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: January 17th, 2017


case2Case – Corsair Carbide Series Black 300R Mid-Tower

cpu ProcessorIntel Core i5-6600k

cpu coolerCPU Cooler – Cooler Master GeminII M4

 Motherboard – MSI LGA 1151 ATX Z170A PC Mate

 Video Card – Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 8GB OC

 RAM – Kingston HyperX FURY Black 8GB Single

 Power Supply – EVGA 700 B1 80+ Bronze 700W

 downloadHard Drive – Seagate 1TB Desktop HDD SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache

asus CD Drive – Asus 24x DVD-RW


Final Price: $1,029.58



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 i5-6600k 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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1,963 Responses to Best Gaming PC Build For Under $1000, A Gaming Build for Gods

  1. John Smith says:

    Hello, I found this processor
    for what seems to be a good price, and was wondering if it was compatible. Any help is appreciated, thank you.

  2. John Smith says:

    I was wondering if this processor
    is compatible with the motherboard, and if not, could anyone tell me what motherboards around the same price that are compatible? Thank you very much.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there John,

      That CPU would not be compatible with the above board but you could go with this board from Gigabyte instead. It’s compatible, has all of the features you’d need going forward and what not as well!

      You’ll also need to get different RAM that is compatible. I’d recommend this RAM from Kingston for sure! Let me know if I can help more as you’re moving forward with your build.

  3. James says:

    Hello Colton thanks for the build, when I showed a computer savvy friend of mine this build they said it looks nice but it would be ideal to go for at least 16 gb ram. Can you think of any specific 16 gb part that would be compatible with this build?

    • Colton P says:

      Hello James,

      It’d be ideal to shoot for 16GB of RAM if you’re doing more than gaming and/or plan to do a lot of multi-tasking type of stuff. The standard today is still 8GB and you could simply upgrade down the road to 16GB to save a bit on the initial price of the build hence why I share it that way!

      With that, if you still wanted to go with 16GB I’d recommend going with this kit from Corsair since it’s available for a really good price right now!

  4. Jacob says:

    how long does this take to build

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Jacob,

      Depends on the person really. If you’re brand new to doing a PC build then I would give yourself at least 2-3 hours time in a day to ensure you’re doing everything right and patiently. Otherwise on average hour and a half to two hours.

  5. Ian says:

    Hey Colton, I have been looking for a PC build for around $1000 for a while now so I am really excited about this build and I think am going to get it. I do have one question though, since the monitor you listed is pretty cheap I was wondering if it is possible to upgrade to a 1440p monitor for around $250-$300. If you know of any would you let me know? Thanks a a lot and I am looking forward to your response.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Ian,

      Glad that you’re digging the build! Yes, you could definitely go for something a bit higher up. I’d recommend going with something like this monitor from Acer or this monitor from Asus – the main differences between the two is that the Acer one has 4ms response time and the Asus one has 1ms, the Asus one is able to go go vertical, it’s just a tad bit bigger and it has a 75hz refresh rate in comparison to 60hz.

      I’d really only say to go for the Asus one if you really dig the vertical functionality. If that’s not a big deal then the Acer one is going to be just fine going forward, it’s at a great price!

  6. Ian says:

    Hey again Coulton, thanks for the fast response! The monitor looks great. I had one more question before I buy the parts though. Instead of having that USB wireless network adapter could I change it for a wired network adapter? I would rather be wired in so that I can get a better connection. I tried looking at some through PC Part picker and most are compatible but I don’t know what I am supposed to look for. I would appreciate some help with this. Thanks a lot!

    • Colton P says:

      Are you saying you’d want to go with a direct connection via an ethernet cable? Simple, all you’d have to do is pick up an ethernet cable of whatever size you need, plug it into the ethernet port after getting the driver setup and you’re set.

      If you’re wanting a different wireless network adapter let me know and I’ll point you in the right direction!

      • Ian says:

        Never mind, I got a little confused. You are correct. Thank you very much for the help. I am pretty sure I am going to purchase the parts soon. I will let you know how it goes once I have built the computer, thanks again!

  7. Taylor says:

    Hey I don’t know much about building computers or their hardware so I’m sorry if this is a stupid question but if I were to get an Intel core i7 6700k instead of the i5 in your build, would that be doable or would other components also have to change? Thanks

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Taylor,

      First off no need to apologize for asking questions! The only stupid questions are the ones you don’t ask 😉

      Yes, you’d be able to use the i7-6700k if you wanted to. I’d only recommend getting it if you plan on doing heavy rendering tasks and/or doing other things other than gaming alone. If your build is going to be strictly for gaming then the i7-6700k is going to be a bit overkill. The above i5 is more than enough to handle gaming today and the future.

  8. Bill says:

    When you build any computer, do you need special tools or static reduction tools so you don’t short anything? I haven’t watched your video yet but thinking of building this. My 1st time build.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Bill,

      That’s up to you. The only tool you’ll really need is a Philips screwdriver for the case. No other special tools are necessary. As far as an anti-static wrist strap or anything of that nature – it wouldn’t hurt. But there is also a little trick using the power supply that’ll help get rid of any static you’ve got, they go over that in the video above.

      I’d recommend going over the video before and during the actual process of putting everything together – that’ll help out ten fold and I’m always here to help with whatever else going forward!

  9. Coleten roberson says:

    Hey whats up i’m wondering if i should also get an ssd card for this build and if a i7 2600 is good for this build because i already have that part.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Coleten,

      A SSD would help with load times in games and the overall speed of your operating system. If you wanted to add one, which I suggest you do if it’s within your budget, then I’d recommend something like this one from PNY since it’s available at a good price right now and it has solid performance!

      As far as using your i7-2600 – yes you could but you’re going to have to make some changes. That processor is still pretty decent and you’d be able to save a good bit by using it.

      The changes that I would suggest is using this motherboard from MSI and this RAM from Kingston – those changes would be essential. You need a LGA1155 motherboard and RAM that is compatible with that type of board.

      Let me know if you need anything else as you’re getting your build together!

  10. Newbie says:

    Ima noob to this kinda stuff but will a SSD and a HDD both fit in this?

  11. Stuart says:

    Hello. I’m pretty knew to this whole kind of thing. So I was wondering if it would be possible to just buy two of the RAM sticks you listed for 16 GB of RAM. Or would it be a bit more complicated than that?

  12. Paul says:

    Hey Colton, great looking build. What would you suggest for a quality ssd for this build. Would 120gb be sufficient for windows 10 and a game or two? Thanks for your help.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Paul,

      Glad you dig the build! For a SSD I’d recommend going with this one from PNY – it’s available for a good price right now and they’re good SSDs! I’d say 120GB would be enough for Windows and a couple of games, would depend on the games though really.

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