Today, I’m bringing you one of the most powerful builds I’ve ever created for this site – while our high-end rigs are certainly in the top-of-the-line performance range, this is the best 900 dollar gaming PC build that you can possibly put together for the price. It will destroy any modern game for years to come – and it’ll do so in style, with the case we’ve selected! If you’ve got room in your budget for this mid-high end rig, you absolutely cannot go wrong here.
If you’re new to PC gaming (or at least PC building), you might be a little intimidated by the whole process. If that describes you, all I have to say is don’t worry – seriously, it’s not as complicated as you might think. I’ve had people reach out to me and ask me to put their rigs together for them, because they were worried about damaging parts. Worse yet, some even asked if they should pay a “professional” hundreds of dollars! Unless you chuck your motherboard on the floor, you should be just fine – there is no need to spend extra money on simply putting the build together.
Doing it yourself will only take a couple hours, less if you have everything you need laid out properly.
I’ll give you some awesome resources on building a PC below, but that’s not the topic of this article. Today’s topic is going to be going over how to build a gaming PC under 900 dollars, so let’s not get too distracted.
This insanely powerful rig’s performance will blow your mind, but I understand that not everybody can afford to shell out the amount required to truly make this rig shine. As such, a $800 rig might be more your speed. The performance difference between the two in terms of raw gaming power will be small, but you are missing out on some fantastic extra SSD space that I consider to be absolutely essential for this tier of gaming.
Anyway, enough introduction, let’s move on!
Believe it or not, gaming PC builds don’t require much to assemble. Seriously, all you need is a screwdriver. That’s it. But, as with just about anything in life, getting a few extra tools and gadgets can make things just a wee bit easier for you – and chances are, you probably have 90% of this stuff sitting in your garage or closet.
I’m not going to be recommending specific products here because there’s no reason you should wait for it to get delivered to you when you can run to Lowe’s and pick it all up for under $15.
Anyway, none of the stuff listed below is essential, but as I said, it’ll help, so consider gathering some of it together.
- A flashlight (For flashing light. Y’know, into the case. So you can see.)
- Needlenose pliers (Pick up those annoying dropped screws)
- A screwdriver (A screwdriver drives screws, which is somewhat important because there’s going to be quite a few screws to drive)
- An anti-static wrist band (This is the least essential tool, as it’s just used to prevent excess static generated from carpets or fabric from damaging PC components – just don’t work on carpet or fabric and you’re good)
Never built a PC before? No problem, I’ve got you covered. As promised, I’ve got a perfect resource video below that goes over the entire process in a very easy-to-follow way.
Believe it or not, this video is the same video I used when I was a wee PC builder -and the same goes for hundreds of others, so trust me when I say this guy knows what the heck he’s doing. 😛
Okay, I’m rambling. Here’s the video!
If you don’t really learn all that well from videos, or if you simply have that one really annoying question that you can’t find the answer to, you aren’t completely dead in the water. I’m available pretty much around-the-clock for any questions you might have, so just drop a comment below any of my articles and I’ll get back to you in a few hours, most likely (Unless I’m sleeping, cause – y’know – I am a human and all).
Ultimate 900 Dollar Gaming PC Build For 2017
Okay, so you know how to build a PC (Or, at least, you’ve got the video pulled up and ready), but what can this build actually do? Fine, it’s powerful, but how powerful?
All things considered, I put this build together for the express purpose of dominating modern games on Ultra settings at 60FPS (Or more) and 1080P. That means games like the Witcher 3 will melt under the sheer performance of the GTX 1060 I chose for this build!
If you enjoy 1440P gaming, you’re also in luck. While you might struggle to run games on Ultra at 1440P, you will be able to run them on a mixture of medium, high, and ultra settings with a very smooth 60+ FPS. Speaking from experience, I can run the Witcher 3 at 60FPS with Hairworks off and postprocessing effects off at 1440P with no issues. It looks phenomenal! You can also easily push VR games out with this thing, so if you’re looking for a VR ready PC, this is one of the best cheaper options out there.
This build is also very, very future-proof. All of my builds are, for the most part, but a $900 budget really gives you room to keep this thing going for years to come. I’d say it’ll easily be at least another 3 years before you’re going to need to upgrade your GPU or CPU, and even longer before stuff like RAM and motherboards need replacing. However, I can’t make any promises set in stone, because I can’t see into the future.
The Part List
Now that I’m done going over the goals for this build, and some general advice for new PC builders, here are the parts for our gaming PC under 900 dollars!
Corsair Carbide 100R
Ordinarily, I recommend the Corsair Carbide SPEC-01, but I believe the 100R is a sleeker, cleaner choice for this build. Check It Out On Amazon
EVGA 650 GQ
I’m a huge fan of EVGA’s power supplies, as they’re always super reliable and cheap. The 650 GQ is no different. Check It Out On Amazon
Gigabyte GA B250 HD3
This socket LGA 1151 motherboard is an awesome pick. Gigabyte’s motherboards are extremely durable, to boot! Check It Out On Amazon
Gigabyte GTX 1060 Windforce 6GB
Gigabyte’s GTX 1060 will offer us some insane performance and VRAM for the price, making it the optimal pick for a $900 build. Check It Out On Amazon
Intel i5 7500
Upgrading from the i3 7100 of cheaper builds on this site, the 7500 offers a significant performance increase. Check It Out On Amazon
Ballistix Sport LT 8GB DDR4
This 2x4GB RAM kit was the best balance of speed, capacity and price available, so it was the obvious choice for this rig. Check It Out On Amazon
Western Digital 1TB 7200RPM
Who doesn’t love Western Digital? They make reliable hard drives at low prices, largely due to just how freakin’ many of them they sell! Easily my top pick for this part list. Check It Out On Amazon
Crucial MX300 275GB SSD
Yep, we’re moving on up with storage! A 275GB SSD offers significant improvements to boot times, and even has plenty of room for extra games that you really value fast loading times in.
With the essentials out of the way, let’s delve into a few optional options that I highly recommend! They are not critical to your build (I’ll explain the OS in more detail later on in this guide), but they will have varying (positive) effects on your overall PC experience.
With that said, here’s the list!
Windows 10 64-bit
Windows 10 is not the only operating system choice for a PC gaming rig, but it is the most optimal, in my opinion. However, it does cost around $100, so keep reading for more details on how you can get started for free (Without pirating anything). Check The Current Price on Amazon
Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD
Although this build already has an SSD included in it’s $900 budget, I highly recommend ditching the hard drive entirely and grabbing this instead. As you’d expect, it’ll cost more, but the Samsung 850 EVO series of SSDs is the absolute best you can get for your money, so it’s well worth it. Check The Current Price on Amazon
Optical drives are not at all an essential component nowadays, as you can simply download anything you need directly from the internet. And things like operating systems (Including Windows 10) can simply be installed via USB now! However, if you want one, this is a great cheap option. Check The Current Price on Amazon
About Your Operating System
There’s still a lot of ground to cover, but I want to take a minute here to go over operating systems, and which one you should get. No computer can function properly without one (Unless you just get a lot of joy from staring at a BIOS screen), and the specific OS you get can have a drastic impact on your gaming experiences.
There’s only two real OS options here right now – Linux and Windows. Let’s talk about them both!
If you take PC gaming seriously, Windows is going to be the OS for you. You don’t need to get it right away if your budget doesn’t permit it, but if you want all games to be compatible with your rig and run properly, you’re going to need to get it at some point. Windows 10 is the specific OS I’m referring to here, because it’s now become the standard for PC game compatibility.
Windows 10 has a sleek, clean interface that combines the best of Windows 7 with the best of Windows 8. Some people don’t like it (Myself included, at first), but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s the standard. On a Windows 10-powered PC, you’re going to have guaranteed access to the latest games without any real issues. The only real drawback is that certain really old games will have a very tough time running on Windows 10 without some compatibility patches.
Having said all of that, everybody knows that Windows ain’t cheap. Nearly $100 for an OS is more than a lot of people can afford. Fortunately, there is an alternative…
…and that alternative is Linux.
I’m absolutely not going to give you all the details on what exactly Linux is here, but the general gist is that it’s an open source operating system with several “distributions”, the most popular of which is one called Ubuntu. Ubuntu is the most windows-like Linux “distro”, both in terms of usability and just the general look and feel of the interfaces.
Being that Linux is completely open source, that means it’s also completely free. Before you get too excited, though, understand that it being free comes at the cost of it not being compatible with anywhere near the amount of games Windows is. However, there is a workaround of sorts – Wine, a compatibility software that will essentially let you run Windows-based software in Linux. Learn more about Wine here.
Alright, enough about operating systems, let’s move on to the juicy part – the build details!
A $900 dollar gaming PC build is the ultimate choice for the mid-high end range of PC gaming, and this build is the perfect example of that. Not only will you get top-notch performance (Though not quite into the realm of total overkill that a $1500+ gaming PC would offer), you’ll also get the knowledge that you didn’t waste your money on a pre-built rip-of…I mean, gaming PC. 😛
Abusing pre-built gaming PC companies aside, why did I pick the parts I picked? What was my overall thought process? Well, with the part-by-part detailed breakdown below, I’ll go over each and every part, and why I picked them. Enjoy!
The case you select for a given build is definitely going to be an important component, no matter which one you go with. Not only will it be sitting on your desk for years to come, it’ll be housing hundreds of dollars worth of components.
That makes it all the more important that you pick a case that looks good aesthetically, has plenty of interior space for your components, is durable, and has decent airflow and cable management. While any mid tower case from our various other builds would do just fine here, I picked the Corsair Carbide 100R because if its simplistic aesthetic and overall high quality.
It really doesn’t matter what one you pick, though. A mid tower case is a mid tower case, for the most part, just check reviews beforehand.
The motherboard is another super important component pick, but for completely different reasons. I don’t really care what the motherboard looks like, and you don’t really need to worry about airflow, cable management, or any thing else with one.
All that matters is that is has basic features like USB 3.0, and that it’s 100% compatible with the rest of your build. There can’t be a single discrepancy in this regard, or you’ll have wasted a lot of money and time.
The motherboard I selected for this build is the Gigabyte B250 HD3. It’s sturdy, reliable, and I’ve used it in past builds so I trust it. It’s also fairly cheap (Not in terms of quality), so it’ll save us quite a bit of money compared to the $300-$400+ “gamer grade” motherboards out there.
Really, what’s the point in spending $500 on a motherboard? I get that some high end builds could benefit from it, but I just believe there are vastly better ways to spend your build’s budget than on a freakin’ motherboard, of all things. Your GPU, for example, could benefit from that $500 way more!
Since it’s also compatible with our CPU, RAM, and other components, there really was no contest here.
Good ol’ CPUs – the unsung heroes of PC gaming. They allow our GPU to render things properly, and perform a lot of behind-the-scenes functions that you won’t necessarily see on the “front end” of your PC or games. Having said that, all I really care about here is that the CPU fits our budget, is fairly future-proof, and won’t bottleneck our GPU.
The Intel i5 7500 fits the bill here, so it’s the CPU I went with.
The GPU is without a doubt the most important component of any gaming PC – period. Without a good GPU, you aren’t going to be doing much of any gaming, because everything is going to run like crap. This is honestly where the lion’s share of the build’s budget goes, as nothing else is quite as important for pure gaming power. Well, except maybe the CPU, but it still pales in comparison.
In light of this, I opted for the very best GPU I possibly could given our $900 budget, and that just so happens to be the Gigabyte GTX 1060 Windforce, with 6GB of VRAM.
It’s truly a monster of a GPU, and it’s almost brand-new (The 1000 series video cards just came out a few months ago), meaning it’s in for years of updates and support from NVIDIA.
That means frequent game-ready drivers, and various other performance improvements over time. You are free to pick another card if you
want, but it doesn’t get much better than this to be honest.
Not to be mistaken for VRAM, RAM (or memory) is the stuff that allows your computer to run efficiently over time. It allows you ito multitask, run games for long periods of time, and just generally makes your life a lot easier.
Every had a program that had a so-called “Memory leak”? If so, you probably remember extremely sluggish PC operations, frequent freezing, and various other headaches. These are all common symptoms of memory problems, or just low memory in general (Though memory leaks can happen on any PC – they are related to bad software design, usually).
So, of course, having plenty of fast memory is important. Since 8GB is the standard, that’s what we went with here. I picked Crucial’s Ballistix LT 8GB DDR4 2400MHz kit because it was the best value overall. If you can ever afford another $50-$60, though, I recommend picking up another of the same kit to bump your RAM total up to 16GB – it’ll just make your new rig that much more future-proof.
We’re nearing the end! Storage is probably one of the least important aspects of a build, because it has the smallest direct impact on gaming performance. But, having fast & reliable storage will make things like virus scans, file transfers, and game load screens go way faster.
I decided to include a 275GB SSD in the build this time around, in addition to the standard Western Digital 1TB 7200RPM HDD. This is because our budget allowed for it, and it will have a significant impact on overall PC speeds.
Finally, the power supply. There’s really very, very little to say here. EVGA is a highly-regarded PSU manufacturer, and 650W is all we needed for this build. That’s about it, really.
We’re almost done. To actually operate your PC like a normal human being, you’re probably going to need peripherals. You more than likely have a few of these lying around, but I recommend grabbing the stuff below to really get the most out of your build. After all, if this $900 build is easily able to run games at higher than 60FPS, wouldn’t it be a bit of a waste to get a 60Hz-locked monitor?
Anyway, on with the list.
This is probably my favorite budget monitor of all time – coming in at under $200, you get a 24″ screen, a 1080P resolution, a 1ms response time, and a 144Hz refresh rate. Check The Current Price on Amazon
I LOVE this headset. It used to be called the Sentey GS-4731, but has oddly been renamed and rebranded for some reason. Huh. Oh well, what matters is that it’s the epitome of comfort and quality, while also being super cheap (Under $40). A great pick for anyone on a tight peripheral budget. Check The Current Price on Amazon
Cooler Master Devastator II
Want to kill two birds with one stone? Get this epic under-$30 keyboard/mouse combo! The quality is great, and you get some pretty sick backlighting, too. Check The Current Price on Amazon
Netgear AC1200 Wi-Fi Adapter
It doesn’t matter what WiFi adapter you get, to be completely honest. As long as it’s a decent speed (At least 600MBPS is ideal), you can spend as much or as little as you’d like. However, the AC1200 is what I’ve been using for years, so it’s the one I recommend here. Check The Current Price on Amazon
Any old mousepad will do, but the SteelSeries QCK is a good cheap option with a very high-quality feeling. But yeah, doesn’t really matter what one you get. Check The Current Price on Amazon
Well, you’ve made it to the end of the build! Congratulations. Hopefully you’ve begun the process, but if you haven’t, you can take the first step by ordering your parts below! This build is going to offer some insane performance for the price, making it the best 900 dollar gaming PC build out there.
And remember, if you ever need any help or assistance, I’m only a comment away. 🙂 If you have any suggestions, I’d also love to hear them!
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