best $1500 high end gaming pc build

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Do you want to build the best high-end gaming PC possible for $1,500? Then you've come to the right place! The build we profile here offers the best balance of CPU and GPU power you'll find in any build on the 'Net, along with high-end yet cost-effective parts in every other category. The goal: maximum frames per dollar without skimping on the stuff everyone else does, like a quality power supply and a big solid-state drive. The last thing you want is a hot rod engine in an old beater chassis, so we make sure your gaming PC build checks off all the boxes!

For July 2020, the $1,500 High-End Gaming PC Build continues to feature AMD's Ryzen 7 3700X, an eight-core, 16-thread CPU that equals Intel's processors on a clock-for-clock basis thanks to its advanced Zen 2 architecture, and vastly undercuts Intel in terms of cost per core. The Zen 2 platform is backing up the RTX 2070 Super 8GB video card, the perfect GPU for 1440p gaming. But this build features more than a great CPU and GPU; also on the build list is a fast 1TB PCIe solid-state drive and 16GB of high-speed DDR4-3200 RAM. For the case, we recommend a sleek tempered glass model from Thermaltake, while the build is cooled by a high-powered cooler from be quiet!, and anchored by a high-efficiency Gold-rated power supply. Another option, however, is to go with a pre-built system rather than a DIY build, and you can find our top pick by scrolling down below! By the way, if you want to accessorize your new build, check out our top keyboard, mouse, and monitor recommendations at the end of this build guide. Learn more about this build and post your questions in our YouTube overview:

We update this build monthly, as prices and components in this market change quite frequently, and a few dollars here or there could buy you a lot of performance. To see our past builds and prices, just flip over to the $1,500 Build Archive page. Need help assembling your Ryzen PC? No problem - check out our first-person-view assembly video!

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The $1,500 High-End Gaming PC Build - July 2020

The Pre-Built Option

  • The High-End Gaming PC:

    SkyTech Chronos 2700X/RTX 2070 Super Gaming PC

    Note ready to build your own, or not willing to wait for various components to restock? Then jump on this awesome pre-built system from SkyTech. It features an AMD Ryzen 7 2700X eight-core processor, an RTX 2070 Super 8GB video card, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB solid-state drive.

    The Guru's Tip:

    You also get nice perks like built-in WiFi and RGB lighting with this system!

The Build-Your-Own Option

  • CPU:

    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X

    AMD's Zen 2 architecture is here, and it's made a huge splash in the PC industry! Matching Intel on a clock-for-clock basis but offering far better value and far lower power consumption, the Ryzen 7 3700X is the perfect CPU for the $1,500 High-End Gaming PC Build. And it brings along with it the most advanced platform in the business! 

    The Guru's Tip:

    The 3700X comes with a very decent cooler, but we suggest a much quieter one later in this guide.

  • Motherboard:

    ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming

    This feature-packed board gives you everything you need for a PC build at a great price. Dual M.2 PCIe slots for high-speed SSDs (both being Gen 4), eight USB ports, and four expansion slots. Need WiFi? Pick up TP-Link's Archer T5E!

    The Guru's Tip:

    COVID-19 NOTICE: Motherboards have been sold out for months, so grab this one even if it requires a backorder - most boards can't even be purchased!

  • Video Card:

    EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 Super KO 8GB @ EVGA

    Nearly every 2070 Super is sold out or marked up, but this model from EVGA might actually ship today, and in addition to the fantastic performance of the 2070 Super, you'll get EVGA's legendary customer service, and that includes the EVGA 90-Day Step-Up Program. It allows you to trade a card in within 90 days of purchase if a new model comes out, and that may in fact happen in September or October of this year! Even better, you can get 5% off this card right now by using Associate Code J45HKU1STKHTH3H at checkout on the EVGA site!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that GPUs are selling out daily, so it's likely this will be out of stock shortly after we post it!

  • Memory:

    Patriot 2x8GB Viper Steel DDR4-3200

    Because games and other applications can take serious advantage of RAM speed on AMD's latest CPUs, we're currently spec'ing a fast DDR4-3200 kit for the $1,500 High-End Gaming PC Build. The Viper Steel kit looks awesome and comes in at a lower price than all of its competition!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that 8GB of RAM is no longer sufficient for gaming, which is why we recommend a 2x8GB (16GB) configuration.

  • Solid-State Drive:

    Sabrent Rocket Q 1TB NVMe

    The price war in the SSD market has cooled off, and most prices are starting to rise. But one drive remains a fantastic deal: the Rocket Q 1TB. Easily beating every SATA drive, most of which cost more, this model uses the PCIe interface, QLC NAND, and an aggressive SLC cache mode for a great combination of speed and price.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that to affix any M.2 drive to the motherboard, you'll need a jeweler's-type screwdriver set.

  • Case:

    Thermaltake V250 ARGB

    Covid-19 Notice: Nearly all cases are completely sold out, unavailable even for backorder, but Thermaltake's V250 has reappeared. It offers up eye-catching styling and ARGB lighting, plus triple 120mm fans in front, a 120mm in the rear, and a tempered glass side panel. No other case offers the same value at this pricepoint!

    The Guru's Tip:

    This case does sell out often - if you need an alternative, go for the Thermaltake Level 20MT.

  • Power Supply:

    SilverStone ET650-HG

    Covid-19 Notice: Due to the impacts of coronavirus, nearly every high-quality power supply on the market has sold out and cannot be ordered at all. As of our latest update, this 650W Gold-rated semi-modular unit can actually be ordered, but probably not for long! It provides plenty of power for this system, along with great efficiency.

    The Guru's Tip:

    We're updating this guide constantly to make sure you can get a high-quality power supply in as short a time as possible without spending a whole lot extra. Please avoid the knock-off units from no-name manufacturers that are flooding the market, like junk from Apevia, GameMax, and RaidMax.

  • CPU Cooler:

    be quiet! Pure Rock 2 Black

    Maximize the performance of the $1,500 High-End Gaming PC Build with this new, high-powered cooler from be quiet!. Featuring a quiet 120mm fan equipped and a new blacked-out trim, it's both highly-effective and ultra-sleek.

    The Guru's Tip:

    While the system can run on the downdraft cooler that comes with the Ryzen 7, it will be faster and quieter with this upgraded tower cooler.

  • Operating System:

    Microsoft Windows 10 Flash Drive

    There's no doubt about it: Windows 10 is the best OS ever, and Microsoft keeps making it better, with major feature updates every Spring and Fall.

    The Guru's Tip:

    You can also get W10 via download - all you need is an 8GB or bigger flash drive to load the image onto.

Optional Components

  • The Mainstream Wireless PC Headset:

    HyperX Cloud Stinger Wireless

    Want an awesome set of cans to go along with your gaming system? Then pick up the Cloud Stinger Wireless, by far the best headset available at its pricepoint! You get amazing sound quality and wireless freedom, which is rare at this pricepoint.

    The Guru's Tip:

    HyperX has mastered the art of creating lightweight, durable, and comfortable headsets.

  • The Budget Gaming Keyboard:

    Corsair K55 RGB

    Offering amazing features for the price, the K55 is by far the best pick among gaming keyboard under $50. Offering great responsiveness plus RGB lighting, it's both stylish and functional.

    The Guru's Tip:

    The lighting on this model can be controlled via Corsair's iCUE software.

  • The Pro Gaming Mouse:

    Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed Wireless

    We don't know how Razer has done it, but somehow it has added wireless capability to its awesome Basilisk mouse and dropped the price at the same time! Witness the new Basilisk X, the best mouse anywhere near its price range. With a comfortable shape informed by Razer's classic Deathadder, but with a more ergonimic fit, the Basilisk X also packs in a 16K sensor and of course Razer's new HyperSpeed wireless system.

    The Guru's Tip:

    So one thing that has been dropped from this mouse to hit its amazing pricepoint is RGB lighting, but given the performance on tap, we think that's just fine!

  • The Bargain 144Hz FreeSync Gaming Monitor:

    Acer XF270HU

    Offering up a 27" 2560x1440 TN panel capable of a 144Hz refresh rate, and enhanced with frame-syncing technology, this is a true high-end monitor that won't break the bank! 

    The Guru's Tip:

    This model was designed around AMD's FreeSync technology, but Nvidia has now enabled its use on GeForce cards, which means you save money versus a G-Sync monitor!