What’s up, guys. So, you have a $1000 to spend on a gaming PC. What parts should you pick? Do not worry, since I just build a 1000 us dollars gaming rig and tested in a few games.
And since there are quite a few pc parts out of stock at the moment, I will try to provide some alternative parts you could use in your build as-well.
Alright, this time we will do a bit differently. Since I wanted to make this pc building process from the first-person point of view, I used my pretty old GoPro camera. And so, don’t judge video/photo quality in some of my shots.
Anyway, at first, I will build this Gaming PC and after that, I will comment on each part that was used here and what alternative options you should be searching for.
As well as you will be able to check popular game benchmarks at 1440p so you would have a better picture of how this PC performs.
So let’s start!
A build process was nice and easy, especially working in this NZXT case. But let’s start our build parts overview.
And here I’ve used one of the best all-around CPU’s currently available Ryzen 5 3600. With 6 cores and 12 threads, it’s definitely a great Gaming CPU.
But it also manages to handle heavy workloads related to video editing or rendering. In case you want to save some money and go for a more budget CPU option, I would suggest searching for a Ryzen 5 1600 AF for a reasonable price ($85-100) or Ryzen 3 3300x in case you build this PC strictly for Gaming.
I’ve used a bit older MSI B350 Tomahawk motherboard since I already had one lying around, but you should definitely look for a MSI B450 Tomahawk MAX, MSI B450 Mortar MAX, or even consider going for a new but more expensive B550 chipset motherboard.
While we do not have many B550 motherboard reviews yet, it provides better compatibility with future Ryzen processors as well as PCI-e 4.0 support.
A budget motherboard option, especially if you are going for Ryzen 5 1600 AF CPU, would be ASROCK B450 Pro4 or B450M Pro4.
These are great budget options and still provides a nice CPU upgrade path, but keep in mind, in case you want to use them with a 3rd gen Ryzen CPU you will need to update motherboards BIOS.
Next up we have RAM. It’s HyperX FURY clocked at 3200mhz. But in general, you should go for 3600mhz RAM with a 3rd gen Ryzen CPU if you can.
But we got quite a nice deal on this kit as well it has an RGB so I couldn’t complain. But in case you are on a budget, 3200mhz is really ok.
Storage configuration is really up to your needs and budget. In my case, I had an older Samsung 960 EVO NVME drive as well as an older 2.5-inch hard drive.
But for a similar build, I would suggest going with a 1 TB NVME SSD like Crucial P1 or Western Digital Blue since it’s around 120 or 130 us dollars. And you can always add a high capacity hard drive later on.
Even if you are on a budget, just get a cheap 250GB SATA SSD and a 2 TB hard drive combo and you will enjoy fast boot drive as well as additional 2TB hard drive space for your games for under 100$ in total.
For a graphics card, we have MSI RTX 2060 Super Gaming X. This particular model is really quite an awesome looking one and performs really well in games. Though, for a similar price, you could look for slightly faster RX 5700 XT as an alternative.
It’s around 9% faster compared to RTX 2060 Super, but you would lose Ray tracking as well as Cuda cores acceleration in video editing software if it’s a thing for you. So in case, these features are needed, stick with RTX 2060 Super.
For a more budget option, you could get RTX 2060 non-super, RX 5600 XT, or RX 5700.
As for a power supply, I’ve used Corsair RM750x, but it’s a bit of the overkill. You can definitely go for a 650watt gold certificate power supply, or even for a Bronze certificate in case you are on a tight budget.
I will add a few alternative PSUs you could use in the description below.
And I really loved building in NZXT H510 case. It has a really clean look and feels like a quality product. It has quite some space for your cable management and really easy to build in.
I will publish a separate Unboxing and overview dedicated to this case later on so stay tunned.
Cables & RGB Fans
As for a final blink touch, I’ve used cable extensions from a Deepcool and a few RGB fans – Corsair LL120 and Corsair LL140. But in case you want to save some money, you should definitely skip those corsair fans since they are quite pricey and NZXT H510 case has two included case fans.
But if you wish to go for RGB fans, I really recommend looking into PCCOOLER Halo or DeepCool RF120m. They are one of the best ones you can get for its price.
Alright, let’s jump into some benchmarks. All 8 games (Apex Legends, Fortnite, CSGO, War Thunder, Shadow of The Tomb Raider, The Division 2, Far Cry New Dawn, Assasins Creed Odyssey) were tested in 1440 and the highest setting. As well as I’ve included a few 3DMark (Fire Strike and Time Spy) benchmarks.
So, using a 1440p resolution, you will be able to enjoy triple-A titles using Hight settings as well as you could use competitive settings and play esports games on a high refresh rate monitor. Not even mentioning at 1080p you would get even more performance.
In case you decide to build a similar or even more budget-friendly PC as-well, you will find all the links below.
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PC Parts List
Ryzen 5 3600
Ryzen 5 1600 AF
Ryzen 3 3300x
Ryzen 3 3100 https://amzn.to/2Aq8vAU (US)
Samsung 970 Evo 1TB
Crucial P1 1TB
WD Blue SN550 1TB
EVGA 650/750 B5 Bronze
EVGA 600 BR Bronze
Seasonic S12III 650 Bronze
Gold cert. Cooler Master MWE 750W Gold
MSI B450 Tomahawk MAX
https://amzn.to/36LDPFC (US) – n/a
https://amzn.to/3djrvyZ (UK)- n/a
MSI B450 Gaming PRO Carbon MAX
ASUS TUF B450-PLUS Gaming
MSI RTX 2060 Super Gaming X
EVGA RTX 2060 KO
MSI RX 5600 XT MECH OC
DeepCool RF120 (3 in 1)
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