If you are looking for a Gaming PC that can absolutely destroy any game at 1080p or 1440p resolution, you will love our $1000 custom gaming build that can literally max out any game with no compromise. Unlike our budget builds, this $1000 Gaming PC uses components that are top-notch in specs and is ready for throwing any game on the ultra settings.
As we carefully select the components of our gaming builds, we also made a fantastic list for this $1000 build that is easier to put together and upgrade in the future. From guiding you to choose the components to the path of upgradeability, you will find everything you need right here.
What is a Gaming PC?
A Gaming PC essentially is a Desktop Computer that specializes in playing video games through the help of its configuration which consists of components powerful enough to render intensive graphics in games. A Gaming PC generally has the same components as the standard desktop PC except that its Processor and Graphics Processing Unit are significantly more powerful than the standard desktop.
A Gaming PC mainly uses 7 different components that are- Processor, GPU, RAM, Motherboard, Storage Drive, Power Supply, and PC Case with some having additional components such as aftermarket CPU coolers, Caes fans, and expansion cards for a more feature-rich gaming PC.
Is $1000 Good For a Gaming PC?
With $1000, there is no title in your library that can’t be run on our $100 Gaming PC. You will be able to get consistent 60+fps at 1440p resolution and much higher on 1080p. This machine is for hardcore gamers who want to get the best eye candy with buttery smooth gameplay. By choosing our recommended parts for your build, you will be able to upgrade your PC without spending a lot of money or the need to change another component needlessly.
In order to have a balanced configuration, it is necessary that you divide your $1000 in a way that the budget for each component is set to a fixed price range. This will stop you from going to extremes in each component category and hence, no bottlenecks. Here is a brief guide on how to choose and what to buy under $1000.
The processor is the primary component of your PC that does the most operations. For our $1000 build, we are going to reserve at least $150-$200 for the CPU. This should get you at least a decent 6-core processor with hyperthreading. Going below 6 cores is not sensible at all and upgrading later will be harder.
While the motherboard does not affect the gaming performance directly, it is best to choose a locked chipset motherboard if the processor is also locked and vice versa. We will reserve around $80-$130 for the motherboard that comes with sufficient slots, ports, and connectors for easy upgrade and connectivity.
Almost every build that costs above $600 should have at least 16GB of RAM. Therefore, we are going with a 16GB kit that is at least clocked at 3000+MHz and installed in a dual channel for fast performance.
The most important component on which the most gaming load is dependent is the GPU. Setting a budget of $400-$500 for the GPU will be perfect for the $1000 gaming build with at least 6GB of VRAM. The choice of the brand and manufacturer will depend on the current pricing and performance.
To install your OS, apps, and a couple of big games, you will need at least 1TB of storage space. The storage can be upgraded anytime, therefore, it is not necessary to spend a lot of money on it. Also, we are going with an SSD as it is way faster than the traditional hard drive.
Considering the parts we are choosing for this build, we believe that with 650 watts of PSU, you will be safer for the years to come. A reliable PSU is a must that provides you with protection features from faulty current and voltages. It should also provide at least 80 Plus Bronze power efficiency and good voltage regulation.
To avoid compatibility issues, it is best to have a mid-tower case. It will be especially beneficial as you can install both Micro-ATX and ATX motherboards. An ATX mid-tower also gives you enough space to install tall CPU coolers and long GPUs.
Parts list For $1000 Gaming PC
There couldn’t be a better sub $200 than the Intel Core i5 12400F CPU that beats almost every processor for its price. The i5 12400F belongs to the Alder Lake family that boasts a design completely different from previous generations. It features 6 performance cores with 12 threads that are clocked at a base clock of 2.5GHz but can reach up to 4.4GHz with turbo boost technology.
It is easily comparable to Ryzen 5600X which is an amazing 6-core gaming processor but more expensive. With Intel Core i5 12400F, not only we are going to stay under our reserve budget for the CPU but we can also save money on an expensive Z690 motherboard as we just need either an H610 or a B660 chipset motherboard.
Stream Processors- 2560
Clock- up to 2581MHz
VRAM- 12GB GDDR6
To maximize the potential of the i5 12400F and to push the pixels to the highest quality, the RX 6700 XT from AMD is a cheaper and better choice than the Nvidia counterparts. The Radeon RX 6700 XT is based on the RDNA 2 architecture and comes with 2560 stream processors. The VRAM size is 12GB which is huge enough to max out any graphics settings in almost any game including the textures, shadows, foliage, or anti-aliasing.
RX 6700 XT is faster than the RTX 3060 Ti although it is currently cheaper than the latter and is also capable of ray tracing. The i5 12400F and RX 6700 XT combo is an absolute game destroyer at 1080p resolution and is ready for pushing the visual quality to the ultra even at 1440p.
CL Timings- 16-18-18-38
To completely eliminate all the bottlenecks associated with the memory, 16GB RAM is perfect. As most games won’t use more than 8GB of RAM, you will have a lot of gigs leftover to run other applications in the background without freezing your computer. To maximize the RAM performance, we are going to use T-Force Vulcan Z 2x 8GB RAM modules in a dual channel that are clocked at 3200MHz with tight CL timings for lower latency.
RAM support- 128GB, 5333MHz(OC)
Storage- 4x SATA, 2x M.2
PCI-E slots- 3x PCI-E x16,
With an H610 chipset motherboard, you will get a few basic slots and connectors but with the B660 chipset, you will be able to add a lot of storage drives, PCI expansion cards, more USB peripherals, and more RAM modules. The B660 chipset also provides more PCI-E lanes for better support to the components and will unlock more bandwidth for faster data transfer.
It is a locked chipset and hence, you won’t be able to overclock which you currently won’t need as the Core i5 12400F is also a locked processor. The Prime B660M-A D4 supports DDR4 RAM natively and is very cost-effective. For storage, you will get 2x M.2 connectors for adding NVME SSDs and 3x PCI-E x16 slots for expansion cards. For SATA drives, there are 4x SATA ports that will allow you to add more storage drives in the future.
To store sufficient apps and games, 1TB of storage space is good to go. We recommend an NVME SSD like the Silicon Power A60 that is cheaper than most 1TB NVME SSDs and runs several times faster than SATA SSDs. Its sequential read speed is over 2000MB/s which will load your OS and games quickly and as you progress by installing a lot of games, you can add another storage drive in the future in any of the M.2 or SATA ports.
Power Efficiency- 80+ Gold
Warranty- 10 years
A reliable PSU is a must if you want to protect your components and want the reliable continuous voltage to the components. The components need a stable voltage and the EVGA SuperNova 650 G+ is fit for this job. It provides a tight voltage regulation with very low deviation and a super quiet operation you won’t notice.
With 650 watts of wattage, you can add several more storage drives, AIO coolers, or chassis fans without any problem and you can even upgrade to a higher-end GPU or motherboard without changing the PSU. The SuperNOVA 650 G+ comes with an 80 Plus Gold rating that reaches above 90% power efficiency on typical loads and the best part is that you get 10 years of warranty from the company.
Dimensions- 460 x 210 x 428mm
Material- SGCC Steel
To put everything together in one place, the NZXT H510 Flow is one of the best mid-tower cases you can buy. It is a redesigned version of the non-Flow edition and has a fully ventilated front panel that will cool your system effectively by pulling cool air from the front continuously.
It is spacious, elegant, and comes with a dedicated cable management space at the back for putting all those cables together. You can even use the PSU shroud at the bottom to hide those extra cables from sight and the result will be a neat build that you would want to stare at for hours.
Links to Amazon UK and Amazon CA may contain different components depending on the availability and pricing. Most of the time these components will be RAM and Power Supply.
Is The $1000 Gaming PC Upgradable?
The best part of building a gaming PC by yourself is that you can upgrade it yourself. You can easily upgrade this $1000 build by changing any component at any time. However, upgrades should only be done with a careful inspection of the configuration to maintain balance. As this PC uses top-notch components, you won’t feel the need to upgrade it anytime soon but if you still want to do it, you can do so by upgrading one or more components at a time.
The first upgrade we like to suggest is to add another 1TB or 2TB of storage drive for storing more files. The next upgrade can be your CPU which can replace with an Intel Core i7 or i9 CPU from Alder Lake or Raptor Lake CPU. Those CPUs have almost double the core count of i5 12400F and can push any high-end GPU to 100% at gaming.
Other components such as RAM, PSU, and Case won’t require any upgrades except if you need more RAM for productivity, more wattage PSU for higher-end GPUs, or a bigger and better case for liquid cooling. As for the motherboard, it depends on what CPU you will use. If you are going to upgrade to an overclockable motherboard, we recommend getting a Z690 chipset motherboard that will unlock the core clock of your CPU. A Z690 motherboard also gives you more PCI-E lanes, more USB ports, more fan headers, and a lot of additional features such as onboard buttons for advanced overclocking.
Best PreBuilt PCs Under $1000
While we always advise you to build your gaming PC on your own, we know that not everyone has the time or the skill to put the components together. Therefore, a PreBuilt Gaming PC will be better for you if you are looking to play video games right away without having to deal with the assembling process. Keep in mind that the value for money with a PreBuilt system can’t compete with the custom one and the path to upgradeability is not always easy.
We analyzed a lot of PreBuilts under $1000 and have selected a few that are fit for the purchase. We have a whole dedicated post for PreBuilt Gaming PCs under $1000. So, do check that if you want to save your time.
If you need any help with building your gaming PC, you can contact us by using the comments section below. If you have any other queries related to choosing a component, compatibility, or troubleshooting feel free to let us know and we will try to sort out your problem in a day or two.