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Build the best $1000 gaming pc in 2018

Not for casual gaming

This PC is only meant for gaming at, at least 1080p ultra settings. This is the beast you will require if you want your rig to last at least 2-3 years playing any game at 1080p/1440p ultra settings. If you are an enthusiast and want to max out everything at 1080p and at 1440p, this is the gaming PC you should consider. As my other gaming PC’s that costed under 1000 dollars, i.e., $500 gaming PC, $600 gaming PC or any Cheap Gaming PC they were not meant for maxing out latest games.

But you may be in search of the best gaming PC that can do this without spending a lot of money. As this build uses some of the highest quality and best performing components, you will be going to enjoy the games as never before. I have named this PC “THE HITMAN“.

Not only this gaming PC performs best at its price but also be future proof as it uses latest seventh generation Intel processor and ddr4 memories. To know more in detail continue to read the whole article and get what you want.

If you don’t know how to build a gaming PC or need a complete guide for building it from scratch, then you can grab my guide HERE.

Processor

Intel Core i5 8600K

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Intel Core i5 8600K

This is the Coffee Lake processor from Intel which is the latest chips in the 8th Gen series unlike the i5 7600K which I used previously in this build and also used in my $750 gaming build. The prices of i5 7600K and i5 8600K are similar but the difference in specs is significant with i5 8600K having 2 more cores and 2 more threads.

When we choose a processor, we should be very careful as there are a lot of options right now which may confuse you. AMD Ryzen series processors, Intel 6th or 7th gen processors are also good but when it comes to “Gaming” in particular, i5 8600K smashes them all because of its powerful single core performance.

We all use to hesitate in buying a quad-core i5 chip because of the presence of Ryzen 5 series processors having more cores and more threads although the gaming performance of previous gen i5s were still better but when it came to multi-tasking Ryzen 5 processors easily beat the i5 6th and 7th gen processors. Intel brought up this hex core processor to remove that hesitation and if you want to get the best bang out of the money then this should be the option to go with.

The processor is having base/boost clock of 3.6Ghz/4.3Ghz respectively and is overclockable. So with a good aftermarket CPU cooler, you can take it easily around 5Ghz and get a significant increase in performance. It has 9mb of L3 cache which is much higher than the Kaby Lake processors and will result in faster performance.

Also see: – Best gaming CPU


Cpu Cooler

Cooler Master Hyper 212 LED Turbo

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Cooler Master Hyper 212 Turbo LED Featured

For cooling, I chose the Cooler Master Hyper 212 LED Turbo which is the successor of the famous Hyper 212 EVO cooler. It costs a few bucks more but provides better cooling and better aesthetics. With switchable top covers, you can either make it look Red from above or Black depending on how you want your Rig to look like and match your overall theme.

This cooler is among the top performers in the budget category and features 4 copper heat pipes that are exposed at the base where the aluminium base and heat pipes meet the chip to cool it down. It has got two 120mm fans that are very easy to attach and work in a pull-push configuration which makes cooling more efficient. These fans are equipped with RED Led lights which are although not that attractive but will illuminate your RIG from inside. I have tested this cooler myself and here is the Review if you want to know its performance.


Motherboard

MSI Z370 GAMING PLUS

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MSI Z370 GAMING PLUS

Intel Coffee-Lake processors are only compatible with the LGA 1151 Z370 chipset motherboards. Previous chipsets like Z170 and Z270 won’t work with 8th Gen processors but fortunately, the Z370 chipset motherboards are priced similar to the previous chipsets and this one costs just above $100 providing you all the features you want.

It has 6 power phase VRM which is decent for overclocking the i5 8600K and has heatsinks on the VRM sections which will maintain the temperature below the critical. This is not the best motherboard for overclocking but you wasting over $200 on a motherboard just for overclocking won’t provide you with the value for the money you will be spending. So, it’s better to stick with something like this.

It has 4X DIMM slots that can support up to 64GB of Memory and has 2x PCI-Ex 16 slots that support AMD 2 way CrossfireX but doesn’t support any SLI stuff but a single graphics card is all we need to make this PC a beast.

For storage, it has 6x SATA 3 ports and 1x M.2 Slot for fast NVME SSDs that you can use for your operating system if you have got enough cash to spend. Or you can just simply upgrade to one if you don’t want to do it now. This board has enough fan headers for cooling and will make your RIG look very good with the Red/Black PCB.

Also, See- Best LGA 1151 motherboards.


Memory

Ballistix Sport LT 8GB Kit (4GBx2)

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Ballistix Sport LT 8GB Kit (4GBx2)

For memory, all you need is two 4gb ddr4 ram sticks. Ballistix Sport memories are very famous just like corsair vengeance or G.skill Ripjaws. These ram modules cost around $95 and are clocked at 2400Mhz and are enough for gaming. Now the heat spreaders on these ram modules are grey in colour which will be visible easily on our motherboard and will create a very attractive look overall.

The motherboard we used supports memories clocked up to 4000+Mhz but you cannot get that much highly overclockable memory for a cheap price. You will still get reasonable and good performance with 2400Mhz clocked ram and the difference will be minimal. With 2 sticks installed you still have 2 more DIMM slots left which you can use for increasing the ram capacity to 16gb.


Graphics card

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 Mini ITX OC

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Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 Mini ITX OC

(Graphics cards are having a worldwide shortage right now. So you have to spend much more than what you would use to a few months ago.)

Gigabyte GTX 1070 Mini ITX OC edition is one of the cheapest GTX 1070’s available right now and performs very well for its price. It has a basic aluminium heatsink with silver/ black accents on the cooler. This card is the factory overclocked version and therefore comes with higher base/boost clock which means you can have a good amount of boost in gaming too. You can overclock this for even more performance and when you do it along with overclocking your processor then you will observe a noticeable increase in fps.

Gtx 1070 is the best card for 1440p and can max out any game at this resolution. For 1080p it’s an overkill and therefore is best utilised on 1440p. It will help you achieve more than 60fps on any condition on this resolution and can possibly play any game at 4K on high settings with 40-60 fps easily. It has 8gb of gddr5 memory which is enough for maxing out textures, resolution, anti-aliasing etc. For $400 it gives the performance of Titan X Maxwell which costs $1000.

The best thing about this card is that it’s very power efficient requiring only 150 watts of power. So you can use it on 500 watts of power supply easily. The card has a single 8 pin power port and for display, it has 1 DVI, 1 HDMI and 3 Display ports. I bet you will get in love with this card.


Hard drive

WD Blue 1TB

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WD Blue 1TB Desktop

For storing your games 1tb of the hard drive from WD is quite good and will be enough. It has 7200rpm speed and you will get 2 years of warranty. Now, games are becoming huge and huge, you may get a need of upgrading to 2tb or more in the future but for now, this is enough even for storing your setup and installed files altogether. For more storage, you can always add more hard drives to your system as the motherboard supports several storage devices at the same time.


Power supply

EVGA 650 Watts GQ 80+ GOLD

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EVGA 650 GQ

For the power supply, EVGA is one of the best PSU manufacturers and provides them at a cheaper price as compared to other brands. The power supply has 650 watts maximum capacity which will be enough for all of our components and there will be still room for further upgrades like Custom fans, radiators or Storage devices. This is not a regular 80+ power supply, it’s 80+ Gold GQ edition which has highest quality Japanese capacitors which will ensure proper and reliable operation.

As it is an 80+ Gold power supply, you will at least get 90% of power efficiency at 100% load and a maximum of 92% efficiency on typical loads. The more the efficiency the more is the power available to the components and the lower will be the heat generated. This power supply is also CrossfireX and SLI ready. Right now we are not combining two graphics card and it will be good enough for a single one. You will also get 5 years of warranty from EVGA and a good customer service.


Case

Phanteks Eclipse Series P400

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Phanteks Eclipse Series P400

For components like ATX motherboard, Custom CPU cooler and a high-end graphics card, you will need at least a mid tower. This one is from Phanteks and has got hundreds of positive reviews. This case looks very decent and stylish with the simple design it has. The case is available in three colours: – Grey, White and Satin Black. So you can choose anyone if you have different taste to colours.

This case supports full ATX motherboards and full-length graphics cards like that we have used in this build, the Gigabyte GTX 1070 which is triple fan card. The case has rubber grommets on cable routeing holes which will help you in neat and clean cable management. The side panel has a clear window through which you can see your components inside and of course, this is 2017, there is no PC build without a PC case which has a transparent window.

It comes with 2x 120mm fans pre-installed- one at the rear and one at the front. But you can always increase the front intake fans to 3 and can install a 240mm radiator at the front or at the top. So, it will be a good upgradable case for you in case you swap out some components in the future.

You May Like:- Best Mid-Tower Cases


TOTAL~ $1117(As of 20th May 2018)


Additional

Windows 10(Recommended)

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Microsoft Windows 10

Getting OS is also important especially if you are spending a lot of money in your system, you should consider OS also. As all the new components support windows 10, there will be no compatibility and you should get it for removing any possible incompatibility.


Recommended Peripherals for this build:-

Monitor: ASUS VG248QE –ASUS VG248QE: Check on Amazon

  • Ultra smooth action with 144Hz rapid refresh rate and 1ms (GTG) response time
  • 1080p resolution, 24″ display, TN panel
  • Ergonomically-designed stand with Tilt, Swivel, Pivot, Height adjustment plus wall-mount capability 

Keyboard: Redragon K552-RGB KUMARARedragon K552-RGB KUMARA: Check on Amazon

  • Custom mechanical switches (Cherry Blue equivalent)
  • RGB LED adjustable lighting 
  • Metal and ABS construction, mechanical keys, and gold-plated USB connector stand up to hardcore gaming
  • 87 standard conflict free keys, 12 multimedia keys, and splash-proof design

Mouse: SteelSeries Rival 100SteelSeries Rival 100: Check on Amazon

  • Six programmable buttons
  • Customizable CPI up to 4000
  • 30 million click switches
  • 16.8 million colour RGB illumination
  • Available in 3 colours currently

Wifi:TP-Link N300 TL-WN881ND– TP-Link TL-WN881ND wifi card: Check on Amazon

  • Easily setup a highly secured wireless link with WPS
  • Hassle-free installation
  • Seamlessly compatible with 802.11n/b/g products
  • Industry-leading 2-year warranty 

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Sarfraz

I am an engineer and a certified Hitech computer technician who loves to play Tekken. But this is not what else I love. I love to dive into the computer hardware and same goes for you. That's why you are here! You can contact me at [email protected]
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