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 6GB GTX 1070, an MSI 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 1080p and should also be capable of putting out 1440p 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!

Have a question? Ask me in the comment section!

Summary

This high mid-level gaming PC build is perfectly suited for 1080p 60fps gaming on the highest settings in most AAA titles, but not all. In competitive shooters where high frame rates are crucial, like CS:GO, you can expect this build to put out well above 200fps on average. This build will also do well in sims like Xplane 11 and others.

The Hardware

CaseCorsair Carbide Spec 02
MOBOMSI Z270-A Pro
CPUIntel i5 7600K
GPUZotac GTX 1060 AMP Edition
PSUEVGA 650 G1 80+ Gold
RAM8GB 2400MHz DDR4 RAM
HDDWD Blue 1TB
SSDCrucial MX300 275GB
CoolerCM Hyper 212 EVO

Features

  • 1080p 60fps AAA gaming
  • Great for overclocking
  • 10x USB ports total
  • Integrated 7.1 audio (Realtek ALC892)
  • VR-ready
  • Comes with a CPU cooler
  • Easy to upgrade
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The Best $1000 Gaming PC Build

Updated: October 16th, 2017

  • Corsair Carbide Spec 02

    Mid tower ATX case, great layout, good cable management, 2 preinstalled 120mm fans.
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  • MSI Z270-A Pro

    ATX form factor, Z270 chipset (supports CPU overclocking), LGA 1151 socket (6/7th gen Intel CPUs), integrated 7.1 audio, built-in ethernet controller and a total of 6 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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  • Zotax GTX 1060 AMP Edition

    6GB graphics card, 5 display outputs, great 1080p and even 1440p performance!
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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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  • 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.

Add-ons/Upgrades

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.

  • [Upgrade] Intel i7 7700k

    Want to give your PC a big boost of power? Upgrading to an i7 7700K is one way to do that!

  • 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.

Corsair’s Carbide Spec 02 case is absolutely awesome, it’s my highest recommended case because it’s inexpensive, it looks great, and it functions well. 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 (90% of them will).

The MSI Z270-A Pro motherboard is a solid choice for both overclocking and general stability. It comes loaded with 6 USB ports, integrated 7.1 audio, a built-in ethernet controller, 6 SATA 6GB ports, and more than enough on-board fan headers for this build.

Intel’s 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. That said, the Z270 chipset mobo I just mentioned is definitely what you’re looking for when it comes to fully supporting all of your new Kaby Laky CPU’s features.

If you wanted to do any kind of overclocking, then you’re going to need an aftermarket CPU cooler like the Cryorig H7 or Hyper 212 EVO. 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 usually 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.

The 6GB GTX 1060 is a powerhouse when it comes to rendering 1080p and even 1440p in some games. It can (almost) max anything out in 1080p and performs very similarly in 1440p across less demanding titles like CS:GO. Zotac’s GTX 1060 AMP Edition 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 there.

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.

EVGA’s 650 G1 power supply is a high-tier gold-rated unit that will not let you down. As evidence of that, EVGA includes a 10-year warranty with all G1 power supplies just to show you how much they believe in their product, and to show you that you should too. It can hit efficiency levels of 90% or better under typical usage scenarios, comes with its own self-tester, and offers a fully modular form factor that makes cable management easy.

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.

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.

Since picking a monitor can be difficult with all of the different features to consider, check out my guide on how to pick the best monitor for gaming

  • 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.
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  • 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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  • Logitech Z623 2.1 speakers

    2.1 channel, 200W RMS/400W peak speaker setup. If you like bass and lots of it, this is an awesome choice.
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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.

If you’re going to use this build for streaming, make sure you check out my guide on how to stream on Twitch

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.

Looking for a little more mobility? Check out my best laptops for gaming under $1000

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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Hi! I’m the founder and lead editor here at PC Game Haven. The first game I ever played on PC was Ultima Online way back in 1999, since then I’ve been hooked on every facet of PC gaming! Thanks for stopping by!

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Brent
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I’ve been thinking about building a PC but I don’t know if I want to wait for months to save up. Is there any pre built pc’s that you can recommend? My budget is around 1000$. I’m thinking of using the system where you pay around 100$ a month depending on which PC you get. Is this a good idea?

Jeff
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Do you know of any good laptops for the same price?

Joe
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Hi, I built one of your builds almost a year ago so my question is more about an upgrade for it. I game at 1080p and as of late the shimmering in fine details are starting to drive me nuts :p so I would like to upgrade to a 1070 and a 1440p 60htz screen, however I am worried my 7500 would be too weak and cause a lot of my games to bottleneck under the 60htz mark. Right now my 7500 and 1060 pretty much max any current AAA title at 1080p/60fps, my question is can my 7500 keep… Read more »
Derrick
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Forget my last comment, Branton. I realized how much more it would cost to have it built for me rather than build it myself.

Derrick
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Hi Branton, I was wondering if there was any way to build this build on cyber power? I’m not sure I want to build it myself and I’m alright with spending a little extra to have someone else build it. I tried building it on their website but some of the listed parts are different. Could you help me? I’d also like to know how easy it would be to upgrade a pre built pc.

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Sorry I’ve been commenting so much. You can disregard all my previous comments as I’ve already figured out most of the things I was worried about. I only have a few other things to ask. How much thermal paste should I use for this build? Is it okay to leave all the parts in their boxes on my carpet until I get them all? How long until I need to upgrade this build? I have to put this tower on the carpet after I finish building it so what would you recommended for that? Finally, What how many outlets will… Read more »
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About my last comment, apparently the space I plan to put to table is only 44in in length so you can disregard my last suggestion. I’m having a tough time finding a table that I can use. If you could recommended one that would be great.

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Is this table okay to build a pc on and keep it on it after I finish? https://www.walmart.com/ip/Lifetime-4-Adjustable-Table-Almond-80161/20690051

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I forgot to ask, how much thermal paste should I use? I’ve seen some people use a grain of rice size drop or a pea. I’ve also seen people spread it around. Which shoul I do for this build? I’d also like to know if yoiu have a video of someone building this build.

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Hey Branton. I refigured my budget so I’ll be able to get this build in May. The questions on my last comment are outdated in my mind so I have some new ones. I have a lot of anxiety so it would help if you could answer my questions. I know it’s asking alot but any help would be greatly appreciated First, What screwdriver,Ethernet cable, and surge protector would you recommended? Second, What kind of chair and table would you recommended to have my pc on? I’d like to keep them both under$100. Third, With this build am I able… Read more »
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