How to build a capable gaming PC for $800

Building your own PC from scratch is a great way to save money, allowing you to choose all your own parts and learn or improve skills in the process. We've rounded up all the components you'll need to build your own gaming PC for less than $800.

Budget-friendly PC build

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Our collection of components is compatible with one another and total less than $800, allowing you to set a budget and stick to it. There are even areas where you'd be able to swap out our recommendations for less-expensive options if you don't mind losing some form of functionality, further saving money.

This PC build would be able to play most games available today at 1080p on medium to high settings, and even a few titles at 1440p if you don't mind turning down a few in-game options. Who said building a PC was an expensive endeavor?

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.