The Best $750 Budget Gaming PC Build – February 2024

By Ari Altman | Published January 28, 2024 | Updated January 28, 2024

CoolerMaster Q300L V2Game Hard on a Budget!

Looking to build a budget gaming PC that’s anything but “cheap?” Then our $750 Budget Gaming PC Build is the one for you! While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles you’ll find in higher-priced systems, like liquid cooling or fancy RGB lighting, for pure gaming purposes this build offers the best bang for the buck you’ll find. That means fantastic performance in all of today’s latest games without breaking the bank!

This Month’s Build, Featuring Intel and AMD!

For February 2024, the $750 Budget Gaming PC Build continues to feature the only budget gaming CPU that matters, the Intel Core i3-12100F, a quad-core gaming processor that offers tremendous power for under $100. It will allow you to make the most out of the powerful GPU in this system, the AMD Radeon RX 7600 8GB, the best GPU ever offered under $300!

In terms of storage, the $750 Budget Gaming PC Build recently moved to a big 1TB solid-state drive, ensuring that the PC doesn’t feel budget at all – it’s going to launch your games in a flash, and more importantly store a bunch at the same time. This build also has a serious advantage over other budget PCs on the ‘net, namely 16GB of DDR4-3200 RAM rather than 8GB of slower RAM. This definitely gives the system a boost in games, above and beyond what the speedy CPU and GPU do on their own. Finally, this build is wrapped up in a stylish, compact mATX case, and powered by a high-capacity 500W power supply.

Parting Thoughts

If you’d like to accessorize the $750 Budget Gaming PC Build, browse our recommendations for budget-friendly PC accessories at the end of this guide, including our favorite bargain high-refresh rate monitor and a great budget gaming mouse. You can also feel free to jump over to our Monitor Buyer’s Guide and Peripherals Buyer’s Guide.

We update this build monthly, as prices and components in this market segment change frequently, and a few dollars here or there could buy you (or cost you) a lot of speed! Throughout this guide, we provide links to Amazon, which will auto-convert for readers located in Canada, the UK, and parts of the EU, with substitutions made automatically based on regional availability. Your use of these links is the only thing that keeps this site on the ‘net!

The Pre-Built Option

  • The Budget Gaming PC

    Skytech Nebula 12100F/RTX 3050

    $800
    Skytech is a master of offering value in all of its gaming PCs, and this well-equipped model is no different. This system includes an Intel Core i3-12100F quad-core, 8-thread processor, a GeForce RTX 3050 8GB video card, plus 16GB of RAM and a 500GB solid-state drive. It comes pre-loaded with Windows 11, and even has WiFi 5 built in!

    The Guru’s Tip

    This is a great pick if you'd just like to get into your games and skip the building process - the value is hard to beat!

The DIY Build

  • CPU

    Intel Core i3-12100F

    $99
    While AMD ruled the budget sector for a while, Intel has come roaring back, and its Core i3-12100F is simply the best CPU ever released anywhere near its pricepoint, thanks to its 4 cores and 8 threads based on the cutting-edge Alder Lake architecture. Note that the “F” version does not include built-in graphics, which is just fine given that this system has a separate video card!

    The Guru’s Tip

    This CPU includes a cooler, and we recommend you use it to save some cash!

  • Motherboard

    Gigabyte H610M S2H V2 DDR4

    $90
    This board is an amazingly low-cost way to step into Intel’s socket 1700 platform. It’s the perfect match for a budget build, offering up a PCIe x16 Gen 4 slot for graphics cards, a PCIe x1 Gen 3 slot, an M.2 slot, two RAM slots, and six USB ports.

    The Guru’s Tip

    While this board has video outputs, they will not be enabled when paired with the 12100F CPU.

  • Video Card

    XFX Radeon RX 7600 SWFT210 8GB

    $260
    Get into serious PC gaming today with the Radeon RX 7600 8GB. It has plenty of power to tackle any modern game, and has no competition from Nvidia GPUs at its pricepoint.

    The Guru’s Tip

    It's been a long time since you could get this much value in the budget gaming market!

  • Memory

    Silicon Power 2x8GB DDR4-3200

    $35
    You can now squeeze a whole lot of performance and capacity into your system by going with this budget-priced 16GB DDR4-3200 kit. It will help you make the most of your snazzy new system!

    The Guru’s Tip

    The modern Intel platform used for this build will make great use of this high-speed RAM!

  • Solid-State Drive

    Teamgroup MP33 1TB NVMe

    $62
    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

    While we used to recommend 512GB drives in this build, jumping up to 1TB costs almost nothing extra and gives you a lot more room for games!

  • Cooler Master Q300L V2

    $52
    Offering loads of style and performance for the price, the Q300L V2 is by far the best buy in its price class. It features a mesh front panel, a 120mm rear fan, and slick magnetic dust filters on both the top and front. Similar to much more expensive cases, it has dual USB Type-A ports and single Type-C port up front. For style, it has a tempered glass side panel, providing a great look inside the chassis.

    The Guru’s Tip

    This is a micro ATX (mATX) case, so make sure to follow our recommendation on the mATX motherboard to use with it!

  • Power Supply

    Thermaltake Smart 500W 80+

    $40
    With 500W of power on tap, 80% efficiency at load, and a 5-year warranty, this power supply offers exceptional value and plenty of headroom for this system!

    The Guru’s Tip

    This PSU simply has no competition in its price range!

  • Operating System

    Windows 11 Home (USB) @Newegg

    $139
    Windows 11 built on everything people loved about Windows 10, and then took 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! Note that we’re linking to Newegg, because Amazon long ago stopped selling this physical USB version of Windows, which is the most convenient one to use.

    The Guru’s Tip

    Win11 is what you want in your new gaming system to maximize performance!

Optional Products

  • Wireless Card

    TP-Link Archer T5E AC1200/Bluetooth 4.2

    $23
    Need wireless networking? Look no further than this ultra-high-speed 802.11ac PCIe-based card!

    The Guru’s Tip

    We recommend you install this in the last slot on the motherboard, to allow the GPU room to get fresh air.

  • The Bargain Gaming Headset

    HyperX Cloud Stinger 2

    $40
    HyperX absolutely revolutionized the budget gaming headset market with the original Cloud Stinger, and has taken it up a notch with the Stinger 2. It retains the original’s big 50mm drivers, but has an updated rotating cup design and swing-down mic for better comfort and control. It also adds DTS Headphone:X for virtual 7.1  surround sound, making it is an unbeatable value.

    The Guru’s Tip

    This headset is the perfect match for a budget gaming PC!

  • The Budget Gaming Keyboard

    Logitech G213 Gaming Keyboard

    $50
    Pick up a great keyboard at a great price with the G213. It’s quick, quiet, and responsive, and it also has sweet RGB backlighting, of course!

    The Guru’s Tip

    There are a lot of knock-off keyboards on the market selling for around the same price - our advice: avoid them!

  • The Mid-Range Gaming Mouse

    Logitech G502 Hero

    $49
    Get a jump on your competition with this awesome gaming mouse from Logitech, which features a next-gen 16,000dpi sensor and a classic ergonomic shape!

    The Guru’s Tip

    This mouse is far better than no-name mice that sell for around the same amount!

  • The 24-inch 165Hz Gaming Monitor

    Sceptre E248B-FPT168 24″ 165Hz

    $122
    If you want to pick up a true “gaming” monitor, you want something with a high refresh rate. Luckily for you, Sceptre has been busy breaking down price barriers for high-refresh-rate monitors. This model features a 24″ 1920×1080 IPS panel (superior to TN or VA!), capable of displaying images at up to 165Hz, which makes it infinitely smoother than a standard 60Hz monitor that costs just a bit less. And thanks to its FreeSync technology, it will run with zero lag or screen-tearing.

    The Guru’s Tip

    Given that this model is priced like standard locked 60Hz monitors, it's a true dream for budget gamers!

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