The Best $1,750 Advanced Gaming PC Build – June 2021

By Ari Altman | Published May 29, 2021 | Updated June 16, 2021

Critical Update: if you actually 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 and use an older GPU you have on hand. That’s because GPUs are sold out worldwide due to the latest cryptocurrency mining crisis. We present both options to you in this guide.

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.

For June 2021, the $1,750 Advanced Gaming PC Build features AMD’s ground-breaking Ryzen 5 5600X, which offers six cores and 12 threads, plus fantastic gaming performance for the price thanks to far higher performance per core than anything Intel can muster. It’s backing up the amazing Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 8GB GPU, which can power through any game, even at 4K resolutions. Note that it’s been impossible to buy this GPU since it launched in October 2020 (yes, that long!), so if you’re in a rush to game, go with the pre-built system we recommend in this guide. Otherwise, you can use an older GPU  you have on hand to get your new build up and running. This system also features 16GB of DDR4-3600 RGB 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 a 700W ultra-efficient power supply, a highly-effective 120mm tower cooler, and an awesome high-airflow tempered glass case from Phanteks.

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, Newegg, or B&H, 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 High-End Gaming PC

    CyberpowerPC Gamer Master GMA560V3 3700X/RTX 3070

    $1828

    HOT DEAL! You’re not going to be able to find any GPUs in stock right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t jump into high-end gaming right away! This amazing system from CyberpowerPC comes fully-equipped and ready to rock! It features an AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8-core, 16-thread processor, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB (worth almost as much as this entire system on eBay!), 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a 500GB NVMe solid-state drive, plus a 1TB hard drive.

    The Guru’s Tip

    Honestly, this is priced too low for the current market, and will not last!

The DIY Option

  • CPU

    AMD Ryzen 5 5600X

    $299
    AMD’s Zen 3 architecture made a huge splash in the PC industry. Beating Intel on a clock-for-clock basis for the first time in decades, and with far lower power consumption, the Ryzen 5 5600X is the perfect CPU for this build. And it brings along with it the most advanced platform in the business, which will provide you tremendous upgrade potential down the line should you wish to drop in an even more powerful CPU.
    The Guru’s Tip

    This CPU comes with the Wraith Stealth cooler, but for this build we recommend an upgraded cooler for better performance and much lower noise levels.

  • Motherboard

    MSI B550 Gaming Edge WiFi

    $180
    This feature-packed board gives you everything you need for a PC build at a great price. Dual M.2 PCIe slots for high-speed SSDs (the top slot being Gen 4), six USB ports (including a Type-C port), and built-in WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5. It also has the ample power delivery system required to support any Zen 3 processor.
    The Guru’s Tip

    The B550 platform offers a tremendous amount of value for the price.

  • Video Card

    EVGA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB XC3 Gaming @EVGA

    $620

    CRITICAL UPDATE: Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3070 8GB is what we recommend for this build, but it cannot be purchased anywhere but on eBay for about double the MSRP. That’s thanks to cryptocurrency miners jacking up the price! Retail availability won’t be restored until Summer 2021. Therefore, we recommend you either build up your system with integrated Intel graphics for now (or use a GPU you have on hand), or alternatively buy the pre-built PC we listed earlier in this guide.

    The Guru’s Tip

    While the RTX 3070 debuted at $500, the MSRP has since been "reset" to $600, and that's what we're factoring into this build.

  • Memory

    Crucial 2x8GB Ballistix RGB DDR4-3600 Red

    $110
    This awesome 16GB kit will provide more than enough capacity for any game today and for years to come, and thanks to its mind-blowing DDR4-3600 speed and 16-18-18 timings, it will keep your fast CPU fed with data. Plus it offers sweet RGB effects!
    The Guru’s Tip

    Remember to engage the XMP profile in the UEFI to hit the full speed of this RAM; it will default to 2666MHz.

  • Solid-State Drive

    XPG SX8200 Pro 1TB NVMe

    $110
    Harnessing the power of cutting-edge TLC V-NAND, the NVMe protocol, and the PCIe interface, this SSD is by far the fastest drive at its pricepoint. It can hit sequential speeds of up to 3500MB/s! Note that you’ll need a jeweler’s-type screwdriver to affix it.
    The Guru’s Tip

    This M.2 drive slots right into the motherboard with no need for cables!

  • Case

    Phanteks P400A Black @Newegg

    $90

    The P400A offers awesome style and performance for under $100. It has three high-quality 120mm RGB fans plus a tempered glass side panel to show off your build.

    The Guru’s Tip

    This model is available in black or white from the same product page.

  • Power Supply

    SilverStone ET700-MG

    $96
    This awesome fully-modular 700W Gold-rated unit is easy to find in stock most days, unlike most other competing models, so grab it while you can! It provides plenty of power for this system, along with great efficiency and low noise levels.
    The Guru’s Tip

    One of the things we really like about this new model is its dual EPS 8-pin connectors, which is required to fully power the latest CPUs.

  • CPU Cooler

    Scythe Fuma 2

    $60
    Offering amazing performance thanks to its big heatsink and dual 120mm fans, along with excellent compatibility thanks to its offset design, this is our favorite cooler at any price.
    The Guru’s Tip

    This build's CPU does not come with a cooler, so the Fuma 2 is not an optional upgrade, it's required!

  • Operating System

    Windows 10 Home USB Flash Drive

    $130
    Windows 10 was a big step up from Windows 8.1, and Microsoft continues to support Windows 10 users not only with regular security updates, but with major content releases every six months. And the USB version installs in under 5 minutes, meaning you can get right into using your system!
    The Guru’s Tip

    Microsoft is moving to an online-only distribution model. If the USB version is out of stock, you can always get it via download - all you need is an 8GB or bigger flash drive to load the image onto.

Optional Products

  • The Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

    Corsair K60 RGB Pro Low Profile

    $110
    For the very fastest gameplay, there’s nothing better than the K60 Low Profile. Thanks to Cherry’s unbeaten low-profile MX Speed switches, you get amazing response and feel, plus low noise.
    The Guru’s Tip

    Low-profile switches make mechanical keyboards respond a whole lot faster!

  • The Pro Gaming Mouse

    Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed Wireless

    $46
    Offering cutting-edge performance, there’s nothing like the Basilisk X for anywhere near the price. Ultra-sensitive sensor, Razer’s awesome HyperSpeed wireless system, and perfect ergonomics. It’s a great mouse!
    The Guru’s Tip

    Razer's Hyperspeed wireless technology makes the Basilisk more responsive than most wired mice!

  • The Deluxe PC Headset

    Corsair HS70 BT

    $100
    Great sound, a great look, and wireless freedom. That’s what the HS70 from Corsair gives you, along with a great price!
    The Guru’s Tip

    This model also features Bluetooth, which means you can use it not only with your PC, but with your Smartphone as well!

  • The 27-inch G-Sync Gaming Monitor

    Gigabyte M27Q

    $320
    Offering up a 27″ 2560×1440 IPS panel capable of a 170Hz refresh rate, and enhanced with FreeSync frame-syncing technology, this is a true high-end monitor that won’t break the bank! Gigabyte may be new to the monitor market, but it’s making a huge splash, offering up tremendous quality at low prices. Previously, you couldn’t get anything but an inferior TN panel for this price!
    The Guru’s Tip

    This model was designed around AMD's FreeSync technology, but Nvidia has enabled its use on GeForce cards, which means you save money versus a G-Sync monitor!