It time to get out of the mid-range gaming level! It’s time for an upgrade! Building your own Gaming PC is a decision you’ll never regret. With a gaming laptop, your budget of $1000 will only take you to the mid-range level at best. By building your own gaming PC, you will enjoy premium gaming PC performance at about the same cost (if not cheaper) as a budget gaming laptop.
Through this guide, we will walk you through the important factors you need to pay attention to when building a gaming pc with a $1000 budget.
THE GAMING PC BUILD OVERVIEW
Congratulations! You have now officially passed the mid-range category to explore the world of premium gaming. The gaming PC you will build through this guide can easily exploit any 1080p-1440p monitor and will allow you to dip your toes on much more advanced 4k gaming.
This gaming PC build offers so much more than those cheap mid-range gaming laptops. No, this gaming PC is a beast. It will devour anything you put in its way!
Let’s take a quick look at the different components you will check out to make your gaming PC build a powerful one.
- Graphics Card
- Power Supply
GAMING PC ELEMENTS
Choosing the components that will work together determines the success of your gaming PC build. You must have a thorough understanding of the capability of each element you will incorporate in your project.
This section will list the most important factors to think about when choosing each component for your gaming PC. You’ll have a list of items that have been recommended by some of the most reputable gaming PC builders out there.
Central Processing Unit
Every computing device houses a chip that processes data and executes different commands. It is more commonly known as the Central processing unit (CPU). It is the most important part of your system. CPUs are differentiated by their clock speed, heat output, power input, and other benchmarking categories.
Intel has a line-up of powerful processors at different price points. They have been making great advances in the world of processors.
However, given our budget constraint, there are big factors to account for that are reasons enough to consider AMD’s processors. AMD’s counterpart for Intel’s chips offered the best value for the buck.
Let’s take a look at AMD’s Ryzen 5 3600X. For its price, the Ryzen 5 3600X’s stock cooler performs better. It is designed not only for gaming but for other processor taxing tasks related to video and rendering. Moreover, AMD’s Ryzen 5 3600X is suited for overclocking.
Graphics Processing Unit
The Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) has the second biggest impact on your gaming PC’s performance. It is responsible for translating the data from your CPU to be rendered as the images you see on your monitor.
Choosing the wrong GPU will ruin your gaming experience and you don’t want that!
This is where the AMD Radeon’s RX 5700 XT comes in. For its price, it offers premium performance and high-fidelity gaming. It handles 1440p gaming without a sweat! It was designed to manage visual effects and a multi-level cache hierarchy that delivers a highly responsive gaming experience.
You don’t want to lose because of a lag in the middle of the game! Getting a powerful GPU is a no-brainer.
It is a heated discussion among the gaming community and the gaming PC builders if a 16GB worth of RAM makes more impact in the gaming experience than having the 8GB RAM.
The most popular advice you’ll get is to buy 16GB RAM. In reality and in most benchmark tests done, the extra 8GB does not make a notable difference in the gaming PC’s performance.
Even with the $1000 constraint on your budget, you can still afford to buy 16GB RAM for your gaming PC. Making this choice ensures that your gaming PC build will be able to handle the games to be released in the future.
A 1 TB SATA SSD is your best choice. It is plenty of space to store and run your games. If you still want more, you can easily add another 1TB hard drive if you need another location for your other files.
Thanks to the market competition, there should be enough options for gaming PC cases within the $40-$80 price range. Looking for a PC case should not be a difficult task. You only need to know what exactly you’re looking for.
Looks can be deceiving! In choosing a great PC case, just like in choosing musical instruments, you have to first check a couple of things before even considering its looks.
In choosing a gaming PC Case, you have to check:
- Size – It has room for the components mentioned above. You should have an idea if your hardware will easily fit in your case. There are at least four (4) globally accepted gaming pc case sizes: Full Tower Case, Mid Tower Case, Mini Tower Case, and Mini-ITX Case.
- Airflow – Since the goal of your build is to have a gaming PC at a premium performance, heat is one of the drawbacks you have to manage. You have to make sure that there is enough space for the heat to flow to avoid thermal throttling caused by overheating. Check if the case has extra cabinets for additional fans as needed. A standard case to consider should have at least three cabinets for fans.
- Cooling System – If it is in your long-term plan to integrate cooling systems into your build, decide which system you would adapt and check if there are openings available for an easy install. Check the supported radiator sizes indicated on the specs page of your gaming pc case.
- Cable Management – Finally, you would want to check if your gaming pc case features a cable management system. Gone are the days where opening a case feels like a time-bomb is about to explode and you don’t know which wire does what!
You’re almost there! You’re down to the last couple of elements to your gaming PC build! The consensus among gaming PC techs specifies to get a quality 450W power supply. Even with pushing your gaming PC to its limits, you should be able to handle even the most tasking scenarios.
Your gaming PC’s power supply won’t increase your frame rate capabilities and GPU overclocking but it has the most valuable impact on your whole system’s health. Choose a low-quality power supply and your system will struggle running or will not run at all. Worst case scenario, your system will not last long!
Make the most out of your budget by choosing the best quality product that will be sufficient for your system.
- Determine the Correct Wattage for your Gaming PC – There are now dozens of sources online that provide power draw benchmarks for your CPUs and GPUs. This will give you an average estimate of what your system will need.
- Stick to Well-known Manufacturers – Fierce competition among suppliers benefits the consumers. However, in this case, avoid getting your gaming PC’s power supply from low-quality suppliers who may rate their power supplies at a much higher rating than what the unit supplies.
The golden rule is to do your part and make extensive research on which power supply will do justice to your gaming PC needs.
PERIPHERALS AND ACCESSORIES
Now that you’ve invested so much time choosing what goes on in your gaming PC, you would not want to sacrifice your peripherals and just pick what’s easily accessible.
Here are some thoughts to consider while looking for a monitor for your gaming PC.
Your monitor’s resolution dictates the quality of the pictures you see. More pixels are needed to produce the best-looking picture on your monitor. For most of the games today, you’ll enjoy an optimal QHD (2560 x 1440) resolution for screens between 27-32 inches. This should not give too much load on your GPU.
b. Pixel Density
Pixel density should not be confused with resolution. Pixel density determines the amount of detail on a device’s surface, resolution describes the amount of pixel information regardless of the size of the physical surface.
As a rule of thumb, a large monitor with a lower resolution will bring a lower pixel density.
c. Refresh Rates
To put it simply, refresh rates are the number of times your monitor receives and displays new information per second. It is measured in Hertz Hz. The higher the refresh rates are, the better the displayed images will be.
A swordsman is as revered as his sword. You don’t want a crappy keyboard for your premium gaming pc build. You want a quality gaming keyboard since it is the gate to access your gaming PC.
Different Types of Gaming Keyboard
It is wise to understand the technology used in the keyboard you choose. One type of keyboard that has been adapted in most laptops today, the scissor-type of keyboard is characterized by its embedded keys.
Another type of keyboard is the membrane-type keyboard. A rubber membrane under the keys makes contact with the plate. These are low-cost keyboards since they are easy to manufacture. Due to its design, it tends to cause lag when the contacts between the plate and the rubber membrane are not established.
The most popular type of keyboard among owners of gaming PCs is the mechanical type. It has been the most reliable among the types of keyboards.
Just like the keyboard for your gaming pc, you’ll have thousands of options to choose from when it comes down to your mouse; and this is not an exaggeration!
Any regular mice can be used for games. The main factor that separates a gaming mouse from a regular one is the speed of the sensor used and the software that allows the user to customer the mouse’s function.
The best rule to follow is to put into account how the mouse fits into your hand. You’ll spend hour after hour in games, the ergonomic design of the mouse has to be considered. Other than this, the game will most likely dictate if you need the more ‘advanced’ gaming mouse in the market.
Conclusion: With a $1000 gaming pc build, you will have more than enough power to play the games you love at a premium gaming experience.
As you’ve seen through this guide, the best gaming pc you can build requires a hard look at your budget, your gaming needs, and the amount of time spent to get the most out of your dollar. You will build a monster gaming pc that will give you the optimum gaming experience.
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