With the best 800 dollar gaming PC build of 2016, you will be able to play any game that comes out this year on ultra settings without a doubt. If this build was a pre-built PC it would probably cost you thousands, but since you’ve decided to make your own PC, you are saving a great deal of money that can instead go to peripherals or anything else.
I spent many hours researching all of the different parts in this build to get you the most optimal performance for the cost, and not only is this build a powerhouse, but it also happens to look the best out of all of my builds so far and I guarantee that people will be impressed when they see your gaming PC.
I did a 700 dollar gaming PC build recently and while that PC is amazing, this one is definitely the better option if you want to guarantee yourself ultra settings for a long time… Now, without further ado lets jump right into this awesome build!
Why Build A PC Instead of Buying A Pre-Built One?
I just want to take a second, before I get into the build to talk about this since I’ve been asked it a thousand times.
Yes, you can buy a pre-built PC for 800 dollars, but I one hundred percent guarantee that my 600 dollar gaming PC build would wipe the floor with it because the people who make pre-built gaming PC’s need to make a profit as well and in order to do this they put on this sick awesome case that makes the PC look fantastic, but inside, the parts that really matter are usually worth much less than you are paying for them.
So if you want to spend 800 dollars on a pre-built PC and still struggle to run games on high settings then be my guest, or you could just spend a little time making your own PC and build a PC that can run games on the highest settings. Some people just will never build their PC and that’s okay, but if you’ve come to this site then with my help you can build that gaming PC you’ve always dreamed off. I personally won’t let you fail.
Not only do you get insane value when you build your own PC, but you also get this sense of satisfaction that you’ve completed something and that’s a feeling a pre-built PC, just can’t give. Just think back to last time you made something? Don’t you remember it? that’s a feeling that cannot be replicated nor taken away from you.
I understand why many people hesitate, though, they think that building a PC is some very difficult process, and maybe if you were to try to build it by yourself that would be the case, but there are so many resources that are available that make building a gaming PC easier than ever before.
You may not know me or anything, but I will personally help you with any problems you may have when building a PC. Just leave a comment below and I will answer swiftly.
How To Build A PC
Building a desktop by yourself can be a difficult task, but since this is the era of the internet there are ample resources out there that show you the building process step by step and all you really have to do is follow along. Below is a video that I’ve found to be concise, but also very informative. If you would like a more in-depth video, check out my How To Build A PC page
I understand that this video might not answer all of your questions so please feel free to leave a comment below so that I can get with you as soon as possible.
Best 2016 800 Dollar Gaming PC Build, That Will Dominate
Not only will this build impress anyone who looks at it with its beautiful case, but most importantly this thing is packing some major power inside. This PC can handle all of the recent releases such as Fallout 4, The Witcher 3, and even GTA 5 on ultra 1080p, 60FPS. Even if you’re looking to go 4k (resolution) then this can even handle that, but at the moment, I would check out one of my more expensive builds as this one won’t be able to handle this at a smooth 60 fps at all.
At 800 dollars you’ve made an investment that will pay dividends. Below is the build broken down into parts and then the explanation of each piece and my reasoning for including it into the build. I recommend you look at this to get a better understanding of what you are buying.
Last Updated: October 10th, 2016
For a mid-tower case, the Thermal Tank N21 is definitely worth every penny. Not only will you be getting plenty of space, but also a slick design that will impress anyone who looks at it.
Even though the looks are what makes this case stand out, it still has all the space needed when you upgrade to bigger CPU’s and Video Cards.
One of the biggest reasons I picked this case was due to its design that allows for better airflow which leads to a cooler PC (This leads to less overheating and the extension of your PC’s life). This case also comes with one fan to help cool it even better.
One main issue that this case does have is cable management. That’s not to say its horrible but there are some cases for the price with better cable management, but you will lose the looks factor.
I understand that not everyone has the same sense of style so below I’ve included a link that allows you to pick another case that is still compatible with this build.
For this build, I’ve chosen the 600 watts power supply by Corsair. This brand has been making quality power supplies for years and I can vouch for their quality.
I chose this power supply over EVGA’s simply because of the fact that Evga has this sort of prime membership deal going on that makes you pay considerably more if you are not an amazon prime member. Corsair’s power supply is 80 plus bronze which means more efficient power draw and fewer costs to you in the long run.
This power supply also has a big fan that helps in making sure your build doesn’t get overheated, but still remains very quiet allowing you to focus only on gaming and not fan noise.
A power supply messing up can hurt your other components, so I wouldn’t recommend getting some very cheap one with low watts. This is a powerful build and 600 is already low enough as it is, don’t mess up your PC trying to be cheap on this.
The ZOTAC GTX 1060 has to be one of the best mid-range graphics cards on the market. With an 800 dollar budget, you are already going to be doing some high-end PC gaming without a doubt and at this point you are merely future proofing how long your system can remain playing games at a high level.
With Gaming computer builds, your video card is what makes or breaks your build, and that is also the case with the GTX 1060. This card is the most expensive item you are getting and just, so you know this thing is worth every penny.
The GTX 1060 by itself is already a fantastic card that benchmarks insanely well, but the card I’ve gotten for you guys is not the normal 1060, no this is the ZOTAC Amp 6gb’s Edition!
Not to mention this thing runs near silent and most of the time you won’t even hear the fan unless you are doing some very intensive stuff.
This card is even capable of creating games if you’re ever thinking of becoming an indie developer.
I really can’t imagine a better card at this price range, Hell I wish I started off with a GTX 1060; it would have made gaming a much better experience.
The ZOTAC 1060 video card might be the hero of the build, but every hero needs a sidekick, and there’s no better sidekick at this price than the Skylake I5-6500 Quad Core Processor by Intel.
What you want from a processor in gaming is quick snappy load times and basically anything that needs to be processed.
The Intel I5-6500 is also a quad core which is right on the mark and will allow your games to process even quicker as you use different cores to handle different tasks.
All this adds up and makes the I5-6500 ideal for any gaming out right now and anything that should come out in the near future.
The MSI Micro ATX motherboard might be my most controversial choice for this build, but I wholeheartedly think that it was the right choice considering this build isn’t really meant for SLI gaming (two graphics cards) due to the graphics card overcompensating this and the whole premise is to have a powerhouse graphics card and then upgrade later to another powerhouse after reselling the current one.
Other than this motherboard being a micro ATX, everything about this MOBO is pure gold. It’s a high-quality motherboard that houses all the main functions without any issues.
It also has MSI’s famous BIOS which is specifically tailored for gaming and allows you to better modify your PC components. If you do plan on changing motherboards, please run it by me before you do to make sure that it is compatible with the rest of the build.
The RAM I chose was Hyper X Fury 4GB’s X2 Which equals 8Gb’s in total. RAM is important simply because you need it to run any programs. RAM stands for random access memory, and the more RAM you have the programs, you can have open.
For gaming nowadays 8gb’s is the minimum and anything lower will handicap this system. This is another thing I would advise against changing.
If you wanted you could always go for 16Gb’s of RAM, but 8Gb’s is more than enough right now and for the foreseeable future.
For the hard drive, I chose Western Digital 1 TB hard drive. Western Digital is a respectable company and also makes high-quality products. It’s up to you when it comes to hard drives, but this is my recommendation.
I would not go any lower than 1 TB, in particular with this build due to how much money you are already investing in it. No point in cheaping out on space.
One thing you should do in the future is getting an SSD. SSD’s allow for faster load times so you can put your favorite games that you play a great deal such as MMO’s on an SSD and spend significantly less time booting up the game and loading different areas. SSD’s are expensive and not necessary which is why this is more of a recommendation than a fact.
(Optional) Optical Drive:
I chose to not include the optical drive in my build due to the fact that almost no one needs one anymore. I can’t remember the last time I’ve ever used one in my build before and don’t feel that it is necessary.
I would recommend you get an optical drive if you are going to install the OS through DVD (there are other options such as USB) or if you like to watch movies from the disk.
Since most gaming is digital nowadays, there is no longer a need for them if you are gaming. However, I still understand that some people may still want one, so I’ve linked a very affordable one below that doesn’t forgo on quality.
There’s no doubt in my mind that this is going to make a great gaming PC for anyone who follows this build. For 800 dollars you will not only be getting a great build but a build that will stretch as far as possible for the best possible gaming experience for the money.
If you follow this build you will be able to run any game that’s currently out 1080 FPS 60FPS without a doubt. I would recommend this build if you know you are going to be using this PC often and love to have the best of the best.
Important: If you make any changes to this build please feel free to leave a comment below of your final revised build so that I can make sure the build is compatible and you don’t waste your time nor your money.
This monitor is amazing value for the quality. If you are looking for a monitor that provides deep color contrast and one that is also very bright then this is the perfect monitor on a budget. I’ve had this monitor for years and not once have I had any issues with it. Due to the price of these monitors they also work very well for a multi-monitor setup.
Recommended Keyboard/Mouse Combo
If you are a gamer and want to have that competitive edge online, but are on a budget then this is an awesome combo set that really feels just as good as some of the most premium keyboards and mouses. This is one item that I can recommend without even having to worry about whether or not its worth the buy because it definitely is.
I actually have a pair of these headphones and for the price these things provide amazing design, sound quality, and comfort. The style on these headphones is definitely a very important aspect, but the one thing that really makes these a joy to use has to be their comfort. I can game for hours and where another pair of gaming headphones would start to hurt my ears, the design on these headphones are unusual, but that creativity actually makes a better final product that is definitely worth checking out. You hear games sounds just fine and people hear you crystal clear through the mic.
Wifi is something that you will need with your gaming PC and the Panda USB wireless adapter 300Mbps is a simple cheap option that also happens to be highly effective. The one thing that really makes this USB wireless adapter stand out would have to be the ability to set this adapter in less than a minute and already be connecting on the internet. I would also recommend ethernet cable, but if that’s not possible this will do just fine.
Operating Systems Information
After getting your PC built and all of your Peripherals there is one more thing that still needs to be done before you can get to playing awesome games and that is picking an operating system. What is an operating system? Well, basically it’s an application that opens up when your PC turns on and manages all other applications. That might sound confusing but I’m pretty sure everyone here is using one. There are thousands of operating systems out there, but the two major ones available to you that I’m going to talk about are (Ubuntu) Linux and Windows.
Ubuntu Linux is basically a more streamlined version of the original Linux and was made for people who want to try an alternative to the powerhouse that is windows. It was made by a team of developers that are all very experienced coders and it’s the biggest offshoot of Linux there is at the moment with around 250 million users worldwide.
If you like having a vast amount of customization options then Linux was made for as you can nearly change every aspect of Ubuntu Linux to better fit what you like. The other major plus for a Linux would have to be that it costs literally nothing to download as its an open source OS.
Linux does have some things going for it, but there are also a lot of issues, especially when it comes to gaming. Linux being open source means that it’s not as supported as Windows is which can lead to annoying bugs that really have no estimated times when they will be fixed. The biggest issue with Linux at the moment is that PC developers don’t support the OS at the moment to the extent that it needs in order for it to be considered valid. Using the Linux OS will severely limit the number of games you can play and yes while there might be some sort of emulation system out there on Linux it will most likely come with a host of bugs.
Windows is something that I’m pretty everyone here knows and there’s a reason for that considering they own more than 3/4ths of the Operating System market and seem to be growing even further.
Some reasons to go for Windows is simply that at the moment all of the developers make their games for it since that’s where most of their sells come from and no PC game is going to be restricted when you are on this OS. The other big pro for Windows is that they fix issues with their OS pretty quickly.
The biggest issue people have with windows is that most people feel the charge for the OS is outrageous and I’m not really the judge of that. If you look through the internet yes you can get the OS free, but that’s up to you. I would personally recommend Windows 7 premium or Windows 8.1 as both of these versions of windows have been tested and most bugs are smoothed out and then do the free upgrade to windows 10 in the future when the OS becomes a little more stable.
With PC gaming growing faster than ever now is the right time to start building a gaming PC and with the best 800 dollar gaming PC build of 2016, you really can’t go wrong. With this build, you will be getting enough power to run games on ultra settings and the looks to top it off. If gaming is really a major hobby of yours that you spend hours this is a build I would whole-heartedly recommend.
If you have any questions about your build or this post, please feel free to leave a comment below so that I can get back to you quickly. Also, what do you plan on naming your PC? Tell me below.