best quiet gaming pc build

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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 July 2020, the Quiet Gaming PC Build features Intel's new 10th-Gen Core i5-10400, a six-core, 12-thread CPU, which takes up the challenge thrown down by AMD and delivers! It can outrun AMD in games, and there's also a much better supply of the motherboards it runs on than there is AMD's platform. But you do get to show AMD some 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, 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 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.

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

  • CPU:

    Intel Core i5-10400 @Newegg

    The Core i5-10400 is now the best CPU available under $200, offering up 6 cores and 12 threads, and boost speeds well over 4GHz. It's a true powerhouse, and delivers a huge boost over 9th-Gen Core i5 chips, which lacked Hyperthreading. Intel is also known for its particular strength in games, and the Core i5-10400 is no different!

    The Guru's Tip:

    This CPU comes with a cooler, but you'll want to pick up the quieter aftermarket model recommended later in this guide.

  • Motherboard:

    ASUS Prime H470-PLUS/CSM

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

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that you must use a "Socket 1200" motherboard to support the 10th-Gen Core CPU recommended for this build. So make sure you don't accidentally buy older B360 or H370 boards.

  • 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 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 Elite DDR4-2666 Grey

    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, period.

    The Guru's Tip:

    The Core i5 CPU will not run RAM faster than DDR4-2666, so don't spend more on faster RAM - this is definitely the best kit for this system!

  • Solid-State Drive:

    Sabrent Rocket Q 1TB NVMe

    By far the best drive available under $150, the Rocket Q features 3D QLC NAND and the incredible PCIe interface to achieve an amazing price/performance ratio.

    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 600 Solid Silver

    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, and solid steel panels and acoustic padding to reduce noise.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This case comes in a number of colors - if the black and silver model linked here is sold out, you might try the pure black model.

  • Power Supply:

    SilverStone ET650-HG

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

    The Guru's Tip:

    Due to current worldwide supply chain issues, power supplies have sold out across the US. We are updating the PSU selections constantly, and while this unit was the only one available for under $100 as of our latest update!

  • CPU Cooler:

    be quiet! Pure Rock 2 Black

    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 it looks sweet in all black!

    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:

    You can also get W10 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

    Add high-speed 802.11ac networking to your build at a low price with this great new card from TP-Link.

    The Guru's Tip:

    You even get Bluetooth built in, a rare feature on a networking card!

  • The Budget Gaming Keyboard:

    Logitech G213 Gaming Keyboard

    Pick up a great keyboard at a great price with the G213 from Logitech. 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 looks awesome and brings performance to match thanks to a 16,000dpi sensor!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Avoid all the knock-off brands that sell for the same price as this model - they won't come close to offering the same performance and quality.

  • The 24-inch 144Hz Gaming Monitor:

    ViewSonic VX2458-C-MHD

    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 recently sold out, and may not restock for a while. As an alternative, go for Viotek's similar 1080p 144Hz model.

  • 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!