What does an AMD R5 3600, an RX 5700 XT, 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 RX 5700 XT 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 pushing 60fps+, often above 100fps. 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.
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This pre-built AMD Ryzen PC is featured in a dedicated post we have, but it's also good enough to be included as our favorite prebuilt Ryzen AMD option under $1000.
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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.
REQUIRED TOOLSThe tools you need:
- A small Phillips screwdriver
Size #2 works well as a general rule.
- An anti-static wristband
Optional but recommended.
And lots of it.
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.
HOW TO BUILD YOUR PC...
Super Simplified Build Steps:
- Install the power supply into the case
- Install the processor (CPU)
- Seat RAM in the motherboard
- Mount the CPU cooler (don’t forget thermal paste if you're not using a stock cooler!)
- Insert the motherboard’s rear I/O plate into the case's rear I/O slot
- Mount the motherboard in the case (get your i/o ports through and use the middle standoff as a guide)
- Plug your graphics card into the motherboard
- Install storage drives
- Plug all power and data cables in where they're required (storage, case, motherboard, graphics card, etc)
- Turn your PC on
- Install your OS
- Install and update ALL drivers
If you’ve never built a computer before, then you probably want to take some time to learn the basics before getting ahead of yourself. To do that you have a couple of options you can choose from.
The first, and probably the easiest way for most people to learn is finding a walkthrough on YouTube from a reputable tech channel. Here’s one by BitWit as an example.
Alternatively, I’ve put together an in-depth guide on how to build a PC as well as a FAQ to address the most common questions and problems. I've also put together a short post covering 10 of the most common mistakes people make when building.
AMD's Zen 2 processors (Ryzen 3000) 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 AMD RX 5700 XT, 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.
Case: NZXT H510 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 NZXT H510 looks, there are tons of other cases you could get for around the same price such as these mid-tower ATX cases like the.
Motherboard: MSI's B450-A Pro MAX 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.
Processor (CPU): The new R5 3600 is considered to be the "sweet spot" in AMD's 3rd generation Ryzen 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.
Graphics Card (GPU): An 8GB RX 5700 XT 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 graphically demanding AAA games in 4k, an RX 5700 XT will have no problem pumping out 60fps+ in practically anything, as long as you don't mind running high settings instead of ultra. In 1440p this GPU is often capable of pumping out above 100fps in the same "tier" of games.
XFX's RX 5700 XT Thicc III Ultra is a great option when it comes to the current RX 5700 XT lineup. It boasts an awesome 3-fan cooling setup combining 2x 90mm and 1x 100mm fans. For connectivity you're getting 3x DisplayPort and 1x HDMI. This card is undeniably one of the most unique designs a GPU has seen in recent years and I'm personally a huge fan.
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 Corsair Vengeance LPX 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 WD Blue 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.
When 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.
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.
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 beastly RX 5700 XT. 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!