With this build, our main goal was to provide the best gaming PC for under $ 1,000! It is at this price range that you need to make fewer and fewer compromises and can instead focus on raw performance and excellence. You are officially out of the mid-range category and have entered the realm of premium builds where maxing out AAA titles at 1080p and 1440p becomes a doddle. At this price, you start delaying the possibility of 4k and VR gaming which is the future of eSports.
The great thing about this build is how versatile it can be if performance levels become equal in the future. Everything in this build is interchangeable which means you can easily swap CPUs or GPUs, adding additional RAM and storage to keep up with the latest technological advancements.
Overall, we believe this is the best all-round build we’ve ever put together. Please note that our team works tirelessly to ensure hardware prices fluctuate daily and to ensure the price is close to $ 1,000.
At ITJD, we aim to provide our readers with the best hardware recommendations available. With a budget of $ 1000, this build ensures that you also get a high-level gaming experience, powerful components, and some streaming capability.
Budget – At this price point, a little more planning is needed to get the absolute best experience from the system. That being said, you’re still going to get a high-end gaming PC for your $ 1000. Our AMD build gives you a serious amount of gaming performance with overclocking capability, new technologies like ray-tracing, and a huge amount of SSD storage.
Performance – As previously mentioned, both AMD and Intel perform at a similar level, with only subtle differences separating the two. Both processors will only enhance your gaming experience. However, the Intel CPU has a strong single-core performance and slightly outperforms its rival in that respect. Despite this, the AMD CPU brings its additional six threads to the table and handles multitasking in a more efficient way.
The build features a powerful RTX 2060 Super, which emerges through the game in resolutions of 1080 and 1440p, as well as some proven performance for gaming in 4K. With the current price of the card, it offers some serious value and can easily handle VR gaming.
With us, AMD Build is going to get you 1TB SSD, which is more than enough to store your operating system and games. This SSD will not only give you quicker boot time, but it will also improve gaming performance. When we are talking about performance, it is also important to mention the 16 GB RAM kit in this build. When installing a high-capacity memory kit, it’s worth noting that it provides a clock speed of 3600 MHz, again increasing your gaming performance and future-proofing the build.
AMD vs Intel – At this price range, the lines between the build paths start to blur, but we think the AMD build is the way to go. The Intel build is superb and will give you higher levels of gaming performance; However, the AMD build path provides better value and definitely protects your system in the long run. Whatever you choose, you are going to get some serious enjoyment from this $ 1000 gaming PC.
How We Choose the PC Components
Our team has years of experience behind making PCs for a range of needs and budgets. All this knowledge combined with the hour-long research, user feedback, and onsite bench marking that goes into choosing the best components for our build.
We look for value for money, how components perform together and focus on the needs of the gamer to ensure that our bills can buy your budget.
We manufacture all these PCs at home, so we believe when we say that we want to make them as good as possible. We actually use all of these in ITJD offices day in and day out.
How We Test
We build each of our chosen PCs from scratch, to ensure that we recommend all parts work together, fit the selected case, and provide the best performance for the price range .
Once manufactured, PCs are used for everyday work in the office as well as light-to-heavy-duty. When we test, we also run benchmarking tests to see how well the temperature of our components is.
We know how much some of our readers enjoy overclocking their PCs, so we’ve made sure to check that out as well. So, you can feel safe knowing that these machines can be pushed beyond their basic capabilities. But, please make sure that you know how to overclock before trying to over-task your build.
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.
The Ryzen 5 3600X is part of AMD’s impressive Ryzen 3rd gen processing units, which are now considered as the most powerful available. The 3600X comes with a base clock of 3.6Ghz right out of the box and can be boosted up to 4.4GHz, respectively, thanks to it being unlocked. The 3600X is one of the most anticipated CPUs to come out of Ryzen’s 3rd gen lineup because it showcases superb price to performance.
We’ve run various bench marking tests on the Ryzen 3rd gen lineup and found the Ryzen 3600 is the best performing CPU for the price. You can check out our YouTube channel and bench marking videos here.
The RX 5700 XT is Radeon’s answer to the impressive RTX series of GPUs that hit the shelves over the last couple of years. It’s now regarded as one the most powerful family of GPU’s available at present, and the 5700 XT was released to have maximum punching power at an affordable price point. This is one of the best 5700 XT aftermarket options available and comes sporting 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM and an extremely efficient cooling solution. It has the ability to post high FPS in both 1440p and 4K. It also supports VR and is great for all-round usage as well.
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 3600Mhz
A high-end gaming PC is going to need a high-end memory kit. This RAM from Corsair is just that, with a 16GB capacity and speed of 3600MHz. The performance from this RAM kit has been proven to enhance the PC’s gaming potential; especially the AMD build path.
Crucial MX500 1TB 3D NAND SATA
As most will know by now, an SSD is the way to go if you want to decrease boot and loading times of your rig dramatically. This SSD is renowned for being extremely reliable, meaning you won’t be worrying about a failed drive after a few months with this one. Furthermore, 1TB 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.
EVGA 650 Bq, 80+ Bronze 650W, Semi Modular
Now you are going to need a reliable PSU to power this high-end gaming PC, that is where the EVGA 650W BQ comes in. Aside from being a brand you can trust, this PSU also comes with a bronze efficiency rating, and is built to last.
ASUS ROG Strix X470-F Gaming
The ASUS ROG Strix X470-F Gaming motherboard is the perfect pairing for this build as it brings a tonne of features and great aesthetics to your new build. This board has everything you would expect from a gaming motherboard and some overclocking potential to try and extract maximum potential out of your CPU. This motherboard also features some room for future expansions and storage upgrades, includes M.2 SSD support, a bunch of SATA connections, and is draped in everyone’s favorite RGB.
The NZXT H510 is a top case selection, especially considering how affordable it is. Aside from its stellar build quality, quiet fans, and excellent airflow, you get something that looks great too. It’s been designed with aesthetics in mind and has been equipped with a large tempered glass side panel to showcase everything this build has to offer. The case is made from high-quality materials, and will you serve you well long into the future.