The Rundown

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!

Whether you’re just transition into PC gaming from console gaming (ick) or you’re just looking to upgrade, there will definitely be a build for you below. 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
  • 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.

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, fire me an email using this contact form.

Budget-Level Builds

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 PC

  • AMD A10 9700 APU
  • Integrated R7 Graphics
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM
  • 320GB 7200RPM HDD
$350

$400 Budget Build

  • Intel Pentium G4400 (3.3GHz)
  • 2GB GTX 1050
  • 8GB 2400MHz DDR4 RAM
  • 1TB 7200RPM HDD
$400

$500 Budget Build

  • AMD R3 1200
  • 2GB GTX 1050
  • 8GB 2666MHz DDR4 RAM
  • 1TB 7200RPM HDD
$500

$600 Budget Build

  • AMD R3 1200
  • 3GB GTX 1060
  • 8GB 2666MHz DDR4 RAM
  • 1TB 7200RPM HDD
$600

Mid-Range Builds

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 – definitely what you want when gaming! By AAA games, I’m referring to games like The Witcher 3, R6: Siege, Battlefield 1, etc.


$700 Mid-Range Build

  • AMD R5 1500X
  • 3GB GTX 1060
  • 8GB 3000MHz DDR4 RAM
  • 1TB 7200RPM HDD
$700

$800 Mid-Range Build

  • AMD R5 1600
  • 6GB GTX 1060
  • 8GB 3000MHz DDR4 RAM
  • 1TB 7200RPM HDD
$800

$900 Mid-Range Build

  • AMD R5 1600
  • 6GB GTX 1060
  • 8GB 3000MHz DDR4 RAM
  • 1TB 7200RPM HDD + 240GB SSD
$900

$1000 Build (AMD)

  • AMD R5 1600
  • 8GB GTX 1070
  • 8GB 3000MHz DDR4 RAM
  • 1TB 7200RPM HDD + 250GB SSD
$1000

$1000 Mid-Range Build

  • Intel i5 7600K
  • 6GB GTX 1060
  • 8GB 3000MHz DDR4 RAM
  • 1TB 7200RPM HDD + 250GB SSD
$1000
 
 

High-End & 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 1440p and 4K resolutions. 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 to make sure that you’re getting the right build I’d suggest checking them all out.


$1200 High-End Build

  • Intel i5 7600K (3.8GHz)
  • 8GB GTX 1070
  • 16GB 3000MHz DDR4 RAM
  • 1TB 7200RPM HDD + 250GB SSD
$1200

$1500 High-End Build

  • AMD R5 1600
  • 11GB GTX 1080 Ti
  • 16GB 3000MHz DDR4 RAM
  • 1TB 7200RPM HDD + 250GB SSD
$1500

$2000 4K Gaming PC Build

  • Intel i7 7700K (4.2GHz)
  • 11GB GTX 1080 Ti
  • 16GB 3200MHz DDR4 RAM
  • 2TB 7200RPM HDD + 250GB SSD
$2000

$2500 OVERKILL Build

  • Intel i7 7700K (4.2GHz)
  • 2x 8GB GTX 1080
  • 16GB 3000MHz DDR4 RAM
  • 2TB 7200RPM HDD + 250GB SSD
$2500