The Best $900 Gaming PC Build in 2019

Updated: August 18th, 2019Author: BrantonCategory: Gaming PC Builds, Mid-range Builds554 Comments

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Looking to build yourself the best $900 Gaming PC possible? This might just be it. Featuring an AMD R5 3600, 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: August 18th, 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

    MSI B450-A Pro

    AM4 socket ATX motherboard running the B450 chipset. Equipped with 6x USB, 6x SATA, 1x M.2, and 6x USB ports.
    Does support CPU-less BIOS flashing – will require an update prior to Zen 2 compatibility.
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  • processor

    AMD R5 3600

    6-core/12-thread 4.2GHz 3rd 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 550 B3

    A quality 550W fully-modular power supply capable of 85% efficiency. Comes with a 5-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 MSI B450-A Pro ATX 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.

Most importantly, this motherboard can be updated (aka: flashed) without requiring a supported CPU. Meaning, it's one of the few boards that can be used with an R5 3600 "out of the box", assuming you go through the steps to update it. More info on that here. 

This chipset does support CPU overclocking, which means you're free to crank up the power on your R5 3600.


Processor (CPU): AMD's 3rd generation R5 3600 is a very strong 6-core/12-thread 4.2GHz 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 3600 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 550 B3 is a very reliable fully-modular PSU with more than enough juice to power this build. Due to its fully-modular configuration, it'll help you in achieving clean cable management. It boasts an efficiency of up to 85% and packs a 5-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.

  • pcie wifi adapter

    TP-LINK Archer T6E

    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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  • USB wifi adapter

    TP-Link Archer T3U

    A reliable AC1300 USB WiFi adapter. Capable of operating on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands.
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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
MotherboardMSI B450-A Pro
$84.99 USD
ProcessorAMD R5 3600
$197.85 USD
GraphicsZotac RTX 2060 Twin Fans
$349.99 USD
Power Supp.EVGA 550 B3 80+ Bronze
RAM16GB DDR4 (3000MHz)
$74.99 USD
SSDKingston A400 480GB SSD
$52.99 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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Will a Asus 2060 work instead of a zotac

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Would a Asus 2060 work instead of zotac?

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Case link isn’t valid anymore, please update or find one compatible. Thank you!

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Hey I was wondering if The motherboard could support an intel processor

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Is there a video for this build? I’m new to building PCs not even half way through building this build and have ran into problems since the youtube tutorials are not related to my exact parts? I’m scared to brake something before continuing his hit can’t find a tutorial on this build anywhere

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What’s average FPS for Fortnite with this build?

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Hey I have a question, is it important that the Asus B450M-A/CSM is a CSM model? I just cant get it in Croatia… Thanks in advance!