Best Gaming PC Under $1000

 

Looking to build a long lasting gaming PC that can play most AAA games on high settings? Then you are at the right place. In this article, we will show you how to create the best gaming PC under $1000. If you’re on a budget, then this build might not be for you.

The components in this build are strong. You won’t have to worry because this build will run most of your favorite games without any lag. From a Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060, 8GB or ram, a powerful Intel Core i5-7600K LGA 1151 processor and an amazing Corsair Carbide mid tower case with a windowed side panel. All of that powerful hardware while respecting our $1000 budget.

Like I mentioned in all of my build articles, you should always make sure the compatibility of the hardware you purchase, as it would not be fun to build your computer only to realize some parts aren’t compatible.

One last thing before we start this journey. As you know, you will need gaming accessories to be able to play. I will add an “extra” part at the end of this article to share my best accessories for this build. Keep in mind these do not go in our $1000 budget. You will need to go over budget if you want to purchase them.

 

 

 

Best Gaming PC Under $1000

 

Tower

 

Corsair Carbide Series SPEC

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Like in our previous article, we decide to go with the same mid-tower case, what can I say, this computer case is amazing. My favorite aspect of the Corsair Carbide is the windowed panel. I find it so elegant, plus it adds a small “futuristic” look to your gaming PC. Besides, the good looks, this case offers a lot of cooling options, it comes with one front 120mm red led light fan plus you have plenty of room to add more cooling fans.

I’m the type of guy who loves to have a lot of room and upgrading options, and this case offers it. Seven PCIe slots with room for long graphics cards up to 420mm long. Plus you can add up to four more hard drives, which is a nice plus. Cable management won’t be a problem, plenty of room to work with.

 

Motherboard

 

GIGABYTE GA-Z270XP-SLI LGA1151 Intel 2-Way ATX DDR4

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The GIGABYTE GA-Z270XP-SLI LGA1151 is an adamant motherboard which supports 7th/6th Generation Intel Core Processors, LGA1151 socket. It’s important to know which socket it supports for compatibility issues you might encounter when building your computer.

For multi-taskers, Z270XP-SLI delivers advanced technologies like Smart Fan 5 to keep your system cooler, Ultra-Fast M.2 and USB 3.1 support for massive and speedy storage setups. Overall a great Motherboard for the price.

 

CPU

 

Intel Core i5-7600K LGA 1151 Desktop Processors

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When it comes to CPU, I like to go big. The Intel Core I5-7600K is the perfect CPU for this build. It offers a magnificent performance for the price. It makes an excellent pair with the motherboard on our list. This baby is a quad-core CPU with a max turbo frequency 4.20 GHz, which means you will not have any problem with modern gaming. It also supports DDR4 & DDR3L, which is great.

This model supports overclocking, which is a nice bonus for people who do that. Unfortunately, this model does not come with a fan. You will need to purchase one to keep it fresh.

 

Graphics Card

 

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 WINDFORCE

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When you’re building a gaming PC, you want the best performance you can get for your budget. That is the reason I picked the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060. This graphic card is a powerhouse for the price.  This monster will max out almost anything out in 1080p, perfect for gaming.

The Gigabyte’s GTX 1060 comes with fantastic cooling, customizable RGB lighting, and 5 display outputs. Another significant aspect of this card, it can support VR headsets and will deliver 60fps+ performance in pretty much any game.

 

Power Supply

 

EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G1, 80+ GOLD 650W, Fully Modular

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The EVGA is a simple yet effective PSU. This model runs on 650W which is more than enough to power-up all the components in your PC, plus any additional hardware you might have put in. This PSU is a fully modular model, which means that it comes with no cables pre-attached. You only attach the ones you need. It gives you more options.

Heavy-duty protections, including OVP (Over Voltage Protection), UVP (Under Voltage Protection), OCP (Over Current Protection), OPP (Over-Power Protection), SCP (Short Circuit Protection), and OTP (Over Temperature Protection). Overall a great Power Supply for the price.

 

Memory

 

Ballistix Sport LT 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR4 2400 MT/s

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For the RAM I decide to go for something simple that does the perfect job. Ballistix Sport 8GB (4gbx2) DDR4. Like our previous article, I picked two stick over one, because with this mid-tower case we do not have to worry about extra room. In fact, you probably won’t need more than 8GB of ram to run most modern games.

I mentioned this in my other articles, the fact that I pick DDR4 over DDR3, but for the people who didn’t read my other articles, I will quickly explain it. I choose DDR4 over DDR3 to “future proof” my computer, has the technology isn’t advanced yet to the point of fully exploit DDR4 RAM. Besides that, there is not much of a difference between both.

 

Internal Hard Drive

 

Seagate 1TB BarraCuda SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch

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When it comes to storage space, I always go with a safe bet. The Seagate 1TB Barracuda. You can’t get a better piece of hardware for the price. In fact, you don’t need more than 1 TB of space for your games.

If you do not want to spend more money on an extra hard drive, you can directly manage your video games installed on your computer. When you finish one uninstall it and install a new one. Plus in this build, I have included an SSD, so that’s a little bit extra space.

 

Internal Solid State Drive

 

Crucial MX300 275GB SATA 2.5 Inch Internal Solid State Drive

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Since we have a little bit more budget than our previous article, I decided to include an SSD. Why? Because I love it when my system instant boot, I love having a silent hard drive and since I am a gamer, I love having fast loading games. So why not include one, especially when we have the budget and the room for one.

This SSD has 275GB of space, not much but enough to install your necessary things on it. I’d recommend installing your operating system on it and maybe a couple of games, as putting too many things in it will slow it down. You could purchase one with a lot more space on it, but you will go over budget.

 

CPU Cooling Fans

 

CRYORIG H7 Tower Cooler For AMD/Intel CPU’s

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Another component we did not include in our previous builds. As I mentioned in the above the CPU in our build does not come with a cooling fan, hence the reason I included one. Plus you might need one if you ever want to do some overclocking in your gaming PC.

 

Extra PC accessories

Best Gaming PC Under $1500

Now that our gaming tower is fully built, you will need gaming accessories to play. In the upcoming section, I have personally picked some gaming accessories that combine well with our gaming tower we just built.

The product you will find in the next section consists of, a gaming monitor, a mouse & keyboard combo, a pair of headset, a mousepad and last but not least a comfortable gaming chair. Keep in mind these accessories do not go into our 1000$ budget, if you decide to purchase these, then you will go over budget. These are only “extras” I decide to include in my article.

 

Monitor

 

BenQ GL2460HM 24-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor

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I decided to go with a safe bet. BenQ GL2460HM 24-Inch Screen LED, this screen offers one of the best performance for the price. Especially when it comes on sale. This screen is 24 inch, which is an excellent size for gaming, with an incredible resolution of 1920 x 1080 and a response time of 2MS. This model is a TN panel, with a refresh rate of 60HZ, making it a beautiful gaming screen.

Very easy to assemble, the monitor is made out of quality materials, side panel buttons are easy to use, a lot of options for picture quality. Overall an excellent monitor for the price.

 

Keyboard

 

Corsair STRAFE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, Red LED, Cherry MX Red

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This keyboard is a little bit pricey since you have the budget for building a 1000$ gaming PC why not go with a good and long lasting gaming keyboard. The Corsair Strafe is a great gaming keyboard, with its cherry MX red key switches. Cherry MX switches are 30% quieter than other mechanical switches, plus they offer on the point precision. With a fantastic red backlighting, which is customizable.

My favorite thing about this keyboard is the possibility to create macros and reassign any keys you want with the (CUE) program. I’m a big fan of MMO games, so having macros for certain abilities is awesome, especially when I play a healer or a tank. You won’t have to worry about wrist pain. This keyboard is very comfortable and ergonomic.

 

Mouse

 

SteelSeries Rival 100, Optical Gaming Mouse

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At first look, this mouse does not look impressive, but let me tell you for the price this mouse is fantastic. First of all, you can choose from a multitude of colors, which is cool. Besides the look, this mouse offers a lot of customization.

You can remap all of the six buttons. Adjust the optical sensor’s CPI, customize the illumination with over 16 million options, and create personalized configurations for your favorite games. The mouse is made out of quality material, plus it’s very ergonomic and comfortable for any types of grips.

 

Headset

 

Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma V2 USB Gaming Headset

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I decided to go with a Razer headset. The Kraken 7.1 Chroma is a very elegant yet clean design. On top of its good looks, this headset will not disappoint you regarding sound quality. With advanced 7.1 virtual surround sound engine for pinpoint positional audio and 50mm audio drivers custom-tuned, giving you an amazing audio experience.

Let’s not forget about the microphone, especially if you play online games. Active noise-cancelling digital microphone for crystal-clear communication, perfect when you play online with your friends. This model is very comfortable, good for long gaming sessions. On top of all of those amazing features, you can customize the color up to 16.8 million options.

 

Mousepad

 

Glorious Large Gaming Mouse Mat / Pad

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When it comes to choosing mousepad, there’s just so many good choices, pretty much any mousepad works, so it all ends up to personal choice. Since we spent a lot of the tower and gaming accessories, I picked a cheap yet effective mousepad. The dimension of the Glorious gaming mousepad is, 11″x13″x0.08″ | 2mm thickness, which fit on virtually any regular size desk.

This model is made out of smooth cloth surface, optimized for fast movement while maintaining excellent SPEED and CONTROL during gaming. Non-slip rubber base, provides heavy grip preventing sliding or movement of the mouse pad.

 

Gaming Chair

 

New Gaming Chair High-back Computer Chair Ergonomic Design Racing Chair

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Having a good gaming chair is important. As a gamer, we tend to spend quite a couple hours sitting on them when we play video games. I find it crucial to have a good gaming chair to avoid future back pains. Hence why I picked a chair that a little bit more expensive than your average gaming chair.

This model has a backrest and a headrest which adds to the chair comfort and adds comfort to your back. This chair can support up to 250 LB, which is good if you’re a big fellow. The best part about this chair is you can incline it and lie on it like it was a bed when you’re taking small breaks between intense online games.

 

 

Conclusion

This concludes our guide on the best gaming PC under $1000. As you may have seen above the pieces in this monster are pretty strong despite having a 1000$ budget. No doubt this machine will play most recent games and even games that will come out in a couple of years on high settings.

On top of having a long lasting PC, nothing stops you from changing or adding, even more, hardware in your machine. Sure you will break your budget. Sometimes it’s better to just switch out parts than to build a completely new gaming rig.

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