The Best $750 Budget Gaming PC Build – January 2022
Due to the ongoing cryptocurrency mining craze, it’s currently impossible to buy video cards at retail prices. We therefore recommend a pre-built PC, which you can see if you scroll down below. For reference, we still list our DIY build, but it is over budget. 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 January 2022, 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 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 11400F/GTX 1650$819START GAMING TODAY! Want to start gaming anytime in the next year? Well, you’re going to have to buy a pre-built, because budget video cards have been sold out for a year and won’t be returning anytime soon. Luckily, Acer is still offering this budget-priced but well-equipped gaming PC, so get started gaming today! This system includes an Intel Core i5-11400F six-core, 12-thread processor, a GeForce GTX 1650 4GB video card, plus 8GB of RAM and a 512GB solid-state drive. It even has WiFi 6 build in!
Given how hard it is to actually find a decent video card in stock at any price, this is the way to go to ensure you can start gaming today... until it sells out too!
The DIY Build
Intel Core i3-10100F$93 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.
MSI B560M PRO WiFi$95 The Guru’s Tip
While this board has video outputs, they will not be enabled with the 10100F processor we recommend.
Video Card –
Zotac GeForce GTX 1650 OC 4GB$325 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. Want more performance per dollar? Go for the pre-built PC we recommended earlier in this guide, which uses the same GPU but a much more powerful CPU for a great price!
Oloy 2x8GB DDR4 2666 Grey$53 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 –
WD Blue SN570 500GB NVMe$55 The Guru’s Tip
Given that most 250GB-class drives cost the same or more than this one, it's amazing WD is offering such a high-performance 500GB model at this pricepoint!
Thermaltake Versa H18 Tempered Glass$55 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 –
EVGA 500 BQ$35 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 @Newegg$140 The Guru’s Tip
Windows 11 has launched, and will roll out as a free update to all users of Win10!
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 –
Corsair K55 RGB Pro$50 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$36 The Guru’s Tip
Given how inexpensive this wireless model is, there's no reason to go wired!
The 24-inch 144Hz Gaming Monitor –
Acer XFA240$194 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: $836
The DIY Build
- CPU – Intel Core i3-10100F ($93)
- Motherboard – MSI B560M PRO WiFi ($95)
- Video Card – Zotac GeForce GTX 1650 OC 4GB ($325)
- Memory – Oloy 2x8GB DDR4 2666 Grey ($53)
- Solid-State Drive – WD Blue SN570 500GB NVMe ($55)
- Case – Thermaltake Versa H18 Tempered Glass ($55)
- Power Supply – EVGA 500 BQ ($35)
- Operating System – Windows 10 Home USB @Newegg ($140)