The Best $800 Gaming PC Build for 2021

The Best $800 Gaming PC Build for 2021

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Last Updated: April 1st, 2021

Build Overview

Are you looking for an affordable gaming PC build for a great price? How about the best $800 gaming PC build for 2021 that can crush PC games at 1080p resolutions and even into 1400p resolutions? This may not be the cheapest PC build possible, but it assures quality and performance over anything so that you can jump into PC gaming without scaling everything back all the time.

The hardware below for the $800 gaming pc build is chosen based on two main things, performance, and quality for the best possible price. All of the hardware is conveniently linked to Amazon.

Best of luck when planning your next gaming pc build and should you have any questions feel free to get in touch.

If you are in the market for another budget you can also check out the best 2021 pc builds page.

The Best $800 Gaming PC Build 2021

Capability: Game at Smoothly with High settings and FPS at 1920X1080 resolutions in most games.

Powered by the Ryzen 5 3600 CPU and an RX 5600 XT Graphics Card.

1 CPU - Best $800 PC Build 2021

1. CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core, 12-Thread Unlocked Desktop Processor with Wraith Stealth Cooler

The Ryzen 5 3600 CPU is a superb value coming in with 6 CPU cores and 12 processing threads at 4.1Ghz Max Boost. This is a solid gaming CPU that is priced really well.

Amazon Price: $199.99

2 Cooler - Best $800 PC Build 2021

2. Cooler: Wraith Stealth Cooler (Included)

The Wraith Stealth Cooler is included with the Ryzen 5 3600

3 Motherboard - Best $800 PC Build 2021

3. Motherboard: ASRock B550M-HDV

The motherboard for this build is a newer B550 motherboard featuring newer features for budget AMD board, including straight out of the box Ryzen 3000 series support and more.

  • Supports 3rd Gen AMD AM4 Ryzen / Future AMD Ryzen Processors
  • 6 Power Phase Design
  • Supports DDR4 4733+ (OC)
  • 1 PCIe 4.0 x16, 1 PCIe 3.0 x1
  • Graphics Output Options: HDMI, DVI-D, D-Sub

Amazon Price: $80.99

4 Graphics Card - Best $800 PC Build 2021

4. Graphics Card: MSI Gaming Radeon RX 5600 XT Boost Clock

*If out of stock: Search all RX 5600 XT's in stock

*The 5600XT has been low on supply. See below for alternatives to search.

The 5600 XT is a great card for this pc build and even beats out the previous card that was included, which was the GTX 1660 Super. With this card, you can max most pc games out there at 1080p resolutions without a hiccup at well over 60FPS.

Price: $279.99 (*I wouldn't spend more than $50 more than this)

**Alternative comparable / slightly lower performing cards to search for:

5 RAM - Best $800 PC Build 2021

5. RAM: Crucial Ballistix 3600 MHz DDR4 DRAM Desktop Gaming Memory Kit 16GB (8GBx2)

16GB of RAM is the sweet spot for any gaming pc out there and should be all you need -- however there is always room to upgrade!

Amazon Price: $83.73

6 SSD - Best $800 PC Build 2021

6. SSD: Crucial P1 500GB 3D NAND NVMe PCIe Internal SSD

You can't go wrong with a great value per dollar spent on a Crucial P1 in terms of storage space and Read/Write speeds.

Sequential reads/writes up to 2, 000MB/s, 700 MB/s

Amazon Price: $59.99

7 PSU - Best $800 PC Build 2021

7. Power Supply Unit: Thermaltake SMART 600W Best $800 PC Build

The budget Thermaltake SMART Power supplies are perfect for this budget and provide just enough power at a fantastic cost.

Amazon Price: $54.99

8 Case - Best $800 PC Build 2021

8. PC Case: Thermaltake Versa H15 Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Chassis

  • Enhanced airflow: Perforated top panel, heightened food stands, and specially designed cable routing gap enhance airflow for better ventilation
  • 1+2 drive bay: 5. 25” x 1 + 2. 5”/3. 5” x 3
  • One 120mm rear fan pre installed
  • Supports Mini ITX, Micro ATX (only when DVD ROM is NOT installed) Motherboard
  • I/O port: USB 3. 0 x 1, USB2. 0 x 1, HD Audio x 1
  • Max CPU cooler height: 155mm/ Max VGA length: 315mm
  • Dimension: 15” x 7. 8” x 16. 2”/ 7. 8 lbs
  • 3 year Warranty

Amazon Price: $49.99

Estimated Price (April 2021): $807

$800 Build Details

The $800 gaming pc build includes the very powerful Ryzen 3600 budget CPU and a very powerful 1080p worthy Radeon RX 5600 XT graphics card. This build could probably fulfill most standard gaming pc builders out there who simply want to game at high settings at 1080p resolutions that easily surpass 60FPS. This is the standard everyday gamer PC, hands down.

The graphics card included in the $800 gaming pc build is the RX 5600 XT. This card has so much potential when gaming at 1080p, and you should expect to max out most games at 1080p resolutions that easily surpass 60FPS on MAX settings in most PC games on the market right now. If you can’t find even the RX 5600 XT in stock, please see the alternatives in the hardware table above.

Wondering how you can get your hands on a GPU these days? — Check out my article on Why is it so Hard to Buy a Graphics Card Right Now? The 2021 GPU Shortage.

The motherboard included is an AsRock B550M-HDV a newer B550 motherboard featuring newer features for a budget AMD board, including straight out of the box Ryzen 3000 series support and more. Here are the specifications (to learn more visit AsRock.com):

  • Supports 3rd Gen AMD AM4 Ryzen™ / Future AMD Ryzen™ Processors
  • 6 Power Phase Design
  • Supports DDR4 4733+ (OC)
  • 1 PCIe 4.0 x16, 1 PCIe 3.0 x1
  • Graphics Output Options: HDMI, DVI-D, D-Sub
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC887 Audio Codec)
  • 4 SATA3, 1 Hyper M.2 (PCIe Gen4 x4 & SATA3)
  • 6 USB 3.2 Gen1 (2 Front, 4 Rear)
  • Gigabit LAN

The RAM included is a kit of 16GB Crucial Ballistix 3600 DDR4 memory, which is enough memory for most gaming pc builds, and fits the bill perfectly for the $800 build as well.

The storage is a Crucial P1 500GB NVMe SSD which is a perfect storage solution for this PC build and provides amazing read/write speeds at 2000/1700 MB/s – which is very fast per dollar spent in terms of storage capacities to speed.

The included power supply unit in this pc build is a Thermaltake Smart 600W, which is a solid budget PSU with enough juice to power the $800 pc build perfectly.

The included gaming pc case is the Thermaltake Versa H15 Micro ATX case, which is a pretty good budget MATX case with good airflow for a small form factor case and a premium look.

Upgrades for the $800 PC Build

CPU Upgrade - Best $800 Gaming PC Build 2021
CPU Upgrade

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 6-core, 12-Thread Unlocked Desktop Processor with Wraith Stealth Cooler

Looking for a little more CPU in your gaming PC? Bump it up to an AMD 5600x (cooler also included!). This is for those who do more than game-edit videos? stream? Then this is for you.

Cost: $399.99

GPU Upgrade - Best $800 Gaming PC Build 2021
Graphics Card Upgrade

*Newer GPU: MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8GB GDRR6

The newer RTX 3060 Ti might your best bet for a better card, should you have the money and if it's actually in stock!

Price: $449 (*low in stock)

PC Case Upgrade - Best $800 Gaming PC Build 2021
Case Upgrade

Cooler Master MasterBox MCB-B600L-KANN-S00 ATX Mid-Tower

Upgrade to a cooler (cool and cooler) case for just a bit more:

  • Sleek Design w/Red Side Trim and Acrylic Side Panel
  • Supports 4 x 120mm Fans 1x Pre-Installed in the Back
  • Support up to 360mm Radiator
  • Support up to 400mm GPU/VGA Card
  • Full black coating and PSU cover

Cost: $64.99

Storage Upgrade - Best $800 Gaming PC Build 2021
Storage Upgrade

Crucial P1 1TB 3D NAND NVMe PCIe Internal SSD, up to 2000MBs - CT1000P1SSD8

The $800 pc build includes a 500GB why not double that with a touch more speed with a 1TB Crucial P1 NVME SSD?

Cost: $104.99

The above are upgrades to the best 2021 $800 gaming pc build. That is if you have more to spend than an $800 budget to spend on your hardware. These are some options for you to increase your overall gaming performance now or in the future.

There are some significant upgrades above including the CPU, graphics card, memory speed, or cooling capabilities.

The CPU upgrade suggested is an AMD Ryzen 5 5600X, this could be a significant CPU upgrade in computing power and it overclocks quite nicely.

If you have a bit of extra cash to splurge and are looking for the best and immediate boost to performance, then you could simply upgrade your choice in the graphics card to a brand new RTX 3060 Ti  8GB, that is if you can get your hands on one.

If you are looking for a better case and have a bit more to spend, then you could consider the Cooler Master MasterBox MCB-B600L – with a sleek design and pre-installed 120mm rear fan and full black coating.

Since the $800 pc build only comes with a 500GB GB NMVe SSD, why not bump it up to a faster version, with a 1TB Crucial P1 NVMe SSD.

Best of luck building your best possible $800 gaming pc build this 2021. If you have any questions be sure to leave a comment or simply join our Facebook Group to help grow a great gaming pc build community: Gaming PC Builders Facebook Group.

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  1. Hi! I was looking for a 800-900 PC budget and I was wondering if replacing the CPU and GPU with an “Intel Core i5-11400f CPU” and a “Nvidia RTX 3060” would work well with the rest of the set-up. Thank you.

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      Hi Jorge, The RTX 3060 for sure is compatible and you can get an Intel Core-i5 10400F too, but if you get that CPU you will need to get a motherboard that’s compatible, such as Intel B460, B560, H410, Z490 or Z590.

      The cheaper ones are the non “Z” versions, however they still cost a little over $100, so that will cost you a bit more. My suggestion would be to go with a Z490 Chipset Motherboard, as you can utilize memory speeds of at least 3200mhz, so that it would have comparable performance to the AMD 3600 in the build above.

      I hope this helps!

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      Hi Brian, these are refreshed at the start of each month, and unfortunately all graphics cards are extremely low on supply right now (for various reasons like crypto mining etc.) causing people to scalp and inflate costs. I do note that the you shouldn’t be spending anymore than $50 more than that card, otherwise you might have to look into the alternatives listed above (GTX 1660 Super, GTX 1660, or RX 5500 XT 8GB). I hope this helps!

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      Hey Doug, it was priced at the start of Jan, so I’ll be refreshing these shortly to reflect current costs for February. Hardware prices have been a bit chaotic (especially GPU’s).

  2. Hello , this will be my first time building a pc and was wondering I could use a NZXT H510 case instead as I prefer the colour scheme? Also anything you would recommend to first time builders?

    1. also was wondering if any other graphics card was good as currently they’re all out of stock and if the thermaltake TR2 series 700 W was a good power supply to use instead?

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        Hi Robbie! First, the NZXT H510 will work perfectly and is a good case and the Thermaltake TR2 700W would work too and has more than enough power though. I would search for other models of the 5600 XT or you could see if there are GTX 1660 Super’s available as an alternative too. I hope this helps!

    2. Hello, i have a 1660 super single fan, and i still need to pick up a motherboard and CPU. I am wondering if i need another PSU because the one i have is 350W. Will it work with this build?

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  3. Hello! I was trying to do research on what parts to get a couple months ago but cant find the source i found and ive never built a pc before. Would these parts work okay? I dont need anything fancy, but i want to be able to play anything (lowering quality settings dont bother me) and eventually get a VR headset aswell

    -Asus GeForce GTX 1660 Super Overclocked 6GB Dual-Fan Evo Edition VR Ready HDMI DisplayPort DVI Graphics Card (DUAL-GTX1660S-O6G-EVO)

    -AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core, 12-Thread Unlocked Desktop Processor with Wraith Stealth Cooler

    -Crucial P1 500GB 3D NAND NVMe PCIe Internal SSD, up to 2000MB/s – CT500P1SSD8

    -Thermaltake Smart 500W 80+ White Certified PSU, Continuous Power with 120mm Ultra Quiet Cooling Fan, ATX 12V V2.3/EPS 12V Active PFC Power Supply PS-SPD-0500NPCWUS-W

    -ASRock B550M-HDV Supports 3rd Gen AMD AM4 Ryzen/Future AMD Ryzen Processors Motherboard

    -Crucial Ballistix 2400 MHz DDR4 DRAM Desktop Gaming Memory Kit 8GB (4GBx2) CL16 BL2K4G24C16U4B (BLACK)

    -Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L Micro-ATX Tower with Magnetic Design Dust Filter, Transparent Acrylic Side Panel, Adjustable I/O & Fully Ventilated Airflow, Black (MCB-Q300L-KANN-S00)

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      Hi Renee,

      That build would work perfect and all is perfectly compatible! And it should perform pretty good in most games as well at 1080p.

      Best of luck building!

      1. Thank you so much for the feedback! I have another question if youre able to help. I’m running into a problem with the Video card i listed being out of stockseemingly all the time at the moment. Is there another Video card i could use in place of that one that would be just as good or better?

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          Not a problem! And ah, now that’s the real question right now. Graphics cards, of all types right now are simply low in supply. It’s sort of this trickle down effect from a bunch of newer cards that got bought out and the holiday season just passing. To be honest I just be looking for alternative brands of GTX 1660 Super’s or AMD RX 5600 XT’s as your best bet. Hopefully cards start replenishing soon here.

  4. Hi Corey, first timer here. A quick question about PC cases; would any ATX or MicroATX tower work for this particular build? The Cooler Master doesn’t look bad by any means but I kinda prefer the NZXT case you listed for the $1000 build and I also quite liked the Corsair Carbide Series 275R as well. Thanks!

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      Kartik – great question. Yes, most ATX and Micro ATX cases will work, since this is already a smaller form factor build. And either of those cases will work as well!

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      Hey there – stock on everything has been wonky. Looking right now, you could try GIGABYTE Radeon RX 5600 XT Gaming OC or PowerColor Radeon RX 5600 XT as alternatives, however there are priced a bit higher.

  5. Hi! I’m building my first PC and tried to copy buts of this guide. The following are parts I chose for my PC. I hope to spend around 600-900 max on it. I’d love to hear how I could fix/alter it! Big thanks 🙂

    CPU-AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor

    Motherboard-ASRock B550M-HDV Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard

    Memory-Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory

    Storage-Crucial P1 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive

    Video Card-MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB VENTUS XS Video Card

    Case-BitFenix Enso Mesh ATX Mid Tower Case

    Power Supply-Thermaltake Smart RGB 230V 500 W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply

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      Hi Jenny, what you have laid out looks good. I mean if it fits the budget you could fit an RX 5600 XT as your gpu or even a 3600x cpu. But other than that looks great, and I see you’ve increased to 16GB of memory which is fine too. Nice touch with the Bit Fenix Enso mech too.

  6. Hello! I want to build this PC but I am new to this so I have some doubts 🙁
    If I buy the ryzen 3600x and the rx 5600 xt, do I have to change the motherboard and power supply?
    sorry if my english is bad xd

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      Hi JG – great question. If you switch just to the 3600X and the 5600 XT graphics card, you’ll be just fine as both the motherboard and power supply will still be compatible. However, I could caveat, that if you wanted to do some overclocking and get the 5600 XT, you might want to get a power supply that’s between 550W to 600W (such as the Thermaltake Smart 600 power supply if you wanted to upgrade the one included in the above build right now).

      Let me know if you have any further questions!

  7. Hello I was wondering if this build will be able to handle just modern triple a titles like Modern Warfare or Rainbow six? I’m new to PC been a console player my whole life but need a better change and do you feel like compared to building a PC at this budget worth it compared to buying the new generation of consoles coming out this holiday season?

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      Hi Kevin, as for the question around being able to play Modern Warfare or Rainbow Six – yeah it would be able to no problem at 1080p and at high settings as well as many other games. And to be honest I can’t tell for sure as I haven’t seen much on the newer consoles, but PC builds are fun to do and are always very versatile as you can always upgrade them and swap hardware easily, and gaming online is free as there is no subscription as consoles have – and they second as an actual computer. I hope this helps.

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      Hello again! This build will come with what’s needed. Thermal paste comes pre applied to the cpu and the rest will come with the cords needed.

  8. Would this game run rust really good? And also this would be my own first pc ever that I’m gonna build. So I wanna make it count.

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  9. Hi would this be able to run Oculus Link (i.e. VR games)? It seems the specs are ok, especially if upgrading the memory to 16GB, but would it work nicely??

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      Hi Roberto – if I’m being honest, yes it will work and be ok for some games, but I would try to stretch your budget and fit the highest performing graphics card possible into your budget for VR. So I would say you could opt for the alternative card above, the RX 5700, or even the RX 5700 XT (as included in the $1000 build) as these will give you a better range of performance. All in all though, you will be able to use VR, you just might not get the framerate you want in all games with the 1660 Super. Best of luck!

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  10. Hello! I am wondering how this computer would run games like Arma 3, Dayz, and Squad compared to the 1000 build you have?

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      Hi there JR, sorry for the delayed response – this build will honestly play those games just fine. You may be better off with the 5600 XT though for your GPU. I’m assuming you’re also playing with a 1080p monitor. I look forward to hearing how it goes!

  11. Looking to build a PC to run games like Arma 3, Dayz, Squad, Pubg at high settings. Will this do (I would get the higher end graphics card to be safe). Or would it be safer to go for the 1000 version instead? Hope to hear back and hope all is well!

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  12. Hey Corey. First time pc builder. Would something like this be able to handle a game like Hell let loose or GTA5 on high settings?

    Excited to build my first gaming pc since I’ve bought pre built in the past. I’m mostly a strategy gamer but I do occasionally play more taxing games.

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      Hi Dave, this would play GTA V on high settings no problem, and you could probably get away even maxed out hovering around 60fps at 1080p and for Hell Let Loose, my guess would be slightly scaled back (high settings) and you’d be perfectly fine! What sort of strategy games? 🤓

      Best of luck building!

      1. Thanks Corey. I’m a huge fan of Europa Universalis 4. I’m trying to get into hearts of iron 4 but it’s not really doing it for me right now. I’m looking for a good ww2 era strategy game. I generally prefer grand strategy over RTS. I grew up on age of empires.

        I would love to see a realistic FPS like he’ll let lose but with an included single player campaign. Two kids makes it hard to dedicate two hours to a play session without a pause thrown in there haha.

        One quick question regarding this build, is there a specific monitor you recommend or is there anything I should pay particular attention to when choosing one?

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          That’s awesome, I’m going to be honest I haven’t played Europa Universalis or Iron 4 — but am a fan of certain RTS’s, especially StarCraft and was into age of empires eons ago! And yeah kids do throw a wrench into gaming haha, only have the one myself so far.

          For this build, I would look at really any basic type monitor with 1080p resolution and 60hz specifications to the size that you like. Typically you can see these on sale, but if you wanted one specific recommendation it would look something like this – https://www.amazon.com/BenQ-proprietary-borderless-Brightness-GW2480/dp/B072XCZSSW/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=benq+1080p&qid=1585089770&sr=8-1&swrs=A68FBDE907C64D3FE5AF051EB0BC684D

          Hope this helps!

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    1. Is there a good alternative for the graphic card right now? I’ve notice that the price has jump up a good amount and im trying to stick with the budget. Thank you

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