Last Updated: November 12, 2019
Planning the best $1000 gaming PC build in November or December 2019? Just in time for the holiday season, in this detailed build guide we cover how to strategically the current best PC components as a gamer within the current hardware market as of late 2019, to assemble the fastest gaming computer that 1000 dollars can buy. With a $1000 custom gaming PC (more for Canada/Australia, less for UK readers) you can expect to very smooth 1440p 60FPS gaming performance throughout 2020 and beyond on high/ultra settings, as well as very decent streaming and multitasking performance thanks to the AMD CPU.
Speaking of good-old team red AKA AMD, this latest November 2019 edition of our recommended $1000 components makes for an all-AMD gaming PC build, though not by design - an AMD CPU and AMD-based graphics card is simply where the current best bang for buck is right now for a PC build in this price tier. The fresh new Ryzen 5 3600 processor combined with the excellent frames-per-dollar value proposition of RX 5700 video cards makes for an excellent value system.
Like all custom gaming PC builds we recommend on the site, the current best $1000 gaming PC build below was carefully-crafted and thoroughly thought-out to take into account everything that makes for a great setup including:
We also explain every component choice and why they made the cut for this particular build in the full build breakdown below, as well as including great alternative picks if your needs differ than that of the typical gamer. That said, while we do our best to bring you the very best PC builds for gaming that we can possibly muster based on many years of experience, we encourage you to always do your own research, especially if you have more specific requirements. Anyway, time to dive straight into the build breakdown and good luck on your hardware hunt.
Plan the Best $800 Gaming PC Build (better value for 1080p 60Hz)
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Best $1000 Gaming PC Build (November 2019 Updated)
|Graphics Card||XFX Radeon RX 5700 DD Ultra (8GB GDDR6, Dual Fan)||XFX|
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 5 3600 (6 Cores, 3.6GHz, Unlocked)||AMD|
|CPU Cooler||Wraith Stealth (comes with R5 3600)||-|
|Motherboard||MSI B450 Tomahawk Max (ATX, Ryzen 3000 Ready)||MSI|
|RAM||Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB, DDR4, 3200MHz)||Corsair|
|SSD (Primary/Boot)||Samsung 860 EVO 250GB SSD (2.5 Inch, SATA)||Samsung|
|HDD (Secondary Drive)||Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB (3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, 64MB Cache)||Western Digital|
|Power Supply||EVGA 650 SuperNOVA G3 (80 Plus Gold, 650 Watts, Fully Modular)||EVGA|
|Case||Fractal Design Meshify C Dark TG (Mid Tower, 2x 120mm Fans)||Fractal Design|
Additional Build Features Cheatsheet
|RAM Slots||4x DDR4 (2 free)|
|Motherboard Support||ATX, Micro ATX, Mini ITX|
|Max RAM Size / Speed||64 GB / 4133 MHz|
|CPU Architecture / Generation||AMD Zen 2 / Ryzen 3rd Gen "Matisse"|
|CPU Overclockable?||Yes (3600 is unlocked)|
|Built-in Wireless?||No (buy wireless desktop adapter)|
|PCIe Slots (PCIe 4.0)||PCIe x16: 2
PCIe x1: 3
|Storage Support||SATA HDDs/SSDs: 6
m.2 SSD Slots: 1
RAID: Yes (0, 1, 10)
|Front Ports||2x USB 3.0, 1x Headphone, 1x Microphone|
|Multi-Monitor Support||Up to 4 Displays|
|Pre-installed Fans||2x Dynamic X2 GP-12 120mm (Front, Rear)|
|Fan Placement Options||
Front: 3x 120 mm / 2x 140 mm (1x 120mm included)
Rear: 1x 120mm (1x 120mm included)
Top: 2x 120mm / 2x 140mm
Bottom: 1x 120 mm
|Water Cooling Radiator Support||
Top: 1x 120mm / 240mm
Front: 1x 120mm / 240mm / 360mm, 1x 140mm / 280mm
Rear: 1x 120mm
|Case Compatibility||Max GPU Length: 315mm
Max CPU Cooler Height: 170mm
Max PSU Length: 175mm
Optical Drive Support: No
|Case Materials||Steel, Tempered glass, Plastic|
|SLI / CrossFire Support||No / Yes|
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1080p (1920 x 1080):
1440p (2560 x 1440):
4k (3840 x 2160)
The above is the average expected performance of this build at different resolutions and refresh-rates when playing a typical, graphically-demanding modern PC game on high/ultra/maxed settings. If you're not sure what refresh-rate your gaming monitor is, chances are it's a standard 60Hz screen. See refresh rates for beginners for more.
Now to frame rate estimates for a Ryzen 5 3600 and RX 5700 gaming PC build in a boatload of popular games based on analyzing a bunch of different gaming benchmarks across the greater internet galaxy. Just please keep in mind the following:
Estimated Frame Rate for 1440p (Ultra Settings)
(R5 3600, RX 5700, 2x8GB DDR4 3200MHz)
|Apex Legends||60 - 80|
|PUBG||50 - 60|
|Fortnite Battle Royale||60 - 70
|Overwatch||80 - 100|
|CSGO||220 - 240|
|League of Legends||300 - 330|
|Rocket League||180 - 190|
|GTA V||50 - 60|
|Assassin's Creed Origins||45 - 55|
|Battlefield 5||60 - 70|
|Battlefield 1||70 - 90|
|Call of Duty Black Ops 4||55 - 65|
|Star Wars Battlefront 2||65 - 75|
|Witcher 3||55 - 65|
|Far Cry New Dawn||65 - 75|
|Resident Evil 2||75 - 85|
|Anthem||45 - 55|
|World War Z||65 - 75|
|Shadow of the Tomb Raider||40 - 50|
|Metro Exodus||35 - 45|
|Forza Horizon 4||75- 85|
|Deus Ex Mankind Divided||40 - 50|
|Destiny 2||100 - 120|
|Final Fantasy XV||40 - 60|
|Hitman||60 - 70|
|Crysis 3||50 - 60|
|Monster Hunter World||40 - 50|
As you can see from the above aggregated benchmarks for a RX 5700 and Ryzen 3600 build, you'll get smooth 1440p performance with the parts of our $1000 gaming PC build, and even in very demanding AAA games. Any consistent frame rates above 40FPS will be smooth, but you can always tone down the settings if you want the ideal experience that a flawlessly-smooth 60FPS provides.
As already mentioned too, these $1000 components are also just fine 1080p 144Hz gaming too, but if you're using a standard 1080p 60Hz monitor, you could say this PC build is overkill as you could get away with a cheaper setup like our $800 gaming computer build (or even less) if all you're aiming for is 60FPS in 1080p.
Note: All "honorable mention" recommendations below were also checked for compatibility
Sapphire Radeon RX 5700 Pulse 8GB (our 2nd pick, but 1st if same price as the XFX)
MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Ventus OC 6GB (nice-looking, well-cooled 2060 if you want NVidia)
MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Ventus XS 6GB (slightly less impressive aesthetics but same performance)
For the best $1000 gaming PC build in November or December of 2019, the best bang for buck GPU you can get right now is an AMD RX 5700 which beats its similar-priced NVidia rival, the RTX 2060 (non-Super), fair and square. The 5700 also has more video memory with 8GB compared to the 2060's 6GB. As for which 5700 model to get, right now at its current great price under $350, the XFX RX 5700 DD Ultra is a comfortable recommendation over other 5700 cards, though I'd also consider the Sapphire Pulse if you can find it around the same price (at the time of writing, it's a fair bit more than the XFX).
Techspot ran a test with the XFX RX 5700 DD Ultra and they found it performed well and most importantly with decent temperatures. The 5700 DD Ultra has a decent cooler, and actually one that's found on the faster XT models actually. We can't recommend any reference models of the 5700 though (ones that have a blower-style cooler) as these run hotter and louder than traditional 2 or 3-fan models like the 5700 DD or Sapphire Pulse.
Anyway, with a RX 5700 you can get very good 1440p gaming performance in modern AAA titles, and is plenty of GPU firepower for using with a 1080p 144Hz monitor as well for those playing competitive FPS or Battle Royale games (genres where higher refresh rates like 144Hz makes sense). As for 1440p 144Hz displays, you're starting to push your luck a little though, and you're not going to get anywhere near 144FPS in 1440p with these components and would need more GPU and GPU power (even on medium/high settings).
Same thing with 4K resolution, which is theoretically possible with this $1000 custom PC but not recommended as you'd really need to dial back the settings or stick to older games only. But I'm sure you knew that coming into this $1000 build guide, and besides, 1440p resolution is just great and provides a very high-quality experience (1440p 60Hz that is, as once again, 1440p 144Hz requires more powerful parts). Anyway, see our monitors section later in this guide for good value 1440p 60Hz and 1080p 144Hz screens to go with this RX 5700 build (or RTX 2060 build if you choose team green instead).
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600
When building a 1000 dollar gaming PC, spending around 200 dollars on your CPU and around 350 dollars on your graphics is around the type of CPU/GPU ratio you want to maximize gaming performance and avoid having to sacrifice on your other supporting components (which are still important, too). If you investigate the average random $1000 computer off the street, you'd find the CPU/GPU ratio is often going to be a lot more closely-matched, and often more skewed in the CPU direction (especially if it's not a gaming PC).
Meaning, you could see a $350/300 CPU paired with a $200/250 GPU. This is good for a workstation build where the CPU is typically most important, but when planning a custom PC for gaming it's the other way 'round and you want to allocate more on graphics if you want to strategically stretch performance. But you don't want to go overboard and say, pair a $450 GPU with a $100 to $150 CPU, as that means your CPU will hold you back (ie bottleneck your system, especially in CPU-intensive games).
So, long story short, the best CPU for gaming around $200 right now is the AMD Ryzen 5 3600 which improves upon the previous great-value Ryzen 5 2600 and offers similarly-sweet overall bang for buck. The R5 3600 has been proven to be a very solid gaming CPU, but it's also a great value multitasking, productivity and streaming CPU too, so it's hard to go wrong with no matter what you're doing with your machine.
For $200 there's nothing better right now; you've got Intel competitors for lower (9400F) and higher (9600K), but the 3600 is stronger than the 9400F, and will provide essentially the same 1440p performance as the 9600K which is slightly out of this budget anyway. But on a sidenote, the 9600K is objectively better for 1080p 144Hz, as it does beat the 3600 slightly in lower-resolution, higher refresh-rates situations like that, hence it's inclusion in our current best budget 1080p 144Hz gaming PC build.
CPU Cooler: Wraith Stealth (Comes With R5 3600)
The R5 3600 stock cooler is very respectable and all that most people will need
The 3600 comes shipped with a decent stock cooler (Wraith Stealth) which is more than adequate if you're not overclocking, although you could even overclock a bit with it as well. But for the best cooling and noise reduction when overclocking, you ideally want to bring an aftermarket third-party cooler to the party such the Arctic Freezer eSports Duo or Cooler Master 212 Evo (black or black RGB editions looks better than the standard model) which both provide excellent cooling performance at a very affordable cost.
For taming an overclocked R5 3600 you don't need anything too beastly, and a cheap yet effective sub $50 cooler like these will get the job done. Just don't forget to check your case clearance as aftermarket coolers like these can be quite bulky/tall, but if you're going ahead to build with our recommended Fractal Design Meshify C case, either of these coolers will fit without problems. But yeah, for most gamers who won't be bothering with overclocking, just using the Ryzen 5 3600's stock cooler is more than fine.
Motherboard: MSI B450 Tomahawk Max
For a Ryzen 5 3600 build your motherboard chipset choices are B450, X470 and the newer more-expensive X570 boards, but for the best value $1000 PC build, and if you're not doing extreme overclocking, there's no real need for the higher-quality and more feature-rich X470 or X570 boards as a good B450 has everything you need and is much more cost-effective.
Speaking of good B450 boards, nothing beats the B450 Tomahawk which is excellent quality with great features for the price, and is also surprisingly good for overclocking too with the best VRM design of any B450 board. However, make sure to get the "Max" version which comes with support out of the box for the latest Ryzen 3000 CPUs like our recommended Ryzen 5 3600. With other B450 motherboards, you might need to update the BIOS manually first before being able to install a Ryzen 3000 CPU, which would require having an older AMD CPU on hand or to use a BIOS flashback feature that's present on some boards.
So, if you're a first-time builder it's just easier to get a motherboard like the Tomahawk Max with out-of-box support for the Ryzen 3600 to avoid the potential hassle of performing Ryzen 3000 BIOS updates as here have been a lot of people having issues (mainly due to some B450 boards not having a big enough BIOS memory chip to handle the new Ryzen 3000 update; translation: don't buy the "non-Max" B450 Tomahawk model).
See Also: B450 Tomahawk MAX vs B450 Tomahawk
Choosing hard drives for a new system all depends on your storage needs which will vary from gamer to gamer, but you can't go too wrong in terms of value with a 250GB SSD as your main drive and a large 1TB HDD for all your other programs and files. Samsung 860 Evo drives are reliable, fast and great overall value SATA SSDs, and there's no need for faster m.2 SSDs for a gaming rig. Crucial's MX range of SATA SSDs, not to be confused with their cheaper BX range, are another reliable and affordable option.
As for traditional HDDs, which still have their place in a modern PC build as you can't beat them for price (and large SSDs are expensive), the Western Digital Blue is the best value 1TB model at the moment, and runs at 7200RPM which is always what to shoot for when choosing a HDD. If you want a huge 2TB drive, we recommend the Seagate Barracuda as your best value option, which is also 7200RPM, though do be wary that their 3TB and larger HDDs are not 7200RPM and actually run at 5400RPM despite what some product listings mis-state.
Power Supply: EVGA 650 SuperNOVA G3 80+ Gold Fully Modular
Corsair RM650x 80+ Gold Fully Modular (another top quality 650w PSU)
EVGA 650 GQ 80+ Gold Semi Modular (good budget 650w PSU)
Seasonic MI2 II 620W Evo 80+ Bronze Fully Modular (decent cheaper Bronze PSU)
EVGA 550 SuperNOVA G3 80+ Gold Fully Modular (good value quality 550w PSU if using RTX 2060 instead)
You could technically get away with less power for this build such as 550 watts, however the 5700 does have a 600 watt PSU requirement in its specs so we want to play by the rules here and it's best not to ignore official manufacturer spec requirements no matter if it seems you can get away with it.
Besides, there are plenty of affordable 650 watt PSUs that aren't much more expensive, and the extra watts means even more wiggle room over a 550w model to accommodate any type of future upgrades and overclocking of the Ryzen 5 3600 should you be doing that. But if you choose a RTX 2060 instead (non-Super), feel free to get a 550w power supply as it has a lower PSU requirement than the RX 5700 (500w opposed to 600w).
Choosing a good power supply is always important no matter your budget, and especially so for a gaming computer with a decently-powerful graphics card. Yes, it's true and been proven; everytime you buy a cheap and nasty no-name dud of a PSU, somewhere in the world an innocent cute kitten dies, so don't be a douche or risk your new system and avoid trying to save a few bucks on a cheap PSU.
EVGA produce some great value for money yet efficient, high-quality and reliable PSUs these days, and their Supernova G3 gold-rated models is a great buy to look after your precious PC components for years to come. The Corsair RMX series is also great and usually affordable.
Fractal Design Meshify C Mid Tower (non-tinted edition)
Phanteks Pro M Mid Tower (good alternative with similar low-key look)
Cooler Master MasterCase H500 Mid Tower (great airflow case for flashier tastes)
Rosewill Cullinan MX Red Mid Tower (another flashier case worth considering)
Cooler Master MasterBox Pro 5 RGB Mid Tower (yep, another good case that's easy on the eyes)
Phanteks Eclipse P400 Mid Tower (cheaper but still great quality and features)
Easily one of the best PC cases under $100 right now, the Fractal Design Meshify C series is all-class and excellent overall value as it beats many higher priced models in the metrics that matter such as construction quality, airflow, features, and how easy it is to work with overall. Don't let the fairly uninspiring, unimpressive photos fool you either, as it's a great looking case in the flesh (or in the metal, rather).
Perfect if you prefer a more minimalist, low-key design, and it still has a side window to see your finished work of art (though quite dark - get the non-tinted lighter-looking version we've listed above if you want a clearer window). It comes with 2 pre-installed 120mm fans (one in the front and one in the back) which is enough for our purposes here considering the case is well-designed from the ground up for high airflow, but if you want some lighting then go ahedad and add in a couple LED/RGB 120/140mm fans.
If you'd rather something more a little more flashy and striking to capture attention on your desk, look no further than some of our top alternate picks listed above such as the very slick, high-airflow Cooler Master H500 which we currently recommended as the top pick in our best $1200 gaming PC build, or the Rosewill Cullinan MX (either red, blue or RGB editions) which is currently on sale.
The main intended resolution for the recommended $1000 computer build is 1440p (2560 x 1440 pixels), as a Ryzen 5 3600 and 5700 combo allows for good performance in this resolution, but you could also use this setup nicely for 1080p resolution using a 144Hz refresh-rate monitor. A 1080p 60Hz monitor is selling yourself short a little though, as these parts would obliterate any game in 1080p on maxed settings, if you choose 1080p then we highly recommend 144Hz.
Just whatever you do, remember when picking a good monitor for gaming you want a response rate of 5ms or less (1-2ms is ideal, though 5ms is fast enough). You can bet your bottom dollar we'll never recommend a monitor on BGC with a response rate over 5ms, so if you ever catch us doing so please kindly proceed to digitally punch us in the face. Anyway, here are some good value 1440p 60Hz and 1080p 144Hz monitors right now that we can recommend to use with the November 2019 $1000 gaming PC build.
Best Value 1440p 60Hz Monitors
Top Pick: Acer V277U 27 Inch WQHD 2560x1440 (75Hz, 4ms response time, IPS)
AOC Q3279VWFD8 31.5 Inch QHD 2560x1440 (75Hz, 4ms response, IPS)
ViewSonic VA2719-2K-SMHD 27 Inch QHD 2560x1440 (60Hz, 5ms response, IPS)
Acer EB321HQU 32 Inch QHD 2560x1440 (60Hz, 4ms response)
Best Value 1080p 144Hz Monitors
Best Freesync Monitor for a RX 5700: AOC C24G1 24 Inch Curved (1ms response time, TN, AMD Freesync)
Best G-Sync Monitor for a RTX 2060: Acer XFA240 24.5 Inch (1ms response time, TN, NVIDIA G-Sync)
Sceptre E255B-1658A 24.5 Inch (1ms response time, TN, AMD Freesync)
Acer XFA240 24.5 Inch (1ms response time, TN, NVIDIA G-Sync)
Acer Predator XB272 27 Inch (1ms response time, TN)
Asus VG248QG 24 Inch (0.5ms response time, TN, NVIDIA G-Sync)
LG 27GL650F-B 27 Inch (1ms response time, IPS, NVIDIA G-Sync)
AOC CQ27G1 27 Inch Curved (1ms response time, TN, AMD Freesync)
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Anyway, hope this guide helped and good luck with your build or upgrade!