Looking for a high-end gaming computer for 1080P gaming? This $800 gaming PC build can run pretty much any modern game at higher 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.
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, for just ~$100 more, this $800 gaming PC build is quite a bit differnet. For our $800 build, we’ve chosen an AMD Ryzen 5 2600 processor (over the Intel Core i3-8100 in the $700 PC) and a brand new GTX 1660 Ti 6GB graphics card.
This system also has a higher-end tempered glass case that offers more room for upgrades and looks nicer than the case found in the $700 build.
The extra CPU cores that the Ryzen 5 2600 will give you and the upgraded GTX 1660 Ti will combine to give you an even better-performing system than the $700 build. 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 lower-to-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 NVIDIA-based graphics card, you’ll want to pair this build with a G-Sync 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.
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 5 2600|
|GPU||Gigabyte GTX 1660 Ti|
|RAM||Corsair Vengeance 16GB|
|HDD||Seagate 1 TB|
|PSU||Corsair CX 550M|
|ODD||Install O.S. from USB drive|
Grand Total: $770-$830
*Component prices fluctuate daily. Click here for current pricing.
**Price includes the components that make up the tower only. Windows 10 is included in the list, but will cost extra—and you will definitely need an operating system one way or another.
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 a GTX 1660 Ti graphics card, an AMD Ryzen 5 2600 processor, and 16GB of memory, all of which will help it run pretty much any game on a 1080P monitor. 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 ~60+ FPS on ultra settings on a 1080P monitor
- Non-demanding games (see above for examples) should run at ~60+ FPS on higher settings on a 1440P monitor
- Demanding games (see above for examples) should run at ~40-50FPS on lower-to-medium 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 GTX 1660 Ti and the cheapest RTX 2060 is ~$70. So, if you can stretch your budget ~$70, it would be worth considering upgrading to the RTX 2060.
However, you could also adjust this $800 PC build to fit an RTX 2060 in it if you got rid of the SSD (~$40) and dropped down to 8GB of RAM (~$50). That would allow you to stay under ~$800 and still have an RTX 2060. Then, when you have some extra money, all you’ll have to do is add an SSD and an extra 8GB of RAM.
In my opinion, either option is worth considering, but I opted to show the more balanced system as it will still provide more than enough performance for most gamers’ needs.
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…
While the GTX 1660 Ti graphics card should be perfectly fine for 1080P gaming, if you want to jump up to 4K gaming, you’re going to need to upgrade your graphics card (and, likely, your power supply as well). And, there really aren’t a whole lot of immediate upgrades that will significantly improve this system.
Right now NVIDIA’s new RTX cards are the best options out there, but they come with a significant price increase over previous high-end GPU models from NVIDIA. The good news is that you probably won’t need to upgrade the graphics card for at least a couple years or more, so there should be even newer GPUs available when you are finally ready to upgrade your graphics card.
You could also add another larger SSD for more high-performance storage, but again, this system as is will hold up just fine for the foreseeable future.
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.