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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3,016 Responses to Best Gaming PC Build for $1000, The Ultimate PC Rig For 2020

  1. Jordan I says:

    Should I wait for the updated build or just stick with this one? the updated one should come up soon right?

    • Colton P says:

      Jordan,

      I’m expecting being able to update the builds within the next couple of days. Sorry that you’re anxious to get the build going but it’s going to make a lot more sense to wait and to use the newer hardware (as long as it’ll fit within this budget range that is!)

  2. Tyler says:

    Hey Colton appreciate you taking all the time to answer all the questions I have learned a lot….I know quite a bit about PCs but have never built my own before I’m definitely going to give your exact build a shot….obviously this might be a stupid question….it’s all in US currency right like 1000$ us right ? I’m in Canada that’s why I ask but still that’s an amazing build I’m super excited and will post any more questions and updates on my build!@ The end of console gaming in the making at my house

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Tyler,

      Just doing my part man, you’re welcome 🙂

      Yes, this is in USD. This build (and maybe some others) are going to be updated with different parts within the next couple of days so be sure to check back then! You’ll want to make sure that you get the very best parts.

  3. Kyle says:

    This list has been the same for a while now. Will anything be updated soon or should I take my chances and buy the components now?

    Love the site btw.

    Thanks, Kyle

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Kyle,

      New parts are right around the corner (literally) and hoping to update the builds once the new parts are fully on the market.

      I was hoping to get these updates done earlier, but the 1070/1080 (the parts that will be used for higher budget builds like this one) are almost aways out of stock…

      If I don’t see any of the mainstream ones on Amazon within the next day or two then I’ll definitely be updating the builds. So expect an update to this one and well almost all of the builds within the next 3 days.

      • Alex says:

        I am waiting on the update as well!! Looking forward to making a monster!

      • Kyle says:

        Sounds good.

        Also, i noticed that the Windows 7 64 bit thats recommended has had a raise in price? Which here would be the better option?? Would one be better than the other? All I really want is the free upgrade to Windows 10.

        – B00H09BB16 (home premium)
        or
        – B00LG242A0 (professional)

        Thanks again!

        • Colton P says:

          Both will give you a free upgrade to Windows 10 and yeah, I do notice that they get price changes quite often. When I update the builds soon I’ll be sure to look into changing the links for the operating system.

          Go with which one is cheaper and always make sure that it’s 64bit!

  4. Arvind Anthey says:

    Hey does this build require a sound card? Could please reply fast because I am buying a new pc on tuesday and would like to know if i need a sound card. Thank You.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Arvind,

      Only if you are trying to use a surround sound system or using it to record different instruments. HD audio is on the motherboard so if you’re wanting to use computer speakers or a headset then you don’t need any further sound card or anything like that!

  5. Austin says:

    Hey, Colton! wanted to ask you a few questions about this build before I go out and start saving up to get all the parts. I’ve been interested in building my own PC as the one I currently have cannot support more than one running thing at a time it seems,that and I’d like to be able to play a game on it’s max settings :3

    question 1.Would this run just fine if I bought 2 crucial 8gb Singles and hooked them it?

    question 2. Are all the necessary cords included in the Case and other products or do I have to buy them separately?

    question 3.would you recommend installing more fans or is the CPU cooler enough?

    yes I am a bit confused, I’ve never built a PC before and it seems daunting what with all the wires and whatnot….I plan to get the parts within the next few months and hopefully, just hopefully, I’ll be able to play ArmA 3 or Planetside 2 or any CPU intensive game without crashing it in 30 minutes!

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Austin,

      Awesome man – you’re going to love this build then 🙂

      1. Yes, you always want to make sure you go with the same type of RAM if you’re wanting to have more installed.

      2. Yes! All of the cords/cables that you’ll need will come with all of the different parts.

      3. Not really unless you plan to overclock right away – which you won’t since this is a new thing for you. The CPU will come with a stock cooler which will definitely get the job done for stock settings!

      Keep an eye on the build, it’s going to be changing within the next few days to really pump up he future proof power behind it! If you ever need anything else as you move forward with your build just know that I’m all ears here.

  6. Phil says:

    If i wanted an NZXT Hue+ and a case w/ a window, would i need to upgrade my psu?

  7. Kyle says:

    Hi Colton,
    I just want to start by saying I love your website and how committed you are to helping others. I love this build but have a few questions. If I want a good looking white case (it can be up to around 175$ or so), what would you recommend? Also, I would like to incorporate a NZXT Hue+ if it has a window.

    Thanks in advance!

  8. Dimmado says:

    Great site and good recommendations! Just a question, I know you are saying you are updating the hardware in this build soon but is it much different from the above (aside from the GTX 1070/1080)? Was thinking about ordering in the next couple of days and didn’t know if there was other new hardware coming out that I’m not aware of.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Dimmado,

      I’m also going to be looking at the newer gen or CPUs for the i5’s and really digging in to see what would be the best match – on the budget point – to combine with a 1070.

      If you went with a 1070 and kept all of the other parts as is then you’d definitely be good to go. That’d still be a compatible and amazing build so go for it if you really want to. I’ll be updating the build lists within the next few days!

  9. Nathaniel says:

    Colton,
    I am not new to gaming, and I am not new to computer technologies, however I am new to PC Gaming. What I really want is a PC that can play games on max resolution at 1440p at (hopefully higher but at a rough minimum) 60fps. I was wondering what you thought I should do. I like the way this build looks, I’m just skeptical that it would be able to run particularly well at 1440p instead of 1080p. My budget is a little more flexible than exactly $1000 so any recommendations for upgrades to get me where I want would be totally appreciated. Also, I have a feeling you know compatibility better than I do, so if you have any ideas for me that would require a different motherboard or different case I’m open to it. Or, if this build above is capable of what I want, then that’s cool too I just wanted to know what you think I should do for 1440p max resolution 60ish fps. Thank you, I am super excited to finally build my own gaming PC, just some help picking parts would be great.

    • Colton P says:

      Nathaniel,

      Your best bet is going to be to wait for a few more days for the updated list. New hardware just came out and it’s going to give you the 1440p experience that you’re looking for – it’ll be updated within the next few days!

      • Nathaniel says:

        Thanks for the reply! I’ll keep this bookmarked and check back occasionally for the new list. Really looking forward to finally take my first steps into actual PC gaming!

  10. Nubsnubsnubs says:

    Just ordered all of the parts you recommended,aside from a different case, 240gb SSD, and 16gb ram instead of 8. Thanks for the info man! I’d be waiting on an overpriced Alienware if it wasn’t for this site.

  11. Aidan C says:

    Awesome build. If I plan on playing high end open world games like H1Z1 and Shattered Skies, will I need to buy a CPU cooler? I am not planning to overclock. I am worried about overheating of my computer parts.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Aidan,

      The CPU actually comes with a stock Intel fan so you’ll be good to go. It’s designed to keep it cool at stock settings so since you’re not planning on overclocking right away you’ll be good to go!

  12. Matt Newman says:

    Should I get the new GTX 1070 instead of buying the 980 ti? Would I need to change any of the parts listed above if I did? Would it perform better?

    • Colton P says:

      Hello Matt,

      I’d say that the best decision would be to wait for the 1070, more so the 1080 if you really have the room in your budget for it.

      Both are supposedly “more powerful than that Titan X” and although I’d rather see some actual gaming benchmarks to confirm that, I’ve only heard awesome things about those cards. The 1070 can be equivalent to the 980 ti with a slight overclock and in some cases even at the stock speed.

  13. Isaiah B says:

    Hey Colton,

    I just wanted to say thank you, for inspiring me to save up to build a pc. I used to game on the pc when I was younger, but got into the cheapness of consoles. But, as of lately I’ve seen the ineffectiveness of them, and have been itching to build one. So thanks again man, and when your list updates, I’ll be buying all the parts.
    You rock!

    • Colton P says:

      Glad that you dig the site Isaiah and I’m happy to hear that I’ve inspired you to get a build going! 🙂 PCs are the way of the future, ten fold.

      Expect updates to the builds by the time July rolls around, the new parts are just around the corner!

  14. Eduardo Ferronha says:

    Hey Colton. I’m gonna buy my first PC soon and I’m in love with this build, but I read in some comments that you will upgrade it soon. Can you tell me when and the price of it?

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Eduardo,

      Yes, I plan on updating the builds – especially for around this budget point – to include the new hardware that is coming out soon.

      I plan to keep the prices around the same, a few dollars more or less than the specified budget point (in this case, a $1,000 budget point). Check back in July, hopefully the new cards will fully be on the market by then!

  15. nubsnubsnubs says:

    could i get your opinion on this build? i would follow yours but i have to purchase my components through best buy, and they don’t seem to carry the same products.
    ram-MD16GK2D4213315AB
    processor-BX80662I76700K
    case-CA-PH240-W1
    hdd-WDBH2D0010HNC-NRSN
    power supply-CP-9020061-NA
    gpu-04G-P4-3979-KB
    mobo-B150AGAMINGPRO

    • Colton P says:

      Hey nubsnubsnubs,

      That seems like a very solid build man. You need to know that the 6700k does NOT come with a stock cooler for it so you’d need to get an aftermarket cooler for it or go with the standard 6700. Other than that, everything seems compatible and good to go!

  16. HLe says:

    Can I replace by:
    – Asus B150 Pro Gaming Aura – LGA 1151 Skylake
    – Intel Core i5-6600 3.3GHz (3.9GHz Turbo Boost)
    – Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB ( 2x4GB ) Bus 2133 cas 13 – DDR4?
    It seems like this build is more recent because Haswell is old now.

    • Colton P says:

      Yeah it’s the new tech but it’s also more expensive, the 4790k is the better performer anyway in comparison. I go by best bang for the buck, for $1,000 specifically with this guide.

      But yes, you could make those changes and everything would be compatible!

  17. Garrett says:

    Hello! I am in need of better computer so I asked my friend who directed me to this website. He used all the parts on this list and his computer works great for him. I want to do the same, however I saw that NVIDIA came out with the new GTX 1070. Everyone is saying this is the next best thing so I was wondering if I could replace the GTX 970 in this guide with the new GTX 1070. For example, will it fit in the case/motherboard without having any issues. I also want 16 GB of RAM just so I don’t have to upgrade later if need be. Can I just buy 2 of the ram sticks in this guide or do I need to buy a 16 GB RAM kit? Also, do you have any new suggestions for CPUs. Thanks for making guides like this, It really helps out new people like me and my friend.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Garrett,

      I believe that the 1070 would fit, though I can’t know for certain until I know the actual specs of the standard version that is supposed to be on the market before the end of this month.

      Also as far as going with 16GB, you could either buy two of the same above stick or go with a dual channel kit, the choice is yours. It won’t matter as long as you don’t mix and match different brands together!

  18. nate says:

    Hey this might be a noob question but I noticed that the gtx 960 ftw edition is core clocked at 1304 MHz while being only 220$ while the gtx 970 SSC edition is 300$ and is slower at only 1190 MHz. As far as I can tell the cards are very similar except the 960 comes with a backplate and higher clock speeds.
    My question is is this a good deal? And are there any downsides to getting a 960 FTW over a 970 SSC. Thanks.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey,

      So are you talking about the EVGA 970 cards?

      Because there’s quite a difference between a 960 and a 970 so I want to make sure you’re talking about the same card. The 970 SSC would be a lot better than a 960 FTW whereas a 970 FTW would be better than a 970 SSC.

      It’s a good deal to get the 970 SSC if that’s your budget range for the card!

      • nate says:

        What I meant is that I looked on newegg at the evga 960 FTW edition and it had higher clock speeds than the evga 970 SSC edition while being cheaper and I am still gonna get the evga 970 SSC edition but I just thought it was odd that any version of the evga 960 could be more powerful than a evga 970 while being cheaper.

        • Colton P says:

          Ahh I see. Sure, clock speed might be higher but the turbo speed is almost the same. Also, clock speed isn’t the only thing to look at in a video card. The 970 has significantly higher L2 cache, 256 bit memory bus, 224 GB/sec memory bandwidth, a higher texture rate and more shader processing units.

          There are many factors to a video card man! You’re getting a better deal with the 970 🙂

  19. shadoe says:

    Hi Colton , this will be my first pc build that I’ll try to do . I would first like to thank you for the info as it’s been really helpful. I wanted to know that if I wanted the HHD you’ve provided with the build and an extra SSD , would i need to buy any extra cables ect.? Thanks in advance.

  20. Oswyn says:

    thanks for answering my question but I just have one more right now wouldn’t I want a motherboard that has DDR4 Because my RAM sticks are DDR4

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