Best Gaming PC Build for $1000, The Ultimate PC Rig For 2020

Searching the internet for the best gaming PC build for around $1000? Well search no further, you’ve just 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.

 

1000 Dollar Gaming PC Build

 

This $1,000 PC Build 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 200%+ 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 200% 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.

Those videos 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: October 7th, 2019

* = Optional. Read below for more details.

Final price DOES NOT INCLUDE optional part.

 

Case – Apevia X-SNIPER2-RD


Apevia’s X-SNIPER2 series cases are some of the best bang for your buck mid tower cases out there. These cases come in multiple colors, have plenty of room for any part, has a bunch of airflow going on and they look awesome. I used the green variation with my previous build.

Feel free to check out the full review here on the site!

 

AMD Ryzen 5 3600 ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5 3600


Ryzen is the top dog when it comes to power per dollar spent in the CPU category. You can’t beat their newest generation. The Ryzen 5 3600 is a 6-core processor that runs at 3.6GHz (4.2GHz after boost).

If you’re interested in trying out some overclocking then you’ll be able to do it right out of the gate. The stock cooler that comes with these Ryzen CPUs are good enough for a slight overclock.

 

MSI X570-A PRO MotherboardMSI X570-A PRO


For the motherboard we decided to go with a X570 board from MSI. This board has two M.2 connectors and two PCIE 4.0 x16 slots.

There are also six SATA ports and there is a reversible Type-C connection available as well. When it comes to having a board that has everything you need for the beginning and any future upgrades, this board holds up well.

 

EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 XC Gaming 8GB Video CardEVGA GeForce RTX 2070 XC Gaming 8GB


A 2070 is going to be the best kind of card for a $1,000 budget range PC build. It’s the sweet spot of 144 FPS 1080p, 60 FPS 1440p and general 4K gaming. If you’re interested in getting into VR, a card with this kind of performance power is what you’d need for today’s standards as well as the future of VR.

EVGA has a bunch of different variations of these cards and the one you’ll want to go with will be entirely your choice. Some have a better initial speed clock, some are better for overclocking. Whichever one you get, it’ll still be a heavy duty 2070 ready and capable for the higher qualities of gaming.

 

Ballistix Sport LT 8GB Single  RAM – Crucial Ballistix Sport LT Single 8GB 2666 MHz


8GB is going to be enough for any of today’s titles to run well. I share using a single 8GB stick because it makes it easier to add in more RAM down the road whenever you deem it necessary and this stick from Crucial is almost always available for a fair price.

 

EVGA 600W GD Power SupplyEVGA 600W GD


This 600 watt power supply will be enough power for everything included with this build. However, if you planned on getting super high-end parts such as a 2080 Ti and an even higher end CPU with overclocking in mind then you’ll also want to get a PSU with more wattage.

 

WD Blue 1TB HDD Hard Drive – Western Digital Blue 1TB HDD


1TB of traditional hard drive space will be enough for a bunch of games that you’d want to install into your rig. Be sure to add in a solid state drive if you have a little more room in your budget because it’ll make your OS and whatever else is installed on it to load much faster.

 

asus * CD Drive (Optional) – Asus 24x DVD-RW


A CD drive is optional because there are plenty of other ways of getting Windows or any other OS installed on your PC without using an actual CD for it. However, if you want to install Windows the traditional way then this CD drive from Asus is the best choice.

 

Final Price: $1,041.78

 

$1,000 PC Build Details


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 PUBG… Whatever you throw at this computer, it’s going to run it phenomenally. This goes not only for gaming but for rendering softwares 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.

If you’d like a complete overview of the Apevia X-SNIPER2 case series then be sure to check out this review that I did when I had used the green version with a previous build. It’ll give you even more of an idea of what to expect out of it!

As for other case choices that’ll work with everything else listed above, I’d suggest taking a look through the different mid-tower cases available on Amazon and if you find one that you think you’d want to use you can link it in a comment below and I can let you know if it’d work with the above parts or not!

AMD Ryzen 5 3600

The Ryzen 5 3600 is ideal for this budget with its current price. It being the newest release from AMD, it’s the go to for this build!

Now for the CPU, the Ryzen 5 3600 is a very reliable and fast processor that I can personally guarantee won’t disappoint. It’s the newest tech from AMD.

It comes with a stock AMD cooler which is going to be more than enough to make sure that the CPU stays nice and cool when it’s being used. There’s no need to go with an aftermarket cooler since the stock cooler from AMD is enough to even get a slight overclock going.

I changed the CPU from the i5-8400 to the Ryzen 5 3600 because it makes more sense at this price range. The pricing of the hardware needed for Ryzen finally makes sense and you’ll be able to overclock it a bit with the stock cooler to reach similar if not better levels of performance than the i5-8400.

There is a bit of controversy when it comes to the ideal CPU for this type of budget point. Should you go Ryzen? Honestly, you’re saving a bit of money going with Ryzen since as I mentioned above, you’re going to be able to overclock it with the stock cooler to reach a good level of gaming performance.

If you plan on gaming and doing heavy rendering tasks such as video editing and graphics rendering then it makes more sense to look towards using a Ryzen CPU. I had the i5-8400 here for a long while because with the pricing of all of the other hardware it made sense for those that are only gaming with this PC. Now whether you plan to or not, this PC is more than ready for any rendering that you may or may not be doing with other programs that need it.

The new X570 series motherboards will be compatible with the new Ryzen 3000 series CPUs as well so there will not be any need to get a BIOS update from an older Ryzen CPU. Some sites are sharing using a B450 motherboard but you’d have to go through the process of getting a loaner CPU from AMD and this and that… it’s nice to not have to do any of that. Besides, who wouldn’t want the newest type of motherboard to go with it anyway?

EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 XC ULTRA GAMING 8GB

Although it brings the total a little over the $1,000 budget point, a RTX 2070 is the most ideal card and won’t disappoint.

A note about the video card, all RTX 2070s are a bit overpriced right now and you may want to consider going with a 6GB GTX 1060 if you want to have a bit of a lower price point. Although a 2070is the best choice for this budget point…

The EVGA RTX 2070 packs quite the powerful punch when it comes to video power. As I stated above its performance is more powerful than the video cards that you will find inside of the pre-built gaming desktops that retail for $1,000+.

The RTX 2070 is one of the top rated graphics card to date for 1080p and/or 1440p and you’ll be amazed by the abundance of power that it displays through textures and various 3D models. I’m assuming that the current 2070 listed will go out of stock soon/rise in price and I’ll try to update this going forward.

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 Ti (a previous generation GPU) being way too overpriced. Although I believe that the 2070 should be at a lower overall price point… it’s still completely worth getting it for the performance that it offers.

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 smooth 1080p gameplay and to move forward with it.

* A quick note about the CD drive – it’s optional if you know what you’re doing when it comes to installing your operating system via USB and getting the necessary drivers online. I share to use a CD drive because it helps those that are brand new to putting a PC together, it streamlines that process of getting the OS and drivers going.

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.

 

Peripherals


But before I forget, you’re going to need a monitor to be used with this 2070 right? Look no further than these ones by Asus. There are different sizes available and I’ve been using them for years. Super good quality, super good price.

 

71r1E7x7PlL._SL1500_1080p Monitor 60hzASUS VS228H


On a build like this, you have options for what type of monitor you want thanks to the video card.

The above 60hz monitor would be suggested only if you want something right away without breaking the bank too much.

 

ASUS VG278Q 1080p Monitor 144hz – ASUS VG278Q


If you have enough room in your initial budget then at least get the VG278Q model to really get the most power you can out of the 2070 for most games.

Keep in mind that although 1080p is still a gorgeous resolution, the 2070 is completely capable of bringing the power together necessary to game at higher resolutions if you decided to get it. 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!

 

 1440p MonitorDell S2716DG


If you’re interested in a higher resolution monitor that doesn’t completely break the bank then I’d recommend taking a look at this one from Dell!

There are plenty of other 1440p monitors on the market that you should also take a look at but this one from Dell is going to be one of the lower priced ones that still deliver on the 1440p experience.

 

Keyboard/MouseCM Storm Devastator 3


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.

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 the ultimate $1000 gaming PC for 2019?

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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3,014 Responses to Best Gaming PC Build for $1000, The Ultimate PC Rig For 2020

  1. Dj says:

    It was on newegg. Here’s the link. More deals are popping up on parts and I’m indecisive to begin with so this is tough for a beginner like myself

    • Colton P says:

      That’s definitely not a bad rig by any means, the 1080 is going to be overkill for 1080p… But for the price point it’s kind of a “why not” type of deal. Also with something like a 1080, 16GB of RAM would be more optimal and the board inside is a MicroATX board. If you’re cool with those differences then it’s a good buy right now.

  2. David says:

    There is a serious problem with this guide. You are greatly reducing the Ryzens performance with single channel slow memory. If you are considering this guide, it is highly suggested to upgrade to dual channel at least 2666mhz ram, with anything over 3000mhz being ideal.
    Also consider buying a 1tb ssd to replace the hdd for 135 dollars of Newegg. Also consider outsourcing you parts from other retailers like Newegg, Ebay, and Microcenters to save the money to implement these upgrades.

    • Colton P says:

      While also keeping the price point in mind, right around $1,000, my mindset comes from being able to add in another stick of RAM down the road. It’s inevitable that more than 8GB of RAM will be used with games in the next few years so why not leave room for another 8GB stick for 16GB total dual channel? Then you’re set for the long haul.

      I understand using a faster RAM speed, and that’s definitely recommended to those that can afford to do that. As for the SSD, it again comes down to price. The point of the guide is to stay right within the $1,000 range while still providing amazing performance and sure right out of the gate there would be a 5-10 FPS different with adding another stick of RAM. Unless someone has been involved in the industry a long time and wants to completely perfect their system and needs those frames personally… I don’t think the average user would mind too much.

  3. Will says:

    Dang Colton glad to see you are still at it. I built the $500 rig from 4-5 years ago and still strong to this day. I see there are a few more imitators this time around.

    People, this guy knows his stuff!

    • Colton P says:

      Thanks for the kind words brother, definitely still at it helping out!

      I like that there are others helping out as well. Some share great info, some that are shared are honestly debatable in my opinion, but either way everyone is getting into the realm of PC 🙂

      What have you been playing recently??

  4. Eike says:

    Do I need to buy any screws or standoffs separately?

  5. George Guzman says:

    Hi , I need Help!!!

    I have a IBuyPowerPC with custom parts my mother board is an ASUS H110-PLUS INTEL H110 (SOCKET 1151) DDR4 ATX MOTHERBOARD and it seems to be dead because everything else is working. The fan and lights all work, the graphics card is a geforce gtx nvidia 1060 @ 3.60hrz 3GB and my question is if I switch the MOBO, can I upgrade to a different mobo that supports my graphics card?

    Any advice much appreciated thanks.

    • Colton P says:

      How long have you had that PC? That board is actually able to use the 1060… But to answer your question yes, if you go with a different board you’ll also be able to use the 1060.

      The PC stays on and lights, fans etc continue to go without any signal to video? You’re positive your HDMI/DVI cable is plugged from the video card to your monitor?

      • George Guzman says:

        About 1 year now. Yes I had friend help me by phone and he says it could be my 1060 card because I used DVI, HDMI, and VGA connections and still no signal, I even switched monitors and still no signal. All the lights and fans work my wifi adapter doesn’t turn on because it would emit a blue light besides that everything is running except the that the PC doesn’t load up the Asus boot screen, No Signal.

        • Colton P says:

          If the fans move at all with the 1060 then I’d rule out the video card being the issue. Did it just recently start having these problems? From the sounds of it, it could also be your RAM being shot. But the only way to troubleshoot that problem and others is to have other compatible hardware available to test on the rig

  6. George Guzman says:

    Guess I have to buy extra ram to test the RIPjaws in my rig. Friend also said the same thing about test different components. Thanks a lot for replying I appreciate it. This sucks I was getting used to editing and then all this happens, bummer. Well thanks for your input Colton P.

  7. Yeeter says:

    The motherboard sucks it has integrated graphics and only supports a ryzen 2 trash kid

  8. Ivan says:

    Hey Colton what do you think of the Viotek GFT27DB? Seems like a really good monitor with some sort of new tn panel that saves money by not going g sync. It is g sync compatible from what I’ve read.

    • Ivan says:

      I’m also looking at the aoc CQ32G1

      • Colton P says:

        If having a curved monitor is essential to you then it’s not a bad choice, but I believe your other two choices would be the best choice for what you spend on it

    • Colton P says:

      You’re referring to this exact monitor then, right?

      From what I’ve seen about it, it seems like a great monitor. I’d encourage you to also look into the Asus VG278Q monitor as well as it’s a bit cheaper yet has a lot of the same features.

      EDIT: I just realized the Viotek monitor can go up to 1440p. That’s awesome! For just a bit more than the Asus monitor, I’d probably snag it if 1440p is what you’re looking for.

      Let me know what you decide to go with!

  9. Tom says:

    Ay thanks a lot for this build advice, new to PC building.

    Will this be able to run DOOM Eternal at 60fps 1080p when it drops? Mostly I’m just looking to be able to run new games at that output for the next couple years.

    • Colton P says:

      No problem Tom I’m glad that you dig the build!

      It’ll absolutely run DOOM Eternal and a lot of other AAA titles being released within the next few years. These specs are the newest tech with the most important pieces of hardware and although we don’t know the exact recommended requirements for Eternal, it’ll likely be very well optimized – especially for high level hardware like this.

  10. Noel says:

    Hey Colton.
    I followed your guide last year for the $800 budget, and it was awesome. I was thinking of upgrading and am looking at this guide.
    I had a 1060 with i5 intel and planning on selling it to build this one.

    I was wondering if this is still up to date or are there any changes? I also thought of ditching the CD for another ram or a fan for the cpu.

    Will I be able to achieve 100-144fps, 1080p on this build on COD:MW? Or should I shoot for a higher budget?

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Noel!

      I’ve actually just now updated the build. Be sure to check it out as there were some changes done to the processor, power supply and etc.

      I played the MW beta this past weekend and have a somewhat similar build – my current build is a GTX 1070 but the CPU is different having the i7-7700k. I was pulling an average of 100+ FPS on a tweaked high/ultra setting. If I were to tweak the settings further down then it’d absolutely have a constant 100+ FPS.

      But that doesn’t directly correlate to what performance will be like on the official release. Hopefully optimization is similar to what the beta was like but nobody can know for sure. With the build as is today, there’d be a boost in performance with the 2070 over the 1070 I have and the new Ryzen 5 3600 CPU is more than capable of running MW.

      All in all, this build should be capable of running the new COD:MW at higher settings for a constant 100+ FPS given that optimization stays similar or hopefully is even better with the final release.

      • Noel says:

        Thanks for the quick reply!
        Also for the RAM. Is it worth getting another stick, or overkill? The 3200 MT/s is also only a dollar more than the 2660.

        Do you have any other recoomendations for cases? Im not really feeling that one.

        • Colton P says:

          At some point games will require more than 8GB of RAM. It’s going to be a while before more than 8GB becomes the requirement, but having 16GB total will also help with overall performance for multi-tasking such as running a YouTube video, Discord and and AAA title all at the same time.

          I must’ve missed on the deal going on for the 3200 MT/s stick, it’s not going to stay that cheap for long so I’d snag it up if you’re getting the parts together sooner rather than later.

          For cases you can take a look at different mid tower cases on Amazon and if you see one you think you’d like to use you can link it to me in another comment and I can help with whether or not it’d be compatible/a good choice. There are other color options for the above Apevia case to look at but if you’re not digging the overall style then I’d also recommend the Phanteks P300 case for a more minimal design.

          Let me know if you find something else you like!

  11. Noel says:

    I liked the Phanteks P300 but I was worried about some airflow, especially because it gets a bit hot here in SoCal.

    The Phanteks P350X looks nice too, and seems like it has more intakes (im just guessing.)

    Is the stock fan for the Ryzen gonna be enough? Or would you recommend an upgrade? I have wiggle room in my budget.

    • Colton P says:

      As far as regular air flow, the exhaust fan that comes with will get the job done. Then you can always add more fans for extra cooling if you ended up feeling like you need it but all in all it’d likely work fine. Assuming you have regular room temperature in the room that you’ll be using the PC in.

      The case you mentioned is this exact case then, right? It has intake fans and no exhaust so either case is going to have the opportunities of adding more cooling if it ended up needing it.

      The stock fan for the Ryzen CPUs is actually really good. Plenty of cooling power with it, they’ve upped their game compared to past generations. It’ll also handle a slight overclock if you deemed it necessary.

  12. Tania says:

    Hi Colton,
    I built the $600 build in 2016 and it’s awesome! Now I’m thinking upgrading to this $1000 build one.
    I have a question regarding the PSU, I’m having trouble finding the EVGA one in Australia and found a Corsair one, would it be compatible?

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Tania,

      It’ll be about every few years or so for upgrading if you want to keep up with higher qualities and high FPS!

      I’ve also taken a look around for you in regards to a PSU that’ll be compatible for a lower price… I also wasn’t able to find anything that’s a better deal. There was a website called Shopping Express that had a couple choices from ThermalTake but I wasn’t able to find as much information as far as quality and longevity goes comparatively to the Corsair one that you found.

      It’ll be compatible and it’s a very decent PSU, go for it! Let me know how it goes? And also here for any other help you need going forward!

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