Our Best Gaming PC Under $1,000 in 2023

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If you’re looking to upgrade your current rig or wanting to build a new PC from scratch, a $1000 budget will go a long way. We’d class this $1000 build on being at the top of the mid-tier budget range, so you’re 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’ll 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’re 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.


The Ryzen 5 3600 is widely regarded as one of the most powerful and cost-effective AMD’s 3rd Generation Ryzen processors. For the price, you’d 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.


When you’re 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’ve 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.


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’re 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.


When it comes to storage you’re going to want to stay away from an HDD and choose an SSD that’s fast, reliable, but also a good price. This time we’ve 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.


NZXT has some of the best cases on the market. The H510 is no exception. We’ve 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.


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.


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!