The Best $800 Gaming PC Build for 2022

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The Best $800 Gaming PC Build for 2022

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Build Overview

Are you looking for the best $800 Gaming PC build -- one that's updated monthly to give you the best possible hardware per dollar spent?

Here is the best and most up-to-date $800 gaming PC build for 2022 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 2022 pc builds page.

The Best $800 Gaming PC Build 2022

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

Powered by the Intel i3 12100 12th Gen CPU and a Radeon RX 6600 Graphics Card.

1 CPU - Best $800 PC Build 2022

1. CPU: Intel Core i3 (12th Gen) i3-12100

  • Intel® Core® i3 3.30 GHz processor uses less power and the hyper-threading architecture delivers high performance for demanding applications at an affordable price
  • 12 MB of L3 cache rapidly retrieves the most used data available to improve system performance
  • Built-in Intel UHD Graphics 730 controller for improved graphics and visual quality. Supports up to 4 monitors.

Amazon Price: $129.98

2 Cooler - Best $800 PC Build 2022

2. Cooler: Intel PCG 2020C Laminar Cooler (Included)

  • This is the stock cooler for the Intel Core i5 12400. It would be recommended that if you want to overclock upgrade this to an after-market CPU cooler (see hardware alternatives for options)

Price: *Included

3 Motherboard - Best $800 PC Build 2022

3. Motherboard: GIGABYTE B660M DS3H DDR4 Motherboard

  • Intel LGA 1700 Socket: Supports 12th Gen Intel Core Series Processors
  • DDR4 Compatible: Dual Channel DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • Sturdy Power Design: 6 plus2 plus1 Phases Hybrid Power Design, Premium Choke and Capacitors, 8-pin Solid Pin CPU Power Connector
  • Comprehensive Thermal Design: M.2 Thermal Guard
  • Next Gen Connectivity: PCIe 4.0, Dual NVME PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2, USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C, HDMI 2.0,
  • Fast Networking: 2.5GbE LAN
  • Dynamic Audio: High-End Audio Capacitors, Audio Noise Guard
  • Fine Tuning Features: RGB FUSION 2.0, Supports Addressable LED & RGB LED Strips, Smart Fan 6, Q-Flash Plus Update BIOS without installing, CPU, Memory, and GPU
  • Amazon Price: $109.99
4 Graphics Card - Best $800 PC Build 2022

4. Graphics Card: XFX Speedster SWFT 210 Radeon RX 6600

The $800 gaming PC build is featuring the RX 6600, which offers top-of-the-line $800 gaming PC performance, blasting through the previous card offerings in this spot -- providing very high 1080p FPS gameplay.

Price: $299.99

5 RAM - Best $800 PC Build 2022

5. RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 X 8GB) DDR4 3600

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: $67.99

6 SSD - Best $800 PC Build 2022

6. SSD: Crucial P2 500GB 3D NAND NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD

  • Capacity: 500GB with sequential reads or writes up to 2400MB/s/1900MB/s
  • NVMe PCIe interface, marking the next step in storage innovation
  • Includes SSD management software for performance optimization, data security, and firmware updates
  • Backed by a limited 5-year warranty or up to the max endurance rating of 150 TBW

Amazon Price: $39.99
*On Sale

7 PSU - Best $800 PC Build 2022

7. Power Supply Unit: Apevia ATX-PR600W Prestige 600W 80+ Gold Certified, RoHS Compliance, Active PFC ATX Gaming Power Supply

  • Supports Dual/Quad/multi-core CPUs. Supports single 12V output for higher power usage
  • Dc to DC converter design, provides superior dynamic response, greater system stability and maximizes the 12V DC rail output
  • Multi-gpu technologies supported; 6 pin and 8 pin PCI-E connectors support all GPU platforms. Built in 1 x auto-thermally controlled black 135mm fan
  • Connectors: 1 x 20/24pin main power, 1 x 4/8pin 12V, 2 x PCI 6+2pin, 4 x SATA, 4 x peripheral. All protections
  • Apevia ATX-PR600W Prestige 600W 80+ Gold Certified, RoHS Compliance, Active PFC ATX Gaming Power Supply, 3 Year Warranty

Amazon Price: $51.99

8 Case - Best $800 PC Build 2022

8. PC Case: Zalman S3 ATX Mid Tower Computer PC Case

  • Luxurious Hairline Front Panel Design & Dual Intake Design with Metal Finish
  • Full Acrylic windowed side-panel applied
  • Dual line front ventilation with metallic Decoration
  • Top & Bottom Dust Filter (smooth Air Circulation & Protect the case from dust)
  • Zalman's Optimized Cooling Solution (up to 8 fans can be installed)
  • Convenient Interface (USB 3.0, 2.0, Reset Button)
  • Front Radiator Max 120mm (VGA Card Max 330mm)

Amazon Price: $54.99

Estimated Price (August 2022): $755

$800 Build Details

In the $800 gaming pc build the CPU included is the Intel Core i3 12100, which is a significant upgrade compared to the previous Intel CPU and is a FAST budget gaming PC CPU that performs.

The included cooler is the stock Laminar cooler included with the Intel CPU, which should do you good. If you want otherwise, you can look at the hardware alternatives or go with something like a Cooler Master Hyper 212. air cooler.

The included graphics card is a Radeon RX 6600 Graphics Card, which is a significant upgrade this month, capable of an average of well over 100FPS in 1080p gaming and even does well over 60FPS at 1440p gaming. Should you want to squeeze even more performance out of this gaming PC build, then you may want to look at graphics card alternatives, such as those in the hardware alternatives table below.

The motherboard included is a Gigabyte B660M DS3H. This board has everything you need to get up and running with the included CPU, (for the full specifications visit gigabyte.com).

  • Supports 12th Gen Intel® Core™ Series Processors​​
  • Dual Channel Non-ECC Unbuffered DDR4, 4 DIMMs
  • 6+2+1 Phases Hybrid Digital VRM with MOS Heatsink​
  • Fast 2.5 GbE LAN with Bandwidth Management​​
  • Dual Ultra-Fast NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 with Thermal Guard
  • Rear SuperSpeed USB 3.2 Gen 2 TYPE-C® for Fast and Versatile Connections ​​
  • High Quality Audio Capacitors and Audio Noise Guard​
  • RGB FUSION 2.0 supports Addressable LED & RGB LED Strips​​

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

The storage included is a Crucial P2 500GB which is a perfect storage solution for this PC build and provides amazing sequential read speeds of up to 2400MB/s.

The included power supply unit in this pc build is an Apevia ATX-PR600W Prestige 600W, which is a solid budget PSU with enough juice to power the $800 pc build perfectly.

The included gaming pc case is the Zalman S3 PC Case --  which is structured for optimal airflow and includes a 1220mm RGB and a normal fan to do so. This is a great case, to learn more visit zalman.com.

Upgrades for the $800 PC Build

CPU Upgrade - Best $800 Gaming PC Build 2022
CPU Upgrade

Intel Core i5-12400

  • Intel® Core® i5 2.50 GHz processor offers hyper-threading architecture that delivers high performance for demanding applications with improved onboard graphics and turbo boost
  • The processor features Socket LGA-1700 socket for installation on the PCB
  • Its 18 MB of L3 cache is good enough to carry routine data and process them in a flash giving you fast and smooth performance
  • Built-in Intel UHD Graphics 730 controller for improved graphics and visual quality. Supports up to 4 monitors.

Cost: $193.95

GPU Upgrade - Best $800 Gaming PC Build 2022
Graphics Card Upgrade

XFX Speedster SWFT210 Radeon RX 6600 XT

The 6600 XT would be a significant graphics upgrade!

Price: $379.99

Storage Upgrade - Best $800 Gaming PC Build 2022
Storage Upgrade

Crucial P2 1TB 3D NAND NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD

The $800 pc build includes a 500GB why not double that with a touch more speed with a 1TB Crucial P2 NVME SSD?

Cost: $71.99
*On Sale

The above are upgrades to the best $800 gaming pc build for 2022. 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 Intel i5 12400, which would be a bump up from the included Intel CPU as 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 Radeon RX 6600XT, which is very affordable right now (compared to months previous).

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 P2 NVMe SSD.

Best of luck building your best possible $800 gaming pc build this 2022. 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. Would it be okay to do this bull with a vetroo a03? I’m looking at that case only because it has a door so if I want to change things I won’t need to totally dismantle a case

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  2. The total on Amazon without the warranties is $975, is there any way I can lower it to $900 or $850 but have around the same performance?

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      Hey Nolen — your best bet may be a gpu alternative. I do see right now the Gigabyte GTX 1650 D6 OC card on amazon is about $349, which would put you in similar performance. you could also not get the CPU cooler for now and use the stock one in the box of the i5-11400F CPU and you’ll be able to get up and running just fine and always have the option to upgrade the cooler later on.

      Another alternative would be to not gets your graphics card quite yet, and go with the Intel i5-1400 (the non “F”) which has integrated graphics. This would allow you to build and not need a graphics card until you find one for cheaper or even a better one, however you would be sacrificing gaming performance in the short term.

      One last cost saver I see right now, is that you could get some Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 3200Mhz memory for about $11 cheaper than the memory above.

      I hope this helps!

      1. Are you able to sent the list if possible of the version you had of this pc in early February, that would be very much appreciated

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          1. This doesn’t seem like the one I remember.. it’s much different, is there a way I can see early Januarys list

  3. Hello, im trying to build a pc for my sister and she wants a more girly (white and colorful) pc unlike mine lol Do you know if any of these parts come in white or if they are only black? I found a Cooler Master MasterBox TD500 Mesh White and Crucial Ballistix RGB 3600 MHz DDR4 DRAM but I’m having trouble finding others. Thankyou for any help or advice you can give!

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      Hi Renee,

      Good on you for building a pc for your sister! The Cooler Master Masterbox TD 500 is a good choice for a case and the Ballistix RGB 3600 in white as well. I literally also just got an e-mail with NZXT announcing a bunch of white products, so you could probably check those out as well: https://nzxt.com/collection/make-a-splash – albeit they are a bit expensive, but if you’re in need of a cooler like the Kraken RGB or some case fans as well in white.

      Corsair also sells some white PSUs, like the CX650, which is fully modular and also rgb, although it would be covered a tad by the bottom cage in the TD500 case.

      For a motherboard, this one might be a toughy if we are talking about the build above and may be dependant on what you have to spend. The ASRock B550M Pro4 might be a decent choice for a budget option, not all white but definitely has white tones for about $94 and the whitest B550 motherboard you could get would probably be the NZXT N7 B550 – but very expensive ($254).

      And finally, the hardest pasrt may be getting a white theme gpu, as they are already hard to get priced well at the moment and it would depend on what you get. Such as the 5600 XT above will be quite hard. However, there are some higher end RX 6700 XT’s available, and there are options like this Power Color one in white on amazon – https://amzn.to/3Azzdkj

      I hope this helps and look forward to hearing how it goes!

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      Hi Eric, you definitely can – the Ryzen 3600 and RX 5600 XT GPU are very capable. It doesn depend on your stream setting and such, but you’ll get the idea if you google “streaming with a 3600 and 5600 XT”. Best of luck building your PC!

      1. What would be a good monitor to go with this build, I’m planning on building this before This Christmas but I am gonna have to buy the alternative because 1,089 to much and I will upgrade once they drop in price.

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          Hey Jack, something like a Acer XFA240 should do. It’s a 1080p high refresh rate monitor around $200. Or if higher resolution like 1440p is what you’d prefer, something like the Acer Nitro XV272U would do. Hope this helps.

          1. Ok, sorry for another question this will be my last one, but how bad would it effect me if I bought the alternative for the graphics card if I buy the second on listed.

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      This is the real reality right now with GPU shortages. You have too search a little bit for what’s there, as it’s hard to predict what’s available.

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  4. 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).

  5. 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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  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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!

  14. 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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  15. 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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