$1,500

Do you want to build the best high-end gaming PC possible for $1,500? Then you've come to the right place! The system 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 checks off all the boxes!

For November 2019, this build gets a huge upgrade, moving to 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 new Zen 2 architecture, and vastly undercuts Intel in price. In this build, we recommed you cool it with a massive dual-fan tower cooler. You also get a cutting-edge X570 motherboard, offering the latest in connectivity, including PCIe 4.0. The Zen 2 platform is backing up the new RTX 2070 Super 8GB GPU, the perfect GPU for 1440p gaming. But this system features more than a great CPU and GPU; also on the build list is an ultra-fast PCIe-based 1TB solid-state drive and 16GB of high-speed DDR4-3200 RGB-lit RAM, which have both seen massive price cuts over the past few months. For the case, we recommend a sleek tempered glass RGB model from Thermaltake, while the system is anchored by a brand-new 550W Gold-rated power supply. 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 guide.

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.

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The $1,500 High-End Gaming PC - November 2019

The Pre-Built Option

    The Premium Gaming PC:

    CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Supreme SLC8260A2

    HOT DEAL! We're not sure how CyberPowerPC is making money on this, but if you're not deadset on building your own PC, you should do yourself a favor and pick up this system!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Sporting a Core i7-9700K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super 8GB, 16GB DDR4, and a 1TB PCI-E NVMe SSD, this thing is for real! Good luck spec'ing that out on your own for this price!

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 a dream chip at a great price. And it bring along with it the most advanced platform in the business!

    The Guru's Tip:

    You'll receive a code for The Outer Worlds or Borderlands 3 with the purchase of this processor, now through Dec. 31st!

    Motherboard:

    MSI X570-A PRO

    This X570 board offers a huge range of features at a very reasonable price, including dual M.2 slots using the cutting-edge PCIe 4.0 interface, a PCIe 4.0 x16 slot for video cards, eight USB ports (including a Type-C port), and RGB controls for this system's built-in case lighting.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that older X470 boards are unlikely to have the updated firmware required to boot the new 3700X processor.

    Video Card:

    GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 2070 Super Windforce OC

    After what seemed like an endless wait (after an initial "launch" in early July), the RTX 2070 Super has finally begun to show up at retail in sufficient quantity. And that will allow you to get a huge jump into high-end gaming, even tackling 4K gaming with ease.

    The Guru's Tip:

    The RTX 2070 Super is way ahead of the RTX 2070 (as in 15% faster) - don't get confused and accidentally purchase a standard RTX 2070 if the one we link to is backordered!

    Memory:

    Corsair 2x8GB Vengeance RGB Pro DDR4-3200

    Because games and other applications can take serious advantage of RAM speed on AMD's latest CPUs, we're spec'ing a fast DDR4-3200 kit for this build. And this kit adds sweet-looking RGB lighting, which you can control via the motherboard's RGB software.

    The Guru's Tip:

    We strongly recommend 16GB of RAM, as we've found many games released over the past few years can take up over 8GB on their own!

    Solid-State Drive:

    Sabrent 1TB Rocket NVMe

    A massive price war in the SSD market is leading to better values every month, and the latest star is the Sabrent Rocket 1TB, by far the best drive at its pricepoint! It features TLC NAND and the ultra-fast PCIe interface, allowing it to blow past similarly-priced SATA drives!

    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 V200 Tempered Glass RGB

    Thermaltake knocks it out of the park with its awesome V200. Offering a distinctive style at a surprisingly-low price, this case simply has no competition. It serves up three 120mm RGB fans, a fourth 120mm fan in the rear, plus a full-size tempered glass side panel.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that you can control the RGB lighting built into the case fans via the motherboard simply by connecting them to one of the board's 4-pin 12V RGB headers.

    Power Supply:

    Seasonic Focus GX-550

    This awesome new 550W Gold-rated unit offers a fully-modular design, and a zero-fan mode, despite coming in at an exceptionally-low price. It's backed by a 10-year warranty and the best customer service in the PC industry.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that this is a new version of Seasonic's vaunted Focus series, offering up dual CPU (12V EPS) power connectors, which you could previously only find on power supplies at 750W and up. You need those two connectors to fully cable up any X570-based build.

    CPU Cooler:

    ARCTIC Freezer 34 eSports DUO White

    Maximize the performance of your 3700X with this powerful but affordable cooler from Arctic. Featuring dual 120mm hydraulic bearing fans, it's both quiet and capable.

    The Guru's Tip:

    While the system can run on the downdraft cooler that comes with the 3700X, 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:

    This USB 3.0 version of Windows installs in under 5 minutes!

Optional Components

    The Bargain Gaming Headset:

    HyperX Cloud Stinger

    Want an awesome set of cans to go along with your gaming system? Then pick up the Cloud Stinger headset from HyperX, by far the best gaming headset available for under $50!

    The Guru's Tip:

    Read our full review right here!

    The Budget Gaming Keyboard:

    Logitech G213 Gaming Keyboard

    Offering amazing features for the price, the G213 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:

    This model even includes a wrist rest for additional comfort during long gaming sessions!

    The Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse:

    Logitech G703 Lightspeed w/Hero 16K

    This is one of the lighest, fastest, most comfortable mice on the market, and on top of all that, it's wireless. Simply put, it's the best mouse available for under $100.

    The Guru's Tip:

    This mouse can even be charged wirelessly using the PowerPlay Mouse Mat.

    The Bargain 144Hz FreeSync Gaming Monitor:

    Acer XF270HU

    In our opinion, there's no single component that's more important to determining the quality of your gaming experience than your monitor. Sure, you need the right video card, but without the right monitor, you might end up burning GPU power and getting nothing for it. With this monitor, you get a 2560 x 1440 TN panel capable of a 144Hz refresh rate, and more importantly, frame-syncing via FreeSync, which will work in tandem with the RTX 2070 in this system to provide absolutely lag-free gaming without the slightest hint of tearing.

    The Guru's Tip:

    While FreeSync was originally developed for AMD video cards, Nvidia has finally seen the wisdom in allowing its use on Nvidia GeForce cards - all it requires is the latest drivers!