Today I bring you my final PC build in my Creating the Ultimate PC Gaming Setup PC builds series. This build will be for the $1,000 price range. If you want to spend less check out our The Best Budget PC Gaming Build or if you want the best possible rig check out The Best High End Maximum Performance Gaming PC Builds.
Just like I said in my other two build posts, this is meant to give beginners and intermediate level PC builders guidance to get the right parts to make the ideal gaming PC build for them. I’m not here to teach you how to actually put the parts together. If you need to learn that, I advise checking out How to build a gaming PC: A beginners guide, or watch this video. Also, for lots of great information, check out Linus Tech Tips.
The Core of The build- The CPU
For this build, we chose to go with the new AMD Ryzen 5 CPU. Theres a reason we chose this over the tried and tried and proven Intel Core i5. In the past intel has been known to be superior to AMD, but the new Ryzen line of processors is well worth looking into. Although the core i5 has a higher core clock speed which does give a slight boost in game performance, its worse in every other way. First of all, the core i5 costs more. But more importantly, the Ryzen 5 has 6 cores, and 12 threads. The normal core i5 only has 4 cores and 4 threads. This translates to the Ryzen having much better multitask performance. Things like streaming, and other tasks that use multiple cores will run much better with the Ryzen. Due to this reason, we chose the Ryzen 5 as a better all around processor.
GeForce GTX 1060 Graphics Card
We decided to go with the well known GeForce GTX 1060 for multiple reasons. There are more premium graphics cards, but they cost significantly more (the 1080ti costing significantly more). The 1060 still gives excellent performance and is perfectly capable of playing new games with good graphics settings. The point in the higher end cards is for when you want to hit new levels of performance, like 144 fps or 1440p gaming. The other reason we chose this card is that thanks to bitcoin farmers messing up the graphics card market, any of AMD’s cards that would be competition to the 1060 have gone up in price a lot more then the 1060 has, making them no longer worth considering.
Note brand and appearance have changed, but linked below is still a GeForce GTX 1060 of identical performance.
For motherboards chose to go with the MSI B350 Tomahawk. It is a good board with plenty of features, without adding too much to the price tag of the build.
This build uses Corsair Vengeans LPX 2x4Gb ram. It isn’t a ton of memory, but it is enough. You can chose to get the 2x8Gb version but they cost about twice as much, and as long as you don’t need a ton of memory it wont effect your performance much. If you want to record, I advise getting more memory.
Solid State Drive
I firmly believe that every non budget PC build deserves a SSD (Solid State Drive), so we included a Kingston A400 120Gb drive. Yes, you could spend this money on something else like more memory. But having a SSD significantly increases startup speed, and loading times of everything on it. You launch your favorite game? Boom, way faster. Thanks SSD. It just makes the computer feel significantly more premium. All of your less important things and other games that aren’t top priority go on your normal Hard Disk drive that has plenty of space.
Hard Disk Drive
As I just mentioned, you want a normal hard disk drive to put everything less important on to save space on your SSD. For this we chose a WD Blue 1TB drive. 1 TB is a lot of space, so you should be able to store anything you want.
This build uses a EVGA SuperNova 750 B2 Bronze power supply. Quality brand, good power supply. You can up the budget for the higher rated ones, but none of the benefits are significant and worth the increased budget over any other parts.
For this build we chose a pretty standard Corsair Gaming Carbide Series 200R case. Its not overly flashy but gets the job done well, for not a lot of money. If you want you can feel free to get a nicer more flashy case, preferably with a nice side so you can look in and see your nice build inside. Preferably with some nice overkill RGB lighting. These up the budget though so we left them out.
Compiled Parts List
TLDR, this is a good build that will give you good gaming performance for a budget of around $1,000. You can make better builds, but they will cost more.
Thanks for reading. If you disagree with anything, want to debate, or haev any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below!