Best $800 Gaming PC Build

The search volume on Google for best $800 gaming PC builds are one of the highest of all gaming PCs. It’s for a good reason.

At $800, you can get yourself a PC that runs pretty much any game at 1080P on medium settings or above with zero issues. You can afford to have 16 gigabytes of DDR4 RAM for multitasking purposes, an SSD, and a nice looking case.

You get all this for about the price of a flagship smartphone. That’s a pretty good deal.


Best $800 Pre-built PCs

As site dedicated to custom built gaming PCs, it’s not surprise that we don’t like pre-builts. Pre-builts are going to deliver worse performance at the same price, and the components they give you are often pretty low quality.

However, so many of the pre-builts today are in the ~$800 price range. There’s actually a few pre-builts in this price range that will actually perform almost as well as our $800 build.

Best Pre-built PCs for under $800

A lot pre-builts have poor quality no-name PSUs that can cause some serious problems if you get unlucky. It’s not a bad idea to just replace the PSU right away. 

You might want to look at our dedicated guide for this price ($800).


HP Pavilion Power 580-023w

Intel i5 7400  | Nvidia GTX 1060 3GB | 8GB DDR4 RAM | 1TB HDD | Wifi | Windows 10

By the looks of it, this PC offers the best value of any of these three pre-builts — which is really surprising because it’s a brand name HP prebuilt.

Costing barely $700, you get some decent CPU and GPU juice with the i5 7400 and GTX 1060. The i5 7400 is actually a lot weaker than the i5 8400 despite being just one generation older, but its still has more than enough juice for this PC.

This PC comes with the bare bones 8GB of ram and 1TB HDD, but no other sub $800 pre-built does it any better.


CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme GXIVR8020A5

Intel i5-8400 | AMD RX 580 4GB | 8GB DDR4 RAM | 1TB HDD | WiFi | Windows 10 

This pre-built has a spec list pretty close to that of the HP Pavilion Power pre-built PC. You do get a free mouse a keyboard, but it’s cheap crap that is worth less than $15. It does have a clear case with red LED fans, so you’ll be able to see the inside of your PC.


Skytech Gaming ST-SHADOW-II-002

Ryzen 5 1400 | GTX 1060 3GB | 16GB DDR4 | 1TB HDD | WiFi | Windows 10

This is the most expensive PC of the three, but is not really the best. The Ryzen 5 1400 is really underpowered compared to the i5 8400 — this mike be a deal breaker for you if you want a lot of CPU power. However, Skytech was smart enough to put 16 GB of RAM in this PC, twice as much as the 8GB on the other PC.


Our Goals for this PC

As always, we set a few ground rules for what we want from a PC before we carefully select the components.

Gaming Performance

Since $800 for a gaming PC is still barely in the mid-tier range, you won’t have much money to spend on bells and whistles. We focused heavily on optimizing this build primarily for gaming performance.

Futureproofing

This is a fairly sizable investment for a PC, and many gamers would want something that could last for well over 4 to 5 years with proper upgrades.

Versatility

Very few people who want to build a gaming PC build it for the sole purpose of gaming. That’s what consoles are for. That’s why while the extra ram and SSD storage might not directly correlate with your FPS per say, it is immensely helpful for many non-gaming tasks.


Our Gaming PC for Under $800

PRICE
$750 - $850
No set price as pricing of components changes day to day *
CPU
Ryzen 5 2600
The hottest gaming CPU right now. Killer performance and value

GPU
XFX RX 580 GT XXX 8GB
It's a little ugly, but the XFX RX 580 is a powerful 1080P card with plenty of video RAM and a really good price
Memory
CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16 GB 3200 MHz
Fast 3200MHz RAM for the Ryzen CPU
Motherboard
MSI Bazooka B450M
A good AM4 motherboard that can overclock!



SSD
Crucial MX500 M.2 SSD
500GB of fast storage in a tiny M.2 package

HDD
WD Blue 1TB SATA 7200 RPM 3.5"
Plenty of hard drive space for those with a lot of games and large applications
PSU
EVGA 500 BQ 80+ Bronze
Reliable budget option for a semi-modular power supply
Case
NZXT H500
A very popular and very good looking case - a favorite of Youtubers

 Why Choose This PC?

Of the many gaming PC build guides on the internet, we think there are a few reasons to trust ours.

Of course, take everything we say with a of salt since everyone is biased in their own ways, and we encourage you to look at other build guides on the internet as well.

  We put heavy emphasis on reliability

We want your PC to last as long as possible, so we do not included parts with potential reliability problems, even the is higher for better quality alternatives. For example, we usually recommend the slightly pricey SeaSonic PSUs for their amazing reliability and warranty.

  Frequent updates to our content

These build guides are dynamic and are updated very often as new products hit the market and prices on existing components change. You can always rely on this site to have the most updated content as we scan each page every few weeks.

  Our PC builds are designed deliver superb performance in all areas, not just gaming

We know all of you plan to do more on your PC than just gaming, whether it is work, school, or just browsing the web. The most optimal set-up for pure gaming is probably not good for everything else a desktop PC is used for. For this reason, we almost always put strong CPUs, SSDs instead of HDDs, and healthy amounts of RAM in our builds.

 Parts List


With this $800 PC build you will be getting the excellent AMD Ryzen 5 2600, the same CPU that is used on our $1000 gaming PC build.

While you probably don’t need this much CPU horsepower for this $800 build if you are just gaming, the extra power comes with two benefits: multitasking and futureproofing. As games become more optimizzed for both the Ryzen architecture and more CPU cores, a 12-threaded Ryzen 5 2600 is going to age better than the 6-threaded Intel i5 chips.


The graphics card is probably the weakest part of this build. The RX 580 is very affordable in the context of our $800 budget, but it is also a little under powered. The performance gap between the RX 580(as well as the GTX 1060) and the much more expensive GTX 1070 is around 40%, and there is no in-between GPU option. As a result, we had to resort to choosing the RX 580 because there was no way we could fit a 1070 or RTX 2060 in a $800 budget.

The newly released RX 590, performance wise, is exactly between the R9 580 and GTX 1070 in performance, so that is your only option here.

However, the affordability of the RX 580 comes with benefits too; it allows us to cram a Ryzen 5 2600, a 500 GB SSD, and 16 gigs of ram into this build!


Most $800 build guides would recommend one 8 GB RAM stick, but 8 GB is just not enough to handle tasks desktop PCs, especially gaming PCs, are expected to handle in 2019. Open three Chrome tabs and your memory usage will be at 97%.

16 gigs of DDR4 memory is expensive, but it’s a necessarily purchase especially in the long run when PC applications will become more and more memory intensive.


The MSI Arsenal Gaming B450M Bazooka is a good quality and nicely built microATX B450 chipset motherboard for the 2000 series Ryzen CPUs. Has four memory slots.


Unless you build is like $200, there’s no excuse for using a HDD as your main drive especially seeing how affordable SSDs have become.

The Crucial MX500 M.2 is same as the regular Crucial MX500 2.5″ SATA drive except that it’s in the M.2 form factor. Just stick it in your motherboard’s M.2 slot and you are ready to go. As the MX500 uses the SATA interface, it’s the same speed as a typical SATA SSD and can’t hold a candle against true NVMe PCIe M.2 SSDs (which cost around 2x as much).


The WD Blue series drives are pretty standard hard drives on PCs. They are affordable and have a decent reliability record.

1TB of hard drive storage in addition to your 240 GB of SSD storage should be plenty of space for all your games, applications, and pictures.


The EVGA 500 BQ is a power supply that is well built for it’s affordable price. With 500 Watts of output, it should be able to handle pretty much any future upgrades as long as you don’t install something crazy like 2x GTX 1080TI. This build will only draw around 300W of power at it’s peak so a 500W PSU is more than sufficient.

The semi-modular allows you to install only the peripheral cables that you need without having a bunch of useless cables cluttering the inside of your case.


 CASE

Usually we would recommend a more budget case for a $800 build as the budget is still fairly tight, but decreasing RAM and graphics card prices have have enabled us to inclued the NZXT H500 case in this build.

It’s has been the hottest PC on the market for awhile now, with a beautiful minimalist design coming in multiple colors and amazing build quality.

The H500 isn’t the biggest ATX case, but it still is a case that can hold a full-sized ATX motherboard. Since we are using the a smaller microATX motherboard in this build, you might be interested in a smaller PC case.  Check out the the Masterbox Lite 3.1 for a pretty nice and affordable microATX case.

Upgrade Options for this Build

If you can stretch you budget a bit beyond $1000, here are upgrade options over our current $1000 build.

 CPU

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AMD Ryzen 5 2600X

The Ryzen 5 2600 is the best value mid-range gaming chip right now, but it’s higher binned brother 2600X is also a compelling choice.

While the 2600X only beats the 2600 in 0.3 GHz peak boost clock speed resulting in 5-10% better performance, the 2600X has a bigger stock cooler than the 2600.

 GPU

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Sapphire Radeon Nitro+ RX 590 8GB

The RX 580 GPU is definitely the most under-powered part of this $800 build, but there’s not much you can do in terms of GPU upgrades without making this a $1000 build.

The GTX 1060 is virtually incidental to the RX 580 in terms of speed (only a few % points better) and costs a bit more, but you won’t notice the difference between the two. You lose V-ram with the 1060 as well as it has 3/6GB instead of the 8GB that comes with our Gigabyte RX 580.

Therefore, we pick the RX 590 as the upgrade option to the RX 590. It delivers an modest performance boost of 10-20% compared to the RX 580. It’s not much, but its definitively noticeable.

 CPU Cooler

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CRYORIG H7

Except in price, the H7 kills the Cooler Master Evo 212 in every single aspect of cooling performance: idle, high load, low load — everything. It also has cooler fans. It’s under 10 dollars more expensive so it’s a great buy.

 Motherboard

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MSI Arsenal Gaming B450 Tomahawk

If you want a larger full sized ATX motherboard for the extra real estate or PCIe slot, go for the MSI B450 Tomahawk. It’s a really good board for the price and it even has RGB leds on the side.

 Storage

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Samsung 970 Evo 500GB NVMe PCIe M.2 2280 SSD

A small form factor M.2 SSD isn’t necessarily any faster than a SATA 2.5″ SSD. Only the NVMe PCIe interface M.2 SSDs have those blazing fast 3000 MB/s read + 2000 MB/s write speeds. The Samsung 970 Evo is also the cream of the crop of NVMe SSDs, with real write speeds of over 3500 MB/s read speeds, around seven times faster than a regular SATA SSD.

 PSU

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Seasonic FOCUS Semi Modular 550 Gold 550W 80+ Gold 

The EVGA 500 BQ we have in the guide is a good PSU for it’s price range and will perform with zero problems with the build we have here, but it’s no match for the quality and reliability of Seasonic PSUs.

Buy this PSU if you want to have something you want to keep using far into the future with new builds.

 Case

Options to Reduce the Cost of Build

We did a little false-advertising here for this guide, as we usually do.

So it’s only far that we give you some different component options so you can keep the cost below $1000 or possibly even $900.

 CPU

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AMD Ryzen 5 2400G

If you don’t care too much about CPU performance and don’t use many CPU intensive applications or games, feel free to buy the cheaper Ryzen 5 2400G. Though it’s a downgrade from the Ryzen 5 2600 we have in this build, it’s still a formidable CPU.

 GPU

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Downgrading the GPU for this build isn’t the greatest idea because the RX 580 is already relatively under powered compared to the rest of the build. Unless you are only playing Fortnite, Minecraft, E-sports for the foreseeable future, look at other components if you want to cut the costs.

But if you really don’t feel the need to have a RX 580 or GTX 1060, the RX 570 is a pretty good option. It costs around 30% less than both the 1060 and 570, but is only around 15% weaker in terms of performance.

Sapphire Radeon Nitro+ RX 570 4GB 

Sapphire is also the best Radeon GPU maker.

 Motherboard

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Nothing much we can really do here. The MSI Pro Series H310 is already one of the cheapest LGA 1151 motherboards so there’s not many corners you can cut here.

 Storage

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You can save around $30 if you get a cheap 1TB Western Digital hard drive instead of the 500GB Samsung SSD, but it probably doesn’t outweigh the massive drop in transfer speeds.

 PSU

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EVGA 450W BT 80+ Bronze

Coming at around thirty dollars, this EVGA 450W PSU is about the cheapest you can go without stepping into the dangerous territory of crappy PSUs. It’s not a good PSU by any means, but it should work fine with this build as long as you don’t go crazy with future upgrades that put too much strain on it.

 Case

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Rosewill ATX Nautilus Case

If you are too cheap to spend 40 dollars on a case (just 5% of your overall $800 budget!!!), we’re just going to recommend the cheapest Micro ATX case in the world for you. It doesn’t even have USB 3.0 ports. You don’t even be able to see your beautiful graphics card or RAM sticks, but at least it’s better than a cardboard box.

Peripherals

Defined strictly, the PC part of the “personal computer” is what is inside the case. You monitor, keyboard, mouse, and speakers are not really part of your PC, but you PC is just a useless brick without these peripherals.

We could write 10,000 words on peripherals right here, but we to want to keep this section short. Here are just a few peripheral recommendations tailored just for this $800 PC build.

If you already have a good mouse or a good set of speakers, just save your money and use those!


Monitor

At this point, you can game at either 1080P or 1440P with a budget of $800 for your PC. Most people will still go with 1080P, as 1080P monitors are significantly cheaper than 1440P monitors, but most games run pretty well at 1440P with our build.

Acer SB220Q bi
1080 x 1920 | FreeSync | 75 Hz | 21.5" | 4ms | HDMI | VGA
Nothing beats the Acer SB220Q for the price. You get both FreeSync and 75 Hz refresh for under $100.
Acer G257HU
2560 x 1440 | 60 Hz | 25" | 4ms | HDMI | DVI | Display Port
Gaming at 1440P on this build is viable, so we included one of the most popular 1440P monitors here.

Fans – ARCTIC F12 Standard

120mm | 1350 RPM |Max. Airflow 74 CFM | 5-12 V

The ARCTIC F12 Standard is a decent performance oriented PC fan to start off with. There’s a lot of different variants of the F12, so you might want to read our PC fan in order to make your final decision.


Keyboard

Here are two great RGB mechanical keyboards which will surely add a bit for flare to your setup without burning a hole in your wallet.


Redragon K552 RGB Mechanical Keyboard
Mechanical | Blue Switches | 87 Keys | RGB
A budget compact RGB keyboard with mechanical switches for under $50!
Redragon K557 RGB Mechanical Keyboard
Mechanical | Blue Switches | 104 keys | RGB | Waterproof | Anti-ghosting
A full-sized RGB backlit mechanical keyboard that is waterproof.

Mouse

Having a gaming mouse won’t make you a better gamer, but the extra quality and precision that comes with a good budget gaming mouse is really nice to have.

Logitech G203 Prodigy RGB
RGB | 16000 DPI | Wired | 2 Custom Buttons
A good budget gaming mouse -- a solid performer for it's price.
Razer DeathAdder Elite
RGB | 16000 DPI | 7 Custom Buttons | 5G Optical Sensor
One of the most iconic gaming mice ever.

 Audio

Corsair HS50
20-20,000 Hz | Noise cancelling
For around fifty dollars, you get a well-built, modestly designed, and comfortable headset with decent sound quality.
HyperX Cloud Stinger
18-23,000 Hz | Memory Foam
A higher-end gaming headset for better performance and quality.

Operating System – Windows 10

Unless you know h0w to use Linux, the only realistic option for a gaming PC these days is Windows 10.

A proper Windows 10 license obtained through a official vender will probably cost you around $100.

If you want to save some money on your OS or even get Windows 10 for free, there are some options for you.You can get a Windows 10 key for under $30 on reseller sites like Kinguin.

You don’t even need to have a product key to get an unlicensed version of Windows 10 as long as you are fine with having a little watermark at the bottom right of your screen constantly. See the pic below.

Putting it All Together: Building Your PC

While building a PC is not difficult due to how standardized and user-friendly the process has now become, there are still usually a couple of tricky steps first time users get tripped up on.

Things like the process of applying thermal paste and connecting the tiny motherboard wires can be scary tasks for rookie builders.

Nobody is also inmune from OS installation nightmares and things like dead components and incompatible components. This is why it’s so important to do a lot of reasearch on the PC building process even after you have ordered your parts. You don’t want to potentially make a bad mistake because yo didn’t know an important piece for information.

Here is a nice video to start off with that is a great overview of the PC build process.

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