Best Gaming PC Build Under $1500 of 2020 & 2021 (60 FPS at 4k & 1440p)

Best Gaming PC Build under 1500 High End Builds

With the best gaming PC build for around $1500, you’ll enjoy a high level of performance, productivity, and content production. In the $1500 range, you can expect every game to run without any issues and a system that won’t let you down for years to come. This is the best gaming PC you can buy for the price, and it comes packed with serious ability across the board.

Build Overview

At the $1500 mark, you get a PC that can handle almost anything, and for this amount of money, you can ensure it’s a high-level gaming experience. These components smash AAA games while also providing you with streaming and rendering capabilities too.

Budget – When you are spending around $1500, you are pretty much guaranteed to give yourself a high-end PC with an array of top-shelf features. For this amount of money, you can expect CPUs that will enhance your gaming experience and also perform without question when multitasking. With this kind of budget, you can benefit from a high-end RTX 2080 Super, which is capable of high frame rates in glorious detail. At this price point, you can’t get the very best components, but that doesn’t mean your gaming experience has to suffer one bit, regardless of which build path you choose!

Performance – Whether you go for the AMD or Intel build path, you are going to get some seriously slick gaming performance from the $1500 PC build. Both paths feature the powerful RTX 2080 Super, which can handle 4K and VR gaming with ease, even in max settings!

The GPU is supported with the Ryzen 5 3600X in the AMD path, providing you with the perfect boost, whether you are gaming or working. The Ryzen, on the other hand, will run its six cores at a speed of 3.6Ghz and can be boosted to 4.2GHz.

The $1500 gaming PC features a 1TB SSD to take care of your operating system and games. This storage solution will give you faster boot times than your standard HDD and will also improve your FPS in-game too. We also see 16GB of fast RAM in this PC, which boosts the gaming potential of this already stellar build.

AMD Vs. Intel – To be honest, there is little between the two build paths, both the AMD and Intel paths will give you an excellent gaming PC. We recommend the AMD build as we feel it give you a little bit more than raw gaming performance. The Intel path provides you with one of the best gaming CPUs on the market and should always be considered, though. With little to separate the two, it is worth noting that the AMD CPU and it’s multithreading capabilities will stand the test of time a little more, while also delivering on the gaming front too.

How We Choose the PC Components

Our team has years of experience behind them, building PCs for a range of needs and budgets. All this knowledge, combined with hours of research, user feedback, and onsite benchmarking, is what goes into choosing the best components for our builds.

We look for value for money, how the components perform together and focus on gamer’s needs to make sure our builds are the best your budget can buy.

We build all these PCs ourselves, in house, so trust us when we say we want to make them as good as possible. We use all these builds ourselves day-to-day in the WePC offices.

How We Test

We build each of our selected PC’s from scratch to make sure all the parts we recommend work well together, fit into the selected case, and provide the best performance possible for the price range.

Once built, the PCs are used in the office for everyday work as well as a range of games from light to heavy-duty. While we test, we also run benchmarking tests to see how well our builds perform, all while keeping an eye on the temperature of the components themselves.

We know how much some of our readers enjoy overclocking their PC’s, so we made sure to test that out too. So, you can feel safe knowing that these machines can be pushed beyond their basic capabilities. But, please make sure you know how to overclock before trying to over-task your builds.

 

NOTE: Due to the ongoing effects of the global coronavirus pandemic, some retailers are experiencing stock issues. WePC constantly updates our pages to reflect current availability, so if the PC you want shows as out of stock, check back later or check out these alternatives.

The Best $1500 Gaming PC Update:

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
cpu

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X

In terms of pure gaming performance, Ryzen's new 5600X is brilliant value for money, especially for gamers.

PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT
gpu

PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT

One of the strongest GPUs on the market and great value to match.

Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16GB 3600MHz
ram

Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16GB 3600MHz

All the RAM you’ll need in a build like this at a great speed also.

Samsung 970 EVO Plus SSD 1TB
ssd

Samsung 970 EVO Plus SSD 1TB

High-quality storage solution, great value.

Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 750W
psu

Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 750W

A stellar PSU from Seasonic that will offer all the power this gaming rig needs.

Asus AM4 TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi)
mobo

Asus AM4 TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi)

An X570 motherboard that is perfect for Ryzen 3rd Gen - with extra features on top of it.

NZXT H510
case

NZXT H510

A sleek case from NZXT, It's a great size and has good cable management options.

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Build Details

This high-end computer was designed to bring out all the computing power you’ll need to beast out games at high settings on larger resolutions while also providing silky-smooth streaming/ rendering performance.

cpu
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600X

    AMD Ryzen 5 5600X

Many will have heard the news of AMD’s new Ryzen lineup. The 5600X was one of the most anticipated new chips because its predecessor was so successful. The 5600X comes to shelves with an impressive 6 core/12 thread makeup, beating its close rivals from Intel with ease and for gaming and smashing the previous Zen 2 lineup entirely. It has a base clock of 3.7GHz and a boost clock of 4.5GHz respectively. For gamers on a budget or not, the Ryzen 5 5600X is absolutely essential, paired with 3600Mhz+ RAM and a fast GPU, you will be loving your new gaming setup.

gpu
  • PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT

    PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT

The PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT is a great GPU and can blast through any AAA game. Rest assured, gaming at 1440 and 1080p is a breeze for this powerful GPU, and you should get nothing but enjoyment from this setup. This “Navi” based card is packed with great features, boasting high levels of efficiency, speed, and power. The high amounts of detail these cards can produce is phenomenal, and the value appears to be unmatched at the moment for this price point. Additionally, PowerColor manufactures GPUs with build quality in mind, and they have excellent customer service too. That, combined with the pricing of this particular card, makes it a great pick.

ram
  • Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16GB 3600MHz

    Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16GB 3600MHz

This 16GB RAM kit from Corsair comes with an abundance of speed and quality for both the AMD and Intel build paths. Whether you are gaming, streaming, or working, we wanted to make sure you have more than enough RAM capacity and speed to get things done effectively. We have gone for a RAM kit with a speed of 3600MHz to give you optimal speeds for gaming and to future proof your system a little bit more. With speeds like this, you are guaranteed to avoid being bottlenecked by the RAM, so sit back and reap the rewards.

ssd
  • Samsung 970 EVO Plus SSD 1TB

    Samsung 970 EVO Plus SSD 1TB

The build quality from this SSD is unquestionable, and the boost in performance it gives makes it a no-brainer for this $1500 gaming PC. While testing, the benchmark results showed us that there is little difference between SATA SSD’s and M.2, however, the Samsung 970 EVO Plus is of the highest quality and will serve you well.

This M.2 SSD has a 1TB capacity, is from a reputable manufacturer, will enhance your gaming experience, and give you speedy boot times.

psu
  • Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 750W

    Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 750W

When building a PC of this value, you want to ensure you have a stable and reliable power supply to power your new components. This is where the Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 750W PSU comes in, with its gold efficiency rating. The amount of Watts on this PSU is going to be more than enough to power the build, giving you a little more for future upgrades.

mobo
  • Asus AM4 TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi)

    Asus AM4 TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi)

To match the potential of the CPU, you are going to need a reliable motherboard. The Asus AM4 TUF Gaming X570-Plus is more than just reliable; this board is packed with features for the price, supporting overclocking, fast RAM speeds, USB 3.2 ports, Wi-Fi, PCIe 4,0, and expansion slots.

case
  • NZXT H510

    NZXT H510

Last but not least is our case. The NZXT H510 is one stylish case for the price and has been built using the highest quality materials to ensure this case will stand the test of time. This case boasts a tempered glass side panel for you to look in at your build. With 2 x 120mm included fan and open-airflow design, you get some cooling performance out of the box but you may want to add an extra fan to your basket. Alongside the airflow and aesthetics, the 510 is also very builder-friendly, offering plenty of options for cable management, drive mounting, extra fans, and room for our liquid cooling setup. This is far from a budget case, and once you get your hands on it you’ll know why.

MORE: Best PC Cases

Things To Consider

So now you have chosen your desired build path, there are a few things to consider before making that transaction. So what are these factors you need to consider? Well, we have outlined below a few important areas to go over, ensuring you make a well-informed decision that benefits your needs.

Budget

We separate our builds into different categories, all based on a specific budget. Regardless of this, it is still important to consider if this is the right budget for your gaming needs. When talking about a gaming PC in this price category, you can be sure to get high-end gaming performance that will handle any game you can think of. If you are looking to play AAA titles in high settings and achieve relatively high FPS, then you are in the right place. For the more casual gamers that only play less taxing indie games, this could potentially be overkill. While we do our best to bring you a high-quality system that remains within our budget parameters, Amazon's prices can fluctuate from time to time.

Upgradability & Future-Proofing

Even though this is a $1500 gaming PC and considered high-end, there is still some room for improvement. Upgrades in the right areas can potentially give you an improved gaming experience, and a greater life span out of your PC build, so certainly worthy of consideration. Upgrades will come at a significant extra cost for that boost in performance, but if you can accommodate it, go for it! For a significant upgrade, at a little extra cost, consider our $2000 gaming PC.

Overclocking

Some gamers and plenty of enthusiasts love to overclock their gaming rigs, so we have included components that can cater for this. Overclocking can squeeze extra power out of your system and provide you with even better performance.  Both build paths in the $1500 price category feature CPUs that can be overclocked, with a boost potential between 4.5 and 4.9GHz. If you are considering overclocking your system, remember to include an aftermarket cooler upgrade to handle the extra heat produced. The fast RAM included in this build will not run at 3600MHz out of the box, so remember to overclock this in your BIOS. It is worth noting that the motherboard selected is capable of handling these speeds without any issues, so no need to worry.

Ease of Building

This build comes with a high-quality case, so as you can imagine, it was a dream to build. There were no clearance issues when putting this machine together, and the whole process was stress-free. If you are concerned about damaging any of your components, then you may want to consider investing in antistatic equipment, but it isn't a requirement. The most important tool to have is, of course, the screwdriver, which will take care of most aspects. The case, as mentioned, is manufactured by a reputable company that has cable management in mind. Thanks to the design, it was really easy to tuck away those cables and improve the airflow inside the machine. Both CPUs come with stock coolers, and they will have thermal paste pre-applied. That being said, you may want to consider buying a tube of thermal paste and replacing this at your earliest convenience, as this will often improve thermals.

Non-Gaming Performance

Both builds are going to provide you will all the gaming performance you could need, but how do they stack up in other areas? While both CPUs will perform well with multitasking, the AMD build path is a clear winner in this area. The AMD CPU attributes this to its multithreading capabilities with twice as many threads as the Intel build path. Regardless of which you decide to choose, you can be sure of a good level of performance for all your streaming and home entertainment needs.

Aesthetics

The case and components to this build don't just perform to a high standard; they look great too. That being said, you can add touches of flare here or there to really bring this build to life. Pimping out your PC with RGB fans or a new cooler will bring extra cost, but its a great way to take full advantage of that tempered glass panel.

Calculating The PSU Wattage

Making sure your PSU provides the correct amount of wattage to your custom build PC is an essential part of the build process. For that reason, we've created a handy PSU calculator which will work out exactly what PSU wattage your components require - no matter how many changes you make.

What games can this PC run?

In this section, we’re going to tell you how this game should be able to run your favorite games.

  • Fortnite - At 4K and Epic settings, Fortnite should be playable at roughly 40-50 FPS. We recommend making some settings adjustments if you’re playing at 4K, or turning down to 1440p Epic instead.
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds - PUBG is fairly demanding, and may not be playable at 4K60 with max settings. With some settings adjustments or a downgrade to 1440p, however, you should have a great gaming experience with this PC build.
  • Monster Hunter: World - Monster Hunter: World is a pretty massive performance hog, so 4K 60 will require a lot of compromises. We recommend adjusting resolution scaling or turning down to 1440p with this game.
  • League of Legends - League of Legends is a lightweight eSports title and this build destroys it in just about every way. You won’t have problems playing at 4K60 with this PC build.
  • Dota 2 - Dota 2 should be playable at 4K 60 FPS with plenty of room to breathe- as high as 130-140FPS, in fact. We highly recommend playing with a 1440p/144hz monitor with this build and this game.
  • Overwatch - At 4K with Ultra Settings enabled, you should generally be sticking right around the high 50s and low 60s in Overwatch. If you find yourself dipping more often than you like, consider adjusting some settings or your resolution scaling.
  • Rainbow Six: Siege - At 4K, you may need to make some settings adjustments to maintain a stable 60 FPS. In 1440p and Max settings, though, you should experience anywhere from 70-80 FPS in this game.
  • Warframe - This build is more than powerful enough for playing Warframe at 4K, Ultra settings and 120+ FPS.
  • Grand Theft Auto V - Playing at 4K, you should be able to achieve 40-50 FPS with Very High settings. You may want to adjust your settings or turn down the resolution to achieve 60 FPS, however.
  • Team Fortress 2 - TF2 is primarily a CPU-centric game, so running this game at 4K60 should still be quite feasible with the i5 in this build. However, if you experience spikes of bad performance, you may need to turn down some settings.

Prebuilt Gaming PC's around $1500

Not everyone can build a new gaming PC from scratch, so we have included some premium prebuilt options for your consideration. While building your own is always going to be the best choice for both your experience and wallet, we understand this can be a daunting task for some. It is worth noting; we select our prebuilt PCs from reputable custom PC builders that you can trust.

#1
Skytech Azure Gaming PC Desktop

Skytech Azure Gaming PC Desktop

If you're looking for a high-end prebuilt alternative to our custom build, then look no further. This thing has the punching power to handle most AAA games you throw at it.

#2
Skytech Chronos Gaming PC Desktop (3700X)

Skytech Chronos Gaming PC Desktop (3700X)

For something a little under budget, we recommend the Skytech Chronos Gaming PC. It offers fantastic aesthetics and great gaming performance, with a powerful Ryzen 7 3700X CPU and RTX 2070 Super GPU combination.

#3
CyberpowerPC Gamer Supreme Liquid Cool Gaming PC

CyberpowerPC Gamer Supreme Liquid Cool Gaming PC

One of our top recommendations is this very efficient gaming rig from CyberpowerPC. It offers an Intel Core i7-9700K alongside an RTX 2070 Super to form an excellent gaming build.

Upgrade Path

Whether you choose the AMD or Intel build path, both are going to bring you a lot of joy without any additional components. That being said, even this powerful $1500 gaming PC has some wiggle room for upgrades. Upgrades will bring you better performance and further futureproof your system but, of course, at an extra cost.

Note: These will raise the price of the build!

cpu

If you’re looking bolster your build even further, we recommend going for the current flagship chip from AMD’s ever-popular 3rd-gen Ryzen range. It boasts some of the fastest clock speeds on the market and nearly matches its closest rival, the i9-9900K. The 3800X is one of the best consumer CPUs from AMD on the market and is untouchable from the competition in terms of value.

gpu

The 2080 is already one of the top-performing cards money can buy, however, if you are looking to squeeze every last drop of performance out of your build then we recommend going for the ASUS ROG Strix 2080 Ti. This card runs with one of the fastest clock speeds and will keep cool under some serious stress. If you want to go a bit above the best gaming PC build under $1500 and future-proof it further, the 2080 Ti may be the answer you’re looking for. Just keep in mind that performance bump comes at quite the price premium.

Cooler

Our build path features a stock cooler, and while these do an adequate job of cooling your CPU, you may want to upgrade to this AIO cooler from Corsair. The H100i is a closed-loop liquid cooler and will give you some excellent thermal results, which is a must if you want to overclock these processors. This CPU cooler has a lot more going for it than just keeping things icy cool, it features RGB lighting and two powerful 120mm fans, all of which are controllable in the iCUE software!

ssd

With these M.2’s producing write speeds up to 7 x quicker than SATA SSD’s its a no brainer having them in your system. So for an upgrade consider the same type of M.2 storage only twice as big! 1TB should be more than enough to store your OS, games, and programs on.

VR Headset

You remember that summer job you had as a kid and the boss came up to you and was like,”Hey, can you go downtown and place this order for me?” and you were like really overwhelmed, but now that’d be like a nice stroll through the city? Well that’s the way this computer is with VR. Previous builds could technically do VR, but now it should have no problems.

HTC Vive

HTC Vive

Of the two headsets, we recommend the HTC Vive over the Oculus Rift due the former’s better developer support. Do note that buying these will add an extra $500– if not more– to the total cost of your build.

Oculus Rift

Oculus Rift

VR gaming isn’t cheap yet! Check out our guide to the best VR headsets available right here.

Operating System & Peripherals

Since you’re buying the best $1500 PC build, you might already have your OS and peripherals from your old PC. If you don’t, however, we’ve written up this section to help point you toward what you need.

Note: These will raise the price of the build!

Operating System

Before the best $1,500 rig can show its worth, it needs an operating system. Finish off your build with a copy of Windows 10!

Windows 10

Windows 10

Before the best $1,500 rig can show its worth, it needs an operating system. For the best gaming and general compatibility, you’ll need to buy Windows 10. Times have moved on considerably since the days of DVD-ROM’s, however, if you’re still an advocate you can purchase Windows 10 in it’s original CD form here.

Mouse and Keyboard

A high-end PC needs some high-quality peripherals too. We have hand-picked mice, keyboards, and mouse pads that we have tested, to enhance your gaming experience.

Logitech G Pro Wireless

Logitech G Pro Wireless

The Logitech G Pro Wireless is one of the highest-rated gaming mice on the market thanks to its top-of-the-line sensor and build quality. It comes to the table equipped with Logitech’s top HERO optical sensor and weighs in at a slender 80grams making it a favorite among professional eSports gamers and fans alike. You’ve just bought a $1500 gaming PC, you’re going to need a quality mouse to go with it and I can’t think of anything better. MORE: Best gaming mice

ZOWIE EC2-B Divina

ZOWIE EC2-B Divina

If wireless isn’t your cup of tea, don’t sweat, we have you covered! The ZOWIE EC2-b Divina has been custom designed with ergonomics in mind, it has a tremendous palm feel and is highly considered to be one of the best new mice released in recent times. It does come with a hefty price tag but when your splashing $1500 on a PC build you don’t want to be handcuffed by below-par peripherals. Buy the EC2-b and you will not be disappointed! For similar mice in this price range why not check out our article on the best gaming mice.

Corsair K70 Low Profile Keyboard

Corsair K70 Low Profile Keyboard

For a high-end keyboard we recommend the brilliant Corsair K70 Low Profile RGB Keyboard. In addition to Corsair’s incredible embedded RGB solution, the K70 boasts truly fantastic build quality, macro capabilities, and more. It comes equipped with dedicated media keys, cherry MX switches with excellent response time and low profile keys to promote easier usage. MORE: Best Keyboards for Gaming

SteelSeries QcK Gaming Surface

SteelSeries QcK Gaming Surface

The Steelseries Qck gaming surface is highly prized as being one of the best and most comfortable pads available in today’s market. The QcK has been specifically designed with gamer’s in mind and the cloth has been engineered for great mouse control over long periods of time.  A sleek design that will suit any build makes it the perfect match for our other peripherals. If you’re looking for the perfect pairing for the Logitech G Pro wireless, why not check out Logitech’s Powerplay Mouse mat. Continuously charges your mouse when they’re in contact with each other creating seamless gameplay for as long as you need it. MORE: Best mousepads.

Razer Gaming Bungee V2

Razer Gaming Bungee V2

The Razer Gaming Bungee V2 is  a device which lifts your cable off the gaming surface to create a wireless feeling, essentially removing any drag points and inconvenience a cable may endure. If you’re looking to create the ultimate gaming machine then a bungee is definitely worth it. MORE: Best Gaming Bungee’s

Monitor

A gaming monitor is essential to hardcore and casual gamers alike. To take full advantage of your new gaming PC, you are going to want a monitor to match. In case you don’t already own one,  we have recommended a monitor to get you going.

Acer Predator XB271HU bmiprz 27"

Acer Predator XB271HU bmiprz 27"

Here we have the Acer Predator 27inch gaming monitor, it truly is a force to be reckoned with and takes the top spot in monitor recommendations for this build. It is a little costly but if you’re willing to stretch the budget it really does heighten your overall gaming experience. Become immersed in the predator’s fantastic visual display which has been equipped with a 4ms response time, 144hz refresh rate, and WQHD support. Overall a fantastic monitor, but one which is probably considered a luxury. MORE: Best gaming monitors.

ASUS VG278Q 27"

ASUS VG278Q 27"

If you’d like something a little more reasonably priced then why not check out our top gaming monitor for $300 which comes in the shape of ASUS VG278Q Gaming Monitor. It has everything you would expect from a high end gaming monitor expect the price tag.  Overall a brilliant monitor for the price.

Sound Options

For gamers and music lovers, immersive, high-quality sound is a must. Get yourself the best sound you can with our recommendations.

Mackie CR Series 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors

Mackie CR Series 3" Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors

Mackie’s CR series 3 monitor aren’t any old desktop speakers, these are high quality purpose designed monitor’s that deliver premium sound quality and performance. Invest here and you will not be disappointed. MORE: Best Computer Speakers

Sennheiser Gaming One Headset

Sennheiser Gaming One Headset

We recommend the Sennheiser One Gaming Headset due to it’s magnificent build quality and great sound output. The addition of a noise-canceling microphone also makes it great for clear comms with your teammates ensuring no communication is missed in the heat of battle. MORE: Best Gaming Headsets

Audio-Technica ATH-M30x

Audio-Technica ATH-M30x

We’ve opted for the Audio-Technica M30x headphones as they have excellent build quality, superb comfort and great sound output. They don’t look too bad either!

Blue Yeti USB Microphone

Blue Yeti USB Microphone

Many gamer’s will already have a working set of headphones and don’t want to splash out on a headset, for those people the Blue Yeti USB Microphone is the perfect solution for your needs. Compact, fantastic mic clarity and build quality are just a few of the reasons we’ve chosen this as our go to mic. If you’re looking for a budget option we recommend the Antlion Audio Modmic.

Getting Online

Whether you’re listening to music or in the fight of your life, you need good sound to make it through. Here are our picks for this build.

Wired (Ethernet)

Wired (Ethernet)

If you’re serious about competitive gaming and streaming, don’t settle for anything less than this 25-foot ethernet cable from Amazon. Ethernet cables offer the best performance and reliability for gaming and other network-intensive, latency-sensitive tasks.

ASUS PCE-AC56 PCI Wireless Express Adapter

ASUS PCE-AC56 PCI Wireless Express Adapter

If Wi-fi is your preferred method of connection, there’s only one choice for us, Asus’s AC56 PCI adapter. You get top speeds, fantastic signal coverage and a well built product which will last you for years to come. 

Building Tips

When spending this much money to get the best $1,500 gaming desktop, you want to make sure you’re doing everything right. So, to keep you from making the same mistakes every other newb PC builder makes, you’ll want to familiarise yourself with common PC building concerns.

Install OS Via USB

If you have a 4GB+ USB stick laying around, congratulations: you can save some money and space by just installing your OS via USB (as opposed to being forced to install a disk drive on your computer and then use an installation disk).

Use the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool to create a Windows installation USB stick. UNetbootin or Rufus can be used to do the same with a Linux distribution.

Invest In Antistatic Equipment

This is one of the most important building tips out there. Basically, static electricity can destroy the complex, yet sensitive circuitry on your various parts. You can use an anti-static mat which you set your components on before mounting them. An anti-static wristband is another option; this product anchors you to reduce any charge you might be holding.

We even have a guide on to help you how to properly use the anti-static strap.

Watch Our PC Building Guide

This video guide will walk you step-by-step through the PC building process. Supplement it with the instruction manuals included with your components and you should be fine.

For a more detailed list, our How to Build a Gaming PC guide includes everything a newbie builder needs. 

Closing Thoughts

Getting top results from a $1500 gaming PC is not going to be hard; this is easily the best rig for the money, and it is ready to tackle your favorite games. The $1500 PC build brings more to the table than just raw gaming performance, with multitasking and streaming being distinct possibilities.

We highly recommend the AMD path in this build, but it is worth noting that the Intel option doesn’t miss out by much. The new-gen Ryzen CPU gives you a more well-rounded PC and future-proofs the build slightly more than the Intel CPU.

A high-end gaming PC for $1500, not bad! We would like to hear about your personal experiences building this gaming PC, so head on over to the WePC community and share your experiences with the team!

94 Comments

  1. Avatar Kenzie says:

    What CPU Cooler I should use?
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  2. Avatar Michael says:

    Hey! This is my first PC build and I plan on using it for gaming, CADing, and programming. I was wondering if the following build would work fine and if it would be better to go with a 16×2 or 8×4 RAM set up. Thank you!

    CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3800X
    Fan: Corsair H100i RGB PLATINUM
    MOBO: Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI) ATX AM4
    RAM: Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 CL18 Memory
    SSD: Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive
    GPU: XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB THICC III Ultra
    PSU: Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 PE 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX
    Case: NZXT H510

  3. Avatar Amir says:

    Hi bro. I am about buying a pc just for playing WOW and cyberpunk 2077 & dota & pes (I know I’m noob) and I’ve some questions :
    1:does it worth to buy this build?
    2-does it worth to buy upgrading pathes?
    3-can I buy a cheaper build for that?
    And sorry for my grammar, cuz I don’t speak English!
    Thanks and hope u understand what I typed!

    1. Avatar Amir says:

      And can I use a 2070 instead of 5700?

        1. Avatar Amir says:

          Tnx man!

          1. Avatar Amir says:

            What’s the best 2070 for this build?

    2. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

      This PC will handle the games you want to play – to a high level. You can get something slightly cheaper, but for me, it wouldn’t be worth the savings.

  4. Avatar Chad says:

    Can you guys please tell me if this pc will be capable of running next gen. I am gonna save my money up for this build and i wanna make sure it will be able to play new games. Thank you!

    1. Avatar Steve says:

      If you are still saving, and can wait another month of so, go for Zen 3/Ryzen 4000 and the GPUs that will release along with it (Ampere/BigNavi), budget will be similar and will last you well into next gen. That would be my thoughts there pal.

      Steve.

      1. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

        If you do decide to wait, be prepared for a paper launch and stock levels to be very sporadic/hard to find.

    2. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

      Hi Chad, This PC is more than capable of handling many next-generation gaming titles.

  5. Avatar maz says:

    hey,
    I was wondering how much fps you get on Fortnite on low, medium, and high settings? thx.

    1. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

      Over 300FPS on all settings :]

  6. Avatar 1#challenge is over here says:

    CPU: Ryzen 7 3700X
    MOBO: X570 MPG Gaming Edge WiFi AMD AM4 ATX Motherboard
    RAM: Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 PC4-25600 CL16
    CASE: Lancool II Tempered Glass eATX Full Tower
    Power supply: SuperNOVA 750 G+ 750 Watt 80 Plus Gold
    GPU: GeForce RTX 2080 Super Black Gaming Dual-Fan 8GB GDDR6 PCIe 3.0 Video Card
    SSD: 860 QVO 1TB SSD 4-bit QLC V-NAND SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5″
    Hard drive: BarraCuda 3TB 5400RPM SATA III 6Gb/s 3.5″
    (this is from challeng here i just couldn’t send it through that account:(
    ).

    1. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

      Yea these parts look pretty damn good mate, the case is especially cool. The only thing I would say regarding the case, however, is to make sure it has enough clearance to house a GPU of that size. I mean, it should be absolutely fine, but its always worth double-checking. 750W PSU should be fine for a 3700x and 2080 as well.

      1. Avatar Oof says:

        It’s me…I realized there are better PCs for that much…just was an retard back then…

  7. Avatar challenge here says:

    I have a challenge for you,I will give you a list of componentes and you see if there compatible or not and if they go well together(not that i don’t love your guys pc build, i just want to give pc building a try).

    1. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

      haha go on mate, lets see.

  8. Avatar yes, I am an idiot. says:

    I fell like you should make a page about downloading windows 10 or MAC OS (I hope you do one about MAC OS because i will be getting MAC OS because my mom says windows 10 is “glitchy”)

  9. Avatar Alex Nelson says:

    I’m pretty new in this whole pc thing and I wanted to build this pc but someone close to me recently gave me a dark rock cooler and I wasn’t too sure if that would be compatible or even worth including for myself. I know I could probably research this but I figured, you being the person who chose these parts if it would work or not.

    1. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

      Hi Alex, you would be correct in your thinking! To the dark Rock cooler. Yea, you’d be fine installing that on the CPU in this build. The CPU comes with its own stock cooler. However, the Dark Rock would be a large step up in performance. So, I’d definitely recommend using it.

  10. Avatar HELP ME says:

    Hi!Could i add the Noctua NF-P12 redux-1300 PWM, Quiet Fan, 4-Pin, 1300 RPM (120mm, Grey)?I just want to make sure my build is cooled of that’s all.

    1. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

      Hi friend, yea those fans should work perfectly with this build.

  11. Avatar Aitor says:

    I was wondering if the case will have enough ventilation for the Graphics Card and the overclocked GPU.

  12. Avatar MysteriousHelper says:

    Hello!

    It most likely was an error/typo in the site that caused you that problem. There is no “Ryzen 9 3800X” if you are interested in the CPU upgrade here are your options: (For AMD)
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X – More cores, more power. ($310)
    AMD Ryzen 7 3800X – Same cores as the 3700X but GHZ boost and generally better. ($380)
    AMD Ryzen 9 3900X – A-a powerhouse! ($500)

    I am an Intel “fan boy” so for $1500/$1600 (The build budget I mean!) I can recommend you an Intel build that I would consider better, because of different factors. 🙂
    Sincerely,
    MysteriousHelper
    —-
    Video games shouldn’t have human-targets.

  13. Avatar Pedro says:

    So I went for the ( Fractal Design Define S2 Vision RGB- Mid Tower Computer Case – High Airflow and Silent – PSU Shroud – Modular Interior – Water-Cooling Ready – USB Type C – Dark Tint Tempered Glass Side Panel – ARGB) also I was wondering on the upgrade options it shows the ryzen 93800X but when I click on it it takes me to an Amazon page with ryzen 73800X and also I couldn’t find it ryzen 9 3800x what I found was the ryzen 9 3900X

  14. Avatar Pedro says:

    Also I did bought the one you told me (Fractal Design Define S2 Vision RGB- Mid Tower Computer Case – High Airflow and Silent – PSU Shroud – Modular Interior – Water-Cooling Ready – USB Type C – Dark Tint Tempered Glass Side Panel – ARGB)

    1. Shaun Conroy Shaun Conroy says:

      Great case Pedro, enjoy.

      1. Avatar Pedro says:

        Thank you and can I use the ryzen 9 3900x on it or for that I will need a new motherboard thank you

        1. Shaun Conroy Shaun Conroy says:

          Hi Pedro, if you are using the motherboard above then yes, the 3900X will work fine.

  15. Avatar Pedro says:

    Thank you Charlie. for the upgrade for the ryzen 9 3800 it takes you to an Amazon page for the Rison 7 3800 and also I was looking for nineRyzen 9 3800 and the only one I find is rising 9 3900 thank you

    1. Shaun Conroy Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi Pedro, It is actually the Ryzen 7 3800X not “Ryzen 9”, that was just a typo. This has been amended now!

  16. Avatar Alex says:

    I couldn’t help but notice in the November build that you advertise an ATX mobo but a mATX case. Wouldn’t the mobo not fit? Thanks!

    1. Shaun Conroy Shaun Conroy says:

      Not sure what case that was Alex but don’t worry, these components have more than enough room.

  17. Avatar Scott says:

    This rig should run Star Citizen no problem, right??

    1. Shaun Conroy Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi Scott, thanks for the comment. This will run that game without issue.

  18. Avatar PCEnthusiast says:

    Haha! I was checking this out and when I added it to my cart (to see the final price) I did a quick look over the prices and didn’t see the graphics card price and I was like “Woah! 1/2 Off?!?!” And then when I added I saw the graphics card! If I remove the graphics card I could maybe purchase this haha.

  19. Avatar Pedro says:

    Good afternoon/morning I was wondering what other cases can I use I was thinking of CORSAIR Obsidian 500D RGB SE Mid-Tower Case, 3 RGB Fans, Smoked Tempered Glass, Aluminum Trim – Integrated Commander PRO Fan and Lighting Controller. Just because I want my case to have lights. Please Can you let me know what you think.

    1. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

      Hi Pedro, is your main goal RGB? and do you have a little extra room in your budget? if you do then there are some very nice RGB cases available. The Fractal Design Define S2 RGB is an extremely good case. However, it is quite a bit more expensive.
      If you’re happy with the Corsair Obsidian 500D then go for that. It’s a great case and takes our top spot for the best PC case right now.

      1. Avatar Pedro says:

        Thank you Charlie for the quick answer I thought you were gonna answer within a month so I never check back until today thank you and quick question the upgrade for the ryzen 93800X Takes you to Amazon page for the Rison 73800 and I look in amazon and the only one that I get is the ryzen 9 3900

  20. Avatar gerry says:

    just so you know for the top build you say its asus x570 but the link actually takes you to 470

    1. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

      Hi Gerry, Where are you speaking to us from, friend?

  21. Avatar CJ says:

    Would an EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER XC ULTRA GAMING 8gb GPU still fit with this build, and would it be slightly better than the non-super Gigabyte 2080 at $40 more? And would it be advised to upgrade the CPU to a Ryzen 3700X for 1440p Ultra settings gaming?

    1. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

      Hi CJ, Yea you’d get away with using the RTX 2080 Super XC Ultra Gaming 8GB. It would certainly offer SOME performance gains.
      If you can fit the 3700X into your budget then I would definitely recommend going for that over the 3600.

  22. Avatar CJ says:

    Hi, I am having trouble finding a new Corsair RMx 80+ for sale anywhere. You’re link leads to a refurbished one on Amazon with very mixed reviews. Even the Corsair website isn’t any help. Is there another PSU that you suggest?

    1. Shaun Conroy Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi CJ, thanks for the comment. It appears you are right, not sure why Corsair have changed this but if you try – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YPNSQTU?tag=wepcus-20 . If you continue to get stuck then going for a 650W PSU would be fine.

  23. Avatar Xavier says:

    How well can this build run BF5 and star wars battlefront 2

    1. Shaun Conroy Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi Xavier, thanks for the comment. You would get a stable 70+ FPS in ultra on BF5 @ 1440p.

  24. Avatar Dimitri Alphonso-Martello says:

    Hi. I was looking at this build and maybe I am blind but I didn’t see a fan or cooler included. Does one of the components come with a built in cooling system?

    1. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

      Hi Dimitri, the CPU comes with its own stock cooler. It’s actually not bad.

  25. Avatar marselix says:

    Change The Motherboard…that MB is for intel socket…and change the link of MB also…it finds Z390 instead of X570…To beginners they might buy the wrong MB

    1. Shaun Conroy Shaun Conroy says:

      Marselix, well spotted. This link goes to amazon.com and seems to occasionally show a different product to none US visitors. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do however if you click the button to see the entire build on amazon, everything shows present and correct.

  26. Avatar Dhruva says:

    In the upgrade list it says that u should upgrade to to rog strix 2080 which costs less than the gigabyte rtx 2080. im confused why would u want to upgrade to something that costs less that the original. Is the Rog strix better? if so why don’t u just buy it before the gigabyte card you’ll save money and get a better graphics card

    1. Shaun Conroy Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi Druva, the ROG Strix is a better card and if it is cheaper then certainly go for it. Sometimes the prices fluctuate so we may miss something but the difference here is the ROG Strix 2080 is a “Ti” (Titan) version.

  27. Avatar Janay Searfoss says:

    Have you ever thought about adding a little bit more than just your articles? I mean, what you say is fundamental and everything. But imagine if you added some great pictures or video clips to give your posts more, “pop”! Your content is excellent but with images and videos, this website could definitely be one of the most beneficial in its niche. Great blog!|

    1. Shaun Conroy Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi Janay, thanks for the comment. We are actually in the middle of overhauling the website with content, design, and video content. We look to bring a variety of different video content from benchmarking to cable management so stay tuned.

  28. Avatar Venu Prasad says:

    Great Build. Can you share the video of this build. So that I can build mine easily. Because I saw some comments about the cooler is not fitting correctly. I’m afraid because this is my first build.

    1. Shaun Conroy Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi Venu! We have updated the build since those clearance issues so don’t worry about the cooler not fitting. As for videos, we plan on recording every build we recommend and will be bringing video content soon.

  29. Avatar Casey says:

    EVGA CLC 280 RGB does NOT fit in the Corsair case. Not even close. Even if you were to jury rig a way to secure it in there, it would be in constant contact with the RAM, and you’d have to remove it to add or replace RAM. The rest of this build has been pretty nice, but that was kind of a bummer. I have a 240 on the way because it looks like it should fit from the measurements.

    1. Shaun Conroy Shaun Conroy says:

      Casey, we have updated the build a few times and im sorry to hear that this recommendation didn’t work out. Some cases even though they say they are compatible with certain rad support can be a tight squeeze.

  30. Avatar Casey says:

    I bought all the parts listed for this build but I have run into a problem. I can’t mount the radiator to the top of the case without it touching the RAM and the CPU power plug. I’m worried that 1) this will harm one or both of those components from the vibrations from the fans running, and 2) that I’m missing something obvious.

    Additionally the radiator and fans block the top of the DIMM slots, so if I was to add more RAM in the future, I would actually have to remove the radiator and fans to do so. Help!

    1. Shaun Conroy Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi Casey, thanks for the comment. I’m sorry to hear you are having issues, did you manage to sort this out? If it isn’t too much trouble please could you list your case, cooler and, ram for me.

  31. Avatar Jitender says:

    I see that Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 Gaming 8G Ggdr6 is available at US$530 and gtx 1070 ti costs 500 US$.
    Is it advisable to go for rtx 2070 to stick with gtx 1070ti.

    Also I am moving with intel i7 8700 instead of i45 mentioned here, is it a good decision.

    Thanks in anticipation

    1. Charlie Noon Charlie Noon says:

      Hi Jitender,
      I would definitely recommend the 2070 gaming 8GB over the 1070Ti

  32. Avatar Ray says:

    Hi. I’m totally new at this. I have the z370 motherboard and the crucial 2.5 in SSD, but they don’t seem compatible. The drive is too big. Am I doing this wrong? Thanks

    1. Shaun Conroy Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi Ray, thanks for the comment. Firstly, is the Crucial SSD a SATA SSD? If it is SATA and not an M.2 then yes it is compatible. Have a look and let me know!

  33. Avatar Justin says:

    I’m building a new PC now and this build looks pretty nice. Would it be worth it to throw a RTX 2070 into this for future proofing? Also I have never put together a liquid cooler before. Is it pretty straightforward?

    1. Shaun Conroy Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi Justin, Thanks for the comment. This build now features an RTX 2080 but yes future-proofing is always a great idea if you can afford it! Liquid coolers are almost as simple as fitting an air cooler, the only difference is you have to screw on the radiator to your case!

  34. Avatar Tobias says:

    Think its funny that the build cost 2000 dollars and you guys say its costing 1500 dollars? 500 dollars different??

    1. Shaun Conroy Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi Tobias, thanks for the comment. Prices can fluctuate daily on Amazon, so we try to stay on top of it!

  35. Avatar Chriis says:

    I just wanted to say thanks for this guide. I was a first-time PC builder and did 2 of these for my kids. Your guides were a big help. It was pretty straightforward and we are very happy with the end result. Much better and cheaper than buying a pre-built.

    1. Shaun Conroy Shaun Conroy says:

      That’s right Chris, good to hear! Hope the PC is still running well and the kids are enjoying their games (you too)!

  36. Avatar Mike says:

    Hey there. I’m new to PC building. I was just wondering what upgrades to this build would be required to get the frame rate up to 144 at 1440p on harder games to run like PUBG of Fortnite? Thanks for the awesome setup guide!

    1. Shaun Conroy Shaun Conroy says:

      Hey Mike, thanks for the comment. We have updated this build to feature a very powerful graphics card. This GPU would handle the games in question at a high frame rate easily!

  37. Avatar Jon says:

    Would this work fine with an i5-9600K?

    1. Shaun Conroy Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi Jon, thanks for the comment. When you commented, yes it would. We have updated the build to feature a new AMD Ryzen chip so you would need a new motherboard to go with the intel chip that supports an LGA1151 socket.

  38. Avatar Connor says:

    Would this motherboard support m.2 ssds?

    1. Shaun Conroy Shaun Conroy says:

      Thanks for the comment, Connor. The motherboard featured in this build can accommodate two M.2 SSDs.

  39. Avatar BILL says:

    How do you hook up a radiator cooler to the CPU? Could you possibly link a video or some kind of way for me to understand?

    1. Shaun Conroy Shaun Conroy says:

      Hey Bill, thanks for the comment. There are two parts to a liquid(AIO) CPU cooler, the CPU block and the radiator. Screw-in your motherboard first then, the CPU block should be screwed next before the radiator (but this is down to preference). Your case should have space to accommodate the radiator(the part where your fans screw on to) at the top and/or the front of the case. Position your fans on the radiator so they blow air out of the case (there is usually a directional arrow on fans). Next, you will want to screw your radiator to the case. As a side note if you are not sure which screws you need to screw the radiator to the case, normally PSU screws can be used.

  40. Avatar David Holmes says:

    What happens if you throw a second 1080 at it?

    1. Shaun Conroy Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi David, throw in a second 1080 and you’ll be getting some very decent FPS my friend.

  41. Avatar Kyle says:

    The tower you have in the build (for October 2018 option you have for buying everything) isn’t available on Amazon right now. Just an FYI

  42. Avatar John says:

    Hello,
    I have a question that is pretty obvious i’m sure, but would the NZXT H500 ATX Computer Case work for this set up or would it be incompatible with these select parts? I like the look of the case compared to the S340 and was wondering if you know whether it was compatible for this loadout you’ve created. Thanks

    1. Shaun Conroy Shaun Conroy says:

      Hi John, thanks for commenting. Sorry you didn’t get a swift reply but yes the NZXT is a good all-round case and would have been a good alternative to the S340. This build is updated so have a look through and let me know what you think!

  43. Avatar Robert Packham says:

    This might be a dumb question, but does this build support mulutple screens?

    1. Avatar Juzel Albert Padilla says:

      Hi, Robert! Thanks for checking us out! Yes, this does support multiple screens 😀 The listed GTX 1080 graphics card has 4 HDMI ports and a DVI-D port at the back.

  44. Avatar Shermae T says:

    Hello! I am greatly thinking about this build. The only thing i have a problem with is the case, would there be any other suggestions you would have? i like NZXT desgins i’m just worried about the airflow and sizes with the components. Sorry this is my first trime trying to build a pc 😀

    1. Avatar Juzel Albert Padilla says:

      Hi Shermae T! How are you doing? Yes, there are a lot of cases we could recommend. However, due to the sheer number, it’s hard to recommend the right one. If it’s alright, may I know if there are specific cases you have in mind? I would like to hear your thoughts on this so I would know what type of case you’re interested in. 🙂

  45. Avatar Billy Bob says:

    Everything looks great except the PSU. Why skimp when the 620W is only 25 bucks more? You won’t be stressing the more powerful PSU as much as the lesser, which should result in cooler temperature and longer life. Since this is a gaming setup, we can assume the GPU and CPU will be pushed to their limits, which is going to give that minimum spec PSU a real workout. Never skimp on the power supply, it’s not worth saving a few pennies (relatively).

    1. Shaun Conroy Shaun Conroy says:

      Hey Billy Bob, thanks for the comment. You were right, we now feature a higher watt PSU in this build to accommodate for the powerful components and future upgrading room!

  46. Avatar Juan Manuel Lopez says:

    Very good components choice and a really helpful guides for us, noobs pc builders. Thanks!

    1. Shaun Conroy Shaun Conroy says:

      Glad you enjoyed Juan. The build has been updated a lot since your visit, happy building!

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