Last updated on April 7th, 2020$800 is going to net you a gaming PC that you can tell is in the mid-tier budget range. This machine will handle 1080p gaming with ease and gives more than respectable 1440p frame rates. You’re also going to be getting a rig that looks the part too. With a sleek RGB case and quality components, your setup is going to be ever closer to gaming perfection. Unfortunately, due to various factors, the prices of the hardware listed fluctuate daily. We aim to update all of our builds as much as we can to ensure they are as close to the specified build price as possible.
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Case: Thermaltake V200 Tempered Glass RGB EditionThe Thermaltake V200 is the PC case gamers dream about. It comes with 3 full RGB fans that are fully customizable for your specific taste, alongside a 4mm tempered glass side panel for showcasing your components. The sleek black look of the rest of the case makes for aesthetically pleasing viewing. Additionally, Thermaltake has included an internal PSU cover, hiding all those wires and for easy cable management.
Motherboard: MSI B450-A PRO MAXThe B450 motherboard range is a common staple in our builds due to affordability and compatibility. This build is no different with the MSI B450-A PRO MAX. This board however, has slight improvements over the B450M’s we have been previously using with Turbo M.2: running at PCI-E Gen3 x4, maximizing performance for NVMe based SSDs. It also features the common MSI technology with core boost, DDR4 memory boost, and PCI-E steel armor improving and protecting your installed components.
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600As with all our gaming PC builds, we’ve opted for an AMD Ryzen processor over their Intel counterparts due to price and other component compatibility. This Ryzen 5 3600 is no different in terms of bang for your buck with 6 cores and 12 threads, providing you with stellar processing power for playing those AAA games. Moreover, the Ryzen 5 3600 comes in with a base clock of 3.6GHz and overclocking capacity of up to 4.2GHz, maximizing the juice you can squeeze out of this chip.
GPU: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 SuperA GPU that can give you all the graphical capacity to run the latest AAA titles is required to really make this build head and shoulders above the more budget builds. A GTX 1660 Super can do this and more, making it a futureproof GPU choice. This variation from Gigabyte features 6GB of ultra-fast GDDR6 memory, coupled with a three Windforce fan cooling system, ensuring no overheating.
PSU: Thermaltake 700W 80+ Smart Power SupplyThis non-modular power supply from Thermaltake does the job for this $800 gaming PC build. It’s got 700 watts, giving you more than enough power for the components, along with an 80+ efficiency rating, minimizing consumption. Additionally, Thermaltake has incorporated a 120mm ultra-quiet fan, delivering excellent airflow at an exceptionally low noise level.
RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 3600MHzThe Corsair Vengeance 3600Mhz RAM is a perfect pairing with our Ryzen 5 3600 CPU, ensuring there will be no memory bottlenecking. You also know what you’re getting with the Corsair brand, the reassurance you’re getting top quality components and necessary reliability. We’ve gone for two 8GB sticks this time as this should be enough memory to keep up with even the most intense tasks, and anything more would be a little overkill.
SSD: Crucial MX500 500 GB SSDChoosing an SSD over the more traditional hard drive is almost a given due to the dramatic speed increase and small form factor. This Crucial MX500 we’ve chosen has a decent amount of storage, coming in at 500GB and read/write speeds of up to 560/510 MB/s. With it being made by Crucial, you also know you’re getting a quality product. Finally, this one comes with a 5-year limited warranty so if it does fail at some point, you’re covered.
What games can this PC run?With any gaming PC you’ll want to know what games it can run and what FPS you’re likely to be expecting. The list below shows off some of the more graphically intensive games as well as some popular ones for you to get an idea of how this $800 rig is performing.
- Fortnite – 1080p/60 and 1440p/60 should both be possible, but you will need to turn down settings for the latter.
- PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – PUBG should be able to push 1080p/60 at high settings on this machine, but 1440p will require some compromises.
- Monster Hunter: World – MHW should do quite well at 1080p and high settings, but 1440p60 will require some tweaking to work properly.
- League of Legends – With League of Legends being a lightweight eSports title, 1440p at 60FPS or 1080p 144FPS should be easy.
- Dota 2 – Same as above.
- Overwatch – You’re looking at 60 FPS minimum on ultra settings on average, but if you want those all-important frames, turn the graphical settings down and drop resolution to 1080p.
- Rainbow Six: Siege – Siege should easily get around 60-70 FPS in 1440p and high settings. 1080p will be much more forgiving, boosting those frames to a much higher count.
- Warframe – You might even push 144 FPS in Warframe at 1440p on high settings but for stable frames, 1080p is the way to go.
- Grand Theft Auto V – You’re looking at playable frame rates on GTA V at 1440p medium settings and 1080p high/max settings.
- Team Fortress 2 – with TF2 being a CPU-heavy title, some builds struggle. This rig however should be more than capable to run it in 1080p, and with the right settings, could get you to 144 HZ. 1440p at 60FPS shouldn’t be a problem, either.