The Best $900 Gaming PC Build in 2019

Updated: May 21st, 2019Author: BrantonCategory: Gaming PC Builds, Mid-range Builds536 Comments

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Looking to build yourself the best $900 Gaming PC possible? This might just be it. Featuring an AMD R5 2600, a brand new RTX 2060, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and 480GB of pure SSD storage; you'll be gaming comfortably for a long time!

Building a gaming PC with around 900 dollars gets you something that will run the majority of the newest games on ultra settings in 1080p without an issue and will also deliver very decent 1440p performance, depending on the game 60fps shouldn't be an issue in 1440p.

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.

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The Best $900 Gaming PC Build

Updated: May 21st, 2019
  • computer case

    Phanteks Eclipse P300

    Mid-tower ATX case with a great layout and awesome cable management for a clean build. Comes with 1x 120mm fans.
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  • motherboard

    Asus B450M-A/CSM

    AM4 socket mATX motherboard running the AMD B450 chipset. Equipped with 6x USB, 6x SATA, 1x M.2, and 2 case fan headers.
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  • processor

    AMD R5 2600

    6-core/12-thread 3.9GHz 2nd generation AMD Ryzen processor. Comes with a good CPU cooler. Can be overclocked.
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  • graphics card

    Zotac RTX 2060 Twin Fan

    6GB GDDR6 graphics card, 5 display outputs, amazing 1080p and good 1440p performance!
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  • power supply

    EVGA 600 BQ

    A quality 600W semi-modular power supply capable of 85% efficiency. Comes with a 3-year warranty.
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  • system memory

    16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX

    2x8GB 3000MHz C15 DDR4 RAM.
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  • hdd storage

    Kingston A400 480GB SSD

    A Blazing fast 480GB SSD to use as your primary storage drive.
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The tools you need:

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.

Recommended Add-ons

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

    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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  • optical disc drive

    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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Build Breakdown

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.


phanteks eclipse p300Case: The Phanteks Eclipse P300 is an awesome mid-tower ATX case. It gives you a handful of premium features without asking you to spend a premium price. It's equipped with a full PSU shroud and good cable management options for a clean build, a big tempered glass side panel, and overall good airflow options.

If the Eclipse P300 has one downside, it's the fact that it only comes with a single 120mm fan. But that's easily rectified by picking up an inexpensive pack of Corsair AF120 or a similar pair.


Motherboard: The Asus B450M-A/CSM mATX motherboard is a great choice at this level that's loaded with all of the features you might need for an AM4 socket build like this; including 6x USB ports, 6x SATA ports + 1x M.2, integrated audio, 2 case fan headers, room for 4 sticks of RAM, a built-in ethernet controller and lots of room for future expansion. This chipset does support CPU overclocking, which means you're free to crank up the power on your R5 2600.


Processor (CPU): AMD's 2nd generation Ryzen 5 2600 is a strong 6-core/12-thread 3.9GHz processor that's basically 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. As a bonus, the R5 2600 comes with a good CPU cooler, but you can always replace it with something aftermarket if you'd prefer, or if you want to try some really intense overclocking - why not check out a list of the best CPU coolers?


zotac rtx 2060 twin fansGraphics Card (GPU): The brand new RTX 2060 and its 6GB of GDDR6 VRAM is a complete and utter powerhouse when it comes to 1080p gaming and also capable of tackling 1440p without a problem. Zotac's RTX 2060 Twin Fans is absolutely no exception. It runs quiet, cools great, has 5 display outputs, and easily fits inside almost any case with ease. It's very capable of 1440p 60fps gaming in any game out there and it can easily support VR headsets like the Vive or Rift.


System Memory (RAM): 16GB of 3000MHz DDR4 RAM from Corsair's Vengeance LPX lineup is a perfect amount, and speed, for any gaming PC. Running 16GB ensures that you won't run into any RAM-related performance issues and allows for significantly more multi-tasking when compared to 8GB. As an added bonus, you won't have to worry about adding more anytime soon as it'll take games years to consistently start requiring more than 16GB of RAM.


Power Supply (PSU): EVGA's 600 BQ is a reliable semi-modular power supply that has more than enough juice to power this build. It boasts an efficiency of up to 85% and packs a 3-year warranty just in case anything were to ever happen to it, which is unlikely.


Storage: The Kingston A400 480GB SSD this build uses is a good start. For a lot of people, it might be all they need. If you're one of the people who need more than 480GB of storage, I have good news. Adding more is really easy; all you have to do is grab another drive, plug in power + data and voila, you have more storage!


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. Just, don't forgot the price of Windows and any peripherals you might need on top of that.

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.

Peripherals

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

  • 24 inch monitor

    Acer GN246HL

    24″, 1080p 144Hz, 1ms response time – Great for gaming!
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  • keyboard

    Corsair K55 RGB

    An awesome RGB keyboard using rubber dome keys. Lots of tactile feedback.
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  • mouse

    Razer Mamba Tournament Edition

    Chroma RGB lighting, awesome sensor accuracy, very comfortable to use.
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  • headset

    Corsair HS50

    Easily one of the best headsets for under $50
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  • speakers

    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.

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.

  • wifi adapter n150

    TP-Link TL-WN722N

    A very affordable N150 USB WiFi adapter. Capable of 150Mbps on the 2.4GHz band
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  • wifi adapter ac1300

    TP-Link Archer T4U V3

    A reliable AC1300 USB WiFi adapter. Capable of operating on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands.
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  • internal wifi adapter

    Rosewill AC1300 PCIe WiFi Adapter

    A good internally mounted (PCIe) AC1300 WiFi adapter. Make sure your build has enough room for an internally-mounted 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 60-100fps+ (way more in most games) and it's also going to do well in 1440p @ 60fps. 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! 

CasePhanteks Eclipse P300
$59.99 USD
MotherboardAsus B450M-A/CSM
$78.95 USD
ProcessorAMD R5 2600
$144.99 USD
GraphicsZotac RTX 2060 Twin Fans
$54.59 USD
Power Supp.EVGA 600 BQ 80+ Bronze
$54.59 USD
RAM16GB DDR4 (3000MHz)
$79.99 USD
HDDOptional
SSDKingston A400 480GB SSD
$49.99 USD
CPU CoolerStock (AMD Wraith Stealth)

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Hey there! I'm Branton, the founder and lead editor here at PC Game Haven. Since our launch in 2015, we've helped thousands upon thousands of gamers build their dream desktops, find the perfect peripherals, and more. Thanks for stopping by!

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Where can i get a cheap priced RTX 2060

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hey brandon i iknow i just messaged you but with the case for the most expensive build work for this i couldent remember the name

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Hello there.
Recently dipping my toes into PC Gaming at behest of my friend’s convincing, but wanted to check my own avenues on how to build a good rig to get some personal experience.
I found your article and considered it a good basis to work with.
Although question on the SSD, since I’m content to pay for extra storage — would the 960 GB of this suggested SSD be more prudent for a willing spender?
But also a bit on the fence, since I was looking up reviews and some negative ones did consistently mention about failures after a few months after installation.
I get it might just be a bad model out of the batch now and then, which can happen to all brands, but I wouldn’t mind other recommended SSDs.
Thank you for your time!

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Hi
I would just like to ask why for this build you are using this cpu, which seems better and cheaper, for the $900 build but not the $800?

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On all low settings except view distance on fortnite, what do you estimate the FPS? And could I stream with 100+FPS?