The rather depressing caveat to any system recommendation is that a budget gaming PC build would sure be a lot easier where it not for the current chip shortage and impossible demand. Like most of our gaming PC build guides, this has become more of a wishlist than something you could reasonably go out and build yourself right now. Thankfully a lot of components, from CPUs to SSDs, are in decent supply, but because of the GPU shortage your graphics card is going to be the real sticking point. But there is some hope in the shape of our $400 gaming PC that doesn’t need a graphics card to game.
This build’s theoretical budget is $750, not including peripherals like a mouse, keyboard, or monitor. It can run the majority of new games on high settings with 60fps at 1080p. Most of the budget went on the CPU and GPU for this build because these make the most difference to overall performance. That doesn’t mean we’ve skimped on other components, though. While we haven’t necessarily used the best RAM for gaming, it still boasts a high base clock speed.
The $1,000 budget for our main gaming PC build guide is still a whole lot of money to spend on, well, anything really. So if you’re after a more affordable setup, you’ve come to the right place. But whether you’re figuring how to build your first gaming PC or just looking to upgrade your old gaming set-up, embarking on a budget gaming PC build can feel pretty daunting. Don’t worry; we’ve got you.