Best gaming pc build under 1000 Dollars

Best gaming pc build under 1000 Dollars

If you can remember my first post in this website it was about the $500 dollar gaming PC build.

We also dive into a $600 dollar gaming pc build, and now here we are to build the Best gaming pc build under 1000 Dollars.

Best gaming pc build under 1000 Dollars.

$1000 is a sweet spot in terms of building your first gaming PC, you have some headroom to  maneuver with regards to parts selection and sometimes aesthetics.

But in this rig I wanted to know how much horsepower we can squeeze in our $1000 dollar budget.

Obviously CPU and GPU are going to play a huge role in this current build, and most build those two parts are the most expensive components in any gaming pc.

You might observe some new parts included like an aftermarket cooler, SSD drive and a CPU ready for overclocking.

On our previous budget PC builds I discouraged using an unlocked CPU for budget related concerns.

What is an unlocked CPU? Basically unlocked CPU’s can be overclocked, overclocking simply means we can make the CPU run much faster.

Overclocking should not be taken light and if you have any sense overclocking on a stock cooler is a disaster waiting to happen.

Hence I did not include an aftermarket cooler and an unlocked CPU.

With that being said for this particular build we can do a little overclocking and if you don’t have enough knowledge on how to do this I will write a separate article around it.

Obviously there are pro’s and con’s about this.

With the recent released of the latest video cards from nVidia, the 1000 series cards fit really well in this current build we’re going after.

Whether gaming on 1080p or 1440p you can expect to max out the graphic settings in current gen games, I’m rocking the GTX 970 and that beast can still perform well.

Using for productivity task is a cake walk in our $1000 dollar build, designers using adobe products will love how fast the modern application can be booted.

Intel Core i5 6600K 3.50 GHz Quad Core

Intel Core i5 6600K 3.50 GHz Quad Core Skylake Desktop Processor, Socket LGA 1151, 6MB Cache (BX80662I56600K)
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First the CPU, with an unlocked processor you can be sure that we will be overclocking this bad boy soon, whether it be a conservative overclock or not depends on the person, personally If I can still game on ultra settings in 1080p then overclocking is not on my horizon for the time being that being said this processor can play AAA titles with ease and in maxed out settings.

Whether gaming in 1080p, 1440p or you can even dabble in 4k this CPU can handle it with flying colors, though playing in 4k might not yield max settings in this current build still having experienced in 4k is still amazing.

If you have read my previous PC builds here and here, you may notice I opt for non “K” processors or locked, in this case our process is unlocked and overclocking is possible though it is up to you should you choose to overclock it but you have to understand the risk involved.

To name a few, it will shorten the lifespan of your parts, since overclocking will mostly involved feeding the CPU more voltage to accommodate the higher clock speed we demand of it.

The CPU will run hotter if overclocked so stock coolers won’t do us any good an after market cooling will be used instead.

You have to balance out the PRO’s and CON’s in terms of overclocking to make a sound decision.

Gigabyte LGA1151 Intel Z170 Micro ATX

GIGABYTE LGA1151 Intel Z170 Micro ATX DDR4 Motherboards GA-Z170M-D3H
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GIGABYTE LGA1151 Intel Z170 Micro ATX DDR4 Motherboards GA-Z170M-D3H
  • LGA1151, Supports 7th/ 6th Generation Intel Core Processors
  • Memory: 4x DDR4 DIMM Slots, Dual Channel
  • Slots: 1x PCI-Express 3.0 x16 Slots, 1x PCI-Express 3.0 x4, 2 x PCI slots

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MicroATX for me is the way to go with this build, with my previous ones I always used full size ATX motherboards, I like large Mobo’s it helps with the aesthetics aspect of the build.

But I want to switch things up abit and try a smaller form factor as this build may cross into a hybrid HTPC.

I am going for a single card configuration for this build plus the board has multiple USB 3.0 and 2.0 respectively.

What surprised me with this particular motherboard is that the native PS2 port is still supported and I don’t know why they included that as most people now uses USB keyboard and mouse.

But some might like it old school and no shame in that.

I admired that for this form factor Gigabyte has included an M.2 Port as Hard Drives always seem to be getting smaller and faster, this is the evolution we’re getting at.

Gigabyte has been a respected brand for a long time, I had a gigabyte motherboard before and my current GPU is the Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 970.

Other specs included;

Audio Noise Guard with LED path lighting. Realtek ALC892 HD audio codec. 2-way Cross Fire support. SATA Express support for 16 Gb/s data transfer.

Long lifespan Durable Solid caps. APP Center including Easy Tune and Cloud Station utilities. GIGABYTE UEFI Dual BIOS.

Zotac NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme, ZT-P10700B-10P, 8GB GDDR5 IceStorm Cooling, VR Ready Gaming Graphics Card
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ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1070 AMP! Extreme, ZT-P10700B-10P, 8GB GDDR5 IceStorm Cooling, VR Ready Gaming Graphics Card
  • New Pascal Architecture
  • Card Dimension : 325mm x 148mm
  • 8 GB 256-bit GDDR5, Virtual Reality Ready

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Recently released GeForce GTX 10 Series a successor to the GTX 900 series graphics card, now rocking the new Pascal Architecture.

With the latest architecture in placed expect new features like;

CUDA Compute Capability 6.0, DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0b, Fourth generation Delta Color Compression to name a few.

You may have heard the term reference card before right? It basically is cards designed and built by Nvidia and not by its authorized board partners (Asus, Zotac etc.)

Nvidia has introduced Founders Edition graphics cards versions both of GTX 1070 and 1080.

The Founders Edition cards have a die cast machine-finished aluminum body with a single radial fan and a vapor chamber cooling an upgraded power supply and a new low profile backplate.

Founders edition cards are know to be much more expensive than partner cards sold by Asus, Zotac or Gigabyte I guess we can call them the not so limited edition cards.

I would want to go with another Gigabyte card in here but decided against it, Zotac Cards are extremely popular especially their AMP edition cards which is an overclocked out of the factory cards.

This is a good choice considering overclocking GPU’s at least for me is confusing and downright hard.

Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2x4GB) DDR4

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Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2x4GB) DDR4 DRAM 2400MHz (PC4 19200) C16 Memory Kit - Black
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Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2x4GB) DDR4 DRAM 2400MHz (PC4 19200) C16 Memory Kit - Black
  • Each Vengeance LPX module is built with a pure aluminum heat spreader for faster heat dissipation and cooler operation; and the eight-layer PCB helps manage heat and provides superior overclocking headroom.
  • Designed for great looks: Available in multiple colors to match your motherboard, your components, or just your style
  • Vengeance LPX is optimized and compatibility tested for the latest Intel 100 Series motherboards and offers higher frequencies, greater bandwidth, and lower power consumption. XMP 2.0 support for trouble-free automatic overclocking

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2 Sticks of 4GB each for total of 8GB memory will be installed in our gaming PC, trust me 8GB is adequate enough for this gaming PC under $1000.

There’s a reason why world-champion overclockers, extreme gaming enthusiasts and high-end system builders all trust Corsair for high-performance memory that they can install with confidence and pride.

Corsair has been a staple with regards to their performance memory, they have good quality products and personally I own a Vengeance memory and a Corsair PSU installed on my personal gaming PC.

With a long history of building enthusiast-grade memory and components, Corsair earned a reputation for quality, compatibility, and performance.

Whether you’re breaking your own records or you’re simply building a dream gaming rig, you can count on Corsair memory.

Vengeance LPX memory is designed for high-performance overclocking.

The heatspreader is made of pure aluminum for faster heat dissipation, and the eight-layer PCB helps manage heat and provides superior overclocking headroom.

Each IC is individually screened for performance potential.

The DDR4 form factor is optimized for the latest Intel X99 Series motherboards and offers higher frequencies, greater bandwidth, and lower power consumption than DDR3 modules.

Vengeance LPX DDR4 modules are compatibility-tested across X99 Series motherboards for reliably fast performance. There’s XMP 2.0 support for trouble-free automatic overclocking.

And, they’re available in multiple colors to match your motherboard, your components, or just your style.

WD Blue 1TB SATA 6 Gb/s 7200

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WD Blue 1TB SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 RPM 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch Desktop Hard Drive (WD10EZEX)
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WD Blue 1TB SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 RPM 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch Desktop Hard Drive (WD10EZEX)
  • IntelliSeek: Calculates optimum seek speeds to lower power consumption, noise and vibration.
  • Data LifeGuard: Advanced algorithms monitor your drive continuously so it stays in optimum health.
  • NoTouch Ramp Load Technology: Safely positions the recording head off the disk surface to protect your data.

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Selecting our storage won’t be that much difficult, a traditional WD Blue 1TB is quite enough for our files and games.

This drive will only serve as our storage device and our Operating system will be installed in an SSD Drive we’ll get to that later.

WD drives is known for their quality and durability WD products are tested on hundreds of different systems, configurations and a multitude of platforms in their FIT Lab; so you can be confident that our hard drives are compatible.

WD offers Acronis True Image (available as a download on the WD Support website), which enables you to easily copy all of your old data onto your new hard drive.

WD Blue sets the baseline for everyday storage by consistently delivering improved performance over previous generations while successfully maintaining WD’s quality and reliability for over six generations.

WD Blue hard drives have a multitude of features including third generation SATA interface with 6 GB/s transfer rate, plus rock solid performance and ultra-cool and quiet operation.

WhisperDrive technology minimizes noise to levels near the threshold of human hearing.

SoftSeek technology streamlines read/write seeking algorithms, resulting in more efficient operation.

Crucial BX100 120GB

Crucial BX100 120GB SATA 2.5 Inch Internal Solid State Drive - CT120BX100SSD1
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Crucial BX100 120GB SATA 2.5 Inch Internal Solid State Drive - CT120BX100SSD1
  • Sequential reads/writes up to 535 / 185 MB/s on all file types
  • Random reads/writes up to 90k / 87k IOPS on all file types
  • Over 15x faster, 2x more reliable and 2x more energy efficient than a typical hard drive

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If you haven’t used and SSD before then you won’t know how blazing fast the boot sequence of your PC will be.

My current PC employs an SSD drive of the same kind, needless to say I am pretty impressed by it and the additional cost was overall worth it.

SSD’s have smaller form factor meaning you can tuck this away in any part of the PC, it’s small that it’s almost unnoticeable, I have one mounted on the side.

The SSD has the features below;

Sequential reads/writes up to 535 / 185 MB/s on all file types

Random reads/writes up to 90k / 87k IOPS on all file types

Over 15x faster, 2x more reliable and 2x more energy efficient than a typical hard drive

More durable than a hard drive

Includes spacer for 9.5mm applications

You can perform some benchmarks on the SSD drive to check how much read/write speed it has, for me I have never bother with those things as I am pretty satisfied with it.

As long as it boots fast.

There are a lot more cheaper options for SSD’s right now but I just went with Crucial since they have amazing reviews the price is just right for us.

The SSD will just house our Operating System and Programs and that’s just it, let the mechanical drive handle all the file storage.

And don’t install your games in this SSD’s limited space, I have not seen any improvement in terms of FPS and load times if games are installed in SSD.

CORSAIR CXM series CX550M

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Corsair CX Series 550 Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified Modular Power Supply (CP-9020102-NA)
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Corsair CX Series 550 Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified Modular Power Supply (CP-9020102-NA)
  • 80 PLUS Bronze certified: High efficiency operation for less excess heat and lower operating costs
  • Thermally Controlled Fan: Silent operation at low and medium loads
  • Semi -Modular: Make your builds and upgrades easy, with clean, great-looking results

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Let us step up a notch abit, before we only used 500W PSU’s but for this build I decided a 550W will be introduced.

Corsair seems to be the solid choice when it comes to PSU’s, with so much competition and so many to choose from I have taken the liberty of just narrowing it down to this PSU.

Based on experience I am very happy with Corsair’s PSU, with two PC build before Corsair PSU’s has never let me down, my current build uses the Corsair RM750 PSU.

You can tell I am a Corsair fanboy.

With a modular design and getting 80+ bronze certification you can be sure that not only does this power supply provide ample power but be efficient at it as well.

High efficiency operation for less excess heat and lower operating costs.

Thermally Controlled Fan: Silent operation at low and medium loads, meaning fans only kicked in when it reach a certain temperature threshold or will just stay off.

CX Series Modular power supply units are an excellent choice for basic system builds and desktop PC computer upgrades, offering high reliability, low noise, and the flexibility of modular cabling.

80 PLUS Bronze certified efficiency and clever fan design allow for little or no detectable fan noise during regular operation.

CX Series Modular is built and tested to strict standards for trouble-free installation and smooth operation.

The matte black finish, black-sleeved cables and black connectors help give your system a restrained, high-tech look, I like it that way.

Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-M2

Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-M2 MicroATX Gaming Case
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Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-M2 MicroATX Gaming Case
  • Aggressive, compact high airflow Design: With a full mesh front panel and direct airflow path to the GPU, the SPEC-M2 gets cool air directly to your hottest components with nothing in between.
  • Up To five fan mounts plus one included 120mm LED fan: A front LED 120mm fan gets your cooling off the ground, and extra mounts provide more expandability.
  • Front support for 240mm radiators: Upgrade your CPU or GPU to liquid cooling with support for a 240mm front radiator.

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Now selecting the housing on which our gaming PC will reside. I really wanted to go all out with a full tower ATX Case but decided against it.

While full tower cases are a thing of beauty microATX cases has been very popular in recent years and with so many PC builders opting for a more subtle and discrete computer case.

My gripe with my full tower was how heavy it is with all the components installed, moving it from one area to another is quite a chore, my HAF 932 weighs in at 13.2 kg and that is without the parts inside.

So selecting a MicroATX was a no brainer for me, if you don’t approve of it you can just select a midsize of fullsize ATX case.

But with our case the Corsair Carbide I just love how Aggressive it looks.

Compact high airflow Design: With a full mesh front panel and direct airflow path to the GPU, the SPEC-M2 gets cool air directly to your hottest components with nothing in between.

Up To five fan mounts plus one included 120mm LED fan: A front LED 120mm fan gets your cooling off the ground, and extra mounts provide more expandability.

Front support for 240mm radiators: Upgrade your CPU or GPU to liquid cooling with support for a 240mm front radiator.

USB 3.0 compatible: USB 3.0 front panel port for modern high-speed peripherals.

SSD support: Built-in mounts for dual high-performance 2.5″ SSD drives.

Direct airflow to top GPU: Direct airflow gives your GPU added cooling for intense gaming.

Tool-free 3.5″ and 5.25″ drive installation: Builds are made easier with tool-free drive installation.

Thumbscrew side panels: No tools are needed to easily access the inside of your case.

If you’re building a compact gaming rig with a MicroATX board, you’ve found something special. The SPEC-M2 features excellent cooling and great expansion options.

A front LED 120mm fan gets your cooling off the ground, and extra mounts provide more expandability. Take advantage of the 240mm front radiator support to upgrade your CPU or GPU to liquid cooling.

There’s a USB 3.0 front panel port for the latest high-speed peripherals. Inside, there are built-in mounts for dual high-performance 2.5″ SSD drives, and 3.5″ and 5.25″ drive installation is tool-free. Cable routing channels and cutouts simplify builds and improve aesthetics.

Showcase your powerful components. And when you want to get at them, the thumbscrews let you get quick access without looking for a screwdriver.

If you’re building a compact gaming rig with a MicroATX board, you’ve found something special. The SPEC-M2 features excellent cooling and great expansion options.

A front LED 120mm fan gets your cooling off the ground, and extra mounts provide more expandability. Take advantage of the 240mm front radiator support to upgrade your CPU or GPU to liquid cooling.

There’s a USB 3.0 front panel port for the latest high-speed peripherals. Inside, there are built-in mounts for dual high-performance 2.5″ SSD drives, and 3.5″ and 5.25″ drive installation is tool-free. Cable routing channels and cutouts simplify builds and improve aesthetics.

Showcase your powerful components. And when you want to get at them, the thumbscrews let you get quick access without looking for a screwdriver.

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO

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Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan
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Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO RR-212E-20PK-R2 CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan
  • Well-balanced cooling performance provides fin optimizations with perfect balance between high and low speed operations
  • 4 Direct Contact heat pipes with the patented CDC(Continuous Direct Contact) technology - creating a perfect, sleek surface for heat conduction
  • Wide-range PWM fan with unique wave-shaped blade design for excellent airflow

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Earlier in this build while selecting our processor we decided to purchase the Intel Core i5 6600K 3.50 GHz Quad Core.

The CPU has good overclocking potential that we might enable later on.

If overclocking will be in our near future it is imperative that we have an aftermarket cooler for our CPU, stock coolers are not built to withstand temperature increased that a CPU generates when overclocked.

Not only that it also looks much cooler if aftermarket coolers are installed in our CPU.

Well-balanced cooling performance provides fin optimizations with perfect balance between high and low speed operations.

4 Direct Contact heat pipes with the patented CDC(Continuous Direct Contact) technology – creating a perfect, sleek surface for heat conduction.

Wide-range PWM fan with unique wave-shaped blade design for excellent airflow.

The Hyper 212 EVO cooling systems are designed and optimized to provide the best user experience and cooling potential for a new generation of processors.

The Hyper 212 EVO now features four Cooler Master patented Continuous Direct Contact (CDC) heat pipes that are tightly packed into a flat array on the CPU Cooler base.

This acts as a virtual vapor chamber that dissipates a large amount of heat. The aluminum fin structure has been optimized to provide the perfect performance balance between high and low speed fan operations.

So there you go my best gaming pc build under $1000 dollars, what do you guys think, did I make some mistakes or do have a much better build in $1000 dollars? Let me know and share your own PC build below.

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