$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 November 2017, this system is packing AMD's 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 anything Intel offers at its price. And thanks to its unlocked multiplier, there's a good chance that it will hit 3.8GHz even on stock cooling! In the graphics department, we go with AMD's arch-rival, Nvidia, and its GeForce GTX 1060 3GB, which provides an exceptional gaming experience at the mainstream 1920 x 1080 resolution. And you can find our recommendation for the perfect 1080p 144Hz monitor to use with this system in our recently-expanded optional component list at the bottom of this page. The most recent addition to the build is the move to an awesome new case from Cooler Master, which offers more gamer-friendly style and performance than anything else in its price range. It's designed around the micro ATX format to reduce overall costs and minimize size, but has plenty of room for just about any upgrades you can imagine. 

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. 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 - November 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 has much more computing power than anything Intel offers in this price range, and is unlocked for overclocking, with a 20% overclock a realistic target with the included Wraith Stealth cooler. The 1400 is a true bargain for playing games today and in the future!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Intel has announced a number of would-be competitors to the Ryzen 5 CPU lineup, but none of them have been available since their paper launch. It will likely take months for them to hit store shelves in decent numbers.

    Motherboard:

    ASRock AB350M Pro4

    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 Ryzen 5 1400 processor, with full support for overclocking and a nice array of ports and slots, including seven USB ports (including a Type-C port) and an M.2 slot for a future SSD upgrade. Special note: this board often goes on sale as a Prime-member exclusive, and the price is so good that you should really consider a trial membership if you don't already have Prime!

    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:

    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 Windforce OC 3GB

    This month, we're recommending the GTX 1060 3GB, which is currently the only video card available around the $200 pricepoint. Luckily, gamers will be well-served by the potent GTX 1060 3GB, which provides unbeatable 1080p gaming performance for the price, while going easy on power supplies and case cooling.

    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:

    Kingston HyperX 2x4GB DDR4-2666 Black

    The latest games definitely to require more than 4GB of RAM, so this 2x4GB kit is a wise investment in your PC as a whole. This kit offers a 2666MHz speed rating, along with single-ranked modules that offer better compability. 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:

    Hurry up and grab these sticks while they're priced far lower than any competing kit... due to a severe RAM chip shortage, the longer you wait, the more you'll pay. Prices are going up about 5% per week, and will likely continue to do so through early 2018.

    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:

    Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 mATX

    Add a ton of style to your system without busting the budget with the brand-new MasterBox Lite from Cooler Master. Featuring a full-width transparent side panel, along with a distinctive front fascia, it will make any gaming system look as good as it performs!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that we're spec'ing a micro ATX chassis here, which saves both money and desk space. Just make sure you don't buy an ATX motherboard for it!

    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's bigger brother, the 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:

    This USB 3.0 version of Windows 10 will install in under 5 minutes!

Optional Components

    The Basic Wired Keyboard:

    Microsoft Wired Keyboard 600

    While you could spend a lot on a flashy keyboard with lots of lights, you'll get similar performance from this inexpensive model.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Avoid wireless keyboards for gaming, as their responsiveness just can't match a wired keyboard.

    The Mid-Range Gaming Mouse:

    Corsair Harpoon RGB Gaming Mouse

    In terms of peripherals, a mouse is the one that will make the biggest difference when it comes to gaming performance. Do yourself a favor and avoid all the off-brand mice you'll find on Amazon on elsewhere, and go with the high-quality Harpoon from Corsair.

    The Guru's Tip:

    You even get RGB lighting on this mouse, which you can control using the excellent Corsair CUE 2 software package.

    The 24-inch 1080p Gaming Monitor:

    AOC G2460PF

    If you want to pick up a true "gaming" monitor, you want something with a high refresh rate. The very best value out there in high-refresh-rate monitors is the AOC G2460PF. It features a 24" 1920x1080 panel capable of displaying images at up to 144Hz, which makes it infinitely smoother than a standard 60Hz monitor that costs just a bit less.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This model even features a fully-adjustable stand, making it far easier to "dial in" than monitors with simple tilt adjustments.