The Best $750 Budget Gaming PC Build – April 2023

By Ari Altman | Published April 1, 2023 | Updated April 1, 2023

SilverStone Fara H1MGame 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 April 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 incredible AMD Radeon RX 6600 8GB GPU, which offers by far the most performance per dollar every available in the budget market!

In terms of storage, the $750 Budget Gaming PC Build gets a 512GB 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.

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 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

    Acer Nitro 50 12400F/GTX 1650

    START GAMING TODAY! Acer is a master of offering value in all of its PCs, and this well-equipped gaming PC is no different. This system includes an Intel Core i5-12400F six-core, 12-thread processor, a GeForce GTX 1650 4GB video card, plus 8GB of RAM and a 512GB solid-state drive. It comes pre-loaded with Windows 11, and even has WiFi 6E build 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 DIY Build

  • CPU

    Intel Core i3-12100F

    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

    Make sure to pair this with a socket 1700 motherboard, like the one below!

  • Motherboard

    Gigabyte H610M S2H DDR4

    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 6600 Speedster 8GB

    Jump into serious PC gaming today with the Radeon RX 6600 8GB. It has plenty of power to tackle any modern game, easily beating any Nvidia GeForce GPU anywhere near 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

    Teamgroup 2x8GB Vulcan Z DDR4-3200

    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

    Silicon Power 512GB NVMe

    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

    The only drive that offers better value than this 512GB model is its 1TB counterpart, so feel free to jump up to it if you have the budget for it!

  • Case

    SilverStone Fara H1M

    This stylish, modern mATX case offers great performance and flexibility in a compact package. Mesh panels provide great airflow and plentiful fan-mounting positions. On top you’ll find three USB ports plus microphone and headphone jacks, and on the side is a tempered glass panel that offers great views of the interior. All in all, this case is amazing for the price!

    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+

    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)

    Windows 11 take everything people loved about Windows 10, and then takes 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! This version ships on a convenient USB stick, allowing it to be easily installed by just plugging it in.

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 144Hz Gaming Monitor

    AOC G2490VX 24″ 144Hz

    If you want to pick up a true “gaming” monitor, you want something with a high refresh rate. Luckily for you, AOC has been busy breaking down price barriers for high-refresh-rate monitors. This model features a 24″ 1920×1080 VA panel capable of displaying images at up to 144Hz, 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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