The Best Ryzen 2 Gaming PC Build for $1000

Updated: May 7th, 2018BrantonCustom Builds, Mid-range Builds26 Comments

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If you’re looking to build yourself a new PC that can be used as both a workstation and a gaming rig all in one for around $1000, then this is definitely the build you want to look at.

Packing an AMD Ryzen 5 2600, an 6GB GTX 1060, 16GB of 3000MHz DDR4 RAM and 1.27 TB of storage between an SSD and HDD, this build won’t fall short anytime soon! It’s capable of maxing out most AAA games as well as most popular indie titles.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask me in the comment section. With that all said, let’s not waste any more time on this intro and get down to the build!


This gaming PC build is perfectly suited for 1080p 60fps 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 200fps 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
Case Corsair Carbide Spec 02
MOBO Gigabyte GA-AB350-Gaming
CPU AMD R5 2600
GPU Zotac GTX 1060 AMP Edition
RAM 2x8GB 3000MHz DDR4 RAM (16GB)
HDD WD Blue 1TB 7200RPM
SSD Crucial MX300 275GB
  • 1080p 60fps AAA gaming
  • Can be overclocked
  • 10x USB ports total
  • Integrated 7.1
  • VR-ready
  • Easy to upgrade

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  • Corsair Carbide Spec 02

    Mid tower case, great layout, optimal cooling, 2x 120mm fans included.

  • Gigabyte GA-AB350-Gaming

    AM4 socket motherboard, B350 chipset, ATX, 6x SATA, 8x USB including USB 3.1.

  • AMD R5 2600

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

  • Zotac GTX 1060 AMP Edition

    6GB GDDR5, 5 display outputs, amazing 1080p and even 1440p performance!

  • EVGA 550 B3

    550W fully modular power supply, up to 85% efficiency, 5-year warranty.

  • 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX

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

  • WD Blue 1TB HDD

    The standard 7200RPM 1TB HDD for all your mass storage needs.

  • Crucial MX300 275GB SSD

    A top-rated and very fast 275GB SSD to use as your primary boot drive.

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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.

  • Samsung Internal 24x CD DVD±R/RW kit

    Comes with mounting hardware & cables. An optical drive isn’t necessary, but if you’re installing your OS from a disc you’ll need it.

  • 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.

GPU Shortage 2018

The 2018 GPU shortage is finally coming to an end! However, most GPUs are still overpriced by quite a bit. 

That being said, building a gaming PC is going to be a little more expensive now than it would have been a year ago. But, unlike a couple of months ago, at least it’s finally possible again! 

If you want to avoid paying for an overpriced graphics card, why not check out a prebuilt gaming desktop instead?

Below you’ll find some prebuilt gaming desktops 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)

High-end Desktops ($1000-$1500):
– iBUYPOWER AM002i (i7 7700 + GTX 1070 + 8GB RAM)
– iBUYPOWER AM900Z (i7 7700K + GTX 1070 + 16GB RAM)
– CYBERPOWERPC GXiVR3000CPG (i7 8700 + GTX 1070 + 16GB RAM)


AMD’s new Ryzen line of processors have turned out great for builds that will be used for both gaming and productivity – content creators, this is you. That’s why I’ve put together this build as an alternate to my i5 7600K $1000 build.

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.

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.

The Gigabyte GA-AB350-Gaming is a great ATX sized AM4 socket 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 including multiple USB 3.1 ports, 6x SATA ports, CrossFire support, and a ton of on board fan headers.

The new R5 2600 is considered to be the “sweet spot” in AMD’s new Ryzen 5 lineup, the price is good, the performance is great, and it comes with an alright 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.

A 6GB GTX 1060 will handle any AAA game you can throw at it in 1080p on very high-ultra settings. Less intensive games like CS:GO, Overwatch, LoL, or practically any MOBA will run flawlessly and in excess of 144fps without an issue. The RX 580 is another option to consider, but as of writing this it’s still impossible to buy due to it being either over priced or out of stock.

600 watts of 80% efficiency power is more than enough for this build, so EVGA’s 600 BQ power supply will work just fine. Overall it’s a great semi-modular supply that gives lots of options for future expansion, it also comes with a 3-year warranty which is pretty decent.

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.

As far as storage goes, this build has the standard HDD + SSD combo that I like to recommend. The SSD is where you want to install your operating system and any important programs, then whatever games after the important stuff is there. The HDD is your mass storage drive which can be used for everything else.

All-in-all, this is the top of the mid-range and right on the cusp of being a high-end build. If you were to upgrade the graphics card to a GTX 1070 or 1080, you would have a high-end build. 

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.


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!

  • Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum

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

  • Razer Mamba Tournament Edition

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

  • Creative Sound BlasterX H7 TE

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

  • Logitech Z623 2.1 sound system

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


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)


    USB WiFi adapter. 2.4GHz


All-in-all, 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 1070.

Using this build for streaming? Make sure you read my guide on how to stream on Twitch

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! It’ll easily handle (60fps+) basically any AAA game you can throw at it in 1080p as well as less optimized indie titles.

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

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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


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


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


Hey, it seems like the GPU on this build is currently unavailable right now so do you have any other recommendation for an alternative GPU or a prebuilt PC with the intent of streaming games like league and PUBG. My budget is $1000


Ok relooked nothing plugged into 12v cpu I have a cable which is 8 pin on one side and 2 4 pin on other where does this go on power supply. And graphics card has a cable which splits into two pci 6 pin. Power supply came a cable that will connect to both but I do not know if it plugs into SATA or pats on power supply. Thank you


Merry Christmas!, Help!!! I built this and I think I did everything correct , when I boot for first time I do not get any signal doesn’t matter if I plug hdmi into graphics card or case port. Please help this is present for daughter


Would you recommend this over your Intel $1000 dollar build?


Sorry, also wonder if water cooled is more quiet and if so which would work with this build. Thank You again!!


I am building this for my daughter and wanted to know if I wished to upgrade the cooler which should I use. Thank You!!

Chas Carr
Chas Carr

I am basing my build off of this list, although instead of the 1600 I went with the 1600x. I was wondering what CPU heat fan you would recommend.


Hey, i was wondering if I would have to update the bios or anything like that for this to all work.


I built my PC right when Ryzen 7 launched and I can’t help but laugh at GPU pricing. I have an 4 GB 480 from Sapphire that I got for about $175 and it came with a copy of DOOM. Now I can’t find 580s less than $600. It’s kinda hilarious.