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, an 8GB GTX 1070, 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 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: July 13th, 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+!

  • Zotax GTX 1070 Mini

    8GB GDDR5, 5 display outputs, amazing 1080p and 1440p performance!
    **Due to a massive demand for mid-range graphics cards, RX 570/580 and GTX 1060/1070 cards are significantly more expensive than normal. View

  • EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G1

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

  • 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 RAM

    8GB 2400MHz DDR4 RAM (1x8GB)

  • WD Blue 1TB HDD

    3.5 inch 7200RPM HDD, 64MB cache.

  • Crucial MX300 275GB SSD

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

  • CM Hyper 212 EVO

    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. View

  • 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! View

  • 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. View

  • 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. View


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.

The 8GB GTX 1070 is a powerhouse when it comes to rendering 1080p and even 1440p. It can max anything out in 1080p and performs very similarly in 1440p. Zotac’s GTX 1070 Mini 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.


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! View

  • Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum

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

  • 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!

  • 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″! View


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. View


    USB WiFi adapter. 2.4GHz View


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

  1. OK thaKS for the detailed and fast response. I would also like to know if I buy a cpu cooler will it come with thermal paste?

    1. No problem! Yep, aftermarket CPU coolers almost always come with either a small tube of thermal paste or some already applied to the cooler itself.

  2. Hi Branton,

    I was building this pc you recommended and I finally want to complete it by buying the graphics card. I remember last month you had a different graphics card instead of this zotax 1070. The only thing with this one is the price. Its going for 570-800 dollars. Do you have another recommendation? I believe the old one was a gigabyte 1060, but im not sure if it was a 6gb or 8gb. Any help would be appreciated.


    1. Hey Mike,

      A lot has changed in this past month, unfortunately; all mid-range graphics cards have either gone out of stock, become grossly overpriced or have otherwise become unavailable. The average price of a GTX 1060 is $400+ unless you’re lucky enough to get one like this from Newegg while they’re in stock – still ~$70 over what it should be and I can’t guarantee that it’ll still be available when you check. I’m really hoping that prices return to normal sooner than later.

  3. Branton, Im deviating from this build slightly only because money is good right now. Is there any reason I shouldnt go with a bit more speed in the 3000mhz vs the 2400mhz in this build. I ordered the same mobo fyi, which indicates it will handle 3866mhz.

    Also, Newegg has this card now for $284, so I cancelled my previous one @ $305 and saved $20!

    Thanks again!

    1. Newegg had the other card you had suggested, GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 1060 DirectX 12 GV-N1060WF2OC-6GD 6GB, of which appears to have sold out.

      thanks again.

    2. The 3000MHz sticks are only about $10 more than the 2400MHz, so there’s really no reason not to.

      That’s awesome! It pays to check all the time right now as those deals only pop up for a few hours before they’re sold out again.

  4. Hey Branton, I have a bot of a problem with my pc turning on, I have the Eclipse p400s and my mobo is the Strix b250f gaming. I connected the sata cable that came with the case to the psu and the 3 other cables to the mobo ( reset, power switch and hdd) but it’s not turning on.

    1. Hey Tyrese,

      It sounds like something might not be hooked up right, but there’s nothing to worry about because it’s definitely something that can be fixed 🙂 Go through this troubleshooting guide step-by-step and I have no doubt that your PC will be up and running before you’re done the list.

  5. Thanks, I figured it out I just took everything out and put it back in. My monitor screen won’t turn on.

  6. Hey Branton,
    Im pretty much done building the pc. The only problem that I ran into is when I turn on the pc it turns on for 2 seconds and then shuts itself off a second after. This process repeats itself over and over until I shut it off from the back. All the components turn on everytime then it shuts itself off and on. My guess would be its probably one of the adapters that are in the wrong place? (My first time building a pc). Any help would be appreciated.

  7. I finally figured out what was wrong, the cpu socket wasn’t plugged in. Now my pc is up and running :] awesome build!

  8. I have a question about the type of monitor, keyboard and mouse this build can use since the suggested ones are a bit pricey. Will the ASUS VS228H-P 21.5″ Full HD 1920×1080 HDMI DVI VGA Back-lit LED Monitor work just as good as the Acer and for mouse and keyboard will the Cooler Master Devastator II Keyboard & Mouse Combo be a good substitute as well?

    1. Hey Naqaash,

      The Asus VS228H would work if you’re not wanting a 144hz monitor. Good is entirely subjective when it comes to keyboards and mice, but the Devastator II is definitely a solid combo if you’re not picky about having a mechanical keyboard, etc – it actually made #4 on my top 5 keyboards for gaming under $50 list.

  9. Hey Branton, me again :] I have a question about Wi-Fi extenders and powerline adapters, my Wi-Fi isn’t so great where I am in the house and I’ve seen people suggestion both of these.

  10. Branton, thanks tremendously for these builds! I did deviate slightly and came in at $1267 for a banging computer that has unbelievable potentail. I cant thank you enough man! Im running the xmp profile to take advantage of the faster memory, but feel Im nowhere near the need to oc the processor or video card!.

  11. Hey Branton, my dad actually ordered this one NETGEAR N300 WiFi Range Extender – Essentials Edition (EX2700) will I get a worst performance then the other one?

    1. It’s not a huge issue really, the N300 model is still fast enough to fully support any WiFi connection on 2.4Ghz, but the AC750 model supports both 2.4 and 5Ghz bands. 5Ghz is really the band you want to be using for gaming, 2.4Ghz will still work but won’t be as reliable/fast.

  12. Hey Branton,
    I’ve tried every possible solution to fix what was wrong with my build. (Kept turning on for a second and off immediately after. This process would repeat until I shut it off from the back). I found out my motherboard is the issue and now Im filing a fix for it with gigabyte. Just my luck getting a faulty motherboard.

    1. Hey Michael,

      Sorry to hear that you’ve been having issues with your build. It’s entirely possible that you received a faulty mobo, but RAM can be another cause to constant resets like you’re experiencing, have you tried running with just a single stick of RAM installed, testing both sticks individually? Another commonly overlooked fix is resetting your CMOS; start by unplugging your PC from the wall/power bar, remove the CMOS battery (a large button/coin cell battery on your mobo), hold the power button for about 10 seconds, then reseat the CMOS battery and try to boot – if there’s a BIOS issue causing your constant restarts this will clear it up.

      Otherwise, I hope your new mobo arrives soon so you can get your PC up and running sooner than later!

  13. Hi Branton, me again. For the SSD, could I buy the 250gb WD Blue SSD instead or is there a performance difference between this and the one you recommend?

    1. Hey Naqaash,

      The performance would be pretty much identical, the only real difference is that the WD Blue SSD is $10 cheaper and 25GB smaller.

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