The Best $1000 Content Creation PC Build – April 2023
Your Ticket to Pro-Level Content Creation on a Budget!
Looking for the best video editing/content creation PC build you can buy for $1,000? You just found it! While content creation isn’t anything new, in the past it’s been the domain of agencies that could invest in a fleet of overpriced Mac Pros. For all you folks doing content creation at home or on the side, money spent on an overpriced content creation PC comes straight out of your bottom line.
But there’s no need to overspend! This guide will set you up with a PC build perfect for video or photo editing that provides excellent performance, quiet operation, and ease of assembly, all at a great price. And take note, this build also serves as our top recommendation for a Stock Trading PC at the $1000 pricepoint. In short, if you’re ready for a PC build that can handle any professional task you could throw at it, follow this guide to get the best component picks.
This Month’s Build, Powered by Intel!
For April 2023, this build utilizes Intel’s impressive 13th-Gen platform, specifically the Core i5-13600K, a 14-core, 20-thread powerhouse that beats previous-gen Core i7 chips as well as everything AMD currently offers in its price range. Importantly, it has integrated Intel graphics, making it the ultimate tool for content creators on a budget. You can get up and running without worrying about the added expense of a separate video card, which would eat up far too much of a $1,000 budget, cutting into overall performance.
Keeping this system fed with data is 32GB of ultra-fast DDR5-6000 RAM, which will accelerate both CPU and GPU tasks, along with a high-speed 1TB NVMe solid-state drive that’s perfect for content creation use. The PC is housed in a stylish SilverStone mid-tower case, utilizes a quiet tower cooler from Scythe, and is powered by an efficient and capable power supply.
If you need a monitor or peripherals, we have some great recommendations for you at the end of this guide, but you can also check out our dedicated monitor buyer’s guide and peripherals buyer’s guide. Note that throughout our this and all of our guides, we provide direct links to Amazon or Newegg for our US readers, and our Amazon links will auto-convert for readers in the UK, Canada, and a number of countries in the EU, with substitutions made based on availability. To support this site, please use these links if you purchase any of the products we list.
Intel Core i5-13600K$320The 13600K is simply revolutionary at its pricepoint. With a total of 14 cores (6 performance cores and 8 efficiency cores), and a total of 20 threads (yes, it’s getting hard to keep up!), it can handle just about anything. In an instant, it made nearly AMD’s entire product stack irrelevant!
Make sure you don't go for the 13600KF, which has no built-in graphics and will not work in this system!
Gigabyte Z790 UD AC$195Gigabyte packs tons of value into its Ultra Durable “UD” series motherboard, and this Socket 1700 model is a perfect match for Intel’s latest CPUs. It features three M.2 slots (all being Gen 4 x4), a PCIe Gen 5 video card slot, ten USB ports (including a Type-C port), and integrated WiFi.
You'll be able to output to two UHD displays simultaneously using this board's HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2 ports in conjunction with the graphics built into the CPU.
G.Skill 2x16GB Ripjaws S5 DDR5-6000 CL30$120For the ultimate in speed, you must go with DDR5 RAM, but not just any DDR5 RAM, because you need high-frequency DDR5 to blow past DDR4 RAM performance. And that’s what you get with G.Skill’s Ripjaws S5 kit, running at DDR5-6000 with timings of 30-40-40-96 at 1.35V. This is the real deal when it comes to DDR5 performance!
We have spec'd a DDR5 motherboard, so you must make sure to get DDR5 memory. DDR5 is much faster than DDR4, and they are not interchangeable.
Solid-State Drive –
WD Blue SN570 1TB NVMe$46WD knocked it out of the park with its high-performance yet bargain-priced SN570. Optimized for excellent real-world performance thanks to WD’s years of SSD development, it easily keeps up with much more expensive drives. This 1TB model can provide sequential read speeds of 3500MB/s and write speeds of 3500MB/s. Note that you’ll need a jeweler’s-type screwdriver to affix it.
This is priced like many 500GB drives, making it an exceptional deal for content creators who need space on a budget!
Silverstone Fara B1 RGB$70The bargain-priced case offers tremendous features and style for the price. It has dual 120mm RGB fans to provide cooling and modern looks, along with a tempered glass side panel, a sleekly-styled front panel with ample venting, plus three USB ports on top.
Thanks to the front- and rear-mounted fans in this chassis, there's no need to get another fan!
Power Supply –
Silverstone ET550-B$60This PSU easily beats every competitor in its price class, offering top-notch quality and Bronze-rated efficiency. With 550W of power on tap, this unit has plenty of headroom to keep this system going for years, even with significant upgrades, including more powerful video cards.
While many lower-cost PSUs are of questionable quality, this is the real deal!
CPU Cooler –
Scythe Kotetsu Mark 3$30This cooler is the perfect pick for a mainstream PC Build. It offers great styling thanks to the black fan and top plate, robust cooling potential courtesy of the fall fin stack, and nearly-silent operation, provided by the excellent Scythe Kaze Flex II fan, among the best 120mm fans on the market! The quality of this high-end fan alone makes this cooler an absolute bargain!
This cooler has the socket 1700 bracket you'll need for the cutting-edge Intel CPU right in the box.
Operating System –
Windows 11 Home (USB)$136Windows 11 take everything people loved about Windows 10, and then takes it to 11! It adds significant under-the-hood changes to make it faster and more secure, and of course, the interface is sleek too! This version ships on a convenient USB stick, allowing it to be easily installed by just plugging it in.
Windows 11 is definitely what you want on a system running Intel's latest hybrid processors!
The Deluxe Wireless Keyboard/Mouse Combo –
Logitech MK735 Keyboard/Mouse Combo$72 The Guru’s Tip
This wireless kit uses a single USB receiver for both devices, freeing up a port for other USB peripherals.
The 32-inch 4K Monitor –
LG 32UN550-W$330 The Guru’s Tip
The value this monitor offers to content creators can't be overstated!
Logitech C920x Pro HD Webcam$70 The Guru’s Tip
This has a microphone built in, but in order to teleconference, you'll still need headphones to hear, or alternatively speakers, such as the ones below.
The Basic PC Speakers –
Creative Pebble 2.0$19 The Guru’s Tip
Note that despite the name, these are far larger than a pebble!
The Budget Wireless PC Headset –
HyperX Cloud Stinger Core$60 The Guru’s Tip
We really value wireless connectivity on headsets when doing content creation, as we're never at our desk for too long!
Total Cost: $999
- CPU – Intel Core i5-13600K ($320)
- Motherboard – Gigabyte Z790 UD AC ($195)
- Memory – G.Skill 2x16GB Ripjaws S5 DDR5-6000 CL30 ($120)
- Solid-State Drive – WD Blue SN570 1TB NVMe ($46)
- Case – Silverstone Fara B1 RGB ($70)
- Power Supply – Silverstone ET550-B ($60)
- CPU Cooler – Scythe Kotetsu Mark 3 ($30)
- Operating System – Windows 11 Home (USB) ($136)