The Best $1000 Mid-Range Gaming PC Build – November 2021
Due to the ongoing cryptocurrency mining craze, it’s currently impossible to buy video cards at retail prices. Even if you came here looking to build your own PC, we strongly recommend you get a pre-built PC. Definitely check out our top recommendation in this price range by scrolling down below. For reference, we still list our recommended DIY build at the $1000 pricepoint. Based on current market conditions, we do not believe this generation of GPUs will ever return to MSRP, so lower prices will have to wait until late 2022 when the next generation arrives!
A Mainstream Gaming PC to Grow With!
Looking to build the best PC possible for $1000? This guide will set you up! We profile a build that offers excellent performance, quiet operation, and ease of assembly, all at a great price. If you’re ready to build a PC that can handle anything you could throw at it, from gaming to content creation, just follow this guide to get the best component picks.
This Month’s Build, Featuring Intel and Nvidia!
For November 2021, this build features Intel’s proven Core i3-10100F, which packs in four cores and 8 threads. It’s an absolute gaming bargain, offering amazing performance for the price. While AMD was aggressive in launching some new high-end CPUs in late 2020, AMD shockingly no longer has anything worth considering in the mid-range market, despite its reputation for value. For the video card, our top pick is the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB, the best GPU available for around $500 today!
Keeping this build fed is 16GB of DDR4-2666 RAM, along with a fast 500GB solid-state drive, both of which ensure that the system will run smoothly for years to come. This build is housed in an attractive, value-packed Thermaltake H18 case and powered by an efficient, high-output 550W power supply.
If you need a monitor or peripherals, you can check out our dedicated guides, although we also have some great recommendations for you at the end of this guide. Note that we provide dedicated links to Amazon or Newegg in the US, and our Amazon links will auto-convert for readers in Canada, the UK, and parts of the EU, with regional substitutions made based on availability. To support this site, please use these links if you purchase any of the products we list.
The Pre-Built Option
The Mainstream Gaming Desktop –
ABS Master 11400F/RTX 2060 @Newegg$1100
HOT DEAL! Want to game today? You’re best is a pre-built, and Newegg’s ABS division packs a ton of power into this awesome mainstream gaming system! It all starts with the potent Intel Core i5-11400F 6-core, 12-thread processor, which will easily power through any game. It’s backing up a high-powered GPU, the GeForce RTX 2060 6GB, which has dedicated Ray Tracing cores and the ability to utilize cutting-edge features like DLSS. The system also includes 16GB of RAM and a 512GB solid-state drive, along with a stylish case and powerful CPU cooler from Deepcool!The Guru’s Tip
This deal is honestly too good to pass up! The GPU in it alone sells for about 3/4 the price of the system!
The DIY Option
Intel Core i3-10100F$96 The Guru’s Tip
This CPU includes a cooler, but we recommend a much better one later in this guide.
Gigabyte B460M DS3H v2$95 The Guru’s Tip
While you can use more expensive B560 boards with this system, they won't provide any added benefit with the 10th-Gen CPU we recommend. Also make sure that whatever you buy, it's micro ATX (mATX), or it won't fit in this build's case!
Video Card –
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB$500 The Guru’s Tip
Right now, this GPU is selling for around 2x its MSRP. Unfortunately, that's the going rate, and even then it's usually sold out. If you want to save some money, we suggest you strongly consider the pre-built PC we listed earlier in this guide.
Silicon Power 2x8GB DDR4 2666 Grey$53 The Guru’s Tip
With these two sticks installed, you'll still have 2 free slots available for an upgrade down the line!
Solid-State Drive –
WD Blue SN550 500GB NVMe$43 The Guru’s Tip
Because this slips into a slot on the motherboard, it requires no cables at all!
Thermaltake Versa H18 Tempered Glass$55 The Guru’s Tip
We recommend you pick up the 140mm fan below and install it in the front of the case to enhance overall performance for a low cost.
Arctic P14 Silent$10 The Guru’s Tip
We've found that Arctic's P-series fans are the best all-around fans on the market!
Power Supply –
Silverstone ET550-B$48 The Guru’s Tip
Please avoid no-name PSUs from brands like RaidMax, Apevia, and Aresgame. They are complete junk, and only exist because there was a run on power supplies in mid-2020.
Operating System –
Windows 10 Home USB Flash Drive @Newegg$130 The Guru’s Tip
Windows 11 has launched and will be rolled out as a free update to all users of W10.
Wireless Card –
TP-Link Archer T5E AC1200/Bluetooth 4.2$35 The Guru’s Tip
Rare among WiFi cards, this one also has built-in Bluetooth, which is great for use with a wide variety of peripherals.
The Budget Gaming Keyboard –
Logitech G213 Gaming Keyboard$50 The Guru’s Tip
We really don't recommend wireless keyboards at all, and certainly not at this pricepoint, as the potential for connection dropouts is fairly significant, and there's little benefit to a wireless keyboard anyway, since it doesn't move.
The Mid-Range Gaming Mouse –
Logitech G502 Hero$47 The Guru’s Tip
To control the various features of this mouse, you'll want to download Logitech's GHub software.
The Mainstream Gaming Headset –
Corsair HS35 Stereo$35 The Guru’s Tip
This headset weighs just 250g, making it virtually disappear once you put it on!
The 24-inch 165Hz Gaming Monitor –
Asus VG248QG$200 The Guru’s Tip
Note that FreeSync, features on this monitor, was originally created by AMD, but now works with both AMD and Nvidia graphics cards.
Total Cost: $1030
The DIY Option
- CPU – Intel Core i3-10100F ($96)
- Motherboard – Gigabyte B460M DS3H v2 ($95)
- Video Card – Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB ($500)
- Memory – Silicon Power 2x8GB DDR4 2666 Grey ($53)
- Solid-State Drive – WD Blue SN550 500GB NVMe ($43)
- Case – Thermaltake Versa H18 Tempered Glass ($55)
- Fan – Arctic P14 Silent ($10)
- Power Supply – Silverstone ET550-B ($48)
- Operating System – Windows 10 Home USB Flash Drive @Newegg ($130)