Are you in need of a brand new gaming computer, but are limited to a budget of around $1000? Do not worry, as this is plenty of cash to assemble an awesome gaming rig for all of your gaming needs! In this article, we will show you how to do just that. The build we chose is the best gaming PC you can make for under $1000, one that is focused on raw performance and excellence. With such a machine, you will be above mid-tier computers, and will easily run AAA titles on the highest settings in full HD resolutions, and above. For this amount of money, even 4k and VR gaming are a possibility. Perhaps the best thing about the upcoming computer is the versatility since you will be able to change and upgrade any of the following components if a need presents itself, no matter if it is a new GPU, CPU, or extra RAM.
We tried to think of the best hardware recommendations available after a considerable amount of research and testing, which is why you should have no worries about the capabilities of this PC. While we were working, we thought about several things:
When you have a more limited budget than this, you have to compromise and pick and choose what you can get for the money you have. With the following combination, there were no compromises, since the PC was assembled with great value components, and each one of them is an above-average performer for a good price. Together, they will provide you with hours of fun in your favorite games.
Streaming and VR-Ready
In the modern world of gaming, streaming is very popular. Content creators and gaming streamers can earn serious money, so if you have a $1000 PC, you could try your luck there as well. Same goes for VR, as more and more players and companies turn to such titles. This is why a well-balanced computer also needs to be ready to support one of the leading VR sets. You will still need to pay for it separately, but not all computers can work with them, and this one is more than capable.
Perhaps the biggest problem PC gamers have that console player do not is the more regular need to change and upgrade their hardware. This is why you should think about the future when assembling your new toy, and think about the advancements in gaming, technologies, and the average lifespan of a single generation of consoles. Huge leaps in graphics and system requirements tend to happen every 5-6 years, so your new machine has to keep up for that long for you play the new titles. This computer will have you covered for years to come.
The best gaming PC under $1000
Now that we have everything out of the way, let us see what components make up the best $1000 gaming computer you can get in 2022.
CPU – AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
First of all, we need a quality processing unit, and the Ryzen 5 3600x is one of the impressive 3rd generation CPUs by AMD considers the most powerful on the market. This processor comes equipped with a base clock of 3.8 GHz straight from the box, but thanks to the turbo boost mode by AMD, you can achieve a clock of up to 4.4 GHz thanks to the unlocked overclocking option. The 3600x was one of the most anticipated from the 3rd gen Ryzen because as it is a great value for its price, which is mostly, why we picked it for our computer.
GPU – GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro 6G Graphics Card
Right up there with the CPU, the GPU is crucial for gaming, and if the CPU is the brain, the GPU is the heart of every gaming PC. For this situation, we would go with one of the RTX 20 series cards, which are highly renowned as the most powerful GPU lineup currently available for gamers. The 2060 model was made to have the maximum punching power available at affordable prices, and it is the golden middle in the series, as are all of GeForce cards with 60 in their name. It has NVidia Turing architecture that uses DLSS and real-time ray tracing. This means you will not have to change it for the foreseeable future. Add to this mixture AI-enhanced graphics and 6 GB of the fastest GDDR6 memory in the world, and you have got yourself an impressive graphics card.
RAM – Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB
Random-access memory (RAM) serves as the working memory of the computer, so it should be of a higher quality. You should also have the right type and the right amount of it for a pleasurable gaming experience. For the PC in question, we opted for 16 GB of DDR4 Corsair Vengeance LPX. This is an incredibly effective and affordable RAM brand that many gamers trust and use. While you could get more, and should down the line, 16 GB is more than enough at the moment. Plus, the extra money should be put elsewhere if you can achieve 16 GB. Also, RAM is the easiest to upgrade, and you can fit in an additional 8 GB in no time. What is more, the upcoming motherboard can hold much more than this. More importantly, the Ryzen CPU chip works best with 3200+ MHz RAM models, and it is always a smart idea to maximize the overall performance of your central processing unit.
SSD – Samsung SSD 860 QVO 1 TB
Forget about an HDD, as in the modern computing world, it is all about SSDs. While it is a general practice to have a smaller SSD of between 128 to 512 GB for your system partition, and a 1 to 2 TB HDD for everything else, for a gaming PC like this one, 1 larger SSD if the way to go. What these disks do is decrease booting and app loading times by a lot. They also write and delete data much faster. One of the best producers of SSDs is the famous tech giant Samsung, and their 860 QVO SSD is famous for being very reliable. Also, a total of 1TB is more than enough for windows and several primary games, as well as tons of personal files. Quality over quantity is written all over this choice we made. You can also expand your storage with additional drives down the line.
PSU – Corsair CX Series 650 Watt 80 Plus Bronze Semi-Modular PSU
Without a PSU, there is no power, and without power, there is no gaming! A quality PSU is, according to some, the most important thing in the PC case because it provides everything else with power. Modular PSUs allow the use the cords you need only, instead of being preloaded with all other cords pre-attached. The price of modular PSUs is however constantly rising, so we had to go with a semi-modular, which is the next best thing. A rule of thumb exists with PSUs. Always buy a high-quality product from a trusted brand (like EVGA and Corsair) of around 650 Watts, or risk a system loss or even a house fire with a suspicious brand that slapped on a high Watt value that is not real.
Motherboard – MSI B450 Gaming Plus
Now that we have all of the components ready, we need something to unite them and make them work together. This is where motherboards come in. With this one, you will need to update the BIOS before you use the Ryzen chip, however, but this is not a complicated thing to do. Once you have that covered, the MSI Gaming plus B450 is a fantastic addition to our already impressive $1000 gaming PC build. It is equipped with everything you need from a motherboard made for gaming, mainly the overclocking support you will need for your CPU. Also, it has plenty of expansion room and M.2 slots, in case you want to proceed with the aforementioned SSD expansion.
PC Case – Phanteks Eclipse P300 Steel Mid Tower Tempered Glass
All of the organs are covered, now we only need the right body to fit them all inside. The Phanteks Eclipse P300 is the top pick for a great PC case considering our price range. This is a stellar build quality case that has a quiet fan, an excellent airflow, and sleek aesthetics that will make your room stand out. There is a large tempered glass serving as a side panel so that you can easily showcase everything inside. The materials used are high-quality and will make your case last for a long time. The only bad side is that it comes with a sole 120mm fan, so additional fans are a recommendation.
A $1000 budget is more than enough for a quality, long-lasting gaming PC, but only if you know which components to use together. In the end, the result is a fast and powerful machine that will give you years of gaming fun, no matter what games you have in mind!