Important: These $1000 Dollar Gaming PC Builds do include the new GTX 2060 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.
We also have put together many other gaming PC’s for different price points – if you want to see what else you can get check out our pc gaming page.
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!
- (Optional) Static Wrist Band
A static wrist band isn’t a huge necessity as long as you build your PC on a solid surface, but if you want to be really safe, I’d pick one up.[/accordion-item]
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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.
BUILD #1 – THE 2019 ULTRA GAMING PC BUILD UNDER 1000 DOLLARS: BEAUTIFUL POWER
For my first build I wanted to give you something that looks just as good as those fancy pre-built gaming PC’s, but the hardware inside is much better.
With “Beautiful Power” you can expect to run 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 2060 which has some amazing cool benefits like improved ray tracing. (You’re going to be set for years.)
We also have one of the new 9th Gen Intel chips as the heart of this build.
CASE – Corsair Carbide Spec 02
A Mid Tower Case With Great AirFlow, Comes With 2 Stock Fans and a side panel window
CPU – Intel i5-9400F
Intel’s new 9th Gen i5 – Amazingly Affordable and basically a less expensive i5-9600k – read the build breakdown as to why
GPU – ZOTAC GeForce RTX 2060 6GB
The GTX 2060 Is an Absolute Beast! It will Easily Take Your Gaming Experience To The Next Level – Fortunately prices have come down again to max out on a great GPU
MOTHERBOARD – MSI Z390-A PRO
A Great LGA 1151 Motherboard With SLI Capabilities supporting the new Intel 9 Gen CPU’s
RAM – Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB
High-Quality DDR4 RAM, 2400 MHz to bring higher FPS from the i5 CPU
Power Supply – Corsair CX Series 550W
A 550 Watt Fully Modular Power Supply To Keep Cables to a Minimum – and a 7 Year Warranty!
STORAGE – Seagate 1TB FireCuda Gaming SSHD
A Very Reliable Hard Drive, 7200RPM
Optional SSD – PNY CS1311 240GB 2.5” SATA III
Not mandatory, but if you want a snappier OS, I’d recommend getting one
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 2 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 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 pretty heavy case and not very mobile due to its design and actually weighs 17.6 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 before changing cases so I can make sure the dimensions of the case you chose work with this build in the comments below.
The Power Supply (PSU) I chose for this build was the Corsair CX 550M Semi-Modular PSU. This PSU is 80+ bronze 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 powers the whole computer build.
I chose to go for semi-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 semi-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 CX 550 semi-modular power supply is just the all around best pick.
Also, this PSU comes with a 5 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.
Now we’re on to the most important piece of the build, the GTX 2060 6GB Video Card!. With this card, you will max any game that’s coming out in 2018 & beyond. It can handle any game at 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 RTX 2060 video card in this build.
With 6GB’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.
Another amazing thing about this card is how cool it runs. This card is modded by Zotac and has something that they call the Icestorm 2.0 technology inside of it. This allows for very low temperatures even when it’s be maxed out.
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 Zotac RTX 2060.
TLDR: This card is one of the best you can get on the market and will allow you to max out games on ultra settings for a long time…
The processor of this build complements the GTX 2060 very well and I actually used it in my $900 build
The I5-9400F is probably one of the best CPU’s you can 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, you’d thing that it would lack in performance, but that couldn’t be anything further from the truth. This is Intel’s 9th generation cpu and it has 6 cores that can be overclocked to 4.1ghz for even better performance.
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.
The Intel i5-9400F also comes with a decent cooler making it largely unnecessary.
The motherboard I chose for this build is the MSI Z390-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 chose a Z motherboard – this means the possibility of using the overclocking k versions of any CPU’s in the future is open to you.
For this build, I’ve gotten Vengeance LPX 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 i5-9400 F chip, but these will do just fine.
The reason I went with Corsair Vegeance LPX 16Gb’s 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.
The hard drive I chose was Seagate Firecuda 1TB solid state hard drive. This should be all the space you need at the beginning when building your PC and in the future, If you want something better then consider getting the 2TB version of this. It’s $30 more, but worth it.
Another thing you should consider getting 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.
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.
I seriously envy whoever is going to build this PC because it is truly top of the line. With this PC, your computer will be 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 2019 ULTRA GAMING PC BUILD UNDER 1000: THE MONSTER
I Call this build “The Monster” not only because of its outward appearance which is awesome, 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 some of the looks to get very powerful components, so if you don’t care about 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.
CASE – Phanteks P400S Mid-Tower Case
A beastly looking case with great airflow that houses a monster!
CPU – Ryzen 5 2600x
AMD’s Ryzen 5 CPU’s are fantastic with Directx 12 games
GPU – EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 XC Ultra Gaming 6GB
The RTX 2060 Is an Absolute Beast! Will Easily Take Your Gaming Experience To The Next Level
MOTHERBOARD – MSI Ryzen B450M Gaming Plus
Budget Ryzen ATX Motherboard That Can house our beast of a processor
RAM- Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB Kit
Good DDR4 RAM, Two sticks Of 8 GB RAM, 2400 MHZ
PSU – Corsair CXB 550W Semi Module PSU
A Fantastic 80+ Gold Power Supply That Comes With A 7 Year Warranty
STORAGE – Seagate Firecuda 2 TB SSHD
A hybrid between a slow Hard Drive and a SSD. This will give you a good amount of storage for games while maintaining decent speed.
Optional SSD – PNY CS1311 240GB 2.5” SATA III
Not mandatory, but if you want a snappier OS, I’d recommend getting one
The Case I chose for this build is the Phanteks P400s. 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.
Corsair CX 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+ bronze 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.
Now we come to the piece that this whole build literally revolves around. Nvidias most recent video card, The EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 XC Ultra Gaming (won’t find a better card for the money!). For this build, I chose the RTX 2060 graphics card and this it literally annihilates any game in its path.
Your aren’t just getting a base model, you get a modded out video card that comes fully maxed out and ready to perform at its peak. The RTX 2060 XC Ultra 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.
This card is basically silent due to dual fan technology and the fans don’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 nor is extremely noisy.
The GTX 2060 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
AMD just released their new Ryzen processors and they are workhorses! I chose the Ryzen 5 2600x for The Monster due to its ease of use and crazy processing power.
The Ryzen 5 2600x handles CPU intensive games such as MMO’s with ease and will be all you’ll need for years to come. The 2600x 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 2600x 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 2600x paired with the GTX 2060, is really a force to be reckoned with!
The MSI B450m Motherboard most importantly will house the Ryzen 5 2600x. 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 X470 motherboard that can still house the Ryzen 5 2600x albeit for a significant price increase.
The RAM I chose for this build was the Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB’s of RAM.
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.
16Gb’s is the ideal amount of RAM for any modern build. Unlike 8GB’s you have enough room to really play a game and run some other applications in the background. Outside of that if you plan on doing any streaming or video creation then this is going to make your life so much easier as well.
For this build again I’ve chosen the trusty Seagate Firecuda 2TB 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’s won’t make or break your build, but they will make the programs on them run much faster. If you don’t care about loading times being slightly longer, then I’d say forgo the SSD and get another hard drive. If you do care about loading times, then investing in an SSD might be a good idea.
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.
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.
Which Is Best For Me?
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 than the second build. This build is great for gaming and is intel based.
“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 B450 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 2600x. 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 and 12 threads.
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 2600x processor.
Either way you’re getting an amazing PC that’s going to make you a very and I mean VERY happy person.
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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The Asus computer comes with an AMD Ryzen 5 1400 it is quad core with eight threads, it has a base clock speed of 3.2GHz and with turbo it could go up to 3.4Ghz.
The ryzen 5 1400 is approximately worth $150, and will certainly impress with computer related activities. Gaming wise, it may be a little bottleneck paired with the GTX1060.
The GPU on the other hand is a 6GB of GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX1060. The GTX 1060 is based under Pascal architecture and is VR ready. As for its specifications it has a base/boost clock speed of 1506/1708, and it has a memory speed of 8Gbps.
Sadly, with any NVIDIA GPU, G-sync monitors are almost always more expensive than their Freesync (AMD) counterparts.
You should be able to easily get over 60 FPS at 1080p on every game and closer to 100 FPS on many games with this graphics card and CPU pairing.
The RAM installed is just about enough for typical gaming and everyday normal tasks; it has 8GB DDR4. It supports 2400Mhz for clock speed.
If you’d ask me, the design of the chassis has that futuristic look to it. Take out the Asus logo out and you have a face of a Gundam staring at you. I am a fan of a minimalistic chassis, but every once in awhile it is nice to see such design sitting on your desk.
Connectivity and Ports
This gaming pc under $1000 has all the ports needed for your connection and communications.
On the back you have two USB 2.0, four USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, one USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C Flash Charge 3A5V, you also have a 5.1 Channel Audio for your speakers.
On the front you have a 6 -in-1 Card Reader, headphone and microphone jacks, two USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.1 ports.
It’s ethernet port on the back has a standard 10/100/1000 Gigabit transfer adapter.
If you are not able to have a wired connection, or the router is too far to be reached by a short LAN cable; don’t lose hope, this $1000 gaming pc has and 802.11 AC adapter installed as well.
A bluetooth 4.1 is also installed on this gaming pc allowing users to transfer files or connect to a bluetooth device such as wireless speakers.
The primary storage for this gaming pc under $1000 is a 256GB M.2 SSD It is a much faster drive compared to SATA 3 SSDs. The space of this drive is more than enough for your Operating system and a game or two. This particular computer has the largest SSD out of all the prebuilt gaming pc’s.
There is a 1TB hard drive with spindle speeds of 7200 RPM. Pairing a SSD with a standard HD is nice as you get some inexpensive larger storage space available.
Just make sure to save most of the larger files to the bigger HD and you’ll be very happy.
Other peripherals and features
Though optical drives are mostly a thing of the past, there are still some uses for them, Asus included a Supermulti DVD-RW in this gaming computer.
This can fit under or over your desk it is 6.9 x 17.3 x 16.6 inch it is that compact.
This $1000 gaming pc is powered by a 500W PSU, it supplies more than enough juice for all the components installed in this desktop and allows some extra wattage for other add-ons you may consider down the road.
This computer has two DIMM slots, and can support 16GB DDR4s maximum for each slot. That’s still a total of 32GB.
For its price, this is one of the best gaming pc’s under 1000 dollars. Having all the extras along with a SSD in base configuration will make operating this PC snappy.
It will perform well out of the box and provide you high-performance especially when playing games.
2. Dell Inspiron 5675
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Out of the box Performance
So how well would this gaming pc under $1000 perform? The Dell Inspiron 5675 has necessary components you’ll need to run games smoothly; it has an AMD Ryzen 7 1700x, this processor has eight cores, that’s 16 threads with Extended Frequency Range. It has a base clock speed of 3.4Ghz and with boost it can go up to 3.8Ghz.
The Ryzen 7 is unlocked and has AMD Ryzen Master Utility simple overclocking.
A powerful processor needs memory to perform faster, supporting this gaming rig is 8GB of RAM.
The RAM helps with data processing, the GPU has a tasks of rendering graphics. The Dell Inspiron has an 8GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon RX 580, it is VR ready and supports It is based on Polaris Architecture and uses a Polaris 12 chip. It has 36 compute units and a base clock of up to 1257 MHz. The texture fill rate of this GPU is up to Up to 192.96 GT/s. With these, you can set the resolution to 1440p and play smoothly in high settings without any issue.
The Chassis has a simple design, it looks more like an office desktop pc, it has gray base color and vents that helps to keep the internal components cool. It has that blue LED to add style to it. There’s another variation of this chassis that has tempered glass instead of vents for the side panel.
Connectivity and Ports
Every desktop needs an ethernet port, it is an advantage if you get fast and reliable network and internet connection, this under 1000 dollar gaming pc has a gigabit ethernet adapter installed the RJ45 port is located on the back of the desktop along with other ports.
The Inspiron 5675 also has a dual band 802.11AC wireless network adapter installed. This gives you the advantage of connecting not just with a LAN cable but also via Wi-Fi. This even has Bluetooth 4.1 for wireless data transfer.
On the front of the tower you will find a Universal Audio Jack (UAJ) to plug-in a 3.5mm Headphone/Headset. You also have two USB 3.0 and two SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A. You also have two USB 2.0, PS2 ports for your keyboard and mouse, an HDMI port two SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, an RJ45 and a 7.1 Channel Audio Output port.
This 1000 gaming pc had to sacrifice a few things to get more power for the processor, an SSD drive is not installed. Fortunately the primary drive is a 7200rpm 1TB hard drive. It has a large space for file storage; the only drawback is that the load times for the OS is not that fast.
You can always add an SSD later, but you’ll have to commit some time to do this.
Other peripherals and features
You get a Dell KB216 and Dell MS116 keyboard and mouse with this 1000 dollar gaming pc. It’s not the best for gaming, but you can always buy something better down the road.
You also have a 3-in-1 SD Card Reader installed in this $1000 gaming pc, this is great if you have a DSLR. This gaming pc also comes with an optical drive; a tray loading DVD+R DL.
This 1000 dollar gaming pc’s tower measures 8.5 x 17.2 x 18.1 in (W x D x H) with all the components inside it, it weighs 30.3 lbs.
The Dell Inspiron 5675 has its proprietary 460W PSU so the exact specifications are not available. But if you are to calculate the total power consumption for this under 1000 gaming pc it should not be more than 360W, so the supplied psu should be more than enough even for some minor upgrades.
The motherboard for this 1000 dollar gaming pc has two DIMM slots, it can take up to 32GB of RAM with clock speeds of 2400Mhz, since you have an existing 8GB you can add one stick of the same capacity to take advantage of the dual channel or get two sticks of 16GB DDR4 and you get the max capacity for memory.
You already have a good GPU installed, and unless you’re interested spending more on this computer an upgrade is not necessary.
Since you don’t have an SSD installed it would be best to upgrade this along with the memory. A 256GB SSD would already be more than enough for you to get your operating system installed along with other application or games.
Considering that this gaming pc is under $1000, it is priced $929.99 and you are getting an RX 580, which is a close equivalent of a GTX1060 you also get a better processor than the Asus G11DF, putting a Samsung 850 EVO on this gaming rig the price will be around $1035.00 which is a great deal.
1. CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8060A5
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CyberPowerPC is an American company born in the City of Industry, California. This company was founded in 1998 and have been making very good PC’s since then.
This is one of the first of the prebuilt PC’s that is using Intel’s new i5-8400 CPU. Reviewers of this CPU (other than us) will also say that this CPU is probably the best value for performance out there.
A processor with this power should always be accompanied with other components to complement its power. Included in this gaming PC is 8GB of RAM; now, 8GB is already sufficient for your day to day tasks and casual gaming. The memory can still be upgraded to a maximum of 64GB. The motherboard for this build has four 288-pin DIMM slots that can support up to 16GB per slot; maximum clock speed supported is 2400Mhz.
Along with these two components you’d need a powerful GPU, this is to make sure that you get good framerates when you are playing games. On this end, the CyberpowerPC installed a 3GB GDDR5 GTX1060. The 1060 is well powered overall for impressive gaming, 3GB VRAM will be sufficient to handle newly released games.
Pinning 60fps for every game on high settings (1080p) will not be a problem with this GPU. You should also get comfortably above 100 FPS on many games as well.
This 1000 dollar gaming PC has a good dollar to performance worth with the three items above. However this is not all that it takes to be a good gaming computer.
The internal components of the GXiVR8040A2 is housed inside a CoolerMaster Master Box 5, it is a mid-tower ATX case, the design speaks gaming performance.
This chassis is spacious, you can install several storage devices in it. Depending on the mounting tray that you will be using. You can get multiple SSDs or HDDs or combination of both. All of the cables are neatly installed at the back of motherboard tray and concealed by the right side panel.
The operating system is more responsive with SSDs, this is the reason why this gaming rig has a 120GB SSD as its primary storage device; and since 120GB will not be able to store all of your files CyberpowerPC also included a 1TB 7200rpm Hard disk for your secondary storage.
Other peripherals and features
In the package you get a 7-color wired keyboard, and a USB mouse. Both are manufactured by CyberpowerPC.
This $1000 gaming computer measures 9.25 x 20.16 x 21.57 in, for a desktop it is not that bulky. Unless you compare it to those mini-itx chassis. It is not light though, this weighs 27lbs.
This gaming computer has a 600W 80 Plus Bronze PSU installed, supplying the needed power for all of the components you have in this machine. If we are to calculate the max consumption of the components installed you would probably end up with about 380W power consumption.
If you are an owner or would like to own this 1000 gaming computer. You still have several several components that you can upgrade. Minor upgrades that would not mean throwing out parts. Since the GXiVR8060A5 only has 8GB of RAM installed you can get 3 pieces of 8GB sticks with 2400Mhz for dual channelling advantage, this will give you 32GB max memory installed. However you can also get four sticks of 16GB 2400Mhz DDR4 and this gives you 64GB, which is the maximum supported memory for the motherboard.
For storage you can add another SSD so your games can be installed there, games will load faster and it will be more responsive if installed in an SSD.
The chassis has enough space for several upgrades, it can support GPUs with lengths up to 16.2 in max; provided it will not get in the way of your Storage tray. If you are not installing an optical drive you can mount a radiator on the front, maximum radiator length supported is 360mm.
This is arguably the best gaming pc under 1000 as said. Given the price it’s an impressive package overall.
When you use the amazon link above, you will see that there are many configuration options with Cyberpowerpc. The configuration that we chose should be your best option for performance, upgrading your GPU any further, pushes the price a lot higher as you may see.
Overspend – iBUYPOWER AM900Z
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We wanted to show you what you can get for above this threshold that compares somewhat to the rigs above.
iBuypower was founded in 1999, just like CyberpowerPC the company is based in California. From the day this company was formed they have been delivering their promise to build High-performance gaming pcs.
Out of the box Performance
You can’t deny that this gaming rig should be in the top spot. The processor in this pc is a 7th Generation i7 Chip, installed is an i7-7700K, quad core processor. It is based in Kaby Lake architecture and the cores are unlocked so if you have any plans for overclocking this system you are free to do so.
This computer already has a CPU air cooler to help with the overclocking.
Complementing the processor you have 16GB (2x8GB) of RAM ultra-fast DDR4 ram modules are installed in this gaming computer.
A gaming pc will not be running smoothly with just your processor and ram, to power up your graphics and make sure you get the highest frame rates on 1080p resolution you need the best graphics card. For this setup you have the 8GB GDDR5 GeForce GTX 1070.
You will be able to get very high FPS gameplay with this GPU/CPU combo. Playing at 1440p will get you comfortably in the 80 FPS range on Ultra and at 1080p you’ll get even higher frame rates.
This GPU has 1920 CUDA Cores Boosting to 1.68GHz clock speeds, it supports Direct X 12 and was developed under Pascal architecture. This totally beats the competition, crushing it even.
The Chassis is made by iBuypower, housing the motherboard and other components of this 1000 dollar gaming pc is an iBuypower Slate Gaming case. It has a tempered glass for the side panel and has RGB lighting. It has a very simple design, yet it is still appealing to the eye.
Connectivity and Ports
You have the Wired and wireless connections for this gaming rig. It has an 802.11ac dual band wireless adapter installed in this gaming computer. So long as you have good range from the router and of course clear line of sight you should be getting 900Mbps easy.
Connecting via cable you have a Gigabit Ethernet port on the back along with your USB ports. If you are a serious gamer most likely you’ll be plugging in a cable instead of connecting wirelessly. Unfortunately Bluetooth is not installed in this setup.
Now if you want to connect multiple monitors you will need display ports, for the display ports you have a DVI-D port, two HDMI 2.0, and two Regular Display Port that has HDCP Support. These are located on the back of your tower through the GPU.
You also have several USB ports on the back of the tower, you get a total of six USB 3.1, two USB 2.0s, and your speakers to 7.1 Channel output. With the number of USB ports available you can connect several devices at the same time, and if that is not enough you can still plug in a 4-port USB hub.
iBuypower only has one thing in mind for this gaming pc; speed! If you are a gamer you’d like to load your games faster as well as having them responsive. Same goes with the operating system. An SSD storage has a better load time comparing it to mechanical drives. One more advantage of SSDs is the risk of getting corrupted, it is less likely to have your files corrupted in SSDs since it does not have any moving components.
iBuypower installed a 240GB SSD for your primary storage. You have your OS there and you still have ample space for several games or applications that you want to load faster.
1TB is more than enough for movies, songs and images. Unless you wanted to download every movie in 1080p then that’s something else.
Other peripherals and features
You also get a keyboard and mouse from iBuypower when you purchase their gaming computer. It is not as good as mechanical mouse and keyboards but this will do to get you going.
An optical drive is also installed this dollar gaming pc has a 5.25” 24x DVDRW Dual Layer. In my opinion this is just a waste of space and power.
The power supply is generic for this build. So if you want to have your components last longer a stable power supply with at least 80+ Bronze rating should be installed.
As for the RAM, the AsRock B250 supports 4 288-pin memory modules, you can get 4x16GB and max out the memory capacity for this gaming rig.
You can swap out the SSD for a bigger capacity or simply add it onto the existing one you have. Another HDD of higher capacity can also be installed. The motherboard has six SATA 3 slots 3 should be free for you to use. This also has 2 Ultra M.2 slots.
Will this be a good gaming computer? Yes, of course. Should they change the motherboard? Certainly!
This PC is the closest competition to our custom recommended builds, that of course you have to put together yourself!
It doesn’t matter if you have the strongest PC known to mankind. If you don’t have peripherals you won’t be able to use it. Don’t build your PC and then have to wait for peripherals (accessories) as you will end up losing that new PC feeling. Below is my recommended peripherals for these builds.
This 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.
This is our top choice of mechanical keyboards – where you can read more about it there.
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.
- Dual-band 4x4 AC3100 Wi-Fi with speeds up to 2100Mbps (5GHz band) and 1000Mbps 2. 4GHz band....
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Operating System Options
Once you’ve gotten your PC built and also all of your peripherals then it’s time to pick out your operating system. What an operating system does is it basically manages all of your other applications that are on your PC. There are thousands of operating systems out there that could really be used, but the most important two for gamers are Linux and Windows. Below, I break them both down and tell you the Pros and Cons.
Linux isn’t as well known as Windows, but that doesn’t mean you should totally discount it. Linux wasn’t made by a company, but it was an open end project created by many developers to bring an OS that wasn’t as restrictive as windows and one that could be customized to fit your own desires.
Since Linux is so open it allows for so much more customization and if you are a person who’s likes being able to control almost every aspect of your PC, then Linux was specifically designed for you in mind. Linux also has a price tag of $0 which makes it even more, appealing to people who would rather not spend any money on an Operating System or someone who is just waiting to switch to Windows in the future.
Linux’s greatest pro is also its greatest con for many. To a lot of people, having so many options can be greatly confusing and that might really turn someone off of using Linux. Linux is also slow to fix bugs which is another annoying thing due to it being a free OS.
I’m pretty sure everyone here knows about Windows and with good reason. They have been the most widely used OS for years and their reign as the top OS doesn’t seem to be anywhere close to ending.
Unlike Linux, Since Windows is run like a company they are quick to fix any major issues and bugs. Windows also has the best gaming experience as games are all optimized for this platform unlike Linux so you will always get the best PC gaming experience on windows.
Windows is also much more restrictive than Linux which is probably better for most people who are just trying to game. The biggest issue with Windows is that it can cost you a pretty penny if you decide to get it the legit way. This actually angers many people and due to that people have turned to getting it through other means (No I will not mention it here, google is your friend). I’m not for nor against it, but that’s the only major issue as to why you wouldn’t get Windows.
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.
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.
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