Building a gaming PC with $1500 should give you a high-end gaming experience - this build does that and more! You'll be able to game comfortably in either 1440p or 4K with the help of the powerful RTX 2070 Super, the i7 9700KF, and 16GB of DDR4 RAM!
The following $1500 build is going to last you an extremely long time in terms of gaming desktops, and I'm pretty sure that it'll completely blow your mind with the sheer gaming power it possesses. If you're trying to build a gaming PC with a brand new Intel i7 9700KF processor and at least an RTX 2070 Super graphics card, this is without a doubt the build you're looking for!
Without wasting any more time on this introduction, let's get down to this seriously powerful gaming PC build!
If you have any questions ask me in the comment section!
Best Prebuilt Gaming PC Under $1500
Not feeling the DIY approach? Just want a gaming PC that'll work right out of the box? With a prebuilt gaming PC, you're getting exactly that.
They come fully assembled with Windows 10 already installed. The only thing left for you to do is plug it in and turn it on!
With that in mind, here's a good prebuilt alternative with similar specs and pricing as the DIY build found on this page.
The Best High-End Gaming PC Build for $1500
REQUIRED TOOLSThe tools you need:
- A small Phillips screwdriver
Size #2 works well as a general rule.
- An anti-static wristband
Optional but recommended.
- Patience And lots of it.
That’s really all you need to assemble your new desktop. All of the mounting hardware and cables will come with the parts listed above. The only time you might need something extra is if you’re modifying the build on this page.
HOW TO BUILD YOUR PC...
Super Simplified Build Steps:
- Install the power supply into the case
- Install the processor (CPU)
- Seat RAM in the motherboard
- Mount the CPU cooler (don’t forget thermal paste if you're not using a stock cooler!)
- Insert the motherboard’s rear I/O plate into the case's rear I/O slot
- Mount the motherboard in the case (get your i/o ports through and use the middle standoff as a guide)
- Plug your graphics card into the motherboard
- Install storage drives
- Plug all power and data cables in where they're required (storage, case, motherboard, graphics card, etc)
- Turn your PC on
- Install your OS
- Install and update ALL drivers
If you’ve never built a computer before, then you probably want to take some time to learn the basics before getting ahead of yourself. To do that you have a couple of options you can choose from.
The first, and probably the easiest way for most people to learn is finding a walkthrough on YouTube from a reputable tech channel. Here’s one by BitWit as an example.
Alternatively, I’ve put together an in-depth guide on how to build a PC as well as a FAQ to address the most common questions and problems. I've also put together a short post covering 10 of the most common mistakes people make when building.
Although not entirely necessary, some add ons like optical drives can sometimes improve your experience. Some, like an operating system, are significantly more crucial. If you're installing your operating system from a disc opposed to a USB flash drive, then you'll definitely need an optical drive.
Samsung Ultra-Slim External CD DVD±R/RW
External optical drives are pretty much the standard anymore. Most “modern” cases don’t even come with internal optical drive bays!
When it comes to choosing which operating system to run, you're going to have to consider a couple of points. Your budget, and what you really need.
If you don't mind putting up an extra ~$100 for a copy of Windows, that would be your best path to the most compatibility with programs, drivers and everything else. I usually suggest Windows 7, but if you want to take advantage of DirectX 12 (you do) then you will need to grab yourself a copy of Windows 10.
However, there is a free alternative, and that's Ubuntu. It's a Linux based OS which is actually compatible with a lot of programs and games. As Linux is becoming more and more popular, more dev studios are extending their support out to Linux based operating systems as well.
When it comes down to actually installing your operating system, you have a couple of choices to make. Do you want use Ubuntu? If yes, then you will need to create your own bootable flash drive, or something similar. Or, if you want to use Windows, do you want to use the factory disk? If so, then you will need to make sure that you grab the DVD drive linked above.
This $1500 gaming PC build is going to eat up anything you throw at it, you're pretty much guaranteed "future-proof" for a really long time. It has more than enough power to comfortably handle 1440p as well as 4K gaming. To put it plainly, this build is packing A LOT of power for the price.
Keep in mind that the price above is for the core components only, you will still need an operating system, and any other peripherals you don't currently have.
Case: NZXT's H510 is undeniably one of the best mid-tower ATX cases you can buy without spending more than $100. It features a great look with a full PSU shroud, a tempered glass side panel, awesome airflow, and more than enough room for everything without being too bulky. On the front I/O panel, you have 1x USB 3.1, 1x USB Type-C, and a headphone/mic jack.
For cooling, it comes with 2x 120mm fans which are enough to protect your PC, but adding more is definitely possible. There's even plenty of room for liquid cooling radiators up to 240mm.
Motherboard: MSI's Z390-A Pro is a great motherboard for the price that boasts all of the features we need for this build and them some. It features a great integrated audio chipset and a very good built-in ethernet controller. It has 6 SATA ports for added storage and it'll support 4000MHz+ RAM without an issue on the stock XMP profile. You're also getting a total of 6 USB ports, multiple fan headers and everything else you'll need in a build at this level.
Processor (CPU): Intel's new 9th gen i7 9700KF is an absolute beast when it comes to gaming, content-creation, CAD, video editing, streaming, and pretty much anything else - especially overclocking. This is thanks to its incredibly fast 8 cores+8 threads that'll push up to 4.9GHz without even requiring any overclocking. With overclocking, you can hit 5GHz without a problem.
Since the i7 9700KF does not come with a CPU cooler, I've included Arctic's awesome Freezer 34 eSports DUO. However, there's a lot of other options available, so why not check out my list of the best CPU coolers to use in 2019?
It's worth noting that the i7 9700KF does not include an integrated GPU. However, being that this build is running a dedicated graphics card, the lack of an iGPU is a nonissue.
Graphics Card (GPU): Nvidia's RTX 2070 Super is a complete and utter beast when it comes to 1440p and especially 4K gaming - it's currently the 3rd fastest in both categories with a bigger lead in 4K than in 1440p. The 2070 Super is meant to effectively replace the RTX 2080 as it has about the same specs. Its 8GB of 256-bit GDDR6 VRAM is enough to chew threw absolutely anything you can throw at it without an issue.
ASUS's RTX 2070 Super 8G EVO is one of the absolute best options you could opt for in terms of current pricing. It features 3x Displayport 1.4, 1x HDMI 2.0 making it perfectly suited for VR gaming and multi-monitor setups. So far it's one of the best options in terms of cooling and noise. However, this particular 2070S does not come with RGB lighting.
With that all said, another option is AMD's RX 5700 XT. It's about 20% cheaper than the RTX 2070 Super and can almost match its performance in 1440p. It would be a good way to save some money without sacrificing too much performance outside of 4K.
System Memory (RAM): 16GB of 3000MHz DDR4 RAM from Corsair's Vengeance LPX line is everything you need, and then some. Most games still only require 8-10GB or so, but sooner than later that'll transition into more and more games requiring more and more RAM - 16GB is a safe amount for now.
You can always add more RAM down the line if you find that 16GB is not enough for how you're using your PC.
Power Supply (PSU): EVGA makes some of the best power supplies, in my opinion. Their 650W G1+ is one of the highest rated power supplies you could buy because it's using some of the best components possible. It's fully modular which means you only connect and use the cables you have to - this translates into less clutter and a cleaner looking build. It has no problems reaching efficiency levels above 85% on average and can even hit 90% which is fairly impressive. This supply also comes with a 10-year warranty, just in case anything were to ever happen.
Storage: With 1TB of pure SSD storage on a Samsung 860 EVO, you shouldn’t run short anytime soon.
There's a lot of options for storage upgrades in this build, you can easily pick larger drives or even add more if you want. Just make sure you get enough SATA cables for everything if you do add more SATA-based drives!
If you want to learn more about what makes an SSD and an HDD different, check out this guide/comparison where I cover the most important differences between an SSD vs HDD.
If you’re looking to get a high-end gaming PC build without breaking the bank, you’re in luck, because this setup is exactly what you’re looking for. The powerful RTX 2070 Super and the i7 9700K will keep you gaming in comfort for years to come.
In comparison, if you were to go down to your local Best Buy and pick a prefab PC up for $1600 (I'm including the cost of OS), you wouldn’t get anything near the level of this beast. In fact, chances are you'd be getting ripped off.
If this is the absolute first gaming PC you’ve ever owned, then chances are high that you don’t have a very good keyboard + mouse combo, or that your monitor is sub-par/non-existent. To really enjoy your experience, you're going to want some high-quality peripherals to accompany this high-quality build.
Picking a good monitor can be a very subjective decision, especially with so many different designs and price points. To help ease your decision making process, I've put together this guide on how to pick the best monitor for gaming!
Even more important than picking a good monitor is picking a good chair. Sitting in an uncomfortable chair is the quickest way to stop enjoying your gaming sessions. To make sure that doesn't happen, I've put together this buyer's guide showcasing the 16 best chairs to use for gaming!
If you have the option, you should definitely be using a wired connection over WiFi for the simple reason that a wired connection is generally faster and more reliable. But, if you have to use WiFi then you're also going to need a WiFi adapter.
Picking an adapter is a little more complicated, but it doesn't have to be something that gives you a headache. Your first course of action is to determine what kind of WiFi router/adapter you're working with. Does it support both 2.4GHz as well as 5GHz, or only 2.4GHz? If it supports both 2.4 and 5GHz it's an AC, if it only supports 2.4GHz it's an N.
If you only have an N router/modem, you only need an N adapter to go with it, an AC adapter will work but it won't give you any added benefits. If you have an AC modem/router, you should definitely pair it with an AC adapter in your PC so you can take advantage of the faster 5GHz band.
Sometimes internal adapters are better and sometimes USB adapters are better, it really depends on how your setup is and how far away you are from your WiFi modem. If you're going to be tucking your PC away underneath of a desk or something similar, you'll probably want to use a USB adapter with a USB extension for the maximum amount of reliability. If your PC is going to be on a desk free of obstructions, an internal adapter will be more suited for you.
When everything is said and done, this $1500 custom gaming PC is a complete beast for the price. Buying a prefabricated desktop equivalent of this would easily run you upwards of $2000 if not closer to $2500 or more!
Investing around $1500 into a gaming PC should ensure flawless 1440p gaming along with a great 4K experience - this build does just that. The 8GB RTX 2070 Super won't break a sweat rendering most games, and the Intel i7 9700K is just the cherry on top when combined with 16GB of fast DDR4 RAM.
All-in-all, this build is exactly what you're looking for, if what you're looking for is a high-end gaming experience that can double as a strong workstation to boot.
Have any build questions? Ask me below and I'll answer ASAP!