The sky is the limit with this $1,000 gaming PC build, which has an RX 5700 XT 8GB graphics card, 16GB of RAM, and an AMD Ryzen 5 3600 processor.
If you have roughly $1,000 to spend on a new gaming PC, you’ll be able to put together a very good setup. You can simply create a gaming PC for $1,000 that can easily max out anything on a 1080P monitor. However, $1,000 in components will allow you to play most games at their highest settings on a 1440P monitor and will also serve as a good starting point for 4K gaming.
We’ll show you how to construct a powerful $1,000 gaming PC, complete with all of the components and parts you’ll need to get it up and running.
For additional information, see our guide to the Best Gaming PC Builds.
*URGENT: Due to severe hardware shortages caused by the pandemic, finding replacement graphics cards (and other hardware) at reasonable costs is currently extremely difficult. If you want to create a new gaming PC right now, your best bet is to hunt for a video card on the used market, or look at a pre-built gaming PC (see our advice below) instead of making your own.
I. Overview of a $1,000 Gaming PC
You’re no longer fooling around. There will be no more consoles. There will be no more low-cost computers. There will be no more 10-year-old PCs capable of barely running Minecraft. It’s finally time to take the next step.
This $1,000 gaming PC isn’t a gimmick. This machine is ready to take on whatever challenge you throw at it.
The AMD Ryzen 5 3600 processor, an RX 5700 XT 8GB graphics card, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD, a tempered glass enclosure, and a 7650W semi-modular 80PLUS Bronze power supply are included in this $1,000 build.
Would you like to connect this build to a 1080P monitor and never have to worry about framerates again? Sorry, but it isn’t going to happen with this build. You’ll be considering your framerates…
…and how absurdly high they are.
This design can also handle gaming on a 1440P 240Hz panel, making it a good starting point for 4K gaming. Even if you start with a 1080P display, this design can easily accommodate a monitor upgrade in the future.
Finally, this $1,000 gaming PC is a capable system that will allow you to play your favourite games to their full potential for years to come. Take a look at the parts list below:
*If you’re looking for a laptop, see our list of the best RTX 3060 laptops.
Part List for $1,000 PC Build
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 5 3600|
|GPU||XFX 5700 XT|
|PSU||Cooler Master 650W|
|ODD||Install O.S. from USB|
Grand Total: $970-$1,030
*PC component prices fluctuate on a daily basis. For the most up-to-date rates, go here.
**The ‘Grand Total’ pricing only covers the computer’s components. You’ll need an operating system, and an activation key for Windows 10 costs $100. However, you can still install Windows 10 for free and use it indefinitely without having to activate it—all you’ll see is a watermark in the bottom left corner of your screen requesting you to activate it.
II. Component Breakdown
Each of these components was chosen for a reason, although there are other options. We’ll go over why we chose the components indicated above for this construction, as well as what additional options are available…
1. Is it better to use an AMD or an Intel processor?
Listen, no one loves Intel more than I do. When it came time to finalise this part list, however, I believed that AMD’s Ryzen 5 3600X offered greater value. There are several reasons why I prefer the 3600X to the Intel equivalents…
- Overclocking the Ryzen 5 3600X is possible.
- A better stock cooler is included with the Ryzen 5 3600X.
- The Ryzen 5 3600X is superior for creating content.
The Ryzen 5 3600X is priced at just under $200. It’s thus a direct competition to Intel’s i5-10400, which costs $180.
While the i5-10400 has superior single-core performance, the difference between the Ryzen 5 3600X and the i5-10400 in real-world performance at stock speeds will be minimal at best. The truth is that nowadays, gaming is so GPU-dependent that the i5-advantage 10400’s over the Ryzen 5 3600X won’t matter much.
So, certainly, you could use an i5-10400 in this case—and it would be less expensive. The Ryzen 5 3600X, on the other hand, has a better stock cooler—both in terms of performance and aesthetics—and it can be overclocked, whereas the i5-10400 cannot.
Also, with so many gamers creating gameplay videos and streaming these days, having a machine that can also be used for editing and content creation is a huge plus. And, because the Ryzen 5 3600X outperforms the Intel Core i5-10400 in those types of jobs (editing, rendering, and so on), it merely adds to the 3600X’s advantage.
Of course, you could also use the i5-10600K or the older Ryzen 5 2600. The 10600K, on the other hand, is currently $250 and will require a more expensive motherboard as well as a third-party cooler. While the Ryzen 5 2600 is still relatively reasonable and performs admirably, a $1,000 budget allows you to comfortably upgrade to the newer Ryzen 5 3600X.
So, given the exorbitant costs of the i5-10600K and the poorer performance of the Ryzen 5 2600, I believe the Ryzen 5 3600X is the best option.
2. RX 5700 XT: Right Now, Perfect for This Budget
At the time, I believe an RX 5700 XT is the best option for this design. I believe an RTX 2070 SUPER could be installed, but you’d have to replace the 1TB SSD with a smaller SSD (or a regular HDD), use a lower-tier casing, and possibly reduce the CPU and motherboard as well.
The performance difference between the RX 5700 XT and the 2070 SUPER isn’t significant enough for me to justify making those concessions, especially when you consider the real-world difference between the two on a 1080P display.
However, the cheapest RTX 2070 SUPER right now costs just under $500, so you’ll need to free up a lot of cash to change your GPU. However, if you can afford to push your budget that far, it would be worthwhile—especially if you plan on playing games on a higher resolution monitor or using NVIDIA’s raytracing technology to its full potential.
3. Is it better to have 8GB or 16GB of storage?
While there is a growing agreement among gamers that “you will need 16GB of RAM in 2020,” in my testing and benchmarking, the extra 8GB of RAM does not deliver a significant performance boost in most circumstances.
However, since memory and GPU prices have returned to more normal levels, there is now enough room on a $1,000 budget to cram 16GB of RAM into a PC. While there isn’t much of a performance difference between running 8GB of RAM and 16GB of RAM in most games, adding 16GB of RAM today will put you ahead of the curve when games can fully utilise that extra memory.
4. Storage Alternatives
We used a 1TB SATA SSD for this construction. This should provide you with ample storage for the foreseeable future. If you need a secondary drive, a 1TB hard drive can be added for $40.
5. Numerous Case Options
There are a plethora of gaming cases in the $45-$75 price range that would be suitable for this setup. However, due of its pricing, air flow capabilities, and aesthetics, we chose the Corsair 275R Airflow mid tower case.
Although the case is small for a mid tower, it has enough of capacity for the components in this design. It also has two tempered glass side panels (which means you’ll need to pay attention to cable management behind the motherboard), a full length PSU shroud, and a grilled front panel with three 120mm fans for optimal airflow.
6. What is the size of the power supply?
The power consumption of each of our designs is calculated using Outervision’s PSU calculator. Even in the most extreme conditions, according to Outervision, this $1,000 gaming PC will require a robust 450W power supply.
So, with the Corsair CX 650M, we went with a little more headroom to assure there would be no issues down the line. This will not only readily accommodate this setup, but it will also allow for future GPU upgrades without requiring a power supply upgrade.
III. Complementary Peripherals and Accessories for Your New Gaming PC
You’ll definitely need a keyboard, mouse, and monitor to pair with your new machine if you don’t already have them. You’ll also want matching accessories if you’re spending $1,000 on a high-end gaming machine.
So, for each peripheral, we’ve provided you with a few alternative options to pick from:
Gaming Monitor Pick
|AOC Agon AG271QX||
See more affordable 144Hz gaming monitor options by following the link.
Gaming Keyboard Pick
|HyperX Alloy Elite||
|Redragon K552 KUMARA||
Gaming Mouse Choices
|Razer DeathAdder Elite||
Conclusion: A $1,000 beast capable of maxing out whatever game you throw at it.
In terms of value, if I were to determine the ideal budget for designing a gaming PC, I would definitely suggest somewhere around $1,000. As you can see, you may get a list of components in this price range that will allow you to play any game on the highest settings on a 1080P or 1440P monitor.
These components are also capable of running most games at 4K resolution.
You also get a lot of storage space. Finally, if you can get the cable management on this build correct, and perhaps add some RGB fans to the front and rear of the Corsair 275R, this setup will look fantastic.
Overall, this gaming PC design includes everything most gamers could ever want or need for under $1,000.
If you have any questions about the build or require assistance in making a decision, please contact us.