The Best $750 Budget Gaming PC Build – September 2021
Due to the ongoing cryptocurrency mining craze, it’s currently impossible to buy video cards at retail prices. For this build, it’s currently impossible to buy any video card and still remain within budget, so we therefore recommend a pre-built PC, which you can see if you scroll down below. For reference, we provide our recommended DIY build, which you’re free to purchase if you already have a video card. Based on current market conditions, we do not believe this generation of GPUs will ever return to MSRP, so lower prices will have to wait until late 2022 when the next generation arrives!
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 Nvidia!
For September 2021, the $750 Budget Gaming PC Build features the awesome Intel Core i3-10100F, a budget-friendly Core i3 processor offering gaming performance that matches the big guys. That’s thanks to its four cores and 8 threads, along with a high clockspeed. We suggest you pair it with the GeForce GTX 1650 4GB, which is the best bargain gaming GPU available. Note that due to product shortages, all GPUs are marked up right now, so this build is a bit over budget. You can actually get a better deal buying a pre-built OEM machine, so definitely consider the one we list in this guide.
In terms of storage, the $750 Budget Gaming PC Build sports a 500GB solid-state drive. Most other “budget gaming PCs” you’ll find on the ‘Net still use hard drives, which is a big mistake! 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, enough to run any game. The $750 Budget Gaming PC Build is powered by a high-output power supply and wrapped up in a stylish, compact mATX case.
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 low-cost 144Hz 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 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 –
HP Pavilion Gaming PC 10100/1650 Super$705
HOT DEAL! In the midst of a very challenging gaming PC market, HP is delivering the goods with this sleek Pavilion gaming desktop, which features a speedy Intel Core i5-10100 4-core, 8-thread processor, along with Nvidia’s impressive GeForce GTX 1650 Super 4GB video card, the fastest GPU in its class. Also onboard are 8 GB of DDR4 RAM and a fast 256 GB PCIe SSD, along with Windows 10 Home. Completing the system is a USB mouse and keyboard along with built-in wireless networking and Bluetooth.The Guru’s Tip
A couple of easy upgrades you might consider as your needs expand would be 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive, both of which would come in under $50. As a starting point, though, this system is a stellar value!
The DIY Build
Intel Core i3-10100F$102 The Guru’s Tip
This CPU comes with a cooler, which you'll be using in this build. Also take note that this CPU does not have built-in graphics, so you'll need to use a GPU to boot up the system.
Gigabyte B460M DS3H v2$87 The Guru’s Tip
While this board has video outputs, they will not be enabled with the 10100F processor we recommend. CPUs with built-in video are sold out everywhere, and really wouldn't serve much purpose in a gaming system.
Video Card –
Zotac GeForce GTX 1650 OC 4GB$300 The Guru’s Tip
The price of this GPU is marked up beyond MSRP, but that is simply a reality in this market, and in fact most of the time it's sold out. That's why we suggest you consider the pre-built PC listed earlier in this guide.
Silicon Power 2x8GB DDR4 2666 Grey$58 The Guru’s Tip
The fastest RAM speed supported by the Core i3 CPU chip is 2666, so that's what we go with here.
Solid-State Drive –
Samsung 980 500GB$60 The Guru’s Tip
Yes, you give up 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$29 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$190 The Guru’s Tip
Freesync was once an AMD-exclusive, but it will now work perfectly with an Nvidia GPU, which is what we recommend for this build.
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: $841
The DIY Build
- CPU – Intel Core i3-10100F ($102)
- Motherboard – Gigabyte B460M DS3H v2 ($87)
- Video Card – Zotac GeForce GTX 1650 OC 4GB ($300)
- Memory – Silicon Power 2x8GB DDR4 2666 Grey ($58)
- Solid-State Drive – Samsung 980 500GB ($60)
- Case – Thermaltake Versa H18 Tempered Glass ($55)
- Power Supply – Gigabyte GP-P450B ($29)
- 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 ($190)
- The Mainstream Gaming Headset – Corsair HS35 Stereo ($35)