May 092013

My Gaming PCYour Gaming PC Build for Under $1000?

I want to propose a hypothetical exercise that I think will be a lot of fun. Let’s say that today is your lucky day, I gave you $1000 to shop and buy the necessary hardware to build yourself a custom gaming PC. It doesn’t matter whether you are an AMD fan, Intel fan, or so on and so forth. How would you have spent your cash and what are your reasonings behind your selections?

Your choices could help someone else make a decision on some hardware. So lets have some fun!


So Here’s How it Works
  • Let’s use Amazon’s PC Components area as a guide so we’re all talking the same prices and looking at the same hardware
  • Keep it under $1000. Close is ok though ;)
  • Comment with a link/ brief description of your choices and why you chose them
  • Don’t worry about the operating system or peripherals  (keyboard, mouse, etc). Just the main ingredients for a great Gaming PC
My Gaming PC Build for under $1000 | Example

Here is what I would build if I had our hypothetical $1000 burning a hole in my pocket:

PROCESSOR – CPUIntel Core i5-3570K Quad Core LGA 1155 $  209.99
MOTHERBOARDGigabyte Intel Z77 LGA 1155  Motherboard GA-Z77X-UD3H $  139.99
SSD – BOOT DRIVESamsung 840 Series 120GB SATA III SSD $  100.38
POWER SUPPLYRosewill HIVE-750 750W 80 Plus Bronze Power Supply $    89.99
HARD DRIVE – STORAGESeagate Barracuda 1 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s Hard Drive $    66.28
MEMORY – RAMCorsair Vengeance 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB ) DDR3 1600 MHz $    66.27
CASECorsair Carbide Series 200R Compact ATX Case $    59.99
CPU COOLERCooler Master Hyper 212 EVO – CPU Cooler $    27.99
OPTICAL DRIVEAsus 24xDVD-RW Serial ATA Internal OEM Drive $    20.99
TOTAL $  986.42

The build I have chosen would keep me satisfied for quite some time. It has plenty of upgrade/overclock options and enough power to run almost any game out at 1080P.

So what would you buy?

 Posted by on May 9, 2013  Add comments
  • kevin1d

    could you make some more builds lol >.> im not a tech guy but im most likely going to use what u just posted in the future lol >.> except im doing my shopping at microcenter lol

    • Gary the TechNut

      No problem. Micro Center has some great bundles and I like to shop around myself. The Example build is what I would buy if I had the $1000 to spend. I was looking at a system that I could upgrade in the future. Some would say I should have used an i3, a smaller ssd, etc… but most games have breached the 2 core wall and make use of four cores. If you need any advice drop me a line I would be more than happy to help!

  • picadet

    Hey I love this site! I was wondering if you could go over a gaming/htpc hybrid that is water cooled in a full size case. I have noticed a lot of the articles (which i love) covers one or the other. But not a combination.

    • Gary the TechNut

      Hi picadet, that’s a great idea! What kind of water cooling did you have in mind? I recommend using a self contained unit such as the Corsair Hydro Series I will post a build in the Gaming PC section this week!

      • picadet

        Basically what I (we) are trying to figure out is the ideal hybrid that allows for both gaming and movies ie. hdmi ports, what type of mobo, graphic cards, what type of case (size doesn’t matter). Because for many missionaries/volunteers that go out for months to years, our computers are the only source of entertainment in a 3rd world country. l remember we fried our windows xp, running so many movies and games off of it. But that’s all we had, so I would appreciate pointers on what things too look for (that wont kill the bank), that many families could use when they decide to live outside the u,s,

        • Gary the TechNut

          I would assume you would want something semi-portable and very rugged?

          • picadet

            Portable isn’t too big of an issue, more about something that is all in one, requiring less stuff families gotta haul around. That cost around $1k