$750 Build

Looking to build an affordable gaming PC that's anything but "cheap?" Then our $750 Budget Gaming PC is the one for you! While it doesn't have all the bells and whistles you'll find in higher-priced systems, like liquid cooling, gobs of RAM, or a solid-state drive, for pure gaming purposes, it's got it where it counts. It offers fantastic performance in all of today's latest games without breaking the bank.

For August 2017, we've made a number of changes to compensate for rising prices on a number of components (believe it or not, prices don't always go down!). First off, we go with the value-packed AMD Ryzen 5 1400, a 3.2GHz quad-core CPU with four additional virtual cores to provide 8 threads of computing potential. That allows it to provide a much bigger punch than its more expensive adversary, the Intel Core i5-7400 quad-core CPU. And thanks to its unlocked multiplier, there's a good chance that it will hit 3.8GHz! In the graphics department, we go with AMD's arch-rival, Nvidia, and its GeForce GTX 1060 3GB, as AMD's competing Radeon RX 580 4GB has completely disappeared from the market due to the latest cryptocurrency mining craze. Unfortunately, inflated prices mean this system is now a bit outside of the $750 budget we set for it, and won't return to $750 until budget-oriented video cards return to the market at MSRP. Luckily, the high-powered GTX 1060 3GB will provide an exceptional gaming experience at the mainstream 1920x1080 resolution, but you'll likely have to get lucky to find one in stock. In other news, RAM prices continue to climb for a variety of reasons, but we still recommend going for 8GB of memory, as 4GB is simply not enough at this point. Also on the build list is a 1TB hard drive, a 450W power supply, and an economical but full-featured case from SilverStone.

We update this guide monthly, as prices and components in this market segment change frequently, and a few dollars here or there could buy you (or cost you) a lot of speed! To see past part selections, flip over to the Budget Gamer Archive. For help building your system, check out our detailed Ryzen PC Builder's Guide, or post a question in our Reader Forum. If you need accessories to round out your build, see our Monitor Buyer's Guide and Peripherals Buyer's Guide for advice. And be sure to stop by The Gallery, where you'll find inspiration in the builds submitted by our readers. If you build a system using one of our guides, pass along your pics and comments, and we'll add a profile page for your system too!

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The $750 Budget Gaming PC - August 2017

    CPU:

    AMD Ryzen 5 1400

    While Intel has owned the mid-range gaming segment for years, that reign has come to an end. AMD has recently introduced its Ryzen 5 1400, a 3.2GHz quad-core chip with four virtual threads. It's massively more powerful than anything Intel offers in this price range (nothing but dual-cores), meaning it's far more future-proof. At just over $150, the 1400 is a true bargain for playing games today and in the future!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that to get the most out of this chip, you'll want to give it a bit of an overclock. 3.7GHz should be easy with the included AMD Wraith Stealth cooler.

    Motherboard:

    MSI B350 Tomahawk AM4

    To get the absolute best value in a gaming system, there's no question that you want to use a B350-based motherboard, part of the new AMD Ryzen AM4 family. It guarantees that you'll have a great out-of-the-box experience with your new 1400 processor, with full support for overclocking and a nice array of ports and slots, including six USB ports (including a Type-C port) and an M.2 slot for a future SSD upgrade.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that this board includes video outputs, but these will be non-functional when paired with a Ryzen processor. They are designed for forthcoming AMD APUs that have built-in graphics.

    Video Card:

    EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB ACX

    This month, we're recommending the GTX 1060 3GB, which is currently the only video card available between $150 and $300. It matches the Radeon RX 580 4GB in performance, which sold out months ago due to its popularity with "crypotcurrency" miners, making it a non-starter for gamers on a budget. Luckily, gamers will be well-served by the potent GTX 1060, but will still have to pay a slight premium for it at this point.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that this card goes in and out of stock often, so check back if it's not available at first.

    Memory:

    Crucial 2x4GB Ballistix Sport LT DDR4-2400

    The latest games are finally starting to require more than 4GB of RAM, so this 2x4GB kit is a wise investment in your PC as a whole. Plus, by using two sticks, you'll be taking advantage of dual-channel operation, which speeds up many tasks by 2-3%.

    The Guru's Tip:

    RAM prices have jumped again this month, thanks to a major accident at Micron's Taiwan memory fab facility in July. Micron is the parent of  Crucial, and is also one of the largest chip manufacturers in the world. There's simply no good news in the RAM world, unfortunately, as prices are now nearly double what they were a year ago.

    Hard Drive:

    Seagate Barracuda 1TB

    There's just no better budget-friendly hard drive than Seagate's 1TB model. It's among the least expensive drives on the market, despite above-average performance. Of course, if you already know you need more than 1TB of storage, pick up Seagate's 2TB 7200RPM model, which offers even higher capacity per dollar.

    The Guru's Tip:

    While SSDs large enough to hold a big collection of games don't quite fit into the budget for this system, by all means add the bargain-priced Crucial MX300 275GB SSD to your build if you can spare an extra $100 or so. It will improve system boot speed, game level loading, and overall responsiveness.

    Case:

    SilverStone RL01B-W-USB 3.0

    The RL01 from SilverStone is the perfect case for a budget PC build. You get a pre-installed 120mm case fan with the option to add two more, along with two front USB ports (both being USB 3.0). And despite plenty of space for high-powered components, it comes in at a very budget-friendly price!

    The Guru's Tip:

    This is just about the least expensive ATX case on the market right now, yet still offers plenty of user-friendly features and a custom style.

    Power Supply:

    EVGA 450 B1

    This EVGA 450W model is a great match for this build. With two PCIe 6+2-pin power cables, this unit can support just about any video card on the market. Plus, it's backed by EVGA's unrivaled service and a 3-year warranty.

    The Guru's Tip:

    The 450 B1's bigger brother, the new 500BQ, is also available at a very reasonable price, and it comes with the advantage of a bit more power and semi-modular cables for a much cleaner interior.

    Operating System:

    Microsoft Windows 10 Flash Drive

    Windows 10 is so much better than Windows 8.1, it makes us wonder whether Microsoft even tested Win8 in the first place. Windows 10 is easy to use right out of the box, and has a lot of refinements under the hood as well.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Due to a price increase on the DVD version of Windows 10, we're now recommending the USB version, which is far easier to install anyway.

Optional Components

    Optical Drive (Optional):

    LG 24x DVD Burner (Opt.)

    Because including a DVD drive would put us significantly over budget, we're listing it as optional for this build. While not required for any modern games, a DVD burner makes the installation of the OS and motherboard drivers a lot easier.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that the motherboard comes with two SATA cables, so you don't need to supply your own to attach this drive.