The Best $1000 Mid-Range Gaming PC Build – July 2024

By Ari Altman | Published July 15, 2024 | Updated July 15, 2024

SilverStone PS15 RGB

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, Powered by Intel and AMD!

For July 2024, the $1000 Gaming PC Build swaps over to Intel’s venerable Core i5-12400F, which after a huge price cut is a simply irresistible deal. We pair it with a modern B760 motherboard and DDR5 RAM to give you the latest connectivity and standards, making this a great platform to upgrade over time. It will be supporting the best GPU available for under $400, the awesome AMD Radeon RX 6750 XT 12GB, which matches Nvidia’s RTX 4060 Ti 8GB, while coming in at a lower price and with 50% more VRAM. Simply put, the 7600/6750 XT combination provides unbeatable gaming value.

But this system is about more than a fast CPU and GPU. Keeping this build fed are 16GB of DDR5-5600 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, affordable, and high-airflow SilverStone micro-ATX case and powered by an efficient, high-output 550W power supply.

Parting Thoughts

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

    CyberPowerPC Gamer Master 7600/RTX 4060 (GMA2700A)

    CyberPowerPC delivers shocking value with this gaming PC. It has AMD’s potent Ryzen 5 7600 6-Core, 12-thread processor, the powerful Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 8GB video card, a 500GB solid-state drive, 16GB of DDR5 RAM, and 802.11ac networking. It also has Windows 11 pre-installed.

    The Guru’s Tip

    This system will be nearly as fast as the one we spec out below, and comes fully-assembled, meaning it will be ready on day one for gaming!

The DIY Option

  • CPU

    Intel Core i5-12400F

    The 12th-Gen “Alder Lake” CPUs are Intel’s most impressive release in a decade, and the Core i5-12400F offers the best value not only among Alder Lake CPUs, but among any CPU ever released! Packing in 6 performance cores and 6 additional threads, it can easily beat any CPU at its pricepoint, including everything from AMD! The “F” version of the 12400 does not include onboard graphics, but that’s fine for this build, which uses a separate video card.

    The Guru’s Tip

    This CPU includes a cooler, and for this build we recommend you use it to save some money!

  • Motherboard

    Gigabyte B760M DS3H AX

    This bargain-priced board is packed with features. It offers has three expansion slots, two M.2 slots, 6 USB ports (including a Type-C port), and built-in WiFi 6E. It uses the modern DDR5 memory standard to get the most out of the latest processors.

    The Guru’s Tip

    Keep in mind that we're going with an mATX board here because this system is built up in an mATX case. Don't go with a larger ATX board - it will not fit.

  • Video Card

    PowerColor Radeon RX 6750 XT 12GB Fighter

    The Radeon RX 6750 XT 12GB has impressive gaming power, going head to head with the RTX 3070 and RTX 4060 Ti, but with 50% more VRAM for better future-proofing!

    The Guru’s Tip

    As fast as the RTX 4060 Ti 8GB, but with 50% more VRAM and a much lower price, this is an easy choice. At this level of GPU, you do not want to be saddled with just 8GB of VRAM!

  • Memory

    Crucial 2x16GB DDR5-5600 C46

    For a cutting-edge PC, you need DDR5 RAM, and this kit offers a tremendous value for this current standard. It operates at a speed of DDR5-5600 C46 at an efficient 1.1V.  And with a total capacity of 16GB, it’s sufficient for just about any use.

    The Guru’s Tip

    Remember that this system requires DDR5 RAM - don't go with a cheaper DDR4 kit.

  • Solid-State Drive

    TeamGroup MP44L 1TB PCIe 4.0

    The MP44L PCIe 4.0, which blows past previous PCIe Gen3-based drives by harnessing the power of the PCIe Gen4 interface, is an absolute bargain of a high-end drive. It can hit up to 5,000MB/s in sequential operations!

    The Guru’s Tip

    This drive gives you plenty of storage for games at a great price!

  • Case

    SilverStone PS15 Pro

    This stylish, modern mATX case offers great performance and flexibility in a compact package. Mesh panels in the front and top provide great ventilation, and the three included 120mm fans (two with ARGB lighting) will make the most of it! On top you’ll find two USB ports plus microphone and headphone jacks, and on the side is a tempered glass panel that offers great views of the interior. It has space for a CPU cooler up to 154mm tall, and a video card up to 12.3″ long.

    The Guru’s Tip

    Being a micro-ATX case, this will only fit micro-ATX motherboards, which is what we spec for this build.

  • Power Supply

    SilverStone ET550-B

    The ET550-B offers up 550W of Bronze-rated power, a quiet 120mm fan, and an all-black flat cable design, and comes from one of the respected names in the PC industry.

    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) @Newegg

    Windows 11 built on everything people loved about Windows 10, and then took 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! Note that we’re linking to Newegg, because Amazon long ago stopped selling this physical USB version of Windows, which is the most convenient one to use.

    The Guru’s Tip

    With the end of support for Win10 having been announced, Win11 is definitely what you what you want on your new PC!

Optional Products

  • The 24-inch 165Hz Gaming Monitor

    Sceptre E248B-FPT168 24″ 165Hz

    If you want to pick up a true “gaming” monitor, you want something with a high refresh rate. Luckily for you, Sceptre has been busy breaking down price barriers for high-refresh-rate monitors. This model features a 24″ 1920×1080 IPS panel (superior to TN or VA!), capable of displaying images at up to 165Hz, which makes it infinitely smoother than a standard 60Hz monitor that costs just a bit less. And thanks to its FreeSync technology, it will run with zero lag or screen-tearing.

    The Guru’s Tip

    A monitor like this would have cost well over $200 a year ago!

  • The Budget Gaming Keyboard

    Logitech G213 Gaming Keyboard

    Pick up a great keyboard at a great price with the G213. It’s quick, quiet, and responsive, and it also has sweet RGB backlighting, of course!

    The Guru’s Tip

    The lighting on this keyboard can be controlled via Logitech's GHub software.

  • The Mid-Range Gaming Mouse

    Logitech G502 Hero

    Get a jump on your competition with this awesome gaming mouse from Logitech, which features a next-gen 16,000dpi sensor and a classic ergonomic shape!

    The Guru’s Tip

    This mouse has been copied but never duplicated!

  • The Bargain Gaming Headset

    HyperX Cloud Stinger 2

    HyperX absolutely revolutionized the budget gaming headset market with the original Cloud Stinger, and has taken it up a notch with the Stinger 2. It retains the original’s big 50mm drivers, but has an updated rotating cup design and swing-down mic for better comfort and control. It also adds DTS Headphone:X for virtual 7.1  surround sound, making it is an unbeatable value.

    The Guru’s Tip

    This headset's ultralight weight makes it easy to wear all day!

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