The Best $1000 Gaming PC That Will Own 2019

best gaming pc under 1000 dollars

With this build our main goal was to provide the best gaming PC for under $1,000! It’s at this price range that you start needing to make fewer and fewer compromises and can instead focus on raw performance and excellence. You’re officially out of the mid range category and have entered into the realm of premium builds where maxing out AAA titles at 1080p and 1440p becomes a doddle. At this price you start to delve into the possibility of 4k and VR gaming which is pretty much the future of eSports.

The great thing about this build is how versatile it can be if performance levels become under par in the distant future. Everything in this build is interchangeable meaning you can easily swap out a CPU or GPU, add extra RAM and storage to keep up to speed with the latest technological advancements.

Overall, we believe this is one of the best all round builds we have put together so far.

please note that prices of the hardware do fluctuate daily, our team works tirelessly to try and ensure the price is as close to $1,000 as possible.

Build Overview

At Wepc we strive to provide you with the best hardware recommendations available thanks to hours of research and benchmark testing hundreds of products. That's why our Best Gaming PC series offers some of the highest performing builds available. So as you would expect our Best gaming PC under $1000 does not disappoint when it comes down to power and performance.

When considering the hardware for a premium build we take the following into consideration:

No Compromises. At lower price ranges, you often find yourself making various compromises to get the best for your money. Not so much here. Value can be maintained without compromising on the higher priority parts of the build (think GPU, CPU and RAM) or its capabilities, allowing us to enjoy the full range of games available the way they were intended to be. 

Streaming and VR-Ready. If you’re paying a thousand dollars for a PC build you should be able to enjoy gaming to its maximum potential. Streaming, content production, and VR gaming fall under that umbrella, so we’ve ensured that this build can do all of the above with relative ease. 

This being said, you will still need to invest in a VR headset to play VR titles, however the hardware we have selected in this $1000 build is more than capable of handling pretty much anything you want to throw at it.  

Future Proof. One of our main goals when building, what we consider as a premium PC, is making sure the rig isn't going to become obsolete in a few years time. How we do this is by researching the latest gaming tech and following brand announcements to make sure what were recommending has the capacity to accommodate such advancements.

How We Choose the PC Components

We are computer enthusiasts, we are gamers, we understand what you are looking for and we try our best to provide you with the most up to date PC builds with value and performance in mind. Please bare in mind we have spent countless hours researching these PC builds and we work tirelessly to check stock and prices of each component in our builds.

We use our own expertise and knowledge along with the knowledge of others across the web, by utilizing resources such as Reddit, PC forums, industry websites and various Youtube channels to keep us up to date with the latest and greatest in PC hardware.

When you visit WePC, you should be comfortable in knowing that you have our support.

The Best $1000 Gaming PC Update:

Intel Core i5-9600K
cpu

Intel Core i5-9600K

The Intel Core i5 in this build will provide stellar gaming performance and shouldn’t bottleneck any potential GPU upgrades.

Noctua Premium Low-profile CPU Cooler
cooler

Noctua Premium Low-profile CPU Cooler

A fantastic low profile cooler for Intel CPU's which when paired with the I5 9600K gives you the capacity to overclock to new levels of performance and power whilst still remaining extremely affordable. One of the top CPU cooler picks available at this price range.

GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro 6G Graphics Card
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GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro 6G Graphics Card

The RTX 2060 was the best GPU we could slap into this build, and will provide great 1440p and VR performance. Even 4K should be possible! Not to mention the RTX feature.

Patriot VIPER 4 Elite Series 8GB 3000MHz
ram

Patriot VIPER 4 Elite Series 8GB 3000MHz

Every rig needs solid, reliable RAM and Patriot certainly tick the boxes with their 8GB Viper memory.

Samsung 860 EVO 250GB 2.5 Inch SATA III
ssd

Samsung 860 EVO 250GB 2.5 Inch SATA III

An SSD with great performance and fantastic reliability.

Seagate BarraCuda Internal Hard Drive 2TB
hdd

Seagate BarraCuda Internal Hard Drive 2TB

2TB of reliable storage from Seagate.

Corsair CX Series 650 Watt 80 Plus Bronze Semi-Modular PSU
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Corsair CX Series 650 Watt 80 Plus Bronze Semi-Modular PSU

A strong semi-modular power supply from Corsair.

MSI B360 Gaming Plus
mobo

MSI B360 Gaming Plus

An entry-level motherboard for Intel's 9th generation CPU's

Fractal Design Meshify C
case

Fractal Design Meshify C

The Fractal Design Meshify C is an excellent midrange case with plenty of room for expansion and great out-of-the-box cooling.

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Build Details

We’ve talked about what this build can do and what the requirements are.

Now, let’s talk about what makes up the insides of this $1,000 gaming computer.

cpu
  • Intel Core i5-9600K

    Intel Core i5-9600K

The i5-9600k is part of Intel’s impressive 9th gen processing units which are widely considered to be the most powerful available. Equipped with six cores and Intel’s turbo Boost technology 2.0 you have the ability to unlock a maximum processing speed of 4.6GHz which is more than enough power to provide excellent levels of performance across a plethora of games and platforms. Pair this CPU with a top level motherboard and GPU and you’ll be set for anything the gaming world can throw at you.  MORE: Best CPUs for Gaming

cooler
  • Noctua Premium Low-profile CPU Cooler

    Noctua Premium Low-profile CPU Cooler

We’ve decided to go for the Noctua low profile CPU cooler for this build and for good reason, when paired with the I5 9600k you unlock the capacity to overclock your CPU to new levels of performance and power. The great thing about this cooler is it doesn’t take up a massive amount of room and is still extremely efficient in doing its job of keeping your CPU nice and cool. Noise levels that are fairly minimal and a price tag which is very affordable make this cooler a fantastic pairing for the i5 9600k. MORE: Best CPU Coolers

gpu
  • GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro 6G Graphics Card

    GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro 6G Graphics Card

Without question, this is the heart of our $1000 gaming PC build. The RTX 20 series is highly renowned as the most powerful family of GPU’s available at present and the 2060 was released to have maximum punching power at affordable prices. The 2060 comes equipped with Nvidia’s new Turing architecture which makes use of DLSS and real-time ray tracing, effectively future proofing this card for years to come. Pair these new technologies with AI enhanced graphics and the worlds fastest GDDR6 memory and you have the makings of a very impressive GPU.  If you’ve been taking note of our other builds you may of noticed the improvements we’ve made over the $800 build. The GPU alone has a massive 55% performance boost and that’s not taking into consideration the other components. 50% more gaming performance for only 25% more cash isn’t a bad deal at all, is it?

ram
  • Patriot VIPER 4 Elite Series 8GB 3000MHz

    Patriot VIPER 4 Elite Series 8GB 3000MHz

We’ve gone for 8GB of DDR4 Patriot Viper 4 RAM for the $1000 build, an incredibly effective, affordable RAM brand. We could of pushed for 16GB but decided to put the money towards a better GPU which will increase performance much higher than an extra 8GB of RAM ever could. The great thing about RAM is it’s relatively inexpensive, meaning if you want to purchase a further 8GB in future, it isn’t going to kill you in the pocket. Furthermore, the motherboard we’ve equipped this build with can easily accommodate it when you do.  

ssd
  • Samsung 860 EVO 250GB 2.5 Inch SATA III

    Samsung 860 EVO 250GB 2.5 Inch SATA III

As most will know by now SSD is the way to go if you want to dramatically decrease boot and loading times of your rig. A decent SSD will reduce the amount of time it takes to load games and programs much more than a CPU or RAM upgrade ever could so choosing the right one is crucial. In an ideal world we would of wanted 512GB of SSD in our $1000 build, however to accommodate a great GPU and CPU we’ve ultimately had to compromise on SSD capacity. This being said, Samung’s 860 EVO SSD is renowned for being extremely reliable, meaning you won’t be worrying about a failed drive after a few months with this one. Further more, 250GB is more than enough to house windows and a few primary games that require the SSD’s fantastic loading speed. The old phrase of quality over quantity has definitely been put into practice here.  

hdd
  • Seagate BarraCuda Internal Hard Drive 2TB

    Seagate BarraCuda Internal Hard Drive 2TB

When it comes to storage, all you really need to do is make sure that you’re buying from a trusted brand (Seagate, Hitachi) and you’re getting good value for your money. This 2TB HDD epitomizes that, just make sure you’re installing your OS and primary games library on your SSD to utilize it’s speed. The rest of your media library can go onto this HDD creating the ultimate hybrid storage solution. MORE: Best Gaming Hard Drives

psu
  • Corsair CX Series 650 Watt 80 Plus Bronze Semi-Modular PSU

    Corsair CX Series 650 Watt 80 Plus Bronze Semi-Modular PSU

Finally, modularity! In case you aren’t familiar with modular PSUs, they allow you to only use the cords you need instead of coming preloaded with every possible cord preattached. Thanks to rising prices, we weren’t able to fit modular PSUs into our cheaper builds without going over budget. Now that we have just a little bit more flex room, we are able to add a Semi-Modular PSU from Corsair, which will make your building process much cleaner and easier than it would be with a Non-Modular PSU. The same basic rules of PSU shopping still apply here, of course: buy high quality from a trusted brand (EVGA, Corsair), or risk system loss or a house fire (aka house loss). MORE: Best Gaming Power Supplies

mobo
  • MSI B360 Gaming Plus

    MSI B360 Gaming Plus

This ATX size motherboard is considered entry-level and has been stripped back to create a sleek and subtle design, dropping many of the unnecessary add on’s that you get with a gaming related board. This however is where the negatives, if you can call them that, end. The B360 Gaming Plus matches all entry-level boards in terms of features whilst being equipped with the best VRM’s in it’s price range. It is one of the only sub $140 board that can handle a 9900k at full capacity without VRM throttle. So the 9600k were recommending with this will pair nicely. Overclocking your CPU will not be a problem with this board and for the price we consider this one of our top value for money picks. 

case
  • Fractal Design Meshify C

    Fractal Design Meshify C

The Fractal Design Meshify C is our top pick for a case in this price range, thanks to its stellar build quality, quiet fans, excellent airflow, and sleek aesthetic it comes in white, black, grey, blue or red. It has been designed with aesthetics in mind, equipped with a large viewing window for you to display all the RGB this machine has to offer.  The shell is actually very sound resistant as well so if you enjoy a quieter system this will be right up your street. The shell has been finished in lush white which really works well with the RGB inside, however if you aren’t a fan they do have black as an alternative option.  Last but not least, there are two Fractal Design fans bundled with this case, providing a great out-of-the-box cooling solution from the get-go. You’re welcome to slap in an extra intake fan if you want, but you shouldn’t really need to. MORE: Best PC Cases

Why is this the Best $1000 Gaming PC?

Simply put, you can not find a better performing gaming rig for under $1000. You can however continue to push the boundaries of your budget but will start to see diminishing returns in regards to value for money. The only way you will truly see a noticeable difference in real world situations is to upgrade to the highest performing GPU (2080) and pair it with the latest i7 processor (9900k) which as we all know do not come free of charge. 

Usually when you build a gaming PC there comes a point where your budget starts to exhaust and compromises begin creeping into the equation. In our $1000 build this came in the shape of our board and SSD, which are both be considered entry-level, however by compromising here it has paved the way for us to equip this build with a top level GPU. The performance improvements we achieve by doing this overshadow any dip in quality we lose elsewhere.

Ultimately, the 2060 which we've paired with the i5 9th gen CPU make for a ruthless performance set up that can be tweaked with relatively inexpensive consequences. 

What games can this PC run?

In this section, we’re going to tell you how this game should be able to run your favorite games.

  • Fortnite - At 4K and High settings, you should be able to achieve around 30-40 FPS. If you want a stable 60FPS, you’ll definitely need to turn down your settings or your resolution.
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds - PUBG is probably the most performance-demanding game on this list, so we recommend just playing this one at 1440p and high settings, which should net you a stable 60 FPS. 4K60 might be possible, but only with very low settings.
  • Monster Hunter: World - MHW should provide a great experience at 1440p, but 4K simply isn’t feasible with this build unless you’re making sacrifices to framerate or performance.
  • League of Legends - This is a lightweight eSports title, so running at 4K60 shouldn’t be a problem at all.
  • Dota 2 - While Dota 2 isn’t made to run on a calculator like League of Legends (that’s sarcasm) it is still shouldn’t be demanding for a build like this and should easily run at 4K60.
  • Overwatch - While an eSports title, this is definitely more demanding than the MOBAs. Expect 40-50 FPS at 4K/Ultra settings, and consider turning down to 1440p for the best experience.
  • Rainbow Six: Siege - With its real-time map destruction and high-end graphics engine, you aren’t going to be able to keep a stable 4K60 at high settings with this game. 1440p should be fine, though.
  • Warframe - Warframe is actually surprisingly light on system resources, so you should be able to achieve at least 100 FPS in 4K and high settings with this PC build.
  • Grand Theft Auto V - 4K60 isn’t happening here unless you turn a lot of things down, but 1440p and high settings should be very easy to achieve.
  • Team Fortress 2 - This is more CPU-dependent than GPU-dependent, and the i5 in this build is overkill for TF2. 4K60 should be achievable, but due to TF2’s engine you may encounter some pretty bad performance hiccups- if you do, you’ll want to turn some settings down.

Similar Prebuilt Gaming PC Under $1000

Let’s face the music: not everyone is fond of building their own PCs. This is why we decided to include a list of pre-built gaming computers in the same price range.

Note: you can check out our thorough list of the best custom PC builders right here, we've discussed the top 12.

Below are several of the entries from our best prebuilt gaming desktops under $1000 product guide. You can check them out for yourself, or you can read the above article to get a better understanding of what each brings to the table:

Upgrade Path for this Build

This best gaming PC build for 2019 doesn’t come without upgradeability, of course! Here are just a few recommended upgrades that we have in mind for this build.

Note: These will raise the price of the build!

cpu

This unlocked version of Intel’s i7 9th generation CPU is the natural next step up from the i5 9600k and on average has between 10-20% better performance over our recommendation above. Like the 9600k it has the ability to be overclocked past 4.6GHz but has been equipped with 2 more cores and threads which enable this CPU to be much more efficient.  The great thing about the $1000 build is that if you want to upgrade just the CPU, the board which we have recommended already houses the ability to accommodate both the 9700k and the 9900k!  

mobo

We’ve stuck with the Z390 but have ultimately gone for the all singing all dancing iteration from ASUS in their ROG strix E Gaming board. It has a fantastic aesthetic design with enough RGB lighting to host your own rave directly from your rig. It not only has fantastic RGB, it also accommodates for excellent overclocking, which when paired with either the 9600k or 9700k create a deadly partnership. With native wireless connectivity and next gen USB 3.1 support this board is also future proof.

ram

As mentioned earlier, many games and programs don’t rely on RAM heavily these days that’s why we opted for a modest 8GB, however the upgrade path is 50% practical 50% luxury which is why we’re recommending an additional 8GB to bolster your rig nicely. The motherboard which we already recommend can house the additional RAM and it certainly wouldn’t hurt by doubling what it already has. You may of noticed the upgrade RAM is a couple of steps quicker clocking at 3000MHz instead of 2666MHz respectively. A decent choice if you’re looking for a relatively quick and affordable upgrade.

ssd

SSD is always worth boosting if you have the extra wiggle room within your budget due to how efficient it is at speeding up your system. Installing more games and software onto your SSD will undoubtedly result in a much quicker build, so we’ve opted for a 500GB SSD upgrade. This isn’t just an upgrade on capacity however, we’ve also gone from the 860 EVO to 970 EVO which Samsung have said boosts performance by up to 6x. All this sounds very attractive and unfortunately comes at a price, which is why we recommend this in our upgrade path only.

Cooler

With our $1000 build having Intel’s infamous overclocking CPU range installed, it’s always worth bolstering your cooling system as temperatures are likely to increase when testing the CPU’s ability. We’ve selected Corsair’s Hydro series H80 liquid cooler which provides uncompromising cooling throughout the entire build. If you’re ever in doubt when it comes to cooling your system, go liquid. MORE: Best CPU Coolers

VR Headset

Since you’re already buying a beast PC in the form of the 1k rig, maybe you’d like to take your gaming experience to the next level with VR gaming?

HTC Vive

HTC Vive

Since you’re already buying a beast PC in the form of the 1k rig, maybe you’d like to take your gaming experience to the next level with VR gaming?

Oculus Rift

Oculus Rift

Either of these headsets is a great option, but we, at WePC (and most outlets in general), prefer the HTC Vive over the Oculus Rift due to superior developer support. Do note, however, this will set you back at least $500. You can read our guide to the best virtual reality headsets right here.

OS Options and Recommended Peripherals

Now, ideally, you’ll already have a pre-existing OS and peripherals to transfer over from your old machine to your new one. But, in case you don’t, we’ve included this section on peripherals for this 1k rig.

Note: These will raise the price of the build!

Operating System

An operating system is basically required for a PC to do much of anything, gaming included. Every computer has an operating system– even your phones do! (The OS in iOS stands for Operating System.)

Windows 10

Windows 10

For the best gaming compatibility, you’ll want to use Windows 10. We’ve recommended the OEM version here since that can save you a lot of money over a retail edition. Unfortunately, it can’t be transferred to other machines or activated on multiple devices. Alternatively, if you’re still an avid user of CD’s you can purchase Windows 10 in it’s original CD form here. You’re going to want to either transfer/activate a pre-existing retail Windows license on your computer, or install a new OS.  

Operating System

You can also install a Linux distribution for free, in the form of Ubuntu Linux or Linux Mint. However, these will have lower gaming compatibility and will be much more difficult to set up and use for the common user.

Mouse and Keyboard

These are our high-end picks for this price range.

Logitech G Pro Wireless

Logitech G Pro Wireless

The Logitech G Pro Wireless is an absolute beast of a gaming mouse, it doesn’t just outshine its wireless competitors but also beats many wired alternatives. The G Pro is widely considered as one of the best mice available and is an easy choice for our top gaming mouse pick. Equipped with the infamous HERO optical sensor and a lightweight design, it truly is a force to be reckoned with.  MORE: Best gaming mice 2019

ZOWIE EC2-B Divina

ZOWIE EC2-B Divina

The ZOWIE EC2-b Divina is a massive favourite amongst both professional eSports players and fans alike, and for good reason. It’s ergonomic design feels fantastic, helping create the feeling of complete control which is ultimately what ever gamer craves. Pair this with the truly brilliant optical sensor it’s armed with an you have a fierce gaming tool at your disposal. For similar mice in this price range why not check out our article on the best gaming mice of 2019.

Corsair K70 Low Profile Keyboard

Corsair K70 Low Profile Keyboard

The Corsair K70 RGB Low Profile is, beyond a doubt, one of the best gaming keyboards currently available on the market. Boasting Corsair’s insanely in-depth RGB customization solution and awesome high-end build quality, you can’t go wrong with this keyboard for your gaming setup. You can also check our sister site’s in-depth reviews of gaming keyboards right here.

SteelSeries QcK Gaming Surface

SteelSeries QcK Gaming Surface

Steelseries are renowned for providing top quality gaming components and the Qck gaming surface is no different. It’s up there with the best gaming pad’s available in today’s market and for good reason. It’s been specifically designed with gamers in mind, has a fantastic tightly woven cloth finish and enough room to accommodate keyboard, mouse and monitor. MORE: Best mousepads of 2019

Razer bungee V2

Razer bungee V2

If you’re new to gaming you might be looking at the screen now thinking, what on earth is that? Well the short answer is a gaming bungee. The Razer Gaming Bungee V2 is basically a device which lifts your cable off the gaming surface to create a wireless feeling. For those that use a bungee you probably understand the importance they have within competitive gaming, however if you haven’t, try this bungee and you will not be disappointed. MORE: Best Gaming Bungee’s  

Monitor

When playing games, pushing framerates above 60 FPS can cause screen-tearing on standard 60 Hz monitors and feel just a little like overkill. With this build, you’re going to be pushing frames well above 60 in many scenarios, so we recommend you get a 144hz monitor.

Acer Predator XB271HU bmiprz 27"

Acer Predator XB271HU bmiprz 27"

The Acer Predator 27inch gaming monitor is our top display recommendation for the $1000 build and for good reason. Despite it’s cost, we still consider the predator to be fantastic value for money. A 4ms response time, 144hz refresh rate and WQHD support are just some of the featured technologies which have been developed within this monitor. We consider it perfect for gaming thanks to the immersive feeling you get when using it. A great monitor with top specs and great performance. MORE: Best gaming monitors of 2019

ASUS VG278Q 27"

ASUS VG278Q 27"

If you’re looking for something a little more affordable then we highly recommend the Asus VG278Q 27” as an alternative to the predator.  However, if you don’t want to go with one of the above picks, you should also consider browsing our massive 20-monitor roundup to find the exact monitor for your needs.

Sound Options

Sound is one of the five key senses, and unless you’re deaf you’re gonna want to invest in good sound equipment. We’ve included our recommendations in the sections below.

Mackie CR Series 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors

Mackie CR Series 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors

If you’re looking for fantastic desktop speakers which pack a punch then look no further. Mackie’s CR series 3 monitor’s blast any typical speakers out of the water with their impressive sound and build quality. MORE: Best Computer Speakers

Sennheiser Gaming One Headset

Sennheiser Gaming One Headset

For high-end gaming headset action, we recommend the  Sennheiser Gaming One Headset. With its noise-cancelling microphone, your comms will be clearer than ever, and the addition of Sennheiser’s brilliant sound output you’re awareness will be higher than ever. 

Audio-Technica ATH-M30x

Audio-Technica ATH-M30x

Our top choice for headphones are the Audio-Technica M30x as they have excellent build quality, superb comfort and great sound output. They don’t look too bad either!

Blue Yeti USB Microphone

Blue Yeti USB Microphone

It’s hard to think of a situation in modern gaming where a microphone is not essential. The Blue Yeti USB Mic has fantastic recording clarity making it perfect for streaming, podcasting, gaming and more. Pair this with the versatility of a USB connection and you’ll be up and running in seconds. If you’re looking for a budget option we recommend the Antlion Audio Modmic. MORE: Best Gaming Microphone

Getting Online

You can get online through a wireless or a wired connection, and we’ll go over two great options for that here.

Wired (Ethernet Cable)

Wired (Ethernet Cable)

Want to get online? Don’t feel like blaming lag? If that’s the case, invest in a wired connection. This 25-foot ethernet cable should do the trick perfectly, saving you from wireless interference and providing you the best possible network performance. Unless your ISP is just bad, Internet lag spikes should be a thing of the past with this beaut!

ASUS PCE-AC56 PCI Wireless Express Adapter

ASUS PCE-AC56 PCI Wireless Express Adapter

If you insist on using Wi-Fi, you should, at least, go with the Asus AC56 PCI Adapter. It supports all the latest Wi-Fi standards, has good reviews, and comes at a great price.

Building Tips

This 1k rig might be nice, but the act of physically placing the components together is just as important as carefully choosing the right components.

For first time builders, it is important to be aware of the common mistakes that newbies make. It’s also not unusual to have some questions about PC building common, so don’t feel silly for needing the extra help.

Invest In Anti-static Equipment

Remember how much fun it was as a kid when you realized that you could use static electricity to shock people, but then you forgot about it for the rest of your life? Well, you’ll need to remember it again, because static discharge can fry the sensitive circuitry of the valuable components you just purchased.

There are several easy ways to avoid this. First, you can buy an anti-static mat to place your motherboard and other components on. Second, and perhaps more importantly, is grounding yourself while building, which you can do with an anti-static wristband.

At first, it can be somewhat nerve wracking to use since if you get it wrong, it will cost you hundreds of dollars. That’s why we created a nifty guide to tell you exactly how to use an anti-static wristband.

Watch Building Guides

Building PCs can be scary for a first-timer. Fortunately, it’s actually pretty simple and there are more resources than ever! With Tek Syndicate’s above build guide, plus your component manuals, you shouldn’t have a problem putting together your PC.

Secure your wristband and clear your workspace (and your schedule while you’re at it) and you’ll be on your way. Your first build may take multiple hours, but you’ll feel great once you’re done.

Newbie builders also are afraid they might be missing something in the process. This is where our how to build a PC guide from this link should come in handy. We have detailed every step of the process from deciding on a budget, to setting up your computer, and installing all the drivers you’ll need.

Install OS Via USB

To save money-- and some headaches-- install your OS via USB. To do this with Windows, download and run the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool. All you’ll need is a 4GB USB stick and a license key.

If you’re thinking of using one of the Linux distributions, try out UNetbootin or Rufus.

Closing Thoughts

If you've followed our guide from start to finish you’ve just assembled what we consider to be the best gaming computer under $1000, Kudos! You now have the ability to play any game out there at mid-high settings in a range of resolutions. The rig supports both 4k and VR gaming and has all the future proofing you'll need to last years into the future.

Enjoy your gaming, and make sure you comment down below if you have any suggestions, or want a second opinion about which build you should pick.

70 Comments

  1. Hau Nguyen says:

    Hey thanks for replying! Is it possible to get a different tower case than the rosewill? and if yes can you tell me what kind?

    1. Daniel Richard says:

      Is amazon the only website to order this build on I live in Canada and the shipping plus handling makes it almost 2000 ?

      1. Cameron says:

        No you can order the parts from newegg

  2. Mr. Stack says:

    Hey i love the build but is everything you need included? Is there a system speaker? audio jacks. If there is stuff missing can you list them? I want to make sure everything is fine for the build because i’m probably gonna consider it.

  3. John says:

    Hey it says it is updated as of FEb 2018 but links are bad and three items including the motherboard are not even available on Amazon it says when I tried to purchase. Could you guys give this page a nice refresher?

    1. Ben Johnson says:

      Hi John. We have an in-house team working on the builds every week, ensuring things are kept up to date whilst we build and test various systems in our office.

  4. Kody says:

    What one trying to learn is I want to stream on my pc and play games on my PS4 cuz the dlc come 30 days early can I hook up my PS4 threw this pc and stream

    1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

      Hi Kody! How are you? Yes, it’s possible to connect your PS4 to this $1000 build and stream using your PS4. Just make sure you download and install the PS4 Remote Play app. 🙂

  5. Katrina says:

    Hey folks- Currently this guide is not linking to the Gigabyte MB you have listed and instead is pointing to a MSI MB that is incompatible with the CPU you use. Please update before anyone else is trying to return parts. 🙁

    1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

      All the links are now updated. We are sorry for the inconvenience it has caused.

  6. Kat says:

    The guide links to a mother board that is incompatible with the CPU you spec. It’s not even the MB you call out. Please fix this. I used this guide to build out my new machine and now have an incompatible MB/ CPU. 🙁

    1. Ben Johnson says:

      Apologies this was a mistake on our side, our build has been updated and just to let you know we have a team who are working on ensuring our builds are up to date every week. We are also currently filming a variety of build videos and helpful guides for our readers.

  7. Austin says:

    I want to use this build but I was wondering, if I get the i7 instead of the i5, will all the other parts be compatible?

    1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

      Hi, Austin! How’s it going? Yes, the i7-8700K will be compatible. But you’ll definitely want a more powerful cooler for that, especially if you wish to overclock it (which, I’m sure you will) 🙂

  8. Nick says:

    On new popular games such as fortnite and pubg will this build get 100+FPS?

    1. Juzel Albert Padilla says:

      Hey there, Nick! How’s it going? Fortnite at 1080p on Epic settings will give you 80-105FPS while PUBG at 1080p on Ultra settings will stay around 60-80FPS. Adjusting the graphics by setting AA, Texture and View Distance to high and leaving the rest to very low/low will give you a decent graphics output with an easy 100++ FPS.

  9. Altiano Ruly Gerung says:

    How about upgrading the GPU sto 1070 time?

    1. Ben Johnson says:

      It’s all up to date and will be continued to be updated every week.

  10. Ryan says:

    Is this in Usd or Aud and are all the parts able to ship to Australia

  11. Rhonda Jean says:

    Could you update the pre-built comparable options to the new options, please?

    1. Ben Johnson says:

      Yes, all done 🙂

  12. Adamsson says:

    Is this the best choise to do, I mean is it better to build this pc than buying any other gaming pc?

    1. Ben Johnson says:

      We work hard to ensure our build recommendations are accurate and monitor price changes and new releases in the PC tech industry. Our recommendations are fantastic for the price and ultimately are the best available but of course people can swap and change brands or downgrade their GPU for a better CPU or vice versa, it is all about a balance though and ensuring our builds are the best for gamers.

  13. Adamsson says:

    Is this the best choise to do, I mean is it better to build this pc than buying any other prebuilt gaming pc?

  14. Andy says:

    Looking at building a new PC…it’s been 10 years now since i have bothered upgrading my current pre-built pc.
    I game mostly on MMO’s w/ a bit of FPS and the occasional AAA studio single player game. As i do not plan on doing any streaming is this $1000 build going to run that much faster than the $800 build you have listed?
    Thanks

  15. Blake says:

    If I upgrade to 16 go ram, 2 monitors and 2tb hard drive should I have to upgrade the power supply?

    1. Karl says:

      No you dont. The 550W power supply is enough.
      GPU will use less then 200W
      CPU will use less then 150W
      and lets trow another 150W in the system for fans etc

      Makes max 450W-500W under full load.

    2. Ben Johnson says:

      No you will not need to, the monitors take power from the mains and the RAM and HD will not take a significant amount of power from the PSU.

  16. Shane Parnham says:

    if I wanted to upgrade the ram to 16 GB instead what ram would you recomend

    1. Ben Johnson says:

      Our go to RAM is Corsair Vengeance LPX however, it really depends on the budget.

  17. Drew says:

    If I wanted to get a free sync monitor, could I use the AMD Vega 64 instead of the 1070? It’s on sale on newegg.com right now for $399, same as the 1070. The 64 is the equivalent to the 1080 though isn’t it? Is there a reason why they are the same price?

  18. Samson says:

    Can this pc run rocket league at 144 fps 1080p maxed?

  19. Steve says:

    This is my first build. It appears that the cooler requires two cpu fan header connectors, one for the pump and one for the fans, But the Gigabyte motherboard specs only show one cpu fan header. Am I missing something?

  20. An Inquiring Mind says:

    If I get all of this build but get the suggested cpu and motherboard upgrades rather than the normal ones, will I be able to overclock without cooling issues?

    Thanks in advance

  21. Zach Hein says:

    Beautiful build! I’m looking forward to this being my first PC build, but I have some questions. How do you get a Windows License? Do you know of any cheap flash drives that can store the massive 5gb download for windows? Finally, will this build work inside of a NZXT H440 case? Thank you!

  22. Michael Lopez says:

    Hey so yeah this is my first build a well and similar to the question with the cooler fan I only see two sections it can replace either the fan left of the motherboard or the two fans on the front end of the Roswell where does it go?

  23. Joseph Marshall V says:

    Okay, this is going to be the most unproductive comment ever. But I’m new to computers. but I simply just don’t understand some of your choices. For example it seems that a ryzen 5 2600x seems like a better CPU. or maybe the core i5-8500 processor. could you explain your choice. And from what ive seen in the small amount of research ive done, it isn’t suggested to do water cooling systems in low budget systems. yes it seems cool but you trade aesthetic for functionality and risk buying an inferior product.

  24. Nicolas says:

    The cables i have to buy elsewhere?

  25. Han says:

    It’s 2019.

  26. Stuart Bleck says:

    Hello, i’m just curious if any of the parts come with thermal paste or will I need to purchase it separately

  27. Gladmon says:

    can the monitor affect the pc performance, not just for this build in general?

    1. Gladmon says:

      Like say if i have a 1080p monitor right, and go on the game at 4k graphics will it just be a waste of time and should I go back to 1080p or 1440p? All iam trying to say should just go with 1080p graphics if iam going to use a 1080p monitor?

  28. Gladmon says:

    If i have a 1080p monitor should I stick 1080p graphics or do or the resolution is based on the monitor it self? How fps can I get on fortnite on 1080p. at epic settings? And is 240 hz useful if you are under 144 fps? Cause iam trying to choose from 240 and 144 hz.

  29. Robin says:

    I got the Phanteks case and upgraded the motherboard to the z370. Now comes the fun part..the masterliquid lite cooler does not fit on the ceiling, cause the motherboard ram is in the way. It is physically not possible. I checked but I have the same components mentioned here. What went wrong??

  30. Earl says:

    would you say that a Pre-Built PC is still the best way to go to get your money’s worth on an Amazing Gaming PC on a budget or are there sites you could recommend to buy a prebuilt one for a budget say below 1,500?

  31. Danny says:

    Uhm are these parts cheaper in store cause these parts seem to add up to over 1000$ on the price check

  32. Joshua says:

    This is priced at $1055 on Amazon? I just did some research and found a slightly better build in my opinion for $1040 w/o tax.

    RTX 2060
    I5-9600k
    16gb 3000mhz
    FireCuda 1TB SSHD
    H370 AORUS Gaming 3
    Cooler Master LC120E
    Cooler Master TD500 Mid Tower

    I’m not sure if that’s completely out of the park in terms of price, but its hella overkill for 1080p and very good in 1440p.

  33. Michael M. says:

    Why isn’t Ryzen 5 2600 recommended when it’s cheaper than Core i5-8400 and perform similarly?

  34. Michael M says:

    Why does this build have a Core i5-8400 instead of a Ryzen 5 2600?

    Ryzen 5 2600 offers similar performance at a cheaper price.

  35. Jeremy333 says:

    I’m getting like lil over 500 $ when I click buy this builds its that correct or am i missing stuff

  36. JacobP says:

    Hello, I just bought this build but I am now on the hunt for a good monitor. I wanted to ask why you guys recommend a 1080p monitor instead of a 1440p one even though this build can support most applications at 1440?

  37. Daniel says:

    Hey, really want to order this build, looks awesome, am just confused about one thing, why when I click order this build does it not include everything only 6 of the items required for this build??? Please answer asap

    1. Ben Johnson says:

      Apologies Daniel, it appears some of our recommendations were out of stock. We’ve now updated the builds, please try again.

  38. Jaden Shiu says:

    Is it possible to remove the hard drive and just have the ssd card.Or any other suggestions on making the price a bit cheaper?

    1. Charlie Noon says:

      How much are you looking to shave off the price?

      and yes, you can just run the SSD but you are handcuffing yourself slightly

  39. Daniel Richard says:

    I’m gonna be ordering this build just want some confirmation that all these parts are compatible with one another, please and thank you?

    1. Ben Johnson says:

      Hi Daniel.

      Yes, all of these components are compatible with one another. Good luck!

  40. Pavel says:

    I dont know it feels to me that they are working with amazon and they change the parts to their liking with the same text saying its the best part for this build. i was going to order but i am very sceptical right now about the whole thing.

    1. Ben Johnson says:

      Hi Pavel. We check the builds each day for both price and stock changes, to ensure our recommendations are available to purchase instantly.

      The changes in product recommendations are based on a list of backup options, usually from the same brand or from an equally reliable brand that we have hands on experience with. For example, the RAM is often changed from Patriot Viper 4 to Viper Elite, very similar RAM with slightly different speeds and prices.

      Ultimately, our aim is to provide you, our reader with a great gaming PC at or around the budget you are looking at, and we can safely say that is assured.

      1. Pavel says:

        Thanks for the answer man, I didnt mean anything bad it was just my personal feeling. Regardless of my opinion its still a very decent guide that gives me idea what can i build in what budget. Keep up

  41. Rob Wilkinson says:

    Hello,

    I am about to build the PC,I would like to use my old hard drives, Western Digital 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB from my old PC. My old gaming PC had Windows 7, would I need to update to Windows 10 before I build the new PC?

  42. Nick says:

    Hello,

    I am getting ready to build this pc, so I put all of these parts together on a Pcpartpicker list to check compatibility, and I received the warning message below. Is this something that I should be worried about? I know that you test these builds for compatibility, so this confused me. Will I need to purchase a different CPU for this build?

    Message:
    “Warning! Some Intel B360 chipset motherboards may need a BIOS update prior to using Coffee Lake Refresh CPUs. Upgrading the BIOS may require a different CPU that is supported by older BIOS revisions.”

    Thanks for any help!

  43. Steve says:

    New to building computers so this may be a dumb question. How does this build’s performance stack up to the Xbox one x? Apparently Xbox one x is build for 4K, but this build is advisable to only do 1480p?

    Thanks in advance,
    Steve

  44. Josh says:

    Hey, I’m looking into this build because my old PC is starting to feel a bit run down. I’d like to start fresh, but I’m wondering if I could still use my Thermaltake TR2 series 600W power supply in this build to save a bit of money. Thanks.

  45. Juan Morey says:

    Hey, first I wanted to thank WePC for the articles, and Ben Johnson for the thorough work.

    I built my first PC based off this list! I opted to go with AMD for the CPU though, for better future proofing vs Intel. That was what ny research led me to believe.

    I share the list of parts with you:

    Part List
    CPU Ryzen 2600X
    COOLER Noctua NH-D15 SE-AM4
    GPU GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2060 Gaming OC Pro 6G Graphics Card
    RAM Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 3000MHz
    SSD Samsung 860 EVO 250GB 2.5 Inch SATA III
    HDD Seagate BarraCuda Internal Hard Drive 2TB
    PSU Corsair CX Series 650 Watt 80 Plus Bronze Semi-Modular PSU
    MOBO
    ASUS ROG Strix B450-F Gaming
    CASE Fractal Focus G ATX

    Total price: $1100

    I also got some extra fans, headset and mouse with pad.

    PUBG: >90FPS 1080 ultra, usually 140FPS. Mentioned since it’s the most demanding I play.

    I plan to upgrade CPU in the future, to the new Ryzen… but so far, happy!

    Thanks again!

  46. Patrick says:

    Would using 3200Mhz Ram be worth using over 3000Mhz?

  47. Mike says:

    I built this yesterday with these exact components and I gotta say that it’s been nothing but a headache. As of this writing, I’m 6h deep into figuring out why the GPU and Windows hate each other so much. Black screen on boot every.single.time!!!!

  48. Matthew says:

    Instead of using a Seagate BarraCuda Internal Hard Drive 2TB what SSD would be compatible with this build?

  49. Jacob Ahlf says:

    I did the build from June 26th, at least I believe that was the date. When I try to install Windows 10 my mouse disappears on the initial set up screen and I can’t continue. Any advice?

  50. Colter says:

    On pcpartpicker, it says that some Intel B360 motherboards need a BIOS update to use coffee lake refresh CPUs, requiring an older CPU. Will this be a problem with this build? If so what would be a good alternative to this board?

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