The Best $1000 Mid-Range Gaming PC Build – September 2022
A Mainstream Gaming PC to Grow With!
Looking to build the best gaming PC possible for $1000? This guide will set you up! We recommend components that offer excellent performance, quiet operation, and ease of assembly, all at a great price. If you’re ready to build a PC that can handle any game you throw at it, just follow this guide to get the best component picks.
This Month’s Build, Featuring Intel and AMD!
For September 2022, The $1000 Gaming PC Build starts with Intel’s Core i5-12400F, by far the best gaming chip available for under $200. It features six cores and 12 threads, along with the cutting-edge Alder Lake architecture. The 12400F is the perfect CPU to support our GPU of choice, the awesome AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT 8GB. It’s the best value on the entire GPU market, now that it costs the same as the vanilla 6600 and far less than its GeForce competitors!
Keeping this build fed is 16GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and a 1TB PCIe solid-state drive, which provides plenty of fast storage to get your system running. This build is housed in an attractive and affordable SilverStone micro-ATX 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 in the US, which 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 –
Asus ROG Strix G10 11400F/3060$985If you don’t want to build your own, Asus has the answer in its ROG Strix G10 gaming desktop! This tower comes equipped with the potent Intel Core i5-12400F 6-core, 12-thread CPU, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 3060 12GB video card, plus a 512GB PCIe solid-state drive and 16GB of DDR4-3200 RAM. It also has built-in WiFi, sweet RGB lighting effects, plus Windows 11 pre-loaded.
This PC will be slightly slower on the whole than the DIY build we feature below, but it's still a quality pick if you'd prefer not to build your own.
The DIY Option
Intel Core i5-12400F$176 The Guru’s Tip
This CPU includes a cooler, and for this build we recommend you use it to save some money!
Gigabyte B660M Gaming X AX DDR4$135 The Guru’s Tip
Note that we're going with a micro-ATX board here, to match the micro-ATX case in this build.
Video Card –
PowerColor Radeon RX 6600 XT Fighter 8GB$300 The Guru’s Tip
Thanks to a recent price drop, this card is by far the best deal on the market!
G.Skill 2x8GB Ripjaws V DDR4-3200$55 The Guru’s Tip
This system can easily take advantage of high-speed RAM like this kit.
Solid-State Drive –
WD Blue SN570 1TB NVMe$80 The Guru’s Tip
Because this mounts in an M.2 slot on the motherboard, it requires no cables at all!
SilverStone Fara H1M$60 The Guru’s Tip
Being a micro-ATX case, this will only fit micro-ATX motherboards, which is what we spec for this build.
Case Fan –
Arctic P12 PWM$8 The Guru’s Tip
This low-cost fan will vastly increase the performance of the case - just install it in the front, centered vertically, to lower CPU and GPU temps.
Power Supply –
Silverstone ET550-B$55 The Guru’s Tip
Please avoid no-name PSUs from brands like RaidMax, Apevia, and Aresgame. They are complete junk, but this one is the real deal!
Operating System –
Windows 11 Home USB$139 The Guru’s Tip
It took a while for Win11 to arrive at retail after launching as an update to existing users, but now that it's here, it's definitely what you want to load on your new system!
The Budget Gaming Keyboard –
Logitech G213 Gaming Keyboard$45 The Guru’s Tip
The lighting on this keyboard can be controlled via Logitech's GHub software.
The Pro Gaming Mouse –
Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed Wireless$35 The Guru’s Tip
Given how low the price is on this wireless mouse, there's no reason to go wired!
The Bargain Gaming Headset –
HyperX Cloud Stinger 2$50 The Guru’s Tip
This headset's ultralight weight makes it easy to wear all day!
The 24-inch 144Hz Gaming Monitor –
AOC 24G2$170 The Guru’s Tip
A monitor like this would have cost well over $200 a year ago!
Total Cost: $996
The DIY Option
- CPU – Intel Core i5-12400F ($176)
- Motherboard – Gigabyte B660M Gaming X AX DDR4 ($135)
- Video Card – PowerColor Radeon RX 6600 XT Fighter 8GB ($300)
- Memory – G.Skill 2x8GB Ripjaws V DDR4-3200 ($55)
- Solid-State Drive – WD Blue SN570 1TB NVMe ($80)
- Case – SilverStone Fara H1M ($60)
- Case Fan – Arctic P12 PWM ($8)
- Power Supply – Silverstone ET550-B ($55)
- Operating System – Windows 11 Home USB ($139)