Best Gaming PC Under $1000 - ULTRA 1080p, 60FPS! - Ryzen Ed. (Oct 2018)

Adrian B Updated 2 days ago

budget-build-1000-amdIf you want the best gaming computer under 1000 dollars you can’t buy a pre-built computer. You MUST find the best components that fit this budget and build the PC yourself.

Ready to play your games at Ultra + 1440p?

Here you will find a detailed guide on how to choose the best parts in order to build the best $1000 gaming computer. You will get a lot of benefits from building your own custom gaming computer and the best part is that you will discover that’s a lot easier than you may think!

This is part of the Best $1000 Gaming PC series. You can find the main post in this link where I talk about the pros & cons of both Ryzen and Intel $1000 builds.

If you see errors, misleading information, or you just don’t agree with me I would really appreciate your comments so we all can improve this post together. Try to be nice to each other and be collaborative.

Best Ryzen Budget Gaming PC Build Under $1000

You will be able to play all the current and future games at 1080p and Ultra settings at stable 60 FPS as well as at 1440p with ultra settings and 30-45 FPS, depending on the game. Builds within the $750 – $1000 are usually the best investments in terms of quality/durability as you will be able to play the latest games at Ultra settings for the coming four years before you need to upgrade any component. It’s just Amazing, don’t you think?

In my opinion, this is the most worthwhile build you can get. This is all you need to enjoy the cutting-edge technology available while spending a reasonable amount of money.

The Best $1000 PC Build - AN

chevron_right AMD Ryzen 5 2600
chevron_rightNvidia GTX 1060 6GB
chevron_right16 GB RAM DDR4
chevron_rightSSD 240 GB
chevron_rightATX
chevron_right316 W
Case
Thermaltake Core G21 Dual Tempered Glass

Thermaltake Core G21 Dual Tempered Glasslaunch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_right8.2 x 18.7 x 18.5 inches
chevron_right2x USB 3.0, GPU max length 410 mm, CPU fan max height of 160 mm, PSU max length of 220 mm
Motherboard
ASRock X370 PRO4

ASRock X370 PRO4launch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_rightSocket AM4
chevron_rightChipset AMD X Series
chevron_rightRAM DDR4 3200 (O.C.)
chevron_rightRealtek ALC892
chevron_right2x M.2, 4x USB 3.1, 8x USB 3.0, 6x SATA3, 4x fan headers
CPU
AMD Ryzen 5 2600

AMD Ryzen 5 2600launch

chevron_right6 cores (12 threads) at 3.4 GHz
chevron_rightSocket AM4
chevron_rightN/A
chevron_rightCPU Ryzen 2
chevron_right65 W
CPU Cooler
Cooler Master Hyper D92

Cooler Master Hyper D92launch

chevron_right12V, 2.88W
chevron_right128.9 x 96.6 x 146.4 mm
chevron_right800 / 2800 rpm
chevron_right18 / 33 dBa
chevron_rightIntel: 775, 115x, 1366, 2011(-3). AMD: AM2(+), AM3 (+), FM1, FM2(+)
RAM
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4-2666

Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4-2666launch

chevron_right16GB (2x 8GB)
chevron_right2666 MHz
chevron_right16-18-18
chevron_rightDDR4
chevron_rightXMP Profile (2133MHz, CL 15-15-15 w/o XMP)
GPU
Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Rev2 6GB

Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Rev2 6GBlaunch

chevron_right1620 MHz / 1847 MHz
chevron_right6GB GDDR5
chevron_right1280
chevron_right120 W
Storage
SSD Crucial BX300 240GB

SSD Crucial BX300 240GBlaunch

chevron_rightSATA3
chevron_right55 TB
chevron_right555 MB/s
chevron_right510 MB/s
chevron_right45k IOPS
chevron_right90k IOPS
chevron_right0.075W / 5.2W
PSU
EVGA 650 GQ

EVGA 650 GQlaunch

chevron_right650 W
chevron_rightPSU Cert - Gold
chevron_rightSemi-modular
chevron_right4x 6+2 pin
chevron_rightOVP, UVP, OCP, OPP, SCP, OTP

Estimated price

As of October 17, 2018

$936.46

The UA 1000 IN has only one component in common with the previous build (the $800 build), the graphics card. This build improves all the parts that are usually left in the background. So you can expect to get an incredibly reliable and powerful gaming PC that will remain untouched in your room for the next 4 or 5 years.

For this build, I’ve chosen one of the best looking CPU coolers, the Cooler Master Hyper D92, that will keep your overclocked processor healthy and cool. Also, the RAM modules have been upgraded with two 8GB DDR4 2666MHz RAM modules.

As for the power supply, the EVGA 650 GQ is a fully modular, 80+ Gold certified power supply that worths every penny. A high-end PSU is essential when building a computer of this quality. You can’t afford to burn all your rig because of a cheap power supply. Just keep this in mind: the better the PSU, the longer your components will endure and the better overclocking you will get. You will also avoid the annoying electrical sound typical from poor quality PSUs.

And the most important part, the CPU, has been upgraded to the overclockable AMD Ryzen 5 2600, featuring 6 cores (12 threads) at 3.4 GHz. Compared to the Intel’s Coffee Lake family, Ryzen has a wider variety of motherboards to choose from, and the best thing is: we can use any model to overclock this powerful processor!

Case – Thermaltake Core G21 Dual Tempered Glass

Thermaltake Core G21 Dual Tempered Glass

Thermaltake Core G21 Dual Tempered Glasslaunch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_right8.2 x 18.7 x 18.5 inches
chevron_right2x USB 3.0, GPU max length 410 mm, CPU fan max height of 160 mm, PSU max length of 220 mm
Market Price: $64.99
Available on:
Amazon USA

The Core G21 Tempered Glass Edition is one of the latest Thermaltake gaming PC cases, with an ATX full aluminum chassis and two tempered glass windows.

It supports virtually all kind of PC hardware, including the biggest graphics cards, high-wattage power supplies, and air/liquid cooling solutions.

  • dual 4mm thick tempered glass panels
  • built-in power supply cover for clean cable management
  • excellent expandability and ventilation for high-end gaming configurations
  • GPU max length 410 mm, CPU fan max height of 160 mm, PSU max length of 220 mm
  • dust filters and 2x built-in USB 3.0 ports

It comes with one 120mm rear fan preinstalled. Together with three 120mm or dual 140mm front fan (not included), you can further optimize the system cooling performance for efficient airflow.

What we have here is, in my opinion, of the most beautiful cases you can find within the $60 to $100 price range with features of premium products. You won’t regret it!

Motherboard – ASRock X370 PRO4

ASRock X370 PRO4

ASRock X370 PRO4launch

chevron_rightATX
chevron_rightSocket AM4
chevron_rightChipset AMD X Series
chevron_rightRAM DDR4 3200 (O.C.)
chevron_rightRealtek ALC892
chevron_right2x M.2, 4x USB 3.1, 8x USB 3.0, 6x SATA3, 4x fan headers
Market Price: $91.99
Available on:
Amazon USA

One of the best motherboards you can find on the market at the moment for Ryzen-based builds is the ASRock X370 PRO4, a product from the ASRock’s PRO Series.

This ATX board comes with all the features needed for either starter or high-end builds for an unbeatable price and the reliability of a company like ASRock.

This motherboard is fully compatible with latest Ryzen 2 processors. It does NOT need any BIOS update prior to mounting a Ryzen CPU. Note that some of the most recommended AM4 motherboards need a patch to support the latest Ryzen generation.

Presenting a striped white and black design, this board has been designed to get the most out of the latest Ryzen processors:

  • Supports stable CPU Overclocking, thanks to the X370 chipset
  • Supports DDR4 RAM from 1866 to 2400 and overclockable to up to 3200 MHz

It also has others quite remarkable features that are worth mentioning:

  • Tested with the major RAM brands to ensure maximum compatibility
  • ASRock Live Update: forget about navigating through intricate BIOS menus just to update it! With the provided ASRock desktop app you can keep it updated with a couple clicks
  • USB Type-C, M.2 ports for SSDs, premium materials and solid performance!
  • Find out more in the official page

Processor – AMD Ryzen 5 2600

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Graphics Card – Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Rev2 6GB

Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Rev2 6GB

Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Rev2 6GBlaunch

chevron_right1620 MHz / 1847 MHz
chevron_right6GB GDDR5
chevron_right1280
chevron_right120 W
Market Price: $289.99
Available on:
Amazon USA

Here we have the most versatile graphics card of 2017 to play current games at 1080p + 60 FPS.

The GTX 1060 mounts the GP106 chipset, featuring 1280 CUDA cores, 48 ROPs and 80 TMUs. This is indeed a big step forward compared to its previous version, the GTX 960, which featured 32 ROPs and 64 TMUs.

The Gigabyte GTX 1060 G1 Rev2 6GB compute performance is of 4.4 TFLOPS (remember that this value cannot be directly compared with AMD graphic cards as AMD’s architecture has a higher compute performance but it’s not expressed into a real advantage over Nvidia when tested on video games), with a 192GB/s of total memory bandwidth.

The Base clock of the founder’s edition is 1506 MHz and the Boost clock 1708 MHz, but depending on the manufacturer these values could vary a little.

The power consumption (TDP) of 120W is lower than the 150W of the RX 580 and it is powered by a single 6 pin connector.

  • Base Clock: 1544 MHz / Real Boost Clock: 1759 MHz
  • 6GB GDDR5
  • DX12 OSD Support
  • Max Monitors Supported: 4

Compared to the previous Nvidia generation, the GTX 1060 6GB ($330) is as powerful as the old GTX 980 ($450). And for those who don’t believe it, it has been proved several times under different gaming conditions and hardware configurations.

Compared to the 800 dollars build, which also mounts a 6GB GTX 1060 6GB, this $1000 build is better in every aspect. This GPU in combination with 16GB of RAM and the overclockable CPU will definitely improve the 1080p and 1440p gaming stability.

RAM – Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4-2666

Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4-2666

Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4-2666launch

chevron_right16GB (2x 8GB)
chevron_right2666 MHz
chevron_right16-18-18
chevron_rightDDR4
chevron_rightXMP Profile (2133MHz, CL 15-15-15 w/o XMP)
Market Price: $142.99
Available on:
Amazon USA

As for the RAM, it is always a good idea to choose modules of the same frequency and, preferably, in groups of two. That is if you want to install 16GB of RAM, instead of buying a single 16GB module, try to get a 2x 8GB pack.

Note that the RAM memory frequency is of 2666Mhz, and that’s due to a good reason.

The selected RAM frequency is the new standard speed for the latest Intel and AMD processors, so you will be able to exploit its full potential. With former architectures (like Intel Skylake), the limit for non-overclockable motherboards was set to 2133Mhz.

Storage Unit – SSD Crucial BX300 240GB

SSD Crucial BX300 240GB

SSD Crucial BX300 240GBlaunch

chevron_rightSATA3
chevron_right55 TB
chevron_right555 MB/s
chevron_right510 MB/s
chevron_right45k IOPS
chevron_right90k IOPS
chevron_right0.075W / 5.2W
Market Price: $72.87
Available on:
Amazon USA

For builds over $800, I always recommend getting a 240GB SSD, and one of the best-selling models is the Crucial BX300 240GB.

As a best practice, you should prioritize newer models over older ones, as there are durability and reliability improvements year after year.

This model was released in 2017 and it has proved to be one of the best SSD available.

It is fast (555 Mb/s write speed) and pretty durable and the selling price is really competitive.

Power Supply – EVGA 650 GQ

EVGA 650 GQ

EVGA 650 GQlaunch

chevron_right650 W
chevron_rightPSU Cert - Gold
chevron_rightSemi-modular
chevron_right4x 6+2 pin
chevron_rightOVP, UVP, OCP, OPP, SCP, OTP
Market Price: $78.65
Available on:
Amazon USA

The best option in terms of price/quality ratio for maximum performance and stability on moderate power consuming gaming computers is the EVGA 650 GQ, an 80 PLUS Gold semi-modular unit from one of the most popular hardware manufacturers.

The models from the EVGA’s GQ Series take some of the best features from EVGA’s award-winning, like EVGA ECO fan mode for nearly silent operation, Japanese brand capacitors and a highly efficient design, at an excellent value.

  • 80 PLUS Gold certified, with 90% energy efficiency
  • 0.99 Active Power Factor Correction provides clean and reliable power
  • 5 Year Warranty that’s backed by world-class EVGA support
  • Dimensions: 165mm x 86mm x 150mm

What To Do Next

Now that you have the hardware parts list, the next steps would be figuring out what peripherals do you need (if any) and how to putt all the parts together. Here you have some posts to keep reading on these matters:

How did you find this build? Do you think it can be improved in any way? What would you change? Do you want to go for it but not sure about something?

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