With graphics cards prices coming back down again you must be wondering what PC hardware to get for you Gaming PC and that is a very good question to ask. Here we are going to look into a Gaming PC with the latest hardware for under $1000 in 2018. One of the advantages of being a member of the PC master race is that you can configure your PC according to your budget and according to what you are planning to do with your build.
Here we are going to take a look at the different configurations that you can get for the money and how much you should spend on each component. The following are our recommendations regarding what you should get or consider when building a Gaming PC in 2018.
Starting off with the brains of the build, the CPU. Intel and AMD both have very competitive products on the market. On the Intel side of things, we suggest that you get the 8400 which offers 4 cores and 4 threads. AMD has the Ryzen 5 series which offers 6 cores and 12 threads for the same price. If you are interested in strictly gaming then the Intel CPU is the one for you. Intel offers high IPC gains and this translates to higher FPS in games.
If gaming is not all that you need to do and are interested in video editing, content creation or multi-tasking in general then the additional cores and threads of the AMD Ryzen 5 will serve you better. The AMD Ryzen 2000 series just came out and the CPUs are even faster than the previous ones but keeping in mind the number of cores and threads are the same you could opt for the older generation in order to save money.
When you are buying a new CPU then future-proofing is one of the big concerns. Keep in mind that you will need to change your motherboard when upgrading if you choose to stay with Intel, keeping in mind what Intel has been pulling off these past couple of generation. On the AMD side, things are different. The new AMD Ryzen 2000 series CPUs work with 400 series as well as previous 300 series motherboards which is very cool.
If you work with video or other content in which you deal with rendering then keep in mind that you will need all the cores that you can get. If that is indeed the case then you might want to dial down on the GPU and get more CPU cores. If that is indeed the case then the AMD Ryzen 2700X is the latest chip that offers 8 core and 16 threads. There is no mainstream competition for the chip as of right now.
While graphics cards prices are getting better with each passing day, they are not where we want them to be and keeping that in mind if you are interested in playing games at 1080p then you can opt for the GTX 1060 6 GB version. This is a very powerful and efficient mid-range graphics card and will last you another year or so without breaking the bank.
There are some other cards as well which are worth considering. The AMD RX 570 is also an option worth looking into. Asus has re-branded their AMD brand to Arez and you can read about that here. If you are only going to be playing multiplayer online games like DOTA2 and LOL at 1080p then even the GTX 1060 is overkill and you can save some cash by getting the Nvidia GTX 1050 or the Ti variant instead.
Same is the case on the AMD side of things where you can opt to get the AMD RX 560. While these GPUs are considered entry-level they are fairly decent and offer enough power for the price. Keep in mind that if you do want the most for your money then the GPU should be the single most expensive part of your build. Especially if you are gaming.
Keeping in mind the specifications of the build you should be able to get away with just a 200W power supply. This should cost you not more than $70 but if you are spending more then you should spend more on quality and not additional W. If you are planning on getting an additional graphics card for SLI or CrossFire only then look at a 1000W power supply or closer. This will take the budget north of $1000 in total.
While it is very common for people to get higher capacity power supplies, you really don’t need it. You can run even higher end graphics cards than the GTX 1060 with a 500W PSU without any issues. I myself have a GTX 1060 in my system and I only have a 450W power supply. Even though I will not be able to add another card to the system without changing the power supply first, it goes to show that you really need to know what you need beforehand.
The casing is something that you can save on. You should refrain from getting too flashy if you are on a budget. You should be able to get a cheap but decent case in around $50 and the Corsair 200R is a great example of such a case. You can also check out similar cases from cooler master as well. Cases can be very basic all you need to keep in mind is that you get the same size as the motherboard that you want and you should have ample airflow.
You can get cases for cheap but there are chances that the included fans will not be up to the mark and if that is the case then you will need to change them and get better ones. A $1000 budget for a gaming PC is more than enough for a decent case and you can even check out some decent cases from NZXT that have similar prices as well.
The Intel CPU that we have mentioned have a locked multiplier and cannot be overclocked so you will not need a Z series motherboard. You can pick up any motherboard that you like or prefer and this will cost you around $100. You can spend more if you are getting an X SKU from AMD. The X470 motherboards will cost you around $130. You will need to look for a version for that price point and if you can find one you can opt to get a B350 motherboard instead.
As we are sticking to the mainstream CPUs you need not worry about the motherboard. The features are pretty much standard across the board. If you are interested in rendering and are going to be using the 2700X then it is advised that you go for an X470 motherboard as you get some features that are specific to the chipset like XFR2.
This is something to keep in mind. Other than that the new chips are compatible with the older motherboards and if you have one lying around then all you need to do is update the BIOS and you should be good to go.
DDR 4 is very expensive these days so we recommend getting any brand of RAM which you find on sale or can get a discount on. 8 GB should be enough for gaming and if you need more then you can opt to add in another DIMM or two down the line. Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000MHz is standard RAM that is used by gamers that we can recommend.
You can also opt to get simple, non-gaming memory which will be a bit cheaper but keeping in mind how expensive DDR4 is at the moment, the savings might not be worth it. That is up to you to decide whether or not you find it worth it or not.
People mainly use HDDs for storage as they are cheaper but as SSDs are getting cheaper they are being adopted by more people. SSD will get you faster boot times and reduce the time it takes for games to load. I recommend that you get a 240 GB SSD for boot and select games and an additional 1 TB HDD for mass storage. If storage is not too big of a concern then you can always spend more money and go for a larger capacity SSD but then you will miss the $1000 gaming PC build mark. Once you get an SSD for your gaming PC you wont want to turn back.
Intel also offers Intel Optane memory solution that allows you to increase the speed of the traditional HDDs and bring them closer to the performance of SSDs. While both will not be parallel to one another the increase in read and write speeds can be felt and will surely be appreciated. This is a relatively inexpensive way of getting faster storage.
If you are someone that deals with a lot of data and all of it is on HDDs then Intel Optane memory is something worth looking into for your next gaming PC.
That is pretty much all that you need for a decent PC. let us know what you think about our guide to building a gaming PC with the latest hardware under $1000 in 2018.