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Budget Gaming PC Build Under $1000 (2018) | Whateven
Budget Gaming PC Build Under $1000 (2018)

By: @Hani

A gaming PC build will take a lot of thought in order to complete. There are many parts to consider, and their price is also an issue. However, getting the most bang out of your buck can be challenging especially with current price inflation on GPU's and RAM.

Thus, I will share how I went through the process of building a gaming PC. My under 1000 dollar budget PC cost me approximately $825 while leaving ample room for future upgradability. It is also 4k capable and VR Ready.

Budget gaming PC build

PC Build Specifications

Alright, I'll start by listing the parts for my specific build then I'll go through the thought process of how I choose these parts and what research I did to reach my conclusions. The PC specs are listed below. Also if you're a student and want a free trial of amazon prime for 6 months including free two day shipping be sure to sign up here.


My Choice + Link to Amazon Price (USD)
CPU Intel Core i5 - 8400 180
GPU Nvidea Strix GTX 980 Ti (USED) 275
Motherboard MSI Z370 PC Pro 125
RAM Crucial 2400MHz 8 GB 85
Power Supply Corsair VS650 PSU 55
Storage Seagate 1TB HDD @7200 RPM 50
Case Corsair Carbide Spec 04 55
  TOTAL 825

Benchmarks and Gaming

I tested my PC on 3D Mark's Fire Strike and Heaven Benchmark 4.0. You can verify the results in the screenshots below

Gaming PC build

Gaming PC benchmark

As for gaming, I ran the games that I'm playing right now on a mix of Very High/Ultra settings on 1080p and was able to get above 60 FPS stable on all games. The table below will show the average uncapped/capped FPS for the games I tested.

Game Average FPS
Fortnite 105
Rust 110
League of Legends 240
Grim Dawn (CAPPED TO 60) 60


Research Parts and Pricing

Before you start picking parts for your PC, set up your budget. In my case, that was around $850. Take a look at PC Part Picker and set up a build there to get a rough idea of what you want.

Then you need to take another look at the main cost of the build, the GPU. GPU prices are really inflated from mining right now. This means that you have to look around really well to get a good deal.

The first thing you should do is look at Amazon. Just take a quick look at current GPU and other part prices are on amazon. Write those down. Then go to stores and compare your prices. This way, you can get the best deal on your parts. This is what I did to get the cheapest deals. Also, consider getting an older card.

In my case, I was able to find a GTX 980 Ti which is on par with a 1070 in terms of processing power for just $275. Be sure to not get a card that was used for mining, since those cards will have been running 24/7 on high load and probably high temperature which can damage the card. The internet is a great resouce.

Make sure to read comparisons between different parts and components before you settle on buying anything to make sure you get the best value for your money. You can check websites like UserBenchmark to compare products and PC Bottlenecker to see if your CPU and GPU are similar in power.

In the end, you can either go with the build I made or switch up parts to suit your needs, but whatever you choose to do, make sure to go through proper research to get the best value for your money.


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