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Best Gaming Computer Builds Under 500, 700, 1000, 1500, 2000 and 2500 Dollars

If you’re anything like me, then you’ve probably thought (at least at some point) about building your own Gaming PC. This is probably something that a lot of gamers think about doing, but aren’t exactly sure how to do it, or where to start.

Well, don’t worry. Because this guide has got everything you need to know about building your own Gaming PC. As well as giving you our recommendations for the Best Gaming PC Builds, ranging from under $500, all the way up to under $2500 This way, we’ve got you covered no matter your budget.

Start reading and take the first step to building your own PC!

 

Best Computer build under $500

This is the first of our builds, and the cheapest as well. You might be thinking that because this is a pretty cheap build, that its gaming performance might not be that good.zalman pc builds under

You couldn’t be further from the truth! While this is an inexpensive build, it’s specifically designed for gaming and will allow you to easily play the most games on average settings.

You might not be able to play them all at the very highest settings, but you will be able to play them.

The components are as follows:

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Pros
  • We have included a Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Graphic Card, which might be a surprise since this is a budget build, not to worry you will not go over budget with this build.
  • This build has 1 TB of storage space. This means you’ll have loads of room to store games, you won’t have to uninstall then re-install games.
  • This build comes with 4GB of RAM which is enough to play the vast majority of games on very decent settings.
  • If you’re looking to play incredibly demanding games such as Witcher 3 then you might want a little more RAM, but this will be more than enough for the vast majority of your gaming needs.
  • It also includes an excellent GPU which is powerful enough to play most of the games you’d want without any trouble.
  • This is a great entry-level option for someone looking to get into PC Gaming. Not only are the specs great for the price, but this is the kind of model that you can easily upgrade at a later point, so if you fancied improving the RAM or something else about the build, you could easily do that at a later date.
Cons
  • As discussed above, this is entry level, so even though it’s a great PC you’re not going be able to play all games on the highest settings. If you have more money to spend, or you’re interested in playing games on the very highest specs, then you might prefer to get one of the pricier builds instead.
  • As with all of our builds, you are going to have to put this together yourself. Although it’s not particularly technically demanding, it’s important to have some kind of interest, otherwise, you just won’t enjoy the process. If you have no interest in building your own PC, you might want to consider spending a little more money and getting a ready-made one instead.

 

Best Computer build under $700

A good number of the parts from this build are the same as the parts from the under $500 build, the reason for this is because those are perfectly good components and there’s no need to spend money upgrading things that don’t need upgrading.

That money is much better spent on items like the CPU and RAM which will actually make a difference to your PCs performance.zalman2 pc builds under

However, the CPU, GPU, RAM, and the PSU have been upgraded. You’ll notice that these are all components that actually improve the performance of the PC. Because of this, even though you’re only spending an additional $200 this model offers an excellent boost in performance from the under $500 build.

It is made up of:

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Pros
  • This build comes with an improved CPU and GPU. The CPU has 4 cores with a max turbo frequency 3.80 GHz and the GPU is significantly more powerful than the one in the previous build. This makes the build far more powerful and means that it can more easily handle the graphical demands of higher-spec games.If you’re interested in playing at higher settings then you might be more interested in this build than the under $500 one.
  • There is a significant improvement in RAM with this build. The under $500 build came with just 4GB of RAM, this certainly isn’t terrible, and you can get a very good play out of that amount of RAM but it’s probably the absolute minimum you would want from a Gaming PC.However, the under $700 build doubles the available RAM to 8GB, this means games will play a whole lot quicker and you’ll get to play better games too. If this sounds like something you’d be willing to spend an extra $200 on, then you might want to spring for this build instead of the previous one.
  • A 1TB Hard Drive like our previous build. If you only play a couple of titles, then the extra space might not be a big deal. But, if you like to play lots of different games it’s nice to be able to install them all without worrying about space.
Cons
  • This build hits a good middle ground. But, still won’t be perfect for everyone. Really high-level gamers will prefer better specs and a more future-proofed PC. Equally $700 might be a bit too much for entry-level gamers.
  • This model is quite powerful, and yet comes without a dedicated fan. While some of the components have fans built in, nothing has the kind of cooling ability provided by a dedicated fan.
  • They’re not essential, but this kind of model will produce considerable heat and if you were looking to add anything then a dedicated fan might be a good bet.

 

Best Computer build under $1000

If you’re building a PC in this price range, then you’ve got a little more money to throw about than the average gamer. What we seek to do with all our builds is to make sure that your money is spent as well as possible.

So we won’t upgrade components like the casing or hard drive unnecessarily. Instead, we’ll focus on parts that make a difference to how your PC performs.zalman3 pc builds under

With this in mind, the only parts of this build that have stayed the same are the two mentioned above. Everything else has been changed considerably.

This will give you much better performance, speed, and better in-game play.

Things to note, this build includes two pieces more pieces than our previous builds. First one is a CPU cooler fan, great when your PC is under heavy load, it keeps the CPU cool. The other one is an SSD since we have more budget in this build, we included it.

An SSD will significantly improve the loading speed and the overall performance of your PC. For me, an SSD is a must in a gaming PC unless your budget does not allow it.

Here’s the build:

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Pros
  • The previous build was pretty powerful, but this one is definitely an upgrade. You get a faster processor, an extremely powerful GPU, and an SSD as well. You’ll be able to play any currently available game on this build with no problems at all.
    There’s some that you won’t be able to take up to the very highest settings. But they’re definitely in the minority and this is a seriously capable gaming build.
  • One of the first things you’ll have noticed about this build is the inclusion of a dedicated fan. This is nice because it can generate a good amount of heat (particularly during prolonged play) and the fan will keep it nice and cool meaning that the parts will all last longer.
  • A good level GPU is massively important for generating good graphics and getting the most out of your games. This build has an exceptional GPU which guarantees good graphics and also means that your PC will easily run games which other computers struggle with.
Cons
  • The SSD is extremely fast, but 275GB isn’t much space. Having said that, if you only really play a couple of games, then you probably won’t run into any difficulties with storage, it’s only if you like to play a wide range of different games that this might end up being a problem. This build includes an HDD, but some people prefer to install all of their games on an SSD.
  • There’s no more RAM than with the under $700 model. To be honest, combined with the rest of the build, there’s not much need for more RAM but some people might prefer a build with a little more. Particularly if they’re looking to do things besides gaming.

 

Best Computer build under $1500

At this price point, you have loads of options. While this is a lot of money, the value you can get from this kind of build more than makes up for it. If you’re looking for a PC which will let you play any game you can think of, and on the highest settings possible, then you’ll really like this build.

Another thing to mention is that the specs on this build are so good that you’ll be able to play pretty much any game that comes out in the next 3-5 years, on the highest settings as well. This build really is incredibly fast and is an absolute treat for any gamer.corsair case pc builds under

The thing that really stands out here is the incredibly powerful GPU. As mentioned previously, this is one of the most important things in a gaming PC. Without a decent GPU, your computer will struggle with demanding games and you’ll either have to play at a low quality or just not at all.

This is one of the nicer things about building your own PC, to get a pre-made one with this quality GPU would mean spending a massive amount of money. When you build your own, you can buy the parts you need and put them together yourself. Saving yourself a ton of cash.

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Pros
  • To say this build is quick just doesn’t do it justice. It has a lightning fast Intel Core i7-7700K processor. And an incredible Gigabyte GeForce GTX graphics card. The result of this is a huge amount of processing power. Your games will play super-fast, and smoothly as well.
  • There is a massive 16GB of RAM, this is double that of the previous build and you’ll really be able to tell the difference in-game. Everything will load more quickly and so much more cleanly as well.
  • This build also has a massive amount of storage space. You get the best of both worlds with a brilliant 250GB SSD drive that ensures your computer runs extremely quickly. Along with a massive 1TB Hard Drive. So not only will your games run fast, but you can store a whole library of them as well. Perfect for gaming aficionados.
Cons
  • For a lot of people, this build will just be too expensive. That’s fine, but again I would argue that the value you’re getting here is excellent. It sounds like a lot of money, but compared to PCs with similar stats this is a steal. You get a phenomenal return off building your own PC.

 

Best Computer build under $2000

This is the build I would make if I had $2000 to spend on a gaming PC. I realize that not many of you are going to fit into this category, most of us don’t have that kind of money to spend on our hobbies (if only).

But if you’re a millionaire who fancies building his own PC, and wants to show off his specs to the world, then this build might be perfect for you.

Now, the argument can certainly be made, that most of the stuff on this build is surplus to requirements. In other words, you don’t really need it because the under $1500 build is powerful enough to handle absolutely anything you can play today.

While this is true, I would say that the main benefit of this build comes from having a ‘future-proof’ PC. What this means is that this PC is so powerful and has such impressive specs, that it would easily be able to play any game likely to be released in the foreseeable future.case pc builds under

So, if you build this PC, you’d pretty much never again have to go through the disappointing experience of buying a new game, only to get it home and realize your computer won’t play it.

This will just never happen.

Again, the $1500 build is perfectly good, and you don’t need to get this one instead. But if you’ve got the money, and want to make sure that your PC can play any title, well into the future. And perhaps because you want to show off just a little bit as well, then this build might be the one for you.

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Pros
  • If the specs on the previous build were impressive (and they were) then they’re downright absurd on this build. It keeps the outrageously good GPU of the under $1500 build and then improves on everything else to bring it up to the same level.
  • The CPU on this model is an Intel Core i7-7700K. Which is about as good as you can get. Anyone who knows computers knows that Intel makes the best processors. The i7 is top of the line and means you’ll never want for speed or processing power.
  • This build also comes with a mind boggling 16GB of RAM. Which to put it bluntly is just more than you’re ever likely to need. But it means that everything will just run so easily, and if for any reason you did decide to open every program on your computer at once, as well as playing all your films and loading up two-dozen internet windows, then it could do that without any problem.
  • Not only is this build incredibly fast and powerful, but it also has a sensational amount of storage space. It comes with a huge 250GB SSD which is not only incredibly fast, but also provides a good amount of space for an SSD.
    In addition, the build comes with a 2TB Hard Drive.This is a colossal amount of space, great if you’re the type of gamer to install a lot of games.
Cons
  • This is pricey! Of course, you knew that before I said it. But unfortunately, this build is well out of most people’s price range.
    It’s probably true that this level of specs are unnecessary for today’s games.
    Certainly, the under $1500 build will run everything available with no problems. So it could be argued that spending this much on a gaming PC is a waste of money. However, I would argue that a future proof PC is a luxury well worth investing in and that even though this model might be expensive it still provides extremely good value compared to shop-bought computers.

 

Best Computer build under $2500

Another over the top build, ExposeGaming likes to go over the top, what can I say we are crazy like that! Like I mentioned in the previous build, the 1500$ build would be enough to run most recent AAA games. You don’t really need much unless you have money and the desire to “future-proof” your computer.

This build will not only run all games on the highest possible settings. You’ll be able to play pretty much any game that comes out in the next 5+ years, on the highest settings as well. Like I said this build is an absolute beast.

I still decide to create this build for the hardcore gamers out there, who want this kind of machine. To be honest most of us gamers won’t spend that kind of amount for a gaming PC unless you have a lot of money. This is the perfect build if you want to make people jealous at video game conventions.

Notes: This build has 2 EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 SC GAMING, if you decide to build it.

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Pros
  • The hardware in this build will blow your mind away. I mean just the video card cost more than the complete first build on our list. Just imagine how strong this gaming PC is.
  • When I mentioned above that this build is great for showing off, it’s because I included a very stylish computer case. The Corsair Graphite Series is a full tower case with a huge windowed, this will allow people to see the interior of your gaming PC. That will make all the PC enthusiast drool over your ultimate gaming PC.
  • This build is unique because it features 2 EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 SC GAMING like I mentioned above. You don’t normally see a build with two graphic cards but this one can support it. Alone this card is a monster, but now we have two, imagine the power.
  • You won’t have to worry about storage room. This build has a 500GB SSD, not only the SSD will boost the overall loading time and performance of your PC, this one offers a lot of storage capacity. On top of that, this build includes a 2TB HDD, perfect if you’re the type of gamer to play a lot of different games.
Cons
  • Similar to our previous build this one is very expensive, as you may have suspected. Unfortunately, this build is not accessible to everyone. Plus the specs are so strong that they are unnecessary for today’s video games. That is pretty much the only con I could find.

 

Who Might Want to Build Their Own Gaming PC?

There are a number of different types of people who might want to try their hand at building their own Gaming PC.

If you fit into one of these groups then why not give it a go?

The first type of person is someone who is really interested in their PCs gaming performance. If you build a PC yourself, you have the advantage of knowing exactly what hardware’s going into it, and what software’s going into it as well.sick pc builds under

What this means is that you can max-out on things that will improve performance as much as possible, while ignoring stuff that doesn’t.

For instance, in terms of software. There’s a lot of ready-made computers that come with all sorts of programs known as ‘bloatware’.

These are unnecessary programs that slow down the speed of your computer and make it work harder just to do the same thing.

Bloatware comes with pretty much every off-the-shelf computer nowadays and seriously affects performance.

When you build your own PC it won’t come with any of that garbage because everything you install will be done by you personally. This will make your computer so much faster and your games will run more quickly and smoothly as a result.

In terms of hardware, many normal PCs come with insufficient graphics cards or RAM which isn’t powerful enough for gaming. When you build your own PC, you again don’t have to worry about this, because you will buy components that you know are powerful enough for your gaming needs. This way there’s no guesswork involved.

Gaming PCs can also be made to be extremely powerful and this appeals to a lot of people. It’s surprisingly simple (and cheap) to build a PC which performs far better than even the latest generation games consoles such as the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4.

You can also ‘future proof’ your PC extremely easily by replacing components, which is pretty much impossible to do with either the Xbox or the PlayStation.

This means that you can save money by just replacing individual components, whereas if console players want to play the latest games they have to buy a whole new console.

The second type of person who’ll probably be interested in building their own Gaming PC is someone who wants to play the latest games but doesn’t have a load of money to throw around.

In my experience, you can quite easily save between 20-40% off standard retail price, for the same specs, if you’re prepared to build a PC yourself rather than just buying it right off the shelf.

This represents a massive saving and means that you can easily save money while getting an even better system than you would otherwise be able to afford.

So if you’re looking to play really high-end PC games, but have got a tight budget, building your own PC might be the perfect solution. You can play the best games in the world without breaking the bank.

The third type of person is someone who’s interested in the technology involved and just wants to try making one themselves. I’d count myself among this group, I’ve always enjoyed using computers (particularly for gaming) and for me, it’s a really interesting opportunity to try and build my own.

If you feel the same way, then you’ll probably really enjoy the process of building one and should consider giving it a go.

 

Who Shouldn’t Try and Build Their Own?

I think most people would enjoy the process of building a Gaming PC, even if they didn’t actually need to build one in order to save money. However, there’s no doubt that some people would be better off just buying one.sick2 pc builds under

For instance, if you’re extremely busy and don’t have the time to put together your own PC, then just buy one instead. The last thing you want is to come home wanting to play some games and instead have a whole system to put together yourself.

Similarly, if you’ve got no interest in putting a PC together, then you should just buy a ready-made one. Sure, it might be a little more expensive but they do take a little while to construct and if you’re hating every minute of it then it’s just not worth bothering.

But, if you’re interested in a high-spec gaming experience, at a significant budget and enjoy tinkering with technology then you could really benefit from building your own Gaming PC. Not only would you get to play on a really high-end system at a discount, but you’d also get to experience putting the PC together yourself, and get an education in how computers work for absolutely nothing.

Additionally, if you ever wanted to swap any parts out in the future, or play with any other computers you have, you’d know exactly how to do that too.

 

Parts You Need to Build a Gaming PC.

A computer is made up of a number of different components which are connected together. Unless you’ve built a computer before, or have ordered spare parts, then you’re probably not sure what these are.

I mean sure, everybody’s heard of ‘Hard Drives’ and ‘RAM’, but what do they mean, and will you need them for your computer?
Here we’ll talk about all the parts you’ll need for your Gaming PC and why.

CPU

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The first thing you’ll need is a CPU (Central Processing Unit), otherwise known as a ‘Processor’. This is basically the ‘brains’ of your computer and you need a good one to make sure that your computer can run all the programs you want, and can play games at a decent speed.

 

Motherboard

The Motherboard is another essential bit of your computer. If you’ve ever opened up the casing on an old PC and seen a circuit board inside, then you know what a Motherboard looks like. Its job is to allow all the other parts of the PC to communicate with one another.msi motherboard pc builds under

If you need an analogy think of it like the spine of the computer, it connects all the other parts together and lets them talk to each other.

 

GPU

This stands for Graphics Processing Unit, and to be honest if you were building a PC that wasn’t for gaming, then you wouldn’t need a particularly good one.
However, since you’re building a Gaming PC, you’ll want a decent GPU.graphic card pc builds under

The GPU helps to render graphics and just gives the CPU a much easier job. The result in-game is that your games will run more smoothly and you’ll be able to play them at much higher settings as well.

If you don’t have a decent GPU your games will look bad and will run at low FPS. So you definitely need a good one.

 

RAM

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The next item on our list is RAM which stands for Random Access Memory. The amount of RAM you have determines how quickly your computer can open programs and how fast it can run, so it’s easy to see how this would be relevant for gaming.

For a Gaming PC, you want at least 4GB of RAM.

 

SSD

An SSD is a Solid State Drive. This is a type of storage memory that is much quicker than traditional ‘hard drives’. This means programs will run faster on SSDs than on HDs (Hard Drives).kingston ssd pc builds under

I’ve included them in our builds so that your PC will be able to play games quickly.

 

HD

However, I’ve also included more traditional Hard Drives in most of our builds as well. Which have a much higher memory capacity, but are significantly slower.hard drive pc builds under

The combination of these two means that you’ll have plenty of storage space, while at the same time having a quick enough computer to play games as well.

 

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Case

Don’t worry this isn’t another confusing acronym. Case literally means a casing for the rest of your components, somewhere you can put them and keep them. This kind of thing

 

PSU


power supply pc builds underThis is a ‘Power Supply Unit’ and it’s used to convert the electricity from the mains to a current that’s useable for your computer. You’ll need a well-made, reliable PSU to ensure that your PC stands the test of time.

 

Optical Drive

You’ll also probably want an optical drive (otherwise known as a CD Drive). I’ve heard people say that you don’t really need these anymore, but I think enough people are interested in playing games off disks and drive pc builds underwatching DVDs on their laptops that you probably still do.

If you really think you won’t need one then feel free to give it a miss, but personally, I wouldn’t recommend it.

 

Fan

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Some builds don’t really require fans, either because they’re already built into some of the other components. Or just because the build is unlikely to get that hot. However, if you can afford to, I think it’s always best to get a fan as well.

If your machine is consistently overheating then it’s only going to cause problems with reliability in the long-term. Getting a fan can go a long way to resolving this issue completely.

 

Operating System

That’s all the hardware you’ll need, but what about software? This is something that a lot of people forget about, they build themselves a lovely, high-spec PC. Get all excited about installing games and playing on it.

Turn it on, disk in hand, for the very first time. Only to be greeted with a fat load of nothing because they forgot they needed to install an operating system.

Don’t be that guy. You can’t just get all the hardware, you need an OS as well.

In my opinion, the only real option here is one of the versions of Windows. I’ve heard some people say that you can use Linux and this is true. But you’ll likely run into a number of problems doing that.

Firstly, most people just aren’t familiar with Linux, while it does have the advantage of being free, and is pretty easy to learn. Most people aren’t going to want to learn an entirely new operating system just to avoid paying for Windows.

Secondly, most of the gamers I know nowadays buy their games from steam. It’s quicker and easier than doing it via CD and updates happen automatically. I know not everybody does it this way, but a lot of people do and I would say the trend is moving in that direction.

With this in mind, it’s very important to mention that Steam doesn’t (as of the time of writing this) support all games on the Linux OS. So even if you’re familiar with Linux, I would definitely recommend getting some version of the Windows OS.

The good news here is that Windows, regardless of which version you get, is pretty cheap. Versions 7 through to 10 are linked to below and you can choose whichever you prefer (personally I like Windows 8 as I can’t stand what they did with 10, but that’s up to you).

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How to Build Your Gaming PC

It might seem odd for me to explain how to build your Gaming PC before I go through the recommended builds with you. But, in my experience, most PCs are pretty easy to put together and follow a similar pattern each time.

So it makes sense for me to explain the process before I detail the builds, as you’ll be doing pretty much the same thing regardless of which particular build you choose to make.
I learned to build PCs though following instructional videos on YouTube.

The set of instructional videos I link to below are the most detailed and clear I have ever seen. They don’t just describe what you need to do, but also why you need to do it. This gives you a much better understanding of your computer than a video just telling you to ‘put this here’.

The video I link to here is part of a series and I urge you to watch all of them. Even though they are fairly long videos, they will give you a phenomenal grounding in the art of building PCs.

So, now you know how to put a PC together I’ll talk you through the various builds.

Conclusion

So there’s my Gaming PC builds! These are what I think are the best PC builds that you can get, in each price range.

Building PCs isn’t for everyone, there’s plenty of you who’ll prefer getting a pre-made PC and that’s fine.

But if you’ve got any interest at all in building computers then I would definitely recommend you giving it a go. It’s great fun, an amazing education, and what’s more, you can easily save a load off what you’d normally pay and get the best gaming rig out of all your friends.

Is there anything I should have mentioned? Have you built a PC yourself? Comment below and let me know!