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Best Ultra Gaming PC Builds Under $1000 Dollars

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Important: These $1000 Dollar Gaming PC Builds do include the GTX 1070 If that’s what you’re looking for!

There is nothing better than building the best 1000 Gaming PC. 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.

Of course, the two different builds include the ever ongoing debate of AMD vs Intel – so we’ve included both different builds.

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!

With that said there are still people who wish to have a pre-built PC. Maybe you’re running short on time, maybe the computer is a gift.

For those individuals we have help for you too, at the bottom of this post we have some of the best pre-built PC’s that are under $1000.

You can jump to each section using the table of contents below

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. 

We also want to 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!

BUILD #1 THE 2018 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 any modern game on ultra settings at 1080p. This build will really last you for years.

This gaming pc under 1000 also has a good upgrade path due it having a full ATX board for more slots and the possibility of  SLI (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.)

We also have one of the new 8th Gen Intel chips as the heart of this build.

The Build Components

Case – Corsair Carbide Spec 02

A Mid Tower Case With Great AirFlow, Comes With 2 Stock Fans and a side panel window

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Corsair Carbide Spec 02
  • Tons of fan mounts: Front - 2 x 140/120mm (1 x 120mm LED included), Top - 2 x 120mmo Rear - 120mm (included), Bottom - 120mm
  • 2 x USB 3.0 front ports with internal connector

CPU – Intel i3-8100

Intel’s new 8th Gen i3 – Amazingly Affordable and basically a less expensive i5-7500 – read the build breakdown as to why.

Graphics Card/GPU – ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 AMP! 8GB

The GTX 1080 Is an Absolute Beast! Will Easily Take Your Gaming Experience To The Next Level – Fortunately prices have come down again to max out on a great GPU.

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Motherboard – MSI B360-A PRO

A Great LGA 1151 Motherboard With SLI Capabilities supporting the new Intel 8 Gen CPU’s

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RAM – G.Skill Aegis 2x8GB

High-Quality DDR4 RAM, 3000 MHz to bring higher FPS from the i3 CPU

Power Supply – EVGA Supernova G2

A 550 Watt Fully Modular Power Supply To Keep Cables to a Minimum – and a 7 Year Warranty!

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Hard Drive – WD Blue 1TB

A Very Reliable Hard Drive, 7200RPM

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Optional SSD – PNY CS1311 240GB 2.5” SATA III

Not mandatory, but if you want a snappier OS, I’d recommend getting one.

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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.

This case also comes preinstalled with 3 case fans to keep your $1000 gaming pc nice and cool.

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 5 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 12.6 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.

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Power Supply

 

best gaming pc under 1000The Power Supply (PSU) I chose for this build was the EVGA Fully Modular PSU. This PSU is 80+ Gold efficient which basically means that it channels power better, saving you more money in the long run.

Most people would skimp on the PSU as it’s the last thing you think of typically, but this is a mistake. The PSU is the heart of a computer build.

I chose to go for fully 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 EVGA SuperNova G2 modular is just the all around best pick.

Also, this PSU comes with a 7 year worry free warranty, which is always nice to have as peace of mind.

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 with a new CPU in the future.

Video Card

Zotac 1080 AMP!

Now we’re on to the most important piece of the build, the GTX 1080 8GB Video Card!. With this card, you will max any game that’s coming out in 2018 & beyond. It has 1080p and even 2k resolution without a doubt so there is nothing to worry about on that front.

Thanks to crypto prices coming back down, this has really dropped the prices of some video cards, so I’m very happy to see that we can have a 1080 chip in this build.

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 1080. 

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…

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Processor

best gaming pc for 1000The processor of this build complements the GTX 1070 very well and I actually used it in my $900 build

The I3-8100 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.

For the price, you can supplement your build with so many other good components. We were able to squeeze more RAM, a way better PSU and a kick ass GPU because we saved on the CPU.

At such an affordable price, this leaves the door open to upgrading your CPU in the future without losing much of your investment.

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 a CPU. As this is not a “k” version, you can’t overclock anyways.

Motherboard

The motherboard I chose for this build is the MSI B360-A PRO DDR4 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 MSI LGA1151 amazing onboard audio for the price and really surprised me.

I didn’t choose a Z motherboard – this does eliminate the possibility of using the overclocking k versions of any cpu’s in the future – if you’re considering upgrading to a k CPU in the future then I would consider updrading to a z370 motherboard.

RAM

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For this build, I’ve gotten G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 X 8GB ). 16 GB’s of RAM will allow you to have as many Google Chrome tabs open as you wish without slowing your PC!

If you have it in your budget, upgrading to a DDR4 3200 will bring out even more performance with the i3-8100 chip.

The reason I went with G.SKILL Ripjaws is due to them having a 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.

SSD:

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While SSD’s aren’t mandatory, They can be beneficial. Most people use them for a more responsive operating system. This is because SSD’s process things much faster than hard drives which makes all the difference. The only reason I wouldn’t recommend picking one up is due to them being slightly expensive.

The PNY CS1311 is a pretty amazing SSD. One of the thing you look for in any storage device is how stable they are. I’ve used PNY’s SSD’s for a long time and can attest to them being very consistent. If you’re looking for something cheaper you could always get their SSD that is 120GB’s and shave off half the cost as an OS only needs about 20GB’s of space.

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.

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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 at 60FPS on 1440p 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 upgrading for a while.

BUILD #2 2018 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.

The Build

Case – Corsair Carbide 270R Mid-Tower Case

A simple minimalist case with great airflow that houses a monster!

CPU -Ryzen 5 1600

AMD’s Ryzen 5 CPU’s are fantastic with Directx 12 games.

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Graphics Card/GPU – Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 8GB

The GTX 1070 Is an Absolute Beast! Will Easily Take Your Gaming Experience To The Next Level.

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Motherboard – MSI Ryzen B350 Gaming Plus

Budget Ryzen ATX Motherboard That Can house our beast of a processor.

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RAM- Corsair Vengeance 8GB Kit

Good DDR4 RAM, One Stick Of 8 GB RAM, allowing to uprade to 2x8GB in the future easily.

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Power Supply – EVGA SuperNova G3 550W

A Fantastic 80+ Gold Power Supply That Comes With A 7 Year Warranty

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Hard Drive – WD Blue 1TB

A Very Reliable Hard Drive, 7200RPM

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Optional SSD – PNY CS1311 240GB 2.5” SATA III

Not mandatory, but if you want a snappier OS, I’d recommend getting one.

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Build Breakdown

Case:

Corsair Carbide 270R

The Case I chose for this build is the Corsair Carbide 270R. There’s really nothing that really makes this case special, but the quality of the case is good and the design is clean! The purpose of this build was to focus less on things that didn’t have much of an impact on the build 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 5 which is pretty amazing when you consider the price.

The case also has multiple USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports on the front as well as well as other convenient features such as the headphone and speaker jack. The case also has pretty good airflow which is very important when building a gaming 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.

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Power Supply:

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Evga’s 550 watts power supply is really an awesome buy for the price without a doubt. This power supply is Fully Modular which saves you a lot of time not having to sort a number of cords out is definitely worth a few extra dollars. It also considerably helps with airflow.

This power supply also has 80+ Gold efficiency. This basically just means that it channels power more efficiently and saves you money in the process.

Note: I really would not recommend going anything lower than 550 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:

GTX 1070 FTWNow 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 GTX 1070 graphics card and this it literally annihilates any game in its path.

FTW stands for For The Win, with this model, 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 Freeze 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!

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

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Processor:

AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Processor

AMD just released their new Ryzen processors and they are workhorses! I chose the Ryzen 5 1600 for The Monster due to its ease of use and crazy processing power.

The Ryzen 5 1600 handles CPU intensive games such as MMO’s with ease and will be all you’ll need for years to come. The 1600 has six cores which at the moment is overkill for gaming, but could extend this CPU’s life as more games begin to utilize more than four cores.

Ryzen 5’s 1600 can also overclock and get major performance boosts as a result. Going from 3.6Ghz all the way to 4Ghz with the stock cooler!

All in all this CPU is one of the best CPU’s on the market for both gamers and professionals looking for a workstation. The Ryzen 5 1600 paired with the GTX 1070, is really a force to be reckoned with!

Motherboard:

MSI B350 Gaming Plus

The MSI B350 Motherboard most importantly will house the Ryzen 5 1600. MSI 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 are very useful considering the case only gives a few of them in the front. This is really just a solid motherboard with a great BIOS by MSI that should host the CPU and the GPU without any issues. Considering that this is one of the few affordable full motherboards that support Ryzen at a good price, you really can’t complain.

The only con for this motherboard is that it doesn’t support SLI (being able to use two graphics cards at once). If you do want SLI you’re going to need to get an X370 motherboard that can still house the Ryzen 5 1600 albeit for a significant price increase.

RAM:

The RAM I chose for this build was the Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB’s of RAMCorsair Vengeance LPX

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 1 8GB’s instead of two 4GB sticks of RAM to allow for easy upgrades in the future. Mobo’s now are pretty good at maximizing ram, so the performance benefit of 2 4GB sticks doesn’t merit buying them. Unless of course, there are no plans to upgrade to 16GB, then definitely go with 2 4GB sticks.

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.

SSD:

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One of the main things people put on SSD’s is their operating system. Since the OS basically is the base for just about every other program, everything feels much snappier. Even if you don’t pick up the 240GB SSD, It might be a good idea to check out PNY CS1311’s 120GB version. It’s about half the cost and you can still store your OS on it.

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.

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.

As mentiones as well, Ryzen CPU’s tend to fair better with Directx 12 games, but surprisingly there aren’t many games out there that use that API even though it’s been out for a while.

The Monster Build Or The Beautiful Power?

Many of you might not know which build to choose so here I’m going to tell you why you should go with either the Beautiful Power build or The Monster build.

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 comparable to The Monster build, and the PSU, RAM, and Motherboard are all a little bit better in this build then the second build. This build is great for gaming and is a Coffee lake build with SLI compatibility.

“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. The Monster build also sacrifices SLI by opting to go with the more affordable B350 motherboard. What you get in exchange is that the Monster build has become a multi-tasking monster as it now features the AMD Ryzen 5 1600. So if you plan on doing any work that requires heavy CPU usage, then this is is the build for you.

These builds are both pretty comparable with a slight edge to the Beautiful Power when it comes to gaming, but The Monster definitely outshines the Beautiful Power if you’re going to be using it as a workstation due to its six powerful cores.

My final recommendation is to get the Beautiful Power build if you only plan on gaming, but to consider getting The Monster if you’re looking for a workstation that requires heavier processing power which would benefit from the powerful Ryzen 5 1600 processor.

Best Gaming PC Under 1000 (Prebuilt)

Okay, we’re not going to hate. Despite our strong feelings about building your own PC, sometimes you just want to buy a prebuilt PC.

We’ve added our choices below for the best 1000 dollar gaming PC’s around.

3. ASUS G11DF-DBR5-GTX1060

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ASUS G11DF-DBR5-GTX1060
  • Powerful performance with the latest AMD Ryzen 5 1400 3.2GHz (Turbo up to 3.4GHz) processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB graphics card
  • 8GB 2400MHz DDR4 RAM; 256GB M.2 SSD + 1TB 7200RPM HDD storage combo
  • Extensive connectivity for peripherals and VR headsets: 2x USB 3.1, 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, 1x VGA, 1x HDMI, 1x LAN port, headphone/mic port, 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.1
  • ASUS Aegis III software for controlling fan speeds, tracking system parameters, temperature, and OC voltage thresholds
  • Fully equipped with included mouse and keyboard, Windows 10, and Supermulti DVD-RW optical drive

2. Dell Inspiron 5675

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Dell Inspiron 5675
  • AMD Ryzen 7 1700X Processor (8C/16T, 20MB Cache , 3.8 GHz Precision Boost)
  • 8GB 2400MHz DDR4 up to [32GB] (additional memory sold separately)
  • 1TB 7200 rpm SATA HDD , Tray Loading Dual Layer DVD Burner
  • Windows 10 Home 64bit English

1. CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8060A5

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  • System: Intel Core i5-8400 2.8GHz 6-Core | Intel B360 Express Chipset | 8GB DDR4 | 120GB SSD | 1TB HDD | Genuine Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Video Card | 1x DVI | 1x HDMI | 1x DisplayPort
  • Connectivity: 6 x USB 3.1 | 2 x USB 2.0 | 1x RJ-45 Network Ethernet 10/100/1000 | 802.11AC WiFi | Audio: 7.1 Channel | Gaming Keyboard | 7 Colors RGB Gaming Mouse
  • Special feature: 802.11AC WiFi
  • Warranty: 1 Year Parts & Labor Warranty | Free Lifetime Tech Support

Overspend – iBUYPOWER AM900Z

iBUYPOWER AM900Z
  • System: Intel i7-7700K Quad-Core Processor 4.2 GHz (4.5 GHz Max Turbo) | 16GB DDR4 RAM | 1TB HDD | 240GB SSD | Genuine Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Dedicated Graphics Card | 1x DVI | 1x HDMI | 1x Display Port
  • Connectivity: 3 x USB 3.1 | 2 x USB 2.0 | 1x RJ-45 Network Ethernet 10/100/1000 | 802.11AC Wi-Fi | Audio: 7.1 Channel
  • Special Add On: Upgraded Heatsink CPU Air Cooler | Tempered Side Glass | 16 Color RGB Lighting Remote Controlled Case | iBUYPOWER Gaming Keyboard & Mouse
  • Warranty: 1 Year Parts & Labor + Free Lifetime Tech Support | Assembled in the U.S.A

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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ASUS VG248QE
  • Ultra smooth action with 144Hz rapid refresh rate and 1ms (GTG) response time. Display Colors-16.7M. Color Temperature Selection- 4 Modes
  • Ergonomically-designed stand with Tilt,Swivel,Pivot,Height adjustment plus wall-mount capability for comfortable viewing position
  • A comfortable viewing experience with ergonomic tilt, swivel pivot, and height adjustment
  • Built-in 2W stereo speakers for an immersive home entertainment experience. Compliance and Standards- BSMI, CB, CCC, CE, C-Tick, ErP, FCC, Gost-R, J-MOSS, PSE, RoHS, UL/cUL, VCCI, WEEE, WHQL (Windows 8, Windows 7)
  • Featuring DisplayPort, Dual-link DVI-D, and HDMI ports for multi device connections

This Asus VG248QE24-Inch Gaming Monitor is one of the best 1080p monitors out there and because it’s specifically made for gamers.

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 looking at a less expensive monitor, check out our post on the best gaming monitors under 200 dollars.

Recommended Keyboard

Corsair Gaming Strafe
  • 100% Cherry MX key switches - Gold contact Cherry MX mechanical gaming keys deliver the ultimate competitive advantage
  • Dynamic backlighting - Brilliant RED LED backlighting with cherry MX Brown enhances the experience with virtually unlimited lighting adjustability
  • Fully programmable - Reassign any key or set up the most extreme macros for effortless gaming
  • USB Pass-Through Port - Positioned for uninterrupted game play and ready for your mouse, wireless headset adapter, or your phone
  • FPS/MOBA keycap sets - Textured and contoured keycaps enable maximum grip and enhanced fee

This is our top choice of mechanical keyboards – where you can read more about it there.

Recommended Mouse:

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Of course if you’re left handed, we also have a post on the best left handed gaming mice that would be of interest.

Recommended WiFi Adapter:

If at all possible, I recommend connecting directly to the router using an Ethernet cable for gaming, especially online. You’ll deal with much less latency issues which makes gaming a much more enjoyable experience.

We have a post on the best wifi adapters that can go throug in detail all the great ones out there for your budget.

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ASUS 4x4 802.11AC Wireless-AC3100
  • Dual-band 4x4 AC3100 Wi-Fi with speeds up to 2100Mbps (5GHz band) and 1000Mbps 2.4GHz band. Operating Temperature: 0 °C to 40 °C ( °F to ºF)
  • External magnetic antenna base allows Flexible antenna placement to maximize coverage. Note- Support MU-MIMO technology
  • Individual antennas can also attach directly to PCIe card for compact installation. Modulation-1024QAM.

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.

WindowsWindows 10

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.

What’s Version Of Windows Do I Recommend?

If you do get Windows then you have to decide which version of Windows to get. I would pick Windows 10. Microsoft has made it a much more stable OS and gamers are starting to see performance boosts as developers optimize for it. Windows 7 and 8 are also good options, but they aren’t my top choice.

Below I’ve included both the USB version as well as the disc version of Windows 10.

Windows 10 USB Version
  • Windows 10 delivers comprehensive protection - including antivirus, firewall, internet protections, and more
  • 3D in Windows 10 gives everyone the ability to produce 3D objects with speed and ease

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Windows 10 Disc Version
  • The Start menu is back and better than ever so you can expand and customize it.
  • Fast and responsive. Technologies like InstantGo let you boot up and resume quickly;Video Game Platform:PC

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.

Also, in case you’re looking for something more portable – check out our post on the best gaming laptop under 1000 dollars.

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

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Best Ultra Gaming PC Builds Under $1000 Dollars was last modified: August 11th, 2018 by Frank

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alex

hi, im new to building a pc but i was wondering how would the beautiful power build handle something like rainbow six siege? also, in late 2018, would this build still perform well compared to others?

Graham
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Absolutely! We updated our build just recently. We managed to pack an awesome GPU in the build while having a great CPU and motherboard paired with it. You will be able to play all games at high framerates.

Hamed
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Hamed

How will the Monster Build handle the new battlefield v that is coming soon?

Graham
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Yes it should no problem we have a monster GPU in there.

gabriel
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gabriel

I have two question about the first build:
I want to switch the GTX 1070 for a MSI GeForce GTX 1060 6gb and the intel i3-8100 for an intel i5-8700K.
will they go well with the build?
will there be any difference in the gaming experience?

Graham
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THere will definitely be an overall decrease in performance, the bottleneck will be with your GPU. You’re definitely getting a powerful CPU which should prevent needing to upgrade for some time, but your graphics performance if you’re going to be running AAA games at top settings, it will be tough.

gabriel
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gabriel

the problem is that the GTX 1070 is very expensive and in the reviews of the GTX 1060 they say that it can run most games at 60 fps in max settings.
can you recommend me a video card that has similar performance to the GTX 1070 but that is cheaper than it and that will go well with this build?

Graham
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I totally get it Gabriel, if only money wasn’t an issue for all of us. I guess my point is that if you’re going for 60 FPS, then getting a processor that can be overclocked, is a waste – I still maintain that the i3 is a value processor that can meet your needs and save you some cash you can bank for upgrading in the future. Blame those darn crypto miners that are jacking up the GPU prices!

Ryan
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Ryan

I have two questions about the first build. One:I will be using my new pc to stream and record video both from my Xbox and pc(not at the same time) and was wondering if I might need a slightly better cpu and maybe a better cooling system? Besides that I also need hdmi on the desktop itself for use with a capture card, so a different box might be needed. I’m new to all of this and I do understand that the build I am going for will be more expensive then the ones you have made, but I really… Read more »

Graham
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There is a lot to take in there. You will probably be okay with the CPU, but if you really want to play it safe the i5-8400 has finally come down in price and is below $200. You can get a pretty good internal capture card like the Hauppauge Colossus 2 that has HDMI connections with it (which does sound and video) but also has a dedicated Optical audio in.

potadotomato
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potadotomato

Won’t the i3 bottleneck the 1070(only four cores)

Graham
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You may see full CPU utilization in a game like Battlefield at ultra settings, but the FPS difference is not huge when compared to an i5-8400 in that game.
Games like GTA 5, CSGO, Mafia III, Battlegrounds have no problem and don’t max out the CPU (but do come close).

My point for recommending this CPU is that it’s so cheap relative to everything else, you can use your $1k budget to get a better GPU. You have a great motherboard to allow upgradeability to a better CPU down the road without sacrificing much money on the 13-8100.

potadotomato
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potadotomato

Nice. Also, how much should the gpu generally cost?

Graham
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The GPU is the most important part of the gaming rig, so you should spend as much as you can. It really depends on what resolution and frame rate you’re looking for though. The 1070 Ti GPU that we have on this rig should get you easily over 130 FPS on all games (over 200 in CS:GO) and a 1060 6GB should get you in the 80 FPS range (~160 CS:go) – all at 1080P Ultra settings. GPU prices bounce around all over the place since the crypto craze – which makes it very difficult to keep within a budget!

potadotomato
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potadotomato

Sorry I’m kind of asking a lot of questions i promise this is the last one. Can I get just an ssd and no hard drive?

Graham
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You can absolutely just use an SSD, overall speed will improve. The only concern that most people have is the price vs storage.

CBulldog09
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CBulldog09

Hi, I’ve mostly followed your guide for the beautiful power, but I got the Wd Black 1TB, and want to get the Thermaltake Versa C22 instead. Will this case be enough for all the components? Also, I’m stuck between the graphics card you’ve chosen and the MSI GTX 1070 GAMING X 8G. Is there any reason to pick one over the other?

Graham
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You shouldn’t have any issues with the case but you are missing pre-installed fans on the front – i would recommend looking at our post on the best 120mm case fans so that you get more airflow into your rig. As for graphics cards, their pretty close, but the ASUS should run a little quieter and it has a very slightly higher boost clock. All in all, not much difference though – choose the one you like the most!

CBulldog09
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CBulldog09

I’ve already bought two Corsair AF120 fans, so that should take care of that. Thanks for all your help and guidance! Can’t wait to start playing at Ultra!

CBulldog09
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CBulldog09

I’ve been told that I should get the i5-8400 instead of the i3. Is there any reason not to just get the i5 right now, if I’ve got the money for it? Is there much of an improvement in doing so?

Graham
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the i5-8400 is absolutely a better processor, and for price and performance a steller CPU. If you can spare the extra cash for this CPU, absolutely get it – you won’t be disappointed.

Dakota
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Dakota

Hey I was wondering if I could use the Rosewell ATX mid tower(the one with the theee glowing red fans) for the case and still fit all the required parameters? Thanks!

Graham
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Hi Dakota, yes that mid tower will work and will fit all the components. Good luck with your build!

Jonathan
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Jonathan

Could I upgrade chip to i7-7700k using this motherboard? Trying to buy the best parts to make the best gaming desktop to play games on high and ultra for around $1000 but it must be able to know upgradable for many years to come. Haven’t built a PC in over 10 yrs but decided to build build one.

Graham
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Jonathan, with the z370 motherboard, you will not be able to fit the 7th gen intel (7700k) but you can install any 8th gen CPU (eg the newer i7-8700k). That’s why I have the i3-8100, still a very capable CPU (better than the i5-7400 for example) given its cheap price. You won’t sacrifice much money by buying a better CPU in the future. In short, the z370 will fit any 8th gen intel CPU’s.

TrashDweller
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TrashDweller

My friend says don’t get an i3 because it lacks “hyper threading”. I don’t know that much yet, so does it even matter? Thanks, great build

Graham
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Hi there, thanks for reading. hyperthreading is an intel specific tech, and while your friend may be right (debatable)…you’ll need to get an i7 processor to have hyperthreading. Any i7 in the $1k budget will destroy your ability to get a high-end graphics card. The Ryzen processor offers SMT (AMD’s hyperthreading) – if that specific fact is important to you and your friend, get the AMD build we have.
Hope that helps

Fernando Guerrero
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Fernando Guerrero

Hello i was wondering if someone will help me decide which build to use to choose.
The monster is what I would like to have but you did recommend the beautiful and powerful build is little better for gaming. I would like to know I what I could upgrade to make the monster build more better because I have a bit more a budget then $1,000.
Thank you for the information you provider for me

Graham
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Fernando, both are very close in performance. You could spend another $70 or so and upgrade to a Ryzen 7 1700 which gives you 2 extra cores. upgrading to a 1700x is $10 more than the 1700 but then you’ll have to get a cpu cooler as it doesn’t come with a stock one. A 1700 will certainly give you a powerful CPU. The Ryzen CPU’s are more balanced overall, allowing better performance for non gaming tasks typically. For both builds, if you have a bit bigger budget then you could look at getting a 1080 like the MSI 1080… Read more »