At a $1000 budget, so many more options open up for you when you are building a gaming PC. For $1000, you are now definitely out of the “budget PC” and you no longer have to really skimp out on your CPU and other parts to make sure you can have space in your budget a beefy GPU.
With the build that we have for you below, you’ll get a rig that will easily run any title at 1080P/60FPS on max settings and most games at 1440P at a high level as well.
Best $1000 Pre-built PCs
If you don’t want to go through the hassle of building your own PC, you can just get a pre-built gaming PC that is ready to go out of the box. It won’t be as good as our custom $1000 build, as the the makers the pre-builts skim 20-30% off their revenue as profit while the components aren’t much more cheaper for them than for regular consumers.
Pre-built PCs are also notorious for having really crappy power supplies. It’s probably worth it to replace the PSU on your pre-built PC right after to get it.
What Do We Look For in a PC?
As always, we review our parts carefully and try our best to achieve the right balance between several important factors.
Performance is the most important factor here, especially when the budget is small. While this PC isn’t a budget-tier $500 build where we try to squeeze the absolute maximum performance from a tiny budget, we still put elite performance at the top of our list of goals.
A lot of people build a totally new PC every few years, but many others will incrementally upgrade their PC with new parts to starve away obsolence without burning a massive hole in their wallet. This is why we always make our builds upgradable.
For $1000, nobody want’s a hideous case or components with horribly mismatched designs.
Reliability of parts is hard to gauge since most consumer PC components are pretty high reliable now, but we avoid putting brands and models with bad reputations in our guides.
Our Gaming PC for Under $1000
|$970 - $1050|
No set price as pricing of components changes day to day *
Ryzen 5 2600
The Ryzen 5 2600 is the best dollar for dollar mid-range gaming CPU in the market
ZOTAC RTX 2060 6 GB Mini
Nvidia's new Turing architecture RTX 2060 fits perfectly with this build
More than enough cooling power to keep you R5 2600 running at low temps even on the highest loads.
CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16 GB 3200 MHz
Fast 3200MHz RAM for the Ryzen CPU
MSI Arsenal Gaming B450 Tomahawk
A feature packed B450 full sized ATX motherboard
Kingston A400 240 GB SSD
Though the A400 isn't the fastest SSD, you get 240 GB of SSD storage at under the price of 1 TB hard drive.
WD Blue 1TB SATA 7200 RPM 3.5"
1 TB of cheap hard drive storage for your game collection, pictures, and other files.
Seasonic FOCUS 550W Gold
A high quality tier-1/2 power supply with plenty of power output and 80+ Gold efficiency rating.
A very popular and very good looking case - a favorite of Youtubers
Why Choose This PC?
There’s lots of websites on the internet giving our guide son what parts to pick, so why choose us when there’s so many other gaming PC builds out there?
We put heavy emphasis on reliability
We want your PC to last as long as possible, so we do not included parts with potential reliability problems, even the is higher for better quality alternatives. For example, we usually recommend the slightly pricey SeaSonic PSUs for their amazing reliability and warranty.
Frequent updates to our content
These build guides are dynamic and are updated very often as new products hit the market and prices on existing components change. You can always rely on this site to have the most updated content as we scan each PC build guide every few weeks.
Our PC builds are designed deliver superb performance in all areas, not just gaming
We know all of you plan to do more on your PC than just gaming, whether it is work, school, or just browsing the web. The most optimal setup for pure gaming is probably not good for everything else a desktop PC is used for. For this reason, we do not try to cram in the most powerful GPU we can find in a budget that can’t support it because we would be making unwarranted sacrifices in other crucial components.
As you can see here, we went slightly over $1,000 for this build. If you’re going to spend $1000 on a PC, paying an extra $50-60 isn’t a huge price if you want a truly well-rounded PC with quality parts.
Scroll to the bottom of this page if you want to see ways you can cut the price of this build to under $1000.
For the majority of PC gamers today, Ryzen is a better value than Intel CPUs. The Ryzen 5 2600 offers single core performance around the same as an Intel i5 8400, but blows the i5 out in multi-core speed as it has double the amount of threads the 6 core i5 has. The i5 8400 will usually still have slightly better gaming performance vs. a 2600 due to games being optimized for Intel CPUs more.
However, the Ryzen 5 2600’s better multi-core performance and lower price make it the better option compared to
Plus you can overclock any Ryzen CPU on non A320 motherboards, while only the binned K-series Intel are overclockable.
The graphics card is by far the most important component in a gaming PC, so a GPU is not something you should cut corners on unless you aren’t into heavy gaming.
As the Zotac Nvidia RTX 2060 alone eats up 35% of the $1000 budget, it ought to be pretty good. Though the RTX 2060 is the natural successor to the GTX 1060, it’s priced much more like a GTX 1070. The performance of this card lies between the GTX 1070 and GTX 1070 Ti, a ~50% performance boost over the GTX 1060 6GB.
The RTX 2080’s and 2070’s Ray-Tracing abilities are still pretty bad, so don’t expect the 2060 to do well when RTX is turned on.
The CRYORIG H7 is one of the better air tower coolers on the market today. It’s probably slightly overkill for a non-K-series CPU like the i5 8400, but that doesn’t mean you CPU is not going to run a lot cooler.
Though you could always pick up the ever-popular Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo for cheaper — you could even use the stock Intel heat-sink fan you really don’t care — the H7 is a much better CPU cooler overall with both better cooling performance as well as quieter fans. This is one of the first things you can throw off the list if you really want to reduce your spending, but do you really want to us the stock Intel heat sink on a $1000 build?
16 gigs of RAM is more or less mandatory for most mid-range builds these days. Running 8GB of ram is ok if you only run a few applications at a time, but you’ll want to have 16GB if you don’t want to continually have to close Chrome tabs and background programs to free up memory.
As Ryzen CPUs benefit greatly from fast RAM, it’s important that we spend the extra $20 and get a 3200MHz memory kit. You’ll see double digit FPS improvements with 3200 MHz RAM over the stock DDR4 2133 MHz.
Don’t forget to overclock the RAM in the BIOS.
Since we are using a Ryzen 2000 series CPU, we are going with a B450 chipset motherboard instead of a B350 to save you from having to update the BIOS. Though the B450 chipset is mostly still the same as the previous B350 chipset, it comes with small improvements like better compatibility for fast memory.
Other features on this motherboard include an M.2 SSD slot, SLI/Crossfire support, big VRM heatsinks, USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports, a reinforced PCIe slot, support to up to 3433 MHz memory, and customizable RGB lighting on the side of the board.
SSD storage has become so cheap recently that nobody has any excuse to use a HDD as a primary drive, especially if you have a fairly large budget. SSDs might be a few times more expensive than HDDs per gigabyte, but it is also 10x faster than even the best hard drives. Storage might not directly affect actual in-game performance, but for loading games and applications as well as web browsing, it is the most important PC component.
The Kingston A400 is not the fastest SSD by a long stretch, nor does it have a ton of storage. But at under $40, it’s affordable and helps keep our build from going too far over budget.
1TB of cheap hard drive storage. Plenty of space for all your games, programs, loli stuff, and whatever crap you store in your PC.
Seasonic makes the best widely available consumer PSUs on the market today — and the only major consumer PSU brand that does it’s own manufacturing. They are priced slightly above companies like Corsair and EVGA as there aren’t any budget Seasonic PSUs, but it’s well worth the small premium to get a power supply that is recommended by basically everyone.
For this build, 550W is plenty of power even with future upgrades taken into account and the semi-modular configuration of the cables allows you to have a tidy case interior.
A case is something that you can really skimp on because it has zero affect on how your computer performs, but the NZXT H500 is one of the prettiest and most popular cases today.
It’s easy to work with, has very good construction quality, and the glass panel ends at the bottom 1/5 of the case to cover your power supply and cables.
Preinstalled with two 120mm fans, the H500 is a case that we cannot recommend enough. There are not many cases at this price point which have a full-size tempered glass side panel. If you’re going to spend $1000 on a PC, you might as well shell out a few extra bucks on a good case to make your setup look nice.
Upgrade Options for this Build
If you can stretch you budget a bit beyond $1000, here are upgrade options over our current $1000 build.
Options to Reduce the Cost of Build
We did a little false-advertising here for this guide, as we usually do.
So it’s only far that we give you some different component options so you can keep the cost below $1000 or possibly even $900.
Defined strictly, the PC part of the “personal computer” is what is inside the case. You monitor, keyboard, mouse, and speakers are not really part of your PC, but you PC is just a useless brick without these peripherals.
We could write 10,000 words on peripherals right here, but we to want to keep this section short. Here are just a few peripheral recommendations tailored just for this $800 PC build.
If you already have a good mouse or a good set of speakers, just save your money and use those!
This PC is built for 1440P gaming, but 1440P still hasn’t really caught on as 1080P monitors are still much more affordable.
|Acer SB220Q bi|
1080 x 1920 | FreeSync | 75 Hz | 21.5" | 4ms | HDMI | VGA
If you want to get a very good 1080 display for a very good price, look no further.
|Acer G257HU |
2560 x 1440 | 60 Hz | 25" | 4ms | HDMI | DVI | Display Port
A sleek and relatively affordable thin-bezel 1440P monitor. Not the greatest feature-set, but 1440P is pretty awesome.
Fans – Noctua SSO NF-S12 redux-1200
120mm | 1200 RPM PVM | SSO Bearing | 150,000 hours MTBF rating | 100,6 m³/h
The Cooler Master Masterbox 5 case in this review already comes with three fans. If you’re going to replace those fans, you’d better be replacing them with fans that a lot better or it would be a waste. The Noctua NF-S12 redux-1200 airflow fans are some of the quietest bang-for-the-buck fans out there.
Noctua doesn’t mess with the RGB crap so you’ll have to give up your pretty RGB lights if you use Noctua fans.
Having a good mechanical keyboard just makes you feel more civilized and refined.
|Logitech G513 RGB|
Mechanical | MX Blue Switches | RGB
A fantastic Logitech keyboard with an airplane grade aluminium construction.
|Redragon K557 RGB Mechanical Keyboard|
Mechanical | Blue Switches | RGB | Waterproof | Anti-ghosting
An RGB gaming keyboard with 104 keys, water resistance, and Cherry MX Blue equivalent mechanical switches.
How is a gaming PC complete without a gaming mouse? It’s not. If you play any FPS games, you deserve to get yourself a decent mouse.
|Logitech G403 Prodigy RGB|
RGB | 12000 DPI | Wired | 6 Custom Buttons | 5G Optical Sensor
A big step above a cheap $10 mouse, with a much better sensor and construction quality.
|Razer DeathAdder Elite|
RGB | 16000 DPI | 7 Custom Buttons | 5G Optical Sensor
You can't go wrong with either of these gaming mice.
Here are a few high quality gaming headsets tailored for this build.
|Sennheiser GAME ONE|
15-28,000 Hz | Noise cancelling
Sennheiser once again delivers a great product at a reasonable price.
|HyperX Cloud Stinger|
18-23,000 Hz | Memory Foam
A popular gaming headset with good sound quality
Operating System – Windows 10
Buying an operating system sucks since it’s often a cost that doesn’t come to your mind until you realize your PC won’t run without a proper OS. While Linux is free, the vast majority of us use Windows — which with a proper license is far from free.
If you don’t feel the need to buy an official license from an official vender, there’s many ways to get Windows 10 for very cheap or even for free.
If you’re ok with having an unlicensed version of Windows that has a small watermark and limited customization but otherwise is 100% fully functional Windows 10, you dont even need a product key.
Just click on the “I don’t have a product key” when you are booting Windows from a flash drive.
Building Your New PC
If your budget is $1000, the chance that this is your first build is still pretty high. If this is indeed your first attempt at building your own PC, here are a few tips that might help you a bit.
Read our full guide on how to build a gaming PC for more info.
Before your parts arrive, it’s a good idea to spend a few minutes or hours each day researching PC components and reading/watching lots of guides on build PCs, whether it’s on sites like Youtube, Reddit, or Tom’s Hardware. This way, you’ll be more prepared when the time actually comes for you to put your components together.