Need help, building first pc! Under 1200

Feb 1, 2021
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Looking to buy everything, the desktop, mouse and keyboard and a monitor! The best I can get for 1200! If you have any videos or anything to help me when I build it, i'd very much appreciate it!


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Jan 17, 2020
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Hello and I am excited for you! Building your first gaming pc is always a ton of fun and a great sense of accomplishment.

Here is a $1200 all inclusive build I have put together. I hope you get some more from others here, they are very creative.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor ($186.32 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Pure Rock Slim 35.14 CFM CPU Cooler ($31.30 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($80.73 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2133 CL15 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($44.99 @ Adorama)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB D6 GAMING X Video Card ($391.12 @ Amazon)
Case: Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($28.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA BQ 600 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($69.98 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($108.78 @ Other World Computing)
Monitor: BenQ GL2480 24.0" 1920x1080 75 Hz Monitor ($109.95 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Redragon K552 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Logitech G305 (Black) Wireless Optical Mouse ($39.99 @ Adorama)
Total: $1192.12
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-02-01 23:57 EST-0500
Its definitely worth looking into a prebuilt at the moment. Usually I'd be custom all the way but if you really have to buy now the market is awful.

GTX 1650 recommended retail price is $150 and retailers are asking near $400. There is no stock anywhere and retailers are gouging the market.

Something like this has much better specs than anything you can build custom at this moment. Pair it with a monitor like this_

And pick up whatever mouse and keyboard you like the look of.

There may be other options for prebuilts with better specs and I dont have that much knowledge of that market. In general for your price range you should be looking at getting :

-16GB of RAM,
-A cpu with 6 cores (Ryzen 2600/3600, Intel 10400/10600) or better
-An SSD makes a lot of difference to the user experience even just for Windows.
-GPU should be a GTX 1660 or above or Radeon 580 at minimum IMO.
-A monitor with Freesync, 120HZ or over is a big plus if it can be done within budget.

Its a fun hobby to build and play with PC's and I really recommend it. If you can wait unril things return to some semblance of normality hopefully later in the year then do. But if you want to play games right now, a prebuit is going to get you more value for money. Though it pains me somewhat to say it.