these are the speakers+sub you want. View
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.
Since there are tons of options available when it comes to picking a WiFi adapter, it can be a little confusing at first; but don't worry because I'm going to help sort that out... Or, at the very least, I'm going to try to make it as simple as possible.
Basically, if you have a newer router/modem, chances are it's on the AC protocol and supports both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands - perfect. If it's older, it might be on the N protocol which is a little slower than AC, but your modem/router might still be new enough to be "dual band" and support both 2.4GHz and 5GHz. This is the first thing you want to figure out - search the model number which will be stamped somewhere on it if you're unsure what you're running.
Next, it's basically just a matter of matching numbers with numbers and letters with letters. If you have a dual band (2.4GHz + 5GHz) modem on the AC protocol capable of 1300Mpbs, you want a dual band AC1300 adapter.
A very affordable N150 USB WiFi adapter. Capable of 150Mbps on the 2.4GHz band. View
TP-Link Archer T4U V2
A reliable AC1300 USB WiFi adapter. Capable of operating on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. View
Rosewill AC1300 PCIe WiFi Adapter
A good internally mounted (PCIe) AC1300 WiFi adapter. Make sure your build has enough room! View
If you came here looking to build yourself an awesome $800 gaming PC, I KNOW 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 a 1080p 60fps gaming PC, or even 1440p 60fps!
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 in some more RAM or something else easy like that.
All-in-all, you will be hard pressed to build a better 1080p gaming PC for $800 in 2018; unless you're building it with a specific game or purpose in mind! The power this build is packing is more than enough to handle all of your favorite AAA games in 1080p at 60fps without a problem!
Have a question about this build? Wondering how you could customize it? Running into problems during the build process? Let me know in the comment section below and I'll do my best to assist!
|Case||Corsair Spec 05||
|Motherboard||Gigabyte B360M DS3H||
|Processor||Intel i5 8400||
|Graphics||Gigabyte GTX 1660 Ti||
|Power Supp.||EVGA 600 BQ 80+ Bronze||
|RAM||16GB DDR4 (2666MHz)||
|HDD||WD Blue 1TB (7200RPM)||