If you’re trying to build the absolute best gaming PC for $900, this is it. This $900 gaming PC is a build that will get you amazing 1080p and even 1440p performance without destroying your wallet.
This $900 build is equipped with an AMD R5 3600 processor, a RTX 2060 graphics card, and 16GB of 3200MHz DDR4 RAM. This hardware lineup will ensure the best possible 1080p and 1440p gaming performance at this price point. There’s simply no substitute for the power this build gives you without spending a lot more on a higher tier of parts.
With that all in mind, let’s get down to the build!
$900 Prebuilt Gaming PC Option
This prebuilt gaming PC from Skytech is a great option and similarly specced to the custom DIY build this post is all about. It’s giving you almost as much power and comes completely assembled with Windows 10 already installed. All you have to do is plug it in and turn it on!
CPU: AMD R5 3600
MOBO: B450 chipset, mATX
GPU: GTX 1660 Super
RAM: 16GB DDR4 3000MHz
PSU: 500W 80+ Bronze
Storage: 500GB SSD
Extras: Mouse + keyboard | 3x Thermaltake Riing 120mm RGB fans | 1-year warranty
The Best $900 Gaming PC Build
Updated: January 23rd, 2021
This is easily one of the best cases you could be running and it’s coming in at an incredible price to boot. Comes with 2x 120mm fans.
ASRock B450M Pro4
A solid mid-level AM4 socket mATX motherboard (supports AMD Ryzen). Features 4x SATA data, 8x USB ports, basic onboard audio, and 4x DIMM slots for RAM.
AMD R5 3600
AMD’s R5 3600 is without a doubt the best CPU you could buy in this price range. Its 6 cores and 12 threads easily deliver unrivaled performance.
Comes with a CPU cooler
Zotac RTX 2060
The RTX 2060’s 6GB of GDDR6 VRAM is capable of running games in 1080p on ultra settings. Comes equipped with 4 display outputs (3x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI).
Corsair Vengeance LPX 3200MHz (16GB)
2x 8GB sticks of C16 DDR4 RAM clocked at 3200MHz.
Corsair CX-M 550W
A good bronze-rated 550W semi-modular power supply. Has enough connection options for everything in this build and some addons.
Crucial MX500 SSD (500GB)
A great 500GB SSD with blazing fast read and write times. This build can support up to a total of 4 storage drives.
You might be thinking that it'll take a lot of tools to build a PC... But that's not the case.
To build a PC, you generally only need 1 tool, a #2 Phillips screwdriver. However, there are a couple of other items that might help make the build go a little smoother.
- #2 Phillips Screwdriver
- Anti-static wristband
- Small flashlight
How To Build Your PC – Simplified Steps
- Install your power supply into your case
- Seat your CPU in your motherboard – make sure to close the retention bracket
- Mount your RAM – make sure they click!
- Mount your CPU cooler – Don’t forget thermal paste
- Install your motherboard’s rear I/O plate into your case’s rear I/O slot – it snaps in from the inside
- Mount the motherboard in the case (get your i/o ports through and use the middle standoff as a guide)
- Mount your graphics card onto your motherboard’s top PCIe x16 slot
- Mount and connect all storage drives
- Plug all power and data cables in where they’re required (storage, case, motherboard, graphics card, etc)
- Ensure that your power supply is turned on and press your “Power on” button
- Install your Operation System
- Install and update ALL drivers
It's often easier to watch someone else do it first. LinusTechTips has always made some of the best content on Youtube and also has one of the most comprehensive PC build walkthroughs that exist.
Complete Build Breakdown
This $900 gaming PC build is guaranteed to give you amazing 1080p performance and great 1440p performance as well. In 1080p, you’ll be able to run practically every game out there on ultra settings while seeing at least 60fps. In 1440p, this build will readily handle high to ultra settings in, again, every game that’s currently released.
Case: NZXT’s H510 is a great mid-level case that gives you all of the necessary features that you’ll need for this build. That includes a spacious layout which lends to clean cable management and plenty of options for cooling.
The H510 comes with 2x 120mm fans by default which is good enough for a basic cooling setup, but more fans can be added as needed. There are 3 color options available with this case, black, black & red, and white.
CPU & Cooler: AMD’s R5 3600 is an incredible mid-level CPU that has no issues handling heavy gaming. It’s packing 6 cores and 12 threads with a default clock speed of 4.2GHz. This CPU does come with a CPU cooler, but you can expect it to run quite warm under load while using the stock cooler.
Our suggestion when running the AMD R5 3600 is to switch out the stock cooler for something a little more beefy.
MOBO: The ASRock B450M Pro4 is a solid mATX motherboard with all of the options required for this build. It’s equipped with 4x SATA ports for storage, 4x DIMM slots for RAM, and a total of 8 USB ports including Type-C.
GPU: When it comes to mid-range graphics cards, the RTX 2060 is a solid choice depending on the price. If you can find one for less than $320 then it’s undeniably a great choice.
The Zotac RTX 2060 used in this build isn’t the absolute highest-quality option, but it’s priced well and is still an RTX 2060 at the end of the day.
RAM: When it comes to building a gaming PC, 16GB of RAM is basically a must in 2020. You could get by with less, but your performance would be impacted in most newer games.
With that in mind, this build is running 16GB of Corsair’s Vengeance LPX clocked at 3200MHz. This RAM doesn’t offer up any RGB lighting, but it does offer great performance for an awesome price.
PSU: Power supplies are undeniably one of the most important parts of a PC. Without a strong power supply running quality components, you run the risk of damaging your parts. At the very least, you want a power supply that is rated 80+ Bronze.
The PSU used in this build is a 550W 80+ Bronze rated unit from Corsair’s CX-M lineup. This supply is semi-modular which means only some of the cables are permanently attached, making for cleaner cable management.
Storage: This build is running a basic storage setup comprised of a single 500GB SSD. This isn’t a huge amount of storage, but it’s enough to get going and install a handful of games. Adding more storage drives is simple and only requires that you simply plug it in.
Keyboards, Mice, and Audio
Picking out a keyboard, mouse, headphones/speakers, and everything else you might need for a complete PC setup can be difficult. Not only that, but it can be completely overwhelming since there are just so many options available.
With that in mind, here are some suggestions which I feel are suited for this level of build. All of them have been hand-picked to compliment the build on this page.
A good full sized mechanical keyboard with RGB backlighting and a very attractive price point.
Logitech G502 HERO
One of the absolute best gaming mice you could buy. The G502 is a tried and true platform that’s only been improved to where it’s at now with the HERO.
HyperX Cloud 2
The HyperX Cloud 2 headset is undeniably one of the best you could own. They use audiophile-grade headphones with a high-quality detachable microphone.
This 400W set of satellites with a sub is what you buy when you want to annoy your neighbors, parents, or whoever else. You won’t be disappointed.
Operating System Options
When it comes to picking out the perfect operating system, you basically have 2 core choices: Windows, or Linux. Beyond that, there are multiple versions of both Linux and Windows which can make your decision more difficult than it needs to be. With that in mind, I’ll limit the choices to the best options.
When it comes to compatibility, Windows is always the easiest to setup and start gaming with. But, on the other hand, Linux is great for the more advanced users – the other upside is it’s completely free. However, Linux has the downside of not being compatible with some programs/games without some form of emulation – typically a VM, or Virtual Machine.
The most recent version of Microsoft’s operating system, Windows 10 is your best bet for across the board compatibility.
Ubuntu is a great, open source operating system rooted in Linux. It’s known as one of the most user-friendly and easiest to learn.
Internet Connection Options
Although this build comes with a wired Ethernet connection built-in, if