Looking for a high-end gaming computer for 1080P or 1440P gaming? This $800 gaming PC build can run pretty much any modern game at max settings on a 1080P monitor.
Whether you’re looking to buy a pre-built gaming PC, or you’re willing to build your own computer, $800 can land you a really powerful system. Of course, we recommend that you build your own computer because you’ll get more performance for your budget.
And, in this guide, we’ll give you an $800 part list that will allow you to build a really well-rounded and high-performing gaming computer that will max out anything on a 1080P monitor, will allow you to game on a 1440P monitor, and will even serve well as an entry-point into 4K gaming.
If you don’t want to build your own computer, that’s okay, too. We’ve also linked to a similarly-priced system that will offer excellent performance as well. You can check out both options below.
For more affordable gaming PC builds at various price points, check out our Cheap Gaming PC Build guide.
If you’ve read our guide on building a $700 gaming computer, then it might surprise you that this $800 gaming PC build isn’t that much different. For our $800 build, we’ve upgraded to a brand new AMD RX 5700 8GB graphics card, though, and that will give you a solid jump in performance.
This system also has a higher-end tempered glass case that offers more room for upgrades, better airflow, and looks nicer than the case found in the $700 build.
The upgraded RX 5700 will give you an even better-performing system than the $700 build, too. This $800 system will give you near ideal performance on a budget-friendly 1080P monitor and it will work well on a 1080P 144Hz monitor as well.
You can even use this system as a decent 1440P gaming computer as it will be able to handle most games on at least medium settings on a 1440P monitor. And, it does meet the requirements for both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. So, if you want to give VR-gaming a go, this system will allow you to do so.
Also, with an AMD-based graphics card, you’ll want to pair this build with a FreeSync monitor for the best in-game experience possible.
Ultimately, for just under $800, this price-to-performance might not be quite as good as some of the less expensive builds we have listed, but the overall system performance it will deliver, along with its ability to run any game you throw at on a 1080P monitor help make it a really solid overall option.
*NOTE: If you’re not up for building your own computer, click the “Shop Pre-Builts” button to see a similarly priced pre-built gaming computer.
Part List for $800 PC Build
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 5 2600|
|MOBO||MSI B450-A PRO|
|GPU||PowerColor RX 5700|
|RAM||Crucial Ballistix 16GB|
|CASE||Fractal Design Meshify C|
|PSU||Corsair CX 650M|
|ODD||Install O.S. from USB|
Grand Total: $770-$830
*Component prices fluctuate daily. Click here to check current pricing.
**Price includes the components that make up the tower only. You’ll need an operating system and Windows 10 costs ~$100 for an activation key. However, you can still install Windows 10 for free and it will work indefinitely without activating it with no problems—there will just be a watermark at the bottom left of your desktop asking you to activate it.
While we try to put the best list of parts together as possible, the reality is that with prices always changing and different people having different needs, there are always other alternatives and different components you can go with. So, in the performance below we’ll highlight some of those different options you have, as well as go over some potential upgrades you might want to make down the road. We’ll also cover what kind of gaming performance you can expect out of this system at various resolutions and across different levels of games.
This $800 gaming PC comes with an RX 5700 graphics card, an AMD Ryzen 5 2600 processor, and 16GB of memory, all of which will help it run any game on a 1080P monitor on max settings with no problems. In terms of the types of games you can play at different resolutions, the following will give you a good idea of what you can expect out of this system:
- Non-demanding games like Fortnite, Rocket League, Apex Legends, and League of Legends, should run at ~100+ FPS on ultra settings on a 1080P monitor
- Demanding games like PUBG, The Division 2, Rainbox Six Siege, The Witcher 3, etc. should run at ~70+ FPS on ultra settings on a 1080P monitor
- Non-demanding games (see above for examples) should run at ~80+ FPS on higher settings on a 1440P monitor
- Demanding games (see above for examples) should run at ~60FPS on medium-to-higher settings on a 1440P monitor
- This system also meets the requirements for running both the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift—so it is VR-ready
These are rough estimates and will vary from game-to-game and scenario-to-scenario.
At the time of writing this post, the system currently comes in pretty close to $800 and the difference in price between a a RX 5700 and the cheapest RTX 2060 SUPER is ~$60. So, if you can stretch your budget ~$60, it would be worth considering upgrading to the RTX 2060 SUPER.
However, you could also adjust this $800 PC build to fit an RTX 2060 SUPER in it if you dropped down to a more budget-friendly case and dropped down to 8GB of RAM (~$38). That would allow you to stay under ~$800 and still have an RTX 2060 SUPER. Then, when you have some extra money, you could upgrade the case and add an extra 8GB of RAM.
In my opinion, opting for the RX 5700 over the RTX 2060 SUPER offers a more balanced system. And, the RX 5700 doesn’t trail too far behind the RTX 2060 SUPER in most benchmarks, so I felt it was better to opt for a case with better airflow and go with extra RAM.
We leave the price of Windows 10 out of our builds because there are different ways to get an operating system for less than the $100 that Windows 10 costs. Not all of these methods are ideal, but we figured we’d let you decide which operating system and/or method for getting a copy of Windows is the best option for you. Here are three alternatives to paying ~$100 for a copy of Windows 10:
First, you could install a free Linux-based operating system. You won’t be able to play certain games that aren’t compatible with Linux, but you will save $100.
Second, you could buy a Windows 10 key from a third party marketplace for ~$30. I’ve had good success purchasing Windows keys from Kinguin.net in the past, but there is definitely some risk involved in purchasing a Windows license from a third party source, as it is not technically a method of purchasing Windows that is approved by Microsoft.
Finally, you could just install Windows 10 for free and not activate it. In my opinion, this is probably the best route to go if you’re working with a tight budget. The $100 that Windows 10 costs could be the difference between running your games at max settings and running them at medium-or-lower settings. Essentially, though, Microsoft allows anyone to install Windows onto their computer without forcing them to activate it. And, for the most part, you can still use Windows normally even when it’s not activated. The only thing you will lose out on is some customization options like setting a custom background for your desktop and you also won’t be able to access Microsoft for support (although this isn’t that big of a deal—I’ve used Windows-based systems for nearly 20 years and I’ve never once called Microsoft to ask them for help with Windows). But, I think in order to save $100, that is not a bad trade-off cost. And, at the very least, you could run the non-activated version of Windows for the time being until you can afford to purchase an activation key for it.
The reality is that, if you’re just looking for a computer that can easily max games out on a 1080P monitor, or even play games on a budget 144Hz monitor or a 1440P monitor, then this system will hold up just fine without needing to be upgraded. However, there are always upgrades that can be made. The first upgrades I would make would be to…
- Add more storage
- Upgrade the processor
- Upgrade to the latest best graphics card
This build comes with a 480GB SSD and, while that is a decent amount of storage capacity to start out with, it can run out quickly if you have a lot of games/files. So, the first thing I would add to this build would be additional SSD storage devices, whether that’s another SATA SSD, or an NVME SSD.
The second upgrade I’d make to this build would be to upgrade the Ryzen 5 2600 to a newer Ryzen CPU. As of the time of writing this, that would probably be something like a Ryzen 7 3700X.
And, while the RX 5700 graphics card should be perfectly fine for 1080P and 1440P gaming (and even some 4K gaming), if you want to jump up to serious 4K gaming, you’re going to need to upgrade your graphics card to a more extreme option.
Ultimately, though, this build is really solid as is and, if you’re just gaming on a 1080P monitor, it shouldn’t require an upgrade for a long time.
If you need a monitor, keyboard, and/or mouse, we’ve provided some potential options that you can pair with this $800 gaming computer:
|Redragon K552 KUMARA||/10|
|Thermaltake Tt eSPORTS||/10|
In my opinion, if you’re looking for a solid all-around gaming computer that can handle anything on a 1080P monitor, run virtual reality headsets, and serve as a nice entry-level 1440P system, this $800 build is an option worth considering. It should hold up just fine for 1080P gaming for at least the next 4-5 years. And, the included SSD, extra RAM, and Ryzen 5 2600 processor will help this system work pretty well for video editing, graphics design, and content creation, too.