The Best $1,250 Quiet Gaming PC Build – June 2021
Critical Update: if you actually want to start gaming on a new PC any time before September 2021, you have a few options: try to grab one of the few pre-built PCs still for sale, or build up a PC using Intel’s onboard graphics or an older GPU you have on hand. That’s because GPUs are sold out worldwide due to the latest cryptocurrency mining crisis. We present both options to you in this guide.
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 June 2021, the Quiet Gaming PC Build features Intel’s Core i5-10600K six-core, 12-thread CPU, which after a major price cut makes AMD’s entire mid-range CPU lineup obsolete! That’s in part because AMD is getting bold and raising prices, and abandoning its core $150-$300 market. The 10600K is supporting the amazing GeForce RTX 3060 12GB video card. This combo can easily handle resolutions up to 2560 x 1440, making this a true high-end gaming PC, even if it’s ultra-silent! The only issue will be finding the 3060 in stock, so for now, we recommend using the graphics built into the Core i5, or picking up the pre-built PC we recommend in this guide.
As for the other components, the Quiet Gaming PC Build is loaded up with 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a 1TB NVMe solid-state drive, a silent CPU cooler, and an efficient Gold-rated power supply. The icing on the cake is the be quiet! Pure Base 500 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 responsive keyboard, a great low-cost mouse, and an excellent 144Hz gaming monitor.
Learn more about this awesome PC in our build overview YouTube video featuring the Pure Base 500 case, and feel free to post any questions to us directly on our YouTube 2020 Overview Video!
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The Pre-Built Option
The Mainstream Gaming Desktop –
ABS Master 10400F/RTX 2060 Gaming PC @Newegg$1100
EXTREME DEAL – WILL NOT LAST! As part of it’s Fantastech sale, Newegg is offering this ABS gaming PC at a simply insane price. Equipped with an Intel Core i5-10400F 6-core, 12-thread processor and a GeForce RTX 2060 6GB, it’s ready to game, and priced hundreds of dollars below any other similar system you can find on the market today. Also on the component list is 16GB of DDR4 RAM and a 512GB solid-state drive.The Guru’s Tip
Given the scarcity of GPUs at retail, this is honestly a shocking value, and one you shouldn't pass up!
The DIY Build
Intel Core i5-10600K$215 The Guru’s Tip
Note that this CPU does not include a cooler, but for a quiet gaming system, you'd want an upgraded cooler anyway, and we recommend one later in this guide.
Asus Prime Z490-P$163 The Guru’s Tip
You'll be able to use this board's built-in DisplayPort output to drive any monitor while you wait on a new video card. Note that while you can use newer Z590 boards with this build, they are more expensive and won't add any additional functionality when paired with a 10th-Gen CPU like the one we recommend.
Video Card –
EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 12GB XC Black @EVGA$330 The Guru’s Tip
A great alternative is to go with the pre-built PC we recommended earlier in this guide, which will get you gaming right away! Another option if you're committed to building your own PC right now is using the onboard graphics built into the Intel CPU until you can buy a video card.
Crucial 2x8GB Ballistix DDR4-3200 Black$88 The Guru’s Tip
To set this kit's speed, use the XMP profile in the motherboard's UEFI.
Solid-State Drive –
XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB NVMe$110 The Guru’s Tip
This drive will fit into one of the two M.2 slots on the motherboard, leaving a free slot for a future upgrade!
be quiet! Pure Base 500 White Window @Newegg$85 The Guru’s Tip
This case is also available with a solid side panel, but we really like the look of the glass, and it doesn't let significantly more noise through.
Power Supply –
SilverStone ET550-HG$85 The Guru’s Tip
Due to current worldwide supply chain issues, many power supplies have sold out across the US. Luckily, this high-quality model is almost always in stock. Please avoid knock-off brands from no-name manufacturers like RaidMax and Apevia.
CPU Cooler –
Arctic Freezer 34$31 The Guru’s Tip
The CPU we recommend for this build does not include a cooler, so this one is not optional!
Operating System –
Windows 10 Home USB Flash Drive$130 The Guru’s Tip
If the Windows 10 USB is ever sold out, you can always get it via download - all you need is an 8GB or bigger flash drive to load the image onto.
Wireless Card –
TP-Link Archer T5E AC1200/Bluetooth 4.2$35 The Guru’s Tip
This model, unlike all of its competitors, includes Bluetooth built in, meaning you can also connect Bluetooth peripherals using this card!
The 24-inch 144Hz Gaming Monitor –
Acer XFA240$200 The Guru’s Tip
This model was designed around AMD's FreeSync technology, but Nvidia has enabled its use on GeForce cards, which means you save money versus a G-Sync monitor!
The Budget Gaming Keyboard –
Logitech G213 Gaming Keyboard$47 The Guru’s Tip
To set the keyboard's backlighting, you'll want to download Logitech's GHub software.
The Mid-Range Gaming Mouse –
Logitech G502 Hero$47 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 HS60 Pro Surround$50 The Guru’s Tip
The HS60 Pro Surround offers up a virtual 7.1 Surround mode via an included USB adapter.
Total Cost: $1242
The Pre-Built Option
The DIY Build
- CPU – Intel Core i5-10600K ($215)
- Motherboard – Asus Prime Z490-P ($163)
- Video Card – EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 12GB XC Black @EVGA ($330)
- Memory – Crucial 2x8GB Ballistix DDR4-3200 Black ($88)
- Solid-State Drive – XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB NVMe ($110)
- Case – be quiet! Pure Base 500 White Window @Newegg ($85)
- Power Supply – SilverStone ET550-HG ($85)
- CPU Cooler – Arctic Freezer 34 ($31)
- Operating System – Windows 10 Home USB Flash Drive ($130)