Build your own Prime Day gaming PC for $770

Empty PC case, just waiting for your components

There’s a tradition we have at PC Gamer where we try to build a great gaming PC for as little as possible every Amazon Prime Day and Black Friday. This year, the deals on components are quite strong, and no doubt the arrival of new AMD CPUs and GPUs has helped push down prices on existing parts. Just because parts are now “last gen” doesn’t mean they’re slow, however.

As I looked around for the best deals to be had on all the parts necessary for a new PC, one thing became immediately clear: Despite this being Amazon Prime Day (which lasts for two days because who needs that trailing ‘s’?), for computer components you’re often better off shopping elsewhere. The best not-on-Amazon Prime Day deals got me started, and eventually I ended up at Newegg for the entire set of components (but not the accessories at the bottom). You can also swap out any bits or pieces if you can find better prices. Here’s what I came up with.

(Note that the price jumped $105 when we replaced the no-longer-available RTX 2060 with an RTX 2070. This is still an excellent deal.)

AMD Ryzen 5 2600 CPU | $119.99 at Newegg (save $80)
A previous generation processor? Yes. Still a capable CPU? You betcha! It’s 6 cores and 12 threads of Zen+ computing muscle at a comparatively affordable price. The bang-for-buck is high on this one. (Sold out)

Asus Tuf B450M-Plus Gaming | $69.99 (save $30)
This budget-friendly Asus mATX board can support everything from first through third gen Ryzen CPUs. Perfect for the above CPU.

Asus RTX 2070 Dual | $399.99 at Newegg (save $45 w/ code: VGASAV34E plus $30 rebate card)
This Asus RTX 2070 costs as much as a 2060 Super but is still slightly faster. Use discount code VGASAV34E to save $45, plus get a $30 rebate card. It’s the cheapest we’ve seen on a 2070 to date.

2x8GB DDR4-3200 and 500GB P1 M.2 SSD | $99.45 (save 51.49)
Kill two birds with one stone by getting this RAM and SSD combo from Crucial. Both the RAM and SSD are decent if not top of the line, more than enough for gaming purposes. (Sold out)

Seasonic M12II 520W | $39.99 (save $15 via rebate card)
Every PC needs a decent power supply, and this Seasonic 520W 80Plus Bronze model gives you plenty of room for future upgrades. Plus it’s fully modular, so you won’t clutter up your build with a bunch of unused cables.

Deepcool Tesseract case | $34.99 (save $15)
Finding a good but inexpensive case to hold everything else is arguably the most subjective part of this build. Deepcool is a budget brand, but its cases work well enough, and for $35 you can’t complain too much. Feel free to spend more on something nicer if you want.

Total: $764.40

Add everything up and you can build a gaming PC that will run all of the latest games at high framerates for under $700. What if you need a mouse, keyboard, and monitor? I’ve got some suggestions there as well:

Acer KG241Q 23.6″ 144Hz Monitor | $149.99 (save $50)
This budget monitor only does 1080p, but this is a hefty price drop for a 144Hz screen. (Sold out)

Corsair K68 RGB mechanical keyboard | $80 (Save $20)
A great keyboard that has never been this price on Amazon. It’s got Cherry MX Speed switches and customizable RGB lighting, and is spill resistant, a feature we put to the test here. 

Razer Deathadder Elite | $35 (was $60)
Save 50% on one of the best gaming mice out there. It’s light, responsive, and has a 16,000 dpi sensor.

Grand Total: $1,029.39

And there you have it: a complete gaming PC, including everything you need (outside of software) to be up and running the latest and greatest games, all for a bit more than a grand. You can certainly trim things down further—the keyboard is perhaps a bit of an extravagance if you’re trying to save money, though for my money I’d definitely spend the extra on a good plank. You could also drop down to the following GPU to shave $160 off the price:

Asus GTX 1660 Ti TUF | $239.99 (save $40 w/ code: EMCTCUA27, plus $20 rebate card)
This card is $40 less than the $280 launch price, and after rebates it’s the lowest price we’ve seen on any 1660 Ti. Use promo code EMCTCUA27 to save $40

How does this DIY PC build compare to some of the other prebuilt deals on Prime Day? It’s either cheaper or faster, depending on your comparison point—the closest match was from CyberPowerPC, which was $1199 without a monitor, keyboard, or mouse before it sold out—though it did include a faster Ryzen 7 2700 (that’s $30 extra if you want to add that to this DIY build). Elsewhere, you save nearly $400 compared to the regular list prices, and at least $200 compared to typical street pricing. Plus you get the added joy of putting the whole thing together and making it your own.

Most of these deals are available for at least one more day, but don’t be surprised if prices jump back up 10-25 percent overall by the end of the week.

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