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Best Intel Budget Gaming PC Build Under $800
You will be able to play all the current and future games at 1080p and Ultra settings at stable 60 FPS. Can also run games at 1440p with mid or high settings. Builds within the $700 – $900 are usually the best investment in terms of quality/durability as you will be able to play the latest games at Ultra settings for the coming four years before you need to upgrade any component.
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This $800 computer is, in my opinion, the most balanced build in terms of price/performance you can find here, as it should cover the needs of 90% of the gamers.
For this build, I’ve chosen a high-end case, the NZXT S340. It has a flawlessly and elegant design, it is spacious enough to hold large graphics cards and coolers and also liquid cooling options. It also features a cable management bar that greatly aids the user to store and hide the cables to keep a clean interior.
The processor, an Intel i3-8350K is strong enough to handle all the power of the new GTX 1060 6GB. This combination is definitely a killer one! As you may know, the GTX 1060 GPUs onwards are all VR ready and way powerful than the previous gen while lowering the power consumption, so you can expect them to be pretty powerful, silent and cool.
Just awesome, don’t you think? Let’s dig a little deeper into its components features!
Case – NZXT S340
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Motherboard – GIGABYTE B360M DS3H
Gigabyte B360M DS3Hlaunch
For builds mounting 8th Intel generation (Coffee Lake), the Gigabyte B360M DS3H provides all you need.
This micro ATX board comes with all the features needed for either entry-level or high-end builds for an unbeatable price and the reliability of a big company as Gigabyte!
The main features of this motherboard are:
- Intel Optane Memory
- DDR4 2666 RAM support
- Tested with the major RAM brands to ensure maximum compatibility
- Supports RGB light strips, which can be customized using the included the RGB Fusion software
It also includes a pretty handy feature called Dual BIOS: the motherboard has two BIOS, main and backup, protecting users from BIOS failure due to virus, hardware malfunction, improper OC settings or power failure during the update process.
And, of course, it also has latest-generation ports for all your needs: 4x USB 3.1 ports and 1x M.2 port to plug in a super fast SSD.
Processor – Intel Core i3-8350K
Intel Core i3-8350Klaunch
The Intel Core i3-8350K is a Coffe Lake processor (Intel’s 8th Generation, socket 1551). This is actually the first-ever Intel’s i3 overclocking processor, featuring 4 cores (4 threads) at 4 GHz and the integrated GPU UHD Graphics 630.
It’s worth mentioning that this i3 is as powerful (if not slightly superior) as the Kaby Lake’s i5 7600K, which also has 4 cores / 4 threads with similar clock speeds.
This CPU is powerful enough to run all your games at Ultra settings and stable 60 FPS at 1080p and even 1440p as long as it’s paired with a powerful GPU, like the Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB for example.
I’d recommend this model over the i5-7600K for several reasons:
- They both have similar performance levels
- They both are overclockable
- And what’s best, the i3-8350K can be found $25 to $40 cheaper than the i5-7600K
Graphics Card – MSI GTX 1060 Mini OCV1 6GB
MSI GTX 1060 Mini OCV1 6GBlaunch
Here we have the most versatile graphics card of 2017 to play current games at 1080p + 60 FPS.
The GTX 1060 mounts the GP106 chipset, featuring 1280 CUDA cores, 48 ROPs and 80 TMUs. This is indeed a big step forward compared to its previous version, the GTX 960, which featured 32 ROPs and 64 TMUs.
The MSI GTX 1060 Mini OCV1 6GB compute performance is of 4.4 TFLOPS (remember that this value cannot be directly compared with AMD graphic cards as AMD’s architecture has a higher compute performance but it’s not expressed into a real advantage over Nvidia when tested on video games), with a 192GB/s of total memory bandwidth.
The Base clock of the founder’s edition is 1506 MHz and the Boost clock 1708 MHz, but depending on the manufacturer these values could vary a little.
The power consumption (TDP) of 120W is lower than the 150W of the RX 580 and it is powered by a single 6 pin connector.
- Base Clock: 1544 MHz / Real Boost Clock: 1759 MHz
- 6GB GDDR5
- DX12 OSD Support
- Max Monitors Supported: 4
Compared to the previous Nvidia generation, the GTX 1060 6GB ($330) is as powerful as the old GTX 980 ($450). And for those who don’t believe it, it has been proved several times under different gaming conditions and hardware configurations.
RAM – Ballistix 8 GB DDR4-2666
Ballistix Sport LT 8 GB DDR4-2666 CL16launch
As for the RAM, it is always a good idea to choose modules of the same frequency and, preferably, in groups of two. That is if you want to install 16GB of RAM, instead of buying a single 16GB module, try to find a 2x 8GB pack.
Note that the RAM memory frequency is of 2666Mhz, and that’s due to a good reason.
The selected RAM frequency is the new standard speed for the latest Intel and AMD processors, so you will be able to exploit its full potential. With former architectures (like Intel Skylake), the limit for non-overclockable motherboards was set to 2133Mhz.
Storage Unit – SSD Crucial BX300 240GB
SSD Crucial BX300 240GBlaunch
For builds over $800, I always recommend getting a 240GB SSD, and one of the best-selling models is the Crucial BX300 240GB.
As a best practice, you should prioritize newer models over older ones, as there are durability and reliability improvements year after year.
This model was released in 2017 and it has proved to be one of the best SSD available.
It is fast (555 Mb/s write speed) and pretty durable and the selling price is really competitive.
Power Supply – EVGA 500 W1
EVGA 500 W1launch
It is hard to find a model that meets the quality standards while keeping a low budget but the 80 PLUS “White” Certified EVGA 500 W1 clearly nails it.
This is without a doubt the best PSU in the market to be used in tight budget gaming computers.
The EVGA 500 W1 features a quiet and auto-regulable fan which makes it pretty silent, which is something rare to find in this price range.
Other than that, it also has heavy-duty protections (that you won’t definitely find in any other PSU for this price) including UVP (Under Voltage Protection), OPP (Over Power Protection), and SCP (Short Circuit Protection).
What To Do Next
Now that you have the hardware parts list, the next steps would be figuring out what peripherals do you need (if any) and how to putt all the parts together. Here you have some posts to keep reading on these matters:
How did you find this build? Do you think it can be improved in any way? What would you change? Do you want to go for it but not sure about something?Comment Below!