Best Gaming PC Build Under $900

Best Gaming PC Under $900 Budget, This Build is a Powerhouse in 2017

 

Updated: 3/4/2017

 

If you want to dominate today’s top end computer games you want to make good and sure you have the best equipment possible. I am going to let you take a look at this parts list I have curated to help you make the best gaming PC build under $900 in 2017. We are no longer in “budget” territory and while this PC won’t be super cheap, it will still contain the ever important bang for buck mantra.

After the build list I will provide an in depth look into my design thought process. Including a build summary and highlighting certain parts that I believe deserve more attention. This should help someone who is looking to build their first gaming rig or even give an experienced person confirmation with their own build ideas.

Also included in this article will be some suggested additional computer parts, peripherals, operating system ideas, and i’ll point you in the direction of exactly how to build a gaming PC (although of course skip this if you already know what you’re doing).

If you have any questions or thoughts let me know in the comment section below!

 


 

Updated: 3/4/2017

Best Gaming PC Build Under $900 Budget

 

Case – Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-01 Mid Tower Gaming Case CC-9011050-WW

 

CPU / Processor – Intel Core i5 6600K 3.50 GHz Quad Core Skylake Desktop Processor

 

CPU Cooler – Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO

 

Thermal Paste – Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound

 

Motherboard – MSI Pro Solution Intel Z170A LGA 1151 DDR4 USB 3.1 ATX Motherboard Z170A PC Mate

 

gpu for best gaming PC under $900

RAM – Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 2133MHz

 

Graphics Card – Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 6GB WINDFORCE OC GV-N1060WF2OC-6GD

 

Hard Drive – WD Blue 1TB Desktop Hard Disk Drive – 7200 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch

 

Power Supply – EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G1 80+ GOLD, 650W Continuous Power, Fully Modular Power Supply

 

Total Cost: $850-$950  Current Price: $927.05


 

Build Explanation

 

To begin with I am using the Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-01 Mid Tower case once again. It is inexpensive, looks nice and totally compatible with the rest of the parts in the build. Like always you can certainly go with another case if you want but just make sure it is compatible with the other parts and suits your needs.

So with this build I am extremely excited for a couple of things. I actually foreshadowed these points in my $800 PC build article. The main BIG difference with this $900 build is the graphics card. Jumping up a step to the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB will make this computer an absolute gaming powerhouse and is the most noticeable performance boost.  I think you will be really happy with the 1060 6GB as the centerpiece of your gaming rig.

We are runnin 16GB of RAM, 1TB HDD and a more robust 650w gold power supply unit to ensure we have enough power for that graphics card and overclocking the processor. I left out a solid state drive as optional but if you want to add one in you can get a pretty decent 250GB SSD for roughly $90.

The other noticeable difference from this build and the $800 version on this site is the processor. $900 becomes an awesome price point to use an overclockable Skylake CPU and still have room for the beefier graphics card but I decided to give it my best shot. We will be sure to have our cake and eat it too at the $1000 level as well :).

While processing power isn’t everything to a gamer it is still nice to know you have your bases covered. The unlocked 3.5 GHz Intel Core i5-6600K Processor paired with a Z170A motherboard will be plenty of power for years to come. With the aftermarket CPU cooler and an unlocked i5 you will be able to overclock and squeeze that much more performance out of it. Although it is not necessary and you don’t have to overclock you may wish to in the future and it’s great to have that option.

This is one mean machine that will crush all the current games available!

 

I went with Intel but, what about AMD?

best gaming pc build under $900 processor

 

Due to the fact that this is a gaming” PC we need to pick whatever processor that will provide better performance for the price point. The thing that is most important for gaming as far as the CPU is concerned is per core power rather then how many cores you have at your disposal. So while you can get a lot more cores at lower price points with AMD chips, unfortunately, Intel dominates in terms of per core performance.

You could go with an 8 core AMD FX-9590 or FX-9370 but an Intel i5-6600k will outperform these in pretty much all AAA games. It will also outperform the AMD counterparts in most other applications save for a minority of cases where having a ton of extra cores is important. There just aren’t any games that utilize the power of all these extra cores. You are better off going Intel for now.

 

Graphics is a must!

 

In this build I am stoked to be able to utilize the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB video card. It is an absolute beast and will buzz saw through 1080p, 1440p and does OK even with 4k gaming. With a max resolution of 7680 x 4320 and the ability to power up to 3 displays you will be set indeed. Knowing that graphics truly is a must in a gaming computer, I would say it is more then OK to spend 1/3 of the overall budget on your GPU which is what I’ve done here.

 

Extra Bits and Pieces

 

Operating System – Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit

 

SSD Drive Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD

 

Optical Drive – Asus 24x DVD-RW Serial-ATA OEM DRW-24B1ST

 

WiFi – Wireless USB Adapter

 

Monitor – ASUS VS248H P 24 Inch 1080P 2ms Full HD LED Monitor

 

Keyboard – Logitech G105 Gaming Keyboard

 

Mouse – Logitech G300s Gaming Mouse

 

Headset –  Sentey Gs-4730 Gaming Heaset

 

Speakers – Logitech Z523

 

Bits and Pieces Explanation

 

In the next topic I will go over my thoughts and preferences as far as the operating system is concerned. First lets go over some optional parts that you may wish to incorporate into your PC build.

The first of which being a SDD or solid state drive. A good setup is to have a SSD with your operating system and other important apps loaded on to that and then have a larger hard drive reserved for your main storage. The reason being the added speed and performance a SSD has over a HDD. While your programs, OS and loading screens (during gaming) will see a nice boost I would rather put the extra money towards other parts of the build. Mainly the graphics card in this instance. You know… what actually improves frame rate. One option if you really want to add in a SSD would be to jump down to my $800 build and throw in the Samsung 850 SSD I listed above. They go for roughly $90.

The next part i’d like to talk about is the optical drive. While these can come in handy at times I have it benched to the optional list because in many cases people don’t use them anymore and/or have one laying around from a previous computer. You can download apps, programs and games these days and even load your operating system from USB. If you really want to throw one of these in you can pick one up for very cheap. The ASUS DVD-RW listed above runs about $20 typically.

Last on my list is networking. I myself prefer to be wired directly into the router for better performance and stability. For some this isn’t an option so wireless is your best bet. In that case you will need a wireless pci adapter or usb such as the one I listed. Either way you can pick these up very inexpensively as well.

The rest of the list is some general PC gaming peripherals so take a look at the ones above if you are in need of one or you can always take a look around the rest of levelupyourgear.com where I have many articles about other gaming gear.

 

Operating System Of Choice

 

An OS is always on the mind when creating a new PC build. NOT! Who want’s to shell out an extra hundo for the latest injection of Windows? Not this guy that’s who.good pc build under 900 dollars

The problem is while you can get operating systems for free they are just not as good for the average gamer at this point. This pains me immensely because I think it would be great to be able to run the open source Linux Ubuntu as a daily driver. While you can use Wine to run your Windows games and apps right off of Ubuntu the problem is that not every current game will be supported for this.

Another option would be Steam OS and while it seems like a neat idea you run into the same issues as with other Linux distributions. It has also been documented that as of now Steam OS actually bogs some games down in comparison to Windows.

So the clear choice at this point for a gamer looking to play the widest variety of games would be to install a fresh copy of Windows 10 on your machine. Yes it costs roughly $100 so if you are stuck on $900 as a firm budget you may want to bump down to $800 plus $100 for Windows OR save up a little more cash.

One last note is that if you have purchased a retail copy of Windows 7, 8 or 10 for a past build (like many have) you can re-install that on your new machine saving some good cashola.

All of this is why I don’t list the OS as a main part of the build.

 

How to Build a Good Gaming PC for Under $900 Dollars in 2017!

 

If you already know what you’re doing then you can skip this part if you want. But if you need help learning to build a gaming PC make sure you check out a page I have devoted to that here. There are some videos there that will really help you out if you are new to all of this as well as some advice from me personally.

Whatever your experience level it can still be a good idea to do some refreshing. Especially if it has been some time since your last gaming computer project.

 

Should you build or should you buy pre-built?

 

Ultimately that is up to you my friend. Some people will find the draw and convenience of going to a local store, or Amazon, and picking up an already built gaming PC. It is super easy and you can just take it home, set it up and be done with it.

The reason I build my own PC’s is because it is fun!

It becomes a hobby for must of us that is only rivaled by gaming and occasionally overclocking (yes this is fun too).

Other then gaining an additional hobby you will also be able to build a much better over all machine for the money and have the sense of pride knowing you built it your self. Bang for buck is key. 🙂

 

Get ready because the future is bright!

 

Well you have made it. I hope in some way shape or form I was able to help you figure out a plan of action going forward. In my opinion the build above is the best gaming PC for under $900 dollars in 2017 and you will see great performance for years to come. Get ready to smash through your favorite titles on max settings and above all have a good time. Life really is too short.

What did you think of this build? If you are going with this specific one or need some help please drop me a comment below. If you enjoyed this then please check out my $1,000 build as well. Likes, shares, tweets and +1’s are greatly appreciated as well.

Thank you,

Anthony

Level Up Your Gear

 

6 comments

  • Ashley

    I was looking to upgrade my $350 dollar gaming pc to a $900 the main reason being is that I didn’t add a graphics card with my old one since my cpu has an integrated one. Can I add a graphics card now or will I need to get another motherboard that works with dual graphics?

    p.s I don’t have a price limit and my cpu is:
    AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor
    and my mother board is:
    MSI 760GMA-P34(FX) Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard

    • Anthony

      Hi Ashley,

      Looks like you should be able to add in a graphics card to your current setup if you wish. The main thing to check is if you have enough physical space inside your case for the card you are purchasing. Without knowing exactly the purpose I would recommend either a Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 4GB or an AMD r9 380 4GB. Both would be great all around options for roughly $200.

      Take care!

  • Nate

    Hi Anthony,

    I’m still fairly clueless when it comes to PC building but seem to be getting better with practice. How long did it take you to reach a point where it has come as “second nature”?

    Do you know if the parts you listed are available in most global territories as I live in the UK.

    • Anthony

      Hi Nate,

      It is absolutely alright that you are new to all of this stuff. You will learn fast. I’d say it takes at least a couple entire builds to really get the hang of it but like I said it will come to ya quick. The parts listed in this $900 build should definitely be available to the UK. I like to order through Amazon but if they don’t seem to have anything Newegg is also a good source. I appreciate you taking the time to comment and if you have any questions going forward please let me know!

      -Anthony

  • Tar

    Man, I am quite a ‘noob’ when it comes to PC techs specs. So much so that I didn’t know about 4K gaming. I thought 1080p is the highest and the best!

    I remember one your post saying Intel is the best bet out there, processor wise. Talk about the benchmark when it comes to benefits and quality.

    Well, you almost reach 900 dollars, less 2 bucks ish. Still, your valuable in depth research wins the lot! A deficit is better rather than break even!

    • Anthony

      Hello,

      It is OK if you are new to PC building that’s what guides like this one and people like me are for. You can also spend some time on different forums that have helped me a lot over the years with lots of different things. As far as the processor goes, once you get away from that $100 processor range you just have much better performance out of the Intel chips. We will see what AMD has next up their sleeve and I really hope they start to compete. If you have any other questions just let me know and thanks for commenting.

      -Anthony

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