The Best $750 Budget Gaming PC Build – September 2022
Game 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 September 2022, the $750 Budget Gaming PC Build features the Intel Core i3-12100F, an awesome budget-friendly quad-core gaming processor that beats its predecessor the 10100F by 50%! It punches way above its price class and is far and away the best gaming processor available anywhere near the $100 pricepoint. We suggest you pair it with the AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT 4GB for a power-packed gaming duo!
In terms of storage, the $750 Budget Gaming PC Build gets a 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 big 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 power supply.
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 or Newegg. 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 –
CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme 12100F/RX 6500 XT$750HOT DEAL! CyberpowerPC is delivering the goods with this sleek Gamer Xtreme desktop PC, which features a speedy Intel Core i3-12100F quad-core, 8-thread CPU, AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT 4GB video card, 8 GB RAM, a 500GB solid-state drive, and Windows 11 pre-installed. Completing the system is a USB mouse and keyboard along with built-in wireless networking and Bluetooth.
This is a great pick if you'd just like to get into your games and skip the building process!
The DIY Build
Intel Core i3-12100F$106 The Guru’s Tip
Make sure to pair this with a socket 1700 motherboard, like the one below!
Gigabyte B660M DS3H$110 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 6500XT Speedster QICK210 4GB$180 The Guru’s Tip
This GPU performs best on a modern motherboard with a PCIe Gen 4 slot, like the one we recommend!
G.Skill 2x8GB Ripjaws V DDR4-3200$55 The Guru’s Tip
The modern Intel platform used for this build will make great use of this high-speed RAM!
Solid-State Drive –
Silicon Power 1TB NVMe$63 The Guru’s Tip
Given that this 1TB drive is around the same price as many 500GB-class drives, it's an easy choice!
Cooler Master Q300L$70 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 –
Silverstone ET550-B$55 The Guru’s Tip
This PSU simply has no competition in its price range, thanks to a big promotional discount!
Operating System –
Windows 11 Home USB$139 The Guru’s Tip
It took a while for Win11 to arrive at retail after its initial virtual launch, but now that it's here, you definitely want it on your new build!
Wireless Card –
TP-Link Archer T5E AC1200/Bluetooth 4.2$34 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 Budget Gaming Keyboard –
Logitech G213 Gaming Keyboard$45 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 Pro Gaming Mouse –
Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed Wireless$35 The Guru’s Tip
Given how inexpensive this wireless model is, there's no reason to go wired!
The 24-inch 144Hz Gaming Monitor –
AOC 24G2$170 The Guru’s Tip
Note that while there are a few Freesync monitors at the $150 pricepoint, they are vastly inferior to this one, making the extra cost well worth it.
The Mainstream Gaming Headset –
Corsair HS35 Stereo$40 The Guru’s Tip
This headset weighs just 250g, making it virtually disappear once you put it on!
Total Cost: $760
The DIY Build
- CPU – Intel Core i3-12100F ($106)
- Motherboard – Gigabyte B660M DS3H ($110)
- Video Card – XFX Radeon RX 6500XT Speedster QICK210 4GB ($180)
- Memory – G.Skill 2x8GB Ripjaws V DDR4-3200 ($55)
- Solid-State Drive – Silicon Power 1TB NVMe ($63)
- Case – Cooler Master Q300L ($70)
- Power Supply – Silverstone ET550-B ($55)
- Operating System – Windows 11 Home USB ($139)
- Wireless Card – TP-Link Archer T5E AC1200/Bluetooth 4.2 ($34)
- The Budget Gaming Keyboard – Logitech G213 Gaming Keyboard ($45)
- The Pro Gaming Mouse – Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed Wireless ($35)
- The 24-inch 144Hz Gaming Monitor – AOC 24G2 ($170)
- The Mainstream Gaming Headset – Corsair HS35 Stereo ($40)