With a $1,000 budget, our best PC build for gaming keeps the same solid Intel Core i5-11400 and Asus H570M motherboard, but provides a much faster graphics card in the Nvidia RTX 3060 Ti, which carries a $399 MSRP, making it the cheapest current-gen card to support RTX ray tracing. It can also take advantage of Nvidia’s Broadcast software for filtering out unwanted background noise and blurring the messy home office behind you during video calls.
Our case is the NZXT H510, which has a beautiful, understated pure white shell and comes with two 120mm case fans and room for a 280mm cooler up top. It has a USB 3.1 Gen 2 USB-C connector on the top front for use with high-speed external SSDs.
We also got a Bronze 80+ rated power supply, which should be more efficient over the long haul than some cheaper models that don’t make the Bronze designation. At this price point, you wont’ get one of the best power supplies, but the Cooler Master MWE 600 should be more than competent.
To stay in the neighborhood of our $1,000 budget, we stuck with the same affordable G.Skill Ripjaws V Series RAM and WD Blue SN550 1TB SSD we used in the $800 build.