Best Gaming PC Build Under $800

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!

 


 

Updated: 11/20/2016

Best Gaming PC Build Under $800

 

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

 

CPU / Processor – Intel Skylake Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor

 

best gaming PC build under $800

CPU Cooler – Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO

 

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

 

Motherboard – MSI Computer ATX DDR4 Motherboard Z170A PC MATE

 

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

 

Graphics Card – EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB GAMING ACX 2.0 3GB GDDR5

 

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

 

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

 

Total Cost: $750-$850  Current Price: $846.19


 

Build Explanation

 

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

 

cpu for best gaming PC under 800 dollars

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

 

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

 

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

 

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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:

  1. Steam OS (neat but kinda meh)
  2. Linux (Ubuntu Recommended)
  3. Acquire Windows through shady methods (not recommended)
  4. 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.

Thank you,

Anthony

Level Up Your Gear

 


 

30 comments

  • Milos

    By building a custom gaming PC people can save a lot of money. Also they learn about PC components. Your article is very informative guide for choosing custom components for beginners. BTW that Radeon is a beast in DX12. I owe both R9 380 and GTX960. Keep up the good work.

    • Anthony

      Hi Milos,

      I really appreciate the feedback. I personally like the r9 380 a lot too but there are a ton of people who favor that GTX960. It’s hard to go wrong these days!

      Thanks again,

      Anthony

  • Assassintoilet

    Thank you so much! The only reason I ask these things is bc I don’t want the motherboard to overheat. Or can it? If it can handle anything I would get the best graphics card and ect. Also I am new and this will be my first GAMING pc. Thank you so much for everything I know it must get annoying with these questions.

    • No problem at all. I don’t get annoyed by the questions because I learned the same way… by asking. The motherboard can handle what we have discussed and what would overheat is the CPU if you overclock it too much. But to start out you will run it at stock speeds and with any heatsink/fan it will be just fine. I think it is awesome that you are building your first gaming PC! Just make sure and watch the building a PC videos here because that really helped me with my first build. Feel free to ask if you any questions going forward.

      Thanks again,
      Anthony

      • Assassintoilet

        Thanks 🙂 also do you think r9 290x would fit this. It looks powerful and I would need a better psu right

        • The r9 290x will work but It is just the older version of the r9 390x. I would probably just get the r9 390x if you were going that route. Yes a jump up to a more powerful PSU like this 650 watt that I linked previously would be a good idea.

  • Assassintoilet

    Will any r9 380 be ok on the motherboard? I heard the Asus one is better? Also in the future if upgrade to a r9 390 will it be ok

    • Hey there again!

      That is correct any r9 380 should work with the motherboard in this build. If you like the ASUS better then go for it! I prefer the gigabyte in the parts list or this XFX brand r9 380 personally. It is up to you but either choice is great. Hope I was able to help.

      Thanks,
      Anthony

  • Assassintoilet

    Hey. Does it matter what cooler you have? I want something that makes everything cool so they last a while. Like liquid cooling and stuff like that. What are those

    • Assassintoilet

      Could I change the 500w to 600w and could I upgrade graphics card to r9 390 anytime? Will the motherboard handle it

    • The cooler, or heat sink and fan with this build keep the CPU at lower temperatures then a normal stock setup would. If you are newer to PC building I would stay away from water cooling and if you like possibly upgrade later down the road. That is for more serious overclocking. The higher you push the speeds the hotter the CPU gets. SO the better cooling you need. I’d stick with the one I recommended in the build because the i5 6600k doesn’t come with one.

  • Fred Chong

    Hi Anthony, This post is awesome with video guide for any aspiring PC DIY. It’s an eye opener for me to know how advanced is today’s hardware. I’m also intrigued by the “extra” advice you have put in on top of the full hardware assembly – which includes the choice for CPU, OS, and Graphics card… I agree with you that your recommendation is to give more bang for the dollar and have lots of fun DIY! Thank you.

    • Anthony

      Hey Freddy glad you stopped by to leave a comment!

      I think a lot of people will find that the do it yourself aspect of PC builds is a very enjoyable experience. You just end up with more attachment and understanding of your computer when the process it complete. Thank you for the kudos on this parts list. I try my best to keep the builds on this site updated and relevant and I am always searching for good combinations.

      Take care,

      Anthony

  • morna

    Hi Antony
    you really know your stuff and the site is so clean and clear. Now I can build my very own PC… tried messing with my laptop but to date it is still not working. which i had this info before
    I saved your link because it has a lot of valuable information i can use.

    • Anthony

      Hello Morna!

      Thanks for reaching out. I am pleased to hear you are giving building your own PC a shot I think you will have a blast doing it. Laptops are fun but you start out with way less power for the money. The case is the same for buying an “off the shelf” computer as well. I am here to help so let me know if there are any questions that come up.

      -Anthony

  • bbradd

    wow what a goldmine of information! Anthony you really know a lot about building PCs! I knew they were complicated but I don’t think I ever truly realized exactly how many components there were and how they all interacted with each other. This post really broke it down for me in an easy to understand way though, so thank you!

    • Anthony

      Hi B-rad!

      Thank you for the comment and kind words it is much appreciated. I am glad I was able to help you understand better how to build your own PC. It really isn’t too complicated and once you get the hang of it your computer is up and going in a very short amount of time. With this $800 build you are really only looking at maybe 8-9 components to put together so it’s not bad at all. Let me know if you need any more help going forward.

      Thanks again,

      Anthony

  • John

    love your site man, very clean and informative. I was actually in hunt of a laptop, I actually don´t know very much techniqually about computers. I don´t use mine for “gaming” I most use it for writing and watching movies, youtube, etc. What is a good advice from you to choose? I also like making videos and editing? Is a “gaming laptop” an alternative?

    • Anthony

      Hi John,

      This PC build will do everything you want and more. I personally don’t advise a laptop unless you really need the portability due to the fact that you spend a lot more money for what you actually get out of it. If you are leaning hard towards buying a laptop maybe check out this ASUS 15.6″ which will do what you want it to do plus a bit of gaming as well OR if you are mostly interested in media, writing and editing then it pains me to say take a look at this Apple MacBookPro. Let me know if you need any help in the future!

      -Anthony

  • Paul

    Great stuff Anthony. I’m not really that familiar with the specific parts in the build so I couldn’t really comment valuably in that regard, but there’s no doubt this would be immensely helpful for those who are on a tight budget and want the best value for their money. I myself am not currently looking for a budget PC like this (I put together my gaming rig many years ago and it still serves me well to this day), but I will certainly take a closer look in the event I want to put together a solid second desktop. Thanks!

    • Anthony

      Hi Paul thanks for commenting! This is actually a really good PC build for the money. $800 is a good spot to be but also check out my $900 build as well for more ideas here. My goal is to help people out so if you have any questions later on just let me know.

      Thanks again,

      -Anthony

  • Alexey

    Wow. That is such a great post! I
    You have made this whole process lo look quite easy.
    You hit on some good points. A self build computer is ten times better than aself made at the shelf for the same price.
    I was looking to buy some parts and to try to build my own one – but I was afraid that I will do something wrong + i dont understanda thing in computers. Your post was very helpful!

    • Anthony

      Hi Alexey,

      Thanks for the feedback it is much appreciated. If you want to you can build your own PC no problem you just need to want to put in a little time to learn. Once you jump into the learning process a bit you will see that it is not as complicated as you may have first thought. Let me know if you have any questions.

      -Anthony

  • sc88

    Great post and information in this post, when I was younger I was really into building my own optimized computers, but not at this leve but wish i had this information back then. And to build your own for $800 with those specs is pretty impressive too. I might actually try building my own when ive got more time

    • Anthony

      Hello there,

      You are right there is a lot more information out there now on different PC build and how to get it done. I think we all wished there was as many resources back then as there is now. At this price range you can build a really great gaming PC no problem. When you get started let me know if you have any questions.

      Take care,

      -Anthony

  • Dara

    I’d love to build my own PC the next time I’m ready to buy one. I’m pretty tired of all the bloat-ware that off the shelf models come with. Of course I’m assuming that you avoid all of that when you build your own, am I right?
    I like that you broke down the reason you’d choose Intel over AMD for the processor, since there isn’t an upgrade path with the AMD, why even bother doing your own build?
    Thoroughly enjoyable read Anthony, I’m bookmarking you so when I’m ready to build I can find you easily!

    • Anthony

      Hello Dara,

      I’m glad to hear you are inspired to get into PC building. You are correct you will avoid all the annoying bloatware that comes with a retail computer. AMD is a bit behind Intel but they are coming out with some new processors hopefully in 2016 so that will be exciting. Thanks for reading and I will talk to you about your new build soon.

      Take care,

      -Anthony

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