Best $1000 Gaming PC Build Guide: 1080p 120Hz|1440p 60Hz

One of the main caveats of PC gaming pertains to the overall cost of a system. While consoles usually cost less than $500, most prebuilt PCs cost nearly twice as much. On top of that, most of them offer the same level of performance as contemporary consoles. This is where building your own PC can have some major advantages. You can easily build a 1080p gaming PC for just over $600, one that destroys the Playstation 4 Pro and the Xbox One X in terms of raw performance.

Building a gaming PC isn’t hard. However, it’s important that you choose the right set of components. This will give you that extra bit of performance all the while keeping your spendings in check. When aiming for 60 FPS (regardless of the resolution), you don’t have to worry much about the CPU. Just pair any decent processor with a capable graphics card and you’re set. However, if you are looking to build a PC to game at 144 FPS, then things get a bit more complicated.

CPUAMD Ryzen 5 3600$159
MotherboardASUS ROG STRIX B450-F GAMING $120
GPUNVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060$299
MemoryCORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB $85
Power SupplySeasonic S12III 500 $55
SSDIntel 660p Series M.2 2280 1TB$120
CabinetPhanteks Eclipse P400 $80

Overview: Best Budget PC Build for 1080p 144Hz Gaming

You need to make sure that you go with a CPU that doesn’t bottleneck your graphics card. More importantly, the latter should be able to shell out 100+ frames per sec or the whole endeavor is bound to fail. Let’s have a look:

Best CPU for 1080p 144 Hz Gaming: AMD Ryzen 5 3600

Price: $159|Rs. 15,599

Base Clock3.6GHz
Boost Clock4.2GHz
L3 Cache32MB
Memory SupportDDR4 3200
PCIe Lanes16

AMD’s 3rd Gen Ryzen 5 3600 is hands down the best mainstream CPU on the market. Offering significantly higher single-threaded and gaming performance than its predecessor (R5 2600), it challenges Intel’s Core i7-8700K and the Core i5-9600K. Offering gaming performance within 5% of the Intel part, it is considerably faster in everything else from content creation to compression, encoding and other productivity-related tasks.

In light of the impending Ryzen 4000 launch, the prices have significantly dropped, with Microcenter selling the 3600 for as low as $159.


Price: $120|Rs. 11,100

ASUS has some of the best motherboards for both AMD and Intel CPUs. The ROG Strix B450-F Gaming comes with all the premium features of the ROG brand and then some. You get support for up to 64GB of 3466MHz DDR4 memory, dual-M.2 sockets, 3-Way XFX and 6 SATAIII ports. There’s also a fair bit of RGB as is customary with ROG boards and as many as 9 USB 3 ports. ASUS’ Supreme FX Audio is one of the best on-board audio chipsets you’ll find and the LAN chipset delivers speeds up to 1000Mbps.

Best Graphics Card for 1080p 144Hz Gaming: EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 KO GAMING

Price: $299|Rs. 25,799

Boost Clock1680MHz
Memory6GB GDDR6
Bus Width192-bit
Memory Clock12 Gbps
Power Connector8-pin
GPU Length202 mm

EVGA’s new GeForce RTX 2060 KO Edition brings down the price of the cheapest RTX card to just $279, on par with the GTX 1660 Ti while offering about 20-25% more performance and of course, ray-tracing capabilities as well. For high frame rate 1080p gaming and 1440p 60 FPS, this is the ideal GPU if you’re on a budget.

Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) CL18 (3600MHz)

Price: $85.99|Rs. 6,850

Corsair’s Vengeance LPX memory comes with a rated frequency of 3600MHz and CL of 18 ms. This makes it suitable for just about any Ryzen 3000 CPU. For a better idea of how memory speeds and latency affect gaming performance, read the following post:

AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs: Impact of Memory Speeds on Gaming Performance and Dual Channel RAM

Power Supply: Seasonic S12III 500

Price: $54.99|Rs. 5,450

Seasonic has some of the best budget power supplies on the market. For the more fancier Gold and Platinum rated modular PSUs, Corsair has the best products but in this range, Seasonic rules supreme. A 500W PSU should be more than enough for this 1080p 144 Hz build.

Storage: Intel 660p Series M.2 2280 1TB PCIe

Price: $120|Rs. 8,399

QLC based NVMe SSDs are the slowest Solid State Drives but they are still much much faster than traditional SATA HDDs. You get read/write speeds of up to 1,800MB/s which is almost 20x more than most HDDs. It’s best to get a small SSD for the OS and commonly used applications while an HDD for videos, images and other bulky files if you can’t afford a 1TB SSD.

Case: Phanteks Eclipse P400

Price: $80|Rs. 7,199

The Phanteks Eclipse P400 is a solid case that comes with a hint of blue LED lighting and ample space. It has a full tempered glass side window and a clean built. For under $100, you won’t find a better cabinet.

Monitor Suggestion: AORUS CV27F 27″

Refresh Rate165Hz
Viewing angle178°
Display Colors16.7 Million
Brightness400 cd/m2
Response Time1 ms
Connectors2 x HDMI 2.0
1 x DisplayPort 1.2
Adaptive Sync TechnologyAMD FreeSync 2


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