Looking to build yourself the best $900 Gaming PC possible? This might just be it. Featuring a Ryzen 5 1600, 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!
GPU Shortage 2018
Due to a recent and major GPU shortage, almost all graphics cards from the GTX 1050 Ti and up have become all but impossible to buy. This includes both AMD and Nvidia cards and there’s no way to say when the shortage will end.
That being said, building a gaming PC is going to be difficult right now if you can’t buy the graphics card you need. So, you have 2 (maybe 2.5) options.
Option 1 is waiting until the shortage ends, whenever that might be. It could be a couple of weeks or it could be a couple of months, there’s no way of knowing.
Option 1.5 is buying a GPU from a scalper who’s trying to sell it for 100% more than the actual value. This option sucks.
Option 2 is buying a prebuilt gaming PC. Now, I know you might have heard all sorts of bad things about buying a prebuilt desktop, but not all of them are bad! There are actually some great prebuilt options that offer really decent value. It won’t be of the exact same quality as if you built it yourself, but it’ll come with Windows installed and ready to fire up right out of the box. Sometimes, you have to take the good with the bad.
Below you’ll find some options that I’ve hand-picked for this level of build. They range from $600-$1000 in price and are ordered from cheapest to most expensive.
Mid-range Desktops ($600-$1000):
– 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)
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.
|Case||Corsair Spec 02|
|MOBO||MSI B350M Pro-VDH|
|CPU||AMD R5 1600|
|GPU||Zotac GTX 1060 AMP Edition|
|PSU||EVGA 550 B3 80+ Bronze|
|RAM||8GB 2666MHz DDR4 RAM|
|HDD||WD Blue 1TB 7200RPM|
|SSD||Crucial MX300 275GB|
- 1080p 60fps AAA gaming
- Can be overclocked
- 10x USB ports total
- Integrated 2.1 audio (Realtek ALC892)
- Easy to upgrade
That’s about all you’re going to need, seriously. Building a PC is a pretty simple process that requires your time more than anything else. But, watching a video walkthrough or reading a guide always helps, so I’ve added both of those in the next tab! There’s also this checklist which you can download and use to make sure that you have everything you need
Here are the basic steps that I follow when building:
-Install the Power Supply into the Case
-Install the processor (make sure the arrows line up)
-Install RAM (make sure they are in the right way before you try to seat them!)
-Mount the CPU cooler
-Place the rear I/O plate
-Mount the motherboard to the case (get your i/o ports through and use the middle standoff as a guide)
-Plug your GPU in -Install any storage
-Plug everything into the appropriate spots
-Turn it on
-Install OS & drivers!
Instead of me typing out a ton 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.
Or, if you did want a ton of words, I’ve put together somewhat of a crash course to building your gaming PC that you might want to check out.
Keep in mind that it’s not the exact same build, but the process is really similar. There’s really only 1 way to do things, and it’s pretty hard to mess anything up if you’re being careful.
The Best $900 Gaming PC Build
Updated: January 1st, 2018
Corsair Carbide Spec 02
Mid tower ATX case, great layout and awesome cable management. Comes with 2x 120mm fans.
Gigabyte B350M Pro-VDH
mATX motherboard. AM4 socket, B350 chipset. Integrated audio, built-in ethernet, and 6x USB ports. View
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
6 core 12 thread processor at 3.6GHz, very easy to overclock. Comes with a good CPU cooler.
Zotac GTX 1060 AMP Edition
6GB GDDR5 graphics card, 5 display outputs, amazing 1080p and good entry-level 1440p performance!
**See above for info on 2018 GPU shortage View
EVGA 550 B3
Very reliable 550W fully-modular power supply capable of 85% efficiency. Comes with a 5-year warranty.
8GB Kingston HyperX Fury DDR4 RAM
2x4GB 2666MHz DDR4 RAM. CL15. Can be overclocked to higher speeds.
WD Blue 1TB HDD
3.5 inch 7200RPM HDD, 64MB cache.
Crucial MX300 275GB SSD
A fast, affordable SSD. 530MB/s read, 500MB/s write .
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
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. View
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.
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.
That said, pretty much any mid tower ATX case will work well for this build, feel free to use another one if you’d like 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.
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 Zotac GTX 1060 AMP Edition 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.
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” you might need!
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
Creative Sound BlasterX H7 TE
The Sound BlasterX H7 TE is easily one of the best gaming headsets for under $100!
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 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. 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 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!