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 March 2020, the Quiet Gaming PC Build continues to fly the AMD flag, featuring the awesome AMD Ryzen 5 3600 six-core, 12-thread CPU, which blasts past its Intel rivals with the latest Zen 2 architecture, plus a custom-designed 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, and will even push up to 4K in many games, 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 DDR4-3200 RAM, an amazing PCIe-based 1TB solid-state drive, a silent CPU cooler, and an efficient 550W power supply. The icing on the cake is the stylish be quiet! Pure Base 500 case, which will keep things running ultra-quiet indeed! 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.

Need help building your system? Check out our step-by-step guide to building a Ryzen PC. 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.

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

  • CPU:

    AMD Ryzen 5 3600

    The Ryzen 5 3600 is by far the best CPU ever released at its pricepoint, offering up 6 cores and 12 threads, and boost speeds of well over 4GHz right out of the box. 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:

    MSI B450-A Pro Max

    This low-cost board is the perfect platform for the Quiet Gaming PC Build. It offers up an M.2 slot, six USB ports, six expansion slots, plus great audio.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that you have to be careful using B450 boards with Ryzen 3000-series CPUs, as many still haven't been updated with the proper firmware. But MSI makes it easy, as all of its new B450 Max models are guaranteed to be fully up to date!

  • Video Card:

    Sapphire Radeon Pulse RX 5700 XT

    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 after a long wait, custom-designeds Radeon RX 5700 XT models have hit the street, and our favorite is the Pulse from Sapphire. It keeps the GPU and VRMs cool while staying amazingly quiet. And with its big factory overclock, it's way ahead of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super.

    The Guru's Tip:

    While there are "bigger" RX 5700 XT cards, we think they offer diminishing returns in terms of performance. The Pulse gives you hugely upgraded performance versus the reference model at very close to MSRP.

  • Memory:

    Corsair 2x8GB Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 Black

    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:

    Sabrent Rocket Q 1TB NVMe

    A massive price war in the SSD market is leading to better values every month, and the latest star is the Rocket Q 1TB, by far the best drive available under $120! It features QLC NAND and the ultra-fast PCIe interface, allowing it to blow past similarly-priced SATA drives!

    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 White

    The Pure Base 500 combines builder-friendly features with quiet operation and minimilist styling that truly strikes a balance. It includes dual 140mm fans (yes, 140mm, not 120mm!) for great airflow, a solid front panel to reduce noise, and a tempered glass side panel for great looks. It also has two top panels in the box - mesh for airflow and solid for reduced noise. For this system, we recommend the solid panel, as it will run cool anyway!

    The Guru's Tip:

    This case comes in black, grey, and white, but we particularly like the white model, and it's the least expensive too!

  • Power Supply:

    Seasonic Focus GX-550

    For the Quiet PC Gaming Build, we want a power supply that offers high efficiency and low noise. This fantastic model offers a zero-fan mode, modular cables, Gold-rated efficiency, and a 10-year warranty.

    The Guru's Tip:

    A 550W power supply has plenty of capacity to support this system, which will use draw around 300W at full load at stock settings. That gives you room for overclocking, and more importantly, means the PSU won't work as hard, leading to quieter operation.

  • CPU Cooler:

    ARCTIC Freezer 34 eSports

    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. And of course it has an AMD AM4 bracket right in the box!

    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:

    This USB 3.0 version installs in under 5 minutes!

Optional Components

  • Wireless Card:

    TP-LINK Archer T6E AC1300

    Add high-speed wireless networking to your build with this awesome drop-in card from TP-Link, which offers AC1300 speeds.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Avoid the tiny USB WiFi adapters that are all over the 'Net - they may be super-tiny, but they are also super-slow!

  • The Budget Gaming Keyboard:

    Logitech G213 Gaming Keyboard

    Pick up a great keyboard at a great price with the G213 from Logitech. Offering quiet switches and a built-in wrist rest, it's comfortable and of course silent. 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 SE Hero

    Get a jump on your competition with this awesome gaming mouse from Logitech, which looks awesome thanks to its Special Edition color scheme, and brings performance to match thanks to a 16,000dpi sensor!

    The Guru's Tip:

    This is truly among the most comfortable mouse designs ever released!

  • The 24-inch 144Hz Gaming Monitor:

    Acer XFA240

    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 TN panel with its 144Hz refresh rate. It's a true gaming monitor at a mainstream price!

    The Guru's Tip:

    This monitor will also work with Nvidia GPUs, as Nvidia has enabled FreeSync via its driver software.

  • 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!