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 April 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 the cost per core. In this build, we recommend you cool it with the powerful and cost-effective Arctic Freezer 34 air 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 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 RAM. For the case, we recommend a sleek tempered glass RGB model from Thermaltake, while the build is anchored by a 550W 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.

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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 - April 2020

The Pre-Built Option

  • The High-End Gaming PC:

    CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Supreme SLC8260A2

    If you're not sure you want to build your own gaming PC, but you definitely know you want something incredibly fast, well, we have a great option for you: the SLC8260A2 from CyberPowerPC. Offering up a liquid-cooled Intel Core i7-9700K eight-core processor, a GeForce RTX 2070 Super 8GB, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB solid-state drive, it's a great setup for gaming. In fact, it's nearly identical to the one we spec below, and you start gaming the day it arrives!

    The Guru's Tip:

    You also get some nice pack-ins with this system, like a keyboard, mouse, and built-in WiFi.

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 price keeps dropping on the 3700X - never before has this much power been available for under $300!

  • Motherboard:

    ASUS Prime X570-P

    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, and RGB controls for this system's built-in case lighting. It's a great match for the $1,500 High-End Gaming PC Build.

    The Guru's Tip:

    While some previous-gen X470 boards now ship with the updated firmware required to boot the 3700X, we still recommend X570 for its forward-looking PCIe Gen 4 standard.

  • Video Card:

    ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 2070 Super Twin Fan 8GB

    The RTX 2070 Super is the high-end video card enthusiasts had been hoping for when the RTX line first launched in Fall of 2018, but it wasn't until the "Super" version arrived in August of 2019 that they got what they wanted! It will let you jump right into the latest titles with the $1,500 High-End Gaming PC Build, tackling even 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 be fooled into accidentally buying a standard RTX 2070 - stick with what we recommend!

  • Memory:

    Corsair 2x8GB Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 Black

    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 the $1,500 High-End Gaming PC Build.

    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 prices are starting to rise due to cuts in NAND production. But one drive remains a fantastic deal: the Rocket Q from Sabrent. Easily beating every SATA drive, this PCIe model uses QLC NAND 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 V200 Tempered Glass RGB

    Thermaltake knocked it out of the park with its awesome V200, the perfect case for the $1,500 High-End Gaming PC Build. 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 550W Gold-rated unit offers a fully-modular design, and a zero-fan mode, despite coming in at a great price. It's backed by a 10-year warranty and the best reputation in the business.

    The Guru's Tip:

    Note that this unit offers up dual CPU (12V EPS) power connectors. You need those two connectors to provide full power to all X570 motherboards, which have adopted a dual EPS connector standard in order to support CPUs with up to 16-cores!

  • CPU Cooler:

    ARCTIC Freezer 34 eSports

    Maximize the performance of the $1,500 High-End Gaming PC Build with this powerful but affordable cooler from Arctic. Featuring a 120mm fan equipped with hydraulic bearings, it's both quiet and capable.

    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:

    Windows 10 on USB recently sold out at Amazon, which is likely because Microsoft is preparing its spring update release. But 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 Flight

    Want an awesome set of cans to go along with your gaming system? Then pick up the Cloud Flight from Hyper X, 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:

    See our full review right here! And take note - while HyperX has introduced a new, more expensive Cloud Flight S, it offers nothing extra in terms of performance, making the Flight a superior value even against its own stablemate!

  • 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 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

    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!