Good PC Build Under $800, The Best Custom PC For 2019

Last Updated on October 7, 2019

You may be wondering what the best steps would be towards getting a good PC build for under $800. Any custom PC within the $600-$800 range is going to be a beast of a system and trust me when I say that you would never regret the day you decided to build a custom PC within this budget range.


Good PC Build Under 800


$800 Is A Great Way To Go For A Gaming Rig

If you have never built a PC before then it may sound like something that would be to complicated to get done.

Through personal experience I can tell you that it’s really not that hard at all even though the thought of it might intimidate you. When I first got interested in building custom computers on whatever budget I desired I always thought that I would never be able to actually build a PC.

One day I said screw it and grabbed all of my parts to build the gaming computer of my dreams.

When I went to go build my first computer I followed a simple step-by-step video by Newegg and everything went just fine. I have added the video to this post so if you’d like you can bookmark this post and come back to it whenever you go to build your computer that way you can be ensured that you have an awesome result!


How To Build A Computer

If you’re new to the whole custom computer scene then I’d highly suggest going through the first half of this video before you go and try to build your computer.

Sure it’s a lengthy video but the content is right on point and the instructions are extremely easy to follow. When you actually order your parts and go to build your computer then be sure to follow this video as you go to build your computer. This way you won’t miss a step and you’ll be able to build it like a pro!

Also, once you get this process down you can then build computers for friends/relatives and maybe even have them give you a small charge for the work you do. 😉

After building about 8 computers for various friends/family I am now able to build a computer around a hours worth of time. Personally, I think the process is fun and easy so why not develop a new skill right? 🙂

With all that being said, let’s go over which parts are going to be optimal within this budget range.


Optimal Hardware On A $800 Budget


Last Updated: September 23rd, 2019

* = Optional, final price DOES NOT include optional part.

Read below for more details.


Apevia X-SNIPER2 CaseApevia X-SNIPER2 Mid Tower

 ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5 2700

MSI B450M Bazooka V2 MotherboardMSI B450M Bazooka V2

ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2060 6GB Video CardZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2060 6GB

Ballistix Sport LT 8GB Single  RAM – Crucial Ballistix Sport LT Single 8GB 2666 MHz

EVGA 600W BR PSU Power Supply – EVGA 600W BR PSU

WD Blue 1TB HDD Hard Drive – Western Digital Blue 1TB HDD

cd* CD Drive (Optional) – Asus 24x DVD-RW


Final Price: $807.26


Build Details

This build is AMAZING. 😀

Seriously, the combination of the Ryzen 5 2700 and this graphics card really packs a powerful punch and you’ll be set for years to come.

If you’re looking to have a build that can stand the test of time and give you a gaming experience like you’ve never experienced before then this is the build for you. As of the time of this writing, there’s even a bit of leg room in the budget for your peripherals or whatever else you’re looking to add in with the build.

The 2700 is still the ideal choice even at this budget point. It’s an amazing CPU!

The Ryzen 2700 offers 8 physical cores and starts out clocked at 3.2GHz. You can go up to 4.1GHz using Turbo Boost.

This processor can be overclocked and it leaves plenty of room for an upgrade path down the road. Though to be honest, with the amount of power that it provides, you won’t be needing a CPU upgrade for a long while. A nice overclock will give a crazy amount of performance!

Overclocking gives the CPU more performance power per dollar spent and in comparison to say an i5-9400 – you’ll be able to match if not have even more overall performance after a slight overclock. It’s doable even with the stock cooler that it comes with which makes it even more valuable.

All in all, it’s going to be a great CPU for down the road. Then if/when you decided that you’re wanting more processing power whether for extreme content creation or for the highest quality VR gaming you’d be able to do so. Even without the overclock, it’s still good enough to get those tasks done.

In the past we had listed a previous generation motherboard which required a BIOS update before using the above CPU. This is no longer the case.

Now that the newer B450 motherboards have been out on the market long enough and the pricing/timing of them is at a good point then it’s high time that we start using them! No more having to get a loaner CPU from AMD or updating the BIOS with other methods – this can now be put together right out of the gate without any updates needed.

ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2060 6GB
A RTX 2060 6GB card is more than enough for high FPS rates at 1080p in most titles.

Another obvious factor towards overall gaming performance is the video card. At this time, a RTX 2060 6GB variant is definitely the way to go. For the longest time the RX series video cards were far too overpriced to even consider including it into the build, but times have changed.

As far as the future, the RTX 2060 is capable of handing it. Sure, it’s an ideal card for 1080p but it’s also going to have nice performance in VR gaming as well. If you’re thinking about trying out VR in the future then a build including a card like this is essential.

This will be very easy to do once you install the drivers for your motherboard after building your PC. Also be sure to check out YouTube tutorials over it! There are plenty of people out there that have successfully overclocked the 2700 with the stock cooler.

As per usual, you’ll be able to have 1TB of hard drive space with this build. After doing thorough research, I found it better to not include a solid state drive at this budget point as of today. It’s more worth getting the performance power versus having a SSD in the mix. We used to share having a 1TB SSD included which fit in the budget at the time, but it will not fit within the budget any longer. However, if you have the room in your budget, you should still try to include a SSD of sorts into your build!

Hopefully as new hardware comes out we’ll be able to put a SSD back into the build list while still being able to stay within the target budget range. Until then, this will have to do.

The case is your choice. The case that I have listed above will fit the video card and it is the USB 3.0 option. If you want a different looking case then you can go ahead and browse some cool ones by Clicking Here


* A CD drive is completely optional because you can install your operating system via booting through a USB and you will be able to find your drivers online. I only share using the CD drive because it streamlines the process for those that are new to putting a PC together.

If you are in need of a keyboard and mouse for your build then you should check out the review that I did on a great keyboard/mouse combo for a lower price! It doesn’t break the bank and it still gets the job done.

Keyboard/MouseCM Storm Devastator 3

The video card will put you in awe with the amount of power it holds. You can feel very comfortable if you’re planning on playing at a 2560 x 1440 resolution with the graphics settings set to high with this card. 🙂

Down the road when 4K monitors become the norm then I would maybe suggest a GPU upgrade but this graphics card is going to give you power for years to come. This card performs about 200% better than today’s consoles. 😉 With that though, there is a card that you should get once it’s at the right price point. That would be the GTX 1070/1080 – it’d be the better pick to go with for the future.

The reason why I don’t have it listed today is because it’s not available at the right price yet. Once it is though, this build will definitely have it listed. Years down the road it’ll make more sense to add parts like that to a build at this budget point.

As for a monitor, as I said, you’re not going to want to go with something like 4K for a while. However, this build would perform very well at a 1080p resolution so you should definitely get a monitor that delivers on that res.

71r1E7x7PlL._SL1500_MonitorAsus VS228SH

Be sure to go with 700+ watts of power with this build. If you ever feel like upgrading down the road whether it’s the GPU or CPU then you’re also going to want to increase the amount of power you can give to the whole computer.

The 500W power supply that I have listed above is one of the most trusted and most protected brands in power supplies so you for sure won’t have to worry about having any power issues with this build!


Operating System And Internet Connection

Choosing an operating system is going to be up to you to decide.

There are many ways of acquiring Windows but actually purchasing a real copy will ensure the highest quality experience with your OS.

I recommend getting Windows 10 since it’s the most compatible when you’ve got your build strictly with gaming in mind. It’s a mixture of the Windows 7 start menu ease combined with the modern feel and look of Windows 8. They got rid of Internet Explorer (FINALLY. Lol.) and replaced it with some new browser they created called Edge. I’d recommend a different browser still, but it’s good to know that they are wanting to trash out their outdated web browser.

Now if you can’t afford to purchase a Windows operating system for about $90 more just know that I completely understand that. Some work arounds would be to throw a free, Linux based operating system like Ubuntu on your build. Ubuntu is an open-source and free operating system that works great for every day use. The only down side to having a Linux based operating system is that not every game out there is compatible with Linux.

There are some 3rd party programs that are out that help with this issue but it’s still kind of an annoying problem. If you don’t mind trying to problem solve and emulate games then you’d be able to use Linux just fine but it’s still a pain to have such a little problem.

That’s why Steam is making their own operating system called SteamOS. Valve wants to base it off of Linux and have it be compatible with every Steam game in existence. I’m pretty excited about that! 😀

But if you still want to go with Windows then I would suggest throwing Linux on your computer temporarily until you have saved enough money to grab a Windows disk. Then you could either dual boot both operating systems or switch entirely over to Windows. You also have the choice of trying to get a copy of Windows through pirating but I don’t suggest that you do that.

Reason being is because it’s illegal and your operating system won’t run 100% perfect by trying to throw a cracked copy of it on a brand new computer. It’s best to just wait and save up for it and have a legit copy that way you can know that everything is going to

Also, if you need a way to connect to internet then I highly recommend picking up a broadband wireless network adapter. It plugs right into a USB slot and it’ll give you the most reliable connection. I’ve included links to both a 64bit version of Windows 10 and a good USB network adapter that is also compatible with Windows 10.

windows 10 64bit Windows 10 64bit – Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64bit

81CsUmlJ+iL._SL1500_ USB Wireless Network Adapter – Panda 300Mbps Wireless N USB Adapter

One thing that you need to be certain of is grabbing a 64bit version of Windows because if you don’t then you won’t be able to use all 8GB of your RAM, and that is extremely important to have especially as we move forward with how the PC gaming industry is growing.


To Conclude

There you have it, this is how you can get a good PC build under for $800. 

So what do you guys think? Are you going to be grabbing this build?

Let me know in the comments below and if you have any questions feel free to ask away! 🙂

703 thoughts on “Good PC Build Under $800, The Best Custom PC For 2019”

  1. Hello. I built the older build for this computer but does the new graphics card work with the old motherboard and case?

    • How much older of an update, Michael?

      I only ask because if it wasn’t too long ago when you put your rig together then you’d be better off getting something else. Otherwise the 2060 would be a great upgrade from an older build.

      Let me know!

  2. Hi! I have all of the items for this build in my amazon cart except the case. I read the reviews on the case that was recommended (APVEIA X sniper 2) and there were a lot of 1 star reviews saying it fell apart one even saying that the power cable melted and started smoking and almost burnt down the persons apartment. I’m trying to be very cautious with this build as it will be the computer I keep for a long time. I want it to be in top shape so it lasts.
    Can you recommend a mid tower case with at least 3 usb’s Because I’m a youtuber… need to plug in mousepad ,mic, and keyboard. I’m not trying to sound too picky but if it could be RGB or blue that would be great. Thank you so much. Can’t wait to build my new PC.

    • For sure Nicholas, you can also take a look at other mid tower cases on Amazon yourself and if you find one that you’d like to use you can comment and link me to it and I can let you know whether or not if it’d work out. Most of them will!

      This case from Fractal Design sounds like the kind of case you’re looking for. Let me know what you think of it! Also to comment about the Apevia Sniper case – I used that case for about 3 years with no issues at all, as for the power cable melting that has nothing to do with a computer’s case and it has everything to do with power supply choice.

      Let me know if I can help further as you’re moving forward with the build!

      • Hey, I know its been over a year lol, but I find myself finally buying these parts and doing this build. Stupid me procrastinated and now im worried I cant get this before Christmas. Can I trust amazon’s will arrive before Christmas tag? Some parts say it may arrive after but amazon is normally early. I want to have this pc built and up and running before the 27th. Also, on the topic of windows 10, can I copy it off of my laptop and just not activate it until i buy the activatable key? Thanks so much

        • Hey there Nick,

          I actually have made new pages for builds, new dedicated updates. Here is a link to the $800 build guide – it’s more updated than this post.

          I personally would trust Amazon if it says it’ll get shipped before Xmas. I’ve heard of people in the past getting some sort of compensation if they aren’t able to deliver at the time that they promised.

          As for Windows 10, I doubt it. That install of Windows 10 is most likely tied directly to the laptop’s hardware. It’s maybe worth looking into, but I personally haven’t tried copying the files over and what not. But I’d imagine since it’d be installed on new hardware, it’d recognize that a new key would be needed.

          However, I’ve recently wrote a post about installing Windows 10 and you don’t need to buy anything other than a USB drive to boot Windows 10 to your build. You’d have to buy an activation key evetually if you wanted all of the features. Here is the post on installing Windows 10 – let me know if I can help with whatever else and be sure to check out the new build pages!

  3. Hey Colton,

    I could use some help with getting my first gaming computer. A store near me has a slightly used cyberpower build for ~400 bucks. The computer is posted below. I have heard good things about the RX480 and everything else seems to be pretty decent in the computer besides the processor that i’d want to upgrade. Can you give me any tips with upgrading this processor to a stronger one that can run league of legends around 200 fps and sustain multiple processes going on at the same time. Also if you can give me any advice about this prebuilt I would appreciate it.



    • Hey there Cole,

      So the FX-8350 is still a pretty solid processor, it’s listed as what’s minimum even for VR gaming. But I understand why you’d want to upgrade it. It tends to get pretty hot and it is a processor from 2012.

      Unfortunately, with the motherboard that is used with all FX series processors, you aren’t going to be able to upgrade to the newer generation processors from AMD without having the compatible motherboard to go with. There are some FX series processors that are higher rated than the 8350 but they don’t make sense on a power per dollar spent scale.

      You’ll be fine using the 8350 for a while still, it’s still a solid CPU for 1080p. It’s a great deal you have going on for around $400… You’ll just have to be ready to change out the motherboard and basically do a build of your own whenever you deemed it necessary to upgrade the processing power.

    • It’d work, there’s enough room for everything. But I don’t like the reviews listed with it. There are over 150 reviews and it has an avg of 3/5. Most are complaining about air flow and the overall material build of the case which are important parts for sure.

      Like I said, it’d work, I personally wouldn’t use or recommending using it though. Let me know what you decide to go with!

  4. First, I’d like to say I really appreciate your posts and the site you’ve built here. It’s my first time ever even considering building my own, but I’ve done a lot of second guessing and checking prices and decided to take the plunge.

    Just placed my orders today for:
    Processor – AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (decided to go a step up)
    MB – MSI B350M Gaming Pro (your pick)
    Ram – Crucial 8GB (your pick)
    Power – Corsair CX650M (good deal on newegg $50)
    HD – Seagate Barracuda 2TB HDD (again found a deal on newegg)

    Total Spent = $455.85 (potential $20 rebate)

    Still have yet to buy a case but thinking the Corsair Carbide Spec-02 instead of the 01 (I like the additional fans and room available for a complete noob), also waiting to buy my gpu until the last moment hoping against all reason that prices may become better.

    A couple questions. That case can support 6 fans, is that feasible with this mother board? Does that power supply seem appropriate? Anything I should consider when using the AMD Ryzen 5 1600 instead of the 1500x?

    Also, any other input you could provide to a first timer.

    • Hey there TwasBrillig,

      Thank you for the kind words!

      I like what you’re going for here and it’ll be a nice first build for sure. There won’t be any issues going for that version of the case. The PSU is more than enough for what you have going on, can do a bit of overclocking down the road if you wanted to as well.

      All in all it seems like you’ve got a great build in mind. Let me know if you need any more help as you’re moving forward with your build. Also, as far as video card pricing, nobody has a clear answer. Manufacturers and distributors can’t keep up with the demand.

      With that though, some pricing has gone down from what I’ve noticed. It’s a very minimal amount, but they have went down from what I’ve seen!

  5. I am over in the UK and this build comes to roughly 1000£ and I have been looking at pre builds for roughly the same price I have found a good company called Chillblast they do a good long warranty and some of the pc’s I have found on there are almost as cheap as it would be to buy the parts over here I was wondering if you could help me choose one? Ideally I want to play on some ultra settings with 30+ fps for as cheap as poss could you help?

    PS will there ever be a best time of the year to buy parts/prebuilds?

    Thanks for your help!

    Great site.

    • Hi Jack,

      I checked out Chillblast and when I put together a PC with their options, it came out to be a lot more expensive in comparison. You’d be better off finding a pre-built PC on Amazon rather than some of these customization sites. Sure, the builds are put together very nicely and there is a nice warranty to go with but the price for the performance… There are better pre-built options to go with.

      Check out some of these pre-built reviews here on the site, some of them cost less and do what you’re looking to do. Let me know if you find one in a comment and I can help further. Cheers!

  6. Hi I want a pc that I can play the total war series on could you recommend an affordable build? this build seems a little under what I want but your next build seems too much Im looking for one in-between really need a minimum of 3.2ghz processor and 4gb graphics memory. this will be my first build I hope you can help 🙂

    • Hey Jack!

      Honestly graphics card memory has little to do with overall performance. For example, a GTX 1050 Ti has 4GB of video memory while some GTX 1060’s, like the one listed above, has 3GB of memory yet it’s still the better card to go with when looking at the specs of the cards.

      This build would be more than enough to run all of the Total War games on higher settings for sure. The recent Total War: Warhammer II will have to be played more so at a tweaked high setting but it’ll still play great.

      You could go with a cheaper build if that’s what you wanted to do, spending $800 for your build will mean being able to run it at those higher settings.

      Let me know what you decide to do and if I can help more!

  7. How much better is your 1000 dollar set up compared to the 800 dollar one? I want to be able to play PubG, CSGO, and Fortnite smoothly.

    • Hey Marv,

      With PUBG specifically, you’ll get a 10-15 FPS difference or maybe even more since the CPU is a bit better on the $1,000 build as well. Then you can also factor in being able to work with a bigger motherboard and a bigger case.

      CSGO and Fortnite have a lot more optimization than PUBG, you’ll get a smooth FPS with CSGO and Fortnite with both rigs. Depends on how much FPS you’re wanting.

      With the $800 build you can expect to always be above 30 FPS on a tweaked high setting, higher FPS when not a lot of action is going on. With the $1000 build you’ll be above 40 FPS even with a bunch of action going on.

      Let me know what you decide to go with!

  8. Hey, the Asus 6gb has soared in price to 600, thats almost 1070 range. You should update this with the new gnu prices due to current markets

    • Putting a build together today costs a ton… For around the $850 price tag I’d say go for it, it’s definitely not a bad build by any means. I’ll probably be writing a short post today elaborating on how hardware is super overpriced, but for putting together our ideal build we sometimes just have to accept that.

      • I just did the math for this build but it came out to about $1,144 before taxes using the sites linked. Is there any way to get it to the price you stated it should cost?

        • I’ll be doing updates soon to the builds though note that with the last update, a little over a week ago, prices are so high that it’s hard to fit the ideal parts into the budget. Especially with video cards and RAM, check out this post to learn more.

          With the next update I’ll try to get every build to the right budget point, but it’s going to sacrifice quite a bit of performance. That should be within the next day or two!


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