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


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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.)

The Build

Last Updated: November 23rd, 2016 


Build Breakdown


Case

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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.

Power Supply

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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

Video Card

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…

Processor

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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.

Motherboard

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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.

RAM

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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.

Hard Drive:

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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):

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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.

Build Conclusion


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


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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.

The Build

Last updated: November 23rd, 2016

Build Breakdown


Case

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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.

Power Supply

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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.

Video Card

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

Processor

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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.

Motherboard

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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.

RAM

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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.

Hard Drive

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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)

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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.

Build Conclusion


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.

Recommended Peripherals


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.

Recommended Monitor

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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.

Recommended Keyboard/Mouse

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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.

Recommended Headset

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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.

Recommended WIFI

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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.

(Ubuntu) Linux

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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.

Windows

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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.

Conclusion…


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.

If you have any questions leave them below! Also, what are you going to name your Gaming PC? Tell me in the comments below

121 replies
  1. James
    James says:

    Was wondering if the Beautiful Build also needs a sound card? The reason I’m asking is because I want to build the computer, but I have no clue. I went on new egg and did a price watch for all pieces. Just wondering if I will need a sound card or any other additional pieces.
    James

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    • Frank
      Frank says:

      Hey, James

      You shouldn’t need a sound card at all as the motherboard for the beautiful PC gaming build has a great onboard sound card. However, If you would like improved sound at a cheap price I’d recommend the Creative Sound Blaster. It’s under $50, but provides great a great sound making it one of my go to sound cards.

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      • James
        James says:

        Awesome. Thank you. I just ordered the motherboard and processor yesterday. Very excited to be underway in building this.

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      • Dan
        Dan says:

        Hi Frank. Can I substitute the better components from the beautiful build (including the case) with the CPU/GPU combination you have listed for Monster? I know that will crack the grand baseline a bit—but worth it in my book. 🙂

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        • Frank
          Frank says:

          Hey Dan,

          Yah you can definitely switch out the CPU and GPU for better ones. If you are going to do that, though, make sure to check if there compatible with the rest of the build, though! If you need help with that I’m always here.

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        • Frank
          Frank says:

          Hey Nicoli,

          They can run 4k, but you won’t get anywhere near a steady 60 FPS. If you want something that can really run 4k, check out my $2000 gaming PC build when I put it out.

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  2. James
    James says:

    Hey, This is James again. I was thinking of going with this case:

    NZXT PHANTOM ATX Full Tower Case, White PHAN-001WT

    Just for better airflow. It this case okay?

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    • Frank
      Frank says:

      Hey, James

      Yah this case will definitely work for this build. I was going for a more compact build, but if your willing to pay the extra money you really can’t go wrong with a full tower case.

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  3. Nick
    Nick says:

    Hey, I’m looking at the monster build but I have a few questions. Is there anything else needed to build it like additional cables? I’m new to this so I have no idea. Also, I have a little flexibility on my budget, would it be worth it to spring for the hyper x fury ram or any other components?

    I’m also going to be doing some CAD on this computer, most likely Keycreator, Solidworks, or Mastercam. Will it be able to run those smoothly? Any other suggestions to improve it for CAD and gaming?

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    • Frank
      Frank says:

      Hey Nick,

      As long as you buy the parts in this build you’ll be one hundred percent ready to go! This computer will easily be able to handle any CAD programs with the powerful GPU and CPU. I know that building a gaming PC can be intimidating at first, so if you have any other questions about this process, I’m always available.

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  4. Nicholas
    Nicholas says:

    Once it becomes more easily accessible in the not so distant future, would upgrading the monster build’s gpu to a gtx 1070 be worth it and/or compatible with the build? I’m pretty new to pc building.

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    • Frank
      Frank says:

      Hey Nicholas,

      That’s definitely worth it, the GTX 1070 is going to be a great buy when the price settles. The GTX 1070 would be one hundred percent compatible with this build.

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  5. Tom
    Tom says:

    Ok I know it 2016. Sometimes cpu post can be old even if only by 6 months is this monster build still the latest and greatest as of this date on my message. Thinking about trying my hand in building this. Definitely gonna add a ssd tho.

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    • Frank
      Frank says:

      Hey, Tom,

      I just updated this build, so now is definitely the time to build a gaming PC if you’re looking for the latest and greatest. The i5-4690k is honestly a steal for what you’re getting, so don’t worry about that and the GTX 1070 is a monster of a card! If you’re going to be getting an SSD I’d recommend the Samsung 850 EVO; it’s affordable and high-quality.

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  6. Raymond
    Raymond says:

    So I was wondering, how good is the heat?
    I don’t see any additional fans need for these builds so I’m guessing that mean’s both builds does not produce a lot of heat.
    Is it ok to assume that???

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  7. Chris
    Chris says:

    Hey OP, i am interested in the more powerful build (the secibd one) and i have some questions.
    First of all, isn’t getting a cooler a must? I am quite new to the pc building business, so i am quite unsure about this aspect. Either way, can you recommend a cooler?
    Secondly, I want to change the 980 with a 970. I just think that the price difference is too big for a relatively small performance improvement. What do you think about this? I am thinking that with that difference i could simply buy another 970 in an year or so.
    Also, i want to go from the beggining with an ssd hard drive. Could you give me some suggestions?

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    • Frank
      Frank says:

      Hey, Chris, The CPU comes with a cooler, but getting an aftermarket cooler will help reduce temperatures. Also, I’ve updated the build to include the GTX 1070 which is cheaper than the 980, but better in every way! If you’re looking for a SSD I’d recommend you check out my best SSD’s For Gaming Post.

      Reply
  8. Destiny
    Destiny says:

    Hello i have jsut a bit more of a budget and was wondering could i use the motherboard from the Beautiful Power build in the Monster build? Never built a pc in my life so sorry if it seems like a dumb question.

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    • Frank
      Frank says:

      Hey Destiny,

      Good thing you wrote a comment! You actually cannot interchange these two motherboards as they have different chipsets (different CPUs). If you did go with the other motherboard, you’d also need to get the CPU of the beautiful power build and the DDR4 RAM of the build. Then it would work perfectly! Hopefully, that cleared some things up, respond to me if you need some more help.

      Reply
  9. Jason
    Jason says:

    Sorry Im a bit late onto this conversation, but I saw your two builds and I thought they were amazing! I decided to choose the “monster build” simply because of power, but i couldnt order the motherboard you suggested. Would this motherboard be okay with the build? Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming 3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard

    Also would the graphics card still be compatible with it?
    Many thanks!!

    Reply
    • Frank
      Frank says:

      Hey Gai,

      If you’re looking for a cooler, I’d recommend the Cooler Master Hyper 12 EVO. Very affordable, but still offers great performance for an aftermarket cooler.

      Reply
  10. Colby
    Colby says:

    Hi Frank. I got most of the components on the way for the beautiful build. This will be my first of Pc build and just wanted to say thanks for putting this site together.

    Reply
    • Frank
      Frank says:

      Hey Colby,

      I’m glad that this site has been such a great resource for you! The reason I made this site was due to the fact that so many people thought that having a pre-built gaming PC is the only option, which isn’t the case at all. If you have any questions or issues, feel free to ask.

      Reply
  11. Ricardo
    Ricardo says:

    Hello frank! I wanted to ask if you could recommend some 8 gig ram sticks to get that 16 gig ram (8gigs*2) for when future games need it .
    Always better safe then sorry xD .

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  12. Jax
    Jax says:

    Is this build better than the build my local pc store?Here are the specs:Intel core i7-6700 – MSI Z170A Gaming Pro – Kingston HyperX 16GB Ram (8GBx2) – Western Digital 1TB Blue – MSI GTX1060 – Asus DVD Writer – NZXT S340 Casing – Cooler Master E600V PSU (IDK How many voltage this has the picture is quite blurry)=$1007 Im gonna add an extra 120GB SSD=1059

    Reply
    • Frank
      Frank says:

      Hey Phil,

      That case is definitely an awesome choice and is also compatible with the Monster build. The cooling should be good, but if you have the extra money I’d get the Cooler Master.

      Reply
  13. Kraig
    Kraig says:

    Frank,

    Awesome article, I want to make the first build soon! Can you please tell me if these parts will come with all the necessary wiring too?

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  14. Seth
    Seth says:

    Hello, this is my planned build so far
    Case: NZXT Phantom 410 Mid Tower
    CPU: Intel i5 6500
    GPU: Zotac Geforce GTX 1070 AMP
    Motherboard: MSI Pro Solution Intel Z170A LGA 1151 DDR4 USB 3.1 ATX Motherboard
    Hard drive: WD Blue 1TB Hard drive
    RAM: Kingston HyperX fury DDR4 8gb
    SSD: Kingston Digital 120GB SSD
    Power supply: Corsair CX Series, CX600, 600 Watt (600W) Power Supply
    Wondering if all these components are compatible and open for recommendations to switch some parts to save abit of money.

    Reply
    • Frank
      Frank says:

      Hey Seth,

      This build right here is 100% compatible. If you want to save money you could get rid of the SSD, but all the other parts are needed. Keep me updated on how this build comes along.

      Reply
  15. Morgan
    Morgan says:

    Hey Frank I’m completely clueless when it comes to computers and this will be my first time building one.

    Before I buy this my question is will this Run Runescape 3 on ultra settings?

    Love the build btw.

    Reply
    • Frank
      Frank says:

      Hey Morgan,

      Both of these $1000 gaming PC builds will devour Runescape 3 on ultra settings! You have nothing to worry about with any game you choose to play running on ultra for years to come with these components. If you need any further help, please feel free to reply back.

      Reply
  16. Roy
    Roy says:

    Hey Frank,

    I just wanted to say that this is probably the best and most helpful post I’ve ever seen. Also, I was wondering how much more powerful the Monster build was when compared to the Beautiful Power build?

    Love both builds btw

    -Roy

    Reply
    • Frank
      Frank says:

      Hey Roy,

      The Beautiful Power build and the Monster build ATM are pretty even since I’ve updated them both with the GTX 1070’s. The Monster does have the SC (Super Clocked) 1070 which is slightly better, but on that front, but the beautiful power build has a better CPU. Honestly, it doesn’t matter which one you pick as they are both great builds and will last you for years.

      Reply
  17. Josh M.
    Josh M. says:

    I also use my computer for schoolwork. I typically use Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Spreadsheet. I’m thinking of a ratio, to give you an idea, of 65% gaming and 35% schoolwork. Is the Beautiful Power build a good build for what I need? Or is that irrespective of whatever build I use?

    Reply
    • Frank
      Frank says:

      Hey Josh,

      This build is more than enough for all of your schoolwork. I do recommend you getting a Windows 8/10 OS though due to the programs you want to use. For gaming, this build will run any game on ultra settings for years to come at 1080p.

      Reply
  18. Carl
    Carl says:

    Hey Frank,

    I saw people maxing (except maybe like Msaa) out Gta V in Full HD at around 100-120fps with a GTX 1070. So my question is, whether the Beautiful Power is able to handle that aswell ? Furthermore, is a I5 6500 a bottleneck to this build or not ? Also I’d like to ask whether a MSI Gtx 1070 Gaming X would fit into this beast aswell. 😀
    I’m really looking forward to your answer!
    Thank you for this great build!
    Have a nice day,

    Carl

    Reply
    • Frank
      Frank says:

      Hey Carl,

      You can definitely expect similar results with this build. Also, the i5-6500 won’t bottleneck this build at all, and an MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X would fit into the beautiful power build.

      Reply
  19. Anthony
    Anthony says:

    Hey Frank, its been a few months since this has been posted and im curious if you feel anything would be changed out of the Beautiful PC. Also iv been looking into switching the processor for an Intel Core i7 6700K 4.00 GHz socket LGA 1151. How do you feel about this? Would i need to add anything additionally with this processor?

    Reply
    • Frank
      Frank says:

      Hey Anthony,

      I update these PC builds every month, so they are always up to date. So nothing needs to be changed unless you want to. I honestly feel they i7-6700k is complete overkill for gaming, but if you’re going to be doing other things that require some more processing then that might be a good idea.

      Reply
  20. Fischer
    Fischer says:

    Hey, it’s october 2016, and I was wondering if these builds were still good to use. This will be my first gaming PC ever and I realize how much money can be saved when building it yourself. Do you think I should build one for my first? If the primary reason I want one of these PCs which one would you think is better? Looks is not important as long it gives me results.

    Reply
    • Frank
      Frank says:

      Hey Fischer,

      These builds are always up to date, so you have nothing to worry about when it comes to how relevant they are. Even if this is your first PC, I’d still recommend building your own gaming PC, as you’ll always get more bang for your buck. If you follow the video and this post and ask any questions you have to me, I promise you’ll be okay. Which one would I pick? Honestly, they’re both amazing at the moment either one will destroy any game that comes its way.

      Reply
      • Fischer
        Fischer says:

        Thanks for the feedback, i will more than likely use one of these designs to build my own gaming PC. Much appreciated, keep up the awesome work!

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  21. Chase
    Chase says:

    I was wondering if the the beautiful power build wound run rust at 90 fps on ultra settings. I’m very new at pc gaming so if you would let me know that would be great.

    Thanks, Chase

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  22. Chase
    Chase says:

    Also I would like to know if i could plug a Ethernet cord in both of them? Again I’m new so any knowledge would be a help.

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  23. Chase
    Chase says:

    I can only spend about 600 on a computer. Is there anyway I can make a gaming computer similar to the beautiful power build that would run Rust at 70 fps on 1080p ultra settings.

    Reply
  24. Stjepan
    Stjepan says:

    Can i put on the first pc this processor Intel Core i7-5820K Desktop Processor (6-Cores, 3.3GHz, 15MB Cache, Hyper-Threading Technology) ???

    Reply
    • Frank
      Frank says:

      Hey Stjepan,

      You’d need to change the motherboard and the RAM, I’d just recommend you check out the second builds motherboard and RAM instead. This would make your build compatible.

      Reply
      • Stjepan
        Stjepan says:

        Thank you Frank
        so this is what i think about
        CASE: Thermaltake Versa N21 Translucent Panel ATX Mid Tower
        MOTHERBOARD:Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SLI LGA 1150 Z97 2-Way SLI UEFI DualBIOS ATX Motherboard
        RAM: Ballistix Sport 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL9 @1.5V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory
        GRAPHICS CARD : Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming Video
        HARD DRIVE : WD Blue 1TB SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 RPM 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch Desktop Hard Drive
        POWER SUPLY : CORSAIR CXM series CX750M 750W 80 PLUS BRONZE Haswell Ready ATX12V & EPS12V Modular Power Supply
        PROCESSOR : Intel Core i7-5820K Desktop Processor (6-Cores, 3.3GHz, 15MB Cache, Hyper-Threading Technology)
        Just tell me is everything compatible??

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  25. Nori
    Nori says:

    Hey, I was looking at the monster computer build and stumbled across the Intel Core i5 6600K 3.90 GHz on Amazon. I’m totally new at this so forgive me… but would it worth the few dollars extra to get this instead of the one recommended in the monster build? Also is there any other case options? Thanks.

    Reply
    • Frank
      Frank says:

      Hey Nori,

      I’d just go with the first build if you’re going to be getting an i5-6600k. While this is a little more than you need for gaming ATM, it’s still a good buy if you have if you plan on doing other CPU intensive things. Definitely, something that will help future-proof your build.

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      • Nori
        Nori says:

        Thanks for the reply, but does that mean the Intel Core i5 6600K isn’t compatible with the second build? I just want to get the best build that’ll last me a while but still be on a budget. I’ll also be using this for digital work besides gaming.

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  26. Austin
    Austin says:

    Frank,

    Thank you, this is all very helpful for a first-time PC builder like myself. I am going to throw all the components at you to see if they are all compatible and see if you have any suggestions.

    Tower: Full tower chassis
    Hard Drive: Western Digital 1TB
    Processor: Intel Core i5 6600K 3.90 GHz
    RAM: Kingston HyperX Fury (2x4gb)8GB
    Motherboard: ASUS Z170-A ATX DDR4
    SSD: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB
    GPU: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 G1
    Power supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G1

    Any tips will be much appreciated!

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    • Frank
      Frank says:

      Hey Austin,

      Nice build! The GPU is on the weaker side compared to this one, but you do get to add an SSD and a better CPU. If you’re looking for a build that’s better for gaming, I’d recommend trying to get a GTX 1070 though.

      Reply
  27. Michael
    Michael says:

    I am building my first computer, so I am new to all of this. I basically know the basics when it comes to these things. I am going to need a motherboard with at least 6 usb ports. (I stream so I have a lot of cords) So what motherboard would you recommend?

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  28. Kapeesh
    Kapeesh says:

    Hey, so I am new to this building thing and I have almost all the parts for this build except the hard drive. I’m connecting the cables and stuff but I wanted to know if the case has the standoffs pre installed? I got only three of the bronze standoffs and my motherboard is already installed.

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  29. Robert
    Robert says:

    Hi Frank

    I got a question that I wanted to ask since I never build a gaming pc before let alone a normal pc but I was wondering if it is possible to build one that do have the power of the Monster build while still having some style to like Beautiful Power? Or will something like that start costing me a arm and a leg to build while also being too hard for some new like me to build?

    Reply
    • Frank
      Frank says:

      Hey Robert,

      Definitely, if you really want you can just substitute the case on the Beautiful Power build to the Monster build. Cases are really just all about looks.

      Reply
    • Frank
      Frank says:

      Hey Mike, you shouldn’t need to make any changes to add ssd’s to these builds. Both of these cases have more than enough space for plenty of hard drives and SSD’s.

      Reply
  30. Matt
    Matt says:

    I have 2 questions because I’m new to this and looking to build my first pc. First, can different RAM go with any computer? Second, which i5 processor is better, the one in the monster build or the one in the beautiful and would either work in both builds?
    Thx, Matt

    Reply
    • Frank
      Frank says:

      Hey Matt,

      Hey Matt, regarding the RAM question, RAM has two different types DDR3 and DDR4. DDR3 and DDR4 RAM are compatible with different motherboards, so if you have a DDR3 Motherboard and DDR4 RAM they won’t work.The Beautiful build has the better processor. If you wanted to change the processor in the monster build for the beautiful builds processor you’d also need to change the RAM and the motherboard.

      Hope this cleared things up!

      Reply
  31. Cole
    Cole says:

    Hi there,

    First off let me say your website has completely changed my mind as I was worried about building my own PC and thought this Cyberpower Prebuilt was the answer. I hated the idea of having to find parts that could be incompatiable.

    Now I’m stuck between your $800 build and 2 $1000 builds. I obviosuly would prefer to save $200 but I’m struggling to decide what is good enough. I play games like Arma 3, Battlefield 1, ARK and Forza Horizon 3. As long as these titles run at 60-70 FPS+ I’m happy but also want to make sure I can run future games at these specs. The main question I guess I’m asking is what FPS can these 3 builds all do and with what I’m doing what do I need. Any ideas?

    -Cole

    Reply
    • Frank
      Frank says:

      Hey Cole,
      Super glad I saved you money and frustration! While the $800 gaming PC build should run most of these current games and get between 55-70FPS on 1080p ultra settings, the $1000 gaming PC builds are definitely going to play future games better. The $1000 gaming PC builds are really close at the moment and I’d recommend the beautiful power at the moment due to the fact that it’s components are all slightly current generation. The Monster does perform slightly better due to its powerful GPU, but it sacrifices a lot of the other features.

      Reply
  32. Oliver
    Oliver says:

    Hi Frank I’m Looking for a PC that can run ARK Survival Evolve on Ultra settings for around 1000 is the monster build good for that or would you recommend changing anything for more performance??

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  33. Jacquis
    Jacquis says:

    Hey Frank, like a lot of people, I have never built a PC before and I have a few questions. I will just list them out.

    1. What are the limits on the monster PC, what can it not run at optimal quality?

    2. How long on average does it take to build a PC from scratch?

    3. Are these parts ALL that is needed to build the monster PC from scratch(I changed a few things, but tell me if these parts will be everything required to run the PC):

    -The GTX 1070 Graphics card
    -Kingston DDR3 2*8gig ram
    -Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 bit system builder OEM Pc disk
    -The power supply you stated in the build
    -i5 core processor
    -1TB harddrive
    -The case that you stated in the build
    -The motherboard you stated in the build

    A quick response will be much appreciated 🙂

    Reply
    • Frank
      Frank says:

      Hey Jacquis,

      1. The monster build can handle any game that’s out right now on ultra settings at 1080p. If you’re looking at higher resolutions such as 2k and 4k, this build is still good, but don’t expect 60FPS+.

      2. To actually build the PC it should take about an hour or two. I recommend watching the video first, so you get a general of understanding about what goes where.

      3. If you’re going to be getting Windows 10 on a disk, make sure you also get an optical drive! Other than that, everything looks great.

      Hope this helped clear up everything!

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