The Best $1750 Advanced Gaming PC Build – September 2022

By Ari Altman | Published August 31, 2022 | Updated August 31, 2022

be quiet Pure Base 500DX

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!

Parting Thoughts

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

    INSANE 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.
    The Guru’s Tip

    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

  • CPU

    Intel Core i5-12600K

    The 12th-Gen “Alder Lake” CPUs are Intel’s most impressive release in a decade, and the Core i5-12600K offers the best value of the bunch. Packing in a total of 10 cores (6 performance and 4 efficiency), plus an additional 6 threads, it can easily beat anything AMD has in games, and has productivity power on par with the best previous-gen 8 cores.
    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!

  • Motherboard

    Gigabyte Z690 UD AX DDR4

    Gigabyte as usual packs tons of value into its Ultra-Durable “UD” series motherboard, and this Socket 1700 model is a perfect match for Intel’s latest CPUs. It features three PCIe Gen 4 M.2 slots, a PCIe Gen 5 video card slot, ten USB ports (including a Type-C port), and integrated WiFi 6 and 2.5Gbps LAN. Note that it conforms to the DDR4 RAM standard, allowing the use of less expensive memory while maintaining similar performance versus DDR5 RAM.
    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

    Nvidia’s RTX 3080 10GB reset expectations when it was launched in September of 2020, but had been nearly unobtainable until mid-2022. Luckily, its legendary performance can now be yours!
    The Guru’s Tip

    This premium card is now selling for less than its MSRP!

  • Memory

    Patriot 2x8GB Viper Steel DDR4-3600 17-19-19

    To get the most out of DDR4 memory, you want high frequencies, and Patriot’s Viper Steel 2x8GB DDR4-3600 RAM delivers! DDR4-3600 is the sweet spot in terms of price/performance, and this kit has 17-19-19 timings to back up the high frequency!
    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

    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

    be quiet! Pure Base 500DX White

    The Pure Base 500DX offers new levels of performance around the $100 pricepoint. It has three high-quality 140mm fans (front, top, and rear), integrated RGB lighting in the front panel and interior of the case, plus a tempered glass side panel to show it all off! Note that you’ll have to hurry to catch this in stock, as it sells out constantly.
    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

    Offering up 750W of power and top-notch build quality, this PSU is a great value among high-end models. Thanks to its fully-modular cables and compact 150mm-long design, it’s very easy to install, allowing you to minimize cable clutter by leaving out cables you don’t need for this build. The best part: thanks to its Gold-rated efficiency and zero-fan “Eco” mode, the power supply will operate in virtual silence!
    The Guru’s Tip

    This model undercuts all the competition in price!

  • CPU Cooler

    Scythe Mugen 5 Rev. C

    Offering amazing cooling along with very low noise levels thanks to its big heatsink and powerful but quiet Kaze Flex II 1500RPM fan, the Mugen 5 Rev. C is the perfect pick for any high-performance PC.
    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

    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!
    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!

Optional Products

  • The 27" 2560x1440 Gaming Monitor

    HP X27q

    HP has taken over the value high-end gaming monitor market with the X27q. Didn’t think you could get value in a high-end monitor? Think again! The X27q offers all the specs you could want: a 27″ 2560×1440 IPS panel capable of a 165Hz refresh rate, enhanced with FreeSync Premium frame-syncing technology. Previously, you couldn’t get anything but an inferior TN panel for this price. The X27q even has a height-adjustable stand, which we consider critical for a high-end monitor, making this a flat-out winner!
    The Guru’s Tip

    This model will pair perfectly with the AMD video card we recommend!

  • 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

    Use Corsair's iCUE software to control the lighting on this keyboard.

  • The Pro Gaming Mouse

    Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed Wireless

    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 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

    There are few peripherals that benefit more in terms of usability from going wireless than a headset!

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