How To Build A Gaming PC For $800

An $800 gaming PC build is a great starting point for when you’re wanting some of the newer generation tech involved with your rig. Having some of the newer hardware installed will show you the true power of PC gaming.

Depending on the current market, you may need to sacrifice a bit of storage space to optimize how much performance you get out of this budget range…

However, it’s worth it to get the best performance possible per dollar spent and then add more storage in the future whenever it becomes necessary.

If you want to know how to build a gaming pc for around the $800 price point then you should follow the part list below. This guide will show you how to go about building it as well as sharing what you can expect out of a build like this.

$800 PC Build Part List:

Gaming Performance

An $800 gaming rig is for when you want some of the newest parts on the market at some of the lowest costs. The i5-12400F combined with the RX 6700 XT will get you incredible 1080p gaming performance while also staying on top of the current-gen hardware.

Using the current motherboard, you’ll be able to upgrade to Intel’s 13th gen processors whenever you decide it’s time to, so you won’t have to replace the board and spend that much more money on a future upgrade with this build.

Depending on the optimizations with a specific title, you can expect 100+ FPS on most of the newer, well-optimized titles at ultra settings and you will easily get 60+ FPS on some of the “not-so-optimized” titles that are out.

At the highest graphics settings possible at 1080p: You can expect this build to run games like Call of duty: Modern Warfare II at 140 FPS average, Valorant at 250 FPS average, GTA V at 120 FPS average, Elden Ring at 100 FPS average, Cyberpunk 2077 at 75 FPS average, and Apex Legends at 220 FPS average.

This build is all about starting out with a nicer motherboard and a higher-end CPU compared to lower-budget builds. 

If you are looking for a rig that has some of the newer hardware included for killer processing power and a solid 1080p gaming experience then this is the one to build.

How To Build This $800 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, game performance for a specific game, to whether or not a different case would work with this build… I’m here to help! 🙂

4 thoughts on “How To Build A Gaming PC For $800”

    • Hey Santiago,

      Under the “Game Performance” section I shared that at 1080p max settings, you’d be able to get roughly 140 FPS average in Warzone and 150 FPS average in Apex (at least at the time of this writing).

    • Hey Jace,

      Fortnite would run at an average of 100-110 FPS on everything maxed out, and at low settings (or performance mode), you’d get an average of 350 FPS in-game.


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