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 1TB of 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 BuildUpdated: March 23rd, 2019
Phanteks Eclipse P300
Mid-tower ATX case with a great layout and awesome cable management for a clean build. Comes with 1x 120mm fans.
AM4 socket mATX motherboard running the AMD B450 chipset. Equipped with 6x USB, 6x SATA, 1x M.2, and 2 case fan headers. View
AMD R5 2600
6-core/12-thread 3.9GHz 2nd generation AMD Ryzen processor. Comes with a good CPU cooler. Can be overclocked.
Zotac RTX 2060 Twin Fan
6GB GDDR6 graphics card, 5 display outputs, amazing 1080p and good 1440p performance!
EVGA 600 BQ
A quality 600W semi-modular power supply capable of 85% efficiency. Comes with a 3-year warranty.
16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX
2x8GB 3000MHz C15 DDR4 RAM.
WD Blue 1TB HDD
3.5 inch 7200RPM HDD, 64MB cache.
- 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.
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. View
Kingston A400 120GB SATA SSD
An SSD is a great way to speed up load times and decrease boot times. 120GB will be enough for your operating system and a couple games.
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 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.
Case: 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?
Graphics 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: 1TB of internal storage is pretty decent, but it's honestly not ideal. To fit the GTX 1070, I had to sacrifice either the 1TB HDD or the 250GB SSD that used to be loaded in this build - I opted for more storage over faster storage, but you're completely free to go the opposite route. Check out my post on the differences of an HDD vs SSD if you want to learn more about 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.
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 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″, 1080p 144Hz, 1ms response time – Great for gaming! View
Corsair K55 RGB
An awesome RGB keyboard using rubber dome keys. Lots of tactile feedback.
Razer Mamba Tournament Edition
Chroma RGB lighting, awesome sensor accuracy, very comfortable to use. View
Easily one of the best headsets for under $50 View
Logitech Z623 2.1 sound system
2.1 channel, 200W RMS/400W peak. If you like bass, these are the speakers+sub you want. 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.
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.
A very affordable N150 USB WiFi adapter. Capable of 150Mbps on the 2.4GHz band View
TP-Link Archer T4U V3
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 for an internally-mounted WiFi adapter. View
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!
|Case||Phanteks Eclipse P300||
|Processor||AMD R5 2600||
|Graphics||Zotac RTX 2060 Twin Fans||
|Power Supp.||EVGA 600 BQ 80+ Bronze||
|RAM||16GB DDR4 (3000MHz)||
|HDD||WD Blue 1TB (7200RPM)||
|CPU Cooler||Stock (AMD Wraith Stealth)|