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The Best Gaming PC Build Under $900 in 2022

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With a budget of $900 you can build a nice gaming PC that will be suitable for playing the latest PC games in 1080p resolution at stable 60 FPS on high to ultra graphics settings. This kind of PC should also allow you to smoothly play competitive online first-person shooters, such as Fortnite or Call of Duty: Warzone, at very high frame rates. But besides being used for gaming this PC build should also be perfectly suited for users who are aiming to build a powerful and versatile home theatre PC.

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Our $900 PC build features the latest AMD Ryzen 5 5500 processer which can boast with 6 cores, 12 threads, and a boost clock of a whooping 4.2 GHz. We’ve also decided to include 16GB of DDR4 RAM, which is nowadays a golden standard for building a gaming PC, as well as a high-quality and versatile motherboard which can boast with a wide range of features, and the ability to upgrade your Ryzen CPU in the future.

Part List for $900 PC Build

ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5 5500 6-Core, 4.2 GHz ProcessorView
MotherboardGigabyte B450 AORUS M, Micro-ATXView
MemoryCorsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4-3200View
Graphics CardEVGA GeForce RTX 3050 XC GamingView
Solid State DriveCrucial P1 1TB M.2 NVMe SSDView
Power SupplyEVGA 500 BR 80+ Bronze CertifiedView
CaseZalman S5 Mid Tower CaseView

Grand Total: $880-$940

PRICE ON AMAZON SHOP PRE-BUILTS

*The shown grand total price is purely informative and is subject to change.

**The estimated price includes only PC components. Costs of Windows operating system license, and other peripherals are not included.

Given how prices of graphics cards have fallen down significantly in the past few months, for a budget of $900 you can now build a gaming PC with a pretty decent GPU. This is why our build comes with the GeForce RTX 3050 which can boast with excellent 1080p gaming performance, and pretty respectable raytracing performance. It is also worth saying that our build also comes with a high-speed M.2 NVMe solid state drive, as well as with stylish Zalman S5 case which features programmable RGB LED lighting strip for more colorful aesthetics.

$900 PC Build Gaming Performance

1080p Gaming @ Ultra SettingsAverage FPS
Apex Legends120 FPS
Call of Duty: Warzone92 FPS
Cyberpunk 207752 FPS
Days Gone64 FPS
Far Cry 662 FPS
Fortnite84 FPS
Forza Horizon 597 FPS
Red Dead Redemption 250 FPS

As you can see, our $900 gaming PC build is capable of delivering very good gaming performance in the latest PC games such as Forza Horizon 5, Days Gone and Far Cry 6 at 1080p resolution. Even in the most graphically demanding games like Cyberpunk 2077 and Red Dead Redemption 2, our PC build is able to deliver favorable 50 FPS on ultra settings, which is pretty decent performance.

When it comes to competitive first-person shooters, with our $900 PC build you can expect to achieve very smooth gaming experience at ultra-high refresh rates. If you tone down graphics settings from ultra to medium, you can even play games like Fortnite and Call of Duty Warzone at more than 100 fps in 1440p resolution. If, however, you want to game at 4K resolution, you should consider purchasing a more powerful PC.

PC BUILD DETAILS

Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 5500

Cores/Threads: 6C/12T | Base Clock: 3.6 GHz | Boost Clock: 4.2 GHz | TDP: 65 W | PassMark Score: 19.550

The AMD Ryzen 5 5500 is a fantastic sub-$150 CPU that offers excellent value for the money. It features 6 processing cores and 12 threads, and can boast with a boost clock of 4.2 GHz. Not to mention that this CPU comes with an unlocked multiplier, meaning that you are completely free to overclock it. The CPU comes bundled with a stock AMD cooler that is quite sufficient, however, if you are ready to spend a few more dollars on a better cooling solution, then we strongly recommend getting the be Quiet! Pure Rock 2 Black cooler.

If you are not obsessed with performance benchmarks and tests, then you’ll love this CPU. The Ryzen 5 5500 is only marginally slower than the Core i5-12400F and Ryzen 5 5600G, meaning its perfectly fine even for some heavy-duty work, such as video editing and content creation. Overall, this is a very good processor which won’t break your bank, and it won’t bottleneck your graphics card.


Motherboard: Gigabyte B450 AORUS M

Form Factor: Micro ATX | Socket: AM4 | Chipset: AMD B450 | Memory Support: 4 x DDR4-3600 | Features: 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 x PCIe 2.0 x1, 6 x SATA3, 1 x M.2

The Gigabyte B450 AORUS M is a great budget micro ATX motherboard that doesn’t compromise on features. It can boast with an abundance of RGB headers and customization options which allow you to connect and configure custom RGB lights in your PC. Aside from that, this is a solid B450 motherboard. It is not very well suited for overclocking CPU, but it does come with two PCIe x16 slots which allow you to run two graphics cards in Crossfire configuration.

It is also worth saying that this board can boast with great design, easy to use BIOS, and pre-installed I/O shield. Compared to other low-end boards, this one comes with USB 3.1 Gen2 ports, upgraded audio, and better VRM cooling. Overall, this is a pretty amazing budget board that is well worth the price.


Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) 3200 MHz

Speed: 3200 MHz | CAS Latency: CL16 | Operating Voltage: 1.20 V | Capacity: 2 x 8GB

Simple, effective, and cheap. These are the words that best describe Corsair Vengeance LPX memory sticks. They work perfectly fine with AMD Ryzen CPUs, and thanks to their low-profile aluminum heatspreader, these sticks are perfectly suited for overclocking. These sticks also support XMP 2.0 profiling, and come with a CAS latency of 16. Overall, these are very stable memory sticks, and will last you until the end of time.


Graphics Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 3050 XC Gaming

Boost Clock: 1845 MHz | Memory: 8GB GDDR6 | Power Connectors: 1 x 8-pin | Outputs: 3 x DP, 1 x HDMI

The GeForce RTX 3050 is a true budget gaming graphics card. Despite its low price, this is a pretty capable card for gaming in 1080p resolution, as it comes with 8GB of GDDR6 memory, and can boast with a boost clock of 1,845 MHz. The RTX 3050 also features raytracing support, although its raytracing performance falls short of expectations when it comes to real-word performance.

The RTX 3050 is roughly on par with the GTX 1070 and Radeon RX Vega 56. It can run the latest PC games on high to ultra settings in 1080p at stable 60 fps, which is praiseworthy. The card can also boast with very low power consumption of only 90 W, which makes it perfect for users who want to save on their electricity bills. Overall, this is a pretty nice GPU, and the fact that it supports NVIDIA DLSS makes it very appealing and future-proof.


Solid State Drive: Crucial P2 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD

Capacity: 1TB | Interface: M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 | Max. Read Speed: Up to 2,400 MB/s | Max. Write Speed: Up to 1,900 MB/s

Crucial P2 1TB M.2 NVMe is an exceptionally good SSD that stands out from the crowd due to its very affordable price. Featuring declared reading speeds of up to 2,400 MB/s, and writing speeds of up to 1,900 MB/s, the Crucial P2 is amazingly fast solid state drive in its market segment. With a capacity of 1TB, the Crucial P2 offers enough space to accommodate all of your personal files and documents, the Windows 10 operating system, as well as games and applications that you use frequently. The Crucial P2 also comes with an SSD management software for performance optimization, and it features a 5-year limited warranty.


Power Supply: EVGA 500 BR 80+ Bronze Certified

Form Factor: ATX | Power: 500W | Efficiency rating: 80 PLUS Bronze Certified | Modularity: Non-modular

Since our PC build features highly efficient PC components, and isn’t designed for serious CPU overclocking, there in no need to spend large amounts of money on a high capacity PSU. The EVGA 500 BR is capable enough of delivering all the necessary power to our PC build, as its 500 watt output is able to ensure stable system performance. Featuring 80+ Bronze certification, this non-modular PSU features 85% efficiency under typical loads, and its multiple voltage and current spike protections guard your PC from potential electrocution. Overall, the EVGA 500 BR is a good quality power supply unit that will be more than enough to power our $900 PC build.


Case: Zalman S5 Mid-Tower Case

Form Factor: Mid Tower | Motherboard Support: ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX | Dimensions: 398 × 212 × 465 mm | Radiator Support: 2 x 240 mm | I/O Ports: USB 2.0 x 2, USB 3.0 x 1, HD Audio x 1, Mic x 1 | Drive Bays: 2 x 3.5″, 2+2 x 2.5″

Zalman S5 is an extremely attractive mid tower PC case that features compact dimensions and RGB LED stripes placed both at its front and side. The Zalman S5 case comes with two 120 mm pre-installed fans that feature auto RGB sync support, and with a side panel that is made of 4 mm thick tempered-glass. Although it looks quite compact from the outside, the S5 is a very spacious PC case, since it can accommodate two 240 mm AIO liquid cooling radiators. One radiator can be mounted vertically on the side, while the other can be mounted at the case’s top.

This case also features inner panel for conducting proper cable management, while the component mounting layout is optimized for ensuring improved airflow. Zalman S5 can house GPUs that measure up to 340 mm in length, and CPU coolers that measure up to 163 mm in height. On its front panel you can find three USB ports, as well as audio and microphone jacks.

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Before he joined ViCadia, Nicholas worked as a journalist for several tech magazines. Over the years he gained a lot of knowledge about computers. His main area of interest are processors, motherboards, and operating systems.
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