This complete beast of a gaming PC build is the best you can do for around $1500. Packing an RTX 2080 Ti, an AMD R5 3600, and 16GB of DDR4 RAM, you’ll be at the top of the food chain and destroying your competition.
When it comes to some of the best hardware available, this build is loaded. The RTX 2080 Ti is presently the best gaming-grade graphics card and when paired with the powerful R5 3600, it’s nearly unstoppable. 4K? No problem. This build can run most games on ultra settings in 4K without even breaking a sweat.
$1500 Prebuilt Gaming PC Option
This prebuilt gaming PC from CyberPowerPC is a great option and similarly specced to the custom DIY build this post is all about. It’s giving you similar power for about the same price. AND, it comes completely assembled with Windows 10 already installed. All you have to do is plug it in and turn it on!
The Best $1500 Gaming PC Build
Updated: January 23rd, 2021
Easily one of the best cases you could be running today. Comes with 2x 120mm fans for airflow.
MSI B450 Gaming Plus MAX
A solid mid-level AM4 socket ATX motherboard (supports AMD Ryzen). Features 4x SATA data, 8x USB ports, basic onboard audio, and 4x DIMM slots for RAM.
AMD R5 3600
AMD’s R5 3600 is without a doubt the best CPU you could buy in this price range. Its 6 cores and 12 threads easily deliver unrivaled performance.
Comes with a CPU cooler
Zotac RTX 2080 Ti Super Triple Fan
The RTX 2080 Ti is effectively the best gaming-grade graphics card you could own. This 8GB beast is capable of playing games in 4K on ultra settings with ease.
Corsair Vengeance LPX 3200MHz (16GB)
2x 8GB sticks of C16 DDR4 RAM clocked at 3200MHz.
EVGA 600 BQ
A top level bronze-rated 600W semi-modular power supply. Has enough connection options for everything in this build and some addons.
Crucial MX500 SSD (500GB)
A great 500GB SSD with blazing fast read and write times. This build can support up to a total of 4 storage drives.
You might be thinking that it'll take a lot of tools to build a PC... But that's not the case.
To build a PC, you generally only need 1 tool, a #2 Phillips screwdriver. However, there are a couple of other items that might help make the build go a little smoother.
- #2 Phillips Screwdriver
- Anti-static wristband
- Small flashlight
How To Build Your PC – Simplified Steps
- Install your power supply into your case
- Seat your CPU in your motherboard – make sure to close the retention bracket
- Mount your RAM – make sure they click!
- Mount your CPU cooler – Don’t forget thermal paste
- Install your motherboard’s rear I/O plate into your case’s rear I/O slot – it snaps in from the inside
- Mount the motherboard in the case (get your i/o ports through and use the middle standoff as a guide)
- Mount your graphics card onto your motherboard’s top PCIe x16 slot
- Mount and connect all storage drives
- Plug all power and data cables in where they’re required (storage, case, motherboard, graphics card, etc)
- Ensure that your power supply is turned on and press your “Power on” button
- Install your Operation System
- Install and update ALL drivers
It's often easier to watch someone else do it first. LinusTechTips has always made some of the best content on Youtube and also has one of the most comprehensive PC build walkthroughs that exist.
Complete Build Breakdown
When it comes to putting together an insanely high-power gaming PC build for $1500, this is it. You simply cannot beat this build in terms of price vs performance. It’s easily capable of handling all but the most graphically demanding games on ultra settings in 4K.
The one place this build falls short is storage. Due to the fact that as much performance was crammed into this build as humanly possible, compromises had to be made. While 500GB is a fair amount, you will quickly run out and find yourself lacking if you’re playing large AAA games.
Short of that, this build is an absolute powerhouse that’s practically at the top of the food chain.
Case: NZXT’s H510 is an incredible mid-level case that gives you all of the necessary features that you’ll need for this build. That includes a spacious layout which lends to clean cable management and plenty of options for cooling.
The H510 comes with 2x 120mm fans by default which is good enough for a basic cooling setup, but more fans can be added as needed. There are 3 color options available with this case, black, black & red, and white. There’s also an upgrade version of the H510 called the H510i that comes with integrated RGB lighting.
CPU & Cooler: AMD’s R5 3600 is an incredible mid-level CPU that has no issues handling heavy gaming. It’s packing 6 cores and 12 threads with a default clock speed of 4.2GHz. This CPU does come with a CPU cooler, but you can expect it to run quite warm under load while using the stock cooler.
Our suggestion when running the AMD R5 3600 is to switch out the stock cooler for something a little more beefy.
MOBO: The MSI B450 Gaming Pro MAX is a great ATX-sized motherboard with all of the options required for this build. It’s equipped with 6x SATA ports for storage, 4x DIMM slots for RAM, and a total of 8 USB ports including Type-C.
GPU: If you want the absolute best gaming-grade graphics card on the market, you buy an RTX 2080 Ti. For that reason, we’ve managed to cram one into this build! There’s almost nothing this graphics card cannot do, no game it can’t max out.
Zotac’s RTX 2080 Ti Super Triple Fan is one of the better options on the market when it comes to overall cooling performance – and with a card this powerful, cooling is very important. In terms of connectivity, it’s’ giving you 3x DisplayPort and 1x HDMI just in case you want to run more than a single monitor.
RAM: When it comes to building a gaming PC, 16GB of RAM is basically a must in 2020. You could get by with less, but your performance would be impacted in most newer games.
With that in mind, this build is running 16GB of Corsair’s Vengeance LPX clocked at 3200MHz. This RAM doesn’t offer up any RGB lighting, but it does offer great performance for an awesome price.
PSU: Power supplies are undeniably one of the most important parts of a PC. Without a strong power supply running quality components, you run the risk of damaging your parts. At the very least, you want a power supply that is rated 80+ Bronze.
The PSU used in this build is a 600W 80+ Bronze rated unit from EVGA’s BQ lineup. This supply is semi-modular which means only some of the cables are permanently attached, this allows for significantly cleaner cable management when compared to a non-modular supply.
Storage: This build is running a basic storage setup comprised of a single 500GB SSD. This isn’t a huge amount of storage, but it’s enough to get going and install a handful of games. Adding more storage drives is simple and only requires that you simply plug it in.
Keyboards, Mice, and Audio
Picking out a keyboard, mouse, headphones/speakers, and everything else you might need for a complete PC setup can be difficult. Not only that, but it can be completely overwhelming since there are just so many options available.
With that in mind, here are some suggestions which I feel are suited for this level of build. All of them have been hand-picked to compliment the build on this page.
Corsair K70 RGB Mk.2
An incredible full-sized mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Red switches and vivid RGB backlighting. No expenses are spared on this keyboard and you’re getting a top of the line product.
Logitech G502 HERO
One of the absolute best gaming mice you could buy. The G502 is a tried and true platform that’s only been improved to where it’s at now with the HERO.
HyperX Cloud 2
The HyperX Cloud 2 headset is undeniably one of the best you could own. This headset uses audiophile-grade headphones combined with a high-quality detachable microphone.
This 400W (peak RMS) set of satellites with a sub is what you buy when you want to annoy your neighbors, parents, or whoever else. You won’t be disappointed.
Operating System Options
When it comes to picking out the perfect operating system, you basically have 2 core choices: Windows, or Linux. Beyond that, there are multiple versions of both Linux and Windows which can make your decision more difficult than it needs to be. With that in mind, I’ll limit the choices to the best options.
When it comes to compatibility, Windows is always the easiest to setup and start gaming with. But, on the other hand, Linux is great for the more advanced users – the other upside is it’s completely free. However, Linux has the downside of not being compatible with some programs/games without some form of emulation – typically a VM, or Virtual Machine.
The most recent version of Microsoft’s operating system, Windows 10 is your best bet for across the board compatibility.
Ubuntu is a great, open source operating system rooted in Linux. It’s known as one of the most user-friendly and easiest to learn.
Internet Connection Options
Although this build comes with a wired Ethernet connection built-in, if you want or have to use a WiFi connection, you have 2 options to choose from; an internal or external WiFi adapter.
Typically, an external adapter is going to be good enough for some light gaming, but often won’t offer the same speeds as an internal option. However, internally-mounted WiFi adapters have a drawback, they take up space below your GPU that could be used for airflow.
Internal WiFi Adapter
TP-Link Archer T6E
The Archer T6E is an awesome internally mounted AC1300 WiFi router. It has 2 antennas for ensured connectivity and can operate on both the 2.4 and 5Ghz bands.
External WiFi Adapter
Netgear makes some of the absolute best WiFi-related hardware, this particular USB adapter is absolute no exception. Although it’s more on the pricey side of adapters, it’s worth the extra cost for the extra quality – trust me.
For right around $1500, you’re getting a gaming PC build that’s undeniably at the top of the food chain. This build throws aesthetics to the side in place of pure performance.
Packing an RTX 2080 Ti, an R5 3600, and 16GB of RAM, this build won’t have any issues maxing out some of the best AAA games in 4K.
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