The Best $750 Budget Gaming PC Build – January 2022

By Ari Altman | Published December 31, 2021 | Updated December 31, 2021

Critical Update:

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.

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 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

    $819
    START 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!
    The Guru’s Tip

    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

  • CPU

    Intel Core i3-10100F

    $93

    While AMD ruled the budget sector for a while, Intel has come roaring back, and its Core i3-10100F is simply unbeatable at the price, thanks to its 4 cores, 8 threads, and high clock speed. It’s by far the best gaming CPU at its pricepoint.

    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.

  • Motherboard

    MSI B560M PRO WiFi

    $95

    This board is the perfect choice for a low-cost build. With three PCIe slots, six USB ports, and six SATA ports, it gives the system room to grow. Plus, it has built-in wireless networking!

    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

    This powerful and efficient GPU offers 4GB of fast GDDR6 VRAM and an efficient cooler to keep noise and temps down, making it perfect regardless of how much you push it!

    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!

  • Memory

    Oloy 2x8GB DDR4 2666 Grey

    $53
    This cost-effective 16GB RAM kit will give you plenty of capacity to use your PC to its fullest! While 8GB is passable, there’s a good chance that modern apps will use the entire amount, leaving nothing for your OS and slowing the system down to a crawl.
    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

    WD knocked it out of the park with its high-performance yet bargain-priced SN570. Optimized for excellent real-world performance thanks to WD’s years of SSD development, it easily keeps up with much more expensive drives. This 500GB model can provide sequential read speeds of 3500MB/s and write speeds of 2300MB/s.

    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!

  • Case

    Thermaltake Versa H18 Tempered Glass

    $55
    The H18 offers plenty of features plus a sleek style at a bargain price. With extensive venting, a 120mm exhaust fan, and a glass side panel, you get performance and looks, plus a whole lot more convenience than typical budget PCs!
    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

    With 500W of power and Bronze-rated efficiency, this is a great power supply for this build. Plus, this model offers unmatched quality at its pricepoint, semi-modular cables, and EVGA’s industry-leading customer support. If anything ever goes wrong, they’ll have your back!

    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
    Windows 10 is the most popular operating system in the world, and Microsoft continues to support users not only with regular security updates, but with major content releases every year. Note that you can alternatively purchase the downloadable version. All you need on hand to use it is a USB drive with 8GB+ of capacity.
    The Guru’s Tip

    Windows 11 has launched, and will roll out as a free update to all users of Win10!

Optional Products

  • Hard Drive

    Seagate BarraCuda 2TB

    $55
    If you need extra space for bulk storage of media like photos, videos, and music, add this bargain-priced 2TB hard drive to your build. Coming in at just $10 more than most 1TB drives, it’s a tremendous bargain.
    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

    Pick up a great keyboard at a great price with the K55. It offers IP42-rated dust and spill resistance, multiple RGB backlighting zones, dedicated macro and media keys, plus quiet keys with a tactile bump to provide great feedback with low noise levels!

    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
    Offering cutting-edge performance, there’s nothing like the Basilisk X for anywhere near the price. Ultra-sensitive sensor, Razer’s awesome HyperSpeed wireless system, and perfect ergonomics. It’s a great mouse!
    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
    If you want to pick up a true “gaming” monitor, you want something with a high refresh rate. And this is the very best value out there in high-refresh-rate monitors. It features a 24″ 1920×1080 IPS 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. Another nice feature of this model is the height-adjustable stand, which allows you to dial in just the right setup!
    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
    Assuming you actually want to hear the bullets whizzing by you in your games, you’re going to need a great audio source, and there’s no better budget gaming headset on the market than the HS35 from Corsair! With 50mm drivers and a comfortable fit, it’s the real deal, where all the other headsets in its price range are just pretending.
    The Guru’s Tip

    This headset weighs just 250g, making it virtually disappear once you put it on!

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