Gaming is one of the most favorite things we like to do with our computers. Who doesn’t love gaming? Defeating the enemies with your superior skills, exploring deeper into the storyline and winning all the breathtaking actions is truly amazing, right? No human being can deny the good feeling of the adrenaline rush!
Now, let’s say you’re willing to play the greatest FPS game (it’s Crysis time!). Are you going to drag the mighty eniac out of your grandfather’s basement and install Crysis 3 for getting an ultra-high setting, super-duper, extreme 4K 1000 frames-per-second experience, eh? Let’s face it: old, Jurassic age computers won’t provide you the buttery smooth gaming experience. Games are becoming more and more hardware-intensive and so is the hardware. So, it’s time to get a brand new, cool-looking, shiny gaming BEAST at your basement to grind through your Facebook feeds and killing some enemies!
Which hardware to choose?
You need the right hardware configuration to play your target title. Some games are CPU-intensive, some are GPU-intensive and some require the horsepower of both. However, the best option is to build a balanced gaming rig that will handle both types of games without any issue.
As the title of this article suggests, we’re here to get the best gaming pc under $100. I’ll be sharing a couple builds within the budget range. There will be some flexible spots in each build so that you can swap things out for your favorite brand and color.
Note: This article isn’t supposed to be offering the best $1000 gaming PC. You must decide that for yourself. This one is only for reference purpose.
For the pricing, each hardware price is as of March 2019. The pricings are collected from Amazon, Newegg, eBay and others. For the appropriate pricing, check the associated PC Part Picker links. Depending on where you live, the pricing will vary WILDLY, so take my builds with a grain of salt.
Again, before making the purchase, research everything by yourself.
At the price point, there’s literally nothing to compromise. You can get the best gaming desktop under $1000 for running all the latest and upcoming gaming titles without running into unwanted bottlenecks.
For gaming, Intel CPUs have always been on the lead. With the stronger single-core performance, Intel is the go-to if you care very little for your money.
|Processor||Intel Core i5-8400 (6C/6T processor)||$199.99|
|CPU cooler||Noctua NH-D15||$89.95|
|Graphics card (option 1)||MSI GeForce RTX 2060 6GB VENTUS OC||$359.99|
|Graphics card (option 2)||Sapphire Radeon RX 590 8GB NITRO+||$219.99|
|Motherboard||MSI B360 Gaming Plus||$99.89|
|RAM||Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-2666 16GB Kit (2 x 8GB)||$98.99|
|Power supply||Corsair CXM 750W 80+ Bronze||$72.89|
|Storage (OS)||Western Digital Green 120GB SSD||$26.84|
|Storage (games and others)||Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM HDD||$26.89|
|Casing||Cooler Master MasterBox MB500||$80.98|
Let’s talk about the build.
The Intel Core i5-8400 is a stellar gaming processor with an all-around performance. You won’t have to worry about bottlenecking any graphics card. Equipped with 6 cores, your rig can handle any CPU-intensive titles.
The GPU is a critical part of any gaming rig. In the case of this build, my choice is the GeForce RTX 2060. As a sub $400 GPU, it’s the best choice for budget-oriented choices. Now, this GPU is the flexible spot of this build. You can go with a similar AMD graphics card and get similar performance. If you choose the AMD graphics card, you get a big budget headroom for this build that you can spend on other hardware.
For the RAM, Corsair is always a trusted brand. With dual 8GB DDR4-2666 RAM sticks, you can rest assured that your RAM space won’t slow down your games at all. As of the casing, I prefer the MB500 because of its awesome look and good airflow. As you may already know, good airflow is a must for ensuring the maximum heat dissipation.
It’s time for building the AMD build! AMD is always budget-friendly, so we can go overboard with such budget range.
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 5 2600 (6C/6T)||$164.99|
|CPU cooler||Noctua NH-D15||$89.95|
|Graphics card (option 1)||Sapphire RX 590 8GB NITRO+||$219.99|
|Graphics card (option 2)||MSI GeForce GTX 1660Ti 6GB VENTUS XS OC||$279.99|
|Motherboard||MSI B450 TOMAHAWK||$114.99|
|RAM||Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200||$109.99|
|Storage (OS)||Western Digital Green 120GB SSD||$26.89|
|Storage (games and others)||Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM||$59.89|
|Power supply||Corsair CXM 750W 80+ Bronze||$69.89|
|Casing||Cooler Master MasterCase H500||$95.79|
Let’s talk about this specific build.
First, the processor. AMD has come a really long way and the Ryzen 5 2600 offers awesome performance as a 6 core processor. All the AMD processors are unlocked, so you can overclock it to achieve even more performance.
For AMD processors, the motherboard is an important choice. My personal preference is the MSI B450 TOMAHAWK. It’s a B450 chipset motherboard, ensuring the availability of overclocking. It comes with a strong 4-phase VRM power supply to the processor for stable overclocking.
As of the RAM choice, we had to go for faster RAM. AMD processors are bandwidth hungry. The faster memory you integrate into AMD builds, the better the system performs. Corsair is, again, my personal choice. It’s been around for a while and has earned quite a reputation for quality.
Which one should you buy?
Short answer: any build you like.
Long answer: There’re not many things to consider. It mostly depends on your usage style.
If you’re willing to go for gaming right out-of-the-box, then the Intel build should be yours. In terms of gaming performance, Intel is yet to be defeated. With a solid 6 high-performance cores, you’re guaranteed to get the maximum frames-per-second in every single title. Sorry to disappoint AMD fanboys out there. AMD isn’t just there yet and that’s a fact.
However, the unlocked AMD processors offer the best value for your money. AMD processors are unlocked, so you can overclock them for squeezing more performance. Even the FPS difference isn’t that huge! There are tons of independent reviews on the topic, especially the FASTEST gaming processor Intel i9-9900K and AMD’s fastest desktop processor Ryzen 7 2700X.
If you’re willing for a future-proof platform, then AMD is the best bet. Of course, no company is going to support one platform forever. However, the AM4 platform from AMD is guaranteed to be supported up to 2020. All the future generation of Ryzen processors (up to 2020) are guaranteed to support the same motherboard.
It doesn’t matter whatever you choose, you’re guaranteed to enjoy all the latest gaming titles with ultra-high or high settings at 1080p (in most cases).
For gaming, skill is the most important part, especially for the competitive games like CS:GO, Dota 2, Overwatch and others. If you happen to be a gamer with no skills (like me), there’s no point in spending all the bucks on a machine that won’t benefit you at all. If you’re bad at your favorite game, then there’s no gaming rig in the planet that’s going to make you a better player. You need to have the skills first, then the mighty gaming rig to improve your experience.
So, get your gaming rig ready and start playing your favorite games right away!