Best gaming PC build under $1000
Best gaming PC build under $1000
AMD vs. Intel
At this price range, the lines begin to blur between the build paths, but we feel the AMD build is the way to go. The Intel build is superb and will give you high levels of gaming performance; however, the AMD build path features better value and certainly protects your system for a longer amount of time. Regardless of which you choose, you are going to get some serious enjoyment out of this $1000 gaming PC.
RX 5700 XT
I think with this build an RX 5700 XT makes the most sense at the moment. I think you could fit in an RTX 2070 SUPER, but you’d likely have to switch the 1TB SSD for a smaller SSD (or a traditional HDD), go with a lower-tier case, and probably downgrade the CPU and motherboard as well.
For me, the performance difference between the RX 5700 XT and 2070 SUPER isn’t big enough to justify making all of those sacrifices—especially when you consider the real world difference between the two on a 1080P monitor.
8GB or 16GB
While the growing consensus among gamers is that “you need 16GB of RAM in 2020,” in testing that I’ve done and the benchmarks I’ve seen, the extra 8GB of RAM doesn’t provide a huge performance increase in most cases.
However, as memory and GPU prices have started to come down to normal levels, there is now plenty of room in a $1,000 budget to be able to fit 16GB of RAM into your system. And, while there still isn’t a significant difference in performance between running 8GB of RAM and 16GB of RAM in the majority of games, by adding 16GB of RAM now, you will be more future-proofed for when games can fully utilize that extra memory.
For this build, we went with a 1TB SATA SSD. This should give you plenty of storage space for the foreseeable future. You can also add a 1TB hard drive for ~$40 if you want a secondary drive option.
Plenty of Case Options
There are so many different gaming cases available in the ~$45-$75 price range that would work for this build. We chose the Corsair 275R Airflow mid-tower case, though, because of its price, airflow potential, and aesthetics.
A Power Supply
We use Outer vision’s PSU calculator to determine the power consumption for each of our builds. Acceding to Outer vision, even in the most extreme scenarios, this $1,000 gaming PC will require a maximum of a quality 450W power supply. So, we went with a little bit of extra headroom with the Corsair CX 650M to ensure there would be no problems down the road. This will not only accommodate this build easily, but it will also allow for GPU upgrades in the future that won’t also require a power supply upgrade.
Cooler: Wraith Stealth Cooler (Included)
This is the stock cooler that comes with the Ryzen 5600X. If you are wanting to do some overclocking and feel you need a better cooler.
Motherboard: ASRock B550 Phantom Gaming 4
This is a great budget B550 motherboard with the following specifications:
- Supports AMD AM4 Socket Ryzen™ 3000, 3000 G-Series, 4000 G-Series, 5000 and 5000 G-Series Desktop Processors*
- 8 Power Phase Design, Digi Power
- Supports DDR4 4733+ (OC)
- 1 PCIe 4.0 x16, 1 PCIe 3.0 x16, 2 PCIe 3.0 x1, 1 M.2 Key E for WiFi
- Graphics Output Options: HDMI
- 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC1200 Audio Codec), Nahimic Audio
- 6 SATA3, 1 Hyper M.2 (PCIe Gen4 x4), 1 M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x2 & SATA3)
- 8 USB 3.2 Gen1 (2 Front, 6 Rear)
The 6600XT is a great graphics card for most standard gaming and is faster than previous cards in this bracket including the RTX 3060 or the 5700 XT.
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X
- AMD’s fastest 8 core processor for mainstream desktops, with 16 processing threads. OS Support-Windows 10 64-Bit Edition
- Can deliver elite 100+ FPS performance in the world’s most popular games
- Cooler not included, high-performance cooler recommended
- 4.7 GHz Max Boost unlocked for overclocking, 36 MB of cache, DDR-3200 support
- The advanced Socket AM4 platform can support PCIe 4.0 on X570 and B550 motherboards