Last Updated on August 30, 2020
Browsing the web in search of the best gaming pc build for $1000 in 2020? Then search no further, you are about to build the best gaming rig for 2020 and beyond.
When it comes to putting together any build, you need to know what to look for. Especially when it comes to a $1000+ build!
Don’t buy a specific card or processor simply because it’s the most expensive one and fits within your budget and don’t waste your time and money on outdated configurators…
With around $1000 to spend, you can build an amazing gaming rig that is capable of 144+ FPS on most titles. This is possible because of getting every piece separately and optimizing the performance power per dollar spent.
That’s why most of the time custom rigs are much better than pre-built PCs – you get what you actually pay for.
With that said, let’s start getting into the build! We’ll go over which parts are the best to go with right now, the general levels of gaming performance you can expect and all of the other details that went into this build.
Building A Gaming PC For $1000
Last Updated: August 30th, 2020
I have found the following parts to be the most optimal when it comes to putting a gaming rig together for around the $1000 price range.
Each part will be through Amazon. Customer service is important when buying and handling PC parts and Amazon has the #1 rated customer support team in the world.
CPU – Ryzen 5 3600X
Motherboard – Gigabyte X570 UD ATX AM4
Solid State Drive – Silicon Power A55 512GB
Power Supply – EVGA BQ 600W 80+ Bronze
Estimated Final Price: Around $980 – $1,030
How To Build A Computer
If you’re wanting the true amount of power that a $1000 gaming PC can provide then you are 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.
A pre-built desktop for $1,000 that I found had a previous generation processor and a GTX 1660 Ti for the video card. This isn’t to say that the 1660 Ti is a bad card, it’s not a bad card at all! But compared to the performance power we are using here… You’d be crazy to use it with this much spending room.
You would potentially be missing out on 30%+ performance power by getting a pre-built PC for around this same price. Building your own rig at this budget point is definitely the way to go!
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 newcomer 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! 😉
Spending $1000 on a gaming PC means that you’ll be able to utilize 144hz monitors since a rig with this much power will be able to get higher than 100+ frames per second in any game.
Even when it comes to the high demanding AAA titles and the titles coming out in the future – this type of build is able and will be able to handle it all.
With this build, we are using a RX 5700 XT with a Ryzen 5 3600X.
This video card and CPU combo is right where you’d expect to be, performance wise, when you are on this type of budget.
When it comes to running all of today’s titles on the higher graphics settings at 100+ FPS at the highest graphics settings possible… this would be the type of build to go for.
Obviously, a specific game’s overall optimization and how you tweak your graphics settings will affect how the performance will go but you’re in the clear for having a smooth frame rate across the board.
A $1000 PC build, when done right, has the power to run some of the highest demanding games on the highest possible graphics settings.
If for whatever reason you deemed it necessary to upgrade your rig down the road then you will be set up with a solid Ryzen compatible board, more room for adding RAM and newer video cards will be on the horizon which means good upgrades will come soon and the ones that make sense right now will come cheaper in the future!
Then there is always overclocking, but I’d recommend getting an aftermarket CPU cooler if you ever decide on overclocking your gear more than a general amount.
Now it’s time to dive into what kind of performance you could expect after putting a build like this together.
If there are other titles that you’d like me to give a rundown about in regards to this build then feel free to let me know in the comments below, I’d be happy to share what the performance would be like on different games!
This rig will perform at about 100+ FPS on most titles at 1080p resolution and 1440p at 60+ FPS will definitely be doable for most titles.
I say “most” because it will come down to how well a game is optimized for this type of hardware. The CPU and GPU involved here is meant for the beefier titles out there, the games that require a load of power to run well because they’re insanely detailed.
Be sure to do your own research on the minimum and recommended requirements for the games that you are interested in playing. Do this before you dive into a build that way you can know for sure that you are getting the hardware that you truly want to have with your build!
Now let’s take a look at a couple of examples of games and how well this PC would be able to run them.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is the most popular shooter right now and it makes sense why there are plenty of people wanting to make sure that their rig is able to run the game properly.
It has pretty decent optimizations these days and even with the somewhat demanding recommended specifications, this rig has more than enough power to run it very well.
These requirements are for running higher FPS with a higher refresh monitor. You will be getting 120+ FPS on average with the 3600X CPU and the RX 5700 XT GPU.
On the CPU side, this rig has about 20% more performance power than what it recommended. On the GPU side, it is roughly right at the same level of performance as what is recommended for high FPS gameplay.
Keep in mind that this is for running the game at the highest possible graphics settings – if you want to get an even higher frame rate then you can always tweak a few settings to maximize your frames.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is a great title to test a rig out. Not only is it an incredible game but it’s also a highly demanding one as well.
It’s not optimized the best but when you have the right rig for it, it will run like a dream.
As you can see from the recommended system requirements, this rig far surpasses what is needed in order to run the game at higher frame rates.
You can expect to be able to run RDR2 at around 80+ FPS average at maximum graphics settings, depending on where you’re at in the game and what’s going on around you.
Again, if you want higher FPS rates than that then you can always tweak a few graphics settings that will allow the rig to run it smoother.
Now it’s time to go over all of the details with each specific part that way you can know exactly what’s going on with this build!
SilverStone cases have always been a solid choice and this case is a great one to go with from them. It has a solid foundation and is simply an affordable mid tower case with everything you need for the rig.
Looking for something else? Then be sure to check out the other mid tower cases on Amazon then! If you find a different case that you’d rather use, let me know in the comments below about it and I can let you know if it’d work with this build.
It has a couple of USB 3.0 ports on the front along with a headphone jack and a microphone jack. There is no extra lighting going on but it would be simple to add in your own LED strips and controls with this case.
There is one external 5.25″ drive bay, two internal 2.5″ drive bays and two internal 3.5″ drive bays. It can fit video cards up to 357mm.
On top of the case you are able to remove a magnetic filter which is a nice feature when you want to clean out the top vented panel. There are also panels on the front of the case that are angled for good airflow to get through the case.
All in all, this is a simple and more affordable case that has plenty of room to work with and is a solid choice for a build like this.
The Ryzen 5 3600X is a higher performing processor that is great for gaming and heavy processing tasks such as video editing and graphics software usage.
It will come with a stock AMD Wraith cooler which will be more than enough for keeping it cool, even while under a slight overclock.
This is a 6-core processor with 12 threads that runs at a base speed of 3.8GHz which is absolutely more than enough speed and power to run all of today’s more high demanding titles very smoothly.
You can also boost the speed to 4.4GHz but overclocking and boosting will come down to you if you deem it necessary down the road.
It is a great CPU to go with when you’re at this budget point, it is all around a perfect CPU for gaming and using graphics/video softwares alike.
The CPU combined with this RX 5700 XT will provide the performance power necessary to run all of your favorite games at the higher settings.
AMD did a great job with their newer RX series video cards because they’re a lot more affordable than what Nvidia has on the market for high quality, 1080p gaming performance.
This RX 5700 XT from XFX has a core clock speed of 1810MHz and it can be boosted to 2025MHz. It is exactly 317mm length wise so it’ll fit just fine with the above case.
When it comes to running games at the highest video settings possible at 1080p with 120+ frames per second then a RX 5700 XT is the way to go.
It’s highly affordable, widely available and the perfect match for a rig like this!
A X570 motherboard is what you’ll need when it comes to maximizing your capabilities with the above CPU. If you ever decide to overclock and want to do it optimally then X570 boards are the way to go.
This X570 specifically is one of the cheapest ones on the market right now but it doesn’t sacrifice price for a lower build quality. Gigabyte boards have always worked well for me and this one is no exception to that.
It has four RAM slots for a maximum total amount of 128GB of RAM, it has 3 PCI-e x16 slots and 2 PCI-e x1 slots.
Motherboards do not affect gaming performance so it comes down to the features involved and how the board as a whole will work with the rest of the hardware going on with your rig.
This board has all the bells and whistles for you to have a smooth experience when you put the build together, and then some.
Corsair’s Vengeance LPX RAM is a popular choice and for good reason – it is high speed RAM for less.
16GB total RAM will be more than enough memory for many years to come when it comes to gaming specifically. We will not see games that require more than 16GB for a long time.
Ryzen CPUs thrive on faster RAM which is good news with this rig since this RAM is at 3200MHz speed.
When it comes to having a reliable brand for having a 2x8GB RAM dual channel kit then this kit from Corsair is the optimal choice right now!
Silicon Power is the main brand for SSDs that I share with the different builds here because they’re extremely reliable and some of the cheapest drives on the market.
512GB of SSD space will be enough room for a good while but considering that some titles such as Modern Warfare take up 170GB+ of space… you may want to consider adding in a HDD for extra storage space down the road.
You’ll always want to start out with a solid state drives because they are much faster than HDDs and it will make your boot times extremely fast!
Definitely start out with a solid state drive and then add in a HDD whenever you think it is time for more storage. The above case has plenty of room for extra storage options so no worries there!
I’ve always used EVGA power supplies because they have never failed me in the 8+ years that I have been building PCs.
600 watts of power will definitely be more than enough for the rig running everything stock and it’ll also be enough even when you consider doing some overclocking.
This is a semi-modular power supply so you’ll be able to organize the cables however you see fit. If you plan on adding extra lighting or any other extra piece that requires the cabling then you can simply add it in whenever you need to.
The only time you would need to add in a different power supply with more wattage was if you planned on getting some extremely high-end hardware and planned on doing massive overclocking with it.
Otherwise even when it comes to having some upgrades down the road, this PSU will be able to handle it.
Getting the right keyboard and mouse combination is important for your build.
The expensive, big brands that create highly responsive mechanical keyboards do help out in highly competitive situations but I want to encourage you to think about the games that you play most of the time.
If you are more of a casual player then you don’t need to have a keyboard and mouse that is meant for high octane, competitive gameplay. There are plenty of awesome keyboards and mice on the market that don’t break the bank for those that are just enjoying the game!
However, there are also plenty of choices that will help give you a competitive edge if that is what you’re after.
Make sure you understand gaming keyboards before you move forward with your choice and go from there!
Mice are a little different in the fact that having several or a fully customizable DPI settings will allow you to get a feel for the exact sensitivity you need yourself at.
With that said, if you are looking for an affordable keyboard/mouse combo that will do great in any type of game then you need to check these ones out from Cooler Master.
When you are rocking a PC build with hardware specs like this then you will be able to fully utilize some of the best monitors that are on today’s market.
With a high-end graphics card and processor your rig will be able to have higher frames per second in a lot of games so it makes sense to have a monitor that is able to display those smooth frame rates.
Without a monitor that has a high refresh rate to match up with how many frames per second you get in game then you will not actually be able to experience the actual performance going on with your PC.
I’d recommend going with a 144hz monitor that way you are able to have an extremely smooth experience both in-game and during generic use of your desktop.
I currently use the ASUS VG278Q but there is a newer version of that monitor that I will link to you below as well called the ASUS VG279Q. It has a couple of new features compared to the VG278Q.
In any case, just be sure that you pick up a 144hz, 1ms monitor! That way you’ll be able to fully utilize the hardware going on with this rig.
Although the ASUS monitor I mentioned above has built-in speakers, you are probably going to want to have a dedicated speaker system to go with your build.
I’ve always used Logitech speakers with my build because they’re pretty low-priced for what you get and they sound just right for what I need them for.
Obviously when it comes to speakers or headsets you should shop around and find whatever suits you best, I simply want to recommend what has worked with me for years.
These speakers have a nice, adjustable bass with a crisp sound. Be sure to check out the full review of them if you’re interested in checking them out!
Your choice of peripherals should be just as important as your PC’s hardware itself.
There are a lot of choices out there, sometimes it can be hard to narrow down exactly what you need to optimize your experience while using your build.
If you need help finding different peripherals and want some more perspective on what’s out there and available then be sure to check out my reviews on different keyboards, mice and monitors here on the site!
Installing an operating system to your build is simple to do. Depending on what you plan on using the build for, you will want to check out some of the different OS choices.
Most of you will want to and should go with Microsoft’s Windows 10 since it’s the most compatible when it comes to gaming and that’s more than likely what your goal is! However, Linux is evolving to become an awesome OS and you should consider your options!
There isn’t much I can tell you about Windows 10 and Microsoft that you don’t already know about it.
It’s a great operating system and is the most used OS when it comes to a rig that is meant for gaming.
Microsoft has made it easy to install a copy of Windows 10 onto your rig.
You should go to their installation media page where you will be able to download a ISO to put onto a USB drive that you will be able to boot your system up with. You will need at least 5GB of space on the USB drive to get it done.
You will want to make sure that you go with the 64bit version of Windows that way you will be able to utilize all of your system’s memory that is installed.
After installation, you will need to activate your copy of Windows. You can choose to never activate it but you will always have a watermark in the corner and you will not be able to fully customize your desktop.
Simply navigate to the USB boot drive within your BIOS, boot up the OS and follow all of the steps required and you’ll be good to go!
Windows 10 is not your only option. There are quite a few versions of Linux, an open source operating system, which you can also use if you wanted to!
Linux is entirely open source and free to use so the plus side to Linux is that you will not ever have to pay for activating a license for Linux.
There are a lot of different things that you can do with a Linux based PC!
But the downside is that it doesn’t have as much compatibility when it comes to gaming which is more than likely why you’re putting this PC together in the first place.
If you do want to learn how to get your system running games well with Linux then you should check out Gaming On Linux. It’s an incredible resource for everything involved with gaming on a Linux based OS.
One of the most popular Linux distributions is called Ubuntu. I’ve used Ubuntu before and enjoy using it, but you should also do your own research to find one that you would enjoy using.
Steam also has their own Linux based OS called SteamOS. It’s made with the living room experience in mind and has a full focus on Steam gaming as a whole.
Understand what you plan on using your system for and go with the OS that you feel will be best for you and your PC!
Connecting To The Internet
Getting online is simple to do and there are a couple of ways that you can go about doing it.
The best way to get connected online is through a direct connection via Ethernet. A direct connection will provide the best connection and will reduce any lag significantly.
You can also go with a wireless connection if you really need to, there are plenty of options out there to utilize wi-fi with your build.
Ethernet will connect via a direct connection with an Ethernet cable through the ethernet port on the back of your PC. It is part of your motherboard.
After plugging it in your operating system should be able to automatically connect to your internet connection.
It’s highly recommended to go with a direct connection like this because you will be able to have the best connection possible.
There are plenty of options when it comes to an Ethernet cable, you just need to make sure that you are going to have one that is long enough to reach the back of your PC as well as be connected to your modem/router.
If you absolutely need to connect wirelessly to your internet due to cables not being able to reach your PC or you simply prefer a wireless connection then there are plenty of options available for wifi.
I’d suggest getting this wireless adapter from Gigabyte since it has great value for its price and has served me well for years.
It also has Bluetooth as well so you will be able to connect your rig to any sort of Bluetooth device that you’d want such as speakers or your phone.
If you decide to go with a wireless adapter then try your best to have your PC as close to your modem/router as possible. The closer you are to it with the least amount of walls blocking your connection the better.
Again, if you’re able to do a direct connection then you should absolutely do so. It’s cheaper, will provide a much better connection… it’s simply the best way to go when it comes to getting connected online.
$1,000 Gaming PC Build Conclusion
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.
Being able to have a $1,000 budget range for a PC build will set you up for the long haul, this PC will absolutely be running all of your favorite games at an extremely smooth level of quality!
So, what do you guys think?
Is this the ultimate $1000 gaming PC build for 2020?
Are there any changes you would maybe make to the build?
Let me know in the comments below! 😀
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