The Best $900 Gaming PC Build in 2018

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Looking to build yourself the best $900 Gaming PC possible? This might just be it. Featuring a Ryzen 5 2600, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, an 6GB GTX 1060 and a 1TB of storage, you’ll be gaming comfortably for quite a while.

Building a gaming PC with around 900 dollars gets you something that will run the majority of 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!

Have a question? Ask me in the comment section! 

Summary

This mid-level gaming PC build is perfectly suited for 1080p 60fps gaming on the best settings possible in most (but not all) AAA titles. In competitive shooters where high frame rates are crucial, like CS:GO, you can expect this build to perform just how you need it to. 

The Hardware
CaseCorsair Spec 02
MOBOMSI B350M Pro-VDH
CPUAMD R5 2600
GPUZotac GTX 1060 AMP Edition
PSUEVGA 550 B3 80+ Bronze
RAM8GB 2666MHz DDR4 RAM
HDDWD Blue 1TB 7200RPM
SSDOptional
Features
  • 1080p 60fps AAA gaming
  • Can be overclocked
  • 10x USB ports total
  • Integrated 2.1 audio (Realtek ALC892)
  • VR-ready
  • Easy to upgrade
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The Best $900 Gaming PC Build

Updated: April 21st, 2018

  • Corsair Carbide Spec 02

    Mid tower ATX case, great layout and awesome cable management. Comes with 2x 120mm fans.
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  • Gigabyte B350M Pro-VDH

    mATX motherboard. AM4 socket, B350 chipset. Integrated audio, built-in ethernet, and 6x USB ports.
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  • AMD Ryzen 5 2600

    6 core 12 thread processor at 3.9GHz. Comes with a good CPU cooler.
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  • Zotac GTX 1060 6GB AMP

    6GB GDDR5 graphics card, 5 display outputs, amazing 1080p and good entry-level 1440p performance!
    See below for info on 2018 GPU shortage
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  • EVGA 550 B3

    Very reliable 550W fully-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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  • WD Blue 1TB HDD

    3.5 inch 7200RPM HDD, 64MB cache.
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Estimated
$899
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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 250GB

    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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Warning: GPU Shortage

The 2018 GPU shortage is slowly coming to an end, but most graphics cards are still fairly overpriced. 

That being said, building a gaming PC is a little more expensive now than it would have been last year. 

If you want to avoid the high prices, a good option is buying a prebuilt gaming desktop.

Below you’ll find some solid options that I’ve hand-picked based on their specs and price. They range from $600-$1000 and are ordered from cheapest to most expensive. 

Alternative Options:
– HP Pavillion (i5 7400 + 3GB GTX 1060 + 8GB RAM)
– CYBERPOWERPC GXIVR8020A4 (i5 7400 + 4GB RX 580 + 8GB RAM)
– CYBERPOWERPC GXiVR8060A5 (i5 8400 + 3GB GTX 1060 + 8GB RAM)
HP Pavillion 580-068 (i7 7700 + 3GB GTX 1060 + 16GB RAM)


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 Spec 02 is a great mid tower ATX case that doesn’t break the bank. It offers great airflow for ample cooling, it comes with 2x 120mm fans and has room for liquid cooling radiators up to 240mm. 

When it comes to cases, pretty much any mid tower ATX case will work well for this build, feel free to use another one if you’d like to. Since the motherboard in this build is micro-ATX by default, you could also use an mATX case if you wanted to. 

Gigabyte’s B350M Pro-VDH motherboard is a great choice at this level that’s loaded with all of the features you might need, including 6xUSB ports, 4x SATA ports, integrated audio, a built-in ethernet controller and lots of room for future expansion. 

400-series chipset: Because this build is running a new R5 2600 processor, you could pair it with a motherboard running the 400-series chipset. However, the options for those boards are fairly limited right now, basically the only options are very high-end boards. 

AMD’s 6 core 12 thread Ryzen 5 2600 is a 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 2600 come with a very solid CPU cooler, but you can always replace it with something aftermarket if you’d prefer, why not check out a list of the best CPU coolers

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 6GB MSI GTX 1060 OCV1 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.

1TB of internal storage is pretty decent, you shouldn’t run short anytime soon. 1TB of 7200RPM HDD storage is a good start for pretty much anyone, especially if you’re looking to save some cash during the GPU shortage. That said, this build should ideally come with a 240GB SSD, but due to the rising prices I’ve had to omit it from the build to keep it within budget. Wondering what makes an HDD and an SSD different? Check out my post on the differences of an HDD vs SSD

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 that you might need!

Picking the best monitor for your usage is often very subjective, beyond the basic specs you should be looking for that is. With such a wide array of different designs and price points, it pays to do some research. That’s why I put together this guide on how to pick the best monitor for gaming

Even more important than picking a good monitor is picking a good chair. If you can’t get comfortable because you’re using a bad chair, you’re simply not going to enjoy your gaming sessions as much as you should be. To ensure you can get the most out of every session, I put together this in-depth buyers guide of all the best gaming chairs

  • 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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  • Corsair HS50

    Easily one of the best headsets for under $50
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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.

Are you going to use this build for streaming? Make sure you check out my guide on how to stream on Twitch!

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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Hi! I'm the founder and lead editor here at PC Game Haven. The first game I ever played on PC was Ultima Online way back in 1999, since then I've been hooked on every facet of PC gaming! Thanks for stopping by!

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Diplick
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Where’s the SSD?

I have an extra 400 and I’m willing to spend it on one.

Diplick
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also, does it come with thermal paste?

Diplick
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SATA SDD btw

First time build
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I got a tower cooler instead of the stock one is it normal for temps to go from 24-25c idle to 36-37 back to idle after opening a game launcher?

First time build
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it’s almost instantaneous. Also when gaming the temps never go above 50c. I did run prime95 for about 20 minutes and the temp on realtemp said it was holding at about 60c after the 20 minutes.

First time build
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I resat the cooler and cleaned and reapplied paste. Same thing is happening I ran fire strike benchmark just to give it some load like when I game and it never passed 50c still but I get these little spikes when I open things still should I just assume it’s normal then

Fernando A.
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-Is this a good build? – Can I overclock the Processor? – Can I play some AAA games at 60fps? – Can Do I need something more , or change something? – What case should I use? —BUILD— – MotherBoard GIGABYTE GA-AB350M-Gaming 3 (AMD Ryzen AM4/ B350/ SMART FAN 5/ HDMI/ M.2/ SATA/ USB 3.1 Type-A/ Micro ATX/ DDR4/ Motherboard) – Graphic Card MSI GAMING GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5 DirectX 12 VR Ready (GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING X 6G) -CPU AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Processor with Wraith Spire Cooler (YD1600BBAEBOX) -Ram Kingston HyperX FURY Black 8GB Kit (2x4GB) 2133MHz… Read more »
Fernando A.
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Hey, Branton I want to know if this build that i have can run without problems: -Case: VIVO Micro-ATX “SMART” Mid Tower Computer Gaming PC Case White / 5 Fan Mounts, USB 3.0 Port (CASE-V06W) -Ram: Kingston HyperX FURY Black 8GB Kit (2x4GB) 2133MHz DDR4 Non-ECC CL14 DIMM Desktop Memory (HX421C14FBK2/8) -MotherBoard: ASUS Prime B350M-E AMD Ryzen AM4 DDR4 HDMI DVI VGA M.2 USB 3.1 uATX B350 Motherboard -Proccesor: AMD Ryzen 5 1600X Processor (YD160XBCAEWOF) -GPU: MSI Computer Video Graphic Cards GeForce GTX 1060 6GT -PowerSupply: EVGA 500 W1, 80+ WHITE 500W, 3 Year Warranty, Power Supply 100-W1-0500-KR, Black -Hard… Read more »
Zoitrox
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Sorry for making só many questions but I don’t know many things about Computers. Can i use this psu? Nox Hummer 80+ Bronze 650W Semi Modular

zoitrox
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Can I use this Motherboard in this build? Motherboard Micro-ATX MSI B350M PRO-VDH

ac1d
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Normally don’t negatively reply to posts people put a lot of effort in.
But this is just plain old clickbait. The order links to a $700 total, and this is without the GPU.
GTX1060 ranges from $400-500 so that would add up to a total of: $1200
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First time builder
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George
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Hey so I got a build from here with the same case this build uses. My problem is that the three fans and their LEDs have wires that don’t seem to reach the board. I did find two wires that each take three wires, leaving with two wire ends left. However there is no place for these two wire ends to go. The motherboard is a ‘MSI B350M Pro-VDH’.

George
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Nevermind, sorry for wasting your time but thanks you anyaway.

Nick
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Hi Brandon,

Would this case work? Thanks for your help

https://www.amazon.com/VIVO-MICRO-ATX-Computer-Gaming-CASE-V06/dp/B01GSQ2I22

Nick
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*Branton, sorry.

Casual Gamer
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If I get a 3rd party cpu cooler do I need to change any setting or should default be fine?

Casual Gamer
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Sorry my first comment said it didn’t post lol

Casual Gamer
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I asked a while ago about a cpu cooler, and I’ve gotten one. My new question is do I need to adjust any fan curves or anything like that on my system? I never changed anything in terms of fan speed with the stock cooler. I just left the setting with smart fan enabled and went with msi’S default setting. Should I not worry about it?

Mememan
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Acer Predator XB241YU Vs Dell Gaming S2417DG YNY1D vs AG241QG which is the best?