If you\u2019re looking to upgrade your current rig or wanting to build a new PC from scratch, a $1000 budget will go a long way. We\u2019d class this $1000 build on being at the top of the mid-tier budget range, so you\u2019re going to be getting a high-performance PC that won't be slowing down anytime soon. With the future-proof tech going into this build, you\u2019ll be able to handle 1080p and 1440p games with ease, a huge amount of multi-tasking, along with intense photography and video editing. However, all the components we\u2019re detailing today can be swapped out, so if you do want to improve the performance after a few years, you can, with ease. Unfortunately, due to various factors, the prices of the hardware listed fluctuate daily. We aim to update all of our builds as much as we can to ensure they are as close to the specified build price as possible. Build List Case: NZXT H510 - Black NZXT has some of the best cases on the market. The H510 is no exception. We\u2019ve chosen the black edition, giving this rig a sleek, stealth look. The case itself is compact, has excellent cooling, and quiet fans. The high-quality materials NZXT use will keep this case looking great and in fantastic condition way into the future. Motherboard: Aorus X570 AORUS ELITE The Aorus X570 is probably the best quality X570 motherboard out there and that\u2019s why we\u2019ve picked it for this build. It features full AMD Ryzen 3000 series support, intelligent fan control and RGB Fusion 2.0 for full lighting customization.\u00a0 CPU: Ryzen 5 3600 The Ryzen 5 3600 is widely regarded as one of the most powerful and cost-effective AMD\u2019s 3rd Generation Ryzen processors. For the price, you\u2019d struggle to find an Intel counterpart to match. The base clock for this CPU is 3.6 GHz straight out the box and can be overclocked to an impressive 4.2 GHz. Graphics Card: GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER WINDFORCE OC 8G The RTX 2060 Super graphics card utilizes a Windforce alternate spinning fan system, providing some of the best cooling on the market, coupled with extremely high performance, at a very reasonable price point. If you\u2019re a gaming enthusiast, the 8GB of VRAM on this graphics card can put out high FPS in both 1080p and 1440p resolutions, along with VR support. PSU: EVGA 600 BR, 80+ Bronze 600W The power supply is arguably the most important part of any PC build because, without power, your fancy new components will be little more than paperweights. We recommend the EVGA 600 BR for this rig as it has 600 watts, catering for all the components, as well as being of bronze standard. The bronze standard rating is particularly important and gives a good guarantee against it failing. RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 3600 MHz When you\u2019re building a rig with some of the best kits around, you want to have a decent amount of memory to keep up. The Corsair Vengeance range is some of the best RAM out there and for this build, we\u2019ve chosen two 8GB sticks of Corsair Vengeance LPX 3600 MHz. Not only is this high quality, but the black color also fits right in with the NZXT H510 case. SSD: Crucial BX500 240GB When it comes to storage you\u2019re going to want to stay away from an HDD and choose an SSD that\u2019s fast, reliable, but also a good price. This time we\u2019ve gone with the Crucial BX500 240GB. We believe this is the top selection in this price range and with the 240GB capacity, it should cover most, if not all your storage needs. What games can this PC run? With any gaming PC, you\u2019ll want to know what games it can run and what FPS you\u2019re likely to be expecting. The list below shows off some of the more graphically intensive games as well as some popular ones for you to get an idea of how this $1000 rig is performing. \tFortnite - You should be able to achieve around 30-40 FPS at 4K and High settings. If you\u2019re looking for that all-important stable 60 FPS, you\u2019ll have to either turn down your resolution or the graphical settings. \tPlayerUnknown\u2019s Battlegrounds - PUBG is almost always going to perform worse than other games out there due to poor optimization. It is also quite performance demanding as it is, so we recommend just playing at 1440p and on high settings rather than looking at 4K. This should give you a smooth, stable 60 FPS. \tMonster Hunter: World - 4K isn\u2019t going to be an option for this build if you want a good framerate but MHW should give you great FPS in 1440p.\u00a0 \tLeague of Legends - As always, League performs fantastically due to its high optimization for eSports. You\u2019re looking at 4K 60FPS with ease on this game so no concerns here. \tDota 2 - While Dota 2 isn\u2019t made to run on a calculator like League of Legends (that\u2019s sarcasm) it is still shouldn\u2019t be demanding for a build like this and should easily run at 4K60. \tOverwatch - While an eSports title, this is definitely more demanding than the MOBAs. Expect 40-50 FPS at 4K\/Ultra settings, and consider turning down to 1440p for the best experience. \tRainbow Six: Siege - With its real-time map destruction and high-end graphics engine, you aren\u2019t going to be able to keep a stable 4K60 at high settings with this game. 1440p should be fine, though. \tWarframe - Warframe is actually surprisingly light on system resources, so you should be able to achieve at least 100 FPS in 4K and high settings with this PC build. \tGrand Theft Auto V - 4K60 isn\u2019t happening here unless you turn a lot of things down, but 1440p and high settings should be very easy to achieve. \tTeam Fortress 2 - This is more CPU-dependent than GPU-dependent, and the i5 in this build is overkill for TF2. 4K60 should be achievable, but due to TF2\u2019s engine you may encounter some pretty bad performance hiccups- if you do, you\u2019ll want to turn some settings down. Building Tips At PCGuide we want to ensure that you are as capable as possible for building your PC. If you\u2019re a first time builder, we want you to experience the moment you press that fresh power button and your new PC boots up correctly. That\u2019s why we\u2019ll be detailing some all-important tips and tricks for you to keep in mind when assembling your new rig. Use Anti-static Equipment Electrical components are fragile at the best of times so taking care when building is essential. However, what many don't consider is the effect static electricity can have. If a static discharge occurs, it can damage your components beyond repair, which then means a whole lot of wasted money. You can avoid any potential component damage in a couple of ways, with the most common being; using an anti-static mat for your components and wearing an anti-static wristband when assembling. Prepare your toolkit in advance You\u2019re going to want to get your tools ready because you don\u2019t want to start to assemble your rig and not be able to due to not having the correct equipment. There aren\u2019t masses of tools you need to successfully assemble a PC but what is essential, is a screwdriver with multiple bits. There are a few screws that are needed to secure both the components and assembling the case itself. These can usually be fitted using the same Phillips bit, with the most common being #2. However, make sure you have a #1 and #3 just in case. Budgets This article is all about the best gaming PC you can get for $1000, but if you\u2019re wanting to mix and match some of these components with cheaper, or even more expensive ones, it\u2019s most certainly possible. For those looking to make this build ever so slightly cheaper, we recommend that you sacrifice NZXT H510 and choose Aerocool Cylon PC Gaming Case instead. This will reduce the cost of the build by around $25-$30 and it\u2019ll impact the PC the least. If you\u2019re looking to marginally beef this build-up, we recommend choosing AMD Ryzen 7 3700X over the Ryzen 5 3600. This CPU gives you a bit more performance when your rig is under some heavy stress along with a nice LED cooling fan. Of course, as mentioned earlier, the prices of all of these components will increase and decrease over time so you could potentially get a bargain. If you are looking for a budget gaming PC in the $300, $400 or $500 range then check out our cheaper alternatives. Peripherals Now you\u2019ve got all of your PC components in order, you will need some peripherals to suit your gaming needs. We\u2019ve picked out some options to accompany this $1000 build that should more than satisfy the requirements. Logitech G Pro Wireless Mouse The Logitech G Pro was built with one thing in mind; gaming. It is both endorsed and used by esports pros and that\u2019s why we think that it is the perfect mouse to go with this build. It\u2019s wireless but has a super-fast 1mms report rate connection, along with the same features as it\u2019s wired counterpart. Corsair K70 Low Profile Keyboard When looking for a great gaming keyboard it can be quite overwhelming with the number of options out there, so we\u2019ve gone for an all-rounder; the Corsair K70 Low Profile. This keyboard features low profile RGB switches which provide a sense of comfortability coupled with the same performance of mechanical switches. In addition, Corsair has used an aircraft-grade anodized aluminum frame, providing incredible durability and pleasing aesthetics. SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wired Gaming Headset The SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wired Gaming Headset provides fantastic sound quality at a respectable price as well as the widely recognized best mic in gaming; the Arctis ClearCast bidirectional microphone. We believe this is one of the best headsets out there for the price and more importantly, for gaming. SteelSeries QcK Gaming Surface A large, accurate mouse mat is essential for any PC gamer and we think the SteelSeries QcK Gaming Surface is an affordable option that has the attention of esports pros. It features a large surface area and micro woven cloth to pick up even the smallest of movements of your mouse. Essential Software Operating System Now you have your fresh new build, you need some operating software to actually use the machine. There is no disk drive in this one so you may be wondering \u2018how am I going to install my operating system?\u2019 well, it can actually be installed via USB. Whether you go with Windows or Linux, you will have to download the respective files onto a spare USB and plug it in when booting. Graphics Card Drivers You want to be looking at the highest resolution possible and that means ensuring you have the latest graphics card drivers installed. This is vital in your new build as you could be stuck with stock drivers that are not only out of date but give you a sub-optimal resolution. Go to the maker of your graphics card website which in this case is Nvidia, and find the correct drivers. Antivirus Software You\u2019re going to want to protect your PC from any attacks, so installing antivirus software is a must-have. There are a variety of providers with different levels of protection but if you\u2019re just wanting a piece of free software, we recommend Avast. Avast\u2019s antivirus protection is the most basic you can get, but for free, there\u2019s no complaining from us. Web Browser Choosing the web browser that caters to all your surfing needs is always down to personal preference. We would recommend either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox as these are the fastest browsers out there, and the most widely used across the world. Some argue that while Chrome is the fastest browser out there, it does utilize a lot of memory, so choosing Firefox could be the way to go if you feel the same. Conclusion All in all, this $1000 gaming rig should be more than capable of visually demanding 1080p\/1440p gaming, highly intensive photo and video editing, along with any 3D rendering you might do. It is a fantastic all-rounder and should be up there in terms of performance in the years to come. If you did end up building this rig, enjoy your new PC! Be sure to check out our other articles if you have any issues or want to explore different options!