The Best $1000 Mid-Range Gaming PC Build – May 2022
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 May 2022, this features Intel’s potent new Core i3-12100, the best quad-core CPU ever released, with performance on average 50% faster than the 10100 it replaces! It’s delivers a fatal blow to everything AMD has in its stable under $200, and it’s the perfect CPU to use in a hot-rod gaming PC on a budget. The 12100 will do a great job feeding our GPU of choice, the awesome AMD Radeon RX 6600 8GB, which has suddenly dropped in price by hundreds of dollars, making it a fantastic bargain!
Keeping this build fed is 16GB of DDR4-3200 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 and affordable SilverStone 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 Content Creation Machine –
HP Pavilion 10400F/RTX 2060$1040
HOT DEAL! HP is coming out swinging in the midst of a massive component shortage to deliver a fantastic high-end deal. Its Pavilion PC is packing Intel’s Core i5-10400F six-core, 12-thread CPU along with a GeForce RTX 2060 6GB video card. Also on the component list is 16GB of RAM, a 1TB solid-state drive, and built-in wireless networking. And take note: Windows 11 is pre-installed!The Guru’s Tip
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 i3-12100$130 The Guru’s Tip
This CPU includes a cooler, and for this build we recommend you use it to save some money!
MSI PRO B660-A DDR4$150 The Guru’s Tip
MSI motherboards are the clear winners in the budget category, as they can support the most powerful CPU upgrades, unlike many inexpensive boards.
Video Card –
XFX Radeon RX 6600 Speedster 8GB$330 The Guru’s Tip
This card currently offers the best bang for the buck of any GPU on the market!
G.Skill 2x8GB RipJaws V DDR4 3200$66 The Guru’s Tip
This system can easily take advantage of high-speed RAM like this kit.
Solid-State Drive –
WD Blue SN570 500GB NVMe$50 The Guru’s Tip
Because this mounts in an M.2 slot on the motherboard, it requires no cables at all!
SilverStone Fara R1 Black$66 The Guru’s Tip
This case can fit ATX motherboards, but we've gone with a compact micro-ATX board, which offers greater value.
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$47 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!
Wireless Card –
TP-Link Archer T5E AC1200/Bluetooth 4.2$35 The Guru’s Tip
The addition of Bluetooth on this board makes it a 2-in-1 solution!
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$40 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$35 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: $986
The DIY Option
- CPU – Intel Core i3-12100 ($130)
- Motherboard – MSI PRO B660-A DDR4 ($150)
- Video Card – XFX Radeon RX 6600 Speedster 8GB ($330)
- Memory – G.Skill 2x8GB RipJaws V DDR4 3200 ($66)
- Solid-State Drive – WD Blue SN570 500GB NVMe ($50)
- Case – SilverStone Fara R1 Black ($66)
- Case Fan – Arctic P12 PWM ($8)
- Power Supply – Silverstone ET550-B ($47)
- Operating System – Windows 11 Home USB ($139)