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.


1000 Dollar Gaming PC Build


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 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.

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: November 13th, 2018

* = Optional. Read below for more details.


case2Case – Corsair Carbide Series Black 300R Mid-Tower

 Processor – AMD Ryzen 5 2600X

 Motherboard – MSI Performance GAMING X470

 Video Card – EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SC GAMING ACX 3.0 

 RAM – Crucial 8GB Single DDR4

 Power Supply – EVGA B3 80+ Bronze 650W

Hard Drive – Seagate 1TB

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


Final Price: $1,045.29


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.

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!

The Ryzen 5 2600X is ideal for this budget with its current price.

Now for the CPU, the Ryzen 5 2600X 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 i5-7500 to the Ryzen 5 2600X 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 i5-7500.

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 i5-7500 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.

Although it brings the total a little over the $1,000 budget point, a 1070 is the most ideal card and won’t disappoint. Go with a 6GB 1060 if you want the final price to be under $1,000.

A note about the video card, all GTX 1070s are 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 1070 is the best choice for this budget point…

The EVGA GTX 1070 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 GTX 1070 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 1070 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 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.

* 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.

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_1080p 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 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!

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!

 1440p MonitorDell S2716DG

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.

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.

Keyboard/MouseCM Storm Devastator 3

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


Operating System And Internet Connection

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



To Conclude

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

So what do you guys think?

Is this a build for PC gaming Gods? 😛

Let me know in the comments below! 😀

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


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2,984 Responses to Best Gaming PC Build For Under $1000, A Gaming Build for Gods

  1. Lane says:

    Would this case be able to fit everything
    Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-ALPHA Mid-Tower Gaming Case, White/Red

  2. avi trager says:

    Would the apevia x-hermes from the $1500 build work with this build? It’s a cheaper case with a nicer look in my opinion. If it wouldn’t work can you suggest another case of a similar look that would work?

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Avi,

      Yup, that’d work just fine. It’s a pretty awesome case to work with!

      Let me know what you decide to do!

      • Julian says:

        would this be able to run an oculus rift? thanks. im new at this and i’m hoping to get a gaming pc that will last a while and i wont have to worry about overheating or any issues like that. is this the one for me? thanks.

        • Colton P says:

          Yup! These specs far surpass what is needed for virtual reality games/programs. You’d be good to go, with the stock cooler and the other fans you won’t have to worry about overheating either.

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

  3. Ethan says:

    Please correct me if I’m wrong but the motherboard is dual slot, something like that, for its RAM. Meaning it has 4 slots, but don’t you need 2 sticks of RAM for that, not one? I’m not sure, but I would like to know before I go ahead and order everything. Thanks.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Ethan, sorry was away for a while but back now!

      A single stick is going to work out just fine. Having more slots just allows you to add in more RAM hence why I share using a single stick – it lets you have even more RAM if you ever deemed it necessary.

  4. Boe says:

    Hello, I was wondering what the 3D Mark Fire Strike score for this build is?

    • Colton P says:

      There isn’t a score for this build specifically but it’d be simple to look up a build with these exact same specs and see how it did. Using the same components would give you the same results that this build would give you, know what I mean?

  5. Merritt says:

    For $30 USD more…
    Wouldn’t this be a better build (aesthetically and powerfully)? Made it myself, let me know what you think.

    • Colton P says:

      I mean, if you’d rather go with Ryzen for content creation (heavy rendering tasks) then I can see how that makes more sense. But you’ll also need a better power supply if you plan on heavily overclocking it.

  6. Aaron says:

    Hey Colton,

    Would you mind and check this build to see if there’s anything you would change or if it’s all good? Hope this isn’t too annoying. Thanks man

  7. pcnoob says:

    Should I get the case you suggested with the fan or can I buy the case without the fan and still run smoothly?

  8. Tim H. says:

    Hey Colton!

    I need some SERIOUS help sir. I’m looking for an awesome build that is more of a “power under the hood” vs. cosmetically. My budget is roughly $1200 including tax, title, license (lol). I am more of a RTS PC gamer more than any other titles/genres and I am DYING to play all Total War games with no hiccups, on ultra settings, including the new Total War: Warhammer as well as Total War: Warhammer 2 on its release. Again I am not one to focus on the case/keyboard/mouse as much as I want the power inside.

    Please let me know what you come up with sir!

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Tim,

      Are you looking to have that price including the OS, monitor, keyboard/mouse etc? Absolutely everything included?

      Let me know and then we can go from there man!

  9. Zorro says:

    would this build be able to stream and game at the same time?
    Also does it support dual monitors

    • Colton P says:

      For sure! These specs have streaming in mind, though may want to consider going with Ryzen since it’s a better CPU to use when you’re wanting to go with streaming and other heavy CPU tasks.

      • chase lingemann says:

        What Ryzen are you talking about, I’m totally new to all of this and would like to start streaming as well.

        • Colton P says:

          Hey Chase,

          If you wanted to go with Ryzen with this build then I would suggest going with the Ryzen 5 1600 CPU combined with this motherboard from MSI – everything else listed above would be compatible.

          There would be no need to get the above Cooler Master CPU cooler since the Ryzen 5 1600 comes with a stock cooler that is still good enough even with a slight overclock in mind. That’s the CPU that’ll be able to handle streaming better!

          Let me know what you decide to do or if you need more help as you’re moving forward with your build.

  10. Jerico450 says:

    Im trying this build soon but dont wanna order online . Frys price matches all these but they dont get the motherboard any other mobos out there tht u recommend for this build . Thnx

    • Colton P says:

      Pretty much any Z270 board of the same socket is going to work just fine. Let me know which one you decide on and if you need help finding one let me know!

  11. ryan says:

    would you recommend first time pc builders to build this

    • Colton P says:

      For sure! If you’ve got the room in your budget for this build then it’d be a very solid starting point. You’d basically be starting yourself out on some of the highest end hardware that’s available right now. Max everything out at 1080p, dip into high quality 1440p gaming and even high quality virtual reality games if you’re looking into getting that down the road.

      Let me know if I can help as you move forward with your build!

  12. Matthew Ivanoff says:

    I’m currently building this exact build but I’ve run into an issue where the power supply does not actually fit comfortably inside the case.. Does it need be screwed in or can it just rest at the bottom of the case?

  13. Edgar C says:

    What solid state drive do you recommend?

  14. Walker Stedman says:

    Just wondering if this pc can run 1080p with a 144hz monitor? ive never built a pc before so i have to make sure everything is in order before i spend the money.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Walker,

      For sure! It’ll be able to run a decent amount of games at high enough frame rates to take advantage of the 144hz.

      Always here if you need more help with your build!

  15. Edgardo C says:


    This build is now roughly $1,300 on Amazon. The Video card went up to $599.99. Prices are going up. Still recommend the build exactly as is?

  16. Cort Winningham says:

    Hey Colton,
    So this is my first time building a PC I’m still saving up but I looked up some gaming builds and this one of yours sounds great, so I think I’m going to go with it. You sound very experienced and qualified so that is why I think that I’m going to give this build a shot. Thank you for making this post it was very helpful. If I have any questions later on in the future is there an email or phone # of yours that I can refer to for help? And since this is your build I’d rather go to you for questions. Thanks!

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Cort,

      Sounds good!! I’m always here active on the site in the comments area. Hopefully you’ll get an e-mail notification of sorts showing this reply. You can always check back here and make any new comments, I’m all ears!

  17. Andrew says:

    Hey Colton,
    I am new to building pcs and was wondering if you would be able to help me bring the price of this pc back down to about 1000 since it is almost 1300 rn. Thanks!

  18. Edgardo C says:

    Hi Colton,

    Will 2 of the Crucial 8 GB memory sticks work together on this MoBo?

    Are these single ranked or dual ranked?

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Edgardo,

      You’d be able to use that kit with no issues. I’m not sure what you mean by “single/dual ranked” but that kit is two 8GB sticks combined to make 16GB total RAM.

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

  19. Blake says:

    If I wasn’t really worried about the price, what would be a really good, and slick looking liquid cooled case? Thanks

  20. Chase L says:

    Would this be a good build and everything work together or what changes would you make. Need some help.

    ARCTIC F12 PWM Rev.2 – Standard Low Noise PWM Controlled Case Fan by ARCTIC

    Seagate 2TB FireCuda Gaming SSHD (Solid State Hybrid Drive) – 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Hard Drive (ST2000DX002) by Seagate

    Microsoft Windows 10 Home USB Flash Drive by Microsoft
    USB Flash Drive

    Macho Rev. B by Thermalright CPU Cooler

    SilverStone Technology ATX Gaming Computer Case – Black with Red LED (RL05BR-W) by SilverStone Technology

    Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 3000MHz C15 Desktop Memory Kit – White (CMK16GX4M2B3000C15W) by Corsair

    EVGA SuperNOVA 850 G2, 80+ GOLD 850W, Fully Modular, EVGA ECO Mode, 10 Year Warranty, Includes FREE Power On Self Tester Power Supply 220-G2-0850-XR by EVGA

    Intel 7th Gen Intel Core Desktop Processor i7-7700K (BX80677I77700K) by Intel

    Asus Slim Bezel Black VC239H 23″ 5ms HDMI Widescreen LED Backlight Monitor by Asus

    Cooler Master Devastator II – Blue LED Gaming Keyboard & Mouse Combo Bundle (SGB-3030-KKMF1-US) by Cooler Master

    EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0, 8GB GDDR5, RGB LED, 10CM FAN, 10 Power Phases, Double BIOS, DX12 OSD Support (PXOC) Graphics Card 08G-P4-6276-KR by EVGA

    MSI Pro Series Intel Z270 DDR4 USB 3 CrossFire ATX Motherboard (Z270-A PRO) by MSI
    In Stock

    • Colton P says:

      Just to be clear, you’d be using this exact case and this exact CPU cooler then, right?

      If so then yes, everything else would be compatible and you’d be good to go. I’ve heard good things about that cooler, it’s an underdog for sure but it gets the job done. Comes with high quality thermal paste to apply. Plenty of room in the case to hold everything.

      Let me know if I can help more as you’re moving forward with this build, I’m all ears!

  21. Jason says:

    If I get everything on the list on this post and use the video above, will I need anything else to do the build? My first time and not extremely tech savvy. Any other cables etc? Is probably do 2 ram cards, how much is the max? Any other warnings for a first timer?

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Jason,

      Basically, yeah! You’ll need a screwdriver. All of the cables and what not you’d need for the build are going to come with all of the different parts. I didn’t know anything about building a PC when I did my first one and following that video helped out ten fold, it’s easy to follow.

      You can do two RAM sticks if you’d want, you could either get two of the one above or go with a kit like this one from Corsair – might get a bit more bang for your buck that way. The above motherboard can support up to 64GB of max memory.

      Always here for whatever else going forward!

  22. Hunter Schwartz says:

    Would a Corsair Carbide series 400c gaming case black work also?

  23. Steve says:

    Hey, I was wondering if this SSD would be okay with this build. Samsung – 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive

  24. Ian says:

    Why do you say that The intel core i5 is the best they have to offer. isnt i7 the newest?

    • Colton P says:

      I’m not saying it’s the absolute best that Intel has to offer, but it is the newest tech in regards to what’s possible at a $1,000 budget point. If you have more room in your budget then yes there are more powerful processors but keep in mind that an i7 doesn’t have a significant boost in gaming specifically, it is meant to boost other things such as heavy rendering and streaming. Heavy processor tasks.

  25. Tom says:

    If I were to upgrade from this exact build, what would be the first few steps? Upgrading Processor First I assume? Adding RAM?

    • Colton P says:

      Upgrading isn’t going to be needed for a long while but I would start with adding 8 more GB of RAM to start. Upgrading to an i7 would only be necessary if you started thinking about doing heavy processing tasks like video editing/rendering to speed things up. There isn’t going to be a super crazy boost in gaming by upgrading to the next-up processor.

  26. Drew says:

    Hey I am installing this build right now and encountered a problem, when trying to put the GeminII M4 fan on over the CPU none of the sockets line up to those on the motherboard, am I missing something?

    • Colton P says:

      Are you referring to the manual that it comes with? Many have used that cooler and I know that it’s compatible with the socket, sounds to me like you’re maybe not lining it up correctly? Also check out videos of the cooler being used on YouTube as a reference.

  27. Ryan says:

    What would you say would be a good build in that range for editing 4k video, cosmetics not being a consideration and not including keyboard and mouse?

    • Colton P says:

      Really you’d want to either bump up to something like an i7-7700k since the hyper-threading tech would help tremendously in that world. It’ll be out of the budget range, you could do down a level with the video card since a 1070 isn’t essential for editing 4K video. Can also go with a Ryzen build since Ryzen was made for those types of purposes, let me know if Ryzen interests you and I’ll point you in the right direction.

  28. Daniel says:

    Hey, I’m buying my first gaming pc and i wonder if this alternative is agood computer for overall gaming with good stable fps and beautiful graphics?

    • Colton P says:

      For sure, maybe look up gameplay videos of the processor in action since that’s the main change there. From what I’ve seen, it definitely keeps up with what you’re trying to do! Especially with an OC in mind.

      Let me know what you decide to do!

  29. JD says:

    I am an avid WoW player. I am looking at this build for my new setup. Will this perform playing WoW?

    • Colton P says:


      To be honest WoW doesn’t require the most amazing specs in the world to run buttery smooth. Even something like the $600 build in mind you’d be able to max out WoW without any problems. A build like this would obviously do the same, but if you ever had other games in mind then this build is going to be what you need for 60+ FPS all around for more demanding titles.

      Let me know what you decide to do!

  30. Jesus says:

    Hey Colton was wondering if this needs a sound card and if yes which one you recommend. Havent built a pc in years and a friend recommended this and so far its awesome!

    • Colton P says:

      No, a sound card is only needed if you’re wanting to go with surround sound or doing higher quality audio. HD audio comes on the motherboard and you’ll be able to use speakers, headsets and etc. with the HD audio that is already there.

      Always here for whatever else going forward, glad you’re digging the site!

  31. Chuckyoris says:

    Hey colton I have few questions for u ! 1. can I replace the videocard for a gtx 1050 ti ? 2. can I use my old hard drive on my new build ? and finally ! since I already have the graphics card, I still have a $ 200 for an upgrade, what is ur advice for the long term? thank alot for ur help !

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Chuckyoris,

      Yes you could replace the card with the 1050 Ti, I’d recommend doing that if you already have the card like you say. If the hard drive is the same as a traditional drive then yes you should be able to. Does it already have Windows 10 installed on it?

      With the $200 in mind I’d suggest keeping it! Save it for a graphics card update in the near future.

  32. Enkindu says:

    Man, prices sure have gone up surprisingly. I just added all of these items to my cart (even using Honey to get the lowest price including tax free etc…) and it’s $1,500.00. Guess I should wait awhile before trying to build eh? Anyways, thanks for all you do man. It’s very informative and easy to do.

    • Colton P says:

      Yeah… Pricing for hardware right now is pretty wack. I’ll be updating all of the builds within the next few hours so keep an eye out for that, I’m expecting most parts to change and with that, the prices as well.

  33. Dante says:

    would it be better if i added an SSD?

    • Colton P says:

      If you’d want to install your OS onto the SSD for faster boot times and maybe some games/programs for faster load times then yes it would be better. A SSD isn’t necessary, though improves the overall experience for your OS/games/programs load times.

  34. Aaron says:

    I chose the CPU and gpu for future proofing and figured they were good to spend a couple hundred extra bucks on. Let me know any thoughts and thanks!

    • Colton P says:

      I’d say that unless you plan on doing some heavy rendering tasks such as video editing/graphics rendering then it’s not worth the extra bit for the i7. I’d stick with the 1080 if you’re wanting that crazy performance but if all you’re doing is trying to game at the highest quality possible, an i7 isn’t essential for that. The performance difference between an i7 and an i5 isn’t as crazy as most would think.

      Let me know what you decide to do!

  35. Dasker says:

    I’m planning on upgrading this build to an i7-7700K, should I upgrade the fan, and if so what should I get?

    I’m also planning on upgrading to a GTX 1080 graphics card and adding a solid state drive, would I need to upgrade the power supply at that point or no?

    • Colton P says:

      Just updated the build so take note of the changes made!

      If you’re wanting to go with the i7-7700k then I’d recommend a nice cooler such as the Corsair H60 – depending on what type of budget you’re working with on the cooler. If you have a bit more to spend, definitely go for the Corsair H100i v2 cooler instead.

      Power consumption won’t actually increase as much as you think it will. Even with an overclock in mind to the 7700k you’d still be good to go with the above power supply.

      Let me know if I can ever help more!

  36. Jason says:

    If I have the budget, would it be a good idea to upgrade the 1070 to a 1080? or would I need to change up more parts to accommodate the change?

    • Colton P says:

      You wouldn’t have to change anything up if you wanted to go up to a 1080 but I’d only recommend doing that if you are for sure planning on gaming at 4K or wanting to have the highest quality in VR.

      • Jason says:

        Okay, thanks! Sorry but I have another question: in the prior version of this, you listed the Ballistix Sport LT, would it be better to stick with this or go with the current one you’ve listed above?

        • Colton P says:

          That stick is a bit better but only by a slight hair. Made the change due to prices changes, if you’d rather go with the other stick you’d be good to go. Either stick will still perform very well!

  37. Ancient Wanderer says:

    Can this build do rendering? Will it have an problems with any games or settings? Can i add a SSD leater with ou problems. Sorry it’s just that in a month or 2 I plan to build my first pc. Should I wait?

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there,

      It can, though if you’re wanting an even better experience then you might want to consider going with Ryzen instead since it’s made more for rendering and what not.

      You’d be able to add a SSD down the road! It’s an easier experience with Windows 10.

  38. Caslir says:

    Hi, I’ve never built a PC before, and since I was planning on using the same computer for video editing and gaming, is there a batter CPU than the Intel i5 that would mostly fit the budget and would still work with the other components?

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Caslir,

      If you have a bunch of rendering in mind as well then I’d suggest going with Ryzen. Overall gaming performance will drop a tiny bit, but it’s really not a significant amount and the difference in editing/rendering speeds and performance is definitely worth it.

      I’d suggest using this motherboard from Asus and the Ryzen 5 1600 CPU for optimal editing performance while still keeping gaming in mind.

      Let me know what you decide to do! Ryzen was made for content creators, for efficiency when it comes to heavy processing tasks.

      • Caslir says:

        Another question, should I invest in a SSD? I mostly play Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm, so would it make sense to buy a small SSD for faster boot times? And if so, do you have any recommendations?

        • Colton P says:

          Sure I’d recommend doing that if you have the room in your budget. You can check out this post if you want to learn more about SSDs and what not. It would help with overall usage of Windows and if you have enough room it’ll help with load times on games as well, multiplayer titles benefit a lot from that.

          Let me know what you decide to do!

  39. Josh says:

    Hey Colton,

    Is it worth buying a small 64 GB SSD for the OS and maybe one or two games in addition to the 1 TB HDD or just the 1 TB HDD by itself?

    • Colton P says:

      Sure it is if you’re wanting faster boot times and load times on programs. If you’re wanting to add in some games to install to it I’d go for a bigger one. Otherwise yes, boot times are significantly different on a SSD compared to a HDD on your OS.

      Check out this post for more info on SSDs and HDDs, mainly the speed differences. Let me know what you decide to do!

  40. Yezzy says:

    Ive never built a PC before. I should be good building one if I bought all the parts listed above right? Anything extra I need to know?

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Yezzy,

      Basically yes! There aren’t any extra cables or anything you’d need since everything listed above comes with everything you’d need. I would check out the video above before and during the actual process of putting it together since it’ll help a lot, especially if you follow along step by step.

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

  41. Jonathan says:

    Hey Colton,

    A while ago I bought the parts from this build, and I’ve finally started putting it together. I have the Intel i5-7600K LGA1151. What aftermarket CPU cooler would you recommend to be used with it? I have the Geminii M4, but I’m not sure if it would work with it, it looks too big to go on the motherboard for the test phase. I’m completely new to this so I might be fine, I was wanting to double check with you first.

    • Colton P says:


      I’d recommend simply going with the build. I understand wanting to go through the test phase, and you still could, but you might as well use the cooler since you already have it.

      It’ll fit fine while mounting with the case. Have you checked out some videos of others installing that same cooler?

  42. Derek says:

    Hey Colton,
    Would this case work with the build?
    Would I also have to get an external disc drive, or is there a place for an internal one?

    • Colton P says:

      Yup, that case would work just fine. The three X’s on the front area, that are a bit darkened, are the drive bays where you could use one to put the CD drive.

      • Derek says:

        One more question, a friend suggested using 2 of the 8gb ram cards, would that work and still be worth the extra cost?

        • Colton P says:

          Depends on what you’re trying to do. Adding in more RAM isn’t going to increase gaming performance. Maybe by a smidge, but nothing significant.

          I would add more RAM if you consider yourself a content creator or if you’re trying to run your own servers from the PC.

  43. Patel Shawn says:

    I was wondering if you could suggest me a build in which there are fans and cooling systems included for a $1000

  44. Garrett says:

    Hi this is my first time building a PC and I was wondering if the case came with a cooling system or if I would need to buy that separately.

  45. David says:

    Hi I would like to know if the corsair 460x will work with this build. Thanks in advance!!

  46. Zane says:

    Hi I am about to order all the parts for my pc but I was planning on using a different case. After looking at the dimensions of the motherboard it seems like most ATX cases won’t fit a motherboard that is 10.59 x 13.62. Am I missing something or do I need a different motherboard/case. If I do need something different is there a motherboard with similar price and capabilities that you would recommend or would it really be better to just use the case given

    • Colton P says:

      Hi there Zane,

      You can always link the case that you’re wanting to use in another comment and I can let you know if it’d work or not with the build. Most mid tower cases are going to work with ATX motherboards. Which cases were you considering?

  47. Cal says:

    Hey, I got everything on this list, and built the pc too. It starts up, the lights are on and the fans work, but there is no display on the monitor. Do you know what i could’ve done wrong? Thanks!

    • Colton P says:

      Do you have your video cable plugged into your display from your video card or your motherboard? You should have it be coming from your video card.

      Are you using HDMI or DVI?

      Let me know!

  48. Ryan says:

    Do you think the prices for the parts will drop down to the $1000 range on black friday?

    • Colton P says:

      The prices will definitely be lower around that time but it seems that PC components have been pretty weird on pricing lately… It might be worth the wait to see if you can catch a deal.

      I’ll also be making posts whenever I see some deals that would be worth looking for 😉

  49. Daniel says:

    Hey! I was wondering if the Phanteks Eclipse P400S Tempered Glass Midi-Tower would be good as a case? It looks better in my opinion. Thanks!

    • Colton P says:

      Are you referring to this exact case then, Daniel? If so then yes, you’d be able to use it but keep in mind that it doesn’t have a slot for a CD drive. If you plan on installing your OS via USB and find all of your drivers online then you’d be set!

  50. Daniel says:

    And one more thing. Where can i find help on actually understanding how the windows 10 instalation works. I want to boot it from a 256 gb SSD. And could you recommend me an SSD thats compatable with this build. Thank you very much!

    • Colton P says:

      The above video will show you step by step installation and it’s actually easier now with Windows 10. Otherwise there are plenty of videos on YouTube showing how Windows 10 gets installed. You can do it via CD or USB.

      And sure thing, the 250GB EVO Samsung SSD listed in this list would be the best as far as what you’re looking for! Let me know what you decide to do!

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