Best $900 Gaming PC of 2020 - Plays ALL Games

written by jordyn hamilton Jordyn Hamilton

Time to strap in and get ready for the monster PC build guide we’ve got in store for you below.

This 900 dollar gaming PC can max out any game in 1080p with ultra settings, and if you’re brave, you can even dabble in 1440p.

We’re going to highlight a $900 gaming PC prebuilt option, go through each component of the custom build individually, and crunch some performance numbers at the bottom.

Let’s jump in!

Prebuilt Option

Our prebuilt gaming PC pick is pretty awesome:

Pros
  • Insane value
  • Comes with KB/Mouse
  • DDR4 RAM
  • Windows 10 Installed
  • RGB lights are dope
  • Comes with SSD
Cons
  • Less powerful than custom build
CPU
i5-9400F
Clock
3.5GHz
RAM
8GB DDR4
SSD
240GB
OS
Windows 10
WiFi
802.11AC

It falls behind our custom builds in every category except for peripherals (but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad build). It comes pre-equipped with a keyboard & mouse setup, plus you have integrated Wi-Fi, which our custom builds do not.

If we look at storage, it comes with a 240GB SATA SSD pre-installed alongside a 1TB 7200RPM mechanical hard drive, which equates to plenty of fast storage for your OS, drivers, applications, and games.

Best 900 Dollar Gaming PC Build

Part Name Image Specifications More
CPU Ryzen 5 3600 Ryzen 5 3600 processor
  • 3.6GHz Core Clock
  • 4.2 GHz Turbo
  • 6 Cores
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GPU XFX RX 5700 DD Ultra XFX RX 5700 DD Ultra
  • 1.56 GHz Core
  • 1.75 GHz Boost
  • 8GB VRAM
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RAM G.Skill Aegis 16GB G.Skill Aegis 16GB
  • DDR4-3000Mhz
  • 2x8GB Kit
  • 15 CAS Latency
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HDD Seagate Barracuda Compute Seagate Barracuda Compute 2TB
  • 2TB Storage Space
  • 7200 RPM
  • 256 MB Cache
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CASE Thermaltake Versa H18 Thermaltake Versa H18
  • Side Window
  • USB 3.0
  • Micro ATX
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MOBO ASRock B450M Pro4-F  ASRock B450M Pro4-F
  • AMD B450 Chipset
  • 3000 MHz RAM
  • Micro-ATX
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PSU EVGA 210 GQ EVGA 210 GQ
  • Semi Modular
  • 650 Watts
  • 80+ Gold
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$900 Gaming PC Build Overview Video

Pros
  • 6 physical cores
  • Great overclocking
  • Good gaming performance
  • Good stock cooler included
  • Insane price/performance
Cons
  • None
Clock
3.6GHz
Boost
4.2GHz
Cores
6
TDP
65W
Type
Zen 2
Cooler
Yes

6 cores and 12 threads at a base clock of 3.6GHz, with the option of overclocking, all for under $200USD. That’s almost unheard of up until this point, and it’s no slouch in gaming (when compared to Intel) like previous AMD chips.

We were actually planning on opting for a Ryzen 5 3600X or Ryzen 7 3700X over the 3600, but in all honesty, the performance difference is so little that the extra $50-100 just isn’t anywhere close to worth it.

If you really need the extra cores, we suggest going for a last-gen Ryzen 7 2700X instead. The gaming performance does fall a little bit behind the 3600, but its workstation performance is leagues better. Plus it’ll cost you even less than the 3600.

Pros
  • Super cheap
  • Great rear IO
  • 4 RAM slots
Cons
  • Lacks fancy features
Form
mATX
Chipset
B450
Slots
4
SATA
4
M.2
2
Overclock
Yes

You can just plop your Ryzen 5 3600 in there with no issues. Thanks to this board we were able to fit so much more into the build, even further boosting your performance with very few drawbacks.

The only sizeable setback that came from choosing a B450 over and X570 was the overclocking potential for both the CPU and RAM since the X570 has improved power delivery. But this board can do a lot more than just get you by.

The rear IO is also pretty damn amazing, especially for a $60-70USD motherboard. You can look at all of that below.

Pros
  • 8GB of memory
  • Crushes 1080p
  • Can handle ultra settings
  • Great value
Cons
  • Isn't great with intensive titles at 1440p ultra settings
Core
1565MHz
Boost
1750MHz
Length
293mm
Fans
2
Memory
8GB
Ports
4

The RX 5700 turned out to be AMD’s trump card for Nvidia after the blunder that was the Radeon VII from the beginning of 2019. At a sub $400USD price point, you’d be hard-pressed to find any other graphics card that provides similar performance.

The 5700’s closest competitor from Nvidia is the RTX 2060, which on average costs a little bit more than the 5700 but includes ray tracing as an incentive.

You can expect 1080p 60fps performance in almost all titles at high settings. That’s not even taking into account that whole overclocking ordeal we’ve become so fond of.

Pros
  • Dual-channel memory
  • High speed
  • 16GB
  • Affordable
Cons
  • None
Amount
16GB
Modules
2x8GB
Speed
3000MHz
Type
DDR4
CAS
16
Voltage
1.2V

This 3000MHz kit might be a little hard on the eyes, but trust us it’ll do you wonders.

Starting with 16GB is always good for any build, and our motherboard supports 2 more sticks for up to 64GB of total memory (which is totally overkill). So don’t expect to have any issues with memory anytime soon.

Pros
  • Dude it's dirt cheap
  • 2TB storage
  • 7200RPM
Cons
  • None
Type
HDD
Capacity
2TB
Price/GB
$0.25
Size
3.5"
Interface
SATA
NVME
No

Hopefully, now you have all the room you could possibly need for all your steam games on this amazing Seagate drive.

From personal experience, this drive’s lasted me about a year and a half with no issues or seriously vital drops in speed.

Though, it is starting to fill up and I don’t even have that many games. Maybe you might need something a little bigger.

The Kingston SSD, on the other hand, provides some blazing-fast performance for a relatively low price. It’ll beat out any hard drive by miles, and can hold its own against many of its other SSD competitors.

Pros
  • Really fast
  • SSD
  • M.2
Cons
  • Cost
Type
SSD
Capacity
240GB
Price/GB
$0.18
Size
2.5"
Interface
M.2
NVME
No
Pros
  • Incredibly durable
  • Good bang for your buck
  • 80+ gold certified
  • Semi-modular makes cable management easy
Cons
  • Price
Wattage
650
Rating
Gold
Modular
Semi
Color
Black
SATA
9
Noise
Quiet

Modular. We love that word. Adding ‘Semi’ to it can even make it better sometimes.

And would you look at that, this power supply is Semi-Modular, who would’ve thought.

Providing all the main cables you need, plus room for expansion, this semi-modular power supply covers all the stops.

You might think that with how great this thing is, it had to cut corners somewhere, right? Well, it doesn’t really seem so, especially considering the 5-Year included warranty that’ll ensure you get the most out of your new PSU even once it’s far from new.

Additionally, 650W is enough for even some high-end builds, so even if you decide to do a full upgrade the 210 GQ should hold up to some great heights.

Pros
  • Side panel window
  • Dude it's a good deal
  • Great design
Cons
  • Average airflow
Type
mATX
Airflow
Ok
Design
Great
Window
Yes
Spacious
Good
Noise
Quiet

As with most of the parts in this build, the cheap MicroATX motherboard allowed us to skimp out a little bit.

Instead of spending extra for a good full ATX case for an X570 motherboard, we were able to go for a cheaper MicroATX, but we also managed to stick a fairly high-quality one into the budget.

The Versa H18 has a lovely build quality and looks for its $45USD price, offering 3 front USB ports (2 USB 2.0 and 1 USB 3.0), a full tempered glass side panel, and a power supply shroud all in one beautiful little box.

It does fall short however in the cooling department, sort of.

It does have good perforation in the front to let in air and has rear and top fan mounts. However, it only comes included with 1 rear 120mm fan, so you’d have to populate the rest of the slots yourself.

Performance Benchmarks

Now that you know the components we’re working with (or you don’t care and you skipped here), you can see how they fare in some games and other tasks.

Gaming Benchmark

$900 gaming pc build gaming benchmark

These gaming benchmarks really don’t make it easy to decide, and we’ve been having some weird stuff going on with Minecraft performance lately (back in our $800 build guide AMD got 300FPS).

So really, we guess it’s up to whether you want ray tracing or more storage based on either build, but our top pick is still team red.

CPU Speed Benchmark

$900 gaming pc build cpu base speed benchmark

It’s really kind of weird how Intel and AMD are always in the same position when it comes to the base speed testing.

Intel always takes the single-core spot home, and AMD takes the multi-core. It would seem that this time around, it is no different.

Though, to be fair, the margin for the single-core if very thin, so it’s seeming like AMD might finally catch up.

Moving on to the overclocked benchmarks we don’t see that much of a difference on AMD’s side, still falling behind Intel in single-core workloads.

$900 gaming pc build cpu overclocked speed benchmark

But if we go ahead and look at the multi-core, Intel has not only caught up to AMD but surpassed them which is an amazing victory for Intel.

Read/Write Hard Drive Benchmark

Now, for the drive benchmarks. It’s no surprise that the SSDs surpass the HDDs by miles, they are solid-state, of course.

hard drive benchmarks

What’s pretty interesting to look at though, is the similarity in performance between the old and new Seagate drives, especially at two different capacities.

4k read and write speed benchmark

In the 4K benchmark, we can see that the Ace A55 that previously led in the regular benchmark has been passed by the Kingston A400, meaning you’ll be getting some great high-end performance from that drive.

But really, the difference between the SSDs is fairly minimal, so it comes down to price in the end.