The Best $1750 Advanced Gaming PC Build – September 2022
High-End Performance with a Touch of Class!
If you’re after the perfect blend of power, efficiency, and usability in a PC, look no further than our $1,750 Advanced Gaming PC. This system combines some of our favorite components to deliver what we believe is the ideal all-around PC. Yes, this system can run all the latest games with ease, but what’s really great about this system is that it offers a fantastic balance of speed, silence, and style.
This Month’s Build, Powered by Intel and Nvidia!
For September 2022, the $1,750 Advanced Gaming PC Build continues to harness the power of Intel’s potent Alder Lake platform. It all starts with the Core i5-12600K 10-core, 16-thread CPU, which is paired with a Z690 motherboard for fantastic performance and overclocking potential. This duo is backing up a powerhouse of a GPU, the vaunted Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 10GB, which is now below its MSRP, making it a fantastic deal among high-end GPUs!
This system also features 16GB of low-latency DDR4-3600 RAM, along with a high-performance 1TB PCIe-based solid-state drive, perfect for all your gaming or productivity needs. Topping it all off is an ultra-efficient 750W power supply, a highly-effective 120mm tower cooler, and an awesome high-airflow tempered glass case from be quiet!
If you need to accessorize your new build, you’ll find our top picks for a keyboard, mouse, and monitor to pair with this system. For even more ideas, check out our Monitor Buyer’s Guide and Peripherals Buyer’s Guide! Throughout our guides, we provide direct links to Amazon or Newegg, and our Amazon links will auto-convert for readers in the UK, Canada, and many countries in the EU. Your use of these links helps support continued development of these guides!
The Pre-Built Option
The Premium Gaming PC –
iBUYPOWER Slate Mono 237i 12700KF/RTX 3070 Ti$1750INSANE VALUE! Don’t want to build your own? No problem – iBuyPower has you covered with an amazing deal on its Gladiator Gaming PC. It features a liquid-cooled Intel Core i7-12700KF 12-Core, 20-thread processor, along with the ultra-fast Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 8GB video card. Also on this list are 16GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, a 1TB NVMe solid-state drive, and Windows 11.
This is a great deal if you decide you don't want to build your own. It will be a bit behind the DIY build spec'd out below, but hey, you'll be gaming a lot faster!
The DIY Option
Intel Core i5-12600K$278 The Guru’s Tip
This CPU does not come with a cooler, so make sure to get the aftermarket model we recommend later in this guide!
Gigabyte Z690 UD AX DDR4$180 The Guru’s Tip
This board includes the Type-C header required to make use of the Type-C port on the case we recommend.
Video Card –
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 10GB Gaming Z Trio$730 The Guru’s Tip
This premium card is now selling for less than its MSRP!
Patriot 2x8GB Viper Steel DDR4-3600 17-19-19$61 The Guru’s Tip
Remember to engage the XMP profile in the UEFI to take advantage of the full speed of this RAM kit.
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!
be quiet! Pure Base 500DX White$110 The Guru’s Tip
This model is available in black or white from the same product page. We happen to love it in white!
Power Supply –
EVGA Supernova 750 G5$90 The Guru’s Tip
This model undercuts all the competition in price!
CPU Cooler –
Scythe Mugen 5 Rev. C$57 The Guru’s Tip
This awesome cooler includes the Socket 1700 mounting kit you'll need to use it with the modern Intel CPU.
Operating System –
Windows 11 Home USB$139 The Guru’s Tip
Windows 11 took a while to arrive at retail, but now that it's here, it's what you want on your new PC running Intel's latest hybrid CPU architecture!
The 27" 2560x1440 Gaming Monitor –
HP X27q$250 The Guru’s Tip
This model will pair perfectly with the AMD video card we recommend!
The Budget Gaming Keyboard –
Corsair K55 RGB Pro$50 The Guru’s Tip
Use Corsair's iCUE software to control the lighting on this keyboard.
The Pro Gaming Mouse –
Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed Wireless$35 The Guru’s Tip
Razer's Hyperspeed wireless technology makes the Basilisk more responsive than most wired mice!
The Budget Wireless PC Headset –
SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless$100 The Guru’s Tip
There are few peripherals that benefit more in terms of usability from going wireless than a headset!
Total Cost: $1745
The DIY Option
- CPU – Intel Core i5-12600K ($278)
- Motherboard – Gigabyte Z690 UD AX DDR4 ($180)
- Video Card – MSI GeForce RTX 3080 10GB Gaming Z Trio ($730)
- Memory – Patriot 2x8GB Viper Steel DDR4-3600 17-19-19 ($61)
- Solid-State Drive – WD Blue SN570 1TB NVMe ($80)
- Case – be quiet! Pure Base 500DX White ($110)
- Power Supply – EVGA Supernova 750 G5 ($90)
- CPU Cooler – Scythe Mugen 5 Rev. C ($57)
- Operating System – Windows 11 Home USB ($139)