The Best Gaming PC Build For Under $1000

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Looking to build the best gaming PC possible for around or under $1000? This might just be it. Featuring an unlocked Kaby Lake i5 7600k, a Gigabyte GTX 1060, a Gigabyte Z270 motherboard, and 1.275TB of storage, you’ll be comfortably gaming for a very long time to come!

With a budget of $1000, you can pretty much guarantee that the computer you build can handle 1440p and should also be capable of putting out 4k if you don’t mind lower fps. 1080p? Not even an issue. It is basically a perfectly balanced price-point for building your own gaming PC, it’s enough to get you amazing hardware while still maintaining a reasonable budget.

I hope you enjoy this build guide, and without any more delays, here are the parts I recommend for building your own gaming PC on a budget of $1000.

  • A couple different styled/sized screwdrivers
  • Anti-static wristband (optional but suggested)
  • Patience

That’s about all you’re going to need, seriously. If this is your first attempt at building your own gaming PC, you’re going to want to be well-informed before you tackle the actual build process. There are a lot of walk-throughs and guides on YouTube, and a lot of these are really great to follow, I would highly recommend checking a couple out.

It’s not that building your desktop is going to be hard, but there are some things to take into consideration when doing it, grounding yourself so you don’t fry your new parts with static for instance.

If you’re still thinking that it’s a super-difficult process, just click (or tap) below, skim through the video, and then you’ll know for sure.

Here are the basic steps that I follow when building:
  1. Install the Power Supply into the Case
  2. Install the processor (make sure the arrows line up)
  3. Install RAM (make sure they are in the right way before you try to seat them!)
  4. Mount the CPU cooler
  5. Place the rear I/O plate
  6. Mount the motherboard to the case (get your i/o ports through and use the middle standoff as a guide)
  7. Plug your GPU in
  8. Install any storage
  9. Plug everything into the appropriate spots
  10. Turn it on / Install OS & drivers!

Video Walkthrough

Instead of me typing out a ton of of words to explain this process, why not watch this video put together by He does a great job of explaining everything in detail, and is going to get you running in 30 minutes.

The Best $1000 Gaming PC Build

Updated: March 28th, 2017

  • Corsair Carbide Spec 02

    Mid tower ATX case, great layout, good cable management, 2 preinstalled 120mm fans.

  • Gigabyte GA-Z270XP-SLI

    ATX form factor, Z270 chipset (supports CPU overclocking), integrated 5.1 audio, built-in ethernet controller and a total of 7 USB ports.

  • Intel i5 7600k

    LGA 1151 (Kaby Lake), 3.8GHz, 6MB cache, overclock ready – potentially up to 5.0GHz+!

  • Gigabyte GTX 1060 WindForce

    6GB GDDR5 VRAM, 192-bit memory, comes with a backplate! Performs great!

  • EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G1

    650W semi-modular power supply, 90% efficiency and a 10-year warranty!

  • 8GB Crucial Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 RAM

    2400MHz 8GB dual channel pair (2x4GB)

  • Seagate BarraCuda 1TB HDD

    3.5 inch, 7200 RPM, 64MB cache.

  • Crucial MX300 275GB SSD

    Up to 530MB/s read, 500MB/s write, random read/write IOPs up to 92K/83K.

  • Cryorig H7

    After market heatsinks/coolers help keep your CPU cool when overclocking!

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Although not entirely necessary, some add ons like optical drives can sometimes improve your experience. If you’re installing your operating system from a disc opposed to a USB flash drive, then you’ll definitely need an optical drive.

  • Windows 10 (USB Installer)

    Windows 10 is your best bet when it comes to picking an operating system. This version is a USB installer.

  • Corsair H80i Liquid CPU Cooler

    Instead of air cooling for your CPU, why not try a closed loop liquid cooler? Corsair’s Spec 02 case is guaranteed to work with the H80i.
    *You don’t need air cooling if you’re choosing to run liquid cooling!

  • Crucial MX300 275GB M.2 SSD

    Conventional SSDs are pretty quick, but most simply can’t compete with an M.2-based SSD like the Crucial MX300! Random read/write up to 92K/83K

  • Samsung Ultra-Slim External CD DVD±R/RW

    External optical drives are generally just as good as their internally-mounted counterparts, and in some cases it’s necessary to go external over internal.


This $1000 gaming PC build is going to absolutely dominate anything you throw at it. It’s guaranteed to run games flawlessly in 1440p, and will even work as an entry-level 4k setup. Keep in mind that the price above is for the core components only, you will still need an operating system, and any other peripherals you don’t currently have.

gigabyte-gtx-1060The 6GB GTX 1060 is a powerhouse when it comes to rendering 1080p and even 1440p. It can max
(almost) anything out in 1080p and performs very similarly in 1440p. Gigabyte’s GTX 1060 comes with great cooling, customizable RGB lighting and 5 display outputs. It’ll easily support VR headsets and will deliver 60fps+ performance in pretty much any game out.

The brand new Kaby Lake i5 7600k is well within reach with a build at this level, and that’s exactly what’s loaded into this build. That said, having a CPU that can be overclocked is nothing without a motherboard that also supports it with the proper chipset. So, that said, the Z270 chipset mobo in this build is definitely what you’re looking for when it comes to fully supporting all of your new Kaby Laky CPU’s features.

cryorig-h7If you wanted to do any kind of overclocking, then you’re going to need an aftermarket CPU cooler like the Cryorig H7. Not only that, but the i5 7600k does not come with a stock cooler – I guess Intel caught on that the stock coolers in their unlocked processors always got tossed anyways. There are other options available also, a closed water loop like the Corsair H80i would be a great upgrade in the cooling dept.

8GB of 2400MHz RAM, in a dual channel setup, from Crucial’s Sport LT line is really all you really need to game with great performance. That said, if you tend to do a lot of multitasking like I do, you might want to consider upgrading to 16GB of RAM instead.

With 1.25GB of internal storage split between an SSD and an HDD, you shouldn’t run short anytime soon. You should definitely install your operating system on your SSD, as well as any games you plan on playing regularly, everything else can go on your HDD without problem.

NZXT’s S340 case is absolutely awesome, there are different colors to choose from including one that’s all white. It has lots of fan mounts for customizing your air flow, plenty of space for mounting hardware & cable management, and it looks awesome on top of everything. With that said, cases are subjective and you should definitely browse around for another ATX mid-tower case that will fit the graphics card.

If you’re on a budget of $1000, you’re in luck, because that’s the perfect amount to spend on a DIY gaming PC build. If you were to go to Best Buy and pick a prefab PC up for $1000, you wouldn’t get anything near the level of this beast.

Operating System

When it comes down to picking an operating system for this build, you have a couple of options. One is free, the other is about $100.

windows-10-homeThe best choice if you want access to the widest array of compatible programs & games is going to be Windows. There are a few different versions available, but the one you’ll want to look at is Windows 10 – especially if you want to take advantage of DirectX 12, and you do.

Your free option would be to grab yourself a copy of Ubuntu and run that. It’s a solid Linux-based OS which is widely supported by most Windows based programs and games, although you might have to run some in a program called Wine.

When it comes to actually installing your OS, you basically have 2 choices. You can either do it the old fashioned way by using the retail DVD, or you could create your own bootable flash drive. If you’re planning to use Linux you can also burn an installation DVD. For instructions on how to create your own bootable flash drive, check here.


If you don’t already have things like a monitor, mouse, keyboard, and some kind of audio, you might want to take a look at some of my suggestions. They’re hand-picked to match this budget level, and they’re all great peripherals.

  • BenQ RL2455HM

    A really awesome 24″ 1080p 60Hz monitor with a 1ms response time! Comes in 27″ also.

  • Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum

    Romer-G mechanical switches. Customizable RGB backlighting. All-around amazing keyboard for around $120!

  • Razer DeathAdder Chroma

    Razer’s DeathAdder is an awesome gaming mouse offering great accuracy and a lot of comfort!

  • Creative Sound BlasterX H5

    The Sound BlasterX H5 is my top rated gaming headset for under $100 for a reason!

  • Reflex Lab Mouse Pad

    Super smooth, very accurate, and extremely comfortable to use! Reflex Lab mouse pads are available in 4 sizes from your basic 9″ x 8″ right up to a whopping 36″ x 18″!


Since the motherboard in this build comes equipped with an ethernet controller, it can easily connect to the internet via a wired connection. But, if your only option is WiFi, then you’re also going to need a WiFi adapter.

There are a couple routes you can choose. You could get a decent USB-based WiFi adapter for around $20 and it would work alright. Alternatively, you could get a more reliable internally mounted WiFi adapter for around $35.

  • TP-LINK TL-WDN4800

    Internally mounted WiFi adapter. 2.4GHz or 5GHz.


    USB WiFi adapter. 2.4GHz


For around $1000, this gaming PC build will last you well into the future of modern games and continue to give you a seriously incredible gaming experience. If you need to game on the highest settings then you’ve found the right build because I’ve set you up with a rig that is definitely delivering a lot of bang for your hard-earned bucks.

It’ll handle basically any game you can throw at it in 1440p on high settings or better without breaking a sweat. In 1080p, you could easily max anything out and get 60fps or better.

If you have any questions, comments, concerns or otherwise, feel free to leave them in the comment section and I’ll answer them ASAP! 

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The first game that I ever played on a PC was Ultima Online in 1999, and since then I have been hooked on PC gaming, and putting together awesome builds. Thanks for stopping by!

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267 Comments on “The Best Gaming PC Build For Under $1000”

  1. Hey it’s me again, plus the previous question what do you think about dell Inspiron 15 i7559-2512BLK, for the same porpoise. Thanks

    1. Hey again Sam,

      If that’s the laptop I’m thinking of, it’s alright but not ideal when you’re looking at a ~$900 pricetag; for not a lot more you could get significantly more power. If that’s what you’re looking for, you definitely want to be looking at something like this or this 🙂

    1. Hey Miguel,

      Mostly to use as your primary “boot drive”, or where you install your OS and any other essential programs. Going with 250GB just allows you some leftover space for a few games as well. If you’ve never used an SSD, I would really recommend trying one out.

  2. You have done an excellent job answering all my questions and many others, but I did have a few more for you. I figured I would consolidate the questions into this one post here.

    1) For the money, is the motherboard and the I5 the best I could buy for this build? I do see that the motherboard you have listed has some upgrade options to it as well, up to 199$, which is reasonable for me.. Is that worth it?

    2) Will the 1060 work for awhile? I do see that the 1060 has a few “overclock” options. Which would be the best to go with, only 20-30$ difference?

    3) Ram. Is 8G enough? Or should I be upgrading to 16 ASAP?

    4) Case, will any case work with this build, I have fallen in love with a lot of the NZXT cases they have around. I really like the one in the 1500$ Build that you listed. (although that was Phanteks) Although it is aesthetically pleasing, would it function just as well as the S340 from NZXT that is listed with this build?

    5) Fans…. Is there such thing as overkill?

    6) Worth it to upgrade to a liquid cooling system? If so, a guess on the price that would be attached to that upgrade?

    I know this is a lot of questions, I hate to be a bug, but you are very knowledgeable and picking your brain seems like a very responsible thing to do. This should do it for my questions, I will be building this beast at the end of the month.

    1. Awesome, Goz, glad to hear it!

      1. There’s not usually a huge reason to go for those higher priced boards at this level, the GA-Z270XP-SLI is definitely more than good enough! As an example, the GA-Z270X-UD5 (the $199 one) has things like 3-way SLI support and dual network ports, things most of us just don’t need. If you wanted the shielding over your rear i/o panel (looks better imo), I’d go for the GA-Z270X-UD3 for $149 instead.

      2. It should stay strong for the next year or so at which point it is probably going to start slowly falling behind as we see the new generation of GPUs. The Xtreme might be worth upgrading to while it’s on sale, but it’s hard to justify spending too much more than $250 on a 6GB GTX 1060; you eventually start getting to the point where it’s almost better to upgrade right to a GTX 1070 instead. ~$100 gets you a lot of performance in this instance.

      3. 8GB will be enough for dedicated gaming, but if you’ll be doing other things in the background you’ll definitely want to consider going with 16GB instead.

      4. The Phanteks P400 is an amazing case, it’s very similar to the S340 but I think the P400 is better imo. Keep in mind it only comes with 2 basic 120mm fans – it’s part of how you get everything else it offers for so little 🙂

      5. No, not really. Airflow is a pretty intricate subject, but as long as you have a good balance between exhaust/intake (unless you have a reason not to) you’ll be good to go!

      6. It depends on what kind of liquid cooling system you mean! A custom liquid cooling loop can be pretty expensive, but they definitely work well and look amazing when done right. I think the avg would be around $600 on the low-mid end, upwards of $1000 on the high. A closed-loop liquid CPU cooler, like the Corsair H100i V2, can be picked up for about $100.

      I hope that helps! If there’s anything else I can do, just let me know 🙂

      1. The main reason (only reason) I selected the other MOBO was due to the Optical port that was included on it. For various headsets and mics that I might use in the future that have them.

        For the GPU, is there a huge difference between running a 1060 (the 285$ one) and the 1070? Whats the difference between the SC and the SC Black? Just LED?

        I plan to be running a top quality stream of whatever game I want, on highest settings possible with music and internet browsers going (and discord / other programs) without having my PC give me any lip about it. I assume that the RAM will be one of the biggest things for me to upgrade here, going with 16G (is that enough?) over the 8G that your build currently has listed.

        1. In that case, you might want to check out this board instead, it’s significantly cheaper than the UD5 but still gives you everything you need including an optical port!

          There’s a fairly substantial difference between the two. Moving forward there will undoubtedly be games that a 6GB 1060 can’t max out in 1080p @ 60fps that a 1070 would be able to. For the time being a 1070 would let you do 1080p @ 144fps in new AAA titles, or 1440p @ 60fps. I believe the only difference is that the SC has RGB LEDs and the SC Black just has white LEDs.

          If you plan on doing that level of multitasking, then you’ll definitely want 16GB of RAM.

          1. Well man, you are the best! You have given me my list of what to build. I will be going with that Phanteks case, its just so sexy!

            With the Mobo, is there going to be any performance difference between the one you have listed in this build and the one that you listed in the previous post?

            I believe that is my last question for now. So happy to have people like yourself on the internet helping the clueless!

            1. Thanks, Goz! I’m just out here trying to help 🙂

              The Phanteks P400 is an amazingly sexy case, there are other colors available also, they’re not all red/black if you’re looking for a different color scheme.

              No performance difference at all! Mobos very rarely have an effect on performance, when picking a mobo you’re looking for the features you need/want more than anything.

              Hope that helps! Again, if there is absolutely anything else don’t hesitate to ask!

  3. Thanks for the reply! One more question so this build will it play any game out there smoothly? This is going to be my first time gaming on a PC and building a PC as well and I want to make sure i have everything I need. Already have the parts on the cart ready to buy lol but just want to make sure first. I’m going to be mostly playing games and I want to learn how to edit and start streaming too so maybe a lil of that also.

    1. Not a problem, Miguel! Oh, it’ll play anything very smoothly! Since you’re going to start streaming, you might want to consider upgrading to an i7 7700K right off the bat. You can definitely get by with an i5, but having an i7 makes a fairly substantial difference when it comes to maintaining a buttery smooth stream.

  4. Awesome!! That’s exactly what I want. I want to experience the world of PC gaming lol even more excited now thanks man!! Helped a lot. Oh and I also saw that you changed the ram to the corsair brand any big difference with this and the old one you had before? And this build capatable for dual monitors right?

    1. Glad to hear it, Miguel 🙂 I had to change the RAM because the other set went out of stock for a while, there’s no difference otherwise, both sets are the same speed and CL rating.

  5. Hi, I was wondering, would it be worth it to just get a gtx 1070 instead of the 1060? Or would it be better to get a 1060 now and next year maybe get a 1080? Is a 1080 compatible? Or would it be better to just get a 1060 now, and then go dual on graphics cards and do a 1060 and anot her 1060

    1. Hey Jack,

      If it’s not breaking the bank, then it would definitely be worth it to pick up a GTX 1070. Going to a 1080 next year might not be worth it as we’ll have newer and better graphics cards by then, but going with a 1070 now would make it so you don’t even necessarily have to upgrade as soon. SLI 1060s would be awesome, but Nvidia decided that they didn’t want the 1060 to be SLI capable..

      Hope that helps!

  6. Hey Branton so I have all the parts getting delivered excited!! And just had some questions am I gonna need any type of antivirus for this PC? If so what would you recommend? Second question is I saw you had a monitor on the list. Would it be better if I went with a 144Hz? Like the ASUS VG248QE 24″? Or is there other monitors that are lower priced and better? What do you recommend besides the one on your list? Third question for the SSD am I gonna need any brackets or wires to connect to the PC? Or should everything fit just right? It’s my first time ever building a PC and kinda nervous but excited!! lol oh and also how long would this build last?

    1. Hey Alexis,

      I know how it is! The anticipation can be almost painful! You will definitely want some kind of antivirus, I personally use Avira (it’s even free!). Monitors are all about what you’re comfortable investing into because they’re definitely more of a long-term investment as far as PC components go. That said, the 24″ Asus VG248QE is a great choice as far as 1080p 144Hz monitors go! Everything should fit just right 🙂 You’ll get all of the cables & hardware you need with other components.

      Hope that helps!

  7. Hey @Branton I am looking forward to buybthis build do I have to do anything I watched tutorial and I see people downloading a couple different softwares like a motherboard one and sum other things and will this play ultra 1080p settings on games like gta v rainbow six seige doom battlefield one and other triple a titles

    1. Hey Lucas,

      There’s technically quite a bit you have to do. Once everything is put together, you have to install Windows, perform driver updates, and install any essential programs you might need like an anti-virus.

      That said, this build will definitely run any currently released AAA game on ultra settings in 1080p @ 60fps 🙂

  8. How much power cunsumption for this build ?

    500watt ? 600watt, or more ?

    i live at boarding house with limited electricity

  9. Hey @Branton can u please do a and build of a pc a good one or just link me parts mostly and products pls

  10. So earlier in a post to you, you recommended that I upgrade to this:

    Since I wanted optical port and what not, curious if there is a reason to (or not to) do this one instead, with the rebate making it under the price of the one you recommended:

    One is the Gaming 5, the other being the Ultra Gaming. Thank you in advance. I will be buying all my computer parts within the next 24-36hours, so I want to be sure on what I am buying. I will also be going with a 16GB RAM to start off, any recommendations on that?

    I currently have this one in my cart:

    1. Hey Goz,

      You can definitely use the GA-Z270X-Ultra over the Gaming 5. Back when I suggested the Gaming 5, the Ultra was still in the $200 range and just wasn’t worth that much – $150 is a great price point for it, though. That RAM will work awesome.

      1. Do you recommend any ran that would be on par with what I have up there in the post, except have the LED in them? I have tried to find some that are around the same price, but some have bad reviews.

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