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!
GPU Shortage 2018
Due to a recent and major GPU shortage, almost all graphics cards from the GTX 1050 Ti and up have become all but impossible to buy. This includes both AMD and Nvidia cards and there’s no way to say when the shortage will end.
That being said, building a gaming PC is going to be difficult right now if you can’t buy the graphics card you need. So, you have 2 (maybe 2.5) options.
Option 1 is waiting until the shortage ends, whenever that might be. It could be a couple of weeks or it could be a couple of months, there’s no way of knowing.
Option 1.5 is buying a GPU from a scalper who’s trying to sell it for 100% more than the actual value. This option sucks.
Option 2 is buying a prebuilt gaming PC. Now, I know you might have heard all sorts of bad things about buying a prebuilt desktop, but not all of them are bad! There are actually some great prebuilt options that offer really decent value. It won’t be of the exact same quality as if you built it yourself, but it’ll come with Windows installed and ready to fire up right out of the box. Sometimes, you have to take the good with the bad.
Below you’ll find some options that I’ve hand-picked for this level of build. They range from $600-$1500 in price and are ordered from cheapest to most expensive.
Mid-range Desktops ($600-$1000):
– HP Pavillion (i5 7400 + 3GB GTX 1060 + 8GB RAM)
– CYBERPOWERPC GXIVR8020A4 (i5 7400 + 4GB RX 580 + 8GB RAM)
– CYBERPOWERPC GXiVR8060A5 (i5 8400 + 3GB GTX 1060 + 8GB RAM)
– HP Pavillion 580-068 (i7 7700 + 3GB GTX 1060 + 16GB RAM)
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.
|Case||Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 5 RGB|
|MOBO||MSI Z270-A Pro|
|CPU||Intel i5 7600K|
|GPU||Zotac GTX 1060 AMP Edition|
|PSU||EVGA 650 G1 80+ Gold|
|RAM||8GB 2400MHz DDR4 RAM|
|HDD||WD Blue 1TB|
|SSD||Crucial MX300 275GB|
|Cooler||CM Hyper 212 EVO|
- 1080p 60fps AAA gaming
- Great for overclocking
- 10x USB ports total
- Integrated 7.1 audio (Realtek ALC892)
- Comes with a CPU cooler
- Easy to upgrade
- A couple different styled/sized screwdrivers
- Anti-static wristband (optional but suggested)
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:
- Install the Power Supply into the Case
- Install the processor (make sure the arrows line up)
- Install RAM (make sure they are in the right way before you try to seat them!)
- Mount the CPU cooler
- Place the rear I/O plate
- Mount the motherboard to the case (get your i/o ports through and use the middle standoff as a guide)
- Plug your GPU in
- Install any storage
- Plug everything into the appropriate spots
- Turn it on / Install OS & drivers!
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: December 5th, 2017
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 5 RGB
Mid tower ATX case, great layout and awesome cable management. Comes with 3x 120mm RGB fans in the front and 1x 120mm fan in the rear.
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.
Intel i5 7600k
LGA 1151 (Kaby Lake), 3.8GHz, 6MB cache, overclock ready – potentially up to 5.0GHz+!
Zotax GTX 1060 AMP Edition
6GB graphics card, 5 display outputs, great 1080p and even 1440p performance!
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!
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] i5 8600K + MSI Z370 PC Pro motherboard
The i5 8600K is much more powerful than the i5 7600K, but it’s also considerably more expensive.
This upgrade will add roughly +$70 to the cost of your build.
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.
Cooler Master’s MasterBox Lite RGB case is absolutely awesome, it’s my highest recommended case because it’s inexpensive, it looks great, and it functions well. It comes with 3x 120mm RGB fans mounted in the front and another 120mm fan mounted in the rear. It also has 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.
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.
The 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.
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.
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!
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. 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.
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.
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If you have any questions, comments, concerns or otherwise, feel free to leave them in the comment section and I’ll answer them ASAP!