The Best $1,000 Content Creation PC Build – June 2021

By Ari Altman | Published May 31, 2021 | Updated June 20, 2021

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. If you’re ready for a Content Creation PC Build that can handle any professional task you could throw at it, follow this guide to get the best component picks.

For June 2021, this build features Intel’s awesome Core i7-11700, an eight-core, 16-thread superstar that blows away everything that’s come before it, including Intel’s own Core i7-10700 and all of AMD’s CPUs in this price range. Intel has pulled the rug out from under AMD by dropping prices while AMD raises them, meaning it takes the price/performance crown by a longshot! Making the Intel CPU an even better deal these days is its built-in video, which is 50% faster than the previous-gen chip, and infinitely faster than AMD’s, since AMD CPUs don’t have built-in video! Given that video cards are completely unavailable at retail due to their use in cryptocurrency mining, built-in video is priceless. Keeping this system fed with data is 16GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, along with a fast 1TB PCIe-based solid-state drive. The PC is housed in a stylish SilverStone mid-tower case and powered by an efficient power supply. And take note: 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.

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Required Components

  • CPU

    Intel Core i7-11700 @B&H

    $340

    Supercharge your content creation PC with the Intel Core i7-11700, an eight-core, 16-thread CPU that easily beats anything AMD can offer at this pricepoint, and is actually 20% faster than Intel’s equivalent 10th-Gen CPU. And perhaps most importantly, it has the fastest built-in graphics ever offered on a CPU, Intel’s UHD Graphics 750, which is priceless at a time when add-in video cards are sold out worldwide! This onboard graphics provides fantastic video acceleration capabilities.

    The Guru’s Tip

    This CPU includes a cooler, and to keep costs in check, we suggest you use it for this build. Also note that it's constantly sold out, and we're linking here to a store where it's most likely to be in stock at a great price!

  • Motherboard

    MSI MAG B560 Tomahawk WiFi

    $200

    This impressive board from MSI packs in an incredible number of features for the price. These include triple M.2 slots (the top one being a Gen 4 slot), cutting-edge 2.5Gbps LAN and Intel Wi-Fi 6E, nine USB ports (including a Type-C port), and 12+2+1-phase power system to handle the most power-hungry of CPUs under sustained loads.

    The Guru’s Tip

    You'll be able to output to two UHD displays simultaneously using this board's HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.4 ports in conjunction with Intel's HD 750 graphics on the CPU.

  • Memory

    Crucial 2x8GB Ballistix DDR4-3200 Black

    $88
    Thanks to great price on mainstream RAM, we can now squeeze a whole lot of performance and capacity into your system by going with a 16GB DDR4-3200 kit. It will help you make the most of your snazzy new system, which fully supports this ultra-high RAM speed!
    The Guru’s Tip

    To reach the rated speed of this kit, make sure to enable the memory overclocking profile in the motherboard BIOS.

  • Solid-State Drive

    XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB NVMe

    $110
    Harnessing the power of cutting-edge TLC V-NAND, the NVMe protocol, and the PCIe interface, this SSD is by far the fastest drive at its pricepoint. It can hit sequential speeds of up to 3500MB/s! Note that you’ll need a jeweler’s-type screwdriver to affix it.
    The Guru’s Tip

    While PCIe Gen 4 drives would work in this build, the premium for them is still far too high for a system in this price range.

  • Case

    Silverstone Fara B1 RGB

    $70
    The 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.
    The Guru’s Tip

    We used to recommend the standard single-fan version of this case, but this dual-fan version is now a better value and saves you the need to get another fan!

  • Power Supply

    Silverstone ET550-B

    $56
    This 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.
    The Guru’s Tip

    While many lower-cost PSUs are of questionable quality, this is the real deal!

  • Operating System

    Windows 10 Home USB Flash Drive

    $130
    Windows 10 was a big step up from Windows 8.1, and Microsoft continues to support Windows 10 users not only with regular security updates, but with major content releases every six months. And the USB version installs in under 5 minutes, meaning you can get right into using your system!
    The Guru’s Tip

    W10 on USB is becoming harder to find in stock, so if it's sold out, you buy it via download from the same product page. All you need is an 8GB or bigger flash drive to load the image onto.

Optional Products

  • The 24-inch Small Office Monitor

    HP 24mh IPS Monitor

    $125

    This stylish monitor from HP gives you everything you could want in a mainstream model at a great price. It has an IPS panel for great viewing angles, a 23.8″ screen size with an ample resolution of 1920 x 1080, a 75Hz refresh rate (making moving images look smoother than typical 60Hz models), plus height-tilt adjustment to provide an ergonomic position. In terms of connectivity, it has VGA, DisplayPort, and HDMI, and it even has built-in speakers!

    The Guru’s Tip

    We recommend you use this monitor's HDMI cable input, as that will allow the use of its speakers.

  • The Basic Wireless Keyboard/Mouse Combo

    Logitech MK270 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo

    $25
    While you may have an old keyboard and mouse sitting in your desk, treat yourself to a new wireless setup from Logitech, the MK270!
    The Guru’s Tip

    This wireless kit uses a single USB receiver for both devices, freeing up a port for other USB peripherals.

  • The Deluxe PC Headset

    Corsair HS70 BT

    $100
    Great sound, a great look, and wireless freedom. That’s what the HS70 from Corsair gives you, along with a great price!
    The Guru’s Tip

    This model also has Bluetooth built in, allowing you to use it with your smartphone!

  • Webcam

    Logitech C925-e Webcam

    $81
    Need to do some teleconferencing? No problem, just pick up this high-quality USB webcam from Logitech!
    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

    $20
    Because desktop PCs, unlike laptops, don’t have internal speakers, we recommend you pick up Creative’s Pebble kit. Whether it’s music, You Tube videos, TV, or movies, Pebble will sound great.
    The Guru’s Tip

    Note that despite the name, these are far larger than a pebble!