The Best $750 Budget Gaming PC Build – June 2021
Critical Update: if you actually want to start gaming on a new PC any time before September 2021, you have two options: try to grab one of the few pre-built PCs still for sale, or build up a PC using Intel’s onboard graphics. That’s because GPUs are sold out worldwide due to the latest cryptocurrency mining crisis. We present both options to you in this guide.
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, tons of RAM, 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!
For June 2021, the $750 Budget Gaming PC Build features the awesome Intel Core i3-10100, a budget-friendly Core i3 processor offering gaming performance that matches the big guys. That’s thanks to its four cores and 8 threads, which no previous desktop Core i3 has offered. It also has a much higher clock speed than competing AMD processors, which puts it ahead for games. Perhaps most importantly, it has built-in graphics, which allows you to get your system running while we all wait for GPUs to return to the retail market.
Once you can buy a new video card again, we suggest the GeForce GTX 1660 6GB, which has the perfect blend of speed and VRAM capacity. As for storage, the $750 Budget Gaming PC Build sports a 512GB solid-state drive. Most other “budget gaming PCs” you’ll find on the ‘Net still use hard drives, which is a sure sign that whoever’s suggesting them has no idea what they’re talking about! An SSD ensures that the $750 Budget Gaming PC Build doesn’t feel budget at all – it’s going to launch your games and everything else in a flash! Another important upgrade the $750 Budget Gaming PC Build has over others on the ‘net is 16GB of RAM – skimping by going with 8GB would cause your gaming PC to hit the page file in the latest games, leading to massive hitching. The $750 Budget Gaming PC Build is powered by a high-output power supply and wrapped up in a stylish, compact mATX case. Learn more about this build and post your questions in our YouTube buyer’s guide!
If you’d like to accessorize the $750 Budget Gaming PC Build, just check out our recommendations for budget-friendly PC peripherals at the end of this guide, including our favorite low-cost 144Hz monitor and a great budget gaming mouse.
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 and Newegg or B&H for US readers. Our Amazon links will auto-convert for readers located in the 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 –
Acer Nitro 50 10400F/GTX 1650$845START GAMING TODAY! Want to start gaming before this summer? Well, you’re going to have to buy a pre-built, because video cards have been sold out since January and will be out of stock until at least July. Luckily, Acer is still offering this budget-priced but well-equipped gaming PC, so get started gaming today! This system includes an Intel Core i5-10400F six-core, 12-thread processor, a GeForce GTX 1650 4GB video card, plus 8GB of RAM and a 512GB solid-state drive.
Given that no one has been able to buy a GPU of any kind for months, pre-built gaming PCs are flying off the shelves, most being listed for just a day before they sell out!
The DIY Build
Intel Core i3-10100$153 The Guru’s Tip
Note that this CPU comes with a cooler in the box, and you'll be using it in this build. It also has built-in graphics, which will hold you over until you can actually buy a graphics card! Note that it has been selling out quickly, so we're switching vendors regularly. Make sure not to accidentally buy a Core i3-10100F, which has no built-in graphics!
Gigabyte B460M DS3H v2$95 The Guru’s Tip
Make sure not to accidentally buy any of the following boards: B360 (that's old Intel, not compatible!), B450 (that's AMD!), or B550 (that's AMD too!). B560 boards can work (they are the newest Intel standard), but are typically much more expensive.
Video Card –
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 OC 6G$210 The Guru’s Tip
GPUs have sold out worldwide due to production shortages and renewed interest in cryptocurrency mining. That's why we seriously suggest you go with the pre-built system listed earlier in this guide! As an alternative, you can use the built-in graphics on the Intel CPU in this build to hold you over until GPUs are available again, which we believe will be at the end of Summer 2021 based on current market conditions.
Oloy 2x8GB DDR4 2666 Grey$75 The Guru’s Tip
The fastest RAM speed supported by the Core i3-10100 chip is 2666, so that's what we go with here.
Solid-State Drive –
WD Blue SN550 500GB NVMe$55 The Guru’s Tip
Yes, you trade a little capacity going with an SSD, but consider that this drive is about 10x faster than any hard drive, and you'll understand that the tradeoff is worth it. So load up Windows and a bunch of your favorite games, and prepare to be blown away!
Thermaltake Versa H18 Tempered Glass$55 The Guru’s Tip
This is a micro ATX case, which means it requires a micro ATX motherboard like the one listed earlier in this guide.
Power Supply –
Gigabyte GP-P450B$40 The Guru’s Tip
Don't go for a no-name power supply. It can cost you more than just your PSU!
Operating System –
Windows 10 Home USB Flash Drive$130 The Guru’s Tip
Windows 10 on USB sells out often. If you prefer, you can go for the downloadable version and save some money, as long as you have an 8GB+ USB drive laying around.
Wireless Card –
TP-Link Archer T5E AC1200/Bluetooth 4.2$35 The Guru’s Tip
This even has built-in Bluetooth, perfect for use with Bluetooth accessories
Hard Drive –
Seagate BarraCuda 2TB$55 The Guru’s Tip
Remember, you do not want to use this for your OS installation, which should be on an SSD. A hard drive should only be used as secondary storage capacity.
The Budget Gaming Keyboard –
Logitech G213 Gaming Keyboard$47 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$47 The Guru’s Tip
This has been the world's top-selling mouse since 2014!
The 24-inch 144Hz Gaming Monitor –
Acer XFA240$200 The Guru’s Tip
Another nice feature of this model is the height-adjustable stand, which allows you to dial in just the right setup!
The Mainstream Gaming Headset –
Corsair HS35 Stereo$35 The Guru’s Tip
This headset weighs just 250g, making it virtually disappear once you put it on!
Total Cost: $818
The DIY Build
- CPU – Intel Core i3-10100 ($153)
- Motherboard – Gigabyte B460M DS3H v2 ($95)
- Video Card – Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 OC 6G ($210)
- Memory – Oloy 2x8GB DDR4 2666 Grey ($75)
- Solid-State Drive – WD Blue SN550 500GB NVMe ($55)
- Case – Thermaltake Versa H18 Tempered Glass ($55)
- Power Supply – Gigabyte GP-P450B ($40)
- Operating System – Windows 10 Home USB Flash Drive ($130)
- Wireless Card – TP-Link Archer T5E AC1200/Bluetooth 4.2 ($35)
- Hard Drive – Seagate BarraCuda 2TB ($55)
- The Budget Gaming Keyboard – Logitech G213 Gaming Keyboard ($47)
- The Mid-Range Gaming Mouse – Logitech G502 Hero ($47)
- The 24-inch 144Hz Gaming Monitor – Acer XFA240 ($200)
- The Mainstream Gaming Headset – Corsair HS35 Stereo ($35)