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Is $1000 a good budget for a gaming PC?

This $1,000 gaming PC rig can be anything thanks to its 8GB RX 6700 XT graphics card, 16GB of RAM, and Intel Core i5-12400F processor.

With a budget of around $1,000, you can assemble a powerful gaming pc. A custom-built gaming rig for under $1000 will easily support maximum settings on a 1080P display. However, if you want to get into 4K gaming or play most games at their highest settings on a 1440P display, you’ll only need to spend $1,000 on components.

This article will provide a comprehensive list of parts and components for a high-performance $1,000 gaming PC.

If you’re currently shopping for a pre-built PC, be sure to check out this article covering the best budget prebuilt gaming PCs, with various budgets in mind, including under $1500, $1200, $1000, and $800.

Overview of a $1,000 Gaming PC

You’ve had enough of playing around. Remove the gaming consoles from your life. There will no longer be cheap laptops. The days of Minecraft-unplayable on older computers are over. It’s time for things to go up now.

Not a joke, this $1,000 gaming PC build. Anything you can throw at it, it will survive.

This $1,000 setup features a tempered glass case, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD, a 650W 80 PLUS Gold utterly modular power supply, and an Intel Core i5-12400F processor.

Don’t you need to worry about framerates forever by connecting this rig to a 1080P display? Unfortunately, that can’t happen with the current system. You’re going to be distracted by your ridiculously high framerates.

This rig is great for those just getting their feet wet with 4K gaming, and it can also support 1440P 240Hz displays. As a result, this setup is flexible enough to support a future monitor upgrade, even if you begin with a 1080P display.

Ultimately, this $1,000 gaming PC is an excellent machine that will let you enjoy your favourite games at their highest settings for years. Below is a breakdown of the components:

Component Analysis

Component Analysis

We went with these specific parts for a good reason, but feel free to replace them. The reasons for and alternatives to the above parts list are discussed below.

Which Is Better, an AMD or an Intel Processor?

At a budget of $1,000, two or three CPU possibilities will satisfy. The Intel Core i5-12400F is an example of a 12th Generation Intel processor; other options include the Ryzen 5 7600 and the even older Intel Core i5-12400F.

The Core i5-12400F was chosen over the Ryzen 5 7600 primarily because of its lower cost. You can purchase a 12400F for $155 and a motherboard with a compatible H610 chipset for $90.

The Ryzen 5 5600, on the other hand, costs $220, and its motherboard alternatives are a little more pricey, but it comes with better CPU cooling and additional overclocking possibilities. However, since the Ryzen processor is more expensive than the 12th Generation Intel chip, you may have to settle for a lower-end graphics card if you switch.

The RX 6700 XT is an excellent purchase at this price

An RX 6700 XT is currently the best choice for this system configuration. If you swapped out the 1TB SSD for a smaller SSD (or a traditional HDD) and went with an older version of Intel CPU, I think you could squeeze in an RTX 3070.

The RTX 3070’s performance advantage over the RX 6700 XT isn’t worth the trade-offs involved, especially when seen in the context of a 1080p display.

However, the cheapest RTX 3070 currently available costs under $530, so you must make significant financial sacrifices to change your GPU. However, you can afford to spend that much. In that case, it will be well worth it if you intend to play games on a high-resolution monitor or extensively use NVIDIA’s raytracing technology.

Is 16GB Sufficient For Game Storage?

Although “you need at least 16GB of RAM in 2023,” this number varies according to the games you play and the number of other programs you have open simultaneously.

League of Legends, Rocket League, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, etc., are only a few of today’s most popular games, and they all need less than 8GB of RAM. However, the latest AAA games are starting to need well over 8GB of RAM, with examples like Elden Ring and the Tomb Raider series.

It should be possible to fit 16GB of RAM into a $1,000 PC design. You could upgrade the RAM in this system, but doing so would require a graphics card downgrade that isn’t worthwhile.

However, a single 16GB RAM module is an alternative to a pair of 8GB kits. Then, when you’re ready to upgrade to 32GB of RAM, you can buy another 16GB module and install it in your system. To save money in the long run and get to 32GB of RAM, you must sacrifice the short-term performance boost that two-channel memory will bring.

Storage Choices

We installed a 1TB SATA SSD in this system. You should be set for the foreseeable future as far as storage goes with this. If you need more storage space, purchase an additional 1TB hard drive for $40.

Multiple Choices For Each Case 

A wide variety of suitable gaming cases are available for between $45 and $75. However, the Zalman S2 mid-tower case won us with its reasonable price, excellent ventilation, and sleek design.

The case is small for a mid-tower, but it has enough capacity for all of the parts in this setup. Rarely do issues at this price point have features like the tempered glass side panel, full-length PSU shroud, grilled front, and three pre-installed fans like this one does.

What Size Power Supply Do I Need?

Each build’s power requirements are calculated using Outervision’s PSU calculator. According to Outervision, a minimum 500W power supply is required for this $1,000 gaming PC, even under the harshest conditions.

To avoid potential future issues, we opted for a 750-watt unit to give us some breathing room. Not only will it fit this construction without a problem, but it will also make future GPU upgrades possible without having to replace the power supply.


A $1,000 Monster That Will Reach Maximum Capacity in Any Game

If I had to pick, I’d say that the $1,000 mark is the sweet spot for a budget gaming PC build. You can see that the list of components is extensive, and it is possible to play any game at its top settings on a 1080P or 1440P monitor at this budget.

Most games may be played at 4K resolution with these components.

There’s also a lot of space for storing things. Lastly, this project has the potential to look great with some careful wire management and the addition of some RGB fans to the front and rear of the case.

For $1,000 this gaming PC build provides all the features and performance that any gamer could desire or need. Comment below if you have any queries regarding the build or want to help select components.

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