Building a brand new system isn’t an easy task. There are too many options on the market, which makes it complicated and difficult. This is especially true when you consider that compatibility among components is an additional issue. You can easily end up with components that aren’t compatible. However, we’re here to help and recommend a $1000 AMD build.
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We’ll be talking about which components you want to choose and why, and we’ll also briefly discuss the things you can do with this computer. To make things even better, we’ve opted for a system that allows for easy upgradeability in a few key regards, which is always a nice addition.
The entire $1000 AMD build has a goal to get you a balanced gaming PC that will perform well in modern games and get you some degree of futureproofing. The components have been chosen carefully to eliminate any chances of bottlenecking, and all of them are tried and tested options.
With this being primarily a gaming PC, this is a question you’ll want to ask before you go for it. Fortunately, nowadays a $1000 build is quite a good option, and you can play pretty much any AAA title at a 1080p resolution. With this build, specifically, and the GPU we’ve opted for, you can play many games in an even higher resolution.
Competitive titles like Valorant, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, or Overwatch will be playable at 1440p or even 4K if you turn the settings down. If you’d rather play AAA titles that are a bit more demanding, you’ll still be able to get a lot of frames per second, even at higher details.
To add to this, the choice of components also makes this a system that can handle work. Whether it’s light office work, or something more demanding like editing photos or videos, the $1000 AMD build can handle anything you throw at it.
Now, without wasting any more time, let’s take a look at the build itself, and go over the components.
AMD’s third-generation Ryzen 5 3600 is probably today’s best selling CPU. It comes with six cores and twelve threads, making it a powerful pick for gaming and working. There’s also a pretty reasonable 3.6GHz base frequency, which means that even games that don’t take advantage of high core counts will run very well on it. It does boost to 4.2GHz when pushed hard, too, which is a nice extra.
The Ryzen 5 3600 is also a great pick because it comes with a rather reasonable 65W TDP, which means that the provided AMD Wraith Stealth cooler can keep temperatures at bay, without you needing to buy an aftermarket cooler for it.
Add to this the fact that it supports a potential motherboard upgrade with PCIe 4.0, this is a great processor, both for now, and the future.
There’s no shortage of motherboards for AMD at the moment. But if you want to get a reliable pick that’s been tried and tested, MSI’s B450 Tomahawk MAX is the one to go for. Yes, it’s somewhat expensive for a B450 chipset, but it gets you a lot of functionality and an excellent VRM section.
To add to this, you have four DIMM slots. This means that you can easily add more memory if you find it necessary down the road. They also support up to 4133MHz of memory, which is great. There’s an M.2 slot for fast SSD storage, as well as support for AMD’s CrossFireX multi-GPU setup.
MSI has included a great VRM section with passive cooling, and a subtle RGB strip on the top right corner. If you want more RGB lighting, you can always add more LED strips and fans using the RGB headers.
Even though AMD’s third-generation isn’t as demanding as the previous ones, having fast RAM can still make a big difference in day-to-day usage. Corsair’s Vengeance LPX kit is one of the best performing RAM kits out there, and you can get it in a 2x8GB configuration at 3600MHz. This also allows you to take advantage of dual-channel memory, which is another thing that makes a difference, especially in gaming.
Now, the Vengeance LPX kit doesn’t have RGB, but we’re talking about an affordable $1000 AMD build, so that’s forgiven. The heatsink is rather low profile, which makes it compatible with a vast variety of CPU coolers if you want to upgrade.
It’s a great choice, and with four DIMM slots on the motherboard, you can add another one for even more RAM down the line.
When it comes to GPUs, AMD’s new lineup is excellent when it comes to bang for the buck. The highest-end model, the RX 5700 XT is very powerful, yet comes at a reasonable price that pits it against other mid-range GPUs.
The XFX Thicc III Ultra comes with 8GB of GDDR6 memory, which is rather impressive, as well as a frequency that can boost up to a massive 2025MHz. Gaming performance will be excellent, at both 1080p and 1440p.
You might’ve been thinking about this from the name itself, but the GPU is a pretty thick model, with three fans keeping it cool and quiet. The black and silver design looks pretty neat, too, which is something you should focus on since we’ll discuss a tempered glass side panel.
Overall, the RX 5700 XT, especially the XFX model, is a great pick for the $1000 AMD build. However, you could always take a look at some alternatives, too.
Yes, there are cheaper, or newer SSDs out there, but when you’re looking for the go-to SSD that’s reliable, fast, and well-priced, Samsung’s 970 EVO is the one that springs to mind. A 500GB capacity is sufficient for your operating system and a couple of games.
This is a compact SSD with a small but effective heatsink. Samsung’s Dynamic Thermal Guard will keep temperatures at bay and ensure there’s no throttling or other performance drops. Speaking of performance, you’re looking at read speeds of up to 3,500MB/s, as well as write speeds of up to 2,500MB/s. These are rather fast, and for a boot drive, they’re great.
Overall, the price-to-performance ratio and proven quality of the 970 EVO make it a great choice for our $1000 AMD build, and if it isn’t enough, you can always add more storage, right?
If you take a look at a PSU calculator, you’d see that you can easily run this build with a 500W power supply. But that won’t leave room for a CPU or GPU upgrade, nor will it leave a lot of room for additional storage drives. Therefore, we’ve opted for the tried and tested Cooler Master MWE Gold 650.
This is a 650W power supply with an 80+ Gold rating. Not only does this mean that the components inside are of higher quality than, say, an 80+ Bronze PSU, but it also guarantees at least 87% efficiency under full load.
The power supply is also fully modular, so you’ll only be using the cables you need. This helps a lot when you want to achieve clean cable management and an aesthetically pleasing build, too. It’s a great and rather reliable choice of PSU.
The final component of our $1000 AMD build is the case we would suggest to pack all the components in. We’re talking about NZXT’s excellent H510 case, which is an aluminum case with a minimalistic design and excellent functionality.
Inside the case, you get plenty of cable management room, and a PSU shroud to hide the PSU and any excess cables. There are plenty of cable management channels behind the motherboard tray, so you can manage the cables rather easily.
Airflow is somewhat limited, but even with the negative pressure setup that NZXT ship the H510 with, you will still get decent temperatures. There’s room for two more intake fans, or an AIO for your processor, so you can upgrade easily.
Last but not least, the tempered glass side panel at the side allows you a glimpse of your components. A great way to finish off a build. If you prefer airflow, or a different design, though, check out our list of best PC cases for alternatives.
Even though the $1000 AMD build by itself is a fully functional system, if you have a bit more to spend, there are a couple of small things you can add.
We’ll start with more storage. Yes, 500GB should be plenty, but if you want to install plenty of games, you could add another SSD, or a mechanical hard drive if you’re on a budget. Yes, it’s a bit slower, but they’re still significantly cheaper than a large SSD at this point.
Another thing is fans. We mentioned that NZXT advertises a negative pressure setup here, but adding two more fans at the front, right next to the intake grill, can further reduce temperatures. Make sure you get fans optimized for static pressure, so they can pull in the most amount of air from the grill.
Last but not least, this is a case with a tempered glass side panel. When you’re showcasing your build, why not add some RGB lights, too? They’ll illuminate your components and let you add a color scheme to an otherwise “boring” black and silver build. We’ve got a few options for you to choose from, and they’re all great picks.
At the end of the day, what you’re looking at is a very well balanced $1000 AMD build. It’s great for gaming, it’s great for working, and it’s a system that’s going to last you a good while, even if you don’t upgrade anything on it.
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