[SOLVED] Need advice for Gaming PC Build under $1000


Jul 10, 2012
Hello Everyone! I'm planning to buy a gaming pc for myself and keeping it under $1000. I have the keyboard, mouse and Monitor. Monitor being a LG Ultra gear 32"
1920 x 1080 Resolution, 165Hz Refresh Rate. Any help will be greatly appreciate it :)
It used to be that a balanced gamer would budget 2x the cost of the processor for the graphics card.
Not today with inflated graphics card prices.
If you will play fast action games, find a good graphics card.
If you play more cpu centric games, look for a processor with good single thread performance.
Today, Intel 12th gen is very good.
If you can find a i3-12100 that is a good place to start.
Here is a review:
The non F versions with integrated graphics is, to my mind, worth an extra $25.
It gets you started in case you need to find a good graphics card.
B660 motherboards are not expensive, and DDR4 versions let you use cheaper DDR4 ram.

Buy a ssd for the c drive and your initial clutch of games. Perhaps 1tb or even 2tb. You can always add storage later.

Buy only a quality psu of suitable strength.
Here is a handy chart:
I have no problem overprovisioning a PSU a bit. Say by 20%.
It will allow for a stronger future graphics card upgrade.
It will run cooler, quieter, and more efficiently in the middle third of it's range.
A PSU will only use the wattage demanded of it, regardless of it's max capability.
Look for a unit with a 7 to 10 year warranty.
The seasonic focus or corsair rm units are good,
Fractal Design Focus G Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $54.99

EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Graphic Card + EVGA 650W GQ 80+ Gold Semi- Modular Power Supply $439.98


Intel Core i5-10400F $140.48

DEEPCOOL GAMMAXX 400 CPU Cooler $18.99

TEAMGROUP T-Force Vulcan Z DDR4 3200 16GB (2x8GB) CL16 $58.99

Team Group CX2 2.5" 1TB SATA III 3D NAND Internal SSD $74.99

Total: $898


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Sep 8, 2021
I was gonna put together a build but Why_Me knocked it out of the park. If you want to spend a little more it would be more cost-effective to bump up to a 12400(f) and a b660 motherboard. It's tough to suggest the 12100 as it isn't really in stock for a good price and no matter how good it is 4c/8t will only get you so far.
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Ok, thank you for the info. So an i3-12100 and a B660 Motherboard. Does it matter if I use an HDD instead? I have an old one with my stuff in it.
You really want to be using a ssd of some sort for your C drive and active apps.
A ssd makes everything you do quicker.
If you have saved files on a HDD, they will work just fine.
If you need to reinstall windows, you will need to reinstall your apps.
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