The Best $1,500 High-End Gaming PC Build – June 2021
Critical Update: If you want to start gaming on a new PC any time before Fall 2021, you have two options: try to grab one of the few pre-built PCs still for sale, or build up a PC using an older GPU you have on hand. That’s because all new GPUs are sold out worldwide due to the latest cryptocurrency mining crisis. We present both options to you in this guide.
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 June 2021, we recommend builders of the $1,500 High-End Gaming PC Build go for AMD’s amazing Ryzen 5 5600X, a six-core, 12-thread CPU that is by far the best value among high-end gaming chips. After six months of near-zero availability, it’s finally easy to buy most days, making it a clear choice. We recommend you add Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8GB to this build, which equals the last-gen RTX 2080 Super in performance. This build is also equipped with a fast 1TB PCIe solid-state drive and 16GB of high-speed DDR4-3600 RAM. For the case, we recommend a sleek tempered glass model from Corsair, while the build is anchored by a high-efficiency Gold-rated 700W fully-modular 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 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. If you need help building your system, check out our step-by-step Ryzen PC assembly guide!
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The Pre-Built Option
The High-End Gaming PC –
CyberpowerPC 11400F/RX 6700 XT$1779
HOT DEAL – WON’T LAST LONG! – Jump into high-end PC gaming today with this awesome system from CyberpowerPC, which has Intel’s Core i5-11400F six-core, 12-thread processor based on the Rocket Lake architecture, along with the ultra-fast AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT 12GB video card, which is by far the fastest GPU you’ll find in a pre-built PC anywhere near this price! Also on the component list is 16GB of RAM, a 500GB NVMe solid-state drive, and a 1TB hard drive.The Guru’s Tip
This is a bit above our target price for this guide, but it's so underpriced versus everything else out there that it's definitely worth grabbing if you can!
The DIY Build
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X$299 The Guru’s Tip
This CPU comes with the Wraith Stealth cooler, and for this build, we recommend you use it.
MSI B550 Gaming Edge WiFi @Newegg$188 The Guru’s Tip
This board also has a modern Type-C header, allowing you to use the Type-C port built into the case we recommend for this build.
Video Card –
EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti XC 8GB @EVGA$470 The Guru’s Tip
While the RTX 3060 Ti was "launched" at $400, we don't anticipate ever seeing that price again. When it restocks, it will be closer to $500.
Crucial 2x8GB Ballistix DDR4-3600 C16 Black$94 The Guru’s Tip
With this 2x8GB (16GB) configuration, you'll still have the option to add another two sticks later on to bring the total up to 32GB!
Solid-State Drive –
XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB NVMe$110 The Guru’s Tip
This will slip right into one of the motherboard's M.2 slots.
Corsair 4000D Airflow$95 The Guru’s Tip
Get a closeup view of this case and ask questions about this build in our YouTube overview, shown at the top of this guide!
Power Supply –
SilverStone ET700-MG$92 The Guru’s Tip
This PSU has two EPS power connectors, which makes it future-proof, as most motherboards now use them.
Operating System –
Windows 10 Home USB Flash Drive$130 The Guru’s Tip
Windows 10 can also be downloaded at a savings of around $10 - all you need is a flash drive with at least 8GB of capacity.
The Budget Gaming Keyboard –
Logitech G213 Gaming Keyboard$47 The Guru’s Tip
The lighting on this model can be controlled via the GHub software.
The Pro Gaming Mouse –
Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed Wireless$46 The Guru’s Tip
Remember, you're getting a great wireless mouse for the same price as many wired mice.
The Mainstream Gaming Headset –
Corsair HS60 Pro Surround$50 The Guru’s Tip
To provide surround effects, this headset uses a USB adapter, which you connect in line with the attached 3.5mm audio plug.
The 27-inch G-Sync Gaming Monitor –
Gigabyte M27Q$320 The Guru’s Tip
FreeSync was once an AMD-only exclusive, but now it works on both AMD and Nvidia systems.
Total Cost: $1474
The DIY Build
- CPU – AMD Ryzen 5 5600X ($299)
- Motherboard – MSI B550 Gaming Edge WiFi @Newegg ($188)
- Video Card – EVGA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti XC 8GB @EVGA ($470)
- Memory – Crucial 2x8GB Ballistix DDR4-3600 C16 Black ($94)
- Solid-State Drive – XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB NVMe ($110)
- Case – Corsair 4000D Airflow ($95)
- Power Supply – SilverStone ET700-MG ($92)
- Operating System – Windows 10 Home USB Flash Drive ($130)