Gaming PCs for any Budget (part 1)

The primary concern for PC gamers is dealing with prices. Not everyone has the thousands of dollars to build that “Dream PC” which runs everything at 4K with 500 FPS.

Considering the variety of hardware available to consumers, it’s safe to say that there are better alternatives for the budget gamer. Needless to say, $1,000 is a good budget to make a great PC.

Graphics

When building your PC always make sure to pick a good graphics card. The NVidia GeForce GTX 1070 is a well above average GPU for a decent price of around $350 -$400.

Considering I use a GTX 970 and can run almost any game, I think you will find great performance in this GPU. Having this card will assure you that this rig will be VR capable.

Processor

If you know anything about computers, then you will know that the CPU is just as important as the GPU. That being said the Intel i5 6600K is the perfect choice for a budget PC. Although it’s not an i7, the 6600K combined with the power of the GTX 1070 makes your computer a powerhouse. This processor can handle almost any game and is also unlocked to give you full control over it. The clock is set at 3.5GHz but can be overclocked to more than 4GHz.

The Intel i5 6600K being my current CPU I can verify that this is a great processor that won’t break the bank.

Cooling

When dealing with a gaming PC, air flow is a priority to keep the components from overheating.

The Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO is a fan that gets the job done right. Running from 600 – 2000RPM this fan will keep your rig from overheating even on the most intense games. This product is supported by just about every CPU on the market, so if your think about upgrading, this fan will do just fine.

Motherboard

Without a motherboard, your computer won’t run. I suggest getting an ASRock ATX DDR4 LGA 1151 Motherboard Z170 Pro4s. Don’t mind the long name, this motherboard can handle anything you throw at it, being very consumer friendly it is easy to install. Coming with all the parts needed to add upgrades, this motherboard is perfect for getting into PC gaming.

Along with the motherboard, you will need RAM. The Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4 2133MHz is all you will need to get into gaming. Coming with enough memory to run the most intensive games.

Other Components

Now all you need is a Hard Drive, Power Supply, and a case.

For the HDD, I suggest using the Seagate 2TB BarraCuda SATA. The Seagate is a fast HDD that can hold tons of games and software. It’s always nice to have a lot of space to use.

For the PSU, I would go with the Corsair CX Series, CX600. It offers all the power needed for a high-quality PC.

All that’s left is the case! When choosing a Mid-Tower always make sure it has good airflow for cooling. The Corsair Carbide Series 200R Compact ATX Case has plenty of room, along with great ventilation.

Now you have the knowledge of the parts needed to build a great gaming PC for around $1,000. Hopefully, you will check out some of the parts if you need an upgrade, but if not then stay around for the $700 PC coming out next week.

By Austin Black