The Best $750 Budget Gaming PC Build – January 2023
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 January 2023, 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 beats its predecessor the 10100F by 50%. It’s backing up the vaunted Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB, which has finally come back down in price, making it a great value again!
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 –
Skytech Chronos 10100F/GTX 1650$680This pre-built PC from Skytech is well-equipped, with an Intel Core i3-10100F quad-core, 8-thread processor, an Nvidia GTX 1650 4GB video card, a full 16GB of RAM (impressive!), and a 500GB solid-state drive. Also on the list is a powerful, efficient 600W Gold power supply, built-in wireless networking, and an array of RGB lighting.
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$111 The Guru’s Tip
Make sure to pair this with a socket 1700 motherboard, like the one below!
MSI PRO H610M-G DDR4$89 The Guru’s Tip
While this board has video outputs, they will not be enabled when paired with the 12100F CPU.
Video Card –
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB$240 The Guru’s Tip
It's been a long time since you could get this much value in the budget gaming market!
Patriot 2x8GB Viper Steel DDR4-3200$49 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$52 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 –
Thermaltake Smart 500W 80+$40 The Guru’s Tip
This PSU simply has no competition in its price range!
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$30 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 The Guru’s Tip
This headset is the perfect match for a budget gaming PC!
The Budget Gaming Keyboard –
Logitech G213 Gaming Keyboard$40 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 G2490VX 24″ 144Hz$131 The Guru’s Tip
Given that this model is priced like standard locked 60Hz monitors, it's a true dream for budget gamers!
Total Cost: $790
The DIY Build
- CPU – Intel Core i3-12100F ($111)
- Motherboard – MSI PRO H610M-G DDR4 ($89)
- Video Card – Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB ($240)
- Memory – Patriot 2x8GB Viper Steel DDR4-3200 ($49)
- Solid-State Drive – Silicon Power 1TB NVMe ($52)
- Case – Cooler Master Q300L ($70)
- Power Supply – Thermaltake Smart 500W 80+ ($40)
- Operating System – Windows 11 Home USB ($139)
- Wireless Card – TP-Link Archer T5E AC1200/Bluetooth 4.2 ($30)
- The Bargain Gaming Headset – HyperX Cloud Stinger 2 ($40)
- The Budget Gaming Keyboard – Logitech G213 Gaming Keyboard ($40)
- The Pro Gaming Mouse – Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed Wireless ($35)
- The 24-inch 144Hz Gaming Monitor – AOC G2490VX 24″ 144Hz ($131)