Best Gaming PC Build Under $800: The Octa-Ling (2019 Updated)

Best Gaming PC Build under 800

PC gaming is one of those things you can buy into cheaply, however, to fully experience gaming as it was intended you're going to need to purchase hardware components which fall under the mid-high price bracket. Our best $800 gaming PC strikes the higher end of the “sweet spot” between price and performance. This build is way past being a console killer whilst remaining sub-$1000 making it fantastic value for money. Even if you are starting to edge into the premium build price range.

Build Overview

So, what exactly should you expect from an $800 build? Well to keep it simple, our goal is to give you the complete PC gaming experience with room to grow further down the line.

Specifically, you should expect:

Top-notch Performance. This machine performs well above current consoles, leaving the likes of the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X in its wake. Further to this, virtual reality and 1440p should both be achievable with pleasant FPS results across the board.

Great aesthetics. For $800 in today's market you expect to build a PC which is both high in performance and superb aesthetically. That's why we chose a case that makes use of a fantastic viewing window to show off the hardware components and their RGB lighting. 

Upgradeability. While $800 will last a long time with the right components, this machine is still made to be very upgrade-able. We have designed the $800 build with great performance and future gaming tech in mind, meaning you won't have to worry about upgrading any hardware components for years to come. Chances are, you could probably go through a GPU or two without ever needing to upgrade your CPU or motherboard thanks to the research we do prior to the builds.

How We Choose the PC Components

Our goal here at WePC is to use our expertise to ensure that you are getting the best value for your money when building a gaming rig.

We understand that building a computer for the first time can be a daunting task, but we are here to help! We take the stress away that comes with building your own computer, we've already done all of the tireless research, benchmark tests and price comparisons to bring you the best gaming PC at the best price. Our in-house team has more than 20 years experience in building computers and we are all massive gamers, we build many of computers we recommend on our website, so you can feel comfortable knowing that you are in safe hands.

Lastly, we stay up to date with the latest tech and the best deals and we update our builds when we need to, we don't just recommend the latest components, but we make sure they offer the best bang for buck.

The Best $800 Gaming PC Update:

AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6-core Processor
cpu

AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6-core Processor

The latest-gen AMD CPU in this build will provide excellent gaming performance and shouldn’t bottleneck any potential GPU upgrades you have in mind further down the road.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660TI Windforce Gaming OC 6G Graphics Card
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Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660TI Windforce Gaming OC 6G Graphics Card

1080p killer, 1440p/VR powerhouse. That’s really all there is to say here.

Corsair 16GB DDR4 3200Mhz RAM
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Corsair 16GB DDR4 3200Mhz RAM

With a full 16GB of RAM, multitasking and gaming shouldn’t be any problem whatsoever for this powerful PC build.

Crucial BX500 480GB SSD
ssd

Crucial BX500 480GB SSD

An SSD with great performance and fantastic reliability

Corsair CX Series 550W 80+ Bronze-Certified  Semi-Modular Power Supply
psu

Corsair CX Series 550W 80+ Bronze-Certified Semi-Modular Power Supply

A strong semi-modular power supply from Corsair.

MSI B450 Tomahawk AM4 Motherboard
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MSI B450 Tomahawk AM4 Motherboard

A B450 motherboard with the performance power to match an X470.

Phanteks Eclipse P300 Steel Mid Tower Tempered Glass PC Case
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Phanteks Eclipse P300 Steel Mid Tower Tempered Glass PC Case

The Phanteks Eclipse P300 is a fantastic, budget PC case with plenty of room for expansion and cooling.

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Build Details

Below is a more detailed explanation on why we've chosen each component and some noteworthy tips on what they can and can't do.

cpu
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6-core Processor

    AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6-core Processor

The new Ryzen 5 3600 is one of the best price-to-performance chips going and its value is the main reason we needed to include this third-generation CPU in this build. This build previously featured Intels 9400F so the Ryzen5 3600 already offers around a 20% boost to performance with barely any change in the cost to this build.

The 3600 comes unlocked with 6 cores and 12 threads running. This CPU runs at a speed of 3.6GHz with a max boosting potential of 4.2GHz. As you would expect from an AMD chip you get unrivaled multitasking ability for the price however these newer gen CPUs are superb for gaming too. We have paired this CPU with a B450 so you may need to update the motherboards BIOS once you have built your system. You are going to need a 1st or 2nd Gen chip to update the BIOS.

MORE: Best CPUs for Gaming

gpu
  • Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660TI Windforce Gaming OC 6G Graphics Card

    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660TI Windforce Gaming OC 6G Graphics Card

The GTX 1660TI is a card many will know and for good reason, it’s one of the best cards available for its price range and we’ve managed to squeeze it into the $800 build by prioritizing it over other areas which we will touch upon later. It beats out it’s close rival, the RTX 580, by 15-20% in the benchmark tests whilst still remaining competitive in pricing making it fantastic value for money. You can easily churn out 4k games at 40fps if you tweak the graphics just right,  however the 1660TI is more at home on lower resolutions where you can cruise past 100FPS respectively.  Overall we consider the 1660TI to be true value for money and gets the spot in our $800 rig

ram
  • Corsair 16GB DDR4 3200Mhz RAM

    Corsair 16GB DDR4 3200Mhz RAM

This Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 3200Mhz RAM kit comes at a higher clock speed than your typical DDR4 RAM, and should provide all the memory you need for most gaming and multitasking scenarios. The marginal speed boost won’t do too much to add to your gaming experience, but the difference is there and worth the money spent. 

ssd
  • Crucial BX500 480GB SSD

    Crucial BX500 480GB SSD

Originally we suggested a Samsung 860 Evo SSD, however, we’ve tested several cheaper alternatives and found performance to be on par with the more expensive Samsung SSDs which gives us more budget for the GPU. The Crucial provides lightning-fast loading which will also help with those heavy game loading times.

psu
  • Corsair CX Series 550W 80+ Bronze-Certified  Semi-Modular Power Supply

    Corsair CX Series 550W 80+ Bronze-Certified Semi-Modular Power Supply

Due to rising prices, we weren’t able to fit a fully modular PSU in our cheaper builds despite having been able to do so last year. This is a shame because a modular PSU is one of the best improvements that you can make for your building experience, however, in this price range, we’re finally able to amend that with Corsair’s semi-modular PSU which has a hold host of benefits.  Aside from the whole “modular” deal, this PSU also comes from Corsair. While many may focus on Corsair for their stellar keyboards, their PSUs are also known to be among the best in the industry, so we’re happy to recommend them here.

mobo
  • MSI B450 Tomahawk AM4 Motherboard

    MSI B450 Tomahawk AM4 Motherboard

The first thing to mention with this board is the fact you will need to update the BIOS as soon as you have built your system. You are going to need a 1st or 2nd Gen chip to update the BIOS. This was mentioned under the CPU but its best to be safe!

Another point to note is the good quality VRMs, you shouldn’t have any issues overclocking this system with this board. The great thing about this motherboard is the fact it is compatible with the new and old gen Ryzen CPUs. While this may be considered closer to entry-level rather than high-end, it’s still manufactured by MSI, one of the most trusted manufacturers in the industry. For that reason, we’re still confident recommending this motherboard in our $800 PC build.

case
  • Phanteks Eclipse P300 Steel Mid Tower Tempered Glass PC Case

    Phanteks Eclipse P300 Steel Mid Tower Tempered Glass PC Case

The Phanteks Eclipse P300 is an entry-level PC case that looks like a mid-level PC case. It also comes with a tempered glass window for a little peek inside. On the front, we see  2 xUSB 3.0 as well as headphone ports. Overall, this is a great case that will look good in most gamers setups providing the airflow and cooling you’re looking for.

Why is this the Best $800 Gaming PC?

We regularly check custom PC builders latest builds as well as keeping up with the latest PC hardware announcements to help ensure we’re ahead of the curve when choosing sensible and practical hardware parts. Some may make ridiculous sacrifices to things like CPU power and storage space just to stuff a high-end graphics card into their system even though its performance is going to be throttled; we do our best to avoid this at WePC by putting in hours of research.

All of our builds are thoroughly researched to ensure that bottlenecks aren’t a concern, ensuring each build is a balanced gaming PC with reliable hardware that's going to last for years to come. Even if you aren't planning on upgrading anytime soon. With the i5 we’ve included in this build alongside the GTX 1660 we’re confident that you’ll have great gaming experiences at 1080p and 1440p well into the future.

What games can this PC run?

In this section, we’re going to tell you how this game should be able to run your favorite games.

  • Fortnite - At 1080p, you should be able to easily max out this game at 60 FPS or higher. 1440p should still be playable at 60 FPS, but you may need to turn down a few settings.
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds - 1080p60 at high-to-max settings should be achievable, but 1440p may require some tuning down to medium or low settings.
  • Monster Hunter: World - MHW is quite intensive, but 1080p60 shouldn’t be a problem for this build at high settings. 1440p60 will be much harder to achieve, though, and may require some settings turned down.
  • League of Legends - League of Legends is a fairly lightweight eSports title, so 1440p60 and 1080p144 should both be achievable at high settings.
  • Dota 2 - Same as above.
  • Overwatch - At 1440p and Ultra settings, Overwatch should be playable at 60 FPS. This makes 1080p an easy sweep as well.
  • Rainbow Six: Siege - At 1440p and high settings, Siege should be playable at 60-70 FPS.
  • Warframe - Warframe should be playable at 1440p60 on high settings and 1080p144 on high settings- it’s quite well-optimized.
  • Grand Theft Auto V - GTA V should be playable at 1440p60 with medium-high settings and high-max settings at 1080p.
  • Team Fortress 2 - TF2 is primarily CPU-dependent, so you shouldn’t encounter any issues at 1440p here. If you want to push your frames higher, though, you’ll want to go down to 1080p and turn down some settings.

Similar Prebuilt Gaming PC Under $800

We may have come up with the best $800 gaming PC, but not everyone has the time, luxury, or even the patience to build their own PC.

Note: check out the top 12 custom PC builders in our fantastic guide right here.

Below we have included the 3 best prebuilt gaming PCs for around $800. If you want to read more about them, then you can check out the product guide.

Upgrade Path for this Build

While this machine boasts excellent performance and fantastic value for money, there's still plenty that can be changed to make it better from the get-go or in the future.

Note: Of course, these upgrades will increase the price.

Cooler

While the aftermarket cooler that we have suggested above is more than adequate at keeping your rig cool, it can still be considered entry-level, so it’s always worth getting a better cooler to ensure you have the capacity to open up more opportunities and upgrade further down the line. The Cryorig H7 may not be the best of the best but should do fine to ensure that your locked CPU is provided with all the cooling it needs. Not to mention that this also works fine if you wish to upgrade your CPU to an unlocked CPU like the i5-9600k, which, will be covered next.

cpu

The 3700X was a highly anticipated chip thanks to its power and excellent value. For these reasons, we’ve gone for the 3700x over the i5-9600k from Intel for our upgrade to this build.

The 3700X operates with an impressive 8core/16thread makeup. It has a base clock of 3.6GHz and a boost clock of 4.4GHz respectively. This makes the 3700x a great chip for a workstation as it is extremely good at multi-tasking, and as you’d expect, great for gaming as well. The X stands for unlocked overclocking, which is something the none X chips can do to just not to the same degree.

hdd

HD is somewhat of a dying breed now that SSD has become more affordable, however, it still has a huge role to play in modern-day rigs whilst bigger capacity SSD’s are still massively expensive. The good thing about HD’s is as long as you’re buying from a trusted brand such as Seagate or Hitachi and are getting good price-per-gigabyte, you really don’t need to spend too much time contemplating your options. Seagate is a great brand which provides fantastic efficient storage at very affordable prices. We’ve gone for the 2TB option for this $800 build which is more than enough to store a whole list of games and other media’s you may have on your system. Our advice is to use this additional storage space to store your single-player games, movies, media, and everything you aren’t playing on a super-regular basis whilst utilizing the SSD for your primary eSports titles and windows.

gpu

The RTX 20 series is part of the most powerful family of GPU’s available at present.The 2060 was released to have an excellent price to performance whilst still remaining affordable. The 2060 comes equipped with Nvidia’s new Turing architecture which makes use of DLSS and real-time ray tracing, effectively future-proofing this card for years to come. Pair these new technologies with AI-enhanced graphics and the worlds fastest GDDR6 memory and you have the makings of a very impressive GPU.

OS Options and Recommended Peripherals

Most peripherals should be taken care of, especially if you’re dropping $800 on a PC. Still, we wanted to give a few recommendations to accompany this system.

NOTE: These will raise the price of the build!

Operating System

For a gaming PC, the only real option for an operating system is Windows. While there has been some significant strides in recent years for Linux and Mac support for games, the options are nowhere near what is offered on Windows.

Windows 10

Windows 10

Previous licenses for Windows can be transferred to new machines, but you may need actually get in contact with Microsoft complete the transfer process. However, if you still need to obtain a USB copy of Windows 10, you can do so from Amazon. Alternatively, you can still get Windows 10 on DVD if you prefer.

Mouse and Keyboard

Your mouse and keyboard are vital aspects of your gaming setup. These are the tools you will go into battle with, and you haven’t already got some, we have some suggestions for you.

Razer DeathAdder Elite Gaming Mouse

Razer DeathAdder Elite Gaming Mouse

To get you started on the right path we recommend the Razer Deathadder Elite mouse.  This mouse is insanely good value and for that price, you will be getting one of the best shapes on offer for gaming. This ergonomic serpent has more than enough DPI for anyone and boasts a seriously good optical sensor from PixArt with switches to boot. If you would prefer to cut the cord and go wireless then take a look at some of our wireless recommendations here. MORE: Best Gaming Mice

CORSAIR K68 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

CORSAIR K68 RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

For the keyboard, we recommend the Corsair K68 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. This keyboard offers fully-customisable RGB like higher-end keyboards, and as you would expect form corsair this board offers value and build quality for its price. this mechanical board boast really fast Red Cherry MX switches giving you quicker response times in-game! If you’d like some alternative picks, check out these

SteelSeries QcK Gaming Surface

SteelSeries QcK Gaming Surface

The Steelseries Qck gaming surface is what’s known as a ‘desktop pad’ thanks to its XL size and is largely considered to be one of the best and most comfortable pad’s available in today’s market. The QcK has been specifically designed with gamer’s in mind and the tightly woven fabric has been optimised for control and speed.  A sleek design which will suit any desk makes it the perfect mouse pad for gamers. MORE: Best mousepads of 2019

Razer Gaming Bungee V2

Razer Gaming Bungee V2

The Razer Gaming Bungee V2 is a solid bungee from Razer, It eliminates drag from your mouse cable which enhances your gaming experience. If you’re looking to create that wireless feeling from your wired mouse then consider this excellent quality bungee, it’s worth the investment. MORE: Best Gaming Bungee’s

Monitor

We’re going to offer two monitors here: a 1440p monitor running at 60 Hz, and a 1080p monitor running at 144 Hz. The former will provide superior size and image quality, while the latter will provide a smoother, more responsive experience for supported multiplayer games, like Warframe or Overwatch.

ASUS VG278Q 27"

ASUS VG278Q 27"

This reasonably priced monitor pick is known as the ASUS VG278Q Gaming Monitor and is perfect for gamers looking to better their current 60Hz monitor or anyone looking for a fresh monitor to accompany their new build. This pick is our top gaming monitor for under $300 and it has everything you would want from a high-end gaming monitor.  Overall superb value for a monitor of this quality. MORE: For a more premium recommendation see here.

Sound Options

Here are our picks for sound in this PC build.

Mackie CR Series 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors

Mackie CR Series 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors

Mackie’s CR series 3 monitors don’t only sound amazing for desktop speakers but they sit on the desk fantastically and really finish the setup. These high-quality monitors deliver premium sound quality and exceptional performance. Our top speaker pick for 2019 builds. MORE: Best Computer Speakers

Sennheiser Gaming One Headset

Sennheiser Gaming One Headset

The Sennheiser One Gaming Headset due to its magnificent build quality and great sound output is one of the best gaming headsets around. The stellar build quality that comes from Sennheiser in addition with the noise-canceling microphone ensures peak performance that will never let you down in those crucial moments. MORE: Best Gaming Headsets

Audio-Technica ATH-M30x

Audio-Technica ATH-M30x

We’ve opted for the Audio-Technica M30x headphones as they have great sound output and build quality to match. They don’t look too bad either, great pick!

Blue Yeti USB Microphone

Blue Yeti USB Microphone

Record and stream with the excellent sound quality from the Blue Yeti, the ultimate USB Microphone. The Yeti USB mic is ideal for podcasting, streaming on Twitch, content creation and music. This driverless microphone is good to go straight out of the box! For a more budget option consider the Antlion Audio attachable boom microphone. MOREBest Gaming Microphone

Getting Online

Wired (Ethernet)

Wired (Ethernet)

High-bandwidth and low-latency applications need ethernet cables to perform at their best, so go ahead and buy an ethernet cable. Wi-Fi can cause your performance, both in-game and on your network, to suffer.

ASUS PCE-AC56 PCI Wireless Express Adapter

ASUS PCE-AC56 PCI Wireless Express Adapter

If you insist on using Wi-Fi, you should, at least, go with the Asus AC56 PCI Adapter. It supports all the latest Wi-Fi standards, has good reviews, and comes at a great price.

Building Tips

Building a PC isn’t particularly mentally or physically-taxing, you just need to have the prior knowledge to pull it off. We have guides on common PC building questions and what NOT to do as a new builder, but if that isn’t enough, please keep reading for more assistance.

Invest In Antistatic Equipment

Buy an anti-static wristband and/or anti-static mat. This will protect your components from static discharge, which is an extraordinarily unfortunate and unlucky way to lose your brand-new hardware, albeit statistically unlikely. If you want to be sure, though, you should be using an anti-static wristband, and you can click here to read a guide.

Watch Building Guides

Building a PC might seem intimidating at first, but in truth, it’s not all that difficult. The embedded video above is one of our favorite build guides out there, presented by our friends at Tek Syndicate.

Install OS Via USB

We highly recommend that you install your OS via USB. To do this with Windows, download and run the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool.

If you want to use Linux instead, try out UNetbootin or Rufus.

In either of these cases, make sure you have at least a 4GB USB stick at your disposal for the creation of installation media.

Closing Thoughts

So there you have it, that's everything you need to know if you want to build the best $800 gaming PC in 2019! What you're effectively building is a machine which will have the ability to handle the most demanding game titles with ease, whilst being extremely versatile in it's compatibility and upgrade potential. Further to this you're going to be able to push most games into 4K whilst still maintaining gameable FPS. Even upgraded consoles like the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X won’t be able to hold a candle to this build in terms of resolution, framerate, or graphical fidelity.

The system is easily set up to allow for plenty of upgrade options as well. Whether you want to drop in an additional 8GB of RAM, or upgrade the GPU (which you won’t have to do for awhile), this build makes upgrades a breeze for years to come.

How’d you find our build? Are you having troubles or thoughts of sacrificing some parts but don’t know which?

Reach out to us! Comment below and let us help you out directly.

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201 Comments

  1. mrgoreman says:

    Thanks man for this helpful guide 🙂

    1. Luigi says:

      do i need to buy case fan here

      1. Charlie Noon says:

        The builds have been updated since your comment, however, generally speaking, a case can always benefit from additional fans.

    2. mike says:

      will the fan’s for this case gather dust and need cleaning??? often

      1. Charlie Noon says:

        Hi Mike,
        Hope you are well, friend.
        Every case fan gathers dust. How often it needs cleaning comes down to how dusty your computer space is.

  2. DJB says:

    It’s my first time building a computer… will I need to install a separate cooling fan?

    1. Ryan says:

      Should I get a SSD or a hard drive?

      1. Charlie Noon says:

        Hi Ryan, both is a great choice, if you can only afford one, I suppose you need to weigh up whether or not you prioritize speed over capacity.

    2. Charlie Noon says:

      Hey DJB,
      The builds have all been updated since your comment. Each one is equipped with the latest hardware offerings and everything is included.

  3. Jack D says:

    is it pre built or do i have to make it

    1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

      Hi Jack D! This is a custom build $800 gaming PC. We also have prebuilt options in the $800 price range. See our “Similar Prebuilt Gaming PC Under $800” section to see our picks. Are you planning to go with a prebuilt or do you wish to make it?

  4. Alex says:

    Has anyone actually built this/ has benchmarks for this pc?

    1. Charlie Noon says:

      I’m not sure if we have the old builds benchmarking results. I can take a look if you’re still interested

  5. anonymus says:

    could i build this inside a SHARKOON DG7000-G Red Steel /Tempered Glass ATX Mid Tower Gaming PC Case?

    1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

      Hi anonymus! That’s a great case! Good choice! You’re good to go as this works well with the build 🙂

  6. Anonymous says:

    How often do you make these builds, I am trying to get into P.C. gaming but most likely won’t have the money for another 5 or 6 months and technology evolves so fast I want to have the best tech for the best price when I buy it

    1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

      Hi Anonymous! We don’t necessarily build on a monthly basis unless there’s a major hardware released (e.g, CPU, GPU, Motherboard). However, we do update all the builds on a monthly basis here. There aren’t any new hardware at the moment, but the GTX 11 series is just around the corner and will most certainly be out by Q4 of 2018. If you want the best, then I highly suggest you wait a little more until it’s out. We’ll build and update all our builds by then, too so expect to see the updates when the GTX 11 series comes out.

  7. Harut says:

    Hey do I need thermal paste?

    1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

      Hello there, Harut! The Intel Core i5-8400 already comes with a pre-applied thermal paste and should be fine. You won’t need a more powerful thermal paste for the 8400 since you can’t overclock this anyway. 🙂

      1. Ryan says:

        What about the 8600k do I needn’t more thermal paste for that?

        1. Charlie Noon says:

          You need thermal paste for all CPUs, my friend :].
          When you buy an aftermarket CPU cooler, which you need for the 8600k, you will also receive a little stick of thermal paste.

  8. Kevin says:

    If I wanted more memory in this computer what would be your suggestion for upgrading it.

    1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

      Hi there, Kevin! What kind of memory are you referring to? Is it the RAM or the Storage Memory? Given the scenario, you’re most likely talking about storage memory, if I’m not mistaken. If so, then get a 1TB HDD or a 2TB if you really need that much.

  9. Kevin says:

    If I would want more memory what would be your suggestion?

    1. Charlie Noon says:

      Are you asking about capacity or brand?

  10. Alex says:

    I really want a nice looking white case. Do you have any recommendations?

    1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

      Hey Alex, How have you been? I would be happy to recommend you some nice looking white cases but I’m afraid it would take me long to compile all the possible lists of cases 😀 can you help me out? Like, what’s your budget?

  11. Kyle says:

    Is the specified mobo a micro-ATX or full size ATX?

    1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

      Hi, Kyle! The Gigabyte B360M DS3H is a micro-ATX 🙂

  12. Parker says:

    Does it matter what case you buy? I’m 16 and the build already is taking a pretty large chunk out of my moola from work, so I don’t want an extremely expensive case, but the one provided in the build list was priced fine and I could probably pay more anyways, I just don’t like red. Are there options for the same(+) pricing and size but just different color options? Colors in mind would be on the cooler color scale like light blues, light purples, or white.

    1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

      Hi Parker! I love the fact that you’re already into this stuff 🙂 So I did some research to give you a list of cases that will work perfectly with this system:

      NZXT – S340 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case
      Phanteks PH-EC416PSTG_WT Eclipse P400S
      Thermaltake Versa N21 Snow Edition
      Cooler Master MasterCase H500P Mesh White
      NZXT Phantom 240 Mid Tower
      Corsair 500R White
      Phanteks Enthoo Luxe
      Zalman Z9 Neo
      CoolerMaster 690 III
      Thermaltake Versa C22
      Cooler Master Storm Stryker

      Tell me which one you decided to get! I’m excited to hear back from you!

      1. parker says:

        thanks for the in depth response. I looked through all of them and went with the Phanteks PH-EC416PSTG_WT Eclipse P400S option for the build. all the parts already have shipped here and now I just need to wait a couple days for the case to arrive to finally build it. I’m very excited that the idea behind working all those 8 hour shifts at Wendy’s is finally gonna come to fruition

        1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

          Ohhhh talk about the thrill of waiting! Good luck and have fun building! 🙂

        2. Anonymous says:

          Woa no way man I WORK AT WENDYS TOO AND AM BUILDING THIS SAME COMPUTER

  13. tony says:

    hi,
    I Am looking to build a red and black pc. most f the parts the part are black or red but the GPU is really stuffing it up. do you have any red or black GPUs?
    also, the b360 is a micro motherboard is it worth upgrading to a full size?

    1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

      Hi, Tony! How are you? You’ll definitely love this GTX 1060 GAMING X 6G by MSI. The colors will surely fit your preference 😀 Though it’s somewhat more expensive than the ASUS one. Also, I don’t see any need to get a full size unless you’re going to make use of all the expansion slots.I hope this helps 🙂

  14. Anthony says:

    Is the ASUS ROG STRIX B250H Gaming LGA1151 ATX Motherboard compatible with this build?

    1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

      Hi, Anthony! How are you? Unfortunately, the ASUS ROG Strix B250H does not support the new Coffee Lake processors like the 8400 on this build. Are you planning on upgrading from your Kaby Lake processor to this?

  15. Tristan Maguire says:

    Hi there, just wondering because I’m a dufus, this rig would be fine to go into the hundreds for frame rate at 1440p. I know it says it’s entirely 4K capable but just bought I’d check because I’m only buying the pc for FPS games like R6 Siege and maybe battlefield at medium settings. Thanks ?

    1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

      Hey, Tristan! I doubt you will have a stable 100+ FPS at 1440p on medium settings but it should stay over 60, probably around 70-80, depending on the game, because at ultra settings, you can have a stable 60FPS at 1440p. 🙂

  16. Anthony says:

    No this is my first pc build

    1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

      Oh ok 🙂 I hope this build is going to help you with your first!

  17. tony says:

    does the MSI Z370-A PRO Motherboard support this build and if not do you have any suggestions for any motherboard?

    1. Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi Tony, thanks for the comment. Apologies no one got back to you, did you manage to find this out? We have updated the build since you commented, feel free to check it out.

  18. Robert says:

    I have used your build as a base, is this pc compatible and if so do you have any suggestions to improve?

    Kingston HyperX Fury 8GB (2x4GB)

    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming G1 6GB

    Intel Core i5 8400

    EVGA 600B 600W Power Supply

    ADATA SU800 SSD 128GB

    Gigabyte B360M HD3 Motherboard

    Phanteks Eclipse P300 Tempered Glass Black/Red

    1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

      Good day, Robert! How are you? This is a great build! But my personal recommendation is to get the 500W PSU from this list. It’s a semi-modular power supply vs the non-modular 600W EVGA PSU on your list. This means your rig will have a more decent airflow inside your case, especially since the Phanteks P300 has plenty room for cable management. Moreover, the 500W is more than enough to handle the rig. 🙂

  19. Anthony says:

    Is a Ryzen 5 better than an i5 core?

    1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

      They’re both great CPUs and it depends on your needs, really. The R5 has more threads than the i5 but the i5 has higher clock speeds.

  20. Ilmari says:

    It sucks so much that this exact build costs 934€ in Finland 🙁
    I maybe could order it from amazon, but the problems are the shipping costs, not to mention that they probably wont even send some of the parts to here.
    Every price range I google for is flawed. I still might build it though. Do you think it’s worth the 934€? Thanks

    1. Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi Ilmari, cheers for stopping by. The build has been updated significantly and is well worth your Euros, but it could be worth checking out the slightly cheaper option to stretch your pennies a bit further.- https://www.wepc.com/builds/best-gaming-pc-under-700/

  21. David says:

    What FPS on fortnite maxed out with a 144hz monitor?

    1. Axel says:

      It will run at 60+ with everything maxed out

    2. Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi David, thanks for the comment. This updated build will now run Fortnite maxed out at 120-140 FPS, meaning with a tweak you could enjoy this at 144Hz

  22. m7md says:

    can put Intel – Core i7-8700K

  23. Colton says:

    I dont know much about computers which is why I wanted to try and build one myself, but Ive read some things and dont you need a graphics card? Thanks for the info!

    1. Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi Colton, great question. This build has been updated and now features a 1660Ti graphics card. Some builds on this website don’t feature a graphics card but they do have APUs, which do a fine job with their onboard integrated graphics.

  24. sam says:

    could i use two 8gb ram stick for this build?

    1. Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi Sam, thanks for the comment. You can have up to 32GB on this motherboard and it features 4 channels. This means you could technically have 4 sticks of 8gb RAM if you desired.

  25. chad says:

    can you make a video on to make this

    1. James says:

      That would be really nice for me since i’m a beginner.

    2. Charlie Noon says:

      Hi Chad,
      Videos are coming soon!

  26. zac says:

    do i have to buy the windows ten operating system and if so what parts do i buy

    1. Charlie Noon says:

      You do indeed have to buy Windows 10. You can buy it from Amazon on USB.

  27. Seth says:

    Hi. The case you provided is Amazon Prime only, so do you have any other cases that aren’t Prime only? Thanks!

    1. Charlie Noon says:

      Hi Seth,
      Apologies for any inconvenience. All the builds have been updated since your comment, let us know what you think

  28. Ryan says:

    Would this run wireless WiFi or would it need anything extra?

    1. Charlie Noon says:

      You would need to buy a Wifi adapter card. You can pick one up for around $25 though.,

  29. Ryan says:

    Would this run wireless WiFi or would it need anything extra ?

    1. Charlie Noon says:

      What exactly do you mean Ryan, I am a little confused?

  30. Henry says:

    built the august version and was kinda bummed about having on 250 gigs of memory the this one coming out and having the 512ssd and 2tb hard drive any suggestions on a good hard drive for around 50$?

  31. Shazam says:

    Hey could u give me some advice on building pcs

    1. Shaun Conroy says:

      Of course Shazam, please contact us with your queries – https://www.wepc.com/contact-us/

  32. Brian says:

    Does this come with windows 10 installed? Or would I need to buy the OS with the build and install it after I made it?

    1. Clara says:

      You would need to install the OS yourself. If you want to use windows, and already have a copy, you should be able to make a usb to do so from.

  33. taylor says:

    just a warning, I would not recommend anything from cyberpower, why… been there and been f*d. Rebate, yeah good luck with that… components, can you say cheapest shit they can find… fans that come with the case to include heatsink are garbage… cs, yeah about that rebate, since i never got the rebate sheet in the box the cs rep would not accept a printed copy of the invoice and I got f*d out of an almost 300 rebate… just dont do it, build your own

    1. Shaun Conroy says:

      Amen Taylor. Building your own is the way forward!.

  34. Nishanth says:

    Processor – Intel Core i5 8500K
    Motherboard – Azuz Prime H370plus
    Ram – Corsair 8GB DDR4
    HDD. – Seagate 1 TB
    GPU. – Nvidia GeForce 4GB 1050Ti
    CPU Cabinet – iball Storm
    SMPS – 550 Cooler Master
    Windows 10 64 bit
    Please suggest is this a good configuration for PC.

  35. James says:

    Hey, at what point will I need to upgrade my GPU?

    1. Charlie Noon says:

      Hi James,
      I would recommend every couple of years if you play the latest games. However, if the GPU you have handles the games you want to play, there is no need to upgrade any time soon.

  36. Carter says:

    Could this PC run slightly heavily modded GTA 5 smoothly? Also I’m attempting to upgrade the ram to 16gb and it is asking what type, any help you can offer?

    1. Charlie Noon says:

      Hi Carter,
      The build list has been updated since your comment. The new build could handle GTA 5 very smoothly. Also, I would recommend Corsair LPX Vengeance 3200+ RAM

  37. Jessica says:

    We are purchasing this kit for my son for xmas and upgraded to the Intel Core i5-8600K. Do you have another fan upgrade you would recommend besides the one on your list? I prefer something available through Amazon Prime and that one is only available from 3rd party sellers. Thank you!

    1. Charlie Noon says:

      Hi Jessica,
      I would recommend the Noctua NH-D15 as a very good replacement. It’s one of the best CPU coolers out there.

  38. Owen says:

    Can this build run on a 144 hz monitor, and if I get the upgrades how would I overclock it? Thanks!

    1. Charlie Noon says:

      Hi Owen,
      What do you mean by run on a 144hz monitor? The PC will be able to achieve 144+ FPS in many games so it should be absolutely fine.
      I’m in the middle of creating an overclocking piece. Stay tuned!

  39. Nicolas Owenson says:

    I’ve been considering swapping out the CPU with the cheaper AMD Ryzen 5 2600, but since this is my first time considering building a computer I’m not too sure as to 1) It would be compatible and 2) If would be a good idea in the first place to slightly lower the budget. General feedback would be great

    1. Charlie Noon says:

      Hi Nicolas.
      The build has been updated since your comment and makes use of the latest hardware offerings.
      What did you end up going with?

  40. Vincent says:

    The case is specifically for amazon prime it says, any others that this build may fit in?

    1. Charlie Noon says:

      Hi Vincent, there is a tonne of cases you could use. Did you manage to find one?

  41. Djam says:

    could this run my elgato strem deck and hd60s

    1. Charlie Noon says:

      That should be absolutely fine DJAM

  42. Kael says:

    Hey I just got into pc builds and I was wondering if I could use a RX 580 sapphire instead

    1. Charlie Noon says:

      HI Kael,
      You could use an RX 580 if you want, however, the new build uses a much better GPU already.

  43. Ezekiel says:

    You changed the buils a bit and i already bought the case and i need the old parts

    1. Shaun Conroy says:

      Ezekiel, sorry no one got back to you! How did the build go?

  44. Shaheer says:

    Is this a good rig
    CPU- Ryzen 5 2600/ most likely 3600 when it comes out
    GPU- rx 580 8gb/ radeon 3080 when it comes out (seems like a steal for me, $250 for 2070 performance)
    Mobo- Msi b450 tomahawk
    Ram- Corsair vengeance lpx 16 gb of DDR4 (3000mhz) memory . I will be using premiere and stuff.
    Storage-500gb samsung 860 evo and 2tb seagate barracuda.Approximately how long will it last?
    Case- Phanteks p350x (Black). I love that sleek rgb on the outside
    Psu- could you find me some suggestions. I prefer modular or semi modular.
    Case fans- Corsair – LL120RGB LED. they look sexy

    1. Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi Shaheer, great build! We have updated this PC build recently so take a look and the PSU featured is a fairly decent bargain.

  45. Kumeil says:

    Can the PC run slow games like ROBLOX? I’m just asking because it wasn’t listed on the “games it can run” list.

    1. Jeremy says:

      What about Modded Minecraft?
      My current PC is alright with vanilla but can’t load a large quantity of Modpacks.

      1. Matthew Cenance says:

        Maybe you’re running the wrong version of Java, you need to uninstall Java and install the 64 Bit version of Java.

    2. Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi Kumeil, great question. The build has been updated but yes it can.

  46. Mason says:

    I was looking into this build and I saw that the gpu and motherboard have CD’s that come with it for the drivers and since this build doesn’t include an optical drive it seems is it necessary to still run the drivers on the CD’s somehow? Thanks!

    1. Jacob says:

      Everything will have basic drivers to start your new rig. Then you are going to download updated drivers anyways. The discs with drivers are mostly for customers without internet access. Somethings like your GPU might have controller programs for them but usually you can get them from the same place as your drivers.

  47. Harry says:

    will a ryzen 5 2600 bottleneck a gtx 1070ti

    1. Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi Harry, thanks for the comment. That shouldn’t bottleneck the GPU no, have you been having any issues?

  48. Harry says:

    will a gtx 1070ti get bottlenecked by a ryzen 5 2600

    1. Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi harry, no that should be fine.

  49. Leo says:

    Hello I would to put 16 ram instead of 8 is there a cheap choice I could go for

    1. Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi Leo, thanks for commenting. We have recently updated the amount of RAM to 16 GB with a speed of 3200MHz.

  50. danny says:

    The build was great thanks

    1. Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi Danny, you are very welcome.

  51. Harry says:

    Hello! I have saved up all of my money from the past 5 years and am on the verge of purchasing this PC. I was wondering, Approximately how long will this PC last into the future, and how long I can go before upgrading. The case Is unavailable, so I was wondering if there are any others that have some ugradability but with good airflow and not to expensive! I would like to play rust quite alot so I am debating on whether the 580 4GB or the 580 8GB would be better for it frame rates wise. Last thing, for RUST would 16 gb of ram be better for memory leaks and overall performance, and SLIGHT multitasking. THANK you so much!!!

    1. Danny the god says:

      It should last a while if the build is neat and their are no hanging wires, and I use a nautilis case from rosewill it will work great, and the 580 8gb i think would be better but i dont really know and in any build you make more ram is better if you have the extra cash.

  52. Bill says:

    So, Currently the case is out of stock and I was wondering if there where any other slightly less expensive cases but without compromising cooling efficiency and space for upgrade ability (I am planning of doing slight GPU/CPU/RAM Upgrades). But not so much space inside to where it will just go unused and will be wasted money. I do not care for aesthetics TOO much. Just nice cooling and maby some fans to compliment it to keep everything nice and cool and such.

    1. Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi Bill, thanks for the comment. Sorry, we couldn’t get back to you in January but we have been busy updating all the builds! The current case is a personal favorite for the price and well worth a look at.

  53. Marshall says:

    just wondering if this build can stream on twitch or if i should shoot for the $1000 or higher? also would this run good witha 144hz 1ms refresh rate and 1080p monitor?

    1. Shaun Conroy says:

      Hey Marshall, the older build may have struggled but this one will allow you to stream on Twitch with ease.

  54. Randomtechdude says:

    I have a lot of suggestions.

    1: At 800dollars, it would be a better choice to get ryzen instead of Intel cuz ryzen is cheaper.

    2: Dont spend such a big chunk of money on storage. 1TB plus a 250GB or 500GB SSD is enough. You can get better parts.

    3: Why get a micro ATX Motherboard with a mid tower case? If you get micro ATX, get a smaller form factor case to save money.

    1. Shaun Conroy says:

      Thanks, Randomtechdude! We have recently updated this to feature a new Ryzen chip, adequate storage, and a premium feeling case.

  55. Jordan says:

    I’m about to order this but I am just checking is this still up to date with the best parts possible?

    1. Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi Jordan, sorry no one got back to you. The build has now been updated but how did your build go?

  56. Jordan says:

    What would be the logical next step after the cpu upgrade possibly to the gpu? Which gpu would be a good upgrade from this one?

    1. Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi Jordan, thanks for the comment. We have recently updated this build since your comment so please check over it and let me know if you have any questions.

  57. Michael M. says:

    Why wasn’t Ryzen 5 2600 recommended when it’s cheaper than Core i5-8400 and perform similarly?

    1. Shaun Conroy says:

      Good question Michael. It should have been, that is why we now have the all-new 3600 featuring!

  58. Michael M says:

    Why does this build have a Core i5-8400 instead of a Ryzen 5 2600?

    Ryzen 5 2600 offers similar performance at a cheaper price.

    1. Charlie Noon says:

      All the builds have been updated since your comment

  59. Jesse says:

    Are all the wires needed included with what you buy or will I need to buy any thing else?

    1. Charlie Noon says:

      Everything is included in the part list:]

  60. Toma Tucker says:

    Are they’re any other products (other than software and accessories) that would need to be purchased to build this beautiful beast? Such as connectors, cords etc.?

    1. Charlie Noon says:

      Hi Toma,
      Everything you need to build this PC is in the part list. The only thing I would recommend as an additional purchase is a small PC toolkit if you dont already have one.

  61. Tom Roberts says:

    So I’m a first time builder and I was wondering if I could do this build with a Ryzen 5 2600 and maybe use the extra money to go from the RX 580 to the 590

    1. Charlie Noon says:

      Hi Tom thanks for the question, its a great idea, and one we explored in great depth. You could potentially use a 2600x with a 590 by changing out the board to a b450m (or something similar) however, to accommodate the 3000mhz RAM the ryzen craves other areas of the build had to be diminished quite considerably. It would be possible though if you dont mind compromising other areas!

      Hope this helps

  62. Jesse says:

    Would this build work well for running an Oculus Rift S? Would something cheaper suffice? Or do I need something even more high end?

    1. Charlie Noon says:

      You could probably get away with something cheaper yea, just make sure the GPU is at least a 1060 or better. However, that being said, I think this build would make the perfect Vr gaming machine.

  63. Rick says:

    Love the article, just wondering why it states that the intel i5 9400F is capable of hyperthreading while on the intel site itself (and other sites) it says it does not have the ability to do that. Or am I missing something?

    1. Ben Johnson says:

      Thanks Rick, glad you enjoyed the article. Great spot, we are actually in the process of revamping the build lists (might be why you will notice quite a few changes around here), we’ve fixed the error, thanks again!

  64. Stephen says:

    Hi, I’m trying to upgrade the pc I have now so I can get into more vr games. How well do you think this build can run vr games?

    1. Charlie Noon says:

      Hi Stepehen,
      This build would do a fine job at playing VR games. The main concern when wanting to play VR is the GPU, we’ve gone for the 1660Ti in this build which is more than capable.

  65. Bernie S says:

    Hi there. Trying to build my very first gaming pc as I’m new to it. I’m assuming there’s no cpu cooler because the cpu cannot be oc? Also if I changed the cpu to i5 9600k, will the same gpu work well with it for 1440p or if not what other gpu? Thanks

    1. Charlie Noon says:

      Hi Bernie,
      The CPU DOES come with a stock cooler. You can upgrade this if you wish but to stick to the budget I’d recommend just using Intels.
      Yea that would work fine. GPU’s don’t discriminate when it comes to compatibility.

  66. Anthony says:

    Is this pc good for streaming?

    1. Charlie Noon says:

      It has the ability to stream yes. Depends what graphical output youre looking for though

  67. Claudio says:

    Since the i5-9400F doesn’t come with any fan, what would be a good cheap option for this exact build? Or is no fan necessary since the Z390-A already has good cooling and the Focus G case has 2 fans included?

    1. Ben Johnson says:

      Hi Claudio. The 9400F does come with the stock CPU cooler, so you don’t need to purchase another. We would always recommend a third party cooler, but this is just to try and hit the budget.

  68. Jacob says:

    My build
    Intel Core i5-9400F Six-Core Processor
    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 Ti OC 6G (upgrade)
    Corsair LPX 16GB DRAM 2666MHz (upgrade)
    Sandisk SSD 240gb (slower write speed -9%, but $27 cheaper than Samsung 250gb)
    Seagate BarraCuda Internal Hard Drive 2TB
    Corsair 660W semi-mod (bought extra a friend had for $30)
    MSI Z390-A PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
    Fractal Focus G ATX Mid Tower (This case feels as $50 as I paid for it. Prob would spend another 20 for better cable management)

    1. Charlie Noon says:

      Hi Jacob,
      That’s a great build. Thanks for sharing!

  69. Juan Pablo says:

    Does this build fit inside a Corsair 280X case?

    1. Charlie Noon says:

      The 280x being a microATX case? you’d have to get a microATX form factor Mobo, the Z390-A PRO we recommend is ATX.
      hope this helps

  70. isaac says:

    Thank you for the help

    1. Shaun Conroy says:

      You are very welcome Isaac, thanks for stopping by.

  71. Jay says:

    Hi what other chassis can i use as an alternate here?
    And do i need to buy fans for it?

    1. Charlie Noon says:

      Hi Jay,
      Are you asking me what alternative cases are available?
      The case comes with stock fans, we would always recommend purchasing additional fans for better air flow

  72. Dylan says:

    I can’t seem to find this information in the item descriptions on Amazon.. Will all the necessary wires come with the motherboard/other parts? Or will I need to buy all the wiring/connectors/screws?

    1. Charlie Noon says:

      Hi Dylan, check my reply below pal!

  73. Dylan says:

    I can’t seem to find this information in the item descriptions on Amazon.. Will all the necessary wires come with the motherboard/other parts? Or will I need to buy all the wiring/connectors/screws?
    Also, will I need to buy anything separate for HDMI support? I plan on hooking this PC up to my TV and my TV only has HDMI ports. Thanks in advance for the help, great guide as well

    1. Charlie Noon says:

      The screws to fit the motherboard to the case come with the case. All the power cables come with the PSU. Everything else comes with the specific component.
      Regarding the HDMI, you will need to purchase a HDMI cable. The GPU has a HDMI slot which you can use to for the TV

  74. Classifed says:

    Is there any possible way I could add a internal dvd drive? What would I have to do to make that possible?

    1. Charlie Noon says:

      There are brackets inside the case for a DVD Drive. The front of the case has a cover that can be popped off to accommodate the drive also. It’s a fairly simple installation if you decide to take that route.

  75. Nick says:

    There are no real tech places in my area. As a first time builder do you have any reccomends for a motherboard that would not require the BIOS flash? I am not too concerned if it raises the price a bit. Thanks!

    1. Charlie Noon says:

      Hi Nick,
      Thats a tricky one, mainly because you would have to get an x570.
      The cheapest X570 i can think of is the ASUS Prime X570 which will NOT require a bios update, i hope this helps :]

  76. Dominic says:

    Do I need to buy a extra cooler. I bought all of the parts, but I just realized that I forgot to get a cooler. However, the GPU already has a cooler. Is it necessary to buy another one?

    1. Shaun Conroy says:

      Hey Dom. The CPU in this build features a stock cooler so you’re all good to go. Do keep in mind that if you plan on overclocking your CPU, you may want to upgrade to an aftermarket cooler (air or liquid is fine).

  77. Jason says:

    Is this $800 PC good enough to do video editing?
    I want to install a virtual machine and run MacOS so I can use FCPX to do video editing. I know i can run adobe premiere but that’s not the question.

    1. Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi Jason, thanks for the comment. I’m not so sure it would be great for editing. it would certainly be worth upgrading the CPU to the 3700x or 3900x and increasing the amount of RAM to at least 32GB. So you want a fast-acting CPU with a decent amount of threads and a minimum of 32GB 3200MHz RAM!

  78. Dennis says:

    Hey is it possible that the ryzen 5 3600 (3rd gen) isnt compatible with the b450 aorus elite? Mobo manual says it only supports ryzen 2nd gen. Please help, orderd exactly what you recommented but it wont boot.

    1. Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi Dennis, thanks for the comment. They are compatible, you just need to update your BIOS. Check here https://www.wepc.com/tips/bios-update-for-new-ryzen-3000-chips-x470-b450/

  79. Matt says:

    “We understand that building a computer for the first time can be a daunting task, but we are here to help!”

    Step 1: have a completely different CPU laying around
    Step 2: have closer to 1k than 800

    . . . not being overly critical but I now have almost $900 worth of parts laying around while I either have to order a different one off amazon (which I will then return) or a local pc repair store happens to find one (for the same reason)

    1. Charlie Noon says:

      Hi Matt,
      Alternatively, AMD is currently running a CPU loan program. You need to send AMD confirmation of your CPU purchase, after which, AMD will send you a bios update kit.
      Apologies if BIOS update process wasn’t clear prior to your purchase.
      Please let me know if you need any assistance

      1. Carlos says:

        Is it possible to add multiple hard drives?

        1. Shaun Conroy says:

          Hey Carlos, that would be fine!

  80. Dominic says:

    I got all of the parts, and I installed everything, but the ram isn’t working. I thought that was weird, until it is revealed that the ram has too many megahertz. It is 3200, while the motherboard could only handle 2993-2133 megahertz. I am not sure how, but someone screwed up.

    1. Ben Johnson says:

      Hi Dominic.

      Sorry to hear about this. Which motherboard did you purchase?

      1. Dominic says:

        I got the same one that is suggested, but I believe that it isn’t updated to handle the third generation Ryzen cpu. I think that I have to update the motherboard’s BIOS to fit it. The problem is, I don’t know how to do it. Can you please tell me how to do it?

        1. Ben Johnson says:

          Hi Dominic.

          Yes, you need to do a BIOS update. Please see our guide here: https://www.wepc.com/tips/bios-update-for-new-ryzen-3000-chips-x470-b450/

  81. Jake says:

    Hi, Would I be able to upgrade the amount of Ram memory from 16 GB of Corsair DDR4to 32 GB on the Carbon LGA 1151 Motherboard or would I have to upgrade the Aorus Elite Motherboard you listed? Thanks

    1. Charlie Noon says:

      Hi Jake, You could definitely add an additional 16GB to this build if you deemed necessary.

  82. Logan says:

    Hey! Appreciate the guide, but noticed that the recommended GPU and the upgrade GPU are the same one. Is this a mistake?

    1. Shaun Conroy says:

      Hey Logan, thanks for spotting that! This is a mistake as things go in and out of stock with amazon on a weekly basis! well spotted we will get that sorted quickly.

  83. Jake says:

    Hey so I bought this build but I upgraded the CPU to the Ryzen 7 3700X like you listed. I put the whole thing together but after I turned it on and connected it to a monitor it didn’t give any signal. Everything lit up and seemed to work beisdes the video feede, I looked online and I found that I may need to update the BIOS for the Aorus B450 elite motherboard. Would you recommend trying the latest version from the Gigabyte website?

    1. Charlie Noon says:

      Hi jake,
      You definitely need to update the BIOS to the latest version. Unfortunately, the B450 doesn’t come with flashback, meaning, you will have to use a 2nd gen (or 1st) AMD CPU to update the BIOS, then put the CPU back.
      If you need any help feel free to reply to this comment!

      1. Jake says:

        Hey Charlie,
        Thanks for clearing that up. This is the only PC/CPU I have. So I’d imagine that I would have to go somewhere to see if someone could help me out on that end without me buying additional hardware?

        1. Charlie Noon says:

          That’s correct. Saying that AMD are offering a loaner program which allows you to lend a CPU off them to do a BIOS update. then send the CPU back.
          I hope this helps!

          1. Jordon says:

            Hi Charlie, I am new to all this and building my first setup and dont truely understand everything yet. how do i avoid this issue that Jake is having here in this thread??

            1. Charlie Noon says:

              Hi Jordon,
              Welcome to PC building my friend!
              Jakes issue was specific to a BIOS update, if you want to avoid this then you will have to buy one of the latest X570 motherboards.
              You could also downgrade the CPU to a last gen one and get the motherboard listed above.
              Alternatively, you could swap out the AMD cpu and motherboard for a INTEL CPU and motherboard which would be compatible as well.
              I hope this helps.

  84. Nick says:

    Hi. I’ve heard that it’s important to get a mother board that can be used again if you choose to upgrade your GPU. Will this one have that kind of longevity? Thank you for your help!

    1. Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi Nick, thanks for commenting. This motherboard has good reviews and will perform well for you but it is regarded closer to the budget end of the scale to keep this build close to budget.

      For a more premium AMD motherboard go with – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07T4M3RTR?tag=wepcus-20

  85. Alex Brower says:

    I copied this build exactly and have run into a problem of the motherboard having a problem with the RAM. The DRAM light is on whenever I power up my PC and I can’t boot. The RAM sticks are good, we tested them on my friend’s PC and they function great. The PC is fully built but keeps having the DRAM error light on the motherboard. What could be causing the DRAM light to be on?

    1. Charlie Noon says:

      what CPU and motherboard do you have? The motherboard might require a BIOS update?

  86. Nate says:

    Can Oculus Rift or HTC Vive work on this?

    1. Charlie Noon says:

      Hi Nate, this would handle VR great!

  87. Logan Ryan says:

    Hi, I built this PC to exact specs except I changed The GPU to the upgrade pick RTX 260. I noted the BIOS update requirement for the motherboard, but was led to believe that I would be able to update it myself using the Flash BIOS option (Without a CPU) The way this guide and the separate BIOS Update guide are worded made me think this. Because of this I built the full PC, only to read the BIOS update guide in more detail and realize that I had to have a CPU to update the BIOS on the B450 Aorus Elite. So now I realize I have to take my whole build apart and wasted six hours. I’m posting this half to vent but also to ask that you please make it clear that the motherboard must be updated BEFORE the build so this doesn’t happen to others.

    1. Logan Ryan says:

      Would any super-cheap cpu be enough to update the bios myself? Or are there restrictions? And also will I need to buy new thermal paste after all this disconnecting and reconnecting?

      1. Shaun Conroy says:

        Hi Logan, very sorry to hear about this. I have amended the content to outline what you will need, just in case this happens to anyone else!

        You can get any 1st or 2nd Gen Ryzen CPU to update the BIOS.

        https://www.amd.com/en/support/kb/faq/pa-100#faq-Short-Term-Processor-Loan-Boot-Kit – this should also help

        1. Logan Ryan says:

          Thank you for taking the time to respond, and for the help. I appreciate it.

          1. Shaun Conroy says:

            No problem Logan, hope you get it sorted.

  88. Kyle says:

    I pressed order this build and it said some of the parts are currently unavailable, please explain?

    1. Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi Kyle, not to worry! I have had a look and it is just the motherboard that is out of stock. A good alternative would be – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07F83RVTC?tag=wepcus-20

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