Best Gaming PC Build Under $1500 of 2019 (60 FPS at 4k & 1440p)

Best Gaming PC Build under 1500

 

With the best gaming PC build for around $1500, you’ll enjoy the highest end of gaming, productivity and content production.

Let’s have a look.

Build Overview

Since we’re building a PC with a fairly high price point, we don’t have to compromise too much on graphical and processing power.

This build was made with the following requirements in mind:

Incredible streaming/rendering performance.  Hobbyists, true enthusiasts, and professionals need high-end hardware capable of managing raw video and other productivity tasks as fast as possible. The i7-9700k won’t cause CPU bottlenecking and is one of the better CPU's available. 

The RTX 2070's performance offers up to 60 FPS at 4K in some titles and easily maxing out games at 1440p/1080p with even higher frame rates.

This setup is VR ready also. It operates well above the minimum spec that developers target and therefore minimizes stutters, a known cause of nausea in VR gaming.

How We Choose the PC Components

We choose parts based on quality and performance. Without a CPU like the i7, any high-end GPU will end up bottlenecked in games, ruining the point of going high-end at all.

In addition to being the best $1500 gaming PC, we’ve also ensured that this build is balanced with components to create a system that doesn’t bottleneck itself and accomplishes the best performance possible.

 

The Best $1500 Gaming PC Update:

AMD Ryzen 5 3600
cpu

AMD Ryzen 5 3600

In terms of pure gaming performance, Ryzen's new 3600 is brilliant value for money, especially for gamers.

GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2080 8GB
gpu

GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2080 8GB

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

Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 3600MHz
ram

Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 3600MHz

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

Samsung SSD 860 QVO 1TB
ssd

Samsung SSD 860 QVO 1TB

High-quality storage solution, great value.

Corsair RMX 80+ Gold 750W, Fully Modular PSU
psu

Corsair RMX 80+ Gold 750W, Fully Modular PSU

A stellar PSU from Corsair that will offer all the power this beast needs to stay alive.

ASUS AM4 TUF Gaming X570-Plus
mobo

ASUS AM4 TUF Gaming X570-Plus

An X570 motherboard that is perfect for overclocking purposes - with extra features on top of it.

Phanteks Eclipse Steel ATX Mid Tower P400
case

Phanteks Eclipse Steel ATX Mid Tower P400

A sleek case from Phanteks, 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 3600

    AMD Ryzen 5 3600

Many will have heard the news of AMD’s new Ryzen lineup. The 3600 was one of the most anticipated new chips because it has great power and excellent affordability. For these reasons, we’ve gone for the 3600 over the i5-9600k from Intel for our $1500 build. The 3600 comes to shelves with an impressive 6core/12thread makeup. It has a base clock of 3.6GHz and a boost clock of 4.2GHz respectively. For gamers on a budget, the Ryzen 5 3600 is absolutely essential, paired with 3600Mhz RAM and a fast GPU, you will be loving your new gaming setup.

MORE: Best CPUs for Gaming

gpu
  • GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2080 8GB

    GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2080 8GB

The RTX 2080 from Gigabyte is a great GPU and can easily push 60FPS in 4K for certain games. Rest assured gaming at 1440 and 1080p is a breeze for this powerful GPU and you should get nothing but enjoyment from this setup. The main selling point behind this new technology is of course ray tracing with more and more games taking advantage of what the RTX cards are capable of. The high amounts of detail these cards can produce is phenomenal and the RTX cards are a new must for gamers. Additionally, Gigabyte makes GPUs with great build quality and they have pretty good customer service too. That, combined with the pricing of this particular card, makes it a great pick.

ram
  • Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 3600MHz

    Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 3600MHz

This 16GB memory kit offers more than enough RAM to make sure there’s no compromise in speed when multitasking, streaming while gaming and doing video production. We wanted to make sure we had 16GB of RAM in this build so we weren’t compromising on performance in any way. In addition to having 16GB of RAM, we’ve also chosen a high-end RAM running at 3600 MHz. At these speeds and capacity, you’re guaranteed to get no bottleneck and superb performance from the Ryzen CPU. It’s worth noting Corsair’s high build quality should ensure its stability for years to come.

MORE: Best DDR4 Ram for Gaming

ssd
  • Samsung SSD 860 QVO 1TB

    Samsung SSD 860 QVO 1TB

The Samsung 860 QVO 1TB delivers excellent speeds and has a large storage capacity to boot! With read/write speeds of up to 550Mb/s this storage solution will make light work of graphics-intensive workflows. The 1TB capacity should be more than enough to hold your operating system and favorite games. We still recommend treating this as “priority storage” and would recommend additional backup storage for future expansion.

MORE: Best SSD for Gaming

psu
  • Corsair RMX 80+ Gold 750W, Fully Modular PSU

    Corsair RMX 80+ Gold 750W, Fully Modular PSU

Corsair and EVGA are our favorite PSU manufacturers— not only do their products come at an amazing value, but they also have a stellar build quality that you can trust. The Corsair RMX 80+ Gold 750W is a fantastic PSU and arguably a bit too much power for this build but we want you to have a PSU that can handle a future upgrade if and when it’s required. It boasts a great 80+ Gold certification (which means it will use less power and output less heat) and its fully modular form factor will make the building process easier than ever.

mobo
  • ASUS AM4 TUF Gaming X570-Plus

    ASUS AM4 TUF Gaming X570-Plus

If you want a feature-packed motherboard suitable for a high-end PC build, the ASUS AM4 TUF Gaming X570-Plus motherboard accomplishes that and then some. Featuring overclocking capabilities for our included Ryzen 5 processor, alongside plenty of USB 3.1 ports, expansion slots, and another M.2 slot, the X570 Gaming plus is built to provide you with a great gaming experience. MORE: Best Gaming Motherboards

case
  • Phanteks Eclipse Steel ATX Mid Tower P400

    Phanteks Eclipse Steel ATX Mid Tower P400

Last but not least is our case. The Eclipse P400 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 its 120mm included fan and open-airflow design, you’re sure to get all the cooling performance you need from this well-designed case. Alongside the great airflow and aesthetics, the P400 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

Why is this the Best $1500 Gaming PC?

We looked at competing $1,500 builds and they’re dreadfully outdated. Unlike them, we managed to cram in a full overclocking setup, a high-quality 250GB m.2, 16 gigs of RAM and an RTX 2070. No real compromises were made here, just intelligent and up-to-date part selections to ensure that you’re getting the best PC for $1,500 on the Internet.

In addition to the performance that you’ll get after initial assembly, the ATX OC-compatible motherboard and the decent sized case will allow for all the upgrade options you’ll ever need. If you’re spending a lot on tech, you probably want it to be an investment, and with the right upgrades, this PC should continue to live on for at least the next five years before you even need to think about replacing it.

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.

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Upgrade Path for this Build

We mentioned in the requirements section that you could climb to an even higher tier with this build. Here are our recommended upgrades if you want to take the best gaming desktop under $1,500 to the next level!

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 beats its closest rival, the i9-9900k with some ease. We decided to skip the 3800x due to the price of the 3900x being so reasonable.

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

Although the Be Quiet Dark Rock fan cooler is more than capable of handling these CPU’s even when overclocked some may still feel a bit safer with this high-quality hydro cooler. The H100i is a brilliant bit of kit and the liquid cooling can lower temperatures even further. It features 2 x 120mm fans to cool the huge heat sync and RGB which can be controlled via Corsairs 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! 500GB 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 in 2019 right here.

OS Options and Recommended 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

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.

Linux

Operating System

If you can’t afford Windows 10, however, you may need to go with a free Linux distribution until you can. As far as those go, we recommend Ubuntu or Mint as these are the most well-supported and easy-to-use Linux distros. These will still be very hard to use and setup for most Windows-adjusted users, though. Once you’ve chosen your OS, you’ll want to install it via an USB. We’ll dive more into that below.

Mouse and Keyboard

Here are some of our top recommendations for peripherals which pair nicely with this $1500 build.

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 favourite 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 2019

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 of 2019. 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 of 2019.

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 pad’s 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 which 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 game play for as long as you need it. MORE: Best mousepads of 2019

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

How are you going to take in all these great graphics without a screen? Here are our top picks for this build.

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 predators 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 of 2019

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

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.

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.

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 Building Guides

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. 

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.

Closing Thoughts

You now know how to build the best gaming PC for around $1,500.

Games at the highest of frames and resolutions, streaming and rendering without a breaking a sweat.

So what do you think? Are you still confused? Is there something essential that’s missing? Or did you try out the build for yourself and just want to tell us how you’re enjoying it? Comment down below and we’ll help you out!

52 Comments

  1. Juan Manuel Lopez says:

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

    1. Shaun Conroy says:

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

  2. 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 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!

  3. 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. 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. 🙂

  4. Robert Packham says:

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

    1. 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.

  5. 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 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!

  6. 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

  7. David Holmes says:

    What happens if you throw a second 1080 at it?

    1. Shaun Conroy says:

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

  8. 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 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.

  9. Connor says:

    Would this motherboard support m.2 ssds?

    1. Shaun Conroy says:

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

  10. Jon says:

    Would this work fine with an i5-9600K?

    1. 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.

  11. 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 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!

  12. 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 says:

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

  13. 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 says:

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

  14. 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 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!

  15. 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 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!

  16. 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 says:

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

  17. 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 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.

  18. 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 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.

  19. 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 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.

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    1. 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.

  21. 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 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.

  22. 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 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.

  23. 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 says:

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

  24. Xavier says:

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

    1. Shaun Conroy says:

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

  25. 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 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.

  26. 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?

  27. gerry says:

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

  28. 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.

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