Important: These $1000 Dollar Gaming PC Builds do include the new GTX 1070 If that’s what you’re looking for!
There is nothing better than building a Gaming PC on a $1000 dollar budget. In this build instead of just one PC build under $1000 dollars, I actually created two different builds for you to choose from each with their own different benefits.
Another awesome build that I would recommend you check out is my $900 build I titled “Power and Control”. It’s not as good as these, but it definitely holds it’s own.
Each of these builds will run ultra settings for a long time, and whatever build you do end up choosing I promise that you will be more than satisfied with it. I’m glad that you are here and I can’t wait to hear all about your PC building Journey so without further ado lets jump in!
Why Should You build a PC instead of buying a Pre-Built One?
This a serious question that I know a lot of people building PC’s face so I’ll answer this here and now.
To me, there are many reasons why you should build your own PC instead of buying a pre-built one, but the most important one is that you get more for your money! You see, what Pre-built PC’s usually do is throw on a fancy case (this means absolutely nothing when it comes to performance), but then put in parts worth way less then you are paying and then they sell it to you at an inflated price. That’s the business model that pre-built PC makers use.
I understand that not everyone is going to want to build a PC and they may opt to just get a pre-built PC, but so many people don’t even know that they are getting way less than what their dollar is worth because they don’t even know what the PC specs are! If you are a PC gamer then you must know this stuff or you will keep getting ripped off.
To make it worse a lot of these pre-built PC’s warranty suck because if you so much as open your case they automatically void the warranty… yep that means if you go the pre-built PC route you are going to need to spend another $1000 dollars ever few years, when you could just build your own and upgrade it periodically and save a crap load of money.
Besides building a PC isn’t even hard anymore, as there are so many available resources throughout the web that you can reference from and people who are more than willing to help someone trying to build their first PC. Honestly, when I built my first PC, it was probably one the most enlightening experiences with technology I’ve ever had. People who build computers are not some special breed. If they can build a PC, so can you. I also want to personally extend the offer to help you when you are building your PC if you leave a comment below I will get to you as quick as possible and help you!
So now that you know the reasons why building a PC is the better choice it’s time to move on!
How To Build A PC
Building a PC can be challenging by yourself, so below I’ve included a video you can use as a reference when building your PC. This video is quick and straight to the point. If you would like a more in-depth discussion on PC building check out my How To Build A PC Page
I understand that this video might not have answered every question about building a PC, so if you still have any unanswered questions please feel free to leave a comment below and I will respond ASAP.
PC Build #1 The 2016 Ultra Gaming PC Build Under 1000 dollars, Beautiful Power
For my first build I wanted to give you something that looks just as good as those fancy pre-built gaming PC’s, but the hardware inside is much better.
With “Beautiful Power” You can expect to run games like The Witcher 3, Fallout 4, GTA 5, and any other modern game on ultra settings at 1080p without a doubt and this build will really last you for years.
This build also has a good upgrade path due it having a full ATX board for more slots and the possibility of AMD crossfire (two graphics cards) gaming in the future which will further extend the life of this build. This build also includes the most recent video card from Nvidia, the GTX 1070 (You’re going to be set for years.)
Last Updated: November 23rd, 2016
If you care about the looks of a case then this build was specifically designed for you! The whole purpose of this build is to give you the looks of a pre-built PC, but also the power of a PC that is worth $1000.
Other than looks this case also delivers some amazing features while still maintaining a more than affordable price. You will be getting two fans and space for four more which will keep your build safe from overheating. You are also getting 6 drive bays to where you are able to install HDD’s and SSD’s (basically computer space) which allows for you to keep upgrading your space in this PC for a long time.
The only thing about this case is that it is a heavy case and not very mobile due to its design and actually weighs 17.9 pounds.
I understand that not everyone has the same likes when it comes to cases so below is a Link that allows you to check out other cases that you may like better.
One thing I do recommend is checking with me so I can make sure the dimensions of the case you chose work with this build in the comments below.
The Power Supply I chose for this build was the Corsair 750x Modular. This power supply is bronze efficient which basically means that it channels power better, saving you more money in the long run.
I chose to go for modular cabling instead of a non-modular power supply due to the ease of cabling that will save you a great deal of time when building your PC. A modular power supply just reduces the amount of clutter and due to this, the airflow improves.
This fan is also constantly running which is a good thing when it comes to a gaming build so your PC constantly keeps normal temperatures. The good thing about this fan is that it still manages to keep the noise down even when it’s doing top temperatures. At the price point, the Corsair 750x modular is just the all around best pick.
Note: I really wouldn’t consider trying to go with a lower power supply as the Video Card for this build can really be a power hog especially if you are thinking of overclocking in the future
Now we’re on to the most important piece of the build, the GTX 1070 8GB Video Card!. With this card, you will max any game that’s coming out in 2016 and 2017 1080p and even 2k resolution without a doubt so there is nothing to worry about on that front.
With 8GB’s of RAM, this is about as future-proof as you can get with a graphics card, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s better than a 4GB card since no games are currently coming close to needing this much.
The fans on this thing are so silent that unless you are really pushing the card you will not even hear it, and with headphones on you will never hear it at all.
One issue with this card would have to be that since this card can run so hot that it really needs a case that offers great airflow which is one thing you should know if you decide to switch cases.
If you dislike overclocking manually then this is the card for you due to it basically already being pretty overclocked right from the box. This is both a negative and a positive. You will get much better performance, but this thing will also use a lot of power. The good thing is that you’ll be the envy of all your gaming friends for years to come with the 1070.
TLDR: This card is one of the best you can get on the market and will allow you to max out games on ultra settings for a long time…
The processor of this build complements the GTX 1070 very well and I actually used it in my $900 build
The I5-6500 is probably one of the best CPU’s you ca get right now at an affordable price. Yes, there are better CPU’s but for gaming, they really aren’t needed.
Where you really start to see the CPU shine is in the MMO genre and this accompanied with the R9 390x will run any MMO such as World Of Warcraft, Blade and Soul, and even the upcoming Black Desert on ultra settings
Do you need an aftermarket cooler?
Getting one will keep the CPU cooler, but there really is no need unless you are really trying to overclock this CPU. If you go with an I7 then I would recommend getting an aftermarket cooler.
The motherboard I chose for this build is the Gigabyte LGA1151 DDR4 Pro Gaming Motherboard.
The good thing about this motherboard is it was specifically designed with gamers in mind to which there are a number of BIOS features that make things such as overclocking much easier.
Another good thing that people overlook about motherboards is their sound quality and if you ask me this is a very important piece of gaming. Let me tell you, The Gigabyte LGA1151 amazing onboard audio for the price and really surprised me.
Only main complaint with this motherboard is that there are only two USB 3.0s and two USB 2.0s which can be inconvenient at times if you were looking for only 3.0s.
For this build, I’ve gotten DDR4 Hyper X Fury 8GB (4GB’s x 2 ). 8GB’s of RAM should be more than enough for a few more years, but in the future, it might be a good idea to just upgrade to 16GB’s. However, 16GB’s is not the must that many people paint the picture of it being. Unless you are a severe multi-tasker who just refuses to close anything then you will be fine.
The one cool thing about this RAM is that it automatically overclocks to the highest frequency possible which means more efficient memory for gaming and other applications.
The reason I went with Hyper X Fury is due to them having an amazing Lifetime warranty and the one time I actually did need to return a product they were quick to help me and really didn’t offer me any issues.
The hard drive I chose was Western Digitals 1TB Blue hard drive. This should be all the space you need at the beginning when building your PC and in the future, you should get another HDD to which I would recommend Western Digitals 1TB Black.
Another thing you should get in the future would be an SSD. An SSD offers insane boot times that makes things quicker, but they are pretty expensive for what you are getting so they really aren’t mandatory. However, I would recommend getting, at least, one SSD later on, though.
Optional (Optical Drive):
I left the optical drive optional because you really do not need an optical drive anymore due to everything basically being digital nowadays. I do understand that some people will still want an optical drive (CD Drive) and have included one below.
I seriously envy whoever is going to build this PC because it is truly top of the line. With this PC, your computer will better than 95% of the other computers out there and even that is being pessimistic. Not only will you have an awesome time playing games, but with this build, you will run games on 60FPS 1080p and can even run games smoothly in 4k.
My Upgrade path for this build would be to wait a few years until you start to see a Dip in framerates and I would either go SLI (depending on driver support) or sell your current GPU and then go with a newer flagship. The CPU should last longer before you need to replace it, but I hope you understand how you can make a build last for a very long time. Seriously, though this build will last you for a long time and you really won’t need to worry about this for a while.
Build #2 2016 Ultra Gaming PC Build Under 1000, The Monster
I Call this build “The Monster” not because of its outward appearance which isn’t anything special, but because of what it has inside. This thing has some amazing components that I managed to get in here for around $1000 dollars. With this build, you will be able to play games on ultra settings at 1080p 60fps and this build should even be able to hold its own gaming at 1440p if you are thinking about that.
Unlike the first build, this isn’t as stylish and sacrifices a lot of looks to get very powerful components, so if you don’t care much for how your Gaming PC looks and just want the best performance your money can buy, then this build was designed specifically for you.
Below you will find the build and the build breakdown. If you are going to get this build, I highly encourage you to read the build breakdown so you know what you are buying before you spend your money on it.
Last updated: November 23rd, 2016
The Case I chose for this build Thermaltake Versa H21. There’s really nothing that really makes this case special, but the quality of the case is good and the design is ok. The purpose of this build was to focus less on aesthetics and more on the main components that make up this build, so that’s what I did. Something this case does do better than most is the amazing amount of SSD and HDD slots that you have available at your disposal. In total, you are getting 7 which is pretty amazing when you consider the price.
The only issue I have with this case is that it only has two USB ports on the front, One 2.0, and One 3.0. This can be a hindrance to some, especially for those who are always constantly charging many devices on their PC.
If you would like to choose another case with this build then here is a link that will take you directly to cases that you can also use with this build.
Evga’s Supernova 750 watts power supply is really an awesome buy for the price without a doubt. This power supply is semi-modular which saves you a lot of times not having to sort a number of cords out is definitely worth a few extra dollars.
This power supply also has 80b efficiency. This basically just means that it channels power more efficiently and saves you money in the process.
my only issue with this power supply can get a little noisy at times when it is under heavy usage. If you have your headphones on then you won’t hear it at all, but I still think it’s something you should know.
Note: I really would not recommend going anything lower than 750 watts due to this build using a considerable amount of power. This also hampers you ability to upgrade in the future, you might as well spend a few extra dollars now rather than having to replace your whole Power Supply later.
Now we come to the piece that this whole build literally revolves around. Nvidias most recent video card, The GTX 1070 (won’t find a better card for the money!). For this build, I chose the MSI GTX 1070 8gbs graphics card SC (Super Clocked) and this thing literally destroys any game in its path.
Since this card comes Super Clocked, you get a video card that comes fully maxed out and ready to perform at its peak. The GTX 1070 is also ready for VR which stands for virtual reality if that’s something you’re interested in.
Considering that this is a top tier graphics card you will be able to use this thing for years before having to upgrade and if you do SLI (Two graphics cards), you will be in an even better position.
This card is basically silent due to ACX 3.0 technology and the fan actually doesn’t even fully turn on until the cards get to temperatures over 50c making this a really nice card that won’t overheat on you.
The GTX 1070 is also able to destroy any of the latest games, even at 2k resolution let alone 1080p! When you consider that it’s much cheaper than the 980ti, (which costs more!) I have to say that it’s a great buy.
There really are no downsides to this card that I can think of and just thinking about it puts a smile on my face. You really are getting one of the best cards that money can buy and with if you love to play games then this card will really make you very happy.
TLDR: This Is one of the best cards you can get and it is the heart of this build
The i5-4690k might be Haswell, but this thing is an amazing CPU for the price and really makes an amazing sidekick to the MSI GTX 980.
This thing really shows you its processing powers in CPU intensive games such and it really handles them with ease and will be all you need for years to come. This card is also able to be overclocked to boost some more performance out of the CPU, but for most this won’t be necessary.
All in all this CPU is still one of the best CPU’s on the market and does everything you need it do without hurting your pockets any more than necessary.
People may say that you need an expensive CPU such as an i7, but there really is no reason to get this for gaming as a CPU is an afterthought compared to the graphics card. You should never have a gaming build where the CPU is more expensive than the GPU.
Gigabyte GA-Z97 SLI LGA Motherboard most importantly will give you the choice of SLI gaming if that’s what you want. Gigabyte is known for making quality motherboards at an affordable price and this one definitely lives up to their reputation. This motherboard does give a great amount of USB 3.0s and USB 2.0s which is awesome considering the case only gives a few of them in the front. This is really just a solid motherboard with a great BIOS by gigabyte that should host the CPU and the GPU without any issues. Considering that this is one of the most affordable full motherboards that support SLI (two cards) at a good price, you really can’t complain.
The RAM I chose for this build was the Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB’s of RAM (4GB’s x 2). This RAM isn’t anything special, but it will get the job done and will work just fine and compliments the build well.
I usually use hyper x fury, but with this build, since most of the budget went with the GPU and CPU, I decided to just use this as it is still good RAM.
I chose two 4GB’s instead of a single 8GB stick of RAM because it channels applications in a more efficient manner. I also recommend upgrading to 16GB’s later on when games start to require more RAM, but this is more than enough for gaming at this time.
For this build again I’ve chosen the trusty Western Digital’s Blue 1TB Hard Drive. With this hard drive, you will be able to install plenty of games before you start running out of space and this should be all you really need for a while.
One thing I would recommend is getting an SSD in the future. An SSD is not really important, but it does make boot times much quicker and most people end up putting their OS on them, which allows for quick load times.
In the future, you will definitely need to buy more HDD’s and SSD’s. With the case I chose for you, it has 7 bay drives for these, which will allow you to have a lot of space on your computer.
Optional (Optical Drive)
I didn’t include an optical drive in this build because they really aren’t used very often any longer and I didn’t feel like it was worth buying. I understand that some people might still want to pick one up, so here’s a link that you can use to pick up a cheap non-expensive one.
Really what is there to say about this build? You are getting a top of the line graphics card and an amazing CPU. You should have no doubt that you will be gaming at ultra settings for a long time with this build.
If you want a PC that really doesn’t have those beautiful looks on the outside, but on the inside has some monster specs that truly impress, then this build was made for you.
The upgrade path for this build is to actually buy another 980 in the future when the prices come down and your PC gets starts to struggle to get a consistent 60fps. This is the reason why I chose a motherboard with SLI capabilities and would recommend this as it will greatly extend the life of this build for a few more years.
Build #1 Or Build #2?
Many of you might not know which build to choose so here I’m going to tell you why you should go with build one and then why you should go with build two.
I would go with “Beautiful Power” if you want a more stylish build with a better case. the whole purpose of “Beautiful Power” is to look good, but still maintain a great deal of power while doing it. With this build, you will get an overall more balanced build. The graphics card is still the most important piece, but the PSU, RAM, Mobo are all a little bit better in this build then the second build.
“The Monster’s” main focus was getting a very strong GPU and CPU to which I had to make the other pieces of this build slightly weaker to do. One of the major sacrifices was the case. The case in this build, while it does work isn’t the prettiest case and won’t win any awards. I would choose this build if you don’t care a lot for looks and are mostly in it for the powerful components.
The second build is more powerful than the first, but the first is more balanced making them both have their tradeoffs. All in all there really is no right or wrong way to go about this and whichever build you end up choosing will take your PC gaming to the next level.
It doesn’t matter if you have the strongest PC known to mankind. If you don’t have peripherals you won’t be able to use it. Don’t build your PC and then have to wait for peripherals (accessories) as you will end up losing that new PC feeling. Below is my recommended peripherals for these builds.
This BenQ 24-Inch Gaming Monitor is one of the best 1080p monitors out there and because it’s specifically made for gamers that makes it even better for a gaming build. You will be getting an LED gaming monitor that’s really customizable and able to be adjusted to whatever suits your needs.
This monitor is even better if you are into competitive gaming as it offers 1ms response times that really set it apart from your average monitor. This monitor actually has settings that can reduce input lag making you one step ahead of your competition.
If you are going to be spending so much money on a Gaming PC build there’s no reason to cheap out now. The monitor is a very important component that can really limit your build if it’s not up to par.
With a $1000 build, you would think I would recommend a super expensive keyboard and mouse, but the CM Storm Devastator combo is so good, I really feel that most of you would be one hundred percent satisfied with it even at such a low price. besides after spending all of that money, you really can get away with this and still have an awesome PC gaming experience.
The Keyboard feels mechanical even when it’s not, and also has a great deal of programmable keys that you can use to further enhance your gaming experience.
The mouse of this combo has a great deal of customizable options such as buttons on the sides and also adjustable DPI (This basically means that you can change how sensitive the mouse is).
When you measure all the performance you get for the price, this is really a no-brainer. This might not be the best keyboard and mouse on the market, but it is definitely my first pick if I had to choose a beginner competitive combo set.
This headset is the one thing I can recommend for any gamer looking for a quality headset at an affordable price. With this, you will get a very high-quality experience that even surpasses headphones that cost much more. The Sentey Extreme Bass Headphones have everything you could really want out of a set of headphones. The braided cord of these headphones ensures that these will last for a great deal of time, as long as you take good care of them.
One of the main pluses of these headphones is the comfort they provide. I can game with these for hours and this is a double plus considering that I wear glasses, it can really be hard to find a pair of headphones that is comfortable.
The biggest plus of these headphones, however, would have to be the audio. For such a cheap price, I don’t think I could find a better headset. Just hearing an explosion going off on these bass heavy headphones is really satisfying and definitely improves your gaming experience.
When looking for a good wifi adapter, I was looking for something that would be affordable and quick to install, and I can say that panda’s wifi adapter meets all the criteria and is also very efficient. For the price, you would think this would offer cheap and dodgy wifi, but this couldn’t be anything further from the truth. With this adapter, you will be able to connect to the internet and have max data rates of 300mbps. When it’s all said and done this is a good buy at a cheap price that gives you high-quality internet? What’s there to hate?
Operating System Options
Once you’ve gotten your PC built and also all of your peripherals then it’s time to pick out your operating system. What an operating system does is it basically manages all of your other applications that are on your PC. There are thousands of operating systems out there that could really be used, but the most important two for gamers are Linux and Windows. Below, I break them both down and tell you the Pros and Cons.
Linux isn’t as well known as Windows, but that doesn’t mean you should totally discount it. Linux wasn’t made by a company, but it was an open end project created by many developers to bring an OS that wasn’t as restrictive as windows and one that could be customized to fit your own desires.
Since Linux is so open it allows for so much more customization and if you are a person who’s likes being able to control almost every aspect of your PC, then Linux was specifically designed for you in mind. Linux also has a price tag of $0 which makes it even more, appealing to people who would rather not spend any money on an Operating System or someone who is just waiting to switch to Windows in the future.
Linux’s greatest pro is also its greatest con for many. To a lot of people, having so many options can be greatly confusing and that might really turn someone off of using Linux. Linux is also slow to fix bugs which is another annoying thing due to it being a free OS.
I’m pretty sure everyone here knows about Windows and with good reason. They have been the most widely used OS for years and their reign as the top OS doesn’t seem to be anywhere close to ending.
Unlike Linux, Since Windows is run like a company they are quick to fix any major issues and bugs. Windows also has the best gaming experience as games are all optimized for this platform unlike Linux so you will always get the best PC gaming experience on windows.
Windows is also much more restrictive than Linux which is probably better for most people who are just trying to game. The biggest issue with Windows is that it can cost you a pretty penny if you decide to get it the legit way. This actually angers many people and due to that people have turned to getting it through other means (No I will not mention it here, google is your friend). I’m not for nor against it, but that’s the only major issue as to why you wouldn’t get Windows.
If you do get Windows then you have to decide which version of the Windows to get. I would pick Windows 7 Premium or Windows 8.1. Both of these OS’s are very stable and will provide a much more stable gaming experience. Then when Windows 10 becomes a more stable OS, you should then take the free upgrade to it as in the future games will start to become optimized for that OS.
If you are looking for the best gaming PC build under $1000 dollars then you’ve just found two of them. These builds will last you for years and will handle any gaming for years to come. I would recommend this build for anyone who is truly in love with PC gaming and is ready to take their gaming to the next level. You will not be disappointed with these builds and whatever gaming you were doing before this will pale in comparison.
Important: If you change anything in this build please leave a comment below of your updated build so that I can make sure that everything is compatible with the build and that you do not waste your money and time on parts that don’t go together.