Best Gaming PC Build Under $1000 (UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2020)

Are you looking for the best gaming PC build under 1000 to play your favorite games? In this article, we share the top build for this price range.

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 processor.

This speedy processor from AMD looks great with a bright silver casing and the AMD Ryzen logo front and center. It comes with a large black fan to ensure that temperatures stay as cool as possible.

AMD Ryzen 5 3600 processorThe AMD Ryzen 5 3600 CPU takes advantage of six cores with 12 processing threads to give you amazing processing speeds, even when running multiple programs. You can get upwards of 100 frames per second on some of the biggest games on the market.

The AMD Wraith Stealth cooling system is going to make sure that temperatures stay as low as they can, with a maximum of 95-degrees celsius.

AMD has made this CPU fully unlocked which means that you can overclock this bad boy with speeds up to 4.2GHz. With that kind of processing power, there isn’t much you won’t be able to do.

With the AMD Ryzen 5 3600, you are also going to get 35MB of game cache for even better performance in all of your games.

This CPU from AMD uses PCIe 4.0 and is compatible with AM4 sockets, so it will work with all the latest components.

Inside our gaming PC build for under $2000, you’ll find a much better CPU that has performance suited for games that demand a lot of processing power.

GPU: PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 5700 XT.

This powerful graphics card from AMD looks great in a dark gray color with red accents throughout the architecture.

PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 5700 XTThe PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 5700 XT is a graphics card that is built to handle the latest in gaming technology. It comes equipped with 8 gigs of GDDR6 memory that will be able to run a lot of games on ultra settings when paired with the right components.

AMD has ensured this graphics card is going to stay cool, even under major loads, with five different heat pipes, made from copper, and a heatsink that is extended over previous models. It also has three separate fans that are strategically placed to get maximum airflow.

You will also have two different BIOS options with this GPU as it can be put in a silent mode or overclocked mode, depending on your preferences.

To top it all of you are going to get some unique RGB customization options on the side and back of this GPU. For the price, there isn’t much else on the market that can really compare, but if you can increase your desired budget then at the $1500 build you can get a slightly better GPU.

RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB RAM.

The Corsair Vengeance LPX cards look fairly standard in a dark gray design with the bright yellow Vengeance logo.

Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB RAMWith this build, you are going to get two 8GB RAM cards that give you a total of 16GB of DDR4 random access memory. This amount of RAM should enable you to efficiently run multiple programs, games, and tabs without any noticeable slowdown.

The Corsair Vengeance LPX RAM is built with gaming and design as the top priority, and they have been designed to go hand in hand with overclocked builds. The aluminum head spreader is there to quickly and efficiently get rid of any heat buildup that could damage the components.

Corsair has also made sure this RAM is compatible with all kinds of different builds, as it is low profile and can fit in smaller cases with less real estate needed.

With 3600MHz of memory speed, the Corsair Vengeance LPX RAM is going to make any build flourish when put to the test.

Storage: Samsung 860 QVO solid-state drive.

With any gaming PC, you need quality storage, and the Samsung 860 QVO looks stunning with a dark slate color and a black Samsung logo.

Samsung 860 QVO solid-state driveThis is a 1 terabyte solid-state drive that is going to give you enough storage space to keep all of your games in one place, plus everything else you may have on your PC.

Gone are the days of slow boot times with old hard disk drives. This solid-state drive from Samsung will allow you to go from powered off to online in a matter of seconds. This is thanks to amazing read and write speeds up to 100MB per second.

The Samsung 860 QVO has Intelligent Turbowrite technology inside which helps you maintain high-performance for longer periods of time due to having a massive variable buffer.

You also don’t have to worry about safety and security, as the 860 QVO uses built-in AES 256-bit encryption to keep your information secured.

If you are looking for a storage system that can be speedy and reliable, the Samsung 860 QVO is a great choice.

PSU: Corsair RM550x PSU.

This power supply from Corsair is meant to be functional more than stylish, and it comes in a fairly standard looking gray color with a black and white logo on the front.

Corsair RM550x PSUThe Corsair RM550x power supply is 80 Plus Gold certified which means that is has been proven to offer better efficiency and power consumption.

This is a 550W power supply that is going to stay quiet and cool, even under the harshest of demands. The fan has been designed on a curve so that you are going to get optimal speed, cooling, and sound for your gaming PC PSU.

For even quieter operation the Corsair RM550x PSU has a Zero RPM mode which will completely turn the fan off when the temperature is low enough. This means you can quietly go about your regular computer work when not doing anything demanding on the PC.

Corsair has also kept minimalist builds in mind, as the modular cables are designed to take up less space and keep builds clean looking.

Motherboard: MSI Arsenal Gaming AMD Ryzen B450 Tomahawk Max.

MSI Arsenal Gaming AMD Ryzen B450 Tomahawk MaxThis motherboard from AMD Ryzen looks very solid in a black design with white accenting throughout.

The AMD Ryzen B450 Tomahawk Max is designed to work with all generations of processors, 1st to 3rd, so you can have flexibility in your builds. Anything that uses Socket AM4 is going to be compatible.

As heat buildup is always going to be an issue with computer components, the Tomahawk Max has been designed with even larger heatsinks. This is going to help get rid of the heat quicker and more efficiently than ever before.

AMD has also made BIOS even easier to tune with Click BIOS 5 and the ability to flash it with only a power supply connected.

Add in Core Boost technology for precision power output, and Audio Boost to increase audio quality, and this motherboard from AMD is a winner in every category.

Case: Phanteks Eclipse P400S Silent Edition.

For a lot of builds, the case is going to be the showcasing feature, and this offering from Phanteks comes in five different color choices.

Phanteks Eclipse P400S Silent EditionThe Phanteks Eclipse P400S Silent Edition is designed with durability as a top priority. It has an all-metal construction, with steel for the exterior portions. It also has a tempered glass side so you can see all of the guts of your build in all their glory.

As this is the Silent Edition, they have designed the entire case to keep sound inside. The side panels and top cover are specifically designed to be soundproof so you can concentrate on things other than computer noise.

Since graphics cards seem to be getting larger and larger every year, they have made sure to support even the largest with a 15.2-inch GPU bay.

For builds with larger power supplies, you can remove the hard disk drive bays to shore up more room for the PSU. They really have thought of everything with this design.

If you are really concerned about heat buildup in your components, Phanteks has also made room inside for water-cooling systems.

In a hidden front compartment, you will find the on/off button, a headphone and mic input, your LED controls, and a switch to control the three-speed fan. You get two 120 millimeter fans in this case, one in the front, and one in the rear.

With a design that is going to put the airflow right on your critical components, the Phanteks Eclipse P400S Silent Edition has checked off all the boxes.