With 2017 just around the corner (And many, many awesome games coming along with it!), we PC gamers are faced with a catch-22. On one hand, we’ll have a whole host of awesome new games to play.. On the other hand, many of us will need to either upgrade or entirely replace our gaming rigs!
But have no fear. Whether you just need a few part ideas or you want to build a brand new VR ready gaming PC from scratch, I’ve got you covered!
This Is The Ultimate PC Gaming Build
When you’re shelling out $1000 for something, you should expect the best – and I won’t disappoint. The part list I’ve compiled below is a result of hours of research, and months of personal experience.
The sheer power and performance this rig will pump out is due in no small part to Nvidia’s brand-new GTX 1060. The 1060 is more powerful than last-gen’s GTX 970 and on par with the GTX 980 – but it’s a lot cheaper! Don’t ask me how Nvidia can possibly still offer their 970 and 980s for the prices they’re currently offered at ($350-$450 currently) when the 1060 ranges from $250-300.
But anyway, my job isn’t to guess at Nvidia’s odd marketing strategies. It’s to provide you with an awesome build guide! Let’s get started.
How to Build a Gaming PC
This section is for those of you who are just getting started in the world of PC gaming (more specifically, PC building) – everyone else can skip to the next section (The part list).
The process of building a gaming PC is really not complicated at all, no matter what others may have led you to believe. It’s perfectly natural to feel overwhelmed and possibly even a little intimidated at first. We all felt that way when we first got started.
However, we didn’t do it alone – and neither will you. The video below is the start of an awesome video series from Newegg that goes over the entire process in newbie-friendly terms. They show you everything! I’ve used it myself and can definitely vouch for its accuracy and depth.
One last little note before you watch (Or move on) – Don’t worry about how long it’ll take. Even absolute newbies can get their first rig built in a matter of hours. Experts can get it done in one hour! So don’t freak out, it’s not going to be a week-long process. 😉
Make sure to leave this window open while you watch, so you can follow along easily and grab all your parts.
Best Parts for A 1000 Dollar Gaming PC Build
Last Updated: 9/24/2016
Motherboard – ASUS Z170-A
Memory – HyperX FURY Black 16GB (2x8GB)
Storage – Samsung 850 EVO (500GB)
Video Card – MSI GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB GDDR5 VRAM)
Case – DeepCool Tesseract SW
PSU – EVGA 700 B1 (700W)
Final Price: $964-$1076.45
We all know that hardware alone does not a gaming PC make! You need a few other important peripherals and components to make your rig truly shine.
First of all, you’ll obviously need a mouse and keyboard. While I recommend going for the Logitech G502 and the Corsair K70 RGB, I’ll be listing a cheaper mouse/keyboard combination below. All you need is something to get you started.
Next up, you’ll definitely need a monitor. Any old monitor will do, so long as it’s capable of running at a nice 1920x1080p resolution. You can definitely find an old monitor on craigslist or at your local PC hardware store for super cheap, but I’ll also recommend a great budget option below.
Finally, you need to think about network connectivity and what OS (Operating System) you’d like to use. I personally recommend Windows 10, but Linux (Specifically, Ubuntu) is becoming compatible with more and more games lately – and it’s free! I’ll link to both below so you can check them out for yourself.
Operating System – Windows 10, or Learn How to Install Ubuntu (Linux)
Mouse & Keyboard – Redragon S101 Vajra & Centrophorus
Monitor – Asus VS228T-P (21.5″ LED)
Network Connectivity – BrosTrend WNA016 (600MBPS)
Before I conclude this article, I want to go over some of the decisions I made and explain why I made them. For those of you who are very experienced with PC building, you can ignore this section as well if you’d like. However, for you newbies out there, I recommend reading all of it to help solidify the entire process in your mind.
First, I want to briefly discuss cooling. Why didn’t I opt for a watercooling system for this rig? Why am I leaving everything as-is? Honestly, it was a tough call. I love watercooling personally, but the watercooling systems that are actually decent are usually quite a bit more expensive than their air-cooling counterparts. To put things into perspective, you can buy a full set of top-of-the-line case fans 3 or 4 times over for the cost of one high-end watercooling system.
Again, I love watercooling, but I felt it would hit our budget too hard for too little gain here.
Next up, the CPU. Why did I go with the i5-6500 over something else? Well, there was two major reasons – price and compability. Price is straightforward, it fit our budget. Compatibility, less so, because there was actually a couple considerations here. I needed to find a CPU that wouldn’t bottleneck our kickbutt GTX 1060, but I also needed a CPU that was compatible with our motherboard and whose heatsink/fan would fit inside our case. The 6500 fit the bill!
Obviously I have to talk about the video card! The GTX 1060 isn’t exactly brand-spanking new now (It’s about 2 months old), but I hesitated to come and update this guide until the price had dropped. Initially, the prices of Nvidia’s new 10 series video cards (The 1060, 1070 and 1080) were through the freakin’ roof. Third-party sellers were grabbing up the stock and trying to flip them for massive profit. As to why I chose the 1060 over something else – Say, the 970 or 980 – the answer is simple – It’s way better, and way cheaper!
Now, why did I choose the RAM and storage that I did? I chose 16GB of RAM because I feel that’s honestly the new standard. 8GB just isn’t going to be good enough for upcoming games, and we need a system that’s truly going to be future-proof and VR-ready. In terms of storage, I also feel an SSD is pretty much standard now. Read my article here to find out why – Click Me. In short, they are significantly more reliable and way faster.
Last but not least, the case. Very, very simple answer here. I just needed a case that would fit and support all of our components, had good reviews and was within our budget. Feel free to swap it out for something else if you’d like, but it fit that criteria very nicely!
If you’ve already finished your build, congratulations! You’ve just embarked on an awesome journey into the world of PC gaming, and you now have a future-proof system that will run brand-new games on Ultra for years to come. The best part? You did it all yourself. Go on, give yourself a pat on the back!
If you haven’t finished your build, then I hope you enjoyed the guide, and I hope it will prove useful to you! I wish you the best of luck. If you run into any troubles or simply want to discuss the process with someone, please feel free to drop me a comment below! I look forward to hearing from you.
What do you think of the build?