The Best AMD Gaming PC Build for $1000

Updated: October 19th, 2019BrantonGaming PC Builds, Mid-range Builds169 Comments

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

What does an AMD R5 3600, an RTX 2060 Super, 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 3600 processor, a RTX 2060 Super 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: October 13th, 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

    MSI B450 Tomahawk

    A top-level AM4 socket motherboard running the B450 chipset. 6x SATA + 1x M.2 NVMe. Integrated 7.1 audio. 6x USB ports.
    Will require a BIOS update – More on that below.
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  • processor

    AMD R5 3600

    4.2GHz processor, 6-cores 12-threads. Comes with a CPU cooler. Incredible performance.
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  • graphics card

    Gigabyte RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC

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

    Corsair CX650M

    A good 650W, semi-modular, 80+ Bronze rated power supply. Comes with a 5-year warranty.
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  • system memory

    16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX

    2x8GB 3000MHz DDR4 RAM, dual-channel pair.
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  • solid state drive

    WD Blue 500GB SSD

    A 500GB SSD is a good amount of storage to start out with. More storage can be added as needed – up to 5 more drives.
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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.

Add-ons/Upgrades

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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  • windows 10

    R5 3600X

    The R5 3600 is fast, but the R5 3600X is faster. If you want all the power you can get from an R5 without overclocking, the 3600X is the way to do that.
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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 Zen 2 processors have turned out amazing 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.

With that in mind, this desktop has been built around the AMD R5 3600 CPU. It's a complete beast and when paired with an Nvidia RTX 2070, you'll be enjoying games like you never have before.

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: MSI's B450 Tomahawk is a great ATX sized, AM4 socket, B450 chipset motherboard. It comes with everything you’ll need for the components in this build as well as the majority of any future upgrades you might want to undertake.

It gives you a plethora of USB options including multiple USB 3.1 ports, 6x SATA ports, an M.2 NVMe slot, and room for 4 sticks of RAM just to name a few. On top of that, you're also getting on-board RGB lighting, support for Crossfire GPU configs, and high-quality integrated 7.1 audio as well as Ethernet. This board does not come with integrated WiFi, so if you need WiFi you'll also need an adapter.

With all of that said, this board WILL NOT SUPPORT THE R5 3600 WITHOUT A BIOS UPDATE! No B450 chipset board will. 

The reason is simple, there are no B550 chipset motherboards yet - what we need for native Zen 2 support. They won't release for another month or maybe 2, possibly 3. Meaning, the only option for native Zen 2 support is the X570 chipset. But, those boards start at around $160 and quickly get up to and beyond $250.

The other option is what I opted for - updating a B450 motherboard. It's not difficult to do, but it will require some... extra steps... More on that here. Keep in mind that this board does support CPU-less BIOS flashing. Here's a video showing how that's done on an MSI motherboard.


Processor (CPU): The R5 3600 is considered to be the "sweet spot" in AMD's Zen 2 lineup; the price is good, the performance is mind blowing, and it comes with a great CPU cooler. It's clocked at 4.2GHz out of the box across 6 cores running 12 threads for awesome productivity capabilities as well as gaming performance.

As there's only 1 chipset that supports the Zen 2 generation of CPUs right now, you're forced to either spend $200+ on an X570 chipset board, or update a 400-series board's BIOS so it's compatible with Zen 2. If you don't want to mess around with any of that, the R5 2600 is still a good CPU.


rtx 2060 super Graphics Card (GPU): An 8GB RTX 2060 Super 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.

Gigabyte's RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC is a great option when it comes to picking a graphics card thanks to its optimal cooling, sleek profile, and it's ability to perform like an RTX 2070 (non-Super).


Power Supply (PSU):  Corsair's 80+ Bronze rated, semi-modular CX650M is a great PSU for a build like this. Being semi-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: This build is running a 500GB SSD as the default storage drive. Generally speaking, most people won't need much more than this. If you're in the group who will need more, it's super easy to add more. Just like the first drive you install, all you have to do is plug the new one into both power and data, then voila you have more storage space.


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 3600 + RTX 2070 + 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. However, USB adapters are quite a bit cheaper. So, the choice is yours.

  • TP-LINK Archer T6E

    One of the best internally mounted AC1300 dual-band WiFi adapters.
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  • TP-LINK Archer T3U

    A great dual-band USB WiFi adapter.
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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 3600, 16GB of 3000MHz DDR4 RAM and the RTX 2060 Super. 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
MotherboardMSI B450 Tomahawk
$111.99 USD
ProcessorAMD R5 3600
$194.89 USD
GraphicsGigabyte RTX 2060 Gaming OC
$419.99 USD
Power Supp.Corsair CX650M (650W, 80+ Bronze)
$69.99 USD
RAM16GB DDR4 (2666MHz)
$77.99 USD
SSDWD Blue 500GB SSD
$63.99 USD
CPU CoolerWraith Stealth (Stock)

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Anonymous

Should I get a Ryzen 5 3600 or a Ryzen 7 2700x?

Mickey
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Mickey

How well would this build work with the oculus rift s? What changes in the parts list would I need to make, if any, to get better performance?

oPTix
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oPTix

The Zotac RTX 2060 Super AMP is currently unavailable on Amazon. I was wondering if there are any other safe websites to get the Zotac RTX 2060 Super AMP or if there’s a different graphics card that I can use that will do the same job?

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James J

How do i update the bios? Don’t i need a different cpu for that?

Isaac
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Isaac

I’m looking in between the AMD and Intel $1000 builds you have and was wondering what the difference would be between them and which one would run better? This is gonna be my first PC build so just want to make sure I’m choosing the right build.
Thanks!

David
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David

Thanks for the guide! I’m planning on doing a build with the 3600 like you have above. Can you recommend a motherboard that would work “out the box” so that it doesn’t need a BIOS update. Never built a PC before and want to take what you’ve recommended here, but I want to make it as simple as possible. Thanks again!

Kyle
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Kyle

Will the NZXT H500 tower work with this build?