The Best $1500 High-End Gaming PC Build – October 2022
Your 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, featuring Intel and AMD!
For October 2022, the $1,500 High-End Gaming PC Build harnesses the power of the Intel Core i5-12400 six-core, 12-thread CPU to drive an absolute beast of a GPU, the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT 16GB. Yes, there are newer CPUs from AMD and Intel, but the 12400 undercuts them all by at least $100, money we allocate to the RX 6800 XT. You’ll be infinitely better off in games with this setup versus a cheaper GPU and a more expensive CPU!
But this build is about more than just that mighty GPU. It 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, which is the best-selling case on the market for good reason! Finally, the build is anchored by a Gold-rated 650W power supply.
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 Shiva 5600X/RTX 3070$1500This 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 In Win 101 chassis.
This system is a great choice if you're not quite ready to build your own!
The DIY Build
Intel Core i5-12400$194 The Guru’s Tip
While AMD and Intel have both announced next-gen processors, they start at $300, and honestly don't make sense for a build at this pricepoint. The name of the game is getting a good CPU and a massive GPU inside, and that's what we've spec'd for this system!
Gigabyte Z690 UD AX DDR4$180 The Guru’s Tip
This board will allow you to upgrade down the line to any more expensive 13th-gen processor you wish, while rocking out now on a system at a great pricepoint.
Video Card –
XFX Radeon RX 6800 XT SWFT319 16GB$621 The Guru’s Tip
The 6800 XT debuted at an MSRP of $650, and was considered an incredible deal at that pricepoint. It's now below that price, which makes the deal even sweeter!
G.Skill 2x8GB Ripjaws V DDR4-3600 16-19-19$76 The Guru’s Tip
This kit will max out the performance of the DDR4-based motherboard we recommend!
Solid-State Drive –
WD Blue SN570 1TB NVMe$80 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!
Corsair 4000D Airflow$95 The Guru’s Tip
This is the best selling case in the US, passing up the long-running record holder, the NZXT H510!
Power Supply –
Silverstone ET650-G$76 The Guru’s Tip
SilverStone is undercutting the competition, while giving you the quality that no-name brands can't!
CPU Cooler –
ID-COOLING SE-226-XT$45 The Guru’s Tip
While the CPU we recommend comes with a cooler, you'll be a whole lot happier with this much quieter, more powerful model. And of course, it comes with the socket 1700 bracket you need for Intel's latest processors!
Operating System –
Windows 11 Home USB$139 The Guru’s Tip
It took Microsoft a while to launch the retail version of Win11 after releasing the upgrade version, but now that it's here, this is what you want on your new PC build!
The Budget Gaming Keyboard –
Corsair K55 RGB Pro$50 The Guru’s Tip
The lighting on this model can be controlled via the iCUE software.
The Pro Gaming Mouse –
Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed Wireless$35 The Guru’s Tip
Remember, you're getting a great wireless mouse for the same price as many wired mice.
The 27" 2560x1440 Gaming Monitor –
HP X27q$250 The Guru’s Tip
This monitor will let you get the most out of your new high-end gaming PC!
The Mainstream Gaming Headset –
Corsair HS65 Surround$70 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.
Total Cost: $1506
The DIY Build
- CPU – Intel Core i5-12400 ($194)
- Motherboard – Gigabyte Z690 UD AX DDR4 ($180)
- Video Card – XFX Radeon RX 6800 XT SWFT319 16GB ($621)
- Memory – G.Skill 2x8GB Ripjaws V DDR4-3600 16-19-19 ($76)
- Solid-State Drive – WD Blue SN570 1TB NVMe ($80)
- Case – Corsair 4000D Airflow ($95)
- Power Supply – Silverstone ET650-G ($76)
- CPU Cooler – ID-COOLING SE-226-XT ($45)
- Operating System – Windows 11 Home USB ($139)