The Best $1000 Gaming PC Build for April 2019

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Updated: April 2019

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 and should you have any questions feel free to get in touch. If you are in the market for another budget you can also check out the following pc build budgets:

The Best $1000 Gaming PC Build | April 2019

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

Powered by the Intel i5 8400 and the RTX 2060 Graphics Card

CPU

Intel Core i5-8400 Desktop Processor 6 Cores up to 4.0 GHz LGA 1151 300 Series 65W

The i5 8400 is a great gaming pc CPU with 6cores/threads and a frequency of 2.8GhZ (up to4GHz Max Turbo).

*Included

Cooler

Included with the CPU

The stock cooler should be all you need, however you can always upgrade if you want.

Motherboard

MSI PRO Series Intel 8th Gen LGA 1151 M.2 D-Sub DVI DP USB 3.0 Gigabit LAN CFX ATX Motherboard (Z370-A PRO)

A good Z370 motherboard that has all you need for the $1000 pc build - Some notable specifications: Turbo M.2: Delivering Speeds Up to 32Gb/s. DDR4 Boost- Advanced technology provided by MSI OC lab to ensure maximum compatibility for overclocking performance.

Graphics Card

ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2060 Twin Fan 6GB GDDR6 192-bit Gaming Graphics Card, Super Compact, IceStorm 2.0, ZT-T20600F-10M

The RTX 2060 is a fantastic graphics card and a great choice for those wanting to gaming fludly at high refresh rate 1080p resolution gameplay and well into 1440p resolution.

RAM

Corsair LPX 8GB DDR4 DRAM 2133MHz C13 for DDR4 Systems 8 DDR4 2133 (PC4 17000) DDR4 2133

8Gb of RAM is a perfect amount for this gaming pc build, with plenty of room for more should you need later on.

SSD

WD Blue 3D NAND 500GB PC SSD - SATA III 6 Gb/s, 2.5"/7mm - WDS500G2B0A

The Western Digital blue is a great solid state drive, and this particular model has a capacity of 500GB. You can easily bump this up if you have the funds or add another later.

Power Supply

EVGA Supernova 650 P2, 80+ Platinum 650W, Fully Modular, EVGA ECO Mode, 10 Year Warranty, Includes Free Power On Self Tester, Power Supply 220-P2-0650-X1

650 Watts is enough juice for this gaming pc build and the EVGA Supernova P2 is the perfect choice as it is fully modular and platinum rated (meaning it's very efficient).

PC Case

CORSAIR Carbide 275R Mid-Tower Gaming Case, Window Side Panel- Black

A clean, minimalistic pc case with a full window side panel.

Estimated Cost (April 2019): $950

Overview | $1000 Best Gaming PC Build 2019

April 2019 Update: The $1000 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 RTX 2060 graphics card and this is paired with an Intel Core i5-8400.

The included gaming CPU this March is the Intel i5 8400. This gaming CPU is a great choice and purchase for the cost. If you have a little more to spend on the CPU, check the alternatives tables below where we include the Intel i5 8600K, which will give you more performance should you think you need it.

The RTX 2060 graphics card is very capable of maxing games out at 1080- and into 2K resolutions without difficulty.

The motherboard included is an MSI CFX H370 Gaming Plus, which is a capable and affordable motherboard with plentiful of features including:

  • Intel Turbo USB 3.1 Gen2
  • Intel GAMING LAN
  • Gaming Device Port
  • High-res DisplayPort
  • Golden audio jacks
  • Gaming heatsinks
  • For maximum cooling and performance
  • H370 Chipset
  • Supports Intel 8th Gen processors
  • DDR4 Boost
  • Optimized traces and isolated memory circuitry
  • Turbo M.2
  • NVMe support, up to 32 Gb/s using PCI-Express Gen3 x4, ready for Intel® Optane™ memory
  • PCI-E Steel Armor
  • Protecting VGA cards against bending and EMI
  • Audio Boost
  • Optimized gaming audio using best components, with Nahimic

The RAM kit included is a Corsair LPX 8GB DDR4 RAM 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 storage included is a modest Western Digital Blue 3D Nand SSD 500GB SSD. This SSD is priced really well and is a must for any pc build. You can also upgrade this SSD for a 1TB version or add more later when needed.

The power supply unit (PSU) included is the EVGA Supernova 650 Pw 80+ Platinum PSU. This is enough juice to power this awesome pc build and is platinum rated PSU, making this one of the most power efficient PSU’s out there.

For the pc case this April, included is the CORSAIR Carbide 275R. This is a very sleek, affordable gaming pc case that does it’s job — encapsulating your hardware while looking professional and sleek.

Upgrade Suggestions | Best $1000 PC Build 2019

Add a Better CPU + Motherboard + Cooler

If you want to upgrade to a better CPU, then the Intel i5 8600K is a great choice, however if you do decide to do this you will need to also switch up your motherboard to a Z370 compatible motherboard (to allow over clocking since the "K" in the 8600K signififes it is unlocked and easily overclockable). you will also need to add a cpu cooler as one is not included with the 8600K.

Graphics Card Upgrade: RTX 2070

EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 Black Gaming,8GB GDDR6, Dual HDB Fans Graphics Card 08G-P4-1071-KR

If you are looking for the biggest bang for your buck performance upgrade, then upgrading to an RTX 2070 would be perfect.

RAM Upgrade

Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 3000MHz C15 Desktop Memory Kit - Black (CMK16GX4M2B3000C15)

Think you need more memory in your build? Then upgrade to a 16GB kit of Corsair Vengeance.

Liquid CPU Cooler Upgrade

Corsair Hydro Series H80i v2 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler, Black- Add a liquid CPU Cooler

Looking for a little more oomph in your cooler? Then get a liquid cpu cooler such as the Corsair Hydro series H80i.

Above are the suggested upgrade ideas for the best April 2019 $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.

If you wanted to easily upgrade your CPU, you could simply swap for the Intel i5 8600K. The 8600K gives you the potential to further overclock your CPU for a slightly higher cost. You do have to keep in mind though that if you go with the 8600K, you will need to add a CPU cooler (such as the Cooler Master Hyper 212) and you will need a compatible motherboard (such as the MSI Z370-A PRO above) to take advantage of the 8600K’s overclocking potential.

Want more immediate gaming power — then the graphics card upgrade is definietly the first upgrade I would take. The upgraded card is the RTX 2070, so if you have the dollars to spend and want to upgrade this would be a great choice.

Since the $1000 pc build above includes 8GB of RAM, you could bump this up further to 16GB with a kit of Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 3000MhZ RAM if you think you need it. Further, you could also plug in an additional 8GB kit, later on, to get 16GB if you find you need it.

You could also go with a liquid CPU cooler such as the Corsair Hydro Series H80i V2 in place of the included air cooler already included in the above build above. This could help keep things quiet and a tad cooler when overclocking and it offers a more customize the cooling experience — this could also be used if you decided to go with the Intel 8600K CPU upgrade as it doesn’t come with a cooler.

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