Building a $1000 gaming PC is ideal when you want premium performance and a foundation for the future of PC gaming. At this budget range, you can opt for a higher-end motherboard to increase the build’s “quality of life” as you continue to use it for years to come.
If you want to know how to build a gaming pc for around the $1000 price point then you should follow the part list below. This guide will show you how to go about building it as well as share what you can expect out of a build like this.
$1000 PC Build Part List:
Last Updated: May 23rd, 2023
Case – Apevia Crusader Mid-Tower Case
CPU – Intel Core i5-12400F 4.4 GHz Processor
Motherboard – MSI PRO Z690-A LGA 1700 Motherboard
RAM – G.Skill RipJaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3600MHz
Storage – Silicon Power 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD
GPU – XFX Speedster RX 6700 XT CORE 12GB
PSU – EVGA SuperNOVA 80 Plus Gold 750W
Estimated Final Price: $990-$1080
A gaming rig that’ll run you around $1000 ensures that you have some of the best gaming performance available for the lowest price possible. It’s easily one of the best builds when it comes to power per dollar spent.
The RX 6700 XT card combined with an Intel Core i5-12400F gives you enough performance power to match up with a 144hz 1080p monitor as well as having potential for high-quality VR gaming and some awesome 1440p performance.
At the highest graphics settings possible at 1440p: You can expect this rig to run games such as Red Dead Redemption 2 at 85 FPS avg, Fortnite at 260 FPS avg, Far Cry 6 at 80 FPS avg, Elden Ring at 60 FPS avg, and Call of Duty: Warzone at 120 FPS avg.
When it comes to having a PC build that can handle 100+ FPS on the highest settings right away, this is the build to go for. This is for those of you that want to start out on the highest quality that’s available without going much over the $1000 mark.
How To Build This $1000 Gaming PC
I’d highly recommend following something like the video guide below when it comes to putting this PC together. It’s a great guide and it is easy to follow!
There may be some parts that are different from this build in the video embedded below and that’s okay! If there is another part that you don’t understand then you should look through the manual of that part and/or look up other video tutorials as well.
If you find yourself having trouble understanding a certain part then you should always search for the specific part and how to install it on YouTube, there are plenty of videos out there showcasing how each part can be installed.
For example, if you aren’t sure how to install your solid state drive then simply search “How to install a solid state drive into PC” on YouTube and you’ll find plenty of material to follow.
Also, you don’t have to use the above case for your build!
You can use almost any other mid tower case if the above case isn’t your style. Feel free to browse the mid tower cases on Amazon and if you find one that you think you’d like to use, link it to me in the comments below and I’ll be able to let you know if it’d work or not.
After putting your rig together, you’ll need to install your operating system, drivers and other software. You’ll also need to get connected online.
There are a couple of posts here on the site that you should read up on if you need to know how to install your operating system as well as getting connected online.
Click the buttons below to learn how to install Windows 10 and get an internet connection with your build!
Have Any Questions?
Feel free to reach out to me in the comments area below if you have any questions about the build, I’m all ears!
From average FPS rates for specific games, hardware compatibility, or whether or not a different case would work with this build… I’m here to help! 🙂
36 thoughts on “How To Build A Gaming PC For $1000”
I noticed that you have changed the psu to the supernova, I just recently ordered my parts, is there any reason I should return the Thermaltake Toughpower 750W 80 Plus Gold Semi Modular PSU and get the supernova before I go through the trouble of building the pc?, or is there a quality difference between the parts?
You’re referring to this exact unit, right?
No worries, only made the change to the EVGA PSU because of more availability and it’s fully modular. You’re still good with the Thermaltake PSU and saved a bit more cash compared to the EVGA PSU. 👍
Do I need to purchase a CPU cooler fan for this build? This is my first build so I’m not sure which one to get.
Nope, if you’re going with the 12400F CPU listed at the time of this writing then it comes with a stock Intel cooler which is more than enough for cooling.
Let me know if I can help more as you’re moving forward with your build!
Would this case work with this build?
Corsair 4000D Airflow Tempered Glass Mid-Tower ATX PC Case – Black https://amzn.to/43osirV
Yes – that case would work fine with the build! It’s an awesome case to go with. 👍
Would the qick instead of the swift still work for this?
You’re referring to this exact card, right?
For sure you could use that card instead if you’d like to, the performance difference is going to be anywhere from 5-20ish average FPS drops. It’s a rough estimate because it depends on which game, the optimization of a game, etc. 2GB less VRAM and a slight drop in performance but it is still a good card and you’d be shaving a bit off the top from total price! 👍
I meant the qick 319, I had heard it’s better than the swift but I have yet to find out how exactly because everyone is so vague.
It’s only better by a slight hair margin, about 1-3 FPS difference in raw gaming performance.
The only differences is the boost clock speed and size. On the QICK the boost clock speeds are OC Mode: 2622 MHz, Gaming Mode: 2548 MHz – where the SWFT model is OC Mode: 2581 MHz, Gaming Mode: 2424 MHz.
Size difference is height on SWFT is 4.8″ / 123.00 mm and the QICK is 5.2″ / 132.00 mm, SWFT is 304mm long QICK is 323mm long, and a slight size difference on the slots.
They both use the same power connector, have the same types and number of display ports, and besides the boost clock speeds all other specs are the same. So at the end of the day, it comes down to if you prefer the looks of one over the other, but mainly whichever one is cheaper at the time you decide to buy either one of those models for 6700 XT.
What would be a good monitor for this
Since this build can get 120+ FPS on most titles titles at max settings at 1080p resolution, I’d recommend a nice 144hz/1080p monitor. I’ve used Asus monitors for many years, so it’s easy for me to recommend this ASUS TUF VG277Q1A monitor. 144hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, high-end build quality and under $200 is great for 1080p gaming.
With that said, it’s up to you if you’d want to have a higher resolution monitor, there is also preference if you’d want to have a higher res monitor but that also comes with having less frames per second on average, comes down to what you value more – more frames or higher res?
Let me know if I can help more! 👍
What would the numbers look like running escape from tarkov and rust
At 1080p ultra settings, Escape From Tarkov would have 100-110 FPS average (depends on having FSR enabled or not) and Rust would run around 120-130 FPS average max settings.
How many fps in Minecraft?
It’ll depend on how many mods/what kind of mods you have installed amongst many other factors to get an accurate measure for FPS. Minecraft by itself, fancy graphics setting, and around 13 chunks on render distance you’ll easily get over 250+ FPS on average.
You’ll be able to run a heavily modded Minecraft with high res texture packs and still get upwards olf 100+ FPS average for sure.
Let me know if I can help more!
Hi there is it possible to get it shipped to nz cause I don’t really want to get scammed $1,000.
All of the parts are linked to Amazon, you won’t be getting “scammed” from here and to these links. If you’re worried about other sellers, you can ensure that you’re ordering directly from an Amazon fulfillment center when you click over and see who is selling the part(s).
Let me know if I can help more as you move forward with your build! 👍
is this all you need
Besides getting Windows installed mentioned in the above section, yes! This will be all the hardware you need for the PC.
Does this build have wifi?
The motherboard listed at this time of writing does not have built-in Wifi, so you would have to install something like this network card from TP-Link if you needed your build to connect wirelessly.
First of all thank you kindly for your write ups. How does this look?
It is basically exactly what you suggested with some (Hopefully) upgraded parts. Im a PS5 gamer so i will not be playing very heavy to begin with, but i do plan on playing 7 days to die (it doesnt update on console) and eventually starfield which wont be on playstation. I may also play fallout 3 & New Vegas. My goal was to get a PC with good enough graphics for starfield and one that will be able to play future titles for the next couple of years. Thank you for your time buddy.
The only thing I’d say is that you don’t really need an aftermarket CPU cooler. The 12400F will come with the stock Intel cooler and is all you need for cooling the CPU. Other than that, yeah, a build like this will certainly do well with those games and more future titles to come 👍
How would this build run with games such as apex legends and rocket league?
Chris, it’ll average over 200 FPS on Apex Legends on high settings, and Rocket League would run well over 250 FPS at 1440p max settings.
How well can this run apex legends?
At 1080p resolution and max settings, you could expect to get 200+ average FPS rates with these current specs!
Would these work with this?
8g ddr4 3600 sticks work?
For sure, you’d be good to go with those instead. 👍
Is cooler included in cpu?
Yeah, Sandro! The i5-12400F comes with the stock Intel cooler. 👍
https://amzn.to/3Z05hdy will this work?
For sure, you could use that case! Let us know if you give it a go!
Hi! I’m thinking about following this guide for a build, and I was wondering if this case would work for these parts.
Thank you for this guide and the other tips in this post, I found it very helpful!
Yes, you’d be able to use that case with this build but keep in mind that you’ll need a USB 2.0 to USB 3.2 Gen 1 header adapter and a USB 3.2 Gen 1 to USB 3.2 Gen 2 header adapter to fully utilize the case.