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: January 18th, 2023
Case – Corsair 4000D Mid-Tower Case
Motherboard – MSI PRO Z690-P ProSeries 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. At $1,200, you’re able to have a wide array of high-end parts available to you.
The RTX 3070 combined with the i5-12400F 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 i5-12400F 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 for the upcoming generation.
At the highest graphics settings possible at 1080p: You can expect this rig to run games like Cyberpunk 2077 at 80 FPS avg, Call of Duty: Warzone at 140 FPS avg, Escape From Tarkov at 110 FPS avg, Elden Ring at 110 FPS avg, Valorant at 300 FPS avg, and Apex Legends at 220 FPS avg.
With performance like this, you’ll also be able to have solid performance at 1440p if that’s a resolution you’d be interested in seeing with any game!
If you are looking for a rig that can handle most AAA titles at 100+ FPS with max settings and 1080p resolution without any overclocking in mind, then this is the build you should put together!
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! 🙂