Here we are going to go through the best gaming PC build under $1500 that you can buy. Now, $1500 is a very good price point for a gaming PC build because you can easily get a PC that provides beasty performance as well as have some nice aesthetics at this price. If your budget is low you check Best Gaming PC Under $1000.
We did our research to find the best hardware components for this PC build under $1500 so that you won’t have to. Here we are going to go through the parts that we think are best for a gaming PC build under $1500, so let’s get started.
Best Gaming PC Build under $1500 – The Components List
|Hard Disk Drive (HDD)|
|Solid State Drive (SSD)|
First up, here we have the processor, and the processor we chose for this gaming PC build under $1500 is the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X CPU.
Third-generation Ryzen CPUs made a big entrance in the CPU market when they were released, and AMD did not disappoint their fans with their Zen 2 architecture. The third-generation Ryzen CPUs feature higher clock speeds along with more cores than their previous first and second-generation CPUs, which has helped the Ryzen 7 3700X CPU to be one of the best CPUs for gaming. Ryzen 7 3700X is perfectly capable of handling gaming as well as 3D rendering or video encoding etc.
|Max Boost Clock||Up to 4.4GHz|
|Cache||L1 Cache: 512KB L2 Cache: 4MB L3 Cache: 32MB|
|PCI Express Version||PCIe 4.0 x16|
|Max Temperature||95 °C|
If you’re wondering whether the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X CPU is worth the money you will be paying for it, then the answer is, “Yes, it is!” The Zen 2 architecture that the Ryzen 7 3700X is based on is smaller, better, and faster than the AMD’s previous Zen and Zen+ architectures.
The increased single-core performance of the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X CPU is enough to give it the upper hand over the AMD’s third-generation Ryzen 5 processors, and it even provides performance that is up to the mark when compared with the Intel Core i7-9700k.
The main reason why we picked the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X CPU for this PC build is its price-to-performance ratio. The AMD Ryzen 7 3700X has a total of 8 cores and 16 threads with a base clock speed of 3.6GHz, which is more than enough for gaming at ultra-graphics settings. Even though, in gaming, the Intel Core i7-9700k performs a little bit better. Still, on the other hand, the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X CPU is significantly cheaper than the Intel Core i7-9700k, and such small performance difference at a substantially lower price is amazing.
The AMD Ryzen 7 3700X CPU will be able to handle all of the games at ultra-graphics settings easily. You will also be able to stream quite easily, and you will also be able to experience VR. All that you need to do to have all of this is to pair the Ryzen 7 3700X with a decent GPU (graphics card), and the GPU we chose for this build that we will be going through will easily be able to do provide you with such performance.
We did not select an after-market CPU cooler to save some money. Since the AMD Ryzen, seven 3700X comes with an AMD Wraith Prism CPU cooler, which is more than enough to keep the temperature of the Ryzen 7 3700X CPU in check, and it also has RGB lighting, so it does add a little bit flash to your PC build.
The motherboard that we chose for this gaming PC build under $1500 is the ASUS TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi).
The X570 chipset for AMD has seen an increase in price, but it is an excellent option for our PC build without going over our $1500 budget. You may know that the PCI Express 4.0 is a bit expensive, but it is worth the expense, and the X570 chipset has the PCI Express 4.0. The PCI Express 4.0 is an excellent feature to utilize because the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X CPU that we are using in this PC build does support and use the PCI Express 4.0, which will provide the users with a much better speed. Since the PCI Express 3.0 provides the users with a bandwidth of 32GB/s, while on the other hand, the PCI Express 4.0 provides the users with a bandwidth of 64GB/s, which is a huge difference, especially for the NVMe storage.
|CPU Socket||AMD AM4 Socket 2nd and 1st Generation AMD Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics AMD Ryzen 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation|
|Memory||4 x DDR4 slots Maximum 128GB|
|Storage||2 x M.2 8 x SATA III|
|Multi-GPU Support||AMD CrossFireX|
|Expansion Slots||2 x PCIe x1 2 x PCIe x16|
|Rear I/O panel||1 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI 1 x PS/2 3 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports (1 x Type-C, 2 x Type-A) 4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports 1 x Ethernet port (RJ45) 5 x Audio Jacks 1 x Optical S/PDIF out|
|Form Factor||ATX Form Factor|
The ASUS TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi) motherboard has all of the features that the X570 chipset has to offer, along with the excellent build quality that ASUS TUF series of motherboards has to offer. The ASUS TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi) motherboard provides the enthusiasts with reliable performance at a reasonable price for the features it has to offer, which makes this motherboard a very good option for a motherboard in this best gaming rig under 1500 dollars.
The ASUS TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi) motherboard offers a good amount of USB ports, SATA ports, etc. It not only as good performance, but it also has a good design. The motherboard itself is black, and there are some silver lines across the board and the M.2 heatsink.
The ASUS TUF Gaming X570-Plus (Wi-Fi) motherboard will be able to provide the enthusiasts with all of the latest features like the USB Type-C port, RGB lighting, Wi-Fi, etc. and stable build quality. At the same time, it has a reasonable price, which makes it a really good choice to go for in this gaming PC build.
The GPU that we chose for this gaming PC build under $1500 is the AMD’s XFX RX 5700 XT Thicc III Ultra 8GB.
The AMD Radeon RX 5700-series GPUs are based on the same Navi GPU and is manufactured on TSMC’s 7nm FinFET process. It is confirmed that the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT utilizes a fully enabled version of the Navi GPU.
|Memory Size||8 GB|
|Bus Type||PCIe 4.0|
|Base Clock Speed||1810MHz|
|Boost Clock Speed||1935MHz – Game Clock Up to 2025MHz|
|Video Output||3 x DisplayPort 1 x HDMI|
|Power||2 x 8-pin|
|Minimum Power Supply Required||600 W|
The main reason why we chose the AMD’s XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT Thicc III Ultra 8GB GPU model is that the XFX RX 5700 XT Thicc III Ultra 8GB GPU is the fastest, thickest, customized model GPU of the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT based GPU. This GPU takes the Radeon RX 5700 XT GPU to its maximum performance while keeping the temperatures in check.
The reference card AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT has a base clock of 1605MHz while the game clock speed is of 1755MHz and the highest boost clock speed is of 1905MHz, whereas the XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT Thicc III Ultra has a base clock speed of 1810MHz while the game clock speed is of 1935MHz and the highest boost clock speed is of 2025MHz.
As the XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT Thicc III Ultra 8GB GPU has GDDR6 memory type running at 14GHz, this provides 448GB/sec memory bandwidth. It is a bit power hungry GPU as it requires two 8-pin power connectors, but XFX recommends that you use a 600W power supply at least, which is quite reasonable. However, it will produce a little bit more heat, but the triple fan design will be able to keep the temperatures in check. For video output, this GPU has one HDMI port and three DisplayPorts.
The XFX RX 5700 XT Thicc III Ultra 8GB GPU takes the Radeon RX 5700 XT GPU and adds faster performance while it also keeps the temperatures in check. The XFX RX 5700 XT Thicc III Ultra 8GB GPU does not have a high price for it. At the same time, it performs well, and its performance is up to the mark when compared to the Nvidia RTX 2070 and that too at a significantly lower price, which makes it a very good choice for this High-End Gaming PC under $1500.
For the PC case to house every hardware component, we chose the Corsair Carbide SPEC-OMEGA Mid-Tower Gaming Case, Tempered Glass.
The Carbide series of PC cases from Corsair were all pretty linear designs until quite recently. The SPEC designation was brought by Corsair’s range of PC cases, where lighting, angles, and aggressive designs have come out to play. In the newer PC cases that have been made available, there has to be at least one PC case that will fit anyone’s needs. Especially, with the advancements made to the PC cases with the RGB lighting as well.
|Dimensions||495mm x 232mm x 516mm|
|Drive Bays||3 x 3.5 inches 2 x 2.5 inches|
|Max GPU Length||370mm|
|Max CPU Cooler Height||170mm|
|Max PSU Length||200mm|
|Max Number of Fans and Radiators||Front: 3 x 120mm fans Or 2 x 140mm fans Up to 360mm Radiator Top: 2 x 120mm fans Or 2 x 140mm fans Rear: 1 x 120mm fan Or 1 x 120mm Radiator|
|Front I/O Ports||Power button 2 USB 3.1 Type-A ports 1 x headphone jack 1 x microphone jack|
The Corsair Carbide SPEC-OMEGA Mid-Tower, Tempered Glass PC case has quite a bit going for it. The option of three different colors for the PC case as well as bright colors, angles, good ventilation, and a good amount of features on the inside of the PC case.
This case can hold a GPU that has a maximum length of 370mm, a PSU that has a maximum length of 200mm, and a CPU cooler that has a maximum height of 170mm. On the rear side of the PC case, we have seven expansion slots. On the inside of the PC case, we can mount up to three 3.5 inches drives and up to two 2.5 inches drives as well.
While this PC case is mostly black colored, however, you do have the choice to go for the one with white highlights, red highlights, or black on black. On the left side of the PC case, it has a nice tempered glass which will give a peak on the hardware components on the inside of the case and adding to your PC build a little more bling as the PC case also has RGB lighting in the cutout on the front of the PC case.
One of the main reasons why we chose this PC case is because of the features it provides to house all of your hardware components as well as it has some nice RGB action going on the front of the PC case and it also has tempered glass on the side. This PC case can house a 360mm radiator on the front and a 120mm radiator on the rear side of the case. You get all of that at a reasonable price, which makes the Corsair Carbide SPEC-OMEGA Mid-Tower Gaming Case, Tempered Glass a very good choice to use in this PC build without going over our $1500 budget.
For RAM, we chose the G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) (PC4 25600) for this gaming PC build.
In today’s world, the 8GB of RAM is perfectly fine, and it is enough for gaming. However, 16GB of RAM will provide the PC to have some stretching room and use extra memory whenever needed. 16GB of RAM will especially be helpful while editing and rendering, where 8GB of RAM may not be enough.
|Capacity||16GB (8GB x 2)|
|Timings||16 – 18 – 18 – 38|
|Format||Non – ECC|
The G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series RAM has a frequency of 3200MHz, which does provide performance, while the RGB lighting on it makes a pleasing sight to everyone. The TridentZ RGB RAM modules have implemented the RGB lighting in a very good aesthetically pleasing manner. You can easily control and configure this RGB lighting on the TridentZ RGB RAM modules by software that G.SKILL themselves are providing.
G.SKILL offers these TridentZ RGB RAM modules with up to 4266MHz of frequency in different combinations to address dual-channel and quad-channel memory configurations.
The G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series RAM modules are a perfect combination of fast performance along with pleasing aesthetics and RGB lighting. These will not be cheap, and are definitely worth the price because of its performance and RGB goodness and will fall under our $1500 budget.
The G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 16GB RAM modules are really good for gaming as well as working. Styling-wise, the black PCB and the shiny heat spreader do look quite pleasing, aesthetically wise. These G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series RAM modules will add some bling to the case due to its decent design and the RGB lighting, while these G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series RAM modules also provide impressive performance.
For the Power Supply, we chose the Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 750W 80+ Gold SLI/CrossFire ready.
The Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 offers a capacity 750W of power to your PC build. It has 80 PLUS Gold-Certified, which means that this power supply has to be at least 87% efficient at 20% and 100% of its maximum power, while under the usual loads of 50% maximum-rated capacity, it should have 90% or higher efficiency and that is good. You should not cheap out on them when choosing a power supply because the power supply is the one hardware component that is going to power every single hardware component of your PC build. If the power supply is faulty or the power supply can’t handle some fluctuation in electricity, then it can very much damage the hardware components of your PC build. This is why we chose an 80 PLUS Gold-Certified power supply. However, Gold-Certified power supplies used to be quite expensive, but now they are a lot more affordable, and on the other hand, luckily our $1500 budget does allow it, so why not just go for it. Check Power Supply Tier List for the better choice.
|Dimensions||150mm x 86mm x 160mm|
|Power Factor Correction||Active PFC|
|Efficiency||80 PLUS Gold-Certified|
The Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 750W 80+ Gold SLI/CrossFire ready power supply is a great choice for this PC build as it is perfectly capable of providing enough power to the CPU and the GPU that we are using. Not only that, but it will also have some extra power to provide if needed. Not to forget that The Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 750W 80+ Gold SLI/CrossFire ready power supply is a fully modular PSU.
The Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 750W 80+ Gold SLI/CrossFire ready power supply has an ultra-quiet 140mm Hydraulic Bearing fan for quiet operation even when the power supply is under load. This is a self-lubricated Hydraulic Bearing PWM fan to provide you with a really quiet operation while providing you with impressive cooling performance.
The Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 750W 80+ Gold SLI/CrossFire ready power supply has an auto-regulated fan speed that is based on the power consumption to provide the enthusiasts with quiet and efficient operation. The fan of the power supply only works when the power supply’s working load goes over 30%. There is a switch on the back of the power supply that can be turned off to have the fan spin constantly.
This power supply also comes with upgraded CPU/PCI Express main cables, the 16AWG wires for the high-end PC enthusiasts out there. If you’re wondering about the quality of the power supply, then rest assured because it has 100% high quality 105 °C (221 °F) Japanese capacitors, which offer the highest durability, stability, and reliability.
This power supply is really good for this gaming PC build under $1500 as it has low ripple noise of less than 30 mV, which ensures excellent performance and keeps the performance-critical components, like the high-end graphics card to operate reliably longer.
For the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) that will store our games library, software, etc. We chose the Seagate SATA 6Gb/s 3.5 4TB Desktop HDD.
You may be thinking that a 4TB Hard Disk Drive is a bit of overkill, but no, it’s not. As you may know that the games nowadays are reaching the storage, they require more than 100GBs, so if you want all those games and your software, you want to go a bit overkill for the Hard Disk Drive. Also, thanks to the SSDs, now HDDs are not that expensive anymore.
|Interface||SATA 6 Gb/s|
|Spin Speed||5900 RPM|
|Average/Maximum Data Transfer Rate||146 MB/s / 180 MB/s|
This Seagate SATA 6Gb/s 3.5 4TB Desktop HDD has its multiple Terabytes across four platters and spins at 5900 RPM. However, the company does say that its Barracuda drives are capable of up to 210 MB/s.
This HDD has a 6Gb/s interface, features a 64 MB of data cache, and is built for 300,000 loads/unload cycles.
The Seagate SATA 6Gb/s 3.5-inch 4TB Desktop HDD has an average speed of 132.2 MB/s sequential read speed, and 131.5 MB/s sequential write speed is enough for an HDD.
This drive is for you to store your games library and software that you don’t frequently use, while the speed it provides is really good for an HDD. You would definitely not want to run out of storage after installing about ten games that all take more than 80GBs per game, so 4TB will be able to store a lot of your stuff easily, and you will probably not have to worry about storage any time soon.
A 4TB of Hard Disk Drive is not very expensive anymore, and the Seagate SATA 6Gb/s 3.5-inch 4TB Desktop HDD is not so expensive either, which makes it is an excellent choice for this gaming PC under $1500 as it will not be going over budget. Also, even though it spins at 5900 RPM, its read and write speed is still very close to the Hard Disk Drives that spin at 7500 RPM.
The Solid-State Drive (SSD) that will be running your Operating System, as well as store the games and software that you use frequently, and you need a fast operation, and we chose the Samsung 970 EVO SSD 1TB – M.2 NVMe storage drive.
It isn’t just the CPU, RAM, and GPU that we are going to go all-out with. For this gaming PC build, we are also going to go for the best performing SSD storage solution that is currently available as the Samsung 970 EVO 1TB.
|Interface||PCI Express Gen 3.0 x4 NVMe 1.3|
|Sequential Read Speed||Up to 3400 MB /s|
|Sequential Write Speed||Up to 2500 MB /s|
|NAND Flash||Samsung v-NAND 3-bit MLC|
You may know that this M.2 NVMe SSD is significantly faster than most of the SATA III SSDs. Since we are going for the best gaming pc, build under 1500 dollars, and we can easily get the Samsung 970 EVO SSD 1TB – M.2 NVMe drive. Once you will use it and see this SSD in action, you will not be disappointed at all.
Samsung’s 970 EVO SSD has released for a while now. But, the Samsung 970 EVO is powered by its new Phoenix NVMe controller. Like its predecessor, the Polaris, Samsung’s Phoenix NVMe controller also has a 5-core ARM-based processor. Here, four of the cores are dedicated to the NAND array, and one of the cores is dedicated to hosting communication. In Samsung’s new NVMe controller, the Phoenix has enhanced thermal capabilities and increased core-clock.
This Phoenix NVMe controller by Samsung is powering a 64-layer V-NAND flash array, and the Samsung 970 EVO delivers performance way better than the 960 EVO. Samsung 970 EVO delivers up to 36% faster random speeds and up to 32% faster sequential speeds than the 960 EVO.
With an SSD that provides such a great performance, there is no doubt that it will be worth to get one, which is exactly why we chose the Samsung 970 EVO 1TB – M.2 NVMe to be added in this best gaming PC build for 1500 USD.
Once you have put together the hardware components and this PC is now working, this PC will easily be able to run any game at more than 60 fps (frames per second) at 1080p or some at 1440p at stable 60 fps. As for editing and rendering, this PC will provide impressive performance as well.
Will AMD Ryzen 7 3700X motherboard support upcoming Zen4 processors?
Yes! As per updates from AMD, the X470 and better chipsets will support Zen4 processors coming late this year.
Is wraith cooler enough to stabilize CPU heat?
Yes, it probably can handle the Ryzen chips up to their boost clock extent. If you want to go further beyond then, you may look out for after-market CPU coolers or maybe water coolers.
Can I put any Nvidia RTX GPU on this motherboard except for AMD 5700XT?
Yes! You definitely can. But an equivalent Nvidia GPU might be expensive, so we are putting 5700XT as the best suitable GPU under this $1500 build margin.