A $1200 gaming PC build will allow you to start off with not only a super high-performing gaming rig but also a future-proof upgrade path and a premium case to build with.
If you want to know how to build a gaming PC for around the $1200 price point then you should follow the part list below. This guide will show you how to go about building it as well as share what you can expect out of a build like this.
$1200 PC Build Part List:
Last Updated: November 21st, 2023
Case – Corsair 4000D Mid-Tower Case
You can use Other Mid-Tower Cases as well.
Feel free to reach out in the comments below for help with other case choices and compatibility. 👍
Motherboard – MSI MAG B760 Tomahawk WiFi LGA 1700 Motherboard
Storage – Silicon Power 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD
Estimated Final Price: $1160-$1290
A $1200 gaming rig provides high-end graphical performance, a simple CPU upgrade path, and enough budget room for premium parts across the board. In the $1200 range, you’re able to have a wide array of high-end parts available to you.
The RX 7800 XT combined with the i5-13400F CPU is a great combination that will do very well at ultra settings with any AAA title.
At this price point and configuration, you won’t be able to overclock the CPU. But the i5-13400F is going to stand the test of time, more than long enough to the point where it’d be time for an upgrade. With that said, whenever you’d deem it necessary, it’s an easy upgrade path to follow with this current Intel platform.
As of the time of this update, there aren’t too many sources of benchmarking and game performance for this specific combo, but you can still expect about a 20 FPS average boost at 1440p and a 30+ FPS boost average at 1080p – depending on a game’s optimization and the settings you’re playing at when compared to the previous update with the 6800 XT.
At the highest graphics settings possible at 1440p: You can expect this rig to run games like Cyberpunk 2077 at 90 FPS average, Forza Horizon 5 at 125 FPS average, Starfield at 70 FPS average, and Dying Light 2 at 80 FPS average.
Again, these averages are going to depend on the settings you’re playing with, such as enabling ray tracing or not, amongst other settings and specific game optimizations. We’ll update these averages accordingly as new tests come out!
With performance like this, you’ll also be able to have solid performance at 4K resolution if that’s what you’d be interested in seeing with any game!
If you are looking for a rig that can handle today’s AAA titles at 100+ FPS with max settings at 1080p and 70+ at 1440p without any overclocking in mind, then this is the type of build you should consider going with!
How To Build This $1200 Gaming PC
I’d highly recommend following something like the video guide below when it comes to putting this PC together. It’s a great guide and it is easy to follow!
There may be some parts that are different from this build in the video embedded below and that’s okay! If there is another part that you don’t understand then you should look through the manual of that part and/or look up other video tutorials as well.
If you find yourself having trouble understanding a certain part then you should always search for the specific part and how to install it on YouTube, there are plenty of videos out there showcasing how each part can be installed.
For example, if you aren’t sure how to install your solid state drive then simply search “How to install a solid state drive into PC” on YouTube and you’ll find plenty of material to follow.
Also, you don’t have to use the above case for your build!
You can use almost any other mid tower case if the above case isn’t your style. Feel free to browse the mid tower cases on Amazon and if you find one that you think you’d like to use, link it to me in the comments below and I’ll be able to let you know if it’d work or not.
After putting your rig together, you’ll need to install your operating system, drivers and other software. You’ll also need to get connected online.
There are a couple of posts here on the site that you should read up on if you need to know how to install your operating system as well as getting connected online.
Click the buttons below to learn how to install Windows 10 and get an internet connection with your build!
Have Any Questions?
Feel free to reach out to me in the comments area below if you have any questions about the build, I’m all ears!
From hardware compatibility, whether or not a different case would work with this build, or if you would like to know how this build would perform with any specific game… I’m here to help! 🙂