Best Gaming PC Build for 2022: Build A High-End Desktop for Gaming


Need the best gaming PC build for 2022? This guide gives you five of the best computer builds and prebuilt PC options at a variety of price points.

With modern PC games advancing at such a rapid rate, there is no surprise that there are multiple titles that have been released that most standard cookie-cutter computers can barely handle. And, as PC gamers we like to have and experience the best… We like to play our games on the highest settings possible, with the highest framerate possible, with as many RGB lights as possible.

Fortunately, in this day and age, even a budget gaming PC will allow you to run most games on higher settings on an affordable 1080p monitor. (Although, in this guide, we’ll be talking about high-end computers, rather than budget-friendly systems.)

During the GPU shortage it was actually more affordable to purchase a prebuilt gaming computer, a custom gaming PC, or a gaming laptop than it is to build your own PC. However, with the GPU shortage now over, it is once again cheaper to build your own system.

And, in this guide, we’ve given you part lists for the most powerful gaming PC builds at five different price ranges. We’ve also linked to prebuilt gaming computers with similar specs as well so that if you don’t want to build your own system, you can go the prebuilt route as well.

FAQ: Buying/Building the Best Gaming PC

If you’re on the fence of whether or not you should build your own gaming computer, buy a pre-built computer, get a gaming laptop, or go with a console (like a PS5 or XBox Series X), we’ve put together a list of answers to some questions you likely have.

Quick-Look: Our Top Picks for the Best Gaming PC Builds

For those of you who just want to get right into ordering the parts for your system, I’ve put together five different pre-made part lists ($1,000, $1,250, $1,500, $1,750, & $2,000) so that you can bypass the component selection process and get right into building your new powerful gaming PC for 2022.

These systems are updated with the top components at the best prices on a regular basis. So, if you’re looking at these builds you can bet they’ll give you maximum performance for the budget you’ve set. And, if you’re looking for a similarly priced pre-built gaming computer, just click on the “PRE-BUILT »” link to check out an alternative option

These components are updated about once per week. If the lists contain components that are out-of-stock or if the price is higher than listed, either search for similar replacement components or use the comment form below to ask for advice on alternative options.

**Due to extreme graphics card supply shortages, it is currently very difficult to find new graphics cards at reasonable prices. As of right now, if you want a new gaming PC, your best bet is to check the used market for a video card, or look at a pre-built gaming PC instead of building your own system.

1. Elite $2,000 4K Gaming PC Build

So you’ve decided to go all out… You’re not spending a dime under $2,000 on computer parts for your new ridiculously awesome computer build. Alright… that’s cool… some people just have to have the best!

Fortunately, with a $2,000+ budget you can really max out your build. You can get an extreme video card. You can utilize a processor with a ton of cores and threads (which will really help you with stuff like video rendering and image editing.) And, you can leave yourself with a lot of options for upgrading in the future. (RGB lights, more storage, dual video cards, etc.)

This is an extreme 4K gaming computer that can easily handle virtual reality and can serve as a powerful workstation as well. Also, if you’re going to drop this much on a computer, be sure to pair it with some high-end peripherals as well, like a quality gaming chair, a G-Sync monitor, and a high-quality gaming headset.

This build features an Intel Core i7-12700K processor, an RTX 3080 graphics card, and 16GB of DDR5 RAM. The combination of the RTX 3080 and the i7-12700K CPU will be more than powerful enough to have you maxing out games on a 4K monitor or a 1440P 240Hz monitor. This system also comes with an overclocking & RGB-friendly motherboard, a 1TB SSD and an 850W Gold power supply. And, while there are a wide option of computer cases that would be able to accommodate this part list, we’ve included the Cooler Master MasterCase H500 for its large size, tempered glass side panel, and its above-average air flow. You can check out our guide on the best full tower cases for more options.

Overall, this is one of the best systems you can build for ~$2,000.

*If you’re also interested in getting a laptop, you might want to check out our guide on the Best RTX 3080 Laptops to see what kind of laptop options you have.

2. $1,750 RTX 3070 Gaming Computer

For a price of $1,750, the sky is the limit in terms of performance. Seriously, with an RTX 3070 Ti GPU this build is ready to push games on a 4K monitor…

$1,750 will also give you plenty of other options as well. For instance, if you’re planning on doing some system tuning, this kind of budget will allow you to hit some decent overclocks. And, it’s definitely a VR-ready PC build (Oculus Rift or HTC Vive).

Along with the RTX 3070 Ti graphics card, this build features an Intel Core i7-12700K, a high-end CPU cooler, and a 850W Gold power supply. You will also get a 1TB SSD and 16GB of 5600MHz DDR5 RAM. While 16GB of memory won’t be used in most titles, newer games are starting to utilize over 8GB of RAM and so the extra memory will ensure that you have enough to meet their demands. And, if you’re into RGB lighting, the graphics card, case, motherboard, and CPU cooler in this system all come with RGB lights.

This system is powerful enough to handle any game on max settings on a 1080P monitor. But, if you are going to go with this build, you’d be better off pairing it with a 1080P 144Hz monitor, a 1080P 240Hz monitor, a 1440P 144Hz monitor, or a 4K monitor. Because, this system will be overkill for a standard 1080P 60Hz monitor.

And, if you don’t want to build this computer, the pre-built system we’ve linked to below will serve as a nice alternative. This build comes with the following parts.

3. $1,500 High-End Gaming PC

For $1,500 you’re getting a very similar computer to our $1,250 build. The only difference? You get a better CPU/motherboard combination

While the Intel Core i5-12600K in this system won’t give you a significant performance increase over the i5-12400 found in the $1,250 build below, it is a better overall processor that should give you a small bump in FPS while gaming and will serve you better for non-gaming tasks as well—and, you can overclock it to squeeze even more performance out of it.

This system also features an RTX 3070 video card, 16GB of DDR5 5200MHz memory, a standard ATX motherboard with plenty of RGB lighting features, a 1TB SATA SSD, and a 650W 80 PLUS Gold power supply.

Ultimately, this build is capable of maxing out anything on a 2560×1440 monitor, handling pretty much anything on a 4K monitor, will work well with a 1440P 144Hz monitor, and will allow you to get into VR with the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. It has plenty of storage for your needs and it has enough space to allow you to upgrade in the future as well.

The following is a list of parts that will help you build the best computer for gaming under $1,500.

4. 4K/VR Monster $1,250 Gaming PC

With a budget of $1,250 or more, you can expect to get a high-quality custom computer. At this price range, you will be able to put together a machine that will be able to handle games on 1080P 144Hz monitors, or 240Hz monitors. It will also serve as a 1440P 144Hz or 4K gaming PC as well.

However, playing on the highest settings is just one of the many benefits you will receive when you drop $1,250 on parts for a gaming computer. You can also expect your computer to stay relevant for a long time and you can be sure that you have high-quality parts all throughout your build. That means along with a great processor and excellent video card, you will also get a high-end motherboard and a well-built power supply. And, this system easily meets the Oculus Rift requirements so it is definitely a VR-ready PC.

For specs, this build features an Intel Core i5-12600K procesoor, an RX 6700 XT graphics card, an RGB-friendly motherboard, 16GB of memory, a 1TB SATA SSD, and a quality 650W power supply. While this system doesn’t quite have the same power that the $2,000 and $1,750 builds listed above have, the combination of the i5-12600K CPU and the AMD RX 6700 XT GPU will still give you a ton of performance.

5. Balanced $1,000 Intel Gaming PC

For a price of $1,000 you can expect to put together a system that can max out any game on 2560×1440 resolution and is ready for VR gaming and the Oculus Rift headset. And, you can even expect a $1,000 gaming PC to handle playing at 4K just fine.

The $1,000 mark is the sweet spot for putting together your own computer, as $1,000 in parts is enough to provide optimal in-game performance while still maintaining a reasonable budget. This system comes with an Intel Core i5-12400F CPU, an AMD RX 6700 XT GPU, 16GB of DDR4 3200MHz RAM, and a 1TB SATA SSD.

Overall, this is the perfect gaming PC for anyone who is looking to max out titles on a 1080P 144Hz monitor, or even a higher 1440P resolution monitor, too. Again, this system should be able to handle titles at 4K resolution as well. However, for more demanding games, at 4K resolution, you’ll have to turn down some settings in order to maintain a higher framerate. Just make sure you pair this build with a monitor that utilizes AMD’s FreeSync technology to provide the smoothest in-game experience possible.