The Monster ($800)

This is the #1 best gaming PC under 800 dollars for your money in 2017. All of the parts have been hand picked with the best price to performance in mind.

NOTE: Prices may vary.

Component Name Price Image
CPU Ryzen 5 1400 $157
MOBO ASRock - AB350M $63
RAM G. Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB 2400 MHz $80
HDD WD Caviar Blue 1TB 7200rpm $50
GPU Zotac - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Mini $400
PSU EVGA - BV 450W 80+ Bronze Certified $25
Case NZXT S340 (Black) $60
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The Case

NZXT S340 (Black)

Some spend lots of money on their case. A good case NEEDS to have these aspects:

  • Good cable management
  • Good airflow
  • USB 3.0 Support
  • Plenty of Space
  • Hard Drive Bays
  • Fans

This case is a personal favorite of mine. It possesses all of the necessities, and looks great too.

Specs:

  • Type: ATX Mid Tower
  • Color: Black
  • Includes Power Supply: No
  • Internal 2.5” Bays: 2
  • Internal 3.5” Bays: 3
  • Motherboard Compatibility: ATX. Micro ATX, Mini ITX
  • Front Panel USB 3.0 Ports: Yes
  • Maximum Video Card Length: 13.15”

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The Processor

Ryzen 5 1400 A gaming processor does not need to be the fastest processor on the market, as gaming relies on the GPU. However, an adequate CPU is important.

The processor must be fast enough to keep up with the GPU; moreover, it is important to use a processor that can hold its own in CPU intensive titles, as well as some workstation tasks.

Some games depend heavily on the CPU (though these games are poorly optimized), a fast CPU is necesssary for good performance.

The Ryzen 5 1400 is a great budget gaming CPU. It holds its own in CPU intensive games such as Arma and ARK Survival, while also keeping up with high end GPUs like the GeForce GTX 1070. Specs:

  • Data Width: 64-bit
  • Socket Type: AM4
  • Operating Frequency: 3.2 GHz
  • Max Turbo Frequency: 3.4 GHz
  • Cores: 4
  • TDP: 65 Watts
  • Multithreading: Yes (8 Threads)

In the past few years, Intel has been the choice for nearly all gamers. In recent months, AMD has come out with a new line of processors: Ryzen 7, 5 and 3.

While Ryzen 7 is a bit overkill for most gamers, the Ryzen 5 line is an outstanding choice. The price to performance from a Ryzen 5 processor is absolutely unbelievable. In fact, they often outperform many of Intel’s CPUs.

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The Motherboard

ASRock AB350M-HDV

The ASRock - AB350M-HDV Micro ATX AM4 motherboard was chosen for this build.

For the price of just $60, you are getting a great deal. Not only is it sturdy and reliable, it supports 2400 MHz ram.

What’s the bottom line here?

Not only are you getting a superb motherboard, you’re getting it for less than $70.

Specs:

  • Socket - AM4
  • Chipset - AMD B350
  • Memory - DDR4 2133/2400/2666/2933/3000
  • Memory Channel - Dual
  • DIMM Slots - 2x288-pin DIMM
  • Max Memory (GB) - 32

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The Ram

Ram

Ram is an important part of every gaming PC. Moreover, higher frequency ram has the potential to increase the performance of the CPU.

This build utilizes 2x4GB 2400 MHz G.Skill Ripjaws V Series Ram for a total of 8GB.

Specs:

  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Speed: DDR4-2400
  • Size: 8GB (2 x 4GB)
  • Color: Black/Red
  • Heat Spreader: Yes

Though some games recommend 16GB of ram, 8GB is plenty for gaming, and the difference in performance between 8GB and 16GB is virtually zero.

Due to the motherboard’s B250 chipset, 2400 MHz ram is supported. This will help our CPU under heavy load.

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The Hard Drive

Caviar Blue

The WD Caviar Blue 1TB 7200 RPM HDD is today’s standard mass storage drive for good reason.

1TB of storage is plenty for your OS, drivers, video games, music, videos, etc. Furthermore, this HDD is known for its reliability and dependibility.

It is a 7200 RPM hard drive, meaning load times are signficantly quicker than a 5400 RPM hard drive.

Unfortunately we were not able to include an SSD in this build. However, you can find SSDs on eBay at a low cost.

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The Graphics Card

1070 8GB

The most important part of any gaming PC is easily the graphics card. It handles all of the 3D rendering, and any well optimized game will utilize the GPU’s power.

For this $800 gaming PC build, the Zotac - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Mini video card was chosen.

This GPU is an excellent choice for 1440p and 1080p gaming. It can handle all of the newest titles maxed out with 60+ FPS.

Specs:

  • Interface: PCI-Express x16
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1070
  • Memory Size: 8GB
  • Memory Type: GDDR5
  • Core Clock: 1.52 GHz
  • Boost Clock: 1.71 GHz
  • TDP: 150 Watts
  • Fan: Yes
  • Length: 8.27”
  • DVI-D Dual-Link: 1
  • Displayport: 3
  • HDMI: 1

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The Power Supply

EVGA 400W PSU

The reliability of your power supply is important. Furthermore, it is crucial to use a power supply with the proper wattage.

Why?

If you fail to do either of these two things, one or both of the following will happen:

A) Your power supply will short out your PC

B) Your power supply will fail completely

This build is rated at 211 watts. That being said, the EVGA 400W ATX power supply is the choice for this build.

It has more than enough power, and combined with its $30 price tag, it is an absolute steal.

Specs:

  • Type - ATX
  • Wattage - 400 Watts
  • Fans - 1
  • Modular - No
  • Efficiency - 80+
  • PCI-Express 6+2-Pin Connectors - 1
  • PCI-Express 6-Pin Connectsors - 1

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