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.
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.
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.
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.
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
|$750 - $850|
No set price as pricing of components changes day to day *
Ryzen 5 2600
The hottest gaming CPU right now. Killer performance and value
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
CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16 GB 3200 MHz
Fast 3200MHz RAM for the Ryzen CPU
MSI Bazooka B450M
A good AM4 motherboard that can overclock!
Crucial MX500 M.2 SSD
500GB of fast storage in a tiny M.2 package
WD Blue 1TB SATA 7200 RPM 3.5"
Plenty of hard drive space for those with a lot of games and large applications
EVGA 500 BQ 80+ Bronze
Reliable budget option for a semi-modular power supply
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.
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).
Hard Drive Storage
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.