The Best AMD Gaming PC Build for $1000

Updated: April 12th, 2019Author: BrantonCategory: Gaming PC Builds, Mid-range Builds113 Comments

best gaming pc build for 1000 dollars
best gaming pc build for 1000 dollars

What does an AMD R5 2600, an RTX 2070, 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 RTX 2070 graphics card with 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM, and 16GB of 3000MHz DDR4 RAM.

This beast of a build is easily capable of maxing out the most demanding AAA games in 1440p without an issue while easily netting 60fps+. In 4K, it's going to stand strong and perform great, 60fps+ in demanding AAA games won't be an issue here either.

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: March 23rd, 2019
  • case

    Phanteks P300 Eclipse

    Mid-tower ATX case, great layout, big tempered glass window, full PSU shroud, comes with 1x 120mm fan.
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  • motherboard

    Asus B450M-A/CSM

    AM4 socket, B450 chipset mATX motherboard. 6x SATA, 1x M.2 NVMe, 6x USB ports.
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  • processor

    AMD R5 2600

    3.9GHz processor, 6-cores 12-threads. Comes with a CPU cooler. Great for content creators.
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  • graphics card

    MSI RTX 2070 Ventus 8G

    8GB GDDR6 graphics card, 4 display outputs, amazing 1440p and solid 4K performance!
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  • power supply

    EVGA 650 B3 80+ Bronze

    650W semi-modular power supply, up to 85% efficiency, 5-year warranty.
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  • system memory

    16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX

    2x8GB 3000MHz DDR4 RAM, dual-channel pair.
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  • hdd storage

    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

    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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  • ssd storage

    Kingston A400 240GB SSD

    An SSD is definitely recommended for this build; but, it’s not mandatory.
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  • m.2 nvme ssd storage

    Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2 NVMe SSD

    Even better than a traditional SATA SSD is an M.2 NVMe SSD. The Samsung 970 EVO Plus is definitely one of the best.
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  • optical disc drive

    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.


phanteks eclipse p300 Case: Phantek's P300 Eclipse is one of my usual go-to mid-tower ATX cases for builds in this price range; and not without good reason. It's easily one of the best cases you can get in the ~$60 price range, especially if you're looking for higher-end features like a tempered glass window and a full PSU shroud. The P300 comes with everything you'll need right out of the box, including the mounting hardware you'll need and a single 120mm fan. It's worth noting that although a single fan will work, it's worth it to consider adding 1-2 more.

Although it comes in a variety of colors, if you're not a fan of how the P300 Eclipse looks, there are tons of other cases you could get for around the same price. Look for mid-tower ATX cases.


Motherboard: The Asus B450M-A/CSM 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, 2 case 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.


msi rtx 2070 ventus 8g Graphics Card (GPU): An 8GB RTX 2070 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 any resolution from 1080p to 4K. While playing AAA games in 4k, it'll have no problem pumping out 60fps+ in graphically demanding games, as long as you don't mind running mid-high settings.

MSI's RTX 2070 Ventus 8G is a great option when it comes to picking a graphics card thanks to its optimal cooling, sleek profile, and it's ability to outperform a GTX 1080 for less money.


Power Supply (PSU): 650 watts of 85% efficiency power is more than enough for this build. With that in mind, EVGA's fully-modular 650 B3 power supply will work perfect. Being fully-modular, this supply will make your cable management much cleaner and easier to work with - no more hiding 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.
  • monitor

    Acer ED273

    A great 27″ 1080p 144Hz monitor with a VA panel and G-Sync compatibility!
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  • keyboard

    Corsair K70 RGB

    Cherry MX Silver mechanical switches. Customizable RGB backlighting. All-around amazing keyboard!
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  • mouse

    Razer Mamba Tournament Edition

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

    SteelSeries Arctis 5

    Easily one of the best gaming headsets you can get, in my opinion.
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  • speakers

    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!

CasePhanteks P300 Eclipse
$59.99 USD
MotherboardAsus B450M-A/CSM
$79.99 USD
ProcessorAMD R5 2600
$164.99 USD
GraphicsMSI RTX 2070 Ventus 8G
$494.00 USD
Power Supp.EVGA 650 B3 80+ Bronze
$90.49 USD
RAM16GB DDR4 (2666MHz)
$94.99 USD
HDDWD Blue 1TB (7200RPM)
$46.99 USD
SSDOptional
CPU CoolerWraith Stealth (Stock)

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Bobby Tornabene
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Could this build edit videos with 1440p resolution and 60fps? I’m looking for a PC build for about $1k that can at least render 1080p and do it fast.

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Can it run game at 1440p 144hz?

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If I were to “upgrade” any of these parts which one would give me a bigger notice in performance

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i’m upgrading the case in this build to Phanteks Eclipse P400 Steel Tempered Glass Edition case which will give me room for 240mm liquid cooler (top or front) or 140mm in the back. i’m also upgrading to 2700x processor and the rest being the same as your build.
with this in mind which liquid cooler, if any, would you recommend?

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Do you know of any reviews of people who have used this build before?

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Some of these parts feel pretty cheap, could just be me. Did you personally use this build? Kinda nervous it will run like a potato. Awesome website you got here this is honestly stunning. Just had a concern/being nervous