The Best $1250 Quiet Gaming PC Build – January 2022
Due to the ongoing cryptocurrency mining craze, it’s currently impossible to buy video cards at retail prices. That means you won’t necessarily save much money building your own PC these days, but you’ll get better-quality components if you follow this guide. Based on current market conditions, we do not believe this generation of GPUs will ever return to MSRP, so lower prices will have to wait until late 2022 when the next generation arrives!
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, Featuring Intel and Nvidia!
For January 2022, the Quiet Gaming PC Build features Intel’s Core i5-11400 six-core, 12-thread CPU, which offers a ton of performance for the price! It easily beats anything AMD has in its price range. The 11400 is supporting the awesome AMD Radeon RX 6600 8GB video card. This combo can handle resolutions up to 2560 x 1440 with ease, and the RX 6600 XT is also very quiet thanks to its excellent efficiency.
As for the other components, the Quiet Gaming PC Build is loaded up with 16GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, a 500GB NVMe solid-state drive, a silent CPU cooler, and an efficient Gold-rated power supply. Bringing it all together is the stylish and quiet-running NZXT H510 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, The Mainstream Gaming Desktop –
iBUYPOWER SlateMR 215a 5600G/RX 6600XT$1300
HOT DEAL! It’s impossible to build yourself a great gaming PC today, but you can still buy one… and this model from iBuyPower is an incredible value! It packs in the AMD Ryzen 5 5600G 6-core, 12-thread processor, AMD’s Radeon RX 6600XT 8GB (which beats the GeForce RTX 3060!), 16GB of RAM, a 480 GB solid-state drive, and Windows 11 Home.The Guru’s Tip
This amazing system is actually faster than the DIY build we spec out below, yet costs around the same, so feel free to grab it if you just want to get up and running!
The DIY Build
Intel Core i5-11400$185 The Guru’s Tip
This CPU comes with a cooler, but we recommend a much quieter aftermarket model later in this guide.
ASUS Prime B560M-A AC$120 The Guru’s Tip
This is a micro-ATX board, and while a larger ATX board would fit in the case we recommend, this board saves a lot of money while giving up nothing but a few expansion slots!
Video Card –
PowerColor Radeon RX 6600 Fighter 8GB$570 The Guru’s Tip
This card regularly sells out - grab it if you can!
Corsair 2x8GB Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200$63 The Guru’s Tip
The motherboard we recommend supports high-speed RAM like this kit.
Solid-State Drive –
WD Blue SN570 500GB NVMe$55 The Guru’s Tip
This drive will fit into one of the two M.2 slots on the motherboard, leaving another free slot for future upgrades!
NZXT H510 Red/Black$70 The Guru’s Tip
The solid front panel of this case will help deflect noise from the user.
Power Supply –
SilverStone ET550-HG$64 The Guru’s Tip
This premium model is selling for far less than any of its competitors!
CPU Cooler –
Arctic Freezer 34$23 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 10 Home USB @Newegg$140 The Guru’s Tip
Windows 11 has launched and will be rolled out as a free update to all users of Win10!
The 24-inch 165Hz Gaming Monitor –
Asus VG248QG$199 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$36 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: $1290
The Pre-Built Option
The DIY Build
- CPU – Intel Core i5-11400 ($185)
- Motherboard – ASUS Prime B560M-A AC ($120)
- Video Card – PowerColor Radeon RX 6600 Fighter 8GB ($570)
- Memory – Corsair 2x8GB Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 ($63)
- Solid-State Drive – WD Blue SN570 500GB NVMe ($55)
- Case – NZXT H510 Red/Black ($70)
- Power Supply – SilverStone ET550-HG ($64)
- CPU Cooler – Arctic Freezer 34 ($23)
- Operating System – Windows 10 Home USB @Newegg ($140)