The Best $1250 Quiet Gaming PC Build – March 2023

By Ari Altman | Published December 24, 2022 | Updated December 24, 2022

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 March 2023, the Quiet Gaming PC Build continues to be built upon AMD’s value-packed Zen 3 platform. In this system, we’re going for the Ryzen 7 5700X 8-core, 16-thread CPU, which offers unbeatable performance for the price. It’s supporting the equally-amazing AMD Radeon RX 6750 XT 12GB 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 DDR4-3600 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.

Parting Thoughts

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.

We update this build on a monthly basis to incorporate new product releases or major price adjustments, so check back often. Throughout our guides, we provide direct shopping links to Amazon for our readers in the US, which will auto-convert for readers in other countries, including Canada, the UK, and parts of the EU, with automatic substitutions made where necessary. Your use of these links helps keep this guide alive!

The Pre-Built Option

  • The High-End Gaming PC

    Skytech Azure 12600KF/RTX 3060 Ti

    HOT DEAL! Grab this Skytech gaming PC at an insane price before it’s gone! Equipped with a blazing-fast Intel Core i5-12600K 10-core, 16-thread processor and a GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8GB, 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 DDR4-3200 RAM, a 1TB solid-state drive, a 650W Gold-rated power supply, built-in 802.11ac wireless networking, and a stylish case from InWin!

    The Guru’s Tip

    This will be nearly as fast as the build we spec out below, and comes ready to go out of the box!

The DIY Build

  • CPU

    AMD Ryzen 7 5700X

    Based on AMD’s revolutionary Zen 3 architecture, the Ryzen 7 5700X is a truly fantastic processor. It has 8 core and 16 threads all running from a single complex for maximum efficiency, with boost up to 4.6GHz. And thanks to a massive price drop since its release, it’s more attractive than ever!

    The Guru’s Tip

    This CPU does not come with a cooler, so pick up the quiet model we recommend later in this guide.

  • Motherboard

    Gigabyte B550 Aorus Elite AX V2

    This feature-packed board gives you everything you need for a PC build at a great price. Dual M.2 PCIe slots for high-speed SSDs (the top slot being Gen 4), seven USB ports, and built-in WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5. It also has the ample 12+2 phase power delivery system.

    The Guru’s Tip

    This board will allow you to upgrade to any 5000-series Zen 3 processor down the line.

  • Video Card

    MSI Radeon RX 6750XT 12GB Mech 2X

    This Radeon RX 6750 XT 12GB from MSI has impressive gaming power, beating Nvidia’s RTX 3070, while coming in at a far lower price. Plus, it has the added advantage of 12GB of VRAM, which is 50% more than competing Nvidia cards!

    The Guru’s Tip

    This GPU offers shocking value, vastly outperforming both other AMD GPUs and all Nvidia GPUs in its price range!

  • Memory

    G.Skill 2x8GB Ripjaws V DDR4-3600 16-19-19

    To get the most out of DDR4 memory, you want high frequencies, and G.Skill’s Ripjaws V 2x8GB DDR4-3600 CL16 kit delivers! DDR4-3600 is the sweet spot in terms of compatibility with the majority of DDR4-based systems, but most kits have weak timings. This one, on the other hand, is the real deal: 16-19-19 at 1.35V, to be exact.

    The Guru’s Tip

    The motherboard we recommend supports high-speed RAM like this kit.

  • Solid-State Drive

    Silicon Power 1TB NVMe

    You simply can’t do better for the price than this value-packed SSD, which uses the speedy PCIe 3.0 interface and TLC NAND to vastly outperform all the SATA drives that sell for around the same amount! Note that to install this drive, you’ll affix it in an M.2 slot on your motherboard using a jeweler’s-type screwdriver.

    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!

  • Case

    NZXT H510 Red/Black

    The H510 is the world’s top-selling case for a reason: it offers great style and performance at a great price. It serves up two 120mm fans, a tempered glass side panel, and plenty of space for your components. Note that this case comes in three colors: black on black, white-on-white, and red-on-black, and the latter really stands out as the most eye-catching while still being classy.

    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

    Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 650W

    Thermaltake offers a ton of value in its GF1 line, and this model is no exception. You get 650W of Gold-rated power, fully-modular cables, and a fan that doesn’t even spin at low loads for total silence. The best part: a full 10-year warranty.

    The Guru’s Tip

    This quality power supply is selling for far less than its competitors!

  • CPU Cooler

    DeepCool AK400

    This cooler is the perfect pick for a mainstream PC Build. It offers robust cooling potential and nearly-silent operation thanks to an excellent heavily-swept, 9-blade fan design.

    The Guru’s Tip

    This is by far the best pick in its price range!

  • Operating System

    Windows 11 Home (Download)

    Windows 11 take everything people loved about Windows 10, and then takes it to 11! It adds significant under-the-hood changes to make it faster and more secure, and of course, the interface is sleek too! Make the best use of this downloadable version of Windows by loading it onto this 128GB USB 3.1 thumb drive, which you can re-purpose after OS installation as an ultra-fast backup drive.

    The Guru’s Tip

    Win11 is what you want on your new PC!

Optional Products

  • The 24-inch 165Hz Gaming Monitor

    Asus VG248QG

    Asus pioneered the high-refresh rate gaming monitor years ago, and has returned to the mid-range market with the VG248QG, which boasts amazing specs for the price. It gives you a 24″ 1920×1080 TN panel with a refresh rate overclockable to 165Hz (144Hz is standard), plus a 0.5ms (GTG) response time. It boasts adaptive-sync technology to provide stutter and screen tearing, plus a highly-adjustable stand to dial in just the right ergonomics.

    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

    Pick up a great keyboard at a great price with the K55. It offers IP42-rated dust and spill resistance, zoned RGB backlighting, dedicated macro and media keys, plus quiet keys with a tactile bump to provide great feedback with low noise levels!

    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

    Offering cutting-edge performance, there’s nothing like the Basilisk X for anywhere near the price. Ultra-sensitive sensor, Razer’s awesome HyperSpeed wireless system, and perfect ergonomics. It’s a great mouse!

    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

    If you need a good headset at an unbeatable price, we recommend Corsair’s excellent HS65 Surround headset. Light, comfortable, and stylish without being in your face, it’s a great headset for gaming, and can even be used with mobile devices that have a 3.5mm analog jack.

    The Guru’s Tip

    The HS60 Pro Surround offers up a virtual 7.1 Surround mode via an included USB adapter.

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