With the best $800 gaming PC build of 2019, you will be able to play any game that comes out this year on high to ultra settings with ease. If this build were a pre-built PC, it would probably cost you over $1000. However, since you’ve decided to make your own PC, you are saving a great deal of money that can instead go to accessories for this build.
I spent many hours researching to get you the best performance for the cost, and I’m happy to say that this PC came out better than I expected. Not only is it a beast internally, but it’s also an eye-catcher. Expect to get a few compliments when you build this thing.
I did a 700 dollar gaming PC build recently, and while that PC was amazing, this one is the better option if you want to guarantee yourself high to ultra settings for a long time…
Now, without further ado lets jump right into this $800 PC 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 100% percent guarantee that my 600 dollar gaming PC build would wipe the floor with it. Why? 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 what 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 of. 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 the 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.
BEST 2019 800 DOLLAR GAMING PC BUILD: THE DOMINATOR
Not only will this PC impress anyone who looks at it with its beautiful case, but most importantly this thing is packing some crazy power inside. This PC can handle all of the recent releases such as Fortnite, The Witcher 3, and GTA 5 on ultra 1080p, 60FPS. Even if you’re looking to go 4k (resolution), then this can also handle that. If 4k is your goal though I’d recommend just getting one of the more expensive PC Builds as this isn’t going to make for a consistent gaming experience at that resolution.
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: April 20th, 2019
Case – Thermaltake Versa N21 Snow Edition
Great Case With A Flashy Design
CPU – Ryzen 5 2600x
A great CPU for those who’re looking for balance between powerful processing with very good gaming performance.
Graphics Card/GPU – MSI RX 580 Armor 8G OC
The Heart Of This Build, Completely Awesome GPU.
Motherboard – MSI X470 Gaming Plus
A Great ATX Motherboard overall, still allowing you to overclock your Ryzen.
RAM – Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB Kit
Two 8GB RAM sticks, making it easy to upgrade to 32GB.
Power Supply – Corsair CX Series 550 Watts
80 Plus Bronze Power Supply That Powers The Whole Build With Power To Spare. 5 Year warranty as well!
Hard Drive – Seagate Firecuda Hybrid Hard Drive
A Very Reliable Hard Drive, 7200RPM
(Optional) SSD – PNY CS1311 240GB 2.5” SATA III
Not mandatory, but if you want a faster OS & boot time, I’d recommend getting one.
For a mid-tower case, the Thermaltake 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 550 watts power supply by Corsair. This brand has been making quality power supplies for years and I can vouch for their quality.
This power supply is fully modular, allowing you to keep your cabling to a minimum.
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.
The Corsair 550 also comes with a warranty.
The MSI RX 580 Armor 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 RX 580. This card is the most expensive item you are getting and just, so you know this thing is worth every penny.
The RX 580 by itself is already a fantastic card that benchmarks insanely well, we’re squeezing a great 8GB GPU into this build which will get great results.
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 RX 580; it would have made gaming a much better experience.
The RX 580 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 AMD Ryzen 5 2600x.
What you want from a processor in gaming is quick snappy load times and basically anything that needs to be processed.
With a Ryzen 5 2600x you get a stock cooler and can be overclocked out of the box.
The MSI X470 motherboard is a great fit for this build. It’s an ATX motherboard allowing for a ton of upgrade paths in the future.
It’s also a high-quality motherboard that houses all the main functions without any issues and the price is right!
Last but not least, 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 the one 16GB stick of Corsair Vengence LPX 2400. RAM is important simply because you need it to run any programs. While dual Ram sticks are preferred, buying one allows room to buy a duplicate down the road.
For gaming nowadays 16gb’s is the ideal amount of RAM. It gives you just enough room to play games and have some extra applications open.
If you’re planning on streaming then this is going to make your life so much easier.
For the hard drive, I chose Seagate Firecuda a 1 TB hybrid hard drive. Seagate 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.
This is also a hybrid hard drive which means that the speeds are much faster than the average drive. All this means is that games and different applications will load much faster which saves you time.
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 when it’s so affordable.
The last thing this build features is a 240 GB SSD from PNY . What’s so great about SSD’s? Well, they load things much quicker than hard drives do making them pretty handy especially if you put the right applications on them. I know a lot of people may be tempted to put their favorite games on their SSD, but what I recommend you do is install your OS on the SSD. It’ll make your PC feel much quicker and your boot up times will be non-existent. This is more of a
As you can tell, SSD’s are more of a luxury item, so if you’d rather not get it and save some money your build wouldn’t suffer too much, but I really do recommend getting one as it just makes your PC feel so much better.
- Upgrade your laptop or desktop computer and feel the difference with super-fast OS boot times and application loads
(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.
- Allows you to permanently delete the data on rewritable discs
- Power saving drive
There’s no doubt in my mind that these builds are going to make a great gaming PC for anyone who follows these builds. 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 at 1080p and 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 a high-end gaming experience.
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.
You may have just built the most amazing PC in the world, but none of that really matters if you don’t have peripherals to actually start using with that gaming PC. Below are my most recommended peripherals for this $800 gaming PC build.
Recommended Monitor: Acer XFA240 Gaming Monitor
You can check out our review of the best gaming monitors under 200, but this one is our top pick
- 24" Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen TN G-SYNC compatible display
- 144Hz refresh rate- using Display port | response time: 1ms
- Height, pivot, swivel and tilt | viewing angles: 170° horizontal & 160° vertical
- 2 x 2 watt speakers | panel Type: TN | colors supported: 16. 7 million | brightness: 350 nit
- Signal inputs: 1 x Display Port (V1. 2), 1 x HDMI/MHL & 1 x DVI
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 and Mouse Combo: Redragon S101 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.
Recommended Headset: HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset
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.
- Provides an extensible design that enables Service prioritization for data. Network Standard : IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
- Design that delivers high availability, scalability, and for maximum flexibility and price/performance
- Instant 802.11ac Wi-Fi Upgrade for your desktop PC: no more messy Ethernet cables needed
We chose our number 3 adapter from our top 10 wireless adapters list as it’s a little more budget friendly. Check out our post if you have a different budget in mind.
Operating System Options
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.
What Version Of Windows Should I Get?
If you want to play games at their max level, then you need Windows 10. Why? Simply because it’s the most popular OS which means that every PC developer optimizes for it. Windows 10 is constantly being improved upon and the performance gap increases bit by bit as developers find ways to squeeze out more performance on the OS.
Windows 7 and 8 are still fine, but due to the fact that you’ll actually see performance increases by using Windows 10, it’s an easy call. Below I’ve listed both the USB and the disc version of Windows 10.
- Windows 10 delivers comprehensive protection - including antivirus, firewall, internet protections, and more
- 3D in Windows 10 gives everyone the ability to produce 3D objects with speed and ease
- The Start menu is back and better than ever so you can expand and customize it
- Fast and responsive Technologies like InstantGo let you boot up and resume quickly;Video Game Platform:PC
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 2019, 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.