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 is 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. That all said, if you’re looking for a build running an AMD Ryzen processor then you might want to check this $1000 Ryzen build out instead.

I hope you enjoy this build guide, and without any more delays, here’s the build!

  • 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 EasyPCbuilder.com? 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: June 14th, 2017

  • Corsair Carbide Spec 02

    Mid tower ATX case, great layout, good cable management, 2 preinstalled 120mm fans.
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  • 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.
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  • Intel i5 7600k

    LGA 1151 (Kaby Lake), 3.8GHz, 6MB cache, overclock ready – potentially up to 5.0GHz+!
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  • Gigabyte GTX 1060 WindForce

    6GB GDDR5 VRAM, 192-bit memory, comes with a backplate! Performs great!
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  • EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G1

    650W semi-modular power supply, 90% efficiency and a 10-year warranty!
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  • 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 RAM

    8GB 2400MHz DDR4 RAM (1x8GB)
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  • WD Blue 1TB HDD

    3.5 inch 7200RPM HDD, 64MB cache.
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  • Crucial MX300 275GB SSD

    Up to 530MB/s read, 500MB/s write, random read/write IOPs up to 92K/83K.
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  • CM Hyper 212 EVO

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

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.
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  • 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!
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  • Samsung 960 EVO M.2 NVMe SSD

    An M.2-based NVMe SSD like the 960 EVO is a step up from basic M.2 or SATA SSDs. They offer significantly more speed, but at a higher price /GB in comparison.
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  • 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.
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Details

This $1000 gaming PC build is going to absolutely dominate anything you throw at it in 1080p and will even let you step into some 1440p gaming as well! If ultra settings in 1080p @ 60fps is what you’re aiming for, then you’ve definitely found the right gaming PC build!

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 Corsair’s Vengeance LPX 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.

Extras

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.

  • Acer GN246HL

    A really awesome 24″ 1080p 144Hz monitor with a 1ms response time!
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  • Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum

    Romer-G mechanical switches. Customizable RGB backlighting. All-around amazing keyboard for around $120!
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  • Razer Mamba Tournament Edition

    Chroma RGB lighting, very comfortable to use, great sensor accuracy. View

  • Creative Sound BlasterX H7 TE

    The Sound BlasterX H7 TE is my top rated gaming headset for under $100 for a reason!
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  • 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″!
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WiFi

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.
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  • TP-LINK TL-WN722N

    USB WiFi adapter. 2.4GHz
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Conclusion

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 I ever played on PC was Ultima Online way back in 1999, since then I've been hooked on PC gaming and putting together awesome builds! Thanks for stopping by!

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

  1. Branton, Do you have any social media i can contact you on for if i encounter any problems or get stuck and need help?

    1. You’ll only need a Phillips (x) usually, but some cases might use a slot (|) head for the screws that secure the side panels.

  2. Hey, very new to PC builds but i’ve been doing a bunch of research. Would this build support an i7 Proccessor and if money is not an issue would it be worth it?

    1. It’ll definitely support an i7 processor and it’s also worth the upgrade if money isn’t an issue – the i7 7700K would be what you want. Everything else can remain the same.

      Hope that helps!

    1. Hey Jonathan,

      The only real difference is about $300 and the i7 7700k (vs the i5 7600k in this build).

  3. Hey, Branton, i got the wirstband thing. What do you think it is that he uses in the video to connect it? it looks like a silver screw or such.

    1. Hey Noah,

      He attached the alligator clip from his anti-static wristband to one of the screws that secure the PSU into the case – you can attach yours in the same spot or pretty much anywhere else that’s metal.

  4. Hey, I built a version of this with the archer T8E adapter and it was working fine, however I just got a new service provider modem and now it will not connect to the 5G Wi-Fi and only finds the 2.4G Wi-Fi. I was wondering if you new anything about how to fix this. Also, I am not sure if it is related but when I look at my device manager there is a warning sign on the PCI Simple Communications Controller. I have windows 10 installed, Intel i7, 16 gigs of RAM, plenty of storage, and when I look at the adapter it says it has 5g capabilities, and I could connect to my old 5g network before the new modem, but I do not think it is the modem because my phone and my families laptops all can find the 5G. Anything you can help with would be greatly appreciated. If there is anything else you need to know about my build I will reply as quickly as possible.

    1. Hey Griffin,

      If it was working with the old modem, but not with the new modem, it might be an issue with how the modem itself is configured, or maybe it’s just a matter of updating drivers/firmware somewhere along the line. It could be any number of things causing your problem, but I would imagine that it has something to do with the modem.

  5. Hi Branton,

    Im new when it comes to building a pc for gaming and im following the guide to a T. I have most of the components already but im stuck on the ssd. Does having a SSD like the one you recommend really benefit game performance better than one you told someone in comment section which was a 120 gb(PNY CS1311 120GB). Im just confused on what a SSD does, I read it improves load times especially for open world type games?

    Any help would be appreciated,
    Thanks!

    1. Hey Mike,

      An SSD won’t necessarily increase game performance, but it will definitely decrease loading times for absolutely anything installed on it. As a general rule, I recommend using the SSD as your “primary boot drive”, or where you install Windows and your “boot” programs, then using the HDD as your “mass storage” drive for everything else.

      Hope that helps!

  6. Got a quick question for ya. If my motherboard pc controller craps out on me and I purchase a new motherboard. All I have to do is hook everything back up to it and it works? Or do I need to configure new things?

    1. Hey Cleve,

      Yep, that’s usually all you need to do; just make sure it’s the same socket & chipset and you’ll be good to go.

  7. Hi Branton,

    Question, i love the build an currently doing it my last items on the list are my i7700k cpu and i want to use the GTX 1080 8gb this mother board and the rest of the build will support it no problem right? just want to make sure.

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