The Best $1750 Advanced Gaming PC Build – January 2022
If you want to start gaming on a new PC any time soon, you have two options: build up your PC with a GPU selling for over its MSRP, or go for a pre-built PC, which will almost certainly offer far better value. We present both options in this guide. GPUs are scarce at retail due to the biggest cryptocurrency mining craze in history. Based on current trends, we believe that GPUs will continue to sell for elevated prices for months to come, and may not return to MSRP until next-gen models arrive in late-2022.
High-End Performance with a Touch of Class!
If you’re after the perfect blend of power, efficiency, and usability in a PC, look no further than our $1,750 Advanced Gaming PC. This system combines some of our favorite components to deliver what we believe is the ideal all-around PC. Yes, this system can run all the latest games with ease, but what’s really great about this system is that it offers a fantastic balance of speed, silence, and style.
This Month’s Build, Featuring AMD and Nvidia!
For January 2022, the $1,750 Advanced Gaming PC Build features AMD’s Ryzen 5 5600X, which offers six cores and 12 threads, translating to the best performance per dollar in the high-end market! It’s backing up AMD’s Radeon RX 6600 XT 8GB GPU. Yes, it’s marked up beyond MSRP, but it’s among the best values available at retail today!
This system also features 16GB of DDR4-3600 RGB RAM, along with a high-performance 1TB PCIe-based solid-state drive, perfect for all your gaming or productivity needs. Topping it all off is a 650W ultra-efficient power supply, a highly-effective 120mm tower cooler, and an awesome high-airflow tempered glass case from Phanteks.
If you need to accessorize your new build, you’ll find our top picks for a keyboard, mouse, and monitor to pair with this system. For even more ideas, check out our Monitor Buyer’s Guide and Peripherals Buyer’s Guide! Throughout our guides, we provide direct links to Amazon, Newegg, or B&H, and our Amazon links will auto-convert for readers in the UK, Canada, and many countries in the EU. Your use of these links helps support continued development of these guides!
The Pre-Built Option
The High-End Gaming PC –
Skytech Blaze 5600X /RTX 3060 Ti$1615
EXTREME DEAL – WILL NOT LAST! Grab this Skytech gaming PC at a simply insane price before it’s gone! Equipped with an AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 6-core, 12-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, built-in 802.11ac wireless networking, and a stylish, high-airflow case from Phanteks!The Guru’s Tip
This deal is honestly too good to pass up! The GPU in it alone sells for about 2/3 the price of the system!
The DIY Option
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X$290 The Guru’s Tip
This CPU comes with a cooler, but we recommend an upgraded model later in this guide.
MSI B550 Gaming Edge WiFi$185 The Guru’s Tip
The B550 platform offers a tremendous amount of value for the price.
Video Card –
XFX Radeon RX 6600 XT Speedster QICK308 Black 8GB$650 The Guru’s Tip
This GPU is selling for about 2x its MSRP, which is actually better than average in the current market! With that said, you'll get much higher performance per dollar going with the pre-built PC we recommended earlier in this guide.
Crucial 2x8GB Ballistix RGB DDR4-3600 Red$92 The Guru’s Tip
Remember to engage the XMP profile in the UEFI to take advantage of the full speed of this RAM kit. To adjust the RGB lighting, use the motherboard's lighting control software.
Solid-State Drive –
XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB NVMe$98 The Guru’s Tip
While the 1TB NVMe market is very competitive, this drive clearly stands out above the rest in terms of performance per dollar!
Phanteks P400A White @Newegg$90 The Guru’s Tip
This model is available in black or white from the same product page, although both sell out regularly.
Power Supply –
EVGA Supernova 650 G6$75 The Guru’s Tip
This model undercuts all the competition in price!
CPU Cooler –
Scythe Fuma 2$60 The Guru’s Tip
While you could get by with the stock cooler included with the 5600X processor we recommend, this will be infinitely quieter, while also allowing for higher boost levels.
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 Deluxe PC Headset –
Corsair HS70 BT$93 The Guru’s Tip
The Bluetooth functionality of this headset allows it to be used with smartphones and tablets!
The Mechanical Gaming Keyboard –
Corsair K60 RGB Pro Low Profile$79 The Guru’s Tip
Low-profile switches make mechanical keyboards respond a whole lot faster!
The Pro Gaming Mouse –
Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed Wireless$36 The Guru’s Tip
Razer's Hyperspeed wireless technology makes the Basilisk more responsive than most wired mice!
The 27-inch G-Sync Gaming Monitor –
Gigabyte M27Q$340 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!
Total Cost: $1656
The DIY Option
- CPU – AMD Ryzen 5 5600X ($290)
- Motherboard – MSI B550 Gaming Edge WiFi ($185)
- Video Card – XFX Radeon RX 6600 XT Speedster QICK308 Black 8GB ($650)
- Memory – Crucial 2x8GB Ballistix RGB DDR4-3600 Red ($92)
- Solid-State Drive – XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB NVMe ($98)
- Case – Phanteks P400A White @Newegg ($90)
- Power Supply – EVGA Supernova 650 G6 ($75)
- CPU Cooler – Scythe Fuma 2 ($60)
- Operating System – Windows 10 Home USB @Newegg ($140)