The Best $1000 PC Builds for Gaming in 2017

The $1000 gaming pc builds of 2017 are a budget class that is for those who want to max out their gaming performance throughout all 1080p game resolutions and play all the way into 1440p with good settings should you want to play at higher resolutions. These builds will hold strong going into the near future and will hold strong frames per second in most games. You should consider going with this budget if you want a slightly more future proofed build than say the $600 pc build budget and if you want to play into higher than 1080p once in a while.

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The Best $1000 Gaming PC Builds for 2017

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For under $1000, you can build a pc that will conquer most of any game at 1080p into 2K resolutions like slicing butter with a flaming hot knife.  This is a High-End gaming PC build, a gaming pc build that will probably cover most of any average gamer needs. This is a build I would recommend to those wanting a well rounded pc build that covers both enthusiast and regular gamer realms of performance.

(*Note: All prices are in USD but URLs go to your local Amazon)

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Estimated Price: $954 (January 2017)
Processor Intel Boxed Core I5-6600K 3.50 GHz, 6 M Processor Cache 6 for LGA 1151 (BX80662I56600K) $239.99
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $34.99  
Motherboard $134.99
Graphics Card ASUS ROG STRIX Radeon Rx 480 8GB OC Edition DP 1.4 HDMI 2.0 AMD Polaris Graphics Cards STRIX-RX480-O8G-GAMING


OR – Choose either of these graphics cards – your choice!


EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING, ACX 2.0 (Single Fan), 6GB GDDR5

$259.99



$259.89



RAM $54.00
SSD $79.99
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G1 80+ GOLD, 650W Continuous Power, Fully Modular 10 Year Warranty Power Supply 120-G1-0650-XR $79.89
Computer Case $69.99

Best $1000 PC Build 2016 – December

For under $1000, you can get a pretty sweet PC build, on that can play all games maxed out at 1920×1080 resolutions and into 1440p / 2K resolutions smoothly and at higher settings. This is the High-End gaming PC build, a gaming pc build that will probably cover most of any average gamer needs. This would be the build I would recommend to those wanting a well rounded pc build that covers both enthusiast and regular gamer grounds of performance.

(*Note: All prices are in USD but URLs go to your local Amazon)

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Estimated Price: $944 (December 2016)
Processor Intel Boxed Core I5-6600K 3.50 GHz, 6 M Processor Cache 6 for LGA 1151 (BX80662I56600K) $219.99
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $29.44  
Motherboard $130.99
Graphics Card XFX RX-480P836BM AMD Radeon RS 8GB GDDR5 DVI/HDMI/3Displayport PCI-Express Video Card


OR – Choose either of these graphics cards


EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING, ACX 2.0 (Single Fan), 6GB GDDR5

$279.99



$259.89



RAM $54.00
SSD $75.95
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G1 80+ GOLD, 650W Continuous Power, Fully Modular 10 Year Warranty Power Supply 120-G1-0650-XR $79.89
Computer Case $79.99

Best $1000 PC Build 2016 – November

For under $1000, you can get one kick but gaming PC build – playing all games maxed out at 1920×1080 resolutions and into 1440p / 2K resolutions smoothly and at higher settings. This is the High-End gaming PC build, a gaming pc build that will probably cover most of any average gamers needs. This would be the build I would recommend to those wanting a well rounded pc build that covers both enthusiast and regular gamer grounds of performance.

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Estimated Price: $966 (November 2016)
Processor Intel Boxed Core I5-6600K 3.50 GHz, 6 M Processor Cache 6 for LGA 1151 (BX80662I56600K) $237.39
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $27.98  
Motherboard $134.99
Graphics Card MSI GAMING RX 480 GDDR5 8GB CrossFire VR Ready FinFET DirectX 12 Graphics Card (Radeon RX 480 GAMING X 8G)


OR – Choose either of these graphics cards


Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 WINDFORCE OC 6G (GV-N1060WF2OC-6GD)

$279.99


 


$259.99



RAM $44.19
SSD $76.49
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G1 80+ GOLD, 650W Continuous Power, Fully Modular 10 Year Warranty Power Supply 120-G1-0650-XR $88.25
Computer Case $99.00

Best $1000 PC Build 2016 – October

For just under $1000, you can get one kick but gaming PC build – playing all games maxed out at 1920×1080 resolutions and into 1440p / 2K resolutions smoothly and at high settings. This is the High-End gaming PC build, once that will probably cover most of any average gamers needs.

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Estimated Price: $944 (October 2016)
Processor Intel Boxed Core I5-6600K 3.50 GHz, 6 M Processor Cache 6 for LGA 1151 (BX80662I56600K) $237.49
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $33.92  
Motherboard $134.99
Graphics Card

Sapphire Radeon RX 480 8GB


OR – Choose either of these graphics cards


Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 WINDFORCE OC 6G (GV-N1060WF2OC-6GD)

$279.99



$249.99



RAM $39.99
SSD $99.99
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G1 80+ GOLD, 650W Continuous Power, Fully Modular 10 Year Warranty Power Supply 120-G1-0650-XR $79.27
Computer Case $74.99
Optical Drive No optical drive included in base build cost – *This should be considered optional

Best $1000 PC Build 2016 – September

This $1000 September 2016 pc build is for those with a budget of around $1000 and for those who want to be playing all games at 1920×1080 resolutions and into 1440p / 2K resolutions smoothly and at high settings. This build includes all newer and compatible hardware and is chosen on both performance, quality and price. This is the High-End gaming PC build, once that will probably cover most of any gamers bases.

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Estimated Price: $960.82 (September 2016)
Processor Intel Boxed Core I5-6600K 3.50 GHz, 6 M Processor Cache 6 for LGA 1151 (BX80662I56600K) $238.03
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $28.72  
Motherboard $134.99
Graphics Card

Sapphire Radeon RX 480 8GB (*Newly released AMD card – might be in limited supply)

OR (similar cards / better in specific games so look up benchmarks)


ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 (*Newly released NVIDIA card – might be in limited supply)

$279.99


$321.99

MRSP = $249


RAM $39.99
SSD $92.99
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G1 80+ GOLD, 650W Continuous Power, Fully Modular 10 Year Warranty Power Supply 120-G1-0650-XR $79.27
Computer Case $66.84
Optical Drive No optical drive included in base build cost – *This should be considered optional

Best $1000 PC Build 2016 – August

Choosing the right pc build for you has many factors so let’s break down who this build is generally for – this is a build for those with a budget of around $1000 and for those who want to be playing all games at 1920×1080 resolutions and into 1440p / 2K resolutions smoothly and at high settings. This build includes all newer and compatible hardware and is chosen on both performance, quality and price.

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Estimated Price: $995.56 (August 2016)
Processor Intel Boxed Core I5-6600K 3.50 GHz, 6 M Processor Cache 6 for LGA 1151 (BX80662I56600K) $236.99
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $29.99  
Motherboard $139.95
Graphics Card

Sapphire Radeon RX 480 8GB (*Newly released AMD card – might be in limited supply)

OR (similar cards / better in specific games so look up benchmarks)


ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1060 (*Newly released NVIDIA card – might be in limited supply)

$299.99

MRSP = $240


$321.99

MRSP = $249


RAM $39.99
SSD $89.39
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G1 80+ GOLD, 650W Continuous Power, Fully Modular 10 Year Warranty Power Supply 120-G1-0650-XR $79.27
Computer Case $79.99
Optical Drive No optical drive included in base build cost – *This should be considered optional

Best $1000 PC Build 2016 – July

This $1000 build is for those who want to be playing all games at 1920×1080 resolutions and into 1440p / 2K resolutions smoothly and at high settings – if this sounds like what you’re looking for, then this July 2016 $1000 gaming pc build is for you.

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Estimated Price: $978 (July 2016)
Processor Intel Boxed Core I5-6600K 3.50 GHz, 6 M Processor Cache 6 for LGA 1151 (BX80662I56600K) $251.49
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $29.49  
Motherboard $139.99
Graphics Card

EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB SC+ GAMING ACX 2.0, 26% Cooler and 36% Quieter Cooling Graphics Card 04G-P4-2977-KR (*Price has gone down due to the newly released RX 480, seen below)

OR


AMD RX 480 8GB (*Newly released card – limited supply– linked to an Amazon search of: RX 480 8GB (Performance is slightly better than the GTX 970 overall)

$269.99


Estimated: $240  – MSRP)


GeForce GTX 1070 PC Build

RAM $41.99
SSD $92.00
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G1 80+ GOLD, 650W Continuous Power, Fully Modular 10 Year Warranty Power Supply 120-G1-0650-XR $78.10
Computer Case $74.99
Optical Drive No optical drive included in base build cost – *This should be considered optional

Best $1000 PC Build 2016 – June

The $1000 build is for those who want to be playing all games at 1920×1080 resolutions maxed right out, or perhaps even for those that want to play with 2560×1440 resolutions (perhaps with settings held back a tad for max FPS) – if this sounds like what you’re looking for, then the June 2016 $1000 gaming pc build is for you.

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Estimated Price: $972 (June 2016)
Processor Intel Boxed Core I5-6600K 3.50 GHz, 6 M Processor Cache 6 for LGA 1151 (BX80662I56600K) $239.99
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $29.49  
Motherboard $139.99
Graphics Card

ASUS Graphics Cards TURBO-GTX970-OC-4GD5 OR


GeForce GTX 1070 (*Newly announced card – estimated release date: June 10th – linked to an Amazon search of the GTX 1070)

$289.38


$-

($379 MSRP)


GeForce GTX 1070 PC Build

RAM $34.38
SSD $89.27
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G1 80+ GOLD, 650W Continuous Power, Fully Modular 10 Year Warranty Power Supply 120-G1-0650-XR $78.10
Computer Case $71.99
Optical Drive No optical drive included in base build cost – *This should be considered optional

Best $1000 PC Build 2016 – May

The $1000 build is for those who want to be playing all games at 1920×1080 resolutions maxed right out, or perhaps even for those that want to play with 2560×1440 resolutions with settings held back a tad – if this sounds like you then the May 2016 $1000 gaming pc build is for you. This build uses a combination of the Skylake Intel i5 6600K cpu and a GTX 970 graphics card (alternatively  you could consider a slightly more expensive R9 390 if you want to consider upping to 1440p anytime in the future (the extra memory on the R9 390 will help with the higher resolution gaming).

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Estimated Price: $965 (May 2016)
Processor Intel Boxed Core I5-6600K 3.50 GHz, 6 M Processor Cache 6 for LGA 1151 (BX80662I56600K) $240.31
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $29.49  
Motherboard $133.99
Graphics Card

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 $299.99

 

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16
RAM $33.99
Hard Drive *No HDD Included – Optional. See Alternatives Section if you feel you’d need more storage.
SSD  Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E250B/AM)  $88.00  
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G1 80+ GOLD, 650W Continuous Power, Fully Modular 10 Year Warranty Power Supply 120-G1-0650-XR $78.10
Computer Case $69.99
Optical Drive No optical drive included in base build cost – *This should be considered optional

Best $1000 PC Build 2016 – April

The $1000 build is for those who want to be playing all games at 1920×1080 resolutions maxed right out, or perhaps even for those that want to dabble in 2560×1440 resolutions with scaled back settings – if this sounds like you then the April 2016 $1000 pc build is for you. This build uses a combination of the Skylake Intel i5 6600K cpu and a GTX 970 graphics card (alternatively  you could consider a slightly more expensive R9 390 if you want to consider upping to 1440p anytime in the future (the extra memory on the R9 390 will help with the higher resolution gaming).

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Estimated Price: $989 (April 2016)
Processor Intel Boxed Core I5-6600K 3.50 GHz, 6 M Processor Cache 6 for LGA 1151 (BX80662I56600K) $239.99
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $34.54  
Motherboard $133.99
Graphics Card

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 $304.99

 

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16
RAM $40.45
Hard Drive *No HDD Included – Optional. See Alternatives Section if you feel you’d need more storage.
SSD  Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E250B/AM)  $86.99  
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G1 80+ GOLD, 650W Continuous Power, Fully Modular 10 Year Warranty Power Supply 120-G1-0650-XR $78.10
Computer Case $74.99
Optical Drive No optical drive included in base build cost – *This should be considered optional

Best $1000 PC Build 2016 – March

If you are going to be playing games at 1920×1080 resolutions and want to make out any game, or if you even want play reasonably well at 2560×1440 resolutions, then the March 2016 $1000 pc build is for you. This build uses a combination of the Skylake Intel i5 6600K cpu and a GTX 970 graphics card or alternatively an R9 390 if you want to consider upping to 1440p anytime in the future (the extra memory on the R9 390 will help with the higher resolution gaming).

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Estimated Price: $983.68 (March 2016)
Processor Intel Boxed Core I5-6600K 3.50 GHz, 6 M Processor Cache 6 for LGA 1151 (BX80662I56600K) $249.99
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $29.74  
Motherboard $138.99
Graphics Card

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16


Alternative card (The better choice if you have a 1440p monitor)

XFX DOUBLE DISSIPATION R9 390 1015MHZ XXX OC 8GB DDR5 DISPLAYPORT HDMI DUAL DVI

$289.99


$314.99

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16


RAM $44.99
Hard Drive Seagate 1TB Desktop HDD SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive (ST1000DM003) (Alternative or Extra Storage *Not included in cost – could used as a larger budget storage drive beside your SSD) $49.99  
SSD  Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E250B/AM)  $87.00  
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G1 80+ GOLD, 650W Continuous Power, Fully Modular 10 Year Warranty Power Supply 120-G1-0650-XR $72.99
Computer Case $69.99
Optical Drive No optical drive included in base build cost – *This should be considered optional

Best $1000 PC Build 2016 – February

The February 2016 $1000 build is for those who see themselves wanting to play games maxed out at 1920×1080 resolutions and even play reasonably well at 2560×1440 resolutions. This build uses a combination of the Skylake Intel i5 6600K cpu and a GTX 970 graphics card or alternatively an R9 390 if you want to consider upping to 1440p anytime in the future (the extra memory on the R9 390 will help with the higher resolution gaming).

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Estimated Price: $984.37 (Feb 2016)
Processor Intel Boxed Core I5-6600K 3.50 GHz, 6 M Processor Cache 6 for LGA 1151 (BX80662I56600K) $253.99
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $29.44  
Motherboard $149.99
Graphics Card

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16


Alternative card (Should you consider 1440p now or in the future)

XFX DOUBLE DISSIPATION R9 390 1015MHZ XXX OC 8GB DDR5 DISPLAYPORT HDMI DUAL DVI

$299.99


$309.99

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16


RAM $45.99
Hard Drive Seagate 1TB Desktop HDD SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive (ST1000DM003) $49.99  
SSD (Alternative Storage *Not included in cost) Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E250B/AM)  $82.99  
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G1 80+ GOLD, 650W Continuous Power, Fully Modular 10 Year Warranty Power Supply 120-G1-0650-XR $79.99
Computer Case $74.99
Optical Drive No optical drive included in base build cost – *This should be considered optional

Best $1000 PC Build 2016 – January

I have switch up the labeling of the monthly builds a tad for the start of 2016 so that they fall roughly under the currently laid out budgets as well to clarify what they are capable of. The January 2016 $1000 gaming pc build is capable of maxing out most games at around 60fps at 1920×1080 resolutions and can even do reasonably well at 2560×1440 depending on the game. This build uses a combination of the Skylake Intel i5 6600K cpu and a GTX 970 graphics card or alternatively an R9 390 if you want to consider upping to 1440p anytime in the future (the extra memory will on the R9 390 will help with this).

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Estimated Price: $1030.00
Processor Intel Boxed Core I5-6600K 3.50 GHz, 6 M Processor Cache 6 for LGA 1151 (BX80662I56600K) $289.99
Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2) $28.99  
Motherboard $153.01
Graphics Card

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16


Alternative card (Should you consider 1440p now or in the future)

XFX DOUBLE DISSIPATION R9 390 1015MHZ XXX OC 8GB DDR5 DISPLAYPORT HDMI DUAL DVI

$299.99


$319.99

ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16


RAM $59.43
Hard Drive Seagate 1TB Desktop HDD SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive (ST1000DM003) $48.10  
SSD (Alternative Storage) Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E250B/AM)  $67.99  
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G1 80+ GOLD, 650W Continuous Power, Fully Modular 10 Year Warranty Power Supply 120-G1-0650-XR $74.88
Computer Case $69.99
Optical Drive No optical drive included in base build cost – *This should be considered optional (LG Electronics Internal Super Multi Drive Optical Drives GH24NSC0B)

 


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