The Best $900 Gaming PC Build in 2018

Updated: August 1st, 2018Author: BrantonCategory: Mid-range Builds479 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, an 8GB GTX 1070, 8GB 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.

If you're trying to build a gaming PC with a brand new 8th generation Intel CPU and a powerful mid-range graphics card like the 8GB GTX 1070, this is definitely the build that you're looking for!

Have a question? Ask me in the comment section! 

The Best $900 Gaming PC Build

Updated: August 1st, 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 GA-B350M-DS3H

    AM4 socket mATX motherboard running the AMD B350 chipset. Does not support overclocking. Equipped with 6x USB, 6x SATA + 1x M.2.
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  • 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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  • EVGA GTX 1070 SC Gaming

    8GB GDDR5 graphics card, 5 display outputs, amazing 1080p and good 1440p performance!
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  • EVGA 650 BQ

    A quality 650W semi-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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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 (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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  • Cryorig H7 CPU Cooler

    Although the stock cooler that comes with the R5 2600 will work well, upgrading to the Cryorig H7 would also be acceptable.
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  • Crucial MX500 250GB SSD (SATA)

    An SSD is a great way to speed up load times and decrease boot times.
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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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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.

Corsair's Spec 02 is a great mid tower ATX case that doesn't break the bank. It offers great airflow for ample cooling and comes with 2x 120mm fans plus has room for liquid cooling radiators up to 240mm. There's an acrylic window on the side panel that offers good visibility into your case, but it gets scratched easily. The cable management is pretty okay, but it could be better and if you spent another $30 or so you could get a case with much cleaner cable management.

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 really wanted to.

Gigabyte's GA-B350M-DS3H 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 6xUSB ports, 6x SATA ports, integrated audio, 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.

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?

The GTX 1070 and its 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM is a complete and utter powerhouse when it comes to 1080p gaming and it's even capable of 1440p without a problem. EVGA's GTX 1070 SC Gaming 8GB 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.

8GB of 2666MHz DDR4 RAM from Kingston's HyperX Fury lineup is a good starting point for a dedicated gaming PC, running a dual channel pair will give you plenty of room to upgrade to 16GB when it comes time. That being said, running 16GB of RAM would help with multitasking and that might be something that you want to consider - especially if you're looking into possibly streaming or you just like to do a lot of things at once.

EVGA's 650 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 5-year warranty just in case anything were to ever happen to it, which is unlikely.

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.

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

  • 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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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 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! 

$900 Gaming PC Build

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. 

Hardware

CaseCorsair Spec 02
MotherboardGigabyte GA-B350M-DS3H
ProcessorAMD R5 2600
GraphicsEVGA GTX 1070 SC Gaming
Power Supp.EVGA 650 BQ 80+ Bronze
RAM8GB DDR4 (2666MHz)
HDDWD Blue 1TB (7200RPM)
SSDOptional
CPU CoolerStock (AMD Wraith Stealth)

Features
  • 1080p OR 1440p gaming without a problem
  • Easy to upgrade and customize
  • Integrated audio and Ethernet
  • VR-ready!
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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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This build looks great but could you suggest a different case? It currently costs an extra 80$ to ship to Canada.

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Also, would you say the 1060 6GB is worth the upgrade for 100$, I’ve looked at benchmarks and it only improves most games by a bit…
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Hey I’ve built this pc but with a carbide 100r, this is my first build btw, I finished everything and I watched an in depth tutorial on how to build a pc, I plugged it in, and the pc powered on, the fans started running and there’s no video signal on my monitor

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Hey Branton, recently scored a free case, this is it, wondering if it would be compatible with the build? 🙂 https://www.amazon.com/Sentey-Gs-6008-Stealth-Gaming-Computer/dp/B00MNSFBQU

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Oh lord, dismiss my last comment lol, for some reason amazon added a 1060 6gb to my cart, sorry for the confusion 😉

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Hello Branton,
It seems you updated the build from a 1060 3gb to a 1060 6gb, is the upgrade worth it seeing as the build is now 1000$? Thanks

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Hello Branton,
Let me begin with saying I used your config exactly for a $600.00 system I built for a friend and she is very happy with her new computer. Big Thanks to you and your website you have a very clean easy to navigate website with lots of valued information for anybody from newbie to expert. Bravo! I am wanting your input for a config for a new system of my own I want to build. (My background) I am a music composer, producer, artist, and sound engineer since 1982, and need to run my D.A.W. software with it’s libraries on my new machine. Currently using a custom DELL tower Windows 7 Ultimate AMD Athlon 64 x2 Dual Core Processor 3800 2 ghz 4 gigs ram, Magix Samplitude 2014 32bit & numerous VST & VSTi’s. Computer hangs from lack of ram and who knows what else. Desperately need to migrate to a 64 bit Windows OS with 4 or more Core Processor and way more ram (I’m guessing 16 gigs) I don’t think I need an extreme video card (as I am not a gamer) but Im sure a new HD is in order. I have a 40 inch HDMI Vizio monitor, keyboard, mouse , and am using a M-Audio 410 Firewire interface for MIDI but I am ok with upgrading my interface as needed. I have a copy of Win 10, and a new large ATX case available if needed. What is your professional computer configuration advise?
Thank you for your time
Sincerely,
Vinnie V.