Good PC Build Under $800, The Best Custom PC For 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! 🙂

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

  1. James C says:

    Okay, so this will be my first PC built myself, and I do plan to purchase a wireless adapter, but I’m kind of wondering also about ethernet adapters? It’s been a long time since I last had a desktop, so I don’t recall does this have an ethernet connection on the motherboard or such, or if I wanted to go that route I would need to get one of them too?

    Then a side question. I am planning to go ahead and get the “bundle” that Amazon has of the CPU and a Cooler Master CPU fan, will that fit okay and more importantly can the power supply handle the fan?

    http://amzn.to/1UFxqwF

    • Colton P says:

      Hey James,

      The above case wouldn’t be able to fit the 212 EVO… you’d have to go with a wider case such as this one!

      Also on the ethernet port, there will be one on the motherboard! You just have to download the drivers that come on the CD and then the port will be able to work right away.

  2. Malloc76 says:

    Hey colton,
    I was wondering if I was going to need any extra cords to build this computer. The hard drive says it’s bare aND I was told this means that there are no wires/ cords included

  3. Max says:

    Hey Colton, so when you say this build will last years do you mean around 3+ because that’s what I’m aiming for.

    And so I would be able to run games say like dark souls 3/overwatch/no man’s sky on high-max settings?

    • Colton P says:

      Actually I’d go for 4 1/2+ for higher settings, after that amount of time you’ll probably have to start running some games with some settings turned a bit lower. By that time, today’s max will look like the low setting I’m sure lol!

      Those games should all run pretty smooth, Overwatch and DS3 are pretty well optimized. No Man’s Sky isn’t out yet but based on the spec requirements, you’d be able to run it on high/max.

  4. Jarrod W says:

    Hey Colton! I’m looking to build my first gaming pc, and I’m hoping to run games like CS:GO and Overwatch with good fps and good graphics. I really just want an overall smooth experience. Just wondering which build would be best for me.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Jarrod!

      I’d say either this or the $700 build would suit you best if you’re looking for the top notch quality.

      The biggest difference between the above build and the $700 build is the CPU. If you want to be able to overclock down the road (years down the road) for further performance potential then you’ll want the above CPU for sure. The $700 build’s CPU, while still an amazing CPU, can’t be overclocked.

      Both are also totally upgradeable so it really depends on what you’re looking for down the road. If you can afford the above build just fine then definitely go for it man.

      • Jarrod W says:

        Alright awesome. I’ll probably go for the 800 dollar build. I’ve seen some people talking about the GTX 1070. I don’t want to spend a ridiculous amount of money but I do have the budget to spend a little more (around $1200), and I do want to have a good build for the future. Although more expensive, would it be worth it to wait for that? And what else would I need to upgrade in the build to keep up with the 1070? I’m not really all that familiar with building computers, so sorry about so many questions.

        • Colton P says:

          For sure it’d be worth the wait in my opinion. It’s going to be a good couple of months yet before it’s officially on the market from my research but it has some of the best GPU performance yet, it’s really a revolution in GPU tech if what nVidia is saying is all true which from reviews I’ve looked into, it’s definitely a top tier performing card.

          I’d say to wait for the 1070 if you for sure want to get into virtual reality or if you’re wanting to game with a 1440p monitor. The above build will still be able to handle most of VR, but at higher resolutions you’ll need even more advanced cards.

          For 1080p, the above build or the $900 build would give you the most optimal performance at 1080p when looking at power per dollar spent. You wouldn’t need to change anything else for adding the 1070 by the way, so it could also be a future card down the road and sell the old card?

  5. Charlie O'Brien says:

    How do you feel about the ASRock H170 Pro4 for a mobo?

    How about the ASRock H170A-X1/3.1?

    • Colton P says:

      You’re talking about this board, right?

      Looking at the other one as well, they’d both be excellent choices if you’re going for a 6th gen i5/i7 – especially for a CPU to be able to be overclocked. It’s designed for it.

      Keep in mind that the above processor isn’t compatible with the LGA 1151 socket, it’s for the 6th gen CPUs.

  6. Terence says:

    What would be a good CPU cooler for this build?

  7. Charlie O'Brien says:

    Hey again Colton. I noticed I was asking a lot of questions on the open forum which I can keep doing, but it seems more efficient if we just email, so if that sounds like a good idea, you know my email from these comments, so just email me and I will take down your address so I can just ask any small query and it won’t have to be just sitting on the public forum helping fewer people. If you don’t like this idea, that’s fine and I can keep

  8. Charlie O'Brien says:

    Also, I wanted to check out other cases to see if any were better and fit my gpu as well, so I looked at you review of the Apevia X-Sniper2, and it seemed really good. However, I noticed I could only see two USB ports and I thought the phantom 410 had more, which I need. Am I right, and if so, for me which case do you think would be better?

    • Colton P says:

      That’s right, the Phantom 410 has two USB 2.0 as well as 2 USB 3.0 slots in the front whereas the X Sniper 2 has two USB 3.0 slots.

      If you don’t mind spending a bit more than it sounds like the Phantom 410 would be the better fit for ya!

  9. Charlie O'Brien says:

    The nzxt phantom 410 ATX mid tower. Also I was looking up your suggested motherboard for the 6600 to see why you chose it and I found a majority of low reviews because of supposed trouble with hard drives or something. Do you have any insight and/ or did you not see those reviews?

    • Colton P says:

      Are you able to shoot me a link to the board that you’re talking about? I can’t find it in the comments 🙁

      The Phantom 410 is a pretty good case if you don’t mind paying the bit more for it, it’d work for sure.

  10. Charlie O'Brien says:

    Hey Colton, I was reading my parts list and got to the bottom where it listed any problems, and it had one related to my GPU and case saying that certain slots will be blocked, I’m totally fine with that so long as I will be able to put in plenty of storage, potentially upgrading later and the like. Can you tell me what it means by that and what it will prevent me from doing?

    • Colton P says:

      On PC Part Picker you’re getting those notices, right?

      It means that it’ll block some of the bays for extra hard drives and/or SSDs. It’s hard to know how many drives exactly but it’s best to try and not have any incompatibilities to avoid any possible future problems… which case are you planning on using again?

  11. nate says:

    Oh I also had question about the case for this build. Or only comes with one fan right? Will that be enough if I’m not planning on over clocking yet. Should I get more fans to increase airflow? I’m mostly worried about not doing good enough with the cable management and because of that having mediocre airflow. So is 1 fan enough?

  12. Charlie O'Brien says:

    While I’m still doing computer stuff…..
    I looked at some other comments on this page, and decided to check out the I5-6600 as well, and realized that it is very near identical in price, so I decided to add it to my parts list, but your motherboard stated above didn’t give any compatible results. I don’t know how to find a good mother board that is cost effective and works for everything I need, could you give me some advice or another option for a good one?d

  13. Charlie O'Brien says:

    Hi again Colton,
    I was talking about this some more with a friend and he said that GTXs are better than the GPU above, and while I would love to put in a GTX 970, there simply isn’t room in my budget for it, so I was wondering if this is the best GPU for a comparable price range, or if perhaps a GTX 960 or other GPU near this price range would beat it.
    Thanks again.

    • Colton P says:

      Charlie when it comes down to the 380x in comparison to the GTX 960 it more so comes down to which brand you like more.

      In my research I’ve found that that 380x runs better in benchmarks and in games – in some cases it has over 10 more frames per second than a 960 would have.

  14. Diego says:

    Hey Colton

    I was wondering if I could switch the gpu for the GTX 1080 or even the 1070? Im looking to buy it and was wondering if this build can handle that gpu.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Diego,

      Hard telling for sure if the 1070 or the 1080 would be able to fit in the above case so as of right now that part would be a gamble but I do know that the build, as far as the parts together, would work just fine. I’ll be able to help in this regard in the near future once the cards are fully implemented into the market. I’ll also update the builds accordingly.

  15. Eli says:

    I was wondering if this case would work NZXT Phantom 240 Mid Tower Chassis (CA-PH240-W1), white

  16. nate says:

    Thanks =). I was wondering your opinion on what the best keyboard and mouse bundle is. I read your review on the cooler master devastator and since then have been looking for a good combo. So far I’m thinking between the cm devastator, the cm devastator 2, and the Redragon S101 Vajra Gaming Keyboard with Centrophorus Gaming Mouse
    Thoughts on these and any other good KB and M combos? Thanks

    • Colton P says:

      I mean, it mainly comes down to what you like aesthetically. A mouse is important especially if you’re playing FPS games… I really dig the CM Devastator because of the low price but if you want to spend a bit more for the aesthetics of the 2nd version then I’d recommend that for sure!

      • nate says:

        OK although i did find a neat sounding key board and mouse combo that is only 30 bucks right now what do you think of it?
        http://amzn.to/27eJuPh

        • Colton P says:

          I’ve never heard of them, the mouse would work pretty decent at 1080p since it has a 1600 DPI option.

          Not a horrible combo but I like the reviews on the CM Devastator combos better.

          • nate says:

            I might end up just going with the AULA
            LED Backlit Gaming Keyboard and the Redragon M601 since they’re seem to be good proposals and it’s not terribly expensive it’s like 37 bucks together

          • Colton P says:

            Both are pretty good choices man, I’ve heard good things about both

  17. Maheen says:

    Hi Colton! I noticed you didn’t include an ssd in your build and i found another build that is a little bit cheaper then yours and looks a bit better. In your opinion, which build is better, yours or this one?

    • Colton P says:

      The graphics card is a little too big for the case, the motherboard has a USB 3.0 header but the case doesn’t have any 3.0 ports and that card is really only ideal if you’re going for 1440p resolution or higher.

      The CPU is a bit better, but I like being able to overclock the above CPU more. I’d personally say that the above build is better especially if you’re gaming on a 1080p resolution display.

  18. nate says:

    Alright i think I’ll go with the evga one then. Hopefully this’ll be the last tweaking but could you check this build out and give me your thoughts. I think everything would fit in this case. thanks man

  19. ahmel says:

    And one more question, does it have a build in wifi on it already or do i need to buy that separately

    sorry for the stupid question, it gonna be my first build and i’m following all your suggestions

    • Colton P says:

      At the bottom of the guide I talk about internet connection, you’ll need a wireless network adapter if you’re not able to directly connect with an ethernet cord.

  20. ahmel says:

    just want to ask what kind of games can i play with this and what sittings and how much fps thank you

    • Colton P says:

      It’s going to run all of the games of today and it’s ready for VR… it all really depends on which games you play as different games have different spec requirements but 99% of the time you’re going to be running games with 40+ FPS on max settings at 1080p.

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