PC Parts Lists: Recommended Builds

In this section we’ve put together several parts lists that have already been double-checked for compatibility. They’re listed, more or less, in ascending order of power (meaning the higher-quality PCs will be further down).

Keep in mind that the market is constantly changing, so use these as suggestions and do your own research before buying.


Office Work PC: GT 710/Ryzen 3 3100 Build

Graphics Card:ZOTAC GeForce GT 710Check Price: Amazon | Newegg
Processor:Ryzen 3 3100Check Price: Amazon | Newegg
Motherboard:Asus Prime A320M-K MotherboardCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg
RAM:G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8GB DDR4 RAM (2x4GB) Check Price: Amazon | Newegg
Storage:TEAMGROUP GX2 1TB SSD (530MB/s)Check Price: Amazon | Newegg
Case:Rosewill FBM-06 CaseCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg
Power Supply:Corsair CX 450M 450W Bronze Semi-ModularCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg
Monitor:Asus VP228HE 21.5″ 1ms 1080p Check Price: Amazon | Newegg
Cables:HDMI CableCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg

This PC build won’t be able to run most games, but it will excel at basic word processing, emailing, and watching videos on the web on a budget.

AMD 1080p 60FPS Budget Gaming PC: RX 560/Ryzen 3 3100 Build

Graphics Card:Radeon RX 560 4GBCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg
Processor:Ryzen 3 3100Check Price: Amazon | Newegg
Motherboard:GIGABYTE GA-A320M-S2H MotherboardCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg
RAM:G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8GB DDR4 RAM (2x4GB)Check Price: Amazon | Newegg
Storage:TEAMGROUP GX2 1TB SSD (530 MB/s)Check Price: Amazon | Newegg
Case:Fractal Design Core 1100Check Price: Amazon | Newegg
Power Supply:Corsair CX450M 450W Bronze Semi-Modular Check Price: Amazon | Newegg
Monitor:Asus VP227HE 21.5″ 1ms 1080pCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg
Cables:HDMI CableCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg

This gaming PC is designed with the lowest cost possible in mind, and should be able to get 60 frames per second on low settings in most games. If you’re on a really tight budget, and want to run games at 60FPS, this may be your best bet. Granted, nothing’s really cheap in the current state of the market.

Intel/Nvidia 1080p 60FPS Budget Gaming PC: GTX 1050 Ti/Core i3-10100F Build

Graphics Card:Geforce GTX 1050 Ti 4GBCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg
Processor:Core i3-10100FCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg
Motherboard:ASROCK B460M-HDVCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg
RAM:G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8GB DDR4 RAM (2x4GB) Check Price: Amazon | Newegg
Storage:TEAMGROUP GX2 1TB SSD (530 MB/s)Check Price: Amazon | Newegg
Case:Fractal Design Core 1100Check Price: Amazon | Newegg
Power Supply:Corsair CX450M 450W Bronze Semi-ModularCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg
Monitor:Asus VP228HE 21.5″ 1ms 1080pCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg
Cables:HDMI CableCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg

If you’re looking for a budget 60FPS gaming PC but prefer Intel and Nvidia, this is the build you want. Currently the i3-10100F is about $70 cheaper than the Ryzen 3 3100, so this build is slightly more affordable. It will get 60FPS steadily in any game. Before you buy a CPU, check the standard 10100’s price; sometimes it’s cheaper than the 10100F, and it’s the exact same processor, but with integrated graphics.

1080p 144FPS Budget Gaming PC: RX 570/Ryzen 5 3600 Build

Graphics Card:Radeon RX 570Check Price: Amazon | Newegg
Processor:Ryzen 5 3600Check Price: Amazon | Newegg
Motherboard:Gigabyte B450M DS3H V2Check Price: Amazon | Newegg
RAM:G.Skill Aegis 16GB DDR4 (2X8GB)Check Price: Amazon | Newegg
Storage:PNY CS3030 1TB NVMe SSD (3500MB/s)Check Price: Amazon | Newegg
Case:CoolerMaster MB311LCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg
Power Supply:EVGA BQ 500W Semi-Modular PSUCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg
Monitor:Asus VG248QG 24″ 165hz 1080pCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg
Cables:For 144hz: DisplayPort CableCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg

This gaming PC should be able to get 144 frames per second on most games on low settings, and as such is a great mid-range PC.

GTX 1650/i3-10100 Budget Build:

Graphics Card:MSI Ventus GTX 1650 Check Price: Amazon | Newegg
Processor:Core i3-10100F Check Price: Amazon | Newegg
Motherboard:ASRock B560M-HDVCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg
RAM:G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB DDR4 (2x4GB)Check Price: Amazon | Newegg
Storage:PNY CS3030 1TB NVMe SSD (3500MB/s)Check Price: Amazon | Newegg
Case:Fractal Design Focus GCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg
Power Supply:EVGA 550W B5Check Price: Amazon | Newegg
Monitor:Dell S2421HGF 24″ 1ms 1080pCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg
Cables:For 144hz: DisplayPort CableCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg

This was our Build of the Month for March 2021. It is very affordable, and can push 120 frames in almost any game. For steady 144FPS or running games at higher resolutions/settings, try a 1660 Ti or 1660 Super.

GTX 1660 Super | Ryzen 5 3600x Build:

Graphics Card:GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1660 SuperCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg
Processor:Ryzen 5 3600xCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg
Motherboard:ASRock B450M PRO4Check Price: Amazon | Newegg
RAM:Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB)Check Price: Amazon | Newegg
Storage:PNY CS3030 250GB NVMe SSD (3500MB/s)
Seagate BarraCuda 2TB (220MB/s)
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Case:Corsair 275R AirflowCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg
Power Supply:Corsair CX 550M 550W Bronze Semi-ModularCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg
Monitor:For 1080P: Asus VG248QG 24″ 165hz 1080p
For 1440P: Acer KG271U 27″ 75hz 1440p
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Cables:For 144hz: DisplayPort CableCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg

This build should easily get 144FPS in most games at 1080p and 60FPS in 1440p.

1080p 240FPS High-end Gaming PC: RTX 3080 Ti/i7-11700K Build

Graphics Card:MSI GeForce RTX 3080 TiCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg
Processor:Intel Core i7-11700KCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg
CPU Cooler:be quiet! Pure Rock 2 150WCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg
Motherboard:MSI Z590-A ProCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg
RAM:G.Skill Trident Z RGB 32GB (2x16GB) 3200MHzCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg
Storage:Sabrent Rocket 1TB NVMe SSD (5000MB/s)
Seagate BarraCuda 2TB HDD
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Case:NZXT H510 EliteCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg
Power Supply:EVGA 750 BQ Semi-Modular PSUCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg
Monitor:Alienware AW2518HF 240hz 1ms Response Time 25” MonitorCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg
Cables:DisplayPort Cable: you’ll need this for 240hzCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg
OS:Windows 10 HomeCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg

This powerful rig packs more than enough punch to run any game at 240FPS at 1080p, and it’s also well-suited for QHD and 4K gaming.

The Ultimate Gaming PC (360+FPS): RTX 3090/i9-11900K Build

Graphics Card:Geforce RTX 3090 Graphics CardCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg
Processor:Intel Core i9-11900KCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg
CPU Cooler:Corsair H100i RGB Liquid CPU CoolerCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg
Motherboard:Asus ROG STRIX Z590-E MotherboardCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg
RAM:Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 128GB DDR4 RAMCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg
Storage:PNY CS3140 2TB NVMe SSD with Heatsink (7500MB/s)Check Price: Amazon
Case:Corsair iCUE 680X Smart Case RGBCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg
Power Supply:Corsair RM 750W Gold Fully Modular PSUCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg
Monitor:Asus ROG 360hz 1ms MonitorCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg
Cables:DisplayPort Cable: you’ll need this for 360hzCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg
Additional:Thermal Paste: Not included with the Corsair H100iCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg
OS:Windows 10 HomeCheck Price: Amazon | Newegg

This build is one of the best rigs available. It will easily run any game at upwards of 360FPS, but its cost is proportional to its performance.

Keep in mind that this build is largely for fun, as it would not be economical to build. You could achieve 360FPS in most games with a cheaper rig.

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