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: October 11th, 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: $1,033.97


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 1060 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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2,970 Responses to Best Gaming PC Build For Under $1000, A Gaming Build for Gods

  1. Morgan says:

    Hi, I decided to go with the Ryzen 5 1600 CPU combined with this motherboard from MSI ( That you recommended in an earlier comment. I was wanting to do at least 16 GB of Ram and was wondering if two of the Ram cards above would be the best route to go or if there was another option that would be better?

  2. Aidan cook says:

    I need some help iam planing a computer and i am trying to get a zotac amp gtx 1060 6gb with a 1tb seagate hdd a 240gb ssd a rysen 5 1600x a 650w power supply a gigabyte ab350 mother board and Gskill ripjaws 16gbs of ram a arctic cooling heatsink and a rosewill atx mid tower and its a total of 1057.58 $ its more but i dont know if my performance will be better than the one listed

    • Colton P says:

      The above build uses a 1070 which has a significant performance advantage compared to the 1060. If you planned on overclocking the 1600x then you’d be able to have similar if not better performance than the above CPU…

      As far as the tower you plan to use I’d have to know exactly which video card and motherboard you were going with to make sure it fits the case, as well as the exact case. Let me know!

  3. Amber says:

    I am thinking about getting the MSI GTX 1080
    instead of the 1070, but I don’t know if it will fit in the case

  4. Nicholas I says:

    Looking for a 800 to 1000 dollar build that could run any AAA title at at least 60 fps no less and be able to stream. If it’s a bit more that’s okay too just let me know if you can. And I’d like top of the line graphics card. Don’t need it to look pretty at all just run like a damn champ.

    • Colton P says:

      This build would be ideal man, if you want 1080p/60FPS while also having the power to run a quality stream then this is where you’d want to be.

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

  5. richie says:

    Would the build above be better then this build i was planning on doing?

    Processor: Intel Core i5 7600K
    Cpu Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
    Motherboard: MSI Z270 GAMING PLUS
    Memory: Ballistix Sport LT 8GB Single DDR4 2400
    Graphics card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming 8gb
    Power supply:EVGA 650 Watts GQ 80+ GOLD
    Case: Phanteks Eclipse Series P400
    Hard drive: WD Blue 1TB

    • Colton P says:

      You’ll want to make sure that the case you’re using will be able to fit the cooler, let me know if you need help there. Otherwise this would be a bit better, you’re able to overclocking your CPU which is a nice feature!

      Similar performance overall, better CPU since it has a little bit better base performance with the ability to overclock for further performance.

  6. Hanz M says:

    Hi, I noticed you swapped the motherboard from a Z270 to a B250 PC MATE and the 8GB Crucial memory that is currently unavailable in amazon to the faster ballistix 8GB. Ive read that this motherboard is limited to a DDR4 2400, so does it make sense to pay extra for the ballistix that goes up to 3000?

    • Colton P says:

      I’ve switched the RAM out again since prices changed, as well as the motherboard. Some boards are able to recognize the full 3000 but it doesn’t hinder anything to use it when it has a limit.

  7. Eric says:

    Are there any cheaper cases you would recommend?

  8. Nathan Christian says:

    Do you recommend any cool Thermaltake cases?

  9. Adam says:

    Do I need to buy an extra cooler, or are the ones that come with the CPU and the case good enough until I can get an upgrade?

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Adam!

      No need for an aftermarket cooler, the stock Intel cooler will be more than enough to keep the CPU cool. It’ll last a very long time!

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

  10. Aidan George says:

    Hi, I’m very new to building computers and I noticed a fan wasn’t included with this build. Is a CPU cooler the same thing as a fan? Is there anything else that has to be cooled besides the CPU?

  11. Collin says:

    could you possibly check out these 2 builds and lemme know which one is better for gaming and if they are better then the current build above. Thanks

    • Colton P says:

      The first build is basically the same build as here. If you wanted to go with Ryzen for other tasks rather than just gaming then you could go that route as well.

  12. Joe says:

    The linked CPU does say “processor only” although in the writing above you mention it comes with a stock cooler, does it just include one anyways or is the correct CPU the one that comes with cooling included (which i noticed was slightly more expensive) i don’t know if they normally come with fans or not this is going to be my first attempt building a computer myself

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Joe,

      The “Processor Only” option does indeed come with a stock cooler. It’ll be more than enough for keeping the CPU cool.

      Be sure to go through the above video before and during the actual process of putting the build together, it’s going to help out a lot! That and I’m always here to help as you’re moving forward with your build.

  13. Dany Vesselovskii says:

    Could you recommend some other cases to me that are compatible for this build? Thanks

  14. Fernando says:

    Asap, hey I made this pc about a year ago, but sadly my power supply might be dying soon. I have gotten the bronze one. Now am looking into upgrading to something better any advise and would any size fit?

  15. Ryan says:

    Fantastic article!

    You mentioned Ryzen for video editors (which I am). If you were building this out for someone who does high-end gaming and video editing (1080p and 4k), and had a little bit more than $1000 (but not a lot more) how would you change this build out?

  16. suraj brar says:

    hey if i was planning on mainly mining, what changes should i make in the build?

    • Colton P says:

      I’m not very savvy when it comes to mining, Suraj. I don’t know what would be most optimal, though I do know you would need a powerful graphics card which the 1070 fits the bill there.

  17. Collin says:

    Could you possibly link the ssd that you had for this build possibly thank you.

  18. Abdullah says:

    Hey Colton,
    I have a slightly higher budget for peripherals, and was wondering if these ones work well with this ‘God-like build’

    Mouse: Razer Basillisk or Deathadder elite
    Keyboard: Razer Blackwidow Chroma V2
    Headset: Razer Kraken Pro V2 (Black)

    Thanks in advance

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Abdullah,

      For sure! You could use those peripherals if you’d like to, I’ve personally used the Deathadder before and it served me well for a long time. Razer’s products are high quality but they’re a bit pricey since the brand has been so well established. Up to you!

  19. aaron says:

    Is there any other power source I can use.

  20. Alexander Watson says:

    Could I throw in a SSD to this build

  21. Ashton says:

    Is there cheaper ram I can use?

    • Colton P says:

      RAM is at a very weird point right now. It’s overpriced and hasn’t really moved for a while…

      The next cheapest RAM, which I’ll be updating the builds today over to, would be this RAM from Corsair otherwise you’re going to be paying a lot more for other RAM.

      • Adam says:

        Do you recommend that corsair ram or the ballistix ram which was showcased earlier. Price isn’t a big concern to me but I just want to make sure im getting the best possible parts

        • Colton P says:

          When it comes to RAM you’re really not going to miss out on a whole lot between different RAM speeds, right now the market for memory is random. It’s best to go with what’s the best value for the money, I’d recommend the above RAM until it’s either out of stock or completely overpriced. If that becomes the case, I’ll change it again.

  22. Ethan Won says:

    Hey man, Im new to this whole thing and I wanted to use your build but customize it a little with the interl i7 7700k, this cooler,
    then this case,
    this monitor,
    and this motherboard
    I was wondering if these changes are still compatible and whether or not it improves the build at all

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Ethan,

      A few things about the changes you’re wanting to go with… I wouldn’t recommend going with that motherboard with this version of the 7700. If you wanted to use that board I’d go with the i7-7700 instead since that board isn’t compatible with the overclocking capabilities of the i7-7700k.

      That case would work, but keep in mind that there isn’t a slot for a CD drive. This is fine, just as long as you understand what you’re doing when it comes to installing your operating system via a USB drive. That or you could use an external CD drive if you plan on installing via CD. Also, that cooler is too big for the case. So I’d either go for a bigger case or a different cooler.

      The monitor would work, though I think I’d recommend something else when it comes to gaming. Looking at the specs of the monitor you linked, there is a good bit of response time lag. I’d recommend the monitor I have linked in the article above, but go for the bigger size!

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

  23. Brandon says:

    Would a Ryzen 1700x work with this setup with a GTX 1080 instead of the 1070 you have listed

  24. Zach says:

    I was thinking about buying a pre-built alienware aurora for gaming, would the above build be better than this?

    • Colton P says:

      Much better Zach…

      With Alienware, you’re paying for the brand name. The above specs have much better performance in comparison, even with an Alienware configuration at a similar price point. To have similar performance you’d be paying $300+ more on an Alienware configuration.

      In the end, you’re paying less for better performance. Let me know what you decide to do and I’m always here if you decide to move forward with a help/have other questions!

  25. Devin Koivisto says:

    Hey Colton,

    I will be doing this build in the near future and was wondering if you recommend any other cases that could support the full build and future upgrades but has some LEDs and a see through panel. Also, this will be my first build, do you happen to have a video or know of any good videos of putting together the computer from start to finish with the hardware all the way to installing the OS? Thank you in advance.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Devin!

      I’d definitely recommend the ThermalTake Versa C21 case – I’m currently using that case with my build and it was an awesome one to work with. Easy drive storage, RGB lighting and plenty of room for everything and then some.

      The above video is what I always recommend to go through before and during the actual process of putting everything together, every step is similar with every build! Always here for whatever else man!

  26. Marcus says:

    I’m trying to build a PC that can handle streaming my Xbox games using elgato hd60 and editing content. My laptops memory cannot handle it when I add a webcam. My budget is 800. What do you recommend?

    • Colton P says:

      I’d recommend going with the $700 build or the $800 build since they include Ryzen CPUs which were made for rendering and the sorts.

      You’d be having a much smoother experience with editing and what not there while also having the specs needed for higher quality gaming. Let me know what you decide to go with!

  27. Philip N says:

    I plan on using the same build with some small improvements. Would everything fit into the Thermaltake Versa C22 case?

    Case –
    Thermaltake Versa C22 Snow Edition RGB LED Lighting SPCC ATX Mid Tower Computer Chassis CA-1G9-00M6WN-00

    cpuProcessor – Intel Core i5-7500

    Motherboard – MSI Pro Series B250 PC MATE

    Video Card –
    MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5X SLI DirectX 12 VR Ready graphics Card (GTX 1080 ARMOR 8G OC)

    RAM – Kingston HyperX FURY Black 8GB Kit

    Power Supply – EVGA 700 B1 80+ Bronze 700W

    Hard Drive – Seagate 1TB

    asus CD Drive – Asus 24x DVD-RW

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Philip,

      Just to make sure, you’re referring to this exact case – right?

      If so then yes it’d work fine, keep in mind that there isn’t a slot for a CD drive so the CD drive wouldn’t be able to work out. You’d either have to install your OS via USB or use an external CD drive if you still planned on using a CD for installing it. Let me know what you decide to go with man!

  28. John says:

    Would everything fit into the Thermaltake Versa C22 Snow Edition Case?
    I also changed the graphics card to a GTX 1080 8G OC

  29. Jason says:

    For the processor and case, there’s an option on amazon to buy a Processor + Cooler. I need to select the option for the processor and cooler, not just the processor, right? same for the case, I need to select the case + fan?

    • Colton P says:

      No need for either Jason, the “Processor Only” option actually comes with a stock Intel cooler. The other options are just upsells. Also no need for Case + Fan, it already comes with fans but is trying to add in another one with the other option.

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

  30. Robby says:

    What 32GB RAM would you recommend for this build?

  31. Edgar Rodriguez says:

    Hey I’m planing on actually building this and it would be my first pc but I was really wondering if I can upgrade the mother board to the b250 gaming m3? Would that make any difference with everything working together smoothly? Other than that would this build fit in the Thermaltake Versa C21 Case ?

  32. Angela says:

    Hello hello, I’m (lord help me.. lol) going to build a gaming pc for my son for Christmas. There are a couple mother board options alongside the recommended one on amazon page (ie. B250 Gaming M3 etc.). Are any of these a good option if not what am I looking for in a mother board? I just noticed one has lights (one mentioned above) and I was curious if they are all the same as far as performance goes? thanks for any advice!

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Angela!

      As far as gaming performance a motherboard isn’t going to affect a whole lot. With this type of CPU it really comes down to the longevity and interface of the board, how well it’s going to work now and down the road. The above board is what I mainly recommend at this budget point, though if you wanted to go with the other option for lighting effects and what not it wouldn’t hurt anything!

      Be sure to check out the above video before and during the actual process of putting it together, it’s going to help out ten fold. You deserve the best mom award for doing this! 🙂

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

  33. Collin says:

    Is there any better monitors that you would reccommend around 120 or 150 price range

    • Colton P says:

      Besides a bigger size of the same monitor listed above, not really. It’s an amazing monitor. Otherwise I’d be recommending higher resolution monitors that cost more.

  34. Joe says:

    Hi, I’m wanting to upgrade my computer for a while now and have been shopping for builds and really like the pricepoint, etc. of your build here but I do have a couple of quick questions. Currently I have:
    -Video Card: AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series
    -CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU 750 @ 2.67GHz
    -Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD2
    -Power Supply: 520 Watts Dynex Fan Controlled ATX12V
    -Storage: HDD Seagate Barracuda 7200 500gb
    -RAM: Corsair DDR3 8gb (2x4g)

    With that information, is there any parts I could keep using? and still build roughly the same machine and also, if I wanted to build this thing with the intention to further upgrade it would you suggest any changes? Thanks so much for whatever help you can give, this site has been so helpful!

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Joe,

      You should be able to use the hard drive for sure and if the power supply comes with all of the necessary cables for the GPU etc then you’d probably even be able to use that. Though switching it out also wouldn’t be a bad idea.

      Other than that, everything else would need to be replaced to compensate for compatibility. If you need more help as you move forward with your upgrades then let me know!

  35. Joshua says:

    Hey, I plan on spending around a hundred dollars more on this PC. What should I upgrade? The processor (like i5 7600k unlocked $200 dollars), motherboard or memory (SSD 120GB $55) ?

    P.S. What’s a good virus protection program?

    • Colton P says:

      Depends on what you’d like to do, you’d be spending a bit more than ~$100 if you wanted to go with the 7600k since you’d also need to use an aftermarket cooler and a different motherboard to be able to overclock.

      Honestly, I’d suggest adding in a SSD like you mentioned. It’d boost boot times and load times for whatever you install on it, not a bad addition at all. I’d recommend any of these from SanDisk since they’re at a decent price point!

      • Joshua says:

        That’s right. Sorry forgot about the cooler and compatibility of the mother board. What cooler and motherboard would work though? I was going to upgrade to run UNREAL (UR) as a hobby. Will the current build support it? Sorry for the trouble trying to find out because of cyber monday.

  36. Parahble says:

    So if I was to replace the Intel CPU with the Ryzen 5 1600 as you mentioned before (I plan to use the PC for 3D Modelling and VFX as well) what kind of/how much of an impact would this have on the PC’s ability to run games?

    • Colton P says:

      With a slight overclock you’d be able to get similar levels of performance. Just make sure that you’re also using a compatible motherboard!

      • Parahble says:

        What do you recommend overclocking wise? And also what do you recommend for the motherboard so that everything stays compatible?

        I’ve only ever built one computer and that was a long time ago with parts I had been handed to build it with so I don’t quite know what I’m doing.

        • Colton P says:

          You’re not going to be able to overclock the i5-7500. If you’re wanting to go on a route for overclocking then you’d have to go with the i5-7600k along with an aftermarket cooler such as the Corsair H60 liquid cooler for being able to overclock. decently. Then you’d also need a motherboard that is capable of the overclock which I’d recommend going with this one from MSI since it has the features that are needed for overclocking.

          A bit of a price jump when you’re wanting to overclock but you’d get a nice performance boost out of it for sure. Let me know what you decide to do!

          • Parahble says:

            Sorry, I meant with the Ryzen 5 1600; what would you recommend for overclocking?

          • Colton P says:

            Well I’d make sure you’re going with the right motherboard such as this one from MSI if you planned on using Ryzen. Then the stock cooler is enough for a slight overclock but if you wanted to maximize the overclock then you’d be better off going with a different board and an even better cooler. Let me know what you’d rather do!

          • Parahble says:

            Also the parts list at the top of the page now links to the SC black while the list says just the normal edition of the card. Which is the intended GPU?

          • Colton P says:

            Only difference is the back plate, I’m currently using the Black edition with my build. Performance wise, no difference at all so go with what you’d rather have. I just don’t change the name since they’re so similar, changes made because of pricing.

  37. Thomas M says:

    Love the build! One quick question, what would be a good replacement optical drive if I wanted to be able to play blu-ray disks as well as dvds? Thanks for the help!

  38. Dan says:
    Would this case still work for this build?

    • Colton P says:

      It would as long as you used a different aftermarket cooler. It isn’t able to use liquid coolers.

      Let me know if you need help finding a good cooler for it!

  39. Jafar B says:

    Hi this looks like a great build and i will definitely consider this when purchasing my PC. But i just wanted to know what would i need to upgrade if i wanted to go with a 1080 ti in the future?

    • Colton P says:

      Only if the game was very CPU intensive you’d have a slight bottleneck using a GTX 1080 Ti with the i5-7500. Though it wouldn’t be too bad, I suppose you could look into getting an overclockable i5-7600k with a compatible board if you knew you for sure would get the 1080 Ti in the future.

      Let me know if you’d need help with that, I’ll point you in the right direction!

  40. Dan says:
    Would this case also work?

  41. Dan says:

    Does the processor only option on Amazon still give the stock cooler?

  42. Noah M says:

    So I’m trying to get a better deal fro cyber monday if possible. I’m new to building computers so I don’t know what is compatible. Are there any components on sale that would be good replacements for the ones in this list? Most of these items seem to have very small sales, if any.

    • Colton P says:

      Yeah it didn’t seem like much went on sale. There were some components that went on sale during Black Friday deals but it seems like all of the Cyber Monday deals mainly consist of peripherals.

      Can still save a bit with these sales, but there aren’t any crazy deals going on that I see. Be sure to check out the posts I linked, some may still be on sale!

  43. Noah says:

    If i were to change out the EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 for a EBGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti FTW dual fan ACX3.0 4GB should everything still work fine and dandy? Prices in canada are a bit to much for the 1070

  44. jgleas says:

    Can I put an i7-7700k on this motherboard and still be good to go, or would I need a different motherboard with overclocking capabilities?

  45. Eric says:

    I’m looking to build this machine but use it for modest home video rendering. What would be a good cost effective video card?

    I also plan on adding a SSD as the primary drive.

    • Colton P says:

      I mean, the above card is what I most recommend. Sure, the pricing is off from what was announced but in recent months it’s still not a bad price point.

      Are you looking for a different level of performance power?

  46. Steve says:

    If a person doesn’t mind the size of a full tower, in your opinion is it okay to go with a full instead of a mid tower? I would think a full tower would be more convenient with all the space and would probably help a bit with cooling. I like the idea of plenty of room when doing the build and the extra cost if any is not too much of an issue for me.

    • Colton P says:

      Well sure Steve but the purpose of a full tower is to have more drives and what not. The above mid tower is still a pretty decent sized case with plenty of cooling. But if you really wanted to go with a full tower then you can definitely do so!

      Which one were you thinking of going with?

  47. Steve says:

    I know it was somewhat of simple question to ask, but I was thinking of this full tower for the build. (Excuse is I have big hands so would be easier to mount components …haha )

  48. Dan says:

    Is the cd drive necessary.

    • Colton P says:

      If you know what you’re doing when it comes to installing your operating system via USB and getting the drivers online then you’d be good to go, no need for the CD drive then.

  49. Collin says:

    Does the processor come with thernal paste?

  50. Lee says:

    Firstly thanks for the awesome site and actually replying to our comments. I have learned a lot.

    I have $2,000 I could spend on a build if needed. I am not sure which of your builds would best suit me. I plan on doing a lot of video rendering, programming, multi-tasking and I am looking to get back into gaming a couple times a month when time permits. I would enjoy games at 100% but it is not a deal breaker, as I would rather have the best bang for my buck and have something future proof that I can upgrade if needed in 5- 10 years. I care most about productivity and then gaming when life gives me a chance.

    Could you give an overview of the type of user each of your build (price point) would suit? Which of your builds could be point me to and are there any customizations I would need to make.

    Thanks again

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Lee,

      It sounds to me like you’d want to go a route with a good Ryzen CPU build with a GPU to match when it comes to gaming.

      I’d switch out the following parts with the above build:

      Ryzen 5 1600 for the processor

      MSI B350 PC MATE for the motherboard

      Ryzen was made with content creators in mind, it’s the best line of CPUs when it comes to rendering and what not. Everything else you could keep the same, maybe consider adding 8GB more RAM if you’d like to.

      This is just in mind with spending a lower amount to your budget that way you can make sure you have a nice screen as well if you’re also looking to add that into your budget. Otherwise you can still spend a bit more and have even more power on the CPU side.

      Let me know what you decide to do!

      • Lee says:

        Thanks so much for your response. I should have added that I already own the Dell U3415W monitor. Is there any point to getting the Ryzen 7 1700 or 1800x? I do not want to spend more than needed unless justified. I want a system that suits my needs but is not necessarily over kill unless the extra dollars is worth it and makes the build more future proof
        With your suggestions above would I have any issues with playing games in 1440p ?

        Thanks so much again. The part are in my card awaiting your final blessings 

        • Colton P says:

          No problem! It’ll come down to your work load. If you know you’re going to be spending the majority of the time at your PC doing heavy rendering tasks and you need it done in a timely fashion then I could see why you’d want to go up to something like the 1700 or even the 1800x.

          If you’re going with the X version of any of them keep in mind that you’ll also need to include a cooler. You can tell from the product # whether or not it comes with a cooler.

          The higher up you go, the more “future proof” power it’s going to have like you said. The CPU isn’t nearly as important as the GPU when it comes to higher resolutions. If you’re going with the 1070 then yes, you’ll be able to play at 1440p.

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