best quiet gaming pc build

Want a high-powered Quiet Gaming PC Build that delivers an excellent gaming experience while running in near silence? Then the $1,250 Quiet Gaming PC Build is the system for you! Every component has been chosen to maximize performance in both games and applications, while minimizing noise.

For September 2020, the Quiet Gaming PC Build features AMD's Ryzen 5 3600X, a six-core, 12-thread CPU, which takes up the challenge thrown down by Intel by delivering all-around better performance! And you get to show AMD some more love with the GPU used in this system; we recommend a custom-cooled AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB video card, which is powerful, quiet, and efficient. This combo can easily handle resolutions up to 2560 x 1440, making this a true high-end gaming PC, even if it's ultra-silent!

As for the other components, the Quiet Gaming PC Build is loaded up with 16GB of fast DDR4 RAM, a big 1TB solid-state drive, a silent CPU cooler, and an ultra-efficient Gold-rated power supply. The icing on the cake is a be quiet! Pure Base series case, which will certainly live up to its name by keeping things quiet! We also list a few of our favorite accessories to complete the Quiet Gaming PC build, including a silent keyboard, a great low-cost mouse, and an excellent 24" gaming monitor.

Learn more about this awesome PC in our build overview YouTube video right here, and then click through to YouTube to post any questions!

We update this build on a monthly basis to incorporate new product releases or major price adjustments, so check back often. To see past months' builds, check out the $1,250 Quiet Gaming PC Build Archive. Need help building your system? Check out our step-by-step guide to building a Ryzen PC.

Throughout this guide, we provide direct shopping links for our readers in the US, UK, Canada, and Germany (with regional substitutions made where necessary), and our US links will actually auto-negotiate to Spain, Italy, and France as well. Your use of these links helps keep this guide alive!

The $1,250 Quiet Gaming PC Build - September 2020

  • CPU:

    AMD Ryzen 5 3600X @Newegg

    The Ryzen 5 3600X offers up 6 cores and 12 threads, boost speeds well over 4GHz, along with tremendous efficiency. It's a true powerhouse, easily beating anything Intel can muster in this price range, thanks to its advanced Zen 2 architecture and 7nm manufacturing technology. Learn more about what makes this the greatest CPU in years in our full benchmark review!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that as with most AMD processors, this one comes with a great cooler, but for extreme quiet and improved boost levels, you'll want to pick up the quieter aftermarket model recommended later in this guide.

  • Motherboard:

    ASRock B550 PRO4 @Newegg

    This feature-packed board gives you everything you need for a PC build at a great price. Dual M.2 slot for high-speed SSDs (one being Gen 4), six USB ports (including a Type-C port), and four expansion slots.

    The Guru's Tip:

    B450 boards have been sold out for months, and new B550 boards like this one are rarely available at Amazon, so we typically link to Newegg to ensure you can get one.

  • Video Card:

    Sapphire Radeon Pulse RX 5700 XT @Newegg

    There's never been a better time to be a gamer, thanks to massive competition between Nvidia and AMD in the mid-range market. And while they trade blows, there's no question that the Radeon RX 5700 XT is the best GPU at the $400 pricepoint, easily beating the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super and actually beating the original RTX 2070 as well, which sold for $500 until the 5700 XT came along!

    The Guru's Tip:

    While there are more expensive RX 5700 XT cards, we think they offer diminishing returns in terms of performance. This model gives you hugely upgraded performance versus the reference model at a great price.

  • Memory:

    Patriot 2x8GB Viper Steel DDR4-3200

    With 16GB of RAM, you'll have plenty of capacity for any typical task. Why do we choose this kit in particular? It offers great speed for the price and the best product support in the business.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This kit's DDR4-3200 rating will take effect once the AMP profile is selected in the motherboard UEFI. It will translate to much higher performance than DDR4-2133.

  • Solid-State Drive:

    XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB NVMe

    By far the best drive available under $150, the XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB features 3D TLC NAND and the incredible PCIe interface to achieve an amazing price/performance ratio. To sweeten the deal, Amazon often has a discount coupon on the product page, so don't forget to select it if it's listed! 

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that you'll need a jeweler's-type screwdriver to affix this drive to the motherboard.

  • Case:

    be quiet! Pure Base 500 Black @Newegg

    Offering fantastic value and quality for under $100, this model combines quiet operation and minimilist styling that truly strikes a balance. It includes a 140mm fan in front and a 120mm fan in back for great airflow, a glass panel for great looks, and acoustic padding to reduce noise.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This case is also available with dual steel panels if you want the utmost in silence.

  • Power Supply:

    Silverstone ET550-HG Gold

    For the Quiet PC Gaming Build, we want a power supply that offers high efficiency and low noise. This model offers Gold-rated efficiency, meaning it runs cool and quiet, plus semi-modular cables for a neater interior.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Due to current worldwide supply chain issues, many power supplies have sold out across the US. We update the PSU selections regularly, and this unit was the best unit available for under $100 as of our latest update!

  • CPU Cooler:

    ARCTIC Freezer 34

    This cooler is the perfect pick for the Quiet Gaming PC Build. Thanks to its advanced design, it offers nearly-silent operation despite excellent cooling capability. It uses our favorite all-around 120mm fan, the excellent Arctic P12 PWM.

    The Guru's Tip:

    The CPU we recommend for this build includes an effective CPU cooler, but this one will be much quieter, and will even allow it to auto-boost to higher speeds without touching any settings!

  • Operating System:

    Microsoft Windows 10 Flash Drive

    There's no doubt about it: Windows 10 is the best OS ever, and it keeps getting better, with Microsoft offering major features updates every spring and fall.

    The Guru's Tip:

    If the Windows 10 USB is ever sold out, you can always get it via download - all you need is an 8GB or bigger flash drive to load the image onto.

Optional Components

  • Wireless Card:

    TP-Link Archer T5E AC1200/Bluetooth 4.2

    Need wireless networking? Then just add this high-speed PCIe-based adapter to your build. It's far better than USB dongles.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This model even has Bluetooth built in!

  • The Budget Gaming Keyboard:

    Logitech G213 Gaming Keyboard @Newegg

    Pick up a great keyboard at a great price with the G213. It's quick, quiet, and resonsive, and it also has sweet RGB backlighting, of course!

    The Guru's Tip:

    To set the keyboard's backlighting, you'll want to download Logitech's GHub software.

  • The Mainstream Gaming Mouse:

    Logitech G502 Hero

    Get a jump on your competition with this awesome gaming mouse from Logitech, which features a next-gen 16,000dpi sensor and a classic ergonomic shape!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Avoid all the knock-off brands that often top the sales charts - they won't come close to offering the same performance and quality.

  • The 24-inch 144Hz Gaming Monitor:

    Sceptre E248B-FPT168

    If you're serious about gaming, you want a high-refresh rate monitor, and for an ultra-smooth experience, you need frame-syncing technology. And this model features AMD's FreeSync, which provides frame-syncing between the monitor refresh rate and the video card's frame rate. Translation: ultra-smooth gaming on this 24" 1080p IPS panel with a refresh rate of up to 165Hz via DisplayPort. It's a true gaming monitor at a mainstream price!

    The Guru's Tip:

    This monitor is only available in the US as of our latest update, so we've provided an alternative in links for other regions.

  • The Bargain Gaming Headset:

    HyperX Cloud Stinger

    If you're looking for a Quiet Gaming PC Build, you probably want an audio system that's quiet too - meaning no big speakers! So we recommend HyperX's killer Cloud Stinger headset, which offers amazing performance for the price.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Read our full review right here!