The best esports gaming pc build

While sales of PCs have been up and down over the past few years, there's one area that's growing at an amazing rate, and that's eSports gaming PCs. What makes a gaming PC an eSports gaming PC? It's simple: hitting the sweet spot on portability, price, and performance. This build will give you all that, along with the win in your next competition!

For September 2020, the $1,000 eSports Build features AMD's Ryzen 5 3600, a six-core, 12-thread CPU that offers tremendous gaming performance for the price. It's supporting Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB, the ultimate GPU under $250! In terms of storage, the $1,000 eSports Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build offers an ultra-fast 512GB PCIe-based solid-state drive, along with 16GB of DDR4-3200 RAM. Once you have all your new gear in hand, you'll be installing it in the ultra-portable SilverStone ML08 chassis and powering it up with a 500W Gold-rated power supply.

We also list some of our very favorite peripherals for eSports players or any gamers looking for maximum performance at a fantastic price. Scroll all the way down to check them out! To see how this build has evolved over time, check out our eSports Gaming PC Archive. And if this build isn't quite what you're looking for, we have a feeling we have another solution that will for for you, so just flip over to our Introduction to Small Form Factor PCs to learn more about our other compact options.

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The $1,000 eSports Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build - September 2020

  • CPU:

    AMD Ryzen 5 3600

    The $1,000 eSports Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build gets serious processing chops from AMD's Ryzen 5 3600 6-core CPU with 12 total threads, and a boost speed of up to to 4.2GHz. It will do incredibly well in all modern games, and it has the multi-threaded capability to work through content creation apps far faster than previous-gen chips!

    The Guru's Tip:

    This CPU includes a powerful 55mm-tall cooler that will fit perfectly in this system.

  • Motherboard:

    ASRock B550M-ITX/AC @Newegg

    This awesome AMD B550-based motherboard is packed with features at a great price. It has a PCIe Gen 4 M.2 SSD slot, PCIe Gen 4 video card slot, six USB ports (including a Type-C port), and built-in 802.11ac wireless networking plus Bluetooth!

    The Guru's Tip:

    The B550 chipet also offers the prospect of great future-proofing, as it's the newest chipset AMD offers. Some older chipsets are no longer being updated to support next-gen CPUs.

  • Video Card:

    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 Super Mini ITX OC 6G @Newegg

    The GTX 1660 Super is a game-changer in the under-$250 price bracket, with no competition from AMD, and a huge leap in performance over Nvidia's own GTX 1660 (yes, the Super means something!). It's also incredibly efficient, meaning it runs cool and quiet.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This compact model will fit easily in the case we recommend.

  • Memory:

    Patriot 2x8GB Viper Steel DDR4-3200

    For the $1000 eSports Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build, we're going with a generous helping of RAM to make sure you never get bogged down while multi-tasking. 16GB will truly be more than enough for anything you can throw at this system!

    The Guru's Tip:

    DDR4-3200 is truly the sweet spot right now in terms of price/performance!

  • Solid-State Drive:

    Silicon Power 512GB NVMe

    This 512GB solid-state drive uses the ultra-fast PCIe interface, the NVMe protocol, and TLC NAND to easily beat every SATA drive on the market, despite a price that undercuts nearly all of them!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Due to this drive's M.2 form factor, it will slip right into the motherboard, taking up zero space in your case!

  • Case:

    SilverStone ML08B

    The ML08 is designed for portability, making it the perfect case for $1,000 eSports Mini-ITX Gaming PC Build. This case doesn't include any fans, but that's what makes it so small. The CPU, GPU, and power supply all have their own fans that get direct access to outside airflow when mounted in this case, so it's as good as if it were wide open! Note that it has 58mm of clearance for CPU coolers, and the cooler included with the AMD processor is 55mm tall, making it a perfect fit. Learn more secrets about this case in our full assembly guide!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Need a truly portable system? Then get the ML08 with built-in carry handle!

  • Power Supply:

    SilverStone SST-SX500-G

    Using a 92mm fan that runs at lower RPMs and noise levels than previous 80mm-based power supplies, this Gold-rated, fully-modular SFX PSU may be pint-sized, but it packs in the power. With 500W on tap, plus dual PCIe power cables to support high-wattage video cards, it's a perfect match for this build.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This system will draw around 250W at load, meaning this unit will operate right in its sweet spot for efficiency.

  • Operating System:

    Microsoft Windows 10 Flash Drive

    Win 10 is better than Windows 8.1 in every conceivable way. Thank goodness Microsoft listened to critics and came up with an OS that's actually easy to use!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Windows updates W10 every six months, adding new features and enhancing security. Note that in the long run, Microsoft is almost certain to move to a yearly subscription plan, but buying a copy today locks in "permanent" ownership!

Optional Components

  • The Pro Gaming Mouse:

    Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed Wireless

    This new mouse from Razer comes in at a simply insane price for a high-end model, offering up both the robust "HyperSpeed" wireless system and an ultra-responsive 16,000dpi sensor. At this point, there's almost no reason to go with wires at all!

    The Guru's Tip:

    This set is priced like bottom-basement clones, but has the specs to compete with the very best! Don't be fooled into buying the no-name gear for a few dollars less (or more!).

  • The Budget Gaming Keyboard:

    Logitech G213 Gaming Keyboard @Newegg

    You get a ton of keyboard for the price with the G213. Built-in wristrest, programmable RGB backlighting, and responsive keys.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that while we really like wireless mice, we typically recommend wired keyboards unless you're shopping in the ultra-premium market, as wired keyboard don't need to move around much!

  • The Mainstream Wireless PC Headset:

    HyperX Cloud Stinger Wireless

    Best headset under $100 - that's an easy one. The Cloud Stinger Wireless! Great audio quality, ultra-light weight, and extremely comfortable. There's a reason HyperX is the #1 selling gaming headset brand in the world!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Watch out for all the off-brand headsets selling for nearly the same price. They definitely won't give you the quality or comfort that HyperX delivers!