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. Magnus says:

    im looking for a pc that can have a lot games and run all of them on high to medium quality, can this computer do the job

    • Colton P says:

      For sure Magnus, this is the ideal PC for maxing out games at 1080p. It’s even a bit overkill for it, it’ll handle 1440p on higher settings as well.

      • Derpabob says:

        Hey, if I were to exchange the 7500 with a 7600k, what cooler would you recommend?

        • Colton P says:

          I’d recommend going with the Corsair H60 liquid cooler to get a decent overclock off of it. Otherwise there are some other coolers that’d work as well, let me know!

          • Cameron Jones says:

            I’m looking to build my own gaming PC (for the first time and I don’t know how to do my own comment so I’m just going to reply to this one) and I looked up 1000$ gaming build and found this I got into it and looked reviews and all that and some say that the motherboard doesn’t work that well. I’m just wanting to know have u honestly had an issue with it and if so what motherboard would u recommend dissregarding the price???????? i dont have any expierence with computers but ive seen youtube videos on how to build them and ive looked through a great deal of the builds could this be the one!

          • Colton P says:

            I use a very similar motherboard with my current build but with an Intel CPU and haven’t had any issues at all, though yes it seems sometimes the board might come in DOA. If that were to happen, Amazon is easy to work with when it comes to replacements/refunds.

            With that, if you’d rather go with something else that has some better reviews overall then I’d recommend going with this board from Asus – keep in mind that all boards have a chance of having a defect through the manufacturing process… It’s not very common but it does happen time to time. Hence why you should do a test before putting all of the parts into the case!

  2. William says:

    Hi! I am decent with computers but I have never built one. I was reading up on building a computer and I found this one and I thought “this looks great I can’t wait=it to get started!” but then as I read up more about building your own computer I heard that some motherboards do not have wifi or Bluetooth built in along with other things and I was wondering if this was the case for this build? Also, this build doesn’t have a headphone jack and USB connector correct? So I guess what I’m asking is can you just list all the important things this computer doesn’t have such as wifi or a headphone jack that a prebuilt computer would have? Thank you very much!

    • Colton P says:

      Hey William,

      Some motherboards have wifi/bluetooth built-in but you can also use an adapter to access wifi/bluetooth. Hence the link to the wifi adapter at the bottom of the post.

      There is also an adapter that allows you to use wifi and bluetooth, you’d be able to use it with this board. I’d recommend this one from Asus if you wanted to go that route!

  3. William says:

    Two more things, I am a HUGE Razer fanboy so as I was looking through cases I found that Razer has multiple cases and I am wondering which ones will work? Also, because I in no way need a CD drive would I be able to use an SSD instead? (and could you send me a link to a good one please?)

  4. Kenneth says:

    I’m planning to copy this build for my brand new gaming computer. However at my house I dont have a direct internet access and have to rely on wifi for internet. Can this build detect/ access a wifi internet? Thanks

    • Colton P says:

      Yup if you include a wireless network adapter like what is listed above then you’ll be able to connect to a wifi connection. Can either go with something like the USB one or go with an internal one if you wanted to spend a bit more. Let me know!

  5. Carlos says:

    Why go for the i5 if Ryzen 5 1600 is at 199.00USD? From what I checked using the amazon link + CPU benchmark, the AMD chip is better and cheaper (229USD for the i5). Wondering if there’s a factor I might not be considering.

    • Colton P says:

      Well it’s actually $179 for the i5 and when it comes to gaming specifically, it’s the better performing CPU. Granted yes, you could overclock the 1600 a bit to reach a similar level and I’ve mentioned that within the post. If you’re wanting to do more than just game with heavy rendering tasks and what not then Ryzen would be the route to go.

      Really comes down to which brand you want to follow through with. Both CPUs are going to be very good for gaming. Though if the market changes drastically I could see changing the CPU over to the 1600.

  6. RJ from PA says:

    i went with your build here (thanks!) as i know nothing about this stuff and my son wants a gaming PC. However, he wants a case that will “match” the red version of the devastator II keyboard and mouse…and i have no idea what will work. Could you please recommend one for me? Very much appreciate the build info and any help on case as well!

  7. RJ from PA says:

    adding on to previous post…

    perhaps one of these 3?

    • Colton P says:

      Ahh I didn’t see that you’ve listed these options,

      I wouldn’t go with the N27 since the video card would need a bit more room, some drive bays probably wouldn’t be useable.

      The SPEC-04 and Alpha cases would work but keep in mind that they don’t have a slot for the CD drive. If you know what you’re doing when it comes to installing the operating system with a USB drive and finding the drivers online then you’d be good to go!

  8. Kolin says:

    Back to the first question William asked about the USB/headphone jack. So does this build have one or not. I just got a new headset that runs through a USB port for multi-platform use and didn’t want to start building this and find out there wasn’t a way to connect it.


  9. Rafa says:

    I currently develop VR on my schools iMac but been getting tired of many overnights at school and rather work from home.
    My 2011 MacBook deff can’t handle developing or testing VR

    Would building this PC be the ideal choice? Also since this is something I will continue to do for years to come

    • Colton P says:


      As for video power yes, the 1070 is a good card. Though as with anything else, the more you spend the better your experience is going to be.

      I’d instead go with a Ryzen CPU since it’s a much better fit for a workstation PC. I’d go with the Ryzen 7 1700 and this motherboard from MSI instead of what’s above if you’re trying to stick with a similar budget point.

  10. Oskari says:

    Hi! What would you recomend for 16gb of ram.

  11. William says:

    Actually, I think I might go with this build:

    Intel Core i5-8400
    Asus Prime Z370-P
    Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080
    Team Dark 2x8GB DDR4-3000
    Samsung 960 Evo 250GB
    I think a 1tb hard drive
    Corsair CS650M
    Crystal Series 570X RGB
    Do you think this is a good build? Are there any changes you think I should make?

    • Colton P says:

      Sure, if that’s the kind of build you want to go for. I am not a fan of the pricing for the “newest” gen of Intel CPUs… Though it’d work fine. If you’re sticking with the 8400 then you could easily go for a cheaper motherboard since it’s not designed to be overclocked.

  12. Daniel says:

    So this will be my first pc build and Im just wondering, if i buy everything on this page, what other pages, wires, screws, or any other thing will I have to buy as well?

  13. Mohammed al-khafaji says:

    I love your post and the way you described the build, but can i use amd rx 580 instead of gtx 1070 ?
    I’m a youtuber with over 67k subscribers making videos daily, so i’m trying to find the perfect build for me

    • Colton P says:

      Sure, if you wanted to go with the RX 580 you could. Though I think, at least for now, you’ll get better power per dollar spent with the 1070.

      Let me know what you decide to do!

  14. Soup Mario says:

    Which type of 4k will this setup support (UHD, UW4K, DCI 4k)?
    I’m trying to find out whether to build a pc or buy one, or maybe even buy a gaming laptop.

    • Colton P says:

      I’m not an expert on the different types of resolutions but this build is going to be able to handle 3840 × 2160 decently. At a playable state. I wouldn’t expect being able to play above 40ish FPS in most of today’s titles at 4K.

  15. Joe says:

    Hey so I’m thinking about this build but I kinda want a more “black//red case” if you could send a link that’ll work for this please? Also any update on if I need a cooler I see lots of other builds adding a cooler and I don’t see the i5 come with anything, help before I buy !!

  16. LoneJinjuriki says:

    If I change the Nvidia Geoforce 1070 for a 1060, will it still run most games on 60 fps?

    • Colton P says:

      If you’re gaming at 1080p resolution then yes, you could expect a solid 60 FPS rate for most titles. For the unoptimized titles you shouldn’t expect 60 FPS all around.

  17. Michael Delay says:

    Dear Colton

    I was one who used your earlier build with the
    [ASUS PRIME Z270-P LGA1151 DDR4 HDMI DVI M.2 USB 3.0 Z270 ATX Motherboard PRIME Z270-P] and
    [Kingston Technology HyperX FURY Black 8 GB 2133 MHz CL14 DIMM DDR4 Internal Memory (HX421C14FB2/8)]
    I used the build that had this and recently got a 16gb kit and tried upgrading to 32gb of RAM but after I installed the las stick my screen wouldn’t show up I used a 4k LG TV as a screen and I used the monitor you recommended as well and it wouldn’t show up. When I removed the last stick of Ram it came back I was wondering was there something wrong with my hardware or am I doing something wrong. please respond quickly.

  18. Nick says:

    Will this CPU bottleneck the 1070. Just wanted to know since this is gonna be my first pc build and want to make sure before buying. I’m gonna be playing GTA, PUBG, will this pc do great on those games with a 1080p 144hz monitor .

  19. Rilnex says:

    hey I have a msi ms-7693 motherboard with a AMD FX -4130 3.8Ghz Processor. should i change both?

    • Rilnex says:

      also how much gb of ram do you recommend. my computer already has 8 gb

      • Colton P says:

        Depends, if you stick with the FX family then 8GB will be enough for sure. Otherwise you’d need to buy a different type of RAM if you plan to switch out the motherboard for a new type of processor.

    • Colton P says:

      Depends on if you jut want to upgrade to the higher FX processor or if you want to start going into the new Ryzen family processors, or even Intel if that’s what you wanted to do.

      • Rilnex says:

        hey sorry if it is late but what do you recommend? i heard that intel is superior than the amd processors but is the difference really that noticeable? if I am to switch to the intel, I should change my motherboard, right? thanks for the help

        • Colton P says:

          It’s never too late! With Ryzen now, AMD has those higher levels of performance. Sure, out of the gate Intel might have a slight higher performance level but with a bit of an overclock the Ryzen CPUs can be the same or sometimes even perform better than today’s Intel processors. Ryzen is also a lot better when thinking in terms of heavy processing tasks such as video editing and rendering.

          If you are to switch to Intel then yes, you’d need to change your motherboard. Same with going with Ryzen, you mentioned you are using a board that uses a FX series CPU right now so you’d have to switch to a newer board for Ryzen as well.

          Let me know what you decide to do!

  20. Liam Mc says:

    Hey I was wondering if the final price includes windows, the WiFi adapter, the keyboard and the monitor? Thanks.

  21. Ben Ancheta says:

    Hi, I was just wondering about the optimal builds for certain games. Is that a thing? Can you email me back @
    I would like to optimize it for CS:GO

    • Colton P says:

      You could go a bit cheaper if you wanted it just for CS:GO… I am a lot more active here than I am with e-mail.

      If all you’re trying to play is CS:GO at a high FPS rate then this build would be amazing for that. Depends on the frame rates and what not you’re trying to get to and what type of screen you’re using.

  22. William says:

    Never mind, I think I am going to go with something different then this actually. Do you think this build is good or should I use this build?
    My criteria is to be able to play Overwatch at Epic settings and get 100-150 FPS. I would also like my computer be relatively well future proofed for new first person shooters.

    • Colton P says:

      Both are overkill for your criteria. If you just plan on using a 144hz monitor at 1080p for that FPS rate then you could still go with something like what’s above, a GTX 1070, and still hit those high frame rates easily. A 1080 and higher is overkill, it’ll do what you’re looking to do it’s just overpriced for what you want to do.

      Though obviously if you’re wanting to game at 4K in the future or play VR games then a 1080 would be the way to go.

  23. Leslie says:

    Any reason not to go to 2T? I hate externals other than to back up

  24. Daniel Black says:

    If I wanted to be able to play blu rays, what cd drive would you recommend to go along with this build?

  25. Joe says:

    Sorry for the bother, I just got this complete build and when I’m gaming on it I get transparent horizontal lines (screen tearing I believe) I have a Ben-q zowie 27 inch monitor (rl2755) I got v sync enabled and I just hope it’s not any components in my build getting this issue.

    • Colton P says:

      Hmm, that’s weird. Do you have any example you could show me, a similar picture from the internet of what it might look like?

      Is it with any games? Is it the same lines in every game? You might want to mess around with the Nvidia control panel a bit

  26. Marko says:

    Just one question..i know that prices jump like crazy but your build now on december 30/2017 cost near 1500$ its not 1000$ anymore.Why this crazy jump in prices?only 1070 gpu is 650$

  27. Marko says:

    And one more following question.What do you think about Zotac 1070 mini?Price is a bit over 300$ which is awesome.Is this gpu weaker than your suggested 1070? Should i go for zotac?

  28. Sean says:

    I have never built or dealt with desktop computers before. I broke my laptop recently by hitting it where the hard drive was, resulting in all my data being deleted. I have decided to try getting/making a desktop, since if one thing is damaged (screen, mouse, keyboard, tower) I don’t have to pay for EVERYTHING again. I found this build and think it might do. However, what importance does the CD drive play? Is it required to make this build, or can I just get everything else and not worry about it?

    • Sean says:

      Continuing from my last comment, what do you suggest for an internal WiFi connector? Also, does the Motherboard need the Intel i5, or can I use the Ryzen 5 1600, which someone else talked about and looks to be what I want. One more thing, for the video card/graphic card, should I go with the one you suggested or the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 Mini ITX OC 8GB GDDR5 Graphics Cards GV-N1070IXOC-8GD, which you suggested after the price changed of your original suggestion. I need a computer for gaming, work/school, and for extras like drawing.

      • Colton P says:

        For an internal network adapter I’d go with this one from TP-Link – it performs really well and for the price it’s definitely worth getting.

        If you wanted to go with Ryzen then you’d have to go with a compatible motherboard as well. If that’s the route you’d rather go then let me know and I can point you to a motherboard that’d work with everything else!

        • Sean says:

          Yeah, I think that is the road I would like to go. What motherboard do you suggest? Also, I really want as many USB drives as possible, since I already have a mouse and keyboard that require USB ports. Plus, I know someone that can help put this together.

          • Sean says:

            Also, what do you suggest for a cheaper video/graphics card?

          • Colton P says:

            If you’re downgrading then you wouldn’t want to go any lower than a 6GB GTX 1060 if you’re able to find one for a decent price point. Video cards are at a very odd spot right now when it comes to pricing.

          • Sean says:

            The graphics card is the hardest thing for me to find, since the price varies so much. However, I know what I’m getting for everything else after seeing your new suggestions. Thank you for that!

          • Colton P says:

            Right… I wonder if the market is ever going to go back to a decent place. Who knows, in the mean time it might not be a terrible idea to downgrade the GPU that way you have something at least to work with, then maybe sell the card and upgrade when the time is right.

            No problem for the update, trying my best to keep all of the builds updated!

          • Colton P says:

            I’ve actually updated the part list above to include Ryzen, it feels better at this budget range with the current pricing!

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Sean, sorry to hear about your laptop man. Though you’re right, a desktop you’d be able to re-use most of the parts down the road!

      The CD drive plays the part of installing your OS if you don’t know how to do it with a USB drive. There are plenty of tutorials on YouTube and the like, I just included it because most people here are completely new and will need to use the CD drive for the operating system and drivers. If you know how to get them online and install via USB then you won’t need the CD drive.

      • Sean says:

        Hey, I finally got everything for my new computer. The only things that I’m waiting to get delivered are the graphics/video card, ram, and cd drive (which I didn’t realize was so important until I got the windows 10 disk and went oops). If you’re wondering, this is what I got.

        Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 1600

        Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-AB350-Gaming 3

        Graphics card: EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti SC GAMING, 4GB GDDR5, DX12 OSD Support (PXOC) Graphics Card 04G-P4-6253-KR

        RAM: Crucial Single 8GB DDR4

        Hard Drive: WD Blue 1TB SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 RPM 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch Desktop Hard Drive (WD10EZEX)

        Power Supply: EVGA 500 W1, 80+ WHITE 500W, 3 Year Warranty, Power Supply 100-W1-0500-KR, Black

        CD Drive: Asus 24x DVD-RW

        Case:VIVO ATX Mid Tower Computer Gaming PC Case / Black Desktop Shell / 3 Fan Mounts, Dual USB 3.0 (CASE-V02)

        I basically followed most of you what you suggested on your second budget build, especially with the processor and motherboard (thx btw for those, since I had no idea where to find a motherboard for the Ryzen). However, I’m very curious as to what your thoughts are on what I choose, especially with the case, which I decided on because it was cheap, had a blue led (I love blue lol) and because it had a lot of usb slots, which I really needed. Anyways, the final price came out at around $1000-$1100. Thank you so much for being such a huge help!

        • Colton P says:

          Hey Sean, exciting!

          I’ve seen many use those VIVO cases and although the material isn’t the best, you get a nice value for what you pay for it. A blue LED and a bunch of USB slots? Yes! It’s good enough for me to recommend it!

          You’ve got a solid foundation here. It sucks that video card prices have gone up as high as they have, but you’ve compensated well with getting that 1050 Ti. Let me know how the build goes and you’re welcome for the help!

          • Sean says:

            My computer is officially up and running! It is working great, with my only problem being the processor since I messed up putting it on correctly, which I fixed before turning on everything, and my mouse from my old laptop which is being annoying at times hehe. Thank you though, for everything, because I honestly had no idea where to start. This is going to be my last message, so I thank you for all of your help and feedback, because without it I probably wouldn’t be here working on things for Boy Scouts and I would still be using my iPad mini and phone to do school projects. Goodbye, and thank you Colton.

          • Colton P says:


            I’m glad everything worked out well. You’ve got yourself a heck of a build!

            Always here if you need anything else or even if you just want to read other content and say hello, cheers! 🙂

  29. liam says:

    what if i want to save a little money. and i dont care much about 1440p graphics that much?

    • liam says:

      like i still want good graphics and fast speeds, but i dont think i need the ability to run anything 60+fps on max settings 4k

    • Colton P says:

      Then I’d go with a 6GB GTX 1060 such as this one from EVGA – I know it’s the mini card but it still has a lot of performance power and you’d be running games at 60 FPS avg at 1080p for sure with it. Most of the other 1060s at the time of this writing are out of stock or overpriced big time.

  30. Antonio says:

    Hey Colton, If I replaced the video card with a EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti Super Clocked Gaming ACX 2.0 6GB GDDR5 384bit PCI-E Graphic Card (06G-P4-4995-KR) and replaced the power supply with a
    EVGA 750 GQ, 80+ GOLD 750W, Semi Modular, EVGA ECO Mode, 5 Year Warranty, Power Supply 210-GQ-0750-V1
    would this be compatible?

  31. Adityalexia says:

    heyyy can this spec run pubg mid to high?

  32. Thatfatguy says:

    Hi!! I would like to know if this build can support screen recording to at least 720p 60fps???

  33. William Anderson says:

    Hi! I recently came across your video and I was just wondering if you had like pre built system option, like I’ll pay you for everything and you do the work kinda option and ship it back to me. I’m not tech savvy as in putting things together, as I did watch your whole video, I’m sure to mess something up knowing myself. Thanks in advance!

    • Colton P says:

      I do not do anything like that William, though it doesn’t take a crazy computer scientist to put it together 🙂

      If you really don’t want to learn how to put a computer together yourself then a pre-built I’d recommend would be something like this one if you’re looking for 1080p gaming. Check out the version with the 7700, not the 7700k since it seems to be out of stock.

  34. Kyle says:

    What are some nice green colored cases that work with this?

  35. Xavier says:

    Hey! I was looking at this build and it seemed good but, for my needs I feel it’s a bit overkill I just want to play overwatch and cs:go 100+ frames at max settings(and Mabey stream). Are there any corners you think I can cut with out reducing performance drasticly ?

    • Colton P says:

      I’d take a look at the $700, $800 or $900 builds if you’re sticking at 1080p. More so the $800 or $900 builds when you’re really wanting to go for super high frame rates on a 144hz monitor.

      Let me know what you decide to do!

      • Xavier says:

        I think I’ll be going with the 700$ build so im abls to get a better moniter, mouse, and keyboard as (I realize I didn’t mention this) I would like to play games somewhat competitavly. Does that change any thing or would you say the 700$ build is still a good choice ?

        • Colton P says:

          A 1060 with a nice Ryzen CPU you’d be getting good performance levels at 1080p, surely enough to play competitively. Let me know when you start getting some of the parts from that page!

  36. Timothy says:

    Is all the hardware compatible with the Gigabyte G1 1070?

  37. Gino says:

    Can someone help me out? I’m planning to build this PC.

    NZXT S340 Special Edition case
    AMD Ryzen 5 1600 processor
    GIGABYTE GA-AB350-Gaming 3 motherboard
    PNY GeForce GTX 1070 8GB video card
    Crucial Single 8GB DDR4 ram
     EVGA 700 B1 80+ Bronze 700W power supply
    Seagate 1TB hard drive

    However I have a couple questions:
    Does it all fit in the case?
    Will I be able to put an extra ssd in there? (And still fit an what should I get?
    Can I double the RAM, so can I put in an extra piece in the future?

    I know I’m a big dummy and this is going to be my first gaming pc!

    Thx a lot!!

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Gino, happy to help out!

      I’m assuming you’re referring to this exact case then, right? If so then yes, you’d be able to use it but keep in mind that there are no slots for a CD drive. If you don’t plan to use a CD drive then you’re good to go, everything else would fit just fine.

      You could add in a SSD, there is room in the case for one. I’d recommend any of these from SanDisk if you were to add one in!

      You can always add more RAM, I’d just make sure that it’s the same model/brand if you’re able to when that time comes. Let me know if I can help more as you’re moving forward with your build!

  38. Christian says:

    I’m looking for somthing that will maintain its FPS through any game even if I have two highly graphical games in separate windows. I want it to be godly fast. My budget is 2,000$ could you help me out?

    • Colton P says:

      This build would definitely get the job done man, it sucks that a video card like a 1070 costs as much as it does but it’ll do the trick. Then with the processing power involved, you’d be able to have two games running at the same time for sure.

      You might want to consider adding in a solid state drive if you’re wanting crazy speeds with load times and boot times as well. I’d recommend any of these from SanDisk if you were to do that.

      The rest of your budget should maybe go towards your monitor and peripherals you’d want to go with. Let me know what you decide to do and if you need more help as you’re moving forward with your build.

  39. Hunter Habersaat says:

    Hey Colton,

    I found this guide while on a hunt to either build or buy a pc! It looks like a great option but then I found this one for a couple hundred dollars cheaper. Are there any major differences between the two? If so, is it worth upgrading this one or building the one you presented from scratch? Thanks!

    • Colton P says:

      Hey there Hunter,

      This build would have a bit better performance, but for the current price of that PC it’s still a pretty nice deal and you’d be having good enough quality at 1080p.

  40. Mark McLean says:

    I took the chance and built this exact system and I have to say I absolutely love it. I have never built a computer but with patience and some research I managed to build this with no problem. This pc will pretty much blow your mind if your looking for something that’s reliable and speedy. I upgraded to 16gb of ram for modding and it runs like a dream. I highly recommend this pc if you want something that’s affordable and reliable. Thank you Colton P for the great parts list

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Mark,

      I’m glad that you’re digging the build! Can’t go wrong with 16GB of RAM, you’ll be set for memory in the long haul as with the rest of the specs.

      Happy gaming 🙂 Feel free to check out other posts here on the site as well!

  41. Boi says:

    Can u use a microphone with them?

  42. Hi says:

    Is it possible to just put in a gtx 1080 instead or are the parts not compatible

  43. brody says:

    Thank you for the build but with that cpu and a 1060 wont it bottleneck?

    • Colton P says:

      Nope! Both parts are very high levels of performance, there won’t be any bottleneck at all.

      You’re welcome for sharing the build also, let me know if there is anything else you need help with as you’re moving forward with your build!

  44. Kyle S says:

    Thanks for the write up! What about this GPU instead?

    Heard horror stories of Gigabyte.

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Kyle, you’re welcome for sharing!

      For sure you could use that card instead if you wanted to. Honestly, there are horror stories for every brand, it depends on where you look. Though I understand why you’d want to go with MSI, if the price made more sense for the budget point then I’d be sharing it 24/7!

  45. Jonjie Rivera says:

    hello im planning to have this build but I can not find a Gigabyte GA-AB350 here in Dubai so they suggested me to use MSI A320. Do u think it will work just fine?

    • Colton P says:

      I wouldn’t use an A320 board if you plan on overclocking at all and to be honest, overclocking is a big reason why I’m sharing to use Ryzen at this budget point. By giving a slight overclock to it you’ll get a higher level of performance and this won’t be possible with an A320 board

      Is this board from MSI available to you instead? Let me know!

      • Jonjie Rivera says:

        Yes it is available last question Mr. Colton Can i upgrade some of this parts in the future I want to? I mean this kind of build is upgradeable? thank you

        • Colton P says:

          For sure you can upgrade it down the road! There is a pretty decent upgrade path with both the CPU and GPU as well as being able to add in more RAM whenever you deem those additions necessary.

          You’re welcome and do let me know if I can help more as you’re moving forward with your build!

  46. Jonjie Rivera says:

    and what SSD can you recommend thank you in advance

  47. Flacko says:

    Can you please check out this build it is also a $1000 dollar build what can you say about the performance of this one.

    – Intel Core i7-2600 Processor (8M Cache, up to 3.80 GHz)
    – Intel ATX USB 3.0 Motherboard
    – Kingston 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 RAM
    – Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB DDR5 Graphics Card
    – 1 TB 3.5″ Internal Hard Disk Drive
    – Full Side panel ATX Mid-Tower Computer Case + 500 Power Supply
    – DVD+RW Optical Disk Drive
    Thank you

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Flacko,

      Not sure why you’d want to use an i7-2600 for the CPU… it’s an older CPU and for future titles it’d be more wise to get something newer and updated.

      Other than that and using DDR4 RAM with a newer motherboard, it’d be a solid build! Let me know if you need anything else as you’re moving forward with your build, happy to help out here!

  48. Ira says:

    Can we use an external usb or esata dvd drive to load the windows 10 os. Also can we put in an ssd drive for operating system and programs + an extra internal hard drive for storage?

    • Colton P says:

      Hey Ira,

      Yes you can! I’d recommend this one from LG as I’ve heard of others being able to boot Windows using it. As for the SSD, I’d recommend using any of these from SanDisk – you’ll be able to install Windows to it and then you can use a traditional hard drive for more space for your other games/programs that are too much room for the SSD.

      Let me know what you decide to go with!

  49. John says:

    I have an older alienware I’d like to gut and use this build it has a atx motherboard would I be able to use this case and what cooling solutions would you recommend ? I noticed the case you recommend has multiple fans. Thanks for your time.

    • Colton P says:

      Yeah this case would work just fine, which motherboard does it have? You have to make sure that the motherboard you plan to use will be compatible with whatever CPU/RAM you are using.

  50. Magpie says:

    Hey! My wireless router is kind of far from my PC — what would you recommend for an adapter or internal card in that case? I’m okay with blowing some cash on something decent.

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