Best PC Under $800 Dollars, Good Gaming Build
If you want top performance, quality parts and a PC you can be proud of then you want to build your own. Below is a list of parts to build the best gaming PC for under $800 dollars. Sure for this budget you can get there with a pre-built, “off the shelf”, machine but it certainly is a lot more fun and beneficial to have a go at it your self.
The parts list below is one I have curated to help anyone have an awesome guideline. It can be hard to decide exactly what setup to go with or sometimes it is just nice to get confirmation on your own ideas. Whatever the case is I am here to help so feel free to ask any question you have.
Later I will go through a build overview and detailed explanation. Then throw in some ideas for possible extra and alternative parts. I will share some ideas about operating systems and lastly show you how and why to build your own gaming PC (if you already know how just skip that part).
Please bare in mind that the prices on the parts below fluctuate from time to time as with all technology and also make sure to let me know what you thought of this build in the comment section below. Thanks!
Best Gaming PC Build Under $800
CPU / Processor – Intel Skylake Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler – Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
Motherboard – MSI Computer ATX DDR4 Motherboard Z170A PC MATE
Graphics Card – EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB GAMING ACX 2.0 3GB GDDR5
Total Cost: $750-$850 Current Price: $846.19
Starting off the build we have a sleek and to the point Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-01 Mid Tower. You can go with whatever you want here but this one is a really good functional pick.
There are a few differences between this build and my $700 build. With the extra money I allocated it towards the Intel Skylake Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor and motherboard. Going to be a power house rig.
The nice thing about that processor is that it is a “K” series processor which means it is unlocked for overclocking. You don’t have to overclock but you will be setup for it should you decide to in the future.
As far as memory and storage go I’m two sticks of Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 2133MHz and the Seagate Barracuda 1TB Hard Disk Drive.
I am going to be sticking with a solid state drive as optional here. While you can get some faster loading times and other benefits I would rather put my money elsewhere and it’s something you can always upgrade in the future.
In my $900 gaming PC build I will likely incorporate a beefier graphics card but the GTX 1060 will still kill it and we are left with room for a very solid overall build at the end of the day.
This build will be good for years to come, has a great upgrade path and will knock current games out of the park!
How do you decide on a case?
I am going to go back to my shoes analogy again here. You want comfort, you want style, but what you need… the right fit.
A couple of things pop up with this specific build. We need the room to fit that GTX 1060 graphics card and Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo. Most cases will have room for the rest of the build easily.
So I picked the Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-01 which fits all the requirements, has front 3.0 USB, dust filters, cable routing and CPU cooler back plate motherboard cutouts, and a nice side panel window.
You can pick a different case if you like. Just make sure it will be compatible with everything.
AMD Processor Alternative
Don’t do it man! Haha, no I am just joking…slightly.
Trust me I have been a fan of AMD for years but they have been having trouble keeping up. Your direct price comparison to the Intel in this build would be the AMD FX-9590. Yes it is an 8-core CPU so you will get better performance then the Intel in a very small amount of situations that would utilize the extra cores.
Another problem is that there is literally no upgrade path. AM3+ socket is at the very end of its run and the FX-9590 is the best you can get.
Lastly Intel CPU’s have better performance per core then AMD and the i5-6600k will annihilate a FX-9590 in basically any game out there.
My vote if you must use a AMD processor would be to drop down to a FX-8350 or even FX-6300 and then use the extra money for things like adding a SSD to the build or even a beefier GPU. BUT then you will still have to deal with the issues I previously mentioned. Not optimal in my opinion.
The Graphic Card Choice
This build is centered around the EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB video card. It is really a beast and will allow you to play your games on high setting no problem. If you are a AMD guy you can go with the comparable RX 470 but ultimately the choice is up to you.
Like I said earlier I think with a little bit more cash in the budget I would recommend a GTX 1070 but at this point your going to do amazing with either of the aforementioned cards. They will handle everything you throw at them.
Items of Interest
Operating System – Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Optical Drive – Asus 24x DVD-RW Serial-ATA OEM DRW-24B1ST
WiFi – Wireless USB Adapter
Keyboard – Logitech G105 Gaming Keyboard
Mouse – Logitech G300s Gaming Mouse
Headset – Sentey Gs-4730 Gaming Heaset
Speakers – Logitech Z523
Additional Items Explanation
Next up I will go into greater detail about operating systems because a lot of people want to know what they should do, but first lets talk about some of the items you may or may not need at this point. It is likely that you have a lot of them already so this is why they aren’t listed as part of the main build. If this is the case then awesome! You will be able to save some money.
An optical drive or DVD-RW is getting more and more prehistoric as the years go on. You can download almost every app, program or game and even your OS can be installed from a USB drive. While there is not a lot of need for one of these you may still want to have it as a part of your build. The best option is if you have one in an old build. Scavenge the heck out of that puppy. If not they are about $20 so no sweat there.
WiFi, some love it, some hate it. I personally choose to hard wire my PC into the router but if you prefer wireless then you will need a PCI-E adapter or USB alternative such as the one I listed above.
Everything else is your standard computer peripherals that most have but if you are missing some of them or in need of an upgrade then those are some great options. You can always poke around the rest of this site to find more reviews on other PC gear.
The OS Sitch…uation
TL;DR – (Spoiler Alert!) Get a legit copy of the newest version of Windows, aka Windows 10 for ease of use and best modern PC game support.
If you have read any of my other build guides then I’m sure you have seen my spiel about operating systems. If not I can give ya the low down right meow.
You have some free options which are:
- Steam OS (neat but kinda meh)
- Linux (Ubuntu Recommended)
- Acquire Windows through shady methods (not recommended)
- If you previously purchased a retail copy of Windows 7-10 take it off your old PC (this is good)
The problem with Steam OS and other Linux distribution’s is that they do not support all the modern games available today. This may be a problem for a lot of people and because I do not endorse the act of piracy I suggest you either use Windows off one of your old builds or purchase a new copy of Windows 10.
How to Build a Gaming PC for Under $800 Dollars!
If you are absolutely new to computer building or just in need of a refresher course then take a look at page I put together just for this here. It will help a lot to research the process a bit before you decide to delve in. A beginner shouldn’t be afraid because building your own PC is something that anyone can do easily if you put a little time in the learn.
Like I said even if you have done it before in the past sometimes it’s nice to check out some content on the subject to get your head back in the game.
What makes building your PC a good idea?
A couple of good reasons to build over buying a pre-built PC is you can get more performance for your dollar and you know exactly what parts are going into the machine and who put them there. You of course!
Trust me at this price range and beyond you really are getting a WAY better PC for your money if you build it your self.
The next reason I always tell people is: BECAUSE IT’S FUN!
This can all really be broken into two different hobbies. PC Gaming and PC Building. For a lot of us these go hand in hand and you get a lot of enjoyment out of the build process. It comes highly recommended from me of course. 🙂
This is the just the beginning!
If you have read this far I applaud you my friend. I spend a lot of time thinking about and figuring out a build to make sure and maximize it. If you build this PC you will be ready to blaze through whatever game you are into and I think you will be really happy with it. Once again thank you for checking out my guide on how to build the best gaming PC for under an $800 budget and I hope I was able to help.
What did you think of this PC? If you are going with this specific build or need some help just drop me a comment below. Likes, shares, tweets and +1’s are greatly appreciated as well.
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