If you’re trying to build the ULTIMATE gaming PC for about $1500 in 2023, this one can’t be beaten. Packing the impressive RX 7900 XT, as well as AMD’s R7 5700X CPU, this PC is absolutely loaded with almost irresponsible amounts of power.
Whether you’re planning on gaming in 4K, 1440p, or even 1080p, this build is going to constantly deliver. You can expect ~60fps in 4K with most games maxed out – if you keep raytracing off. That only gets better as you go down in resolution. Realistically, this is an ultra settings 1440p build if you want a reliable 60-100+ fps experience.
That all said, let’s get into this build!
$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
Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L
The Q300L is a fairly basic case that delivers what you’ll need. It has a ton of room inside and a great cooling profile when equipped with the right fans.
MSI B550-A ProSeries
The B550-A ProSeries is a great AM4 socket ATX-sized motherboard with everything you need. PCIe 4.0, 6x fan headers, 6x SATA + 1x M.2, integrated 7.1 audio, 7x USB 3 and 1x USB-C ports on the I/O panel.
AMD R7 5700X
AMD’s R7 5700X is without a doubt the best CPU you could buy in this price range. Its 8 cores and 16 threads easily deliver unrivaled performance for an unbeatable price.
Does not come with a CPU cooler
Noctua consistently makes some of the absolute best fans and coolers you can buy. The NH-U12S is absolutely no exception and it’ll work with the AM4 socket without a problem.
XFX Speedter MERC310 RX 7900 XT
The 20GB RX 7900 XT is an absolute powerhouse when it comes to 1440p gaming. It’ll work well in 4K also, but not without turning raytracing off.
Corsair Vengeance LPX 3200MHz (16GB)
2x 8GB sticks of C16 DDR4 RAM clocked at 3200MHz.
EVGA Super Nova 750 G5
This is a top-tier 750W 80+ Gold rated PSU. The G5 is fully modular meaning you only attach the cables you need.
Hover/tap the image to see the includes cables (it’s everything you’ll need).
PNY CS900 240GB SSD (Boot Drive)
PNY makes great SSDs and their CS900 has a proven track record. The idea behind this 240GB SSD is to use it for your OS and critical programs.
PNY CS900 1TB SSD (Primary Drive)
This 1TB SSD is meant to be your primary drive, where you’ll install your games and things like that.
You're possibly thinking that you're going to need a whole workshop full of tools to build a PC... But, fortunately, you really only need a screwdriver.
To build a PC, you'll require 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
- Almost everyone will have a #2 sized Phillips screwdriver kicking around. But, if not, you can pick one up for less than $10.
- Anti-static wristband
- This will ground you and prevent any electrical arcs that could damage components
- Small flashlight
- Because it's nice to be able to see what you're doing
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: Cooler Master’s MasterBox Q300L is a great case to use as a baseline. It has a ton of great options for cooling and clean cable management. However, it also has its drawbacks such as no PSU shield and only coming with a single 120mm fan.
With that said, it would be a great idea to check out other cases – especially with this tier of build. Ideally, you want something that stands out and that you enjoy the looks of. After all, it’s the most subjective part of a build.
If you’ve found a case that you like but you’re unsure if it’ll work well, just ask me in the comment section and I’d be more than happy to help.
CPU & Cooler: The R7 5700X is an absolute beast of a 8 core, 16 thread, 4.6GHz CPU. It can easily handle anything you throw at it including workloads such as CAD and anything else CPU intensive.
As the 5700X does not come with a CPU cooler included, I’ve opted to include Noctua’s NH-U12S for this build. It has a sleak minimalist design that I think works well with the build. It’s also an incredibly good performer as most Noctua products are. This is evidenced by overwhelming 5-star reviews that typically amount to 90% or thereabouts.
However, you have a ton of options when it comes to cooling. Another good choice would be an AIO liquid setup like the NZXT Kraken X63.
MOBO: MSI’s B550-A ProSeries is a great motherboard overall. It comes with everything we need for this build, plus it gives us a ton of extra room to expand later on.
In total, this mobo comes with 6x SATA ports and 1x M.2 slots meaning you could run up to 6 storage drives (7 total ports, but 6 SATA lanes). It also gives you 6 onboard fan headers as well as integrated 7.1 audio and 7x USB 3.0 and 1x USB-C ports on the I/O panel.
GPU: The 20GB (TWENTY FRICKIN GIGABYTES!) RX 7900 XT is a monster. I don’t really think much else has to be said.
Its capable of smooth 4K gaming without a problem and anything less is just going to see better performance.
XFX’s Speedster MERC310 is a great 3-fan model that offers a sleek minimalist design coupled with great cooling and the incredible performance you can expect from an RX 7900 XT. Plus, a great price.
RAM: 16GB of RAM is the set standard for the amount of RAM you need in 2023. You could get by with less, but your performance would be impacted in most newer games. You could also consider doubling down for 32GB at this point, but anything more is still unnecessary for gaming.
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. If you want 32GB, simply add 2 of the kits to your cart.
PSU: Running a good power supply is absolutely critical in a build like this. That’s why I opted to pick you out a really nice 80+ Gold rated unit that’s also fully modular.
The EVGA Super Nova 750 G5 is an incredibly good 80+ Gold rated PSU that comes with a 10-year warranty just in case the worst were to happen. There’s a reason why it has overwhelming 5-star reviews, after all.
Storage: For this build, I opted for a fairly standard dual SSD setup. A smaller SSD for your OS and any important/integral programs such as Chrome, Steam, things like that. Then, the larger 1TB SSD to store your actual games, memes, whatever else.
By doing this, you can mitigate some of the risk of drive failure or damage. Especially damage. Another reason is to split the load between 2 drives. As SSDs “burn out” quicker than HDDs do, splitting the load of your OS and games can effectively extend the life cycle of your drives… Theoretically, at least.
Keyboards, Mice, and Audio
It can always be challenging to find the right peripherals. With so many options available, you can spend hours reading reviews without ever getting anywhere.
To ease that burden, I’ve picked out a few peripherals based on the tier of this build. Being that this is a higher tier build, you can expect higher tier peripherals to match!
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
As motherboards with integrated WiFi are few and far between, chances are if you have to use WiFi you’re going to need an adapter.
With that said, you have 2 options. Either an internal adapter, or an external adapter. Both have their pros and cons, but external USB-based adapters are generally the better choice for most.
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.
If you came here looking for the absolute best $1500 gaming PC build, I’m confident you found it. There’s just no beating the insane power you’re getting from AMD’s RX 7900 XT when paired with their R7 5700X CPU. 4K gaming is no problem as long as you keep raytracing off. Where this PC will really shine is 1440p where you’ll be able to run ultra settings and expect 60-100+ fps.
Of course, there’s still plenty of room for improvement. Depending on the case you chose, you could upgrade your cooling profile with better fans, or maybe swap out the aftermarket CPU cooler I picked for an AIO liquid cooler. Afterall, customizing your build is what makes it unique!
As always, I hope this was helpful and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask them in the comment section below.
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