Best Gaming PC Under $1000, This Build’s Budget is Perfect


Today is the day to unveil the best gaming PC build for under $1,000 and I am completely jacked for this budget especially. When you have a grand to throw around you are sure to make out like a king with a powerful, fully capable machine. If you are reading this article then I am sure you are either into or looking into building your own PC and I applaud you for that! Building a new computer is exciting times and I will be glad to help you out.

Below will be an ongoing and updated parts list geared towards creating an awesome gaming machine. It will be a guideline to help out but you can certainly switch out and replace parts as you see fit for your needs. I know how it can be when designing a new machine and whether this is your first time or you are experienced it is always nice to get confirmation on your own ideas as well.

Afterwards I will go into a more in depth explanation of the parts used and then spitball some ideas for alternative parts. There will be a short discussion about operating systems and finally I will point you in the right direction for building your own PC if this is your first one (skip this part veterans).

I hope you are as excited as me for this $1,000 gaming rig so without further ado lets get into it! 🙂

Note: The goal here is to build a PC that is geared 100% towards gaming without skimping completely on things like the processor, case or motherboard, which sometimes can take a back seat in these builds.

Updated: 11/20/2016

Best Gaming PC Build Under $1,000


Case – NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case


CPU / Processor – Intel Skylake Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor

Best gaming pc build under $1000


CPU Cooler – Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO


Thermal Paste – Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound


Motherboard – MSI Computer ATX DDR4 Motherboard Z170A PC MATE


RAM – Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 2133MHz


Graphics Card – EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GAMING ACX 3.0 GDDR5


Hard Drive – WD Blue 1TB Desktop Hard Disk Drive – 7200 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch


Power Supply – EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G1 80+ GOLD, 650W Continuous Power, Fully Modular Power Supply

Total Cost: $950-$1,100  Current Price: $1,063.60


Build Explanation


As I eluded to earlier I planned on using a pretty sick case for this build so we are going with the NZXT Phantom 410 (Black). It is a beautiful and sleek, yet strong ATX mid-tower that completely fits the bill here. You will get all the bells and whistles such as ample spots for cooling fans, side window and front USB 3.0 as well. It may be alarming for some to want to spend 1/10 of the budget on the case alone but in my opinion you just can’t cut corners on a case when your looking at 4 figures for the over all budget.

Thinking back to my $800 and $900 builds, which are both great for the budget,  this one is actually fairly similar to both. If you really sit down and compare you can see that at the $1,000 range there just isn’t any sacrificing.

For the processor I am going with the powerful unlocked Intel Skylake Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core backed up by a MSI Z170A PC Mate motherboard and aftermarket Cooler Master 212 Evo CPU heatsink / fan. There is a lot of performance potential here to overclock if you like or set it and forget it.

Your storage and memory needs are filled with a Seagate 1TB HDD and 16GB of Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 2133MHz RAM.

You may be wondering why there isn’t a SSD or solid state drive in the list. This is because to me it is more of an optional item for a gaming machine. You do get a little more performance during certain situations such as loading screens but the frame per seconds won’t be effected much if any. It is a nice thing to have and if there’s some extra room in the budget go ahead and throw one it or maybe upgrade to one down the road. For now a standard hard drive will do just fine.

Lastly the center piece of the computer will be a beast of a graphics card in the GeForce GTX 1070 8GB. It will blast through your 1080p and 1440p gaming at awesome FPS levels and even allow for 4k and VR gaming as well. All of this is powered by an EVGA 650w gold power supply making sure we have plenty of electricity flowing through the rest of the parts.


What if I want to choose a different case?


Totally acceptable!

A case is like a pair of shoes. Pick one that looks good, is the right price, but over all FITS your needs.

The NZXT case I have chosen above is a great pick and works with all of the parts but by all means use whatever case you like. Just be sure to make sure if it’s a smaller case that things like your heat sink and video card have enough room to fit. The rest is really just personal preference i.e. number of fan mounts and where / how many USB ports.


A word to my AMD brothers out there!

cpu for best gaming PC under 1000 dollars


There are a lot of people out there saying you can not use AMD processors for gaming… I guess maybe even I have been caught saying that before. BUT…Not true. At all.

You can certainly use an AMD chip in your build but the reason I recommend Intel over the A team at the moment is because they are better for the money. Especially in the higher price points. A Skylake i5 will run cooler, faster and give you more performance per core then an AMD FX-9590 for instance. With the AMD CPU you do get more cores over all but with gaming we care more about performance per core because games don’t really utilize any more then a couple at this point.

AMD is also stuck on the AM3+ chipset at the moment and until we see the “Zen” chips there isn’t much of an upgrade path for you either.

Here is what i’d suggest if you are dead set on going A team for your processor. Get a FX-6300 and spend the money you save on a SSD or upgrade the graphics card. In the end the choice is up to you and I can totally understand if you are on the dark side of the force. I might be too if there were more options.


A Knight, A King and A Graphic Card walk into a bar


I’m just kidding… a graphic card like the GeForce GTX 1070 8GB wouldn’t be seen in a lowly bar. All jokes aside this center piece of the build is a solid pick that will crush all of your modern tripple A games. Spending over 30% of the budget here is definitely worth it because it’s all about the FPS baby.

On the subject of this team or that team, you may be a AMD fan. If that’s the case you can get a RX 480 for lower price and little bit less performance of the video card I listed in the build. You will be happy with either card and have plenty of power for all your games.


Extra, Extra, Read all about it!


Operating System – Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit


SSD Drive Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD


Optical Drive – Asus 24x DVD-RW Serial-ATA OEM DRW-24B1ST


WiFi – Wireless USB Adapter


Monitor – BenQ XL2411Z 144Hz 1ms 24 inch Gaming Monitor


Keyboard – Logitech G105 Gaming Keyboard


Mouse – Logitech G300s Gaming Mouse


Headset –  Sentey Gs-4730 Gaming Heaset


Speakers – Logitech Z523


Explanation of Extra Items


In the next segment I will go into a few thoughts about the operating system but for now lets talk about a couple extra parts you may find your self in need of. These parts are not commonly needed in all applications which is why they have been left off the main parts list.

The first thing that comes to mind is an optical drive such as the ASUS DVD-RW listed above. If you have a lot of discs that you will want to be using or burning then spend the $15-$20 extra and add one of these babies. I feel at this point a lot of people will have an old one laying around from a previous build they can scavenge or won’t need one at all. Most of your applications, software and games can be downloaded and even Windows can be installed off a USB drive.

The second part I can think of would be if you are into WiFi. If this is the case then you need to get a USB or PCI wireless adapter. I prefer to be hardwired into the router for a more reliable and typically faster network connection. Again this comes down to your specific needs so do what works.

3rd is a Solid State Drive. If you do have the extra room in the budget then by all means pick your self up that Samsung 850 EVO and throw your operating system and games on it for that little bit extra performance. Stuff will load faster so that is a plus.

Lastly there are a few picks for your standard PC peripherals so if you need a new monitor, mouse, keyboard, headset or speakers check some of my picks listed above.


Operating System


We all need them. We all use them. But no one really wants to blow through $100 on an Operating System. I know how it is when money is tight and “acquiring” Windows through shady methods may enter your mind. While it happens a lot and is easy to learn how to do I am not personally going to support or condone piracy.good pc build under 1000 dollars

Lets take a look at your legit options.

1 – Steam OS is a neat concept and works well if you are into spending a lot of your time on Steam. It is a free option which is nice but there is the downfall in which Steam OS has been tested to actually bog down your gaming experience as seen from Ars Technica here.

2 – Ubuntu is a very popular Linux distribution and another free option. You can use Wine to utilize most of the Windows software you have come accustomed to. The downside here is that there are many games that still don’t support Linux so for those of us who like to be able to play every game possible the next couple options are optimal.

3 – If you have purchased a retail copy of windows previously you can use it on your new build as well. Of course this is a great option if you have it and will save you some money while still being able to get the Windows experience.

4 – If number 3 wasn’t an option then you are unfortunately looking at buying a fresh copy of Windows. The good news is that you will have the best support and ease of use.


How to Build a Gaming PC for Under $1,000 Dollars!


My suggestion if this is your first PC build ever is to watch the video below and also check out a page I have created and dedicated to building your own gaming PC here. You do not need to fear the process but it is a great idea to get your head into the game before hand and learn how it is done. Even if this is your 2nd, 3rd or 10th build (well maybe not 10th) it can be a good idea to check out some content such as this to help knock some of that rust off and help get you stoked about your upcoming project.


Why build your own gaming PC?


I have to tell ya the reason I build my PC’s is because it is flat out a stinkin’ blast! We all have our hobbies and for me it is gaming and building PC’s. Of course the latter doesn’t happen nearly as often so it is very exciting when it comes around to build time once again.

Of course there are some fringe benefits that come with the deal. When you build your own computer versus buying one off the shelf you get more bang for buck. In other words the parts you will be using will out perform those in a store bought PC. They will be higher quality over all and hand assembled by someone you know and trust very well… YOU! 🙂


Get ready for the time of your life!


Whether this is your very first build or you are an experienced veteran get ready for an exciting ride. I have done my best to show you how to build the best gaming PC for under a $1,000 budget. The machine I laid out in the parts list above should make you an awesome rig that you can be proud of. It should handle all the top tier games you can think to throw at it. I just hope I was able to help you in some way, shape or form as this was my goal and never hesitate to ask questions or let me know what you thought of the article or build.

What did you think of this PC? If you are going with this specific build or need some help just drop me a comment below. Likes, shares, tweets and +1’s are greatly appreciated as well.

Thank you,


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  • John Rico

    I like your 1000$ pc. I know some stuff about building gaming pc. I will just choose to have cheap but good quality case than expensive case and put the extra money for ssd or more powerful gpu. I keep everything cheap and make my gpu gtx 1070. How does this perform? Can this 60fps on 1080p on the newest games max setting?

    • Anthony

      Hiya John!

      The beauty of building a PC is you get to design it from the ground up. Just make sure all the parts are compatible. I think the computer you are looking to build should smoke the settings you asked about. Let me know if you have any further questions.

      Thanks man,


  • Pitin

    Will this build support a MSI Radeon R9 390x 8GB GDDR5 PCIE Video card? How much frames would you get on Fallout 4? Is there any black/gold motherboards compatible with this build? I have a spare 50$ anything I can get extra that could improve the performance of the PC?

    • Anthony

      Hello there,

      This build would support the R9 390x and should do an easy 60+FPS on 1440p and 75+FPS on 1080p. It would do fine with some 4k gaming as well. If by an extra $50 you mean on top of the build I listed then you may want to save a little extra and get a SSD or even up the RAM to 16GB. I think you would notice the added performance from the SSD the most. Let me know if you have any further questions!

      Thank you,


  • Dranio

    I do have 1 question on the thing you mentioned about cores. let’s say when I’m not gaming I’m multitasking with audio/video editing software/other adobe programs (when I’m working on something with adobe I tend to have 3-5+ different programs of theirs open at once depending on what exactly I’m working on at the time). Last time I built a computer was 2010 and even then it was a friend who picked the parts for it. In terms of the multitasking, what would be the recommendation? I’m not so good with picking the stuff out, I can take care of it, deal with repairs, ect., I’m just horrible with actually choosing the parts for what I need. wasn’t sure if I could use more cores or more memory for my needs, or both, or if it wouldn’t make much difference either way. I had bad luck initially with intel (replacement for faulty cpu also being faulty) so he switched it to an AMD build and no issues. because of that I’m hesitant to go intel.

    • Hi Dranio!

      I think you will still want to go ahead and get the Intel i5 Skylake 6600k over the AMD FX-9590. The i5 will run over the 9590 in pretty much every instance and you should know that it is also faster at video rendering. The advantage I spoke of is very minimal where the AMD chip will be better for multitasking which is why I recommend the 6600k in my build. The performance difference when multitasking is trumped by how much better that Intel i5 6600k is in every other category. I will tell you this. I really like AMD but with our options right now Intel is what to go with and it will still be a great processor for multitasking too. I think the bad luck you had with that Intel CPU is just that, bad luck. I have had issues here and there with all manner of make / brands. Unfortunately it happens sometimes. Intel and AMD are both great brands so I wouldn’t let that once instance stop you from giving them another go. Probably if you were heavy into editing you could go with 16GB of RAM, add in a Samsung 850 SSD and possibly get a larger HDD. That would all be optional of course. It is really awesome that you are building a new PC for yourself and this build will be a great gaming / editing machine. Let me know if you have any questions going forward about specific parts or anything else. I am happy to help.

      Thank you,

      • Dranio

        would’ve replied earlier but got busy with work and other RL stull so haven’t been able to even go buy parts yet :/.

        Yes, I was planning on one of those SSD’s as I have a 1TB drive I bought a little over a year ago to replace one that died in my old build (didn’t have money for a full new build at that time unfortunately). for the OS, I believe I’d need to get Windows 10 to Utilize Direct X 12, right? I tried it out on my laptop and though I find I like it a lot more then 8 (hated setting up and working on my sister’s laptop with windows 8 on it), I didn’t like not being able to chose when/what updates to install. I could just use my current copy of 7 but then I assume I’d lose direct x 12 unless I upgrade to 10 anyway. I have a dvd drive (the one in my current build still works fine, I haven’t used it too much) and have mouse/keyboard/monitor, so won’t have to worry about those. probably need a new headset though, as the speakers are going out in mine (it’s also the oldest part of my build so yeah). I’d annoy my neighbors too much if I didn’t use the headset so I generally, even when editing, use that instead of speakers, so those get a lot of use. but my main question was about the windows 10 and direct x 12 thing, it’s the main reason I haven’t bought anything yet, as I don’t know if I should just bite the bullet and get 10, or use my copy of 7.

        I tend to ramble so sorry if it seems like I did just that a bit.

        • Dranio

          gah, I misspelled stuff >.>

        • Dranio

          Also (sorry for repeated replies, was bringing up all the parts and putting them together) I’m noticing, some, well, specifically the MB listed doesn’t seem to have high reviews. on newegg there’s just about the same amount of 1 stars and 5 stars, and doesn’t seem much better on amazon. Maybe it’s just my paranoia about getting bad parts but thought I’d inquire about that. And as for the case, I see other colors, I may go with the red one. everything else looks good reviews and all, the motherboard was the only one I was worried about in that regard as I didn’t look at it before i replied before :/

          • No worries on the multiple replies at all! On Amazon the MSI z170 has pretty good feedback but if you are concerned with the bad replies on Newegg you could take a look at this Gigabyte z170 mobo instead. I’ve had a lot of good experience with that brand of board too and it has good ratings on Amazon and Newegg.

        • Hey Dranio!

          Sorry took me a bit too had some stuff come up :).

          I think you should do Windows 10. You are right about needing it to utilize Directx12 and I agree with your feelings about Windows 8. It’s on one of my work laptops and I don’t like it at all.

  • Anthony

    Hey, me again 😀
    Loving the website, I just read another one of your articles and thought I would read through some more.

    I like this build, the case just screams me haha. I was thinking, though what about changing the build up a bit. A 4GB graphics card is more than enough for most PC settings for games these days.

    So why not adding that extra money into a better RAM or better yet some more hard drive.

    Just a thought, but I feel that having more SSD is better than an 8GB graphics card since most 4GB models out there can handle AAA games well.

    • Anthony

      Anthony thanks once again for dropping me a comment it is good to hear from you!

      I agree with your points here, however, the R9 390 only really comes in an 8GB version and to drop to a 4GB card would mean downgrading to the R9 380 which doesn’t perform as well overall as the 390. We need more FPS brah! 🙂 As nice as RAM and more hard drive are they just don’t affect gaming nearly as much as the graphics card so I think for now I will leave it where it is at. I really appreciate your constructive criticism though and let me know if yo have further thoughts.

      Thanks again,


  • Daniel

    Somebody I know recently decided to throw a whole lot of money into the idea of building his own gaming PC. I watched him through pay cheque after pay cheque at this, and when he finished had spent much more than a grand! Your recommendations are fantastic! Only wish I could have seen this a year earlier and showed him! His grand scheme now is to dismantle it all and build it all into a desk… So the desk IS the computer… Genius or crazy?

    • Anthony

      HI Daniel!

      You really can spend a ton of money on building a PC. This build is pretty dang awesome for $1,000 and should do the trick. Another option I could see would be to get an even more expensive GPU and downgrade everything else but I prefer more well rounded builds. On the subject of building a desk / computer I think that is absolutely brilliant! Please link me some pictures of that when it’s done.



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