Best Gaming PC Build For Under $1000, A Gaming Build for Gods

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So you’re trying to build the best of the best, right? Searching the internet for the best gaming PC build for $1,000? Well search no further, you’ve found the ultimate build.

This build is easily able to run any current game on MAX settings and still keep 60+ FPS on 1080p resolution. This card is also perfect for 1440p resolution and can even run a few games at 4K resolution (3840 x 2160). Yeah, I know. Crazy.


This One Is For Gods Alike

If you’re wanting that kind of power in your $1,000 budget build then you’re going to have to build it yourself.

Now if you have never built a computer before and you feel kind of on the edge about the whole idea then I have some things I have to share with you. If you go out and buy a pre-built desktop for $1,000 then you’re going to miss out on 260%+ power potential behind the hardware with a custom build versus a computer that is for sale at $1,099 retail.

A pre-built desktop for $1,000 that I found had a 4th gen i7 in it for the processor but the graphics card only had the power of a Radeon R7 250. This is a ridiculous card to have if you’re going to be spending $1,000 on a computer.

The R7 250 runs about 260% slower than the video card that I have shared in this post. If that doesn’t motivate you do go ahead and build your own computer instead of going out and buying one in store then I’m not sure what will! 😛


How To Build A Computer

Another thing I’d like to share is that you do not need to worry about the “struggles” of building a computer. Building a computer from scratch is actually a lot easier than you’d think. All the process is just being able to plug in certain parts in certain spots and I have a video below here showing you exact step-by-step instructions to build your computer from scratch, even for a complete newbie.

That video should help shed some light on how this process is actually very possible, even for a new comer to building computers. It’s super easy and once you have it down then you can build custom computers for friends & family and maybe rack in some labor profits while you’re at it as well! 😉



Optimal Hardware On A $1,000 Budget


Last Updated: February 23rd, 2017


case2Case – Corsair Carbide Series Black 300R Mid-Tower

cpuProcessorIntel Core i5-7600k

cpu coolerCPU Cooler – Cooler Master GeminII M4

 Motherboard – ASUS PRIME Z270-P LGA1151 M.2 USB 3.0 ATX Motherboard

 Video Card – Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 8GB OC

 RAM – Kingston HyperX FURY Black 8GB Single

 Power Supply – EVGA 700 B1 80+ Bronze 700W

Hard Drive – Seagate 1TB

asus CD Drive – Asus 24x DVD-RW


Final Price: $1,024.32



This build is one for Gods.

Seriously though if you’re building this computer kudos to you then. You’re going to be mind blown by the power of this gaming PC and you’re going to be very happy that you made the investment! 🙂

If you’d like to see what Grand Theft Auto V would look like at max resolution and max textures or maybe see the full potential of the graphical power behind Dying Light? Whatever you throw at this computer, it’s going to run it phenomenally. This goes not only for gaming but for computer software as well.

The computer case is entirely up to you but the case I have mentioned above is guaranteed to fit every single PC part and it also utilizes the USB 3.0 capabilities of the motherboard that I have listed. It has 2 USB 3.0 ports on the front. If you think you’ll be transferring any data from one your PC to another form of USB storage then I’d use the USB 3.0 slots. USB 3.0 gives much faster transfer rates while using it, it’s a nice computer luxury.

Now the Intel Core i5-7600k is a very reliable and fast processor that I can personally guarantee won’t disappoint. It’s the newest tech from Intel. It does not come with a stock cooler of its own and that’s why I’ve also listed the CPU cooler above – you’re going to want to make sure that you pick it up! It’s a high quality one that I highly recommend. You don’t want some low quality crap at a budget point like this.

I’d rather be safe than sorry, you don’t want your build to over heat because you decided to overclock too much and then BOOM now do you? Didn’t think so.

You don’t necessarily have to overclock right away but having a good aftermarket cooler right off the bat ensures that you’ll be able to if you really wanted to. For high quality gaming, you really won’t have to for a good few years to come.

The ASUS GTX 1070 packs quite the powerful punch when it comes to video power. As I stated above its power is roughly 260% more powerful than the video cards that you will find inside of the pre-built gaming desktops that retail for $1,000+.

The GTX 1070 is one of the top rated graphics card to date and you’ll be amazed by the abundance of power that it displays through textures and various 3D models.

You’re also guaranteed a good cooling mechanism with this card. This card is also very easily overclock-able so that you can really amp things up when it comes to graphical power. 😉

A while ago I wrote a post about how the new hardware such as the 1070 being way too overpriced. Although it is still not exactly at the price point that it was announced at – it’s definitely worth picking up for today’s price point. I really hope that the current price point sticks for a long while!

I used to argue that it wouldn’t make sense to have this newer hardware because it’s too much for simply gaming at 1080p. It makes a lot more sense to me, for those of you that are strictly on a $1,000 budget, to have the hardware good enough for 1080p and to move forward with it.

Well as I said, since the price point has gone down quite a bit in comparison to when it was first coming out, it’s kind of a “why not” scenario.

Also, as far as pricing goes, I used to have a solid state drive listed in the previous update. Adding one in today means that we’d be going far past the budget point but I’d still suggest adding one in if you’re able to since it’s a lot faster than a HDD and it’d be worth the extra investment. If you can’t don’t sweat it, it’s not entirely essential.

But before I forget, you’re going to need a monitor to be used with this 1070 right? Look no further than this one by Asus. There are different sizes available and I’ve been using one for years. Super good quality, super good price.

71r1E7x7PlL._SL1500_MonitorASUS VS228H

Keep in mind that although 1080p is still a gorgeous resolution, the 1070 is completely capable of bringing the power together necessary to game at higher resolutions. I’m talking 1440p and 4K resolutions – you’re going to be able to handle all of it just fine.

If you wanted to not spend so much money then I’d suggest picking up the above monitor and then down the road investing in another monitor that has higher resolution. Dual monitors would help with multi tasking for sure!

You’re also going to need a keyboard and a mouse to get the build all setup. It’ll be in your best interest to make sure that you have a mouse that’ll do good on at least a 1080p resolution and you’ll also want a keyboard that’ll stand the test of time.

cm-storm-devastator-ii-reviewKeyboard/MouseCM Storm Devastator II

You can’t go wrong with Cooler Master’s Devastator combo. If you have other peripherals in mind that you’d like my opinion on then feel free to link them to me in the comments area below, I’d love to let you know if they’d be good enough for this God-like build! 😛


Operating System And Internet Connection

Now for the operating system. The reason why I never add operating systems to the builds that I share with the world is because I feel like the operating system is entirely the PC owners choice. Everyone always thinks that you have to go with Windows but there really are different options that don’t cost anything.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Windows 10 and Microsoft is getting my hopes up for a pretty awesome operating system in the future but not many people want to throw down $90+ on an operating system.

I’d say that if you have the money for it then get Windows simply because it’s the most optimal choice. Almost every single PC game made today is made for Windows.

If you don’t have enough budget to include a Windows OS then I’d suggest getting a Linux based operating system called Ubuntu for now until you either get the money raised for Windows or if you end up liking Ubuntu then stick with it. Sure there aren’t as many games compatible with Linux that is on Steam but that’s changing and it’s changing fast.

SteamOS is soon to release and it is also Linux based. It’s supposedly going to run every game that Steam has to offer and I’m pretty excited for its final release. If they can actually pull that off, it’ll be the best OS yet.

And as far as internet connection goes, your best bet is going to be going with a direct connection with an ethernet cord. If you can’t go with a direct connection then you can use the wireless network adapter below into any USB slot to connect to your wifi connection. It’s wireless and the antenna sticks out of the USB to find the wifi connection that you have at your house.

Based on the reviews on Amazon for the one that I have linked below, it has a very reliable connection. This is kind of crazy since it is a USB adapter, usually I’d recommend a PCI express slot adapter but for the money, since we’re all about being on the lowest possible budget, it’s good enough. If you’re super far away from your router/modem then you may want to consider an internal solution.

Check out the link below to read the reviews of it. I’ve also included a link to a 64bit version of Windows 10. It’s important to have the 64bit version because 32bit doesn’t allow 8GB of RAM, for some reason.

windows 10 64bit Windows 10 64bit – Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64bit

81CsUmlJ+iL._SL1500_ USB Wireless Network Adapter – Panda 300Mbps Wireless N USB Adapter

Also, as far as a keyboard and a mouse is concerned, I’d highly recommend that you check this combo out because it’s literally the best bang for your buck for both a keyboard and a mouse, they work perfectly together and the mouse is actually built for gaming.



To Conclude

All in all, if you’re looking for a build that is going to last for years and years down the road and also into the virtual reality evolution that we are starting to get into then this is going to be the build for you. This is going to handle absolutely anything you throw at it as far as games and software goes in today’s demand.

So what do you guys think?

Is this a build for PC gaming Gods? 😛

Let me know in the comments below! 😀

If you have any questions about this build or anything else related to my site then ask away, I’m all ears!


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2,135 Responses to Best Gaming PC Build For Under $1000, A Gaming Build for Gods

  1. Sven says:

    will the evga 600W 80+ work just fine with this build?

  2. Jason says:

    Would it be okay to get the Intel 7th Gen Intel Core Desktop Processor i7-7700K instead? everything else looks great! I am new to building pc and tired of buying gaming computers, how long does it usually take to build and what other components would i need
    ( glues, tapes, etc.) Thank you for sharing this information with us!

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Jason,

      Sure, you could go with the i7-7700k if you wanted to! I’d recommend it if you planned on doing tasks other than gaming such as video editing, game design and heavy rendering.

      Your first time might take a couple hours or a bit more to get everything going, you should go slowly and go step by step through the video that I have embedded above. It’s going to help out ten fold when you go to put everything together! The only tool you’ll really need is a Philips screwdriver.

      You’re welcome and I’m here for whatever else going forward with the build!!

  3. Joshua says:

    Hey bud. Just bought all the parts for your build and went to put it all together and i couldnt get the system to reach bios. So i believe the motherboard needed replacement. So im sending it back and getting another one. Any ideas as to what could be the problem if i reach the same issue when i get the new MB?

    • Colton P says:

      A BIOS update may need to be done with using the Kaby Lake CPU. I had read that the companies using the previous motherboard that I shared had software that could be used to update the BIOS but I’ve heard that some were having issues with is. Hence the change of the motherboard above. This may or may not have been your issue, but it’s worth looking into.

      Let me know how the next board goes!

  4. Joonbaebae says:

    Hello, I just a couple of questions.
    1.Would this pc build be viable if i wanted to stream video games on relatively high frame rate (60-80) on twitch etc?

    2. if so, would I have to buy another GPU for the second monitor if I plan to use two monitors?

    don’t really much about these things so I wanted to ask
    Thank you for your time

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Joonbaebae,

      1. Yes! This PC would be ideal for streaming. Note that streaming is going to heavily depend on how solid your internet connection is. Make sure you have a good ISP and that you’re directly connected via an ethernet cable!

      2. Nope! The above graphics card has more than one port for displays. You’ll simply plug in both monitors to the graphics card, download/use the correct software to get it done and you’ll be good to go!

      Always here for whatever else going forward!

  5. Newbie says:

    Thanks for the fast reply!

    So I was ordering the parts for the computer and I was wondering is there any way to make that pc vr ready?

    I Also do not want to get rid of any performance

  6. Sam Gorton says:

    Would this build be able to record the games as well as play them?

  7. Thomas says:

    Hey Colton, I started ordering the internals of this computer. I was wondering if there was a different case I could use. In other words, will any mid tower case work? Or can you recommend what I should search for in another case?

  8. Robert says:

    do you have to use that exact case?

  9. Nathan J. says:

    I already have a keyboard and mouse. Would you recommend using leftover money from those to get a solid state drive for the OS? If so, then how would I include that in the build?

  10. phillip b says:

    just curious i only have wow to worry about but have it hooked to a 75in tv am i cool to run the game and movies at max settings with your set up? oh and the wife will be cool to continue with online class work right?

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Phillip,

      For sure, WoW isn’t a very demanding game at all! You’ll be able to run it at max settings with over 60 FPS easy. And yes, this PC would be like any other desktop PC just with the hardware needed to run high demanding games.

      Let me know if you need more help as you’re moving forward with the build!

  11. Katherine says:

    Hey, I just had a quick question.

    It may sound a bit lame, but I am big on my gaming “aesthetic”, and for that reason I was wondering if you thought it would still be fine to use the tower case from the $800 build for this $1000 build just because I like how it looks haha. Here is the link to it just in case:

  12. Slipnizzle says:

    Umm im new to this so nothing is missing from up above jw see other ppl post I their builds n looks like they have more stuff on there list

    • Colton P says:


      All of the cables and what not that you’d need will come with the different parts. Yes, everything you’d need to get the build together and working is listed above! The only other thing you’d need is a screwdriver really.

      Let me know if I can help more as you’re moving forward with your build!

  13. daemon1k says:

    how much fps will this pc run csgo on?

  14. Michael D says:

    Can I hook this up to my Visio Smart TV and use it to run games at 1080 P 60 frames per second

  15. A Yang says:

    could I use a APEVIA X-Qpack3 Metal Case with Side Windows for this build?

  16. Samuel says:


    If I did want to add an SSD like you said, how would I edit your part list? What would I remove and which one should I get?

    Thank you!

    • Colton P says:

      Hi Samuel!

      You could either replace the hard drive with a SSD and add more storage later if need be or you could simply add in the SSD with the hard drive as well. As far as recommendations, any of these ones from SanDisk would be good because they perform well and they’ve available right now for a pretty good price!

  17. Zach says:

    This is going to be my first build I make. I’m just wondering if this is going to be enough cooling or if you would suggest adding more fans. Also how often should I use air duster to clean it?

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Zach,

      There is plenty of cooling for the build as is, you’ll be good to go. You’ll notice dust collect inside after a long while, I find myself cleaning it out every 4-6 months.

  18. Thomas says:

    I just built this computer! I added a corsair water cooler and went with 16gigs of ram, and an ssd. It runs beautifully. No hiccups with the set up either. Thanks!

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Thomas!

      This is awesome to hear man, glad that you’re digging the build! Feel free to come back any time to check out other posts and what not, would like to hear from you down the road!

  19. Jason says:

    Hey Colton it’s me again.
    so I have purchased that i7 instead and now all I have missing is the tower and another part but I wanted to know if I could use either these towers instead I really would prefer a white based tower

    Thermaltake Commander MS-I Snow Edition VN40006W2N No PS Mid Tower Case (Black/White)
    NZXT S340 Mid Tower Computer Case, White (CA-S340W-W1)
    And in a previous comment you stated that we could 16 fb instead of 8 and I wanted to know which 16b we could use would this one be okay: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4 2666 C16 for DDR4 Systems – White

    • Colton P says:

      Hey again Jason,

      All of those changes would work. The only issue would be with the S340 – it doesn’t have a drive for a CD drive so you’d either have to use an external CD drive or you’d have to know what you’re doing when it comes to installing the right drivers, OS and what not without using CDs.

      The RAM would work fine!

  20. Aidan says:

    Instead of buying the GeForce 1070 Windforce could I buy the GeForce 1070 G1 Gaming? Would this still work in the build?

  21. stephen says:

    if I were to increase ram to 16GB(2x8GB), will I run into any problems? Also would having 16GB ram enable me to use windows 10 32 bit version? thanks!!

    • Colton P says:


      Yes you’d be able to use 16GB of RAM if you’d want to, I’d recommend going with this kit from Corsair since it’s available for a good price point right now!

      You won’t want to use a 32-bit version of Windows, 32-bit won’t let you use more than 4GB of RAM. Use 64-bit Windows that way you’ll be able to utilize all of the RAM that you’ll have installed.

  22. AJP says:

    Hey, I’m looking into building my first pc. Do you think I should invest in getting the GeForce 1080, or do you think the 1070 is enough?

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there AJP,

      If you’re wanting to game at a higher resolution such as 4K then it’d be a good move to get a 1080. Otherwise if you plan on gaming at 1080p or even 1440p then the 1070 is going to be more than enough.

  23. Justin Cha says:

    Yo i built the computer, assembled all the parts and such, however, the LEDs flash orange and then become solid orange, it refuses to hook up with the monitor saying “DVI signal not found”. No post. All the fans run and stuff, i popped in the RAM in the right slot. PLS send help!! Thnaks.

    • Colton P says:

      Hmm, if all of the fans are moving, graphics card fan moved a bit CPU fan is moving and it’s running, then it seems like a connection problem with the display.

      You’ve got your video cable from the video card to your monitor? You’ve tried DVI and HDMI?

      Let me know!

      • Justin Cha says:

        thanks for fast response, i do not have hdmi availble to me atm, the dvi is not found. is it possible that i have shorted my motherboard? The case came with the little risers built in and they came with 2 chrome ones.

        • Colton P says:

          Well since all of the fans are moving I really feel like it’s a small issue, the fans wouldn’t be moving if your motherboard wasn’t working.

          You’re using the DVI port on the graphics card? You won’t be able to use any video ports on the motherboard itself if you’ve got a graphics card installed, the graphics card overrides the video ports on the motherboard.

          • Justin Cha says:

            I plugged everything in (i think) i rewired the entire thing like 5 times. I plugged the dvi that was included into the monitor and the graphics card. All the fans run and None of the capacitors look busted. Is this a common issue or just a missing wire?

          • Colton P says:

            Hmm… I would wait until you’re able to try out a HDMI cable before attempting to move forward with anything else. Sounds to me everything is working fine, seeing if HDMI works would be your best bet for now.

          • Justin Cha says:

            thank you for your guidance

          • Colton P says:

            You’re welcome man, anytime!

          • Justin Cha says:

            i plugged the hdmi in and it works

          • Colton P says:

            Right on, happy gaming 🙂

            Feel free to come back any time to check out other posts and what not, it’d be cool to hear from you in the future!

  24. Abby says:

    Hey Colton, Very nice build! I was looking at giving this one a try, just curious if this would be the ideal build for me. It will be my first build and looking to utilize it for both gaming and simple work tasks (word, excel).

    I plan on adding 16GB of RAM instead of the 8GM listed and adding a SSD to the mix

    Would this SSD card work with the build? and is there anything else that would need to be replaced/changed for what I will be using the computer for?

    Also looking into different cases, will this one fit everything listed above? minus the CD drive, since i do not planning on including that in the build.

    Thanks in advance, look forward to hear back from you

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Abby, glad that you’re digging the build!

      Adding in the SSD won’t be an issue, there will be enough cables and what not to add it in without needing anything extra.

      As far as the case, it’ll work. That case supports video cards up to 360mm long, but video cards over 250mm may block drive bays. Since the above video card is 298mm long, some drive bays may not be usable. This won’t be an issue if you don’t plan on having a bunch of drives.

      Always here for whatever else going forward 🙂

  25. stephen says:

    This has been very helpful. Can you do a similar build guide for a small form factor mini itx gaming pc? thanks!!

  26. Carol Davis says:

    Colton, I cannot thank u enough for all your posts. As a grandmother, I’ve decided to have someone helping me build my own VR ready gaming desktop… just to be sure. But how do I go about finding a good computer builder here in Los Angeles, CA.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Carol,

      You’re welcome! I would take a gander at local Microcenter stores, ask if you’re able to bring parts in and have them build them. Not sure if you’d have to buy the parts from them or not, if not you could order the above parts and they’ll charge you and get it built for you!

      Let me know what you decide to do!

  27. Aidan says:

    Hey Colton,

    This is based off my previous question but would all the gtx geforce 1070’s work in this build?

    Also would I be able to build it in this case?


    • Colton P says:

      Hey Aidan,

      Basically yes. It’ll come down to the case and how large the graphics card is but with the above case and the one you’ve linked you should be able to fit any of them.

      A note about that case, there isn’t a place for a CD drive. So you’ll either have to get drivers online and install OS through USB or use an external CD drive to get it done!

  28. Jaspock says:

    Hey i was just wondering if the Power Spec G313 would have close to the same performance without overclocking b/c the psu isnt very good

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Jaspock,

      Checked out the specs of it, I see the value for the price man! If you’d rather not do a build of your own then that rig wouldn’t be a bad choice.

  29. Ryan says:

    Hey Colton was seeing if this case would work
    thanks in advance!

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Ryan,

      It’d be able to fit everything but it doesn’t have a CD drive. If you know what you’re doing when it comes to installing an OS and drivers without using CDs then you’d be good to go. Otherwise you’ll have to use an external CD drive if you still want to be able to use CDs with that case!

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