Gaming PC Builds

Everything you need

From budget-level gaming PC builds all the way up to high-end builds, this page contains all of the custom gaming PC builds that I’ve put together – builds that thousands upon thousands of gamers much like yourself are using right now!

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Whether you’re just transition into PC gaming from console gaming or you’re just looking to upgrade, there will definitely be a build for you somewhere on this page. Before going for the most expensive build you can afford, consider 2 things: the types of games you play, and the quality level/resolution you want to game at – these 2 points are going to dictate what level of build you need.

If you’re only going to be playing DOTA2 in 1080p, then you definitely don’t need a PC like my $1500 build, something more like the $500 build would work great in that instance. On the other hand, if you wanted to play AAA games like The Witcher 3 in 4k, then the $1500 would be a good choice. But, my guess is that this build is more what you’re looking for.

All of the builds listed below come with basic components you’re going to need to get up and running, including:
  • Case
  • Motherboard
  • Processor + heatsink/cooler
  • Graphics card
  • RAM
  • Storage
  • Power supply

With that in mind, to have a fully functional gaming PC you’re still going to need some extras, like a keyboard, mouse, some kind of audio, a monitor and an operating system as these are not included in the builds.

If you have none of those peripherals, consider that you will need roughly $300-$450 extra to get everything you need, it could be less or it could be more depending on what you choose to get. Each build has their own suggested peripherals that have been hand-picked for that specific budget-level.

If this is the first time you’ve built your own PC, then you’re definitely going to want to do a little bit of light reading before jumping in head-first. Putting a PC together isn’t too complicated, but there are some things you should know before starting. To help ease the process, I’ve put together a quick FAQ as well as a walkthrough on the various components and how you’ll be putting them together.

If you have any questions about any of the builds, feel free to ask me on the page for that build! Or, send me an email using this contact form.

Budget Gaming PC Builds

Entry-level PC gaming

These budget builds are best suited for MOBAs like DOTA2 and LoL, competitive shooters like CS:GO and Overwatch, and 2D/isometric games like Stardew Valley or Terraria, but that doesn’t mean they can’t handle AAA gaming. Anything on this list with a dedicated graphics card is going to be able to play AAA games without many issues. It won’t be perfect, but it’ll still be better than gaming on a console.

$350 Ultra-Budget Gaming PC

This ultra-cheap Ryzen 3 2200G-powered PC build is going to surprise you! For right around $350, you can put together a PC capable of 1080p gaming without an issue! It doesn’t even need a graphics card!
CaseThermaltake Versa H15
MotherboardMSI B350M Pro-VDH
ProcessorAMD R3 2200G
GraphicsVega 8 (Integrated)
Power Supp.EVGA 500 B1 80+ Bronze
RAM4GB DDR4 (2400MHz)
HDDWD Blue 320GB (7200RPM)
SSDOptional
CPU CoolerWraith Stealth Cooler (Stock)

$400 Gaming PC Build

This $400 budget beast is a MOBA/CS:GO powerhouse and will often beat consoles when it comes to AAA games. It’s packing a lot of power for a small price and also gives you lots of room for future upgrades!

CaseRosewill SRM 01
MotherboardMSI B350M Pro-VDH
ProcessorIntel Pentium G4560
GraphicsEVGA GTX 1050 2GB
Power Supp.EVGA 430 W1 80+ Bronze
RAM8GB DDR4 (2400MHz)
HDDWD Blue 1TB (7200RPM)
SSDOptional
CPU CoolerStock


$500 Gaming PC Build

Building a good cheap gaming PC on a budget of around $550 is not impossible. This build is packing an Intel i3 8100, a GTX 1050, 8GB of DDR4 RAM and 1TB of storage. Now, that’s a solid, yet inexpensive gaming PC!
CaseThermaltake Versa H15
MotherboardGigabyte B360M DS3H
ProcessorIntel i3 8100
GraphicsEVGA GTX 1050 2GB
Power Supp.EVGA 500 BQ 80+ Bronze
RAM8GB DDR4 (2666MHz)
HDDWD Blue 1TB (7200RPM)
SSDOptional
CPU CoolerStock

$550 Gaming PC Build

Looking to build yourself the best budget gaming PC for $500? Then this is it! Packing an Intel i3 8100, a GTX 1050, 8GB of RAM and 1TB of storage, you’ll be able to easily play your favorite games without an issue!!
CaseThermaltake Versa H15
MotherboardGigabyte B360M DS3H
ProcessorIntel i3 8100
GraphicsZotac GTX 1050 2GB
Power Supp.EVGA 500 BQ 80+ Bronze
RAM8GB DDR4 (2666MHz)
HDDWD Blue 1TB (7200RPM)
SSDOptional
CPU CoolerStock

$600 Gaming PC Build

If you’re looking into building yourself the best gaming PC for around $600, you’re definitely going to want to look at this one! This budget gaming beast has plenty of power where it’s needed and lots of upgrade potential for when you’re ready to push it even further!
CaseVivo V06
MotherboardGigabyte B360M DS3H
ProcessorIntel i3 8100
GraphicsGigabyte GTX 1050 Ti Windforce
Power Supp.EVGA 500 BQ 80+ Bronze
RAM8GB DDR4 (2400MHz)
HDDWD Blue 1TB (7200RPM)
SSDOptional
CPU CoolerStock

Mid-Range Gaming PC Builds

1080p-1440p gaming sweet spot

These mid-range builds are all about meeting that 1080p 60fps sweet spot for AAA gaming. They’ll all be able to run any AAA game on at least high settings while pushing out a steady frame rate of 60 frames per second or better – definitely what you want when gaming!

$700 Gaming PC Build

Trying to build the best gaming PC for around $700? It just so happens that this particular build delivers everything you could hope for and more, without completely destroying your wallet.
CasePhanteks Eclipse P300
MotherboardMSI B450M Bazooka
ProcessorIntel i5 8400
GraphicsZotac GTX 1060 Mini 3GB
Power Supp.EVGA 600 BQ 80+ Bronze
RAM8GB DDR4 (2666MHz)
HDDWD Blue 1TB (7200RPM)
SSDOptional
CPU CoolerStock

$800 Gaming PC Build

With an $800 budget you can easily build a powerful gaming PC that won’t need any upgrades for a long time! This build is fully loaded with an Intel i5 8400, a 6GB GTX 1060, 8GB of DDR4 RAM and 1TB of storage, just to make sure you don’t fall short anytime soon!

CaseCorsair Spec 02
MotherboardGigabyte B360M DS3H
ProcessorIntel i5 8400
GraphicsSapphire Pulse RX 580 8GB
Power Supp.EVGA 600 BQ 80+ Bronze
RAM8GB DDR4 (2666MHz)
HDDWD Blue 1TB (7200RPM)
SSDKingston A400 120GB (SATA)
CPU CoolerStock


$900 Gaming PC Build

Building a gaming PC with around $900 gets you something that will run the majority of the newest games on high-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.
CaseCorsair Spec 02
MotherboardMSI B450M Bazooka
ProcessorAMD R5 2600
GraphicsEVGA GTX 1070 SC Gaming
Power Supp.EVGA 600 BQ 80+ Bronze
RAM8GB DDR4 (2666MHz)
HDDWD Blue 1TB (7200RPM)
SSDOptional
CPU CoolerStock (AMD Wraith Stealth)

$1000 Gaming PC Build - Intel

With a budget of $1000, you can pretty much guarantee that the computer you build can handle 1080p and should also be capable of putting out 1440p if you don’t mind lower fps or lower than max settings. This is basically a perfectly balanced price-point for building your own gaming PC, it’s enough to get you amazing hardware while still maintaining a reasonable budget.
CaseCorsair Spec 02
MotherboardGigabyte Z370P D3
ProcessorIntel i5 8600K
GraphicsZotac GTX 1060 AMP Edition (6GB)
Power Supp.EVGA 600 BQ 80+ Bronze
RAM8GB DDR4 (2666MHz)
HDDWD Blue 1TB (7200RPM)
SSDKingston A400 240GB (SATA)
CPU CoolerCryorig H7

$1000 Gaming PC Build - AMD

Packing an AMD Ryzen 5 2600, an 6GB GTX 1060, 16GB of 3000MHz DDR4 RAM and 1.27 TB of storage between an SSD and HDD, this build won’t fall short anytime soon! It’s capable of maxing out most AAA games as well as most popular indie titles.
CaseCorsair Spec 02
MotherboardGigabyte B450M DS3H
ProcessorAMD R5 2600
GraphicsZotac GTX 1080 Mini 8GB
Power Supp.EVGA 550 B3 80+ Bronze
RAM16GB DDR4 (2666MHz)
HDDWD Blue 1TB (7200RPM)
SSDOptional
CPU CoolerWraith Stealth (Stock)

High-End/Enthusiast Gaming PC Builds

1440p-4K gaming and beyond

High-end builds are all about getting the best of the best, or close to. This category is meant mostly for gamers who like to enjoy the finer things in life, like the ability to game in 4K. They don’t mind spending a bit more to get a bit more. Unlike the other categories, there’s a huge variance in performance here, so make sure you're getting the build most suited to your needs! 

$1200 Gaming PC Build

This build is exactly what you’re looking for if you want to build a strong PC capable of delivering smooth, immersive game play. There really aren’t many ways that this build could be improved upon without spending a lot more than $1200.
CaseCorsair Spec 02
MotherboardGigabyte X470 AORUS Ultra Gaming
ProcessorAMD R5 2600
GraphicsGigabyte GTX 1080 WindForce
Power Supp.EVGA 550 B3 80+ Bronze
RAM2x8GB (16GB) DDR4 @ 3000MHz
HDDWD Blue 1TB (7200RPM)
SSDKingston A400 240GB (SATA)
CPU CoolerStock (AMD Wraith Stealth)

$1500 Gaming PC Build

The following $1500 build is going to last you an extremely long time in terms of gaming desktops, and I’m pretty sure that it’ll completely blow your mind with the sheer gaming power it possesses. If you’re trying to build a gaming PC with a brand new Intel i5 processor and a GTX 1080 graphics card, this is without a doubt the build you’re looking for!
CaseCorsair Spec 02
MotherboardMSI Z370 Gaming Plus
ProcessorIntel i7 8700K
GraphicsAsus GTX 1080 ROG Strix
Power Supp.EVGA 650 GQ 80+ Gold
RAM16GB DDR4 (3000MHz)
HDDWD Blue 1TB (7200RPM)
SSDCrucial MX500 250GB (SATA)
CPU CoolerCryorig H7

$2000 Gaming PC Build

Packing an 11GB GTX 1080 Ti, a brand new i7 8700K, 16GB of DDR4 RAM and 2.25TB of storage, this build comes in at right around $2000. It’s definitely capable of playing AAA games at 4K resolutions with awesome frame rates and blowing your mind at the same time!
CaseCorsair Graphite 760T
MotherboardAsus Prime Z370-A
ProcessorIntel i7 8700K
GraphicsMSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X
Power Supp.EVGA 650 GQ 80+ Gold
RAM16GB DDR4 (3000MHz)
HDDWD Blue 2TB (7200RPM)
SSDSamsung 960 EVO 250GB (nVME M.2)
CPU CoolerCryorig H7

$2500 Gaming PC Build

I’m not going to go as far and say that this is the ultimate 4K gaming PC build, but it’s definitely way up there. The only way it could get more insane would be to go with an even crazier SLI setup by upgrading to GTX 1080 Ti!
CaseCorsair Graphite 780T
MotherboardAsus Prime Z370-A
ProcessorIntel i7 8700K
GraphicsMSI GTX 1080 SC x2 (SLI)
Power Supp.EVGA 850 G3 80+ Gold
RAM16GB DDR4 (3000MHz)
HDDWD Black 1TB (7200RPM)
SSDSamsung 960 EVO 500GB (nVME M.2)
CPU CoolerCorsair H80i V2