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[APRIL 2022] The COMPLETE Guide to Gaming PC Builds

The purpose of this page is to guide you through the PC build that’s most suitable for pure gaming and possibly educate people on possible hardware configurations for different budgets and performance requirements. This build may not be the perfect suit for other uses, although it is still possible.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, cryptocurrency mining, and silicon/NAND shortages, certain parts, particularly processors and graphics cards, may not be available to purchase. Due to this fact, these builds may only feasibly be built in the future or with the integrated graphics.

  1. Starter (~$500) The best bang-for-your-buck build in this entire page. It goes neck-and-neck with the base PS4 and Xbox One in gaming performance while offering the flexibility you need, such as if you prefer fancier graphics or frame rate smoothness.
  2. 60 FPS Build (~$800) This build is suitable for playing at medium to high graphics settings for most games, on 60 Hz refresh rate.
  3. High Refresh Rate Build (~$1100) This build is suitable for playing at medium to high graphics settings for most games, on refresh rates higher than 60 Hz.
  4. Zero Ultra Build (~$2500) This build is suitable for playing at high resolutions such as 1440p/4K and high frame rates such as 144 Hz and 240 Hz.

STARTER

The most affordable build on this entire page. It goes neck-and-neck with the base PS4 and Xbox One in performance while offering the flexibility in your gaming experience, such as if you prefer fancier graphics or frame rate smoothness. This build is suitable for running most modern games at 1080p/30fps/low settings.

It provides for PC versatility, as well. Do you want to play at 144 fps on a 144 Hz monitor for your First-person shooters? Perfect. Lower your settings and your frame rate shoots up. Do you care less about the frame rate than the extreme-quality visuals? Wonderful. Crank those dials up and witness the glory.

This build originally targeted pretty strictly around $500, but it’s been adjusted various times to include slightly more expensive parts deemed important.

PCPartPicker Part List

TypeItemPrice
CPU*AMD Ryzen 5 5600G 3.9 GHz 6-Core Processor$209.00 @ Newegg
Motherboard*Gigabyte B450M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard$72.99 @ Newegg
Memory*Silicon Power 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory$54.97 @ Amazon
Storage*Silicon Power P34A60 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive$47.99 @ Amazon
Case*Deepcool MATREXX 40 MicroATX Mid Tower Case$57.32 @ Amazon
Power Supply*Corsair CXF 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply$56.74 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total$499.01

Do not forget to overclock the memory, as every kit of memory always runs at JEDEC 2133 MHz by default. Depending on the motherboard, the memory overclock may be called DOCP (Direct Over Clock Profile), EOCP (Extended Over Clock Profiles), or XMP (eXtreme Memory Profile).

Augmentations

Benchmarks

60 FPS BUILD

A mid-range computer in the $800 range. This build is suitable for playing at ultra graphics settings for most games at 1080p, on 60 Hz refresh rate. With the components in this build, it will be able to support VR.

PCPartPicker Part List

TypeItemPrice
CPU*Intel Core i3-12100F 3.3 GHz Quad-Core Processor$109.95 @ B&H
Motherboard*Gigabyte B660M DS3H DDR4 Micro ATX LGA1700 Motherboard$119.99 @ Amazon
Memory*Silicon Power 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory$54.97 @ Amazon
Storage*Silicon Power P34A60 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive$47.99 @ Amazon
Video Card*Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3050 8GB 8 GB EAGLE OC Video Card$349.99 @ Newegg
Case*Deepcool MATREXX 40 MicroATX Mid Tower Case$57.32 @ Amazon
Power Supply*Corsair CXF 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply$56.74 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total$796.95

Do not forget to overclock the memory, as every kit of memory always runs at JEDEC 2133 MHz by default. Depending on the motherboard, the memory overclock may be called DOCP (Direct Over Clock Profile), EOCP (Extended Over Clock Profiles), or XMP (eXtreme Memory Profile).

Augmentations

Benchmarks

HIGH REFRESH RATE BUILD

This build is suitable for playing at high graphics settings for most games, on refresh rates higher than 60 Hz. This build gets as close to 144 FPS as possible without spending a large amount of money.

PCPartPicker Part List

TypeItemPrice
CPU*Intel Core i5-12400F 2.5 GHz 6-Core Processor$179.99 @ B&H
Motherboard*Gigabyte B660M DS3H DDR4 Micro ATX LGA1700 Motherboard$119.99 @ Amazon
Memory*Silicon Power 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory$54.97 @ Amazon
Storage*Silicon Power A60 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive$79.97 @ Amazon
Video Card*ASRock Radeon RX 6600 XT 8 GB Challenger D OC Video Card$465.99 @ Newegg
Case*Deepcool MATREXX 40 MicroATX Mid Tower Case$57.32 @ Amazon
Power Supply*Corsair CXF 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply$56.74 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total$1014.97

Do not forget to overclock the memory, as every kit of memory always runs at JEDEC 2133 MHz by default. Depending on the motherboard, the memory overclock may be called DOCP (Direct Over Clock Profile), EOCP (Extended Over Clock Profiles), or XMP (eXtreme Memory Profile).

Augmentations

Benchmarks

ZERO ULTRA BUILD

A zero compromises build capable of handling any game you throw at it with the highest resolutions and frame rates. This build is suitable for playing at high resolutions such as 1440p/4K and high frame rates such as 144 Hz and 240 Hz.

PCPartPicker Part List

TypeItemPrice
CPU*Intel Core i7-12700K 3.6 GHz 12-Core Processor$354.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler*EK EK-AIO Basic 240 77 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler$96.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard*Gigabyte Z690 UD DDR4 ATX LGA1700 Motherboard$199.99 @ B&H
Memory*Silicon Power GAMING 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory$108.97 @ Amazon
Storage*Team MP34 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive$84.99 @ Newegg
Video Card*EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 12 GB XC3 ULTRA GAMING iCX3 Video Card$1329.99 @ GameStop
Case*Antec DF700 Flux ATX Mid Tower Case$97.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply*Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 PE 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply$109.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total$2383.90

Do not forget to overclock the memory, as every kit of memory always runs at JEDEC 2133 MHz by default. Depending on the motherboard, the memory overclock may be called DOCP (Direct Over Clock Profile), EOCP (Extended Over Clock Profiles), or XMP (eXtreme Memory Profile).

Augmentations

Benchmarks

Disclaimer: List courtesy to r/pcmasterrace

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