Build a 1440p Gaming PC For Under $1000 - Micro Center Black Friday Deals!


Written by Sean Mekinda

Black Friday and its deep discounts present an excellent opportunity to build a gaming rig without breaking the bank. From graphics cards to processors, Micro Center has sales that can unlock access to top-tier components at remarkably affordable prices, enabling you to build a budget-friendly PC setup that does not compromise performance. With that in mind, let’s dive into a high-powered PC build - great for 1080p or 1440p! - that will cost you less than $1000.

 Processor: Ryzen 5 5600X3D Vermeer AM4 3.3GHz 6-Core Boxed Processor - Heatsink Not Included – Part of a special Black Friday bundle, the Micro Center exclusive Ryzen 5 5600X3D is a formidable six-core, twelve-thread processor, delivering impressive power for both gaming and productivity tasks, with an emphasis on gaming. The 5600X3D features AMD’s 3D V-Cache technology, boosting the chip’s cache capacity for faster load times and higher frame rates. Don’t believe us? Check out our in-depth review and benchmarks!

Not only do you get one of the best value CPUs on the market, but this bundle comes with a motherboard and RAM (more on those below) and saves you an additional $140 over buying the parts individually.

Motherboard: ASUS B550-PLUS TUF Gaming WiFi II AMD AM4 ATX Motherboard – The second piece in our Black Friday bundle, the ASUS B550-PLUS is the perfect compliment to the Ryzen 5 5600X3D. Built on military-grade components, the ASUS TUF line is known for its solid construction and reliability. This board also comes with built-in Wi-Fi, so you won’t need to pick up an adaptor or worry about running ethernet cable throughout the entirety of your house.

 Ram: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit –  The final part of our Black Friday bundle, 16GB of RAM is plenty to get you started on your gaming journey and G.Skill Ripjaws is a great a great choice. DDR4-3200 pushes the upper limit of speed for last-generation processors and, with only two sticks included, you have room to easily upgrade if you find you need more.

 GPU: Sapphire Technology AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT Pulse Dual-Fan 12GB GDDR6 PCIe 4.0 Graphics Card – The AMD RX 6700 XT may be a last generation card, but don’t write it off. It’s still a more than potent 1440p card, able to crush esports and AAA titles alike. The best part? Coming in at only $339.99 during our Black Friday sale, it won’t blow out your budget. A budget build doesn’t have to skimp on power!

 Case: DeepCool CH510 MESH DIGITAL Tempered Glass ATX Mid-Tower Computer Case – At first glance, the DeepCool CH510 MESH DIGITAL looks like a fairly traditional computer case. Sure, it’s sleek black with a gorgeous tempered-glass side panel, but nothing out of the ordinary. Turn it on, however, and watch the front panel spring to life with active temperature monitoring. The built-in front display features a read out for your CPU and GPU temps, so you can easily keep an eye on your PC vitals.  

 Power Supply: DeepCool PQ850M 850 Watt 80 Plus Gold ATX Fully Modular Power Supply

The one part you should never skimp on when building a PC is the power supply. Whether you’re building on a budget or have unlimited funds, a good power supply will keep your computer safe. Bad power supplies can fail and bring your PC down with it; one hiccup could wipe out your CPU, GPU, and storage. The DeepCool PQ850M is 80 Plus Gold certified, keeping your PC running efficiently and safely. Plus, as it’s a fully modular power supply, you can keep cables you don’t need in the box, rather than hanging loose in your case.

 SSD: Inland Prime 1TB NVMe PCIe Gen 3.0x4 M.2 2280 3D NAND Internal SSD

Gone are the days of the HDD as a main drive. SSDs are far faster and more stable than their spinning platter counterparts. 1TB should be more than enough to support your OS as well as a few games. If you need more space, a 2.5” SSD or traditional HDD can be a great budget-friendly way to bolster your storage.

 Cooler: DeepCool AK400 ZERO DARK Performance CPU Cooler – While AIO coolers are absolutely the new hotness (or should we say coolness?), a good traditional air cooler can work just as well. One such cooler is the DeepCool AK400. The AK400 is a simple, matte black cooler that will do wonders for your build and your budget.

 Monitor: Acer 27KG3 M3bip 27" Full HD (1920 x 1080) 180Hz Gaming Monitor – While this build could handle 1440p, if you’re playing any sort of esport title, you’re going to want a high refresh rate monitor. At 180Hz, this 1080p monitor from Acer provides fast, smooth gameplay, perfect for a competitive edge in esports and a more cinematic experience in AAA titles.

Diving into the realm of PC building may seem daunting, but the sales and discounts Micro Center offers can make choosing your parts easier than ever. You’ll probably end up building a PC with more power than you expected, without going over budget! If you need help picking parts, stop by your local Micro Center today and our knowledgeable associates will be happy to help you pick out exactly what you need. We also offer custom build services, if you want the power of a custom PC but want to skip the hassle of putting it together!

 Build your own:

If you want to build your own version of our Black Friday Build or use my design as a template to start from, you can check out the full build in the Micro Center configurator here:

See the full build here

But that's not all - we've got tons more on sale, so be sure to check out our Black Friday Sale guide and then stop by your local Micro Center today and beat the holiday rush!



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