The Sweet Spot ($1000)

This is the #1 best enthusiast gaming PC for $1000 in 2017. All of the parts have been hand picked with the best price to performance in mind.

NOTE: Prices may vary

Parts List:

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The Case

Fractal Design Focus G (White)

A good case is so much more than a box for your PC. It must have good airflow, cable management, USB 3.0 headers, space for case fans, and last but not least, it should look good.

With these factors in mind, the Fractal Design - Focus G (Black) ATX mid tower case was chosen for this build.

It features a nice side panel window allowing you to view the rest of your PC in action. Furthermore, it has great cable management and plenty of case fans. All in all, it’s a great choice for the build and the budget.

Specs:

  • Type: ATX Mid Tower
  • Color: Black
  • External 5.25” Bays: 2
  • Internal 2.5” Bays: 1
  • Internal 3.5” Bays: 2
  • Motherboard Compatibility: ATX, Micro ATX, Mini ITX
  • Front Panel USB 3.0 Ports: Yes
  • Maximum Video Card Length: 14.96”
  • Dimensions: 18.27” x 8.07” x 17.48”

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The Processor

Ryzen 5 1600

In nearly all of my budget builds, I recommend a processor that is just fast enough to get the job done. In other words, a lower end processor that can keep up with the GPU.

At the end of the day, this is all that is necessary. Any well optimized PC game will primarily utilize the power of the GPU.

What does this mean?

Well, it means you don’t NEED the fastest CPU on the market for PC gaming. Only a few games heavily depend on the CPU.

However, a gaming PC is more than just a gaming machine. It is a PC that is capable of much more than just gaming. Some tasks require more CPU power. Furthermore, on a budget like this, having a good CPU is expected.

When you spend $1000 on a gaming PC, you should experience optimal performance at all times. The Ryzen 5 1600 will help to ensure optimal performance.

The Ryzen 5 1600 is a great processor. It has 6 cores and 12 threads, making it perfect not only for gaming, but other workstation tasks as well.

It’s new from AMD, and it blows Intel i5 CPUs out of the water. It’s perfect for gaming, editing, streaming, etc.

Specs:

  • Data Width: 64-bit
  • Socket: AM4
  • Operating Frequency: 3.2 GHz
  • Max Turbo Frequency: 3.6 GHz
  • Cores: 6
  • Lithograpgy: 14 nm
  • TDP: 65 Watts
  • Includes CPU Cooler: Yes
  • Multithreading: Yes

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The Motherboard

ASRock AB350 Pro4

The ASRock - AB350 Pro4 ATX AM4 motherboard was chosen for this build. It’s a great choice for the build.

This motherboard supports 2400 MHz ram. It has an AMD B350 chipset, and has 6 sata 6 GB/s ports as well.

Unfortunately, this motherboard does not support SLI or Crossfire. However, considering the extremely high price of the GPU (Due to ethereum mining), SLI just doesn’t make sense.

That aside, the motherboard is highly reviewed. I have used it before, and had no issues. In fact, I was quite fond of the BIOS’ ease of use.

Specs:

  • Form Factor: ATX
  • CPU Socket: AM4
  • Chipset: AMD B350
  • Memory Slots: 4 x 288-pin DIMM
  • Memory Type: DDR4-1866/2133/2400/2666/2933/3200
  • Maximum Supported Memory: 64GB
  • Raid Support: Yes
  • Onboard Video: Depends on CPU
  • Crossfire Support: No
  • SLI Support: No
  • Sata 6 GB/s
  • Onboard Ethernet: 1 x 10/100/1000 Mbps
  • Onboard USB 3.0 Header(s): Yes

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The Ram

2 x 8GB (16GB) of G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 2400 memory

Though some games still really only need 8GB of ram, 16GB is being recommended for many newer titles. Pretty soon, 16GB of ram will be mainstream.

Since this is an enthusiast build, we tried to “futureproof” the build.

2 x 8GB (16GB) of G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 2400 memory was chosen for the build. Since 16GB of ram was selected, as well as the rise in GPU prices due to ethereum mining, an SSD was not in the budget.

From a gaming standpoint, the SSD does nothing for performance in game other than loading speeds. It is merely a luxury item.

That being said, an SSD would be ideal. You can shop for an SSD and easily add it to the build.

All in all, 16GB of ram will be much more beneficial to gaming performance than an SSD.

Specs:

  • Type: 288-pin DIMM
  • Speed: DDR4-2400
  • 16GB (2 x 8GB)
  • CAS Latency: 15
  • Voltage: 1.2V
  • Heat Spreader: Yes
  • ECC: No
  • Registered: No
  • Color: Black/Red

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The Hard Drive

Caviar Blue 1TB Hard Drive

The name WD Caviar Blue carries many attributes with it:

  • Mass Storage
  • Reliability
  • Simplicity
  • Speed

These are just a few of the many benefits of owning a WD Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5” 7200RPM internal hard drive.

Not only is this hard drive fast, it is reliable, and cost effective.

Unfortunately as mentioned earlier, an SSD was not in the budget. However, you can easily purchase one in addition to the build.

Specs:

  • Capacity - 1TB
  • Interface - SATA 6 Gb/s
  • Cache - 64MB
  • RPM - 7200

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The Graphics Card

EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SC Gaming ACX 3.0 Black Edition

The graphics card is easily the most important part of any gaming PC. Any well optimized PC game will mainly utilize the power of the GPU.

GPUs are used for more than just gaming. In fact, they are also the biggest tool in a miner’s toolbelt.

The GPU chosen for this build is the EVGA - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB SC Gaming ACX 3.0 Black Edition GPU.

This GPU is one of the most powerful on the market today. Due to ethereum mining the price of this GPU has skyrocketed. Still, it’s an excellent GPU and will achieve the highest possible framerates with excellent resolutions and graphical settings.

Moreover, this GPU can be used for mining ethereum as well.

With this build, you’ll have over 100 FPS in nearly ALL new titles with 1080p resolution and ultra settings. Below is a video of benchmarks with this CPU/GPU combo.

Specs:

  • Interface: PCI-Express x16
  • Chipset: GeForce GTX 1070
  • Memory Size: 8GB
  • Memory Type: GDDR5
  • Core Clock: 1.59 GHz
  • Boost Clock: 1.78 GHz
  • TDP: 170 Watts
  • Fan: Yes
  • SLI Support: Yes
  • Length: 10.51”
  • Supports G-Sync: Yes
  • DVI-D Dual Link: 1
  • Displayport: 3
  • HDMI: 1

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The Power Supply

EVGA 500B

The EVGA - 500W 80+ bronze certified ATX power supply was chosen for the build.

It’s not modular, but the case provides great options for cable management. Furthermore, the power supply has a great lifespan and power efficiency rating. This will keep your electricity bill low.

Lastly, you’re getting a reliable and highly rated PSU for a low cost.

Specs:

  • Manufacturer: EVGA
  • Model: 500B
  • Type: ATX12V / EPS12v
  • Wattage: 500 Watts
  • Fans: 1
  • Modular: No
  • Efficiency Certification: 80+ Bronze
  • PCI-Express 6+2-Pin Connectors: 2

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