The Best $1000 Gaming PC Build for 2021

Build the Best Gaming PC for $1000 this 2021

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Last Updated: May 1st, 2021

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 2021

Capability: Game with Extreme settings at 1920X1080 (HD) resolutions up to Higher Settings at 2560x1440 (2K)

Powered by the AMD Ryzen 3600 and the RTX 3060 Ti 8GB Graphics Card

1 CPU - Best $1000 PC Build 2021

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

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

Amazon Price: $199.99

2 Cooler -  Best $1000 PC Build 2021

2. Cooler (Included): Wraith Stealth Cooler

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

Price: Included

3 Motherboard - Best $1000 PC Build 2021

3. Motherboard: ASRock B550 Phantom Gaming 4

This is a great budget B550 motherboard, perfectly matched for the Ryzen 3600 CPU offering the exact amount of features you need to get up and gaming with your new PC.

  • 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

Amazon Price: $113.99

4 Graphics - Best $1000 PC Build 2021

4. Graphics Card: MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8GB GDRR6

*Currently very low in stock. Hopefully, this month more come into stock -- keep checking Nvidia.com's RTX 3060 Ti supply lists as well.

The 3060Ti is a newer GPU that like the rest, is very low in stock. This GPU however, will blast the pants off any game you throw at it in resolutions of 1080p - 1440p -- especially considering it's better in terms of performance than the previous-gen more expensive 2080 Super (The RTX 2080 Super is currently in stock at about $1050).

Price: $400 (Based on MSRP and Theoretically in stock cost)

*Alternative lesser comparable / older-gen card if in stock: RX 5700 XT

*Alternative lower-performing, but in-stock card if you're sick waiting for stock: PowerColor Red Devil AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB AXRX 5600XT 6GBD6-3DHE/OC

If you are having trouble finding a graphics card, here's a useful resource: Tomshardware's GPU Ranking hierarchy

5 RAM -  Best $1000 PC Build 2021

5. RAM: Crucial Ballistix 3600 MHz DDR4 DRAM Desktop Gaming Memory Kit 16GB (8GBx2)

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: $93.99

6 SSD - Best $1000 PC Build 2021

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: $78.92

7 PSU - Best $1000 PC Build 2021

7. Power Supply: EVGA 220-B5-0650-V1 650 B5, 80 Plus Bronze 650W, Fully Modular

The sweet spot for this build is 650W of juice, and the EVGA 650 B5 does the trick.

650 Watts is enough juice for this gaming pc build and this one is fully modular, making it easier to keep that case of yours clear of unused wires.

Amazon Price: $72.45

8 PC Case - Best $1000 PC Build 2021

8. PC Case: Phanteks Eclipse P360A

This new Phanteks Eclipse P360A looks spiffy with its front mesh panel and huge airflow performance with dust filtration.

  • Full-metal front panel with Ultra-fine Performance Mesh that combines high airflow performance and excellent dust filtrations thanks to its ultra-fine perforations of only 1mm.
  • Integrated D-RGB lighting that is easy to control and software-free.
  • Perfect chassis size for high-end gaming systems with support for (E)-ATX (up to 280mm) motherboards, front 240/280mm and top 240mm radiator, full-length GPUs and vertical GPU ready with the optional Vertical GPU Bracket.
  • Expand and synchronize the D-RGB lighting compatible motherboards and D-RGB products.
  • Easily accessible front I/O featuring 2x USB 3.0, Microphone, Headphone, Power button, and D-RGB Color and Mode buttons.

Visit Phanteks.com to see the full overview and to learn more.

Amazon Price: $69.99

Estimated Cost (May 2021): $1028

$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 3600 CPU and a newer RTX 3060 Ti graphics card.

The included gaming CPU this month is the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 CPU, which has a whopping 6 cores and 12 processing threads. This gaming CPU is a great choice and purchase for the cost and 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 RTX 3060 Ti 8GB is a very capable graphics card and is great 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.

*To note, most graphics cards have been very low on supply and should come back into stock slowly as the month progresses, including this newer RTX 3060 Ti. If you are looking for an alternative less comparable GPU you could consider an RX 5700 XT, but only if you can't find ANY stock of the RTX 3060 ti and need a GPU immediately.

What are the best ways to get your hand on a GPU these days? -- Check out my article on Why is it so Hard to Buy a Graphics Card Right Now? The 2021 GPU Shortage

The motherboard chosen for this build is the ASRock B550 Phantom Gaming 4 --this is a great budget B550 motherboard, perfectly matched for the Ryzen 3600 CPU offering the exact amount of features you need to get up and gaming with your new PC. (to learn more visit AsRock.com):

  • 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

The RAM kit included is a 16GB 3600 Mhz Crucial Ballistix 3600 MHz 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 B5 650W Fully Modular power supply. This is the sweet spot for this build and since it's fully modular, it should keep your case clean of unused wires.

For the gaming pc case, we have a Phanteks Eclipse P360A, which is a new gaming pc case, which looks spiffy with its front mesh panel and huge airflow performance with dust filtration. To learn more about the full specifications of the Phanteks Eclipse P360A, visit phanteks.com.

Upgrades for the $1000 Build

Cooling Upgrade - Best $1000 Gaming PC Build 2021
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 2021
Graphics Card Upgrade: RTX 3070 *Newer Nvidia Card

RTX 3070 *Links to NVIDIA.com

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: Estimate $499 *Limited stock and may not be available for a bit

SSD Upgrade - Best $1000 Gaming PC Build 2021
Storage Upgrade

Crucial P1 1TB 3D NAND NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD

Upgrade to a slightly higher performing and more storage capacity Crucial P1 1TB NVMe.

Cost: $132.36

CPU Upgrade - Best $1000 Gaming PC Build
CPU Upgrade

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 6-core, 12-Thread Unlocked Desktop Processor with Wraith Stealth Cooler

*Note: This is a newer AMD Ryzen 5000 series CPU and maybe a little low in stock. 

Looking for a little more CPU in your gaming PC? Bump it up to an AMD 5600x (cooler also included!). This is for those who do more than game-edit videos? stream? Then this is for you.

Cost: $369.99

Above are some suggested upgrade ideas for the best 2021 $1000 gaming PC build. This PC hardware is 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 learn more about this cooler, visit NZXT.com.

Want more immediate gaming power -- then the graphics card upgrade is definitely the first upgrade I would take. The upgraded card seen here is the RTX 3070 - now while it is recommended, there are no guarantees it's in stock. So keep checking back on the nvidia.com website if you're interested and sign up for notification to know when it is. This is a part of NVIDIAs latest GPU lineup, however, it's a bit hard to get a hold of at the moment.

If you are looking to bump up your storage space right off the bat, then simply upgrade to the 1TB version of the Crucial P1 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 5 5600X CPU.

Best of luck building your best possible $1000 gaming pc build this 2021. If you have any questions be sure to leave a comment or simply join our Facebook Group to help grow a great gaming pc build community: Gaming PC Builders Facebook Group.

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          1. Thanks for the help! Building a pc for the first time is stressful and I don’t want a prebuilt it cost too much for half the reward.

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  1. Hi Corey, Could you please make the same list but with all components from amazon.de because co uk has too expensive delivery to my country i live in cyprus and if not then could you recommend a shop that has a good delivery to cyprus.

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      Hey Ivan, they should have most of the same hardware. I’d just add them individually to your cart by name at amazon.de and if you can’t find something specific let me know and I’ll see if I can find an alternative.

  2. Hi Corey, I am not experienced with liquid cooling and would prefer to just have the normal air cooling with fans. Could you recommend a case that comes with fans that would fit this build please? Thanks for the awesome build!

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        Hey Noah, great questions. First, the case included NZXT H510, doesn’t inherently have liquid cooling and the CPU comes air cooled, so no worries. But if you want a better air cooled case, the Corsair iCUE220T comes with 3 pre loaded fans that do a good job. Let me know if you need cheaper suggestions. Likewise, you could always purchase more 120mm fans to be included for extra cooling.

        Secondly, with regards to the 3060 Ti and when it will be in stock, I have no idea. Most GPU’s are lower on supply than usual,. my only advice is to keep checking.

        1. Ah okay thank you, just watched a bunch of videos and finally understand how cases work. I heard that getting your hands on a 3060 ti for the actual value price is extremely difficult, and am not sure if it is worth the struggle and wait. Should I continue to try and hunt it down, or should I go with a different graphics card, and if I should go with a different one, do you have any recommendations for graphics cards that are around the same price that I can expect a similar performance from?

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            Yeah, that’s the difficulty right now, some of the newer cards are just so low in stock. I did include a couple alternatives above, one being an RX 5700 XT or a bit cheaper an RX 5600 XT.

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      Hi Jonathan,

      I would search for any PCIe type wifi card that can take advantage of your current wifi capabilities. So you could get away not a problem with something like a TP-Link N300, which is like $18 and provides 300Mbps speeds. But if you have a faster connection you could go with something that could take advantage of that as well for a bit more. Something like a TP-Link WiFi 6 AX3000 – which provides both Bluetooth 5.0 and 2402 Mbps in 5 GHz or 574 Mbps on 2. 4 GHz – buit is $45.

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          Hi Jonathan, yeah getting a GPU right now is a tad tough. But the 5700 XT is quite a good card still (the one you have linked). It’s not as fast as that 3060 Ti, but it would perform wonderfully in most games out there at 1440p without an issue.

  3. Several of the Amazon reviews for the ASUS TUF Gaming 3 AMD Radeon RX 5700XT graphics card mention that it overheats and crashes frequently. Is there some other aspect of the above build (for October 2020) that mitigates these problems?

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      Hi Paul, this is a generality issue with the 5700 XT that some have had concerns with. It does without a doubt provide some heat as other 5700 XT’s do, but if it were to give you problems like those few reviews it would be a return back to manufacture. It might depend on how much its overclocked as well, but overall the cooling on this one is decent. An alternative option could be the XFX RX 5700 Xt Thicc III Ultra, which offers dynamic cooling.

      1. Thanks for the response Corey–unrelated follow-up question: can I plug in a regular solid state drive and/or a hard disk drive into the ASRock B550 PRO4 motherboard? I’m building a replacement for my now deceased 5 year old PC I built using this site, and am hoping to salvage my drives if possible.

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          Hi Paul, you sure can. It supports up to 6 SATA connections, which will support SSD’s and HD’s. I usually do the same thing, and fill all my storage space with random spares drives. This is over top the included NVMe SSD in the build above, since that uses the one M.2 connection and not any of the 6 SATA. I hope this helps!

  4. 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).

  5. 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

    Thanks

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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.

      1. Thanks, I was finally able to resolve but I am now seeing a new issue with the PC shutting down when playing Valorant. I am thinking it maybe the power supply?

  6. 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: https://newbcomputerbuild.com/the-best-700-gaming-pc-build-2020/

      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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgULOfcyBpk&t=2s

      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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTkXunUAriE)

      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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