The Best $1750 Advanced Gaming PC Build – January 2022

By Ari Altman | Published December 31, 2021 | Updated December 31, 2021

Phanteks P400A CRITICAL UPDATE:

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.

Parting Thoughts

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

  • CPU

    AMD Ryzen 5 5600X

    $290
    AMD’s Zen 3 architecture made a huge splash in the PC industry. Beating Intel on a clock-for-clock basis for the first time in decades, and with far lower power consumption, the Ryzen 5 5600X is the perfect CPU for this build. And it brings along with it the most advanced platform in the business, which will provide you tremendous upgrade potential down the line should you wish to drop in an even more powerful CPU.
    The Guru’s Tip

    This CPU comes with a cooler, but we recommend an upgraded model later in this guide.

  • Motherboard

    MSI B550 Gaming Edge WiFi

    $185
    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), six USB ports (including a Type-C port), and built-in WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5. It also has the ample power delivery system required to support any Zen 3 processor.
    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

    Get into your serious PC gaming today with the Radeon RX 6600 XT 8GB. It has plenty of power to tackle any modern game, easily beating any Nvidia GeForce GPU anywhere near its pricepoint. And this model has a  powerful triple-fan cooler to keep the GPU running at maximum boost!

    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.

  • Memory

    Crucial 2x8GB Ballistix RGB DDR4-3600 Red

    $92
    This awesome 16GB kit will provide more than enough capacity for any game today and for years to come, and thanks to its mind-blowing DDR4-3600 speed and 16-18-18 timings, it will keep your fast CPU fed with data. Plus it offers sweet RGB effects!
    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
    Harnessing the power of cutting-edge TLC V-NAND, the NVMe protocol, and the PCIe interface, this SSD is by far the fastest drive at its pricepoint. It can hit sequential speeds of up to 3500MB/s! Note that you’ll need a jeweler’s-type screwdriver to affix it.
    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!

  • Case

    Phanteks P400A White @Newegg

    $90

    The P400A offers awesome style and performance for under $100. It has three high-quality 120mm RGB fans plus a tempered glass side panel to show off your build.

    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

    EVGA offers a ton of value in its Supernova line, and the 650 G6 is no exception. You get 650W of Gold-rated power, fully-modular cables, and a zero RPM mode under low loads for silence and increased lifespan. Even when the fan is spinning, it’s quiet thanks to its fluid dynamic bearings. The best part: an incredible 10-year warranty and EVGA’s unbeatable customer support.

    The Guru’s Tip

    This model undercuts all the competition in price!

  • CPU Cooler

    Scythe Fuma 2

    $60
    Offering amazing performance thanks to its big heatsink and dual 120mm fans, along with excellent compatibility thanks to its offset design and 155mm height, this is our favorite cooler at any price.
    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
    Windows 10 is the most popular operating system in the world, and Microsoft continues to support users not only with regular security updates, but with major content releases every year. Note that you can alternatively purchase the downloadable version. All you need on hand to use it is a USB drive with 8GB+ of capacity.
    The Guru’s Tip

    Windows 11 has launched, and will be rolled out as a free update to all users of Win10!

Optional Products

  • The Deluxe PC Headset

    Corsair HS70 BT

    $93
    Great sound, a great look, and wireless freedom. That’s what the HS70 from Corsair gives you, along with a great price!
    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
    For the very fastest gameplay, there’s nothing better than the K60 Low Profile. Thanks to Cherry’s unbeaten low-profile MX Speed switches, you get amazing response and feel, plus low noise.
    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
    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

    Razer's Hyperspeed wireless technology makes the Basilisk more responsive than most wired mice!

  • The 27-inch G-Sync Gaming Monitor

    Gigabyte M27Q

    $340
    Offering up a 27″ 2560×1440 IPS panel capable of a 170Hz refresh rate, and enhanced with FreeSync frame-syncing technology, this is a true high-end monitor that won’t break the bank! Gigabyte may be new to the monitor market, but it’s making a huge splash, offering up tremendous quality at low prices. Previously, you couldn’t get anything but an inferior TN panel for this price!
    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!

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