Updated 4/30/2018 to add the newer generation processors.
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 have made two different options. The Intel core i5, and the Ryzen 5. Both options have their benefits and will give excellent gaming performance.
Intel Core i5 8600K
The Intel core i5’s main benefit is higher clock speeds than the Ryzen 5. For gaming this equals a higher frame rate or equal to the Ryzen, depending on the game and how important your processor speed is. The 8600K is the top end i5 with the most clock speed, and is unlocked for optional over clocking.
If you need to cut costs you can get the i5 8400. This comes at the trade off of less clock speed. Note that the 8400 is not unlocked so you cant overclock.
AMD Ryzen 5
Although the core i5 has a higher core clock speed which does give a slight boost in game performance, the Ryzen 5 has more overall processing power from having double the threads. The Ryzen 5 has 6 cores, and 12 threads while the core i5 only has 6 cores and 6 threads. This translates to the Ryzen having much better multitask performance. Things like streaming, multi client gaming, and exporting videos will run much better with the Ryzen. All Ryzen processors are unlocked for optional overclocking.
You can also save a bit of money by getting the 2600 instead of the 2600X if you need to cut costs. You lose a little bit of clock speed.
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 cryptocurrency 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.
Intel and AMD processors use different motherboards.
Intel Core i5 Build
Intel 8th generation processors have a new socket and wont work with older motherboards. Note that motherboards for Intel processors may cost a bit more.
Ryzen 5 Build
All Ryzen processors use the AM4 socket, so any AM4 motherboard will work, but you still want to always chose a reputable brand, like MSI. AM4 motherboards can cost less than Intel 8th generation motherboards. I also picked out two motherboards for the Ryzen option. The one comparable cost to the Intel one supports SLI, aka using two graphics cards at once. If you have no interest in SLI than go with the cheaper one.
MSI B350 Tomahawk on Amazon Cheaper option
This build uses Corsair Vengeance LPX 2x4Gb ram. It isn’t a ton of memory, but it is enough and saves a bit of money over 16Gb. 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.
Corsair Vengeance LPX 2x4Gb on Amazon you can switch to 16Gb
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 thge Cooler Master Masterbox 5. Its not overly flashy but still looks nice and has lots of room for more cooling, while staying low budget.
Compiled Parts List
In all, this is a good build that will give you good gaming performance for a budget of around $1,000. You can make a better build, but it will cost more.
Thanks for reading. If you disagree with anything, want to debate, or have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below!