The Best $1000 Content Creation PC Build – May 2022
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 May 2022, this build is better than ever, thanks to the newly-released Intel Core i7-12700, a 12-core, 20-thread powerhouse of a CPU equipped with integrated Intel graphics. It’s the ultimate tool for content creators on a budget. The built-in video allows you to get up and running without worrying about the added expense of a separate video card, which would eat up enough of a $1,000 budget to lead to an overall lowering of performance.
Keeping this system fed with data is 32GB of ultra-fast DDR4-3600 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 and powered by an efficient and quiet 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 i7-12700$350
Intel reclaimed the performance lead with its 12th-Gen “Alder Lake” CPUs, and the 12700 offers the perfect blend of performance and efficiency for high-end professional applications. It offers eight multi-threaded performance cores plus 4 efficiency cores, making it a beast for content creation and multi-tasking! Note that the 12700 is the “locked” version of its 12700K cousin, which means it cannot be overclocked, but for professional apps, overclocking is never a wise choice!The Guru’s Tip
This CPU includes a cooler, which adds to its value, but if you'd like a quieter overall system, pick up the cooler we list in the optional parts section of this guide.
Gigabyte B660 AORUS Master DDR4$190
This feature-packed Socket 1700 board from Gigabyte is a perfect match for Intel’s latest CPUs. It offers a potent 16+1+1-phase VRM design with 60A power stage, three PCIe Gen 4 M.2 slots, a PCIe Gen 4 video card slot, ten USB ports (including a Type-C port), and integrated WiFi 6 plus 2.5Gbs LAN. It also has high-end audio using the Realtek ALC1220 codec. Note that it conforms to the DDR4 RAM standard, allowing the use of less expensive memory while maintaining similar performance to DDR5-based systems.The Guru’s Tip
You'll be able to output to two UHD displays simultaneously using this board's HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 1.2 ports in conjunction with the graphics built into the CPU.
Patriot 2x16GB Viper Steel DDR4-3600 C18$125
Patriot offers the best performance per dollar of any major RAM manufacturer, and its 32GB kit of DDR4-3600 is proof positive of that. Featuring a fast 3600MHz speed and tight 18-20-20 timings, there is no better option anywhere near the price!The Guru’s Tip
This ultra-fast RAM won't just help CPU performance, it will also unleash the onboard graphics, which uses system RAM in lieu of dedicated video RAM. Note that to reach the rated speed of this kit, you'll need to enable the memory overclocking profile in the motherboard BIOS.
Solid-State Drive –
WD Blue SN570 1TB NVMe$90
WD 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.The Guru’s Tip
This is far faster than any QLC-based drive, most of which cost more!
Silverstone Fara B1 RGB$68The 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$47This 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!
Operating System –
Windows 11 Home USB$139
Windows 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!The Guru’s Tip
Windows 11 is definitely what you want on a system running Intel's latest hybrid processors!
CPU Cooler –
Arctic Freezer 34 w/ 1700 Kit$40 The Guru’s Tip
This optional cooler will allow your system to perform more quietly, making it a great value enhancer.
The Deluxe Wireless Keyboard/Mouse Combo –
Logitech MK735 Keyboard/Mouse Combo$80 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 32UD60-B 4K$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 –
SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless$97 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: $1009
- CPU – Intel Core i7-12700 ($350)
- Motherboard – Gigabyte B660 AORUS Master DDR4 ($190)
- Memory – Patriot 2x16GB Viper Steel DDR4-3600 C18 ($125)
- Solid-State Drive – WD Blue SN570 1TB NVMe ($90)
- Case – Silverstone Fara B1 RGB ($68)
- Power Supply – Silverstone ET550-B ($47)
- Operating System – Windows 11 Home USB ($139)
- CPU Cooler – Arctic Freezer 34 w/ 1700 Kit ($40)
- The Deluxe Wireless Keyboard/Mouse Combo – Logitech MK735 Keyboard/Mouse Combo ($80)
- The 32-inch 4K Monitor – LG 32UD60-B 4K ($330)
- Webcam – Logitech C920x Pro HD Webcam ($70)
- The Basic PC Speakers – Creative Pebble 2.0 ($19)
- The Budget Wireless PC Headset – SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless ($97)