The Best AMD Ryzen Gaming PC Build for $1000

Updated: October 1st, 2018Author: BrantonCategory: Mid-range Builds40 Comments

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What does an AMD R5 2600, a GTX 1080, and 16GB of DDR4 RAM have in common? They're all in this build!

That's to say, when it comes to squeezing the absolute maximum performance out of a $1000 gaming PC build, this one does just that! It's fully-loaded with a 6-core/12-thread AMD Ryzen 5 2600 processor, a GTX 1080 graphics card with 8GB of GDDR5X VRAM, and 16GB of 3000MHz DDR4 RAM.

This beast of a build is easily capable of maxing out the most demanding AAA games in 1080p without an issue while easily netting 120fps+. In 1440p, it's going to stand strong and perform great, 60fps+ in demanding AAA games won't be an issue here either. 4K? It's more than doable and this build will have no problem tackling high settings in most games.

With that all said, let's not waste any more time on this intro and get down to the build!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me in the comment section

The Best $1000 Ryzen Gaming PC Build

Updated: October 1st, 2018
  • Corsair Carbide Spec 02

    Mid tower case, great layout, optimal cooling, 2x 120mm fans included.
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  • Gigabyte B450M DS3H

    AM4 socket, B450 chipset mATX motherboard. 6x SATA, 1x M.2 NVMe, 8x USB ports.
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  • AMD R5 2600

    3.9GHz processor, 6-cores 12-threads. Comes with a CPU cooler. Great for content creators.
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  • Zotac GTX 1080 Mini 8GB

    Don’t let the name “mini” fool you, this card is a beast! 8GB GDDR5X, 5 display outputs, amazing 1440p and solid 4K performance!
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  • EVGA 550 B3

    550W fully modular power supply, up to 85% efficiency, 5-year warranty.
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  • 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX

    2x8GB 3000MHz DDR4 RAM, dual-channel pair.
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  • WD Blue 1TB HDD

    The standard 7200RPM 1TB HDD for all your mass storage needs.
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The tools you need:

That’s really all you need to assemble your new desktop. All of the mounting hardware and cables will come with the parts listed above. The only time you might need something extra is if you’re modifying the build on this page.

Recommended Add-ons

Below you'll find some suggested add-ons for this build, some I'll mention more in-depth further down this page, but some are pretty self-explanatory like optical (DVD/CD) drives. Although not entirely necessary, optical drives can sometimes come in handy and I strongly recommended having one; if you have an old PC kicking around, it's optical drive will more than likely work for you and you won't need to buy a new one.
  • 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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  • Kingston A400 240GB SSD

    An SSD is definitely recommended for this build; but, it’s not mandatory.
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  • Samsung Ultra-Slim External CD DVD±R/RW

    A lot of people are moving away from internally mounted optical drives, and it’s easy to see why! This one is definitely one of the cheaper & better external optical drives to consider.
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Build Breakdown

AMD's 2nd generation of Ryzen processors have turned out great for computers that will be used for both gaming and productivity. By productivity we're talking things like streaming, editing video, rendering video, and things like that.

Keep in mind that the price listed above is for the core components only, you will still need an operating system, and any other peripherals you don’t currently have.

Case: Corsair's Carbide Spec 02 case is my usual go-to for builds in this price range, but not without a good reason. It's easily one of the best cases you can get in the ~$60 price range and comes with everything you'll need right out of the box. If you're not a fan of how the Spec 02 looks, there are tons of other cases you could get for around the same price.

Motherboard: The Gigabyte B450M DS3H is a good mATX sized AM4 socket/B450 chipset motherboard for the price. It comes with everything you'll need for the components in this build as well as the majority of any future upgrades. It gives you a plethora of USB options, 6x SATA ports + 1x M.2 NVMe, 4 slots for DDR4 RAM, multiple fan headers, and even an RGB header.

Processor (CPU): The new R5 2600 is considered to be the "sweet spot" in AMD's new Ryzen 2 lineup; the price is good, the performance is great, and it comes with a great CPU cooler. It's clocked at 3.9GHz out of the box across 6 cores running 12 threads for awesome productivity capabilities as well as gaming performance.

Graphics Card (GPU): An 8GB GTX 1080 will handle any AAA game you can throw at it in 1440p 60fps+ without even flinching. Less intensive games like CS:GO, Overwatch, LoL, or practically any MOBA will run flawlessly and in excess of 200fps+ without an issue. In 4k it'll have no problem pumping out 60fps+ in demanding AAA games, as long as you don't mind running mid-high settings.

Don't let the naming of this particular card fool you either, "Mini" is only a reference to its form factor and not it's performance. This is a GTX 1080 GPU just like any other, but smaller. Right now, it's the best priced option but if you're uncomfortable with the small form factor then you have lots of options available if you don't mind spending more.

Power Supply (PSU): 550 watts of 85% efficiency power is more than enough for this build. With that in mind, EVGA's fully modular 550 B3 power supply will work perfect. Being fully modular, this supply will make your cable management much cleaner as you only connect the cables you need - no more hiding half a dozen unused cables!

System Memory (RAM): 16GB of 3000MHz DDR4 RAM is going to give you plenty of multitasking potential, but there is still lots of room to expand to 24 or 32GB if you wanted/needed to. The mobo in this build as well as the R5 1600 can actually support upwards of 3000MHz DDR4 RAM, but I couldn't quite fit that into the budget - if you wanted to upgrade to that yourself, it wouldn't be a bad idea because Ryzen likes fast RAM.

Storage: If you've been following this build for a while, you might have noticed that something disappeared from the build list... Well... I had to sacrifice something to make way for more sheer power, so I chose part of the previous storage setup. This build no longer comes with an HDD + SSD by default, but instead just comes with a 1TB HDD. If you wanted to add your own SSD beyond that, it would be a great idea.

All-in-all, this is the top of the mid-range and right on the cusp of being a high-end build. In fact, I have a hard time calling it mid-range considering the sheer amount of power it's packing. An R5 2600 + GTX 1080 + 16GB of RAM is pretty much a high-end build if you ask me.

Operating System

windows-10-homeWhen it comes to picking an operating system, we're pretty limited in our choices. We have Linux-based choices that'll work alright for the most part as a free solution, or we have Windows.

On one hand, a Linux-based OS can be a great and affordable solution when you're on a tight budget, but on the other hand, Linux isn't entirely compatible with everything and you'll have to take some extra steps to get some programs/games to work.

So, that being said, we're pretty much limited to Windows if we want complete compatibility with everything out of the box. Not only that, but if you want to take advantage of DirectX12, then we're even more limited to just Windows 10.

Peripherals

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

    24″, 1080p 144Hz, 1ms response time – Great for gaming!
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  • Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum

    Romer-G mechanical switches. Customizable RGB backlighting. All-around amazing keyboard for around $100!
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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

    Easily one of the best gaming headsets you can get, in my opinion.
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  • Logitech Z623 2.1 sound system

    2.1 channel, 200W RMS/400W peak. If you like bass, these are the speakers+sub you want.
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WiFi

If you plan on using a WiFi connection, then you're also going to need some kind of WiFi adapter as very few motherboards come with it built-in.

You have a couple of options, either a USB-based WiFi adapter, or one that mounts internally, but you only need one. USB is more convenient and much cheaper in most cases, but they're often less reliable than an internally mounted unit.

  • TP-LINK TL-WDN4800

    Internally mounted WiFi adapter. 2.4GHz or 5GHz. (can’t be used if using the USB expansion linked above)
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  • TP-LINK TL-WN722N

    USB WiFi adapter. 2.4GHz
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Conclusion

When it comes down to it, this build is an awesome dual purpose workstation/gaming rig due to the 6-core/12-thread R5 2600, 16GB of 3000MHz DDR4 RAM and the 8GB GTX 1080. Not only is it going to power through all of your favorite games without a hitch, it's going to help you be more efficient in your productivity tasks.

If you're a content creator, or you want to be a content creator, this is the kind of PC that you definitely need to consider!

If you have any questions about this build or any of my recommendations, don't hesitate to ask me in the comment section!

$1000 Ryzen 2 PC Build

This gaming PC build is perfectly suited for 1080p 144fps gaming on the best settings possible in most AAA titles. In competitive shooters where high frame rates are crucial, like CS:GO, you can expect this build to put out well above 240fps+ on average. This build is the very top of the mid-range, any more powerful and you'll have yourself a high-end build. 

The Hardware

CaseCorsair Spec 02
MotherboardGigabyte B450M DS3H
ProcessorAMD R5 2600
GraphicsZotac GTX 1080 Mini 8GB
Power Supp.EVGA 550 B3 80+ Bronze
RAM16GB DDR4 (2666MHz)
HDDWD Blue 1TB (7200RPM)
SSDOptional
CPU CoolerWraith Stealth (Stock)

Features
  • 1080p 60fps AAA gaming
  • Can be overclocked
  • Integrated 7.1 audio
  • VR-ready
  • Easy to upgrade
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Arie
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Would I be able to upgrade this to a GTX 1080 Ti?

Anonymous
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Ok on paper I get it, but HOW does the intel version of this build have a 1060‽

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Hi Branton, thanks for this build. I’m very interested it going for this or the $1,200 build. I’ve been doing research and the more I look into it the more confused I seem to get. Right now I play mostly just WoW with the hopes of playing more games when time permits. I can’t help but notice that Ryzen seems to be very good with price, but I’ve also read that Intel is still who to do with for gaming. I’ve been on the mmo-champions forum and most people tell me that WoW just doesn’t like Ryzen chips. Would you agree? I have a gtx 1060 6GB that I could carry over to my new build and a 120 GB SSD.

Could I please have your opinion on whether I should go with the Intel or Ryzen builds that you have? Thanks so much!

michael
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michael

I was looking at building this setup, however switching for the Geforce GTX 1080 FTW 8g video card. Would a 600w EVGA power supply be sufficient?

michael
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Also, just a side note, why are there no Ryzen High end builds over $1k? I was thinking with the new generation CPU’s upgraded cores they would rival the Intel chips, especially with the security flaws on the Intel chips that were discovered.

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Hello I am buying the same build but im using a ryzen 1600x. I was going to buy this cooler (Cryorig H7) but i found out that you need to order the kit for me to be able to use it on my build but i dont have time to do that, so i am thinking of buying this one instead Deep Cool DC Gammaxx GT RGB will this get the job done? Oh if you happen to know if i need to order a kit for me to use it to an am4 build can you tell so i can try to find another cooler

Zack
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Zack

Hey branton is it ok if my ram was 8gb dual 2400 Corsair Vengeance LPX? or i single stick of 8gb ram at 3000MHz?

Diplick
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Diplick

Hey Branton (Sorry to keep bothering you with all these questions) could I replace the case with the phanteks eclipse