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 1600, 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!
GPU Shortage 2018
Due to a recent and major GPU shortage, almost all graphics cards from the GTX 1050 Ti and up have become all but impossible to buy. This includes both AMD and Nvidia cards and there’s no way to say when the shortage will end.
That being said, building a gaming PC is going to be difficult right now if you can’t buy the graphics card you need. So, you have 2 (maybe 2.5) options.
Option 1 is waiting until the shortage ends, whenever that might be. It could be a couple of weeks or it could be a couple of months, there’s no way of knowing.
Option 1.5 is buying a GPU from a scalper who’s trying to sell it for 100% more than the actual value. This option sucks.
Option 2 is buying a prebuilt gaming PC. Now, I know you might have heard all sorts of bad things about buying a prebuilt desktop, but not all of them are bad! There are actually some great prebuilt options that offer really decent value. It won’t be of the exact same quality as if you built it yourself, but it’ll come with Windows installed and ready to fire up right out of the box. Sometimes, you have to take the good with the bad.
Below you’ll find some options 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)
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.
|Case||Corsair Carbide Spec 02|
|CPU||AMD R5 1600|
|GPU||Zotac GTX 1060 AMP Edition|
|PSU||EVGA 550 B3|
|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
- Easy to upgrade
The BEST $1000 Ryzen 5 Gaming PC Build
Updated: November 19th, 2017
Corsair Carbide Spec 02
Mid tower case, great layout, optimal cooling, 2x 120mm fans included.
AM4 socket motherboard, B350 chipset, ATX, 6x SATA, 8x USB including USB 3.1. View
AMD R5 1600
3.6GHz processor, 6-cores 12-threads. Comes with a CPU cooler. Great for content creators. View
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. View
WD Blue 1TB HDD
The standard 7200RPM 1TB HDD for all your mass storage needs. View
Crucial MX300 275GB SSD
A top-rated and very fast 275GB SSD to use as your primary boot drive. View
-Anti-static wristband (optional but suggested)
That’s about all you’re going to need, seriously. Building a PC is a pretty simple process that requires your time more than anything else. But, watching a video walkthrough or reading a guide always helps, so I’ve added both of those in the next tab! There’s also this checklist which you can download and use to make sure that you have everything you need 🙂
Here are the basic steps that I follow when building:
-Install the Power Supply into the Case
-Install the processor (make sure the arrows line up)
-Install RAM (make sure they are in the right way before you try to seat them!)
-Mount the CPU cooler
-Place the rear I/O plate
-Mount the motherboard to the case (get your i/o ports through and use the middle standoff as a guide)
-Plug your GPU in
-Install any storage
-Plug everything into the appropriate spots
-Turn it on / Install OS & drivers!
Instead of me typing out a ton of words to explain this process, why not watch this video put together by EasyPCbuilder.com? He does a great job of explaining everything in detail, and is going to get you running in 30 minutes.
Or, if you did want a ton of words, I’ve put together somewhat of a crash course to building your gaming PC that you might want to check out.
Keep in mind that it’s not the exact same build, but the process is really similar. There’s really only 1 way to do things, and it’s pretty hard to mess anything up if you’re being careful.
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. View
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. View
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. View
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 1600 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 3.6GHz 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.
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.
24″, 1080p 144Hz, 1ms response time – Great for gaming! View
Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum
Romer-G mechanical switches. Customizable RGB backlighting. All-around amazing keyboard for around $100! View
Razer Mamba Tournament Edition
Chroma RGB lighting, very comfortable to use, great sensor accuracy. View
Creative Sound BlasterX H7 TE
Easily one of the best gaming headsets you can get, in my opinion. View
Logitech Z623 2.1 sound system
2.1 channel, 200W RMS/400W peak. If you like bass, these are the speakers+sub you want. View
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.
All-in-all, this build is an awesome dual purpose workstation/gaming rig due to the 6-core R5 1600, 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!