Best Ultra Gaming PC Builds Under $1000 Dollars

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!

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.

The Build

CASE – Corsair Carbide Spec 02

CORSAIR Carbide SPEC-Omega RGB Mid-Tower...

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

CPU – Intel i5-9400F

Intel Core i5-9400F Desktop Processor 6...

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

ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2060 Twin Fan...

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

MSI Z390-A PRO LGA1151 (Intel 8th and...

A Great LGA 1151 Motherboard With SLI Capabilities supporting the new Intel 9 Gen CPU’s

RAM – Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB

Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4...

High-Quality DDR4 RAM, 2400 MHz to bring higher FPS from the i5 CPU

Power Supply – Corsair CX Series 550W

Corsair CX Series 550 Watt 80 Plus...

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

STORAGE – Seagate 1TB FireCuda Gaming SSHD

Seagate FireCuda 1TB Solid State Hybrid...

A Very Reliable Hard Drive, 7200RPM

Optional SSD – PNY CS1311 240GB 2.5” SATA III

PNY CS1311 240GB 2.5” SATA III...

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

Build Breakdown

Case

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.

Power Supply

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.

Video Card

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…

Processor

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.

Motherboard

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.

RAM

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.

Hard Drive:

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.

(Optional) 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.

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 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.

The Build

CASE – Phanteks P400S Mid-Tower Case

Phanteks PH-EC416PSTG_BR Eclipse P400S...

A beastly looking case with great airflow that houses a monster!

CPU – Ryzen 5 2600x

AMD Ryzen 5 2600X Processor with Wraith...

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

GPU – EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 XC Ultra Gaming 6GB

EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 XC Ultra Gaming,...

The RTX 2060 Is an Absolute Beast! Will Easily Take Your Gaming Experience To The Next Level

MOTHERBOARD – MSI Ryzen B450M Gaming Plus

MSI Performance Gaming AMD Ryzen 1st and...

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

RAM- Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB Kit

Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4...

Good DDR4 RAM, Two sticks Of 8 GB RAM, 2400 MHZ

PSU – Corsair CXB 550W Semi Module PSU

Corsair CX Series 550 Watt 80 Plus...

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

STORAGE – Seagate Firecuda 2 TB SSHD

Seagate FireCuda 2TB Solid State Hybrid...

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

PNY CS1311 240GB 2.5” SATA III...

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

Build Breakdown

Case:

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.

Power Supply:

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.

Video Card:

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

Processor:

AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Processor

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!

Motherboard:

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.

RAM:

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.

Hard Drive:

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:

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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.

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.

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

ASUS G11DF-DBR5-GTX1060
  • Powerful performance with the latest AMD Ryzen 5 1400 3.2GHz (Turbo up to 3.4GHz) processor and...
  • 8GB 2400MHz DDR4 RAM; 256GB M.2 SSD + 1TB 7200RPM HDD storage combo

2. Dell Inspiron 5675

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)

1. CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8060A5

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme VR GXiVR8060A5
  • System: Intel Core i5-8400 2.8GHz 6-Core | Intel B360M Express Chipset | 8GB DDR4 | 120GB SSD |...
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Video Card | 1x DVI | 1x HDMI | 1x DisplayPort

Overspend – iBUYPOWER AM900Z

iBUYPOWER AM900Z
  • System: Intel i7-7700K Quad-Core Processor 4.2 GHz (4.5 GHz Max Turbo) | 16GB DDR4 RAM | 1TB...
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Dedicated Graphics Card | 1x DVI | 1x HDMI | 1x Display...

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.

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ASUS VG248QE
  • Ultra smooth action with 144 Hertz rapid refresh rate and 1ms (GTG) response time. Display...
  • Ergonomically designed stand with Tilt,Swivel,Pivot,Height adjustment plus wall mount...

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.

Corsair Gaming Strafe
  • 100% Cherry MX key switches - Gold contact Cherry MX mechanical gaming keys deliver the...
  • Dynamic backlighting - Brilliant RED LED backlighting with cherry MX Brown enhances the...

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

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Logitech G502
  • High performance HERO 16K Sensor: Logitech's most accurate sensor yet with up to 16,000 DPI for...
  • 11 Customizable Buttons and Onboard Memory: Assign custom commands to the buttons and save up...

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

 

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....
  • External magnetic antenna base allows flexible antenna placement to maximize coverage. Note-...
  • Individual antennas can also attach directly to PCIe Card for compact installation....

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.

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Windows

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...
  • 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...

Conclusion…

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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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    1. Hey Burning,

      This build can get 150FPS+ on ultra settings running Fortnite at 1080P! If you have any other questions, let me know!

  1. 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?

    1. 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.

  2. 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?

    1. 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.

      1. 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?

        1. 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!

  3. 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 liked all of the first one besides these two issues I’m wondering about. Or should I just get a usb hdmi adaptor? I also realized I would need audio ports too… :/ Thank you.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

        1. 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!

          1. 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?

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

  4. 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?

    1. 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!

      1. 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!

      2. 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?

        1. 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.

  5. 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.

    1. 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.

  6. 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

    1. 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

  7. 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

    1. 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 8 GB which again is more than the 1070 we have in our builds but you will really see some performance gains there as well.

  8. Is the new coffeelake i3 worth it? I would perfer a bit cheaper build with the coffeelake i3 if it would make the build cheaper and not change the efficiency much.

    If the i3 is worth it, could you reply with replacement parts with the i3?
    Thanks

    1. Big bird – first of all love the name – say hello to Oscar for me.

      The i3 is a very affordable CPU, the only disadvantage is you need to pair it with a more expensive z370 mobo. To suggest replacement parts with the i3, you could go with 2400 RAM and a lesser performance GPU. The Zotax GTX 1060 is on our $800 build and that’s where you’re going to see some price gains. You will see a performance decrease though as these parts are inferior. I wouldn’t skimp out on much else as you’re not saving much more money (a bronze 80+ PSU is very close in price and may save you like $5-10 and still fully modular).
      Once the B360 Mobos arrive in 2018, there will be better-priced setups out there.

  9. Hey I was planning on using this build but unfortunately some things are out of stock, how well would the Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 amp extreme work with the beautiful build? Or even the Gigabyte GV-N1070G1 GAMING-8GD REV2.0 GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Computer Graphics Card? Please help thanks!

    1. Hi J,

      Any 1070 card should work, I just checked and it seems that the video card we have listed is still available in the US, Canada & the Uk. Maybe try again from the link?

  10. Hey I was wondering if this beautiful build Is up to date, 2017, as well how well will it run pub g Witcher 3 metro etc sorry,this is going to be my first build. Also do you have a video out there of how to build this? Thanks so much:)

    1. Hi Jake, 100% up to date, it was just done yesterday! This build will be able to give great framerates at 1080p no problem and respectable performance at 1440p as well.

      I have a recommended youtube video above the beautiful power build (it’s an expandable box titled “how to build a PC”)

      hope that helps

      Good luck with your build, when you’re finished please join and post your photo on our facebook page!

  11. Hello,
    Considering The Monster build, but wondering if at 1080 graphics card will be compatible for those parts instead of the 1070? I also am subbing a Corsair 750 watt power supply for the EVGA 700 watt.

  12. So, say @1080p/60htz you’re sure this i5 7500 won’t be the limiting factor for the 1070? How about @1440p/60htz with this combo? Also about the CPU cooler I noticed it mentions over clocking but it’s not a k model? I just want to make sure as I am thinking of using this build for a budget 1440p display. Ty 🙂

    1. there won’t be any issues at 1080p with this build for sure. At 1440p at 60 hz you may get a little lower than 60 fps but it will be very close – you may want to upgrade.

      I’m waiting to update the post to have the i5-8400 as part of our 1000 build, once they are not all sold out!

      A fair point about the overclocking point, we update our builds regularly to keep the price in check, since the 7500 is not the k version, you’re correct – no overclocking is possible with this cpu – so really a cpu cooler isn’t needed for this build.

      1. Ok, thank you for confirming, 7500/1070 @1080p 60htz and yet as I look at prices some 1080’s are only a little more then the 1070’s! (power per price) So, just wondering if that would work with the 7500 for 1080p 60htz? I know a 1080 is overkill for that but eh, future proof. And yes I hear you on the 8400 but I already received a 7500, just waiting to see what card to grab, I do have a little extra for a 1080 but not if it will mess with my game performance by “tipping” the cpu/gpu balance or would the throttle-necking stuff be so high above 60fps that I would never see it? I’m not very in the know on how that stuff works but I just don’t want it make a bad choice that will effect my gaming.

        Thanks a bunch 🙂

        1. 8-bit, I understand the desire to futureproof – but you really want to consider getting a better monitor with a GPU that strong. If your monitor only supports 60hz then you’re not going to see any benefit of higher frame rates. There is no question that the i5-7500 will be the bottleneck paired with a 1080 GPU.

    1. We’ve been waiting for more availability of the CPU’s before we change our build – but we would recommend getting the i5-8400. Any of the new coffee lake cpu’s will need a different motherboard as well (z370 mobos).

  13. Hi Graham,
    I’m new to using a PC, and have a slightly bigger budget than $1000. Do you have any recommendations on what to upgrade?

    1. Hi Abdullah,

      I’m not sure if you’re mainly going to use the PC for gaming or general use. If general use, then definitely upgrading to the optional SSD shown will bring some performance gains. Again, in general use, if you have a lot of open Google Chrome tabs; then you can consider updrading to 16Gb of RAM. If gaming, then upgrading the GPU/video card will usually bring the best performance gains.

  14. Hey guys,

    I switched up a couple of things with the build. I opted for 16 GB of RAM, as I figured prices would keep rising so I might as well get it all now. Also, I went from the 8gb GPU to a 6gb, mainly because I wasn’t sure if the extra 2gb was worth an extra $130 or so. Am I wrong in assuming this? Let me know what you think and if you see any room for relatively cheap upgrades. Thanks!

    Here’s the full prospective build:

    AMD- Ryzen 5 1600 Processor with Wraith Spire Cooler
    MSI- B350 Gaming Plus ATX Motherboard
    Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 memory
    WD Blue 1TB SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 RPM 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch Desktop Hard Drive
    PNY CS1311 240GB 2.5” SATA III Internal Solid State Drive
    EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB FTW+ GPU
    Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-02 Mid Tower Gaming Case with an extra fan
    EVGA SuperNOVA 750 B1, 80+ BRONZE 750W Power Supply

    1. Matt,

      I see no issue with your thoughts, everyone has their own opinion on value of performance to cost – If you are a heavy PC user with tons of Google Chrome tabs open etc, then I can see upgrading to 16Gb, for strictly gaming – at this time I don’t see the use for it.

  15. Hey guys. Two questions, which is better 1440p at plus 60 fps or 4k limited to 60 fps? Also which is better the AMD or the Intel CPU?

    1. John, difficult questions! the answers are really dependent on the games you play, I prefer higher FPS myself over resolution if I had to choose just one.
      AMD vs Intel is a constant debate and is usually up to preference, it seems though that AMD has taken a leap ahead over the past little while, imo.
      Hope that helps.

  16. Will the video card that I had do good with most games because I ordered it already, but was just going to upgrade in the future.

    1. You should be okay with your video card – good luck with your builds – again make sure to post your photo of your build on our social media channels, we want to see them!

  17. I went with this build. Does this sound good?

    AMD- Ryzen 5 1600x 3.6GHz 6-core processor
    Cooler master- Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 Cfm sleeve bearing CPU cooler
    MSI- B350 Tomahawk ATX AM4 Motherboard
    Crucial- Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 memory
    Western Digital- Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM internal hard drive
    EVGA- GeForce GTX 1050 2GB ACX 2.0 video card
    Nzxt- S340 Elite Atx mid tower case
    EVGA- B3 550w 80+ bronze certified fully modular ATX power supply
    Microsoft Windows 10 home full USB 32/64 bit

  18. So if I keep this build could I play any game or do I need to spend more? And also do I need 16gb of ram or will 8gb work fine?

  19. I’m new to this, but I changed a few things. Is this a good set up?

    Intel 7th Gen Intel Core Desktop Processor i7-7700K
    Corsair Hydro Series H100i v2 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
    MSI Pro Series Intel Z270 DDR4 HDMI USB 3 SLI ATX Motherboard
    G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4
    EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GAMING, 4GB GDDR5, DX12
    Asus 24x DVD-RW Serial-ATA Internal OEM Optical Drive
    NZXT Phantom 240 Mid Tower Computer Case
    WD Blue 1TB SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 RPM 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch Desktop Hard Drive

    1. You’re putting a pretty good build together Kobe, I see that the cryptocurrency surge has made you choose a lower priced GPU – I understand! All of those parts will work together, and I would expect you should be pretty happy with what you put together. I tried to see if I could find a bit better GPU while decreasing the RAM to 8GB (saves you ~$50) but to get to a 6GB GPU you’d be looking at another ~$100 (+$50) overall. Hope that helps.
      Make sure to share your build on our social pages!

    1. Hi Goof, you’re certainly going for some wattage in that power supply! the 1000W is compatible with the build and you’re certainly giving yourself some extra power to connect other devices. Remember to share your build once it’s complete on one of our social media pages – we want to see them!

  20. I know that this rig is setup for the EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW GAMING ACX 3.0, 8GB GDDR5, but is there a 4 gb GPU you might recommend for this setup? I’d like my system to be usable while I wait for the 1070’s to come back down in price. I am just short the CPU and GPU before I can assemble everything!

      1. Most of the 4 gb type gpu’s I’ve seen on Amazon seem to be around $150 US. I’m willing to go to $200 if needed. Just wondering which would be better, a 1050 ti? or some Radeon gpu.

        Thanks!

  21. What other 1070 GPU’s could I subsitute for the first build? I need it to be around the same price and performance as the original GPU. I need a different GPU because I cant find it on Amazon or on Microcenter’s website.

    Thanks

  22. Sounds great! Would the Cryorig H7 fit in the NZXT Phantom 240 with the MSI Z270? I’m worried about it being cramped as it looks rather large?

  23. Hey,
    I am currently looking to attempt my first build and am shooting for the ‘beautiful power’ build. I just wanted to know, since I do not know much about computers, if this will be good for Microsoft flight simulator x with flight joystick, pedals, and headset? Also, I’m looking to run many steam games as well… Just wanted any further suggestions you may have.
    Thanks!

    1. Cam,

      I would say there will be no issue with the Microsoft simulator nor the Steam games – if you’re ever wanting to make sure you can always search for the “minimum system requirements” for any game. Obviously this is the minimum so you want to be above that level to ensure a great gaming experience. Make sure to add the items to cart and then if you want to play around with individual parts after you have the core parts still in your cart. Good Luck on your build, and make sure to share a picture on our social media pages – we want to see them!

      1. Great,
        Thanks Graham. I have been putting together my shopping cart of components for the “beautiful build” and was thinking about swapping the CPU for an Intel i5-7600K, adding the PNY CS1311 SSD and an Optical Drive. Do you think it would be wise to add a CPU Cooler/Fan? If so, would the Hyper 212 EVO RR or the Master GeminII M4 be more advantageous? Would it be worth it to get something like the Corsair H100iV2 CPU Cooler?

        I appreciate your advice and knowledge and will be sure to post pics once the PC build is complete.

        Thank you!

        1. Cam, you’re right, moving to the 7600k means that you should consider getting a CPU cooler – both of those fans are decent but I would recommend the Cryorig H7 it’s pretty quiet and I’m not sure if it’s worth spending more than that.

  24. is the Monster build still a good choice for over a year later since the publish? It looks very promising but i don’t know whether i should get slightly different parts?

  25. Hey, Frank!
    Thanks for the awesome article and tips. I like flashier looks for my PCs, so my question is would this particular case be compatible for these builds?

    Rosewill ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case

    Thanks!

    1. Asher, thanks for the props! Your choice of tower would work fine, they’re all Mid tower cases so you should have no problem. We want to see your builds photos after your finished, so please share on one of our social Media pages!

  26. Hi Frank,

    I am going to build the Beautiful Power but want to upgrade to a gtx 1080 but want to know if i should upgrade to the 1080 Ti.
    Which one would be best to upgrade to and would i need to upgrade anything else.

    1. If money is no object, then the 1080 Ti is a better GPU for sure as it’s able to produce higher overall FPS rates – but you’re spending probably $200 more for it. I would maybe consider increasing your RAM since you appear to be really going for performance check out our $1500 build for the RAM we would recommend.

  27. Hey Frank!
    First time PC builder, these blueprints look promising. Looking to use my TV as the monitor. Is that possible with these designs?
    Thanks!

    1. Hi Kenzie,

      Assuming your TV is newer and has a HDMI port, the GPU in the $1000 build should be able to handle your TV display and you shouldn’t be dissapointed. Good luck with your new build!

  28. Thanks Franks,

    Do you think I should buy all of the supplies and parts at my local electronic store; Microcenter/Best Buy/etc. or online?

    Also,

  29. I am going to try to build the “Beautiful Power” build as my first ever build.

    I would like to add a SSD and would like to store my OS on it. Should I store steam games on it? And if I possible, how much space would I need for games? I have around ~10 steam games.

    1. Hey K,

      After your OS is on it, you should definitely store your favorite games on the SSD as they’ll load much faster. If you play any MMO’s or games that are constantly loading areas that would be my top pick. I’d recommend just going with a 240 GB SSD as that’ll be more than enough space for your top games a long with the hard drive!

  30. 1070’s are not much less then some 1080’s atm (mining) So my question is an i5 7500 + GTX 1080 on a 1440p screen (also happens to be a G-sync @ 144 htz *Dell Monitor)

    Would this work? Would I run into any problems? I have the i5 7500 already and know of a Dell monitor with said spec’s id like but i am not sure if a 1080 would be too much for the 7500 @ that screen rez and refresh, Bottlenecking ect.

    I understand that even with a 1080 I won’t get anywhere near 144fps due to the i5. Thanks!

    1. Hey 8-bit,

      Yeah, the mining craze has really impacted the graphics card market as of late so if you’d rather go with the GTX 1080 it’s not a bad bet! Everything with this setup works, but as stated there will be a tad bit of bottlenecking (not anything too severe). I honestly would just shell out the extra money to get an i5-7600k with a cooler to make sure I get the most out of my build! With that being said either way you’re PC build shouldn’t run into any problems at all.

      If you have any questions let me know!

  31. Give me examples of other gpus i could replace for the beautiful build as the current gpu is over 600 dollars.

    1. Hey Ethan,

      The Mining craze is really making it hard to find any video card at retail value, but you could substitute the one in the Monster build and the build would work just fine.

      If you need further help, let me know.

  32. Hey Frank,

    I was wondering if there was a better motherboard for the beautiful power build. The MSI Z270 Plus has poor reviews in my opinion. Maybe the ASRock – Z270 Extreme4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard would be better?

    Thanks,
    Matthew

    1. Hey Matthew,

      If that makes you feel more comfortable you can definitely get that! The MSI Z270 is definitely good, but looking at some of the recent reviews doesn’t exactly inspire confidence.

      1. Frank, thanks for your response. I was also wondering what case you would recommend in place of the NZXT Phantom 240. The phantom seems to have poor air flow and the drive caddies are too flimsy.

        Thanks again,
        Matthew

        1. Hey Matthew,

          I don’t know where you’re getting that the NXZT Phantom 240 has poor airflow as it’s actually one of the better cases for airflow in its price range. However, if you’re looking for something a bit more premium, I’d check out my post on the best full tower cases for some solid alternatives!

  33. Hi,

    With all the graphics card prices going up recently, is there a good substitute for the 1070 windforce oc?

    Thnks!

    1. Hey Justin,

      Honestly, with this Cryptocurrency hype, it’s been pretty difficult to find any GPU out there at a decent price. All we can really do right now is wait and try to find something that’s reasonably priced.

  34. Hey Frank,

    For the monster build could I switch out the Ryzen 5 1600 for a 1600x? Would it compatible with everything else and do you recommend it?

    1. I forgot to ask another thing. Could I use a Msi b350 Gaming Pro Carbon instead of the motherboard you recommended in the monster build?

      1. Hey Andrew,

        As an Animator, you’re probably going to want to go with something that has substantial power, fortunately, both the Beautiful Power build and the Monster build would serve you well! I’d recommend the Beautiful Power build based on your needs however!

  35. Here is build.

    Case – Corsair Graphite Series 230T
    Power Supply – EVGA 700 Watts B1
    Graphics Card – Asus GTX 1080 ROG STRIX
    CPU – AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Processor with Wraith Spire Cooler
    Motherboard – MSI Ryzen B350 Gaming Plus
    RAM – Ballistix Sport LT 8GB Kit
    Hard Drive – WD Blue 1TB Hard Drive

    Is everything good? Is there anything else I will need?

  36. Okay thanks for the quick response.

    so i decided to go with
    *Zotac AMP Extreme
    *Ballistix Sport LT
    *EVGA 700B Bronze Power Supply
    *AMD Ryzen 5 1600
    *The B350 Motherboard
    *WD Blue 1TB
    *Corsair Carbide Series 270R

    will this work, and do i have to buy thermal glue?

    1. Hey Patrick,

      This will definitely work! You don’t need thermal glue as it’s included with the CPU.

      Let me know if you need help!

  37. Is the previous monster build still better than this beatiful power build for pure gaming? If so do you still have the build components of the previous monster build?

    1. Hey Joe,

      Both The Monster build and Beautiful Power got very similar which is why I completely revamped The Monster build. The previous monster build had a slightly better GPU which was the Zotac GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme. Other than that, the old Monster build is largely equal to the Beautiful Power.

  38. since you updated wich one do you recommend for hours of intensive gaming? the monster or the beautiful build?
    and also

    EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW or Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 AMP Extreme
    AMD Ryzen 5 1600 or Intel Core i5 7500
    MSI B350 PC MATE or MSI Z270 SLI

    wich one should i get or do you wanna mix them?

    gonna order the parts the first july.

    1. Hey Patrick,

      If you only plan on gaming, then I’d go with the Beautiful build, but if you plan on doing things that are going to be CPU intensive even in the future, I’d go with the Monster build all the way!

      Versus Questions:

      Zotac AMP Extreme is more expensive than the 1070 FTW but is better.
      AMD Ryzen 5 1600 takes the lead in terms of pure processing power, but the Intel Core i5 7500 still beats it in gaming performance as games don’t really utilize more than 4 cores at the moment.
      The B350 Motherboard is only compatible with Ryzen processors and The Z270 is only compatible with Kabylake.

      Hope that answers your questions!

  39. Hey Frank.

    Sorry if I sound stupid. This is my first time building a computer and I have a few questions. My budget is around $1,200.

    Can the monster handle live streaming and editing?
    If I would upgrade the GTX 1070 to a GTX 1080 would I have to upgrade to a different power supply, motherboard, etc?
    Could you link me to the GTX 1080 there are so many.

    1. Hey Ryan,

      The Ryzen 5 1600 in the monster build would seamlessly handle live streaming and editing! That’s where it shines most as it allows it to utilize all six of its cores. The Power supply and motherboard in this build can also handle the GTX 1080. The GTX 1080 that I’d recommend would be Asus GTX 1080 ROG STRIX. It adds excellent cooling capabilities and efficiency which I think would be huge for someone who plans on live streaming and editing.

      1. Thanks for the help. Oh and will this case work?

        Corsair Graphite Series 230T Side Panel Window with Orange LED Fans ATX Compact Mid-Tower Computer Case – Orange

        Once I have all the parts on a list I will post.

  40. Hi i was about to order the monster but amazon said Rosewill case isn’t available. What would be a suitable replacement?

  41. Also my budget is at 1250$ so if there is any extra recommendations you want to add, I’ll appreciate it

    1. Hey Hamed,

      I’d recommend picking up a GTX 1080 instead of the GTX 1070 which would cost you about $100 more. I’d also recommend getting an SSD for your OS for a more seamless experience. Those two things should bring this to about $1200.

  42. I can see that you build these last year have you been updating them, or are there any changes you would recommend, considering buying the Monster pc

  43. Hey Frank.
    im gonna build this pc:
    -Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB GDDR5 256 bit PCI-E 3.0 x 16 Windforce OC
    -MSI Pro Series Intel Z270 DDR4 HDMI USB 3 SLI ATX Motherboard (Z270 SLI PLUS)
    -Intel Boxed Core I7-6700
    -Corsair Hydro Series H100i v2
    -Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 3000MHz
    – EVGA 700B – 700W – 80+ BRONZE
    -PNY CS2030 240GB M.2 SSD
    -WD Blue 1TB SATA
    -NZXT H440
    is everything compatible? o i need to change something.

    Thanks

  44. Greg Schumacher

    Will the GPU from build 2 (zotac gtx 1070) work with the components from build 1? Basically can I use the GPU from build 2 in build 1 with no bottlenecking? Or If you were going to upgrade the GPU for build 1 what would you recommend?Thanks in advance.

    1. Hey Clay,

      The 1070’s in these builds are a huge performance upgrade for gaming! They should allow you to play any game that’s out there on ultra settings at 1080p with ease. They could also handle 2k gaming very well. The Monster’s GPU is slightly better than the beautiful power builds, but the beautiful power build has slightly better components as a result.

      Hopefully, this answered your question! Let me know if there’s something else you need.

  45. Hello Frank,

    Would this case be suitable for the “Beautiful Power” build?

    NZXT Phantom 410 Mid Tower Computer Case, Gunmetal with Black Trim (CA-PH410-G1)

    1. Hey Sabri,

      The Zotac GTX 1070 AMP Extreme! Will fit in the Rosewill WolfAlloy Case.

      Let me know if you have any other questions.

  46. Hey thanks for the quick reply, i think im gonna go with everything listed but i want more ram now instead of later as you said. Also more/better fans for cooling what do you recommend to go with this build as listed?

    1. actually i see that the case has plenty of fans so that should be fine, i guess my main question is what ram do you recommend to go up to as a direct upgrade then and what cp cooler do you recommend?

  47. Hey Frank,
    I built this a while ago, and it worked amazingly. Now, I’m thinking about upgrading to a GTX 1080 TI, but I don’t know if it will be compatible with the parts that are in the monster build(the one I did) Can I swap the graphics cards out or will I need new parts to keep up with the TI?

  48. Hello,
    I have little experience building a gaming PC but I plan on building The Monster. Before I begin to gather the parts, I would like your input to clear any doubts. I plan on replacing the case with the NZXT S340 Mid Tower Computer Case, is this ok? I also want to replace the Hard Drive with Seagate 2TB BarraCuda Sata 6Gbs/ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Hard Drive. I will be using the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO for the CPU Cooler. Will these modifications be okay?
    Thank You!

  49. Thanks for these builds, I built the Monster and this post was extremely helpful! I was literally about to buy a pre-built PC that’s comparable to your $600 build from best buy for the price of the monster…

  50. Hello! Very nice guide. Will definitely start buying components to build my own pc from this (the monster pc). I have one question, however, is there a different power supply you can recommend that may be a little more silent? And I live in a fairly warm state and would not like to overheat my computer, can i add extra fans to the case you recommended for the monster build? Thanks in advance, and again, very nice guide.

    1. Hey Erick,

      If you’re willing to drop a little more for a power supply I’d recommend the EVGA SuperNOVA 550! It runs really silent and is an all around very efficient power supply that even has ECO mode which curbs unnecessary power consumption. To answer your second question, yes you can add additional fans to the Monster build. If you’re looking for some more recommendations I recommend you check out my post on the best case fans.

    1. Hey Kevin,

      Yes, I did. I promise you that the old build is still 100% amazing, though. If you need help finding parts for the old build, just let me know.

  51. Hey I just ordered all the parts for the monster build (super excited) I do have some questions about the OS though, is there anyway you could direct me to a link to get a good OS, I prefer Win 10. Also I’m very new to PC building so I wanted to know if you buy a software version of a OS how do you install it onto the PC when building one from scratch?

      1. I went ahead and bought Win 10 from Best Buy, the guy explained to me that it comes in the box via flash drive soo mystery solved 😀 I have found a very good resource to building a PC via YouTube but was wondering if you personally had a direct walkthrough for these specific builds?

  52. Is there a tutorial to building this desktop? I’ve gotten all the pieces but can’t seem to get it to show video on the monitor.

    1. Hi Alex,

      NZXT HALE82 V2 700W 700W will work, also anything from Corsair that has the same wattage, though this may set you back a few more bucks.

      Hope this helps.

  53. Hey Frank,

    So I have been looking for a good PC build and I love the beautiful power. I have some extra money then just the 1k and I was interested on your take of the upcoming Ryzen and if the 300$ response to Intel’s best i7 would be worth waiting for and seeing how it stacks up? Or if just using the I5 6600k would be the safer bet or a low i7. I’m also interested in using my computer for streaming and video editing as well.

    Also, would this PC be able to handle a 22′-27′ screen at 1440 pretty well,or should I just stick to a 1080p screen?

    1. Hi Justin,

      I’ll be doing a Ryzen Build so better look out for that, but going Intel Build wont disappoint either.

      Probably the best monitor and resolution for 1070 is a 2560×1080-144z monitor, so better stick with 1080p.

  54. Hey Frank,

    Ive never built a PC before but was wondering if I could sub the case out for something a little less flashy. I was thinking something like this NZXT S340 Mid Tower Computer Case, Glossy Black (CA-S340W-B1).

  55. Hi Frank,

    I’ve been buying the parts piece by piece, and I plan to use the tower and the power supply from the beautiful build, and the rest would come from the monster build. is it compatible to do that?

  56. Hi i plan on getting the monster but amazon says MSI Z97 Intel LGA 1150 DDR3 USB 3.0 ATX Gaming Motherboard isn’t available. What would be a suitable replacement?

  57. If I understand correctly the monster has better cpu and gpu but other components are weaker. So does this mean that the beautiful power has weaker cpu and gpu but the other components on it are stronger than the monster’s?
    And how big a difference would it make if I were to take the cpu and gpu from the monster and put them on the beautiful power?

    1. Hey Seeven,

      That’s basically it. The Beautiful Power build also has slightly newer components than the monster build. To answer your second question, The i5-4690k is an LGA 1150 CPU so you’d also need to change the motherboard and RAM as well.

      Hope this helped!

  58. Hi Frank,

    Firstly, thank you so much for this amazing guide! I was just looking to building a pc and glad I found your site. I was looking to built the Beautiful Power but wanted to see if theres a lighter case available. What would you recommend?

    Would something like Thermaltake Versa N21 Snow Edition Translucent Panel ATX Mid Tower Window Gaming Computer Case CA-1D9-00M6WN-00, White be fine?

    Thanks in advance!

  59. I’m choosing to do the monster build. Would I be ok if I get the ftw edition of the gtx 1070. Would I need to pick a different case or power supply.

      1. Hey Frank,
        This is my first time getting a gaming PC so I wanted to make it count.
        Getting the monster build and wanted to ask if these changes were compatible or even worth it.

        Intel i5-4690K -> Intel Core i5 6600K
        Rosewill WolfAlloy -> Rosewill ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case Stryker M
        PNY CS1311 -> Samsung 850 EVO 250GB.

        The case change was due to lack of shipping from the WolfAlloy to my area, i also wanted to know if i would need any extra cables or if those come included?
        Thank you for your time.

  60. Hi Frank!
    Does the monster build’s powersupply USE 750 watts? Which case is better: NXZT S340 or Rosewill WolfAlloy.

    Thank you for your time.

    1. Alex,

      No, The Monster Build won’t use anywhere near 750 watts. In fact, you wouldn’t even use 750 watts with two 1070s. Also, Don’t worry too much about the case. I personally prefer the WolfAlloy for the monster builds theme, but the S340 is a great case! All that matters is that the S340 is compatible with the Monster build.

      1. Well, what amount of watts does the monster build use? The thing is I live in Ukraine and Im not sure whether to get an adapter, or just a replacement cord.

  61. For the first build, is the “Zalman Z9 Neo Performance Gaming Mid Tower Case, White” OK? I also will probably go with the i5-6600 as it is only a few dollars more.

    Thanks!

    1. Hey Chuck,

      Yes, that case is compatible. I also would recommend going with the i5-6600 if you want a little bit of extra processing power.

      Glad this build helped you!

  62. I have an old Cooler Master mid-tower that from about 5 yrs ago that I wanted to reuse. Am I able to have either build in it or would you recommend going ahead and updating the tower too? Leaning towards the Beautiful Build due to the newer gen components

    1. Hey Nathan,

      If it’s a mid tower case, it should be good for either of these builds. Can you provide a little more detail on your case? Cooler Master has more than one mid tower case and I want to be 100% accurate.

  63. Hey Frank, I am certain I want to build the Beautiful Power build but I am concerned about the weight of the case. I often move my computer, so I would like a lighter case, could you recommend a case that is lighter, for around the same price or cheaper? Thanks!

    1. Hey Thomas,

      I can understand your concerns. If you’re looking for a lighter case I’d recommend the Vivo V07 Gaming Case. It has lackluster build quality compared to the case in the beautiful power build, but it only weighs 12.5 pounds. It’s also very spacious which allows for more options in the future.

  64. Hello Frank,

    Once I build the PC what will happen? Will there be windows already installed or do I have to do it? Also, does the CPU come with a fan or do I have to buy one? I’m New to building PC’s and would really appreciate the help.

    1. Hey Josh,

      Once you build this PC you’d need an OS. The two most popular ones are Linux and Windows. For gaming, I’d recommend Windows. There are multiple ways to get Windows, but if you just want things to be as simple as possible you can buy the OS for about $100. The CPU does come with a fan so you don’t have to get a separate CPU cooler.

      Hope this helped!

    1. Hey Tiago,

      I usually update my Gaming PC Builds twice, once in the beginning of the month and once in the end. This is unless a new product comes out that is superior to my old recommendation. If this happens I’ll update the builds as soon as I can.

  65. Hi Frank, I was hoping to really push it in terms of memory. I was thinking I would need 32gb of RAM for working in Autodesk, photoshop and for rendering in general. What would be your recommendation for something like that in the Monster build? Would I need to change anything else in the build to accommodate the increase in RAM?

  66. Hi Frank!

    What other cases could you recommend for the Monster build? Would SLI be possible? Can I put 4 sticks of ram there? does all the required cabling come with the “BenQ Zowie 24-inch 1080p Monitor”?

    I am sorry that I’m bombarding you with questions it’s just that one grand is a lot of money so I want to be sure. 🙂

    Happy Holidays!!

    1. Hey Alex,

      I’d recommend the Rosewill Gungnir and you can put 4 sticks of RAM in the Monster build. Everything you need will come with the Zowie monitor.

      1. Hey Alex,

        It’s better to be safe than sorry. I’m here to help! So if you have any question no matter how small just ask and I’ll try my best to answer it.

  67. Hello Frank, thanks for making this build, I’ve already built it and it runs well with every game played. I just wanted to ask about an alternative CPU cooler for the monster build.

    1. Hey Debora,

      I’d recommend you pick up the Cryorig C7. It’s just as good as other more well-known CPU coolers and at the same has a slim profile that will keep it out of the way of your other components.

      Hope this helped!

  68. Hey Frank whats the difference between the i5 6500 and the i5 4690k, is their a large difference in power between the two?

    1. The i5-6500 is newer and can’t be effectively overclocked while the i5-4690k is unlocked and can be overclocked too increase performance. At the base, clock speeds their pretty comparable, but the i5-4690k does perform better than the i5-6500 when overclocked. I’d get the i5-6500 if you don’t plan on upgrading or need a LGA1151 CPU and get the i5-4690k if you need an LGA1150 CPU and want to overclock.

  69. Thank you for taking the time to write this! I kinda wanted to mix and match to get the best performance , will this work? Or will I get better results Just sticking to the monster build?

    -EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SC GAMING
    -Gigabyte LGA 1151 Z170 2-Way SLI UEFI DualBIOS ATX DDR4 ATX DDR4 NA Motherboards GA-Z170XP-SLI
    -Intel Core i5 6600K 3.50 GHz Quad Core
    -CORSAIR CXM series CX750M 750W 80 PLUS BRONZE Haswell Ready ATX12V & EPS12V
    -Kingston Technology HyperX FURY Black 16 GB 2133 MHz CL14 DIMM DDR4 Internal Memory
    -Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan
    -WD Blue 1TB SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 RPM 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch Desktop Hard Drive
    -Thermaltake View 27
    -ModTek 4-Pin Molex to 4 x 3-Pin Fan Connector Cable
    -4 Corsair Air Series AF120 LED Quiet Edition High Airflow Fan (white)

  70. Hey Frank could I use the GPU, CPU and everything else for the Monster build but put it into the Beautiful powers case?

  71. Hey Frank, its me again I am looking to buy a cooler for the beautiful build so the GTX 1070 overclocks stable. What is your recommend cooler for the beautiful build?

    Thanks for your time,
    Oliver.

  72. Hi Frank,

    I’m looking to build the beautiful build and I have a question about the motherboard.
    I can get the Z170XP-SLI that you suggested for $265.
    But other prices I have are: Z170X Gaming 3 for $228 & the Z170X Gaming 5 for $285.

    How do the 3 compare against each other? And for the prices I’ve been quoted which would you recommend?

    Also, I am unable to find the PNY SSD here in Australia. Which is better between Sandisk SSD Plus 240GB, Kingston 240GB UV400 SSD & Adata 240GB? They are all priced around the $100 mark.

    Thanks for your time,
    Oliver

    1. Hey Oliver,

      If I were you, I’d just go with the motherboard for $228. They’re all made by the same company, so the BIOS stays the same and differences between them are negligible for gaming.

      With the SSD, I’d recommend the Sandisk SSD Plus 240GB. It’s slightly faster than the other options.

      Hope this helped!

  73. When I purchase the parts for building the computer, will all the screws, wires and stuff come with those parts? And do i have to purchase thermal glue and risers separate for when i build it, or do they come with as well?

  74. Hey Frank,

    I was wondering if the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB WINDFORCE OC 6G Video Card would work, as the 1070 puts the beautiful power build out of my price range ($1500 NZD) or if you could recommend any other cards that would work without putting the build out of my price range.

    Thanks 🙂

  75. Last question I promise until before i order. For Windows 10 does the OEM version work for $90 on amazon. Do I need an optical drive for this?

  76. I’m new to building one but does the monster build get more performance in every aspect than the beautiful build?

    1. At this moment it does. The beautiful power does have slightly newer components like intel’s new Skylake series processor, the i5-6500 though and is a little bit more balanced overall.

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

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

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

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

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

    A quick response will be much appreciated 🙂

    1. Hey Jacquis,

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

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

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

      Hope this helped clear up everything!

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

  79. Hi there,

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

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

    -Cole

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

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

    1. Hey Matt,

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

      Hope this cleared things up!

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

  81. Does this Monster build require a CPU Fan Cooler. If so, can you recommend me one that properly fits with the Monster build?

  82. Hi Frank

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

    1. Hey Robert,

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

  83. Hey.Thank you for your guide.It is really helpful and has helped me overcome my fear of building a pc.I am thinking of buying me a PC this christmas,but I on the one hand I’d like to buy the 2015 retina macbook pro and on the other hand build a pc with about the same money.What is bothering me is that the macbook is really light and suitable for taking it anywhere but unable to play games,while on the contrary a pc is something you have at home,but it gives you the freedom of playing heavy games (watch dogs,fifa 17,nba 2k17) at a pretty respectable number of fps.Also,Mac OS is one of the most stable and safe operating systems while windows will crush at least a 1000 times a year.What I mean to ask is,Macbook or PC build and why?Thank you in advance.

    1. Hey Evangelos, why do you need a Mac? Why not just get a $300 laptop that is ultra portable and then get a $700 gaming PC that can play those Triple-A title games. Macbooks are really cool laptops, but they’re insanely expensive.

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

  85. Hi Frank,

    Should I install the H110i GTX 240mm version on the monster build or what is your recommended water cooler?

  86. Hi Frank! With all these parts what is the full price of this build? Also how will minecraft run with mods and shaders?

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

  88. Frank,

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

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

    Any tips will be much appreciated!

    1. Hey Austin,

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

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

    1. Hey Nori,

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

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

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

    1. Hey Stjepan,

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

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

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

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

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

    Thanks, Chase

      1. Hey Frank, chase again. I was wondering if 85+ fps was the average or would that be the highest i would be able to expect.

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

    1. Hey Fischer,

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

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

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

    1. Hey Anthony,

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

  96. Hey Frank,

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

    Carl

    1. Hey Carl,

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

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

    1. Hey Josh,

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

  98. Hey Frank,

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

    Love both builds btw

    -Roy

    1. Hey Roy,

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

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

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

    Love the build btw.

    1. Hey Morgan,

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

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

    1. Hey Seth,

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

  101. Frank,

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

    1. Hey Phil,

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

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

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

    1. Hey Ricardo,

      If you’re looking for 16 Gigs for the Beautiful Power Build I’d recommend you check out these: Kingston Hyper X Fury DDR4
      If you’re looking for 16 Gigs for the Monster Build I’d check out these: Kingston Hyper X Fury DDR3

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

    1. Hey Colby,

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

    1. Hey Gai,

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

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

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

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

    1. Hey Destiny,

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

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

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

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

    1. Hey, Raymond, It’s okay to assume that. The case comes with fans already pre-installed and while getting additional fans helps it’s not mandatory. This build will do just fine without the extra parts.

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

    1. Hey, Tom,

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

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

    1. Hey Nicholas,

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

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

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

    1. Hey Nick,

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

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

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

    Just for better airflow. It this case okay?

    1. Hey, James

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

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

    1. Hey, James

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

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

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

        1. Hey Dan,

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

        1. Hey Nicoli,

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

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