The Best $1000 Gaming PC Build for 2020

Build the Best Gaming PC for $1000 this 2019

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Last Updated: October 2nd, 2020

Build Overview

Get revving with the best possible $1000 gaming PC build, updated monthly. This gaming PC build is a really good build for those who want to max out PC games at 1080p and 1440p resolutions — this PC build is just enough for the savvy PC gamer who doesn’t want to worry about scaling back on PC game settings.

The hardware below for the $1000 gaming PC build is chosen based on two main things, performance and quality for the best possible price. All of the hardware is conveniently linked to Amazon.

Best of luck when planning your next gaming PC build for under $1000. Should you have any questions feel free to get in touch or if you are in the market for another budget you can also check out the other pc build budgets.

The Best $1000 Gaming PC Build 2019

Capability: Game with Extreme settings at 1920X1080 (HD) resolutions up to Higher Settings at 2560×1440 (2K)

Powered by the AMD 3600X and the RX 5700 XT (8GB) Graphics Card

1 CPU - Best $1000 PC Build 2020

1. CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 6-Core, 12-Thread Unlocked Desktop Processor with Wraith Spire Cooler

The AMD Ryzen 5 3600X is a phenomenal gaming processor for the cost. Straight out of the box, it can beat some more expensive cpus in gaming.

Amazon Price: $244.99

2 Cooler -  Best $1000 PC Build 2020

2. Cooler (Included): Wraith Spire Cooler

The AMD 3600X comes with a stock cooler that is more than enough.

Price: Included

3 Motherboard - Best $1000 PC Build 2020

3. Motherboard: ASRock B550 PRO4 Supports 3rd Gen AMD AM4 Ryzen/Future AMD Ryzen Processors Motherboard

This is a newer B550 Motherboard supporting Ryzen 3000 CPUs splendidly right out of the box, which also support newer features like PCI 4.0:

  • Supports 3rd Gen AMD AM4 Ryzen / Future AMD Ryzen Processors
  • 8 Power Phase Design, Digi Power
  • Supports DDR4 4733+ (OC)
  • 1 PCIe 4.0 x16, 1 PCIe 3.0 x16, 2 PCIe 3.0 x1, 1 M.2 Key E for WiFi
  • Graphics Output Options: HDMI, D-Sub

Amazon Price: $134.99

4 Graphics - Best $1000 PC Build 2020

4. Graphics Card: ASUS TUF Gaming 3 AMD Radeon RX 5700XT OC Edition

The RX 5700 XT Graphics card is a SOLID choice for any gamer out there right now, offering great 1400p gameplay, will max all games at 1080p and plays well even in to 4K.  If you can't find any of these available, you could downgrade slightly and go with a non "XT" - AMD Radeon RX 5700 GPU.

Amazon Price: $414.99

5 RAM -  Best $1000 PC Build 2020

5. RAM: Crucial Ballistix 3600 MHz DDR4 DRAM Desktop Gaming Memory Kit 16GB

Included is a total of 16GB in the best $1000 gaming pc build, which will be plenty of memory for this rig, plus it's rated at 3600 MHz, which is the perfect RAM speed for this build too!

Amazon Price: $72.34

6 SSD - Best $1000 PC Build 2020

6. SSD: Crucial P1 500GB 3D NAND NVMe PCIe Internal SSD, up to 2000MB/s - CT500P1SSD8

The Crucial P1 NVMe SSD is a great value high performing storage devise that provides up to 2000MB/s in read times and 1700MB/s in write times.

Amazon Price: $59.99

7 PSU - Best $1000 PC Build 2020

7. Power Supply: EVGA 100-N1-0650-L1, 650 N1, 650W

The sweet spot for this build is 650W of juice, and the the EVGA 650 N1 does the trick.

Alternatively and if available, you could consider this as well: EVGA 650 GQ, 80+ GOLD 650W, Semi Modular, EVGA ECO Mode, 5 Year Warranty, Power Supply 210-GQ-0650-V1,Black

650 Watts is enough juice for this gaming pc build and this one comes in at a Gold Rated power efficiency and is partially modular (which in this case doesn't matter at the non-modular cords need to be used).

Amazon Price: $69.99

8 PC Case - Best $1000 PC Build 2020

8. PC Case: Corsair Carbide Series 175R RGB

  • Give your system a look that's both clean and classic with smooth curved edges, a polished finish, and a front-facing Corsair logo backlit by an RGB fan with six customizable RGB LEDs.
  • An edge-to-edge Tempered glass Side panel window shows off your PC's components.
  • A full-length PSU cover hides your PSU and cables out of sight, making immaculate builds easier to create than ever.
  • Fits up to 6x 120mm or 4x 140mm cooling fans for terrific airflow that keeps your PC cool, or multiple radiators in sizes up to 360mm.
  • Connect the included RGB fan to compatible Asus, Gigabyte, or MSI motherboards and their accompanying software to customize and control RGB fan lighting

*Check out our unboxing video of this one

Amazon Price: $59.99

Estimated Cost (October 2020): $1057

$1000 Gaming PC Build Details

The $1000 Gaming PC build is a very powerful mid-range pc build worthy of gaming at resolutions anywhere from 1080p to 2K with maxed-out settings. Included is an AMD Ryzen 5 3600X CPU and RX 5700 XT 8GB GPU.

The included gaming CPU this month is the AMD Ryzen 5 3600X CPU. This gaming CPU is a great choice and purchase for the cost. The 3600X comes with a stock cooler that should be more than enough to keep this beast cooler enough while gaming — making this a fantastic, great value gaming CPU capable of powering this $1000 pc build.

The RX 5700 XT graphics card is a very capable graphics card (this was recently upgraded from the non “XT” Radeon RX 5700 graphics card) and is the card to beat for high-refresh / FPS gaming at 1920 x 1080 and solid performance at 2560 x 1440 (1440p). This GPU is a great choice for 1400p gamers, and a great choice for this $1000 PC Build. You can also pump the heck out of this card if you’ ‘re interested in overclocking it to speeds beyond what it comes with quite easily. 

The motherboard chosen for this build is the ASRock B550 PRO4 — this is a newer AMD B550 motherboard, which supports newer features including PCI 4.0, multiple GPUs, and more. Here are the specifications (to learn more visit

  • Supports 3rd Gen AMD AM4 Ryzen / Future AMD Ryzen Processors
  • 8 Power Phase Design, Digi Power
  • Supports DDR4 4733+ (OC)
  • 1 PCIe 4.0 x16, 1 PCIe 3.0 x16, 2 PCIe 3.0 x1, 1 M.2 Key E for WiFi
  • Graphics Output Options: HDMI, D-Sub

The RAM kit included is a 16GB 3600 Mhz Crucial Ballistix kit which is enough memory for most gaming pc builds, and you always have the option to upgrade more in the future if need be with the extra couple of slots on the included gaming motherboard.

The included storage is a Crucial P1 500GB, which is an upgrade over the previously included SATA SSDs in this build, bringing in faster read-write speeds in a smaller form factor.

The power supply unit (PSU) included is the EVGA 650 N1 650W power supply. This is enough juice to power this awesome pc build and is a gold-rated PSU.

The pc case for the $1000 gaming PC build this month we have the Corsair Carbide Series 175R RGB selected. This is a superbly value orientaed quality case that offers an easy to build solution, with an included RGB 120mm fan on the front, and a very please side window to showcase all of the goods. If you want to see a quick overview of this case, see my quick overview video here.

Upgrades for the $1000 Build

Cooling Upgrade - Best $1000 Gaming PC Build
Liquid CPU Cooler Upgrade

NZXT Kraken M22 120mm - RL-KRM22-01 - AIO RGB CPU Liquid Cooler

If you want a more customized cooling experience and want to kick your cpu up a few more notches while keeping it cool, then consider the NZXT Kraken M22.

Cost: $79.99

GPU Upgrade - Best $1000 Gaming PC Build
Graphics Card Upgrade: RTX 2070 SUPER

MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 2070 Super 8GB

You can further pump up those graphics settings  by bumping up to an RTX 2070 SUPER - it is a tad more expensive, but will provide better frame rates at 1440p and 4K resolutions.

Cost: $519.99

SSD Upgrade - Best $1000 Gaming PC Build
Storage Upgrade

WD_Black SN750 1TB NVMe Internal Gaming SSD

Upgrade to a slightly higher performing and more storage capacity Western Digital Black 1TB NVMe SSD.

Cost: $149.99

CPU Upgrade - Best $1000 Gaming PC Build
CPU Upgrade

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core, 16-Thread Unlocked Desktop Processor with Wraith Prism LED Cooler

Looking for a little more CPU in your gaming PC? Bump it up to an AMD 3700X (cooler also included!). This is for those who do more than game - edit videos? stream? Then this is for you.

Cost: $294.99

Above are some suggested upgrade ideas for the best 2020 $1000 gaming PC build, these are recommended if you have a larger budget or want some upgrade suggestions later on when you need an upgrade.

The first included is an NZXT Kraken M22, 12mm Liquid cooler with fancy RGB lighting. To leanr more about this cooler, visit

Want more immediate gaming power — then the graphics card upgrade is definitely the first upgrade I would take. The upgraded card is the RTX 2070 SUPER, which simply crushes games at 1440p resolutions and plays them really well even at 4K.

If you are looking to bump up your storage space right off the bat, then simply upgrade to the 1TB version WD Black NVMe SSD, which doubles your available storage capacity.

Perhaps you need more computing power, then your next best bet is to bump the CPU up to the very powerful AMD Ryzen 7 3700X CPU.

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Comments 19

  1. A question: does the case and the motherboard suport optical drives? I still use disks/CDs a lot. If not can you recomend equivalent parts for the similar price?

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      Peter – now that’s a question I haven’t had in a while, but a very valid one.

      The motherboard does yes, as it has SATA ports similar to that are used for SSD’s and other hard drives. Plus, the power supply would have the right connector. The case however, does not as there is no bay for one. So, as an alternative you could look at something like the Corsair SPEC-01 case, or Thermaltake Versa H22 for a similar cost. Or a Thermaltake Versa J22 if you want to stick with the side glass panel as an option.

      Alternatively, there are USB optical drive options out there too.

      I hope this helps!

      1. Thank you for your help and for the reply, I’m still rather green at this whole thing. I also wanted to ask but forgot to: does the motherboard have a WiFi adapter or do I need to look into that as well?

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          Hi Peter, you would need an adapter as the motherboard included above doesn’t – so you could get a PCIe wifi adapter (plugs right into the motherboard) or a USB Wifi adapter (both about $10-$20) or spend a bit more on a motherboard. One option could be the ASUS Prime B550M-A WiFi motherboard (it is a smaller Micro ATX board, but around the same cost).

  2. Hi, I just did the asof 9/1/2020 1k build and I can not get a signal to the monitor From either from the graphics card or motherboard. Everything appears to power up fine. This is my first build


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      Hi there,

      Sorry to hear. Did you ever get it to post? First things first, check the monitor and double check it’s input is selected or HDMI or however you have it plugged in (best start easy).
      Then make sure that your graphics card is being powered and that you have the proper power cables plugged into it. Also make sure it’s seated properly.
      Then double check you have your RAM in the right slots (as per the motherboard manual) and make sure they click in all the way.
      See if any of those work.

  3. Hi to everyone on this site. Just got into PC building as my old Sony VAIO is very slow and its 8 years old. I have a a GoPro 5 (I know its old) and I would love to edit on my new PC and view the footage, also like to do some photo editing as well (just family stuff), Maybe play a few games on there as time goes on, especially a couple of AAA games. Any advice for the build components. Karl from New Zealand

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      Hey Karl! Welcome. And wow, the old Sony VAIO is kicking the bucket hey? 8 years is a decent lifespan for those. I would say the build here would be plenty for any casual video/photo editing and gaming on any modern game out. However, if you think you’d be leaning more towards the video and photo editing side of things and gaming once in a while, you could consider saving some bucks and going with the $700 build here:

      I would also consider how much video editing, as if you think you’ll be rendering a ton of content, and even though that GoPro5 is older, it does support 4K resolutions. So if you are editing using 4K, this might be a better choice. Or if you want even more of a kick in terms of processing speeds, you could swap the CPU here for a Ryzen 5 3700X, which is phenomenal for exactly that purpose.

      I hope this helps!

      1. Hi thanks for replying back. I will check the prices out from your build. I will let you know how I get on. Thanks bro keep safe. New Zealand

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      Hi Jefferson,

      There are many tutorials out there on how they all connect, plus there are instructions that comes with each individual piece of hardware. One video that could help that I did earlier this year for example:

      And a good monitor for this build would be a 1440p resolution one at 144hz could do you well. Something like a LG 27GL83A-B would be good or on the high end Acer Predator XB271HU. You could also go with a high refresh rate 1080p monitor, which may be a touch more affordable.

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          Hi Walle, the easiest and free way (without activating windows) is to make a bootable usb – google something like “How to Install Windows 10 From a Bootable USB Drive” or you can purchase on pre-loaded on a usb from somewhere like Amazon.

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      HI Jason, not a problem. You might have to look at slightly alternative hardware right now as some stocks are fairly low. You don’t need to get the specific brands of the graphics card per-say, such as I would look for other RX 5700 XT cards – such as I can see right now the Sapphire 11293-01-20G Radeon Pulse RX 5700 Xt can be purchased and could be a decent choice.

      And you can get a similarly priced motherboard like the MSI ProSeries (B450-A Pro Max) – although you may have to flash the BIOS to make it compatible with the included CPU (Very easy to do with a button right on the board, video here explaining

      And for the Power Supply, I would look for a decent 600 to 650 Watt power supply – I did see some ok Thermaltake ones in stock on Amazon for example, but do a search and see what’s available as they seem to be fairly low on supply but there are some out there.

      Feel free to loop back if you are making any final decisions. Hope this helps and best of luck building!

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