The Best $1500 High-End Gaming PC Build – June 2023

By Ari Altman | Published May 31, 2023 | Updated May 31, 2023

Corsair 4000DYour Ticket to High-End Gaming!

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!

This Month’s Build, Powered by AMD!

For June 2023, the $1,500 High-End Gaming PC Build features the Ryzen 5 7600, a 6-core, 12-thread gaming powerhouse, and the lowest-priced next-gen CPU on the market. It’s driving a beast of a GPU, AMD’s amazing Radeon RX 6800 XT 16GB, which will rip through games at resolutions up to 1440p, and offers tremendous value thanks to a recent price cut.

But this build is about more than just a mighty CPU and GPU. It is also equipped with 32GB of DDR5-6000 RAM and  a 1TB PCIe drive. For the case, we go with a sleek tempered glass case from Corsair, which is the best-selling case on the market. The CPU is cooled by an excellent cooler from Scythe, and finally, the build is anchored by a Gold-rated 650W power supply.

Parting Thoughts

If you want to accessorize your new build, check out our top keyboard, mouse, and monitor recommendations at the end of this build 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. Throughout our guides, we provide links to Amazon for our US readers, which will auto-convert for readers in Canada, the UK, and parts of the EU, with substitutions made based on regional availability. Your use of these links helps support this site, allowing us to continue to update this guide regularly.

The Pre-Built Option

  • The High-End Gaming PC

    Skytech Chronos 5600X/RTX 3070

    This system punches way above its price class thanks to the GeForce RTX 3070 8GB GPU is comes equipped with. Also on board is the potent AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 6-core, 12-thread CPU, 16GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, and a 1TB solid-state drive. It’s all wrapped up in the stylish high airflow chassis.

    The Guru’s Tip

    If you just want to jump into gaming right away, there's no better way to do it than with this pre-built gaming PC!

The DIY Build

  • CPU

    AMD Ryzen 5 7600

    AMD did it again with Zen 4, simply smashing through the performance barrier in all respects. The 6-core, 12-thread Ryzen 5 7600 is up to 25% faster in content creation than its predecessor, while offering simply amazing energy efficiency plus the latest connectivity standards thanks to the advanced AM5 platform.

    The Guru’s Tip

    This CPU comes with a cooler, but we recommend a much quieter, more powerful model later in this guide.

  • Motherboard

    MSI Pro B650-P WiFi

    This B650 board from MSI allows you to tap into the potential of AMD’s cutting-edge AM5 platform at a great price. You get a potent a 12+2+1 power design with 75A Power Stage, a PCIe Gen 4 video card slot, two Gen 4 M.2 slots, plus built-in WiFi 6E.

    The Guru’s Tip

    Like all AM5 boards, this one requires DDR5 memory.

  • Video Card

    XFX Radeon RX 6800 XT MERC319 16GB

    The Radeon RX 6800 XT 16GB has impressive gaming power, beating the RTX 3080 10GB, at a much lower pricepoint. And this stylish model has a massive triple-fan, triple-slot cooler to keep boost at maximum levels!

    The Guru’s Tip

    This GPU offers tremendous value thanks to a recent price cut!

  • Memory

    G.Skill 2x16GB Flare X5 DDR5-6000 CL30 EXPO

    To get the most out of AMD’s latest CPUs, you want fast RAM, and DDR5-6000 is the sweetspot not only in terms of price, but in terms of the AM5 platform. It allows for the highest overall performance thanks to running in 1:1 sync with the memory controller. And this Flare X5 kit from G.Skill is specially designed for AM5, thanks to the enhanced 30-38-38-96 AMD EXPO timings.

    The Guru’s Tip

    Remember to engage this RAM's EXPO profile to gain the most benefit from its speed.

  • Solid-State Drive

    WD Blue SN570 1TB NVMe

    WD knocked it out of the park with its high-performance yet bargain-priced SN570. Optimized for excellent real-world performance thanks to WD’s years of SSD development, it easily keeps up with much more expensive drives. This 1TB model can provide sequential read speeds of 3500MB/s and write speeds of 3500MB/s. Note that you’ll need a jeweler’s-type screwdriver to affix it.

    The Guru’s Tip

    While the 1TB NVMe market is very competitive, this drive clearly stands above the rest in terms of performance per dollar!

  • Case

    Corsair 4000D Airflow

    The 4000D is simply the best performance-oriented case you can get for the money, thanks to its fantastic airflow design, dual 120mm fans, and a plenty of builder-friendly touches, like excellent cable routing, captive screws, and plenty of fan mounts.

    The Guru’s Tip

    This is the best selling case in the US, passing up the long-running record holder, NZXT!

  • Power Supply

    SilverStone Strider ST65F-GS

    SilverStone offers a ton of value in its Strider line, and this model is no exception. You get 650W of Gold-rated power, fully-modular cables, and a super-compact design that makes it easy to install.

    The Guru’s Tip

    This unit is far higher quality than the no-name brands that sell for the same price!

  • CPU Cooler

    Scythe Kotetsu Mark 3

    This cooler is the perfect pick for a mainstream PC Build. It offers great styling thanks to the black fan and top plate, robust cooling potential courtesy of the fall fin stack, and nearly-silent operation, provided by the excellent Scythe Kaze Flex II fan, among the best 120mm fans on the market! The quality of this high-end fan alone makes this cooler an absolute bargain!

    The Guru’s Tip

    This cooler includes the AM5 bracket you'll need to mount it on the advanced AMD CPU we recommend.

  • Operating System

    Windows 11 Home (USB)

    Windows 11 take everything people loved about Windows 10, and then takes it to 11! It adds significant under-the-hood changes to make it faster and more secure, and of course, the interface is sleek too! This version ships on a convenient USB stick, allowing it to be easily installed by just plugging it in.

    The Guru’s Tip

    Win11 is definitely what you want to support the latest games on your new PC build!

Optional Products

  • The 27" 1440p 144Hz Gaming Monitor

    Sceptre E275B-QPN168

    Sceptre is all about deliver inconspicuously-named monitors with out-of-this-world value! This one packs in a big 27″ 2560 x 1440 IPS panel, a 144Hz refresh rate and FreeSync Premium for ultra-smooth framerates, a Displayport, an HDMI 2.0 port, and dual HDMI 1.4 ports, plus built-in speakers. To get it set up just right, it has a height-adjustable stand, unheard of in this price range. It even includes a Displayport cable in the box, which is what you want to use to get the most out of this monitor!

    The Guru’s Tip

    This monitor will let you get the most out of your new high-end gaming PC!

  • The Budget Gaming Keyboard

    Corsair K55 RGB Pro

    Pick up a great keyboard at a great price with the K55. It offers IP42-rated dust and spill resistance, zoned RGB backlighting, dedicated macro and media keys, plus quiet keys with a tactile bump to provide great feedback with low noise levels!

    The Guru’s Tip

    The lighting on this model can be controlled via the iCUE software.

  • The Pro Gaming Mouse

    Razer Basilisk V3 X HyperSpeed Wireless

    Offering cutting-edge performance, there’s nothing like the Basilisk V3 for anywhere near the price. Ultra-sensitive 18K sensor, mechanical switches, Razer’s awesome HyperSpeed wireless system with up to 285 hours of battery life, and perfect ergonomics. It’s a great mouse!

    The Guru’s Tip

    It's hard to overstate just how much freedom a wireless mouse gives you!

  • The Budget Wireless PC Headset

    ‎SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless

    SteelSeries has made a name for itself in the gaming headset world with its no-nonsense focus on performance. The Arctis 1 follows in this tradition with high-end drivers, lossless 2.4 GHz wireless for ultra-low latency wireless connectivity on both PC and PS4/PS5, a detachable bidirectional microphone, and 20 hours of battery life.

    The Guru’s Tip

    After a recent price cut, this headset is an unbeatable deal, coming in under the price of competing wired headsets!

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