The Best $1250 Quiet Gaming PC Build – December 2022
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Game Hard, Run Silent!
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.
This Month’s Build, an All-AMD Machine!
For December 2022, the Quiet Gaming PC Build starts with AMD’s value-packed Zen 3 platform. In this build, we’re going for the Ryzen 5 5600X 6-core, 12-thread CPU, which offers unbeatable performance for the price. It’s supporting the equally-amazing AMD Radeon RX 6800 16GB video card. This combo can handle resolutions up to 2560 x 1440 with ease, and the GPU is also very quiet thanks to its excellent efficiency and cooler.
As for the other components, the Quiet Gaming PC Build is loaded up with 16GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, a 1TB NVMe solid-state drive, a silent CPU cooler, and an efficient power supply. Bringing it all together is the stylish NZXT H510 tempered glass case.
We also list a few of our favorite accessories to complete the Quiet Gaming PC build, including a responsive keyboard, a great low-cost mouse, and an excellent 165Hz gaming monitor, but feel free to check out our dedicated Monitor Buyer’s Guide and Peripherals Buyer’s Guide for more options.
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The Pre-Built Option
The High-End Gaming PC –
Skytech Shiva 5600X/RTX 3070$1250This system punches way above its price class thanks to the GeForce RTX 3070 8GB GPU is comes equipped with. Also on board is the potent AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 6-core, 12-thread CPU, 16GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, and a 1TB solid-state drive. It’s all wrapped up in the stylish In Win 101 chassis.
Grab this system at an amazing discount while you can!
The DIY Build
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X$159 The Guru’s Tip
This CPU comes with a cooler, but we recommend a much quieter aftermarket model later in this guide.
MSI B550-A Pro$140 The Guru’s Tip
With this board, you'll be able to upgrade the CPU down the line to other Zen 3-based models.
Video Card –
XFX Radeon RX 6800 16GB SWFT319$500 The Guru’s Tip
This GPU offers shocking value, vastly outperforming both other AMD GPUs and all Nvidia GPUs in its price range!
Corsair 2x8GB Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200$50 The Guru’s Tip
The motherboard we recommend supports high-speed RAM like this kit.
Solid-State Drive –
Silicon Power 1TB NVMe$56 The Guru’s Tip
This drive will fit into one of the two M.2 slots on the motherboard, leaving another slot free for future upgrades!
NZXT H510 Red/Black$60 The Guru’s Tip
The solid steel front panel will keep this system running very quiet. We happen to like the red and black version for its extra style, but feel free to get the standard all-black version.
Power Supply –
Corsair RM650$80 The Guru’s Tip
This quality power supply is selling for far less than its competitors!
CPU Cooler –
DeepCool AK400$35 The Guru’s Tip
The CPU we recommend for this build includes a cooler, but you'll want this one to keep things quiet!
Operating System –
Windows 11 Home USB$139 The Guru’s Tip
It took a while for Microsoft to launch Win11 at retail after making it available as an upgrade to existing users, but now that it's here, it's what you want on your new PC!
Wireless Card –
TP-Link Archer T5E AC1200/Bluetooth 4.2$30 The Guru’s Tip
Thanks to having Bluetooth on board, this is the perfect 2-in-1 card, allowing the use of a wide range of wireless peripherals.
The 24-inch 165Hz Gaming Monitor –
Asus VG248QG$189 The Guru’s Tip
Connect this monitor via DisplayPort to take advantage of its high refresh rate.
The Budget Gaming Keyboard –
Corsair K55 RGB Pro$50 The Guru’s Tip
To set the keyboard's backlighting, you'll want to download Corsair's iCUE software.
The Pro Gaming Mouse –
Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed Wireless$35 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 Mainstream Gaming Headset –
Corsair HS65 Surround$70 The Guru’s Tip
The HS60 Pro Surround offers up a virtual 7.1 Surround mode via an included USB adapter.
Total Cost: $1219
The DIY Build
- CPU – AMD Ryzen 5 5600X ($159)
- Motherboard – MSI B550-A Pro ($140)
- Video Card – XFX Radeon RX 6800 16GB SWFT319 ($500)
- Memory – Corsair 2x8GB Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 ($50)
- Solid-State Drive – Silicon Power 1TB NVMe ($56)
- Case – NZXT H510 Red/Black ($60)
- Power Supply – Corsair RM650 ($80)
- CPU Cooler – DeepCool AK400 ($35)
- Operating System – Windows 11 Home USB ($139)