LAST UPDATED- 1st August 2022

BEST GAMING PC FOR EVERY BUDGET

Carefully researched and put together PC Builds for budgets ranging from $200-$4000

Thermaltake Versa H18

STARTER

The STARTER Gaming PC is for casual gaming and can provide a playable gaming experience at lower resolutions. This PC is for those who can't spend hundreds of dollars on components and can't afford a discrete GPU.

PRICE ~$300

CPU GPU RAM Motherboard Storage PSU Case

AMD Ryzen 5 4600G

ryzen 5 4600G

AMD Vega 7

amd vega

Patriot Viper Steel 8GB DDR4

Patriot Viper Steel 8GB DDR4

MSI ProSeries A320M-A Pro

MSI ProSeries AMD A320

PNY CS900 250GB

PNY CS900 250GB

Thermaltake Smart 430W

Thermaltake Smart 430W

Thermaltake Versa H18

Thermaltake Versa H18

Our Starter gaming build uses the Zen 2-based Ryzen 4600G APU featuring 6 cores and 12 threads for gaming and productivity. The APU comes with an iGPU called Vega 7 that offers 7 GPU cores and is suitable for gaming at resolutions ranging from 720p-1080p with low to medium settings. 

 

You get 8GB of DDR4 RAM and 250GB of Storage to store a couple of games. For the motherboard, we went with the A320M-A Pro from MSI which features all the required slots and ports along and all these components are powered by Thermaltake Smart 430W PSU which features 80 Plus power efficiency, required PCI-E connectors for dedicated GPUs, and reliability. 

 

All of these will be assembled into the amazing Versa H18 Micro-ATX chassis from Thermaltake that is fully ventilated from the front, offers good components support, and features a transparent side panel.

AeroCool Cylon RGB Mid Tower

ENTRY LEVEL

The ENTRY-LEVEL Gaming PC is designed to uplift the gaming performance with one of the best 6-core APUs in the market. It enables overclocking and features adequate storage and reliable PSU for your build.

CPU GPU RAM Motherboard Storage PSU Case

AMD Ryzen 5 5600G

AMD Ryzen 5 5600G

AMD Vega 7

amd vega

Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB DDR4

Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB

MSI ProSeries B450M Pro-M2 Max

MSI ProSeries B450M Pro-M2 Max

Crucial P2 500GB

Crucial P2 500GB

Cooler Master MWE White 450

Cooler Master MWE White 450

AeroCool Cylon RGB Mid Tower

AeroCool Cylon RGB Mid Tower

Entry-Level Gaming build uses one of the best Ryzen APUs that deliver satisfactory gaming performance on medium settings at 1080p with the Vega 7 iGPU featuring 1900MHz of clock speed. The CPU features 6 cores and 12 threads and is based on the Zen 3 architecture that is 19% better in IPC compared to the Zen 2. 

 

To achieve even higher performance, we used the B450 chipset motherboard to allow overclocking. Through overclocking, you will be able to achieve higher clock speeds on both the CPU and iGPU resulting in noticeable gain in performance. 

 

The RAM is 8GB and 500GB NVME SSD is used as the storage that is incredibly fast with over 2000MB/s of sequential Read speed. Powering the build is one of the best budget PSUs from Cooler Master that provides 450 watts of wattage capacity for further upgrades. 

 

Enclosing them is the Aerocool Cylon mid-tower case that is spacious and features RGB LEDs on the front panel.

Zalman T7 Mid Tower 1

ADMIRABLE

The Admirable Gaming PC is capable of gaming at 1080p with Medium settings as it features an ideal CPU-GPU combo in a low budget. While it can play most modern titles with playable framerates, it is an ideal choice for esports titles such as CSGO, Valorant, Fortnite, etc.

CPU GPU RAM Motherboard Storage PSU Case

Intel Core i3 10100F

Core i3-10100F

XFX Speedster RX 6400

XFX Speedster SWFT105 Radeon RX 6400

TEAMGROUP TUF 16GB DDR4

TEAMGROUP T-Force Vulcan TUF Gaming Alliance

GIGABYTE B560M DS3H V2

GIGABYTE B560M DS3H V2

WD Blue 500GB SN570

WD Blue 500GB SN570

Thermaltake Smart BX1 550W

Thermaltake Smart BX1 RGB 550W

Zalman T7 Mid Tower

Zalman T7 Mid Tower

Our FINE Gaming build presents a fantastic budget CPU-GPU combo where the Intel Core i3 from the 10th gen is an excellent choice under $100 that features 4 cores and 12 threads capable of supporting almost every budget or mid-end GPU. Combined with the RX 6400, you can have up to Medium settings at 1080p resolution in modern titles. However, we strongly recommend this for esports games more than the modern titles as you would be able to play them with 60+fps.

 

You will get 16GB of DDR4 RAM for running all games smoothly and will still have a lot of gigs left for multitasking or opening multiple chrome Tabs. The storage drive is 500GB NVME SSD from WD featuring insane Read/Write speeds and powering them is the Thermaltake's Smart BX1 RGB 550W PSU that is reliable in performance and sick in aesthetics. 

 

To install your components, the Zalman T7 is a decent mid-tower case with a full-length PSU shroud that is good in components compatibility and has a fully ventilated front panel for airflow.

NZXT H510 White

COMPETENT

The COMPTENT Gaming PC looks better and does better. With a faster and better GPU, it is capable of playing modern intensive titles on High settings at 1080p. The case is top-notch and the RAM-storage combo is also adequate for running and storing big games.

CPU GPU RAM Motherboard Storage PSU Case

Intel Core i3 10100F

Core i3-10100F

XFX Speedster RX 6500 XT

XFX Speedster QICK210 Radeon RX 6500 XT

TEAMGROUP 16GB DDR4

TEAMGROUP T-Force Vulcan Z 16GB DDR4

GIGABYTE B560M DS3H V2

GIGABYTE B560M DS3H V2

Silicon Power A60 1TB

Silicon Power A60 1TB

NZXT C Series C550 Bronze

NZXT C550 Bronze

NZXT H510 Mid Tower

NZXT H510

The combination of Core i3 10100F and RX 6500 XT is perfect for gaming at 1080p on a small budget. With the Competent PC, it is easier to get up to 60 fps with up to high settings in almost every modern game. The 4-Core CPU from Intel 10th gen is still rocking to this day and the RX 6500 XT is definitely a great choice for around 200 bucks.

 

Despite having the PCI-E lanes limitation, the RX 6500 XT has no better competition for its price and therefore, is the most worthy GPU for purchase. Complementing this CPU-GPU combo is the 16GB DDR4 RAM for eliminating all sorts of bottlenecks and for storing several big games, files, and OS, the Silicon Power A60 gives you 1TB of storage space.

 

The system will be powered by the NZXT C550 Bronze PSU which is satisfactory in performance and comes in a Semi-modular design that is easier to manage. All the components will be fitted inside one of the best mid-tower cases, the NZXT H510 which is spacious, elegant, and features a dedicated cable management area.

NZXT H510

BRILLIANT

The Brilliant Gaming PC is designed to max out the visual quality at 1080p resolution. It uses the best Core i3 processor with the best value Radeon GPU that enables 60+fps at 1080p. It is perfectly fit for any modern title and supports Ray Tracing.

CPU GPU RAM Motherboard Storage PSU Case

Intel Core i3 12100F

Intel Core i3 12100F

XFX Speedster RX 6600 

XFX Speedster SWFT 210 Radeon RX 6600 CORE

Corsair 16GB DDR4

Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB

MSI PRO H610M-G

MSI PRO H610M-G

Silicon Power A55 1TB

SP A55 1TB 3D NAND SSD

NZXT C Series C650 Bronze

NZXT C650 Bronze

NZXT H510 Mid Tower

NZXT H510

Our Brilliant gaming build uses the fastest Core i3 processor from the 12th gen Alder Lake family that beats even the Core i5s of the previous generation. It is a fantastic 4 core/8 thread CPU with superb single-core performance and is combined with the RDNA 2-based Radeon RX 6600 GPU that features 8GB of VRAM and can play any game on ultra settings. 

 

For memory, the 16GB RAM kit from Corsair is just perfect for any gaming and non-gaming task. There are 2x 8GB sticks for dual channel configuration with tight CL timings and a frequency of 3200MHz. For storage, we opted for the SATA 1TB SSD from Silicon Power to avoid a significant cost increase beyond $700. This won't be as fast as an NVME but is still fast enough for quick OS boot and games loading. 

 

To power the PC, NZXT C650 Bronze will do the job with its 650 wattage capacity and over 80% of power efficiency. It is definitely a good choice as it is Semi-modular and comes with only two cables pre-connected. Lastly, we used the NZXT H510 case from Competent build because it looks premium and has fantastic components and cable management support. 

Corsair 4000D

SWEET SPOT

The Sweet Spot Gaming PC is ready for intensive gaming and applications with powerful 6 core i5 CPU. It is noticeably faster in gaming and multitasking and is a viable option for streaming on a budget.

CPU GPU RAM Motherboard Storage PSU Case

Intel Core i5 12400F

Intel Core i5 Core 12400F

XFX Speedster RX 6600 

XFX Speedster SWFT 210 Radeon RX 6600 CORE

TEAMGROUP 16GB DDR4

TEAMGROUP T-Force Vulcan Z 16GB DDR4

MSI PRO H610M-G

MSI PRO H610M-G

Silicon Power A60 1TB

Silicon Power A60 1TB

EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G+

EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G+

Corsair 4000D TG

Corsair 4000D

This build uses one of the fastest 6-core CPUs from the Alder Lake family for less than $200. The Core i5 12400F provides more core/thread quantity than our Brilliant build which significantly improves productivity and has a positive impact on gaming too. With the Radeon RX 6600, it is capable of maxing out literally any game at 1080p and is capable of playing most games even at 1440p resolution. 

 

The RAM-Storage configuration is retained at 16GB Plus 1TB. The 16GB RAM kit from TeamGroup gives you dual 8GB sticks for dual channel config and 1TB of storage space on one of the best NVME SSDs from Silicon Power. To power the system, EVGA SuperNova 650 G+ is a top-notch choice that is excellent in performance, reliability, and power efficiency. 

 

All the components will be installed inside the spacious and gorgeous Corsair 4000D TG case that boasts a big tempered glass side panel and a full PSU shroud to cover the cable mess.

NZXT H510 Flow

EXCELLENT

The Excellent Gaming PC provides no-compromise gameplay on both 1080p and 1440p resolutions. Its perfect CPU-GPU combo will help you achieve 60+ fps on the max settings and will be ready for enabling Ray Tracing for realistic reflections and shadows.

CPU GPU RAM Motherboard Storage PSU Case

Intel Core i5 12400F

Intel Core i5 Core 12400F

Gigabyte RX 6700 XT Eagle 12G

Gigabyte Radeon RX 6700 XT Eagle 12G

TEAMGROUP 16GB DDR4

TEAMGROUP T-Force Vulcan Z 16GB DDR4

ASUS Prime B660M-A D4

ASUS Prime B660M-A D4

Silicon Power A60 1TB

Silicon Power A60 1TB

EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G+

EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G+

NZXT H510 Flow

NZXT H510 Flow

Our $1000 build uses an Intel Core i5 12400F which has been used in the previous build too. It provides 6 cores and 12 threads for handling any modern title without breaking a sweat. Put together with the Radeon RX 6700 XT which is one of the best high-end GPUs for money, this PC destroys every game, and your worries about the graphical settings and fps drops will be gone. 

 

We recommend 16GB RAM in a dual channel like the previous builds and storage of 1TB from Silicon Power that doesn't break the bank and is blazingly fast to load your OS and games. To power the system, EVGA SuperNova G+ will do an excellent job and the NZXT 510 Flow case will provide great compatibility with your components. With this case, you will have a lot of airflow and a dedicated cable management system to ease your building process. 

Be Quiet Pure Base 500DX

FIRST CLASS

The First Class is ready to improve the visuals with enhanced Ray-Tracing performance and maxed out graphics at 1440p resolution. It uses faster and better components to achieve higher performance in both gaming and non-gaming tasks.

CPU GPU RAM Motherboard Storage PSU Case

Intel Core i5 12400F

Intel Core i5 Core 12400F

ZOTAC Gaming RTX 3070 Twin Edge OC

ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 3070 Twin Edge OC

TEAMGROUP RGB 16GB DDR4

TeamGroup T-Force Delta RGB 16GB DDR4

ASUS Prime B660M-A D4

ASUS Prime B660M-A D4

WD Blue 1TB SN570

Western Digital 1TB WD Blue SN570

EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G+

EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G+

Be Quiet Pure Base 500DX

Be Quiet Pure Base 500DX

We are retaining the Core i5 12400F CPU from the Excellent build as going with an overclockable i5 will increase the total expense. This gives us chance to use one of the fastest 1440p gaming GPUs from Nvidia, that is the Geforce RTX 3070. 

 

With this PC, you will be able to have much more fps with Ray Tracing enabled in supported games and noticeably better performance in non-supported games too. It uses 16GB RAM in a dual channel that has RGB LEDs for a better look and a faster SN570 1TB SSD from Western Digital that is insanely fast in Read/Write speeds.

 

To power the system, we used the same SuperNova 650 G+ PSU that does an excellent job and is fully modular. Finally, for the case, we went with the Be Quiet Pure Base 500DX which features RGB LEDs, pre-installed Wings 2 fans, a spacious interior, and a fully ventilated front panel.

BUILD A PC GUIDE

How To Build A PC For Beginners

Here we go. As you may have already checked out the parts list for various budgets above, it’s time to get everything in the correct place. While our parts suggestions may be sufficient for any experienced PC builder, if you are a beginner, you are definitely going to need our guide to build your first gaming PC. 

In this guide, we will take you through the entire PC building process in as short as possible but by imparting the adequate knowledge to build literally any budget or high-end gaming PC. When you understand how the PC works, you won’t necessarily need to read multiple guides for building your PC.

We are going to cover the four most important topics in this guide-

1. Parts needed to build a gaming PC
2. Tools needed to build a gaming PC
3. Assembling process
4. Finalizing(OS and Software installation)

Caution

Our guide will take only 10-15 minutes of your time and it is highly recommended that you learn each and every step before you start experimenting with your PC parts. We highly discourage you to start the building process without reading our guide if you are doing it for the first time and if you are still unsure if you can do this by yourself, then please go to your nearest PC shop to get your PC assembly done by an expert.

Parts Needed to Build a Gaming PC

PC ComponentsA brief introduction to PC components
ProcessorProcessor is the brain of your computer and is responsible for performing logical and arithmetic operations. Modern CPUs come with multiple cores and their speed is measured in MHz or GHz.
Graphics CardGraphics card is responsible for rendering the images and graphics parameters in games and non-gaming applications.
RAM/MemoryRAM or Memory stores small data containing the information of the applications for quick access. The data is stored temporarily and vanishes when the PC is switched off.
MotherboardMotherboard is the hub which connects every PC component for a flow of data between each other.
Storage DriveStorage drives are of many types. Their main purpose is to permanently store your data unlike RAM which erases the data as soon as the power is turned off.
Power SupplyYour PC components need reduced DC voltage that is achieved through the Power Supply Unit. PSUs come in various wattages and power efficiency ratings for better operation.
PC CaseAll the components are installed inside a box known as PC Case or Chassis. It comes in variety of form factors to accommodate different-sized components.
CPU Coolercpu cooler vectorEvery electronic part starts to heat due to the voltage supplied. To cool the Processor, a CPU Cooler is installed on top to dissipate the heat rapidly.

Tools Needed to Build a Gaming PC

PC Toolspc toolsCompulsory and recommended tools to build your PC
Magnetic Screwdriver[Compulsory]A screwdriver is a compulsory tool for building your PC. You will need a magnetic screwdriver #2 for installing various PC components.
Zip TiesZip ties help you manage and secure your cables for cable management. You will need a few of these after finishing your build.
Cutter PliersCutter pliers will cut off the extra part of zip tie to make the build cleaner.
Anti-Static Wrist WrapTo protect your PC components, it is recommended to use Anti-static wrist wrap that will prevent building up of static electricity.

How to Build a Gaming PC- Step by Step Method

Each component has its own fixed place in a gaming build. It doesn’t matter what parts you are going with or what brand you have chosen, PC components are always installed in the same way and in the same place. The most important thing is to remember where each component will go on a motherboard. With that basic knowledge, 50% of the build is already done. 

The following diagrams demonstrate where each part goes into a motherboard and the case. This will be universal across different types of gaming builds and all our recommended gaming PCs above will follow the same exact steps. 

Installing Components on a Motherboard

Components installation on motherboard
Note- The slots/ports shown in the diagram are just for representation and will vary motherboard to motherboard
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