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Our main goal with this build is to provide the best gaming PC for under $1000. At this price point, you will be able to build a mid-range gaming PC that is capable of running games @1440p and 60+ FPS. Please keep in mind that component prices fluctuate daily, we will provide alternatives as well as keep this post updated for as long as possible.
$1000 Intel Platform Build
CPU – Intel Core i5-10400F
- 6 Cores/12 Threads
- 65W TDP
- Base Clock 2.9GHz
- Max Boost Clock 4.3GHz
- Cooler Included
The i5-10400F is a very underrated CPU that delivers similar performance to the Ryzen 5 3600 while being about $50 cheaper. It comes included with a mediocre cooler that will only get you so far, I would recommend investing in a simple cooler such as the Hyper 212 Evo if you plan on utilizing the PC for CPU-intensive work. If for any reason you are unable to pick up an i5-10400F, you can consider the i5-10400, which is basically the same CPU but it has integrated graphics. Furthermore, if you are looking to upgrade the CPU, then I would recommend taking a closer look at the Intel Core i5-10600K or the KF version below.
Motherboard – Asus Prime B460-PLUS ATX Motherboard
- Intel LGA 1200 Socket: Designed to unleash the maximum performance of 10th Gen Intel Core processors
- Dual M.2
- 6 total USB ports
- 2x 12V RGB Header
The ASUS Prime B460-Plus is a pretty basic motherboard that gets the job done. It doesn’t have any flashy features or extensive cooling, but it does fit in perfectly with this $1000 build. The Prime B460-Plus also comes with 2 12V RGB headers that can be controlled via software, and it also provides 4 total fan headers. As an alternative, any of the motherboards below would be a perfect fit, just make sure the motherboard you pick will fit inside your case.
Memory (Ram) – 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 Kit @3000MHz or higher
When selecting which RAM kit to purchase, make sure that it ticks off all of the following:
- 16GB (2x8GB) Kit✅
- The memory type is DDR4 (288-Pin)✅
- The memory speed is 3000MHz or higher✅
- Reputable company with good product reviews✅
- CL16 or lower✅
Below are some good memory options based on our recommendations, and product reviews:
Storage – 2TB 7200 RPM Seagate Hard Drive + 256GB NVME M.2 SSD
For storage, we opted to go for a hard drive + SSD combo. This is your best option as it provides fast booting and loading times, while still providing enough storage for the latest games. If you don’t plan on utilizing more than 1TB of storage, then it might be worth dumping the hard drive and going for a 1TB NVME M.2 SSD. Check out our recommendation below.
Video Card – RTX 3060 Ti 8GB GDDR6 or RTX 3060 12GB GDDR6
The RTX 3060 Ti is one of Nvidia’s latest GPUs, and it’s one of the best bang for your buck GPU if you are able to pick one up brand new. DON’T BUY FROM SCALPERS, they are trying to rip you off by overpricing the product. I would recommend visiting your local computer stores, such as Micro Center in the United States or Canada Computers in Canada, and check if they have any available or if they take backorders. If you have no success at picking up a new RTX 3060 Ti, I would recommend looking for a used GTX 1080 Ti, or RTX 2070 Super on Craigslist, Kijiji, or Facebook Marketplace. Alternatively, I would recommend trying to pick up the newly released RTX 3060.
A brand new RTX 3060 Ti in the United States should cost you about $460 – $540 depending on the model. In Canada, you should spend about $580 – $640 on a brand new RTX 3060 Ti. Make sure to check online for the price of the model to make sure you are not overpaying.
A very effective method to find an RTX 3060 Ti or RTX 3060 in-stock is joining a discord server that notifies when an item is in-stock. Just search up “GPU stock discord (Country)” on google and you will be able to find one easily through Reddit. It’s super convenient and it actually makes you feel like you have a chance of getting your hands on a new GPU!
Power Supply – Corsair CV Series 650W 80+ Bronze Efficiency
The Corsair CV Series is a very good budget power supply that will be sufficient to power this build. 80+ Bronze certified efficiency provides up to 88% operational efficiency generating less heat and lowering your energy costs. 650W will also allow for future upgrades, such as getting a 3070 or upgrading the CPU. See below for power supply alternatives.
Case – May vary depending on preference
Picking the right case for your build is fairly simple, and the one you pick would depend on whether or not you like the aesthetics. However, make sure that the case you pick checks all of the following:
- Supports your motherboard (ATX, Micro-ATX etc.)✅
- Provides good cooling (At least 2 fans are recommended, you may choose to purchase the fans separately)✅
- Great product reviews✅
- You like how it looks✅
If you are unsure the case you picked is compatible with your motherboard, or if you have any questions in general, please feel free to comment down below and we will provide assistance. Here are some good options to consider:
Operating Software – Windows 10 Pro Fully Activated
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