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.

Case: NZXT H500i

We opted for the H500i by NZXT to house all the goodies, but if you wish to go cheaper it's possible to save even more on this build. That said, NZXT has done a stellar job in keeping costs down for builders, while throwing together a sleek-looking case with some handy features.

$92 at Amazon

CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 1300X

Do not underestimate the CPU. Yes, for gaming the GPU is a better investment in most instances, but you aren't only going to game on this PC, right? Also, instead of going for a locked down dual-core, you can enjoy the fruits of AMD's labor with the Ryzen 3 1200. This quad-core CPU isn't expensive but will manage to keep up with even mid-tier GPUs. It even comes with a decent cooler.

$85 at Amazon


ZOTAC makes some excellent-looking GPUs that perform well in-game. The GTX 1660 AMP is a solid 1080p powerhouse that will handle even more demanding titles at full HD resolution (medium to high settings). Should you be looking to go up to 1440p, you will want to look at the RTX series of GPUs if the GTX 1660 begins to struggle.

$230 at Amazon

PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G+

Most PSUs from reputable companies tend to be of high quality and are worth the money, but you shouldn't cut corners (or save too much money) when it comes to the power supply. This 650W unit from EVGA is a solid option with a 10-year warranty. It's fully modular and works well with the NZXT H500i case for effective cable management.

$80 at Amazon

Motherboard: ASUS Prime B450M-A/CSM

Again, with the motherboard, you can choose from various manufacturers and it generally won't matter aside from some features, design, and personal preference. It's best to go for a motherboard with the B450 chipset though as the cheaper A-series doesn't support overclocking and other handy features like CrossFire (the B450 chipset does not support SLI, so you'll need the X370 for that).

$79 at Amazon

RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB

When buying RAM, it's important to consider speed, capacity, and timings, but generally, you'll be fine with the majority of modules from reputable brands. We opted for 16GB from Corsair since that's what we recommend for gaming on Windows 10. This 16GB kit with two 8GB modules is also great for our Ryzen CPU.

$75 at Amazon

SSD: Samsung 970 EVO Plus 250GB M.2

Samsung's 970 EVO Plus M.2 SSDs are incredibly fast. The read and write times for this 250GB module are 3,500MB/s and 3,300 MB/s, respectively. It's better to install your Windows 10 OS and all programs on this drive for optimal performance. This M.2 SSD is also incredibly reliable with up to 600TB of data endurance.

$80 at Amazon

HDD: Seagate BarraCuda 1TB

This is an optional purchase, simply because you'll be forking out some more pennies for a 1TB SSD at the very least. Games require more space than ever, and nothing comes close to mechanical drives in terms of value. Since we're not relying on this unit for the OS and software, everything will still feel relatively snappy. And you're only paying just $0.04 per GB, as opposed to $0.50 with the SSD — a notable difference.

$45 at Amazon

Budget-friendly PC build

Our collection of components are compatbile 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.

Component Price
Case NZXT H500i $92
CPU Ryzen 3 1300X $85
PSU EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G+ $80
Motherboard ASUS Prime B450M-A/CSM $79
RAM Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 3000MHz $75
SSD Samsung 970 EVO Plus 250GB M.2 $80
HDD Seagate BarraCuda 1TB $45
Total: $766

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 endevour?

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