Best $800 Gaming PC Build
Ryzen 5 3600
XFX RX 5600 XT Thicc III Pro
2x Vengeance RGB Pro
WD Blue NAND SSD
Seasonic Focus GX-850
Cooler Master Q300L MasterBox
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600.
This CPU from AMD looks very slick with a polished silver case and the Ryzen symbol engraved on the front.
When you purchase the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 CPU you are getting the latest in processing technology with six-core and twelve thread performance. You will be able to boost this bad boy up to 4.2GHz with overclocking.
It comes ready to play as it supports PCIe Version 4.0 due to the socket AM4 platform.
Your games and media will look better than ever while running at over 100 frames per second, and this is going to include some of the most demanding games available. You can play games on high settings or even max settings and it’ll all run smoothly. Video editing is also made easy with this CPU, so it’s a great addition to this gaming rig.
AMD has also taken care of any overheating issues with the Wraith Stealth CPU Cooler. This black cooling system is going to ensure the temperature never goes higher than 95-degrees Celcius.
With 35MB of game cache available, this CPU is a must-have for any budget gaming build – for those that want a stronger more powerful CPU see our build for under $3000 which comes with an amazing processor, but a bit too much for our cheaper PC builds.
Graphics Card: XFX RX 5600 XT Thicc III Pro.
This is a beastly looking graphics card from XFX that comes in an all-black finish with red highlights on the center of the fans.
The super cost-effective RX 5600 XT is going to give you optimal graphic performance on a budget. It comes packing six gigs of GDDR6 memory that runs at 14 Gigabits per second. With this you can run most games on ultra settings and still have over 60 fps.
At medium settings you’ll have no problems to run any game that’s newly released, games like Cyberpunk 2077 should be fine.
You have connectivity covered as this GPU comes fully equipped to connect with PCIe Version 4.0 so you can use it on all the latest setups.
The graphics card measures only 12.83 x 5.83 x 1.73-inches so it can fit in a micro-ATX build. As well, it has three built-in fans that are designed to give you the best possible cooling to keep your GPU running properly. You can also boost clock speed if you choose.
RAM: Vengeance RGB Pro by Corsair.
These dual random access memory sticks from Corsair look unique with a matte black finish and a variety of colors along the top
With the purchase of the Vengeance RGB Pro, you will get two 8 GB RAM sticks to give you a total of 16GB RAM. This amount of RAM is going to allow you to have multiple tabs and media players open simultaneously without stuttering or slowdown.
When you use the Corsair iCue software you are able to customize the dynamic RGB lighting to make the RAM completely unique to you.
The Corsair 16GB of RAM also offers a much faster clock speed than traditional DDR4 memory with a 3200MHz limit and an average speed of 2133MHz.
As the sticks come packing anodized aluminum heat spreaders, they are going to last and be able to handle all your high-performance tasks.
Storage: WD Blue NAND SSD.
This super-fast SSD from Western Digital looks fairly standard in all-black with a white and blue sticker on the front with product information.
When you buy this solid-state drive from Western Digital you are getting a lot of bang for your buck. You get 500GB of storage for all of your media and games, and it has read and write speeds of 560 and 530MB per second respectively.
WD has also tested and proven this SSD rigorously. It as 1.75 million hours mean time to failure, and industry best. As well, you can write upwards of 500 Terabytes of information without any issues.
With 25 percent less power consumption than previous models and a five-year manufacturer’s warranty, this SSD storage solution from WD is amazing for the price point.
You can boot up your Windows 10 operating system quickly and run your games from it. For quicker speeds you could look at an nVME upgrade, this would see your operating system load in record times.
Overall this SSD is priced perfectly for our 800 gaming PC build and you’ll be able to play any game on it with no issues.
Power Supply: Seasonic Focus GX-850.
This power supply from Seasonic is going to look fairly standard in all-black with a white and gray logo on the fan center.
The Seasonic Focus GX-850 is perfect for any ATX build, including micro, as it is only 140 millimeters deep.
It is 80 Plus Gold rated, which means that it will use less electricity and also run at 80 percent efficiency with an average load.
Seasonic has thought about tight-space builds, so this PSU has fully modular cables that will reduce clutter and allow the system to have much better airflow.
This powerful power supply also comes with a hybrid fan control with three different settings, along with an amazing 10-year worry-free warranty from the manufacturer. If you see our gaming PC build under $500 it goes for a much cheaper PSU and can save you some costs.
MOBO: Gigabyte B450-A.
A motherboard is never going to go for an extremely stylish design, as the function is much more important. The B450-A looks fairly standard in black, white, and gray.
The most important thing about a MOBO is compatibility and connectivity. The B450-A is capable of supporting AMD first and second-generation graphics cards. This means that you will have no issues installing that shiny new AMD GPU.
There are a whole host of other connection features, including dual-channel non-ECC unbuffered DDR4 with 4 DIMM slots.
You are also going to get some aesthetic options as well, it has RGB Fusion for use with the LED headers. You can customize the color of the glow inside your case to be unique to your style.
With Smart Fan 5 and AMP UP Audio technology, this motherboard from Gigabyte is going to check off all of your boxes.
If you wanted to run an Intel CPU instead, you might want to get a another with a different socket type.
Case: Cooler Master Q300L MasterBox.
This case looks very unique with a 3D diamond pattern on the front and a transparent acrylic side window.
You are going to love how your components look the Q300L. The entire side of the case features edge to edge see-through acrylic so you can enjoy all of your parts at work.
While it may be of a micro-ATX design, they have managed to let you install a normal ATX-sized PSU inside for more efficient power consumption.
CM has also allowed you to make everything neat and tidy, as there are almost 30 millimeters of empty space behind the motherboard to do some needed cable management.
With airflow and overheating always a concern, the Q300L is made to keep the air moving. It also has magnetic dust filters, liquid cooling support, and room to install 120-millimeter fans in the bottom, front, rear, and top.
What are some alternative parts I could choose?
- Intel Core I5 (with motherboard replacement)
- nVidia Geforce GTX 1660 Super
- nVME SSD such as Corsair MP510
How much should I spend on a custom gaming PC?
An awesome custom gaming PC will cost around $2000 in parts. When spending that amount you will get good gaming performance and if its your very first gaming PC you’ll have room to upgrade it in the future. We recommend avoiding a prebuilt gaming PC for competitive gaming. Also focus on getting an aftermarket cooler instead of a stock cooler, so you can overclock.
Should I build my own or get a pre built PC?
Building your own is better for future upgrades and proofing your PC. The best prebuilt gaming PCs are not bad builds, its just you can’t swap out parts as easily when someone else has built it. Things such as adding more storage or switching to an AMD CPU get more tricky when you dont know all the parts. Opinions are divided in PC gaming and you won’t get a straight answer for the most powerful gaming PC, so you have to do your own research and combine your own PC build.